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Cricket, Sausages and Fundraising on Friday Evening

Come down to the Cricket pitch to watch teams from the Beer Festival, Firefighters, Vicars, and the Charlbury Cricket Club slug it out on Friday 26th July starting at 630pm.  Admission for spectators is free.

We will be serving BBQ sausages, brownies and ice cream.  Drinks will also be available.

Proceeds to benefit the Cricket Club and St Mary's.

dine glasgow · Mon 22 Jul, 14:09 · Link

Charlbury Medical Centre

Computer "outage" last Friday

The "outage" of computers world-wide, including in General Practice last Friday caused many problems, much frustration and disappointment for patients and staff.

Charlbury Medical Centre is now running normally, and asks patients whose appointments were cancelled on Friday to phone reception on 01608 811 680 to rebook their appointment.

During the outage, reception staff had no access to the list of patients with appointments on that day.  They were also unable to access patient records and test results. They were unable to contact patients to cancel their appointments.

Everyone is sorry for the upset caused.   CMC practice managers hope to put in place a system where should this happen again, a list of patients with appointments and their contact numbers will be known.

Prescriptions will be up to date by the end of today.

The medical centre thanks patients for their understanding and patience while services return to normal.

susan smith · Mon 22 Jul, 13:03 · Link

Meet Carl at Charlbury Station

Meet Carl, our new Customer Service Adviser at Charlbury Station!

Starting today, Monday 22nd July, this is Carl's first full week with us, providing much needed help and advice for travellers and tickets for journeys other than those that can be bought from the infernal machine!

The station will now be manned Monday to Friday mornings, together with Cafe de la Gare.

Pop down and say hello!

Hugo Pickering · Mon 22 Jul, 06:56 · 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.

  • 8 Elm Crescent Charlbury
    Erection of single storey front and rear extensions (non-material amendment to 23/03110/HHD to change flat roof to front bay window to a tiled lean-to pitched roof).
    WODC reference: 24/01840/NMA - Mon 15 Jul 2024 - Under consideration

Mon 22 Jul, 06:15 · Link

Extended contract with Pulhams for the X9 bus to include Sunday service

I am pleased to confirm that OCC has awarded a new three-year contract to Pulhams Coaches for service X9 between Witney, Charlbury and Chipping Norton, commencing from 1 September 2024.

The timetable on Mondays to Saturdays will remain the same and we are delighted to introduce a new Sundays and Public Holidays service of five journeys each way running at a two-hourly frequency. We hope that it will be well supported.

We have also reached agreement with Stagecoach to continue service S3 between Chipping Norton, Charlbury and Oxford at the existing timetable until 29 March 2025.

Liz Leffman · Fri 19 Jul, 20:08 · Link

Charlbury WI - change of venue

Charlbury WI meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. We have recently made the decision to change our venue and from August onwards our meetings will be held at Charlbury Primary School rather than at the Memorial Hall. Details of our first meeting at the school (21st August) can be found listed on the Events page.

Louise Cashman · Thu 18 Jul, 08:54 · Link

Charlbury Station Ticket Office to Re-Open

After meeting Carl, the newly appointed GWR booking clerk, this morning, The Cotswold Line Promotion Group is pleased to be able to say that the ticket office at Charlbury Station will re-open next Monday, 22nd July. Initially hours will be 05.50 to 12.20 from Monday to Friday, with Saturday opening planned from a yet-to-be-determined date. After the very long period of closure, I’m sure users of the rail service will welcome this news and will wish Carl every success in his new post. The ticket office is also expected to be open tomorrow, Tuesday 16th.

Brian Murray · Mon 15 Jul, 12:34 · 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.

