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Charlbury Town FC's Keith Claridge honoured by local FA

The Oxford Mail writes:

"When Keith Claridge started his love affair with his town football team, the sporting landscape was a different world... Mr Claridge, 69, started playing for the club's boys' team aged 15 in the Witney and District Minor League in 1960. The self-employed decorator, who works with his wife Janette, was given the Doug Margetts Award, handed out by Witney and District FA for long service."

Read the full story on the Oxford Mail website.

Sat 30 Aug 2014, 16:15 · Link

Charlbury Museum News August 1914

On 28th August 1914 HMS Laurel, a two-funnel torpedo boat destroyer built by White's of Cowes, was attacked and badly damaged during the Battle of Heligoland. On board, a Charlbury man, Chief Stoker/Petty Officer, was seriously wounded. With a colleague he put out a fire near the second gun which threatened nearby lyddite shells, an act for which they were both later awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

In 2014, to learn more, visit the Museum on Friday or Saturday 29th/30th August 10 am to 12 noon, or Sunday 31st August 2.30 - 4.30 pm.

Janet Jeffs · Wed 27 Aug 2014, 17:41 · Link

Charlbury Museum 22nd - 25th August

The Museum, and the Charlbury in 1914 exhibition, will be open on four days over the Bank Holiday weekend: on Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon, and on Sunday and Monday from 2.30 - 4.30 pm. Come to meet your ancestors!

Janet Jeffs · Mon 18 Aug 2014, 12:34 · Link

Charlbury Town Mens Football Club

Charlbury Mens football club season 2014/15 has a first and reserve team.
New players are always welcomed as well as any people wanting to get involved with the club.
We hold weekly training sessions Tuesdays at 6:30pm at Nineacres and games are played Saturday afternoons.
We also organise social events throughout the season such as race nights and discos.
To find out more information please visit our Facebook page.

Lauren Fitzgerald · Sun 17 Aug 2014, 11:48 · Link

Charlbury Library

From Monday 18 August volunteers will be helping to keep Charlbury Library open. Volunteers will be responsible for running the library on Monday mornings and afternoons and on Friday mornings. On Wednesday afternoons a volunteer will be assisting the library manager.
Please remember to bring your library card with you if you want to borrow books. Volunteers will not have access to the library service computer and will not be able to issue or reserve books. The self-service machine will be in operation to issue or renew books using a library card and the public computers will be available as usual.
Volunteers are not allowed to issue DVDs because of legal restrictions to do with the age of borrowers and the suitability of the material. DVDs can only be issued when the library manager is present, i.e. on Wednesday afternoon and evening, Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
There are bound to be some problems at first as we get used to the new arrangements. Please be patient and give the volunteers your support.
Rosalind Scott - Secretary to the Friends of Charlbury Library

Rosalind Scott · Thu 14 Aug 2014, 15:28 · Link

Solar Power for Charlbury Primary School

The Low Carbon Hub, a social enterprise based in Oxford, have teamed up with Charlbury Primary School to install 24kW of solar PV panels on the south east facing school roofs. The solar panels will generate enough electricity to power an average of 5 UK households, saving approximately 10 tonnes of CO2 per year. The installation is expecting to be up and running by the end of next week (22nd August) and in time for the new school year. The Low Carbon Hub have funded the project and will be providing discounted green electricity to the school. For more information or to find out how you can invest in community energy, visit

Alexandra Parker · Wed 13 Aug 2014, 17:08 · Link

Student grants

Are you under 25, living in Charlbury and with a guaranteed place for a University or College course, or an apprenticeship? If so, you may be eligible for a grant from the Charlbury Exhibition Foundation.
Please write by 1 October 2014 to
(or by post to: Charlbury Exhibition Foundation, c/o Kathryn Fairhurst, Took House, Sheep Street, Charlbury, OX7 3RR)
Please include the following details:
- your date of birth
- schools you have attended
- your university or college name
- the course subject and level (e.g. BA), and your year of study
- your home address in Charlbury
(Those attending courses sponsored by Charlbury youth organisations may also apply.)

