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Scout Group set to benefit from council grant
Plans for the interior fit out of a Scout Group hut in Chipping Norton have been given an £18,000 funding boost from West Oxfordshire District Council.

The new fit out is for a brand new hut to be built on land owned by Chipping Norton Town Council; the old building has been demolished due to being unfit for use.

It will include stud walls, fire doors, kitchen, toilets, showers, all electricals, heating and security systems.

Cllr Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities said: “We are delighted to be supporting this project which will give the Scout Group in Chipping Norton a dedicated home and allow this very popular group to take in more members and grow.”

The Group currently has over 100 members and a waiting list for more places. With the new premises there is potential for membership to rise to more than 200.

When the building is not being used by the scouts it will be available for other community users.

The total cost of the interior fit out is £72,500 and, with the Council grant, over 60% of the funding needed for the project has now been raised.

The hut shell (exterior) and service connections are being funded by Section 106 investments made by Chipping Norton Town Council.

The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting on 14 June and is subject to the Council’s usual 10-day call-in period.

At the same meeting the Cabinet agreed to provide a £1,200 grant towards new flooring at Great Rollright Village Hall.

Posted : 16/06/2017 16:14:04

Green light for Chipping Norton neighbourhood plan
Residents in Chipping Norton have voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting a neighbourhood plan which will give them a greater say on future developments in the town.

Results of the referendum which took place yesterday (Thurs) saw 901 votes in favour of the motion: "Do you want West Oxfordshire District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Chipping Norton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

There were 80 votes against with a turnout of 20.89 per cent.

As the plan was supported by more than 50% of those who voted, the plan will now be formally adopted by the District Council and will then form part of the statutory development plan for West Oxfordshire alongside the Local Plan, being taken into account as a ‘material consideration’ in planning decisions for Chipping Norton.

Posted : 04/03/2016 12:58:16

Referendum on Chipping Norton’s Neighbourhood Plan
The Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Plan has passed the examination stage and there will now be a referendum.

The referendum is taking place on Thursday 3 March 2016 from 7 am to 10 pm.

If more than 50% vote yes then West Oxfordshire District Council will use this plan to help decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area.

For information about the poll including registering to vote and voting by post or proxy please visit the Council’s elections web page www.westoxon.gov.uk/elections and follow the Future Elections link.

Information about the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Plan can be found at www.westoxon.gov.uk/chippingnorton. Documents can also be viewed for inspection at the Guildhall and at the Library in Chipping Norton and the Council’s Elmfield offices on New Yatt Road, Witney.

Posted : 22/01/2016 19:04:19

Eco-friendly technology used in swimming pool upgr
Improvements have been made and new technology added to the water treatment system at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre’s swimming pool whilst essential maintenance was carried out.

New medium-rate filters have been installed with recycled glass filter media that will increase the turnover of pool water and improve its quality.

The pool pumps have also been fitted with variable speed control devices which increase the sustainability of the equipment and control energy consumption.

Cllr James Mills, Cabinet Member for Leisure said: “As regular maintenance had to be done it was a good opportunity to reduce the pool’s energy consumption, improve its water quality and help make using the pool a better experience for residents.”

Chipping Norton Leisure Centre hosts one of four swimming pools in West Oxfordshire owned by the District Council and run on its behalf by GLL, the not-for-profit trust. The pool improvements work, costing £35,000, was funded by the Council.

The work was carried during the last two weeks of August, whilst the open-air Lido is open in the town and before regular swimming classes are fully attended at the start of the school term. The pool is now fully re-open.

Posted : 03/09/2015 15:49:18

Chippy Jazz is not dead
Every September for the past seventeen years, New Orleans has come to Chipping Norton! During the one-day Chippy Jazz and Music (CJAM) Festival, the streets, pubs, cafes and wine bars of Chipping Norton resound with mellow notes and blue notes, with the unmistakable sounds of jazz: blown, plucked, scraped and sung. Chippy's friendly little gem of a jazz festival takes place in venues throughout the town centre, with outside performances too. All money raised by CJAM goes to charity.

But sadly, 2014 seemed likely to be the festival's final year.

Chippy Jazz was founded in 1997 by the late Mike Howes, who then continued to organize it every year until his death in 2014. Thanks to Mike's hard work and persistence, Chippy Jazz grew and grew, eventually becoming known as CJAM (Chippy Jazz and Music). During Mike's final illness, Chipping Norton Rotary Club took over the organization of CJAM. But competing Rotary commitments prevented them from continuing with this. So CJAM 2015 looked unlikely to happen.

In July 2015 however, local jazz musician Dave Favis-Mortlock decided that Chippy Jazz must not be allowed to fade away after so many successful years. So with the assistance of other jazz colleagues, he volunteered to organize CJAM 2015. Preparations are now well under way, with over 14 bands booked to play on Sunday 20th September 2015. "Still, the tight timing of this changeover has forced a reduction in the scale of this year's event. We were not able to organize a Town Hall concert this year, for example", said Dave. "But never fear! The music at CJAM 2015 will be better than ever. And if you've been to CJAM before, then you'll know just how warm a welcome to expect, how much great music you will hear, and just much fun you will have! If you haven't been before, then you have a very nice surprise in store... Either way: see you on Sunday 20th September? We hope so!"

For more information on Chippy Jazz and Music 2015, see http://chippyjazz.com

Posted : 26/08/2015 14:05:12

Bee Books Creates a Buzz in Chippy Bookshop
This week saw the Oxfordshire launch of Quiller Publishing’s new book, In Praise of Bees: A Cabinet of Curiosities by author Elizabeth Birchall. Both Jaffe and Neale Bookshop in Chipping Norton and The Book House in Summertown, Oxford drew crowds to hear Elizabeth discuss this fascinating and multi-faceted insect.

Publisher Andrew Johnston said he was ‘delighted to publish this informative book’ on the perpetually popular bee. The book publishes on 29th September.

Posted : 17/09/2014 13:01:15

New police front counter opens at Chipping Norton
From 20 January 2014 West Oxfordshire District Council's Guildhall Reception in Chipping Norton will double up as a one-stop shop for police and council services.

The Police's new base at the Guildhall will not only save money for the force, but also offer a more convenient town centre location, with extended opening hours.

Cllr Mark Booty, Cabinet Member at West Oxfordshire District Council responsible for Community Safety said, "We were very keen to help the police maintain valuable front counter service in Chipping Norton and are pleased to provide this service for them from the Guildhall. For residents, the Guildhall has the added benefit of being a town centre location. It also has longer opening hours and is easily accessible with everything on the ground floor.”

The move builds on the strong working relationship that already exists between Thames Valley Police and the District Council in areas such as community safety, licensing, enforcement, housing and emergency planning.

Thames Valley Police is keen to reassure residents that the availability and visibility of police officers to attend incidents in their areas will be not be affected by these changes.

Supt Colin Paine, Commander for West Oxfordshire and Cherwell said, “The opening of this new front counter will give the residents of Chipping Norton access to police counter services for an extra 15 hours per week and allow them to visit more easily as it is in a town centre location. Visitors can also access council services at the same time, all at no extra cost to tax payers.

“I am pleased that the service to the public has been improved thanks to our close working relationship with West Oxfordshire District Council.”

Council services will continue to operate as normal from the Guildhall. The additional police counter services provided by West Oxfordshire District Council will include producing driving documents, reporting lost and found property as well as general advice when needed.

At present, the Police Station front counter is open from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday. The opening hours with the Council providing the service are:

Mon to Friday: 8.45am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm (4pm on Friday)

Posted : 15/01/2014 15:12:36

FREE microchipping
West Oxfordshire residents are being encouraged to make it their New Year’s Resolution to get their dog microchipped for FREE.

Appointments will be on selected dates during January and February at:

Countrywide, Banbury Road, Chipping Norton
WFS Country Shop, Burford Road, Witney

Advance booking is essential and can be made at www.westoxon.gov.uk/dogs or by calling 01993 861020.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Microchipping is a simple procedure that can save a lot of heartache and reduce expensive kennelling fees as stray dogs can be quickly identified and returned to their owners. It is also easier to trace stolen dogs.”

Each year in the UK more than 100,000 stray dogs are abandoned or lost at a cost of £57million to the taxpayer and animal welfare charities. Over half cannot be reunited with their owner because they cannot be identified and of these 6,000 dogs are put down because they cannot be rehomed.

In West Oxfordshire, the Council picks up hundreds of stray dogs every year, some of which are never reunited with their owners and have to be rehomed.

The Government is bringing in compulsory microchipping for all dogs from 6 April 2016.

Dogs Trust is supplying the microchips to West Oxfordshire District Council as part of their Dogs in the Community project. This free offer is for West Oxfordshire residents’ dogs only.

The Council’s microchipping service, offered year round, normally costs £16.98

Posted : 03/01/2014 09:30:10

Radio play unlocks memories
Unlocking memories through the arts is having a positive impact on people with dementia attending the Lights Up arts and memory club in Chipping Norton.

Arts activities have included the creation and performance of a 20-minute improvised radio drama that is attracting interest for broadcast from local hospital radio stations, Radio Horton and Cherwell Hospital Radio.

Community artist Sharon Woodward came up with the idea of a radio drama. She said, “Radio gives so much to the imagination, but the story created was so imaginative and way beyond the simple play I was expecting. I can only describe it as being a comedy spy thriller, a bit like ‘carry on spying’. Creating it was hilarious; everyone had so much fun and really got into their roles, becoming spies, gangsters and police officers. We even have a fight scene!

“As well as stimulating the mind, it allowed people to be someone else, to relax and have a lot of fun, which is very important for those living with dementia.”

Jan and Ralph Burrage both thoroughly enjoy coming to Lights Up. Jan, who cares for Ralph said, “We loved making the play and would go home each time with our jaws aching having laughed so much. Sometimes Ralph doesn’t remember much about the day, but if he has had a good time the feeling remains with him for some time.”

The drama, called ‘A Very Strange Journey’ is set in 1957. It tells the tale of a group of train travellers stuck at Chipping Norton station after a small landslide, followed by sheep on the track, causing the Banbury to Wales train to run one hour late.

Pictured are some of the group members who created and performed the radio play.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I am delighted that these sessions have been so enjoyable. We know from recent studies that engagement with arts brings benefits to both those with dementia and their loved ones through sharing activities. Living with dementia brings many challenges and it is important to try and help those affected to cope with the everyday strains and stresses they face.”

‘Lights Up’ arts and memory club was set up by West Oxfordshire District Council in October 2012, to support people living with dementia.

West Oxfordshire has one of the largest proportions of people aged 55 and over of all the Oxfordshire districts. There is increasing prevalence of dementia amongst an ageing population and current figures suggest over 8,000 people have dementia in the county.

Cllr Mark Booty, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Health said, “Memory Clubs can make a real difference to people’s lives and we have been happy to lead on this initiative. A year ago we formed the West Oxfordshire Dementia Alliance along with NHS partners, voluntary groups and other organisations to improve services and give support. Lights Up is a shining example of how this type of support is working in the community.”

West Oxfordshire District Council is working with a host of organisations to run the Lights Up initiative and funding support also comes from the Guideposts Trust, Cottsway Housing, Oxfordshire County Council Big Society fund and Chipping Norton Rotary.

Volunteers help to run the Club and around 20 people come to each session which are led by professionals and artists with experience of working with older people. Pictured left is an art activity.

Coordinator Val McKay of Memory Clubs UK said, “Anyone who has an interest in memory is welcome: people who are concerned about their memory, or that of someone they know; people living with dementia (diagnosed or not) and people caring for someone with memory difficulties can all relax, explore the arts and socialise with us.”

The club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Highlands, 73 Burford Road, Chipping Norton, OX7 5EE from 10.30am-12.30pm. People can turn up on the day and do not need to book in advance. Help with transport may be is available. For more information call: 0845 1204048.

Posted : 28/11/2013 11:04:54

Chipping Norton Literary Festival 2014
The popular and celebrity-laden Cotswold town of Chipping Norton is gearing up for what has become a refreshing take on the plethora of literary festivals. The third Chipping Norton Literary Festival (ChipLitFest) is set for April 24th – 27th 2014 and already there is a superb line-up of authors and engaging talks.

India Knight is a Sunday Times columnist and a novelist for Penguin Books. Her latest novel, Mutton, is a hilarious, heart-felt exploration of women’s relationships with her looks. India will be speaking to Gill Hornby, whose school-gate novel The Hive became an instant best-seller.

Joanna Trollope, author of seventeen bestselling novels attended the first ChipLitFest in 2012 and is back to speak about her upcoming book, Balancing Act, which tells the story of a successful female-run family business in Stoke-on-Trent. She will be joined by Emma Bridgewater to address what it takes in today’s world to be a successful business woman.

Emma Bridgewater founded in 1985 the hugely popular and highly collectible British ceramics firm of her own name. Along with her husband, artist and designer, Matthew Rice, she continues to run this highly successful business which is one of largest employers in Stoke-on-Trent.

Kate Adie was the BBC’s chief correspondent from 1989 and one of the best-known faces on British television, reporting from war zones around the world. She presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4, is the author of four bestselling books and her latest book, Fighting on the Home Front, reveals the ways in which women’s lives changed during World War One and what the impact has been for women today.

Nicci French is the joint name of two writers, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, a married couple with the unique arrangement of being one writer, and two minds! Their third and most recent title, Waiting for Wednesday, will be discussed as well as the methodology behind their successful collaboration.

Tim Harford, is a senior columnist with the Financial Times. His long-running column, The Undercover Economist, reveals the economics behind everyday experiences. He has published several books relating to this column including the recently published The Undercover Economist Strikes Back. He will discuss this book and his new column at the FT, Since You Asked, which offers a sceptical look at news of the week.

Alan Johnson started his career as a postman and went on to become the youngest General Secretary in the history of the Union of Communication Workers, He served as Home Secretary in the Labour Government from June 2009 to May 2010 and will be at the Festival to discuss This Boy, his memoirs of a transitioning England and growing up in the slums of West London.

Korky Paul, who began scribbling cartoons from an early age, went on to become an award-winning illustrator. His first book, in 1980, was a pop-up called The Crocodile. In 1986 he was commissioned to illustrate Winnie the Witch, which has since been published in over ten languages. He has and continues to illustrate numerous books for a variety of publishers.

Also confirmed this week are Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry; Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project; and Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Nick Gargan. Keep an eye on the website www.chiplitfest.com and watch for further updates.

The very popular workshops on writing and getting published will continue and there will be discussion panels, performance events, poetry and an outstanding, and affordable, children’s programme. To accompany the food programme, the food festival BITE, will run a lively Farmer’s Market.