  • 62 The Slade Charlbury
    Conversion and extension of garage to form garden room.
    WODC reference: 24/01773/HHD - Mon 08 Jul 2024 - Under consideration
  • Charlbury House Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Variation of condition 2 of planning permission 23/01637/FUL to allow for minor amendments and design changes
    WODC reference: 24/01710/S73 - Fri 28 Jun 2024 - Under consideration

Mon 15 Jul, 06:15 · Link

Collection of clothing, tents, sleeping bags, blankets etc for Calais

Are you planning to clear out some clothes, blankets etc. during the summer? Charlbury Refugee Action Group (CRAG) would be grateful to receive clothing, blankets, tents etc. that you no longer need, to send to refugees in northern France and those who are now sheltering in Britain. We also seek donations of new underwear and basic hygiene items, like soap and deodorants.

CRAG sends a collection of donated items about twice a year to the charity Care4Calais, where clothing and warm blankets, sleeping bags, tents etc. are always desperately needed.

There is also a great need for items that help with personal hygiene, which is always a challenge for people on the move, like those supported in Calais and those who have arrived in this country and need basic support. Your donations will help desperate people fleeing persecution, danger and misery in their home countries, and provide them with some warmth, shelter and basic personal dignity.

If you can give anything from the list of needed items (on our website at please bring it to White Hart, Market St, Charlbury OX7 3PH by by 5 September 2024.

Thanks to your generosity, Charlbury has a reputation now for supporting these needy people from around the world. We know that anything you can give will be received with gratitude and great appreciation.

Vicky Buser · Sun 14 Jul, 12:15 · Link

Charlbury market on Saturday

Coffee, vegetables. fresh bread, pastries and 'Fabulous Italian' food can all be found at the market this Saturday- outside the community centre from 9.30am.

What a great start to a Saturday morning!!

Lisa Wilkinson · Fri 12 Jul, 13:52 · Link

The North Cotswold Line by Liz Leffman

CLPG has posted on their website a very interesting piece from Liz Leffman, in which she calls for major investment and improvement in our railway service.

Her comments can be found here -

Thanks Liz, that's very encouraging.

Brian Murray · Tue 9 Jul, 11:06 · Link

Wilderness Ticket Auction - Final week!

One week to go to get your hands on a pair of Adult Camping Wilderness tickets - the silent auction will end on Friday 12th July at 12noon. To enter send your bid to All proceeds in aid of St Mary's church and its community initiatives.

daniela jenkins · Mon 8 Jul, 11:13 · 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.

  • Minster Cottage Church Street Charlbury
    Discharge of conditions 6 (details and method of masonry) and 7 (details of original staircase) of Listed Building Consent 24/00347/LBC
    WODC reference: 24/01728/CND - Mon 01 Jul 2024 - Under consideration
  • 1 Wychwood View Woodstock Road Charlbury
    Demolition of existing garage. Erection of two story rear/side extension and detached garage.
    WODC reference: 24/01555/HHD - Fri 05 Jul 2024 - Under consideration

Mon 8 Jul, 06:15 · Link

John Marsh

It is with deep sorrow that Ann, Phil and Paul wish to inform you that John passed away on Monday 1st July after a brief illness.  His funeral will take place on Thursday, 18th July at Banbury Crematorium 12.00 noon.  There will be a retiring collection for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

There will be a reception afterwards at the "Moon and Sixpence" in Hanwell, a short journey from the Crematorium.  All are welcome to join us there.

Ann Christine Marsh · Fri 5 Jul, 18:07 · Link

Sean Woodcock (Labour) is Charlbury's new MP

Labour have won the redrawn constituency of Banbury in the General Election.

Results were:

  • Liz Adams, Liberal Democrat 4,352
  • Arron Baker, Green Party 2,615
  • Cassi Bellingham, Independent 850
  • Chris Nevile, Climate Party 242
  • Victoria Prentis, Conservative Party 15,212
  • Declan Soper, Social Democratic Party 155
  • Paul Topley, Reform UK 6,284
  • Sean Woodock, Labour Party 18,468

Elsewhere in Oxfordshire, the LibDems won Bicester & Woodstock, Didcot & Wantage, Henley & Thame, Witney, and retained Oxford West & Abingdon. Labour retained Oxford East.

Richard Fairhurst · Fri 5 Jul, 06:55 · Link

Styan outside the Community Centre

Pop along and buy your fresh fruit and veg from Styan this Saturday from 9am outside the Community Centre. 

