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Police Warning: Beware of Scams!

Wes Smith, Charlbury’own Police Community Support Officer, warns us against scams:
‘On my patrols I have been approached by a number of people asking me about scam letters, emails and telephone scams. These can be fake lottery and prize draw wins, get rich quick investment cons and miracle health cures. These are just some of the tricks scammers try. The most recent and frequent scam I have come across is either through a letter or email saying the person is from a war torn African country and needs to move millions of US dollars to a UK bank and promises you at least 20% for help. All you have to do is send across your bank details.
NEVER give your banks details to anyone, not over the phone, letter or email.
Remember if you didn’t enter a competition, lottery etc how can you win it? If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Though anyone can fall for a scam, the elderly and vulnerable are more likely to be targeted.
Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of a scam, or suspects a scam is being attempted can contact Consumer Direct for clear, practical advice.
TEL: 08454 04 05 06

For leaflets or more information please visit the Charlbury police office on Mondays 12pm-3pm or Fridays 9am-12pm
Or contact me on 0845 8 505 505 or email:
Don’t let them con you’

Valou Pakenham-Walsh · Tue 19 Oct 2010, 09:15 · Link

Pizza van coming to Charlbury

Following the successful fish and chip van which now operates from the Spendlove site on Friday evenings, a 'pizza shack' is coming to Charlbury on Monday evenings until 9pm.

Rico's Pizza Shack tours local villages during the week and has now settled on Charlbury as its Monday location. According to the operator: "We light up the fire at around 4:30pm and by 5pm we are ready and waiting to serve authentic thin crust pizzas. Each pizza is no less than 10 inches in diameter and takes about 6 minutes to the box, of which half of that time is spent in temperatures of around 350°C."

Orders can be placed by phone on 07810 327414. The website is .

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 18 Oct 2010, 16:34 · Link

Interested in trying Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking is a great way to exercise...

  • Burns 46% more calories than ordinary walking
  • Great for neck, shoulder and back problems
  • Easy on the knees and joints
  • Suitable for all levels
  • Sociable, safe exercise

Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do twice as effective! It is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or rambling.

Nordic Walking poles add two major benefits to going for a walk, they use the upper body muscles and they propel you along, making it feel easier to work quite hard!

In order to gain maximum benefit from Nordic Walking, it is essential to learn the correct technique from a qualified Instructor who is licensed by Nordic Walking UK -

GO Active are looking to put on Nordic Walking course for beginners during the day in the week for 4 weeks and it costs just £10!

The poles will be supplied for the course.

Please register your interest by either calling Claire on 07813012722 or by emailing so we start arranging a course as soon as possible!

Sun 17 Oct 2010, 08:26 · Link

What's Next for Sustainable Charlbury? 8pm. The Bell. Thursday 21 October

We are inviting our current – and new – supporters to join SusCha formally, giving members voting rights on what should be priorities for the next year.

We also aim to build on past activities to turn them into more long-term policies for the town. For example, early in the summer we worked with the Charlbury Cycling Group to have bikes fixed at the Farmer’s Market and would like now to extend this into making Charlbury more cycle-friendly by encouraging the Town Council to adopt such a policy leading to some bike routes, cycle parking, etc. This will all coalesce around our affiliation to the 10:10 campaign.

We recently held a meeting with the Hook Norton Low Carbon who have offered to see if some of the £0.5m grant they received from the government in July could be used outside its immediate vicinity. We are drafting a short proposal to try and obtain funding for the school to reduce its energy consumption and install solar panels for the swimming pool.

We would use this as the basis for exploring community purchase of solar PV and hot water panels to reduce costs, perhaps using two companies recommended by Hook Norton Low Carbon.

We would also like to explore setting up a car club, installing a local wind turbine and so on. Lots of ideas and enthusiasm! These also build on SusCha/ CAWAG activities around food, waste, and so on.

Our objective is to have a suite of activities that cover many sustainability issues and start to provide a buzz around town.

Tue 12 Oct 2010, 15:23 · Link

Corner House/Memorial Hall phoneline

The week-old fault on the line for Bookings and Queries for these community buildings was cleared on Sunday, so normal service is now resumed.

Mon 11 Oct 2010, 12:38 · Link

SpecialEffect Quiz Night Success!

SpecialEffect's Quiz Night Hosted by Kate Gerrish was for the second year running a great success raising £1000 for Charlbury based charity SpecialEffect.

This year another challenging quiz was put on by John Grain and marvelous curry was served by chef Gary Walsh. The evening was great fun and raised great awareness as well as funds for SpecialEffect.

A huge thank you for everyone who helped make the event a success.

SpecialEffect Team

Sat 9 Oct 2010, 12:36 · Link

Corner House/Memorial Hall phoneline faulty

There has been a fault on the line for Bookings and Queries for these community buildings for some days, and the BT engineer is not due until the afternoon of Monday 11th October. Any urgent matters please contact the Chairman Stephen Andrews on 01608 811212, otherwise delay phoning until it is fixed.

Fri 8 Oct 2010, 14:28 · Link

No verdict in car crash trial as road branded unsafe

The layout of the B4022 Charlbury-Finstock road has been implicated in the car crash that killed a Finstock resident last year.

The trial of Pedro Cardoso for causing death by careless driving was abandoned this week after a police reconstruction concluded "the layout of the bend could have given the illusion Mrs Bennett’s headlights were on the wrong side of the road, causing Mr Cardoso to take evasive action", according to the Oxford Mail.

Oxfordshire County Council is planning to introduce a 50mph limit on the road.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 8 Oct 2010, 07:36 · Link

More festivals at Cornbury?

The Oxford Mail is reporting that more music festivals could be staged at Cornbury Park in a deal between HMV Group and the Cornbury Estate.

Hugh Phillimore, organiser of the Cornbury Festival - now revealed to be moving away from its original site - told the newspaper that "HMV want to do a few festivals at Cornbury Park each year". He explained that his festival would be moving away in order to stay independent of HMV.

HMV owns the Mean Fiddler company, which organises several festivals. Specialist website eFestivals speculates that its Glade dance music festival may be one of those pencilled in for the Cornbury site.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 8 Oct 2010, 07:26 · Link

Superfast Broadband for Charlbury

BT is prioritising the provision of superfast broadband (via optic fibre cables) to those areas where people vote for it first. Charlbury is one of the exchanges which is eligible - but if you want it you have to vote for it! The website to go to is: There were only 39 votes for Charlbury, out of a possible 1,527, so far, so suggest we all get voting soon! (from Nick Way's post on Forum)

russell robson · Mon 4 Oct 2010, 22:48 · Link

Street Fair photos uploaded

Photos of this year's Street Fair and the Fun Run are now online. Click 'Gallery' above to see them. Thanks to Laurie Baughan for taking them and as ever to Colin Critch for hosting the pics.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 4 Oct 2010, 19:57 · Link

Sheep Street Road Closure

Sheep Street will be closed from 1st November to 19th December for gas main and service replacement. Access will be maintained for emergency services, residents and businesses within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works. For further information, please contact Oxfordshire County Council on OCC 0845 310 11 11 or Southern Gas ( John Jacques) 01865 845961 or 07989 141899.

Susie Finch · Mon 4 Oct 2010, 12:59 · Link

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