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Charlbury street fair superhero scarecrow competiton and charlbury street fair art work competion

lasr few day for charlbury street faire superhero competion, please see poster or drop £2 in an envelope with you name and address to cotsworld frames.

Also it the last day before charlbury street fair children  art work competion  please let have loads of entires the theme is superhero so kids can draw, doctor nurse etc

Rachael Lunney · Fri 14 Aug, 15:34 · Link

Neighbourhood Plan Submitted to WODC

On Monday 10th August 2020, Charlbury Town Council formally submitted the revised draft Charlbury Neighbourhood Plan 2031 to West Oxfordshire District Council.  Following this submission, responsibility for progression of the plan now lies with WODC and the Town Council is no longer able to make further changes to the draft plan.

WODC will publish the submitted plan for a further statutory 6 week (Regulation 16) Consultation which we expect to be held during September/October 2020 before independent examination of the plan in November 2020.   Charlbury Town Council encourages you to take part in this additional consultation and submit your comments to WODC  Comments received during this consultation will be considered by the examiner in their assessment of the Neighbourhood Plan.  When the Regulation 16 consultation opens, you will be able to download the revised plan documents from the WODC website.  We will post another news item here with links to the WODC site and to let you know where to send representations.

Following the independent examination, and if the examiner recommends that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum, those on the electoral register for Charlbury will be able to vote on whether or not the Neighbourhood Plan should be ‘made’ and thereby inform the determination of planning applications in the Parish.

In the meantime, (i.e. before the Regulation 16 consultation opens) you can viewed the submission draft of the plan on the Neighbourhood Plan website at where you can now also see all of the representations we received during the pre-submission consultation in September/October 2019.  But please remember that the Town Council cannot now make further changes to the plan and any further comments on the plan must now be directed to WODC.

It was our original intention to submit the Neighbourhood Plan to WODC in April this year but this important stage in the plan's progress was unavoidably delayed as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

Peter Kenrick · Thu 13 Aug, 19:01 · Link

Cornbury to the rescue!

Dear Wild Things of all sizes,

We are ecstatic to be able to tell you that we have FOUND A NEW SITE!

The wonderful Lord Rotherwick and his team at Cornbury park, have come to our rescue at the 11th hour and have offered us part of their gorgeous estate to work from. Best of all, it is on the very edge of Charlbury, only five minutes away from our previous site, so we can continue to play with all you delightful people!

We are very much hoping to be able to start running sessions in some form from mid-September. Things will be a little different due to the various virus restrictions, but we will do our absolute best to make things as much fun as we can.

In order to get this new place up and running, we need to have a site survey, undertake some tree work and put in a carpark.

We are desperate to do all this so that we can start offering you all sessions again, BUT we think it’s going to cost us around £5000 to make everything shipshape and get the new site up and running. Although we have been gratefully making use of the available government support, we have had no income at all since March, and with various ongoing costs our pockets are now quite literally empty! We know it’s a lot to ask in these uncertain times but if you could possibly support us with a small donation we would be eternally grateful and you will be doing your bit to ensure the survival of our small business and the blissful muddiness of many, many local children.

Please help us by donating whatever pennies you can spare on our JustGiving page, by sharing our fundraising campaign and by spreading our exciting news far and wide!!!

Little Wild Things justgiving page

We can’t wait to see you all again! Watch this space for more details on when you can come and check out our new digs!

Hooray hooray hooray!

Your wild friends,

Chris, Charlotte, Alice and Charlotte

Charlie Hansford · Thu 13 Aug, 12:17 · Link

Dry-Stone walling on Nine Acres

Some will have noticed that the dry-stone wall bordering the Enstone Road footway entrance to Nine Acres playing fields has been beautifully restored after being vandalised early last year.

This has been done by the Wychwood Project (Dry-Stone Walling Group). This group of volunteers has worked on the project for many months - interrupted by winter storms and Covid 19.

The Nine Acres Committee is hugely grateful for the time and craftsmanship that these folk have donated to our community.

Phil Morgan · Tue 11 Aug, 12:28 · Link

Charlbury street fair superhero scarecrow competiton


We are extending  the deadline by a week, to allow more people to entry, it be grrat if all streets of charlbury had one,


Nursed, doctors, delivery drivers, post person, food shop workers etc.

It a way to celebrate thrm 

Rachael Lunney · Mon 10 Aug, 19:37 · 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.

  • 1 Wychwood Close Charlbury
    First floor front and single storey rear extensions
    WODC reference: 20/01814/HHD - Tue 04 Aug 2020 - Under consideration

Mon 10 Aug, 06:15 · Link

The History of Charlbury through .... the Spendlove car park

Barbara Allison for Charlbury Museum

If you were standing in the middle of the Spendlove site in 1937, you would not be standing on tarmac in the middle of a carpark, surrounded by cars and buildings, but in a lovely garden! A public footpath ran through the site, as it does today, and on either side were laid out flower and vegetable beds. The path was grass, and was lined with fruit trees, which look quite new in the photographs here, with flower beds between them. There was a rose garden, with ramblers climbing over ‘rustic poles’, and shrubs along the boundary of the plot. There were bee hives, and even poultry. Vic Brackenbury remembers there were six seats in the garden, and it was a lovely place for young mums and older people to meet and chat.

