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Cornbury venison

Cornbury venison is now available from Charlbury Deli. We have steaks and diced meat...let us know if you would like any other cuts.

Lynne Stubbles · Wed 27 Sep 2017, 21:34 · 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.

Mon 25 Sep 2017, 08:00 · Link

Shed and garage burglaries

Across the Chipping Norton area we are experiencing a high number of shed and garage break ins. Over the last few days the perpetrators have targeted Charlbury. We have received reports from victims in the Enstone Road and Ditchley Road area.

The thieves are specifically after power tools, items they can pick up easily and sell them on quickly.

Garages and sheds are full of expensive tools and equipment that can easily be stolen, or used to break into the house. Many are unprotected and lack even basic security, making them a prime target for burglars.

Never leave a garage or shed unlocked, especially if it has a connecting door to the house. Any connecting doors should be treated the same as an external door and be fitted with strong locks.

For extra security:

•make sure doors are strong and secure enough not to be kicked in

•fit strong padlocks and hardware to doors

•fit locks or bars to windows

•secure tools and machinery with anchor posts

•install a battery or mains-powered shed alarm

•mark all tools and machinery with your postcode and register them on Immobilise 

•Replace all external screws with anti-tamper screws

Wesley Smith · Thu 21 Sep 2017, 09:40 · Link

Spendlove car park closure

The West Oxfordshire District Council-owned Spendlove car park will be closed from 9-14 October for resurfacing.

This work is expected to take up to six days and will be carried out by Oxford Direct Services.

During this time:

The access road, off Enstone Road, will also be resurfaced on 11 and 13 October between 7am - 9am. Entry to the private car parks, including the doctor's surgery, will be permitted but traffic control measures may be in place.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information call 01993 861000.

(From West Oxfordshire District Council.)

Wed 20 Sep 2017, 11:32 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair 2017

Thanks to all who made this year's Fair such a success. Thanks, also, to the "previous" committee members who gave so generously of their experience. It was greatly valued by us newbies.
Special thanks also to those who volunteered to fill "gaps" on the day e.g. car parking and other duties.
Formal thank you letters will follow. I am on holiday for two weeks now so please bear with us!
I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.
Hannen. (Secretary).

Hannen Beith · Sun 17 Sep 2017, 19:18 · Link

Neighbourhood Forum Open Session - This Saturday!

Charlbury Neighbourhood Forum is holding an open session this Saturday in the Corner House, 2 - 5pm. Come along to find out more about:

The Neighbourhood Development Plan - what scale and type of new housing does Charlbury need and where should it go? Which important green spaces should be protected? See what has been done so far and the next steps.

The Community Action Plan - lots of ideas have been generated for improving life in Charlbury including a community-led housing scheme, a lifelong learning centre, more seats in the town and bus shelters, and making it easier for pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair users and buggies to get around the town. We need more volunteers to take these forward - come along to find out more and sign up.

Claire Wilding · Fri 15 Sep 2017, 13:18 · Link

Youth Club launches soon!

Charlbury Youth Club is starting on Friday, 22nd September from 7-10pm for all young people of secondary school age. So come along, bring your friends and kick off the weekend in style in your own space at the community centre. Just £1 per session. Contact Margie Glasgow at or 07962 130971 to book your place.

daniela jenkins · Fri 15 Sep 2017, 12:45 · Link

Charlbury Community Speedwatch launched

Have you noticed the roadside posters?

Did you see a group in hi-viz jackets on The Slade on Wednesday 12th between 5 & 6 pm?

Hopefully you weren't one of the 206 (of 414) drivers we recorded driving at more than 30 mph? One of you may be the driver recorded at the highest speed of 52 mph.

Community Speedwatch is a national project supported by the Police that works with local communities to monitor and deter speeding in their towns and villages. Our project is supported by Charlbury Town Council, by funding equipment and insurance and we have 14 volunteer residents who will be monitoring traffic speeds around the town. The project is a response to the many concerns raised by residents about speeding in the town, both in surveys and through this website.

