News index




The Museum seeks your help. The Platinum Jubilee of the Queen’s Reign will be celebrated in June 2022, marking 70 years since she acceded to the throne in 1952. Can you remember the Coronation celebrations in Charlbury in May/June 1953? Do your family photo albums contain photos of you or your granny or grandpa at those Celebrations? Would you kindly lend them to the Museum to be scanned, used in our displays and preserved in our town archives? We have a few in the archives already, but it would be lovely to have more.

There was the County School “Pageant to Elizabeth”, seen in May 1953 by “a thousand people” in the garden of the Homestead on the Playing Close. Betty Hunt portrayed Elizabeth I, riding side-saddle, and the Vicar thought her horse “contributed considerably to the effectiveness of the scene”. Many Charlbury businesses were decorated, a Coronation Oak was planted in Nine Acres, the Charlbury Players put on an entertainment. There was a church service, camp fire, sports, a carnival with fancy dress, a tea party with souvenir mugs and dishes, and the Boy Scouts’ Beacon on Banbury Hill. Please contact if you can help with photos or other items.

Janet Jeffs for Charlbury Museum

Janet Jeffs · Thu 30 Dec 2021, 16:31 · Link


Remember to attend your appointment tomorrow, with your form. There is still some availability for both clinics, so if you, or any of your family or friends still need a booster ( or even a first or second vaccination) please phone the CMC after 10.30 am to obtain an appointment. 

The Patient Steering Group would like to extend their huge thanks to all the Medical Centre staff, keeping us safe and working under tremendous pressure at the moment and managing to continue with the vaccine clinics, to all the volunteers helping or offering to help with the running of the sessions, and to the Football centre for hosting the clinics.

We wish you a Happy Christmas and a very safe New Year. 

Charlbury Medical Centre Patient Group

Nikki Rycroft · Wed 22 Dec 2021, 11:53 · Link

Cornerstone over Christmas

Cornerstone will close today Wednesday 22nd December at 12noon and open again on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

Food support will be available on Thursday 30th December.  

In the New Year we will accept brand new unwanted gifts for a gift exchange.

Many thanks for all your support over the year and Merry Christmas from all of the team. 


Jo Paton · Wed 22 Dec 2021, 10:06 · Link


The medical centre is under extreme pressure. Medical staff are off sick due to contracting Covid 19.

Please do not visit the medical centre to make an appointment, instead call between 8am and 10am to make an appointment only if you need help urgently, or for a sick child.   Face to face appointments will be limited to where it is clinically necessary in which case you may be asked to take a lateral flow test before coming to the surgery.

For non-urgent advice visit or call the pharmacy, or call 111.

If you have symptoms of what could be Covid 19, do not visit the medical centre. You must self-isolate straight away and get a free PCR test to take at home, or at a walk-in or drive-through test site. More information:

SICK NOTES. To free up GP Practice time to give COVID 19 boosters,  patients can now self certify for up to 28 days rather than 7 days until the 27th January.

BOOSTER CLINICS. The planned booster clinics will go ahead on 23 and 30 December. Friends and relatives aged 18 and over visiting Charlbury are welcome to book a first, second or booster vaccine with Pfizer BioNTec, appointments are available.

Do not attend the clinics if you are feeling unwell, or have been in contact with someone who has, or may have Covid 19. People can be vaccinated 28 days after infection with the virus.

To book an appointment call 01608 811 680 after 10:30am.  Please do not visit the practice other than to collect the patient consent form which is also attached as a pdf.

Thank you for helping the medical practice to care for us during these very difficult times.

Charlbury Patient Participation Group

susan smith · Tue 21 Dec 2021, 13:17 · Link

Recycling collections over Christmas

From a West Oxfordshire District Council press release:

Residents in West Oxfordshire district will see no change to their rubbish, food waste and recycling collection days over the forthcoming Christmas and New Year break, although the garden waste service will be temporarily suspended.

Ubico, West Oxfordshire District Council’s waste contractor, will be out picking up refuse bins and emptying recycling containers, Monday through to Friday, including on the three bank holidays, making it simpler for householders to dispose of their rubbish and recycling, such as glass, paper, foil and card.

