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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.

Mon 28 Sep 2015, 07:05 · Link

Last chance to apply for a student grant!

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 Thursday 1 October 2015 to:

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.

You will find out if you are successful around the start of November.

Kathryn Fairhurst · Sun 27 Sep 2015, 11:16 · Link

Charlbury Tower Clock

The Town Clock

The clock at St Mary's Church is 130 years old. It was originally installed with generous donations from the people of the town in 1885. Now, in 2015, the hands have sadly stopped turning. We need to erect scaffolding and bring in specialists to properly fix the clock so the hands can carry on turning for years to come for the benefit of the people of Charlbury.

The cost of the repair of the clock is beyond the limited resources of the Church Restoration Fund and we are now once more asking the people of Charlbury to help restore our historic town clock.

We need to raise £20,000 in total for the repairs and the donations have already started to come in. To date we have raised £13,000 and therefore have a final £7,000 still to raise.

If you would like to help get the clock working again, please make a donation so we can reach our target.

Cheques made out to 'Charlbury PCC' or cash donations can be placed in the attached envelope and put in one of collection boxes at:

The Coop by the Playing Close.
The Post Office in Market Street.
The Londis Shop on the Slade.

In addition, donation envelopes can be posted through the letter box at any of the following addresses:

The Old Manor House, Church Street (house next to church).
7 Enstone Road.
Brice House, Thames Street.
Wychwood Cottage, Hixet Wood.
14 Ticknell Piece Road.

Thank you for your support

Mike Summers · Fri 25 Sep 2015, 14:38 · Link

Street Fair run results

Full results of the Street Fair 10k and 5k runs are here.

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 23 Sep 2015, 18:40 · Link

Great Prizes in aid of Macmillan Nurses. Bid now and support their work.

This Friday's fundraiser at the Friends Meeting House, ten o'clock until twelve-thirty, will feature a Silent Auction of the terrific items below. Strike now and telephone Sally or David Pollock on 07960960298 or 07590486671.. we will arrange for you to register a bid. Please note the Lot number that interests you.

There will also be a great raffle and stalls... and terrific cake... on the day.. so don't forget to come along!

The lots are:

1. A week in a fabulous farmhouse in the Tarn, France

2. a personal tour of the House of Lords and a magnificent tea, for 2 guests

3. a session of Reflexology

4. A portrait of your house in watercolour

5. A 2 hour tour of the Cotswolds in a Morgan sports car, for 1 passenger.

6. A visit to the top of the tower of St Mary's Charlbury

7. A drawing or painting workshop with Kieran Stiles

8. 2 tickets for a day's exhibitions at the Royal Academy

9 A signed copy of "The Gardens of Oxford Colleges@, illustrated with Andrew Lawsons wonderful photographs

10 A garden consultation with Susan Dunston

David Pollock · Wed 23 Sep 2015, 18:18 · Link

Attempted burglary

In the early hours of Monday 21/09/15 offenders have tried to break in to the Co,op on Enstone Road in Charlbury.
On this occasion they were unsuccessful and did not gain entry, unfortunately it's possible they may come back to try again.
Please stay vigilant and immedialtey report any suspicious behaviour to police on 999.

Wesley Smith · Mon 21 Sep 2015, 15:39 · Link

John Stanley - funeral arrangements

John's funeral will be on Wednesday 23rd September at 3.00 p.m. at the South Oxfordshire Memorial Park and Crematorium, Garford, near Abingdon, OX 13 5PA, afterwards at the Bell Hotel, Charlbury.

John's family would like to sincerely thank all members of the emergency services for their efforts to help John and particularly the unknown passers by.

Further information: 07767 421 662.

Mon 21 Sep 2015, 10:07 · Link

DON'T FORGET! Macmillan Cancer Nurses Charity Event 25 September

Please come and make this year's Macmillan bash the biggest and best ever!

25th September 10.00-12.30 at the FRIENDS' MEETING HOUSE, Market Street.

There will be COFFEE and lots of CAKE for a mere £3.50 entry charge, PLUS sales of:

BRIC A BRAC (a fine selection of all these!)

Along with a cracking raffle AND a very exciting Auction!

PLEASE Come and have fun and help raise a record sum to support this fantastic cause.

All donations in any of the above categories very welcome... Please call Sally and David Pollock on 07960960298 or 07590486671 If you have books or other heavy items that need collecting... Otherwise please bring your contributions to the event.

David Pollock · Sun 20 Sep 2015, 20:59 · Link

Street Fair Book Stall

In addition to our usual wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages, we have received a large number of up-to-date business, management and IT books covering a wide range of topics. If these are of interest please come and visit the Book Stall in Church Street on Saturday 19th afternoon.

Eileen Kenrick · Fri 18 Sep 2015, 16:21 · Link

Help for Refugees

Local residents may be interested to know that the Charlbury Debating Society convened on Thursday evening in the Memorial Hall with around 90 participants to discuss how the town might respond to the current refugee crisis.

