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Reverse Advent Calendar

Reverse Advent Calendar is a way of bringing Christmas hope to homeless people in Oxford. Every day of Advent place an item into the box. This year the Churches Together in Charlbury are coordinating reverse advent calendars in aid of the Porch, Steppin’ Stone Centre, Oxford. Wrapped boxes are available in St Mary’s Church or you can use your own. Please bring your filled box to St Mary’s between Christmas Eve and the middle of January.

Here is a list of useful items to include and this is available in the churches. 

Many thanks for joining in with this initiative. 

Jo Paton · Tue 19 Nov, 09:21 · Link


The Playing Close

Many people will be unaware that the roadway at the top of the Playing Close is a private  road and not part of the highways network.

It is owned by the Thomas Gifford Trust, Recent emergency gas works on Pooles Lane have resulted in it becoming a diversionary route to the Spendlove site and Coop shop.

While this is only temporary, the trustees of the TGT are aware of the difficulties being caused by some members of the public who are regularly parking on this roadway because there is no space on the Spendlove site.

The TGT trustees confirm that this is a private road and ask that people respect the rights of the residents who live along it.

Phil Morgan · Mon 18 Nov, 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.

  • 6 Wychwood Close Charlbury
    First floor side extension
    WODC reference: 19/02923/HHD - Fri 18 Oct 2019 - Under consideration
  • 6 Ditchley Road Charlbury
    Erection of single storey rear extension.
    WODC reference: 19/02891/HHD - Wed 16 Oct 2019 - Under consideration
  • The Gables 10 Enstone Road Charlbury
    Demolition of the existing garage and studio flat and the construction of a new sustainable 2 bedroom cottage
    WODC reference: 19/02855/FUL - Thu 14 Nov 2019 - Under consideration

Mon 18 Nov, 06:15 · Link


Charlbury Angling Club

The club would like to thank Elaine, formerly Post Office and Larcums , for acting as our ticket agent for many years. We are very grateful that Tim at Cotswold Frames has kindly agreed to continue our ticket sales. For information about the club please call Jane Parsons on 01608 810822.

Jane Parsons · Sun 17 Nov, 12:54 · Link


Rail service disrupted

Due to flooding between Moreton-in-Marsh and Worcester, Charlbury’s train service is significantly disrupted.

A shuttle service is running every two hours between Oxford and Charlbury/Moreton. There are no trains on to Worcester. GWR is advising people not to travel if at all possible.

Service update: https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/live-network-updates

Live departure board: http://www.livedepartureboards.co.uk/fgw/summary.aspx?T=CBY

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 15 Nov, 13:24 · Link


General Election candidates for the Witney constituency

Three candidates are standing in the Witney constituency, which includes Charlbury, in the forthcoming General Election:

  • Charlotte Hoagland (Liberal Democrat)
  • Robert Courts (Conservative)
  • Rosa Bolger (Labour)

The election is on December 12th and Charlbury’s polling station will be the Memorial Hall as usual.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 15 Nov, 10:25 · Link


Little Monkeys cake sale.

The children from Little Monkeys will be out and about tomorrow (Friday) selling cakes to local businesses to raise money for children in need and team Anna. If you see us please do stop and have a chat and buy a cake! Thank you x

Karen Cox · Thu 14 Nov, 19:45 · Link


20mph limit approved

Oxfordshire County Council has approved the proposed 20mph scheme for central Charlbury.

The new 20mph speed limit will cover all the minor roads between Park Street (starting south of the Pre-School), Hixet Wood, Dancers Hill, Enstone Road, and Market Street; plus the area around the Enstone Road crossroads, exit from Hundley Way, and Ditchley Road. The 30mph limit will be extended further along Banbury Hill to encourage drivers to slow well in time for the 20mph limit, while improving crossing safety for pedestrians following the walking route.

The public consultation saw 74 responses to the scheme, of which 70 were in favour and four against. One of the objections was from Thames Valley Police, who were opposed to a 20mph limit being applied to the area around Hundley Way, and to it being applied to the area around the Pre-School.

The OCC officers reported that “a number of responses requested that the proposed 20mph limit be extended to other roads, in particular on the Slade… while not ruling out the extension of the limit to other roads, these would require additional supporting measures on account of the current speeds on these roads, for which at present there is no funding”. Considering further options for traffic calming and reduction on roads such as the Slade and Spelsbury Road is likely to be a task for groups such as the Town Council’s traffic committee in the upcoming months and years.

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 14 Nov, 12:49 · Link


CRAG announces a new recipe book and its annual donations

CRAG (Charlbury Refugee Action Group) has just celebrated its upcoming café in St Mary's by publishing a second recipe book.

The lunch recipes that the CRAG cooks create are so popular that they scale them down for use at home, and the first collection, The Full Mezze, has sold nearly 100 copies.

The second collection, Fantastic Five, is released on Saturday at the café in St Mary's, when you can taste the wonderful creations as well as buy the recipes. The two booklets will be on sale at £3 each, or £5 the pair. ('Think Christmas prezzies!' says their designer, Floss.)

You'll be sampling five fabulously warming one-pot plant-based dishes from around the world: South Indian Curry, Brazilian Feijoada, Russian Stroganoff, Mexican Chilli, and North African Couscous.

