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Nets available for recycling boxes

With the recent windy weather we are unfortunately losing a lot of recyclable material from our black boxes. This litter then has to be picked up by the WODC cleansing team along with other waste and is then land filled. Free nets are available for the black boxes - pick them up locally at the Bring & Take or the Charlbury Green Hub stall at the Farmers Market. They are also available at the WODC town centre shop in Witney.

Christine Elliott · Fri 28 Feb 2014, 23:42 · Link

Wilderness Festival tickets for locals


As of 1st March 2014, Local Tickets will be available to purchase for ALL residents with proof of an OX7 address. There is a very limited number of these so please be sure
to act now if you are planning to join them in Cornbury this August.

Local Tickets are now available exclusively from
the following outlets:

The Post Office, Charlbury
The Theatre, Chipping Norton
The Chequers, Churchill

Local Tickets will only be available to those with proof an
OX7 postcode and limited to a maximum of 4 adult tickets
per household.

Proof of address and ID documents needed at point of purchase are:

1. A recent utility bill or bank statement, plus
2. A credit / debit card, passport or driving license

The following ticket types will be available:


NB - Wilderness politely request that no one attempts to "fiddle the system" to get more than their allotted tickets. Any postcodes found to be over-purchasing will have tickets cancelled and refunds given.

Alison Wright · Fri 28 Feb 2014, 18:07 · Link

New menu at The Bull

Our new menu goes live on Friday 28 February and we have changed the focus of it slightly this time. We are still offering lots of lovely dishes similar to those we have been serving recently, but we are adding in a few more "pub classics". Fish and Chips has always been on, but we now also have a Burger and a Steak on the main menu, as well as Bangers and Mash. Hopefully something for everyone to enjoy!

Full details can be found on our website -

We will look forward to seeing you soon!

Alix Blumsom · Fri 28 Feb 2014, 17:16 · Link

Planning Application for Walcot Barns

A planning application for the barns above Walcot has recently been lodged with WODC. Those wishing to comment can view the plans online at quoting reference 14/0225/P/FP.
The plans include conversion to dwelling, workshop, offices and parking. This could change the bridleway beyond the Walcot cottages. Any comments also welcomed on this website's Forum.

Fri 28 Feb 2014, 09:55 · Link

Royal British Legion

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I on August 4th, we would like the help of the town in planting poppies in gardens, pots, hanging baskets and wherever possible around Charlbury. Please encourage everyone to join us in doing this.

Leah Fowler · Wed 26 Feb 2014, 15:16 · Link

Person hit by train

From : "A person has been hit by a train near Charlbury meaning that trains are currently at a stand between Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill."

The incident is believed to be at the Catsham Lane bridge near Chadlington. Services are now running again.

The Oxford Mail adds:

"British Transport Police spokesman Brian Price said the man, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene and the incident was not being treated as suspicious. He said: 'Officers are working to establish the man's identity and inform his family. A file will be prepared for the coroner. The train involved was a London Paddington to Hereford service.'"

Wed 26 Feb 2014, 13:49 · Link

Child's bicycle found off the Slade

I found a child's bicycle on Friday 21 February.
It had been left behind a wall off the slade

If your child's bike has gone missing. Please contact

Jane parsons 01608 810822

Jane Parsons · Sun 23 Feb 2014, 18:30 · Link

Flooding Survey

In response to the flooding across Oxfordshire, the county council is looking at its impact and the response of communities and public services so they can consider how they might do things differently in the future and OCC are keen to ensure that the views of residents and communities help shape discussions at this important meeting.

If you have not already done so, could you please take the time to complete this short survey here They have have also asked us to make residents and businesses in your local area aware of this survey and of the flooding economic impact survey click here that is being coordinated by the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Results from these surveys will be shared with all groups and organisations attending the Members' Flooding Forum and the Oxfordshire Flooding Summit that will held on 21st March.

Susie Finch · Fri 21 Feb 2014, 15:51 · Link

Wilderness 2014 Programme Announced

The programme for Wilderness 2014 has been announced today.
Featuring Live Music & Dancing, Long Table Banquets, Feasts & Gastronomy, Spectacular Processions and Fire Shows, Tented Theatre, Art & Promenade Performances, Talks, Debates and Literary Arts, Outdoor Pursuits & Wellbeing, Family Magic and Games, the full line up can be seen at

Wilderness runs at Cornbury Park from 7-10 August 2014.

