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Planning application news

At the West Oxfordshire District Council planning committee for the Uplands area (including Charlbury), two significant decisions were made today:

  • Land east of 26 The Slade (application 16/00939/FUL) - refused unanimously
  • Houses at Elmstead, Pooles Lane (application 16/10318/FUL) - approved

The retrospective application for the extraction unit on the Bull was withdrawn before the meeting.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 31 May 2016, 17:38 · Link

The Art Café raised £1000 !

Or more precisely, £976.90, all going to fund refugee aid. Coffees, lunches and teas were served on Monday in St Mary's by a dedicated team of helpers in the latest fundraising initiative by Charlbury Refugee Action Group.

Including the wonderful people who baked cakes and made salads, quiches, stuffed bagels and much, much more, over 40 people were involved. Their efforts will be really appreciated by the people we are now able to help.

We won't name names, but there were several people who went far beyond the call of duty. Thank you so much to all of you.

And Charlbury Refugee Action Group is grateful to the many Artweeks artists who contributed cakes, to St Mary's for the use of the church, and to the St Mary's Fairtrade group for donating Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar.

If you would like to join the mailing list for Charlbury Refugee Action Group, please sign up at

Jon Carpenter · Tue 31 May 2016, 11:59 · Link

X9 bus service from July 21st

Pulhams Coaches have confirmed that they will be continuing the X9 bus service to Chipping Norton and Witney after the withdrawal of subsidy. The Monday to Friday timetable will be:

  • Buses from Charlbury to Witney at 07.00, 08.05, 09.10, 10.50, 12.35, 13.35, 14.20, 16.10, 17.55
  • Buses from Witney to Charlbury at 07.25, 08.45, 09.45, 11.30, 13.15, 14.30, 16.45, 17.30
  • Buses from Charlbury to Chipping Norton at 07.50, 08.20, 09.11, 10.11, 11.56, 13.44, 14.56, 17.11, 17.56
  • Buses from Chipping Norton to Charlbury at 06.40, 07.45, 08.50, 10.30, 12.15, 13.15, 14.00, 15.20, 15.50, 17.35

A two-hourly service will operate on Saturdays:

  • Buses from Charlbury to Witney at 08.20, 10.20, 12.20, 14.20, 16.20, 18.20
  • Buses from Witney to Charlbury at 09.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00
  • Buses from Charlbury to Chipping Norton at 09.26, 11.26, 13.26, 15.26, 17.26
  • Buses from Chipping Norton to Charlbury at 08.00, 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00

Full timetables are at and .

According to director Andy Pulham:

"I have kept the peak journeys that are best used currently with little change and I hope the off peak ones although not as frequent will be better used. There will be fare increases on both services however we will endeavour to keep these to a minimum and continue to offer weekly and four weekly passes for regular commuters."

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 27 May 2016, 11:20 · Link

Southill Solar passes the £1,000,000 milestone!

Today the amount of community investment into Southill Solar passed the £1,000,000 mark. This is a wonderful achievement and all of us on the Southill team would like to thank everybody for their support, without which this project would not be possible. The opportunity to own a share in your local solar farm remains and there is still time to join us.

Tim crisp · Thu 26 May 2016, 08:49 · Link

Charlbury U12s win national tournament

From the Oxford Mail:

"Charlbury Town Under 12s were crowned champions at the national Precision Pass tournament, held at the King Power Stadium, home of newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester City.

"A 2-0 victory in the final over Higham Town Colts, from Northamptonshire, was enough to secure Charlbury the title."

Full report on the Oxford Mail website.

Wed 25 May 2016, 18:31 · Link

West Oxfordshire welcomes four Syrian families


West Oxfordshire will be welcoming four Syrian families in the summer.

Here's how you can help.

Homes have been secured for them in Witney in the private sector. Although some are partly furnished, a great deal of furnishings and equipment have to be provided, and this is where individuals, organisations, churches etc. come in.

An 'Adopt a Room' scheme has been launched to share the burden (both financial and the workload) as efficiently as possible. It's the kind of thing a group of people could take on, maybe two or three friends, or perhaps a church or club or a political organisation. For instance, a church might take on equipping a kitchen, but a single member of the congregation might only contribute some crockery or a toaster.

Major items like beds and cookers are already provided.

If you are interested in knowing more, please email . We will send you the details and you can make up your mind what you might do. You will then be able to see which rooms in which houses have been 'taken' and what is still needed.

Jon Carpenter · Wed 25 May 2016, 14:45 · Link

Could you be a Charlbury town councillor?

At the recent elections, not enough candidates stood to fill all 12 places on Charlbury Town Council. As a result, there are two vacant places.

Could you fill one of those places?

The Town Council meets twice every month, usually in the last week: the Monday evening meeting is to review planning applications, while Wednesday is the full council meeting. Some councillors take on additional responsibilities but there is absolutely no obligation to do so. Being a councillor is a chance to help your town and make sure it represents the full spread of society.