The statistical data that is collected will be provided to the Town Council to inform traffic management and the Neighbourhood Plan. The registration numbers of speeding drivers are collected and then recorded on to the Police database by Thames Valley Police (TVP). TVP carry out a follow up to warn the drivers that their vehicle has been reported as speeding.

Volunteers will be at the roadside over the coming months at selected sites around Charlbury. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Jim Holah on

Jim Holah · Thu 14 Sep 2017, 18:35 · Link

Children's Author Cas Lester Book Signing at Cotswold Frames

On street fair day Children's Author Cas Lester will be Book Signing at Cotswold Frames.
Come and meet Cas Lester at Cotswold Frames from 3-4pm where you can purchase a copy of her many books and have them signed by the Author herself.
Cas will be set up outside Cotswold Frames if the weather is nice or inside Cotswold Frames if weather is inclement.
Do come along and have a chat she would love to meet you.

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Mon 11 Sep 2017, 17:52 · 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 11 Sep 2017, 08:00 · Link

Silent Auction Charlbury Street Fair

Here's a preview of some of the exciting lots everyone can bid on at the Silent Auction this Saturday. Bidding opens at 2pm and closes at 4.45pm. Find us outside the Rose and Crown by the Grand Draw, opposite the Hog Roast.
Look forward to seeing you there, don't miss the opportunity to win something special!
1 hour private yoga class, 20 minute flight round the Cotswolds for two in a twin engined aircraft, Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park family ticket, Biomechanical screening and an hour-long Pilates mat lesson, Blenheim Palace family day pass, Bottle of House of Commons White Wine signed by Robert Courts MP, Choc family cinema ticket, Clarimore traditional manicure, Cogges Manor Farm family ticket, Cotswold Falconry Centre family ticket, Cotswold Motoring Museum family ticket, Cotswold Wildlife Park family ticket, Cottage in Charlbury for a Cotswold break, Crocodiles of the World family ticket, Eynsham Hall Afternoon Tea for 2, Fairy Tale Farm family ticket, Oxford Ice Rink family skate ticket, PGA Professional 1 hour private golf lesson, Ride to Stow on the Wold in a Morgan with breakfast, Royal Oak Printing whole day course with lunch, Wilderness tickets, Wychwood Brewery VIP Tour for 12.

Michelle Gillespie · Sun 10 Sep 2017, 19:06 · Link

Charlbury Community Centre officially opens

Charlbury's £2.5m Community Centre was officially opened this morning in a ceremony addressed by former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Actor and former Charlbury resident Freddie Jones cut the ribbon on the new building in front of a large crowd. Marjorie Glasgow, chair of the Thomas Gifford Trust - the charity which has developed the centre - gave thanks to the individual supporters, foundations, local councils and grant-giving bodies who have funded the project, as well as the many volunteers who have seen it to completion.

During his address, Mr Cameron described Charlbury as "an amazing town", praising "the real sense of community and of getting things done for the people who live here... Charlbury proves you don't have to live in a big city to have amazing things".

Before the opening, the centre was blessed by Charlbury's vicar Revd Sally Welch in a short service.

More details on the combined sports hall, library and cafe are available at its dedicated website, .

Richard Fairhurst · Sat 9 Sep 2017, 11:29 · Link

Street Fair Stalls

We are looking for help in setting up and taking down the Street Fair Stalls again this year. We are meeting in Church Street at 8am on Saturday and bacon sandwiches for all afterwards. We do really appreciate all the help that everyone can give.

Sandra Miller · Fri 8 Sep 2017, 20:01 · Link

Slainte join the evening line-up for Charlbury Street Fair

Celtic band Slainte are also now playing on Saturday evening, along with 1000 Mile Highway. Slâinte are a five-piece band specialising in Celtic music. They have built up a massive following among fans in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland , America, Portugal and Italy. Come and join us for a good evenings entertainment!

