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Charlbury Speakeasy November show supports CRAG.

The forthcoming Charlbury Speakeasy show on 22nd November is in support of Charlbury Refugee Action Group.  Through a local connection, the London-based musicians asked for their fee to be donated to CRAG and the Speakeasy organisers, though not connected to the charity, are delighted to agree.  (Speakeasy regulars will know that apart from direct costs the non-profit Speakeasy gives all ticket income to the professional performers.)

The band Plum Busby are regulars on the London club and pub circuit.  Their music is an eclectic mix descibed in one recent London review as:

" original mixture of humour and sauce in the direction of Weimar cabaret or gutsy Weil: Blitz music-hall, Harlem Jazz, lonesome Bluegrass, Las Vegas glitz, and then something else on top."

With the music complimented by stories from veteran BBC and Reuters journalist Kieran Cooke this sounds like a show not to miss.

The Speakeasy, a social enterprise supporting the Shed as a perfomance venue for Charlbury, has been running since 2014.  It has brought an imaginative mix of musical styles to the Shed, setting the music alongside spoken word performances from local writers, journalists, poets and comedians.  The organisers say that whatever the genre, their priority is to present excellent musicianship in a relaxed conversational setting.

The Speakeasy is on Friday 22nd November at The Shed, Charlbury.  Details at

Simon Fenn · Thu 31 Oct 2019, 12:24 · 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 Oct 2019, 06:15 · Link

Town Council declares a Climate Emergency

Charlbury Town Council has declared a state of Climate Emergency following a petition brought to the council in September by Charlbury residents.

The motion passed on 23rd October states:

  • Charlbury Town Council declares a state of Climate Emergency in recognition that climate change threatens life in Charlbury and across the world.
  • We undertake to set up an Environment Working Group, comprising town councillors and other Charlbury residents, to identify and recommend actions to reduce carbon emissions in the town and become carbon-neutral.
  • In advance of any recommendations made by the Environment Working Group, the Town Council commits to taking carbon footprint and environmental impact into account when considering planning applications and when setting the Town Council’s budget and spending priorities for the year.
  • As early priorities, we ask the Environment Working Group to organise a public meeting to discuss how Charlbury can act on the Climate Emergency, and how residents and the Town Council can work together; and to provide feedback to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.

The September Town Council meeting was attended by several members of the public who had signed the petition, representatives of whom gave a short address. There are elections for all 12 seats on Charlbury Town Council next May, and in welcoming the petition, the chairman encouraged those who have signed it to consider standing for election.

Richard Fairhurst · Sun 27 Oct 2019, 12:26 · Link

Christmas Tree Festival

Thursday 5th December to Sunday 8th December

There is still time to apply to decorate a tree at the St Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival 2019.

The Festival will run from Thursday 5th December to Sunday 8th December 2019. (Set up on Wednesday 4th December & take down on Monday 9th December)

If you and your organisation are interested in applying to decorate a tree, or would like any more information, please get in touch with Hilli Waller at Hilli will then email you a booking form, a list of all the events happening over the four festival days, and instructions on how to take part. It is a great way to advertise your own organisation or charity as you can decorate the tree with your own theme and put out leaflets and information for visitors to read.

Tickets will soon be going on sale for the two-ticketed events.

Jazz and the opening drinks party on Friday 6th December and the Festive Family Concert on Saturday 7th December. All tickets will be available from the Deli from 6th November.

Please support this new and exciting venture and the appeal for the St Mary’s church roof fund.

Maureen Sparling · Sun 27 Oct 2019, 09:47 · Link

Judith Graeme

A big 'thank you' to all who have sent us your condolences and kind wishes on the news of Judith's sudden and unexpected death last Monday. We are comforted by the fact that it was quick and without prolonged suffering.

Judith's wish was for a Humanist funeral and this will be at 12 noon on Monday 11 November at Banbury Crematorium. Anyone who knew Judith and would like to celebrate her life will be welcome there or afterwards in the Garden Room at the War Memorial Hall.

Tony and Simon Graeme 

Tony Graeme · Fri 25 Oct 2019, 22:33 · Link

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation - ONE WEEK TO GO!

A reminder that the public consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan is open for one more week.  All responses must be received by Thursday 31st October 2019.

We want to hear from you if you live or work in Charlbury.  We also want to hear from businesses, clubs, societies and other groups operating in the parish so if you represent any of these, please tell us what you think.

The draft plan and supporting documents are available online at where you can also submit your response online or download the response form.  Copies of the plan documents are also available to read in the "Reference and Local Studies" section of Charlbury Library. where you can also pick up a paper copy of the response form.

Completed forms can be left in the special postbox in the library or emailed to .

Thank you to all who have replied so far for getting involved.

Peter Kenrick · Thu 24 Oct 2019, 15:39 · Link

20 MPH consultation

Charlbury Community Speedwatch volunteers want to remind you to respond to the consultation exercise underway by the County Council.  You can find the consultation here... home 

The CSW team continue to monitor & report speeding drivers in the town.  If you're concerned about speeding & want to join us contact

Jim Holah · Wed 23 Oct 2019, 18:32 · 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.

