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St Mary's flies the Olympic flag

The sight greeting visitors to Charlbury this morning! Pic (and flag) by Tim at Cotswold Frames.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 27 Jul 2012, 09:51 · Link

How to get your discounted Wilderness Tickets

The Wilderness Festival takes place in Cornbury Park from 10-12 August and all residents of OX7 can receive a discount on tickets. Lavish feasts & banquets by the UK's finest chefs, debates and discussions, music, theatre, cricket, vintage shopping, spas and of course Oxfordshire's finest tea and cakes courtesy of Charlbury and Finstock schools! Tickets are still available from Charlbury Post Office or for those who can't get here, click through on the Local Resident Ticket offer where you can buy day tickets at £55 & weekend tickets at £80. Children under 10 can come along for free.

Alison Wright · Tue 17 Jul 2012, 22:11 · Link

Charlbury Beer Festival in the news again

Today's Oxford Mail has a very positive report on Saturday's Beer Festival. See:

Edward Fenton · Tue 17 Jul 2012, 15:05 · Link

Weight restriction on river bridge

Oxfordshire County Council are about to impose a temporary 7.5T weight limit on the bridge over the Evenlode at the bottom of Dyer's Hill, by the railway station. The diversions, due to come into effect at the start of the week, are due to concern about the bridge structure. Heavy traffic will be asked to divert via Chipping Norton and Spelsbury.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 13 Jul 2012, 15:51 · Link

Searching for a local Aunt Sally champion

Those of who who can't wait till the Olympics might like to know that there's a major sporting event happening on our doorstep this Saturday, at the Charlbury Beer Festival down at the cricket pitch. See

for details!

Edward Fenton · Fri 13 Jul 2012, 08:32 · Link

New Recycling Centre - Discussion tonight 12/07 at Corner House

See here,

please fill in the survey and say it is good. And also ask them to find some better opening hours.

Fergus McVey · Thu 12 Jul 2012, 09:41 · Link

Not only the Beer Festival

Great news about the beer festival, and to compliment it the Fair will also be in town.

However, because of the weather a scaled down fair will take place on the Spendlove site adjacent to Nine Acres.

The Fair will be parking caravans on the Playing Close for security reasons.

Look out for flyers and reduce price tickets in shops and as raffle prizes at the Beer Festival.

russell robson · Tue 10 Jul 2012, 15:28 · Link

Charlbury Beer Festival: going ahead as planned

Whatever the weather, the Charlbury Beer Festival will be going ahead on Saturday 14 July as planned. One of the festival's founders, Dave Sangwine, says: 'We've been going from strength to strength now for 15 years, and this is nothing that we cannot handle. There is no flood coming at the moment, so we will be able to access the site, and we are providing plenty of marquee space and wet weather cover. This year's chair, Ed Wigzell, has contingency plans in place for a different layout so that the damage to the pitch is minimal, and we have the backing of the Cricket Club, provided that we do not damage the field with unnecessary vehicle movements. So tell everyone to come to the festival on foot, by bike or by train, or if they need to drive, then park at the station (special reduced parking rates will be in operation there all day). Bring your wellies, but bring your sun tan lotion too for when the sun comes out, as I'm sure it will.'

Edward Fenton · Mon 9 Jul 2012, 12:09 · Link

Looking for something spicy at Riverside

We have a fantastic weekend of music lined up for the rescheduled Riverside Festival on 28 and 29 July. One of the biggest hits at last weekend's Cornbury Festival, ska band The Inflatables, will be playing Riverside on Saturday alongside another Cornbury hit, London-based New Zealand rock band Melic, and Oxford favourites the Black Hats and Smilex. Oxford's very own Cuban band Ran Kan Kan is a welcome addition to Sunday's main stage line-up joining the Shapes, Dance A La Plage, Swindlestock, Graceful Slicks and headline act Alphabet Backwards. However some of the traders we had booked can't make the new dates. We are particularly looking for another food stall as an alternative to burgers and hotdogs - something a bit more exotic! If you know anyone who may be interested please get them to email or call Gary Walker on 07788 650542 (during office hours, please send an email or a text message)

Kathryn Custance · Fri 6 Jul 2012, 17:19 · Link

ChOC enlarges its committee and announces next films

At its AGM last night, three new members were elected to the committee, making a total of ten. The new faces are Rob and Nikki Frankum and Margaret Landale.

