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Advance notice - listings of regular events

In the near future, recurring weekly events (such as exercise classes) will not be accepted for the main events listings on the website.

Instead, there'll be a special "weekly calendar" section, down the side of the events page, that lists these events in brief.

If you organise such events - or indeed anything else that happens in Charlbury on a weekly basis, whether it be sports, a pub quiz, a choir, or what-have-you - then please let us know, by e-mailing, so you can be included in the listings.

Thank you!

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 24 Jun 2011, 20:24 · Link

Steam Train to Call at Charlbury

Probably, for the first time in over 40 years, a steam train will be calling at Charlbury station. It will run on Saturday 17th September 2011 (Street Fair day) and is part of the celebrations for the completion of the reinstatement of 20 miles of double track on the Cotswold Line. Aptly named "The Cathedrals Express" and hauled by a Castle Class Great Western engine, it is a joint venture between Vintage Trains and First Great Western. It will run to London Paddington.
Details can be found on web site
A week before this, on Saturday 10th September, the Cotswold Line Promotion Group is organising an excursion train from Charlbury to Portsmouth, using a First Great Western High Speed Train. Details of this can be found on

John Stanley · Tue 21 Jun 2011, 22:50 · Link

Charlbury School Association serves Tea and Cakes!

Charlbury School Association will be once again running our Tea Tent at the Cornbury Festival, Great Tew on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd July 2011.

We are looking forward to being at the event this year, serving tea and delicious cakes that so many of our parents have baked. A huge thank you to all who have been baking on small and grand scales!

Please call in to see us (next to the Riverside Stage) and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of one of our delicious homemade cakes! We would love to see you.

Alex Westbury · Tue 21 Jun 2011, 16:18 · Link

Dean Pit - please consider writing to OCC even if you have signed the petition

So far we have a total of 1,157 signatures on the Dean Pit petition and 120 people have signed the petition on the Oxfordshire County Council website. That's fantastic, and the number will make a big impression when we present the petition on July 28th.

To increase the impact, please consider writing a letter or an e mail to the cabinet member for growth and infrastructure, Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, even if you have already signed the petition. Ms Lindsay-Gale lives in Dorchester so has no first hand experience of the impact that the closure of Dean Pit will have in this area. We need to tell her! You can e mail her at, or write to her at County Hall , New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND. If e mailing, please would you copy me at, so I know what has been sent.

You can still add you name to the petition at

Many thanks to everyone for your part in this campaign.

Liz Leffman · Fri 17 Jun 2011, 15:03 · Link

New Permissive Cycle Route

Charlbury Cycling Group, and Cornbury Park Estate are pleased to announce that for a trial period of the three months, until 30th September, a permissive cycle route will run from the North Lodge entrance of the estate to the Southhill Business Park, and the onto the Witney Road. This route will follow the line of the present footpath and use the recently surface route around the gatehouse.

The route will allow safe off road access to and from Charlbury and Finstock and will provide a safe alternative to the Fawler Road.

Users are asked to remember this is a permissive route and should give way to walkers, and also to take care on the access road between Southhill Business Park and the Witney Road.

The route will be signed making users aware of the trial, and also other users aware of the cycle use of the route.

Charlbury Cycle group would like to thank the Estate for entering into this trial.

The route will not be open to cyclists during the Wilderness Festival weekend."

russell robson · Tue 14 Jun 2011, 17:33 · Link

New platform opens at Charlbury station

Charlbury station reopened on time this morning with its new second platform - almost forty years after the line was singled. The platform, for Worcester-bound trains, includes a new shelter, displays and wheelchair-friendly footbridge.

The first train was the 07.13 to Great Malvern, a refurbished First Great Western Turbo, with staff from Network Rail and FGW welcoming its arrival. It made an extra stop at Ascott-under-Wychwood, where a new platform has also been constructed.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 6 Jun 2011, 08:33 · Link

Public Consultation - Little Lees - 15th June

PUBLIC CONSULTATION : Following a Housing Needs Survey a need for further affordable housing in Charlbury has been identified. On Wednesday June 15th. from 3-00p.m. to 8-00p.m. the proposed scheme will be on display in the Corner House (Anne Downer room) Comments are invited from all interested persons on this proposal and where possible will be reflected in the subsequent formal planning application.Normal consultative procedures on the planning application, once submitted,will follow WODC current practice.Please take this opportunity to put your views forward. Thankyou. Town Council

Susie Finch · Wed 1 Jun 2011, 12:13 · Link

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