  • 47 Ticknell Piece Road Charlbury
    Conversion of garage to living space, erection of a first floor extension above garage. Addition of new bay window to the side elevation.
    WODC reference: 19/02710/HHD - Wed 16 Oct 2019 - Under consideration

Mon 21 Oct 2019, 06:15 · Link

Vote for your best Songs of Praise

As part of the Christmas Tree festival, St Mary’s Church is hosting an extra special Songs of Praise on Sunday 8th December.

We would love the whole community to get involved by voting for their favourite hymn or song, and then joining us for a lovely evening of music and community singing.

There are voting boxes in the Deli and St Mary’s. Alternatively click on the link below, and we will look forward to seeing you at 6.00pm on Sunday 8th December to hear your choices.

Vote today by clicking on this link!

Maureen Sparling · Sun 20 Oct 2019, 12:08 · Link

Delicious bacon tasting at the Deli this Saturday

Stop by the Charlbury Deli this Saturday from 9am, where Simon from The Curiosities Company will be sizzling some of his magnificent bacon for you all to try. Available to buy, with his popular Black Pepper and Juniper just one of a number of delicious flavours, all wrapped in eco friendly, zero plastic packaging. If you walk to the miles too!

Sarah Ball · Wed 16 Oct 2019, 10:05 · Link

Cricket Club Bonfire & Firework night - Tickets available

Tickets are now available for the Cricket Club Bonfire & Fireworks night on Saturday 2nd November. See the poster below or this page for further information and ticket prices.

Richard Nash1 · Tue 15 Oct 2019, 19:51 · Link

Thanks to Beer Festival!

Charlbury Community Centre would like to thank the Beer Festival for a generous grant to help us to fund upgrades to the CCTV at the front of the centre. We have had a few incidences of minor vandalism over our first two years of operation and have not always been able to identify the perpetrators. More cameras and channels are needed.

We also plan to buy a new barbecue for those lovely summer evenings on the patio!

Tanya Stevenson · Tue 15 Oct 2019, 14:40 · Link

CHARLBURY MUSEUM The wagon is back!

Many thanks to Michael Jones, Charlbury Beer Festival and all helpers for their careful planning, faultless teamwork and smiling good humour on Sunday 13th October, when they returned the restored wagon to Charlbury, lifted it over the museum railings and wheeled it into the Wagon Room. It looks magnificent and there will be an opportunity for townspeople to see it before too long, in the room built as a wagon shelter after a massive fund-raising appeal organised by the Charlbury Society, Town Council and Corner House Committee.  

Janet Jeffs · Mon 14 Oct 2019, 10:31 · Link

Consultation on Charlbury Neighbourhood Plan

The public consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan is still open but will close on 31st October so there is not much time left - an on line form is now also available in addition to printed forms at

The plan is quite detailed with a lot of information but don't be put off.  You do not need to read all 120 pages of it as it is split into various sections so you can just respond to any of these which concern you.  

We would like to thank those who have already responded but really encourage anyone else who is concerned or who has a question to respond now.  Full details of how to respond and copies of the consultation draft and other documents are available on the web site or at the library.

There is also a display about the plan in the entrance to the community centre which summarises the main points and there will be times when someone will be available to answer any questions

The procedure now is that all responses will be recorded and will be be available for anyone to see.  They will all be taken into account when preparing the final version of the plan which will be submitted to West Oxfordshire next year.  An independent examiner will be appointed who will test whether the plan complies with all requirements for  a neighbourhood plan, if statements made are accurate and supported by evidence and if policies are legally enforceable and sustainable.  It is only after this stage that the plan will go to a public referendum of all those resident in the parish.

Tony H Merry · Sun 13 Oct 2019, 14:50 · Link


Charlbury Museum Committee members are delighted to announce the return of our restored farm wagon to the Museum's Wagon Room THIS AFTERNOON with generous help from the Charlbury Beer Festival committee.

There will be a brief disruption to traffic in Browns Lane and Market Street while the wagon is lifted carefully over the railings into the museum garden. So if you plan to drive down to catch or meet a train at Charlbury Station in the early afternoon, it may be best to take the Nine Acres Lane/Thames Street/Dyers Hill route. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience, which we shall do our best to minimise.

Janet Jeffs · Sun 13 Oct 2019, 09:41 · Link

20mph limit consultation begins

Oxfordshire County Council has opened the consultation into a 20mph limit for Charlbury.

The proposed limit would cover:

  • All roads in the town centre area
  • Ditchley Road and the Green
  • Grammar School Hill past Charlbury Pre-School
  • Enstone Road crossroads, including the Hundley Way turn

In addition, the 30mph limit on Enstone Road/Banbury Hill would be extended to the beginning of the ‘dip’.

The plans have been drawn up by Charlbury Town Council and Oxfordshire County Council. The cost of signage would be funded by the Town Council while the legal work is funded by a developer contribution already secured.

