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CRAG launches Christmas appeal

Welcome a refugee for Christmas!

Charlbury Refugee Action Group invites you to make a space at your Christmas table, by leaving an empty chair in which a refugee would be welcome.

If it represents one refugee, we invite a contribution of £10 or more. If it represents a family, we suggest £30.

If your Christmas visitors want to contribute too, the more the merrier!

The money we raise will go to groups of volunteers supported by the charity Help Refugees and working with refugees mostly in France and Greece.

There are more details on our donation page. And in the new year we will let you know how much we raise.

So here's how to make a space at your table …

(1) Visit our new fundraising site. Just click here and choose your amount. (Or call us on 01608 811378.)

(2) Please add Gift Aid if you are eligible, as it adds 25% to the total you give.

(3) Keep in touch on our new website here and stay up to date with what we are doing. Discover how we can all best help people in desperate need. You can sign up for our newsletters, and get information about our future events (including our concert programme) and collections.

(4) You can join our mailing list now by clicking here.

Thank you so much for what you do!

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Jon Carpenter · Tue 28 Nov 2017, 10:18 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair 2018 - Seeking Volunteers - Meet up on January 20th

As promised here are details of our first 2018 meeting.

We cordially invite anyone who is interested in joining the Charlbury Street Fair team to come along to meet the Street Fair team Saturday 20 January @ 6 pm in the Cornbury Room behind the Bell Hotel - with thanks to Luke and Leigh at the Bell for these facilities!

If you have any time or skills to offer, big or small, we'd love to see you. New volunteers are vital to keep this popular community event going.

We have found last year's format - a 'Core Team' of about six people and a wider Committee team of over 12 seems to work well. Ideally, the Core Team will meet once a month, the wider team less frequently. We have 'space' for people who want to offer only a couple of days, or for others who can spare a day or more a month!

Particular help is needed for a) making the arrangements for the Stalls, b) arranging the Open Gardens event, and c) for a new role as Street Fair Coordinator - something like a 'production' or 'project' manager to keep us on track.

If interested do please come along on 20th January or contact us via

Happy New Year!

John Dora, Chair, CSF Committee

John Dora · Mon 27 Nov 2017, 13:32 · 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 East Of 26 The Slade Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Discharge of conditions 3,4,6,7,8,13,15,16 and 17 of planning permission 17/00832/FUL.
    WODC reference: 17/03772/CND - Wed 15 Nov 2017 - Under consideration
  • 3 Rochester Place Charlbury
    New front porch, single storey rear extension and the conversion of the conservatory to garden room
    WODC reference: 17/03692/HHD - Fri 24 Nov 2017 - Under consideration

Mon 27 Nov 2017, 08:00 · Link

Charlbury Christmas Fair News

Just wanted to update and encourage everyone to come along to what is set to be an exciting first Christmas Fair on Sunday 10th December, 11am-4pm in the Memorial Hall.

We have 24 stallholders selling beautiful gifts and items, which include local Charlbury businesses as well as from surrounding areas! They'll be a entrance fee (includes a raffle ticket) of £1 all of which goes towards the Hall upkeep. Over 20 beautiful gifts will be donated by the stallholders so why not buy extra raffle tickets to be in with a chance of winning one of these wonderful prizes!

Whilst you're browsing, we are offering refreshments at our pop-up cafe (run by Street Fair volunteers) in the Green Room, where you can enjoy Mulled Wine, Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate, Cakes, Bacon Butties and Hot Dogs!!

Set to be a great day in aid of a great Community asset, the Corner House and Memorial Hall will very much appreciate your support. Look forward to seeing you there!

Nikki Frankum · Fri 24 Nov 2017, 10:30 · Link

Christmas Opening and Activities

Between Christmas and New Year the Community Centre will be open from 10am-4pm on Wednesday 27th-Sunday 31st December inclusive. A large variety of sports and games will be offered for people of all ages and in the afternoons we will make sure there are family oriented and group activities for everyone to join. Children must be accompanied. There will be something for everyone from babies and toddlers to great-grandparents. Refreshments will be available in the café, so if you just want to sit and read, do a puzzle, a quiz or play scrabble, that's fine too. In the mornings the sports hall will be available for hire as usual.
On December 21st and 22nd we will be offering multi-activity sessions for children aged 5-11 in the mornings. On these two dates, you can leave your children with us and they will be offered various sports as well as festive games and craft activities. In the afternoons there will be multi-sport sessions for young people of secondary school age (11-16). The cost is £5 per child/young person for 2.5 hours of fun.
More details will be on the events page shortly, or see

Tanya Stevenson · Thu 23 Nov 2017, 08:35 · Link

Charlbury Beer Festival passes £200,000 in donations!

Many of you will know that Charlbury Beer Festival had a target for this years event, our 20th, to raise enough money to reach £200k in funds raised for grants. On the back of a really successful beer festival in the summer this milestone was achieved, and very appropriately the organisation that nudged us over £200,000 of grants was the wonderful new group All Together In Charlbury(ATIC).

