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Charlbury Festival: The Secret Exhibition

We are looking for artists to donate one or more postcard size (6” x 4”) pieces of work. These will form an exhibition during the festival week and be sold to raise funds for the festival.

We welcome drawings and original prints as well as paintings in any medium or even 3D work that will fit in a box frame 6"x4"x3" deep. We will provide the frames and mounts.

To add an element of intrigue, the artists will be anonymous until the work is purchased. There will be a list of contributing artists displayed with the exhibits.

All work will be sold for the same amount, proceeds going towards festival funds.



Closing date 30 April 2019

Tony Lloyd · Wed 27 Feb 2019, 13:17 · Link

Wigwell Footbridge Closure for Repairs

The footbridge on the permissive path through Wigwell will be closed from Friday 1st March for one week to carry out repairs, replacing rotting timber footway boards.  The work will be carried out by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens working with the Wychwood Project.  Apologies for the inconvenience but the bridge will be much safer underfoot when the work is complete.

Note that the bridge below the cemetery on the public footpath to Taston will remain open.

Peter Kenrick · Tue 26 Feb 2019, 21:17 · Link

All Stars returns to Charlbury!

All Stars Cricket is the England and Wales Cricket Board’s entry level participation programme, aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. It is a fun and active way to develop your child's skills, and through our eight-week programme they will learn lots - as well as make new friends - in a safe and inclusive environment.

Everyone is welcome, and each registered child will receive a pack of cricket goodies including a cricket bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap to keep so that they can continue their love of cricket when they go home. Returning participants will receive a different pack of goodies including an updated shirt and a set of stumps to add to their equipment.

All Stars Cricket is running for the third year at Charlbury Cricket Club from May 2019, registration opens at the beginning of March. We have had a great fun over the last two years and would love to introduce even more children to cricket!

If you would like any more information please contact Alex at or register directly with the ECB via The All Stars Website

A Westbury · Mon 25 Feb 2019, 23:53 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Quiz Sat 23rd of March

Tables are selling fast for the annual street fair quiz 

See event page for more information

Rachael Lunney · Mon 25 Feb 2019, 17:21 · Link

Tickets for Quartet now on sale

CADS will be presenting their spring production at the Memorial Hall on March 14th -16th. Tickets are now available from Cotswold Frames or online at

Book the date in your diary.

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Wed 20 Feb 2019, 14:02 · Link

Charlbury Community Speedwatch News

Your Community Speedwatch Team has been in action again, conducting three sessions in the last week.

On Woodstock Road we monitored 90 vehicles and 60% were within the 30mph limit. But there were some very high speeds, up to 46mph. Five registrations had to be passed to the Police.

In The Slade we monitored 180 vehicles and 70% were within the limit. Speeds were happily more modest with a maximum of 39mph recorded. However, four registrations needed to be passed to the Police for follow-up action.

Today we were on Forest Road outside the Railway Children Nursery, using two roadside warning signs, four volunteers in yellow vests and a Speed Information Display. This time, 77% of vehicles were within the 30mph limit and drivers were slowing down once they had seen us. However, there was also some very fast driving, with one vehicle as high as 56mph in the 30mph limit. Eight registrations had to be forwarded to the Police.

We’re seeing much more interest from passers-by wanting to become volunteers. If you can spare an hour or two a month then email us and we can brief and train you to become a Community Speedwatch volunteer -

Charlbury Community Speedwatch · Tue 19 Feb 2019, 16:01 · Link

Wilderness 2019 line up

Just announced this year's line up

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Tue 19 Feb 2019, 11:04 · Link

Scam Alert

I have today been the victim of e-mail hacking and it might happen to you.

My e-mail account is with hotmail. Yesterday, one of my regular correspondents sent me a mail. When I opened it, there was a blue panel asking me to open in hotmail. I clicked and it asked for my password.

Stupidly I gave my password. This did not open the e-mail but it did, apparently, give the scammer access to my contacts list and then they all got e-mails which were supposedly from me.

I'm very sorry to have caused hassle to my friends.

Be alert; your country needs 'lerts'. 

