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Charlbury Community Speed Watch – 6 Monthly Review October 2018

Since March this year, our Community Speedwatch has run 18 sessions, during which we monitored over 3,000 vehicles in 6 locations around Charlbury. We have monitored the vehicles with a compact radar device, sponsored by the Charlbury Town Council, manned by teams of hard-working volunteers from around the town. The statistics are recorded automatically and show for this six-month period that almost exactly a third of those vehicles checked have exceeded the 30mph speed limit, with a maximum speed of 56mph recorded.

Our statistics for each session are forwarded to Thames Valley Police and also to the Charlbury Town Council. The Council forwards the figures to our District and County Councillors. As a result of our Speedwatch sessions during the past six months, Thames Valley Police have sent out over 300 warning letters. Once reported, vehicles are recorded on a national database and speeding offences anywhere else are added. After three reports, the Police may visit the driver and consider further action.

Although such action reinforces how seriously speeding is viewed, the prime intention of the Community Speedwatch Team sessions is to act as a deterrent, particularly in the interests of safety. We have been briefed on activity by other nearby Speedwatch Teams and in one location, the team is starting to see a reduction in speed after intensive activity on their part. We hope that our action will have a similar deterrent effect in Charlbury but realise that it would need a package of solutions, such as reduced speed limits and alterations to road layout, to more fully control speed. It seems that Charlbury is the crossroad for a number of routes. We are concerned that vehicles passing through at speed have an adverse safety and environmental impact on our residents.

The Charlbury Speedwatch Team will continue to operate during this winter, subject to weather. If you would like to know more or become one of our volunteers, please do contact us at this email Finally, a big thank you to all those drivers who do drive considerately in Charlbury.

Charlbury Community Speedwatch · Tue 30 Oct 2018, 17:56 · Link

Funeral of Sue Levene

As many of you will know, our dear friend Sue was killed in a road accident recently. She will be greatly missed in Charlbury where she had so many friends. Her funeral will take place at Banbury Crematorium on 6th November at 2.00pm.

Frank Payne · Tue 30 Oct 2018, 10:21 · 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.

  • The Grange Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Non compliance with condition 2 of planning permission 17/03423/FUL to allow dormer windows to garages of plots 1,2 and 3.
    WODC reference: 18/03068/S73 - Thu 18 Oct 2018 - Under consideration
  • Milton Cottage The Playing Close Charlbury
    Conversion of existing outhouse and garage to create a one bedroom self contained living unit/study workspace. Works to include upgrade of garage.
    WODC reference: 18/02945/HHD - Tue 09 Oct 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 29 Oct 2018, 08:00 · Link

Now it's Charlbury's own quinces

2018 is looking like the best year this century for quinces. And the Deli's delivering us a bumper harvest of them.

They can't be eaten raw, but they bring a wonderful smell into your kitchen as you cook them. Nigel Slater's got some equally wonderful recipes, and a few minutes on Google will produce thousands more. (

Quinces roast by themselves make a terrific sweet combined with maple syrup or ice cream - but they can transform many stews, and turned into membrillo go very nicely with sheep's cheese

One tip: they can be a nightmare to peel - but for most recipes, you can boil or roast them unpeeled, then peel them easily once they're cooked.

Hurry though. Once this autumn's harvest's gone, it's gone. Like the wonderful vacherin the Deli's selling this autumn: you can't really get quinces out of season.

Michael Flanagan · Wed 24 Oct 2018, 08:53 · 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 Oct 2018, 08:00 · Link

Accessible Yoga, £5 per class

The current view of yoga is one of young, flexible people tying their bodies in knots making the practice inaccessible to all but the few. Nothing could be further from the reality of the practice!
I'm setting up an Accessible Yoga class in Charlbury Community centre which will be available to all people, regardless of physical mobility. I will offer all in the class postures which can be accessed by standing, at a wall, from a seated position in a chair or even lying down.
Please join me on Thursdays 11.45-12.45 at the community centre. Price (which I also aim to make accessible), is £5 for the hour.
I hope to see you soon!

