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New Bus Stop on The Slade

Hurray ! There is now a new bus-stop at the top of Dancer's Hill, where the Slade and Sturt Road meet. It is hoped this will save many of you a long walk between the other two stops.
Helen Bessemer-Clark, PTR, Charlbury Town Council

Mon 29 Jun 2009, 19:16 · Link

Read 19th century newspapers online for free (including Jackson's Oxford Journal)

Oxfordshire County Council Library Service gives access to the 19th century British Library Newspapers database through its Reference Online service at You can access it through the People’s Network computers in all libraries and from home if you are a library member.

Library membership is free, and you can sign up on the spot at Charlbury Library and get your card and membership number.
The 19th Century British Library Newspapers database does not yet have its own entry in the list of databases on Reference Online. Click on the entry for Times Digital Archive 1785-1985, enter your library membership number in the box on the next screen and then select 19th Century British Library Newspapers from the three Gale databases to which the county subscribes.

Jon Carpenter · Fri 26 Jun 2009, 15:23 · Link

Raise a glass to Peter Hiscock, our favourite postmaster!

Friends, Romans and customers of Pete the Postmaster will gather at The Bull at 6pm on Wednesday July 1 to raise a glass and wish him well, and thank him for fantastic service over the years to Charlbury and all who sail in her.

Thu 25 Jun 2009, 11:56 · Link

Tea Tent at Cornbury Music Festival

A plea on behalf of the Charlbury School Association (CSA), the parent lead fund-raising body for Charlbury Primary School.
Once again this year, our biggest fund-raiser will be the Tea Tent at the Cornbury Music Festival thanks to the generosity of festival organisers Sound Advice. Last year we sold over 3000 portions of cake, thousands of mugs of tea and home-made soup, raising over £7,300.
This money, and the money we raise at the 2009 festival this summer, will be used to construct an Adventure Trail in the school playground, a much needed new development.
As we make our final plans for Cornbury 2009, we'd like to ask you to be a part of making this dream a reality. Over 15,000 are expected to attend the festival and, if last year is any indicator, we can hope to see almost all of them through our tent at some point over the weekend.

So, we hope you will sponsor some of the equipment we need to hire for the event. Or just be 'Our Sponsor'.
We will of course display your promotional material on our Sponsor's Table and your logo on our 'Sponsor's Banner' which will hang behind the cake tables.
To date we have raised £600 but recently we have heard that we may be liable for a £500 electricty bill!

Therefore we are making one final appeal to any local businesses or groups to come forward and sponsor us.
We hope you will consider our appeal and respond favourably to our request. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

And of course do drop in and enjoy a nice cuppa and a slice of delicious home-made cake!

See you there.

Liz Donnelly, on behalf of the CSA

Wed 24 Jun 2009, 22:55 · Link

Coitswold Line ReDoubling - Meet the Manager

As most regular rail users will know Cotswold Line closures will take place over the summer school holidays to enable the major improvement works to start.

FGW has therefore arranged a series of "Meet the managers" station meetings for 6,7 & 8 July to enable rail users to obtain up to date information on the special arrangements for rail users - details below.

Meet the Manager dates
Ahead of the improvement work starting, there's an opportunity for you to meet senior managers from First Great Western, and Network Rail, to discuss the work being done and travel arrangements. These dates are:

Date Time Location (Station)
Monday 6th July 18.30 to 20.00 Evesham
Tuesday 7th July 07.00 to 08.30 Kingham
Tuesday 7th July 19.00 to 20.30 Moreton-in-Marsh
Wednesday 8th July 07.00 to 08.30 Charlbury
Wednesday 8th July 18.30 to 20.00 Worcester Shrub Hill

Tue 23 Jun 2009, 14:28 · Link

Presentation to 'The Good Food Shop'

On Thursday 18th June, Good Food Shop Manageress Lynne Stubbles, and her Deputy, Ann Lovett attended a 'breakfast' at Kelmscott Manor. They were among representatives of only 41 establishments in West Oxfordshire awarded the highest five-star rating for food hygiene. Under this new scheme, shops pubs and restaurants awarded two stars or more receive a certificate to display on their door or window - hence the title 'Scores on the Doors'.
After the presentation of the certificate Lynne said "I am very proud that The Good Food Shop has been awarded the highest rating. It recognises all the effort that the staff put in to keep our premises up to scratch"

Fri 19 Jun 2009, 11:58 · Link

Charlbury's Over The Hill Mob Raise Money For Local Charity

An intrepid group of Charlbury men tackling the 3 Peaks Challenge have already raised over £8,000 for local charity SpecialEffect and their computer games project that will be based at Helen and Douglas House Hospice in Oxford.

Nick Moglia took part in the challenge in May and you can see the pictures at the following link.

Rod Densham and SpecialEffect Trustee Simon Bennett will be amongst those taking part on July 17th. Do check out if you would like to support their efforts

Massive thanks from all at SpecialEffect to the guys and all their supporters!

Thu 18 Jun 2009, 17:10 · Link

Good Food Shop tops Charlbury food hygiene ratings

A new website, Scores on the Doors, shows the results of food hygiene inspections by local authorities. The results for Charbury are here.

The Good Food Shop is the only premises listed so far in Charlbury to earn a 5-star rating. West Oxfordshire appears to be still in the process of putting all its environmental health inspection information on the site. To date only one Charlbury pub is included.

Jon Carpenter · Wed 17 Jun 2009, 13:45 · Link

Summer train timetables available

The weekday train timetables, throughout the period of engineering works, are now downloadable.

