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The History of Charlbury through …. a school money box

Judy Dod for Charlbury Museum

At first glance you might not realise that this is a money box with two slits in the roof to receive coins. Made by Jesse Clifford in the mid 19th century, it is modelled on the British School which was built on the corner of the Playing Close in 1815. Largely funded by prominent Quakers in the town, the school aimed to educate the poorer children of Charlbury. It was maintained by annual subscriptions from local people and children paid 1 penny each week towards their education.

Jesse Clifford was appointed in 1842 at the age of 26 on a salary of £40 per year and taught here until he retired in 1884 . To encourage the children to bring their money to school each week, he made this box so the children could post their pennies in every Monday morning.

At first the school consisted of one large classroom where all the children were taught together. The children walked to school but as there was nowhere for them to dry their clothes, they could be sent home early in very wet weather. Children were expected to be clean and tidy and sat on benches facing the teacher’s desk. The room was warmed by a stove which smoked badly in winter. The school originally taught children to read and write and to read their Bible but later other subjects were added – like history, geography, technical drawing and PE. Farming parents took children out of school when they were needed to help in the fields. The timing of the summer holidays varied, depending on when the crops were ready.

As now, there was no escaping the school inspectors. The inspector in 1863 was the poet Matthew Arnold, who commented: ‘Mr Clifford …. is an experienced, unpretending and hard-working schoolmaster’. Inspectors in subsequent years were not always so complimentary about the education provided but Jesse Clifford remained a very popular and well-respected Master and was known as the ‘walking Encyclopedia’.

Janet Jeffs · Fri 31 Jul 2020, 22:15 · Link

Charlbury Town Centre on-street parking - informal consultation

Charlbury Town Council would like to propose a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to address on-street parking concerns in the town centre, including the turn onto Nine Acres Lane. This would see changes made to double yellow lines.

Double yellow lines can only be changed by Oxfordshire County Council, which is the highways authority for Charlbury and would issue the TRO. However, in order to make sure the changes have the best chance of success, we would like to get your opinion before the scheme is formally drawn up.

We will take account of your comments when we put the scheme to Oxfordshire County Council. If OCC then chooses to put the scheme forward as a TRO, they will then carry out a formal consultation.

The proposals cover Nine Acres Lane, Market Street and Grammar School Hill, but we are also interested to hear any other suggestions you have.

Residents in the affected areas will have received a paper questionnaire earlier this year but the informal consultation is open to all residents of Charlbury. You can fill it in online at . If you have already completed a paper questionnaire then there is no need to fill it in again!

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 31 Jul 2020, 15:09 · Link

Latest health information

People who test positive for coronavirus or show symptoms in the UK must now self-isolate for at least 10 days, rather than 7, advice in line with WHO guidance, and should remain self isolated at least 3 days after symptoms have disappeared.

Until now, those showing key symptoms - a new continuous cough, a temperature or loss of taste or smell - have had to self-isolate for at least a week.

The chief medical officers said the change is "particularly important to protect those who have been shielding and in advance of the autumn and winter when we may see increased community transmission".  Evidence shows that people with Covid-19 have "a low but real possibility of infectiousness" between seven and nine days after falling ill, even though people are most contagious just before they display symptoms and up to several days afterwards. They may occasionally be contagious without displaying any symptoms.

You are strongly advised to continue to wash your hands very frequently and wear a face covering in any enclosed space outside your home to protect yourself and others.

Keeping a distance of up to 2 meters from others outside your family or bubble at all times is still important. 

Thank you for keeping Charlbury safe

Nikki Rycroft · Thu 30 Jul 2020, 22:07 · Link

The Charlbury Beer Festival is back!

The trustees and committee of the Charlbury Beer Festival are delighted to be able to announce the date of the 2021 fund-raising event: it'll be taking place at Charlbury Cricket Club on Saturday 26 June. Please keep an eye on our website, and on for more information over the next few months. 