Phil Evans · Sun 21 Oct 2018, 15:38 · Link

New information note on Appointments for Charlbury Medical Centre patients

A new information note on the Charlbury Medical Centre Appointments system and how to use it has been produced by the Charlbury Patient Participation Group (CPPG) in consultation with the Practice.

The note aims to help patients get the best out of the various arrangements for booking an appointment with a GP or Practice Nurse and covers same day appointments, phone and online bookings, as well as other issues.

You can view and download the note on the Charlbury Medical Centre website - click on the Have Your Say tab on the Home page and then go to PPG General Information or click on Patient Participation Group (PPG) on the bulleted list at the bottom of the Home page.

Printed copies of the note will also be available, if required.

The appointments system was among the top issues raised at the Open Morning organised for patients by the PPG in June and it has been apparent that some patients have not been aware of the opportunities available. The Group has therefore worked with the Practice to provide more comprehensive information.

The CPPG can be contacted by emailing:

Meryl Smith · Sat 20 Oct 2018, 14:56 · Link

Cricket Club Bonfire & Firework night - Tickets available

Tickets are now available to purchase for the annual Bonfire and Firework display at the Cricket Club on Saturday November 3rd. Gates open at 5.30pm.

Adult tickets are priced £5, child tickets (u16) are free if purchased in advance alongside at least one full price adult ticket. Child tickets will be £2 on the gate.

Advance tickets can be purchased from Cotswold Frames, Charlbury Deli, Larcums and Londis.

As usual there will be a BBQ, licenced bar and hot refreshments (including mulled wine) available.

Please note, general parking will not available at the club. Parking is available at the Station but normal GWR fees will apply. Limited accessible parking is available at the club, please contact Richard Nash ( by Friday 2nd November to arrange this.

For Health & Safety reasons we cannot allow sparklers to be brought inside the ground this year.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Rich Nash · Thu 18 Oct 2018, 10:59 · 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 Oct 2018, 08:00 · Link

Charlbury Art Society is 30

It is now thirty years since the Charlbury Art Group was formed at the end of 1988. It was initiated by the artist John Patchett (pictured) who taught art classes in Charlbury's Adult Education Centre. The inaugural meeting was held in early 1989 when forty members heard an illustrated talk on Colour Association by Andrew Lawson.

Charlbury Art Group later became Charlbury Art Society and it has grown steadily. By 2000 there were 65 members and this has now increased to the current 170 members.

To celebrate this milestone an exhibition is being organised to showcase the huge width, depth and range of creativity in Charlbury. Over sixty members have entered a piece of work and the exhibition will include painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and much more.

The exhibition can be viewed during the day in the Cornbury Room at the Bell Hotel on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October. Everyone welcome.

Ann Lloyd · Sat 13 Oct 2018, 12:32 · Link

Shop at AmazonSmile and support your Community Centre

Thomas Gifford Trust is now a registered charity with AmazonSmile, so if you can't find what you need in town and you choose to shop with @AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to The Thomas Gifford Trust to support Charlbury Community Centre. The centre needs and appreciates your support. Thank you.

daniela jenkins · Fri 12 Oct 2018, 12:44 · Link

The October Makers’ Monthly Market

The October market will be held on the 25th - the 4th Thursday. Because the harvest supper is being held on the 3rd thursday. Subsequent markets will be on the 3rd thursday. Do come the first one was such a success they start at 5pm to catch young families and the older generation.
The market is a great community event, catch up with your friends and make new ones over a glass of wine and good food created by our Italian chef Fabio - hence fab food! Not forgetting a touch of shopping before you go home. Fresh fish van outside the door.