Kathryn Fairhurst · Mon 11 Aug 2014, 09:12 · Link

Charlbury Remembers - Witney Video

Charlbury Remembers - Witney Video
A moving service of Commemoration held last Sunday at the Railway station, remembering the soldiers of the First World War with poems and songs. Singing along with the choir were about 200 people lining the platforms.
Teresa Ceesay the Cotswold Line Station Manager came out of her retirement, just the previous Friday, to take charge of the station for the two trains that arrived.
Here's a link to the Witney TV video of the service-

Nancy Whitfield · Sun 10 Aug 2014, 21:23 · Link

New Menu at The Bull

The late summer / autumn menu is now available at The Bull Inn, with some really yummy dishes available. Calves Liver and Bacon is back by popular demand, along with plenty of other varied choices including four traditional pub classics. We haven't tried the puddings yet, but they look fabulous, particularly the Chocolate Mousse with Peanut Butter Caramel! All very reasonably priced and offering excellent value for money. We will look forward to seeing you soon.

Alix Blumsom · Fri 8 Aug 2014, 16:24 · Link

Dreamcatcher Workshop at Wilderness

I'm planning to run a dreamcatcher workshop at the Wilderness festival this Saturday to raise funds for the Charlbury Community Centre project. As decoration I need lots of feathers. I would be very grateful if anyone is out and about tomorrow and could drop any feathers they collect to White Hart Cottage (under the arch opposite Burford road turning). If I'm not there please put a bag by the door next to the quince.
I also require colourful wool so if you have any spare and would be happy to donate it that would be marvellous! :-)
Contact Philippa 01608 810834 or 07855 840530

Philippa Phelan · Thu 7 Aug 2014, 20:07 · Link

Spitfire Tug for Street Fair

Before the start of the Street Fair this year a sponsored tug of a Spitfire from Enstone Airfield to the old Grammar School is planned subject to police consent.
We aim to have it in place outside the old grammar school by 1.00 pm and will start from Enstone about 9.0 am
A series of sponsored teams will tug the plane to Charlbury.
It will come along the B4022 from Enstone with several sections where teams can be changed along the way. The route in Charlbury will be will be from Enstone cross roads down the Slade and Sturt Road down to Fiveways then along Park Street to the green outside the Old Grammar School where it will be on display throughout the Street Fair
We hope that several organisations in Charlbury will be able to raise teams and we will contact them. However if you can suggest a team please let us know and we will send an entry form.
The form and further information is now available at this link
For further information or entry forms please contact Tony Merry either through this web site or tel 01608 811022

Tony H Merry · Wed 6 Aug 2014, 17:52 · Link


Charlbury residents still have a chance to see the Charlbury in 1914 exhibition in the Museum, telling the story of the effects of World War I. It remains open every Friday (August only) and Saturday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon, and on Sunday afternoons from 2.30 - 4.30 pm. On Street Fair Day 20th September the Museum will be open all day from 10 am to 5 pm. We close for the winter after 28th September, reopening on Easter Saturday 2015. Admission only £1, children free.
Come and meet the six Shaylers, five Dixes, four Pratleys and Timmses and all who served from 1914. We were delighted to welcome over 70 visitors on 3rd August, to add to the many who have seen the exhibition since April 2014.

Janet Jeffs · Mon 4 Aug 2014, 13:47 · Link

World War One Commemoration Event at the Railway Station

On the evening of Sunday 3 August, a very moving World War One Commemoration event took place at Charlbury Railway Station. There were war songs, along with poetry and readings on platform 2 where poppies had been planted in the spring and were now in full bloom. Many Charlbury residents filled platform 1 to witness this event and sing along in memory of the 50 Charlbury soldiers who never returned

Maureen Sparling · Mon 4 Aug 2014, 09:49 · Link

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