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Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

  • 40 Hughes Close Charlbury
    Removal of condition 2, To allow for internal and external amendments to the approved new dwelling by the removal of reference to approved drawings 3A, 5A and 6 and replacement with reference to drawing no.s 1, 2 and 3
    WODC reference: 15/03653/S73 - Fri 09 Oct 2015 - Under consideration
  • The Bull Inn Sheep Street Charlbury
    Internal alteration including relocation of the bar,re-designed pub garden and car park and part change of use of the existing barn to form bedroom accommodation for the Inn.
    WODC reference: 15/03626/FUL - Mon 12 Oct 2015 - Under consideration
  • The Bull Inn Sheep Street Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations.
    WODC reference: 15/03627/LBC - Mon 12 Oct 2015 - Under consideration
  • 21 The Green Charlbury
    Erection of single and two storey storey extensions and alterations. (Amendments to 15/02206/HHD)
    WODC reference: 15/03630/HHD - Wed 07 Oct 2015 - Under consideration

Thu 29 Oct 2015, 17:59 · Link

Jumping for David Turner

Dad (David Turner) sadly passed away in late July of this year, after a very long but positive battle with bladder cancer and leukaemia.

My younger sister, Andrea and our brother in law Steve Horton have decided to do a parachute jump for him!! None of them (including Dad) like heights.

They are doing it for Bloodwise - a charity that funds research and provides support to improve blood cancer patients' lives. Further details can be found at:

We would greatly appreciate any donations you were able to give. Many thanks in advance.


Craig Turner · Mon 26 Oct 2015, 09:05 · Link

Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

  • 12 Sandford Park Charlbury
    Erection of single storey rear extension.
    WODC reference: 15/03828/HHD - Thu 01 Oct 2015 - Under consideration
  • Thornycroft Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Erection of a new dwellinghouse with detached garage and associated works..
    WODC reference: 15/03542/FUL - Wed 30 Sep 2015 - Under consideration
  • The Garage House 6 Hixet Wood Charlbury
    Convert shed into micro bakery with a wood burning oven located on one side, extend one side of the shed by 700mm and improvements to roof.
    WODC reference: 15/03507/FUL - Fri 16 Oct 2015 - Under consideration
  • Old Fire Station Browns Lane Charlbury
    Rear extension incorporating link, rear entrance and stair to upper floor with new dormer window to front elevation and repositioned entrance. The application is a re-submission of 15/01771/HHD
    WODC reference: 15/03480/HHD - Thu 24 Sep 2015 - Under consideration
  • 6 Nineacres Lane Charlbury
    Erection of two storey and single storey rear extension.
    WODC reference: 15/03437/HHD - Thu 15 Oct 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 26 Oct 2015, 07:05 · Link

Oxford Parkway station opens

Trains started running today from the new Oxford Parkway station, at Water Eaton, to Bicester Village and London Marylebone.

The journey to London takes around one hour. The last train leaves Marylebone at 23.10 Mon-Sat (23.15 Sun). The service is run by Chiltern Railways who have a 94.8% punctuality record, vs GWR's 89%.

There are no evening peak restrictions. A return ticket, leaving after 9am and returning in the rush-hour, costs £24.70 compared to £62.40 from Charlbury to Paddington. (It is possible, however, to get the Charlbury journey down to a similar price by buying a combination of tickets and taking a slower train in the evening.)

As well as giving Charlbury people additional opportunities to enjoy an evening out in London, it seems likely that the service will cause at least some Oxfordshire commuters to switch away from Charlbury station, relieving the pressure on car parking.

The through service from Marylebone to Oxford's central station will begin in 2016.

Richard Fairhurst · Sun 25 Oct 2015, 13:17 · Link

From staples to caravans! How we can help refugees

Local representatives from CRAG (Charlbury Refugee Action Group) are helping a group from Enstone and Hook Norton to collect much needed items for onward shipping to Greece. Specific items are needed, and these are:

DIY supplies - especially screws, nails, screwdrivers, heavy-duty staple-guns and staples.
First aid items of all kinds - antiseptic, plasters, bandages, etc., etc.

If you have any of these items that you would like to give, phone 811378 or 07952 966060 to arrange to drop off in Charlbury, or we can collect. Latest date for donating is 30 October.

There is also a need for larger items -- pallets and caravans. The local collection point for these is Church Enstone. Please phone Sally Coles to arrange on 677374.

Alternatively, you can take your contribution to St Kenelm's Church (Church Enstone) coffee morning on Saturday 31 October between 10 - 12 am.

