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Skate Park Safety in Sight!

The hedge around the skatepark has not been cut for many years and had grown very high and thick. The Town Council agreed to lower and cut back the hedges and to cut a second entrance to make it safer and more accessible. The aim is to strike a balance between making the skatepark more visible for safety reasons, whilst leaving sufficient trees and hedges in place to soften the visual impact of the park.

No mature trees have been cut. The hazel coppice has been cut back hard, and while this looks stark at present, it will regrow quickly.

The cuttings will be chipped as soon as the ground is dry enough for the machinery to get to the site.

Lisa Wilkinson · Thu 29 Feb, 10:15 · Link

Angela Judy Geary's Funeral

It is with sad news that my mother Angela Judy Geary passed away in hospital on 12th February. Many of you know her as Judy. Her funeral will be held at 2pm on 5th March at St Mary's Church Charlbury. The wake will be held after in The Rose And Crown. There is a link below to which you are to donate to Alseimers research.

Christopher Geary · Wed 28 Feb, 17:47 · Link

Get ready for the Garden Society Spring Show!

The date for this year's Garden Society Spring Show is fast approaching (6th April), so it's time to start thinking about the bulbs and flower arrangements you would like to exhibit!

This year, we have made it easier for exhibitors, with no forms to fill in. Just turn up on the morning of the Show with your entries!

For more details and some other innovations for children and young people, such as the Drawing Corner and the Great Potato Challenge, see here:

and on our website:

Geneviève Hug · Mon 26 Feb, 11:21 · Link

Road closure - Browns Lane

Please see attached notice for road closure of Browns Lane between 8th-10th May 2024.

Lisa Wilkinson · Mon 26 Feb, 09:50 · Link

Community speedwatch newsletter

Please see the latest newsletter from the community speedwatch team:

February 2024

Dear Charlbury residents,

We are pleased to inform you that the new Speed Indication Device (SID) is now up and running. The SID is a device that displays the speed of approaching vehicles and warns them if they are exceeding the speed limit. The SID also collects data on the traffic volume and speed patterns in the area.

The SID has been situated on Grammar School Hill since January 29th, 2024. The data for that location shows that the average speed of vehicles is 21 mph with the SID in place. However, some vehicles have been recorded driving at speeds between 43 & 46 mph, which is dangerously high and poses a risk to pedestrians and other road users. We urge all drivers to respect the speed limit and drive safely.

The SID has also been deployed on Nine Acres Lane from January 20th to February 20th, 2024. The data for that location reveals a worrying trend of speeding violations. 70% of the vehicles have been detected driving above the speed limit of 20 mph. The top speed recorded was a staggering 63 mph, which is more than three times the limit. This is very concerning, as Nine Acres Lane is a residential area with many children and elderly people. The SID has now been moved to a new location just before the new zebra crossing outside Charlbury Primary School, to help slow the traffic down and ensure the safety of the school children & pedestrians.

We would like to thank you for your support and cooperation in our efforts to reduce speeding and improve road safety in Charlbury. We hope both SIDs will help raise awareness and encourage responsible driving behaviour. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at


The Charlbury Speed Watch Team

Lisa Wilkinson · Fri 23 Feb, 11:26 · 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.

  • Land East Of Fawler Road Charlbury Oxfordshire
    Erection of an agricultural building together with associated concrete apron to the front, to be used for general storage of land management equipment.
    WODC reference: 24/00433/PDET28 - Mon 12 Feb 2024 - Under consideration
  • Minster Cottage Church Street Charlbury
    Internal and external alterations to include removal of existing rear extension and erection of single storey extension. Internal alterations to include changes to floor layouts and the removal of part of the ceiling on first floor.
    WODC reference: 24/00347/LBC - Wed 07 Feb 2024 - Under consideration
  • Minster Cottage Church Street Charlbury
    Removal of existing outbuilding and rear extension. Erection of single storey extension, construction of replacement detached double garage and associated works
    WODC reference: 24/00346/HHD - Wed 07 Feb 2024 - Under consideration

Mon 19 Feb, 06:15 · Link

What's going on down at the river?


Due to current flooding at Mill Field this work has had to be delayed. New start date tbc.

Work starts on 21st February at Mill Field to let more light into the river to create a mix of light and shade which will be beneficial for plant and insect life. See the diagram for details of the work to be carried out.

Apologies if the attached map is unreadable. Please click on this link to see the map or email me and I can send one directly:

Lisa Wilkinson · Thu 15 Feb, 14:44 · 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.

  • 34 The Green Charlbury
    Erection of single storey rear extension, garage conversion and addition of bay window to the front elevation
    WODC reference: 24/00150/HHD - Tue 06 Feb 2024 - Under consideration

Mon 12 Feb, 06:15 · Link

Oxfordshire Community Rail Partnership travel survey

The Oxfordshire Community Rail Partnership, which is sponsored by Network Rail and GWR, is conducting a county wide survey on travel patterns.  The survey will be open for 4-6 weeks with a closing date reviewed depending on response rates. There will be another round of communications to announce a closing date at a later stage. 

Use this link to complete the survey

Liz Leffman · Fri 9 Feb, 09:02 · Link

Exciting new opportunity

Charlbury Community Market Co-ordinator

The Town Council is looking for a co-ordinator to support its vision for the market and to develop a vibrant, community-focused market.

The role is self-funded*: the successful co-ordinator will run a weekly stall at the market on behalf of small businesses unable to attend themselves and agree a percentage of the profits with each small business as commission. Experience to date shows that running such a stall is profitable. (* This is not an offer of employment by the Council).

For more details and other responsibilities go to

Lisa Wilkinson · Tue 6 Feb, 10:21 · Link

Councillor surgeries are back

Come along to the community centre on Saturday 10th February between 10am and 11am to have a chat with Liz and James about any issues you think the Town Council may be able to help with. 

Two more councillors will also be available on Saturday 23rd March.

Lisa Wilkinson · Mon 5 Feb, 16:33 · Link

Reverse Advent calendars

32 boxes and bags containing reverse advent calendars were taken to the Porch in Oxford this week - they were very pleased with everything, especially with the two packets of washing powder which were used immediately. Many thanks to all who donated.

Churches Together in Charlbury

St Marys and All Saints · Mon 5 Feb, 14:06 · 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
    WODC reference: 24/00249/HHD - Mon 29 Jan 2024 - Under consideration

Mon 5 Feb, 06:15 · Link

Charlbury Street Fair Volunteer Opportunities and Quiz Night

Charlbury Street Fair is hosting a volunteer afternoon next Saturday, 10th Feb at the Rose & Crown (3-5pm). If you're interested in helping with the pre-event planning, or on the day setup, do come along to find out more. Street Fair is run entirely by volunteers and we're always looking for interested local people to help ensure the success of this popular local event. We look forward to seeing you there.

Charlbury Street Fair is also hosting its annual quiz night on 23rd March at 7.30pm. Come and test your knowledge whilst raising money for two important community buildings - the Corner House and Memorial Hall.

Tickets are £15 per person including a meal - teams of up to six people.

Event starts at 7:30 (doors open from 7pm).

Spaces are limited - to book please email: or get in touch @charlburystreetfair.

Tilly Beaumont · Sat 3 Feb, 21:48 · Link

Street Champions turn attention to the path behind the tennis courts

It is the turn of the path behind the tennis courts to be cleared on Saturday 3rd February. If you are free between 2pm and 3.30pm, feel free to come along and help remove the leaves to reduce the risk of pedestrians slipping. Please bring gloves and trowels. Bags will be provided.

Thank you

Lisa Wilkinson · Thu 1 Feb, 15:28 · Link

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