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Bell ringing at midnight

We regret that, owing to a spate of illness amongst the ringers, there will be no ringing in Charlbury tonight.
We raise a glass to you all and wish you a Very Happy New Year!

Maureen Sparling · Sat 31 Dec 2016, 09:26 · Link

News Years Day Country Walk All welcome

For over 10 years a group of about 40 people have been gathering at 11am at the Bell and then walking about 4-5 miles to blow off the cobwebs of the previous evening. Ed Bradbury is leading the walk this year so if you would like to come along just turn up ready to leave at 11am on News Years Day. All welcome and open to children (and pets) of all ages. The walk takes about 90 minutes max and often refreshments follow in a local pub!! Don't forget to wear suitable footwear!

Paul D Jenkins · Wed 28 Dec 2016, 07:39 · 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.

Tue 27 Dec 2016, 12:33 · Link

The Charlbury Website has moved servers

This is just a behind-the-scenes change that shouldn't affect anything, but you might find that one or two things aren't working quite as they should. If so, please drop me a line at and I'll take a look. Thank you!

(For those with an interest in such things, we're now hosted on a Hetzner dedicated server rather than the old Bytemark virtual machine.)

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 27 Dec 2016, 12:08 · Link

Merry Christmas from Charlbury Town Foootball & Sports Club.

Charlbury Town Football & Sports Club wish you all a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We would also like to thank everyone that has supported us
and helped us.

Thank You from all the Committee.

mandy · Thu 22 Dec 2016, 10:06 · Link

Christmas Meals on Wheels

Twenty-six Christmas meals were prepared and delivered by the Meals on Wheels team yesterday. Ally, Marianne, and Christine cooked the special lunch which was underwritten again this year by a generous Charlbury resident. The team of deliverers took the meals to residents of Charlbury, Chadlington, and Stonesfield. Meals on Wheels has been serving the Charlbury area for over 50 years. Meals are delivered on Tuesday at midday; the cost is £3.00 per meal. We have room for four new recipients beginning January, 2017. If interested in receiving a meal or volunteering, please contact Jan Griffiths or Marjorie Glasgow

Marjorie Glasgow · Wed 21 Dec 2016, 17:24 · Link

Criminal damage in hit and run incident on Pooles Lane

Did you witness a off white mini cooper car legally parked on Pooles Lane being hit by another vehicle sometime between Sunday evening and this morning (Tuesday 20th Dec ) ?

As a result hundreds of pounds worth of damage has been caused by a another vehicle when it was either turning out of Pooles lane towards the Co-op or turning into Pooles Lane.
The severity of the damage makes it highly unlikely that the vehicles driver would fail to notice what had taken place, please if you did see anything regarding this incident please report it either to the Thames Valley police on Tel No. 101 or please message me via this website.
Lets catch the culprit and stop this from happening again as next time it might be your car.

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Tue 20 Dec 2016, 17:41 · 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.

  • Oldner Stables Charlbury Road
    Erection of two storey extension together with associated works.
    WODC reference: 16/04151/HHD - Mon 05 Dec 2016 - Under consideration
  • 5 Falcon Villas Hundley Way Charlbury
    Conversion of loft to include four velux rooflights.
    WODC reference: 16/04027/HHD - Fri 02 Dec 2016 - Under consideration
  • 18 Sandford Park Charlbury
    Erection of new dwelling with new vehicle access and minor alterations to the existing house.
    WODC reference: 16/03856/FUL - Mon 12 Dec 2016 - Under consideration

Mon 19 Dec 2016, 08:00 · Link

Paddington station Christmas closure

Here's the announcement on the GWR website:

Travelling in the London area

From 24 to 29 December, trains will start and end at Ealing Broadway, where you can change on to the London Underground. As there is no step-free access, GWR tickets will also be valid via the following London stations:

Euston; To and from the Hereford area (change at Birmingham New Street)
Marylebone; To and from the Oxford area (change at Oxford)
Waterloo; To and from Bristol, South Wales, the South West and Basingstoke (change at Reading)
All you need to do is select London Paddington as your normal destination, then enter the best alternative London terminal for you in the 'Via/Avoid' box. Plan your journey

If you're planning to use the Tube, Overground, TfL Rail, Docklands Light Railway or the Tram you should also visit TfL's Festive travel page.

