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Ditchley is recruiting!

The Ditchley Foundation is recruiting for the post of House Operations Manager within the Bursary Team.

The Bursary provides operational support for the Foundation, with particular focus on maintaining the Ditchley Park mansion and grounds. The House Operations Manager is responsible for the efficient running of the daily operation of the Ditchley mansion and ensures all requirements for house-based events are delivered by the respective operational teams. The role is the de facto deputy for the Bursar and has line management responsibility for the Head of Estates, Domestic Bursar and Chef, as well as casual event staff.

This role requires a general background in business administration, including experience in team leadership, HR, H&S and compliance. The successful candidate will be resilient, adaptable and genuinely enjoy working in a team, collaborating closely with work colleagues and possessing a strong understanding and appreciation of positive team behaviours.

The post is full time and involves some evening and weekend working during events, for which time off in lieu will be given.

More information about the Foundation and its home Ditchley Park can be found at www.ditchley.com.

Further information about the post can be found here.

House Operations Manager 

Applications should be sent in writing to Mike Montagu, Bursar, either by email to: bursar@ditchley.com, or to the address below and should include a current CV with a covering letter.

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, (info@ditchley.com) for a copy of The Foundation’s Candidate Privacy Notice.  

Katie Williams · Wed 20 Jan, 13:07 · Link


Net Zero, Warm Homes and Green Jobs - Thursday 21 Jan 7.30pm

Net Zero, Warm Homes and Green Jobs - Thursday 21 Jan 7.30pm

The speakers at our event will take a strategic look at the role of retrofitting the existing housing stock in achieving net zero emissions, and the benefits this could provide to people’s wellbeing and the economy.

The focus of the meeting will be on identifying the practical and political actions needed to scale up the process, including extending schemes such as the Green Homes Grant but also through buildings standards, regulatory oversight and - importantly - investment in training programmes to provide the relevant skills.

This event is open to the public, so do spread the word among your friends and on your networks. We hope to make it a county-wide gathering with Greens all over Oxfordshire coming together to consider one of the most important single aspects of the drive to reach net zero.

Speakers include Charlbury's own Geordie Stewart (Retrofit Coordinator and Manager of Cosy Homes Oxfordshire) and Cllr Liz Reason.

For further information and reserve your place go to https://www.greenoxfordshire.com/net_zero_warm_homes_and_green_jobs

James Styring · Wed 20 Jan, 09:55 · Link


Keep Charlbury Active - and tidy!

The Charlbury Community Centre is launching a challenge to see if we can collectively make it around the coast of Britain by the end of lockdown – that’s 11,000 miles!

Run, walk or cycle around our local area then log your miles on our website here. We are also busy creating resources to make it more interesting – suggested routes, quizzes and wildlife to spot. You can see all our updates on the community centre website.

While you are out and about we’d love your help to give Charlbury a big spring clean. So the next time you head out for a walk don’t forget your litter bags and gloves!

What we need you to do:

• Collect the litter you find when out on a walk and place it in a bag.

• The bags you use will need to be tied and left at the community centre (so please don’t use your favourite one!).

• If possible, please can you split the litter you find into recyclable and non-recyclable waste.

• Please leave all litter bags next to the big bins at the community centre, ensuring they’re tied in a knot at the top (pop the bags the other side of the fence so they’re not blocking the walkway).

*Litter pickers are available to borrow from the Community centre during opening hours*

Top tips to remember

• Always wear gloves when picking up litter

• Do not collect any hazardous waste such as dog poo or sharp objects

• You are still only allowed to go out once a day for exercise, so make this part of your daily walk – do not make a special trip

Our youth team will be weighing the litter collected and we will announce the total at the end of lockdown

Thank you all for your continued help and support,

The Charlbury Community Centre Team

C Hansford · Mon 18 Jan, 09:33 · Link


Getting to Carterton Health Centre for a COVID vaccine

All Together In Charlbury (ATIC) wants to help Charlbury residents who have been called for a COVID vaccine at Carterton and need transport. If you are in this position and cannot call on a family member or friend to get you to your vaccine, call our usual call centre number 01993 776277 (9.00 to 1.00 Mon-Fri or leave an answerphone message) and we will see what we can do. Please give us as much notice of a request, as you can (but we know that you can only do this when you have been contacted yourself!).

For others who are driving - ATIC suggests that the best route to Carterton Health Centre is to go via Burford. Go through Burford across the bridge from the A361 and up to the main road roundabout. Turn Left onto the A40 towards Witney and Oxford. Then almost immediately turn Right onto the B4020 signposted Carterton, RAF Brize Norton and Burford Garden Company.