The garden was a school garden, and was maintained by the senior children – the 11 to 14/15 year olds - at Charlbury County School which was on the Playing Close. The site had originally been a meadow, and about a quarter of it was obtained by the school in October 1927, and the rest of the 2 acres in the next year. It had never been ploughed and the boys had to dig it over. They found numerous items, including clay pipes and wig curlers! The boys grew the vegetables for the school kitchens and liked taking them there ‘because the girls gave them a cake or biscuit’ (the girls learnt cooking). The garden had a big tool shed, which the boys in the woodwork class helped erect. It had tools of all sorts and sizes. Everlasting flowers were hung in there to dry, and sold for ‘threepence a bunch’ for school funds. Boys mowed the grass – ‘it was a big thrill’ to use the heavy cast iron motor mower.

The teacher in charge of the garden and gardening was WD (Bill) Campbell, who became a well- known naturalist, ornithologist, and writer. He came to the school in 1928, at a time when many schools had gardens. Under his care, Charlbury School’s garden became famous, and visitors came from all over the world, including China, to see it.

Judy Dod · Fri 7 Aug, 17:41 · Link

Cornerstone at the Corner House

The Corner House is now home to a new community hub for Charlbury called the Cornerstone. Set up by St. Mary’s Church with help from the Community Centre, the soft launch of the Cornerstone project will be on August 10th 2020, when the doors will open for the expanded Give & Take, the Learning Café and the Place to Talk.

Expanding the Give & Take with the help of Christine Elliott and apple sharing, will allow Charlbury residents to have a year-round place to share excess local produce (look out for our daily list of fruit and veg) and continue to support our community larder. St Mary’s will continue to manage financial donations to allow purchases of fresh food for local families.

The Learning Café will be run in conjunction with the Community Centre and the Youth Team. Help on homework can be provided year round and, until the library opens again, the Cornerstone plans to host Story Time Mornings for younger children. We also have plans for the Learning Café to be a place for lifelong learning.

A Place to Talk will bring advisory services to Charlbury in the next few months. The Cornerstone is working with Citizens Advice Bureau and other service groups to give them a place to meet with Charlbury residents.

We are grateful to the Corner House for making space for the Cornerstone. The Youth Team did a great job repainting the former library space, and we are cobbling together furnishings and making bunting to add to the ambience of this new community space. We’ll be open Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm in August and increase hours to 10am to 3pm in September.

We believe the Cornerstone can provide a base for all of Charlbury which would enable us to build a stronger community, both for those who give and those who receive. If you would like more information on the Cornerstone, please contact us at, or call us on 819253.

Jo Paton · Fri 7 Aug, 14:07 · Link

Ticknell Piece Play Area and Picnics

The Town Council is delighted to see the new play equipment at Ticknell Piece being well used and enjoyed.  We know the enforced delay in opening it has been frustrating but we thank you for your understanding.  We have also noticed that some of you are taking advantage of the good weather to enjoy a picnic in the area.  If you are doing either or both of these things then by all means enjoy yourselves but please follow the COVID guidelines and PLEASE be considerate to local residents and others.


  • DO use hand sanitiser and wash hands thoroughly before and after using the equipment.
  • Don't allow dogs into the fenced play area - there is plenty of space for dogs beyond the play area.
  • Don't use the grassed area between the play area and the houses for picnicing, playing games or any other purpose.  This is an amenity space for the benefit of residents of this park of Ticknell Piece Road - it is NOT a public space.  Please use the space on the other side of the play area, towards the skate park which is a public space managed by the town council for you.
  • Please avoid parking cars in the vicinity of the play area.  Space is very limited here and inconsiderate parking can be a real problem for residents.  Please walk or cycle to the area if at all possible.  If it is absolutely essential for you to take a car, please park carefully in the area that leads off Ticknell Piece Road towards the  Bowls Club - this has easy and close walking access to the play area and centenary wood space - But DO NOT park within the Bowls Club itself or impede access to the club.
  • Please don't let the actions of a few spoil things for everyone else - thank you.

Peter Kenrick · Fri 7 Aug, 11:34 · Link

Free shop Local Charlbury bags

In a bid to get you all to support your local shops in Charlbury Cotswold Frames is giving away a free "Shop Local" Charlbury Tote bag, all you need to do is spend over £40.00 * at Cotswold Frames to receive your free bag, or  you can just purchase a bag for £5.00 if you prefer. 

*Offer available while shop local bags stock last and also please note that this offer excludes any picture framing purchases. 

So go on shop local you know it makes sense.

