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Community Centre hall not closed on Monday!

Contrary to my previous news item, the works on the sports hall roof have been postponed by the contractor until 13th May. So everything will be open as normal on Monday 29th April!

Tanya Stevenson · Wed 24 Apr, 07:58 · Link

Charlbury Festival Children's Photographic Competition

Do you like taking photos? Why not enter the Festival Competition and try to win a prize? There will be a photography exhibition on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 11am-5pm in St Mary’s Church

The Children’s Theme is ‘My Favourite’. For example, an animal, colour, food or whatever you like.

Each photo needs to be 20cm x 15cm or 17.5cm x 12.5cm and mounted on white A4 paper with your name, age, contact details and category on the back. You can enter as many photos as you like.

Entry fee for children under 16yrs is 20p per photo.

Please hand in your photos on Thursday 6th June between 4 and 6pm or Friday 7th June between 9.30 and 11am. at St Mary’s Church.

For details, contact Julia Reid on 01993 868457 or

Tony Lloyd · Tue 23 Apr, 21:10 · Link

Talia Davison Wright and her team won the silver medal this weekend

won the silver medal this weekend...congratulations to all

Lisa Hadfield-Law · Tue 23 Apr, 11:52 · Link

Advance notice - closure of Community Centre Sports Hall and Car Park - 29th April

All other Community Centre Facilities will be open as usual

·      Our contractors will be replacing the roof-light panels on the sports hall – which will take all of Monday 29th April

·      Our car park will be closed for the day to allow access for the crane and delivery trucks

·      We will be blocking access to the car park on Sunday evening – 28th April, and re-opening for the morning of Tuesday 30th April

·      Normal pedestrian access will be via Nine Acres, via the path off Enstone road

·      Limited pedestrian access will be available, led by our marshals along the normal footpath via the pergola, only when the crane is not operating

·      Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause – but the work will ensure that the hall roof is waterproof for the future

·      We thank all of our customers for their understanding

Tanya Stevenson · Sun 21 Apr, 14:29 · Link

Tahlia Davidson Wright to represent England Ice Hockey 13s team

Tahlia, a Charlbury resident is in Belgium this weekend playing against Poland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.  Good luck and let us now how you get on  

Lisa Hadfield-Law · Sat 20 Apr, 11:38 · Link

Message from the Charlbury Medical Centre

The staff of the Medical Centre would like to thank their patients for their understanding and good wishes during Dr Maroni’s recent illness. She is on the mend now and will start back at the Surgery - seeing a limited number of patients - this coming week (i.e. after the Easter weekend).

The Medical Centre is asking patients to be mindful that they will be dealing with urgent cases only on Tuesday 23rd April. This is the first day back from the Easter Holidays and is always very busy with requests to see a GP.

To reduce pressure on the switchboard, please bear in mind the following:

• If you have a prescription/medication enquiry, please phone the Dispensary on 01608 819329

• If you need to speak about a referral, please phone the Secretaries on 01608 819323.

The Medical Centre staff wish all their patients a happy Easter.

Meryl Smith · Thu 18 Apr, 14:23 · Link

St. Mary's to Toll Bells for Notre Dame this Evening

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are encouraging, where possible, all cathedrals and churches across England to toll a bell for 7 minutes at 7pm today, as a mark of solidarity following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. This initiative has been suggested by the British Ambassador to France, Edward Llewellyn, and it is hoped that many will take part. St. Mary’s Charlbury will participate in this initiative.

dine glasgow · Thu 18 Apr, 09:10 · Link

Canoe Club restart

The club will recommence its regular sunday afternoon activities on Easter Sunday 21st April.

Join us then or any subsequent sunday at 2.15pm at the clubhouse on Watery Lane (bottom of Pound Hill) for a delightful excursion on the Evenlode. All necessary equipment provided  (kayaks and open canoes) but dont come in your best clothes. Families and beginners particularly welcome. £3 per person per trip.For more info call Hugh on 810130.

Hugh Belshaw · Mon 15 Apr, 10:48 · Link

Full details for Pre-School Bandeoke. Tickets on sale now!

Back by popular demand... It's Bandeoke on Saturday 18th May!

8 - 11pm at The Memorial Hall. 

Come and join our live band! 

Tickets £6 each with a free shot. Available from Cotswold Frames, Pre-School or Laura Barwood on 07929 366 998. 

Everyone is welcome - singers or not. Lyric sheets provided. 

All proceeds go to Charlbury Pre-School which is a charity. 

jackie daish · Mon 15 Apr, 09:26 · 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 15 Apr, 06:15 · Link

Charlbury named in "101 Best Places to Live"

The Sunday Times this weekend publishes its ‘101 Best Places to Live’, and Charlbury is one of only two places listed from Oxfordshire. (The other is the Oxford suburb of Jericho.)

The newspaper’s home editor was quoted as saying “This year we were looking for community spirit along with convenience and culture.”

