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There are some changes planned at the Museum.

The Museum started in 1949 as a part of the Charlbury Society and has grown from a room in the attic of the Corner House to the Museum you see today.

Plans are being made for the Museum to register with the Charity Commission as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). It will mean becoming independent of the Charlbury Society, but the aim is to keep close ties with it.

As a CIO the Museum will need trustees with a variety of experience who can help move it forward. If you are interested in becoming a trustee do let us know at or put a note through the Museum’s door in Market Street, telling us how you feel you could help us in our future.

The Museum Committee

Ann Lovett · Mon 31 Oct 2022, 20:29 · Link

Charlbury Finstock Morris seeking new Members

Now practising at Finstock Village Hall on Fridays at 8PM.

Do come along!

Contact details: or 01608 811007 to speak to Peter, the Bagman!

John Dora · Mon 31 Oct 2022, 15:48 · Link

Dyers Hill Road Closure

Immediate Road Closure Alert.

Dyers Hill - Road closure required to repair a damaged water main service pipe by Thames Water, expected to finish on 2 November 2022

We are waiting for the submission of the diversion route and will process asap through the normal channels once received.

Lisa Wilkinson · Mon 31 Oct 2022, 11:27 · 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.

  • 15 Lee Close Charlbury
    Tree works in rear and front garden
    WODC reference: 15/03355/TPO - Tue 22 Sep 2015 - Under consideration

Mon 31 Oct 2022, 06:15 · Link

Town centre Christmas Tree ordering has finished

Please do not return any more forms to 11 Market Street as the order with Charlbury Christmas Trees has been placed, and we will have to return your form back to you. Thank you.

Richard Fairhurst · Sun 30 Oct 2022, 15:37 · Link

Ukrainian Flag update from Cotswold Frames

Just wanted to say a big thankyou to everyone who bought a Ukraine Flag or ribbon pin over the last 10 months.

Today I have just paid £156.31 into the British red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal, so that brings the total including the original donation of £306.00 that was paid in back in April this year to £462.31. 

We have also claimed the gift aid on both of these donations which adds another 25% to the total and using an online Charity Gift Aid Calculator

Your donation of £462.31 brings the total contribution after the charity has reclaimed tax to  £577.89 which is amazing !

Thankyou so much again to everyone who contributed. 

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Sun 30 Oct 2022, 11:19 · Link

Cost-of-living support event in Chipping Norton, Friday 4 November

A drop-in event highlighting sources of support in dealing with cost-of-living increases will be held at the Chipping Norton Leisure Centre, Burford Road, Chipping Norton OX7 5DY (on the same site as the Secondary School) on Friday, 4th November 10am - 12.30pm. .

Citizens Advice, Cottsway, Age UK, WODC Community Wellbeing and Oxfordshire Mind will be on hand to offer advice and support.

The organisers say: “All are welcome, so please invite your family, friends and neighbours. Hot drinks will be available.”

For more information contact

If you would like to go to this event but do not have private or public transport (the X9 goes past the site and there is a bus stop), ATIC may be able to help (call them on 01993 776277 (9.00 to 1.00 on weekdays, giving plenty of notice)

Please pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested and who may not see this notice on the website.

Meryl Smith · Sat 29 Oct 2022, 14:07 · Link

Woodland Trust Advice - Halloween

Don’t dump that pumpkin!

For those of us who want to give local wildlife a tasty treat, leaving used pumpkins in the woods might seem like a great sustainable option for disposal. Unfortunately, pumpkin flesh can cause serious illness in hedgehogs and other woodland animals as well as upsetting the balance of sensitive woodland soils.

Help keep your local woods healthy this Halloween by finding alternatives to pumpkin dumping: making spiced pumpkin bread, curry, hummus or even a bird feeder. Or just pop in your compost pile!

Lesley Algar · Fri 28 Oct 2022, 20:38 · Link

Town Centre Christmas trees

If you received a Christmas tree form through your letterbox, don’t forget – today (Friday) is the last time to return it, or tomorrow (Saturday) morning at a pinch.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 28 Oct 2022, 12:06 · Link

New play equipment at Nine Acres coming next week

The new play equipment at Nine Acres is being installed from Monday 31st October. Please be aware that parts of the playground will be closed whilst this is happening.

 Thanks to FCC Communities for their funding.

