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What a little load of rubbish!

This year's Riverside festival attracted 8000 visitors over the weekend - astonishing considering the less than ideal weather. What is even more astonishing is that after the recycling efforts of the Riverside volunteers, those 8000 people generated just four bags of rubbish.

Kathryn Custance · Wed 31 Jul 2013, 11:42 · Link

Charlbury police office to close

At a media briefing in Witney today, Thames Valley Police announced that the Charlbury police office in the Spendlove Centre will close permanently in April. Full report from the Oxford Mail.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 23 Jul 2013, 19:07 · Link

Church Bells Ringing to celebrate Royal Arrival!

The Bells of St Mary's will be rung at 6pm today, Tuesday 22 July, to celebrate the birth of a son to William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Tue 23 Jul 2013, 16:33 · Link

Launch of Community Led Plan

The launch on Saturday 20th July at the Memorial hall of the Community Led Plan (CLP) for Charlbury consultation was a great success with around 120 people attending to give their views, discuss ideas, issues and initiatives. As well as the CLP display, visitors also had the chance to review projects currently underway in Charlbury. These were The Beacon Project, Southill Solar, Charlbury Community Centre and Walkers are Welcome, with great interest shown in all of them.
We have received almost 100 postcards through the website and collection boxes telling us what you like about Charlbury and what may be needed in the next 5 to 15 years.
Our initial analysis of the postcards posted in our collection boxes will probably not surprise many people. the key issues were keeping town centre shops, providing more affordable housing(social or other), building the proposed Community Centre, the future use of the Corner House, traffic calming & parking. There were many other issues noted, but these were the most frequent concerns raised. We'll be collating all the information from the launch event to add to this over the coming weeks, as well as planning further events around the town, including a stall at the Street Fair. If you haven't commented yet, go to the CLP webpage on this site where you can still post your comments on line.
We are also collecting questionnaires from organisations in the town about the future of all facilties, such as the Memorial Hall & Corner House, so if you have one of these but haven't returned it. please send it in soon.
Thank you to all those who took the time to complete and return the postcards and to attend the event. Look out for advertised events on the website and the notice boards.

Jim Holah Chair CLP Advisory Group

Jim Holah · Sat 20 Jul 2013, 16:59 · Link

WILDERNESS Child Tickets

To all those who have their tickets ready and waiting for the wonderful Wilderness Festival - please remember that ALL children (age 0-10) need a ticket to gain entry to the festival grounds.

Children between 0 - 10 are free but if they don't have a ticket, they will not be granted entry.

Please contact me if you have any concerns regarding children's tickets for the festival.

Mel Moss · Fri 19 Jul 2013, 16:10 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Classic Cars

Thanks to the benevolence of The Priory, we are again able to organise a display of classic and vintage cars on Street Fair Day which is Saturday 21st Sept.
If you have a suitable vehicle that you would like to show off to those attending Street Fair, please contact

John Munro · Wed 17 Jul 2013, 22:17 · Link

Charlbury becomes Oxfordshire's first walking town

Charlbury has been awarded Walkers Are Welcome accreditation - the first town in Oxfordshire and the Eastern Cotswolds to do so.

Walkers are Welcome is a nationwide initiative, launched in 2007, to encourage towns and villages to be 'welcoming to walkers'. The 100 WaW towns include places such as Abergavenny, Hay on Wye, Hebden Bridge, Church Stretton, Stroud and Chesham.

By attracting more walkers to the town, Charlbury's WaW group hopes to make it a busier, more successful place. Walkers will bring custom to the pubs and cafés, so they sell more and can open for longer hours. Walkers need B&Bs and other accommodation - an ideal part-time business opportunity for Charlbury people. Walkers will help to fill off-peak trains, making the case for an hourly service through the day.

Future activities will include a launch event with guided walks, pencilled in for the end of August; waymarking recommended routes around the local area; and increased publicity on the web and in print. If you'd like to be involved, contact Tony Merry (, 811022) or Richard Fairhurst (, 810117).

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 17 Jul 2013, 09:31 · Link

The 16th Charlbury Beer Festival: a resounding success

The Committee of the 2013 Charlbury Beer Festival are pleased to confirm that this year's event was the most successful yet. Co-Chairs Jo Elliott and Liz Donnelly will be thanking all our sponsors personally in due course, when the final figures are known, but they have issued a statement to say: 'It's clear that this year's Beer Festival has generated a record-breaking total of more than £20,000 net to be granted to local charities over the coming year, with an additional £3,500 of net income made by the four local charities running their own stands at the event. This is absolutely fantastic - and thanks to all for your support.'

We have already received our first grant application for 2013-14, and we look forward to receiving many more over the coming 12 months. Plans are already under way for the 2014 event, under the chairmanship of Nick Millea - see the CBF's new website for full details.

Edward Fenton · Tue 16 Jul 2013, 20:52 · Link

Charlbury Fire Station

In your community there is a full time firefighter based at the Fire Station during the working week. Deb Lamb has been based at Charlbury since January this year and she would like you to pop in and say hello, in return she can give you some valuable safety advice, talk about smoke alarm ownership, and if you like have a look around your community's fire engine.

Interested in becoming a firefighter?
If anyone is interested in finding out more about the rewarding and exciting opportunities a job as a retained firefighter can offer, then please call in and talk it through with Deb.

Alison Cherry · Mon 15 Jul 2013, 17:52 · Link

Can you help Charlbury Primary After-School Club?

We are looking for a Dolls House, Small Cars, Trucks, and Lego for Charlbury Primary After School Club. If you have any of these items that you wish to donate to the school, please bring them into the school reception or please contact the school on 01608 810354 Thankyou

Kim Bodman · Mon 15 Jul 2013, 16:41 · Link

Wychwayz on Radio Oxford

Wychwayz Border Morris were interviewed on Radio Oxford this morning by Jo Theones you can listen to it on
Includes a guest appearance by our webmaster and organist Richard !

Anthony Merry · Wed 10 Jul 2013, 10:35 · Link

Father Brown comes to Charlbury

You may have seen boards around Charlbury indicating "BD loc" or "BD tech". These are markers for the BBC Birmingham Drama department to indicate to cast and crew where one of the locations for the new Father Brown series is being filmed. The location is Cornbury Park.

Mary and I hosted several of the filmings last summer at Blockley Vicarage and Church (I retired from Blockley last October and moved to Charlbury). It has been good to meet up again with cast members: Mark Williams (Father Brown - who also played Mr. Weasley in Harry Potter films); Nancy Carroll (Lady Felicia); Sorcha Cusack (Mrs. McCarthy); and Alex Price who was in the 'Merlin' series.

Grahame Humphries

Mon 8 Jul 2013, 18:45 · Link

Take part in the Community-Led Plan survey

You can now read more about the initiative to create a Community-Led Plan for Charlbury on a new community page on this website.

The project, which is in its early stages, aims to draw together the views and aspirations of the people of Charlbury to create a vision and action plan for the town. Survey cards have been delivered to every address in the town; the short survey can also be filled in on the community page.

There will be a launch event on Saturday 20th July from 9am to 2pm. Please come along for refreshments and share your views on how we can shape the future of the town together.

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 4 Jul 2013, 22:49 · Link

Alan Hanks obituary

The Oxford Mail today ran a detailed obituary of Alan Hanks, former chairman of the Community Centre Appeal: click here to read it.

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 4 Jul 2013, 22:44 · Link

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