Last year’s successful Festival included Julian Fellowes, Lionel Shriver, Fern Britton and Tracy Chevalier. This outstanding event is drawing visitors both locally, from London, and around the country. Stimulating, fun, affordable, and with an up-close intimacy no longer found in most book festivals today, Chipping Norton is hitting its stride and gathering speed as Britain’s best market-town literary festival.

Posted : 14/11/2013 14:59:15

New police front counter at Chipping Norton
Following an agreement between Thames Valley Police and West Oxfordshire District Council, police front counter services in Chipping Norton will soon be moving to a more convenient town centre location, with extended opening hours.

West Oxfordshire District Council's Guildhall Reception in the centre of the town will double up as a one-stop shop for police and council services.

The agreement follows the announcement made by Thames Valley Police to replace Chipping Norton police station with a more efficient building.

Closing and replacing inefficient police stations is part of Thames Valley Police's asset management strategy that is set to save £829k. Saving money on buildings enables them to protect frontline policing from cuts.

Cllr Mark Booty, Cabinet Member at West Oxfordshire District Council responsible for Community Safety said, "We fully understand the financial challenges faced by the police, but, we are keen to maintain the valuable front counter police services for Chipping Norton residents.

He adds: “This partnership approach at the Guildhall is a win, win solution for everyone. Residents will gain from longer opening hours and our town centre location has easy access with everything on the ground floor.”

The move builds on the strong working relationship that already exists between Thames Valley Police and the District Council in areas such as community safety, licensing, enforcement, housing and emergency planning.

Thames Valley Police is keen to reassure residents that the availability and visibility of police officers to attend incidents in their areas will be not be affected by these changes.

Supt Colin Paine, Commander for West Oxfordshire and Cherwell said, “This is great news for residents of Chipping Norton. They will keep the police front counter and it will be open an extra 15 hours per week, but will not cost the tax payer any more than at present. The service will be in a good central location and offer the opportunity for residents to access council services at the same time.

“Obviously in due course the existing Chipping Norton police station will be sold and replaced with a smaller, more efficient building. We have not yet determined where that will be and are still exploring the options available. The police station will not close, the same police officers will be based in the new building and there will be no reduction in the service provided.”

Council services will continue to operate as normal from the Guildhall. The additional police counter services provided by West Oxfordshire District Council will include producing driving documents, reporting lost and found property as well as general advice when needed.

At present, the Police Station front counter is open from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday. The opening hours with the Council providing the service are:

Mon to Friday: 8.45am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm (4pm on Friday)

Posted : 16/09/2013 20:17:28

Mums take the plunge for £1
Mums and female carers for children under 16 can now swim for only £1 at West Oxfordshire’s leisure centres.

Carterton, Chipping Norton and Windrush leisure centres are all participating in the promotion.

The promotion is being offered as part of the Active Women programme, in partnership with GLL Better who manages the leisure centres on behalf of West Oxfordshire District Council.

After completing five swims, participants are also eligible for a discount if they join the Leisure Centre on either a prepaid membership or a pay-as-you-go membership.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This is a really great offer and we hope lots of women take advantage of it, especially as reports, carried out by the Active Women programme, suggest that women across all age groups display the lowest amount of physical activity.”

A crèche is available at each leisure centre where children can stay for up to three hours for £3.35.

The offer ends in October 2013. All five swims must be completed within one month to be eligible for the discounted membership.

For further information email catherine.alexander@gll.org or call 07595 090 379

Posted : 29/08/2013 16:22:33

Promoting Literacy in the Cotswolds
Chipping Norton Literary Festival has a strong commitment to removing barriers to books for children. It prides itself on its work with children across the Chipping Norton area, placing authors in eleven schools and one Children’s Centre across the area, on the Friday of the Festival, and providing free children and family events across the weekend.

Prime Minister David Cameron, in his letter of support to the Festival, praised the commitment of the Festival in its work with children, saying: “What I find particularly impressive is the passionate way in which Chipping Norton Literary Festival strives to include children in their programme. If we want to give children the best chance in life, we need to help them develop the skills, aspirations and experience they need to fulfil their potential and reading is absolutely central to this.”

From its origins in 2012, the Festival was clear that it wanted to remove barriers to children’s participation in its four day event and so made the decision to take the Literary Festival to eleven schools in Chadlington; Charlbury; Enstone; Great Rollright; Great Tew; Hook Norton; Kingham; Middle Barton; and directly in the Chipping Norton area, Holy Trinity; St. Mary’s; Ace Centre; CNS; as well as a Children’s Centre. Merilyn Davies, Children’s Programme Coordinator said: “We wanted to ensure children were included in the Festival from the very beginning and that we removed as many stumbling blocks to this, as possible. So we took the Festival to them via their schools! And we have worked hard to put on as many free events as possible for them and their families, across the weekend. We think this has resulted in a colourful, exciting programme, which will show children the many ways they can discover the magic hidden in the pages of books!”

The Festival events across the weekend are for children of all ages, run by familiar names including Jez Alborough - author of Nat the Cat and Hug, and Philip Ardagh, the award-winning author of Grubtown Tales and the Eddie Dickens series. Children will be able to take part in a Where’s Wally treasure hunt, play on the Oxfordshire Playbus, make sock puppets, or just rest in the Kids’ Café. And if they’re lucky, they might even spot a rather large Paddington Bear walking around the town, looking for his marmalade sandwiches!

The Festival’s commitment to promoting literacy in children is seen in their links with the Literacy Trust; a national charity which works to raise literacy standards in children. The Literacy Trust is currently running a campaign across Oxfordshire focusing on literacy standards in boys. For more information, visit http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/oxfordshire_reading_campaign.

In line with the Festival’s ethos to remove barriers to books, the Festival approached Storybook Dads to be its official Festival charity partner, and were delighted when they accepted. Storybook Dads provides a service for fathers in prison, enabling them to record a bedtime story for their children. ChipLitFest is proud to be associated with this charity. Their work in ensuring children are able to benefit from a bedtime story, despite the physical barrier of prison, perfectly reflects the Festivals ethos of promoting inclusivity and equality of access to books for all.

Visit www.chiplitfest.com

Posted : 21/02/2013 16:55:54

People with dementia invited to light up their liv
People living with dementia are being invited to light up their lives by joining a new club which will encourage them to build friendships and learn new skills.

Lights Up is a free friendly club that will bring people living with dementia together with their friends, families and carers.

The Club will enable them to share their experiences as well as take part in a host of arts activities from dancing and making music to storytelling.

Recent studies have shown engagement with arts brings benefits to both those with dementia and their loved ones through sharing activities. It also accesses the creative part of the brain, which overrides the stresses of memory loss and restores a sense of personal identity. It will also help reduce feelings of isolation and seclusion that many people with dementia suffer as they struggle to communicate with others.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Living with dementia brings many challenges and this Club aims to help those affected to cope with the everyday strains and stresses they face. West Oxfordshire has an ageing population and current figures suggest over 7,000 people have dementia in the county. It is important to provide services for them and we are pleased to be setting up Lights Up, which we believe will not only offer creative thinking but help to reduce the feeling of being isolated from society.”

West Oxfordshire District Council is working with a host of organisations to run the six-month pilot project, which will take place twice a month in Chipping Norton.

The club begins on Tuesday 9 October at Highlands, 73 Burford Road, Chipping Norton, OX7 5EE from 10.45am-12.30pm. People can turn up on the day and do not need to book in advance.

Help with transport is available for people who have no other means of transport. For more information call: 0845 1204048

Posted : 13/09/2012 14:14:39

Free electric blanket testing
It may still be summer, but residents in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged to look ahead to winter and think about safety by signing up to get their electric blankets tested for free.
Residents need to book in advance to attend testing sessions being held in the autumn by West Oxfordshire District Council in conjunction with Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards and Fire and Rescue Service.
The sessions will take place on:

Friday 12 October in Witney
Friday 26 October in Chipping Norton

Last year, 204 electric blankets were tested at sessions in West Oxfordshire and nearly a third (62 blankets, 30%) were found to be unsafe.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment at the District Council, said: “I hope that people will take advantage of this annual free testing service. Faulty blankets are a common cause of fires and the best advice for anyone with a blanket that is more than 10 years old, or showing signs of wear, is to get a new one.”

When choosing a blanket, buy new and look out for a European Certification Mark such as the BEAB safety mark.

Bookings for electric blanket testing can be made online via the Council’s website, www.westoxon.gov.uk/blankettesting or by calling 01993 861060.

Posted : 22/08/2012 14:53:29

Residents in favour of new recycling centre propos
West Oxfordshire District Council is proposing to develop a household recycling centre, subject to planning permission, at Greystones, a former council depot on the outskirts of Chipping Norton.

The proposed new centre would see an increase in the range of materials that can be recycled, compared to what is collected each week from household black recycling boxes.

It would reduce travel time for residents living in the north of the district as currently they need to drive to Banbury or Stanton Harcourt to dispose of some of their recycling materials.

Before submitting a planning application, the Council held a public consultation last month (2 July to 20 July) on the proposals.

Two hundred and fifty nine people attended exhibitions at Chipping Norton and Charlbury and information was also on the Council’s website – www.westoxon.gov.uk and in the local press.

Public response was overwhelmingly in favour of the proposals and of the 200 people that completed questionnaires, 97.5% were in favour of having a recycling centre to the north of the district and 94% were in favour of the planning proposals for Greystones.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment said, “The response we have received sends a clear message that residents in Chipping Norton and the surrounding area would like to see a household recycling centre at Greystones. West Oxfordshire residents are keen recyclers and this facility will benefit both the local community and the environment.”

Cllr Simon Hoare, Cabinet Member for Resources said, “We are convinced that this will be a good use for what is, in essence, a redundant piece of land in the Council’s ownership. I am delighted that lots of people came along to see the plans and were very positive about the scheme. Their feedback will help us move forward as we draw up a planning application.”

A planning application is expected to be submitted in the early autumn. Potentially the recycling centre could open early 2013.

The Centre is projected to generate the District Council an income of around £22,000 a year and pay for itself within 8 years.

A consultation review report will be posted on www.westoxon.gov.uk/consultations from mid-August.

Posted : 09/08/2012 16:16:43

Views sought on proposed household recycling centr
West Oxfordshire District Council is proposing to develop a household recycling centre, subject to planning, at Greystones, a former council depot on the outskirts of Chipping Norton and is asking the public for thoughts on the proposals.

Residents are invited to come along and find out more about the proposals at any of the following informal drop-in consultation events:

* Chipping Norton - Town Hall on Thursday 5 July from 12 noon to 8pm.
* Chipping Norton - Leisure Centre on Saturday 7 July from 9am to 1pm.
* Charlbury - The Corner House, Market Street on Thursday 12 July from 12 noon to 8pm.

Staff will be on hand to talk through the suggested plans and answer questions. Feedback from the consultation will help develop any future planning application.

If you cannot attend any of the consultation events but would like to find out more, detailed information will be available on the District Council website from Monday 2 July: www.westoxon.gov.uk/greystones. Alternatively, call 01993 861420. Consultation ends Friday 20 July 2012.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment said, “Local residents are keen recyclers and since the closure of Dean Pit, we have been exploring how we could provide a new facility for residents living in the north of the District. We believe that creating a household recycling centre at Greystones would provide a useful service for householders in Chipping Norton and the surrounding area, but before going ahead we are asking residents as we want to be sure that this is what they want.”

Cllr Simon Hoare, Cabinet Member for Resources said, “We are convinced that this will be a good use for what is, in essence, a redundant piece of land in the Council’s ownership. I hope that lots of people will come and see the plans and give their views as this will help shape our planning application.”

Posted : 25/06/2012 11:20:10

Chipping Norton snapper captures District’s good s
A Chipping Norton resident scooped top prize in a photography competition that will see his winning print feature in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds Visitor Guide.

Kevin Goodey captured the essence of the District with his stunning picture of a footpath from Chipping Norton to Chalbury. This earned him first place in West Oxfordshire District Councils’ competition.

Residents were challenged to take a snapshot of life in the District with themes that ranged from wildlife to market towns, panoramic views of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds to thriving town centres.

As well as his photo being used in the District Council’s tourism publications, Kevin also received a beautiful canvas print of his image mounted on to 30 x 20 inch art canvas, courtesy of Blueprint Imaging Limited.

The 60-year-old accountant, who took up photography as a hobby five years ago, was overwhelmed by winning the competition, which received 170 entries.

Kevin said: “That picture was taken in early August when I was walking through the footpath and the light coming through made for an amazing shot. There is a limitless choice for pictures in the District as there are so many beautiful views to be appreciated. I couldn’t believe it when I was told I had won and even asked if I was the only entrant.”

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This competition is a great opportunity for residents to be involved in the great work the tourism team carry out to promote the District as a tourist attraction. This year’s entries were of the usual high standard and the winning picture captures the beauty of our District in an innovative way.”

Posted : 08/06/2012 17:25:46

Chipping Norton Literary Festival
Chipping Norton set to draw one-thousand people for three-day literary event.

20th – 22nd April 2012

Fifty events throughout Chipping Norton

Come April, Chipping Norton will be in the news again as organizers launch the town’s first literary festival. The event will take place at venues convenient to the centre of Chipping Norton and will include speakers such as Mark Billingham, Joanna Trollope, Colin Dexter, Katie Fforde, and Sir Andrew Motion. In total about fifty literary luminaries will be participating and already more than 500 tickets have been sold. Of course many will be wondering who’s in the audience as the town is local to David and Samantha Cameron, Kate Moss, Jeremy Clarkson, Amanda Holden, Rebekah Brooks, Prue Leith, and Alex James.

But in addition to being known for its array of celebrity residents and now putting itself on the map with the ChipLitFest, as it is known, Chipping Norton itself is a fine example of Georgian market town architecture and a splendid setting for taking in talks as well as the town.

There will be ‘How To…’ workshops for aspiring writers, a poetry slam and walking tours as well as panel discussion on contemporary women’s fiction, getting published, Cotswold gardening, and travel writing.

Events will be held at The Theatre, Jaffé & Neale Bookshop and Café, and the historic Town Hall. Chipping Norton is easily accessible via car or trains to Kingham, Charlbury, and Oxford.

The idea originated via WOW, the West Oxfordshire Writers group. Local to Chipping Norton, they meet twice a month to discuss creative writing, how to get published, and how to go about writing within various genres. Thus the Festival has a host of events which will be of interest to aspiring writers.

Topics and Events include:

Fiction
Emily Barr, Elizabeth Buchan, Julie Cohen, Josceline Dimbleby, Katie Fforde, Loiuse Harwood, Veronica Henry, Angela Huth, Prue Leith, Jill Mansel, Sir Andrew Motion, Joanna Trollope, Fiona Walker.

