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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 Snug next to the Bar (and NOT the Cornbury Room as previously announced!) in 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 · Fri 29 Dec 2017, 08:34 · 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.

  • 39 Sheep Street Charlbury
    Change of use from retail/food and drink to office and food preparation.
    WODC reference: 17/03996/FUL - Thu 07 Dec 2017 - Under consideration
  • Albright House Church Street Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations to include erection of link extension between Albright House and The Malthouse to form single dwelling (Amendment to previous approved scheme 14/01589/HHD & 14/01590/LBC)
    WODC reference: 17/03957/HHD - Fri 15 Dec 2017 - Under consideration
  • Albright House Church Street Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations to include erection of link extension between Albright House and The Malthouse to form single dwelling (Amendment to previous approved scheme 14/01589/HHD & 14/01590/LBC).
    WODC reference: 17/03958/LBC - Fri 15 Dec 2017 - Under consideration
  • 19 Sandford Rise Charlbury
    Proposed front and rear extensions.
    WODC reference: 17/03945/HHD - Wed 20 Dec 2017 - Under consideration
  • Spring Cottage Sheep Street Charlbury
    Erection of front porch
    WODC reference: 17/03943/HHD - Wed 20 Dec 2017 - Under consideration
  • 53 Nine Acres Close Charlbury
    Proposed dwelling and construction of both vehicle and pedestrian accesses.
    WODC reference: 17/03942/FUL - Wed 20 Dec 2017 - Under consideration

Mon 25 Dec 2017, 08:00 · Link

The Cod Father is on holiday

The Cod Father has set off for warmer waters for the next couple of weeks, and will be back again in Charlbury on Sunday 7th January.

Simon Walker · Fri 22 Dec 2017, 09:39 · Link

The Charlbury Medical Centre Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Do you want more communication with your local Medical Practice?

In these challenging times, we need to get together to ensure that the people of Charlbury and the surrounding villages are working with Charlbury Medical Practice to help our local health services. We'd really value your help in communicating with patients and their carers within our community. We want to be sure that we do all we can to meet everyone's needs in a time of rapid change.

Can you spare some time to set up and participate in a patient's group?

There is work for our Patients' Participation Group (PPG) to do:

• keeping ourselves and our fellow patients up-dated with all the changes taking place locally
• drawing on the experience and views of patients and carers to work with our Practice in a positive way and acting as a useful resource for the Practice
• communicating between the Practice and its patients to ensure that the services on offer meet the needs of the patients
• helping the Practice in small but practical ways
• learning more about other health provision locally and feed back to other health providers on what we feel is needed in our area

Our Practice and staff welcome this initiative. So why not join the new Charlbury Practice Patients' Participation Group - and have your say and do your bit for us in our very special community.

Join us today by e-mailing:


complete one of the forms which are in the waiting room and pop it in the box provided.

We want to get this PPG up and running early in 2018 - so please act now!

Thank you.

Tue 19 Dec 2017, 10:51 · 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 18 Dec 2017, 08:00 · Link

Ann Hackmann

Ann died peacefully at home on 4th December 2017 at 4.35 am in the morning, surrounded by her loved ones and a wonderful night nurse from the Lawrence Home Nursing Team, a local charity in Chipping Norton.

Funeral service at St. Mary's Church, Charlbury on Monday 18th December at 1.30 pm followed by a private family committal in the cemetery after which we will join you for coffee, tea and cake at the church.

Family flowers only, donations if desired for Lawrence Home Nursing Team and Katharine House Hospice may be given at the church, sent to A.L. Sole & Son, Bidston Close, Over Norton. OX7 5PP, or via bank transfer to A.L. Sole & Son. For information Tel: 01608 644112.

Sat 16 Dec 2017, 16:37 · Link

Words now on sale

"Words go out to play"
The latest book by
Adrian Lancini
Edward Fenton
John Lanyon
Rob Stepney

Now in sale at Cotswold Frames

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Sat 16 Dec 2017, 12:41 · Link




sharon harris · Fri 15 Dec 2017, 19:30 · Link

Further information on bin collections

Snow and bin collections in West Oxfordshire
Bin collections cancelled ?" Tuesday 12 December
Due to the icy road conditions there is no bin collection service in West Oxfordshire today (Tuesday 12 December) ?" this includes bulky household waste and clinical waste collections.
Weather permitting crews will be collecting bins as scheduled from tomorrow (Wednesday).
Catching up on missed collections from Monday & Tuesday (11 & 12 December)
We will empty the missed bins from Monday and Tuesday as soon as possible, depending on road conditions. However, if necessary, crews may be working over the weekend and early into next week to catch up.
Please leave your bins out.
Garden waste collections suspended
So that crews can concentrate on clearing the waste and recycling from Monday and Tuesday, garden waste collections have been suspended until 9 January.
Why collections were delayed
Although main roads have been gritted by Oxfordshire County Council, many of our collections are on hills and minor streets. Collection trucks are heavy and will be braking as they do hundreds of stops on each round - this can be hazardous in icy conditions. We delayed collections to take account of the safety of pedestrians, other motorists, property and our own crews.
More information
Dix Pit Recycling Centre is currently open but for the latest information please check Oxfordshire County Council's website.