Edward Fenton · Thu 30 Jul 2020, 19:47 · Link

Ditchley is recruiting!

The Ditchley Foundation is recruiting for a new post within the Bursary Team.

The Bursary provides operational support for the Foundation, with particular focus on maintaining the Ditchley Park mansion and grounds. This role will provide a comprehensive and professional level of administrative support to the Bursary teams (Bursar, House Manager, Head of Estates and Domestic Bursar), with a strong emphasis on health, safety & security, human resources and building project administration, as well as general office duties. Over time, this role will also support the administration of house tours and guest events.

The role will require a high level of attention to detail, excellent time management and good verbal and written skills. The post is full time and may involve some evening and weekend working for which time off in lieu will be given.

More information about the Foundation and its home Ditchley Park can be found at

Further information about the post can be found here.

Applications should be sent in writing to Tracey Wallbank, House Manager, either by email to:, or to the address below and should include a current CV with a covering letter.

The deadline for receiving applications is Friday 14th August 2020.

The Ditchley Foundation, Ditchley Park, Enstone, Chipping Norton, OX7 4ER

By applying for this vacancy, you are giving permission for The Ditchley Foundation to contact you and retain your details. For more information, please contact Katie Williams, Major Events and Projects Lead, ( for a copy of The Foundation’s Candidate Privacy Notice.

Katie Williams · Thu 30 Jul 2020, 12:11 · Link

A virtual tea concert brought to you by Charlbury Refugee Action Group

During lockdown, 12 internationally renowned musicians well known to our CRAG audiences, including Margaret Fingerhut, Alastair Ross, Philippa Davies, Dorian Ford and Maggie Cole have donated special recordings to raise funds for CRAG. These have been combined into a fantastic concert of music ranging from Purcell to jazz and accompanied by beautiful videography and photography of Charlbury and Oxford.

This is NOT TO BE MISSED! It is a veritable treat, which you will be able to enjoy again and again! A link to the concert can be obtained by visiting and making a minimum suggested donation of £10.

It will be a perfect accompaniment to a freshly brewed cup of afternoon tea and a slice of your favourite cake. So, brew up and enjoy!

Vicky Buser · Tue 28 Jul 2020, 17:35 · Link

News flash! Another category added for the Virtual Annual Show!

The tallest Hollyhock 

Hollyhocks are at their best right now, so we've added them to the list as a separate category. So get out your measuring devices and send a photo of your tallest one. 

Here are the other categories and the submission information:

There are 5 (now 6) categories
1. The tallest sunflower
2. The largest vegetable
3. The longest vegetable
4. The funniest/oddest shaped vegetable
5. A perfect flower

6. The tallest Hollyhock (new)  

Take a full resolution photograph and send it as an email attachment to . The deadline is September 12th, the scheduled date of the Annual Show. This is open to all ages. Don’t forget to add any measuring devices in the photo, or state the measurements taken, plus your own name and location in the email. While you may have to wait for the vegetables, there are flowers now that are begging to have their picture taken.

There will be no prizes, but we’ll post the photos so everyone can enjoy the results.

Kathy Broughton
Charlbury Garden Society

Kathy Broughton · Mon 27 Jul 2020, 11:25 · 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.

  • The Olde Fish Shop Market Street Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 4 and 7 of planning permission 20/00655/LBC
    WODC reference: 20/01927/CND - Thu 23 Jul 2020 - Under consideration
  • The Olde Fish Shop Market Street Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 4 and 5 of planning permission 20/00654/HHD
    WODC reference: 20/01908/CND - Thu 23 Jul 2020 - Under consideration
  • Watermead Farm Spelsbury Road Charlbury
    Variation of conditions 2 and 7 of 19/02429/FUL to allow changes to the approved drawings and wording of condition 7 (tree protection and clearance works plan).
    WODC reference: 20/01731/S73 - Wed 08 Jul 2020 - Under consideration
  • 11 Market Street Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations to link
    WODC reference: 20/01660/HHD - Wed 01 Jul 2020 - Under consideration
  • 11 Market Street Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations
    WODC reference: 20/01661/LBC - Wed 01 Jul 2020 - Under consideration

Mon 27 Jul 2020, 06:15 · Link


We hope you will take the opportunity to read sections which interest you in our newsletter from Charlbury Medical Centre Patient Participation Group.  As the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate the news and our lives, this issue includes the latest information on the most common symptoms of Covid-19; and the development of two potential vaccines, one at the Jenner Institute, Oxford and the second at Imperial College, London.

