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Thomas Gifford Trust Public Meeting - POSTPONED

The TGT public meeting planned for tonight 28th February has been postponed, due to expected serious weather conditions.

A new date will be announced in due course. Thank you for your understanding.

daniela jenkins · Wed 28 Feb 2018, 10:38 · Link

Stanley Spencer Cookham Visit

Charlbury Art Society is organising an outing to the Stanley Spencer Gallery on Thursday 15th March.

The current exhibition is called 'In Focus' and includes Stanley Spencer paintings and works on paper. A number of paintings from their permanent collection will also be on view, including The Last Supper and Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta.

The gallery is small, allowing access to a maximum group of 40 people. The day will include a Walk and Talk guided tour, a walk around Spencer's 'Village of Heaven' to see the places which inspired him and then a tour of the gallery.

There are several places to eat within minutes of the gallery, so visitors can make their own arrangements for lunch.

The return coach fare is £14.00 for non-members (£12.00 for members).
Entry for the Walk and Talk guided tour is £10.00. The coach will leave Spendlove Car Park at 09.00 a.m. sharp and will leave Cookham at 3.00 p.m. for the return journey.

If you would like to join the trip please call Julia Reid (tel. 01993 868 457)

Ann Lloyd · Tue 27 Feb 2018, 17:08 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Quiz Sat 17th of March- last few table left

Last few tables remaining for a night not to be missed,
Table of 6 £12 per head
(Includes st patrick day dinner)
Licensed bar
Entry form from
Carolyn Ashton
To be returned no later than Wednesday 7th March

Rachael Lunney · Sun 25 Feb 2018, 18:23 · Link

Anti theft number plate screws

Anti theft number plate screws available from New Barn Garage and The Charlbury Garage. Both garages have kindly said they will fit them for free.

Please call ahead to check availability.

Wesley Smith · Mon 19 Feb 2018, 20:01 · Link

Thomas Gifford Trust - Public Meeting

The trustees of the Thomas Gifford Trust would like to invite you to a Public Meeting on Wednesday, 28th February at 7.30pm at Charlbury Community Centre. All are welcome!

daniela jenkins · Mon 19 Feb 2018, 12:55 · Link

Criminal damage to vehicles

Criminal damage to 2 vehicles parked on The Green.

This occurred between the 13th and 14th of February. Wiper blades and wing mirrors were deliberately pulled off from the vehicles.

If you have any further information, please contact police on 101 and quote crime reference number 43180047862

Wesley Smith · Thu 15 Feb 2018, 16:19 · Link

Urgent - Charlbury Street Fair needs help!!

Are you able to offer an hour or two each month until September? Our friendly Committee is quite small and becoming overwhelmed by the back-office activities like setting up Open Gardens, the March Quiz and all the planning that makes the Fair a great success. This year we seriously are in need of someone (or two, or more!) to lead on the arrangements for the Street Fair Stalls. This really needs to start by the end of March hence the 'urgent' call!

The Stalls - lined up on Church Street on Street Fair day - are a key feature of the Fair and without them the Fair would not take place. They are also one of our principal fund-raisers (We are in need of someone to manage the CSF Website and one or two other things as well..).

My fellow CSF Committee Members are already asking their friends and if you would like to help, please do get in touch via or click my name on this page. Do please appreciate that there is lots of support and guidance available from previous Stalls organisers and the Committee.

As I said we really need to start these arrangements by the end of March - this is a major concern for us, those that we raise our funds for - the Corner House and War Memorial Hall - and of course, our local Charlbury community.

John Dora, Chair, CSF Committee.

John Dora · Tue 13 Feb 2018, 14:04 · 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.

  • 39 Sheep Street Charlbury
    Internal alterations to change layout to both ground floor and basement.
    WODC reference: 18/00378/LBC - Fri 26 Jan 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 12 Feb 2018, 08:00 · Link

Ernest John Akers 1928-2018

The family of Ernest are sad to announce that he passed away at the JR Hospital on Sunday 4th February 2018.

Ernest lived his whole life in Charlbury and was a well-known resident of the Town having worked at the Railway Station on his "retirement" from Morris Motors and then latterly in News & Things.

He also served as a Town Councillor and was chair of the Nine Acres Management Committee.

His cremation will take place at Banbury on 21st February at 12noon. This will be followed by drinks and refreshments at the Rose & Crown in Charlbury.