The event, filmed by Sky News and chaired by Jonathan Luxmoore and Liz Leffman, was addressed by Andy Graham on behalf of his newly formed Children of Calais charity, as well as by Hannah and Andy Bailey from the Witney-based Crying out for Calais, and by Heather McCullock, refugee co-ordinator with the West Oxfordshire District Council. Several local groups, including Churches Together in Charlbury, the UN Association and Peace in a Pub, also sent representatives.

Numerous offers of help and accommodation for refugees were received by people from Charlbury and surrounding villages. Among many ideas, it was suggested that foreign currency should be collected for refugees, and the government lobbied to support calls for a European Union quota system and to lift the sanctions currently facing train companies and airlines which bring refugees into the country without visas.

A Charlbury Refugee Action Group (CRAG) has now been formed -- see -- which will draft an open letter to David Cameron MP explaining the readiness of members of the local community to lend shelter and support. This will be available for signing during the Charlbury Street Fair on 19th September. A similar letter may also be sent to MEPs. This is an initiative by like-minded residents, who are sympathetic to refugees but do not claim to represent the town as a whole.

Jonathan Luxmoore · Thu 17 Sep 2015, 23:49 · Link

Charlbury churches response to Refugee crisis

Churches Together in Charlbury are discussing our responses to the appalling crisis in Europe, and are alert to guidance from our Church leaders. We will be represented at the meeting tonight.

elizabeth tait · Thu 17 Sep 2015, 19:12 · Link

Street Fair at the POST OFFICE

New to Street fair for this year at the POST OFFICE Market Street Stalls including Cotswold Lavender, Cotswold Fudge and much more shop early for Christmas. also you can get your cash for your drinks at the Bell .

NEWS : register your interest in WILDERNESS TICKETS for 2016 to avoid disappointment for local tickets if and when available.

Elaine Newbold · Thu 17 Sep 2015, 11:27 · Link

Street Fair at The Bell Inn - cash only bar

Hi all
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Bell on Saturday it looks to be a great day and we are all really looking forward to it.
Unfortunately with the credit card machine signal in the Bell being so poor we have to make this a cash only bar to ensure we can serve every one in a timely manner.

So we would like to make sure that you are all aware that on Saturday we will be CASH ONLY.

We look forward to seeing you all over this weekend and over the next months moving into the run up to the festive season . We will be posting an events and weekly bulletin next week so watch out for the updated Bell weekly events message next week.

See you all soon

Bell team

The Bell Inn · Thu 17 Sep 2015, 02:30 · Link

New town maps installed

A new poster map of Charlbury has been installed on Church Street, at the railway station, and at the Londis store at Five Ways.

The map replaces the previous version which was last updated 15 years ago. It includes public transport, walking and cycling information, and an introduction to Charlbury highlighting attractions such as the Museum and farmers' markets. It is designed to complement the Walkers are Welcome map on the Co-op, which covers a larger area.

A directory of shops, pubs and so on is included on the map, printed separately so that it can be updated more frequently. Printing costs for the map have been funded by Charlbury Town Council.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 15 Sep 2015, 18:34 · Link

New waste and recycling calendars now online

West Oxfordshire residents can now download their waste and recycling calendars for the next 12 months

Enter your address in the 'postcode search' section on the West Oxfordshire District Council website to access your bin collection calendar.

Here, people can also register for handy weekly email alerts about waste collection dates, including a reminder the day before about which bins to put out and helpful information about changes to collection days over the Christmas period and bank holidays.

Paper copies of the waste calendars are available for those that do not have web access. These can be picked up from:

The District Council's Town Centre Shop and Elmfield offices in Witney.
The Guildhall, Chipping Norton.
Burford Visitor Information Centre.
Carterton Town Council.
As well as bin collection information, residents can use the alerts service to receive information about planning applications registered near to their homes.

Jon Carpenter · Mon 14 Sep 2015, 13:29 · Link

More criminal damage to vehicles

On 13/09/15 on Dyers Hill between 12:45 and 1800hrs offenders unknown have punctured one front tyre and one rear tyre on a vehicle parkerd on the hill. Any further information please contact police on 101 and quote crime number 43150260232.

Wesley Smith · Mon 14 Sep 2015, 11:19 · 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.

  • 19 Sandford Park Charlbury
    To erect a conservatory to the rear of the property
    WODC reference: 15/03178/HHD - Fri 28 Aug 2015 - Under consideration
  • 11 Sandford Park Charlbury
    Proposed front extension
    WODC reference: 15/03088/HHD - Mon 24 Aug 2015 - Under consideration
  • The Old Bake House Market Street Charlbury
    Variation of Condition Number 2 of 13/1717/P/FP & 13/1718/P/LB to alter the visual appearance of the building as shown on the approved drawing to increase the amount of natural light to the roof rooms.
    WODC reference: 15/02824/S73 - Thu 30 Jul 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 14 Sep 2015, 07:05 · Link

Criminal damage in Charlbury

Thames Valley Police reports:

"Unfortunately some residents in Charlbury have been the victims of mindless criminal damage.