Liz Leffman · Tue 12 Dec 2017, 15:20 · Link

Travel update, Tuesday morning

Trains are running but delayed: .

S3 bus is running.

X9 bus cancellations - see .

Please post road conditions etc. in the forum.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 12 Dec 2017, 07:20 · Link

Sandford Rise clear up

Residents of Sandford Rise came out in force today to clear pavements and the road together. It was good fun, great exercise and felt a bit like a street party!

Judy Dod · Mon 11 Dec 2017, 21:26 · Link

Charlbury Primary School

Charlbury Primary School is due to re-open at 10am on Tuesday 12th December. This will allow staff and pupils to safely negotiate their way to school. The Foundation Stage and Year 1 Christmas production will now take place at 11am.

Mon 11 Dec 2017, 19:46 · Link

Day Centre Christmas Open Day Postponed

Due to the difficulty of transporting elderly people in this sort of weather, we regret that the Open morning at the Day Centre is postponed until sometime in January.

Mon 11 Dec 2017, 18:59 · Link

Community Centre Christmas Trees

A big thank you to Tom and Charlie at House & Carriage and MyStore for sponsoring our two marvellous Christmas trees and to the children at Charlbury Pre-School for their excellent decorations. These fine trees, provided by Charlbury Christmas Trees (at a heavily discounted rate!), are the perfect way to mark the centre's very first Christmas.

daniela jenkins · Mon 11 Dec 2017, 12:46 · Link

Bin collections this week

WODC has issued the following statement regarding waste collections this week:

Due to the deep snowfall and cold temperatures overnight leading to icy surfaces, waste and recycling collections will be delayed.
The road and path conditions make it very difficult, and too dangerous, for the heavy collection vehicles and collection crews to access certain parts of the District. Whilst most arterial roads are clear of snow they may still be icy and smaller roads in villages are still snow covered. Roads that are especially steep, in low dips or very narrow may be particularly affected.
We have to consider the risk to pedestrians, other motorists and our crews of sending collection vehicles out in snowy or icy conditions. Injuries to collection crews or members of the public by moving collection vehicles are invariably severe or fatal. West Oxfordshire District Council work in line with our Health and Safety Service Plan and aim to protect the health, safety and welfare of our residents affected by the work activities of us or our contractors.

What services will be affected
 Recycling collections
 Refuse collections
 Garden waste collections
 Food waste collections
 Bulky waste collections
 Clinical waste collections
 Emptying of bring sites

What should residents do?
Leave their bins at the kerbside to allow for the collection crews to catch-up. For more information and the latest update visit:, follow West Oxfordshire District Council on Facebook or Twitter or call 01993 861025.

What Ubico will do?
Uncollected roads will be picked up during the following few working days by the collection crew, subject to weather conditions and material tonnage on the "normal" collection day.
Ubico will call the bulky waste and the clinical waste customers to rearrange collections.

Liz Leffman · Mon 11 Dec 2017, 12:15 · Link

Don't try to drive if you don't need to

With all this cold weather at the moment, there is no need to drive unnecessarily, Charlbury has some great shops here on your doorstep which can cater for most of your needs this Christmas, so why not do all your Christmas shopping in Charlbury and keep it local

Mon 11 Dec 2017, 11:40 · Link

The Community Centre is open again

The sportshall, Thomas Gifford Room and library are open and available for use again. The café is open too. All welcome.

Mon 11 Dec 2017, 10:41 · 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.

  • Evencroft Spelsbury Road Charlbury
    Alterations and extension to create a family kitchen. Part conversion of garage to a utility / bootroom. Replace a large part of the flat garage roof with a slate covered pitched roof in the same style as the rest of the house.
    WODC reference: 17/03801/HHD - Mon 20 Nov 2017 - Under consideration

Mon 11 Dec 2017, 08:00 · Link

Primary School Closure

Due to the current weather conditions the difficult decision has been made to close the school to all pupils on Monday 11th December.

Sun 10 Dec 2017, 20:07 · Link

Christmas Fair Update

As reported earlier the Fair went ahead today. On behalf of the Corner House and Memorial Hall, a huge thank you to the stallholders who braved the elements and the Charlbury residents who turned out in force to enjoy the Fair. The Charlbury Street Fair 'pop-up cafe' did a roaring trade in bacon butties, hot dogs, mulled wine, hot chocolate and cakes. Thank you all for your support. The Christmas Fair will return next year, hopefully, the weather gods will be a little kinder then.