Thanks to William Crossley in the forum for posting these.

Richard Fairhurst · Sat 13 Jun 2009, 00:28 · Link

Yellow Pages can now be put into black boxes for recycling

Previously old Yellow Pages directories had to be collected separately in a bin at the Spendlove, but from 2009 they can be put into your black box with all your other recyclables.

Don't worry if you see the contents of your black boxes all muddled up together in the same refuse lorry - they all get separated during the initial processing at a MRF (Materials Recovery Facility). Glass is heavier than the rest and roll out of the slightly angled Trommel screen to get crushed. Then the cans get separated from the cardboard, paper and plastics which get separated by teams of people picking them off conveyor belts. Their expert hand & eye coordination guarantees a good quality product which then gets baled up for recycling elsewhere.

Christine Elliott · Fri 12 Jun 2009, 18:09 · Link

Co-op saves the Chippy Post Office

The Cotswold Journal reports that the Co-op is taking over the Chipping Norton post office, which was threatened with closure later this year. It will remain in the same location. The report is here.

Jon Carpenter · Thu 11 Jun 2009, 19:25 · Link

Chancellors' application refused

The application for a change of use for the former Chancellors office in Market Street has been refused in the following terms:

"That it has not been demonstrated that the change of use of the building would not result in a loss of the range of services and goods on offer within the vicinity to the detriment of the vitality of Charlbury. As such, the proposal is contrary to Policy TLC12 of the West Oxfordshire Local Plan 2011."

Jon Carpenter · Mon 8 Jun 2009, 17:18 · Link

European Election results

Votes cast in the South-East Region were as follows. (A number of other parties polled less than 4%.)

Conservative 812,288, 34.8% (-0.4)
UK Independence Party 440,002, 18.8% (-0.7)
Liberal Democrats 330,340, 14.1% (-1.2)
Green Party 271,506, 11.6 (+3.8)
Labour 192,592, 8.2% (-5.4)
British National Party 101,769, 4.4 (+1.4)

The elected members were:

Conservative - 4 SEATS (NO CHANGE)
* Daniel Hannan
* Richard Ashworth
* Nirj Diva
* James Elles

UK Independence Party - 2 SEATS (NO CHANGE)
* Nigel Farage
* Marta Andreasen

Liberal Democrats - 2 SEATS (NO CHANGE)
* Sharon Bowles
* Catherine Bearder

Green Party - 1 SEAT (NO CHANGE)
* Caroline Lucas

Jon Carpenter · Mon 8 Jun 2009, 08:00 · Link

Churchyard planning permission refused

West Oxfordshire District Council at its latest planning sub-committee meeting has refused permission for a new burial ground at St Mary's Church. The church is not expected to appeal.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 5 Jun 2009, 14:21 · Link

Conservatives hold County Council seat

The Conservatives have held the Charlbury division on Oxfordshire County Council. Our new councillor is Terence Neil Owen (Frog Lane, Milton-under-Wychwood).

Full results are:

  • Neil Owen, Conservative: 1757
  • Rosalind Scott, Liberal Democrat: 932
  • Clarissa Hornblow, Green Party: 346
  • Gina Burrows, Labour: 233

    Richard Fairhurst · Fri 5 Jun 2009, 13:37 · Link

The post office is for sale

The post office franchise, together with the stock/goodwill of the shop, is for sale. Contact Pete on 810740. The premises will be leasehold. The agent is Redwoods Dowling Kerr, The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland St, Huddersfield HD1 1RL. Email Tel 0845 223 2053

There have already been expressions of interest.

Fri 5 Jun 2009, 11:04 · Link

Peter Hiscock resigns

The Oxford Mail tonight reports that Peter Hiscock has resigned as Charlbury's postmaster.

A petition to Peter urging him to stay on has already attracted hundreds of signatures.

Tue 2 Jun 2009, 22:09 · Link

Cornbury Park Game and Country Fair

Cornbury Park is to host its first Game and Country Fair on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June.

A packed arena programme will feature a sheepdog display, gundog demonstration, falconry displays to name a few.

Youngsters and adults alike can try their hand at archery, marvel at the owls, watch the art of sheep shearing, learn about rural crafts by watching demonstrations including willow weaving, rod making and woodcarving or have a go at fly casting.

Try your hand at clay pigeon shooting or fire an air gun at targets in competitions running throughout the weekend or budding Robin Hood’s can learn the art of archery. Whatever people’s ability there will be various challenges for them to pit their wits from beginners to expert level.

Cheer on the terriers and lurchers as they race to the finish line in races taking place throughout the weekend organised by the Chairman of the Association of Lurcher Clubs, Alan Tyer.

And ferrets will also get the chance to go for glory too in the ferret races or why not enter your pets into the organised shows for lurchers, terriers and ferrets.

Throughout the weekend there will be a fine food marquee selling an array of the best produce from around the country. And Kevin Roxby, who has cooked alongside celebrity chefs James Martin, Antony Worrall Thompson and Aldo Zilli, will be tickling people’s taste buds during his cookery demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday too.

There will also be a large craft marquee with demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend, quad bike rides for the children and a vintage fairground to keep both the young and young at heart amused.

Tickets are priced adults £8, over 65s £7, under 16s £3, under 5s get in free and a family ticket admitting two adults and up to three children costs £20.

Gates will be open daily from 9am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday and there is free parking.

russell robson · Tue 2 Jun 2009, 07:46 · Link

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