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ECB All Stars Cricket - Booking Open from 27th February

We are very excited to be running All Stars Cricket at Charlbury Cricket Club for the fourth year, on Friday evenings from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. We are looking forward to welcoming new children and parents to the club and introducing Cricket to a new generation.  All Stars in a great first introduction to Cricket.

Our All Stars programme is aimed at children who are in Reception, Year 1, 2 & 3 at Primary School. We offer Under 9s cricket for those who have been through the programme already, and have experience. If you have any doubt about whether All Stars is right for your child please drop us an email at

By registering for All Stars Cricket, your child will be guaranteed eight weeks of jam-packed fun, activity and skills development. The programme is suitable for all children new to cricket and sport as the sessions are designed to teach the basic skills of the game. Every child will earn stars as the weeks progress that match the skills learned during the programme:

Batting – hitting a moving ball

Throwing – underarm and overarm

Catching – small and large balls

Bowling – overarm

Running – lots of movement

Teamwork – fun games with friends

Communication – the basics of cricket

Spirit of Cricket – how to respect others

Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap all sent straight to your door.

How do I sign up for All Stars Cricket?

You need to register directly with the ECB via The ECB All Stars Website

A Westbury · Fri 28 Feb 2020, 13:17 · Link

Charlbury Climate Action Planning

The workshop following the town council's declaration of a climate emergency was minuted in pictures.  The Environment Working Group meets regularly - anyone who would like to volunteer to help would be very welcome to join us.  Contact

Liz Reason · Wed 26 Feb 2020, 13:37 · Link

3rd Laser attack

There has been a third laser attack on an aircraft in Oxfordshire.

The latest attack happened at around 5.50pm on Saturday when a large four-engined RAF C17 aircraft was targeted while flying in the area of Cassington and Eynsham, which is around eight miles from RAF Brize Norton. The police believe it is linked to the 2 earlier attacks near Charlbury and Chipping Norton. If you have any information, details of how to report it are given in the news item on 19 February. 

Christine Battersby · Tue 25 Feb 2020, 11:17 · Link

Spirit of people and place

Sales of the new anthology of poems by Charlbury folk have now covered publication costs, so all proceeds from next Saturday's event at the Memorial Hall -- in which the book is brought to life -- will go towards the preservation of the church at Shorthampton. 

Rob Stepney · Sun 23 Feb 2020, 19:58 · Link

Laser attacks on aircraft near Charlbury

A young trainee pilot suffered a suspected laser burn to his eye after a laser attack from a site in or near Chipping Norton (at 19.15 on Tuesday Feb. 4th). The Oxford Mail reports that the pilot managed to land the plane safely, and was taken to the JR for treatment. It's hoped he will make a full recovery, but it's also stated that he may be unable to pursue a career in aviation.. 

There was a second attack, involving a different pilot, the next day. This took place 3 miles north of Charlbury (at 17.45 on Wednesday Feb. 5th). 

The attacker(s) used a green laser pen.  If anyone noticed anything or has relevant information, they should contact the police, quoting reference number 43200040257. The investigating officer is PC Renee Gabbey-Cristofini, based at Banbury police station. Or it is possible to to report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Christine Battersby · Wed 19 Feb 2020, 20:05 · Link

CLPG looking for feedback on new timetable

The Cotswold Line Promotion Group is seeking feedback from rail passengers as to their experience of the new timetable introduced in December – what works well and what doesn’t. They will then take these comments to GWR.

If you have any comments, please email John Ellis, the CLPG chairman, at

Tue 18 Feb 2020, 12:29 · 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 17 Feb 2020, 06:15 · Link

Your Scout Group needs you!

Charlbury Scout Group has been running for many years and has provided valuable 

opportunities for children to make new friends, learn new skills and take part in outdoor activities and community work.  Currently the Scout Group comprises Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and caters for boys and girls aged between 6 and 14, providing a programme of week-night and weekend activities. You can find more about the different groups on the Community pages here and on facebook. 

Scout activities are dependent on the work of volunteers and we currently require a little extra assistance. Not so much but enough to make a real difference to our ability to maintain the Scout Group and the good work it does in the town. We are looking for

- People to join the Scout and Beaver leadership teams. 

- A Treasurer to support the Executive Committee in the management of Group finances (this requires a basic knowledge of finance, not a finance degree!).

Training will be provided for all roles. If you would like to find out more please contact me via the Forum.  

JOHN CHETTLEBOROUGH · Sat 15 Feb 2020, 17:35 · Link

Gas interruption Friday?

Several gas appliances had a blip yesterday, all now restored. Heating company have suggested it might have been a local “gas outing”. 
Jean Adams.

Jean Adams · Sat 15 Feb 2020, 10:12 · Link

Beer Festival passes £1/4million donations milestone

This week Charlbury & Overseas Community Projects approved two grant applications that took the total amount raised by Charlbury Beer Festival for donations to over a staggering £250,000! The two projects were both educational, one for document readers for each classroom in Charlbury School and the other for Waves, an overseas educational charity, for e-books for Rubens Primary School in Nairobi.

Over the 22 years that Charlbury Beer Festival has been operating the School has been the principal beneficiary, receiving just under £100,000. There have been donations to 50 local organisations, ranging from Charlbury Pre-School, local sports clubs, Charlbury Day Centre and the Community Centre, and 12 overseas projects in Africa, India and South America. There are still some funds available in this years pot so please do get in touch via our website for an application form.

None of this would have been possible of course without the many hours that committee members and other volunteers have put in over this time. Equally, none of this would have happened without the support of the community turning up each year, or without all our wonderful sponsors. Thank you to everyone!

We hope this years beer festival on 27th June will be as successful as recent years and look forward to seeing you then.

Tim Crisp · Fri 14 Feb 2020, 15:53 · Link

Wilderness line-up announced

The line-up for this year’s Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park has been announced.

Music headliners are Foals, Loyle Carner and Supergrass. Full details are at .

Tue 11 Feb 2020, 14:39 · 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 10 Feb 2020, 06:15 · Link

Bull Inn fined for allergy offence

The operators of the Bull Inn have been fined £6,024 after an investigation by West Oxfordshire District Council into an incident where a customer with an egg allergy was served an unsuitable dish.

Full details are on the WODC website while the Oxford Mail report includes quotes from the pub owners.

(Forum postings concerning this should go in the new Debate board rather than the main board.)

Wed 5 Feb 2020, 17:43 · Link

Introducing Charlbury Liftshare

A brand-new feature on the Charlbury website helps you arrange lift-sharing with other local people.

Click Liftshare at the top of the page and you’ll see a list of lifts that other people are offering. If you’d like to share, click the name to send them a message.

To offer a lift, just click ‘Offer a lift’ on that page, and enter the details of where you’re going. You can offer one-off journeys, your daily commute, or other recurring journeys. Say where you’re going and how many people you have space for.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 3 Feb 2020, 10:42 · Link

Train times and bus times on the front page

You can now see the latest train and bus times for Charlbury on the front page of the Charlbury website.

At the top right, you’ll see:

  • Upcoming train departures in the Oxford and Moreton direction (live information, updated every 3 minutes)
  • Upcoming bus departures for Oxford, Chipping Norton and Witney (timetable information)

The bus times are for departures from Church Street. Where there’s a *, the bus doesn’t call at Church Street and the times are for the Slade or Nine Acres Lane.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 3 Feb 2020, 10:31 · Link

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