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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 Russell · Wed 9 Oct, 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, 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, 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, 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, 16:16 · Link

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