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Wilderness Festival

The Charlbury Communtiy Centre Appeal are fundraising at Wilderness this year by holding a vintage clothing and accessories stall over the 3 days of the festival. We are asking for donations from the town which will stock the stall. Any remaining stuff will be sold at a jumble sale then given to charity.
Please ring 811507 to arrange to drop off any donations. We particularly want any vintage clothes, hats and accessories but are happy to receive any clothing, etc.

Clear out your drawers, wardrobes and attics and give me a call.

Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan · Wed 31 May 2017, 13:54 · Link

Protect Your Money.

I have been alerted that some residents in Charlbury have received scam phone calls by people pretending to be police officers from out of area.

The caller says they are investigating fraudulent activity on people's accounts. They request people's help in investigating the fraud and ask people to disclose their bank details, such as account and PIN numbers.

Correctly, the majority of people identify this as a scam and refuse to part with their personal and bank details. However, unfortunately some have fallen victim to this scam and subsequently had thousands of pounds stolen from their account.

How does the scam work?

The offender calls the victim, purporting to be a police officer, and tells them they are investigating a fraud on their bank account and have someone arrested. They might also claim to be from the victim's bank, again stating they are investigating fraudulent activity on their account.

The offender asks for account information, including card, security and PIN numbers. Sometimes the offenders will ask victims to 'key in' their PIN number into the phone ?" the number is then captured by the offenders.

They may also ask the victim to withdraw a large sum of cash from their bank or building society. If they make this request they will explain that the money is required as it needs to be forensically examined. They also instruct the victim not to tell the bank why they are withdrawing the money, giving the reason that the bank might be involved in the fraud.

The victim is then instructed to put the bank cards and/or money into an envelope and give them to a courier or taxi, which is sent to the house by the offenders to collect the items. If bank cards are collected they will be later used by the offenders to withdraw money.

In some cases the victim might become suspicious and doubt the validity of what the caller is saying. If this happens, the offender will suggest they call the police via Telephone 999 or Telephone 101 or contact their bank in order that the victim can confirm the caller's identity.

However, what the victim doesn't realise is that the caller hasn't hung up so the line remains open, even if the victim hangs up, so the victim is put straight back through to the offender who will then pretend to be another person. This 'new' person will then validate the original caller's claims.

What should you do if you get a call?

If you receive a call you're not expecting, you should be suspicious. The vital things to remember are that your bank and the police would:

• NEVER ask for your bank account details or PIN number over the phone, so do not disclose these to anyone, no matter who they claim to be.

• NEVER ask you to withdraw money and send it to them via a courier, taxi or by any other means.

• NEVER ask you to send your bank cards, or any other personal property, to them via courier, taxi or by any other means

Remember, when reporting a suspicious phone call to police, wait at least five minutes before attempting to make the call to ensure you're not reconnected to the offender.

Alternatively, use a mobile phone or a neighbour's phone or test your landline by phoning a friend or relative first, to ensure you aren't still unwittingly connected to the offender.

If you have concerns about your bank account, visit your local branch.

Wesley Smith · Wed 31 May 2017, 10:31 · 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.

  • Doggetts Thames Street Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations to erect a single storey extension and insert two rooflights in existing studio roof. (Retrospective).
    WODC reference: 17/01497/LBC - Fri 12 May 2017 - Under consideration
  • Doggetts Thames Street Charlbury
    Erection of single storey extension and insertion of two rooflights in existing studio roof. (Retrospective).
    WODC reference: 17/01496/HHD - Fri 12 May 2017 - Under consideration

Mon 29 May 2017, 08:00 · Link

Thy Kingdom Come - at St Mary's Church

The Bishop of Dorchester visited the prayer stations set up by Revd Jan Fielden at St Mary's Charlbury at the start of Thy Kingdom Come, the national prayer initiative which runs from Ascension day to Pentecost. St Mary's also has a labyrinth for walking and meditation, which will be available until 27th June and again on 2nd and 3rd June. The church will be open as usual for visitors each day.

