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Cold calling

Police would like to speak to a male in relation cold calling on addresses in the area. The male has been described as short in his 50s/60s wearing a cap and offers to clean guttering. If you can identify or have any details of the male, business card or registration of his vehicle please contact me

Wesley Smith · Tue 30 Apr 2019, 15:47 · 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.

  • Providence House Sheep Street Charlbury
    Non material amendment to allow increased window opening.
    WODC reference: 19/01207/NMA - Tue 23 Apr 2019 - Under consideration
  • Glyme Farm Charlbury Road
    Discharge of Conditions 4 (Hard and soft landscaping scheme) 6 (Schedule of materials) and 7 (Design and specification of all means of enclosure) on Planning Permission 17/02370/PN56.
    WODC reference: 19/01058/CND - Tue 23 Apr 2019 - Under consideration
  • Kantara Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Erection of three bay carport with office/storage space above.
    WODC reference: 19/01034/HHD - Thu 04 Apr 2019 - Under consideration

Mon 29 Apr 2019, 06:15 · Link

CLPG's 2019 charter train makes track for the Settle-Carlisle Line

The Cotswold Line Promotion Group's 2019 charter train will take passengers from the Cotswolds to the famous Settle & Carlisle Line through the Yorkshire Dales and the Eden Valley in Cumbria.

The Cotswold-Eden Express will run from Oxford to Appleby, in Cumbria, on the August Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.

Plans to run the train last year, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the CLPG, were unsuccessful, but a partnership with Pathfinder Railtours has made this year's trip possible.

The train will be hauled both ways between Oxford and Worcester by a Class 66 diesel locomotive, with the rest of the journey to Appleby and then back to Worcester powered by a pair of vintage Class 50 locomotives (subject to availability).

The train will leave Oxford at 05.30, then call to pick up passengers at station along the line to Worcester, with departure from Charlbury expected to be at 06.00, with the return train expected to arrive at 23.10 - all timings are approximate and subject to final confirmation in August.

It will then run to Settle station in Yorkshire for a 30-minute stop, to allow time for the unveiling of a memorial plaque for the CLPG’s founding chairman Oliver Lovell, who helped the Friends of the Settle & Carlisle Line to fight British Rail’s plan to close the route in the 1980s.

The train will then continue to Appleby, where there will be a two-hour break during the afternoon, before heading for home via Carlisle and the West Coast Main Line.

There will be four classes of accommodation available on board the train: standard, first class, first class plus and premier dining.

Go to for more information and details of how to book seats on the excursion.

CLPG members are entitled to claim a 10 per cent discount on the ticket prices frothier passengers advertised at Pathfinder Railtours' website, where tickets can be booked online, or use the booking form included in the new edition of the Cotswold & Malvern Line News newsletter. There are also discounts for bookings for a group of four people.

  • The photograph shows Class 50 locomotives 50007 and 50049 at Arten Gill viaduct on the Settle & Carlisle Line with Pathfinder Railtours' Cumbrian Hoovers excursion on April 14 last year. Picture is courtesy of Martin Loader/

William Crossley · Sun 28 Apr 2019, 17:48 · Link

Charlbury Community Speedwatch Launches New SID

Peter Kenrick, Chairman of our Town Council has unveiled the latest tool aimed at reducing driving speeds through Charlbury.  M-SID VARIO is a high-technology radar-controlled device designed to educate drivers as to their speed in a large format visual display.  Now officially known as SID, the device has been provided by the Town Council to the Charlbury Community Speedwatch Team, led by Jim Holah.

Peter confirmed that “the town council is delighted to support this excellent volunteer initiative which is helping to address local residents’ real road safety concerns, particularly for pedestrians. Many thanks to Jim and the Speedwatch Team - this is another example of willing volunteers having a real impact on our community and making Charlbury a great place to live.”

Representing Thames Valley Police, PC Rob Webb remarked that "as one of the Police officers providing training for the Community Speedwatch programme, I am very pleased to support and encourage Parish and Town Councils to get involved. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the number of speeding motorists travelling through our towns and villages. Charlbury is a good example of how this scheme works.”

Charlbury Community Speedwatch Team Leader, Jim Holah added that "our group of resident volunteers are pleased to be working together with the Town Council and Thames Valley Police to challenge those drivers speeding through our town. We're especially grateful to the Town Council for their funding support and to Thames Valley Police for their practical help and follow-up in contacting drivers. Our joint activities (where the Speedwatch Team and Police Officers operate together in one location) have a direct impact on drivers and we hope to do more of these. Our message is simple: respect our town and the people who live here by driving slowly, with care, through Charlbury."

SID not only shows drivers their speed but will provide additional messages such as THANK YOU for those driving within the limit or SLOW DOWN for those speeding. It will also say SCHOOL ZONE in the vicinity of the School or the Nursery Schools. SID records the speeds of traffic against time and date in both directions and the data can be used for future analysis.  SID is fully mobile and motorists can expect to see it facing them throughout Charlbury in the future.

Charlbury Community Speedwatch · Fri 26 Apr 2019, 17:36 · Link

Hog Roast on Bank Holiday Weekend

Join us on May 4th for one of Ed Bradbury’s famously delicious hog roasts. There is also a vegetarian option! All proceeds will be in support of St Mary’s Charlbury and All Saints Shorthampton.  Tickets are limited.

Where: St Mary’s Church

When: Food and drink will be available from 6pm. 

Price: Tickets are £5 for a bap and £7 for a bap and a salad.

For more information/tickets please contact  

dine glasgow · Fri 26 Apr 2019, 12:59 · Link

Railway bridge to be closed for resurfacing in July

Oxfordshire County Council is to close the B4437 (Burford Road / Forest Road) over the railway bridge for resurfacing works.

The road, including the footway, will be closed between 8 July and 20 July. Access to the station will still be possible from the Charlbury direction (Dyer’s Hill).

OCC says “Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.”

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 26 Apr 2019, 12:02 · Link

My Fair Lady

Whilst some of Cads members have recently performed their spring show “Quartet” to much acclaim, some of the other members of CADS have also been busy rehearsing with “The Chipping Norton Amateur Operatic Society” production of “My Fair Lady”

Playing at The Chipping Norton Theatre on Thurs 16th - Sat 18th May

My Fair Lady is one of the best known musicals of all time -. Phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that bet to transform Cockney flower-girl Eliza Doolittle into a cultured member of society. Higgins and Eliza initially clash then, unexpectedly, form an unlikely bond.

The show is full to the brim with classic songs, like I Could Have Danced All Night and Get Me to the Church on Time.

A show not to be missed

Ticketing Info go to the Chipping Norton theatre website

Show dates are:

Thursday 16 & Friday 17th May 7.30pm,

Saturday 18th May 2.30 & 7.30pm

Tickets £15, £13 Sat matinee.

All prices include any booking fees.

Please book in person, online or call the Box Office on 01608 642350.

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Thu 25 Apr 2019, 09:59 · Link

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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 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 2019, 06:15 · Link

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