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Ken & Margaret Taylor presented with Honoured Citizen Award

On Saturday 26th January, well over 100 local volunteers packed the War Memorial Hall to witness the presentation of the first ever Charlbury Honoured Citizen Award to Ken & Margaret Taylor, well-known and long standing residents of the town who have dedicated an immense amount of time and effort to the community and who epitomise the spirit and commitment to the town that has made Charlbury the lively and supportive place that it is today.
The award was presented by Peter Kenrick, chairman of the town council, who explained that the council had introduced the award to be a tribute to individuals who have given dedicated voluntary service, probably over many years, and have made a significant positive difference to the community and to the lives of residents. He congratulated Ken and Margaret and thanked them for their dedication to the community.

The presentation event was also a general celebration of volunteering in the town, to thank all local volunteers in recognition of the invaluable contribution they make to the community. Those attending represented more than 40 volunteer organisations operating in the town.

Following the presentation, both Ken and Margaret delighted those present with entertaining reminiscences and memories of Charlbury in earlier times.

We expect this event to become a regular feature of the Charlbury calendar so if you would like to nominate any Charlbury resident for a future Honoured Citizen Award please contact the town clerk at charlburytc@btinternet.com for details.

Photo by David R Murphy

Peter Kenrick · Thu 31 Jan, 16:50 · Link


Pickleball - are you missing out?

A great way to get fit or stay active - a very fun & social sport as well as being easy to learn to play for all ages. Having experience of rackets sports if a plus but by no means necessary to be able to play.

For more details contact Vijay on 01993 891 043 or email: vijaysmobile@gmail.com

Vijay Desor · Thu 31 Jan, 14:40 · 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 28 Jan, 08:00 · Link


Another load of donations for Calais


Sleeping bags, blankets, tents, warm clothing, socks, underwear, scarves and hats, tough footwear, soap, deodorant, a couple of mobile phones -- and more besides, all collected in the Charlbury Refugee Action Group men's clothing appeal this month. It's going to Calais in a few days time with a local volunteer. What she can't fit in her car this time will go next month.

Thank you to everyone who made this possible.

We've also just donated £2000 to the charity Help Refugees. That's the proceeds from two events we held in January: our annual Bring and Buy, and our concert with Brian Boothby. They are helping refugees and asylum seekers not only in France but across Europe and especially on the Greek islands and mainland.

Want to know more? You can sign up to join CRAG and receive their newsletters here: eepurl.com/dv8AAj It's free! And follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlburyrefugee

Jon Carpenter · Sat 26 Jan, 10:12 · Link


Application for motor traffic to use the Salt Way turned down

Oxfordshire County Council has rejected a bid by the Trail Riders Felllowship to open up the Salt Way track to motorised access.

OCC's decision notice says:

"Stonesfield 9, Spelsbury 31&32 and Chipping Norton 4&5. From the Over Norton / Chipping Norton parish boundary near Chapel House at SP329278 to the road near Callow Farm Stonesfield at SP395181

"Oxfordshire County Council hereby gives notice that the above application submitted by Mr P Cole on behalf of the Trail Riders Fellowship on 30 March 2006, for an Order under Section 53(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to modify the Definitive Map and Statement has been determined... The Council has determined that no Order to modify the Definitive Map and Statement will be made as the rights claimed by the application were extinguished by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006."

The detailed report by Mike Walker, Principal Officer, Countryside Records at OCC, refutes the arguments made by the TRF. It concludes that the primary use of this and other routes in the five years before 2006 was not for motor traffic and says that "insufficient evidence has been put forward by the applicants to support any contention that an exemption does apply".

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 24 Jan, 14:47 · Link


Charlbury Youth Theatre- A Cotswold Myth turned into a play

Andy Graham playwright and international storyteller will be leading the Charlbury youth theatre to create an amazing piece of open air theatre with the young people of the town and surrounding villages.
Based on the rollwright stones mystery, King Cod and the Whispering Knights will be an adventure piece with a narrative line underpinning the cultural heritage of the Cotswolds.
Want to help do some rearch, can you make costumes or giant puppets contact andyg2439@gmail.com
For applications to join the youth theatre use the same email

Andy Graham · Wed 23 Jan, 10:49 · Link


Charlbury Street Fair Needs Volunteer

Next Saturday 26th of January it's the first meeting of the Street Fair. It will be held at 5pm in the Cornbury Room, Bell Hotel. We would like to thank Luke and co at the Bell.

We need people for various roles on the committee and on the day.

Let's make this Street Fair one to remember!