Phil Morgan · Mon 18 Feb 2019, 15:13 · Link

Tea concert breaks records

The CRAG Sunday tea concert raising funds for the charity Help Refugees broke all records. A mesmerising recital by the harpsichordist Alastair Ross drew an audience of over 150, and the sum raised topped £1700. Look at to see some of the work CRAG is supporting.

CRAG has also been collecting sleeping bags and blankets which will be going to the distribution warehouse in Calais later this week. We are very grateful to all the people who have been so quick to contribute. 

Next month's concert will raise money for the Asylum Welcome hardship fund. Asylum Welcome helps resettle refugees and asylum seekers in Oxford, and the hardship fund supports the increasing number of vulnerable asylum seekers in the city, many of whom are homeless and destitute when they lose all support and accommodation on turning eighteen.

Jon Carpenter · Sun 17 Feb 2019, 19:48 · Link


Sunday afternoon at the Memorial Hall gives you an unmissable opportunity to enjoy a world-class harpsichordist playing seminal repertoire on one of the very best instruments in the country tuned and maintained by possibly the top technician in the business.

BACH's Goldberg Variations;  just over an hour of fabulous music, followed by delicious home-made cake and tea -  what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon? 1500 hrs-    it'll be packed so be sure to get there early if you want a seat

Nick Parker · Fri 15 Feb 2019, 11:24 · Link

Steam train on Saturday: stopping in Charlbury

According to the organisers, the Cotswold Venturer excursion train on Saturday will be stopping in Charlbury so that the engine - A4 class Union of South Africa - can take on water.  Unlike the last few steam specials, which have all headed towards Worcester, this one will be coming back through Charlbury, with the estimated time of arrival around 5.30pm.  Assuming that people are allowed on that section of the platform, it will be a great opportunity to see this iconic engine close up before it is retired from service (once again) later this year.

Simon Walker · Mon 11 Feb 2019, 20:28 · Link

Thai to go.....pop up this Saturday

Thai to go will be providing their usual home cooked feast this Saturday 9th February at the usual time in the Community Centre car park.

Phone ahead to book your meal.

Jim Holah · Thu 7 Feb 2019, 17:34 · 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.

  • 53 Nine Acres Close Charlbury
    Non compliance with condition 8 of planning permission 18/01593/FUL to remove the new separate pedestrian access.
    WODC reference: 18/03185/S73 - Tue 27 Nov 2018 - Under consideration

Mon 4 Feb 2019, 08:00 · Link

Charlbury Community Speedwatch News

Your Speedwatch Team has continued to operate through the winter and we have conducted three sessions since New Year; one on the Enstone Road and two on The Slade. Enstone Road was not a very happy experience and 13 registrations were forwarded to the Police for follow-up action. However, we are delighted to see in the region of 90% of drivers within the limit on The Slade - at least when we are on duty!

As a resident put it "Thanks for doing this today. As a resident living on The Slade I was able to witness the impact you guys had on the traffic speed today, it was incredible. I was able to observe from afar and it was amazing how the traffic slowed as they saw you. Well done to you all. If we could only find a way of permanently slowing traffic like this it would be an absolute joy and make living on The Slade a much better place to be".

And a Speedwatch team member remarked "I'm sure we all agree that expressions of gratitude such as yours, of passing pedestrians and the encouraging 'thumbs up' from motorists make it worthwhile".

We are always looking for additional volunteers to add to our team of 12 - please contact us on this email if you would like to help make Charlbury safer and even more pleasant.

Charlbury Community Speedwatch · Fri 1 Feb 2019, 18:33 · Link

Friday night Fish & Chip van

Unfortunately, the snow covered back roads have prevented Darryl from getting out in the fish van today. He sends his apologies and will return next Friday.

Jim Holah · Fri 1 Feb 2019, 13:53 · Link

Snow update 12.30pm

S3 bus to Oxford has restarted. X9 bus to Witney/Chipping Norton not running today. Trains as normal.

Charlbury, Chipping Norton and Burford schools closed.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 1 Feb 2019, 07:06 · Link

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