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Eleanor Draycott

Rest In Peace to Miss Eleanor Anne Draycott, born on 11th August 1984, who passed away on Monday 24th July at the age of 38, following a battle with cancer.

She had moved to Charlbury with her parents, believed to have been in 2001, after a childhood spent living in multiple parts of the country.

She studied then worked in Liverpool from 2003, relocating back to Charlbury in 2013-15, and after a year spent living in Leeds, relocated back permanently in 2016.

She was a regular contributor on the Charlbury Forum, was known and loved by many people in Charlbury, and was someone who often went along to the town's events.

She was generous, kind, outgoing, sociable, and a loving daughter and fiancée.

She will be sorely missed.

(Posted by request of Eleanor’s family.)

Sun 30 Jul 2023, 12:28 · Link

Oktoberfest tickets now on sale. Early bird tickets are available in August only

Early bird tickets for the Charlbury Oktoberfest being held on 30th September are now on sale. The discounted prices are only available in August. Get tickets early as we are expecting a sell out. Numbers are limited to 500!! Full details at  Bands include the Inflatables , Village idiots and lots of Oompah music. Kids go free!! 

Paul D Jenkins · Sun 30 Jul 2023, 08:53 · 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 Bull Inn Sheep Street Charlbury
    internal and external alterations to include the construction of four dormer windows to front roof slope
    WODC reference: 23/01704/LBC - Fri 14 Jul 2023 - Under consideration
  • The Bull Inn Sheep Street Charlbury
    Construction of four dormers to front roof slope
    WODC reference: 23/01703/FUL - Fri 14 Jul 2023 - Under consideration
  • Bell Hotel Church Street Charlbury
    Erection of Cotswold stone wall and railings to the front of 'The Bell' with replacement signage.
    WODC reference: 23/01599/LBC - Thu 06 Jul 2023 - Under consideration
  • Bell Hotel Church Street Charlbury
    Erection of Cotswold stone wall and railings to the front of The Bell.
    WODC reference: 23/01598/FUL - Thu 06 Jul 2023 - Under consideration

Mon 24 Jul 2023, 06:15 · Link

Proposed housing development on Woodstock Road

Developer MacKenzie Miller Homes are proposing a development of up to 28 properties in Charlbury. Half of these would be affordable homes. The majority of these properties would be located in the field neighbouring Cottsway’s garage site, with vehicular access off the Woodstock Road. MMH are currently working up the planning application package and will be ready to present their proposals at a meeting on Thursday 20th July at 5-7pm in the Memorial Hall.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to review the proposals and to raise any concerns or queries. Ahead of the meeting we do not have any designs to share but can confirm that all construction traffic would be via the Woodstock Road and only a pedestrian link is proposed through the garage site into Hughes Close. A small number of properties (probably 4 maisonettes) will potentially be sited on the garage site itself which would be accessed from Hughes Close.

The meeting will start the consultation process and we do not have any firm timescales at this point. We are not looking to terminate the garage tenancies until planning has been granted.

This is the website for MacKenzie Miller Homes:

If residents wish to contact MMH ahead of the meeting the website contains a contact form. I am also attaching a little brochure which we can share with residents.

A site survey is proposed for the 20th July which may affect access to the garages on the day. Once this is confirmed we will write to all of our garage tenants to let them know. We have previously written to the immediate neighbours at 23 & 24 Hughes Close as well as a licence holder at 36 Little Lees. We are in direct contact with the latter as the development will impact on the land they are currently using.

(email from Cottsway Customer Services)

Richard Fairhurst · Mon 17 Jul 2023, 12:05 · Link

Oxford Station closed between Sat. July 29 and Sun. August 6 2023

Oxford Rail Station is completely closed between Saturday July 29 and Sunday August 6th. The closure is to allow upgrades to the track and signalling system to take place. No trains will run to or from Oxford Station on any of these dates.

There will also be a number of overnight and one-day closures on the following dates: Sunday August 13; Sunday September 10; Saturday September 16; Sunday, October 15. 

On closure sates trains will run on the Cotswold line as far as Hanborough, but on an altered timetable. There will be a Rail Replacement Bus to Didcot from there, except on RMT strike dates which includes Saturday July 29th (as well as  on Thursday 20 July and Saturday 22 July which are both outside the closure period). 

Oxford Parkway station will remain open during the closure period, except on the RMT strike dates. Those wanting to travel to London from Oxford Parkway could consider getting the S3 bus to Woodstock and changing to the no 7 bus there. From July 23rd the timetable for the S3 bus is changing. Note some of the early buses do not run along Sturt Road or The Slade, but can be picked up at Enstone Rd, The Bell or Five Ways (Wellington Cottages). 

Christine Battersby · Mon 17 Jul 2023, 11:40 · 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.

