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Thanks to all

Just a big thank you to all those who turned up tonight in the Rose & Crown to help get Street Fair on its way!! There were 16 people!! If anyone else wants to help, but couldnt get there tonight, our first meeting will be next Monday 7th February at 8pm in the Garden Room.

Susie Finch · Mon 31 Jan 2011, 22:26 · Link

The 1st Rally Show at Cornbury Park May 14th and 15th 2011

Rally Show Ltd. are delighted to announce that in May 14th & 15th 2011 they are bringing The Rally Show to a new venue, Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire.

Cornbury Park, the family home of Lord and Lady Rotherwick, provides an exciting new location for this popular motorsport festival, and continues Cornbury's tradition of holding motorsport events. Since its launch in 2007, The Rally Show has been enjoyed by many of visitors and competitors at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. Some of the biggest names in world rallying have attended including Marcus Gronholm, Rauno Aaltonen, Paddy Hopkirk, Stig Blomqvist, Bjorn Waldegard, Ari Vatanen, Jimmy McRae, Mikko Hirvonen and Russell Brookes.

Malcolm Neill, Director of The Rally Show said, ?Cornbury is a superb venue for our event, and proved its motorsport credentials when it hosted special stages on the Network Q RAC Rally in the 1990s?. Over two days, The Rally Show boasts a combination of competitive rallies, and demonstrations of the latest World Rally Cars and Historic Rally Cars. It is an event for the whole family to enjoy, with the opportunity for spectators to drive specialist trials cars, or even brave a guest ride in a rally car.

Malcolm Neill met with the Safety Advisory Group on the 25th Jan, (Nick Potter and Roger Clarke from Charlbury Town Council were also present), to run through the noise limitation, traffic and event management plan and all were satisfied that he will put on a good event that adheres to SAG guidelines. There will be an environmental health officer in Charlbury throughout the weekend to monitor noise levels.

Both Cornbury Park and Malcolm Neill are keen that this event should offer a fundraising opportunity for Charlbury and Malcolm is in discussion with Charlbury Football Club to come up with a suitable activity.

Sun 30 Jan 2011, 22:49 · Link

Solar Farm proposal in Milton Rd near Shipton under Wychwood

Hot on the heels of the proposal put forward by the Rotherwicks in Wychwood forest, and somewhat out of our parish but fairly nearby, here comes another solar farm planned in West Oxfordshire, located at a site in Milton Road in the nearby village of Shipton- Under-Wychwood).

The developer Sam Simson, wishes to publicise an open aternoon and consultation at Wychwood CE School Hall on Saturday 5th Feb from 1pm to 5pm to demonstrate the planned solar farm. (Information from Suscha - Sustainable Charlbury)

For more details see:

Sun 30 Jan 2011, 00:16 · Link

Road closures advanced warning

Finstock Halt

Proposed works by Network Rail. The B4022 Charlbury to Witney will be closed from 19th to 27th February, to enable works to take place on Bridge Strengthening. The B4022 closure is at Finstock Halt just past Fawler Mill so to get through to Finstock and beyond from Charlbury is not possible.

The suggested alternative route is via Woodstock and Bladon to Witney but a better alternative would be via Leafield, possibly through the Forest and then back on to the B4022 at the Finstock cross roads just above the garden centre.

(Further information from Robin Calver 01865 815168 )

Enstone Road and Browns Lane

Because of proposed works by Southern Gas Networks, the Enstone Road and Browns Lane will be closed from 7th March to 8th April. Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles, residents and businesses within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works.

(Further information from John Jacques on 07989 141899 )

Susie Finch · Thu 27 Jan 2011, 13:13 · Link

Charlbury Library - display a poster in your window

Friends of Charlbury Library have created a poster which you can print and display in your window.

The poster can be downloaded here (PDF file, 550k).

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 26 Jan 2011, 15:51 · Link

Save Charlbury Library

The paper petiton is now available for signing in the Hall of the Corner House, Evenlode Books and the Post Office. Thanks to those who agreed to these placements and in advance to those who sign.

Tue 25 Jan 2011, 11:34 · Link

Charlbury stars on front cover of tourist guide

The 2011 guide to the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, published by West Oxfordshire District Council, includes a familiar-looking sign on the front cover.

The guide, available as an iPhone app as well as a printed version, features the sign at Charlbury's central crossroads, perhaps because it points the way to all four well-known towns: Witney, Woodstock, Burford and Chipping Norton.

The guide can be downloaded for an iPhone from the iTunes store and as a PDF from the Oxfordshire Cotswolds website.

