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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.

  • Harebell Cottage Church Street Charlbury
    Installation of a sub-surface electric vehicle chargepoint in the public footway outside the property.
    WODC reference: 22/00500/FUL - Thu 24 Mar 2022 - Under consideration

Mon 28 Mar 2022, 06:15 · Link

Wilderness Local Tickets and Bursary

Dear Friends and Residents,

Wilderness 2022 Local Tickets will be open for registration from this Sunday 27th March, between 10am-4pm at the Charlbury Community Centre.

Registration form is here:

Key Information

Weekend tickets (4th-7th August) available to residents within the postcode OX7 3** and, new for 2022, OX29 9**.

Max 4 adult tickets per household and max 4 under 18s per adult ticket.

All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult 18+ at all times and cannot camp separately.

Availability is on a first come, first served basis. Please note we have increased the allocation available to cover the new postcode.

As per 2021, to register for tickets, you must visit the Charlbury Community Centre in person, bringing all required supporting documentation (proof of address, I.D. and request form).

If approved, Wilderness will then email you a link to book and pay for your registered tickets through Ticketmaster.

You can see our full Local Tickets info sheet and Registration form here but some key points to note are:

You must fill out a request form prior to registering. This form is now online only.

We highly advise completing the form in advance, so as not to hold up your registration at Charlbury Community Centre.

Once submitted, you should receive an email confirming your request - if any details are wrong they can amend this for you at the Charlbury Community Centre.

It is key that the lead booker email on this form is correct, as they will receive all confirmation emails, further information and, if successful, links to booking your tickets.

Registration will open from Sunday 27th March between 10am-4pm and continue as per below, while stocks last:

Saturday 2nd April: 10am - 4pm

Sunday 3rd April: 1pm - 4pm

Every Sunday thereafter: 1 - 4pm (except Easter Sunday 17th April)

This information sheet / registration also includes details on:

Campsites and new locations for 2022

Day Tickets

Car Park Passes and other extras

Arrival Info Packs

Ticket Transfer

While we know issues were experienced with this feature last year, we have been working closely with Ticketmaster to ensure this is rectified for 2022. So, if for any reason you are no longer able to attend the festival, you will be able to transfer your tickets to another local resident, via Ticketmaster, but only closer to the festival. We will let you know when this feature is available.

Ticket Types & Prices

Adult (18+): £140.00 + £2.45 bf

(Based on 40% resident discount of public ticket price £230.00, with reduced booking fees)

Teen (13-17): £115.00 + £2.00 bf

Junior (6-12): £35.00 + £0.60p bf

Child (0-5): £5.00

Local Bursary

We are pleased to announce the return of our local bursary scheme. We are inviting residents of Charlbury, Leafield and Finstock to put forward their ideas for local causes, charities, organisations and initiatives that would benefit from a grant using this application form.

All the best,

The Wilderness Team x

Bianca Molloy · Wed 23 Mar 2022, 07:09 · Link

The Corner House and Memorial Hall CIO: could you join the trustee team?

With the official transfer of responsibility for The Corner House and the Memorial Hall likely to be completed within the next few weeks, the new charity needs someone with a ‘numbers’ background to join the trustee board.

People who attended the public meeting last November on the transition from the existing management committee to the new charity heard for themselves details of the skills and experience that the trustees bring. Since then, we have recognised that our collective skills need to be augmented by those of someone with a financial or accounting experience from education, industry, the charity sector or a similar background. Could this be you?

In outline, the new trustee’s responsibilities will include preparing annual budgets, managing cashflows, supervising our accounts clerk (who looks after the day-to-day financial issues and book-keeping). and preparing the annual accounts, within the overall position of being the charity’s treasurer. In due course, improvements to The Corner House to make the building more sustainable, energy-efficient and user-friendly will involve working with the existing project-development group to help best achieve the desired results.

The Corner House and the Memorial Hall are at the heart of the community here, and the new charity’s trustees are committed to ensuring that it stays that way. To find out more about how you – or someone you know – can help that happen, please contact Paddy Gallagher at or on 811568.