Patricia Freeman · Fri 12 Oct 2018, 07:47 · Link

Charlbury Honoured Citizen Award

Charlbury Town Council is launching a new award scheme to recognise the exceptional contributions made by individual citizens to the town and community of Charlbury. The Honoured Citizen Award is a tribute to a local resident who has given dedicated voluntary service, probably over many years, and as a consequence has made a significant positive difference to the Community of Charlbury and to the lives of those who live here.
We are hoping to announce the first inaugural awards before the end of 2018. After that, awards will be made each year and presented by the Chairman of the Town Council at a spring event celebrating volunteering in the town.
Nominations for these awards are invited for current or former Charlbury residents who have given outstanding service to the town. All nominations must be proposed and seconded by two current Charlbury residents, neither of whom are related to the nominee. Nominations for the inaugural awards should be submitted to the Town Clerk by midday 31st October 2018. Thereafter, nominations for awards to be made each spring should be submitted to the Town Clerk by midday 31st January of that year. Application forms and rules of the scheme are available on request from the Town Clerk ?" email or call 01608 810608 weekdays during normal office hours. Nominations should include a citation outlining the contribution made to the community by the nominee.
Serving members and employees of the Town Council are not eligible for the award, nor may they propose or second any nominations. Awards cannot be made posthumously.

Peter Kenrick · Fri 12 Oct 2018, 00:29 · Link

Charlbury produced bacon for sale in the Deli

You can now buy bacon at the Deli that is produced right here in Charlbury by The Curiosities Company on Sheep Street.

This isn't any old bacon but is a high end artisan flavoured bacon produced by hand in small batches. A range of different flavours are available made from high quality and home grown ingredients.

All the packaging is special too. The outer pack being made from FSC 100% certified card and the inner lining from a Biofilm made from trees and plant fibres. This is all home compostable meeting the OK Home standard.

The packs will be the first bacon to get the PLASTIC FREE Trademark in the UK.

From next week the production switches to entirely organic certified ingredients and the Curiosities Company will be seeking organic certification itself.

You can learn how to cure your own too at the Curiosities in our 5* rated kitchen. To learn more please contact

Simon Himmens-Warrick · Thu 11 Oct 2018, 08:52 · Link

The Coincidence of Novembers - Patrick Nairne

Some in Charlbury may remember my parents, Pat and Penny Nairne. So this note is to let people know that I am creating a book of my father's writings (and his watercolours) which is being produced with the publishers Unbound. The book is called The Coincidence of Novembers, and its title comes from when my father proposed to my mother in Cornbury Park in November 1947. I am seeking subscribers and supporters through this link - - and if anyone wants more information they can contact me ?" Sandy Nairne (

Sandy Nairne · Wed 10 Oct 2018, 19:35 · 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.

  • Woody Lane House Woody Lane Charlbury
    Erection of three dwellings with access via the consented scheme under 17/03423/FUL.
    WODC reference: 18/02769/FUL - Tue 18 Sep 2018 - Under consideration
  • Old Stones 60 The Slade Charlbury
    Removal of Condition 5 of Planning Permission 17/00210/FUL to allow the garage conversion to be used as short term holiday let and ancillary residential accommodation.
    WODC reference: 18/02666/S73 - Tue 11 Sep 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 8 Oct 2018, 08:00 · Link

Charlbury Deli's looking for new directors

We're looking for new blood on our Board: people with an enthusiasm for better food - especially if they've got property management, social media or company administration experience.

We want a team reflecting all walks of Charlbury and Wychwood life: young or old, Charlbury-born as well as recent arrivals, and people working full-time in London or Oxford as much as those operating from home.

If you're interested, click on my name for an information pack

Michael Flanagan · Thu 4 Oct 2018, 10:23 · Link


If you enjoy experiencing world-class music-making live, please don't miss this Sunday afternoon's recital in the Memorial Hall given by two internationally recognized artistes, the eminent British flautist Philippa Davies and the wonderful American pianist Maggie Cole. They are coming to Charlbury to give a programme of some of the most popular flute repertoire, including Poulenc, Debussy and Bach. The concert will start at 3 o'clock and your ticket price includes a cup of tea and a selection of delicious cakes. All proceeds will go to CRAG.

Nick Parker · Wed 3 Oct 2018, 19:10 · Link

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