However, garden waste bins will have to wait until Monday 10 January before being emptied once the service is paused from 27 December.

Councillor Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment at West Oxfordshire District Council said: “In the main, households will see little change to their waste collections this year, with crews out picking up refuse, food waste and recycling as normal. To support these services, which are under increased pressure at this time of year, we are suspending the garden waste service and redeploying the staff and vehicles to assist the other rounds where the volume of waste is greatest.

“To make sure no collections are missed, we are reminding residents to have their containers out promptly at the kerbside for 6am as householders may find crews get to their property earlier than they are used to, due to having the extra teams out.

“We would urge residents to keep up their good work when it comes to recycling, particularly over Christmas and New Year when there is so much more waste. With no delays in the emptying of bins this year, there should be less reason for recyclables to end up in the refuse but equally, to keep up the quality of West Oxfordshire’s recycling, please only put in items that you know can be recycled in to the blue-lidded bin and check beforehand if you are unsure.”

Additional recycling - except glass which must be presented in a kerbside box - can be put out in clear bags which are available from the Town Centre Shop in Welch Way, Witney.

Small amounts of flattened cardboard, no larger than A3 in size, will be taken if stacked tidily beside the recycling bin. Due to capacity on the trucks, any extra must not exceed the equivalent of a recycling box worth.

When the garden waste service resumes on Monday 10 January, the district council will collect real Christmas trees presented at the kerb on the scheduled garden waste collection, up to Monday 31 January, for all households. This is regardless of whether the property has a garden waste licence.

Small trees need to be put in the garden waste bin where available. Larger trees can be left outside of the bin but must be reduced to 2-3ft sections in order for crews to collect. All stands, lights and decorations must be removed first.

Christmas trees - along with excess refuse and recycling - can also be disposed of at the Dix Pit Household Recycling Centre at Stanton Harcourt. The site is open 8.00am to 5.00pm daily but will shut at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. There is no need to book in advance. Visit Oxfordshire Recycles’ website for details:

For more information about West Oxfordshire District Council’s waste and recycling services, visit: .

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 20 Dec 2021, 17:31 · Link

Let's Celebrate our Volunteers!

The Town Council is now accepting nominations for the Charlbury Honoured Citizen Award. Awards are given as a tribute to individuals who have given dedicated voluntary service within Charlbury over many years and who, as a consequence, have made a positive difference to the community and the lives of residents. Serving members and employees of the town council are not eligible to nominate or be nominated.

Rules of the scheme and nomination form are available to view or download from or on application to the Town Clerk at

The closing date for this round of nominations is 31st January 2022 and awards will be presented in the spring at an event to celebrate volunteering in the town.

Lisa Wilkinson · Mon 20 Dec 2021, 13:52 · Link

Anyone seen Santa? Burglary at the Deli!

Local photographer Paddy Gallagher caught this picture of Santa helping himself!

Please let us know if you see Santa with one of our hampers which are selling well BUT please do not leave to the last minute!!

Happy Christmas to everyone from the Deli.

Paul D Jackson · Mon 20 Dec 2021, 11:35 · 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.

  • Whistler Fawler Road Charlbury
    Demolition of existing stables. Erection of self contained unit ancillary to the existing dwelling
    WODC reference: 21/03936/HHD - Thu 23 Dec 2021 - Under consideration

Mon 20 Dec 2021, 06:15 · Link

Christmas hampers at the deli

There is still time to order one of our bespoke food hampers. 

Choose your own items or we ready made. From £20

Lynne Stubbles · Sat 18 Dec 2021, 20:41 · Link

Christmas Tree Festival, St Mary's

You still have an opportunity to see the Christmas  trees at St Mary's. The cafe in the church will be open Sunday afternoon for coffee/tea and cake.

Patrick Gallagher · Sat 18 Dec 2021, 19:23 · Link

Medication over Christmas and New Year.

Please order repeat prescriptions from the surgery in plenty of time to make sure you do not run out over Christmas and New Year.

