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Fancy trying out an e-bike for a couple of weeks?

If you fancy borrowing the Council's e-bike for up to two weeks (free of charge) then please go to and fill in the contact form. 

Lisa Wilkinson · Thu 28 Apr 2022, 15:15 · Link

New Sound Bath Studio Opens in Charlbury

Sound practitioner Jo Keatley is now taking bookings for one-to-one gong baths in her new purpose-built garden studio in Charlbury. A gong bath creates therapeutic waves of sound, bathing over the body to help you relax and allow your mind to de-stress, rebalance and rejuvenate. 

For bookings please call Jo on 07841 988901 or email

More information can be found on her website:

Adrian Lancini · Thu 28 Apr 2022, 11:03 · Link

Bière sans Frontière

At first glance, driving to northern France may not be the most intrepid of adventures. However, demand the journey be done in a £500 car and suddenly the task seems a lot more daunting. Is that crack getting bigger? Is that the sound of the clutch going? Where is that water coming from?!

On Friday morning, four Charlburians depart on the Twin Town Challenge, a rally from Witney (Blenheim actually) to its twin town Le Touquet. The event raises money and awareness for Special Effect, a charity based in Cornbury Park that specialises in helping physically disabled children access modern technology.

The team comprises volunteers from own charitable event, Charlbury Beer Festival (25th June), and we’ll be promoting the event along the way. We’d love it if you supported the team by donating money to Special Effect via our team page.

A very special thanks to Rod of Sonnox for sponsoring the team’s entry into the rally.

If anyone would like to volunteer at the beer festival in June, joining our happy band of “Beerkmakers”, we always love hearing from people willing to spare a bit of time on the day to pour drinks, sell tokens, judge Aunt Sally, carry band equipment, and generally make the day special. The event is 100% volunteer run and all profits go to good causes in and around Charlbury. It’s also a great way to meet people if you’re new to the town! Please email us if you could spare a couple of hours.

Michael Peake (2022 CBF Chair)

Michael Peake · Thu 28 Apr 2022, 09:23 · Link

Weekend Manager Needed At The Deli

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, responsible individual to manage the deli at weekends, as well as weekend staff too. Retail experience, preferably in a cafe, required.

If you know anyone who might be interested, please put them in touch ASAP by email: or call 01608 811157

We are an accredited Living Wage employer.

Hugo Pickering · Wed 27 Apr 2022, 15:00 · Link

Walking and cycling in Charlbury – your views sought

Walking and cycling in Charlbury – add your views to our interactive map!

The council has agreed to draw up a plan for improving walking and cycling opportunities in and around Charlbury, as a key part of our Highways and Transport Strategy. The plan will include a specific focus on the needs of people who use mobility aids of any description, as we know there are plenty of barriers to the safe and easy passage around town for these residents.

To be able to draw up this plan and to prioritise elements within it, we need to gather information about what residents like and dislike (and why), and to identify what’s missing in the local network. And to do this, we would like to your hear views.

To tell us what you like, or what you dislike and would like to change within the local network, please add your comments to our interactive map at On the map, you can drop a pin and use the drop-down menu to classify problem areas, describe the problem and suggest improvements. You need to register on the site the first time you make and save a comment with a single click for Google or Facebook login (or you can do it by email if you like). It says ‘Suggest walking & cycling improvements in Charlbury’ on the map but we do want to hear from residents who get about using mobility aids as well.

The results of last autumn’s traffic survey, as well as comments made to previous Town Council surveys, for example the Community Action Plan, will also be fed into our plan.

We have made arrangements to reach groups with very specific needs, including disabled residents, pre-schoolers and very elderly residents, via routes other than this post and the interactive map.

Deadline for responses: 15th May 2022. Please tell us what you think of local walking and cycling routes at

Thanks for your help – Charlbury Town Council’s Journey’s team

James Styring · Wed 27 Apr 2022, 14:36 · Link

In Memory of Michael 'John' Birch

Adapted from the notice at Charlbury Station

It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you of the sudden death and untimely passing of your Charlbury Stationmaster Michael John Birch, known as John to those who passed through the station on their daily commute.

John passed away on Thursday 14th April having been ill for some time.

His funeral will take place on Friday 29th April at 12:45pm at St Mary's Church, North Leigh, Witney and anyone that knew John is welcome to attend.

John was a very popular, very knowledgeable colleague and friend who will be greatly missed by those who worked with him, and by those he served at Charlbury with such professionalism, dedication and good humour.

Details of a permanent and fitting memorial at the station will be published in due course.

Emily Algar · Tue 26 Apr 2022, 18:15 · Link

Emergency Supplies for Ukraine

Another lorry load is leaving from Oxford next Monday, for the Ukraine. 

