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Jump on the Pickleball Bandwagon

It is said to be the fastest growing sport in America … I for one am an avid fan and want as many of you as I can entice to join the fun. "Why?" I hear you ask. Well there are many benefits to Pickleball that other sports may not quite hit the mark on. Don't just take my word for it, here are excerpts from online blogs as well as sports reporters:

• Pickleball is a fast-growing sport and it provides people with an opportunity to learn a new sport that targets a wider range of ages, athletic abilities and fitness levels. It's an easy game to learn and play ?" most newcomers to the game are able to play a game within minutes of being coached.

• Playing Pickleball regularly will surely help you stay fit and healthy and aid in strengthening your body against the effects of ageing and against sickness.

• It's not only a form of exercise for the body but also for the mind. Pickleball can be a game of tactics where you need to stay alert all the time and keep planning your next move very fast. You also have to learn how to strategize in order to outsmart your opponent on the court.

• Pickleball has many health benefits as well, such as increased mood and overall mental health, you burn calories, and fewer injuries occur due to the low-impact nature of the game. Pickleball specifically works on balance and agility.

Health benefits aside, Pickleball is just plain fun! It lifts your mood and many of my members not only look forward to their next session but have also joined more than one session a week.

I run three sessions a week at the Charlbury Community Centre ?" Mondays 10-11am, Thursdays 10am ?" 12pm and Fridays 8-10pm. All the sessions are well attended but new players are always welcome. There are also plans afoot to add further sessions in Charlbury and in Witney. If you would like any further information or just want to jump on the bandwagon, please contact Vijay on 01993 891 043 or email

Vijay Desor · Sun 28 Jan 2018, 17:15 · Link

Oxfordshire Waste Survey

Reducing the amount that we throw away puts more money in our pockets - it is estimated that a family of 4 throws away around £60 of food each month. Around 60% of the materials placed in the general waste bin could be recycled using our current systems, if this was all placed in the correct bin it would save the council around £1.7 million a year which could then be used to improve services.

All the councils in Oxfordshire are working together to seek our views on how they can help us reduce the amount we throw away, and recycle more. Complete this short online survey to let them know your views Closing date Sunday 18 February 2018

Christine Elliott · Thu 25 Jan 2018, 10:00 · Link

New photo printer at Cotswold Frames

Just to say that Cotswold Frames have just installed a new photo printer so we can print the usual sizes 6x4, 6x8, and can now offer 6x6, and Panoramic photos 6x14 and 6x20 also we are able to print panoramic collages, Calendars,from memory cards and your mobile phones as well,not forgetting passport photos
So why not pop in and take a look

Thu 25 Jan 2018, 09:37 · 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.

Wed 24 Jan 2018, 18:06 · Link

Record Attendance at Sunday Circuits

Yesterday (Sunday 21st) saw 38 people joining the 10am Sunday circuit training session at Charlbury Community Centre. Numbers were boosted by Chippy Under-12s rugby team, who agreed with our regulars that it's a really fun way to get fit.

Tanya Stevenson · Mon 22 Jan 2018, 07:58 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Quiz Night

Street Fair St. Patrick's Day QUIZ

Come and join us on St Patrick's Day for our Charlbury Street Fair Annual Quiz Night

Saturday 17th March

7pm for 7.30pm

Memorial Hall, Charlbury

Teams of 6 @ £12 per head entry fee - Includes St Patrick Day Dinner!

Prize for first and last!

Licensed bar

Please get your Entry Forms (to be returned no later than Wednesday 7th of March) from the Corner House, or from our Treasurer Carolyn Ashton

Email; Mob. 07880 718536

Rachael Lunney · Sun 21 Jan 2018, 18:02 · Link

Record audience packs the Memorial Hall

Charlbury Refugee Action Group held a record-breaking concert on Sunday, and we are very grateful to everyone who came and shared the recital by Margaret Fingerhut, a world-famous pianist who gave her time and prowess with a barnstorming performance for such a good cause. The audience was a CRAG record of 152.

The total raised was about £1600 which will go to the charity Help Refugees. Our latest online fundraiser is at if you wish to add a donation yourself.

To complete the record: our autumn concerts, the Art Café, Churches Together, the Quakers and personal donations raised £5040 in all.

And where does it all go? Since October we have given a further £1500 to Help Refugees (much of whose work is in Greece), £2500 to the Help Refugees/Refugee Community Kitchen campaign (providing clothing and hot meals for people - mostly kids - still sleeping rough around Calais and in Paris), and £771 to Lighthouse Relief who provide welfare services for refugees landing from boats on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Moreover, as a result of our appeals, especially our 'Keep a Place at Your Table' Christmas campaign, individuals have donated a further astonishing £2510, plus gift aid, on CRAG's fundraising pages, where the money goes direct to the charities we support and not through our books - and donors can add gift aid. A number of the donors remain anonymous and also hide the amount they give: we only know the grand total.

"On behalf of the recipients, we say thank you to so many thoughtful and loving people."

Jon Carpenter · Mon 15 Jan 2018, 16:17 · Link

Southill Solar Ltd supports Charlbury Community Centre

A massive thank you to the trustees of Southill Community Energy for their generous donation of £68,500 towards the new Charlbury Community Centre.

This funding covers a number of measures designed to make the centre as energy efficient as possible, including solar panels, LED lighting, enhanced insulation as well as advice from expert energy consultants. The trustees have been working together for a number of years to ensure that the centre achieves the highest energy efficiency standard possible and are proud that this has been achieved.

Two not-for-profit organisations have come together to benefit the community they serve, in the true spirit of local co-operation.

Marjorie Glasgow, Chairman Thomas Gifford Trust

daniela jenkins · Fri 12 Jan 2018, 10:50 · Link

If you're interested in hearing great music played live by a great musician.....

Don't miss this extraordinary chance to listen "live" to one of Britain's greatest living pianists who is coming to Charlbury to give a recital in the Memorial Hall on Sunday afternoon in aid of the Refugee Action Group. Margaret Fingerhut is a truly wonderful pianist and we are privileged to be able to host her for this 'one-off' event. A really lovely programme followed by tea and delicious home-made cakes- it's also a very good cause!

Nick Parker · Thu 11 Jan 2018, 21:40 · Link

Co-op attacked this morning (updated)

A 'ram-raiding'-style attack on Charlbury's Co-op has caused significant damage to the entrance.

The attack took place at around 3.35am today (Tuesday) with the apparent intention of emptying the cash machine. The shop reopened with temporary frontage in the early afternoon.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses:

"Staff were called to the store after an alarm was activated, and upon arrival they found that the front doors had been forced open and attempts made to remove an ATM machine. It is not believed that any cash was stolen during the incident.

"A white Renault van and a silver Land Rover were recovered nearby. Both vehicles had previously been reported as stolen and are believed to have been used in the incident.

"Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Adrian Brooksbank, based at Witney police station, said: 'I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any information relating to it. I would also like to speak to anyone who saw these two vehicles travelling or parked together before this incident took place. If you have any details which you think could help our investigation, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101.'"

"If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference 43180000767, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously."

(Thanks to Liz Walton for the photo.)

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 2 Jan 2018, 10:39 · Link

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