If you would like to put yourself forward for one of the two vacancies, please write by Friday 17th June to Roger Clarke, the Town Clerk (, with a short statement explaining what you think you could bring to the council. Or if you would like to know more, contact Roger or any existing town councillor.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 23 May 2016, 09:21 · 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.

  • Whitson Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Erection of single storey, first floor and two storey extensions.
    WODC reference: 16/01601/HHD - Fri 29 Apr 2016 - Under consideration

Mon 23 May 2016, 07:05 · Link

Charlbury School Governor Vacancy

Charlbury School has 13 members on the Governing Body (including Clerk and Associates) who are drawn from parents, staff members, the local authority and our community. We are diverse in age range, background and skills. Our role is to ensure high standards of achievement for all the children in the school by:
• Setting the school's vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the children; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

At the end of this academic year (July), 2 of our longest serving Governors are stepping down and therefore we have 2 vacancies to fill. One we hope to be filled by a town councillor, the other by a resident of Charlbury who has an empathy with the school and education.

The people skills we are looking for are either
• A person who has some financial or IT background to join us on the Finance Committee
• A person who is interested in the educational side of school (rather than admin) and is willing to join us on the curriculum committee. An interest in Special Needs Children would be an advantage but not essential.

The commitment to the school is to 5 full governing body meetings per annum, held between 6-8pm on varying weekday evenings and to 5 Committee meetings which precede the full meetings. Another 1-2 ad hoc meetings on matters arising or sub-committees are also not unusual. There is an amount of preparation time for such meetings and Governors are expected to come into school during term-time from time to time on visits in association with their role.

We already have a full complement of parent governors and to maintain the correct balance on the Governing Body of all stakeholders of our town, the vacancies can only be filled by non-parents. Ex-parents are more than welcome.

I as Chair of Governors and the headteacher, Jane Holt, would be more than happy to discuss the position further with anyone who may be interested in taking up the role. I can also forward a short document which summarises the role of the School Governor to anyone interested.

I can be contacted at or 07813 015034.

Kaye Leggett
Chair of Governors, Charlbury Primary School

Kaye Leggett · Sat 21 May 2016, 14:04 · Link

Emergency food appeal for Syria


We have a week to respond to this

People in Witney, Hook Norton, Oxford, Swindon and Wycombe are working together to fill a container which will take food to people in desperate need

Charlbury Refugee Action Group is contributing too.

Aid workers in Syria risk their lives every day to provide vital and life saving aid to the victims of war. The aim here is to fill a container with provisions which will be sent directly to Syria within the next couple of weeks, reaching people who are being bombed and slaughtered on a daily basis, and are prevented from fleeing for refuge abroad.

If you can take part, our closing date is THURSDAY MAY 27 at 5 pm.


• do not bring anything that is not on the list.

• please phone 01608 811378 or email to find your nearest drop-off point in or near Charlbury.

• rather than an assortment of items, please donate multiples or trays/cases of just one (or at most two) items. They are much easier to package.

How to contribute in cash

If you would like to contribute money to the Witney collection rather than buying things yourself, you can do so at However, you are not able to add Gift Aid.

If you wish to donate direct to One Nation, who are the charity organising the filling of dozens of containers across the country, your money will go further if you pay income tax and apply Gift Aid (which increases the value of your donation by 25%). The link for making a donation is

Thank you for helping in any way you can.

Jon Carpenter · Wed 18 May 2016, 15:55 · 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 16 May 2016, 07:05 · Link

Police information point Corner House.

Thames Valley Police will no longer be continuing the Monday afternoon 12-3pm sessions at The Corner House.
We would like to say a huge thanks to all of the volunteers who have supported us and the community over the years and given up their precious time. Your dedication and service has been invaluable. With the assistance of local volunteers such as you we can rise to meet the challenge and provide an excellent service to the public.

Thank you.
Chipping Norton Neighbourhood team.

Wesley Smith · Sun 15 May 2016, 17:21 · Link

Quiz Night raises over £1000 for refugees

The Quiz and Chilli night organised by Charlbury Refugee Action Group on May 6 raised £1065, as a result of amazing teamwork by no fewer than fifteen people that resulted in an extremely enjoyable evening combined with some very useful fundraising. Thanks so much to you all.

Here's how CRAG is spending this latest tranche of money.

We are giving £450 to a fund set up by the charity Help Refugees for camps in northern Greece. It emphasises the needs specifically of women and children in the camps. The fund uses MyDonate to receive money, so there are no commissions.

If you would like to make a personal donation to this work, and you pay income tax, you can add Gift Aid, increasing your donation by 25% at no cost to you. The site to use is

The camps at Calais and Dunkirk are extremely under provisioned at the moment, especially when trying to find tents and bedding for 30-50 new arrivals DAILY at Calais. We are giving £450 to CalAid, a charity trying to meet those needs. Last month we gave money to the Calais Kitchens food fund, and this one would cover a wider range of needs. CalAid also use MyDonate so there is no commission.

