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Student Grants

Are you under 25, live in Charlbury and have 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 apply by 1 October 2015 to:

(or by post to Charlbury Exhibition Foundation, c/o Took House, Sheep Street, Charlbury, OX7 3RR)

Please include the following details:

- Your name and date of birth
- Schools you have attended
- The University or College name (or your employer for apprentices)
- The course and level (e.g. BA) and your year of study (or for apprentices, the type of apprenticeship and level)
- Your home address in Charlbury
- The reason for your application for a grant

If you have received a grant in a previous year, you may still be eligible, so please do apply or contact me for further information.

Kathryn Fairhurst · Mon 27 Jul 2015, 14:02 · Link

Power tools stolen from work van in Lee Close

Between the 22nd and 23rd of July, between 2030hrs and 0600hrs a van in Lee Close, Charlbury was broken into and tools stolen.
If you have any information please contact police on 101 and quote crime report number 43150206825.

It has also been brought to my attention this was not the only incident and that other work vans in the area have been targeted. At this time those incidents have not been reported to police. Anyone who has been a victim of this crime could you please report it on 101 and an officer from the neighbourhood team will come out to investigate. You may have vital evidence such as finger prints or other forensic evidence the police can use to catch these criminals.
If you store tools in your van please take any precautions you can to prevent these people breaking into them.

Double check you have locked your vehicle and that the alarm is set.
Whenever possible, remove tools, stock and other equipment from the van, especially when leaving it overnight.
Where possible mark your tools with your postcode.
One of the most effective security measures is a reinforced deadlock or deadbolt. These are simply additional steel locks that work independently from your standard door locks.
If you do have any information please contact police on 101

Wesley Smith
PCSO c9837

Wesley Smith · Thu 23 Jul 2015, 20:12 · Link

Cattle fence in Cornbury Park

A temporary electric stock fence has been installed along the footpath / permissive summer cycle route between North Lodge and Southill. This is to contain the cattle which are grazing there for the next few months. Please be extra careful when walking or cycling on the path and especially vigilant with dogs while the cattle are there.

Alison Wright · Mon 20 Jul 2015, 10:12 · 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.

  • 11 Nineacres Lane Charlbury
    Two storey rear extension, front canopy and internal alterations
    WODC reference: 15/02447/HHD - Fri 03 Jul 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 20 Jul 2015, 07:05 · Link

Revd Sally Welch licensed as new Vicar of Charlbury

After a year's interregnum, Charlbury has a new vicar. Revd Dr Sally Welch was formally licensed as Vicar of Charlbury and Shorthampton, and Area Dean of the Chipping Norton Deanery, at a service in St Mary's on Tuesday evening.

The licensing was carried out by Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester (and acting Bishop of Oxford), and Judy French, Archdeacon of Dorchester and coincidentally Charlbury's previous vicar. Sally was presented with gifts and messages of welcome from the St Mary's congregation, from other churches within the town and from the wider Charlbury community. A good turn-out at the service included clergy and parishioners from elsewhere in the Chipping Norton deanery and from Sally's previous church in Oxford.

Sally's first services will be this Sunday at 8am and 9.45am.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 17 Jul 2015, 20:51 · Link

CRICKET: Muir stars as Charlbury girls march on in national

Friday 10 July 2015 / News - fromThe Oxford Mail

Charlbury girls continued their progress in the Under 15 Lady Taverners Competition with an emphatic 70-run win over Aldershot in the regional semi-final at Dyers Hill.
Maud Muir was the star, carrying her bat for 83 not out as Charlbury posted 140-2 off 20 overs.
Aldershot got off to a flying start with 36 off the first four overs, but the introduction of spinner Mara Smith finished with 4-16 as Aldershot slumped to 70 all out.
Charlbury now travel to Devon to play Tarka CC in the regional final.

Kate Smith · Tue 14 Jul 2015, 09:41 · 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.

  • 140 Ticknell Piece Road Charlbury
    G1 Holly/Field Maple; tree growing over car parking area for number 140 and bird mess is causing distress T1 Maple; to left hand side of G1, tree has a climber in it and is low over neighbours parking bay. Crown lift to 3m from ground level
    WODC reference: 15/02569/TCA - Fri 10 Jul 2015 - Under consideration
  • 4 The Slade Charlbury
    Works to trees.
    WODC reference: 15/02492/TCA - Mon 06 Jul 2015 - Under consideration
  • Memorial Hall Browns Lane Charlbury
    Erection of garden shed and a lean to storage structure.
    WODC reference: 15/02457/FUL - Mon 06 Jul 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 13 Jul 2015, 07:05 · Link

Train times for Thursday and Friday

The RMT union are on strike until Saturday and a reduced railway service will be operating.