The films for August and September were also chosen. On Sunday August 19 ChOC will screen 'The Woman in Black', the thriller based on a novel by Susan Hill which gives Daniel Radcliffe his first screen role after Harry Potter.

And on Sunday September 9 the audience will see 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen', a hilarious adaptation of Paul Torday's bestseller of the same name.

Both films begin at 7.30 in the Memorial Hall, doors and bar open at 6.45, both are cert 12, and tickets are £5 on the door (ages 12-15, £3).

More information about ChOC, including the chairperson's and treasurer's reports to the AGM, can be found on the ChOC website at

Jon Carpenter · Thu 5 Jul 2012, 15:27 · Link

Waitrose in Witney: Supporting the CCCA

People in Charlbury have little need to go further afield for their shopping, but for anyone who finds themselves in Waitrose from Friday 6 July, there's a new chance to support the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal. Just put your green token in the appropriate slot, and the CCCA will get a share of the cash that Waitrose are allocating to this month's local good causes.

Edward Fenton · Wed 4 Jul 2012, 17:52 · Link

Welcome to Safer West Oxfordshire

Each month, the neighbourhood police teams bring you news on what's been happening where you live. Sign up at to receive the newsletter.
In the July issue, you can request a free home survey from our crime prevention officer Bill Butcher, and much more.

Valou Pakenham-Walsh · Wed 4 Jul 2012, 08:40 · Link

Views sought on proposed household recycling centre in Chipping Norton

West Oxfordshire District Council is proposing to develop a household recycling centre, subject to planning, at Greystones, a former council depot on the outskirts of Chipping Norton and is asking the public for thoughts on the proposals.

Residents are invited to come along and find out more about the proposals at any of the following informal drop-in consultation events:

  • Chipping Norton - Town Hall on Thursday 5 July from 12 noon to 8pm.
  • Chipping Norton - Leisure Centre on Saturday 7 July from 9am to 1pm.
  • Charlbury - The Corner House, Market Street on Thursday 12 July from 12 noon to 8pm.

Staff will be on hand to talk through the suggested plans and answer questions. Feedback from the consultation will help develop any future planning application.

If you cannot attend any of the consultation events but would like to find out more, detailed information will be available on the District Council website from Monday 2 July: Alternatively, call 01993 861420. Consultation ends Friday 20 July 2012.

Susie Finch · Wed 4 Jul 2012, 08:35 · Link

Fair Returns 11th - 15th July

The Fair is coming back for the Beer Festival weekend, with more rides and stalls. Look out for special flyers around town

russell robson · Wed 4 Jul 2012, 07:44 · Link

Street Fair Volunteers drop-in at The Bull, Saturdays 11 to 12am

The New Charlbury Street Fair supports the charity that maintains the Corner House and Memorial Hall - your community's buildings. It needs a liitle of your time.
Join us for coffee at The Bull any Saturday morning in July from 11 until 12am.
For further info:contact

Jean Adams · Tue 3 Jul 2012, 22:46 · Link

Steam train on Saturday

An update on the Cotswold Venturer, steam-hauled special, which is scheduled to run from Euston to Worcester, then back to Paddington on Saturday 7th July.

Hauled by No. 70013 "Oliver Cromwell", the train is timed to run through Oxford just after 11.40 after taking on water at Hinksey, then through Charlbury at 12.00.

It is only coming through on the journey down to Worcester - it is not coming back this way in the evening.

Timings are listed on

Simon Walker · Tue 3 Jul 2012, 19:18 · Link

Jubilee Prom Concert

Due to unforeseen circumstances it has been necessary to postpone the Concert until the Spring. Ticket sellers will refund all monies. We hope all supporters will understand and continue to support all our efforts to raise funds for our Community Centre.

Alan Hanks · Mon 2 Jul 2012, 18:26 · Link

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