We also include two personal stories. The first about a patient’s success in keeping diabetes at bay, and we give a brief overview of diabetes and for interest, its history, and the second a mother’s gift of a kidney to her son.  The new Organ Donation Law came into effect in May 2020.  We are all now, with a few exceptions, considered to be potential donors unless we opt out.  Please read the important information on pages 17 and 18.

If you are a patient at the Charlbury Medical Centre, please consider joining our patient group by emailing to receive up to date information about your health and the Practice 

With very best wishes from Charlbury Patient Participation Group

susan smith · Sat 25 Jul 2020, 12:33 · Link

Charlbury Garden Society Virtual Gardens are Open!

The Garden Society has an impressive new website, the beginnings of an excellent source of information and news, along with some amazing photographs and videos.

Take a look at this years Charlbury Open Gardens, which have become virtual, and are one of the first events to be captured on the new website with films and photographs of some very splendid local gardens.

And don't forget to post your photograph entries for the Virtual Annual Show! Deadline for entries is12th September.

Geneviève Hug · Sat 25 Jul 2020, 08:56 · Link

The History of Charlbury through .... our allotments

Judy Dod for Charlbury Museum

The idea poorer labourers should have access to land for growing food can be traced back to the enclosures which began in the 16th century, and the open field strips available to villagers in Saxon and Norman times. However the allotment system today has its roots in the nineteenth century, and peaked during the First and Second World Wars when food imports fell and feeding the nation became a huge problem.

By the 1870s one in three agricultural workers had a plot: they were certainly popular in Charlbury. On Easter Monday 1888 Mr Wynne of Cornbury Park invited 40 of his allotment tenants to dinner, followed by singing and dancing until 11pm. In 1889 he provided 110 allotments varying in size from 2 chains to 2 ½ acres at an average rental of 3/- per chain.

Land near the station (now the lower station car park) was set aside for railway workers. Albert Sturdy, a plate layer, grew potatoes, swedes and other root vegetables on his. He would fetch the potatoes in a wheelbarrow and wheel them up to Woodstock Road to be stored for winter buried in a pit in his garden. Every plot had a large rhubarb plant and Mr.Thornton kept pigs on his patch.

The First World War led to a huge surge in demand: by 1918 about 1.5 million plots were being cultivated. The Oxford Times reported in 1917 ‘Mr S Heaton, the County Council garden expert… is making arrangements for half a ton of good seed potatoes to be sent to Charlbury and Mr. Cowley will sell these … at cost price’. There was further expansion in 1919 when allotments were opened to all to help returning war veterans.

During World War II people were urged to Dig for Victory and more land was allocated as allotments (see map below). Potatoes were the most popular crop and clubs Onion Clubs encouraged people to grow onions which virtually disappeared from shops by 1941. Allotments declined in popularity in the late 50s and many disappeared under housing in the 1960s as Charlbury grew dramatically in size. However, a small plot of land was made available behind Evenlode Close on Nine Acres Lane and Mrs. Kilby who owned Hazeldene gave Oxpens to the town for allotments when Pest House Piece was sold for development. These are run by the Town Council while those at Fiveways are on land owned by Lee Place, originally intended for tenants of Wellington Cottages. Although on a smaller scale than in the past, allotments are thriving once again in Charlbury.