Angela Gwatkin · Thu 22 Oct 2015, 19:51 · Link

Oxfordshire County Council budget consultation

Oxfordshire County Council has already saved, or has plans to save, a total of £292 million between 2010/11 and 2017/18. The council now thinks they will need to save up to £50 million more in the four years between 2016/17 and 2019/20. This will affect us all, as spending on things like roads, libraries and care services are managed by the County Council. These services have already been affected by cuts.

There is a public consultation from now until November 30th. You can access this online at There is also a public meeting at County Hall in Oxford on Tuesday October 27th, in Banbury at the Town Hall on Monday November 2nd and at the Regal Centre in Wallingford on Thursday November 5th. The meetings are from 7-8.30pm, and you are asked to let the County Council know if you plan to attend. A paper copy of the consultation documents will be available in the library.

Liz Leffman · Wed 21 Oct 2015, 19:11 · Link

Halloween door poster

With Halloween just around the corner you may want to display one of Thames Valley Police's 'No Trick Or Treating' posters to prevent unwanted callers.

For some people, this time of the year can be a bother as evenings are interrupted with people knocking on doors for treats. Most of these children or teenagers are just getting involved in the Halloween celebrations and will be friendly. However, police will be carrying out patrols in the evenings to make sure that people who are trick-or-treating are doing so in a friendly manner and not causing a nuisance. These posters will be avaialable in the Corner House from 22/10/15

If you do experience anti-social behaviour call 101. If you feel threatened, if it's an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

Wesley Smith · Wed 21 Oct 2015, 16:28 · Link

Southill Community Energy

Southill Community Energy is the name of the community benefit society being set up by Sustainable Charlbury to develop Southill Solar. It's now full steam ahead(!) for the first electricity to be generated in July 2016. There will be a public meeting on 18th November in the Memorial Hall to explain how we are proceeding. Our first priority is to raise funds to cover immediate expenditure, including the deposit for our grid connection. Anyone interested in discussing early financing opportunities, please contact us asap. Tim Crisp 01608 810716, Liz Reason 01608 811212

Liz Reason · Wed 21 Oct 2015, 08:56 · Link

Update on Stock Fence in Cornbury Park

As part of its livestock management, Cornbury estate will to continue to graze livestock (currently cattle) on the land alongside the footpath connecting North Lodge and Southill. The grazing of livestock on this farmland helps to maintain the fields and provides some income for their maintenance. In response to recent concerns about the electric wire fencing, the estate will be replacing it with a traditional, non-electric stock fence over the coming months. Like the temporary electric fence, the new fence will follow the same line as far as the copse. It is hoped that this safety measure will continue to prevent interaction between walkers and livestock. Cornbury requests that walkers continue to stick to the footpath and keep dogs on leads for safety reasons. As well as upsetting the livestock, dogs which are not kept on leads have been known to disappear down badger setts.

Alison Wright · Tue 20 Oct 2015, 21:09 · Link

Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

Mon 19 Oct 2015, 07:05 · Link

Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

  • Rangers Lodge Cornbury Park Charlbury
    Installation of 220 ground mounted solar PV panels with associated works.
    WODC reference: 15/03388/FUL - Wed 16 Sep 2015 - Under consideration
  • 18 The Slade Charlbury
    Erection of single storey kitchen extension to replace existing utility.
    WODC reference: 15/03624/HHD - Tue 15 Sep 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 12 Oct 2015, 07:05 · Link

Chipping Norton Hospital consultation: public meeting on October 21st (see Events)

Oxfordshire County Council have officially started their public consultation, between 5 Oct and 8 December, on the future of the 14 Intermediate Care Beds currently staffed by nurses from Oxford Health NHS Trust. They are not technically in the 'War Memorial Community Hospital' but are based in the Henry Cornish Care Centre building, run by the Orders of St John Care Trust. The County say they cannot continue with this staffing as it is too expensive and complex to manage.

The County say 'Intermediate Care services are designed to help people, usually older people, who have an illness or injury to stay at home rather than go into hospital, and to support people to get back home as quickly as possible after a hospital stay. Intermediate Care services can be provided to people in different ways, as a bed-based service, or as a community service in people's own homes by a team of social care and health staff.' The County would like to hear views on their future options for providing this care in North Oxfordshire. One specific option is to have the full 14 bed service provided by staff from OSJCT, who run the care home. The County say this will not be a change of service from currently. The County Council has a contract to buy IC beds off OSJCT elsewhere. A second option is to provide more care at home, close the unit and, if beds are needed, provide them elsewhere in the County. Their proposals aim to save around £700,000 per year, when health and social care budgets are big issues. They say 'other viable options or suggestions will be considered'.