Has anyone the following ? If so please drop off at 10 Woodfield Drive. Any questions please message me personally. Many thanks

ANY IN DATE medication or first aid supplies whether opened or not

ANY IN DATE pain killers whether opened or not (Doctors will be in charge of all drugs)

ANY bandages, dressings or tourniquets whether in date or not

Sanitary supplies & nappies


Baby food or formula

Tinned food IN DATE

vicky burton · Mon 25 Apr 2022, 11:11 · Link

The Home Library Service (Books on Wheels)

The Home Library Service (Books on Wheels) in Charlbury

Susan Terry · Fri 22 Apr 2022, 14:39 · Link


Charlbury Festival opens on 10th June in just over seven week's time.  There will be forty events over ten days from drama and literature to art and music with something for people of every age and interest.  Many events are free. Tickets for ticketed events will be on sale from 23rd May in Charlbury Deli and Cafe. Cash only.

All the festival activities are now listed in detail on this website under Events. 

4,000 festival programmes have just been printed and will be delivered to all homes in Charlbury and the surrounding villages at the beginning of May.

Tony Lloyd · Thu 21 Apr 2022, 20:13 · Link

NHS Supporting Refugees into Work Event

Do you know someone who might be interested?  If so please let them know that the Oxford University Hospitals Trust will be holding a recruitment open day for refugees based in the Oxfordshire area.

Friday 22 April 2022 10.00am - 3.00pm

Function Room, OUH Cowley

Unipart House Business Centre

Garsington Road

Oxford OX4 2PG

Free shuttle bus service to and from event from John Radcliffe Hospital 9.30am - 3.00pm.

Free parking for those who wish to come by car.

The aim of the event is to showcase the opportunities our Trust has available in the following areas:

Healthcare Support


Estates and Facilities

Administration and Clerical

For further information please email:

Liz Leffman · Wed 20 Apr 2022, 15:52 · Link

Concert raises nearly £3,000 for Ukraine Appeal

The concert yesterday in St Mary's Church raised nearly £3,000 for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. A big thank you for the wonderful Charlbury response. We were so disappointed that we couldn't fit in everyone who wanted to come, and special thanks to those of you who made a donation anyway. A short video was made which will be shared on social media into Ukraine. Arne Richards and Isobel Knowland and friends are opening the Charlbury Festival so do catch them again there.

Phil Roberts · Wed 20 Apr 2022, 13:18 · Link

Our Honoured Citizens

Four residents of Charlbury were honoured at the Annual Town Meeting earlier this month. To find out who they are and what they have done for Charlbury please see the Town Council website:

Lisa Wilkinson · Tue 19 Apr 2022, 14:47 · Link

Aid finally delivered.

Well All,

we finally made it all the way to Romania and have delivered your donations. 
It was gratefully received by Pastor Ion Damian and his team who will deliver it to refugees in Romania and some will go on into Ukraine itself.

We just want to say a huge thankyou for your kindness generosity and support 

Best wishes


mark crook · Sat 16 Apr 2022, 07:18 · Link

Update on Aid trip for Ukrainian refugees

Hi All, 

We’ve had quite a couple of days on our journey to Romania 🇷🇴 with all the aid you kindly donated for the Ukrainian refugees.

We decided to Start a day early due to the queues we saw on the news at the ports and Euro tunnel. So Mark pick up the van on Wednesday. It was loaded and we travelled to Folkstone to catch the Euro train. The we’re no real dramas and the wait was about 1-2 hours. We crossed and started our journey from Calais. We’ve made fantastic progress and stopped for a well earned break in Budapest, Hungary on Thursday night. We will be in Romania for Friday afternoon to deliver the aid which I know will be gratefully received.

Thank you so much once again for all the support and help.

I’ve attached a few photos of the journey so far.

mark crook · Fri 15 Apr 2022, 08:32 · Link


Many thanks to those of you who have donated to the food larder.  Please do keep the food items coming so that we can maintain a filled shelf for those who need it.

Cornerstone will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Please fill out a form in store or email on if you would like to go on our mailing list for updates about Cornerstone. 

Thanks everyone.  

Jo Paton · Thu 14 Apr 2022, 11:08 · Link

Charlbury Station planned closures

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

Wednesday 13th April

Thursday 21st April

Friday 29th April

Saturday 7th May

Monday 9th May

However this doesn't stop Cafe de la Gare from operating at the station on those days, nor the trains from running.

Hugo Pickering · Wed 13 Apr 2022, 14:08 · Link

Women's Tour bike race to come through Charlbury again

The Women’s Tour cycle race is to come through Charlbury on 11 June, the first full day of the Charlbury Festival.

The stage will start in Chipping Norton and head towards Hook Norton and Bloxham before turning south to Charlbury, entering from the Enstone Road, and leaving past the station on its way to Burford, Faringdon, Didcot and the stage finish in Oxford.