Jon Carpenter · Wed 14 Dec 2016, 11:47 · Link

Carol Singing around Charlbury - Tuesday 13th December, 5pm to 7pm

A choir consisting of parents, staff and friends of Charlbury Primary School will be singing Christmas carols in the street tomorrow evening between 5 and 7. We are aiming to raise money for playground equipment for the pupils. Please look out for us tomorrow night at the following locations and approximate times;

5:00 Fountain opposite Co-op
5:20 Sandford Rise
5:45 Ticknell Piece
6:00 The Green
6:15 Nineacres Lane
6:30 Top of Dyers Hill
6:45 Outside the Rose & Crown

Charlbury Primary School · Mon 12 Dec 2016, 15:40 · Link

Parish Poll

A big thank you to all those who supported the Thomas Gifford Trust in Thursday's poll and to the Town Council for putting forward the proposal. Assuming their loan application is successful, the grant will be put to very good use in completing the work to the outside of the building and surrounding areas. After years of work, the completion of the project is in sight. We will continue to work hard to ensure that Charlbury's new Community Centre is the enduring asset that the town deserves and which it has waited so long to see. We are truly grateful for your support.
Marjorie Glasgow, Chair, The Thomas Gifford Trust

daniela jenkins · Sat 10 Dec 2016, 16:19 · Link


Residents and associates of this fine town may be interested to know that the noble Charlbury Debating Society convened in large numbers at the Corner House on Thursday evening for a set-to on Brexit.

The motion, "We should reverse our decision to leave the EU", proposed by Liz Leffman (chair of the English Liberal Democrats) and opposed by Alasdair Ross (Economist Intelligence Unit), was rejected by 16 votes to 14 with seven abstentions...

Jonathan Luxmoore · Fri 9 Dec 2016, 00:51 · Link

Parish Poll results

For a grant of £130,000 for the Thomas Gifford Trust (Community Centre):

  • Yes 332 (67%)
  • No 164 (33%)

For a grant of £70,000 for the Football & Sports Club:

  • Yes 378 (74%)
  • No 134 (26%)

Turnout 518 (21.52%).

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 8 Dec 2016, 21:31 · Link

Parish Poll TODAY!

Please remember to vote at the Parish Poll TODAY (Thursday 8th December) between 4pm and 9pm at the Memorial Hall.
The questions being asked at the poll are:
1. Do you approve the conditional grant of £130,000 to the Thomas Gifford Trust?
2. Do you approve the conditional grant of £70,000 to the Charlbury Town Football and Sports Club?

Your opinion is important as the town council is required to demonstrate local support in order to obtain approval for a loan to fund these grants.

There is more information available in earlier news postings on this site: explains the background and is a copy of the flyer delivered to every home in the town in October. explains the conditions that the town council will impose on the grants. which reports the outcome of the recent public meeting explains the poll.

Please note that the polling hours for Parish Polls are set by law and under that law there is no provision for voting by post or proxy or for official poll cards to be sent to voters. To vote you must be included in the electoral register for Charlbury.

The count will take place immediately after the close of the poll and the result will be made available on and on as soon as possible afterwards.

Further information about the poll is also available from the town clerk on 01608 810608 or at

Peter Kenrick · Thu 8 Dec 2016, 13:18 · Link

Post Office consultation

The Government is seeking views on the accessibility of post offices, the services available, and the role of communities in the future of the network. They are keen to hear local people's views, not on any specific changes to the post office services they use but on the overall strategic approach that should be taken to transforming post office services.

They are interested in the views of consumers and businesses. Please respond directly via the consultation website and make sure your views are taken into account. A full explanation of what the consultation is about is also on the website.

(Taken from the Chadlington website)

Note that pre-printed postcards are also available at the PO, but the above is a separate government consultation process.

Jon Carpenter · Thu 8 Dec 2016, 10:30 · Link


This is a reminder that the deadline for registering to take part in Artweeks May 2017 is the end of the month - 31st December! If you are planning to take part then do sign up sooner rather than later so that the Artweeks office have a chance to fix any unexpected issues that crop up in the on-line process before they close for Christmas.
Also please let me know so that I can put you on the mailing list to be included in the Charlbury Artweeks Trail Map and to receive local Artweeks planning information, email

Maureen Sparling · Wed 7 Dec 2016, 11:55 · Link

The kids can't wait!

