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The appeal launched by Mark Hofman against the Cornbury Premises Licence will be heard at Banbury Magistrates Court on 5th May. Jean Adams, who will be representing the views of the people of Charlbury at the hearing, would like any letters of support to quash this appeal to add weight to the argument. Please send all letters directly to Jean Adams. Please email your letter, signed, to

Julie Negus · Thu 28 Apr 2011, 09:26 · Link


Families in Oxfordshire are invited to fun day in Cornbury Park on Saturday, 30 April to raise money for disadvantaged children. The day launches Slimming World?s annual Miles for SMILES fundraising event and is part of a 6,000km cycling challenge across Europe. The day is being organised by Slimming World to encourage families to enjoy some active fun together, while raising money for a good cause at the same time. Families visiting the event will be able to enjoy a range of activities including a zumba class, belly dancing, penalty shoot outs, children?s obstacle course, fairground stalls, food stalls and face painting as well as visiting stalls for the NSPCC and Slimming World.

The fundraiser will also give visitors the chance to get active to raise money for charity by riding, walking, hopping, skipping, jumping, jogging, crawling or running a mile to generate funds for the NSPCC and other children?s charities. The mile event will be led by Slimming World founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE, FRSA and visitors will have the chance to meet and have their photograph taken with Margaret.

The Cornbury Park fun day is part of a challenge being led by Margaret?s son Ben Miles, who is in the middle of a 6,000km cycle across Europe to raise funds for disadvantaged children. Only 18 months ago Ben was overweight and inactive and was warned by his doctor that he was ?a heart attack waiting to happen?. Now he?s hoping to inspire people in Oxford and across the country to join him and raise money for disadvantaged children.

To find out more about the family fun day, to register for the one mile walk or ride or to sponsor Ben, visit or

Alison Wright · Wed 27 Apr 2011, 15:22 · Link

Enstone Road maintenance

The long awaited maintenance to the Enstone Road will be happening week commencing 9th May and should last from three to four weeks. For more information, please go to Town Council website here

Susie Finch · Tue 26 Apr 2011, 18:10 · Link


Charlbury Amateur Dramatic Society send their heartfelt condolences to the family and close friends of our dear long standing member JOHN MERRIMAN.

John passed away Tuesday evening (19 April) after a valiant battle with cancer.
His three daughters were by his side as well as his wife, Ina. He suffered a massive seizure and was gone very quickly.

John's last year has been a very difficult one but he bore it with stoic courage.
He was well supported by family and close friends and they are now very sad indeed that he is gone.

John was a force of nature and endeared himself to many with his charm and tremendous upbeat enthusiasm. He was extremely well known in Charlbury as he was involved in so many town organisations.

He was one of the founding members of CADS and a member of the previous
society, Charlbury Players. Passionate about keeping amateur dramatics going in Charlbury, he was one of a few who held the space during the inter-regnum. We owe him a great deal.

John held a number of stage roles over the years, some large and some small.
One of my personal enduring memories of him was in a cameo part as the Judge in Wind in the Willows. He stepped on stage and one could feel the buzz in the Memorial Hall as the whole audience bubbled up with laughter and delight at his appearance. He had terrific stage presence and knew how to
use it to good effect.

CADS will miss him terribly as will every other society in Charlbury that he was involved with. We have all lost someone great and good.

Our hearts go out to his family for their tremendous loss.

Madeleine Wheare

Madeleine Wheare · Wed 20 Apr 2011, 10:37 · Link

Police Have Your Say Event - Saturday 23 April 2011

Come and meet your local neighbourhood policing team officers, and have your say on policing priorities and concerns in your local area.
Saturday 23 April 2011, 10am to 12pm, outside the Londis Five Ways Store, Charlbury

Valou Pakenham-Walsh · Mon 18 Apr 2011, 16:22 · Link

Tips for sorting your black recycling boxes

WODC's policy of kerbside sorting by hand means that the quality of the recyclates is higher and worth more when sold on for recycling in the UK. The contractors, May Gurney, have a dedicated collection team of about 30 operators and who are working towards just 40 seconds to empty the black boxes per household - currently it is taking over 2 minutes per household. It would help considerably if people could sort their recycling in a way that makes it convenient for the layout of the "stillages" on the collection vehicles.

There are two operator positions on each side of the vehicle, from the first there is easy access for textiles, shoes, paper, clear glass and green glass. From the second there is access for plastics/cans, Tetra Paks and cardboard, also batteries. If you could sort your boxes like this then collection would be a lot quicker and the traffic jams a lot shorter. There is no need to separate things into different plastic bags because it takes more time to empty them. The food waste goes into a special section at the back of the vehicle.

The top of the lorry has two compartments into which plastics/cans and cardboard get transferred to clear space in the lower sections. When any of the sections on the vehicle becomes full it has to return to Witney for emptying, so it is really important to squash plastic bottles and cans and to break up cardboard boxes into smaller more manageable pieces that fit in your black box.

If you would like more recycling boxes please phone 01993 861025.

Christine Elliott · Wed 6 Apr 2011, 14:13 · Link

Railway timetable changes from September

Proposed timetable changes for the Cotswold Line from September - the first post-redoubling timetable - have been posted on the ever-helpful First Great Western Coffeeshop website.

Significant changes include:

  • Speeding up most services, including the 6am service from Charlbury to Paddington, and the 5.20pm/5.50pm services from Paddington to Charlbury.
  • Extra services at lunchtime/mid-afternoon to fix the two-hour gaps in service at present.
  • Charlbury and Hanborough calls restored in morning peak service to Worcester.
  • Adjustments to mid-morning services to Oxford/Paddington (now departing approx. 9.45am and 10.15am).

The document says that the typical speed-up between London and Worcester will be between 3 and 10 minutes - but in some cases up to 20 minutes faster.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 5 Apr 2011, 18:58 · Link

District Council elections

The candidates have been announced for the election to the Charlbury & Finstock ward of West Oxfordshire District Council, to be held together with the Alternative Vote referendum on 5th May.

The candidates are:

  • Lesley Algar (The Green, Charlbury) - Labour Party
  • Hywel Davies (School Road, Finstock) - Conservative Party
  • Celia Kerslake (Nine Acres Lane, Charlbury) - Green Party
  • Liz Leffman (Park Street, Charlbury) - Liberal Democrats

The ward returns two councillors. Mike Breakell (Liberal Democrat) is stepping down this year. The second seat, currently held by Glena Chadwick (Liberal Democrat), will be up for election in 2012.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 5 Apr 2011, 08:47 · Link

Cornbury Solar Farm refused planning permission

At the Uplands Planning Committee on 4th April, permission was refused to build the solar farm at Cornbury. There were objections were from the statutory consultees - English Heritage and the Cotswold Conservation Board. Although there were no other objections from parish councils or individuals, and Liz Reason from Sustainable Charlbury wrote in support and including describing the signatories to its petition in support, this was discounted on the grounds that the committee had not been flooded with positive letters of support. A change in the rules obviously....

Our local councillors Neil Owen and Mike Breakell gave robust and considered support for the scheme, but the final vote was 7:4 against.

Liz Reason · Mon 4 Apr 2011, 17:36 · Link

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