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Charlbury Station planned opening days

For your information, Charlbury Station will only be OPEN on the following days in the next few weeks:

Saturday 2nd of July

Monday 4th of July

Tuesday 5th of July

Tuesday 12th of July

Wednesday 13th of July

However this doesn't stop Cafe de la Gare from operating at the station every weekday.

Hugo Pickering · Thu 30 Jun 2022, 14:16 · Link

Collection of unused medical equipment Tuesday 5th July 11-12.30

The collection will be outside The Old Farmhouse garage on the upper side of the Playing Close between 11-12.30 on Tuesday 5th July. 

On this occasion we are only able to accept small, non electrical items, nothing bigger than a wheelchair, only on this date and during these times, but if successful, we shall be doing this several times a year. If they are no longer in use it would be good to give them to a relevant organisation .

 As we have no storage space, we are only able to accept them on the morning of the 5 th, to be collected by the Red Cross Volunteers from Abingdon on that day.

If you are unable to transport them yourselves, we should be able to help.

We hope to offer unused equipment to other patients in Oxfordshire via the Red Cross, and we are asking you to consider what items you could give, and bring them to the collection point on this date. Thank you !

Charlbury Patient Group.

Nikki Rycroft · Wed 29 Jun 2022, 16:29 · Link

Ticknell Piece: mowing of green spaces

Thanks to those who attended a meeting about mowing of three areas of grass on Ticknell Piece Road.  A note of the meeting has been sent to the Town Council and it can be found here: ;

Scroll down to June and select "reports dated 27 June" 

Claire Wilding · Mon 27 Jun 2022, 14:13 · 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.

  • 13 Hill Close Charlbury
    Single story rear extension and replacement garage
    WODC reference: 22/01681/HHD - Thu 16 Jun 2022 - Under consideration
  • Reeves Barn Pound Hill Charlbury
    Alterations to existing barn conversion, and conversion of attached store building to Garden Room
    WODC reference: 22/01669/HHD - Wed 15 Jun 2022 - Under consideration
  • Broadstone Farm Ditchley Road Charlbury
    Discharge of condition 3 (schedule of materials) of planing permission 20/02655/FUL
    WODC reference: 22/01603/CND - Thu 09 Jun 2022 - Under consideration
  • Ivy House Church Lane Charlbury
    Part discharge of condition 5 (details of all external windows and doors) of planning permission 18/03065/HHD
    WODC reference: 22/01383/CND - Thu 16 Jun 2022 - Under consideration

Mon 27 Jun 2022, 06:15 · Link

Discretionary Council Tax Rebate – applications invited by 5 July

Just to repeat a useful previous News item (10 June), the District Council has set up a support fund for eligible residents who do not qualify for the recent Government £150 Council Tax rebate.    Applications must be made by 5th July.

Eligibility criteria include the following:

You live in a property in Council Tax bands in Bands E to H where:

• Council Tax Support is paid

• A disabled band reduction is awarded

• A Carer disregard is applied

• A Severely Mentally Impaired (SMI) disregard is applied


You are on a low income or income related benefits and pay the energy bills on a property as your main residence but do not pay the council tax on the property


You are living in supported or emergency accommodation.


You are in receipt of low income or income related benefits and reside in a house of multiple occupation (HMO) and other properties where the landlord, property owner or employer is the Council Tax payer.

Full details can be found on the District Council’s website here:

Or, if you struggle to go online, you can phone the District Council’s main switchboard number – 01993 861000 – and say you want to talk about the Discretionary Council Tax Rebate scheme. They can then tell you if you are eligible and, if you are, can go through the application form with you over the phone.

Meryl Smith · Fri 24 Jun 2022, 13:07 · Link

Charlbury CC confirm Friday night bands line up during July

We are delighted to offer a near full programme of local bands coming to the newly formed Charlbury CC beer garden each Friday night throughout July. The current programme is as follows

  • June 24th Knights of Mentis
  • July 1st    Mingus tree
  • July 15th  Charlbury School Choir (tbc)
  • July 22nd The Vodka Shots
  • July 29th  King B

We are also delighted to confirm that the Charlbury Oktoberfest will now be held at the cricket club on 14th and 15th October,

#inthecommnityfor the community

Paul D Jenkins · Fri 24 Jun 2022, 08:07 · Link

Station ticket office opening hours

A reminder that the national rail strike will affect services for the coming days: please check before travelling.

