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ChOC offers lifts to 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' for the elderly or less mobile

If you would like a lift to 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' on Sunday July 8, and home afterwards, please phone 819117 no later than 5pm on Friday July 6. A seat(s) will be reserved for you in a good position.

The film begins at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall and will finish before 10pm. The bar is open from 6.45.

If you have a neighbour who is not online but might like to use this service, please tell them.

If you would like to assist with driving people to films, please let us know.

Jon Carpenter · Thu 28 Jun 2012, 19:00 · Link

Charlbury Summer Fair

Make sure you keep the afternoon of Saturday 7th July free, so you can join in the fun on the Playing Close at the Charlbury Summer Fair. The fair will run from 12noon to 4pm and there will be plenty to keep you occupied and plenty of lovely food to eat, so 'come and join us for lunch'. There will be a lots of stalls, games, a bouncy castle, plus Tina's dance group will be presenting 'Peter Pan' there will be Streetdance from 'Flaw R Tists'. There will be Tea & Cake, a 'Pimms & Tins' bar, Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos and much, much more. There will be a great raffle with prizes that include: Family tickets to Wilderness Festival (worth £240), £50 voucher for The Kings Arm's in Woodstock, Pony Care Day voucher for two, various tickets for family days out & cinemas and lots of edible treats! Tickets are only £1 each, if you would like some please contact Charlbury Primary School 01608 810354

We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you on Sat 7th July!

Alex Westbury · Wed 27 Jun 2012, 21:13 · Link

Steam trains through Charlbury

According to the organisers of the Cathedrals Express trips, the steam special from Salisbury to Worcester will be running through Charlbury next Thursday (28th June). The train is scheduled to be through at 12.01 on the journey to Worcester, and 17.55 on the return, and will be hauled by the new A1 engine, Tornado.

On 7th July, the Railway Touring Company's Cotswold Venturer trip will also run through Charlbury, but only in the morning as it heads towards Worcester. The company does not yet have a timing for this. The scheduled engine is Oliver Cromwell.

Simon Walker · Fri 22 Jun 2012, 10:46 · Link

Consultation on Greystones recycling proposal

West Oxfordshire District Council has announced a pre-planning consultation over the proposed recycling centre at Greystones in Chipping Norton, a possible replacement for Dean Pit. Three consultation events are planned: 5 July at Chipping Norton Town hall from 12 until 8pm; 7 July, Chipping Norton Leisure Centre from 9 until 1pm; and 12 July, Charlbury Corner House from 12 until 8pm.

Everyone is welcome at these events. Council staff will be on hand to explain the proposals and to answer any questions. Please do go along - this is a great opportunity for us to make sure that we really do get an adequate replacement for Dean Pit

Liz Leffman · Thu 21 Jun 2012, 16:13 · Link

ChOC offers grants to local good causes

ChOC has been running a raffle at its monthly film screenings in the Memorial Hall to help raise funds to buy a projector and other equipment. This aim has been achieved and the ChOC committee would now like to offer the net proceeds of future raffles to charities and community organisations in Charlbury.

To apply please email giving contact name, organisation and a description of what you would use the funds for. Grants will initially be made on a six-monthly basis and are likely to be in the region of £100.

Jon Carpenter · Tue 19 Jun 2012, 12:38 · Link

Cornbury Park bridge currently closed to vehicles

The Cornbury Park bridge at North Lodge is currently closed to all vehicles due to structural damage caused by the recent wet weather. Access for all vehicles is now only via the Southill entrance. Pedestrian access to the footpath remains unchanged.

It will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

Alison Wright · Thu 14 Jun 2012, 14:02 · Link

Oxfordshire Garden Show still on this weekend at Cornbury Park

Contrary to some reports, the new Oxfordshire Garden Show is still on this weekend at Cornbury Park, with access via the Finstock/Southill entrance.

Alison Wright · Thu 14 Jun 2012, 09:43 · Link


There will be no singing in the rain down by the river this weekend (16/17 June) as the risk of flooding has forced the organisers of the Riverside Festival to postpone the event. Riverside will now take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July, when, of course, it will be gloriously sunny! We are aiming to keep to the same line-up. Go to the website or follow Riverside on Twitter: @Riversidefest for any changes in the timing of the acts.

Kathryn Custance · Wed 13 Jun 2012, 10:13 · Link

Riverside postponed

The Riverside Festival organisers write on their Twitter feed:

"Due to adverse weather conditions, we are sad to report that Riverside Festival has been postponed. We are in the process of rearranging the dates, & contacting everyone concerned. Check the website for news as it becomes available. Really saddened to have to take this step, but for safety reasons (not to mention the weather) we feel it's in the best interests."

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 11 Jun 2012, 16:18 · Link

Jubilee Prom Friday 13th July.

Tickets now on sale at Cotswold Frames,Evenlode Books, Charlbury Deli and Cafe or Alan Hanks 01608 811090. For further details see Events Listing.

Alan Hanks · Fri 8 Jun 2012, 10:47 · Link

ChOC offers lifts to films to the elderly and less mobile

ChOC is able to offer lifts to at least some of our films to Charlbury residents who would otherwise be unable to get to them.

If you would like a lift to War Horse on Sunday, and home afterwards, please phone (819117) or email ( by 5pm on Friday.

If you would like to join our list of volunteer drivers, please email me likewise.

If you have a neighbour who is not on email but might like to use this service, please tell them.

Jon Carpenter · Thu 7 Jun 2012, 13:00 · Link

Register your demand for faster broadband!

Oxonline is a project designed to bring better broadband to Oxfordshire by 2015. The government is making money available to local councils to upgrade broadband in areas where it is unlikely to be done by the private sector. This includes areas like ours, so please go to and have your say by completing the survey.

Liz Leffman · Wed 6 Jun 2012, 17:08 · Link

Toys for Riverside

This year at Riverside (16-17 June) we will have even more children's activities. For pintsized Riversiders there will be hands-on music sessions with Saltbox, face painting, clay modeling and other craft activities. And this year, in addition to our popular hiphop workshops, older Riversiders can learn survival skills from Bushcraft experts and have a go at whacky 'Physics in the Field ' experiments run by volunteers from the Institute of Physics. To help us keep the children's (and adults') activities free we need all the help we can get. Have you got any unwanted toys or children's books which you can donate for us to sell on our children's stall at Riverside? If so could you bring them to next Saturday's Farmers' Market on The Playing Close and give them to anyone on the Riverside stall or email Helen on and she will arrange collection.

Kathryn Custance · Mon 4 Jun 2012, 14:13 · Link

Big Jubilee Lunch

The Big Jubilee Luch is still on, but will be in the Memorial Hall. The forecast is heavy rain overnight and light rain Sunday with daytime temperature of 10C - what a bummer! So we've had to decide to hold the Big Jubilee Lunch in the Memorial Hall. The Charlbury Beer Festival marquees will be erected around the hall, there will be street party type tables in the main hall and the bring and share food will be in the Garden Room. So still come, it will just be different!

Everyone still needs to bring their own plates, cutlery, etc but it won't be so far to carry out drinks from the pubs - the Rose & Crown will be doing their famous 2 pint carry outs of real ale.

Check the Big Jubilee Lunch webpage for more details. After all that sunshine last weekend, it's just not fair, bet they said that in the rain at the Coronation too!

Christine Elliott · Fri 1 Jun 2012, 13:07 · Link

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