With the site shut down for the weekend, the first ever five-a-side game took place within the shell of Charlbury's new Community Centre last Friday (2nd December), under the watchful eye of legendary referee, James Batty (high vis jacket) and Charlbury FC's Paul Jenkins. James, who also happens to be Beard's site manager for the project, created a safe zone within the structure and only allowed the children on site once he had issued a safety briefing. With the rules established, he officiated over the game with an equally firm hand, deeming it necessary to issue a number of red cards. Oh dear.
Paul, manager and coach of two junior football teams in Charlbury and trustee of the Thomas Gifford Trust, organised the event. "The children really enjoyed having a taste of what's to come. A big thank you to them for being so sporting (and allowing themselves to be red-carded!) and we're especially grateful to James for facilitating the occasion. It will be fantastic for Charlbury Town FC, that provides training for 14 teams, and the other sports clubs in the town to have their very own state-of-the art facility to use all year round." For safety reasons, this was the last opportunity to use the site until the building opens next Autumn, as the construction will become increasingly complex over the coming months.
Paul, on behalf of the trustees of the Thomas Gifford Trust, said "We would all like to thank you for your patience during the construction work. We hope we can count on your continued support by casting your vote in the important Parish Poll this coming Thursday (8th December)".
Photo courtesy of Edmund Blok

daniela jenkins · Mon 5 Dec 2016, 19:42 · Link


Last week I met in London with Charlotte DC (Wilderness Event Manager) and Dave McCalmont (Production Director) and we had a most useful discussion about Wilderness, and the late noise on Sunday evening. It has been agreed by them that the following note can be posted on the Charlbury web. A copy is also on the Forum, should anybody wish to comment:

While appreciating the good and enjoyment that Wilderness brings to everyone, there are yet many of us in Charlbury who, having taken the trouble to go away for the weekend of the Festival, come home on Sunday evening and find that it is difficult to sleep until well into Monday morning. Charlotte and Dave explained that Wilderness has no wish to be a bad neighbour and that the late night timings for the festival had come after consultation. The festival recognises that Thursday and Sunday are more sensitive in terms of late night noise and have attempted to manage noise with this in mind. The late night stage and the timings are part of the festival's efforts to control noise, especially noise coming from the camping areas (which are the areas of the festival closest to residences). They explained that the late-night stage was positioned to face down to the valley, and that the noise limits were designed with the idea that there should very limited noise audible off-site after 11pm on Sunday. We all agreed, that the limits are almost irrelevant as to the actual decibel levels monitored, as noise is noise. There was a particular issue with the bass, which caused disturbance on Sunday night for those going to work on Monday morning.

For 2017, Wilderness are going to put more emphasis on programming late night entertainment on Sunday which doesn't require amplified music - more spoken word, theatre, comedy, feasts and the like. They will also programme music that doesn't have bass after 11pm. They agreed to give greater prominence to the necessary telephone numbers which we could ring. We also discussed the fact that noise in Charlbury travels over water, and according to the wind, and the particular position of houses who are troubled. We agreed, that it was not practical for those of us who were disturbed by the music to ring the Council, wait for someone to come out and monitor, and report back, when all we wanted to do was go to sleep! Wilderness also have a team of their own noise monitoring staff, so when contacted they will go to wherever the noise is being heard as fast as possible, and try and deal with the problem.

Each year they did ask for feedback after the festival in the form of a festival survey, but it was on Social Media, which, as I pointed out, was not used by everyone in Charlbury. They are, however, planning to have another open forum in Charlbury probably sometime around January 17th. They are sincerely anxious not to annoy Charlbury residents, and they would like to hear from anyone who is disturbed by the festival. Meanwhile, I gather that they only had a summary of some of the complaints, so I promised to forward those that were on the Charlbury Forum after the 2016 Wilderness Festival, as well as any private notes I have had. Helen Bessemer-Clark

Helen Bessemer-Clark · Mon 5 Dec 2016, 17:45 · Link

Market Street closure this week

A notice pushed through letterboxes this morning reads:

"Market Street will be closed to through traffic 09:30 to 15:00 from 5th December to 8th December. This is for essential installation of Openreach ducting.

"Pedestrian access will be maintained for the duration of the works. A clear diversion will be signed for vehicles.

"If you have any queries, please call 0800 032 9576."

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 5 Dec 2016, 13:21 · 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.

  • Old Fire Station Browns Lane Charlbury
    Alterations and erection of single storey rear extension in conection with previously approved change of use.
    WODC reference: 16/03851/FUL - Mon 28 Nov 2016 - Under consideration

Mon 5 Dec 2016, 08:00 · Link


Thames Water are planning to repair the leak on Dyers Hill tonight but they need any cars moved beforehand so if you have a car there please can you move it and ask neighbours to do likewise.

Liz Leffman · Fri 2 Dec 2016, 16:19 · Link

The sun has been shining on Southill Solar!

We have had fantastic weather to celebrate electricity generation into the grid since Monday 21st November. We're planning to offer the chance of a visit to the site on Saturday 14th January - for those who are able to come and help plant our hedging and orchard trees. See events.

Liz Reason · Thu 1 Dec 2016, 16:19 · Link

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