  • Dyers Hill House Dyers Hill Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations to existing fenestration, including replacement dormer windows in West elevation and internal changes to first floor layout.
    WODC reference: 23/01740/LBC - Fri 07 Jul 2023 - Under consideration
  • Dyers Hill House Dyers Hill Charlbury
    Alterations to existing fenestration, including replacement dormer windows in West elevation.
    WODC reference: 23/01739/HHD - Fri 07 Jul 2023 - Under consideration
  • Lees Rest Bungalow Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Certificate of lawfulness to allow residential dwelling house without an agricultural occupancy restriction.
    WODC reference: 23/01721/CLE - Thu 22 Jun 2023 - Under consideration
  • 1 Chartwell Drive Charlbury
    Replacement of a flat roof over porch with pitched roof and replacement of flat roof to pitched roof with dormer window
    WODC reference: 23/01697/HHD - Tue 04 Jul 2023 - Under consideration
  • Moredays 36 The Slade Charlbury
    Installation of dormer window in rear elevation to replace existing roof light.
    WODC reference: 23/01532/HHD - Mon 03 Jul 2023 - Under consideration

Mon 17 Jul 2023, 06:15 · Link

Open Gardens Raised over £1,600

Very many thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make the Open Gardens such a success! We had an amazing range of different gardens open this year. So thanks to all those who opened their gardens and to the Charlbury Garden Society for all their organisation.  Thanks are also due to those who sold programmes and raffle tickets, the  team of bakers, tea makers and washers up - as well as the Morris dancers and Children's choir.  And to everyone who braved the hot afternoon to visit the gardens thank you too. 

Elisabeth Partington · Thu 13 Jul 2023, 20:53 · Link

Wilderness Ticket Auction - LAST CHANCE

This is your last chance to submit a bid for Wilderness tickets. We have 2 lots of 2 adult camping tickets available for auction. Bidding ends tomorrow, Friday, 14th July at noon.

To place your bid, email Money raised will support St Mary's church and its community initiatives such as the Cornerstone.

daniela jenkins · Thu 13 Jul 2023, 10:37 · Link

Nine Acres Lane closed - Thames Water

You are probably aware of the mayhem and congestion this morning along Thames Street/Dyers Hill as Thames Water has dug up the road near New Barn garage. So drivers are unable to turn right up Nine Acres Lane. 

I have contacted Thames Water who didn't realise (!) the length of the diversion required to access the rest of Charlbury from the west. 

The Thames Water planning team is currently working on the diversion as an emergency and aim to put a diversion and adequate signage in ASAP!! 

Thames Water phone number is 0800 316 9800. There is no relevant extension so I recommend just choosing any if you do phone them.

Lisa Wilkinson · Wed 12 Jul 2023, 12:50 · Link

Hedge fund details- heg-spital now full and closed to new patients for 2 weeks.

It’s baby season. 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.

Critically, if you find a sick or injured hedgehog, please use the sites below for advice on what to do and/or contact the vets or a rescue.

24 Hour free veterinary support and advice is available at:

• The vale wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre 01386 882288

• Oxfordshire Wildlife casualty centre on 07549 322464

• The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (advice)

Hedge Fund · Tue 11 Jul 2023, 14:51 · Link

hedge fund🦔🦔🦔

It’s been a very busy week at the heg-spital with lots of babies 1-2 weeks old and in need of bottle feeds every few hours. I feel like I am living in a silvanian house! They are all super sweet and are just starting to curl up tight with all feet  tucked in, quite a mile stone most of us can only dream of. As ever we really appreciate any support. A couple of youngsters are needing vet care and medication and we had to invest in some new runs with smaller mess and solid sides so our mini guests can’t escape. We are currently full right now, please can any HH you are worried about to a rescue or wildlife hospital over the next couple of weeks. 

Hedge Fund · Tue 11 Jul 2023, 14:46 · Link

Wilderness Ticket Auction

Once again Wilderness is supporting St Mary’s Church, and have kindly donated two lots of 2 adult general camping tickets, worth £550 per pair, which we will be auctioning during the first two weeks of July to raise funds for St Mary’s church and its community initiatives.

You can place your bids by emailing Bidding ends at 12noon on Friday 14th July. Thank you for your support.

St Mary’s Church gratefully acknowledges the support of The 2023 Wilderness Festival.

daniela jenkins · Mon 3 Jul 2023, 17:54 · 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 House Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Demolition of existing dwelling house and erection of replacement dwelling with associated outbuildings and landscaping works. Conversion and extension of existing cottage to form pool house with ancillary shower/changing facilities. . Repair and extension of field barn (revisions to planning approval 22/02066/FUL to allow for inclusion of new stables and indoor riding arena)
    WODC reference: 23/01637/FUL - Tue 13 Jun 2023 - Under consideration
  • 2 Hundley Way Charlbury
    Change of exterior finish of property from pebble dash to a flat coloured render.
    WODC reference: 23/01575/HHD - Mon 26 Jun 2023 - Under consideration
  • Alder House Market Street Charlbury
    Removal of condition 3 (Extraction and Ventilation control measures) and variation of condition 4 (opening hours) to allow a change in the opening hours of planning permission 23/00114/FUL
    WODC reference: 23/01287/S73 - Thu 01 Jun 2023 - Under consideration

Mon 3 Jul 2023, 06:15 · Link

Date announced for Charlbury Oktoberfest 30th September

After the huge success of last years event, we are delighted to confirm the date of this years Oktoberfest will be on Saturday 30th September 2023. This year the event will be on one day only. All the bands are booked and include the Inflatables, Village idiots and Jubilee brass band. More will follow!! Gates will open at 2pm and all under 16s go free this year!! 

Tickets will be limited so get in there early. Details to follow

Paul D Jenkins · Sun 2 Jul 2023, 10:45 · Link

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