Of course none of this would happen without the support of everyone who comes to the event, so a big thank you to you all. We hope to see you again for next years Charlbury Beer Festival on the 30th June.

Tim crisp · Wed 22 Nov 2017, 12:12 · Link

Post Office to move to Co-op

Post Office Ltd is proposing to move Charlbury's Post Office from its standalone premises on Market Street to the Co-op on Enstone Road.

A consultation is now underway on the proposed change. Post Office services would be available from "a till on the retail counter" during the Co-op's standard 7am-10pm opening hours, seven days a week. Post Office Ltd says that all the services available at the current location will be available when relocated to the Co-op, including all mail services, banking, bill payments, car tax and travel money. It describes the relocated facility as "one of our new local style branches".

More information:

The consultation starts today, 17th November, and finishes on 8th January. The move to the Co-op is scheduled for March.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 17 Nov 2017, 16:57 · Link

Don't Forget your Panto Tickets

Tickets on sale for next weeks Panto which is "Robin Of Wychwood" Thursday 23rd November,Friday 24th November and Saturday 25th November curtain up at 7.30pm Doors open at 7pm, Saturday matinee at 2pm at the memorial hall Charlbury
tickets from Cotswold Frames or
ticket office 01608 811805.
Tickets £10.00 concessions/children £8.00 (Saturday Matinee Children £7.00 )

Fri 17 Nov 2017, 09:11 · Link

Coach Trip to Bath on 23 November 2017

There are a few seats left on the coach trip to Bath, organised by the Charlbury Art Society. Bath has lots to offer, and the coach ticket is only £12.-. The coach will leave Spendlove Car Park at 8.30 a.m. sharp and will leave Bath at 4.00 p.m. for the return journey.
Contact Reg James (tel 01608 811105)if you would like to book a place.

Kati Eidenbenz · Fri 17 Nov 2017, 07:29 · 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.

  • Highfield House 58 The Slade Charlbury
    Erection of ground floor rear and side extensions with smaller first floor extension.
    WODC reference: 17/03430/HHD - Mon 23 Oct 2017 - Under consideration
  • The Grange Woodstock Road Charlbury
    The erection of six dwellings with associated garages and parking and the construction of two driveways and a new access.
    WODC reference: 17/03423/FUL - Wed 08 Nov 2017 - Under consideration
  • Hundley House Hundley Way Charlbury
    Erection of outbuilding
    WODC reference: 17/03414/HHD - Fri 20 Oct 2017 - Under consideration

Mon 13 Nov 2017, 08:00 · Link

Circuit Training Last Chance!

The Thursday evening (6.30pm) Circuit Training session at Charlbury Community Centre is almost full, so please enrol soon if you want to join it. There is plenty of space on the Wednesday morning 9am class (why not come down after dropping the kids at school?) and the Sunday morning 10am class, which is held in the Sports Hall, so there's plenty of room. Please ring 811878 to enrol on any of these.

Tanya Stevenson · Wed 8 Nov 2017, 17:25 · Link


Police are investigating a burglary which occurred on Church Lane in Charlbury at approximately 18:50hrs on 6th of November.
If you saw anything or anyone suspicious on Church Lane or Priory Lane, please contact police on 101 and quote crime number 43170330572.

In the early hours on the same day on Dyers Hill there was another burglary and 2 vehicles were stolen.

Across the Chipping Norton area we are experiencing a lot of burglaries and asking the community to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious.

Wesley Smith · Tue 7 Nov 2017, 15:43 · 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.

  • 3A Lees Heights Charlbury
    Discharge of condition 6 (17/00419/FUL).
    WODC reference: 17/03564/CND - Wed 01 Nov 2017 - Under consideration
  • Lavender Cottage 2 Browns Lane Charlbury
    Erection of single storey rear extension and new dormer and velux to front elevation.
    WODC reference: 17/03351/HHD - Tue 31 Oct 2017 - Under consideration

Mon 6 Nov 2017, 08:00 · Link

Thank you all!

Well, the Accounts are almost completed and very many thanks to Carolyn Ashton (Treasurer) for all her hard work. Thanks, too, to all sponsors, givers, and volunteers. The Corner House and War Memorial Hall are now over £9,300 better off.
A fantastic result given that this year's committee were mostly newbies (but acknowledge the generous and wise advice from their predecessors). Also, the sound system and stage cost over £1000 more than last year but we've had nothing but praise for it. And, the stalls takings were down (we're looking into that). 2018 promises to be a record breaking year.
If you'd like to volunteer, in any capacity, even just for a couple of hours on the day, please contact our Secretary - Hannen Beith either via this site or direct on We hope to garner a large group of volunteers this year, to spread the load, and to have even more fun!
John Dora (Chair).

Wed 1 Nov 2017, 19:00 · Link

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