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Incident in early hours of Thursday morning

What happened was that at approx 1.00 a.m we were woken and could hear loud banging on our front door. l looked out of the bedroom window to see two young men in hoodies across the road near Hill Close who seemed to be laid in the grass near a small tree and could hear someone else who was banging our front door. I went to the front door and could see something lent against the front door through a glass window in the top of the door. At this point I went back upstairs and shone a torch across the road at the two men who were opposite and at this point the three of these people ran off up the Slade towards Dancers Hill. What was laid against our door was a house for sale type sign which was advertising the forthcoming Wychwood Fair.

I did not open the front door last night but removed the sign this morning. I did call 999 and informed the police but heard nothing from the police following the call. Very scary incident. If you can relay this horror story to the wider community so that they can be aware.

Thu 30 Aug 2018, 13:59 · Link

Coach trip to Cardiff

Charlbury Art Society has arranged a trip to Cardiff and the National Museum of Wales on Wednesday 19th September. There are a few places still available on the coach for non-members.

The return coach fare is £14.00. Entry to the Museum is free, or have a look around the city centre.

The coach will leave the Spendlove Car Park at 08.30am sharp and will leave at 4.30pm for the return journey.

If you are interested in joining us on this outing to Cardiff please contact:
Julia Reid (Tel 01993 868 457)

Wed 29 Aug 2018, 14:16 · 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.

  • 1 Forest Court Dyers Hill Charlbury
    Alterations to include conversion of part of garage to living accommodation and increase roof height to allow conversion of loft with front and rear dormers.
    WODC reference: 18/02118/HHD - Thu 23 Aug 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 27 Aug 2018, 08:00 · Link

Baby Massage Class

First Steps Consultancy are starting a NEW five week Baby Massage Class at Charlbury Community Centre from 20th September 2018.

The class will be held on Thursday mornings from 10-11.30.

During the 5 week course you will learn how to give your baby a full body massage, as well as techniques to help with Colic, Constipation, Reflux and Teething Pain.

We have time to discuss the challenges of becoming a parent, as well as supportive discussions around crying, routines and feeding.

We introduce the babies to a new sensory experience every week and discuss early play ideas you can use at home.

For more information, or to book your place on the course, please contact Ruth on 07969 451366 or

Ruth Saville · Sun 26 Aug 2018, 11:44 · Link

Lost Cats!

Two cats missing... one grey large and shaved for the summer another black and quite small. Just back from summer holiday whilst they were supposed to be taken care of but barely any food eaten and have not been able to find them in 24hrs. Therefore perhaps they have found food and shelter elsewhere?? 07714009026

ophelia westaway · Sun 26 Aug 2018, 00:13 · Link

Rogue traders

On the 16/8/18 there was an incident involving rouge traders and an elderly resident in the Nine Acres area.

The resident was pressured into having a small amount of work done for a large amount of money.

Police are asking all residents to be vigilant and keep an eye on the more elderly and vulnerable residents in the area.

They will often cold call on vulnerable households and deliberately overcharge for unsatisfactory goods and services. This can include charging for unnecessary work, damaging property deliberately in order to obtain money, leaving work unfinished and intimidating householders

Victims of this practice are often vulnerable or elderly and in the most serious cases, offenders will return to the same victim again and again until their savings are exhausted

Police work jointly with local authority trading standards officers and other agencies to target offenders who prey on vulnerable members of the community in this way.

Remember it's your home. Don't be afraid to say 'No' and report anything suspicious to police.

Wesley Smith · Fri 24 Aug 2018, 14:31 · Link

Community Speedwatch: August update

We were out on The Slade again today at the request of two residents concerned at the speed of vehicles near the Crawborough / school junction. We monitored almost 200 vehicles travelling towards the Enstone crossroads. The good news is that more were travelling within, or at least near, the speed limit and a small number have been reported to Thames Valley Police for follow up action. Monitoring will continue into the Autumn, with our first anniversary due at the end of September. We'll publish a summary of the data collected this year for all to review. If you want to participate, contact me on or 810620.

Jim Holah · Thu 23 Aug 2018, 22:10 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Last Night of The Proms

Charlbury Street Fair: "LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS PARTY"

Come along, bring your friends, and join Charlbury's celebration of the Last Night Of The Proms screened live from the Royal Albert Hall.

Evening or fancy dress optional!

Entry is by ticket only, £5, to include table treats, nibbles and a small glass of Prosecco / wine or a soft drink.

Licensed bar open all evening.