Lisa Wilkinson · Thu 27 Oct 2022, 09:04 · Link

Why are we flying the United Nations flag from the church tower?

October 24 was United Nations Day when the world remembers the enormous achievements in peace and development resulting from nations working together. The UN can only be as good as countries make it – but how much worse off we would all be without the work of the United Nations. All British churches mark this by declaring this week every year as One World Week. We now look ahead to the next United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27, November 6 to 18 in Egypt. It is no exaggeration to understand that the future of our planet depends on all people cooperating in support of our common home. The flying of the flag is a mark of our prayer for that unity.

Roy Scott · Wed 26 Oct 2022, 10:47 · Link

Charlbury Station planned opening days

I am (hopefully) reliably informed that Charlbury Station will be open today (Wednesday 26th October) and from next Monday 31st October on an ongoing basis.

Hopefully this means a return to normal service at the station!

Cafe de la Gare will continue to operate during weekday mornings regardless of station opening times.

Hugo Pickering · Tue 25 Oct 2022, 22:54 · Link

Christmas Tree Festival 2022

We are excited about holding the Christmas tree festival again this year, and hope that many organisations and groups from Charlbury will participate by sponsoring a tree.

The festival will begin on Thursday 8th December with events over that first weekend, and run until 28th December. Bookings are going well, and there is still time to book a tree, so please download and complete the form below or email Hilli and Mary on

As before, the festival aims to bring people, local organisations, charities and schools together – each decorating their own tree. As well as the display of trees, there will be a café, the opening ‘Jazz & Trees’, party on Friday 9th, and a concert with the well-known local choir Wychwood Chorale on Saturday 10th. The party will be a ticketed event

Ways of helping include

• Sponsoring a tree to be decorated by your organization, school or charity.

• Providing catering or support for the Festival, and for the musical events

• Sponsoring the food or drink for the party or concert or helping with any aspects of the festival. We also need some cakes made and helpers for the café.

The money raised will be donated to the St Mary’s appeal.

We would love to hear from you if you would like to be involved in any way! Please get in touch

Hilli Waller

Mary Bentall

Maureen Sparling · Tue 25 Oct 2022, 15:50 · Link

More rail strikes in early November

You may have seen that further strike dates have been announced by the RMT in the coming weeks. On Thursday 3rd and Saturday 5th November, RMT members at both train operators (on board and station staff) and Network Rail (signallers) will be on strike; Network Rail staff will also strike on Monday 7th November. Some TSSA grades at Network Rail will also be on strike on 3rd, 5th and 7th November.

Many parts of our network will have no service at all on these dates. Where we are able to run services these will start later and finish earlier than usual, and expected to be very busy. We will keep our dedicate strike page updated at which will include the routes we can run on once confirmed.

Our teams are working as quickly as possible to confirm the train plan for both the strike days and the days in between. We will be in touch again next week once we have this detail. There will also be some knock-on impact to days following the strikes and it is likely that late evening services the day before strikes will be affected.

Our advice to customers will be not to travel on strike dates unless absolutely necessary. This includes travel to Cardiff for the Welsh rugby international on Saturday 5th November, where there will be no GWR services from Cardiff after the match and no rail replacement services in operation. Revised timetables will be entered into journey planners as quickly as possible.

There will also be some impact to services on dates between the strike days, Friday 4th November and Sunday 6th November, with services starting later than usual and potentially finishing earlier.

Refunds will be available without fee, and tickets can be used on alternatives dates. All information about the strikes is on our dedicated webpage which will update as soon as we have further timetable information.

Gareth Epps · Mon 24 Oct 2022, 12:07 · Link


SUNDAY the 6th November is an important day for the Memorial Hall as it will host two eminent international concert-artistes playing a hour-long recital in aid of refugee charities. The violinist, Bradley Creswick was for many years the Leader of the Northern Sinfonia, (the resident orchestra of the Sage in Gateshead) and Margaret Fingerhut is an internationally recognised concert pianist who has recorded many solo CDs for Chandos records.   Tea and delicious homemade cake included in the ticket-price.  An opportunity not to be missed!

Nick Parker · Mon 24 Oct 2022, 10:30 · 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 24 Oct 2022, 06:15 · Link

Do you make handmade chocolate or fudge?

We're looking for someone locally who makes handmade chocolates or fudge (or something very similar) to join the last available stall at Charlbury's Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 27th November. If you know of anyone and they are available, please contact me. 