Crime/Mystery
Mark Billingham, Helen Black, S.J. Bolton, Colin Dexter, Sophie Hannah, Dan Waddell

History and Biography
Carole Angier, Sally Cline, Mick Conefrey, Robert Hardman, Mark Johnson, Penny Junor, Ian Mathie, Fiona Mountain, John Julius Norwich.

Gardening
Cotswold Gardening – panel discussion with Roddy Llewellyn, Robin Lane Fox, Andrew Lawson

Humour
Guy Browning, Jasper Fforde, Graeme Garden, John O’Farrell, Sandra Smith.

Writing
How to break into freelance writing
Life writing
Writing historical fiction
Author, agent & publishers
Bringing your characters to life
A rough guide to travel writing
Writing humour
Writing short stories
Crime Writing Workshop
How to Get Published – panel discussion
Book Groups and the Novel chaired by Sue MacGregor

Please visit wwwchiplitfest.com

Posted : 17/04/2012 20:18:14

Support for new household recycling centre
Plans to create a new household recycling centre have moved a step closer, after gaining unanimous support from West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet.

Cabinet Members agreed to invest in the redevelopment of Greystones, a former council depot site in Chipping Norton, subject to both pre-planning consultation and the securing of planning permission.

Following the closure of Dean Pit, the Council has been exploring how it could provide a new facility at Greystones, supplying an important service to residents living in the north of the District. The Council and external advisers have been working on the feasibility of the project for five months.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “West Oxfordshire residents are keen recyclers and the Council is passionate about improving services that deliver long-term environmental benefits.

“Creating a household recycling centre at Greystones would provide a useful service for householders in Chipping Norton and surrounding area with more opportunities to recycle. Better facilities would also discourage fly-tipping, which is a concern for local people.”

The new recycling centre is projected to generate recycling income of around £22,000 a year and this will payback an initial investment of £190,000 over an 8-year period.

Cllr Simon Hoare, Cabinet Member responsible for Resources and Asset Management explains why the council-owned site would be a good investment for West Oxfordshire: “This is a very good proposal for Greystones and for the Council’s Asset Management Strategy. While the payback will be over eight years, we’ve decided to make this long term investment for the benefit of the north of the District. Our prudent management of the Council’s finances allows us to make such a long term investment.”

At present the site is largely redundant with only one of its 5 units occupied. Attempts to let the site have been unsuccessful. Rental income does not cover the costs of maintaining the site and business rates for the empty units.

The above decision, made by Cabinet, is subject to the usual call-in period.

Posted : 15/02/2012 17:14:40

Residents invited to take the tourist trail
West Oxfordshire residents can experience the district from a tourist’s perspective as part of the first ever English Tourism Week.

It runs from March 10-18 and gives the industry an opportunity to highlight the value of tourism to the nation as well demonstrating its role in promoting the district to tourists and visitors

During this period the Visitor Information Centres will be offering a 10 per cent discount on all gifts and souvenirs at their centres.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Local Economy and Communities, said:
“Tourism plays a significant part in the district’s economy and has not only boosted the local economy but created employment as well. This is a great opportunity for residents to take part in the guided tours and view the district from a tourist’s perspective.

“We all lead very busy lives and have a tendency to lose sight of some of the wonderful attractions on our doorstep. These tours give us an opportunity to see what makes West Oxfordshire such a popular tourist destination.”

Witney MP David Cameron backed the initiative and urged residents to explore their locality.
He said: “With so many wonderful local attractions in West Oxfordshire, it is no surprise that tourism plays an enormous role in our local economy. I encourage everyone to participate in the walking tours planned during English Tourism Week and experience the many hidden treasures of our lovely Cotswold towns.”

There are four guided town walks taking place across the district:

Tuesday 13 March Woodstock Town Walk 2.00pm - 3.30pm, The Oxfordshire Museum, Park Street, Woodstock

Wednesday 14 March Chipping Norton Town Walk 10am - 11.30am, Town Hall, Market Place, Chipping Norton

Wednesday 14 March Burford Town Walk 2.00pm - 3.30pm, Visitor Information Centre, High Street, Burford

Thursday 15 March Witney Town Walk 2.00pm - 3.30pm, Visitor Information Centre, Town Centre Shop, Welch Way, Witney

Places on the guided walks should be booked in advance by calling 01993 861780 or email vivienne.stobo@westoxon.gov.uk

As part of English Tourism Week, the district’s residents and businesses can also nominate their Tourism Superstar.
It can be anyone from a tour guide, shop assistant, cab driver or hotel receptionist who embodies the spirit of the district and is a real ambassador. There are prizes for the winner and the person who submitted them. To nominate a candidate visit www.visitengland.org

The District Council works closely with local businesses to promote the area as a tourism destination.

This includes producing visitor guides, promotional material and marketing the area as the ‘Oxfordshire Cotswolds’ through the www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org website.

For more information about English Tourism Week visit www.visitengland.org

Posted : 10/02/2012 16:17:24

All change at Chipping Norton Lido
Important renovation work to update and improve swimming pool changing rooms at Chipping Norton can now go-ahead, following a grant of £11,250 from West Oxfordshire District Council.

The grant is the final piece in the funding jigsaw for a scheme set to cost £45,000, the remainder of the funding coming from Chipping Norton Town Council (£2,000), Kelloggs Swim Active (£18,046) and Lido savings (£13,705).

Renovations to the 40-year old changing rooms will improve the environment for all users with new cubicles, benches, lockers and non-slip flooring. However, more importantly the work will improve access for older and disabled swimmers, as well as families with babies and young children. Currently there are no specialist changing facilities.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member responsible for leisure said, “Thanks to the hard work and commitment of Chipping Norton Lido volunteers, modernised changing room facilities will make it much more appealing for swimmers to use. I am pleased we are able to support the Lido once again and congratulate them on their successful fundraising efforts.”

Clare Jarvis, Trustee at Chipping Norton Lido Ltd said, “We’re delighted that we can now proceed with our project and expect to unveil our new changing rooms at the start of the season in April. WODC’s support has ensured that we can take advantage of other conditional funding and is all the more valuable for this reason.”

Chipping Norton Lido attracts around 15,000 users each summer season. It is expected that the improvements will attract new users who are currently put off by the condition of the existing changing facilities and the associated lack of privacy whilst changing.

The grant decision was made by the Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 11 January and is subject to the usual call in period.

Posted : 13/01/2012 11:32:24

Keeping children active this summer
A fun-packed line-up of activities is on offer at West Oxfordshire District Council’s leisure centres to help keep youngsters active during the summer holidays.

Under-16s can swim for just £1 during selected sessions at Carterton, Chipping Norton and Witney’s Windrush Leisure Centres.

In addition to the discounted swimming, various sessions are available including:

· ‘Active Zone’, a holiday playscheme for 5-11 year olds at The Windrush, offering activities such as roller-skating, games, bouncy castle and face-painting.
· Crash courses in swimming, trampolining, gymnastics and much more.
· Racquet sports for just £1 for any age, Monday-Friday, at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre.

The holiday activities run until the end of the school holidays and have been organised by the Council’s leisure contractor, Nexus Community, which manages leisure facilities in West Oxfordshire.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Local Economy and Communities, said: “The leisure centres have lots of things going on to keep children and young people active during the summer break at very reasonable costs. There’s also the opportunity for them to try new things and make new friends, and we hope people take advantage of these great local facilities.”

For warmer days during the holidays, Woodstock Pool offers open-air swimming as well as a large grass area for playing and picnicking as well as a café. There is also an independently-run Lido at Chipping Norton.

For more information about summer holiday activities, contact the leisure centres on:

Carterton: 01993 861981
Chipping Norton: 01993 861951
The Windrush: 01993 202020
Woodstock Open-Air Pool: 01993 811875

Posted : 22/07/2011 12:31:10

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update -
Crime
In the last month there have been five burglaries across the area. The properties that have been targeted are more often than not, ones with insecure windows or doors. We have seen an improvement in the weather recently and it is therefore tempting to let the fresh air blow through our homes, however, it is important to secure your home before you leave. Also, please ensure that you do not leave valuable items on display which could tempt a would-be burglar to break a window or force a door.

There have been five incidents of criminal damage, ranging from broken windows to a car being driven across a golf course.

With the good weather rapidly approaching more and more people are choosing to enjoy our wonderful country side by driving to certain locations and then walking. Unfortunately this has resulted in an increase in the theft of items from vehicles. The public are urged to be conscious of what they leave in their vehicles while doing this. Prior to going for a walk please consider exactly what you need to take with you. If you don’t need a hand bag or a sat nav then please leave them at home.

Our advice to the public remains the same, if you think someone or something looks suspicious please call us. We would much rather check something out and find it is in order than discover after the event that a crime has been committed. The perfect example of this recently was following the spate of thefts from gardens we experienced in Chipping Norton. Vigilant members of the public noticed a local garden suddenly became full of new items. Further investigation by the neighbourhood team discovered that many of these items were stolen. A local 29 year old man has been charged with two burglary offences and asked for six further theft offences to be taken into consideration.

Parking
We have recently received reports of bad parking by Kingham railway station where commuters use the grass verge instead of the designated parking area. This recently resulted in a vehicle being towed away as it was deemed to be in a dangerous position.

We regularly receive reports of parking issues during the school drop off and pick up. This is an issue across the area that can be resolved by people thinking of potential dangers to others, especially young children.

We have also received reports, especially in Middle Barton, of cars being parked too close to junctions. Again this issue can be found anywhere in the area but can be resolved by people being conscious of the dangers they present to other road users.

Speeding
This month we have conducted a number of Have Your Say meetings across the area where speeding has been mentioned as being an issue. In response we have conducted speed checks on a number of roads. These included the Churchill Road, Chipping Norton, The Slade in Charlbury, Banbury Road, Chipping Norton, Over Norton Road, Middle Barton and Great Rollright.

The majority of drivers do stick to the speed limit, however some continue to disregard the fact that limits are in place to save lives, not just to cause a nuisance. Some roads in particular do cause us concern and in the near future we will move to an enforcement phase.

Have Your Say” meetings
We continue to hold “Have Your Say” meetings across the area to give you the opportunity to tell us about your concerns.

Our next ones are:
Sunday 17 April: Kingham shop, 9.30am-10.30am
Thursday 21 April: Black Horse pub, Salford, 6.30pm-7.30pm

You can also contact us via the Thames Valley Police website: www.thamesvalley.police.uk, choose neighbourhood policing then select your neighbourhood.

Or you can telephone the non emergency number on 08458 505 505 and leave a message which will be passed on to the team, thank you.

Posted : 07/04/2011 10:48:36

Competition to find best photos of West Oxon
Residents are being given the chance to win photographic equipment by sending special images of West Oxfordshire to the District Council.

The Council’s tourism team is looking for images that capture West Oxfordshire, from panoramic views to action shots, images of market towns or villages, wildlife or people simply enjoying the local area.

One winner will be picked to win a Manfrotto 190xDB tripod and head, and Lowepro Versapack 200 AW backpack, donated by Morris Photographic Centre in Chipping Norton, www.morrisphoto.co.uk.

It is possible that a selection of the images will feature in the 2011 Oxfordshire Cotswolds Visitor Guide, which the Council produces to promote the area worldwide.

Cllr Richard Langridge, Cabinet Member for Local Economy and Communities, said: “West Oxfordshire is a beautiful part of England and we have a dedicated tourism team that works to promote the area and encourage tourism. We would like some really striking images that best represent West Oxfordshire to help us to show what a wonderful place it is to visit and live. We are very grateful for the donated prizes which we hope will encourage people to send in their photos. We can’t wait to see them!”

Local residents, including amateurs, club members or professional photographers, are invited to send in up to a maximum of six photos. Closing date for entries is Monday 2nd August.

For more details and an entry form, visit www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org/photos or call 01993 861553.

Posted : 08/07/2010 10:59:52

Local Artist Turns The Kingham Plough Pink
Artist Jeremy Houghton and The Kingham Plough will be celebrating all things pink on Thursday May 6th 2010. An exhibition of Flamingo paintings in both oil and watercolour will be on display at The Kingham Plough with pink drinks and canapés. Guests are invited to view the exhibition from 6 – 8.30pm in the upstairs dining room.

Flamingos cover every square inch of Jeremy’s canvasses. This collection is inspired by his days in Africa when he was Head of Art at the International school of Cape Town, from 2000 – 2005. These paintings reflect exciting days in the heart of this great continent, where nature seems to be both bold and beautiful.

Jeremy now lives and works in the house where he was born in Broadway, where he is helping to organise this summer inaugural Broadway arts festival, and running his Broadway art tours. He has been chosen as one of Lloyds Banks’ artists for London 2012 and is also known for his commissioned work featuring timeless scenes from around the Cotswolds.

Jeremy said: “‘Flamingos are such elegant birds, with such breath taking colours. But get them in a crowd, which you generally do, and it’s quite difficult to see what belongs to what. Whose leg is that? And that? And whose head is that? An orgy of pink, not for the faint hearted, which is why Jeremy Clarkson has one hanging on his wall.”

Mark Savage M.W. of Savage Selection, a renowned wine merchant based in Northleach that specialises in shipping wines from small, artisan estates across the world, will be supplying three pink wines for tasting and seasonal canapés will be on offer to accompany and compliment Jeremy’s paintings.

Emily Watkins, owner and Executive Chef at The Kingham Plough said; “We source the majority of our ingredients from nearby artisans to maintain our ethos of producing local seasonal dishes. It therefore seems particularly fitting that the first art exhibition hosted by The Kingham Plough involves a local artist.
An evening of flamingos, rose and canapés will be an exciting way to herald in the summer.’

For further information please visit http://www.thekinghamplough.co.uk/kingham-plough-noticeboard.php and to reserve a place call 01608 658838 before Monday 26th April.

Posted : 23/03/2010 19:01:53

All change for concessionary travel!
From 6th April 2010, the Government is changing the age of eligibility for national concessionary travel scheme. This will rise gradually from 60 to 65 over the next 10 years, in line with the changes to the state pension age for women.

This change will affect anyone applying for a bus pass whose 60th birthday falls on or after this date. Anyone who already has a bus pass, or is already 60, will not be affected.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment says “The changes are being introduced in stages, the date you will become eligible for a pass will depend on the month you were born. If you were born after 5th April 1955, you will not be eligible for a pass until you turn 65.

“As a council we also give our residents the option to choose an annual allowance of local transport tokens or a discount rail card instead of the national bus pass if they prefer.”

