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Free Compost Still Available from Spendlove

About 2/3 of the compost has already gone - but if you forgot over the weekend, then you still have time to go down and help yourself from the pile which is in the far corner towards the Sports Pavilion. The compost has been made by Agrivert from our WODC green waste collections. Please bring your own wheelbarrow, bags and a spade or shovel and then just help yourself. The compost reaches BSI standard PAS100 and is suitable for organic gardening. If you need any assistance with bagging and transporting the compost please contact Christine on 07551 793108.

Christine Elliott · Mon 29 Oct 2012, 15:16 · Link

West Oxfordshire Business Awards

Does your business deserve to be an award winner...then enter the West Oxfordshire Business Awards....the "WOBAs". Now in their 3rd year the WOBAs recognise the best in business in the district. Past winners have included Charlbury based SpecialEffect and other Charlbury businesses have been finalists.
Entry into any of the 11 categories is easy...just go to the website and follow "Enter Now".
Wouldn't it be good to have more winners from the Town.

Mike Leggett · Mon 22 Oct 2012, 12:38 · Link

Wilderness wins Best Festival Award

Wilderness was named Best Festival (under 15,000 capacity) at the Live UK Music Business Awards last week. Wilderness takes place in Cornbury Park in August.

Alison Wright · Sun 14 Oct 2012, 15:51 · Link

Salley Vickers' talk

Salley has said that her interview will be principally about her new book, The Cleaner of Chartres.

Although not published and available elsewhere until November, Evenlode Books has been able to secure advantage copies specially for this occasion. They are on sale in the bookshop now, as well as at the talk on Friday. The cover price is £16.99: we are selling them for £15 and donating £1 to the community centre fund.

Reserve a copy now on 819117!

Jon Carpenter · Tue 9 Oct 2012, 11:36 · Link

Bus services safeguarded

The X9 and C1 buses are to continue in operation to the same timetables until June 2013, following the collapse of RH Transport.

The X9 will now be run by Stagecoach. The C1 Railbus will now be run by Go Ride of Abingdon.

Official OCC statement here.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 5 Oct 2012, 15:01 · Link

Tennis Court Bookings Now at Cotswold Frames

To let you know that Cotswold Frames is now the place to make your bookings for the tennis courts.
Tennis Club Members £4.00 per Hr
Non Members £4.50 per Hr

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Fri 5 Oct 2012, 14:03 · Link

Stagecoach to provide Chipping Norton/Witney bus on Friday/Saturday

Bus operator Stagecoach has stepped in to run the X9 Chipping Norton and Witney bus on Friday and Saturday, following RH Transport ceasing operations. The buses will run free of charge! Late-night services will not run.

The C1 rail bus will run, provided by First Great Western.

(More details: Oxfordshire County Council website.)

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 4 Oct 2012, 16:42 · Link

RH Transport to Cease Operations

It appears that Charlbury's X9 (Chipping Norton/Witney) and C1 (station) bus services will need a new operator as from Friday 5th October.


RH's school services will not run on Friday 5th, but Oxfordshire County Council hopes to have identified a replacement operator for them in time for Monday (details on the OCC website).

There are now notices up at Charlbury's bus stops advising of this. However, if you know a bus user who doesn't read this website, please do let them know.

John Stanley · Thu 4 Oct 2012, 12:19 · Link

NEW! Online bookings at Southill Microgym

In response to user feedback, Southill Microgym has recently launched an online booking system for classes and Open Gym sessions.
Personal Training should still be booked direct with Sally.

Southill Microgym offers classes to all levels of fitness, for the people of Charlbury and the surrounding villages, at affordable prices.

Membership or 'pay as you go' options available.
For more details see the Business section/Health.

S Donegan · Wed 3 Oct 2012, 14:42 · Link

Big turnout for ChOC events

Last Saturday's concert by Ensemble Ox in the Memorial Hall was the latest success in ChOC's autumn programme. A dozen professional musicians performed works by Bach, Peter Maxwell Davies, Webern and Kurt Weill to an enthusiastic audience of over 90. This was just three weeks after the film 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' drew an audience of 111, the third biggest since ChOC was founded in 2005.

Later this month ChOC expects a big turnout for the flamenco guitarist Eduardo Niebla. Niebla bridges his flamenco gypsy jazz roots with Indian, Arabic, classical and modern jazz to produce the most electrifying, brilliant and poignantly poetic guitar playing imaginable. ChOC is already selling tickets to an audience from across the south of England, so they really mean it when they say, book early!

Meanwhile, on Sunday October 14 ChOC shows the film 'Moonrise Kingdom', a warm, whimsical, comic and poignant movie about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away. It's a rewarding and memorable film and the certificate allows it to be shown to anyone age 12 and upwards.

All ChOC upcoming events are at with more programme details and booking information.

Jon Carpenter · Tue 2 Oct 2012, 19:21 · Link

Charlbury Station Car Park Extension

It is understood that the car park extension on the site of the former allotments at Charlbury station is due to come into use sometime on Tuesday 2nd October.

Update 02 10 2012 - it did, indeed, open.

John Stanley · Mon 1 Oct 2012, 23:00 · Link

Brown's Lane - please park carefully!

Ever seen a double-decker bus wedged between a wall and a row of parked cars? That was the situation for the S3 Oxford bus this afternoon.

A (wide) Land Rover was parked on Brown's Lane, several inches from the kerb and with its front wheels left in mid-turn. The hourly S3 bus attempted to pass, but was only able to get partly through before having to stop.

Subsequent manoeuvring left the bus wedged - its passenger door in the ivy on one side of the road, its back end almost touching the Land Rover, and neither the driver nor passengers able to get out of the bus. The X9 Witney bus and several cars were backed up behind.

Fortunately, after 10 minutes or so, the owner of the Land Rover returned and was able to move it closer to the kerb - averting a police call-out.

The (brand new) S3 double-deckers are 2.5m (8ft 2in) wide and do require that the road is kept clear. If you're parking on Brown's Lane, particularly if you have a large car, please:

  • keep close to the kerb
  • make sure your wheels are not angled outwards
  • fold in your passenger-side wing mirror

Richard Fairhurst
Parish Transport Representative, Charlbury Town Council

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 1 Oct 2012, 17:11 · Link

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