More details at

Richard Fairhurst · Wed 13 Apr 2022, 12:30 · Link

Booster Clinic at Charlbury Medical Centre

The medical centre is not yet able to confirm the proposed delivery date of the Covid 19 booster  vaccine. The practice will contact eligible patients as soon as delivery is certain.  Vaccine delivery is organised by the Primary Care Network working with Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

  Vaccination can be booked elsewhere by visiting: Vaccinations are for: Additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over
  • 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 years old and over
  • Boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old
  • Spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system
  • Thank you.
  • Charlbury Patient Participation Group.

susan smith · Mon 11 Apr 2022, 14:38 · Link

UK to Ukraine - Garden Tools collection - Can you help?

'UK to Ukraine' is collecting garden tools to send out with our next transport of supplies. VICTORY GARDENS is a fantastic new initiative to help this proud nation feed itself. There are over 6 million displaced people sheltering in the west of Ukraine, which has created a massive pressure on food supply. 

This scheme is a collaboration with our partner NGO Stowarzyszenie Folkowisko and Western Ukrainian councils who have designated large areas (the size of Wiltshire) to grow veg to ease the food pressure in the coming months.

How can you help?

Do you have any spare gardening equipment hiding in your garage? If so, drop it (clean and in good working order please) to HUNDLEY COTTAGE, HUNDLEY WAY, CHARLBURY by Saturday 16th April. 

We need: Forks, Spades, Hoes, Rakes, Trowels, Secateurs, 3 prong cultivators.

You can find out more about our campaigns at or call Maeve on 01608 811162 for further details.

Thank you so much for your support! 

Maeve Bradbury · Sun 10 Apr 2022, 20:45 · Link

Charlbury Children’s Bike Rally 10th September 2022

Saturday 10th September 2022

Now in its sixth year, the annual Charlbury Children’s Bike Rally will take place on Saturday 10th September 2022.

The ride has traditionally taken in a short or a longer route via Charlbury’s five churches, followed in recent years by Children’s Bike Gymkhana, Mass Picnic and BikeFest with e-Bike trials at Wychwood Paddocks.

The first five rallies were organised by Basil Eastwood of the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust but, as Basil is moving to Bristol this year, he is handing over the reins to James Styring and Charlbury Town Council's Journeys team, who will make sure that the event thrives and expands.

The event is supported by Charlbury Town Council, the Charlbury School Association, Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and the Windrush Bike Project. Details of this year’s event will appear on,,,, and over the summer, but for now – save the date!

James Styring · Sun 10 Apr 2022, 14:46 · Link

Holy Week/Easter

Holy Week services at St Teresa’s:

Palm Sunday (10th April): Procession with blessing of palms 9.15 am.

Monday/Tuesday( 11/12th April): Mass 9.30 am.

Thursday ( 13th April): Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7 pm.

Friday( 14th April) : The Passion of the Lord 3 pm.

Saturday( 15th April): The Vigil 8 pm ( first Mass of Easter)

Sunday( 16th April): Easter Mass 9.15 am

Confessions after each service or on request . Please see website for contact details.

A happy Easter to all.

Father Clive.

Father Clive Dytor · Sat 9 Apr 2022, 09:00 · Link

Cornerstone - Food Larder

The Cornerstone food larder has been emptied completely this week! If you have spare in date unwanted food items at home do bring them down to us. Also if you do a weekly shop, would you consider adding a few items for us to have on the food larder. Examples of useful products are ant type of tinned food, rice, pasta, pasta sauces, condiments, toiletries etc. 

The larder is filled regularly to ensure that there is food available for anyone that visits Cornerstone in need of items. It doesn't tend to be stocked with surplus so there is no need to use the items unless you are in need of them. 

Our shelves with fresh produce are absolutely for everyone to take what they can use, as the produce is surplus and will go to waste if not used. Everything here can be taken for free, but as we are funded solely by donations and grants, we are very grateful for cash or card donations in store. If you have spare produce from your garden or allotment we would love you to donate it to us. 

Do come in to Cornerstone if you would like to chat about what we do. Open Monday - Saturday 10am - 1pm, or email me on 

We are also having a display at the Town Council meeting Friday night 6.30pm. 

Jo Paton · Fri 8 Apr 2022, 09:36 · Link

Gym Survey

The Thomas Gifford Trustees are exploring options for a permanent location for the Community Centre Gym and to help inform their thinking, would like to invite those people who use a gym now or might be interested in using one in the future, to complete a short survey. Please click on the link below to complete the survey and respond by 29th April.

Charlbury Community Centre Gym Survey

Charlbury Community Centre · Thu 7 Apr 2022, 15:54 · Link

Charlbury Medical Centre

Thank you to all the patients who are helping the practice to deliver a safe service during this time of staff shortages due to Covid. 

