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Margie Glasgow awarded British Empire Medal

Marjorie Neasham Glasgow has been appointed Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) in the New Year Honours List, for services to the Charlbury community. Margie chaired the Thomas Gifford Trust during the conclusion of fund-raising and successful construction and opening of the new Community Centre. Congratulations Margie.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 28 Dec 2018, 22:54 · Link

TIME CHANGE: Charlbury Girl Guides starting 16 January 2019

Charlbury girl guides are back!

I've changed the time just a bit so that anyone in year 5 and year 6 who is doing Tina has a bit more time to get to the Community Centre!

We will be meeting at the Charlbury Community Centre on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15 starting 16 January!

Girls from ages 10-14 are welcome. If you're interested, do come along, and please bring along a few ideas of what you're interested in doing (activities, badge ideas, days out, camping, etc.).

We will be working on various activities, doing things to earn badges, learning about Charlbury and the Cotswolds, and generally having a good time.

I'm also in need of a parent volunteer (or two or three!!) to assist. It's one night a week and potentially a weekend or two per year for campouts, etc.

Please get in touch if your daughter is interested and/or if you think you could help!!


michele marietta · Wed 26 Dec 2018, 17:04 · Link

Thai to go : Saturday pop up takeaway 29th December

Just when you thought you'd have go a whole week without a takeaway, Thai to go have decided to ease your suffering with an extra date, this Saturday 29th December. Usual serving times & phone number to pre-order your meal.
Enjoy. Merry Xmas.

Jim Holah · Mon 24 Dec 2018, 13:59 · 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.

  • Land East Of Ambleside Farm Ditchley Road Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Non material amendments to Planning Permission 16/04142/FUL to replace four roof lights on South elevation with two dormer widows.
    WODC reference: 18/03617/NMA - Mon 17 Dec 2018 - Under consideration
  • The Grange Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Non compliance with condition 2 of planning permission 17/03423/FUL to allow insertion of dormer window and erection of orangery to plot 1.
    WODC reference: 18/03566/S73 - Tue 11 Dec 2018 - Under consideration
  • 1 Lee Close Charlbury
    Erection of detached garden room and workshop/store.
    WODC reference: 18/03551/HHD - Fri 07 Dec 2018 - Under consideration
  • Baywell House Fawler Road Charlbury
    Erection of single storey side extension front porch and front and rear dormers.
    WODC reference: 18/03469/HHD - Wed 19 Dec 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 24 Dec 2018, 08:00 · Link

Christmas update for fast food traders at the Community Centre

The traders have packed up now for Christmas but they will return as follows:

The Codfather will return on Sunday the 6th January.

Thai to go will return on the 9th January.

Pitstop Catering (Friday Fish & Chips)will return on the 11th January.

All of the traders & the Thomas Gifford Trust thank you all for your support over the last year and hope that you will visit again in 2019.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Jim Holah · Sat 22 Dec 2018, 16:06 · Link

Primary school place - apply now

If your child was born on or between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015, you need to apply for your primary school place now.
Deadline for application is 15 January 2019.
More information about Charlbury Primary School can be found here
Apply online at

Charlbury Primary School · Thu 20 Dec 2018, 09:54 · Link

Recycling and refuse collections over Christmas

Collections are rescheduled as follows:

  • Collections for Tuesday 25 December will be rescheduled to Thursday 27 December
  • Collections for Tuesday 1 January will be rescheduled to Thursday 3 January
  • Collections for Tuesday 8 January will be rescheduled to Wednesday 9 January

Christmas trees can be recycled with garden waste from 9 January.

Full details are at .

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 20 Dec 2018, 09:50 · Link

Happy Christmas from Charlbury Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels kitchen team - Marianne, Ally, and Chris - prepared twenty-five Christmas lunches yesterday for area residents. The delivery team took meals to homes in Charlbury, Chadlington, and Stonesfield. Charlbury Meals on Wheels has served the local community for over 50 years and is fortunate to have many local volunteers preparing and delivering food. This year the Christmas lunch was paid for by a kind donation from Charlbury's Long Hedge and Ticknell Charity.

If you would like more information on volunteering to help Meals on Wheels or know someone who would like to receive a meal, please contact or . We wish you a Happy Christmas.