Local Councillors, Oxfordshire Healthwatch and the Chipping Norton Hospital Action Group are raising several concerns which they will expect to hear answered in the Consultation. First, HAG say the service has been, or is being, downgraded from 'sub-acute' medically-led care of the kind provided previously at Chipping Norton and in all Oxfordshire's Community Hospitals. HAG suggest OSJCT cannot provide that higher level of service. Second, there are concerns that this will leave the north of the County with little community hospital cover, nor indeed intermediate care cover, for bed care at all. Thirdly, with wider uncertainty over resources and new 'models of care', Chipping Norton should be included in a wider review of community hospital and intermediate care to ensure they are being treated fairly - and should not have to be given this narrow choice.

Full details of the Consultation can be found at or at The Guildhall in Chipping Norton. Responses from all are encouraged - online, or submitted to FREEPOST RTRX-GJUL-HXHY Engagement Team, Oxfordshire County Council, County Hall, New Road, OX1 1ND.

Liz Leffman · Sun 11 Oct 2015, 12:22 · Link

Bring your Brolly Day shortlisted for a national award

Really pleased to announce that the Southill Solar "Bring your Brolly day" has been shortlisted for a Landscape institute award. Huge congratulations to everyone involved, it surely was a fantastic community effort and brilliantly orchestrated by Tim and Liz from Sustainable Charlbury.

Charlie Clews
Clews Landscape Architecture Ltd

charlie clews · Fri 9 Oct 2015, 10:52 · Link

Child Sex Exploitation presentation

Please put this date in your diary. Come and join Chipping Norton Neighbourhood team at Chipping Norton Theatre.

Wesley Smith · Fri 9 Oct 2015, 09:02 · Link

Bake Off and Macmillan Coffee Afternoon

Charlbury Primary School has been busy raising money for MacMillan too! On Friday 25th September we held our first Charlbury Primary School Bake Off, with entries from children and parents in all year groups of the school. The judging was carried out during the day and rosettes and certificates were awarded to the winners in each of the 12 categories.
We then held a Coffee Afternoon from 2pm onwards for everyone to enjoy the fantastic array of cakes and biscuits that were entered in the competition.
We are extremely pleased to be able to send the sum of £528.66 to MacMillan. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who supported the event.

Charlbury Primary School · Mon 5 Oct 2015, 17:01 · Link

Latest planning applications to West Oxfordshire District Council

The following planning applications have recently been lodged. Click on the address to see full details at the WODC website.

  • Sunnyside Ditchley Road Charlbury
    Erection of four dwellings with associated landscaping and hard surfacing.
    WODC reference: 15/03303/FUL - Mon 14 Sep 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 5 Oct 2015, 07:05 · Link

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Hughes Close Community & Neighbourhood Watch would like to thank everyone for supporting this event, held on Saturday 3rd October outside Fiveways Londis. Especial thanks to Mary, Pat & Carolyn for all their hard work.
£456.72 raised fantastic!

Helen Josephine Wright · Sun 4 Oct 2015, 22:43 · Link

Macmillan Success!

The AUCTION in aid of the Macmillan fund, announced at the coffee morning held in the Friends Meeting House on the 25th September, has now closed and all the successful bidders have been informed by email or phone.

Thank you all so much for bidding.

The whole event raised £2433.69 for this excellent charity


David Pollock · Sun 4 Oct 2015, 12:20 · Link

Coffee Morning

A coffee morning outside the Londis Shop on Sturt Road today 3rd October, raised £456-72 for The Macmillan Fund.

Thank you to everyone for their help and support.

Mary Hatton

john h · Sat 3 Oct 2015, 19:51 · Link

Church Clock - Latest

Those of you with sharp ears, or living closer to the church, may have noticed the church clock is striking again. It had stopped about a week ago and investigations lead to a faulty escapement, the very heart of any clock. The offending part has been tightened up now, but this required a partial dismantling of the clock to get access. What we found while doing this only emphasises the need for a thorough overhaul, with some bits literally being held together with string. So the clock is now going again, but remember, if you are hurrying for a train, that the faces are about 8-10 minutes slow, but the chimes are spot on (give or take a second or two).

We hope to begin a full restoration in the near future and trust that sufficient funds will have come in in the meantime to allow us to complete the job. If you wish to contribute, look at the church website - - or look at notices elsewhere on this site. As the adverts say - every little helps.

Mike Summers · Fri 2 Oct 2015, 12:02 · Link

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