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All Stars Cricket comes to Charlbury

All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative from the England and Wales Cricket Board aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. It is a fun and active way to develop your child's skills, and through our eight-week programme they will learn lots - as well as make new friends - in a safe and inclusive environment.

All girls and boys are welcome, and each registered child will receive a pack of cricket goodies including a cricket bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap to keep so that they can continue their love of cricket when they go home.

All Stars cricket is running at Charlbury Cricket Club, registration is now open for the programme, which starts in May 2017. If you would like more details please contact us at or visit (this is also where you need to register your child)

A Westbury · Thu 27 Apr 2017, 20:49 · Link

Tour of Britain cycle race coming to Charlbury

The Tour of Britain - Britain's only elite cycle stage race - will be coming to Charlbury in September.

The penultimate stage of the nine-day race will pass through Charlbury on Saturday 9th September. The racers will be riding from Hemel Hempstead to Cheltenham, before a finish in Cardiff the next day. The Tour of Britain attracts many of the greatest bike riders in the world who in previous years have included Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome.

The route will enter via the Woodstock Road, then pass along Park Street, Church Street and Market Street before leaving via Dyers Hill. It is expected to pass around lunchtime. From Charlbury the race goes on to Shipton, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton, Stow, Winchcombe and Cheltenham.

To show the town at its best to riders, visitors and TV cameras, the Street Fair bunting will be strung up and a Big Town Tidy event is in the offing. On the day itself, we are hoping to organise family cycling events, stalls and rides. If you would like to help, please drop me a line (, or 11 Market Street). Given Charlbury's location on the railway line from London and Oxford, and the Saturday timing, we are expecting big crowds!

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 25 Apr 2017, 22:38 · 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 24 Apr 2017, 08:00 · Link

Charlbury Community Centre Spectacle - UPDATE

On Friday April 21st, a large crane will be on site to lift the air handling unit for the sports hall over the top of the building into its final position on the side adjacent to the Nine Acres play area. For any budding young engineers who might want to witness the largest lift of the contract, it will probably take place during the late morning. An exciting event - not to be missed!

THE CRANE (similar to the one in the picture) WILL BE ON SITE FROM EARLY MORNING (Friday 21st) and whilst impossible to predict exactly, the lift is likely to take place EARLIER THAN FIRST THOUGHT - PERHAPS AROUND MID-MORNING.

Also, please note that the advert for the Charlbury Community Centre Manager position has been posted on the Advert Section of this website.

daniela jenkins · Wed 19 Apr 2017, 12:50 · Link

Cricket Club Youth registration evening - this Friday

Charlbury Cricket Club has for many years been one of the leading clubs in West Oxfordshire promoting cricket for all ages and genders. This year is no different. We are now able to offer training from 3 years and above and are one of the few clubs to participate in the exciting ECB all stars programme. If you or your children are interested in cricket or just want a summer drink in a beautiful location please feel free to come to the cricket club, this or any Friday during the season. Registration starts at 6.30pm with games organised for all the children. Further details at

Paul D Jenkins · Wed 19 Apr 2017, 10:53 · Link

Charlbury WI Print Workshop - places available

Charlbury WI organise quarterly craft workshops for their members to enjoy in addition to their monthly meetings. We have a few spare places left on a Print Workshop running from 10am-4pm on Saturday 29th April and would like to invite any ladies that may be interested to join us. We'll be exploring print using Indian wood blocks, gelli plates and stamps, as well as printing a calico bag and tea towel to bring home. The total cost is £30 for the day. All materials will be provided plus tea, coffee and cake, just bring your lunch and an apron. To be held in North Leigh Youth Club hall. Please contact Sue Summerfield ( to book your place or find out more.

Louise Cashman · Tue 18 Apr 2017, 11:38 · Link

Terry Waite in Charlbury

St Mary's are finding many ways to come together with the wider community in Charlbury. This event was part of action to engage with others on matters affecting our world and environment.

How we live now is what matters - now is the time for action: for compassion, care and love for others, through organisations such as YCare International and through our own individual daily lives. This was the central message for me from Terry Waite's talk today in Charlbury. This was a rare opportunity to hear and learn from someone who has endured intense and prolonged deprivation of freedom and physical abuse as a hostage in Beirut. And who was able to find a mental path to cope with captivity through creativity. In Terry's case, this creativity was through using his mind and language skills to "write in his head", helped partly by his thoughts and dreams of happy times - "I sometimes woke up laughing" - and partly through internal blanking out of painful memories, such as the events in the hours leading to his capture. "I would write in my head" and recall words of psalms, but he was not drawn to extemporary prayer with God and supplication for release, which might have caused him to suffer even more.

Terry Waite says he can now feel true empathy (rather than sympathy) with people in need, but modestly admits his (and others') concern for others is also partly motivated by self-interest. Just before his capture, he was given the option to see a hostage who was said to be dying, and decided to do so (despite the danger) partly because of the remorse he would feel if he declined the opportunity. Unfortunately, he was unaware that Hezbollah had heard 'fake news' that Terry was an 'agent of a foreign power' rather than a humanitarian. Terry's compassion and this misinformation combined to lead to him spending 1,763 days in captivity.

We heard also about Terry's previous experience in conflict resolution in Uganda at a time that was punctuated by the military coup by Idi Amin. Many of his colleagues were among the tens of thousands who were subsequently murdered. And then to his work in Iran and Libya, as assistant to Archbishop of Canterbury, where he successfully secured the release of hostages.

Terry Waite illustrated his main points with a number of readings from his new book, Out of the Silence: Memories, Poems, Reflections, published a few months ago. The one that sticks in my mind is Footsteps in the corridor, which describes the fear and pain of being dragged from his cell for beating, not knowing what might happen next at any moment. Terry Waite endured mock execution during his time in captivity and continues to advocate against all forms of torture. "The support of the current US Administration for waterboarding is deeply wrong".

Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh MB,BS, DCH, DRCOG
HIFA Coordinator
Co-director, Global Healthcare Information Network

Terry Waite CBE co-founded Y Care International in 1984, serving as the first Chair and now as President.

Terry visited Charlbury because of the connection between St Mary's and Y Care International, to engage interest and action in creating opportunities through jobs and enterprises for young people. Find out more about the crucial work of Y Care International at:

daniela jenkins · Wed 12 Apr 2017, 15:04 · Link

Canoe Club restart

After the winter break we are about to begin our regular sunday afternoon outings on 23rd April at 2.30pm from the clubhouse in Watery Lane.

Hugh Belshaw · Wed 12 Apr 2017, 13:50 · Link

Would you like to volunteer with 1st Charlbury Scout Group?

Our local Scout group needs volunteers to help support the brilliant fun our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have every week. From an hour a month or attending meetings each week, we have a range of volunteer roles to suit.

Contact Chris on 07817 543725 or email to find out more.

Chris Goodwin · Tue 11 Apr 2017, 19:54 · Link

10 houses proposed for Hixet Wood

A planning application has been lodged by Vanderbilt Homes to build 10 new houses on the site of, and behind, one of the old Police Houses on Hixet Wood. The proposal is for 4 x 2-bed, 5 x 3-bed, 1 x 4-bed.

Full details are on the WODC planning website at .

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 7 Apr 2017, 13:47 · Link

Charlbury Town Footall & Sports Club AGM 7th April

Charlbury Town Football & Sports Club AGM 7th April

We are holding our AGM tonight at 8pm in the Cornbury room
(behind the bell hotel.)
If you would like to help us with anything
or join the committee, or just want a chat with committee members please come down and see what we have been doing.

mandy · Fri 7 Apr 2017, 13:28 · Link

Champagne Brunch with Jazz Music at Ditchley Park

The Thomas Gifford Trust and the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal are organising the final major fund raising event for May 5th, 2017. We are delighted that Ditchley Foundation has chosen the Community Centre as a local charity for 2017 and will be hosting a Champagne Brunch with Jazz Music.

The event will begin at 11am in the Grand Hall at Ditchley. A light brunch with champagne will be served and music provided by Nick Parker and his band. Enjoy an informal tour of Ditchley Manor main rooms and onto the beautiful terrace and garden area. There will be a fun silent auction of interesting prizes available. The event will end by 1pm. Tickets are limited. Price: £25 per person.

Roundtrip transportation from the Spendlove Centre to Ditchley can be arranged for an additional £5 per person.

We are planning an enjoyable day at Ditchley and we hope you'd like to join us to help the CCCA reach their original goal of £250,000.

If you would like to book tickets please email me at or call 01608 819253.

Thank you for your enduring support.

Marjorie Glasgow
Chairman, Thomas Gifford Trust

daniela jenkins · Fri 7 Apr 2017, 11:37 · 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.

  • 1 Wellington Cottages Charlbury
    Discharge of condition 3 of planning permission 17/00118/HHD
    WODC reference: 17/01143/CND - Tue 04 Apr 2017 - Under consideration
  • 1 Police House Hixet Wood Charlbury
    Demolition of existing Police House and adjacent garages. Erection of 10 cottages with access from Hixet Wood.
    WODC reference: 17/00889/FUL - Thu 16 Mar 2017 - Under consideration
  • Wagon Wheel Cottage Charlbury Road Spelsbury
    Discharge of conditions 3 and 4 of planning permission 16/02412/HHD
    WODC reference: 17/00809/CND - Fri 31 Mar 2017 - Under consideration

Fri 7 Apr 2017, 08:54 · Link

Candidates for Oxfordshire County Council election, May 4th

The following candidates have been nominated for the Charlbury & Wychwood division of Oxfordshire County Council:

  • Rodney Rose (Milton-under-Wychwood), Conservative
  • Liz Leffman (Charlbury), Liberal Democrat
  • Sian O'Neill (Shipton-under-Wychwood), Labour
  • Celia Kerslake (Charlbury), Green

All seats on the County Council will be up for election on May 4th. The seat is currently held by Rodney Rose (Conservative).

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 4 Apr 2017, 21:49 · Link


This year Jo Thomas, a performance artist at the Charlbury Festival will accompany the walk to the well in Cornbury Park. For details see events listing for Sunday 9th April.

Ann Lloyd · Mon 3 Apr 2017, 20:39 · 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.

Mon 3 Apr 2017, 08:00 · Link

Charlbury Girls make Oxfordshire County Cup Final

Charlbury Under 13 girls have made it to a major County Cup final after beating Benson 4-1 on Saturday. They have also taken their unbeaten run to 11 games this season. Goals were scored by Sophia Cox, Annabel Jenkins, Lula Blayney and Wizzy Hoile with the girl of the game going to Sophia. The team dedicated their performance to Isabella who is leaving to live in America. the final is scheduled to be played at Thame FC on May 13th. Well done girls!

Paul D Jenkins · Sun 2 Apr 2017, 09:00 · Link

Local Gazette reports of new Amazon Distribution Centre to open soon


Charlbury is soon set to welcome Amazon into its fold with their new distribution centre at the old Spendlove school site, Amazon aim to open early autumn 2017.

Amazons spokesperson Mr Loop' Flair said that Amazon was excited with this new distribution centre as it was an ideal size for such a venture with a great location and excellent transport links to the rest of the country, Mr Flair also said that we were really lucky to secure the site as they had heard that BMW Mini were looking at the same site for a possible new plant.

Sat 1 Apr 2017, 00:26 · Link

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