We have lots more detailed information about the history of Charlbury's allotments in the museum

Join Charlbury Garden Society for horticultural tips and information : see

Judy Dod · Fri 24 Jul 2020, 20:45 · Link

Ticknell Piece playground is now open

Charlbury Town Council is delighted to announce that the Ticknell Piece play area has now opened following the installation of new, better play equipment.

As with the Nine Acres playground, this is not a manned site so we ask users to take their own precautions. Standard guidelines are as follows:

  • Please clean/wipe-down all equipment before and after use where practical. We are unable to supply cleaning materials so please bring your own sanitiser and towels.
  • Keep a safe social distance.
  • Do not bring food or drink.
  • Take all rubbish home with you.
  • Wash your hands as soon as practically possible after use.

In addition, please have regard to national guidelines on wearing face masks.

We hope Charlbury families will enjoy the improved facilities – thank you for your patience while the works have been going on.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 20 Jul 2020, 12:52 · Link

The History of Charlbury through ..... Mr Horniblow's Emporium

Frederick T Horniblow: Charlbury's Victorian Entrepreneur - a snapshot

Janet Jeffs for Charlbury Museum

Those of you who like to use local shops would have loved Horniblow's shop in Sheep Street, a treasure-trove and cornucopia. Frederick T was born in 1856 and attended the British School on the Playing Close. His grandfather George and father John had been chemists who lived at Gothic House. When he was 21, he already had an office and a shop, because the Oxford Times reported a fire there, probably in Sheep Street. In 1878 there was a display of Christmas and New Year cards in his shop window. By the 1880s he had begun to publish Horniblow's (annual) Almanac, some editions of which are treasured in Charlbury Museum. Each Almanac contained a list of Local Information including parish officers, church services, postal and telegraph services, baptisms, marriages and deaths.

The 1885 Directory lists residents in the 14 streets. In Sheep Street Fred advertised himself as printer, stationer, bookseller, bookbinder, seedsman, wholesale and retail patent medicine vendor, and proprietor of the Charlbury Coal Company (later also selling coke and petroleum). In the same street he ran Horniblow's Furniture Warehouse (Italian Warehouseman) which advertised drawing room suites in green repp, chimney glasses, chests of drawers, washstands, palliasses, etc, etc. There is a catchy advertising jingle:

"A lamp to light me in the dark,  To see or read or sew.

Who has got the sort I want?   Why - Frederick Horniblow ".

The Sandringham Infants Feeder was "the only bottle free from all corners". The list of patent medicines ran from Alderton's Pedicurine to Zoedone. Historical notes for each month included the death of Galileo in January 1624 and the death of Washington in 1799. Henry Taunt's photographs of Charlbury and the Neighbourhood were available in several sizes.

There is much more to tell. But today just imagine an expedition (with or without face covering) to Horniblow's shop - and patronise Charlbury's remaining shops. 

Judy Dod · Sat 18 Jul 2020, 09:16 · Link

West Oxfordshire Community Infrastructure Levy - have your say!

West Oxfordshire is holding a public examination of the council's proposals for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  CIL is a means of ensuring that property developers make a financial contribution towards local amenities, and is payable as soon as they are granted planning permission. The CIL would go alongside the existing Section 106 money which is paid by developers after houses are built, and which must be used on projects specific to the new development.  The public are invited to have their say on this and can submit comments by email till August 21st.

All the information you need can be found here:

Liz Leffman · Wed 15 Jul 2020, 11:31 · Link

Wychwood Press redivivus

We're very pleased to announce that most of the remaindered stock of Wychwood Press publications is now available for purchase again, including Lois Hey's History of Charlbury.  All brand-new stock, at 90% or less of original selling price with profits shared between CRAG and the Corner House.

Details of how to order are on the Wychwood Press thread on the Forum.

John Partington · Tue 14 Jul 2020, 15:25 · Link

Fed up with being stuck indoors?

