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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.

  • Stable Cottage 2 Hixet Wood Charlbury
    Erection of two first floor extensions and a small lean-to ground floor extension
    WODC reference: 22/01175/HHD - Thu 28 Apr 2022 - Under consideration
  • 2A The Slade Charlbury
    Remove existing conservatory and construct new single storey rear extension. Conversion of existing garages into habitable rooms, internal alterations and coloured render applied to existing external walls.
    WODC reference: 22/01168/HHD - Wed 27 Apr 2022 - Under consideration

Mon 16 May, 06:15 · Link

Royal Visit

We are excited to announce that The Countess of Wessex GCVO will be coming to Charlbury on Tuesday 17th May. The Countess will visit Charlbury Community Centre and the Cornerstone and will plant a tree on the Playing Close in honour of the Queen's Green Canopy.

You are all welcome to join us on the Playing Close at 2.20pm for the tree planting.

daniela jenkins · Fri 13 May, 09:04 · Link

Litter and antisocial behaviour at skate park and Mill Field

Most people take great care of our green spaces but unfortunately a small number are causing problems.

At the skate park a few individuals are deliberately smashing bottles on the hard surface and leaving behind nitrous oxide cannisters and other signs of substance abuse. The police are aware and will be patrolling the area. Please be aware that glass is banned on and around the skatepark.

At the Mill Field, litter (including broken glass) has been left behind and piles of branches intended to provide wildlife habitats have been burned on fires. All are welcome to use the Mill Field but please ensure you take all your litter home and do not light fires.

Lisa Wilkinson · Thu 12 May, 11:32 · Link

Charlbury Festival Photography Competition

As part of the Charlbury Festival in June there will be an open photography competition for adults and children. Entries will be displayed in Charlbury Deli & Cafe and in Cornerstone in the Corner House.

The four adult themes are: Holidays, Black and White, Buildings and Nature. The children's theme is Animals.

There will be prizes for each theme and an opportunity for visitors to vote for their personal favourite. Entries to be mounted on A4, 50p per entry for adults, children under 16 free.

The competition will be judged by local photography specialist, curator and mentor Anstice Oakeshott together with wildlife photographer Paddy Gallagher.

Hand-in is on Thursday 9th June between 2.00 and 4.00 and Friday 10th June between 9.30 and 11.00 in Charlbury Deli & Cafe

Further information contact Julia Reid 01993 868457 or

Tony Lloyd · Tue 10 May, 19:39 · Link

Morris Dancing - Like to try it out?

Should you seek some lively exercise or feel the urge to be doing something really different while exercising and entertaining others with your dance or musical talent do consider joining Charlbury Morris. We are always looking for interested individuals from the local community (our dancers come from Finstock, Witney, Chipping Norton, Oxford as well as from Charlbury itself).

If you ever wondered if Morris Dancing is for you, please come along to one of our practice sessions (see website for times and locations or catch up with us at one of our events.

Formed in 1984, Charlbury Morris revived local participation in the ancient tradition of Morris dancing in Charlbury and the Cotswold villages of Leafield, Finstock and Minster Lovell--commonly known as the Fieldtown area.

Our side is made up of six or more sprightly dancers, several versatile musicians and a merry fool! We dance various local dance traditions from Fieldtown, Ascott, Hinton, Bampton and Adderbury -taking the dance steps and music from historical sources.

'Charlbury' are well known as a 'fun side'. We keep to the old dance traditions, and sometimes create our own, but always with healthy injections of fun and the occasional, equally ancient, beverage to cool our exertions! Jangling bells, wild waving hankies, whirling sticks and wild whooping are common elements of our dance. A new departure for us is singing including sea shanties; you might have seen us perform at Street Fair last year.

Our Summer dance season is from May to September. Winter activities include Barn Dances, Pub evenings and Morris Ales (gatherings of Morris sides). Practice sessions are held in Finstock Village Hall on most Friday evenings at 8:00pm from October through April. Check our website for exact dates. Newcomers are most certainly welcome to drop by.

Our all-male Cotswold Morris side invites you to free Morris dancing lessons. The two-hour session starts at 8pm and suits men of all physical abilities. Help our side keep this artistic tradition alive. As a side we get to attend many fun and interesting events during the summer season. During the winter, music and dance practice can be an enjoyable social experience. As in the old days, we learn and respect the ancient traditions of the Morris, but we try not to take ourselves too seriously. Come along, learn the dance steps, figures and music and take it to the next level.

For more information call Peter (the bagman) on 01608 811007 or visit our website.