Next week the Station booking office will be open on Tues 28/6/22 (0540-1220) and Sat 2/7/22 (0630-1300).

(You can still pick up coffee from Cafe de la Gare, at least when there are trains running)

Gareth Epps · Wed 22 Jun 2022, 22:02 · Link

Programme announced for the Charlbury Beer Festival's Culture Club tent

We are pleased to announce the programme for the Culture tent at the Charlbury Beer Festival next weekend, Saturday 25 June. There will be music and art, and talks on a range of subjects, including beer and history (and beer in history!) There will also be an opportunity to make suggestions about what a present-day ‘Drinks Map of Oxfordshire’ might consist of – all ideas welcome! Full details can be found on the CBF website,

Edward Fenton · Wed 22 Jun 2022, 17:15 · Link

Wilderness Festival

There's still time to purchase local residents tickets to Wilderness. 

Complete this form:

And head to the Charlbury Community Centre between 1-4pm with relevant documentation to register your request.

We're looking forward to welcoming you.


Bianca Molloy · Wed 22 Jun 2022, 13:57 · Link

Charlbury Open Gardens

Charlbury Open Gardens

I am pleased to report that Sunday's Open Gardens Event has, on provisional figures, raised almost £2,600 for the Charlbury Corner House and Memorial Hall Trust.

The Charlbury Street Fair Committee would like to thank the Garden Society, the owners who so generously opened their gardens to the public, the volunteers who ran the event, the Charlbury Morris Men and the children's choir who performed so brilliantly in the Memorial Hall.

Finally, thanks to those that bought tickets, and we trust you enjoyed the opportunity to see some wonderful gardens.

Steve Jones · Tue 21 Jun 2022, 10:26 · Link

Mowing on Ticknell Piece: residents' meeting weds 730pm

Residents of Ticknell Piece Road are invited to a meeting in Ticknell play park this Wednesday (22nd) to talk about mowing of grass areas along Ticknell Piece Road. The Town Council and Land and Nature Group will explain the new mowing pattern and why it hasn't quite gone as planned this year. We also want to hear from residents about how they would like to see the green areas managed. If you can't make the meeting but would like to ask questions or make comments, please email or speak to me or Frances Mortimer. 

Claire Wilding · Sun 19 Jun 2022, 11:34 · Link

Wilder Flowers Saturday mornings at Community Centre

Wilder Flowers have returned to the Community Centre to sell their fabulous freshly cut locally grown seasonal flowers. 
Saturday mornings 9am until noon (or sold out). 

Georgie Slack · Sat 18 Jun 2022, 11:18 · Link

Self-drive visits with the Garden Society

The Charlbury Garden Society is organising two self-drive visits this July.

Geneviève Hug · Thu 16 Jun 2022, 14:41 · Link

Open House at Charlbury Cricket Club

Charlbury CC invite all members of the Charlbury community to come and join us this Friday evening on what is forecast to be one of the hottest days of the year. We have over 100 outdoor seats available and our newly refurbished bar will be open from 5.30pm. The all-stars, dynamos and youth sections will be running their training programmes and we are very lucky to have the Oxford Jesters playing their special brand of folk music between 7.30pm and 9pm. We have stocked up with Pimms - so hopefully see you there. 

#Inthe communityforthecommunity

Paul D Jenkins · Thu 16 Jun 2022, 12:14 · Link

Charlbury Festival Steamroller Printing

The giant prints made with the steamroller are on display in the Corner House.

The two linocut prints are in the ArtRoom and the children's cave painting print is in the Morris Room together with the sketchbook project and the international print exhibition.

Additionally twelve artists are opening their studios each afternoon. 

All open 2-5 Monday-Friday this week

See the map in the festival programme

Tony Lloyd · Wed 15 Jun 2022, 12:09 · Link

Returning unwanted medical equipment

About that Zimmer frame lurking in the garage ....... the shower stool that you no longer need .... and how about that bed frame device which you used when your relative came to stay... ?    If you are no longer using them it would be good to give them to a relevant organisation , so this may help.  