Next week Missing Bean Bakery is back along with Last Unicorn Coffee and an exciting new stall - Fabulous Italian.

Lisa Wilkinson · Thu 4 Jul, 15:41 · Link

Your views wanted!

We would love your views on our Nature Recovery Plan

We know that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world and that restoring our nature and wildlife needs to take place urgently and at a landscape scale. National and regional nature recovery strategies are now being developed – but these need to be translated into specific local actions.

Charlbury Town Council is therefore working with the neighbouring parishes of Finstock and Fawler and has developed a local Nature Recovery Plan (NRP), the goal of which is to expand, improve and connect wildlife-rich habitats. We are being supported in this project by Community Action Group (CAG) Oxfordshire.

We have developed a draft NRP which is currently out for consultation. We invite you to fill in this questionnaire to let us know your views:

Nature Recovery Plan questionnaire:

Nature Recovery Plan:

Nature Recovery Plan - one page summary:

Thanks very much

Lisa Wilkinson · Wed 3 Jul, 15:39 · Link

Have you got a question about living well with dementia or are you concerned about someone and would like advice?

Julia Burgess, our local Dementia Oxfordshire Adviser, is starting a new Community Clinic as an opportunity for anyone living with dementia or awaiting a diagnosis and/or their carers, or anyone concerned about someone they know, to book an appointment with her to get advice and support.

Julia will aim to help with the following issues:

• How to best support someone living with dementia

• Local services, social groups, and leisure opportunities

• Staying independent and adaptations for the home

• Legal issues, finances, benefits, and allowances

This service will start on a trial basis on 9 July. Julia will be at the Southerndown Care Home, Worcester Road, Chipping Norton OX7 5YF on the second Tuesday of every month from 10.30 to 12.30. Appointments should be booked by contacting Julia as follows: or 07827 235451. Details are on the attached flyer.

If anyone needs a lift to the venue, they can ring the All Together in Charlbury (ATIC) call-centre on 01993 776277 to see if ATIC can help with transport.

Meryl Smith · Tue 2 Jul, 13:44 · Link

Double room to rent in central Charlbury - short lets considered

Dear neighbours

I am looking for a professional female or LGBTQ+ lodger to share a light spacious contemporary house in central Charlbury. £495 incl. all bills except electric and council tax. Have advertised with photos on

Short lets considered. Call 07866 716353. Thanks.

Sarah Robertson · Tue 2 Jul, 10:19 · Link

Advance Notice of Rail Disruption

Cotswold Line Promotion Group has been advised by GWR of the closure of the line between Charlbury and Moreton in Marsh between Monday 12 August and Thursday 15 August inclusive.

Rail services will operate between Charlbury and London Paddington but buses will replace all trains west of Charlbury. Further details of train times will be advised in due course but those who use Charlbury Station car park should expect the demand to exceed available space. GWR have agreed to our request to post notices at the stations with replacement buses that Charlbury Station car park will be unable to cope with demand.

Brian Murray, CLPG

Brian Murray · Mon 1 Jul, 22:26 · 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 £556 per pair, which are auctioning during the first two weeks of July to raise funds for St Mary’s and its community initiatives.

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

St Mary’s Church gratefully acknowledges the support of The 2024 Wilderness Festival.

daniela jenkins · Mon 1 Jul, 09:51 · Link

Parking survey - can you help?

The Town Council is working hard to look at how parking can be eased around town. The next step is to survey the Spendlove Centre (Co-op) car park to see who is parking there and for how long. 

For this we need help. Would you be willing to help us out for an hour or two on Tuesday 16th and/or Saturday 20th July? This will involve asking drivers just 2 or 3 questions.

If you can help contact Lisa:

Thanks very much

Lisa Wilkinson · Mon 1 Jul, 09:30 · 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.

  • 3 Shilson Lane Charlbury
    Removal of existing timber-framed porch and Installation of oak porch.
    WODC reference: 24/01641/HHD - Mon 24 Jun 2024 - Under consideration

Mon 1 Jul, 06:15 · Link

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