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Fri 7 Aug, 10:13 · Link

Charlbury street fair superhero scarecrow competiton

last few days to entry the competion.

It be great to have lots, let make charlbury look colourfull. 

Companies and groups can take part to. 

All money raised goes to the corner house and memioral hall

Rachael Lunney · Thu 6 Aug, 19:17 · Link

Children's Art Competition - DEADLINE 15 August!

Calling all Primary School age children (4-11 years)

This year the Street Fair Committee would like you to draw or paint a picture of your Superhero or heroes. It might be Superman or Spiderman, or perhaps it's the NHS or other Key Workers or Captain Tom Moore, Joe Wicks, your favourite sports person, or someone in your family... the possibilities are endless!

You can use felt tip pens, colouring pencils, paint or even collage materials, but please make your picture no bigger than A4.

When you have finished your picture, take it along to Tim at Cotswold Frames in Market Street by Saturday 15th August. Please don't forget to put your name, age and a contact phone number on the back.

There are great prizes to be won, kindly donated by Charlbury Art Society and Cotswold Frames. So get drawing and GOOD LUCK!

Maureen Sparling · Wed 5 Aug, 19:04 · Link

Creativity in a Closed Time

Charlbury's artists have been keeping busy during the past few months of lockdown despite the challenges it has presented. 

It has not been possible to exhibit work, to go to galleries or to meet with others to exchange creative ideas. 

 However twenty-five Art Society members have entered work for Creativity in a Closed Time, an exhibition of paintings, prints, sculpture and photographs made during lockdown. 

The work will be on shown in the windows of ten locations around town throughout August. 

Start at The Deli where you will see a colourful cock and hen by Eleanor Clutton-Brock and a fiddle playing cow by Isabel Knowland. Isabel is also exhibiting prints and sculpture in The Deli throughout August. 

Leaving fortified by a coffee, turn right and head down Church Street. Just past the Rose and Crown is Cheorl House with paintings and prints by four artists. Cross the street to find Gothic House with Briony Lawson's sculpture. 

A couple of doors further down is Royal Oak with four artists including a wood carving by Hallam Duckworth who is exhibiting for the first time. Carry on through the churchyard to Church Lane. Look out for Forest Cottage on the right with paintings by Maureen Sparling and Susan Woolley, then continue on to Dyers Hill. 

At the top is Catherine Binnie's sculpture and painting. Turn right into Market Street passing Crinan House showing David Pollock's watercolours. A little further on the right is Redding Wyck with a linocut by Jody O'Reilly and paintings by her children Jack and Megan. Continue along Market Street ending the trail at No 11 and The Old Fish Shop. 

Charlbury Art Society would like to thank everyone who has allowed the use of their windows. We hope to be back in the Cornbury Room at the Bell Hotel in October for our next exhibition on the theme of Displacement.

Tony Lloyd · Mon 3 Aug, 22:08 · Link

Canoe Club Reopens

Charlbury Canoe Club recommences its regular sunday afternoon event at 2.30pm on 9th August .Please maintain social distancing on arrival and whilst awaiting issueing of equipment. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Hugh Belshaw · Mon 3 Aug, 15:19 · Link

Charlbury Deli's supporting the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme

The Deli's enthusiastically supporting the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme. For the avoidance of doubt: we're supporting it because we think it's good for Charlbury and for the Deli. What the Deli directors think about the rest of its policies they're keeping to ourselves.

What's the offer?

Everyone, including children, gets 50% off food and soft drinks consumed at the Deli* That includes just having a cup of the best coffee in the Cotswolds. Or having a slice of one of Lynne's home-made cakes - as long as you intend eating it at our seats.

But isn't the Deli socially distancing?

Yes. The indoors cafe seats won't open till we're convinced it's safe to reduce social distancing. But there are seats in our garden and outside on Market St. And there's new sculpture in the garden.

When’s it on?

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August. You can use the offer as often as you like*

How will it work?

Our prices will be halved when you pay.

Do you need vouchers?

No. Just expect to pay half what you expected on food and non-alcoholic drinks. Including our new alcohol-free wines

Is there a limit?

The 50% discount is capped at £10 per person. Each time you eat or drink*

Is there a catch?

Let's be clear: this isn't being funded by shareholders. Every Wednesday night, we tell HMRC how much we've discounted, and HMRC will put that amount into our bank account by the following Tuesday (which is about as long as it'd take us to get credit for a card transaction). Throughout this crisis, HMRC's been 100% reliable at getting money into our account when they said they will.

One oddity is that during the promotion, it'll be cheaper to eat a pork pie at our seats than to take it home. That might sound silly, but them's the rules and we didn't make them. 

*There must be some small print

Well: you can't claim discount on alcoholic drinks. And it's only Mon-Wed in August. But you can come back as often as you like. Otherwise: that's it

Michael Flanagan · Sun 2 Aug, 16:56 · Link

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