Simon Walker · Mon 21 Mar 2022, 10:27 · Link

Leadership changes at Charlbury Primary School

Charlbury Primary School has informed parents and carers at the school:

After a great deal of consideration, Mr Lewis will be stepping down as Headteacher at Charlbury with effect from Friday 25 March. We would like to offer our very sincere thanks to Mr Lewis for all that he has achieved during his time at Charlbury and wish him well for the future.

From Monday 28 March, the leadership of the school will be shared on a full-time interim basis between two very experienced former headteachers - Mrs Rachel Crouch and Mrs Frances Bartlett. Mrs Crouch and Mrs Bartlett will be in place until the end of this academic year - by which time we aim to have made a permanent, substantive appointment to the post of Headteacher ready for the new academic year in September.

(excerpts from a longer letter)

Mon 21 Mar 2022, 09:53 · Link

Annual Town Meeting - REVAMPED

Annual Town (Parish) Meeting – REVAMPED

Come and join us at the Memorial Hall on Friday 8th April for the Annual Town Meeting from 6.30pm

The APM will include:

Wine and cheese sourced locally

Talks from guest speakers on cycling, butterflies and hedgehogs

Honoured Citizen Award presentation

Updates on Town Council work including consultations on parking alterations and walking and cycling around the town

We hope to see you there

Lisa Wilkinson · Mon 21 Mar 2022, 09:11 · Link

Badges for Ukraine donations

Have just counted up the contributions from my handmade badges.

They have raised £150.00 for the Disaster Emergency Committee Appeal. 

Thanks so much to all who donated. That's really great.🇺🇦

Sandy Fairhurst · Sat 19 Mar 2022, 15:59 · Link

Forest Road 30mph extension now open for consultation

Ahead of a number of traffic proposals this year, a minor extension to the 30mph limit beyond the station.

We are writing to seek your views on the proposal to extend the existing 30mph speed limit on the B4437 Forest Road. The extended limit will replace part of the existing 60mph National Speed Limit by approximately 145 metres to cover the proposed new junction with the access road to the ‘Rushy Bank’ residential development. In light of this, please find the following consultation documents attached:

Public Notice,

Statement of Reasons,

Consultation Plan, and

Draft Traffic Regulation Order.

The proposed Traffic Regulation Order is scheduled to have been advertised in the Oxford Times today, Thursday 17th March 2022, and details are also available to view on the Councils consultation portal at the address below:

As stated on the notice, any objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by Friday 15th April 2022.

Kind Regards,


Christian Mauz

Technical Officer (Traffic & Road Safety)

Community Operations|Environment & Place

Oxfordshire County Council|County Hall|New Road|Oxford|OX1 1ND

Gareth Epps · Thu 17 Mar 2022, 22:52 · Link

New X9 bus timetable from 3rd April

The Witney/Chipping Norton bus (Pulhams X9) will have a slightly revised timetable from 3rd April. You can see the full timetable here.

Changes are:

  • The former 17.15 bus from Witney now runs 25 minutes earlier, departing Market Square 16.50 and arriving at the Bell at 17.13.
  • The former 18.15 bus from Witney now runs 15 minutes later, departing Market Square 18.30 and arriving at the Bell at 18.53.
  • The former 17.30 bus from Chipping Norton now runs 15 minutes later, departing West Street at 17.45 and arriving at the Bell at 18.05. (This will run Mon–Sat.)
  • The Saturday-only 18.05 bus from Chipping Norton no longer runs.

The changes are a knock-on effect of the X8 Kingham–Chipping Norton bus no longer running.

All bus services are experiencing lower passenger numbers at the moment and the X9 is no exception. Please support your local bus! Travel is free for older passengers with a bus pass (Oxfordshire County Council reimburses Pulhams for your fare) – see the OCC website for how to apply for a pass.

