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Charlbury School is Flourishing, But It Needs Your Help!

Charlbury School continues its progress, now emerging after a challenging few years as a flourishing body of creative, curious, and caring pupils and staff. As the Local Governing Body, we wish to use this message to spread that news to the wider Charlbury community. We do so to celebrate the successes and strengths of the school, and also in the hope that we might encourage some of the very many talented, thoughtful, and socially-committed local residents to become more involved with us. The school would greatly benefit from contributions of all sorts from those with expertise or resources to offer. We are particularly hoping to recruit some more governors to join our team.

Please see our latest update for the community.

Tim Hicks · Wed 26 Apr 2023, 18:56 · Link

Seeding and other works on Nine Acres

On Thursday 27th April, the three main football areas are going to be fertilised and seeded to allow the ground to recover. Whilst we can rope off the main pitch, we would respectfully ask all residents and children to refrain from playing or riding their bikes in all these areas until Friday 26th May to allow the grass and works to bear fruit!! There are other areas at Nine Acres that can be used.

The works are being carried out as part of an ongoing programme to ensure we have the very best playing facilities for future years but we do appreciate that it can be frustrating for the small periods when access is restricted

Thank you in advance for your cooperation

Paul D Jenkins · Wed 26 Apr 2023, 16:46 · Link

Are you handy with secateurs and a trowel?

THANK YOU to those of you who turned up last Saturday to clear the path. The difference is amazing. 

Are you able to offer an hour or two of your time this coming Saturday (29th April) morning?

The Town Council is arranging a working party to clear the path alongside the tennis courts, leading to Jeffs Terrace. The idea is for this to be cleared before the Big Lunch celebrations to give better access to people coming from the Jeffs Terrace end of town.

Tim and Gary (councillors) will be there from 10am so if you are willing  come along to dig up a few weeds and prune a bush or two, then please turn up on Saturday.

Lisa Wilkinson · Tue 25 Apr 2023, 16:25 · Link

Celebrate the Coronation with flowers from your garden!


 Charlbury is blessed with many talented, generous gardeners willing to share their gardens with us once a year. The display of beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees always provides a huge treat for local people on Charlbury Open Gardens Day. 

 2023 is a Coronation Year and so the Church flower group along with the Charlbury Garden Society are hoping to do something special to celebrate the occasion. Our plan is to fill the church with British flowers and foliage as an appropriate celebration of the Coronation Day itself and of the produce of Charlbury’s gardens in early May. 

 We are keen to celebrate King Charles’s love of nature and the British countryside, so we would be most grateful for donations of home grown flowers, foliage, herbs and plants. We know that early May isn’t the best time for lots of flowers in our gardens, but a handful, an armful or a bucketful, (even a crownful!), will all be accepted with considerable thanks. 

 We would like all contributions to be brought to the church between 8.30 and 9.30am on FRIDAY 5th MAY, or in the afternoon of THURSDAY 4th MAY between 4.00 and 5.00pm. Please let us know if you’d like to contribute but you can’t bring them yourself on that day. We will arrange to have them collected. Also if you would like to bring a specific arrangement of your own, please put your name and phone number on the bottom of the vase or container so that we can return it to you. The church will then be open for everyone to enjoy the displays and be part of the Commemorative Service to mark the Coronation of HRH King Charles lll at 11.00am on Sunday 7th May 

Please email asap if you would like to contribute or help in any way. 

 Many thanks in anticipation of your kind help and generosity. 

 Hilli Waller - St Mary’s Church flowers 

Alison Derham - Charlbury Garden Society

Hilli Waller · Thu 20 Apr 2023, 14:12 · Link

Me & My Girl 11th - 13th May

Some of Charlbury Amateur Dramatics Society members (CADS)  are performing on stage with the Chipping Norton Amateur Operatic Society (CHAOS) at the Chipping Norton Theatre in May.

Me & My Girl is the musical of Cockney Bill Snibson as he is revealed to be the new Earl of Hareford and his newly-discovered aristocratic relations are horrified. Bringing him to Hareford Hall, they attempt to educate Bill into the ways of the gentry and to separate him from his cockney girlfriend Sally. The result? Chaos of the most comical kind!

With several toe-tapping, uplifting songs (including the famous Lambeth Walk and Leaning On A Lamp Post) Me and My Girl is a sublime and sunny treat for all fans of musical comedy!

Performance Dates and Times:

Thursday 11th May, 7.30pm

Friday 12th May, 7.30pm

Saturday 13th May, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £17.50 (£15.50 matinee)

All prices include any booking fees. 