John Dora · Sun 8 May, 21:38 · Link

West Oxfordshire District Council changes control

West Oxfordshire District Council, which runs services for Charlbury including refuse collection, planning, and car parks, is set for a change of administration following yesterday’s elections.

One-third of the seats were up for election, not including the Charlbury & Finstock ward this time. The results saw the governing Conservatives lose seven seats: five to the Liberal Democrats, one to Labour and one to the Green Party.

As a result, the Conservatives have lost their majority on the council. The new standings are Con 20; LD 15; Lab 9; Green 2; independents 3.

Results are listed on the WODC website.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 6 May, 09:09 · Link

St Mary's Fete, Saturday 7 May 2-5pm

Come to the fete tomorrow.

Charlbury Primary School Art Competition.

Teddy Bear Zip Line. Bring your teddy for the trip of his/her lifetime.

Plate smashing, Plants, Books, Games, Jewellery, Nearly New Gifts, Toys, Bottles, DVDs, Ice Creams, Hot Dogs, Cakes, Cream Teas.

And Much More.

Patrick Gallagher · Fri 6 May, 07:54 · Link

Delays on rail services today

If you are intending travelling on the railway from Charlbury this morning, please be advised that the services are all delayed by at least an hour due to a signalling problem between Charlbury and Oxford

Hugo Pickering · Wed 4 May, 08:25 · Link

Emergency Supplies for Ukraine Update

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated items that are being taken  to Ukraine shortly. Dawn has been overwhelmed with essential supplies! Thank you so much to Charlbury Nursery, The Railway Children Nursery, Charlbury Medical Centre and Cornbury Park.

As I've been repeatedly asked for the final deadline; it is Tuesday 3rd, in the evening, as Dawn's transportation crew will be dropping off in Oxford in the coming days.

vicky burton · Mon 2 May, 14:20 · Link

Revd Sally Welch to move on to Christ Church Cathedral

Charlbury’s vicar, Revd Dr Sally Welch, will be leaving the parish this summer and moving on to a new role as Diocesan Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.

A news item from the Diocese of Oxford says:

“The Bishop of Oxford and the Chapter of Christ Church Cathedral are delighted to announce the appointment of the Reverend Dr Sally Welch as Diocesan Canon. Sally is currently vicar of Charlbury in the Diocese of Oxford and was area dean of Chipping Norton from 2015 to 2021.

“Sub Dean Richard Peers says; ‘We are all looking forward to Sally’s arrival at Christ Church and having her as part of the team here. Sally will bring strong skills as a pastor as well as a deep passion for pilgrimage. Her knowledge of the diocese and network of relationship across the diocese will further strengthen the mission of the Cathedral. We look forward to Sally, Jeremy and their growing family being part of our community.’

“Sally Welch has been a parish priest within the Diocese of Oxford for over 20 years, in a variety of different contexts, as well as Diocesan Spirituality Adviser. She is the author of a number of books and was the editor of New Daylight Bible reading notes for seven years. Her particular interest is the spirituality and practice of pilgrimage, and she has worked with the diocese and the Cathedral on a number of different pilgrimage projects, particularly the annual St Frideswide Pilgrimage. She and her husband Jeremy have four children and five grandchildren (so far).”

Mon 2 May, 12:16 · Link

Charlbury School appoints new headteacher

The governors of Charlbury Primary School and the River Learning Trust have appointed Charlie Barwell as the new headteacher of the school. She was previously head at the primary schools of Combe, Middle Barton, and the Batt School/St Mary’s in Witney.

In a letter to parents, Ms Barwell writes:

“I am delighted to have been appointed as the Headteacher of Charlbury School and am looking forward to getting to know every one of you over the coming months.

“20 years ago, I moved to West Oxfordshire with my family having taught in Oxford and London previously. I have been the Headteacher of 4 schools as well as working as a Governor and a Trustee for a MAT. My experience extends to all categories of school in both state and private. I am an empathetic leader who believes that strong relationships with everyone within the community is essential for our children.”

She will take up her position at the start of the autumn term in September.

Mon 2 May, 12:10 · 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.

  • 8 Market Street Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 5 (details of all external windows and doors) and condition 6 (details of hr gates) of planning permission 21/04117/FUL
    WODC reference: 22/01043/CND - Wed 13 Apr 2022 - Awaiting decision

Mon 2 May, 06:15 · Link

Robin Farmer Funeral

The funeral of Robin Farmer will take place on Saturday 7 May at 11am.  At North Oxfordshire Crematorium & Memorial Park OX5 3ER. A wake will follow at Millers Cottage, Market Street, Charlbury.  All welcome.

Michelle Gillespie · Sun 1 May, 18:13 · Link

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