Although there seems to be a light at the end of the lockdown tunnel with talk to leisure centres and gyms soon to be opening, playing a sport outdoors is still far safer and certainly more enjoyable in warmer weather as well as being good for both your physical and mental well being.

But what if you're not an avid sports person/athlete or maybe you were at one point but no longer feel you can play at that level. 

Well, why not come along and join in with friendly, easy going locals to play some table tennis or Pickleball. We play outdoors with plenty of precautions in place to ensure a safe environment for everyone there. 

Pickleball on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Table Tennis on Tuesdays and Thursdays (weather permitting).

If you're interested or would like some more information, please feel free to contact Vijay on 01993 891 043 or email

Vijay Desor · Sat 11 Jul 2020, 13:26 · Link

The History of Charlbury through ... an 1817 embroidered map

Stitches in Time : Embroidered Map by Mary Albright, 1817

Sue Rangeley for Charlbury Museum

Embroidery has made its mark throughout history, offering an intimate glimpse of life in past times. From the seventeenth century until the early twentieth century the embroidered sampler was an integral part of female education; though rarer, samplers were also stitched by boys.

In the museum, hanging close to her silhouette portrait, is an embroidered map sampler worked by Mary Albright, signed with her name and dated 1817. Mary, born in Charlbury in 1803 was the oldest of six children. Her parents William and Rachel Albright (nee Tanner), were a prominent , prosperous Quaker family whose Church Street shop (now the Heat Store) sold groceries and pharmaceuticals. Mary’s silhouette profile (see photo) is displayed surrounded by Albright family silhouettes

Between 1790 and 1820 there was a fashion for stitching needlework maps, many embroidered by school girls, like Mary Albright. Whether Mary went away to a Quaker School or studied at home is not known (it was later, in1844 that Elizabeth Gregg opened a Quaker girls school in ‘Egypt’ on The Playing Close). In the late 1700s geography was the first science to be included in the schoolgirl curriculum; the era reflected major changes in female education where academic studies were open to girls as well as boys. A girl’s horizons broadened, geography opened a wider world for study. Map publishers, Laurie and Whittle of Fleet Street in London advertised in 1798: ‘Map of the World for Ladies Needlework and Young Students in Geography’.

Mary’s meticulous stitches trace European cities in silk threads, highlighting the printed letters with precision. She learned the unfamiliar names as she sewed: Weliki Luki , Niznoi Norogorod…, explored unknown territories and seas: Little Tartary, Gulf of Sidra, Mouth of the Nile…. her dexterous needle texturing borders and coastlines with silken stitches. A monochrome masterpiece of disciplined concentration - geography learnt in 1817!

For nearly two centuries Mary Albright’s map quietly resided in her Church Street homes: Gothic House (after marriage to William Pollard in 1849) and in Albright House. On 12th September 2014, it entered the frenzy of Mallams saleroom in Oxford, and following a successful bid by Ron Prew (on behalf of the museum), it was returned home to Charlbury.

Mary (Albright) Pollard died in 1876, she is buried in the Quaker Meeting House 

Charlbury Museum is grateful to donations made by Charlbury Town Council and funds raised by Ron Prew in December 2014 towards the purchase of the map and silhouettes.

Books referenced: A History of Charlbury by Lois Hey 2001

Charlbury of our Childhood by Caroline Pumphrey 1990

Threads of Life – A history of the world through the eye of a needle by Clare Hunter

Judy Dod · Sat 11 Jul 2020, 13:07 · Link

The Learning Cafe

Charlbury Cornerstone and Community Centre are launching ‘The Learning Café’ – a community-led project to give learning support and help bridge the gap in education levels, designed to help parents and young people prepare for the future.

The Learning Café will be managed through Charlbury Community Centre and run throughout the summer holidays. Learning support will be provided for pupils in Key Stage 2 and secondary school by our YTAs (Youth Teaching Assistants) with advice from professional teachers. For more information or to book learning sessions please email

Suggested donation per session is £3. Homemade refreshments will be available for £1.

