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The Hunger Lunch at The Cottages, Church Lane, on Saturday 23 January raised £800 which has been sent to The World Food Programme for its work in Haiti. Very many thanks to all who supported the event or donated. The appeal is still open.

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Wed 27 Jan 2010, 12:16 · Link

£50,000 grant for Nine Acres pavilion

The Oxford Mail reports that WREN have provided a £50,000 Landfill Tax grant towards the £200,000 cost of a new pavilion:

Committee chairman Robert Caston said: “The pavilion is 76 years old and unusable for young people. This is a generous grant and we’re absolutely delighted. Youngsters from the football club and the tennis club will be the ones to benefit. The pavilion will include two full size changing rooms, showers, toilets, and separate disabled changing rooms.”

(Original story.)

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 26 Jan 2010, 23:38 · Link

Petition launched to cut speed limit on Finstock/Witney road

From the Oxford Mail:

"A grieving husband has launched a petition to cut the speed limit on a west Oxfordshire road where his wife became the eighth person to die in a decade.

"Paul Bennett’s wife Linda died in a crash last November on the 60mph B4022 near Charlbury, just three days before her 54th birthday. He is now calling for the county council to introduce a 40mph limit between Charlbury and Witney, following two deaths in the past 12 months."

People who would like to add their names to the petition are asked to e-mail their name, address and comments on the road to . (More details on the Oxford Mail story.)

Richard Fairhurst · Sun 24 Jan 2010, 23:23 · Link

Police appeal for information about Woodstock Road crash

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a fatal collision near Charlbury, Chipping Norton.

At about 8.20am on Thursday, a blue VW Polo and a black Peugeot 106 collided on the B4437 Woodstock Road, at the junction for New Barn Farm near Charlbury.

The driver of the Peugeot, a 26 year old woman from Woodstock, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with serious injuries. She died from her injuries on Friday afternoon.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle prior to the collision, should contact Sgt Pete Jell, from the Bicester Roads Policing Department on 0845 8 505 505. If you don’t want to speak to police or leave your name, call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

(from a TVP press release)

Richard Fairhurst · Sun 24 Jan 2010, 00:26 · Link

New use proposed for The Old Bank House in Market Street

A planning application has been submitted for conversion of the two upper floors of the Old Bank House, Market Street into a three-bedroomed flat. The ground floor would be altered to provide a suite of four offices (instead of the present three) and kitchen, and an outdoor smoking area.

The application and the accompanying plans may be seen here.

The applicants are OHL Ltd, a Rothschild family company based on the Ashton Estate at Oundle, near Peterborough. OHL already own The Old Farm House in Sheep Street.

Jon Carpenter · Fri 22 Jan 2010, 11:20 · Link

New parking wardens for West Oxfordshire

On 25th January 2010 West Oxfordshire District Council takes over the management of on-street parking from the Police.

A new team of civil enforcement officers, called Community Wardens, will control parking both on the street and in council-managed car parks across the district. Wearing distinctive green uniforms and high-visibility jackets, the new Community Wardens will carry out regular patrols on foot throughout the District.

They will:
. help improve parking problems caused by illegal and inconsiderate parking, which will help keep roads safe and traffic moving freely
. provide advice to motorists and residents, linking the public with council services
. penalise those that flout the law by issuing Penalty Charge Notices.

All car parks in West Oxfordshire will remain free and there are currently no plans to introduce any on-street pay and display or residents parking areas (Controlled Parking Zones). In addition to managing parking the new community wardens will act as the 'eyes and ears' of the Council, reporting environmental issues such as littering, dog-fouling and graffiti. They will also work closely with neighbourhood Police teams.

. The majority of parking offences, including parking on yellow lines and in parking bays, are no longer criminal and will now be classed as civil contraventions.
. Offences that attract endorsements on your driving licence such as parking on zig-zags of pedestrian crossings will remain criminal and will be enforced by the Police and the Council.
. Income from penalty charge notices will be used to improve local transport and parking services In West Oxfordshire the service will be provided by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC) who will be acting as agents of the Highway Authority, Oxfordshire County Council.