You can view the plans, and make comments, on the Oxfordshire County Council website.

The plans are more likely to be taken forward if Charlbury residents support them, so it’s important that there’s a good response to the consultation.

The questionnaire on the OCC website also has text boxes where you can make additional comments. For example, if you support the plans but would like to see the limit additionally applied to other roads, you can use the text boxes to say so.

The consultation is open until 8th November.

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 10 Oct 2019, 09:53 · Link

Memorial Hall - Public Address Microphones

The PA microphones kept at the rear of the stage for Hall users are not in their usual location. If a user has inadvertently taken them when packing away will you kindly return them to the Memorial Hall as soon as possible and also phone the office on 01608 810879 to let us know they have been returned.

Thank you.

Jackie Hague · Wed 9 Oct 2019, 13:16 · Link

Charlbury Speedwatch, latest news

We've been very busy over the last nine months, with 48 sessions carried out to the end of September. We checked over 7,600 vehicles during these sessions, found 14% of drivers speeding and reported 409 of these to Thames Valley Police for individual follow up. Some of these drivers have spoken with C.S.W. volunteers to apologise for driving too fast and others have said how pleased they are to see us out on the roads trying to slow drivers. Look out for more details in the December edition of the Charlbury Chronicle.

Consultation is due soon on the proposals for a 20 MPH limit in part of Charlbury and we urge all residents to support the idea and make your views known about the problems and effects of speeding in Charlbury. The CSW team strongly support the Town Council & Oxfordshire County Council proposal and will be promoting the consultation process.

We also send our congratulations to Chipping Norton for implementing a 20 MPH limit in their town.  If you travel through Chippy, note the new flashing & repeater signage slowing the traffic as it nears the town centre.  This is a fantastic outcome to a determined project led by local people & the Town Council and we hope that it will have a real benefit to the residents & visitors to Chippy.  

We are working hard to achieve the same in Charlbury.

If you want to join us, contact and we'll be in touch.

Jim Holah · Wed 9 Oct 2019, 11:51 · Link

New phone scam-Amazon Prime

Automated message purporting to be from Amazon Prime saying my subscription will auto-renew for 39.99 unless I press a button to speak to an adviser. Obviously a scam. The scam has been widely reported in other areas and is known to Trading Standards:

Katie Ewer · Wed 9 Oct 2019, 09:52 · Link

Charlbury climate rebels hit the London streets

Over the course of the coming two weeks, as many as 15 local members of Extinction Rebellion (XR) will be joining protests and roadblocks in London.

About 130 people recently attended a talk in the Memorial Hall which outlined the science behind the group's three demands. These are (1) that the government declares a 'climate emergency' (it has), (2) that the government acts on this, follows the science and puts in place policies to make Britain carbon neutral by 2050 (it hasn't), and (3) that to avoid the dangers of party politics it sets up a citizens' assembly and commits to implementing its recommendations (it hasn't done this either, though some local authorities are doing so).

XR's methods are grounded firmly in the principles of nonviolence and, as befits an emergency situation, interrupting the machinery of government and daily life until politicians take notice. There is extremely little time left to reduce the chances of mass worldwide starvation and extinction across a wide range of species, including humans.

Follow Extinction Rebellion Charlbury on Facebook, and email for more information.

The photo shows some members at a planning meeting on Saturday.


Rosemary Bennett adds: Very proud that 1000 Mile Highway will be playing at the Extinction Rebellion march in London on Saturday. See them at Millbank at 4p.m.

We hear the police have confiscated the stage, so the gig has been cancelled.

Jon Carpenter · Mon 7 Oct 2019, 09:30 · 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.

  • 25 The Green Charlbury
    Certificate of lawfulness to allow conversion of garage to habitual room.
    WODC reference: 19/02603/CLP - Tue 17 Sep 2019 - Under consideration

Mon 7 Oct 2019, 06:15 · Link

Charlbury Neighbourhood Plan 2031 Consultation - Have your say!

Public consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan is open until 31st October.  This is your plan so please get involved and have your say.

The team will be in the Corner House (Morris Room) from 10am to 12 noon of Saturday 5th October so please call in, find out more and Have Your Say!

You can read the draft plan in Charlbury Library or online at 

Response forms are now available for download from , from the library and from the Drop-in session in the Corner House.  Sorry for the delay!

Peter Kenrick · Fri 4 Oct 2019, 21:02 · Link

Charlbury Primary School – Open Mornings

Do you have a child who will be starting Primary School in September 2020? If you would like to find out more about Charlbury Primary School, then please come along to one of the Open Mornings planned this Autumn.

The sessions will take place on the following dates:

• Wednesday 16th October 2019

• Tuesday 19th November 2019

• Thursday 21st November 2019

The timings for each session will be at 9.20am for a 9.30am start and they will run for about an hour. You will be given a tour of the school, find out how our school works and have a chance to ask any questions you may have.

Please ring or email to book onto one of the above sessions. The School Office can be contacted on 01608 810354 or

Charlbury Primary School · Tue 1 Oct 2019, 16:16 · Link

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