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9.30am-Midday at Charlbury Community Centre

We are so thrilled to let you know that there is an abundance of produce at this weeks market – vegetables are now coming in good quantities, and we’ll also have meat and fish to buy. Here’s a run-down of this week’s stalls:


Missing Bean Bakery

Amazing sourdough and sweet-and-savory pastries baked in Oxford and made with local flour from Bruern from coffee roasters, Missing Bean.


Bibury Trout Farm

An array of produce circled around our most local fish. Fresh, hot and cold smoked, pates and other delicious things.

Also joining us this week:

Hampton Gay Farm

Beautiful pasture fed organic meat from nearby.

Church Lane Produce

Carrots, new potatoes, onions and courgettes from their lovely patch in Spelsbury. Billy’s Eggs (from Stow on the Wold) and delicious preserves.

Styan Produce

A wide variety of fruit and vegetables grown in the Vale of Evesham.

Wilder Flower Farm

Beautiful seasonal bunches – some ready made, some ready to be bunched, from just down the Road.

There is also a stall at the market where you can drop items for Sesi refill and get useful general information about services in Charlbury.

We look forward to seeing you Tomorrow!

Chloe Horner · Fri 30 Jun 2023, 06:41 · Link

New Councillor co-opted to the Town Council

Welcome to Emily Algar, newly co-opted onto the Council. There was a really high standard of applicants for the role with Emily being the successful applicant. We all look forward to working with Emily. 

Lisa Wilkinson · Thu 29 Jun 2023, 11:38 · Link

S3 bus times change from 23 July

The timetable for the S3 bus to Oxford is changing from 23 July.

Weekday buses will now leave the Bell for Oxford at 05.33, 06.53, 08.13, then at 13 minutes past the hour until 15.23, 16.23, 17.28, 18.18, 20.33, 22.33.

On Saturdays, buses will leave the Bell every hour from 07.13 to 18.13, then 20.33 and 22.33. There are no buses on Sundays.

Return services from Oxford will generally leave the railway station at 03 minutes past the hour, and Magdalen Street at 10 minutes past.

The new timetable is linked from an update on the Stagecoach website.

Richard Fairhurst · Thu 29 Jun 2023, 10:33 · Link

Charlbury Beer Festival on Witney TV

See if you can spot yourselves "in action" last Saturday: there were lots of people present:

Nick Millea · Wed 28 Jun 2023, 14:23 · Link

Hedge fund new rare arrival!! 🦔

Look at this beautiful rare Albino hedgehog that’s just come into the heg-spital, without her purse 🤷🏼‍♀️. It’s very young, been living wild but has a few issues that need some special care and treatment before hopefully being released to a safe place, as its lack of camouflage doesn't make it well suited to the wild wild! Hedge fund has really appreciate all your support this week. This has helped get Stevie Pricks to a lovely 239g after coming in covered in ticks and in a bad way, at a mere 150g 8 days ago. He was well enough last night to have a  sleepover under the stars in our very special pompom hat bed, on a bed of freshly cut grass in one of our superior heg-ooms. We know how to treat our guests well and some even say it’s more like a heg-otel here! Ms no name Albino and Steve Pricks below. 

If you would like to support our spikey friends: Items for the Heg-spital can be bought via the regularly updated Hedge Fund amazon wish list

Financial donations can be made referenced ‘Hedge Fund’ to the ‘Charlbury Wildlife Society’ account number 77328260 and sort code 30-91-92. thank you 

Hedge Fund · Mon 26 Jun 2023, 17:58 · Link

X9 bus joins the £2 fare scheme

Following the acquisition of Pulhams Coaches by the Oxford Bus Company (Go-Ahead Group), the X9 bus from Charlbury is to join the national fare cap scheme from 1st July.

That means that buses to Witney and Chipping Norton will cost no more than £2 for a single journey.

The current (2023) timetable for the X9 can be viewed here.

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 26 Jun 2023, 09:32 · 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.