The café is open from 11 for coffee, cake and tea – and from 12 for lunch and teas as well. (More information on the events page at https://www.charlbury.info/events/6706)

At its recent AGM, CRAG announced total donations to refugee causes of £11,806 in the year ending August 31. £6837 of this came from the Sunday tea concerts. The group plans to increase its future income by encouraging donors to sign up for Gift Aid, for which it is now eligible.

Jon Carpenter · Wed 13 Nov, 11:31 · Link


Charlbury's Christmas Fair, Sunday 24th November

We have some fabulous stallholders coming to the Christmas Fair next Sunday (24th November). Lots of items have been handmade by artisans using all sorts of materials, from wood and glass to resin and fabric - so do come along to support this event, put on by Street Fair, all in aid of the Corner House and Memorial Hall. 

Santa will be coming from 11am until 1pm with a sack full of gifts for the little ones, and there will be refreshments including hotdogs, sausage rolls, cakes, mulled wine, tea and coffee, etc. We will also be holding a raffle which will include prizes donated by the stallholders, so definitely don't miss that either!

We look forward to welcoming you to our annual Christmas Fair.

Nikki Frankum · Tue 12 Nov, 20:18 · Link


Leaf-fall - your help would be appreciated

Many people will be aware that there is a Volunteer Party in Charlbury. We are just folk who come out and cut back or clear up the natural debris on our pavements and pathways. 

We call ourselves a "party" because it is fun when people get together and work for their own community. For a few years now, we have relied on a group e-mail to get the word out about our target areas for attention. Some of us are getting older and more creaky and lots more younger people have moved into our lovely town so our list is out of date.

We will be at the Playing Close next Sunday (17th Nov) from 10.30am and again on 8th Dec. We will be filling bulk-bags with leaves which WODC will collect to go to green compost.

If you come along as a volunteer, you are insured by the Town Council. Bring you own tools - plastic rakes, hard brooms, snow shovels and 'big-hand' scoops have proven to be most effective,

Phil Morgan · Mon 11 Nov, 17:18 · Link


Possible Cowboy Builders 12.35 Saturday

Just visited by a young lad who offered to "clear my gutter" and "mend a leak". 
It was a white van, registration (I think) was either DY64SMF or DY64SWF.

Please be aware.

Charlie M · Sat 9 Nov, 12:45 · Link


Christmas Tree Festival

It is not too late to buy a tree for your organisation to decorate at the St Mary’s Christmas tree festival!

We still have some left to sell and are keen to fill the church with colour and vibrancy. It is a great way to advertise your organisation through the decorations and leaflets round the tree.

There is also a competition for the best tree!

It is going to be a magical four day event to come along to.

If you are keen to be involved baking cakes, catering, stewarding or offering donations for the Christmas Market please get in touch with

Hilli Waller - 811204 - hilli.waller@gmail.com

Maureen Sparling · Thu 7 Nov, 08:19 · Link


Burglaries

There has been a recent spate of burglaries across the area. Two of which occurred in Charlbury on 5/11/19. Sandford Rise and Lees Heights. The burglars have been breaking through patio doors to gain entry to homes.

Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than those with simple security measures. Good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a big difference.

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)

  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)

  • Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures - a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)

  • Install good outside lighting

  • Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property

  • Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied

  • Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition

  • Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage

  • Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home

  • Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property

  • Ensure rear fencing is in good repair

  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges

  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free.

  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows

  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.

     

    Doors and windows

    In most burglaries, the criminals broke into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or kicking it in. So make sure your doors are strong and secure. Consider fitting a bar for extra strength; a locksmith can advise you on how best to do it.

    Glass panels on doors are particularly vulnerable. If you have one on your door you could replace it with laminated glass, which is stronger. You can also buy a film in a DIY store that you can stick over the glass to make it harder to break.

    Home security and DIY shops sell inexpensive, key-operated locks to fit most kinds of windows. Fit window locks with keys to all downstairs windows and those upstairs that are easy to reach.

Going away on holiday

Make your home look like someone is living in it:

  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn your lights and radios on when it goes dark

  • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries

  • Use the Royal Mail's 'keepsafe' service - they keep your mail for up to 2 months while you're away. Mail sitting on your doorstep is a sign that you are away

  • Trusted neighbours may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car on your driveway

  • Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites - burglars can use any information you post on there to their advantage.

Wesley Smith · Wed 6 Nov, 14:47 · 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 4 Nov, 06:15 · Link


20 MPH consultation ENDS 8TH NOVEMBER. Respond now.

There's just a few days left......

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...https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/Charlbury20mph/consultation home

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

Jim Holah · Sun 3 Nov, 13:50 · Link


Cricket Club Bonfire & Firework night Saturday 2nd November - it's ON

Saturday's Bonfire & Firework display at the cricket club will go ahead as planned, despite any adverse weather that occurs! 

Remember advance child tickets are available free of charge and can be obtained from Charlbury Deli, Cotswold Frames and Londis. Advance tickets will be kept in the shops a little longer than advertised until 3pm tomorrow afternoon. 

Come down and enjoy a cup of warm mulled wine, coffee of hot chocolate in the pavilion before the display starts. 

Gates will open at 5.30, with the bonfire lit at approximately 6.30. The firework display will start approximately 7pm. 

Hope to see you there!

Richard Nash1 · Fri 1 Nov, 19:28 · Link


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