The theme is Time as we are celebrating the 300th birthday of Larcum Kendal who was born in Charlbury.

We are also holding Open Gardens this year in June and help will also be required for that too!

See you all on Saturday !

Rachael Lunney · Wed 23 Jan, 07:41 · 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.

  • Ivy House Church Lane Charlbury
    Part Discharge of Condition 5 (Window Details) of planning permissions 18/03065/HHD and 18/03066/LBC
    WODC reference: 19/00155/CND - Thu 17 Jan 2019 - Under consideration

Mon 21 Jan, 08:00 · Link


Inaugural Charlbury Honoured Citizen Award for Ken and Margaret Taylor

On behalf of the Town Council, I am delighted to announce that the inaugural Charlbury Honoured Citizen Award will be presented jointly to Ken & Margaret Taylor at 11:30am on Saturday 26th January 2019 in the Memorial Hall.
Ken & Margaret masterminded the Evergreens for over 25 years arranging holidays, local events and fundraising. They were also stalwarts of the Street Fair team for many years as well as organising other events to raise money for the Corner House and Memorial Hall and working with the Charlbury Branch of the Royal British Legion. Over the years they have dedicated an immense amount of time and effort to the community and they epitomise the spirit and commitment to the town that has made Charlbury the lively and supportive place that it is today. Congratulations Ken & Margaret.
Last year, the council announced the introduction of this new award to be given as a tribute to an individual who has given dedicated voluntary service, probably over many years, and as a consequence has made a significant positive difference to the Community and to the lives of residents. We are sure that this award will be the first of many over the coming years. Thank you to all who submitted nominations.
Alongside the presentation of this award, the event on the 26th will be a celebration of volunteering in Charlbury. The success and vibrancy of the community depends so much on the efforts of many volunteers and in recognition of this I would like to extend a welcome to all Charlbury volunteers, past and present, to join us for this celebration on Saturday morning in the Memorial Hall. If you are able to come along, please do make sure that you are in the hall by 11:15 at the very latest, thank you.

Peter Kenrick · Sun 20 Jan, 00:26 · Link


Charlbury Street Fair needs volunteers

Next Saturday 26th of January it's the first meeting of the Street Fair. It will be held at 5pm in the Cornbury Room, Bell Hotel. We would like to thank Luke and co at the Bell.

We need people for various roles on the committee and on the day.

Let's make this Street Fair one to remember!

The theme is Time as we are celebrating the 300th birthday of Larcum Kendal who was born in Charlbury.

We are also holding Open Gardens this year in June and help will also be required for that too!

See you all on Saturday !

Rachael Lunney · Sat 19 Jan, 15:47 · Link


Scam at Charlbury Surgery

The Practice Manager at Charlbury Medical practice told the Patient Participation Group this morning that a patient had received a text message inviting them to come to the surgery.

There is no text messaging service at Charlbury Medical Practice, although we are planning to have one in the future.

Patients should ignore the message and if they wish report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 20 40

Thu 17 Jan, 14:51 · Link


New online bird group for Charlbury and the Wychwood area

There is a new online group for bird enthusiasts in Charlbury and the wider Wychwood area and around. Interested? Do join! We are at www.facebook.com/groups/wychwoodbirders/

It's a chance to exchange news and sightings, share photos, and see news of local projects such as the Bird Aid feeding stations.

Complete beginners welcome!

The photo shows a Linnet feeding off Ditchley Road.

Jon Carpenter · Mon 7 Jan, 17:36 · 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.

  • Whitethorn Ditchley Road Charlbury
    Erection of single storey infill replacement extension, side extension and alterations to the levels of the existing drive / pathways to provide suitable access.
    WODC reference: 18/03609/HHD - 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 roof lights and side window to plots 2 and 3.
    WODC reference: 18/03565/S73 - Fri 04 Jan 2019 - Under consideration

Mon 7 Jan, 08:00 · Link


Another really beautiful atmospheric CRAG concert this Sunday- don't miss it!

Entitled "FIREGAZING" the very charismatic Brian Boothby from Derbyshire, (formerly a resident of Stonesfield) will play and sing an hour-long atmospheric lantern-lit concert in the Memorial Hall in urgent aid of refugee charities.
Don't miss this very special occasion at which you can enjoy tea and delicious home-made cakes served immediately after the concert.

Nick Parker · Fri 4 Jan, 18:54 · Link


Station platform extension open

The longer Platform 2 (Oxford-bound) at Charlbury station is now open. Platform 1 (Worcester-bound) is still fenced off but largely complete.

Richard Fairhurst · Tue 1 Jan, 10:54 · Link


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