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 16 Mar 2022, 12:51 · Link

Thank you from Charlbury Scouts

🍰💙💛 Thank you to all the kind people of Charlbury and farther afield who supported  Charlbury Scouts fundraising stall on Saturday..

We have raised an amazing £350, which will contribute to the DEC efforts in supporting refugees in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

Cheryl Horsey · Tue 15 Mar 2022, 12:53 · Link

St Mary's Church hosts Ukrainian Violinist

Arne Richards and friends are getting together to stage a Concert for Ukraine with guest Ukrainian violinist Mikhail Vichniakov. More details on the events page. All the performers are donating their talents for the benefit of the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Do let your friends know about another practical way of supporting the victims of this terrible conflict.

Phil Roberts · Tue 15 Mar 2022, 12:23 · Link

CRAG Ukraine Welcome Hub

Charlbury Refugee Action Group (CRAG) has set up a new page on called the CRAG Ukraine Welcome Hub . We'll be using it to provide links, information and support for everyone in Charlbury who is hoping to welcome Ukrainian refugees to their homes. 

We'll keep adding to the page as new information becomes available. There's not a huge amount on there just yet, but we hope to know a lot more in the coming days and will add information as soon as we can. 

We really hope it will be a useful resource for everyone. 

Vicky Buser · Mon 14 Mar 2022, 21:30 · Link

Copper Pot Catering




Raegan shayler · Mon 14 Mar 2022, 17:40 · Link

Ukraine mini flags on sticks and Ribbon Pins

Ukraine mini flags on sticks and Ribbon pins

At Cotswold frames we have just taken delivery of 200 mini Ukrainian flags on sticks ideal for in your windows, flower pots etc we have also just been donated a number of Ribbon pins to wear to show a gesture of solidarity the ribbon pins have been kindly made and donated by Pat Jones.

You can purchase either a ribbon or a flag for a minimum £1.00 cash donation into our collecting tin all of the proceeds go to the Red Cross DEC Ukraine appeal

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Mon 14 Mar 2022, 15:42 · Link

Wilderness line up and tickets for locals

Hi friends,

Team Wilderness are excited to share our line up with you all for 2022! Please head to our website for details of this year's programme.

We will be launching tickets for local residents towards the end of March/start of April and are delighted to have both weekend and day tickets available for those who wish to join us. We will share details on how to buy locals tickets nearer the time, and can't wait to see many of you in Cornbury Park this summer.

Have a lovely weekend,

Bianca and Team Wilderness

Bianca Molloy · Fri 11 Mar 2022, 16:28 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Quiz

Tables for the Quiz being held on 26 March are selling fast.   To make sure of your place contact Rachael Lunney by email to secure your place.   Email is

Details are on Events Page.

Susie Finch · Fri 11 Mar 2022, 08:38 · Link

Eviction of artists.

Two long standing members of the Charlbury arts community have been issued with shock eviction notices and must leave their workshop studios on Spelsbury Road at the end of the month. 

Emma Maiden and Clare Carswell who have jointly worked up there for more than twenty years, have built successful creative small businesses. As well as making her own stone sculpture, Emma runs popular weekly sculpture classes, which for  now will continue at Wilcote Art Studios at Finstock.  Clare has run dynamic youth arts projects, a supportive artist residency programme since 2012, and has recently refurbished her premises to make a small gallery in order to show the work of artists from the area and further afield. Clare is one of the regions arts and dementia specialists and as we leave the pandemic, was looking forward to resuming her arts and dementia sessions for people  who live with dementia in the area. She is now seeking premises to continue this work as well as to host artist mentoring and residencies. 

Clare Carswell · Thu 10 Mar 2022, 10:46 · Link

Practical Support for Ukraine

West Oxfordshire District Council have set up a collection point in Carterton Leisure Centre for items to help support those suffering from the abhorrent actions of Putin.

Details are on their website,  Perhaps someone or a group could set up a collection here to contribute.