We will comply with Covid-19 health & safety measures to facilitate safe learning.

Tanya Stevenson · Fri 10 Jul 2020, 17:32 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Superhero Competition

First Annual Superhero (Scarecrow) Competition

Display from Friday 28th August to Sunday 20th of September

So, thinking  caps on, prize for the best.

Everyone can take part

Use your Christmas tree brackets. Use windows if they look onto streets

Judging will take place before Street Fair and Winner will be informed on Street Fair Day

Please enter by 10th August. £2 to enter. All money raised goes to the Corner House and Memorial Hall.

Please email to enter

Rachael Lunney · Mon 6 Jul 2020, 12:51 · Link

Delay in treatment for visual defects

As with all other symptoms which concern you, anyone noticing a change in their vision should be seen as soon as possible, and a call made to your Practice for advice on the same day.  Specialist eye units are concerned about the drop in referrals of up to 90% in the early stages of lockdown as people were not presenting with their symptoms. 

The main condition of concern is wet Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and if this is caught early, it is treatable, but if not, it will result in sight loss. Many other visual conditions should also be seen as soon as possible. 

Nikki Rycroft · Mon 6 Jul 2020, 09:13 · 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 6 Jul 2020, 06:15 · Link

Why Charlbury Deli hasn't re-opened its indoor cafe

In spite of lockdown, Charlbury Deli is currently selling more groceries than this time last year. More and more people have been depending on us for food bigger shops haven't been able to sell, for better food and for more attentive service.

Even without a full cafe operation, our sales on Saturday July 4 were  up on the same day last year - and we had as many customers as on a typical 2020 Saturday before lockdown.

But if just one Covid case were traced back to a contact someone had made in the Deli, we'd have to send staff home for a fortnight. If that happened, we haven't got enough people trained and able to circulate to keep the shop open. 

Mercifully, our customers' loyalty and taxpayers' generosity over the past three months make us financially healthy enough not to be desperate for the extra business a full cafe re-opening might create. 

So right now, we're changing almost nothing about the way we’ve been running the Deli. We’ll still sell the best range of groceries (and greengrocery and wine) for miles around – and over the next few months, we plan to improve that range.

We’ll still sell the best hot coffee (and tea) in the Cotswolds: but for the moment we’d prefer you to drink it at our outside seating or at the Town's public seats. We’d be delighted to sell you one of our famous home-made cakes or quiches, make you a fresh sandwich or offer you something from our range of savouries: but until things get a lot clearer, we won’t be re-instating our full meal menu.

We’ll be reviewing this every week, and at some point we’ll certainly become Charlbury’s buzzing hub again. But we don’t think now is quite the time.

We want to keep seeing our loyal customers and the new visitors this summer's going to attract to Charlbury. We don't want to risk being forced to close. And, from the reaction we've had so far, most Charlburians seem to agree with us

Stay safe


Michael Flanagan · Sat 4 Jul 2020, 06:51 · Link

The History of Charlbury through .....our firemen

There was a large fire at a farm in Bull Lane in the 1870s. A double line of people, mainly women and children, formed from the nearest pump and buckets of water were passed hand to hand along one line to the men at the fire, the empty buckets coming back down the other. Many pumps were used.

The Charlbury Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in 1881 by Capt Waller, then of Lee Place. The horse-drawn carriage was housed in the old lock-up on the Playing Close. Later a subscription was formed to buy a new improved engine, a Shand-Mason, which was worked by a hand pump. If the fire was out of town it was pulled by horses but if in the town, then the men pulled it.

Originally a bugler ran through the streets alerting the fire brigade (and everyone else) to a fire. Later a fire bell, now in the Museum, was in place in Church Street.

The fire station remained on the Playing Close until the 1920s, when, following a large fire on 25th Dec 1925 at Shilson’s Wool Staple Store in Park St, a public meeting was held and another subscription started to buy a new motor vehicle and modern equipment. This Dennis motor arrived in October 1926. The engine cost £785 and the new hose £185. The new engine required larger premises and a new fund was started to provide a new fire station in Browns Lane… The Old Fire Station. Concerts and fetes were held to help raise the money for the new building and for the ongoing costs of the engine.