Wed 20 Jan 2010, 09:41 · Link

Street Lighting

The Town Council would like to report that having carefully considered all responses and further questioning of OCC, at the Town Council's last meeting it decided to retain the status quo in respect of street lighting. Representations have been made to OCC to ask that their proposal to switch off lights be mandatory rather than optional. If the policy changes then the matter will be reconsidered.

Susie Finch · Tue 19 Jan 2010, 16:09 · Link

Arrests follow attempted Co-op burglary

Four men are in custody following an attempted burglary at the Co-op early today. The alarm went off just before 3am.

Dc Mick Jenks is quoted in the Oxford Mail as saying: “The offenders made off in a silver car. Four people were stopped in a car in Deddington and arrested in connection with the incident."

Anyone with information should call Dc Jenks on 08458 505505 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Mon 18 Jan 2010, 18:44 · Link

Logs for recycling

A message from Roger Clarke, clerk to the Town Council. A large tree has recently been felled on Nine Acres and the wood has been cut into logs and left on site. Residents may help themselves to this and can find the logs near to the steps up into the field at the top of Nine Acres Lane. Please take what you need and help recycle the timber.

Susie Finch · Mon 18 Jan 2010, 13:26 · Link

It did snow

Re-live the snow at

Sun 17 Jan 2010, 08:59 · Link

Winter & Neighbours Leaflet

The Town Council have been issued with the following Governmentleaflet, giving hints etc on what to do in severe weather, how we can help our neighbours, and yes, clear pavements without fear of prosecution. The document can be found here

Susie Finch · Fri 15 Jan 2010, 14:04 · Link

Waste Collections

WODC have just issued a statement to say that they are continuing this week (up to and including Saturday) to try to catch up with back Christmas collections though they still can't reach some areas. They hope and assume that normal collections will start on Monday, Jauary 18th.

Fri 15 Jan 2010, 11:52 · Link

Burford Open Evening postponed

The sixth form open evening has been postponed for a week due to the weather.

Wed 13 Jan 2010, 21:35 · Link

Clearing the pavements

There has been much debate on whether clearing your pavement outside your house would lead to prosecution if someone were to have an accident. Please listen on BBC iPlayer to Today in Parliament for 11th January, when the first seven minutes are on this subject. You can then make your own minds up whether to do this or not, but it does seem a neighbourly thing to do, for all concerned. The link is here

Susie Finch · Wed 13 Jan 2010, 15:16 · Link

WODC Waste and Recycling update Wed 13 Jan

Wasre and recycling collections remain suspended. The situation will be reviewed tomorrow morning . . . .
More information at


Wed 13 Jan 2010, 15:03 · Link

WODC waste and recycling update - Tuesday

From West Oxfordshire District Council:

Yesterday we re-started our household refuse (wheeled bins) waste collection service, following the Christmas and New Year collection schedule.

Today we will be re-starting black box recycling collections, but will only be picking up along main roads in the district. In addition to the large recycling trucks we have a smaller lorry picking up recycling from villages in the south east of the district as they have not had a collection for over a week.

Today's refuse (wheeled bins) collection is in the north of the district and parts of Witney. We will be adopting the same principle as yesterday, which is parking the large refuse lorries in safe locations and using a fleet of smaller vehicles to shuttle waste out from estates and side roads. We will be collecting bags of waste contained within wheeled bins or alongside them. In some cases this may result in bins not being fully emptied.

We will be doing our best to clear the backlog. We apologise to residents and hope they understand that we are operating a limited service in areas where it is not safe to take the large collection vehicles on ice packed roads. If we are unable to get to you, please can you take your bins and boxes back in and put out again on your normal collection date next week.

Because of the current difficulties we will collect any excess refuse and recycling materials, stored in bags alongside bins or boxes. If it is recycling, please leave the bags open. We apologise to all those living in areas we cannot access, but hope they understand that we can only collect when it is safe to do so.

Green waste collections are delayed until road conditions improve. Trade waste collections have re-started in places that are accessible. We will collect any excess waste presented.