Lines are open at CMC between 8 and 10am for urgent calls only.  Please call after then, or order through the NHS App, or Patient Access.

A list of pharmacy opening times over the Christmas and New Year holidays is here:

A table of local pharmacy opening days and times is in the attached PDF.

Thank you.  Charlbury Patient Participation Group.

susan smith · Sat 18 Dec 2021, 17:06 · Link

Need help with transport to your COVID vaccination?

All Together In Charlbury (ATIC) has funding to provide free transport to COVID vaccination sites, where use of public transport is not possible and friends or family are unable to help.

To request a lift, phone ATIC’s call centre on 01993 776277 (9.00 to 4.00 Mon-Fri or leave an answerphone message) and we will see what we can do using our small team of volunteer drivers. Please give us as much notice of a request, as you can.

Please note that our call centre will be closed from 25 December to 4 January.

Meryl Smith · Sat 18 Dec 2021, 10:31 · Link

Charlbury Methodist Church - Carols by candlelight

CMC has decided to cancel their Carols by candlelight service on Sunday 19th September, in light of the current situation

ALISON COLLINS · Fri 17 Dec 2021, 11:03 · Link

Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s

Come and see the wonderful spectacle of the Christmas trees in the churchyard and look at all the children’s trees inside the church.

When you are visiting enjoy some delicious homemade cake and hot drinks at the cafe in the church and rest those tired feet for a bit!  We follow covid rules to keep everyone safe.  The cafe is open all day on Saturday and Sunday afternoon this coming weekend in aid of our beautiful church.  

Maureen Sparling · Thu 16 Dec 2021, 20:49 · Link

PYO Hampers please collect!!

Shop filling up!

Paul D Jackson · Thu 16 Dec 2021, 10:39 · Link

Food traders Christmas timetable

We hope you've enjoyed the offerings from the Food Traders based at Charlbury Community Centre this year.  We think they've done us proud.

Just so you don't miss out on your favourite takeaway, here's a timetable showing you when they'll be on site over Christmas.

On behalf of The Thomas Giffird Trust, Merry Christmas & thanks to all our traders.

Jim Holah · Tue 14 Dec 2021, 20:02 · Link


Anyone eligible for their booster, ie 3 months after their second vaccination, and those who have missed out on their first or second dose , can phone the medical centre after 10.30 to make an appointment for either of these days. The clinics will start at 10.30 and will run for several hours. 

Please note the phone lines will be busy and do not phone before 10.30 to allow patients who need an urgent appointment to get through first.

The form below can be printed and must be brought with you to the appointment. As before, there may be a queue to check details, so please dress warmly, and if you could allow people coming from out of town to use the parking spaces , that would help. 

Nikki Rycroft · Tue 14 Dec 2021, 17:09 · Link

Lots of lovely food at the Cornerstone

We have lots of fresh M&S bread, potatoes, red onions, lettuce, beans, brussel sprouts, Yorkshire puddings, chips, milk and more at the Cornerstone. Please come and help yourself - everything is free to take away. Donations are always welcome. The Cornerstone is open every day (not Sunday) from 10am to 1pm and we very much look forward to seeing you.

daniela jenkins · Tue 14 Dec 2021, 11:16 · Link


Just two weeks left to get your application in for ARTWEEKS IN MAY.  Deadline 31 December!  If you are new to it then don't be afraid to have a go.  If you have a space to share or would like space then let me know and I will try and coordinate.  To register:  Any queries:

Maureen Sparling · Mon 13 Dec 2021, 12:25 · 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.