The practice plans to offer a booster vaccination to patients aged 75 and over, and clinically vulnerable patients on 28 April. Please do not contact the practice, they will contact you. 

The Oxford Mail reported incorrectly that CMC has one doctor for every 2500 patients.  The correct figure is one GP for 1500 patients. 

Charlbury Patient Participation Group. 

susan smith · Wed 6 Apr 2022, 14:49 · Link

Ukrainian Flag & Ribbon pin update

Just an update on the sale the mini Ukrainian flags and Ribbon Pins that have been available at Cotswold frames over the last few weeks, we have tallied up the total and so far managed to raise £306.00 this has been paid into the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal on Monday 4th April and  yes we clicked the gift aid option so they get an extra 25% on top.

So a Big Thankyou to everyone who has donated so far, but the best news is that we still have nearly 100 flags available which means that you have been very generous with your donations so far but there are still a lot of windows around the town that need a flag to show our solidarity with Ukraine so please come by and make a donation and collect your Ukrainian mini flag. 

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Wed 6 Apr 2022, 10:24 · Link

Aid for Ukraine update

Hi All,

I just thought I would post an update on your phenomenal efforts.

We now have sufficient aid to fill our van with the items we required.

We do not need any further donations at this time but would like to take the opportunity 

To say a heartfelt thank you to the Charlbury community for your extreme kindnesss and generosity especially at this time of a higher cost of living.

We have recieved generous donations and encouragement. This would mean nothing without you supporting I attach a few photos of you donations.

mark crook · Tue 5 Apr 2022, 21:31 · Link

Community Speed Watch Champion Needed

Concerned about traffic speeds in Charlbury?

Charlbury’s Community Speedwatch volunteers are looking for a new lead co-ordinator, following the retirement of Jim Holah. Jim has put in a huge amount of work to measure speeds in our town, lead efforts to raise awareness of dangerous driving behaviour and pressing the authorities to make our town safer.

The Town Council has supported Speedwatch initiatives with investment of over £10,000 in the speed monitoring devices seen around our town from time to time. These have provided useful insight and data helping us understand where excessive speeds are, and will be helpful to the Town Council as we seek to extend the 20mph zone in the town.

A formal co-ordinator is required by Thames Valley Police as a point of contact, to log information and ensure that basic risk assessments are followed.  This person cares passionately about community safety and is happy to look after equipment, organise exercises, volunteers and the necessary paperwork.

Speedwatch is also looking for new volunteers to help run sessions (ideally three people are required for safety purposes) and this would suit anyone with an interest in their work and the odd hour or two to spare.

Please contact me via messaging (here) or Lisa Wilkinson, Town Clerk.

Gareth Epps · Tue 5 Apr 2022, 10:17 · Link

Helping Ukraine

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has bought greetings cards from me during February and March in aid of Ukraine. You will be pleased to hear that I have just donated £1000 to DEC Ukraine Appeal!

All my cards will continue to be available for sale in aid of Ukraine during this desperate situation. The selection of cards will change throughout the summer as I paint new images. You can see the complete range on my website and a small selection will also be outside my door in Church Lane during fine weather.

Maureen Sparling

Maureen Sparling · Mon 4 Apr 2022, 13:06 · 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.

  • Kerby Cottage Sheep Street Charlbury
    Construction of single storey rear extension. Replace 3 no. windows with slimline double glazed units
    WODC reference: 22/00819/HHD - Tue 22 Mar 2022 - Under consideration
  • Kerby Cottage Sheep Street Charlbury
    Construction of single storey rear extension. Replace 3 no. windows with slimline double glazed units
    WODC reference: 22/00874/LBC - Tue 22 Mar 2022 - Under consideration

Mon 4 Apr 2022, 06:15 · Link

Charlbury Medical Centre

The practice manager expects there will be additional pressure on the availability of appointments for the month of April and particularly in the next week or so with sickness absence of clinicians.  When Dr Hurney returns at the beginning of May, there will be once again a full complement of GPs.

In the meantime please continue to contact the practice if you are very unwell, experiencing symptoms that may indicate a serious condition, or have a sick child.

Pharmacies are able to offer expert advice on many common conditions and some injuries:

aches and pains, sore throat, coughs and colds (but not Covid,) earache, cystitis - urine infections, skin rashes and severe reactions to insect bites. 

The Practice hope to offer Covid boosters to those eligible by the end of April, depending as always  on delivery of vaccine. 

Nikki Rycroft · Sat 2 Apr 2022, 12:28 · Link

Dog Mess strikes again!

Dog mess is becoming an issue around the town. PLEASE pick up after your dog.

Lisa Wilkinson · Fri 1 Apr 2022, 10:09 · Link

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