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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.

  • Walnut Tree House The Slade Charlbury
    Leylandii in front right hand side as facing away from property. Tree is growing between Laurels; to fell in sections to ground level and remove all debris from site
    WODC reference: 15/01420/TCA - Tue 21 Apr 2015 - Under consideration
  • Elmstead Crawborough Charlbury Oxfordshire OX7 3TX
    1) Horse Chestnut: Front Garden: Ivy clad main stem,three cavities in the main stem at 300mm and 400mm above ground level. Multiple large strip wounds running up the main stem, multiple stem bleeding both indicative of bleeding canker. Large areas of loose bark throughout the main stem and crown. The tree is in poor condition, fell to ground level and grind out the stump. 2)Lime: Front Garden Adjacent To The Five Bar Gate leading To Pooles Lane: Multiple historic strip wounds running up the main stem, visible fungal growth on the main stem at 10m. The main stem trifurcates at 3m, stem bleeding visible at 3m more areas of loose bark throughout the crown. The tree has been managed in the past by crown reduction work. The main upright limb has large areas of dead bark and fungal fruit body growing from the dead areas. Multiple dead stems throughout the crown , the tree is in very poor condition. Fell in sections to ground level and grind out the stump.
    WODC reference: 15/01397/TCA - Mon 20 Apr 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 27 Apr 2015, 07:05 · Link

Oxford Mail front page

Residents back post mistress after changes threaten shop

Postmistress Elaine Newbold and 100 protestors outside Charlbury Post Office in Sheep Street, which has been threatened by closure
Postmistress Elaine Newbold and 100 protestors outside Charlbury Post Office in Sheep Street, which has been threatened by closure

by Martin Elvery , Reporter covering Witney and West Oxfordshire. Call me on (01865) 425426
8:47am Saturday 25th April 2015 in News

Suzy M-H · Sat 25 Apr 2015, 09:51 · Link

BBC South Today Oxford - Post Office Campaign

Tuesday 28th April around 2pm BBC South Today are coming to film regarding the Post Office - We need as many people as possible to show support please! Everyone welcome

Elaine Newbold · Fri 24 Apr 2015, 15:14 · Link

The Leaflet

Derek Buchanan is stepping down from producing the Leaflet. Enormous thanks to him for all his work over the last few years. With immediate effect all entries for the Leaflet should be emailed to (810230) or in writing to "Leaflet", c/o Old Manor House, Church Street, OX7 3PR, by the 15th of the month.

Many thanks
Jo Paton, Parish Administration
St. Mary's Church

Jo Paton · Fri 24 Apr 2015, 11:31 · Link

Almost 100 people protest against Post Office changes

The Oxford Mail photocall to protest against Post Office Ltd's plan to close the Post Office on Market Street attracted almost 100 protesters from around Charlbury. Postmistress Elaine Newbold is pictured in the foreground.

(Thanks to the Oxford Mail for the use of their stepladder!)

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 23 Apr 2015, 11:45 · Link


Did you know our fantastic Post Office is in danger of being forcibly shut down? Postmistress, Elaine, faces financial ruin and being made homeless. CHARLBURY CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE ANOTHER VALUABLE SHOP!
We need as many people as possible to show support please! Everyone welcome, it will only take 10 minutes of your time.

Under a Government scheme, thousands of village and town Postmasters are to be sacked if the Post Office can find a neighbouring shop to take over the running of the PO service. This would mean no dedicated serving point with all transactions being done amongst the shoppers at the check out of the store and served by general shop staff. And, in Charlbury, it would mean the loss of a well-loved and well-used shop/public facility.

Email for more info

Suzy M-H · Wed 22 Apr 2015, 18:10 · Link

Thank you - the monsters survived

Thank you to everyone who sponsored the Charlbury Monsters. We made it! To see some photos of us looking ridiculous you can check out the gallery in the link below. Thanks again!

Liz Gupta · Mon 20 Apr 2015, 22:17 · Link

Charlbury - rail disruption today (and tomorrow)

From FGW website

Due to signalling problems between Oxford and Charlbury all lines are blocked.

Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 23:59 20/04.

Susan Way · Mon 20 Apr 2015, 17:06 · Link

Up to 90% rail fare rise from 17 May

A typical return from Charlbury to London will cost almost 90% more from mid-May as a result of changes introduced by First Great Western.

The changes are:

  • Off-Peak tickets will no longer be permitted on the 17.22, 17.52 and 18.22 from Paddington.
  • The price of Off-Peak Returns is being increased.
  • A new Super Off-Peak Return ticket will be introduced at a similar price to the old Off-Peak. This will be valid after 10.00 from Charlbury, but will not be valid for returning from Paddington between 15.52 and 18.22.