  • 7 Hughes Close Charlbury
    Erection of detached dwelling and widening of existing dropped kerb
    WODC reference: 23/01493/FUL - Wed 31 May 2023 - Under consideration
  • 4 Woodfield Drive Charlbury
    Erection of a single storey front extension
    WODC reference: 23/01488/HHD - Thu 15 Jun 2023 - Under consideration

Mon 26 Jun 2023, 06:15 · Link

Windrush Day, 22 June

Exactly 75 years ago, on 22 June 1948, the ship 'Empire Windrush' arrived in Britain, and to mark the anniversary the Culture Tent at the Charlbury Beer Festival on Saturday 24 June is delighted to be hosting a talk by Eddy Smythe, the son of one of the driving forces behind the initiative. Eddy Smythe will be talking about ‘John Smythe QC, MBE: World War II airman, Empire Windrush pioneer, and Attorney General of Sierra Leone’. For full details of this and the other events in the Culture Tent, go to

Edward Fenton · Wed 21 Jun 2023, 20:30 · 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 19 Jun 2023, 06:15 · Link

Skatepark vandalism

Serious vandalism and littering at the skate park, believed to have happened Friday evening, has left large amounts of broken glass and litter. We have descriptions of the people we think were responsible. If you saw anything, or know who did this, please contact the town clerk and/or the police. 

Anyone found with glass or alcohol in the skate park, or causing litter/vandalism, will have a life time ban and be reported to the police. Many thanks to the skate park users who have cleared up the mess and made reports. 

Claire Wilding · Sun 18 Jun 2023, 17:33 · Link

Sustainable Charlbury seeks new trustees

Sustainable Charlbury is seeking (ideally 2) new trustees. Sustainable Charlbury is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), primarily administering a grants programme for low carbon projects, funded by surplus revenues received annually from Southill Community Energy. Further information about our activities can be found here.

At Sustainable Charlbury we embrace diversity. We recognise that at present our board is predominantly male and therefore we would particularly like to encourage applicants from women. We welcome any application from people of all ages (minimum 18, due to Charity Commission rules) and from any background to represent the society and community we live in.

Tim Crisp · Fri 16 Jun 2023, 12:16 · Link

Hedge Fund update

Thanks to you lovely lot we have been able to set up the 'Hedge Fund' portfolio to invest in the future of local hedgehogs (get it?). We have provided care and treatment for over 10 HHs in the last few weeks, with support from the HH nurse, Charlbury vets and Vale wildlife hospital. Six healthy fat HHs have been released locally, with support from Ditchley Park.

We now have most of the equipment we need at the Heg-spital, thanks you!!. Hedge Hogs are renown for turning up without their bank cards. If you would like to donate, the best ways are with cash or donations which will be used for vet and medicine costs (currently around £50 a month) or via buying Heg-spital items from the updated amazon wish list

Financial donations can be made referenced ‘Hedge Fund’ to the ‘Charlbury Wildlife Society’ account number 77328260 and sort code 30-91-92.

The heg-spital cant be contacted by phone as HHs tend to call at night! use this Hedge Fund link at the bottom of this news item, or see the Hedge Fund page for details of what to do with a sick HH, 

Thank you again for supporting our spikey friends. Here are some of our recent clients. Mo (he had a run in with a mower), the spikey ball triplets (needed feeding 4 hourly), Nettie (tangled up in a football net). Sadly not all make it and its really important to get them help as soon as you spot a problem, we can then treat and release.

Hedge Fund · Fri 16 Jun 2023, 11:28 · Link

Last minute information on how to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine, if you are eligible

The CMC Patient Participation Group are aware that not all Charlbury Medical Centre patients who are eligible for the Spring COVID -19 booster vaccine were able to get vaccinated by the CMC in May.

Those eligible for the booster vaccine are as follows:

• Anyone aged 75 years old or over (i.e. 75 or more on or before 30 June 2023)

• Anyone living in a care home for older adults

• Anyone aged 5 years old or over who has a weakened immune system

We understand that it will not be possible to book a booster vaccine after 30 June 2023, so if you are eligible, if you have not been vaccinated and want to be, you will need to act quickly.

How to book a vaccine appointment

If you can access the internet – or you who know someone who can help you do this – you can book online by visiting this site:


You can phone 119 to book by phone. Ring 119 and when you have pressed Option 1 because you are calling from England, you should then press Option 1 again to get to the booking service.

You will need the following information to hand:

• Name and address

• Post code

• Date of birth

• NHS Number

The booking service will find you an appointment at whatever is the nearest vaccination centre..


There is a walk-in vaccination centre at Cleggs Pharmacy in Wantage (01235 763046), The address is Unit 3, Kings Walk, Limborough Road, Wantage OX12 9AJ. We have checked with the Pharmacy and they confirm that they are offering COVID vaccines, subject to staff availability. Their vaccination times are between 9.15 and 5.30 Monday to Friday and between 9.15 and 4.30 on Saturdays (no service on Sundays). At the moment they are advertising this service up until 21 June 2023.

