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Charlbury Resident Crowned Miss Oxfordshire Inspiration

Charlbury Resident ,Layla Claridge,21 years old, has recently been selected for two beauty pageants.
Layla was newly crowned Miss Oxfordshire Inspiration and will be competing in the Finals of Miss Inspiration Beauty Pageant on 4th January 2014. Alongside this she will also be competing in the finals of Face of the Globe beauty pageant to win a place in the international competition held in Disneyland Paris. This Pageant will be taking place on 1st September 2013 at Charlton Football Stadium.
In both competitions finalists will not be judged on looks alone, but also their personalities and awards such as publicity and miss charity play an essential role in the competition. This considered, she will be hoping to hold lots of fundraising events around the area and will be campaigning for sponsorship also. You may also spot Layla in the Charlbury co-op where she works when she is home from university. Layla is currently studying for her Mres in rhetoric degree at Royal Holloway University of London, which she hopes to complete in September.

You can follow Layla's progress in the contest in both her pageants at and
For further information either contact Layla Claridge on 07500017382 or by email at

Layla · Fri 28 Jun 2013, 20:55 · Link

New bike stands on Church Street

Charlbury has its first town-centre bike parking. Four 'Sheffield stands', each capable of accommodating two bikes, have been installed outside the Rose & Crown on Church Street. The work was carried out and funded by Oxfordshire County Council after a request from Charlbury Cycling Group, supported by the Town Council.

The racks are intended to encourage more passing cyclists to stop in Charlbury and visit the town's shops and pubs. They also provide secure, easy bike parking for Charlbury residents who cycle into the town centre rather than driving.

Charlbury is on a proposed National Cycle Network route (442) from Oxford to Worcester which, when opened, will attract more cyclists to the town and therefore bring more passing trade to local businesses.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 28 Jun 2013, 10:13 · Link

Southill Solar Update

The Southill Solar team were delighted with the attendance at last weeks first community meeting to introduce Charlbury's Solar Park project.

The hall was packed and the questions, and answers, flowed thick and fast. The evening ended with a quick hands up for and against the project and the result was an overwhelming majority in favour.

But we are still at the very beginning of the process and would really like to know what you think, either for or against. Please take a few minutes to visit our website where you will find more information and also be able to complete the short questionnaire.

If you prefer to complete the questionnaire by hand there are copies available from the Charlbury Post Office.

Thank you to everyone from Charlbury, Finstock and Fawler who attended the meeting, community involvement in this project is crucial.

Sarah de Buriatte · Mon 24 Jun 2013, 11:57 · Link

Quiz night

Thank you to everyone who came to the quiz night on 21st June in the Memorial Hall and also to everyone who helped out. A wide range of questions bamboozled some and were a doddle for others! The music round in particular sticks in my mind. Teams seemed to either know them all or not at all! The bar was busy throughout the evening and a total of £385 was raised. This means I have now raised £940 towards my target of £1000 to be shared between the Helen & Douglas House & Katharine House Hospices.

Don't forget the Coffee Morning being held in the Corner House on Saturday 29th June between 10 & 12noon. In addition to the tea and coffee there will be a cake stall, raffle and toasted sandwiches on offer.

Donations can also be made via the virginjustgiving website at By typing in my name the website will take you to my donations page where you can make your individual donation.

Robin Akers

Linda Akers · Sun 23 Jun 2013, 20:13 · Link

Burglary on Ditchley Road

My fiancé and I have just moved into Charlbury (Ditchley Road) and today we had the shock of coming back to our cottage to find we'd been broken into. The police have been informed but I wanted to see if anyone saw any suspicious activity today (18th June 2013) particularly between 1.30 and 4.30pm. We've been left shaken up with laptops and rings stolen so would appreciate it if anyone have any information that might help. Neil and Sabina:

neil ashton · Tue 18 Jun 2013, 22:27 · Link

Alan Hanks

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Alan Hanks on Wednesday 12 June. Alan worked tirelessly on the CCCA committee and was the Chairman from 2009 to 2012; previously he was a Trustee of the Thomas Gifford charity.

Alan was a tremendous role model for giving time and effort to local good causes and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.

The funeral service will be held at St Mary's on Monday 24th June at 11am. Donations for the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal and Leukaemia Research to be sent c/o A L Sole & Son, Bidston Close, Over Norton.

Mon 17 Jun 2013, 22:10 · Link

Wilderness Tickets

Due to overwhelming demand, the limited local OX7 tickets have now completely sold out and full price tickets have very nearly reached capacity.

Wilderness doubled the allocation of local tickets for 2013 compared to last year and apologise to all those who missed out.

You can still buy the full price Weekend Tickets from Charlbury Post Office at a cost of £139 (compared to £150.25 on the web site ).

This gives access to the festival over the 4 day duration and it promises to be worth every single penny.

For further information regarding any aspect of ticketing or the festival in general, please contact me via this site.

Mel Moss

Mel Moss · Mon 10 Jun 2013, 17:03 · Link

Appeal for information after a burglary

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a burglary in Charlbury.

Between 8am and 5.40pm on Tuesday (4/6) offenders gained entry to a property in Sturt Road by a rear kitchen window.

Once inside the offenders conducted a full search of the property but left empty handed.

If you have any information please contact PC Lorna Briggs from Witney police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Sat 8 Jun 2013, 00:20 · Link

Sir Patrick Nairne

We are very sorry to report the passing of Patrick Nairne - Charlbury resident, well-known in the Art Society and St Mary's Church, and a governor of the Ditchley Foundation. The Telegraph has published a comprehensive obituary. His funeral will be in St Mary's at 2.30pm on Thursday 13th June.

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 5 Jun 2013, 11:19 · Link

Old 1999 version of the Charlbury Website online

Anyone who want's to look back at the news and events in Charlbury in 1999 should go to but please don't ring any numbers or reply to adverts as they are 14years old. I shall change the month/year every so often so you can all look back and see what was happening then

Ray Marshall · Wed 5 Jun 2013, 10:33 · Link

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