Currently a return from Charlbury to Paddington on the 08.31, returning on the 18.22, costs £33.30. From mid-May this will increase to £62.40, a rise of almost 90%.

FGW has not made any public announcement about the rises, but the new prices can be viewed via the journey-planner at

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 20 Apr 2015, 16:28 · Link

Police Message about Drone Flying

Police had a few complaints regarding drones being flown in public areas such as Playing Close.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have long crossed over from just being used in the military and specialist commercial sphere. They can now be seen in homes. Remote controlled aircraft used to be a niche hobby. It took time to build them and skill to operate them. Today drones are cheap, quick to get in the air and you can operate them on a Smartphone or tablet. Across the world, rules are being drawn up or refined to deal with the potential dangers. But they are already being flouted.

If you have a drone please be aware of the rules and guidelines set by the Civil Aviation Authority before you take off.

PCSO Wesley Smith

Mon 20 Apr 2015, 15:34 · 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.

  • Five Ways Stores Sturt Road Charlbury
    Alterations to fenestration of existing first floor flat and creation of second floor flat including dormer window in South elevation.
    WODC reference: 15/00751/FUL - Tue 31 Mar 2015 - Under consideration
  • New Barn Farm Banbury Hill Charlbury
    Change of use of part of existing barn to form self-contained accomodation to be used for occasional emergency use in connection with the agricultural enterprise at New Barn Farm (Retrospective).
    WODC reference: 15/00711/FUL - Tue 07 Apr 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 20 Apr 2015, 07:05 · Link

Will the Charlbury Monsters Make it?

We have under an hour till we set off and are all a little nervous. It's your last chance to sponsor us so please, please, please do - we are so close to meeting are target (we are at 80 per cent). We all have are fingers crossed we get back to Charlbury alive and if the target is at 100% that would be amazing. Many, many, many thanks again to everyone who has already supported us.

Liz Gupta · Sat 18 Apr 2015, 10:57 · Link

May railway timetable published

The new timetable from 17 May has now been published on the First Great Western website.

It largely includes the changes proposed last year. Those that will affect most Charlbury passengers are:

  • 06.28 to London now leaves at 06.33
  • 07.12 to London now comes from Hereford (without having stopped at Kingham)
  • 07.30 to London now comes from Moreton-in-Marsh
  • 15.06 to London no longer runs (next service 15.37)
  • New 10.41 service to Worcester on Saturdays
  • New 13.08 service to Oxford/London on Saturdays

Sadly the overcrowded 15.52 from London (16.49 from Oxford) remains a five-coach train, and there is no sign of the mooted late-night train from London.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 17 Apr 2015, 08:34 · Link

A comfy chair for the new Library

The Charlbury Monsters have just passed the 50% mark on the fundraising for this Saturdays Monster Race. We still have a long way to go and only two days left so (please, please, please) if you have not already sponsored us we would very much appreciate your support. Follow the link below and lets ensure we have comfy chairs in the new library.

Many Thanks

The Charlbury Monsters: Better know as Andy Pickard, Julia Raymond, Liz Gupta, Als Vowels, Lucy Crane -Lupton and Helena Cullen.

Liz Gupta · Wed 15 Apr 2015, 22:03 · Link

Petition to save Charlbury Post Office

A petition has been started to save Charlbury's Post Office from closure and relocation:

The Post Office wants to close the business on Market Street, and for an existing retailer to take it over. The current postmistress would be removed.

In an advertisement on the Post Office website (see here), they say:

"Post Office Ltd is looking for a successful retailer to incorporate a Post Office Local into their existing or proposed business. The current premises are not available.

"What we're looking for: A substantial retail offer from which a range of Post Office products can be offered from the retail counter; A suitable space to incorporate the Post Office; A successful, innovative business which is competitive in the local area. The potential Operator may already be a retailer in the same catchment area, or be planning to start up a retail business in the area."

In reality, it is believed that only two existing shops in Charlbury are likely to be able to apply - the Co-op and the Londis at Five Ways.

The petition asks:

"We object to the compulsory removal of our Postmistress and to any relocation of the Post Office service within Charlbury. Charlbury's PO is in the town centre and is a keystone of our local shops providing a range of important services, such as banking, available nowhere else in town."