If you are approaching your 60th birthday, you can find out when you will become eligible for a pass by looking at our age of eligibility table available online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/bus. Alternatively call 01993 861000 or visit one of the council’s Town Centre Shops in Witney or at the Guildhall in Chipping Norton.

Posted : 23/03/2010 18:05:25

Casual Bar Staff and Assistant Bar Manager
Requirements have arisen for Casual Bar Staff and an Assistant Bar Manager in Chipping Norton.

Link: Chipping Norton Jobs

Posted : 17/03/2010 17:26:01

Get set to go jogging
Jog into spring by joining one of West Oxfordshire’s new jogging groups for beginners this month.

The ‘JustJog’ sessions are being run by the District’s GO Active (Get Oxfordshire Active) team, which is part of a countywide project to encourage adults over the age of 16 to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

The sessions are running for 10 weeks starting in Chipping Norton on March 17th, Eynsham on March 18th and Woodstock on March 29th.

Meeting points for the sessions are yet to be announced and the GO Active team is encouraging anyone interested in joining in to find out more by calling 01993 861564. The cost for each session is £2.

The JustJog groups are being run in partnership with Run England and will be led by qualified jog leaders. The aim is to encourage beginners to give jogging a try while having fun and meeting new people.

West Oxfordshire’s GO Active co-ordinator Sarah Sandford, who is based at the District Council, said: “One of the key aims of GO Active is to create opportunities for more people to get active, while having fun and meeting new people. Jogging is a fantastic way to improve health and fitness, and having the support of other people around is a great incentive to stick at it. We hope people will make the most of the JustJog groups in their local communities and we are continuing to work on other projects across the district.”

More information about GO Active in West Oxfordshire, including other sports and leisure activities available in the District, can be viewed at www.getoxfordshireactive.org or www.westoxon.gov.uk

Posted : 11/03/2010 10:45:37

Have a say on the way housing is allocated
West Oxfordshire District Council is inviting residents to have a say on how social housing is allocated to people.

The Council has not held any housing stock since 2001, but is responsible for keeping the District’s Common Waiting List for housing.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for social housing – whether rented or part-ownership – must be on the Waiting List. Each applicant is awarded points and those with the most points, who are deemed to have greatest need, become eligible to be housed. The Council then nominates those people to housing associations for accommodation.

The Council has a Nominations Policy which sets out how points should be awarded. This includes guidance set by law which requires the Council to give priority to those in most need, such as anyone who is homeless or living in overcrowded conditions. In addition, it contains priorities which the Council has set for West Oxfordshire, including preference for people with a local connection to the district and key workers.

The Council is currently reviewing the Nominations Policy and would like to hear from residents about what they think of the current policy and changes they feel should be made.

Residents are asked to complete a short survey online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/allocations. The Nominations Policy can be viewed online via this link.

Cllr Jill Dunsmore, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We are contacting people on the Waiting List to ask them for their views and would like to encourage as many others as possible to have a say. This will help with the review and could lead to important changes in the way social housing is allocated in the future.”

Questions being asked include whether the current points system is a fair way to prioritise housing applications and whether more weight should be given to time spent on the Waiting List. At present, priority is not given according to the amount of time an applicant has been on the List.

Anyone unable to complete the online survey, or who wishes to make further suggestions, can email housing@westoxon.gov.uk or write to Housing Services, West Oxfordshire District Council, Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney, Oxon, 0X28 1PB.

Posted : 01/03/2010 17:39:11

More tree chippings despite bad weather
January’s snow and freezing conditions failed to stop West Oxfordshire residents from helping the environment by getting their real Christmas trees recycled.

Almost an extra tonne of Christmas trees have been chipped in West Oxfordshire this year; despite sessions across the district being put back a week due to the adverse weather.

West Oxfordshire District Council organises the free sessions every January to give people the chance to get their trees turned into chippings which are then used to create eco-friendly biomass energy.

Last year, 10.25 tonnes of chippings were collected in the district. This year, 11.3 tonnes – the weight of two African elephants – were collected from trees taken to sessions and drop-off points in Burford, Carterton, Charlbury, Chipping Norton, Eynsham, Long Hanborough, Tackley, Witney and Woodstock.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We had to postpone the sessions at short notice because of the weather and we thought this might have decreased the number of trees brought along. However, we gave people the chance to leave their trees to be chipped and ran the sessions a week later than planned, and although the weather was still affecting travelling conditions people made the effort to come along.

“We are extremely grateful and I would like to thank our residents. This has stopped hundreds of trees from going to landfill and they are being put to good use instead.”

Oxfordshire-based Goodwood Tree Care Ltd helped with the chipping sessions. Half of the chippings have been sent for biomass and will create enough energy to supply heat and hot water to a large three-bedroom house for more than four months during the winter. The rest of the chippings have been used locally on shrub beds.

For more information about other aspects of waste and recycling in West Oxfordshire, visit www.westoxon.gov.uk/environment or call 01993 861020.

Posted : 29/01/2010 17:40:24

Rollright Stones photographic competition 2010
The Rollright Trust is inviting visitors to the famous Rollright Stones to enter a photo competition between now and next October. The competition is being sponsored by Ricoh Cameras UK and Morris Photographic Centre, and prizes include a Ricoh R10 camera, a half day photography course with local photographer Sarah Howard and, for the under 16s, a year’s membership of the Young Archaeologists Club and a chance to go on a dig.

There are four classes for entry - ‘Rollright through the Seasons’, ‘Living Stones’, ‘Myth and Mystery’ and ‘Under 16s’. Images can be entered either digitally or as prints or slides, accompanied by an official entry form which can be downloaded, along with further information, from the Rollright Trust website (www.rollrightstones.co.uk).

Since they were erected more than 3500 years ago, the Stones have seen all weathers and are covered with lichens. Sunlight plays with their curious pitted shapes; sometimes the most unpromising days yield skies that bring out the character of the site in a special way; and untouched snow or sparkling frost add a particular magic - in detail the lichens on the knobbly rock are remarkably colourful.

People have their own special associations with the Stones and many hold personal celebrations there. Many legends are associated with the site – that it was formed when a witch turned a king and his men into stone, that an elder tree at the site will bleed if cut in blossom, that at midnight the stones go down the hill to drink at a spring and that the stones cannot be counted.

Entrants to the competition are encouraged to be creative, using their photography to evoke the antiquity, natural beauty and mystery of the site, capturing what makes it special to them and to others.

The picture judged to be the overall winner, together with other outstanding entries, will be published in the form of a calendar for 2011 and may, if suitable, be printed as postcards for sale at the site and other local outlets. There is no charge for entering the competition and all proceeds from publications using any photos entered will support the charitable work of the Rollright Trust which manages the Stones.

The closing date for the competition is 1st October 2010.

Posted : 14/01/2010 13:55:05

Icy conditions and West Oxon D.C. services
Waste and recycling collections in some areas of West Oxfordshire have been suspended due to icy road conditions. This is a particular problem in the higher areas of the District.

West Oxfordshire District Council hope that any outstanding collections will be completed today but this is dependent on the road conditions.

Please could residents whose waste has not been collected, leave their bins and recycling boxes out for collection until the end of today, Thursday 24 December.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment said “We are trying our utmost to reach as many areas as possible but the weather is working against us - the temperature remains at freezing and the roads are very icy and dangerous. Collections have been suspended for the safety for our bin men, and residents and their property”.

If the bins cannot be collected today then the Council’s revised collection dates for the festive Bank Holiday will come into play. Information has been sent to every household in the district and details about the changes are also available on the Council’s website, www.westoxon.gov.uk/holidaycollections.

The changes are as follows:

Normal Collection --> Revised Collection
Friday 25 December --> Tuesday 29 December
Monday 28 December --> Wednesday 30 December
Tuesday 29 December --> Thursday 31 December
Wednesday 30 December --> Saturday 2 January
Thursday 31 December --> Monday 4 January
Friday 1 January --> Tuesday 5 January
Monday 4 January --> Wednesday 6 January
Tuesday 5 January --> Thursday 7 January
Wednesday 6 January --> Friday 8 January
Thursday 7 January --> Saturday 9 January
Friday 8 January --> Monday 11 January
Monday 11 January --> Tuesday 12 January
Tuesday 12 January --> Wednesday 13 January
Wednesday 13 January --> Thursday 14 January
Thursday 14 January --> Friday 15 January
Friday 15 January --> Saturday 16 January
Monday 18 January --> As normal

Cllr Harvey went on to encourage residents to take advantage of the plastic sacks for recycling over the festive period. “Sacks have been delivered to all homes in West Oxfordshire and can be used for one recyclable material only - either paper or cardboard or plastic or metal - but not glass.

“Residents in West Oxfordshire are keen recyclers and the sacks mean that people can keep up their good work and recycle as much as possible over Christmas, traditionally a time for excess waste.”

Extra sacks are also available from:
· The Council’s Town Centre Shops in Chipping Norton and Witney
· Council’s offices in Woodgreen and New Yatt Road, Witney
· Visitor Information Centres in Burford, Woodstock and Witney.
· Carterton Town Council

The bin men also have a stock available to residents on their vehicles.
In addition to the above excess waste can be taken to:

· Waste and recycling centres (council tips) in Dix Pit, Stanton Harcourt and Dean Pit, Chadlington. They are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
· Recycling banks are located throughout the district.

Further information, including any updates on waste and recycling collections, can be found online at www.westoxon.gov.uk

Posted : 24/12/2009 13:12:08

A Christmas Carol
The Nortonians Amateur Dramatics Society Presents.

A Christmas Carol
Directed by Andrew Pitman

At the Town Hall Chipping Norton
Thursday 10th and Friday 11th December 7.30pm
Saturday 12th December 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets from Coca, Middle Row, Chipping Norton,
or call 07961 840641
Tickets £8.00 and £6.00 Concessions
(over 65s and children under 16, group booking discounts also available)

Posted : 02/12/2009 21:17:30

Loan makes Chipping Norton lido more sustainable
Co-operative and Community Finance is pleased to announce it has approved a loan to the award-winning Chipping Norton Lido, which will cover the costs of making the pool more energy efficient. The outdoor pool which has become famous for immersing upmarket cars is currently undergoing large scale work to replace its gas boiler with a ground source heating system and associated photo-voltaic solar panels.

Claire Jarvis, one of the trustees of Chipping Norton Lido, said: “The whole team at the Lido are delighted with the loan from Co-operative and Community Finance. We have been awarded a grant to cover the cost of the work, which we will use to pay off the loan once the project is completed. Co-operative and Community Finance has given us the opportunity to begin the project immediately, and we are looking forward to getting it underway. The new system will save the Lido a considerable amount of money per annum as it will be more cost effective and environmentally friendly, and we are hoping that the new constant temperature of 27 degrees will encourage more visitors on colder days.”

The Lido was first opened in 1970 after the local community raised funds for a community outdoor swimming pool and since then, the community has campaigned hard to keep the Lido open for business. Today, it relies on a team of dedicated volunteers who contribute to the running of the outdoor pool and plan fundraising events to ensure the Lido can afford to remain open.

Clare Jarvis, who also works for the Phone Co-op, the multi-awarding winning co-operative based in Chipping Norton, continued: “The local community holds a series of events during the year including a sponsored swim, quiz night and fun run, which raise money to ensure the day to day running of the pool and also any projects we are working on. We have been lucky to have regular support from celebrities such as Sharon Davies, Patrick Stewart, Sir Ben Kingsley, David Cameron and local celebrity Jeremy Clarkson, who hosts our Auction of Promises and made headlines in 2005 by driving a Rolls Royce into the lido for BBC’s Top Gear.”

The Lido provides the people of Chipping Norton with a small haven, where they can go for an outdoor swim, relax in the café or picnic on the large lawn. It offers free events including a ‘Dip n Chill’ evening for 11-18 year olds and keep fit classes for Over-60s. The Lido can also be hired for corporate events or parties. Over the last couple of years Chipping Norton Lido has won a Community Award from the Amateur Swimming Association and was also the winner of the charities & community award (Oxfordshire Business Awards) and West Oxfordshire District Council’s Chairman’s Award for Achievement.

Ian Rothwell at Co-operative and Community Finance said: “The Lido at Chipping Norton is very special and we immediately saw the value it offers to its local community and surrounding area. It is a place where families and friends can spend quality time together while keeping fit and having fun, and of course it attracts tourists to the area which ultimately supports the local businesses. The money we have loaned will be put towards a worthwhile project that, once finished, will save the Lido around £7,000 each year. We hope that this saving will allow the Lido to continue to offer its leisure services for many years to come.”

Posted : 16/10/2009 19:56:52

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
Anti-Social Behaviour
There has been a rise in criminal damage to vehicles in the Walterbush/Cornish Road areas of Chipping Norton which occurred over the weekend of 8 and 9 August during the early hours of the morning. A leaflet drop was conducted in these areas asking for any information and witnesses to please contact the Police, or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 if you do not wish to disclose your details.

A local 19-year-old man was arrested and cautioned for being in possession of an offensive weapon after his vehicle was stopped and searched and a knuckle duster was found in the driver’s door well.

Parking
Parking in the Market Square continues to be a problem with local people still stressing their concerns. However, when tickets are issued for parking offences, it is often local residents who are parked illegally and then complain when they receive a ticket, even being verbally abusive towards the PCSO or Police Officer issuing the fine. We understand there needs to be consistency with this and it is hoped this will change when we finally receive our parking warden in the autumn. Until then please help by obeying the parking regulations.

Speeding
In response to a number of concerns from residents on Worcester Road Chipping Norton, a SID (Speed Indicator Device) was conducted at the end of July with 120 vehicles in one hour being monitored resulting in 16 vehicles travelling over 34 mph. Thames Valley Police Roads Policing attended a couple of days later where nine drivers received warnings for speeding offences, two people were issued with fixed penalty tickets for excess speeding.

‘Watch Your Speed’ signs have now been placed along Worcester Road and Roads Policing held an operation on Monday 24 August in Chipping Norton town centre. The operation was aimed at drivers using handheld mobile phones and those not wearing seat belts. The results will be published in the next update.

Neighbourhood Action Group Update
The Chipping Norton NAG has recruited three new members to the team, pending confirmation. NAG Chair, Peggy Walmsley, warmly welcomes the new members and hopes their presence will further assist the NAG in their efforts to improve life in our many communities.

The next NAG meeting will be held at Chipping Norton police station on Monday 28 September at 7pm. If you have some time to spare and feel you would be interested in becoming a NAG member, please contact the Neighbourhood Team for more details.