"Between the 7th and 10th of September on Market Street a Porsche convertible had its soft top roof slashed with a sharp implement. Not a very warm welcome for the resident who moved in a couple of weeks ago. The damage on Market Street has been going on for too long and thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused to different vehicles over the last few years. If anyone has any information please contact police and quote crime report number 43150257615.

"Between the 10th and 11th of September on Ditchley Road/entrance to Chartwell Drive newly planted saplings were uprooted and discarded nearby. This is still classed as criminal damage and is being investigated by Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Team. Any further information contact police and quote crime report number 43150257893

"Between the 11th and 12th of September two vehicles on The Slade have had pink graffiti sprayed across them. If you have any further information please contact police and quote crime number 43150258984.

"Any information please contact police on 101. (Wes Smith, PCSO c9837, Chipping Norton)"

Sun 13 Sep 2015, 15:37 · Link

John Stanley

As the result of a heart attack early yesterday evening, Thursday 10 September, John Stanley died.

John was walking from the station to his home when he collapsed at the top of Dyers Hill.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, including the attendance of the air ambulance, he was declared dead at the scene.

He will be known by many due to his commitment to our railway line generally and to the Cotswold Line Promotion Group particularly.

John's next of kin have been informed and funeral arrangements will be announced when known.

Fri 11 Sep 2015, 17:31 · Link

District Council co-ordinates action for refugees

During the week WODC received a number of calls from residents asking how they can help the plight of Syrian refugees by donating money or goods or providing housing.

The Housing team have received four firm offers of accommodation from residents, one of these was from a businesswoman whose family were originally refugees that came to this country. However, they do not know how these can be used as they await further instructions about the resettlement programme from central government.

On Wednesday Housing Officers Jon Dearing and Michelle Clifford attended a housing meeting between all the relevant authorities in Oxford. Each authority agreed to stay in touch to ensure there was no duplication of work and resources. A joint statement is being prepared to say the councils are working together to ensure the best possible outcome. A second meeting will take place next Thursday.

On Monday evening there was a presentation about helping refugees at the Como lounge in Witney, which WODC officer Diana Shelton and Cllrs Janet Baker, Duncan Enright and Andy Graham all attended. It was given by Hannah and Andy Bailey who are linked to St Mary's Church in Cogges as they set up 'Crying out for Calais', after having visited the camps there. They are now collecting donations for their next trip and are very specific about what is needed; this includes camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, stoves, matches etc) and men's winter coats. 'Crying out for Calais' is a humanitarian effort toward those in the camps and they came over as being well organised.

Other organisations collecting items for refugees attended and it was apparent that their immediate need is help with storage. Diana is looking to see if there are any ways to assist with this.

WODC are getting a picture of what organisations there are in West Oxfordshire currently accepting donations so that they can signpost people who want to donate, and work with them to support them where needed. They are also mapping where existing collection points are to see if there are gaps that they can help with.

This signposting information and a general update is now up on the WODC website, see

Liz Leffman · Fri 11 Sep 2015, 12:17 · Link

Charlbury Primary School – Open Mornings

Do you have a child who will be starting Primary School in September 2016? If you would like to find out more about Charlbury Primary School please come along to one of the Open Mornings planned for this Autumn. The sessions will take place on the following dates:
Wednesday 14th October 2015
Wednesday 4th November 2015
Thursday 12th November 2015
The session will start at 9.15am and run for about an hour. You will be given a tour of the school, find out how our school works and have a chance to ask any questions you may have. Please ring or email to book onto one of the above sessions. The School Office can be contacted on 01608 810354 or

Charlbury Primary School · Fri 11 Sep 2015, 11:42 · 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.

  • Land South Of Forest Road Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Residential development of 25 dwellings comprising self/custom build, market housing and affordable housing (use class C3) and a 12 bed supported living (use class C3) facility with associated access, parking and landscaping.
    WODC reference: 15/03099/FUL - Wed 02 Sep 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 7 Sep 2015, 07:05 · Link

Grants up to £50k available for community improvements

Communities once again have the chance to apply for grants up to £50,000 from West Oxfordshire District Council, to help improve facilities that benefit local people.

The Council's Community Facilities Grant (CFG) can be used to enhance or create new facilities, such as village halls, play areas and sports clubs.

The Council set aside £200,000 of its budget for the grant scheme in 2015/16 and funding is being allocated over two rounds; the first took place in the spring when over £65,000 of grant funding was agreed.

The deadline for the second round of grants is Tuesday 15 September.

Application forms are available via the Council's website For more information, call 01993 861080.

Susie Finch · Fri 4 Sep 2015, 10:27 · Link

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