Jo Paton · Fri 26 May 2017, 10:02 · Link

Could you run a shop in Charlbury? Premises to let

Charlbury Deli & Cafe is moving to new larger premises on Market Street - so our current premises at 39 Sheep Street are available for a shop or community enterprise.

With a front and back room plus large cellar, the premises could be used as a general retail outlet, specialist shop, a gallery or studio, or many more uses. Retail businesses in Charlbury have often succeeded by combining a front-of-house shop with a mail-order or Internet-based service in the back room - perhaps that could be you?

The team at the Deli & Cafe want to see Charlbury's town centre thrive and we're ready to work with, support and advise you if you have a great idea for a shop or community use.

The premises have planning permission for shop use with Mon-Sat daytime opening, and will be available from July.

Interested? Drop us a line via our chairman Richard Fairhurst (, 810117), or call in at the Deli for a look around and to arrange an informal meeting with us.

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 24 May 2017, 13:25 · Link

Charlbury Shares in the Nations Sorrow

I am sure many have said words on the tragic events last night. All I will say is this: Let not the hatred of others affect our values of tolerance, respect, and acceptance of difference. Let's double our efforts to find in our hearts understanding and above all love and sympathy to all those families who are suffering deeply at this time.
It is indeed a sad time but together we are stronger!

Andy Graham · Tue 23 May 2017, 11:06 · 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 22 May 2017, 08:00 · Link

Reduced train service - 22-30 July

Engineering work on the railway near Oxford will mean that Charlbury has a reduced train service at the end of July.

There will be an hourly service to Oxford and to Worcester, with no through services to Paddington. For London, change at Oxford onto a Chiltern service to London Marylebone. GWR warns that on the Cotswold Line shuttle, "trains will be shorter than normal, and there will be no First Class or café service".

The service should be back to normal in time for the Wilderness Festival in August.

Full details are at .

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 15 May 2017, 15:28 · 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 15 May 2017, 08:00 · Link

General Election candidates

The five candidates for the Witney constituency, which includes Charlbury, are:

  • Laetisia Carter, Labour
  • Robert Courts, Conservative
  • Alexander Craig, UKIP
  • Claire Lasko, Green
  • Liz Leffman, Liberal Democrat

Full details are on the WODC website: .

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 11 May 2017, 20:14 · Link

New Town Councillor

At the third attempt one candidate came forward for the vacancy on Charlbury Town Council, so he has been elected unopposed - Vince Hill of The Slade. WODC notice: .

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 11 May 2017, 20:12 · Link

New train timetables from 21st May

Great Western Railway have published their new timetable to take effect from 21st May.

The weekday 10.08 to Paddington will now depart at 10.40. The 09.13 to Moreton-in-Marsh will continue to Worcester and Great Malvern. Mon-Fri trains are otherwise unchanged.

On Saturdays, the 13.05 and 20.02 eastbound departures, and 10.43 and 16.41 westbound, will now be five-coach Adelante trains.

The new Intercity Express trains are expected to make their debut on the Cotswold Line later this year, after which the Adelantes will be withdrawn.

You can see the full timetables at .

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 9 May 2017, 16:18 · 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.

  • 15 Woodfield Drive Charlbury
    Conversion of loft, including raising of existing roof height, to provide additional bedroom with en-suite.
    WODC reference: 17/01439/HHD - Tue 25 Apr 2017 - Under consideration
  • Spendlove Centre Enstone Road Charlbury
    Discharge of condition 5 of Planning Permission 15/00914/FUL.
    WODC reference: 17/01335/CND - Mon 24 Apr 2017 - Under consideration
  • Land At Top Barn Walcot Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Conversion of barns to dwelling, workshop, office and parking. Construction of semi subterranean extension (Amendments to Planning Approval 14/0225/P/FP).
    WODC reference: 17/01136/FUL - Wed 05 Apr 2017 - Under consideration
  • Land South West Of Charlbury Road Hailey Oxfordshire
    Outline planning application on land south west of Charlbury Road, Hailey with means of vehicular access from Charlbury Road for consideration, all other matters (layout, appearance, scale and landscaping) reserved for subsequent approval, for the construction of up to 85 dwellings (C3 use), of which 40% will be affordable, landscaping, earthworks to facilitate surface water drainage and all other ancillary infrastructure and enabling works.
    WODC reference: 17/00992/OUT - Wed 03 May 2017 - Under consideration