  • 21 Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Erection of side and rear extensions and construction of a detached outbuilding. Works to include demolition of garage and outbuildings, refurbishment of existing windows, doors and tiles on dwelling roof along with alterations to front driveway and access.
    WODC reference: 21/03910/HHD - Mon 06 Dec 2021 - Under consideration
  • Cranbrook Stonesfield Lane Charlbury
    Erection of rear and side extensions together with conversion of existing attic space to create additional living space over two floors. Construction of a new entrance porch.
    WODC reference: 21/03795/HHD - Thu 02 Dec 2021 - Under consideration
  • Caravan Site Spelsbury Road Charlbury Oxfordshire OX7 3LL
    Certificate of Lawfulness (to allow the continued use of land as a caravan and camping site, including land ancillary to that use)
    WODC reference: 21/03789/CLE - Fri 19 Nov 2021 - Under consideration

Mon 13 Dec 2021, 06:15 · Link

Christmas Tree Festival Results

We are delighted to announce the results of the best adults and best children’s trees in the Christmas Tree Festival Competition 2021

We had lots of votes cast and the results were very close.

Children's trees

1st place - Charlbury Town Football Club /West Oxon Wildcats U9

2nd place - St Mary's Church Stay & Play

Adults trees

1st place - Charlbury WI

2nd place - Charlbury Museum

Maureen Sparling · Mon 13 Dec 2021, 04:55 · Link

Reminder: Domestic Abuse Awareness Training in Charlbury

Reducing the Risk is running a domestic abuse awareness workshop in Charlbury in collaboration with WODC, and supported by Charlbury Town Council. It takes place this coming Monday 13 December, 11am - 1pm at Charlbury Community Centre.

We encourage representatives from local service-providers, businesses, clubs and groups to attend.

A 2019 study discovered that domestic abuse in rural areas is under-reported by 50% compared to urban areas, and victims suffer for 25% longer than urban survivors. The lockdown and other social pressures during the COVID pandemic made the situation even more difficult. While many of us want to be able to do more about this critical issue, we may not see or recognise the signs of abuse or, having noticed something untoward, we are not confident what action to take.

If you want to help reduce the risk of rural domestic abuse, please book a place. Contact Stewart at:

And for more info:

Dan Raymond-Barker · Sat 11 Dec 2021, 12:40 · Link


Music and readings on the theme of The Countryside at Christmas to be held in St Mary's Church at 7 pm on Sunday 12th December. ADMISSION FREE


Music on the piano, violin and accordion will be played by ARne Richards, the leader of The Charlbury Singers and Isabel Knowland. 

The evening will be guided by John Partington. Poetry and prose will be read by Mike Summers, Christine Pearce, Christine Elliott, Lesley Wasley, Mike Williams, Guy Waller.

Ann Lloyd · Thu 9 Dec 2021, 12:57 · Link

On-Street EV Charging Trial Looking for Participants in Charlbury

Trojan Energy are actively looking for EV owners in Charlbury who do not have access to off-street parking to take part in a trial of on-street charge points.  Please visit

for the details of how to apply.

Gary Harrison · Thu 9 Dec 2021, 12:19 · Link

Free Food Caddy Liners from The Library

All households in Oxfordshire have a kerbside collection of food waste. Waste and recycling collections are provided by your district council.

To help you get started recycling your food waste recycling or to help you recycle more over the festive period, from Wednesday 8 December until Christmas all Oxfordshire residents can collect a free roll of food waste caddy liners from any Oxfordshire library, while stocks last.  These will be available from Charlbury Library counter from mid-afternoon today, together with recycling guidance leaflets.

Charlbury Library · Wed 8 Dec 2021, 12:50 · Link

Christmas Story Stones

Artists from Charlbury Art Society have decorated over 100 cobble stones in order to illustrate the story of Christmas. They are now being displayed in the window of Cheorl House, Church St, next door to the Rose & Crown. They are a wonderful sight. Have a look. They will be taken into St Mary's Church on 21st December and given out to children during the family service at 4pm on Christmas Eve. 

Patrick Gallagher · Tue 7 Dec 2021, 20:44 · 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.