Alison Wright · Tue 18 Feb 2014, 12:10 · Link

Little Wild Things – connecting children with the natural world

Thanks to everyone that responded to our recent post about bringing Nature Tots to Charlbury. We've had overwhelmingly positive feedback about the idea and are now forging ahead! We will be running under the new name of 'Little Wild Things' and have set ourselves up as a community interest company. We will run exciting hands on sessions in a local woodland and hope to inspire the children of Charlbury to love nature by giving them positive outdoor experiences.

'Little Wild Things' will be launching in June and we are incredibly excited about what we hope will be an on-going and growing community business in our vibrant town. However, before we can start running sessions, we need some help. We are trying to raise £6,500 to buy a secondhand minibus to transport the children to and from the woodland site.

We are fundraising through the website Crowdfunder, which will allow people all over the world to read about what we're doing and make donations if they like the idea. This week has seen the launch of our project page, and in two days people have already pledged over £1800! If you would like to help us achieve our vision of connecting children with nature, please visit and pledge whatever you can.

Thank you so much and see you in the woods!

Christine Donaldson and Charlotte Hansford

Christine Donaldson · Fri 14 Feb 2014, 17:17 · Link

Southill Solar: - planning application submitted

Sustainable Charlbury has submitted its full planning application for the 5MW solar farm to WODC. It should be heard at the planning meeting on the first Monday of April. Letters of support from the community will be very helpful. If you are on our mailing list, you will be hearing from us next week.

Liz Reason · Thu 13 Feb 2014, 20:09 · Link

An easy way to support Charlbury Pre School

It goes without saying that we would prefer you to shop locally. However, if you do shop online this is how you can help us out at Charlbury pre school and it won't cost you a penny.

Charlbury Pre School earns the cash donations when people register to support us and shop online through a site called easy fundraising. It's a really simple process, all you have to do is:

Register at
When you're asked to choose your cause, select Charlbury Pre School.

There are over 2,700 online retailers available, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco and all will give a small percentage of what's been spent back to Charlbury Pre School to say thank you for shopping with them.

Head to to boost our fundraising at Charlbury Pre School. If you are already registered we would be very grateful if you spread the word to family and friends to let them know just how easy it is.

Thank you.

Liz Gupta · Wed 12 Feb 2014, 21:14 · Link

Railbus service during weather disruption

Go-Ride, the operators of the Charlbury Railbus, have made this offer:

"Service C1: late running FGW trains - Passengers on late running FGW Cotswold services. If you would like service C1 to wait for you at Charlbury Station please Facebook us or ring on 0330 330 8489."

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 12 Feb 2014, 20:03 · Link

Thai takeaway comes to Charlbury

A mobile Thai food van will be visiting the Spendlove site on Wednesday evenings. Thai To Go currently serves several villages in North Oxfordshire and is now adding Charlbury to its rounds. The owners say:

"We are really pleased to announce that, as of this Wednesday (tomorrow night) we will start at our new location in Charlbury! We would like to thank the Thomas Gifford trust for allowing us the use of their car park in Spendlove, Charlbury.

"As usual, we will be open between the hours of 5-8pm! We look forward to meeting everyone in Charlbury."

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 11 Feb 2014, 16:06 · Link

Charlbury events on Twitter

You can now keep up with events in Charlbury on Twitter. Every morning, today's events from the Charlbury website are automatically posted. Just follow @charlbury for this and occasional other tweets.

Richard Fairhurst · Sat 8 Feb 2014, 10:26 · Link

School bus cuts go ahead

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that it is going ahead with its changes to school bus transport.

From September 2015, free buses will only be provided to the nearest available secondary school. (Those receiving free buses in September 2014 will continue to do so until they leave secondary school.) In Charlbury's case, most of the town is closest to Chipping Norton School.

However, some houses on the eastern side of Charlbury are very slightly closer to Witney or Woodstock. A revision to OCC's original proposal envisaged a "split village" proposal, in which children from these houses would still receive free transport to the catchment school - i.e. Chipping Norton. OCC's press office has told us that this revised proposal was indeed adopted at the Cabinet meeting yesterday.

As a result, Charlbury children should all receive free transport to Chipping Norton from 2015.

(A small number on Sturt Close and Woodstock Road will additionally be entitled to free transport to Woodstock, and on Fawler Road to Witney.)

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 5 Feb 2014, 16:02 · Link

OCC library service has signed up to access journals and research

OCC has signed up to the Access to Research Initiative so Charlbury library will be able to put you in touch with loads of useful journal articles and reports. See:

Liz Reason · Wed 5 Feb 2014, 09:35 · Link

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