In 1933 the Fire Brigade Act constituted all councils as the fire authority. Later in 1947 the Fire Services Act made the county councils responsible.

In 1973 the current fire station opened in Sturt Rd ----still manned by volunteers and covering Charlbury and the surrounding area.

Ann Lovett for Charlbury Museum

Judy Dod · Fri 3 Jul 2020, 21:34 · Link

Services at St Mary's Church

We are delighted that from Sunday 5th July St Mary’s Church will be open for public worship. 

Sunday: 8am BCP Holy Communion; 9.45am Parish Communion

Wednesday: 9am Holy Communion.

The numbers allowed in church will be limited to meet safe distance protocols, you will need to use hand sanitiser on the way in to church, masks are not compulsory but can be worn if desired. 

The church building will be closed and cleaned immediately after each service.

For those who are not able to attend a service, the Sunday 9.45 Parish Communion will continue to be livestreamed via our YouTube channel – search St Marys Church Charlbury on YouTube.

For the time being, Sunday Club will continue to meet via Skype. Children are welcome at all our services, but parents are asked to supervise closely the activities of their children, not allowing them to break the safe distancing protocols.


Jo Paton · Fri 3 Jul 2020, 14:07 · Link

Nine Acres Playground - open from Saturday 4th July

We are delighted to confirm that the Nine Acres Playground will be available for use by the public from Saturday 4th July. We are very much relying on everyone using the facilities to adopt a common sense approach to the use of the equipment.

There are some key rules that need to be followed as this is not a manned site

  1. Please clean/wipe-down all equipment before and after use where practical. We are unable to supply cleaning materials so please bring your own sanitizer and towels.
  2. Keep a safe social distance. 2m should be the minimum
  3. Do not bring food or drink
  4. Take all rubbish home with you
  5. Wash your hands as soon a s practical possible after use
  6. Wear a face mask if possible. 

Paul D Jenkins · Fri 3 Jul 2020, 12:55 · Link

Ticknell Piece playground

The new play equipment at Ticknell Piece is mostly complete but requires safety checking and the installation of seating. As such, the Town Council will not be able to open it this weekend but is working towards opening it as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support. Please see the accompanying news item for details about the Nine Acres playground.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 3 Jul 2020, 12:42 · Link

Community Centre Cafe re-opening for takeaways

From Saturday the 4th July we are re-opening the cafe for takeaways only from 9am-5pm seven days a week. The play park will be open, so it will be nice to be able to get a coffee or an icecream. We are following strict goverment guidelines on safety and we need you to observe social distancing, use hand sanitiser provided and preferably pay by card. The number of people allowed in the building at once will be limited as well, of course.

OCC has decided not to re-open the library yet, so please don't bring back or take any books. Rest assured, there are no fines accruing.

We look forward to being able to re-open the gym and other facilities as soon as it's legal and safe to do so.

We are very grateful to our staff for all they have done and continue to do to keep us all safe and healthy in such difficult circumstances and to the huge team of volunteers who came forward in a crisis to help those in need.

Tanya Stevenson · Thu 2 Jul 2020, 15:06 · Link

Five Ways junction works in July

Oxfordshire County Council is resurfacing the road at Five Ways, the junction between the Woodstock and Fawler (/Witney) roads.

From Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 July, traffic lights will be in operation between 9.30am and 3.30pm each day.

From Monday 20 to Friday 24 July, the junction will be closed overnight each night from 8pm to 6am. The noisiest operations will be completed by 11pm. OCC says “Every effort will be made to accommodate vehicular access to properties and businesses within and adjacent to the works but this may be subject to some delay depending on the activities being carried out on site.”

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 1 Jul 2020, 17:00 · Link

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