For tickets please follow the link below

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Wed 19 Apr 2023, 12:06 · Link


Covid vaccination boosters at Charlbury Medical Centre

COVID-19 is more serious in older people and in people with certain underlying health conditions.

Charlbury Medical Centre will offer covid vaccination boosters this spring to people who are eligible to receive the vaccination. This group includes people who are:

  • are aged 75 (you are 75 on or before 30 June 2023), or aged over 75
  • live in a care home for older adults
  • are aged 5 or over and have a weakened immune system

Please do not phone the surgery to enquire about the booster vaccination clinics.  They have no information at the moment about the timing of the clinics which depends upon availability of the vaccine.

As soon as the practice has details, eligible patients will be contacted.

Catching up with missed doses

If you have not yet had either of your first 2 doses of the vaccine (or a third dose for those with a weakened immune system) you should have them as soon as possible.

More information is available here:

Thank you for your co-operation.

Charlbury Patient Participation Group.

susan smith · Mon 17 Apr 2023, 10:08 · Link

Support Local Families & Early Years Education

Did you know that three local pre-schools and nurseries have recently had to close because of financial and staffing pressures? Government funding at the current levels simply doesn’t cover the cost of providing quality childcare. On average, providers lose £2.20-2.30 per child, per hour.

Charlbury Pre-School has been part of the community for over forty years, and we have been working hard to secure our future. We have rolled out new initiatives to support the needs of our local families, such as extending our operational hours and working tirelessly on fundraising activities to support our financial stability. But still there is always much more to do!

We want to continue to support our local community and to do so we need your help… no matter how big or small! You don’t have to have a child enrolled to support us, you can help by:

- Getting in touch if you would like to help financially or practically.

- Becoming part of the ‘Friends of Charlbury Pre-School’ community.

- Getting in touch if you have experience writing grants.

- Taking part in our upcoming fundraising events.

Thank you from the bottom of our little hearts.

Charlbury Pre-School is a registered charity No. 273783

Jill Petersen · Sun 16 Apr 2023, 16:21 · Link

Temporary Emergency Road Closure – at Charlbury, Crawborough

Oxfordshire County Council has been informed of a temporary emergency road closure on Crawborough whilst Openreach customer reconnection works are carried out for public safety reasons.

A temporary Emergency Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate on 14 April 2023.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.

Further information regarding the emergency works may be obtained by contacting Sunbelt Rentals UK Ltd on email

Lisa Wilkinson · Fri 14 Apr 2023, 11:45 · Link

'Go Local' Annual Town Meeting

'Go Local' Annual Town Meeting

Announcing the arrival of the 'Food Street' at the Town Meeting next Friday. Come and meet The Bull, Chloe, The Old Shed, Charlbury Deli and Halcyon Honey who will be tempting our taste buds. Plus wine and local cheese following on from last year's successful tasting. We will be honouring 3 more residents with Citizen's Awards for their contribution to Charlbury over the years. Also exciting: the boss at FarmEd has just confirmed that he will be talking about how the production of food is changing. Hope to see you at the memorial hall on Friday 21st April from 7pm.

Lisa Wilkinson · Thu 13 Apr 2023, 17:29 · Link

Charlbury Museum opens Easter weekend

Charlbury Museum opens for the season this weekend: Easter Sunday & Monday 2.30 -4.30pm.

The new showcase exhibition entitled Hidden Treasures - Hidden Histories features a diverse collection of historic artefacts from Bronze Age arrowheads, ancient coins to more quirky relics from other centuries. Lost treasures discovered by local detectorists Neil and Rob in fields near Charlbury, and other items found in gardens and old houses. Be inspired by the hidden history of Charlbury.

The museum welcomes visitors each weekend until the end of September 2023. Saturdays 10.30 -12.30, Sundays & Bank Holidays 2.30 - 4.30. Adults £1, children free.

Sue Rangeley · Sat 8 Apr 2023, 17:39 · Link

The Big Help Out

If your charity still hasn’t signed up for a stall at The Big Help Out event on 8th May 2-5pm act quickly.  There are only one or 2 spots left.  More information is coming out later next week to those who have signed up but get in touch if you’d like to know more now. Alison Derham

Alison Derham · Fri 7 Apr 2023, 11:59 · Link

Summer is on its way at Charlbury CC .....