Other News
We will be holding a number of meetings over the course of the next month:

3 September 2pm – Surgery - Westgate Centre, Chipping Norton.
5 September 11am – Street Meeting - Quarhill Close, Over Norton.
7 September 10am - Surgery - Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton-u-Wychwood.
12 September 2pm – Street Meeting - Cotswold Crescent, Chipping Norton.
12 September midday - Surgery - Spendlove Centre, Charlbury.
28 September 10am – Surgery - Beaconsfield Hall, Shipton-u-Wychwood.

If you wish to contact the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Team for any reason we can be contacted on 0845 8 505 505 or via email: chippy@whosmybobby.co.uk

Posted : 06/09/2009 23:11:24

Support for businesses in Chipping Norton
Business start-ups in the Chipping Norton area will soon be able to get free one-to-one expert advice on their door steps.

Oxfordshire Business Enterprises (OBE) will run business mentoring sessions in Chipping Norton, thanks to the generosity of locally-based CETA Insurance.

CETA has agreed that OBE can use one of their offices, free of charge, to meet their clients. The office is in the Stones Business Centre in Chipping Norton’s Market Place. Until recently, clients needed to travel to either Witney or Banbury to meet their OBE business mentor.

Jan Hendricks, the OBE mentor covering Chipping Norton is delighted with the arrangement. He said, “A local meeting place in Chipping Norton will be much more convenient for residents. It will help build relationships with local companies so that they understand how OBE can help them.”

West Oxfordshire District Council has financially supported OBE from its establishment in 2004 and already provides premises for OBE and Business Link to work out of in Witney. The Council set up the deal between CETA and OBE.

Cllr Warwick Robinson, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development said, “Supporting West Oxfordshire’s economy to remain prosperous with full employment is a priority for the District Council. We are, therefore, very pleased to have facilitated a new business venue for OBE. Their advisors have helped hundreds of people set up in businesses in Oxfordshire over the last 5 years. CETA Insurance must be applauded for their role in supporting new businesses in Chipping Norton.”

Mentoring sessions are free and by appointment. Anyone who needs help setting up a business or is in the early stages of running one can arrange an appointment by contacting OBE on 01295 227082 or visiting www.oxonbe.co.uk

Posted : 02/07/2009 12:48:46

Why is Chipping Norton Called Chipping Norton?
Have you ever wondered how Chipping Norton came to be called Chipping Norton and why Oxfordshire towns and villages are so named?

Why is Witney called Witney and Chadlington called Chadlington? Where on earth did the name Finstock come from? How did Oxford come to be called Oxford and Bicester come to be called Bicester?

The answer to these, and many other questions can be found in a new book called Oxfordshire Place Names by Anthony Poulton-Smith (Amberley Publishing).

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The book is scattered with black and white photos such as The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford, St Mary The Virgin Church in Charlbury and The statue of Alfred the Great in Wantage.

If you have in interest in Oxfordshire and/or place names then the book can be purchased through Amazon - Oxfordshire Place Names


Posted : 22/05/2009 16:03:23

Family fun for National Family Week
A sports day and free swimming sessions are being organised in West Oxfordshire to encourage families to have fun together as part of National Family Week.

The following events and special offers will be available at the District Council’s leisure centres on Saturday 30th May as part of the new nationwide week-long initiative, starting on 25th May.

These events are free and open to all West Oxfordshire residents:

Sports Day at the Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney. With a bouncy castle, ‘Tiger Tots’ session for young children and their parents/carers, and roller-disco between 9am-1.30pm, followed by free family swimming from 2pm-4.45pm.
Free family swimming at Carterton Leisure Centre, 1pm-2.30pm.
Free family swimming at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre, 3pm-4pm.

Nexus Community, which runs the Council’s leisure centres, is organising the free swimming and sports day.

Events are taking place across the country during National Family Week. For more information, visit www.nationalfamilyweek.co.uk. For further details about the Council’s leisure facilities in West Oxfordshire, visit www.westoxon.gov.uk or call 01993 861080.

Posted : 13/05/2009 15:55:12

Grants for sports clubs and facilities
District Council funding of more than £19,000 will go to several sports clubs and facilities in West Oxfordshire to help with projects that will benefit members and local communities.

Cabinet Members have recommended that funding is given to the following:

* Chipping Norton Lido: £5,000 towards replacing the outdoor pool’s shower boiler and central heating system with a new integrated system that will improve shower facilities for swimmers. The total cost of the project is £20,645 and the Lido is applying to other grant funders for assistance, as well as contributing £5,645 of its own funds. The Council has previously given a grant of more than £3,000 to help the Lido install a UV water treatment system in 2006/7.
* Charlbury Cricket Club: £3,332.28 towards a major project to build a new cricket pavilion. The existing pavilion was severely damaged by flooding in July 2007 and is beyond repair. The total project cost is £207,500 and the cricket club is contributing £145,000 of its own funds, along with sponsorship and other grant funding.
* Chadlington Sports Club: £3,240 towards sports ground equipment which will cost a total of £9,257.50. The club is funding 50% of the total cost. The club has previously received a grant just over £1,000 towards an artificial cricket wicket and bowling machine.
* Witney Mills Cricket Club: £1,050 towards purchasing a mower for cutting the cricket and football pitches at the sports field. The equipment will cost £3,000 and the club is funding the remaining amount needed.
* Chipping Norton Cricket Club: £3,500 towards the £10,000 cost of installing an all-weather batting strip with netting.
* Colston Lawn Tennis Club: £3,000 towards the almost £28,000 cost of resurfacing three of its courts.

Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Health at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “West Oxfordshire’s sport clubs, associations and facilities do a great job of providing amenities and opportunities for residents to get involved in sports and active recreation. We can see from these applications that a lot of hard work goes into raising funds to maintain and improve these clubs and facilities, and the Council is proud to support this.”

Posted : 17/04/2009 16:29:35

Honours for sports and arts performers
Chipping Norton Lido has received West Oxfordshire District Council’s Chairman’s Award for 2009 for Outstanding Achievement. Claire Jarvis and fellow trustees received the Award from the Council’s Vice Chairman, Cllr Derek Cotterill, at an Awards Evening on Friday (March 6th).

The Lido, which first opened in 1970 and has been run by community-founded Chipping Norton Lido Limited since 2004, was not only recognised for its Outstanding Achievement in providing leisure opportunities to residents of Chipping Norton and surrounding villages, but also for the innovation used in their new water treatment plant, the use of a ground source heat pump and boring their own water hole.

Presenting the Award, Cllr Cotterill said he was proud to give the award to The Lido on behalf of Council Chairman Cllr Roger Curry. He added: “The winners of this award have shown real determination. They have made an improvement to the community they live in and are providing a facility that is enjoyed by many.”

Mrs Jarvis said: “It’s been an exciting, eventful four to five year for us now. We have had a huge amount of support, not only from the community but on many other levels as well. First and foremost, West Oxfordshire District Council has helped us enormously; we have received a great deal of support from members of staff, district and county councillors including Cllr Hilary Biles, our Cabinet Member who is also our county councillor. Our Town councillors in Chipping Norton have supported us all the way. There’s been an enormous contribution by our staff and the pool committee, and this award is gratefully received on their behalf.”

The Council runs the annual Awards Evening to celebrate the achievement of sporting and arts performers in West Oxfordshire

Posted : 09/03/2009 13:43:37

Funding for Citizens Advice Bureau
The District Council has agreed to grant £132,000 to West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau to help it to continue providing an information and advice service.

West Oxfordshire District Council will allocate £112,000 from its budget for 2009/10 towards the core work of West Oxfordshire CAB, which has offices based in Witney and Chipping Norton and operates across the District.

A further £20,000 has been set aside to fund the charity’s Rural Advice Project for another year. The funding will allow the CAB to continue a home-visiting service to residents in West Oxfordshire who otherwise would not be able to access its services. This includes older people, those with disabilities, residents in rural areas without transport and those with young families who find it difficult to get to one of West Oxfordshire CAB’s offices.

Cllr Jill Dunsmore, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The Citizens Advice Bureau provides a valuable service helping people to resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice. With the economic downturn, their service is now more vital than ever. This significant funding from the Council will help to ensure that this support service can continue.”

The Council has allocated substantial funding in previous years to support the West Oxfordshire CAB’s core work. It has also given additional funding for other CAB initiatives such as the Rural Advice Project. In August last year, the Council gave £25,000 from its Homelessness Grant towards housing and debt advice work and allocated £10,000 for the CAB to set up a court desk service at Banbury County Court to help West Oxfordshire residents who are in financial difficulty and in need of advice while attending court.

West Oxfordshire CAB Manager Barbara Shaw said: “We are extremely pleased and very grateful for the continued support of the District Council. Without this funding, we would be unable to continue providing this level of service. Last year, with the support of the Council, we were able to deal with over 15,000 enquiries and help West Oxfordshire residents to access a further £1 million in benefits to which they were entitled.”

West Oxfordshire CAB is a charity and is dependant on grants and fundraising to cover its costs. It has a workforce of professionally trained volunteers who give free, confidential, impartial advice and its service is available to everyone.

Offices are based at The Old Print House, Marlborough Lane, Witney, telephone 01993 705691, and High Street, Chipping Norton, telephone 01608 641367.

Posted : 27/02/2009 13:37:17

Arts grants deadline approaching
Groups and projects that create arts opportunities in West Oxfordshire are being encouraged not to miss out on the chance to apply for funding from the District Council.

The deadline for applications to West Oxfordshire District Council’s Support for the Arts grants scheme is February 15th.

Funding between £100 and £1,500 is available to help organisations that benefit the local community through arts projects and developments. Groups and projects can apply for funding to meet a variety of costs, from general running costs to commissioning professionals to give assistance.

Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Health, said: “Arts bring much joy to many people’s lives and add to the vibrancy of West Oxfordshire. The Council is proud to support the arts through its grants scheme and I would encourage people to apply. Help and advice with applications is available.”

Application forms are available to download at www.westoxon.gov.uk/arts. Alternatively, call the Council’s Arts team on 01993 861554/861562, or email leisureandtourism@westoxon.gov.uk.

Posted : 23/01/2009 13:44:41

Improvements on the way for Town Hall
West Oxfordshire District Council has agreed to award almost £98,500 to Chipping Norton Town Council to help it refurbish Chipping Norton Town Hall.

The District’s Cabinet has recommended that grant be given towards a range of improvements, including:

  • Work in the Upper Hall, which is used for various dance and exercise activities. The Hall’s existing floor is becoming unsafe and needs replacing.
  • Major work to the front entrance steps, which have deteriorated and are allowing rain water into the fabric of the building. The leaks have affected the Town Hall’s boilers and mechanical plant.
  • Installation of a bar and kitchen to serve the hall. External caterers have been unable to access the Town Hall to provide services due to its location. It is hoped the new kitchen and bar will make the venue more attractive for conference, exhibition, ceremonial and party functions.
  • Work to improve the layout of the Hall’s disabled toilets.

Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Health at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The Town Hall is used by many community groups and is considered to be the hub of Chipping Norton. This work will enable continued use by these groups, as well as allowing for the building to be used as an exhibition and conference venue, which will add to the vitality of the town. I am delighted West Oxfordshire District Council can support Chipping Norton Town Council and the people of Chipping Norton in this way.”

The total cost of the refurbishment project is £172,798. In addition to the District Council funding of £98,495, Chipping Norton Town Council has pledged £33,843. The Town Council has also submitted an application for £40,460 to the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment.

Chipping Norton’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Keith Greenwell, said: “I would like to thank West Oxfordshire District Council for its support of Chipping Norton. We are extremely grateful.”

The District Council funding is part of its Village and Community Halls Major Scheme Grant 2008/9.

Posted : 17/12/2008 22:47:26

Dreaming of a green Christmas…
You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but in West Oxfordshire people are being urged to think green when it comes to their household waste.

Every year households in the UK throw away up to 3 million tonnes of rubbish over the festive period.

As part of its work to minimise waste and increase recycling in West Oxfordshire, the District Council is sending out an early Christmas present to residents. A clear Christmas sack designed to hold one recyclable material only – paper or card, or plastic bottles or tins – is being delivered to every household in the District in time for Christmas.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “If we all recycle our waste we will significantly decrease the amount going to landfill. That is why we are sending out this special Christmas message to all residents to think before they reach for the waste bin this year. When your clear sack is delivered, please remember to use it. And, wherever possible, please try to minimise the amount of waste produced.”

Householders can use the special Christmas sacks in addition to their black recycling boxes, and are asked to leave them out for collection at the same time as their recycling box during the fortnight after Christmas only.

Extra Sacks will also be available at the District Council’s Town Centre shops in Witney and Chipping Norton, the Council Offices in Witney, Visitor Information Centres and at the Christmas Waste Roadshows organised by the Council in conjunction with the Oxfordshire Waste Partnership.

Posted : 05/12/2008 14:08:48

Tenders invited for Enterprise Centre
West Oxfordshire District Council is inviting proposals from organisations setting out how they would develop and run a 'state of the art' Enterprise Centre in Chipping Norton. A potential grant of £240,000 is available in return.

The Centre will provide facilities to meet the demands of business in the 21st century. It will provide space for people to run their businesses from, stimulating economic and employment growth in and around Chipping Norton. It is likely the Centre will include both offices and open plan areas, available on very flexible terms ranging from monthly licenses to hourly rates. It will also deliver “virtual” business services including a professional reception service for people not physically based in the Centre.

West Oxfordshire District Council is managing the tendering process as a member of The Chipping Norton Town Partnership. The Partnership is made up of a range of organisations with a shared commitment to supporting Chipping Norton and including the Town Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Chipping Norton School, business and community representatives.

Simon Duffy, Chipping Norton School Headmaster chairs the Partnership. He said, "We have been working towards the development of an Enterprise Centre for a long time. Having a place like this in Chipping Norton would be a fantastic asset for the town. I am delighted that the Partnership is now in a position to seek proposals."

Further information and tender documents are available from William Barton, the District Council's Business Development Officer on 01993 861482. Details are also at www.westoxon.gov.uk/business. Closing date for receipt of tenders is 12 noon on Friday 19th December 2008.

Posted : 14/11/2008 09:48:26

Christmas Market Dates
Christmas Market dates for Chipping Norton are Wednesday 24th December and Wednesday 31st December.


Posted : 06/11/2008 18:41:46

Loo of the Year awards for toilets
Five West Oxfordshire’s toilets have received recognition for their high standards in this year’s national Loo of the Year competition.

The annual awards, carried out by the British Toilet Association are to find the best place ‘to go’ when away from home. Toilets visited are rated on a ‘star’ basis – one star is poor and 5 stars are excellent.

The toilets at the Spendlove Centre car park in Charlbury gained an impressive 5 star excellent rating. The other four that were inspected received a four star rating and they are based at: Chipping Norton Town Hall, Bampton Town Hall, Black Bourton Road car park in Carterton, and Browns Lane in Woodstock.