We have organised a collection for the Red Cross of small, non electrical items, nothing bigger than a wheelchair, on Tuesday 5 th July, and nearer the time we will let you know where and when to bring your items. As we have no storage space, we are only able to accept them on the morning of the 5 th, to be collected by the Red Cross Volunteers from Abingdon on that day. 

If you are unable to transport them yourselves, we should be able to help.

We hope to have a good collection of unwanted equipment to be able to offer to other patients in Oxfordshire and we are asking you to start considering what items no longer used you are able to donate in preparation for this collection date.   Thank you ! 

Charlbury Patient Group.

Nikki Rycroft · Tue 14 Jun 2022, 10:16 · Link

Charlbury Festival Photography Competition Winners

The winners of the Festival Photography have been announced. The exhibition is on all this week in Charlbury Deli and Cafe

The winners of the five categories are:

Holidays - Neil Valler

Black and White - Bill Stevenson

Nature - Lynn Gorton

Buildings - Kaye Leggett

Children's Competition - Ava Richardson

Congratulations to the winners and all the other wonderful entries

Tony Lloyd · Sat 11 Jun 2022, 09:49 · Link

Charlbury Farmers Market Saturday 11th June - news for customers

We are posting this item to give advance notice to customers. 

We are sorry to inform you that sadly 2 of our regular traders have made the decision that they will no longer be trading in farmers markets. 

Bibury Trout Farm has decided to cease attending local farmers markets and focus on its full attention on its business in Bibury. 

Moore and Lyon who have been selling a range of meats and poultry, sausages and burgers will also no longer be attending. Due to the increasing costs of animal feed and energy they have made the decision to cease their business. 

Janet Burroughs · Fri 10 Jun 2022, 15:28 · Link

Discretionary Council Tax Rebate: July 5 deadline

Financial support is now available for people who were not eligible for the Government's recent £150 council tax rebate. See the WODC website for the detailed eligibility criteria:

There is limited funding available, but criteria for eligibility include people on low income, people living in supported accommodation, people living in Housing of Multiple Occupation, people receiving certain benefits, plus those who have been diagnosed as severely mentally impaired, but who did not qualify for the Government’s £150 Energy Rebate.

It also includes cases where a review, proposal or appeal pre-dating the Government’s announcement on 3 February 2022 is successful after 1 April 2022.

 Please alert carers, family and friends, so the support can go out to those who need it.

Applications are open until 5 July.

Christine Battersby · Fri 10 Jun 2022, 14:49 · Link

Charlbury Street fair Open Garden Cake needed

Open Garden is on Sunday 19tb of June

We in need of Cakes for Teas

Please either bring it after 11am on the sunday to the Memioral Hall or email  and arrange deliver

All money raised goes to the corner house and memioral hall

Rachael Lunney · Wed 8 Jun 2022, 21:36 · Link

No parking along route of Women's Cycle Race



Reaches Charlbury at 12.03

No parking/waiting restrictions’ signs have been placed on certain sections of the route to ensure the peloton can safely navigate our roads. The District Council will have towing enforcement in place; however, this will be the last resort and ideally, all vehicles will have moved off beforehand. There will be cones and signs along the relevant streets, to ensure there are no cars on the route.

Please move your cars before the teams come through with the towing vehicles. It would be great if all roads were clear and ready well in advance of the race coming through.

Reminder of the Charlbury route: Enstone Road, Nine Acres Lane, Thames Street, Dyers Hill

Thanks in advance

Lisa Wilkinson · Wed 8 Jun 2022, 09:22 · Link

£150 council tax rebate goes live

Households in council tax bands A to D are eligible for a £150 council tax rebate.  Applications need to be made through WODC and will close on 5 July.

If you or someone you know is eligible, please go to where all the information about how to apply is available.

For those residents who do not have access to the system  officers are on hand for support on 01993 861000.

All details, including the eligibility criteria are also available on the website at the above link.

Liz Leffman · Wed 8 Jun 2022, 09:01 · Link

Would you like to help survey Charlbury’s hedges?

Charlbury Hedgerow Surveying Workshops

Sun 3 July and Sun 17 July

Hedges are so important in our landscape as wildlife corridors and refuges for plants, insects, birds, reptiles and small mammals. The People’s Trust for Endangered Species is running “The Great British Hedgerow Survey”, a national survey which assesses the health and management of hedges. Charlbury is going to take part in the survey, building on earlier surveys carried out in the parish, and we are looking for people to help.