On the B4020 go past the Burford Garden Company and carry on down the B4020 into Carterton. Carry straight along the road towards Carterton town centre. You will come to traffic lights – go straight across towards the town centre (crossing Upavon Way). Continue straight down the road to the next set of traffic lights in the town centre. Turn Right into Alvescot Road. The Health Centre is on the right just past the Library. (The second Original Factory Shop building is opposite.)

If you would like an annotated map of the town centre (containing these directions) to complement the map provided by the Charlbury Medical Centre, you can download one from the ATIC page in the Community section of this website (Charity and World) or email charlburyalltogether@gmail.com. There are also copies at Cornerstone at the Corner House.

Meryl Smith · Mon 18 Jan, 09:16 · 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.

  • 57 Ticknell Piece Road Charlbury
    Erection of a two storey side extension and a single storey rear extension
    WODC reference: 20/03528/HHD - Mon 21 Dec 2020 - Under consideration
  • Cuckoo Cottage Church Street Charlbury
    Single storey rear extension & alterations including replacement windows to bay, new stone facing to front elevation and internal works.
    WODC reference: 20/03452/HHD - Mon 14 Dec 2020 - Under consideration
  • 4 Thames Gardens Charlbury
    Demolition of existing garage and the erection of a new garden room
    WODC reference: 20/03307/HHD - Mon 30 Nov 2020 - Under consideration

Mon 18 Jan, 06:15 · Link


COVID vaccinations this week at Carterton

This is just a reminder that it is essential that you have filled in your forms before you go for your vaccination, but only people who have been called by the Practice and given an appointment should go up to the tent outside to collect your letters tomorrow and later in the week for the Friday session. If it is impossible for you or a friend/ relative to collect your letter, we can deliver them 

Please do not telephone the Practice, they will definitely telephone you if you are eligible to be offered an appointment, and please do not come to ask for a letter unless you have been called. We are awaiting information about the Oxford vaccine, no news yet. 

If it is possible that you have missed your call, please check your answerphone regularly. 

Nikki Rycroft · Sun 17 Jan, 11:50 · Link


Roads to Carterton via Burford are OK this morning (Saturday)

For those preparing to drive to their COVID vaccination in Carterton today - the roads to Carterton via Burford and B4020 are OK this morning (Saturday) apart from some patches of lying rainwater. (Trial run carried out 7.00 - 8.00 a.m.!)

Meryl Smith · Sat 16 Jan, 09:08 · Link


The History of Charlbury through .... Churchill's visits to Ditchley

When Winston Churchill became Prime Minister in 1940, the security forces became concerned for his safety as air raids increased over Britain. When not in London, he spent time either at Chartwell, his country house south of London, or at his official retreat at Chequers. Both were vulnerable to air raids. Already very familiar with the area around Blenheim where he was born, Churchill had become friendly with the Conservative MP Ronald Tree who, with his wife Nancy, had bought Ditchley Park in 1933. Ditchley, with its heavy tree cover and lack of visible roads, was an ideal bolthole for the Prime Minister. Churchill asked the Trees if he could stay at the house on certain weekends “when the moon is high” i.e. favourable for air raids.

His first visit was 9-11 November 1940 and he found the house and grounds ideal both for relaxation and also for conducting the business of war and diplomacy. Afterwards Ronald Tree wrote to him: “we hope so much that you will come to Ditchley as often as it may suit your convenience . . . We have kept it running until such time as needed for some war purpose, so that it is at your entire disposal. ….. use the house as your own”. Many visitors joined the PM on these weekend visits including Sir Anthony Eden and Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt’s envoy, who was key to Churchill’s efforts to win American support for the war.

Enter Gordon Woodyatt, a Welshman who had moved to Oxfordshire in the early 1930s and then settled in Charlbury, working for the Southern Electricity Board. He became a manager and his duties included making repairs when the lines came down or the supply was interrupted. One weekend he received a call to repair a fault at Ditchley while Churchill was in residence. The Board drafted in German prisoners of war to fill the gaps left by the men away fighting and at one time in the war he had 200 working under him. The prisoners dug trenches for the cables and he found them very willing workers. Other prisoners of war were employed on the farms around Charlbury, helping to keep the country supplied with food.

By late 1942, the security at Chequers had been greatly improved and Churchill no longer needed to stay at Ditchley. His last visit was for lunch in 1943. A bronze bust of Churchill on the estate marks the role Ditchley played at a critical stage of the war.

Charlbury Society talk Monday 18th January

A very secret war: bugging the Nazis in WWII

Dr Helen Fry explores how British Intelligence bugged the conversations of high-ranking German PoWs and discovered some of Hitler’s most closely guarded secrets. 