They were judged using a checklist of over 100 different criteria for assessing male, female, accessible and baby change facilities.

West Oxfordshire District Council will now receive award grading certificates and a plaque for each site.

All the toilets visited are part of an £800,000 refurbishment programme which started in 2006. They all now have new modern facilities which include self-contained cubicles, gents’ urinals, baby changing and access for those with disabilities to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “We are proud of our new facilities and are pleased to see how well they rate when benchmarked alongside the best in the country, which includes toilets in hotels and restaurants as well as those provided by local authorities. Our improvement programme is bringing all our facilities up to a high standard

“Providing high quality and well maintained toilets is important and it is something that is appreciated by everyone.”

The refurbishment programme followed a Review which recognised that toilet facilities in the District needed to be improved. Better cleaning and maintenance of the toilets was also highlighted, and more frequent cleaning now takes place.

Posted : 06/11/2008 18:35:01

Air Quality action plan approved
West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet has endorsed a plan to improve air quality in Chipping Norton. The plan will involve seeking approval to de-trunk parts of the A44 so that heavy goods vehicles are re-routed away from the town.

The area around Horsefair in Chipping Norton was declared an Air Quality Management Area in 2005 because of the high levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution caused largely by traffic and, in particular, heavy goods vehicles.

Further investigations followed and a draft action plan was published outlining a number of options. The Plan took into account any adverse impact each option might have, such as transfer of pollution to other areas, increases in noise or congestion or harm to the environment such as the destruction of ecologically sensitive areas and habitats.

Earlier this year the public gave their views on the options and a traffic management proposal was produced by Oxfordshire County Council as the Highways authority.

The re-routing proposal includes changing road signs and imposing vehicle weight limit restrictions on traffic coming into Chipping Norton. Approval for this measure is dependent on consultation with neighbouring authorities, as the A44 signage crosses county boundaries and will impact on several local authorities.

Oxfordshire County Council will also investigate whether introducing a low emission zone in Chipping Norton will allow for better enforcement of the restrictions.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “People living in Chipping Norton have had to put up with the effects of heavy traffic for many years and so we are pleased to be supporting this proposal. We are concerned that in the long term it may not solve the air quality problem. Because of this we are asking Oxfordshire County Council to seek regional funding for a more significant scheme. In the meantime we will continue to monitor air quality levels.”

The Council’s Cabinet also approved purchase of a new monitoring station for the Bridge Street area in Witney as this is also an Air Quality Management Area.

The Action Plan can be viewed on www.westoxon.gov.uk.

Posted : 17/10/2008 11:15:37

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver brings this month’s update.

“The PCSOs and police officers at Chipping Norton have again been busy targeting known local offenders. As stated before our work relies a lot upon intelligence gathered from our communities and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those residents who have contacted us with information. If you know someone is dealing in drugs please let us know; don’t be intimidated by these people, tell us and let us deal with them. Your information will be treated with confidentiality so contact us on any of the telephone numbers/email addresses shown below.

Chipping Norton
(PCSO Cheryl Harrison)
“Several drug warrants were carried out in the early part of September in and around Chipping Norton town with varying degrees of success. This is an ongoing process but I would like to emphasise that Chipping Norton is not awash with drugs.

“The fair was in town over the weekend of 18–20 September and the weather stayed dry and fine. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we received no reports of serious incidents.

“Some of you may have noticed members of the Thames Valley Police Mounted Section around the town on Thursday 18 September; their visit was very much appreciated and the horses behaved impeccably.

“Several calls were received the following weekend, 27 and 28 September concerning anti-social behaviour in Back Alley. We attended and the same group of youths were responsible each time.”

Charlbury
(including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)
(PCSO Wes Smith)
“Charlbury Fair took place on Saturday 20 September without incident. However, around 8.30pm police were called to a field at the bottom of Hundley Way where several teenagers had been having a party and had become extremely drunk. One girl was so badly affected an ambulance had to be called. Also, a young man was reported missing and because the field was in total darkness, the police helicopter was called to carry out a search of the area. Nothing was found. It later transpired that a young man had given a false name earlier in the evening and was not missing at all. This behaviour was totally irresponsible. The police were not the parents or minders of these children however some of the attending officers were subjected to verbal outrage from some of the adults present. Please be aware of what your children are doing. This could have been a nasty situation had the young man really been missing.”

The Wychwoods
(including Ascot, Shipton and Milton under Wychwood, Lyneham, Bruern, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford, The Rollrights, Chastleton)
(PCSO Kirstyn Tyrer)
“PCSO Kirstyn Tyrer and her colleagues were out in Kingham, Churchill and Bruern earlier this month together with members of the Oxfordshire Fire Service. They were handing out leaflets and giving fire safety advice in the wake of recent arson attacks in the area. The inquiry into these fires is continuing and we would ask our communities to let us know of any suspicious vehicles, people or incidents.

“Kirstyn has been approached by residents of Milton-under-Wychwood concerning anti-social behaviour by youths in the park. No incidents had been reported to us so we were not aware that a problem existed.”

The Bartons
(including Middle Barton, Sandford St Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)
(PCSO Chris Jones)
“PCSO Chris Jones is still patrolling the streets of his area making contact with many of his residents. He will be holding a drop-in surgery at 2pm on Thursday 16 October at the village shop in Worton Road. Please pop along to see him.”

“Finally, across the area there have been vehicles broken into and items such as sat navs taken. Please remember to remove valuables from sight and place them in the boot. Also beware that if you mount your sat nav on the windscreen, the rubber sucker will leave a ring to be seen from the outside; a clue to the would-be thief so wipe it off.”

Neighbourhood Action Group News
Chairman James Lewis

“We are fast approaching the third anniversary of our Neighbourhood Action Group and in early November we will be joining our uniformed colleagues on the streets of our communities to complete questionnaires on the issues that concern residents most. The top three will be chosen as our priorities for the coming year.

“We are always looking for new members to join our NAG, especially young members. We started our NAG year with six young members however they have now left for university. If you feel you can make a difference to the communities you live in and add constructively to the NAG meetings, please contact me through the telephone numbers and email addresses shown below.”

“If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Team for advice or to report a non-emergency crime, please contact us on 0845 8 505 505, or email: chippy@whosmybobby.co.uk. In an emergency call 999.”


Posted : 08/10/2008 22:49:32

Chipping Norton to get new multi-use games area
Work will soon commence on a new £90,000 Multi-Use Games Area and sheltered seating area in Chipping Norton.

The MUGA will be built at the Worcester Road Recreation Ground for young people to play several sports, including basketball, football and tennis. A shelter will be built nearby for them to meet up with friends and watch people playing sports. New equipment will also be installed at the recreation ground’s existing play area for younger children.

West Oxfordshire District Council, which secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund for the project, has now chosen the contractors and work will begin in the near future. It is hoped that the MUGA and shelter will be ready for use by the end of the year.

The project is costing £90,000 - £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, £20,000 from Chipping Norton Town Council and £20,000 of partnership funding from the District Council.

Cllr Hilary Biles, the District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Tourism and Health, said: “This scheme shows the support and commitment the Council has for leisure facilities in the district. This will be of great benefit to young people in Chipping Norton and surrounding areas.”

Chipping Norton Town Council is responsible for the recreation ground and has been involved in the project.

The Mayor of Chipping Norton, Cllr Martin Jarratt, said: “We are all very pleased to have got to this stage with this project. It’s going to be of great benefit to young people. We do appreciate that this is a starting point and that there is still work to do, but it is very good to be doing something for the youth of the town.”

Posted : 03/10/2008 10:41:37

Operation Falcon update
As part of the ongoing anti-drugs operation in Chipping Norton, officers this morning (10/9) executed a further warrant in the town.

At 7.55am, they entered a property in Cornish Road and arrested a 45-year-old man for failure to comply with a drugs testing assessment. (Please see below for further details). He is currently in custody.

Yesterday, they also undertook an ANPR (Automated Number Plate Recognition) operation in the area. The ANPR camera was set up on the A44 just north of Enstone to target drivers heading northbound towards Chipping Norton.

As a result, a 21-year-old man and 20-year-old woman were stopped and arrested for possession of Class A drugs. The car they were in was seized, and the man was also arrested for driving without insurance and whilst disqualified. He was bailed until 1 October and she was cautioned for obstructing police.

Det Sgt Craig Kirby, who is leading the operation, said: “Following the warrants last week, the use of ANPR is the latest part of our high profile operation in Chipping Norton.

“We were using it to disrupt the flow of any drugs into the town, but like the warrants we have so far executed it has also helped detect other crimes and arrest wanted people. Trading Standards officers joined us and were on the lookout for any potential rogue traders passing through the area.”

Also as part of the high visibility operation, last Saturday night (30/8) police licensing officers visited licensed premises – including all pubs – around the town. They spoke with licensees and managers, examining their conditions in detail and looking for any violations.

All pubs were also swabbed for the presence of Class A drugs in the toilets and only two brought back a positive result.

Licensing officer Alex Bloomfield said: “Generally, everything was fine and we were pleased with the co-operative attitude of most of the people we dealt with. We are liaising with the licensees of the two places that got positive drugs tests, but overall this was the best set of results we have had from any of our tests in Oxfordshire in recent months.

“However, we did have a concern with the number of people who were being allowed to drink outside the pubs on the street on what was a warm evening. There were large groups drinking off the licensed premises and in one case actually on the road.

“These situations can lead to anti-social behaviour and a nuisance to neighbours, and drinking in the road can easily lead to someone getting hurt. We will be following this up with those licensees who did not move their patrons inside when asked to.”

If you have any information on drug dealing in Chipping Norton, please contact Det Sgt Kirby or Chipping Norton neighbourhood team via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 or via chippyneighbourhood@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk


Posted : 11/09/2008 13:52:12

Benefits Team go to Market
District Council Benefit advisors, Carole Kelman and Kim Jones, will be available from 9am - 4pm on Thursday 11 September at Witney Market and on Wednesday 17 September at Chipping Norton Market. They will be offering friendly and informative advice on making a claim for Housing and Council Tax Benefit

“We are aware that the market is an unusual place to find Benefits advice”, says Tracey Harrison, Benefits Manager, “but we feel it is important to be out in the community and the markets are a good place where people from all over the District come together.

“Our benefits team is keen to assure people that they want to help. The message to anyone struggling to pay rent or council tax or needing advice on other kinds of benefit is, you really have got nothing to lose and you might have a lot to gain. Come along and see us to find out more or give us a call on 01993 861030.”

Posted : 03/09/2008 09:43:52

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Colin James provides this month’s update:

“We will soon be welcoming a new member to our team: Sgt Colin Brooker has been appointed to be the permanent neighbourhood sergeant, taking over from Rosemary Dilsaver, who has been acting up for a while now. Sgt Brooker is expected to start at the end of this month.

“We have had an increase in the amount of criminal damage occurring across the area. We would encourage residents to take reasonable steps to safeguard their property. If you need any advice, just come into the police station and pick up some crime prevention information or contact the neighbourhood team here at Chipping Norton and we will get back to you. If you do become a victim of a crime then inform us as soon as you can to give us the chance to conduct enquiries and collect evidence.

“Several members of the team have completed body worn video training. We are expecting the cameras to arrive soon and then we will patrol with the equipment. This isn’t another ‘big brother’ step and the officers that are using the equipment will be marked out by an armband. The video recording will not be running all the time so you can still approach us without fear of being recorded just talking to us. The purpose of this is to capture evidence at the scenes of crime, in particular domestic abuse incidents, and to assist us in reducing anti-social behaviour and the impact it has on others.”

Chipping Norton
(PCSO Cheryl Roberts)

“On Saturday 5 July we had a nasty assault on Cattle Market where a visitor to our town was attacked by two men and left unconscious. Luckily incidents this serious are rare here and, despite an earlier press release, we are still appealing for any additional witnesses to come forward; so if you do have information please get in touch.

“The priority crime team from Witney had a good result this month arresting two men for possession of drugs. The men are on bail while we wait for the result of forensic examination.

“The Chief Constable, Sara Thornton, visited Chipping Norton on Monday 28 July. She spent some time talking to area commander Chief Inspector Dennis Evernden, Councillor Hillary Biles and the town mayor Martin Jarrett before doing a patrol of the town centre with Sergeant Rosemary Dilsaver.”

Charlbury
including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler
(PCSO Wes Smith)
“The Charlbury area has been fairly peaceful this month; however PCSO Wes Smith did conduct two speed checks earlier in the month. Those drivers that were exceeding the speed limit received a warning letter in the post. Further to that the locations of his checks will now be followed up with the use of the speed gun which means we can automatically issue points and a fine to speeding drivers.

“Some of you may have been missing Wes’s face the last week or so. He is currently abroad getting married but will return soon. The team all wish him and his new wife all the best for the future.”

The Wychwoods
including Ascot, Shipton and Milton under Wychwood, Lyneham, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford, The Rollrights
(PCSO Kirstyn Tyrer)

“The Neighbourhood Action Group has run a competition in the primary school at Shipton-Under-Wychwood. This has followed a number of complaints with regards to parking and speeding outside the school. The pupils designed a poster and the winning entries are going to be printed up over the summer and we will then use them to raise awareness of these issues.

“We have had a number of fires in the Kingham area this month. Luckily no-one has been injured but this type of behaviour is unacceptable and dangerous. I have no doubt that a number of people know who is responsible so I urge you to contact us now before you have something on your conscience that you could have prevented.

“The railway station in Kingham has also been the target of vandalism. If you are passing through just keep your eyes and ears open and report anything suspicious.

“Tragically last week saw another fatal accident on one of our neighbourhood roads, the A424, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young lady involved.”

The Bartons
(including Middle Barton, Sandford St Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)
(PCSO Chris Jones)

“Middle Barton School ran a very successful police week this month assisted by PCSO Chris Jones. During the week they had various visitors including a Magistrate and officers from Roads Policing and the dog section. I believe everyone had a good time and the week ended with a passing-out parade attended by the parents.

“Chris also held a drop-in surgery in Middle Barton shop. Further surgeries will be published in the near future.

“If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Team for advice or to report a crime, please contact us on 0845 8 505 505, or email: chippy@whosmybobby.co.uk. In an emergency, please call 999.”

Posted : 11/08/2008 18:05:05

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Update
Neighbourhood Specialist Officer PC Colin James brings this month’s update:

“An irate motorist who was given a parking ticket by a PCSO in the High Street in Chipping Norton, was issued a fixed penalty notice for using threatening and abusive language towards her. This £80 ticket added to the parking ticket became a very expensive outing from Oxford. The PCSO was doing her job: the motorist was completely in the wrong and could have been arrested. Abuse towards our officers will not be tolerated.