Tables for 6 may be reserved - buy your tickets in advance at Larcum's or via email to

Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 7.30pm
(doors open from 7pm)

Rachael Lunney · Tue 21 Aug 2018, 07:52 · Link

Bake Off Cake Competition Charlbury Street Fair

New for 2018 Bake Off Competition
This year we are having a cake competition with a cake design theme
There will be two categories of entry:
16 years old and under with a £10 WHSmith Voucher gift card prize
Over 16 with a £25 Lakeland Voucher gift card prize
Follow your imagination and the Rainbow!
Entries must be registered by 1st September by email.
Entries have to be in place for judging in the Memorial Hall by 12 Noon on Street Fair
day, 15th September. Entries for the Under 16 category must have name, age and
contact details clearly marked on their presentation plate or board; Entries for the
Over 16s will need name and contact details likewise.
Judging will be carried out by Kathy Clugston, our Celebrity Guest.
Whilst entry is free, once the judging is complete the cakes will become part of the refreshments for sale - so sorry, no cakes can be returned unless they are bought

All proceeds go to help the upkeep of the Corner House and War Memorial Hall Registered Charity No. 304282

Elaine Newbold · Mon 20 Aug 2018, 10:04 · 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.

Mon 20 Aug 2018, 08:00 · Link

Community Centre features in new WODC publication for “older people”

Town residents who may be considered by others (but probably not by themselves!) to be "older people" may be interested in a new West Oxfordshire District Council publication, "Our Generation". The new magazine is designed to illustrate services and activities provided locally by WODC and others and contains some useful pointers to sources of practical help.

The cover story in the first edition features a picture of John Munro, who plays walking football at Charlbury Community Centre every week. The Community Centre runs two walking football sessions each week which are organised by a local resident.

You can view the magazine online on the WODC website:; the first edition is in the News section on the Home page. You can also sign up to be notified of further editions.

Otherwise printed copies of Our Generation can be picked up from the WODC offices at Woodgreen, Witney; their Town Centre shop in Welch Way, Witney or the Council's reception point at the Guildhall, Goddards Lane Chipping Norton.

Meryl Smith · Fri 17 Aug 2018, 14:09 · Link

Thank you for the Table Tennis Table

Charlbury Community Centre would like to thank the Thursday ladies table tennis group who, when it turned out that one of our tables was on loan and needed back by its owner, clubbed together and bought beautiful brand new one! (See photo). So we now have two lovely tables if anyone fancies setting up another table tennis group or wants to book them to play over the holidays.

Tanya Stevenson · Tue 14 Aug 2018, 17:38 · 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 conditions 2 and 6 of 17/03423/FUL to enable an alternative material to be used for the joinery.
    WODC reference: 18/02261/S73 - Tue 24 Jul 2018 - Under consideration
  • 18 Sandford Park Charlbury
    Proposed extension to existing house and new vehicular access.
    WODC reference: 18/02071/HHD - Fri 03 Aug 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 13 Aug 2018, 08:00 · Link

St Mary's Tree Update

It looks like the work to fell the tree will start on Tuesday and continue for a couple of days. The tree firm will get the churchyard path open as soon as it is safe to do so.

If you or any artists you know would like some wood to use, the wood will be gathered at the town-end of the churchyard for several days for individuals to carry away before the remainder is cleared.

dine glasgow · Sun 12 Aug 2018, 17:19 · Link

Notice from the Royal British Legion Charlbury Branch

The arrangements for obtaining tickets to the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance have changed this year for security reasons.

You can now buy tickets by calling 020 7087 7929, or visiting . You will be asked to provide your branch name, membership number, the full name of each ticket-holder, a date of birth for each ticket-holder, an email address (if you have one) and a contact phone number.

Please speak to Derek Fowler or Nick Potter if you have any questions.

Sat 11 Aug 2018, 18:02 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Needs volunteers

We need volunteer to help sale raffle tickets every Saturday morning outside the Corner House
We are looking for volunteers on
18th August
25th August
1st September
8th September

And all the day itself.

The money raised goes to two fantastic community building ie Corner House and the. Memorial Hall.

If you can help please email

Rachael Lunney · Sat 11 Aug 2018, 10:05 · Link

St Mary's Tree Update

I am sorry to report that after the WODC tree preservation officer inspected the damage to the tree yesterday, he advised that the tree should be taken down. His opinion is in line with the other experts we have consulted.

We now must seek permission from the Diocese to follow the advice we have received. We will share information on timing when it is available. The churchyard path will remain closed until the tree has been removed.

We are in discussions as to how best to use the stump to reflect the place the tree had within the community as well as enhance and complement the landscape of the churchyard going forward. We also intend to make the wood available to interested artists.

dine glasgow · Wed 8 Aug 2018, 13:12 · 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.

  • Rangers Lodge Cornbury Park Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 4 (materials for cladding and roof sheets), 5 (floor levels) and 6 (drainage scheme) on planning permission 18/01279/FUL.
    WODC reference: 18/02355/CND - Fri 03 Aug 2018 - Under consideration
  • Coneygree Farm Spelsbury Road Charlbury
    Erection of barn.
    WODC reference: 18/02373/AGR - Wed 01 Aug 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 6 Aug 2018, 08:00 · Link

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