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OKTOBERFEST EARLY BIRD TICKETS RELEASED

We are delighted to confirm that Early Bird tickets for the Charlbury Oktoberfest are now on sale until 21st September. Thereafter they will revert to full price. The discount is 20% plus no booking fee!! We are anticipating this event may well sell out so you are strongly advised to secure your tickets early. Details of the event and how to book tickets can be found at

www.charlburyoktoberfest.live

Paul D Jenkins · Wed 31 Aug, 10:06 · Link


Charlbury Exhibition Foundation

The Charlbury Exhibition Foundation (CEF) is a local charity to promote the education of young residents of Charlbury. We trace our origins back to bequests made by 2 local people in the seventeenth century. Most of our income comes from renting out our property, the Old Grammar School. 

 The Old Grammar School was built in 1837 and is a Grade II listed building. Since 1975 we have rented the building to another local charity, the Charlbury Pre-School. The objectives of CEF and Pre-School are complementary, the promotion of education for young people living in Charlbury, and this relationship allows the building to be used for the purpose originally intended by the donor. Traditionally, the rent CEF receives from the Pre-School has been used to fund grants given each autumn to local young people who are in further education at college or higher education at university or who are on apprenticeships. 

 CEF now urgently needs to improve the energy efficiency of the building, which has been little altered since it was built. The immediate priorities are to insulate the loft to modern standards and to install secondary glazing on the windows. These measures will be an active response to the climate-change challenge and will also be of lasting benefit to the Pre-School in improving the conditions in which the children are taught and in reducing the environmental impact and energy costs. 

 We have provisionally estimated the initial budget for these measures to be in the region of £20,000. Following a review of our financial position, and bearing in mind our overall responsibilities, we will need to look for outside funding to assist in this work. 

 In the circumstances, CEF has decided with great regret that it will not be able to make grants to students and apprentices this year. We will review the position again carefully next year. 

 Janet Burroughs, Chair of the Trustees, Charlbury Exhibition Foundation 

 Email: charlburygrants@hotmail.com

Janet Burroughs · Mon 29 Aug, 11:18 · 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.

  • The Old Fire Station Browns Lane Charlbury
    Proposed first floor rear extension (non-material amendment to allow alteration to dog leg wall to angled and addition of roof lights).
    WODC reference: 22/02322/NMA - Tue 16 Aug 2022 - Under consideration
  • Whitethorn Ditchley Road Charlbury
    Erection of single storey mono pitch timber outbuilding
    WODC reference: 22/02289/HHD - Mon 15 Aug 2022 - Under consideration
  • 1 Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Rear ground and first floor extensions
    WODC reference: 22/02202/HHD - Tue 09 Aug 2022 - Under consideration
  • Bell Barn Church Street Charlbury
    Proposed single storey extension to create accessible accommodation
    WODC reference: 22/02181/LBC - Fri 05 Aug 2022 - Under consideration
  • Bell Barn Church Street Charlbury
    Proposed single storey extension to create accessible accommodation
    WODC reference: 22/02180/HHD - Fri 05 Aug 2022 - Under consideration

Mon 29 Aug, 06:15 · 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.

  • The Rise Hixet Wood Charlbury
    Variation of condition 1 of planning permission 21/02652/HHD to allow the addition of an ensuite bathroom adjoined to the approved bedroom.
    WODC reference: 22/02079/S73 - Wed 17 Aug 2022 - Under consideration

Mon 22 Aug, 06:15 · Link


CCC to host Oktoberfest - 14th and 15th October

We are delighted to confirm that Charlbury Cricket Club will be building on the success of last years Octoberfest ran by Charlbury Beer Festival, and will be organising a two day event in October. The event will be principally an outdoor event although we have 2 x 30m marquees being erected with seating for over 700 people. 8 bands have been booked for the Friday evening and all day Saturday event  that include local favourites covering blues, jazz and dance  and lots of oompah music. It is very much a family event and "online" early bird tickets will go on sale at the end of August (offering a 20% discount for a limited period). Further details will be released shortly but put the date in your diary and get tickets early. We are anticipating a sell out crowd!!

Paul D Jenkins · Sat 20 Aug, 09:22 · Link


Mill Field Meadow Restoration

A small part of the furthest field has been worked on this week to restore the floodplain meadow flowers that would have been there historically. A small number of volunteers from the Land and Nature Group of the Town Council have been busy scything and thoroughly scarifying the area to remove the thick thatch that has built up from the frequent grass cuts. Hopefully, we've managed to expose enough bare soil for any flower seeds to be able to germinate. Yesterday a big bale of hay was delivered from Fir Farm at Lower Swell and we've spread it over the area for the seeds to drop out onto the soil. This is an experimental start to restore the natural wild flowers in the Mill Field as part of the Town Council's Nature Recovery Programme. If you want to know more, then look out for the Mill Field photo montage at the Farmers Market and Street Fair. Photos taken in June show the flowers in the meadows at Fir Farm which is the donor site for our restoration.