How to get to your appointment

If you need help with transport to any venue at which you have booked an appointment to get a vaccine, you can call the All Together In Charlbury (ATIC) call centre number – 01993 776277 – to see if ATIC can help. Please give as much notice as possible – ATIC cannot respond to same day requests and usually needs at least 2 days’ notice.

If you know someone who may need this information and is not likely to see it on this website, please tell them about it. It can be downloaded from the bottom of this article.

Meryl Smith · Thu 15 Jun 2023, 14:45 · Link

Riverside Festival named in UK's top 10 free festivals

Fantastic recognition for the truly wonderful Riverside Festival reported in the Oxford Mail this week...

The original article appeared in The Guardian at the end of May...

Congratulations to Andy and the amazing team of volunteers who pull it all together every year.

Tim Crisp · Thu 15 Jun 2023, 08:54 · Link

Churches Together in Charlbury Holiday Club - The Amazing Time Machine

Tuesday 1st August – Friday 4th August in St Mary’s Church. Celebration service Sunday 6th August 9.45am

Booking forms were sent to those who requested them earlier in the year and we are just about full for the week. Please email if you would like to go on the waiting list. 

Many thanks. 

Jo Paton · Tue 13 Jun 2023, 15:06 · Link


Save a Life: Training available in Charlbury

When a person is in cardiac arrest their heart stops pumping blood, which means their brain gets no oxygen.  

Without CPR the person will die in minutes. CPR keeps the heart pumping blood around the body until emergency help arrives.  

Knowing how, and when to use a defibrillator saves lives. There are five defibrillators in Charlbury.

There will be an opportunity to attend a training session on how and when to use a defibrillator, and how to give CPR – Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. The training will be given by our local First Responder Russell Ingham.

When:             Saturday July 1st

Time:               2pm to 3pm

Where:           Charlbury Community Centre

Children aged 8 and over are welcome.

If you would like to learn how to save the life of a friend, relative, or a fellow citizen please email:

Spaces are limited.

Another training session will be held on 2nd September in the community centre from 2pm to 3pm.

Thank you.

Charlbury Patient Participation Group

susan smith · Mon 12 Jun 2023, 10:55 · 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.

  • Ambleside Farm Ditchley Road Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 2 (schedule of materials) and 3 (roof samples) of planning permission 22/03388/FUL
    WODC reference: 23/01516/CND - Fri 02 Jun 2023 - Under consideration
  • Ambleside Farm Ditchley Road Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 4 (details of off-street electric vehicle parking) 5 (travel and tourist information pack) and 6 (scheme of biodiversity enhancements) of planning permission 22/03377/FUL
    WODC reference: 23/01520/CND - Fri 02 Jun 2023 - Under consideration
  • 12 Nineacres Lane Charlbury
    Erection of front porch
    WODC reference: 23/01254/HHD - Thu 08 Jun 2023 - Under consideration

Mon 12 Jun 2023, 06:15 · Link

Beer Festival - last chance to sponsor a barrel

With less than a fortnight until Charlbury Beer Festival we are finalising our plans.

This year we will have 60 barrels of beer, specially selected by our experts. There should be something for everyone - ranging from light to dark, non-alcohol to blow your socks off.

You'll all know this is a charity event, where the proceeds are fed back into good causes.  Therefore we offer barrels to be sponsored, where you can select one of the barrels to have your name on. 

We have quite a lot remaining to sponsor, so if you'd like to sponsor, or find out more then drop me a line ( or fill register here:

To find out more about the beer festival, order tickets see our website:

We look forward to seeing you at another glorious event on Saturday 24th June.

Sean Hosking · Sun 11 Jun 2023, 11:59 · Link

Hedge Fund

A massive thank you to everyone who has been involved in setting up Charlbury ‘Hedge Fund’. Hedge Fund and a small ‘Heg-spital’ (hedgehog hospital!)   This provides treatment for sick and injured hedgehogs, ongoing care and rehabilitation before their return to the wide- side. Hedge Fund has its own trained hedgehog first aider and will work closely with the amazingly experienced Heavenly Hedgehogs nurse, a group of volunteers and Hook Norton Veterinary Group (who kindly provide support on a not-for-profit basis). 