(Oxford Mail story.)

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 12 Apr, 10:07 · Link

Westminster vs Charlbury in an Epic Quiz - 4th of May

Patrick Derham, Head Master of Westminster School, will once again display his unmatched quizardry.  Prepare to have fun and be challenged at St. Mary’s Church. The quiz will be accompanied by a delicious hog roast in the churchyard.  Food and licensed bar will be available from 6.30pm; the quiz will start at 7.30pm. Teams of 6 at £12/person includes supper with vegetarian option. Supper alone £7/person. To reserve your place, please contact Dine Glasgow Proceeds will support St Mary’s Church.

dine glasgow · Thu 11 Apr, 16:27 · Link

See what happens to our food and garden waste

As part of International Compost Awareness Week the OCC Waste Team are organising free tours for residents and councillors to see where their food and garden waste goes after it’s collected and how it is recycled. Please see details below:


  • Tuesday 7th May 3.00pm - tour of Ardley In Vessel Composting Plant (where garden waste is taken to be composted – most relevant for Cherwell residents, but all welcome)


  • Wednesday 8th May 10.30am - tour of Wallingford Anaerobic Digestion Plant (where food waste is taken to be converted to energy and fertiliser – most relevant for West, South, Vale and City residents but all welcome)

For more information or to book a place please email

Liz Leffman · Tue 9 Apr, 16:38 · Link

Save the date - upcoming Charlbury Pre-School fundraisers

Save the Dates...

Saturday 18th May - Bandeoke returns! 

Saturday 22nd June - Fish n Chips n Quiz night! 

All proceeds from these events go to Charlbury Pre-School which is a charity. 

More details coming soon.

jackie daish · Mon 8 Apr, 19:16 · 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.

  • Land East Of Kearsey Court Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Erection of a single dwelling including provision of garage and driveway.
    WODC reference: 19/00803/FUL - Fri 15 Mar 2019 - Under consideration
  • 1 Nine Acres Close Charlbury
    Erection of single storey side and rear extension, incorporating existing garage. Alterations to enlarge existing vehicular access.
    WODC reference: 19/00981/HHD - Wed 03 Apr 2019 - Under consideration
  • Spring Cottage Sheep Street Charlbury
    Addition of canopy to front porch (retrospective).
    WODC reference: 19/00769/HHD - Wed 13 Mar 2019 - Under consideration

Mon 8 Apr, 06:15 · Link

Find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan

Before long the draft Charlbury Neighbourhood Plan will be published for public consultation and you will have a chance to comment.  This plan will have an major impact on the future of your town and community so it is important for you to have your say.

To help you understand what the plan is all about, we will be running some informal drop-in sessions where you can see information about the plan.  Members of the team that is preparing the plan will be on hand to answer your questions, to explain the detail and to listen to any concerns you may have.  The first of theses sessions will be THIS SATURDAY, 6th April from 10am to midday in the Corner House (Morris Room).  So if you want to know more, please do come along.

See you then!

Peter Kenrick · Thu 4 Apr, 21:19 · Link

Candidates announced for District Council election

These candidates are standing for the Charlbury & Finstock seat on West Oxfordshire District Council up for election on May 2nd:

  • Andy Graham (Liberal Democrat)
  • Philippa Phelan (Conservative)
  • Liz Reason (Green)
  • Sue Richards (Labour)

The seat is currently held by Andy Graham. The other WODC seat (held by Liz Leffman) and County Council seat are not up for election this year. Charlbury Town Council elections are next year.

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 4 Apr, 07:34 · Link

Former Charlbury firm Wesley Barrell ceases trading

The Oxford Mail reports that furniture firm Wesley Barrell has ceased trading.

The company had a long association with Charlbury, operating a factory on Park Street until recent years.

Full report on the Oxford Mail website.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 1 Apr, 17:53 · Link

The Makers’ Monthly Market

the dates for the markets this year .  The next one is the 25th April as usual,  then we will not be having one in May due to artweeks and family commitments. The market in June is on the 13th as part of the Charlbury Festival so during the second week. 

On the 11th May Fab cooks will be doing a pop up Italian vegetarian feast - booking essential. Fab Cooks is also taking part in the festival making morrocan food for the evening of music with the Brickwork Lizzards. An event not to be missed. 

Patricia Freeman · Mon 1 Apr, 14:19 · 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.

  • 2 Police House Hixet Wood Charlbury
    Variation of condition 5 of planning permission 17/01374/S73 to allow the bin store to be constructed using timber cladding.
    WODC reference: 19/00958/S73 - Mon 18 Mar 2019 - Under consideration
  • The Gables 10 Enstone Road Charlbury
    Replace existing detached ancillary accommodation with new self contained two storey living accommodation.
    WODC reference: 19/00658/FUL - Tue 05 Mar 2019 - Under consideration

Mon 1 Apr, 06:15 · Link

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