Mon 8 May 2017, 08:00 · Link


Charlbury and Wychwood Electorate total 8102
Celia Jocelyn Kerslake Green 132
Liz Leffman Liberal Democrats 2105 Elected 49.80%
Sian Priscilla Florence O'Neill Labour 210
Rodney Scott Rose Conservative 1579

Number of candidates each party entered in the WEST OXFORDSHIRE electoral division and how many were elected for each party

Conservative entered 10 Candidates and won 8 seats
Green Party entered 10 Candidates and won 0 seats
Independent entered 0 Candidates won 0 seats
Labour/Labour & Co-Op entered 10 Candidates and won 1 seat
Liberal Democrat entered 10 Candidates and won 1 seat
UKIP entered 2 Candidates and won 0 seats
Total candidates entered 42 Total seats available 10

taken from the WODC website

Sat 6 May 2017, 09:46 · Link

Lib Dems win County Council seat

Liz Leffman (Lib Dem) - 2105 votes.

Rodney Rose (Conservative) - 1572.

More details to come.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 5 May 2017, 11:24 · Link

Time running out to register for All Stars Cricket

Do you have a child in Foundation, Year 1 or Year 2, or starting school in September? TIme is running out for you to register your child for All Stars Cricket at Charlbury Cricket Club!
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)
Whilst the official start date is 19th May, we are running sessions at the club already on Friday evenings at 5.30pm, please come and see us at the Club if you have any queries.

A Westbury · Fri 5 May 2017, 07:24 · Link

Election on Thursday

All seats on Oxfordshire County Council are up for election today. The Charlbury & Wychwood division is being contested by:

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

Polling is [was] open in the Memorial Hall until 10pm. You can still vote even if you've lost your polling card.

Thu 4 May 2017, 09:57 · Link

Learn the Art of Medieval Longsword at Charlbury Scout Hut

The School of Medieval European Fencing (SMEF)have recently opened a class at Charlbury Scout Hut and are looking for new students interested in learning Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), specifically Medieval German long sword according to an interpretation derived from the original teachings of the C14th Grand Master of Fence, Johannes Liechtenauer.

Adult classes (13 years and up) will be held at the Scout Hut on Nine Acres Lane every Tuesday from 7pm to 9.30pm, while junior classes for younger students can be arranged on request by contacting the SMEF via their website.

All abilities welcome, no previous HEMA experience necessary. Your first two introductory classes are free, with further classes costing £5 a session.

More information can be found at or by emailing

Duncan Parsons · Wed 3 May 2017, 21:22 · 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 At 40 Ticknell Piece Road Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Discharge of conditions 3, 5 and 6 (16/01554/FUL).
    WODC reference: 17/01411/CND - Thu 27 Apr 2017 - Under consideration
  • 2 Police House Hixet Wood Charlbury
    Variation of Condition 2 of Planning Permission 13/1688/P/FP to allow amendments to previously approved plans.
    WODC reference: 17/01374/S73 - Tue 04 Apr 2017 - Under consideration
  • Spendlove Centre Enstone Road Charlbury
    Variation of permission 15/00914/FUL for the approved site plan drawing 0020 Rev E to be substituted for the revised 0020 Rev K (condition 2). Information provided to satisfy details of hard landscaping. Soft landscaping details to follow prior to occupation of building (condition 5).
    WODC reference: 17/00971/S73 - Mon 24 Apr 2017 - Under consideration

Mon 1 May 2017, 08:00 · Link

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