  • Wayhill Spelsbury Road Charlbury
    Extensions and alterations including: two storey extension, single storey garden room and an oak-framed two storey glazed staircase to the rear of the dwellinghouse. Erection of 3 bay garage plus all associated landscaping works
    WODC reference: 21/03867/HHD - Wed 01 Dec 2021 - Under consideration
  • Green Bank Dyers Hill Charlbury
    Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of a replacement dwelling with associated car parking and landscaping.
    WODC reference: 21/03837/FUL - Fri 26 Nov 2021 - Under consideration
  • Oldner House Bungalow Charlbury Road
    Erection of single storey extensions along with the conversion of garage to create extra living space
    WODC reference: 21/03811/HHD - Fri 26 Nov 2021 - Under consideration

Mon 6 Dec 2021, 06:15 · Link

Have your say on OCC's budget and strategic plan

OCC's budget consultation 2022/23 is now live on the digital consultation and engagement platform Let’s Talk Oxfordshire. 

Residents can have their say on the budget proposals, including the proposed council tax level for 2022/23 and the strategic priorities by visiting and completing the online survey. The survey opened on 2 December and closes on 5 January 2022.

The outcomes of this budget consultation will be considered by the Cabinet on 18 January 2022. Once Full Council has considered it on the 8 February 2022,  any specific service changes that  need to be worked within the budget will be made. Consultation feedback will also help develop a new strategic plan for the council.

Liz Leffman · Sat 4 Dec 2021, 17:33 · Link

Cornerstone - puzzles and games

Our lovely Duke of Edinburgh volunteer Caitie has sorted through the puzzles and games today and the shelves are bursting! There are puzzles and games for children and adults alike. Why not come down to the Cornerstone and pick up a game or two for Christmas?! 50p only.

The Cornerstone is open Mon-Sat 10-1.

Cornerstone · Sat 4 Dec 2021, 11:15 · Link

The Codfather, Saturday 4th December

The Codfather has let me know that he can't be at the Community Centre on Saturday but they will return on Sunday 5th to serve you their usual excellent menu.

Mauro sends his apologies.

Jim Holah · Fri 3 Dec 2021, 20:59 · Link

News from Oxford University Hospitals: some concerning statistics

In the last financial year, 66,638 appointments were missed by patients.

That equates to £9.5 million – which could have been spent on one of the following:

380 nurses;

275 midwives;

80 doctors;

110 additional beds;

10 new MRI Scanners;

So, if you need to change or cancel an appointment at any of the Oxford Hospitals, please call the number on your appointment letter.

We have measures in our hospitals to keep you safe. If we have asked you to come into hospital for a face to face appointment, test, scan, procedure or surgery, it is vitally important that you attend hospital to receive your treatment.

For important updates visit

It is equally important to to keep your appointment with your GP or the nursing team

The Witney Covid vaccination clinics are continuing on Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday next week. We will let you know if further clinics are planned in Charlbury in the New Year

Nikki Rycroft · Thu 2 Dec 2021, 18:25 · Link



Socially distanced seating and Covid precautions

Starring in order of appearance:

Mike Bardsley, accompanist to the Wychwood Chorale playing the new grand piano

Vivi Walkden singer and the youngest performer by many decades.

Our local undiscovered unpublished and undeniably unconventional Mrs Joan Hawker

A medley of songs from Music Hall and Variety to Revue and Broadway brought to you by Barbara Ingham and Geoffrey Strachan

Introducing Arne Richards, harpsichordist, accordionist etc who is the leader of The Charlbury Singers

Sometimes known as Bifokle, Rosie and Paul Cherry with high quality Folk and Acoustic music and songs

Tickets £ 15.00 available from the Deli (cash only) or Cornerstone and selling out fast

Ann Lloyd · Thu 2 Dec 2021, 17:40 · Link

St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival

Last chance to buy and decorate a tree for you and your family, or the organisation or club you are part of. Join in the fun and be part of this joyful family event. The trees will line the churchyard path and the church from 9th - 27th December and light up Charlbury in every way.

Please email for a booking form and to buy your tree. If you have no time you can still buy a tree, we will put lights on it, and you will be supporting us that way.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Maureen Sparling · Thu 2 Dec 2021, 16:49 · Link

Charlbury Website © 2012-2024. Contributions are the opinion of and property of their authors. Heading photo by David R Murphy. Code/design by Richard Fairhurst. Contact us. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.