Anyone who knew Ernie is more than welcome to attend the cremation and/or join the family afterwards in the Rose & Crown to celebrate his life.

Robin Akers · Fri 9 Feb 2018, 16:49 · Link

Hot Desks now available in Charlbury

I'm really pleased to be able to announce that finally planning permission has been granted to change the use of the old Deli building from Food/Retail to Office/Food prep.

If you would like to book a desk please contact me on 07584 356595 or send me an email at from just £15 per day. Please note Tuesdays are getting quite full, so please remember to book in advance. I also have a printer that can print upto A3 in colour available for anyone to use at 10p a sheet.

More info available at

I'm still waiting for some Listed Building consent to be granted to enable me to establish a kitchen in the basement for my bacon curing, fermented vegetables and other curiosities.. My courses will be starting shortly after..

Thank you to everyone who has supported this venture to date.

Simon Warrick

Simon Himmens-Warrick · Fri 9 Feb 2018, 12:33 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Quiz

The annual Street fair quiz In aid of two wonderfully community buildings e Memorial Hall and Corner House is on St Patrick day Saturday 17th of March

7pm for 7.30pm

Teams of 6 £12 a head (Includes St Patrick day dinner)

Prize for first and last
Licensed bar

A night not to be missed

Entry forms from The Corner House and or Carolyn Aston 07880 718536

Rachael Lunney · Tue 6 Feb 2018, 17:56 · Link

Dynamic Pilates Mondays 12pm @ Charlbury Community centre

Chloe's Pilates is a new class on the timetable at the Charlbury Community centre. Chloe teaches dynamic pilates a challenging class using small equipment and high repetition of exercises to increase the workload on the muscles. Her classes focus on mobility, increasing strength and stamina. Chloe's approach is very hands on correcting technique and form throughout the class. For further details and bookings please conatct Chloe Hodgson:, 07748 654999

Chloe Hodgson · Mon 5 Feb 2018, 20:24 · Link

Mill Field Management Plan - Draft for consultation

The long awaited Draft Management Plan is now open for public consultation. The document is available under the Town Council link on this website or at the following link
Please let me know if you have a problem with the link (email
Please feel free to make any comments or observations on this draft. These should be sent to Roger Clarke, the Town Clerk so they can be recorded and discussed by the Town Council

Tony H Merry · Mon 5 Feb 2018, 18:02 · 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 5 Feb 2018, 08:00 · Link

Friday night Fish & Chip van

Darryl at the Fish & Chip van has informed us that, due to a call to jury service, he has to cancel his next two weeks visits to Charlbury, that's the 9th & 16th, returning on Friday 23rd February.
You can still enjoy Thai to go on Wednesdays and The Codfather on Sunday evening of course.

On behalf of The Thomas Gifford Trust.

Jim Holah · Sat 3 Feb 2018, 14:14 · Link

Charlbury Housing Register

Housing Need in Charlbury
There seems to be a widespread view that there is a great shortage of 'affordable' ,by which many mean social housing, for local people in Charlbury. However figures from the official housing register from West Oxfordshire Home seeker Plus see paints a rather different picture. In fact in December 2017 there were just 28 people with Charlbury connections on the register and 23 of these were in the Bronze(lowest need and already in accommodation)) category. With the current developments at Hughes Close and Little Lees of 24 dwellings for housing associations it is likely that most of these will be able to be housed. It should be recognised that this list changes from week to week according to individuals needs but it does provide a fairly consistent figure in our case.
What there is a need for and what is also highlighted by evidence collected by the neighbourhood forum is for private affordable houses mainly for young families but also older people who would like to downsize and find smaller suitable accommodation in the Town. These are the people that the Neighbourhood Plan will aim to find homes for although the exact way to do this is not certain and the Steering Committee would welcome any suggestions.
It is true that there are a much greater number of people who say they wish to live in Charlbury but they do not have a local connection and the policy of West Oxfordshire Housing and that proposed in our Neighbourhood Plan is that we should be trying to accommodate only those with a local connection to Charlbury.
It is expected that the Local Plan which is now close to acceptance will endorse this policy and not seek to find homes for everyone who might express a wish to move here either for social housing or at the other end of the scale for large expensive market housing which is out of reach for most local people.
Tony Merry
Parish Council Nominee, West Oxfordshire Region, Cotswolds Conservation Board

Tony H Merry · Thu 1 Feb 2018, 11:47 · Link

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