Also, we're excited to announce that Street Fair are having a stall to run another popular Tombola at the Christmas Fair, so please get the dates in your diaries as we have some amazing unique gifts ideas for Christmas, plus raising money for Charity.

Notices are going up around the town but admission to the Fair is free!

Nikki Frankum · Sun 23 Oct 2022, 14:04 · Link

Zebra crossing on The Slade - we want your views!!

New Pedestrian Crossing on The Slade?

We want your views on a proposal for a crossing near the school

The survey can be found here:

Closing date for responses is Monday 14th November.

Thank you

Lisa Wilkinson · Fri 21 Oct 2022, 15:51 · Link

Keep in touch with the Town Council

NEW!!!! Charlbury Alerts

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We look forward to keeping you up to date with what's happening at the Town Council.

Lisa Wilkinson · Thu 20 Oct 2022, 16:07 · Link

A Quiz Night Out

There are still some tickets left for St Mary's quiz night on Saturday, 12th November @ 7pm. Do join us for a fun night and support St Mary's and its community initiatives. Tickets are £15 per person including a delicious supper.

Don't delay - book your tickets now -

daniela jenkins · Thu 20 Oct 2022, 11:37 · Link

Charlbury Cycling Club

We are forming an all-new Charlbury Cycling Club for like minded individuals who want to participate in Group rides and Social rides. Hopefully starting soon we are aiming to have rides on all Saturday mornings and one night during the week during the summer. Please join the facebook group if you are interested.

Gary Harrison · Tue 18 Oct 2022, 16:30 · Link

Charlbury Oktoberfest is ready!!

We are delighted to say that the main arena has been constructed and looking forward to two big days at Charlbury. This really is a family event that will have lots of dancing, jollity and of course drinks for all tastes. the bands have been working really hard so please support them and the cricket club. All tickets available on the door with upgrades available

Have a look at the arena here

Paul D Jenkins · Fri 14 Oct 2022, 08:35 · Link

CRAG donations of clothing, blankets, sleeping bags etc.

In the past month, members of St Mary’s Church have been extremely generous, dedicating their Harvest Festival appeal this year to the theme of Refugees. 

At least a car load of donations piled up in the Church and we have now sorted and stored them to go to Care4Calais. Most especially welcome for refugees in the Calais area were a large number of blankets, sleeping bags and tents. The adult clothes are also extremely welcome, and will be offered first to Ukrainian guests living in Charlbury. 

The Baptist Church has been extremely generous too: hosting language lessons several times a week, and also arranging for us to use space to set out the clothes for Ukrainian guests to select from.

The Ukrainian family who are moving to Witney at the end of this month will benefit from donations of household goods. Still needed are: an iron, saucepans, and rugs. 

All of us at CRAG are hugely grateful to all those in an around Charlbury who have been so generous with their donations. 

Please keep them coming!  We will be arranging the next full van load for Care4Calais in the next four weeks or so. Please see the list of priority items and take any donations to Alice at White Hart, Market Street, Charlbury, OX7 3PH (phone 01608 238274; email

Thank you!

Vicky Buser · Mon 10 Oct 2022, 20:14 · Link

20mph speed limit survey closing soon

Last chance to respond to the survey on a 20mph speed limit throughout town as the closing date is Wednesday 12th October at midnight.

Please find the link on the Town Council website:

We want to hear your views.

Lisa Wilkinson · Mon 10 Oct 2022, 16:42 · 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.

  • Ivy House Church Lane Charlbury
    Erection of replacement entrance gates.
    WODC reference: 22/02779/LBC - Thu 06 Oct 2022 - Under consideration
  • 1 Sturt Road Charlbury
    Erection of single storey side and rear extension
    WODC reference: 22/02676/HHD - Wed 28 Sep 2022 - Under consideration
  • Ivy House Church Lane Charlbury
    Erection of replacement entrance gates and formation of natural swimming pond within garden.
    WODC reference: 22/02601/HHD - Thu 06 Oct 2022 - Under consideration

Mon 10 Oct 2022, 06:15 · Link

Garden Society Plant Swap

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the plant swap today either by donating plants or money. The money raised will help us continue to support local planting initiatives. 

Alison Derham · Sat 8 Oct 2022, 16:10 · Link

Free soil/compost -help yourself

Following the removal of the bins at the cemetery, there is a pile of soil/compost. This will be removed on Monday 10th October. If you would like any, please help yourself.