The following services will run from Charlbury to Oxford:

  • 07.13 (through to Paddington)
  • 09.05, 12.01, 14.50, 17.35, 21.05 (all to Oxford)

The following services will run from Oxford to Charlbury, continuing to Worcester Shrub Hill:

  • 05.45 from Paddington arriving at Charlbury 07.10
  • 09.42 from Oxford arriving at Charlbury 10.00
  • 12.37 from Oxford arriving at Charlbury 12.55
  • 15.22 from Oxford arriving at Charlbury 15.40
  • 18.05 from Oxford arriving at Charlbury 18.23
  • 18.22 from Paddington arriving at Charlbury 19.40
  • 21.48 from Paddington on Friday only

Trains are expected to be particularly busy due to the 'Cornbury Festival' at Great Tew.

Please check times before travelling with the First Great Western website.

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 8 Jul 2015, 17:33 · Link

Rushy Bank application withdrawn

Overnight news from WODC:

Proposed residential development comprising 29 dwellings, including 9 affordable units, 20 custom build/self-build (10 of which will be discount market value) homes for sale, and 12 bed unit (C2) assisted living accommodation for residents suffering from young on set dementia. - Land South Of Forest Road Charlbury Oxfordshire

Ref. No: 15/00564/FUL | Status: Application Withdrawn | Case Type: Planning Application

Jon Carpenter · Wed 8 Jul 2015, 12:19 · Link

Ditchley Road houses approved, Little Lees deferred

As well as the Southill Solar decision, West Oxfordshire District Council's Uplands planning committee considered two further Charlbury applications today.

The application for 22 homes on Little Lees was deferred for further consideration of access arrangements, contributions to secondary school funding, and undertakings about the use of the remainder of the site.

The application for six homes on Ditchley Road was approved.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 6 Jul 2015, 22:46 · Link

Southill Solar gets planing permission

Fantastic news this afternoon, Sustainable Charlbury achieved planning permission for it's community renewable energy scheme, with the Uplands Area Planing Committee voting 7-5 in support of the scheme.
We would like to thank everyone for their involvement, however great or small, and the wonderful support from the community that has enabled this project to go forward. We know there is much hard work still to be done and would like to continue to work with those who have on-going reservations about the scheme. Thanks to you all once again.

Tim crisp · Mon 6 Jul 2015, 19:10 · Link

Online guide to local resources for older people and their carers

Age UK Oxfordshire introduces its "Community Information Network Directory", a new online search tool to enable people to find out about the variety of opportunities that are available to older people and carers in Oxfordshire.
The Directory is free and simple to use and features a wide variety of activities, support and opportunities to help people live life to the full. There are over 1,700 items listed so far from exercise classes to IT classes and singing groups, lunch clubs, WI's mobile libraries and more.
To browse the Directory, you can access it via Age UK Oxfordshire's website at
If you know of a person who is unable to go online to use the Director, they can simply call the Community Information Network on 0345 450 1276 and we can make a search on their behalf.

Jon Carpenter · Mon 6 Jul 2015, 10:22 · 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.

  • 6 Wychwood Paddocks Charlbury
    Works to trees.
    WODC reference: 15/02473/TCA - Wed 01 Jul 2015 - Under consideration
  • 21 The Green Charlbury
    Alterations and erection of single and two storey extensions.
    WODC reference: 15/02206/HHD - Mon 15 Jun 2015 - Under consideration
  • 4 Thames Gardens Charlbury
    Two storey extension
    WODC reference: 15/02409/HHD - Thu 11 Jun 2015 - Under consideration
  • Broadstone Farm Ditchley Road Charlbury
    Amendments to permission 13/1076/P/FP to alter the location, massing and exterior cladding of the guest accomodation and changes to reduce the extent of walkway and to enclose it.
    WODC reference: 15/02026/HHD - Fri 26 Jun 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 6 Jul 2015, 07:05 · Link

Rail strike on Thursday 9/Friday 10 July (UPDATED)

The RMT is staging a strike across the First Great Western network on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th.

The Cotswold Line service will be reduced to one train only in each of the morning and evening peaks.

Update: FGW are now advising that "a two hourly service will operate at major stations between Worcester and Oxford".

A normal service will run between Oxford and London. The S3 bus runs from Charlbury to Oxford and takes around 1hr15 (note that peak buses don't call at the railway station so you'll need to walk from George Street).

Chiltern Railways services will continue to run as normal from Bicester and Banbury.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 3 Jul 2015, 10:56 · Link

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