Amanda Epps · Wed 9 Mar 2022, 16:19 · Link

Flag badges for Ukraine

Sandy Fairhurst has made some Ukrainian flag badges for people to wear. They include a small safety pin. They can be obtained from Cornerstone (10am to 1pm each day) or Font cafe at St Mary's church (Thursdays 10am to 12 midday) A donation to the Red Cross Disaster Emergency Committee Appeal for Ukraine would be very much appreciated.

Paddy Gallagher.

Patrick Gallagher · Wed 9 Mar 2022, 11:52 · Link

Charlbury Station planned closures

For your information, Charlbury Station will be closed on the following days:

Thursday 17th March

Friday 25th March

Saturday 2nd April

Monday 4th April

However this doesn't stop Cafe de la Gare from operating at the station on those days.

Hugo Pickering · Wed 9 Mar 2022, 10:10 · Link

Our Lady of Kyiv

St Teresa’s is open during the day for anyone to light a candle or say a prayer in front of the icon Our Lady of Kyiv. All are welcome.

Father Clive Dytor · Mon 7 Mar 2022, 11:58 · 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
    Subdivision of house to create two dwellings together with associated works.
    WODC reference: 22/00508/FUL - Tue 22 Feb 2022 - Under consideration
  • 18 Sandford Park Charlbury
    Erection of ground floor and lower floor extensions (with undercroft area) and a detached garage with associated works (part retrospective)
    WODC reference: 22/00461/HHD - Tue 01 Mar 2022 - Under consideration

Mon 7 Mar 2022, 06:15 · Link

Charlbury stands with Ukraine

The town council has raised the flag of Ukraine to express our support for the people of Ukraine.  We know it's only notional but we know it expresses how people feel about this unwarranted attack on another European country.

With thanks to the Corner House Committee.

Liz Reason · Sun 6 Mar 2022, 11:16 · Link

Advice on testing from the Zoe Covid study

New research insight: when to take LFTs: from the Zoe Covid Study

With access to free lateral flow tests ending from the 1st April in England, Professor Tim Spector wanted to share with you some valuable insights from recent research to help you make the most of testing. Their scientists recently analysed the length of time it took for people to test negative, following their first positive test. They found that, on average, it took 8 days after the first positive test to log a negative test.

What can we learn from these findings?

Have some LFTs at home ready so you can test as soon as symptoms start. You don't want to be out and about looking for test kits while symptomatic

Use a LFT on the day that you start experiencing symptoms

If you log a positive test, wait 6 days to retest as it’s unlikely that you’ll test negative before then

Those aged 75 and over could wait up to 10 days to retest as our research suggests that those in this age bracket may take longer to recover

If your test is negative, test again the next day.

For those waiting to hear news about the availability of the 2nd CV booster for those eligible, we shall post here as soon as we are informed. 

Nikki Rycroft · Sat 5 Mar 2022, 17:36 · Link

CRAG's response to the Ukrainian crisis

CRAG wants to help as much as we're able, and we've put together a list of things people can do right now in our latest newsletter which you can read here.

While offering physical donations such as food, blankets and clothing is a natural and generous human response, aid agencies are stressing that at the moment this may not be the best way to help.

In this crisis, cash donations can reach people more quickly to buy what is needed.

We're also posting updates on our Facebook page, and if you'd like to receive our regular newsletters please sign-up to become a CRAG member.

Vicky Buser · Thu 3 Mar 2022, 21:06 · Link

Stay and Play at the Bowls Club - cancelled

Stay and Play is unfortunately cancelled on Friday 4th March. Back next week.

Jo Paton · Thu 3 Mar 2022, 12:18 · Link

Probus Welcomes Women members

On the 40th anniversary of the club the Probus Club of Charlbury voted at the AGM to change from a men only club to be open to both men and women.  Therefore we now welcome women to come along to our lunch meetings held on the first Wednesday of the Month currently at Witney Lakes Resort. They will also be most welcome at other events throughout the year.

For more details see our page here

Tony H Merry · Thu 3 Mar 2022, 11:40 · Link

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