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Cornbury Festival - discount tickets go on sale

Anyone wishing to go to next year's Cornbury Festival at Great Tew (5-7 July) might like to know that discounted Earlybird weekend tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 29 November. Last year these tickets sold out within days, so people need to go to the website or call the ticket hotline 0844 338 0000 promptly if they want to get a discount. It's a pretty good saving - £35 off an adult weekend ticket. For anyone not wanting to drive to Great Tew there will be shuttlebus service going from Charlbury
The line-up won't be announced until next year when the tickets go on general release, but to mark Cornbury's tenth anniversary the Festival Director, Hugh Phillimore, conducted an online survey of previous festival goers asking them to nominate the acts they would like him to invite back and to pick a few new acts too. Armed with this wishlist, he's aiming to pull together a Cornbury's Greatest Hits line up. And, of course, there will be the marvellous Riverside stage at Cornbury too. Riverside will be on at the end of July on the 27th and 28th.

Kathryn Custance · Wed 28 Nov 2012, 09:41 · Link

Charlbury Weather Station Website Updated to include river levels

John Dora, who provides weather information via his weather station in Wychwood Paddocks, has updated his website to show the River Evenlode levels from the Environment Agency's Flood Level service. See .

John Dora · Tue 27 Nov 2012, 11:00 · Link

Sandbags available

West Oxfordshire District Council reports that loose sand and bags are available from the Bowls Club on Ticknell Piece Road:

"Property owners /occupiers are responsible for disposing their own sandbags once the risk of flooding has subsided - if emptied and dried, the sacks can be used again. The sand can be dug into the garden to assist in soil drainage. Sandbags are only effective for water up to about 20cm/8" deep.:

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 26 Nov 2012, 17:52 · Link

Arrest made in burglary investigation

Thames Valley Police has arrested two men as part of its investigation into burglaries in West Oxfordshire.

A 42-year-old man from Cheltenham, in Gloucestershire, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with four burglaries. He has been released on bail to return to Abingdon police station on 8 January. He has been arrested in connection with burglaries in Ditchley Road, Charlbury; Paines Hill, Steeple Aston; Oxford Road, Bladon; and The Ridings, Leafield which all happened on Tuesday (13th November).

A 34-year-old man from Gloucestershire has also been charged with a burglary that happened in Cassington Road, Eynsham, on October 30.

Det Insp Rob France, from Witney police station, said: "West Oxfordshire is a low crime area but there has recently been an increase in burglaries and I would urge residents to remain vigilant and protect their homes."

Fri 16 Nov 2012, 13:51 · Link

Bus times - OCC asks for comments

Following the collapse of RH Transport, Oxfordshire County Council is to place new contracts for Charlbury's C1 (taxibus) and X9 (Witney / Chipping Norton) bus services early in the New Year.

The OCC public transport team is asking for suggestions for "minor adjustments to timetables to enhance reliability or journey opportunities". For example, these could include adjusting times for easier connections between the taxibus and train service.

If you use the buses and have any such suggestions, please e-mail me at and I can include them in Charlbury Town Council's response to the council.

Richard (Parish Transport Representative for Charlbury)

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 16 Nov 2012, 11:37 · Link

SpecialEffect Talk Talk Award News!

Delighted to report that Mick won the South East Digital Hero Award that he recieved from Martha Lane Fox and Sir Charles Dunstone. Huge thanks to all who voted.

Mick Donegan, the Founder of Charlbury charity SpecialEffect has been put forward for the Talk Talk digital hero award which is currently out to a public vote that ends on the 18th.

Dr Donegan's Charlbury-based charity use computer technologies like eye-control and brain control to help everyone from wounded servicemen to children with life-limiting conditions to enjoy a better quality of life.

The TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards, in conjunction with Citizens Online, is the only awards of its kind to celebrate outstanding people who are using digital technology to benefit their communities.

TalkTalk has shortlisted the three most deserving candidates from each of the UK's twelve main regions and are opening up the final vote online to the public. The individuals with the most votes from each of the twelve regions will be honoured at a ceremony at the House of Commons judged by a panel that includes UK Digital Champion and dotcom entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox.

It only takes a few seconds to vote for Mick at the following link and no details have to be left.

Nick Streeter · Mon 12 Nov 2012, 15:57 · Link

Greystones gets go-ahead from planning committee

Plans for the Greystones recycling centre at Chipping Norton were approved this afternoon by WODC's Uplands planning committee. The site will now go ahead and is likely to open in the early part of next year.

Liz Leffman · Mon 5 Nov 2012, 18:24 · Link

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