Zoom meeting 7.45 for 8pm for Society members

To join contact Susan Merry at sec.charlsoc@gmail.com

Subscription £8.50 Under 18s free

Judy Dod · Fri 15 Jan, 19:40 · Link


Latest information from Charlbury Medical Centre: Covid vaccinations

We started to telephone eligible patients on Monday 11th January to book for vaccination on Saturday 16th January at Carterton Health Centre. It will be Charlbury staff running the clinic so same faces different location.

Please do not arrive earlier than 5 minutes before your allotted time as you have to sit and wait for 15 minutes after vaccination before we can let you go (space is limited and we are trying to achieve social distancing).

ATIC (All Together in Charlbury) may be able to help with transport to Carterton if required Tel 01993 776 277.  See below

We ask you to come to Charlbury Surgery or ask someone to do this on your behalf to pick up the necessary paperwork & fill in the form at home. It would be helpful for us if you can arrive between 10am and 11am as a representative from our patient group will be there to help you at that time.

CARERS: Please contact CMC@nhs.net to let us know you are a carer. You are amazing, thank you for caring & all your hard work! Please don't phone the surgery to tell us you are a carer as it's clogging up our phone lines, an e-mail is perfect...Thanks!

We are struggling to phone patients to book them in for their vaccine appointments as we are being flooded with incoming calls !

So far according to the number of vaccines we have been allocated and the number of patients in each age group that we have, it looks like:

Saturday January 16th will be all over 85's.

Tuesday January 19th will be the remaining over 85's and mostly over 80's.

Friday January 22nd we will be starting the large 75 to 80 group.

Just as soon as we have the AZ vaccine we will be vaccinating the vulnerable house bound in age descending order. Keep checking here regularly for updates & in case anything changes (for example the vaccine delivery does not turn up).

Keep looking after yourselves & each other, we will get through this.

Nikki Rycroft · Thu 14 Jan, 10:28 · 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.

Wed 13 Jan, 11:38 · Link


Suspension of public services at St Marys and All Saints Churches

The Church Committee (PCC) have agreed to suspend public worship at St Marys and All Saints, due to the infectious nature of the current Covid strain.

The churches will remain open for private prayer daily and funerals will take place following current restrictions. 

Parish Communion will be livestreamed at 9am each Sunday on Youtube. 

We have a new Youtube channel: please note the new address: bit.ly/charlbury ;

A number of  online talks are being planned and will be advertised soon. 

Should you need pastoral support please do get in touch. 

parishoffice@stmaryscharlbury.co.uk or vicar@charlburychurch.uk 

Jo Paton · Wed 13 Jan, 09:28 · Link


Getting to Carterton Health Centre - know Burford Garden Centre? – you’re well on the way!

ATIC suggests that the best way to drive to Carterton Health Centre is to go via Burford. Go through Burford across the bridge from the A361 and up to the main road roundabout. Turn Left onto the A40 towards Witney and Oxford. Then almost immediately turn Right onto the B4020 signposted Carterton, RAF Brize Norton and Burford Garden Company.

On the B4020 go past the Burford Garden Company and carry on down the B4020 into Carterton. Carry straight along the road towards Carterton town centre. You will come to traffic lights – go straight across towards the town centre (crossing Upavon Way). Continue straight down the road to the next set of traffic lights in the town centre. Turn Right into Alvescot Road. The Health Centre is on the right just past the Library. (The second Original Factory Shop building is opposite.)

If you would like an annotated map of the town centre (containing these directions) to complement the map provided by the Charlbury Medical Centre, you can download one from the ATIC page in the Community section of this website (Charity and World) or email charlburyalltogether@gmail.com.

Meryl Smith · Tue 12 Jan, 15:19 · Link


Charlbury Community Centre; food traders update Jan 2021

With the last remnants of the Xmas larder finally finished off, it might be time to check out the food traders located at Charlbury Community Centre.

The Bread Shed is back every Tuesday & Thursday between 2.30 & 3.30.  See thebreadsheddeepbaked on Facebook.

Copperpot catering returns each Tuesday evening,  5-8pm, see their Facebook page for details.

The Codfather returns on Saturday 16th January from 5-10 pm.  They are on site both Saturday & Sunday each weekend.

Pitstop Catering (the Friday fish van) is busy completing work on the new van and plans to return on the 5th February.  If it's sooner I'll let you know.

Nutmeg & Thyme is here every Saturday morning from 8.30 to 2pm serving wholesome fresh gluten free & vegetarian meals, bakes treats & snacks.  See their Facebook page for more details or emilyweir44.wixsite.com/nutmegthyme

All traders are complying with social distancing & other covid requirements and we ask you to respect their efforts by doing the same.