Lisa Wilkinson · Fri 7 Oct 2022, 16:04 · Link

A Charlbury Antiques Roadshow

Have your treasures valued by Nicholas Granger, professional auctioneer seen on Antiques Road Trip.

Join us at St Mary's church on Saturday, 19 November from 10.30am to 3pm to support St Mary's and its community initiatives.

£5 per appointment with Nicholas who specialises in jewelry, silver, watches, stamps and coins. No need to book, first come - first served.

Special commission arrangements benefitting St. Mary's if you want to sell.

Refreshments available while you wait.

daniela jenkins · Wed 5 Oct 2022, 10:52 · Link

No trains from Charlbury between Wednesday-Saturday

From GWR:

Tomorrow, Wednesday 5th, ASLEF (train drivers) are on strike across the country. On Thursday 6th and Friday 7th, TSSA (GWR controllers and managers) are on strike at GWR only, but as part of their nationwide dispute. And on Saturday 8th, the RMT (on board and station staff, and Network Rail signallers) will be on strike again across the country.

From Wednesday to Saturday, across all 4 days, there will be no GWR services operating on the vast majority of our network. Full detail of where we are able to run services is on our dedicated webpage at, and online journey planners should now be accurate for the remaining strike days.

From Wednesday until Saturday, there will be no GWR services on the North Cotswolds line between Hereford/Worcester and Oxford/London Paddington. On Wednesday a very limited service will be in place between Oxford and Reading. On Thursday and Friday, a very limited service will be in place between Oxford and London Paddington, and Oxford to Didcot Parkway. On Saturday, Oxford will not be served by any GWR services.

Our advice to customers remains not to travel unless absolutely necessary, and to make alternative arrangements. We do expect some disruption on Sunday 9th too, following the strike days.

Gareth Epps · Tue 4 Oct 2022, 16:20 · Link

Quiz Night Out

The wait is over: after adapting to the times with remote quizzes, we are back and better than ever in person!

St Mary’s Church, 7PM Saturday, 12 November

Quizmaster Patrick Derham (Former Head Master, Westminster School) is rumoured to have used months of extreme yoga to get his mind in the right place for this quiz.

Mirth will be had, brain cells will be used, and money will be raised for St Mary’s and its community initiatives.

Tickets are £15/person including supper. Teams will be up to 6 people each.

Send your payment to

Account Name: Charlbury PCC, Sort Code: 40-52-40, Account Number: 00032374

Reference: Quiz

To confirm, Email Dine Glasgow (

daniela jenkins · Tue 4 Oct 2022, 10:30 · Link

Apples to take away @ The Cornerstone

Lots and lots of October apple varieties are now available from The Cornerstone at the Corner House. EVERYONE is welcome to come and collect and enjoy our locally picked apples, so pop in anytime 10am-1pm Monday to Saturday. The hot drought this summer meant that lots of tiny apples fell off early but since there had been exceptional blossom in the spring this meant there were still lots more on the trees to reach normal size at the normal time. So this year is proving to be a bumper year for both apples and pears. Have started picking Bramleys but only the biggest and giving the rest the opportunity to get bigger over the next few weeks. The Sharecroppers page lists all the varieties known to be growing around Charlbury arranged in order of becoming ripe and marked when they are **AVAILABLE **.

Christine Elliott · Mon 3 Oct 2022, 09:06 · Link


We are inviting all Charlbury organisations and charities to take part in the St Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival 2022

The Festival will run from Thursday 8th December to Wednesday 28th December (Set up on Wednesday 7th December & take down before 28th December)

This is the 4th Christmas tree festival and as in past years, aims to reflect the fabulous diversity of our very special Charlbury Community. It will be a wonderful way to support the St Mary’s building appeal.

If you, your family, or your organisation are interested in sponsoring and decorating a tree, please download the application form below. 

If you need more information, please get in touch with Hilli Waller at

There will be a ‘Jazz&Trees’ bubbly & canapé party on Friday 9th December and the Wychwood Chorale will be holding their Christmas concert on Saturday 10th December. The ‘Jazz&Trees’ will be a ticketed event, with tickets available from the Cornerstone from early November.

We do hope you feel able to take part or come and support this special event.

Hilli Waller

Maureen Sparling · Mon 3 Oct 2022, 08:52 · Link

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