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Great Potato Challenge - Charlbury Garden Society

Congratulations everyone who joined in the Great Potato Challenge – between you, you grew 11.164kg of potatoes. Well done to you all. The winners were:
1st Niall Gorton – 718g
2nd Chloe Harris – 679g
3rd Megan Blackmore Sly – 590g

Geoff Holmberg · Sun 22 Jun 2008, 19:44 · Link

Recent planning decisions

In recent months, West Oxfordshire District Council has ruled on a handful of planning applications for new houses in Charlbury, not previously reported on the website:

  • Demolition of stores, garages and existing house at Charlbury Dairy (Thames Street), and construction of 13 new houses - permission granted (subject to conditions).
  • New house at Stoneleigh, Sturt Road - approved.
  • New house at 2 Nine Acres Close - refused.

The decisions are listed roughly monthly on the WODC website (look on the right under "uplands").

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 16 Jun 2008, 15:30 · Link

Ditchley Road phone box to go?

British Telecom is planning to remove 32 payphones from around West Oxfordshire, including the one at the bottom of Ditchley Road; and both it and West Oxfordshire District Council are looking for views on the proposal. More details on the WODC website.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 16 Jun 2008, 15:26 · Link

Carbon Rationing Action Group goes live!

Wychwood CRAG launch party: THURSDAY 26th JUNE.
8-10pm, upstairs in the Corner House, Charlbury.

On the 26th June, we will be launching the Wychwood Carbon Rationing Action Group, but there’s still time to join before the launch!

What is a CRAG?
CRAGs are a growing network of community groups that are trialling carbon rationing as a means of lowering emissions. The groups work by deciding on a personal yearly carbon allowance that each member must try to stick within. They then meet regularly to discuss issues and offer each other support and ideas. In the Wychwood CRAG, we have agreed to try to reduce our personal carbon footprints to 4.5 tonnes each this year. If we go over this amount, we have all agreed to pay £15 per tonne, which will go into a central pot to be given to an agreed charity or local environmental scheme.

How do I join?
In order to make a pledge to reduce, you must first find out your current carbon footprint. In the Wychwood CRAG, we are using a new locally developed carbon calculator, The Carbon Account. Unlike other calculators which only estimate, this one uses your actual mileage and meter readings to give you an accurate figure which can be tracked over time. To register and join the Wychwood group, log on at and begin entering your readings.

If you would like to join this sociable and experimental action group and start to really take action on climate change, email and come along for wine and live piano music at the launch on the 26th June.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Dorrie Johnson

Dorrie Johnson · Fri 13 Jun 2008, 19:19 · Link

Charlbury Riverside Festival

It's nearly Festival time again, and despite the best efforts of the weather, Riverside will take place on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd June

We have 2 stages of top music, plus food, drinks, and festival stalls, all set on the Mill Field by the River Evenlode. Festival times are Saturday 12 noon - 10pm, and Sunday 11am - 8pm

We will also be promoting Riverside at the Farmers Market on the Playing Close on Saturday morning 14th June, selling Riverside pin badges, and playing a few songs too.

See the website at for more information.

Please come along and support the best FREE music festival in Oxfordshire

Riverside Festival

Gary Walker · Fri 13 Jun 2008, 13:52 · Link

Railway line to be dualled

Oxford Mail:

A section of the Cotswold railway line in Oxfordshire is to be dualled, Oxfordshire County Council transport chiefs have been told today.

The Office of Rail Regulation has confirmed to Transport Secretary Kelly that it has approved the funding meaning that the final obstacle has been cleared, allowing Network Rail to lay 20 miles of new track between Charlbury and Evesham, including the section from Charlbury to Ascott-under-Wychwood.

The Cotswold Line was reduced to a single track in many places by British Rail in the early 1970s.

12:20pm today

Igor Goldkind · Thu 5 Jun 2008, 15:21 · Link

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