Wild Oxfordshire is going to provide training, paid for by the Town Council, in how to carry out the survey, at two workshops on Sunday 3 July and Sunday 17 July. The first workshop is an introductory one, covering plant identification and the surveying techniques. The second workshop follows on from the first, when we will put our learning into practice and look at how to carry the project forward. Both workshops will be held outdoors at a hedgerow site.

If you would like to help and are interested in joining the workshops, and for more details, please get in touch with Chris Beausire at, or with Christine Elliott on 01608 811057.

Also, for more information, here is a link to the article on Charlbury hedges that appeared in the Charlbury Chronicle. Charlbury Hedges article

Lisa Wilkinson · Mon 6 Jun 2022, 12:56 · Link

Festival Tickets

If you have not yet purchased your tickets for the Festival events, the dates are getting close.  Tickets are on sale in Charlbury Deli and Cafe (cash only)

  • An Evening of Poetry and Music has already sold out but tickets remain for:
  • Music from Jarisel 10th June 7.30
  • Friday Night is Music Night 17th June 7.30
  • Iolanthe - Shoestring Opera Saturday 18th June 3.30
  • Good, Occasionally Rhyming Saturday 18th June 8.00

Tony Lloyd · Sun 5 Jun 2022, 11:14 · Link



From the Oxford Times

“Queen’s weather favoured the promoters of the festivities here. This consisted of a tea for the children, while a substantial meat tea was provided for the adults in the Board School (on the Playing Close); the guests at both numbered over 1,000. Mr Jones* catered for the young folk, who had their tea in a large field (Nine Acres) under the grateful shade of the trees, while a committee consisting of 132 willing helpers attended to needs of their elders.

The Charlbury YMCA String Band enhanced the pleasantness of the gathering by the excellence of their performance. After tea the children took part in various sports, and before they dispersed were further regaled with oranges and cakes.

In the evening a monster bonfire was lighted on Banbury Hill, built under the supervision of Messrs Jones and Castell, and for which materials were provided by Lord Dillon, and Messrs J W Richards and F Penson.

The Union Jack floated from the church tower and nearly every house was decorated with flags and bunting. At night Mr Baughan** had an illuminated star and V R formed of gas jets, and the White Hart was well lighted by candles in every window.”

* Mr G J Jones, baker and confectioner, whose shop was next to the Royal Oak in Church Street.

** The ironmonger, whose shop was on the corner of Church Street and Sheep Street.


Janet Jeffs · Thu 2 Jun 2022, 17:13 · Link

Thank you Charlbury!

Just to let you know that, through April/May sales of greetings cards outside my cottage and including Artweeks, I have today given a further £1000 to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.  A huge thank you for your continued support.  Cards (including a new selection) will be available in my Open Studio/Garden during the Charlbury Festival.  Also available on line:

Maureen Sparling

Maureen Sparling · Wed 1 Jun 2022, 17:17 · Link

Cornerstone - closed for Bank Holidays

Cornerstone at the Corner House will be closed Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June. Open again 10am on Saturday. 


Jo Paton · Wed 1 Jun 2022, 16:31 · Link

Getting to local Jubilee events on Sunday, 5 June

If you would like to attend the Jubilee Civic Service at St Mary’s Church starting at 10.30 a.m. and/or the Jubilee Picnic on Nine Acres Playing Fields starting at 12.30 p.m. and you need transport to get there but have no family, friends or neighbours available, All Together In Charlbury (ATIC) will try to help.

Please phone ATIC’s special mobile number 07487 413892 no later than 12 noon on Saturday, 4 June (i.e. no later than noon on the day before these events) to make a request. (Please note that this is not our usual helpline number.)

Details of these Jubilee events on Sunday 5 June can be found in the Summer edition of the “Charlbury Chronicle” and the June/July edition of the Parish Leaflet, which have recently been delivered to every household, and in the Events section of this website.

If you can think of someone who might be glad of a lift but is not likely to see this information on this website, please pass on this message.

Meryl Smith

Meryl Smith · Wed 1 Jun 2022, 08:41 · Link

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