Marjorie Glasgow · Wed 19 Dec 2018, 07:49 · Link

Employee ownership for Charlbury firm

DustScan Ltd., the Charlbury based dust and air quality consultancy, has just completed its transition to become an Employee Owned Business. An Employee Ownership Trust has been registered to hold all the shares in the company and to oversee its management and profit distribution amongst the staff. The firm was set up in 2004 by Dr Geoffrey Walton as a spin off company from Leeds University. Since 2016 it has traded under the name DustScan AQ reflecting the growing importance of air quality in society generally. It provides planning and operational advice to a wide range of companies and organisations in the UK and overseas.
An important part of DustScan's work is support on planning applications, with appropriate dust and air quality monitoring and modelling for the minerals, construction and heavy industry sectors given their potential emissions and related traffic impacts. Current work also covers research for extractive industry firms on projects as varied as weather forecast-based predictive dust modelling at surface mines and quarries, research into the explosivity of powders and gaseous and particulate emissions from industrial operations including asphalt plants, paving sites and steel works.
Deb Oxley, CEO of the Employee Ownership Association, said: "We congratulate DustScan on its transition to employee ownership. By widening ownership of the business to its employees DustScan is securing the future of the business, including its ethos, values and employees, while rooting itself locally for the longer term to the benefit of the communities which it serves." DustScan is one of number of other Oxfordshire firms that are members of the EOA.

Geoffrey Walton · Tue 18 Dec 2018, 11:33 · Link

Accident : Woodstock Road

This mornings accident on the Woodstock Road

Cotswold Property · Fri 14 Dec 2018, 23:18 · Link

Additional refuse collection over Christmas

West Oxfordshire District Council will collect extra recyclable waste during the festive period.

Additional recycling must be in either black recycling boxes, open cardboard boxes or clear bags and put out alongside the recycling wheelie bin. However, for safety reasons, glass bottles and jars should only be placed in a black box.

Indoor food caddies can also be left out for collection alongside outdoor food waste bins.

Cllr Steve Good, Cabinet Member for the Environment said, "The festive period is a particularly busy time for our waste collection teams, but we want to do all we can to support residents who are keen to recycle."

More information about recycling, including Christmas collection times, can be found at or by calling 01993 861025.

(from a WODC press release)

Thu 13 Dec 2018, 10:23 · Link

Community Gym over the Christmas period

The gym at the Community Centre will be available 10 am-2 pm, 27th to 31st December inclusive. The Centre, including gym, will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Opening hours return to normal on Wednesday 2nd January.

For anyone who will have 'gym keen' visitors during the Christmas period, it will be fine for them to use the gym. The membership (valid for one month) will be £18, which includes the necessary initial induction session.

Induction sessions are bookable up to and including Monday 24th December only. Please call in or phone reception (811878) to book.

Jenny Chambers · Wed 12 Dec 2018, 13:03 · Link


Local residents of all persuasions will be interested to learn that the illustrious Charlbury Debating Society, now entering its seventh year, convened in the Corner House on Friday evening for another tempestuous session.

The motion, "Brexit: we now need a People's Vote", proposed by Liz Leffman (chair of the Lib Dems in England) and opposed by Alasdair Ross (global affairs expert), was passed by 67% of votes, with 17% opposed and 16% abstaining.

Thanks to all who took part in this incisive and significant event!

Jonathan Luxmoore · Sat 8 Dec 2018, 00:10 · Link

The Lights are on!

Charlbury Community Centre once again has a magnificent Christmas tree. Thanks to Halcyon farm discounting and delivering it, House and Carriage/MySTORE for sponsoring it and our doughty team of volunteers for erecting and decorating it. It looks fantastic!

Tanya Stevenson · Thu 6 Dec 2018, 07:40 · Link

Thanks Charlbury Garden Society!

The Garden Society have kindly planted lots of spring bulbs around Charlbury Community Centre, providing both the bulbs and the manpower. We are all very grateful and look forward to seeing them in the spring.

Tanya Stevenson · Wed 5 Dec 2018, 15:58 · Link

vOx Baroque programme now available to download

If you went to the vOx chamber choir magnificent concert of Baroque Classics last Saturday in St Mary's, you will know that the programmes were not available because of a printing problem.

Happily, you can now download and read the programme at

Jon Carpenter · Tue 4 Dec 2018, 10:00 · 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.

  • 53 Nine Acres Close Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 3 (Landscape) and 9 (Drainage) of planning permission 18/01593/FUL.
    WODC reference: 18/03420/CND - Mon 26 Nov 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 3 Dec 2018, 08:00 · Link

Charlbury Christmas Fair

The Fair is getting busy. Do come along, lots of unique gifts, enjoy a cuppa and mince pie in the cafe or a glass of mulled wine

Jackie Hague · Sun 2 Dec 2018, 11:41 · Link

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