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 15 Apr 2015, 12:31 · Link

Candidates for local and national elections, May 7

The candidates for the West Oxfordshire District Council election for the Charlbury & Finstock Ward on May 7 are:

  • Andy Graham, Liberal Democrat (Churchill)
  • Celia Kerslake, Green (Charlbury)
  • Rory Macarthur, Conservative (Fawler)
  • Georgia Mazower, Labour (Dean)
  • Stephen Nash, UKIP (Middle Barton)

The seat is currently held by Hywel Davies (Conservative). The ward's other councillor, Liz Leffman (LibDem), is not up for re-election this year. You can see the full list of proposers and seconders on the WODC website.

The candidates for the Witney parliamentary constituency are:

  • Colin Roland, Wessex Regionalists
  • David Cameron, Conservative
  • Duncan Enright, Labour
  • Andy Graham, Liberal Democrat
  • Nathan Handley, independent
  • Deek Jackson, Land Party
  • Stuart Macdonald, Green
  • Clive Peedell, National Health Action
  • Vivien Saunders, Reduce VAT in Sport
  • Bobby Smith, Stop Emotional Child Abuse Vote Elmo
  • Simon Strutt, UKIP
  • Chris Tompson, independent

The polling station will be the Memorial Hall as usual.

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 15 Apr 2015, 11:00 · Link

Callow Farm Shop to close

The popular farm shop at Callow Farm, Stonesfield, just off the Charlbury-Woodstock road, is to close at the end of the month. The owner Dave Holloway writes:

"It is with great regret that I have to inform you that the shop at Callow Farm will be permanently closing from April 30th 2015.

"This decision has been reached for a number of reasons but mostly due to financial pressures, it will also allow me time to develop other aspects of my business and enjoy my ever growing family.

"I apologise that this may come as a shock and at quite short notice but I would sincerely like to thank you for your support. I know my staff are extremely saddened by the news, they have been fantastic and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them publicly for all their hard work, loyalty and dedication.

"On a more positive note one aspect of the business that is successful is our turkeys, so I can confirm that Callow Farm will continue to produce and sell Free Range Bronze Christmas Turkeys as a "farmgate" product.

"Onto the practicalities - as the shop is closing everything that can not be returned to our suppliers must go! (This includes fittings and fixtures) So please call in over the next couple of weeks to get a discount, these will increase as we move towards the 30th.

"I currently have no plans for the premises however I am open to any suggestions, so if you know anyone who may be interested please send them my way."

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 15 Apr 2015, 08:53 · 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 13 Apr 2015, 07:05 · Link

Support the Charlbury Monsters

Charlbury Pre School was recently asked if they could help raise some funds for the Community Centre Appeal and 6 Charlbury residents have stepped up to the challenge. This Saturday (April 18th) we will be getting very muddy at the Monster race at Cornbury Park - there's the Bog of Eternal Stench, Hydro, Barbed Wire Crawls, Monsters Marsh, Titan, A Frame Alley, Climbing Walls, Tyre Crawls and a Log Carry. We would very much welcome your support and thank everyone who has already sponsored us. The money raised will be split between the Pre School and the CCA. We have one more week to try to reach our target so please (please, please) follow the just giving link and support us.

Many thanks from everyone at the Pre School for your support.

Liz Gupta · Sat 11 Apr 2015, 14:12 · 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.

  • Con Brio Crawborough Charlbury
    First floor extension to rear of property and conversion of garage to additional accommodation.
    WODC reference: 15/00912/HHD - Thu 19 Mar 2015 - Under consideration
  • Old Bakery Thames Street Charlbury
    Conversion of existing outhouse into a two bedroom dwelling.
    WODC reference: 15/00895/FUL - Sat 14 Mar 2015 - Under consideration
  • 11 Marlborough Place Charlbury
    Front and rear single storey extensions.
    WODC reference: 15/01149/HHD - Fri 13 Mar 2015 - Under consideration
  • 17 Nine Acres Close Charlbury
    Proposed rear extension and alterations.
    WODC reference: 15/00887/HHD - Mon 16 Mar 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 6 Apr 2015, 07:05 · Link

Bidding opens for questions for Thursday's hustings

Charlbury Debating Society today opens the list of questions to be posed to parliamentary candidates for the Witney constituency at the hustings on Thursday 9th April (see Events). Candidate will set out their priorities and answer questions on a range of possible topics - the economy, NHS, the EU, immigration, education, young people, foreign and defence policies. If you have a question you would like to ask on the night, please submit in advance (to help with planning). 01608 810857 01608 811212

Liz Reason · Fri 3 Apr 2015, 14:58 · Link

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