If you wish to make a donation yourself commission-free, once again you can add Gift Aid: the link is

There are upwards of 500 asylum seekers and refugees 'camping' on the streets in Paris in dire conditions. Support for them is not well organised, but we are in touch with a woman (Danika Jurisic) who lives in Paris who is distributing food, sleeping bags etc as best she can, with a group of other volunteers. We are giving her £200 towards this work. If you wish to donate yourself, please email for details.

These are all drops in their respective oceans, but each drop makes a tremendous difference to those who benefit. CRAG is very grateful to you for making this possible, and being part of the contribution that Charlbury makes. People in towns and cities across the country, indeed across the world, are doing similar things and the end result is fantastic.

Jon Carpenter, Secretary

Jon Carpenter · Sun 15 May 2016, 11:05 · Link

Volunteers looking for work

A substantial number of Volunteer Forms were returned as part of the recent Charlbury Survey. People expressed their wish to be part of one or more of the 20+ voluntary organisations in Charlbury listed with the survey forms delivered to all households in Charlbury.
if your organisation is looking for volunteers, even if you are not one of the organisations included in the survey, please let us know on:
We will put those who have expressed interest in specific organisations in touch with you.
John Hole
on behalf of Charlbury Neighbourhood Forum Comittee

john hole · Mon 9 May 2016, 21:45 · 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.

  • Halcyon Woodstock Road Charlbury
    The installation of 3 no. additional antenna, the internal upgrade of the existing equipment cabin and associated development.
    WODC reference: 16/01270/FUL - Mon 25 Apr 2016 - Under consideration

Mon 9 May 2016, 07:05 · Link

Church Clock

The church clock will be stopped in the next day or two for refurbishment of the "going". We hope the repairs will take no more than 3 weeks. in the meantime we suggest users consult the sundial thoughtfully provided by our forebears on the south wall of the church. PS Don't forget to add an hour.

Mike Summers · Fri 6 May 2016, 12:15 · Link

Dancing at Lunghnasa Tickets on sale now

Tickets are now on sale for " Dancing at Lughnasa"
available from Cotswold Frames, the Charlbury Post Office, or Box office 01608 676642
Curtain up 7.30pm each night this multi-award winning play is about five impoverished spinster sisters in a remote part of Ireland in 1936. With them lives Michael son of the youngest sister Also their brother, Jack, who has returned from missionary work in Africa. The events of that summer are related by the grown-up Michael, unfolding a tender study of these women's lives in rural Ireland.
This has been made into a film, with Meryl Streep

Tickets available from Cotswold Frames, the Charlbury Post Office, or Box office 01608 676642
Curtain up 7.30pm each night

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Fri 6 May 2016, 09:17 · Link

Liz Leffman re-elected in landslide victory

Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats) has been re-elected to West Oxfordshire District Council for the Charlbury & Finstock ward on a turnout of 48% - the highest in the district.

Full results are:

  • Liz Leffman (Liberal Democrats): 944
  • Paul Honey (Conservative): 318
  • Stephen Nash (UKIP): 31
  • Harriet Kopinska (Green): 76
  • Ruth Smith (Labour): 77

There was no change to the overall makeup of the council which remains Conservative-controlled.

The next election will be for the Charlbury & Wychwood division on Oxfordshire County Council next May.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 6 May 2016, 02:28 · Link

Southill Solar is a definite go

Southill Community Energy (SCE) has just announced that it has construction finance in place for Southill Solar (subject to contract). This means that anyone buying shares in Southill Solar can be confident that their investment will be used to see the project through.

This means Southill Solar is a definite go. Work is expected to start on the site in July, and the solar farm should be up and producing electricity by the target date of 6 September.

Construction funding will come from Solarcentury, the company contracted to build the solar farm. Solarcentury will use its own funds to complement the funds raised to date. Solarcentury is a world leading solar developer and EPC, based in the UK and working across Europe, Africa and Latin America. They are highly experienced, having helped fund, install and run 550 MW of solar farms in the UK.

SCE want this project to be owned by the local community, and are still looking for investors to buy shares - people who want to create positive social and financial impact.
The share offer remains open:

Dan Raymond-Barker · Thu 5 May 2016, 08:30 · 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.

  • The Bull Inn Sheep Street Charlbury
    Extension of the existing kitchen extraction system to accommodate new filters required by current hygiene regulations (retrospective).
    WODC reference: 16/01140/FUL - Mon 25 Apr 2016 - Under consideration
  • Floriston Church Street Charlbury
    Erection of first and second floor rear extensions.
    WODC reference: 16/01144/HHD - Fri 08 Apr 2016 - Under consideration
  • The Bull Inn Sheep Street Charlbury OX7 3RR
    Extension of the existing kitchen extraction system to accommodate new filters required by current hygiene regulations (retrospective).
    WODC reference: 16/01141/LBC - Mon 25 Apr 2016 - Under consideration

Mon 2 May 2016, 07:05 · Link

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