We will continue to review the situation and will update the WODC website each day with the latest information on waste and recycling collections.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 12 Jan 2010, 12:40 · Link

Help your neighbours

OCC and Age Concern have issued a brief leaflet which can be viewed here giving emergency numbers etc.

Susie Finch · Sat 9 Jan 2010, 16:21 · Link

Worths buses running to Witney

Worths are running buses today (Saturday) between Charlbury and Witney, picking up from Slade/Ditchley Road and Fiveways hourly from 9.25, LAST BUS LEAVES WITNEY AT 4 PM.

Jon Carpenter · Sat 9 Jan 2010, 09:03 · Link

Christmas Tree Recycling

WODC have just informed the Town Council that because of the adverse weather conditions the recycling of Christmas trees planned for this weekend at the Spendlove car park is being postponed for one week, weather permitting.

Susie Finch · Thu 7 Jan 2010, 16:41 · Link

Charlbury Society meeting Friday January 8th


Thu 7 Jan 2010, 10:52 · Link

Heavy snowfall and District Council Services

Waste and recycling collections

The following is displayed on the WODC website.

Waste and recycling collection services have been suspended until it is safe for heavy waste collection vehicles to travel on side roads.

If you are due a collection today, please can you take your bins and boxes back in and present again on your scheduled collection date next week.

Any excess recycling waste materials can be stored in open bags, such as carrier bags or black bags, and we will collect these with your boxes next week.

If you have a bulky waste collection booked, we will contact you to re-arrange.

We will continue to assess the situation and will update this website later today about tomorrow's waste collection services.

For more information on services etc.can be found here

Susie Finch · Wed 6 Jan 2010, 15:56 · Link

Boiler scrappage scheme launched

Is your boiler over 15 years old, does it have a permanent pilot light? If so it may be rated G, the lowest energy efficiency rating. The government has just launched a scheme offering £400 off A rated boilers for households scrapping G rated boilers.

For more information see:

or the official site

posted on behalf of Sustainable Charlbury

Wed 6 Jan 2010, 13:56 · Link

Charlbury Police Office new opening hours

The Charlbury police office at the Spendlove Centre will now be open on the first Saturday morning of each month.

From 9am until midday the office will be staffed by volunteers and the neighbourhood police team will be there to discuss any issues you may have.

The office is also open on Mondays from midday until 3pm and Fridays from 9am until midday.

Tue 5 Jan 2010, 11:22 · Link

ChOC looks for new people to help with its expanding programme

Charlbury's Own Cinema (ChOC) shows a film once a month in the Memorial Hall and is looking to expand its activities.

It is run by a very small volunteer committee which is about to lose an energetic member. In fact ChOC needs more people to muck in and help in all sorts of ways.

You might have a specialist skill or interest (for instance, ChOC would benefit from someone with Powerpoint skills, a fundraiser, a minutes secretary, people to work behind the bar, and someone to help with the monthly paperwork, plus there are some interesting ideas for anyone who'd be good at mounting the occasional special event which would certainly pack the Memorial Hall).

And it would love to welcome more film enthusiasts on board: reviewing films and planning the programme is what ChOC is all about. If you've anything you feel you could contribute, email ChOC at

Jon Carpenter · Tue 5 Jan 2010, 08:46 · Link

Cotswold Frames buys the Chancellors shop

Tim Widdows writes on the Cotswold Frames page of this website:

"Just to let you know Cotswold Frames will be on the move in the coming months, we have just bought the old Chancellors Estate Agents shop and are currently refurbishing it."

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 4 Jan 2010, 16:17 · Link

Councillor Owen supports salt bins request

After the recent controversy surrounding the County Council's refusal to provide any but three of the twelve salt bins requested by the Town Council, Charlbury's Tory county councillor Neil Owen has written to the council's cabinet member for transport, Rodney Rose, urging him to reconsider.

He says the Town Council is better placed than the Highways Department to decide where bins are needed, and that 'there are many strategic points where a saltbin would be advantageous'.

The Town Council pays for the bins, and the highways dept refills them.

The county's road salting map downloads here.

Jon Carpenter · Mon 4 Jan 2010, 08:50 · Link

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