Jackie Hague · Sun 10 Dec 2017, 17:35 · Link

Charlbury Christmas Fair

The Fair is going ahead. Fewer stalls, the cafe will open serving hot drinks and refreshments. Do come along and support us.

Sun 10 Dec 2017, 10:01 · Link

Neighbourhood Plan Update: Volunteers needed to help protect our green spaces

Charlbury's green spaces are an important part of the town's beauty and tranquility, and contribute greatly to its character. Some provide places for walking, playing and sport, and others may be havens for wildlife or have historical significance. We want to give special protection to these green spaces through the Charlbury Neighbourhood Development Plan so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.

Local Green Space designation is a way to provide special protection against development for green areas of particular importance to local communities.

Following the town survey and consultation on, we have drawn up a list of sites that may meet the criteria (set by the Government) to be formally designated as "Local Green Space". The list is available at
and includes play areas, nature reserves, woodland and open land.

We need volunteers to help us carry out assessments of the sites so that we can go ahead with Local Green Space designation. The work will take place in January and February, with volunteers working in small groups. No special expertise is required, and the work can be carried out at times that suit the volunteers. Each group will be supported by one or more members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

A workshop will be held for potential volunteers on Thursday 11 January at 7:30 pm in the Green Room of the Memorial Hall. Please come along to learn more! Contact to register your interest and to ask any questions.

The housing question

Work is continuing on a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Charlbury. The biggest question is housing: how much the town needs, where it should go and the size and type. A report is underway looking at local housing needs. This will provide evidence on the affordability problem in Charlbury as well as the need for specialist housing for elderly or disabled residents.

In the spring, we invited landowners and developers to come forward with proposals for development sites. We received two responses, which will be considered once we have a better understanding of the scale of housing needed. You may wonder why we are looking for development sites. This is because West Oxfordshire's Local Plan will require a certain amount of new development within our area. If we can identify our preferred sites for future development in the Neighbourhood Plan, this will give us more control over its location and of the mix of housing to be built on the site. If we do not do this, we will be reliant on sites put forward by developers which might not meet the needs of the town and may not be well located.

Preserving Charlbury's Character

Protecting Charlbury's heritage and character is a priority for the Neighbourhood Plan. This is why we are carrying out a "character assessment" of the town. A team of 24 volunteers are, between them, visiting every street and green space in the parish. Their assessment will include the buildings, spaces, views and greenery.
Some volunteers have specialist skills in architecture, heritage conservation or local history, whereas others have no particular experience and are learning "on the job". Their work will be drawn together into a single report providing an assessment of Charlbury as seen by local people. This will be used to produce policies to protect and enhance the town's character. For example, these could be to ensure new development fits the character of the town, important features are preserved and valued views are protected. Results should be available in January.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group

Claire Wilding · Fri 8 Dec 2017, 12:49 · Link


Friends, Romans and Charlburians! You need to know that the noble Charlbury Debating Soc convened last night for a turbulent pre-Christmas session in the Corner House.

The motion, "Church leaders should steer clear of politics" - proposed by Rachel Tingle of the Forum for Christian Leaders, and opposed by John Witheridge, formerly head of Charterhouse and chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury - was heavily defeated by 78% of votes to 15% with 7% abstentions.

If you missed it, come to the next one - to keep your finger on the pulse of events!

Jonathan Luxmoore · Fri 8 Dec 2017, 10:47 · 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.

  • Elmstead Crawborough Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 5 and 11 of planning permission 16/01318/FUL
    WODC reference: 17/03904/CND - Wed 29 Nov 2017 - Under consideration

Mon 4 Dec 2017, 08:00 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Committee

The Street Fair Committee's Social Event took place this Afternoon in the Corner House. It was wonderful to see Councillors, Trustees, and Volunteers mingling.
After all, this is a common and local initiative for us all.
The Street Fair Committee organised an event that raised over £10,000 for a community institution.
This is a photo of our Chair, John Dora, handing the cheque to the Chair of the Trustees, Ron Prew.

Hannen Beith · Sun 3 Dec 2017, 17:50 · Link

Charlbury Corner House and War Memorial Hall website launch

The Corner House Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the website for the Corner House and Memorial Hall. Read the history of how the Corner House came to be gifted to the community and learn more about the names behind the Corner House rooms. See the rooms available to hire and check on the events calendar for availability.
Visit the website here

Sun 3 Dec 2017, 13:34 · Link

ARTWEEKS 2018 - Calling all artists!

The end of December deadline for entering the Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival is rapidly approaching! This event will take place in the north of the county (which includes us) 5-13 May 2018. Charlbury has increased in popularity over recent years as a major destination for art lovers and buyers as we discover more and more artists hidden away around the town. If you are thinking of taking part and showing off your talent in Charlbury then do please get in touch with me and I will try and answer any questions you may have and add you to my mailing list for future planning.
Maureen Sparling
To apply for membership please go to the Artweeks official website:

Maureen Sparling · Sun 3 Dec 2017, 12:13 · Link

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