“A note to dog owners! You are responsible for your dog’s behaviour, i.e. cleaning up dog mess and keeping your dog under control. We have had several complaints in recent weeks about dogs being allowed to chase, bite and make a mess. You are responsible, you have been warned.

“Together with PC Alaina Boswell, I took part and completed the recent 5k Race for Life at Heythrop Park. Between us, we raised more tham £100 in sponsorship. As always, the event was very well supported by many, many women who were either running or walking in support of cancer research.

Chipping Norton update from PCSO Cheryl Roberts

“A young man from the Stonesfield area has been jailed for three counts of lead theft at St Mary’s Church, which has been covered by the local media. Other people have been arrested in connection with such thefts, and are currently on bail while enquiries continue.

“We are continuing to investigate the arson at the play area in New Street and we are still appealing for witnesses to this crime. If you have any information please contact us.

“An 18-year-old man has appeared at court charged with criminal damage to the Thai Shire window and another incident of damage. He was found guilty and received an 18-month conditional discharge and a compensation order.

“We have had reports of a man knocking on doors and offering items for sale. People selling items door-to-door require a peddler’s certificate. If you receive a visit from someone you feel is suspicious, please contact us.

“On the evening of Friday 20 June, the new railings in Back Alley were demolished by a car being driven recklessly. Although the vehicle was dumped and later recovered by the registered keeper, enquiries are continuing to trace the driver and deal with them accordingly.”

Charlbury update from PCSO Wes Smith
(including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)
“The Riverside Festival took place on the weekend of 21-22 June. The event ran without incident until late on Saturday evening when a group of young people began fighting and causing trouble. The police were called and attended from Chipping Norton and Witney. Eventually the groups were dispersed with one female from Witney being arrested.

“Watch out for Wes’s Charlbury Choice. This monthly newsletter will be available in the next few days and will contain useful contact information and items of interest to the community.

The Wychwoods update from PCSO Kirstyn Tyrer
(including Ascot, Shipton and Milton under Wychwood, Lyneham, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford, The Rollrights)

“Overnight on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 June, graffiti occurred at Beaconsfield village hall.

“The Wychwoods Primary School has again suffered damage to the swimming pool area. Although we may have an idea who is doing this, we need evidence. Please, if you see anything suspicious, such as people walking around late at night, let us know.

“I have been holding meet-and-greet sessions. My next date is in Churchill near to the play park on Saturday 12 July at 9.30am.

“She is also going into a number of the schools in the area to speak to the children, so if they have any questions, please encourage them to ask.”

The Bartons update from PCSO Chris Jones
(including Middle Barton, Sandford St Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)

“PCSO Chris Jones has been holding his monthly surgeries at Middle Barton Stores and these are proving to be very successful. If you have a problem or simply want to chat, Chris’s next surgery will be held on Friday 25 July between 2pm and 4pm. Please come along.”

Neighbourhood Action Group News from Chairman James Lewis

“The Neighbourhood Action Group, or NAG, continues to meet every five weeks to discuss the neighbourhood priorities as highlighted by our communities. Each priority - speeding, anti-social behaviour and parking - is discussed in turn and actions identified.

“Although it may not seem like it at times, this is summer! Be careful when leaving windows open for ventilation, valuable items on windowsills or in sight, and when leaving your home or simply going into the back garden, make sure your property is secure. Opportunistic thieves only need a moment.

“If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Team for advice or wish to report a crime, please contact us on 0845 8 505 505, or email chippy@whosmybobby.co.uk. In an emergency, please call 999.”


Posted : 07/07/2008 14:59:00

Comments requested - Proposals to remove payphones
Residents have an opportunity to comment on proposals by British Telecom (BT) to remove 32 payphones from various locations in West Oxfordshire.

BT is carrying out a consultation and West Oxfordshire District Council has been asked to comment on the proposals.

The Council would like to hear the views of Town and Parish Councils and residents who live near to any payphone which could potentially be removed. Feedback will help the Council to formulate its response to the proposals. Residents are asked to submit their comments by July 20th 2008.

BT has informed the Council it is considering these proposals because of the extensive coverage of home landline and mobile phone services, and low usage of public payphones in these areas.

Residents can fill out an online comment form on the Council’s website, www.westoxon.gov.uk.

Alternatively, they can send their comments to: BT Payphones Consultation, Rural Development, West Oxfordshire District Council, Woodgreen, Witney, OX28 1NB, or telephone the Council’s Rural Development team on 01993 861483.

Residents are asked to state the location of the payphone they are commenting about, and to give reasons for support or objection to its removal.

A full list of the locations of payphones which could be affected is shown below. Further details are available at www.westoxon.gov.uk

Addresses:
Payphone 2, Pco, Enstone Road, Heythrop
Phonecard, Pco, Hailey Road, Chipping Norton
Payphone 2, Pco1, Churchill Road, Kingham
Payphone 2, Pco, Hastings Hill, Churchill
Payphone 2, Pco, Chastleton
Payphone 2, Pco, Chilson
Payphone 2, Pco, Main Street, Little Tew
Payphone 2, Pco, Ditchley Road, Charlbury
Pco, The Green, Cassington
Payphone 2, Pco, Middle Barton
1pco, Witney Road, Ducklington
Phonecard, Pco, Hailey Road, Witney
Payphone 2, Pco, Grove Road, Bladon
Payphone 2, Pco, Chapel Hill, Wootton by Woodstock
Payphone 2, Pco, Glympton
Payphone 2, Pco, Swinbrook
Phonecard, Pco, High Street, Shipton-u-Wychwood
Payphone 2, Pco, Church Street, Fifield
Payphone 2, Pco, Idbury
Payphone 2, Pco, The Leys, Lyneham
Payphone 2, Pco, Swinbrook Road, Carterton
Payphone 2, Pco, Lower End, Alvescot
Payphone 2, Pco, Shilton
Payphone 2, Pco, Brize Norton,
Payphone 2, Pco, Carr Avenue, Carterton
Payphone 2, Pco, Bampton
Phonecard, Pco, New Yatt, Witney
Pco, Well Hill, Finstock
Pco1, Asthall Leigh
Payphone 2, Pco, Main Road, Long Hanborough
Phonecard, Pco, Common Road, North Leigh
Pco, Wroslyn Road, Freeland

Posted : 16/06/2008 11:11:42

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver brings June's update:

Neighbourhood News

“PCSO Cheryl Roberts has started as the Chipping Norton town PCSO and has been busy getting to know her area. Cheryl comes to us from the busy city environment of Oxford and is eager to put her knowledge and experience into practice in Chipping Norton.

Chipping Norton

“Damage is still being caused to the play areas and these have now been threatened with closure by the Town Council if the damage is not stopped. These facilities are provided for the enjoyment of all members of the community; if you know who is causing the damage, please let us know.

“Lead thefts have again occurred in and around the town. I ask you to be vigilant and report suspicious persons and/or vehicles to us. These people possibly need ladders to aid their thefts; do they bring the ladders with them, or do they use what they can find at the scene?

“CCTV would have been very helpful in these incidents as it provides evidence and deters criminals. It can also be used in cases of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage. The area commander, Ch Insp Dennis Evernden, is eagerly awaiting what he hopes will be a positive decision by Chipping Norton Town Council to take the opportunity currently on offer for CCTV to be deployed in the town centre. This would only help our effort and deter offending.

“An 18-year-old man has been arrested and charged with breaking a window at the Thai Shire restaurant on Friday 23 May. He has now been bailed to appear at court on Tuesday 10 June at Banbury Magistrates Court.

“An 18 year old man has been arrested and charged with causing damage to a car in Hailey Avenue on 27 April. He has also been bailed to appear at court.

“Shoplifting in the town has risen. Please be warned that all reported incidents of shoplifting will be investigated and the shops are taking a positive stance. Shoplifters will be prosecuted!

Charlbury
(including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)

“I hope many of you were able to see PCSO Wes Smith in the mobile police station at the Spendlove Centre on Saturday 31 May. I am told he had many visitors but not many complaints!

“On a more serious note though, the question of drugs was raised and concerns expressed by many people regarding the suspected drug use taking place in and around Charlbury. The police take these issues very seriously, and if you think you have information regarding this issue, please let us know.

“Also, watch out for Wes's 'Charlbury Choice'. This monthly newsletter will be available in the next few days and contains useful contact information and items of interest to the community.

The Wychwoods
(including Ascot, Shipton and Milton under Wychwood, Lyneham, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford, The Rollrights)

“Last month I mentioned a series of offensive graffiti which had been sprayed over cars and the post office in Milton Road, Shipton under Wychwood, and also graffiti and damage which had been caused to The Wychwood School. A youth from the area has been arrested in connection with these offences and is currently on bail pending enquiries.

“I am also concerned about recent reports of young people being intimidated and sometimes assaulted by older youths in the villages of Shipton and Milton. This has led to youngsters being afraid to go to the play areas. This is a situation which cannot be allowed to continue. If you have any information regarding this, please let us know.

“More cars have been damaged in Chadlington and again we are asking for information which will lead to the arrest and prosecution of the offender.

“PCSO Kirstyn Tyrer has been holding meet-and-greet sessions with various groups of people in The Wychwoods. Kirstyn's next date is Saturday 21 June at under Wychwood.

The Bartons
(including Middle Barton, Sandford St Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)

“PCSO Chris Jones has been holding his monthly surgeries at Middle Barton Stores and these are proving to be very successful. If you have a problem or simply want to chat, Chris's next surgery will be held on Saturday 21 June between 2pm and 4pm, so please go along!

“Chris also visited Swerford, Great Tew and Middle Barton with the mobile police station on Saturday 31 May.

Neighbourhood Action Group News – Chairman James Lewis

“The Neighbourhood Action Group, or NAG, continues to meet every five weeks to discuss the neighbourhood priorities as highlighted by our communities. Each priority - speeding, anti-social behaviour and parking - is discussed in turn. Updates are provided at every meeting on actions that have been decided previously.

“The NAG is currently investigating a number of initiatives which I hope to report on in the next update.

“If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Team for advice or to report a crime, please contact us on 0845 8 505 505, or email chippy@whosmybobby.co.uk. In an emergency, call 999.

“If you have any information regarding this update please contact us on 0845 8 505 505 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Posted : 10/06/2008 17:03:03

Stronger communities make safer communities
The role of Neighbourhood Watch has changed significantly over recent years and today’s members are
making their voices heard on important local issues. National Neighbourhood Watch Week commences
Monday 16 June and residents in West Oxfordshire will have several opportunities to find out more about
joining.

Doorstep crime, anti-social behaviour and engaging with young people are the themes for this year’s
awareness week. Neighbourhood Watch is increasing in popularity because of its overlap with
Neighbourhood Policing and the opportunity it provides to residents to help find sustainable solutions to
local issues concerning crime and disorder.

The mobile police station will be visiting three towns in the district to raise awareness of Neighbourhood
Watch, which is managed by the Safer Communities Partnership in West Oxfordshire. Officers from
Trading Standards will also be present to give advice and hand out information.

• Monday 16 June: Co-op car park, Carterton, 11am to 2pm
• Wednesday 18 June: Marketplace, Chipping Norton, 9am to 11am
• Thursday 19 June: Marketplace, Witney, 9am to 1pm


There are over 800 Neighbourhood and Country Watch members in West Oxfordshire. The introduction
of an internet-based system for distributing information in the Thames Valley has made the job easier and
quicker, enabling each member in a scheme to receive messages directly either by email or as a recorded
telephone message.

Anyone interested in signing up for Neighbourhood Watch messages should telephone 01993 861640 for
an application pack.

Posted : 10/06/2008 13:46:30

Bus services in Chipping Norton under review
People in the Charlbury and Chipping Norton areas are being asked to send opinions to their local parish and town councils as part of an Oxfordshire County Council review of the bus services it subsidises.
Oxfordshire County Council subsidises bus services throughout Oxfordshire each year to the tune of more than £3 million.

Which services are being reviewed?
The services currently under review are the following:

20A Oxford-Woodstock-Stonesfield-Charlbury
23 Middle Barton-Tews-Swerford-Chipping Norton
34 Idbury-Wychwoods-Lyneham-Chipping Norton
69 Witney-Charlbury-Chipping Norton
C1 Charlbury Railbus
X8/X8A Kingham Railbus
X50 Oxford-Woodstock-Enstone-Chipping Norton-Stratford
811 Salford-Chipping Norton-Kingham-Wychwoods-Cheltenham
Pass on your views
Councillor Ian Hudspeth, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport said: “I am keen for our consultation to involve as many local people as possible.

"Letters to parish and town councils have already been sent out and I would urge anyone who feels that they can contribute to our consultation process to contact them. Most parishes also have local public transport representatives.

"It is important that the county council spends the money it has available for bus subsidy as wisely as possible. The opinions of local people will count towards that."

Posted : 02/06/2008 15:28:54

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver brings this month's update:

“Criminal damage continues to be a source of concern to us; numerous offences were reported across the Chipping Norton area including nine incidents of damage to cars.

“Lead flashing and roofing materials are being stolen from buildings across the district. Please be on the look out for suspicious vehicles and/or people. If in doubt, ring us!

“PCSO Lucy McDonagh is leaving Chipping Norton and beginning a new career as a police officer. She starts her training in early May. During her time at Chipping Norton Lucy has been a dedicated and professional PCSO for the community and her local knowledge of youth issues is enormous. We all wish her well but she will be sadly missed.

We are pleased to welcome back PC Sam Hunter following her maternity leave. PC Hunter is one of our Neighbourhood Specialist Officers so keep an eye out for her on her return.

“The mobile police station will be touring the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood area on the weekend of Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June. Posters will be displayed in the relevant towns/villages so watch out for them. We could be calling in your area!

Chipping Norton

“Damage has been caused to the new play area in Cornish Road by youths gaining access to the site before it has been officially opened. Broken glass had to be removed from the site for safety reasons.

“Operation Juice was carried out on Friday 4 April in Chipping Norton. This is an operation run with the licensing team at West Oxfordshire Direct Council and Thames Valley Police. Underage people from outside the town enter licensed premises to attempt to purchase alcohol. If they are asked to confirm their age then they must tell the truth and they leave. Several premises were entered on this particular evening and three pubs served alcohol to the underage customers. The premise and offending member of staff is issued with an £80 fixed penalty ticket, while in this instance The Chequers failed for a second time and so has been named in the media.

“I attended the town council annual meeting on Thursday 24 April, with PC Colin James. I was very surprised that among the assembled persons, not one question was asked of us. I hope this is a positive sign, but I am also very aware that there are many issues of concern to the local community, so please get in touch if there something you are worried about.