We have been working hard over the winter at the Cricket Club getting ready for our 149th season at Charlbury. Applications for youth membership are the highest they have ever been and lots of teams have been entered into the various leagues. We have restored our old pavilion to part of its former glory, relaid pathways and are in the process of installing an electronic scoreboard.

Our community nights which combine youth training with the chance for the community to come and listen to some local bands has gone from strength to strength and we are delighted to list the events for 2023, with some old friends and new now appearing

  • May 5 Jesters
  • May 12 The Inflatables
  • May 19 Mingus Tree
  • May 26 Crooked Little Heart
  • June 2 King B
  • June 9 Jesters
  • June 16 Mingus Tree
  • June 23 Crooked Little Heart
  • June 30 Après Ski Night
  • July 7 Escapade
  • July 14 Shakedown
  • July 21 The Vodka Shots

This year we are also promoting the social membership of Charlbury CC. You can support the club by buying a social membership for just £30.00. It also gives you 10% of all drinks which makes us one of the cheapest venues on town!! Simply click this link to apply

Other big dates for diary include

  • 24th June Charlbury Beer Festival
  • 30th September Oktoberfest
  • 4th November Firework Display

We are keen to ensure that the club is available to all members of the community so please come and see us - you don't have to be a member!! . We will post the events both social and fixtures in the events pages. Let's hope for lots of Sunshine!!

Paul D Jenkins · Thu 6 Apr 2023, 08:40 · Link

All trains cancelled from Oxford to Didcot/Reading

The railway viaduct over the Thames at Culham has been closed and is apparently likely to remain so for several weeks. There are no trains from Oxford to Didcot, Reading or Paddington. 

The Chiltern service from Oxford to Marylebone is unaffected. Rail replacement buses are being laid on between Oxford and Didcot.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 3 Apr 2023, 16:21 · Link

Volunteer at the new Charlbury Market

Charlbury Market is Back

We Need Your Help!

Volunteer event on 18 April, 7pm at Chloe’s

(Alder House, Market Street), with nibbles 

Following a successful 5-week trial last year we're thrilled that Charlbury Market will be restarting again. After fantastic feedback we now know there is demand for a market that connects local food producers with Charlbury residents and visitors on a regular basis. This time the market will be taking place  on Saturday mornings from 9.30am to midday.*

Charlbury Town Council will be running the Market and would love to have the help of the local community in delivering an inclusive, fun and safe event.

Are you interested in food and/or the environment?

Do you want to get involved in an exciting new community event?

Do you have the odd Saturday morning you can give to help make the Charlbury Market a success?

We are looking for a range of volunteers - from helping stallholders set up and break down, putting up signage, welcoming market visitors, to marketing and planning. If you can help in any way, we'd love to chat. And if you can’t make the event on 18 April do contact us

Lisa Wilkinson:

(*Not on Farmers’ Market days)

Lisa Wilkinson · Mon 3 Apr 2023, 12:58 · Link

Skateboarding Workshop FULLY BOOKED

Charlbury Town Council and Tic Tac Skateschool are holding a skateboard workshop on Friday 28 April at Charlbury Skatepark. 5pm: for ages 6 to 11. 6pm: ages 11 to 16. (Age groups may be changed slightly depending on numbers).

All participants must have a suitable helmet (EN 1078 standard). We also recommend wrist/elbow/knee pads. A limited number of skateboards and helmets are available to borrow if you do not have your own.

Cost is £5 for a 55 minute session, this is subsidised by the Town Council. Some free places are available for families in financial hardship, please contact in confidence.

Spaces are limited! Please complete the form below, if you have more than one child please complete a separate form for each. Payment will be taken separately once your slot is confirmed.

Lisa Wilkinson · Mon 3 Apr 2023, 12:04 · 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.

  • Charlbury Community Centre Enstone Road Charlbury
    Erection of extension to South elevation to provide a purpose built community gym.
    WODC reference: 23/00749/FUL - Wed 29 Mar 2023 - Under consideration
  • 22 Elm Crescent Charlbury
    Single storey rear and side extension
    WODC reference: 23/00692/HHD - Tue 21 Mar 2023 - Under consideration
  • 14 Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Erection of a single dwelling in rear garden, with a new access and parking
    WODC reference: 23/00572/FUL - Mon 27 Mar 2023 - Under consideration

Mon 3 Apr 2023, 06:15 · Link

Typing error

There is a typing error in the Oxfordshire Art Weeks flyer. Street Fair is still in September!

Graham Wisker · Sat 1 Apr 2023, 17:15 · Link

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