Katie Ewer · Fri 8 Sep 2017, 10:36 · Link

Tour of Britain road closure details

The Tour of Britain will be coming through town around 12.50pm on Saturday. Roads will be closed at least 15 minutes earlier, and for a while after, by a rolling roadblock.

It's possible that the riders may arrive earlier, especially if there's a breakaway group, so it's best to clear the roads by midday.

Alternative parking has been made available on the Wychwood Paddocks playing field (courtesy of Charlbury Primary School), just off Enstone Road, and the Cricket Club parking area at the foot of Dyers Hill - many thanks to both. There has been no formal notification that cars will need to be moved, though it would make for better TV pictures, and given the accident in Retford this week ( ) it may be advisable!

The children's ride will be taking place around 2pm to 3pm. The roads will not be formally closed for this but, where possible, leaving them clear for the kids would no doubt be welcome.

Official Oxfordshire County Council road closure notice: .

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 8 Sep 2017, 08:43 · Link

Churches Together Charlbury - Blessing of Charlbury Community Centre

As part of the official opening ceremony of the Charlbury Community Centre, Revd Sally Welch, Vicar of Charlbury, will perform a short service of dedication and blessing on behalf of Churches Together Charlbury. You are all invited to join us at the Community Centre on Saturday, 9th September at 9.30am to celebrate this special occasion. The official opening ceremony will follow at 10am after this service.

daniela jenkins · Thu 7 Sep 2017, 15:09 · Link

Street Fair Fancy Dress

Just under two weeks now until Street Fair day, so time to start planning costumes for the kids Fancy Dress Competition and parade. The theme this year is Alice in Wonderland and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Katie Ewer · Tue 5 Sep 2017, 10:26 · Link

Hixet Wood housing development approved

Vanderbilt Homes' housing development for eight new homes at the bottom of Hixet Wood has been approved by West Oxfordshire District Council's Uplands planning committee: 5 votes for, 3 against, 4 abstentions. (Details of the application are at .)

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 4 Sep 2017, 16:28 · Link

Tour of Britain cycle race affects X9 bus service

There will be no 12.00 bus from Chipping Norton or 12.20 from Charlbury to Witney. Also there will be no 12.55 from Witney or 13.26 to Chipping Norton. We are missing out one complete round trip for the bus to avoid having a bus and its passengers stuck when the roads are closed and to ensure the rest of the day's schedule can operate as normal. Further information on the impact of the cycle race on our bus services can be found on

Mon 4 Sep 2017, 12:45 · Link

Street Fair Bric-a-Brac

The usual co-ordinator for the Bric-a-brac stall at Charlbury Street Fair is away this year and so we urgently need some volunteers to help with the stall on the day. Ideally three or four people that can take turns with this. If there are any local charities or good causes that would like to run this on a 50:50 basis that would be great. It usually one of the most profitable stalls, so it's a good opportunity to raise funds for good causes. If you are interested, please get in touch via the Stalls email address:

As ever, the Fair depends on volunteers, so do consider helping out if you can!

Katie Ewer · Sun 3 Sep 2017, 15:15 · Link

Street Fair Book Stall

We are collecting books for our stall at Charlbury Street Fair on Saturday 16th September.

We are particularly looking for books which are clean and smart (no dog ears or coffee rings etc). Books which sell particularly well are up to date novels, travel documentaries, children's books, and Reference books which, in the main, need to be very up to date i.e. within the last five years.

If you have any books to contribute please contact
Clare Elson on 810310 or at
Eileen Kenrick on 811021 or at

Eileen Kenrick · Sun 3 Sep 2017, 12:24 · Link

The Cod Father comes to Charlbury

As advertised in the latest edition of The Chronicle, Charlburians will soon have another fish-and-chip van to help stave off their evening hunger pangs. The Thomas Gifford Trust is pleased to welcome Witney-based The Cod Father to the vendor site in front of the Community Centre. Mauro and his team will be there from 4 pm to 8.30 pm, starting this Sunday (3rd September.

Simon Walker · Fri 1 Sep 2017, 18:46 · Link

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