The rapid set up of the Heg-spital has been possible through the generous donations of funds and items from the amazon wish list by a group of over 45 Hedge Fund friends and with equipment provided by Heavenly Hedgehogs. The first 4 admissions have arrived and 2 pairs of hedgehogs have been released at Ditchley Park, and several more are acclimatising in the garden en-suite ‘Heg-rooms’ before release in the coming weeks. Some of these hedgehogs have already been visited by local school children who kindly provided and set up a house for them. 

Hedge Fund can be contacted rapidly through the Hedge Fund Charlbury forum account (which sends an immediate message). Please note Hedge Fund doesn’t provide a 24 hour service and wildlife hospitals should be the first point of contact for any seriously sick or badly injured hedgehogs.

Hedge Fund with Charlbury Wildlife Society urgently need to raise funds for the cost of medication provided at cost by the Hook Norton Veterinary Group, and some remaining set-up costs for the Heg-spital such as skin and wound treatments, parasite medications, antiseptics, pain relief, dry and soft food, special baby milk and disinfectants.

Items for the Heg-spital can be bought via the regularly updated Hedge Fund amazon wish list

Financial donations can be made referenced ‘Hedge Fund’ to the ‘Charlbury Wildlife Society’ account number 77328260 and sort code 30-91-92.

Please check out our new forum page for our updates. Thank you in advance for your support to out spikier friends. 

Hedge Fund · Fri 9 Jun 2023, 18:15 · Link

Bank card reader for community use

Sustainable Charlbury have a card reader, which we bought so could take payment by card at the market (selling honey from the Solar Farm).

We’d like to make this available as a community resource, so if you are a local community group hosting an event and would like to take payment by card, get in touch and we will be pleased for you to borrow it, and I can help you set it up.


To read more about Sustainable Charlbury see here -

Sean Hosking · Thu 8 Jun 2023, 23:21 · Link

Charlbury Open Gardens - This Sunday 11th June

Charlbury Open Gardens takes place this Sunday from 2-6pm and includes entry into nine gardens including Enstone Rd Allotments.

Tickets will be available from the Memorial Hall Gardens (£5 per adult, children under 12 free). Please note this is a cash only event.

Activities include:

  • Homemade cakes and refreshments in the Memorial Hall (2pm-5:30 pm)
  • Morris Dancing (2pm - 3pm)
  • Charlbury Primary School Choir (3pm - 4pm)
  • Children's quiz and prizes
  • Raffle

All welcome! Proceeds go to Charlbury Street Fair to support the corner house and memorial hall.

Tilly Beaumont · Thu 8 Jun 2023, 22:09 · Link

Wine and Jazz at St. Mary's Church

Time is running out but the wine won't - come along to our Wine and Jazz event this Saturday, 10th June, to raise funds for St Mary's and its community initiatives (such as the Cornerstone). To secure your tickets email

daniela jenkins · Thu 8 Jun 2023, 15:31 · Link

Walkers are Welcome -Green & Blue

Conserving and enhancing the environment - Green & Blue

Walkers are Welcome Charlbury invite you to join a guided walk on Sunday 11th June starting at 11am (note amended date)

The walk will start from from Spendlove car park outside the Co-op

Walk leaders Tony Merry and Peter Kenrick

This pleasant short walk will go by the river Evenlode and through a local nature reserve. On this walk you will learn about the work being done to conserve and enhance the natural environment in both of these places. Ways in which the general public can get involved will be discussed and there will be examples given and the opportunity to ask questions.

Following the walk there will be a chance for those that wish to have refreshments at a local cafe. The walk is expected to take around two hours or three hours including refreshments. Children are welcome to join the walk.

Lisa Wilkinson · Tue 6 Jun 2023, 14:30 · 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.

  • 15 Lee Close Charlbury
    Erection of a single storey rear extension and first floor extension over existing garage
    WODC reference: 23/01346/HHD - Tue 16 May 2023 - Under consideration
  • Loaf Cottage 39A Sheep Street Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations to reconfigure existing dwelling together with the insertion of new rooflights and reinstatement of existing high level window.
    WODC reference: 23/01095/LBC - Tue 30 May 2023 - Under consideration
  • Loaf Cottage 39A Sheep Street Charlbury
    Reconfiguration of existing dwelling together with the insertion of new rooflights and reinstatement of existing high level window.
    WODC reference: 23/01094/HHD - Tue 30 May 2023 - Under consideration

Mon 5 Jun 2023, 06:15 · Link

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