Christine Elliott · Fri 19 Aug, 10:20 · Link


More detailed map of the Enstone Rd closure

This map shows the extent of the road closure.  Ditchley Rd will be open and people who have houses in the closed area will be allowed access

Liz Leffman · Wed 17 Aug, 15:45 · Link


Diversion route for current roadworks at Enstone Rd crossroads

Please see link for the diversion route for the roadworks starting tonight:

https://charlbury-tc.gov.uk/news/diversion-route-for-enstone-rd-closure/

Lisa Wilkinson · Wed 17 Aug, 09:58 · Link


Road closures Enstone Crossroads

Please see the map for the road closures and diversion route while the work is done at the crossroads

Liz Leffman · Wed 17 Aug, 08:47 · 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 15 Aug, 06:15 · Link


Cornerstone school uniform exchange

It’s that time of year - we have uniform items from Charlbury Primary School and Chipping Norton school in good condition available to take, sorted into sizes, come down and have a look. 

Please also donate good condition items (no stains, holes etc)  - thank you!

The Cornerstone is open in the Corner House Monday to Saturday from 10-1.

Helene Provstgaard · Sat 13 Aug, 12:38 · Link


Update on Grassfire at Charlbury's BBOWT Blenheim Farm Reserve

A large area of meadow grass and flowers has been burnt at the top end of the reserve by the log benches. This happened about 2.30pm last Sunday afternoon and we have to thank local residents who saw the smoke from their kitchen window and reacted quickly by calling the Fire Service. We are very grateful to the local fire crew who responded quickly and by using water back packs were able to put it out. Blenheim Farm Reserve is alongside Centenary Woodland so the consequences could have been far, far worse. If anyone knows how it might have started then please contact me through this website or phone 01608 811057. This shows what can happen so easily in the current drought conditions - there is a severe risk of wildfires from BBQs, cigarettes, discarded bottles, and bonfires. Advice from British Red Cross about wildfires.

Christine Elliott · Thu 11 Aug, 14:33 · Link


Extended Hours at Charlbury Pre-School

Charlbury Pre-School has extended its hours to

8.45am – 5.00pm

Monday to Friday

for all 2-5 year olds.

We are also offering extra curricular activities for 2-5 year olds from 3.15pm – 5.00pm which include:

Monday – Music

Tuesday – Social Smarts & Team Play

Wednesday – Spanish

Thursday – Dance

Friday – Art

(classes will change on a rotational basis and suggestions are welcome)

To find out more either pop in to speak with us, call us, or visit us at www.charlburypreschool.org.uk/

Jill Petersen · Wed 10 Aug, 17:39 · Link


No trains this Saturday (13 August)

Just received:

We promised to keep you updated ahead of this Saturday’s (13th August) strike by the ASLEF trade union (train drivers) when there will be no service on the majority of the GWR network.

We will run a very limited service on the routes listed on our dedicated strike webpage here: www.gwr.com/strike. These services will be very busy and will start later and finish much earlier than normal. Disruption will continue into Sunday 14th August, and our advice to customers is to check before travel and only travel if absolutely necessary. There will be no service on the North Cotswolds line from Oxford-Worcester/Hereford on both Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th.

Journey planners are being updated and where we can we are contacting customers directly to make them aware of the changes. Any help you can give to share this message amongst your networks will be gratefully received, we want to ensure that anyone who is thinking of travelling by train this weekend is aware of the severe disruption. We will be in touch again next week with detail on the RMT and TSSA action planned for Thursday 18th and Saturday 20th August. One of the three separate negotiations between the TSSA and Network Rail was approved by members last week, and we continue to work to resolve all outstanding disputes.

You may also have seen that hot weather is forecast for later this week, with the potential to disrupt rail services through temporary speed restrictions and short-notice cancellations. Our teams will be watching this carefully, and customers should check before they travel through National Rail Enquiries or on www.gwr.com.

As ever, if there is anything we can do to assist please do get in touch.

Gareth Epps · Tue 9 Aug, 10:41 · Link


NO GWR SERVICE THIS WEEKEND THROUGH CHARLBURY

Message from GWR:

We promised to keep you updated ahead of this Saturday’s (13th August) strike by the ASLEF trade union (train drivers) when there will be no service on the majority of the GWR network.

We will run a very limited service on the routes listed on our dedicated strike webpage here: www.gwr.com/strike. These services will be very busy and will start later and finish much earlier than normal. Disruption will continue into Sunday 14th August, and our advice to customers is to check before travel and only travel if absolutely necessary.

There will be no service on the North Cotswolds line from Oxford-Worcester/Hereford on both Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th.

Lisa Wilkinson · Tue 9 Aug, 10:36 · 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.

  • 19 Sandford Rise Charlbury
    Discharge of condition 5 (details of the access between the land and highway) of planning permission 20/02942/HHD.
    WODC reference: 22/01162/CND - Fri 13 May 2022 - Under consideration

Mon 8 Aug, 06:15 · Link


Dick Heckman Service

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Dick Heckman will be held Tuesday August 9 at 3pm at St. Mary’s Charlbury.

Mary Heckman · Sat 6 Aug, 15:23 · Link


Wilderness contact number

Wilderness is now underway; should anyone need to contact the Wilderness team over the weekend the number to call is 01608 491491

Liz Leffman · Fri 5 Aug, 10:09 · Link


Jody O’Reilly Prints throughout August

Local printmaker Jody O’Reilly is exhibiting throughout August in the back room of Charlbury Deli. Come enjoy a coffee and peruse. The prints are for sale framed as shown. Mainly lino cuts with a few intaglio drypoints Jody is inspired by our local landscape, events and places. The prints are hand printed in small editions and each has unique character. Multiple copies of some prints are available and if you are interested in unframed prints please email me to ask about availability: Jody.m.oreilly@gmail.com 

Jody O'Reilly · Mon 1 Aug, 12:54 · Link


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