Richard Fairhurst · Sun 23 Jan 2011, 15:52 · Link

Action against the closure of Charlbury Library

In addition to the e-petition there will be paper version for everyone to sign as there are those who do not have access to the net. The petition will be launched at the Read In at Charlbury Library at midday on Saturday 5 February. It can be signed in the coming weeks in the entrance hall of the Corner House, at Evenlode Books and we hope other shops in the town. Come along on the 5th and show your support for the Library and read your favourite poem or prose passage. This is part of a national action at libraries threatened with closure. You can also become Friend of the Library and attend the AGM on 28 February at 7.30 at the Friends Meeting House. Details with the Leaflet.

Fri 21 Jan 2011, 16:47 · Link

Dean Pit proposed for closure

The tip/recycling centre at Dean Pit, near Chadlington, is set to close under proposals by Oxfordshire County Council and the local Waste Partnership.

The new 'waste recycling centre strategy', to be proposed for agreement at a meeting tomorrow (Friday), envisages closing Dean Pit as well as nearby Ardley (near the M40 Brackley junction) and Stanford-in-the-Vale.

A new site would be built at Langford Lane, Kidlington; another tip would be relocated at Alkerton, near Banbury; and Dix Pit, at Stanton Harcourt, would also continue in operation. Within four years, the Kidlington site would become the only one in Oxfordshire to take non-recyclable waste.

The Waste Partnership envisages that closing the three tips would save £750,000 per annum. The proposals can be read here.

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 20 Jan 2011, 16:48 · Link

Charlbury's double-track railway

People who don't regularly venture down to the station will get a surprise on their next visit - there are now two tracks.

The sleepers and rails for the new westbound ('down') line have been laid through Charlbury station, but little further. Work is progressing on the rest of the double-track section: ballast has been laid down and new concrete sleepers are being left by the side in readiness. The new track will eventually extend as far as the Cornbury Park bridge (in the Oxford direction) and Ascott-under-Wychwood (in the Worcester direction).

Regular updates are being posted on a long (60-page!) thread on the unofficial First Great Western discussion forum.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 18 Jan 2011, 10:40 · Link

Charlbury Library Petition

Another petition has been launched to save Charlbury Library and finishes on 22nd February - so do please all sign this one too if you dont wish to see our library go! You can go to the link at here

A copy of the consultation letter (courtesy of the Stonesfield website) can be viewed here. There is further discussion in the forum.

Sun 16 Jan 2011, 13:02 · Link

Solar Farm Public Consultation

Alectron Investments are considering applying for planning permission for the installation of ground mounted solar panels on an area of arable land located within a field surrounded by woodland inside Cornbury Park.

A pre-application consultation exhibition will be held between 3 and 7pm on 21st January at Charlbury Memorial Hall. Members of the project team and from Alectron will be available to answer any questions or explain the scheme.

All members of the community are welcome to come along to see the exhibition and ask questions.

russell robson · Sat 15 Jan 2011, 16:54 · Link

Cornbury festival application passed

Cornbury Park's application for a premises licence to hold festivals at the Estate was passed yesterday (Monday) but with additional conditions.

Three large events will be permitted; two can include music until 11pm, but only one can operate as a music festival. (BBC report here.)

A formal statement is expected from WODC in the next fortnight. There's further discussion in the forum.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 11 Jan 2011, 10:10 · Link

Christmas tree recycling is on Tuesday 18th January

There is no 'chipper' at the Spendlove Centre this year.

Instead, West Oxfordshire District Council will collect Christmas trees as part of the standard green waste round. The next one is scheduled to be on Tuesday 18th January. Alternatively, trees can be taken to Dean Pit.

WODC says: "Please put trees in your garden waste bin or cut up and leave beside it - removing the pot, decorations, wire etc. You don't need to be signed up for garden waste collections - simply leave your tree out on your green collection week."

Richard Fairhurst · Sun 9 Jan 2011, 11:50 · Link

Southern Gas Networks impound car - without notice

Southern Gas Networks, who are carrying out works on Sheep Street, have impounded a Charlbury resident's car and demanded a £170 fine to get it back - without giving any notice.

Steven Jones' car, parked near his house on Sheep Street, was towed away on Wednesday while he was at work - although other cars on the road were left in place.

On contacting SGN after returning home, he was told that the car had been taken to a remote location in Gloucestershire. There had been no advance warning, although the next day, a letter arrived saying that works would be taking place on the street. The letter promised that five days' notice would be given if access to any property was required.

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 6 Jan 2011, 21:10 · Link

Guardian article on West Oxon and the Big Society

The attached link is to an article by Micheal White in today's Guardian, featuring Charlbury.

russell robson · Tue 4 Jan 2011, 21:18 · Link


There has been a significant amount of dog mess in the town centre over the last few days, especially in Brown's Lane and Market Street. If your dog makes a mess please have the courtesy to clear it up. Thank you. Gareth Miller (Cllr)

Gareth Miller · Tue 4 Jan 2011, 12:13 · Link

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