Please support them, they're doing a great job in feeding Charlbury

Jim Holah · Tue 12 Jan, 14:27 · Link


Charlbury Community Centre - Pop up Veg Patches

As part of the Charlbury Veg Bed project from last year the community centre has three final raised veg boxes made and ready to be delivered. The boxes measure as follows (L:W:D) :

Two raised beds:  x 5ft by 2ft by 1ft

One raised bed: x 6ft by 2ft by 1ft

The boxes will be delivered and installed with a lining and soil. The project was started during the first lockdown to help those isolating get outside whilst staying safe. However the beds proved very popular and we quickly opened the project wider to encompass the whole of the Charlbury community, accepting a £50 donation per veg box from those able to give it.

If you would be interested in one of the boxes please get in touch with Charlotte via email at charlotte@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk or call the community centre on 01608 811878

daniela jenkins · Mon 11 Jan, 10:03 · Link


Christmas Treasure Hunt Winners

Well done to everyone who entered the Christmas Treasure Hunt and a huge thank-you for helping us to raise £106 for Cancer Research UK!

Everyone who entered found all the clues and so got a prize. Judging the winners in each age group proved to be impossible due to the excellent pictures drawn by all the entrants - so we've had to award family prizes rather than individual ones! The winners are:

Freyja Baldwin

Cleo and Oona Peterson

Theo and Ella Baker

Gill Begnor · Sun 10 Jan, 19:35 · Link


Cornerstone at the Corner House

We will continue to be open Monday - Saturday 10am - 1pm. Please respect social distancing. We continue to give food to those who need help. We also have a Give and Take shelf where you can donate food or pick up items that you need. You can also make a financial donation to the Cornerstone. 

cornerstone@stmaryscharlbury.co.uk

07510 772764 during opening hours. 

Jo Paton · Fri 8 Jan, 13:35 · Link


Transport to COVID 19 vaccine locations

All Together In Charlbury (ATIC) is looking at how it can help Charlbury residents who have been called for a COVID vaccine at a location to which they need private transport. If you are in this position and cannot call on a family member or friend to get you to your vaccine, call our usual call centre number 01993 776277 (9.00 to 1.00 Mon-Fri or leave an answerphone message) and we will see what we can do. Please give us as much notice of a request, as you can (but we know that you can only do this when you have been contacted yourself!).

We have worked hard to set up appropriate COVID19-safe (Hands, Face, Space) systems and procedures which we need drivers and passengers to follow and there is a reasonable mileage charge of 45p per mile (hardship funding available).

Our call centre number again is 01993 776277 – this will get you to Volunteer Link-Up staff who kindly help us deal with requests. We will try to help as far as we can with our small team of drivers (more volunteers very welcome!! - email charlburyalltogether@gmail.com).

Meryl Smith · Fri 8 Jan, 12:01 · Link


Possible support/help for self employed as a result of the pandemic

Have you/your business been unable to get support from the various govt schemes and feel you have been left out and need a helping hand. We may be able to help at WODC but need you to furnish me with details of your business and circumstances. All confidential but I am conscious there are a large number of self employed people like artists, technicians and some in the hospitality business who did not qualify are suffering.

(If you have not been furloughed, or received any govt grants or loans this could be a help)

Contact me within the next 7 days if possible.

Keep safe and well 

Cllr Andy Graham  01608 659462

Contact me : andy.graham@westoxon.gov.uk

Andy Graham · Thu 7 Jan, 18:15 · Link


St Teresa’s

Due to the increasing infection-rate, Sunday Masses will be suspended for the time being. Weekday Masses continue as per the calendar, Monday-Friday, and there is no need for booking as these are always quieter.Apologies but we want to get to the end of this above the ground!

Father Clive Dytor · Wed 6 Jan, 16:56 · Link


Self Isolating? We are ready to help again.

Charlbury Community Centre has a large team volunteers who can deliver items from local shops to people who need to stay at home. If you, or someone you know, is self-isolating and needs food, medicines or other items, please contact us on 01608 811878, between 10am and 1pm or email Daniela Jenkins at info@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk. Whatever help you need, just ask and we will do our best.

We can keep a tab for people who need the service and settle up later. Items will be left outside your door, together with a receipt, so there is no contact.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Daniela.

This leaflet has details about this and other voluntary services in Charlbury such as the Cornerstone project and ATIC's offer to phone people for a friendly chat.

Tanya Stevenson · Wed 6 Jan, 14:32 · Link


Covid Vaccinations. : No further information

Following the previous post, there is no further information on when the vaccine will be available for CMC patients, so please refrain from phoning the Practice to ask, they have not yet been told, and we shall let you know as soon as they have heard anything. 

Nikki Rycroft · Tue 5 Jan, 13:49 · Link


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