Charlbury (including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)

“Eight incidents have been reported this month including the theft of a dismantled shed.

“PCSO Wes Smith has held three surgeries in the town now and these are proving to be successful. Wesley's next surgery will be at 10am on Saturday 10 May in the Spendlove Centre car park. If you have any questions or wish to discuss concerns please drop by.

“Also, watch out for Wesley's Charlbury Choice: this monthly newsletter will be available in the next few days and will contain useful contact information and items of interest to the community.”

The Wychwoods
(including Ascot, Shipton and Milton under Wychwood, Lyneham, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford, The Rollrights)


“A speed check was recently carried out on the A361 in Shipton-under-Wychwood and a total of 98 vehicles were checked. Out of that number, three were found to be travelling in excess of 35mph and warning letters were sent to the drivers.

“Graffiti of a most unpleasant nature was sprayed over a car and the post office in Milton Road, Shipton-under-Wychwood. Graffiti and damage has also been caused to The Wychwood School. If anyone has any information regarding these offences, please contact us on 0845 8 505 505.

“PCSO Kirstyn Tyrer has been holding meet-and-greet sessions with various groups of people in The Wychwoods so look out for her.”

The Bartons
(including Middle Barton, Sandford St Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)


“Middle Barton School suffered a theft of roofing materials overnight on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 April; did you see anything suspicious?

“PCSO Chris Jones has been holding his monthly surgeries at Middle Barton Stores and these are proving to be very successful. If you have a problem or simply want to chat, Chris' next surgery will be held on Thursday 22 May between 2pm and 4pm. Please come along!

“If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Team and get the facts straight from the 'neighbourhood mouth', would like advice or wish to report a crime, please contact us on 0845 8 505 505, or email: chippy@whosmybobby.co.uk. In an emergency, please call 999.”

Posted : 08/05/2008 20:06:29

Elections 2008 - Results
Conservatives have taken Chipping Norton from the Lib Dems
Posted : 02/05/2008 00:25:58

Chipping Norton Theatre
Chipping Norton Theatre top beneficiary of latest Council arts grants

Five arts organisations serving the West Oxfordshire community are being backed by grants jointly worth more than £54,000 just agreed by the District Council's Cabinet.

Biggest beneficiary is The Theatre Chipping Norton which is to receive a cheque for £30,000.

Smaller grants will go to Oxfordshire Touring Theatre Company (£10,930), ITHACA* (£5040), West Oxfordshire Arts (£4018) and Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership (£3900).

Meanwhile no less than 31 other community arts groups, projects or events taking in music, drama, visual arts, dance and more are to be supported by smaller grants worth from £100 to £900 and totalling £10,500 overall.

All five larger grant recipients will sign service level agreements which aim to guarantee that what they do ties in closely with the Council's priority of encouraging leisure and cultural opportunities for all residents in the District.

Cllr Hilary Biles, West Oxfordshire District Council Cabinet Member for Leisure & Recreation said “It is important to the cultural life of West Oxfordshire that we support these organisations – many of which are run by volunteers – through these grants.

“Chipping Norton Theatre reaches beyond West Oxfordshire and supports activities for all residents, especially for young people through the Chipping Norton Youth Theatre. We are very happy to assist its programme in any way we can.”

After intense pressure from the theatre and its supporters, including West Oxfordshire District Council, the Arts Council is providing funding this year which will pay not for productions but for a plan to enable the facility to stand on its own feet financially without central-government related assistance.

All the grants are subject to the normal “call in” which ends at 5pm on Friday, 11th April. Cabinet decisions are not final until then.

*ITHACA – This is an arts organisation which works with people who are often excluded from mainstream activities, including for example, people with physical disabilities or learning difficulties and older residents.

Posted : 04/04/2008 15:58:26

New information kiosk for Chipping Norton
Information on local tourist accommodation, planning applications and West Oxfordshire District Council services in general is now more easily available in Chipping Norton, thanks to a new electronic kiosk just installed at the Guildhall.

The kiosk comprises a large display-screen with an easy-to-use keyboard and mouse. It means any member of the public can log on to the Council’s website www.westoxon.gov.uk, or to the brand new tourism website www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org.

All new planning applications, including drawings, can now be viewed in detail using the kiosk.

People looking for somewhere to stay or attractions to visit in and around Chipping Norton can quickly find out what is available from the tourism site. What is more they can use the kiosk to reserve rooms on the spot.

For local residents, another big advantage is that the kiosk allows them to pay bills for Council Tax, Business rates, parking fines and similar on the spot online, saving postage costs or the need to queue for a receptionist at busy times.

And it makes getting information on the full range of West Oxfordshire District Council services easier for anyone who does not have access to the internet at home.

Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Tourism said: “It is essential that rural areas have access to services locally. This is great news for Chipping Norton. It means residents and tourists alike have immediate access to a wide range of useful information. For many residents, this will save them travelling to the offices in Witney. For tourists, it enables them to reserve rooms on the spot and view local attractions they may wish to visit. This has to be a plus for everyone.”

The Guildhall's new information kiosk can be used completely free of charge during normal opening hours - 8.45am-1pm and 2pm -4.30pm Monday to Thursday and to 4pm on Fridays.

Posted : 29/02/2008 23:04:35

Road safety check beats the weather
Thames Valley Police, working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council (OCC), stopped over 30 people as part of seatbelt and mobile phone checks in Chipping Norton.

A speed check was scheduled on London Road yesterday morning (20th February) but owing to dense fog making the use of cameras impossible, officers from the Roads Safety Team and Road Safety Officers from OCC focussed on drivers not wearing a seatbelt or using their mobile phone.

During a two hour check on the road, 22 people were stopped for not wearing their seatbelts and offered the option of receiving road safety advice from officers in mitigation of a fixed penalty ticket.

Four drivers were stopped for driving while using their mobile phones. They were issued fixed penalty notices of £60, with three points on their license. They can opt to pay £74 and attend a Call Divert workshop at a later date rather than accept the points.

When the weather cleared, officers continued with the planned speed check and between 11am and 12.30pm, seven drivers were stopped and given fixed penalties for excess speed.

Posted : 21/02/2008 19:10:22

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver brings this month’s update:

Neighbourhood News
“As some of you may be aware the community safety workshop due to be held at Chipping Norton School on Thursday 24 January was unfortunately cancelled due to only ten people booking places to attend. The workshop was advertised through the local media, on local websites and by the distribution of flyers and posters in the communities.

“Those people who had booked were subsequently invited to attend and participate in a stakeholders meeting which was held the following night, Friday 25 January also at Chipping Norton School. The stakeholders meeting was attended by members of Thames Valley Police, West Oxfordshire District Council and Chipping Norton Town Council.

“The results from our neighbourhood engagement, which took place last autumn, are now available. These reflect the views of residents from the various communities across the Chipping Norton police area. The top three identified issues then become our neighbourhood priorities for the coming year, and will focused on by the Neighbourhood Action Group and Partners, including the police.

“The top three issues are:
• Speeding
• No Issues
• Anti Social Behaviour

“I am particularly pleased with the second item, no issues. This should be taken as a very positive sign in our continuing fight against crime and disorder. We are not treating these results lightly and we know things are far from perfect, so we shall continue to make improvements.

“Therefore, the third priority for the neighbourhood will now be parking.

“There are two things to mention that are neighbourhood-wide issues. The first is a recent spate of thefts involving lead and other metals. This is an increasing problem across the UK as international metal prices are soaring.

“We have had a number of incidents around the area ranging from building sites, to schools and houses. Can we ask you all to keep an eye on your neighbours and local buildings and if you see any suspicious then take a note of the vehicle registration and give the police a call? Look out for unexpected building work, where the builders are removing metal from the outside of the building: lead roofing, copper piping, that sort of thing.

“The second item concerns fly tipping. There seems to be an increasing amount of rubbish being dumped locally in lay-bys or on the roadside. This is an offence and West Oxfordshire District Council will prosecute offenders. If you see people fly tipping, take their registration number and report them, or if you see piles of rubbish dumped on the roadside then contact the council to get it removed.”


Chipping Norton town

“A man was arrested and received a final warning for criminal damage to a car in Walterbush Road.

“Stephen O'Leary, aged 49, of Cornish Road, was arrested and charged with two breaches of his anti-social behaviour order (ASBO). He is due to appear in court shortly.

“A local man, Anthony Simms, aged 21, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to six months imprisonment on 28/01 for a number of crimes committed in the Chipping Norton area, including the theft of a car, a Rover 45, stolen from New Road overnight on the 14-15 January.

He also admitted seven incidents of shoplifting in December and January, which were all at Chipping Norton Somerfield, except one at the Co-op in Milton-under-Wychwood.

Charlbury
(including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)

“No incidents of note have been reported in this area, however minor criminal damage is still occurring in Charlbury.

“On 23 January the Roads Policing department conducted a speeding operation on The Slade. A number of motorists were stopped and either received a fixed penalty ticket or were educated about the dangers of speeding. One person stopped was found to have no insurance and he subsequently had his vehicle seized. Further operations are planned throughout the neighbourhood.”

The Wychwoods
(including Ascott, Shipton and Milton under Wychwood, Lyneham, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford, The Rollrights)

“Beaconsfield village hall is still suffering mindless vandalism and we appeal for any witnesses to contact us.

“A vehicle in Chadlington had its windscreen smashed overnight on the 20 January, along with egg throwing at some houses on the same night. Events like these impact on the quality of life for people in the village and we encourage witnesses to come forward and report these incidents so that the offender(s) can be dealt with.”

The Bartons
(including Middle Barton, Sandford St Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)

“A second successful surgery was held in Middle Barton by PCSO Chris Jones on Thursday 17 January. Another surgery will be held on Monday 18 February between 2pm-4pm at Middle Barton Stores.

“If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Team for advice or to report a crime please contact us on 0845 8 505 505 or email to chippyneighbourhood@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. In an emergency please call 999.”


Posted : 04/02/2008 13:25:45

The Theatre Chipping Norton
The Theatre Chipping Norton – withdrawal of Arts Council funding

West Oxfordshire District Council Leader, Cllr Barry Norton said “It is clear that the Arts Council have taken absolutely no notice of the very strong case we put up for them to continue funding The Theatre Chipping Norton and I am deeply disappointed.

“It is ludicrous for the Arts Council to say, as they do, that the theatre 'does not generate a regional or national impact' as this statement completely contradicts the stated view of their own Performing Arts Officer.

“We have unquestionable proof not only that the theatre has an impact across a large region of central England but also that it serves an area which is among the worst 10 per cent in England for access to local services.”

“The Arts Council's decision is yet another kick in the teeth for rural communities already facing the prospect of more Post Office and Health Service cuts this year.

“The Theatre Chipping Norton is a thriving organisation and we will do all we can to help them find alternative forms of funding so they can continue the excellent work they do in the community.”

Posted : 01/02/2008 18:35:02

Chipping Norton incident
Police are appealing for witnesses after an incident in Chipping Norton left a man seriously injured.

A 23-year-old man was found at around 5pm yesterday (29th January) in Back Alley off Hailey Road with lacerations to his throat. He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital by air ambulance where has been treated and is currently in a stable condition.

Det Sgt Dick White of West Oxfordshire CID said: “We are investigating what the cause of this man's injuries was and whether there was anybody else involved.

“We have yet to interview him and are waiting until he is fit enough to talk to us, so in the meantime we would like to hear from anyone who saw this incident or the events leading up to it. Were you in the Hailey Road area between 4.30pm and 5pm? If so, please get in touch.”

Det Sgt White can be contacted via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you don't want to talk to police and don’t want to leave your name, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 30/01/2008 15:13:46

'No issues' reflect residents' satisfaction
The Chipping Norton community safety workshop due to be held at Chipping Norton School on Thursday (24/01) has been cancelled as only ten local residents booked to attend. This is despite the workshop being advertised through the local media, on local websites, and by distributing flyers and posters in local communities.

Those who had booked places have been invited to attend and contribute to a stakeholders meeting on Friday evening instead. This will be attended by representatives from Thames Valley Police, West Oxfordshire District Council and Chipping Norton Town Council.

The meeting will evaluate the success of the 18-point action plan devised for the town last October. The focus will be on criminal damage following the recent British Crime Survey figures that show this is the only crime that rose in Chipping Norton during the last year.
Burglaries fell by 28% and vehicle crime and common assault both fell by 10%. Overall crime has decreased in Chipping Norton by 7%.

Bill Oddy, Head of Community Services at West Oxfordshire District Council said: “We're disappointed at the lack of response to this workshop although we recently completed a survey with 327 people in the Chipping Norton area that indicated 99% of residents felt safe during the daytime and 86% felt safe walking around at night. The priorities people identified were Speeding, No issues, anti social behaviour, and parking. We will be working hard with stakeholders and the neighbourhood Action Group to tackle these issues in 2008. The meeting on Friday will ensure members of the public who have expressed an interest in attending a public meeting will be able to listen to what is being done to tackle crime and disorder in the Chipping Norton area and outline their concerns and contribute the problem solving process.”

Posted : 24/01/2008 11:13:29

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver brings this month's update:

Neighbourhood News
“Residents in Chipping Norton and the surrounding villages are invited to a workshop to identify how local community safety issues can be tackled.

“A public community safety event will take place on Thursday 24 January at Chipping Norton School, Burford Road from 7.30pm to 9pm.

“Representatives from Thames Valley Police, Chipping Norton Town Council and West Oxfordshire District Council are hosting the evening and 60 places are available for local residents. An independent facilitator will run the event.

“The emphasis of the workshop is to identify the real issues within the community by inviting residents to tell us how they think these issues should be tackled by the police and other local agencies.”

“Elsewhere, while we do our best to investigate crimes around our neighbourhood and punish those responsible, our ability to do so is being hindered by some people being reluctant or simply refusing to give us vital information.

“Statements provided by witnesses can mean the difference between arrest and prosecution of the criminal or them getting away with it. Often we cannot prove our case without you and we want to encourage everyone to help us in any way they can.

Be Special
“Have you thought of becoming a Special Constable? By volunteering your services to become a fully trained police officer, you would become an integral part of the growing neighbourhood policing family along with regular police officers and PCSOs. More importantly, you would be providing a valuable service to the community. If you are interested, please contact Thames Valley Police on 0845 8 505 505.

Chipping Norton
“The Christmas period passed without serious incident and we would like to thank revellers in Chipping Norton for enjoying the festive period without taking things too far.

“However, there were two incidents of criminal damage at the Lido during Christmas and a break-in at the Greystones/rugby club/bowls club complex, which have been reported on in the local media. Can I repeat my appeal for anyone who knows anything to come forward.

“A 15-year-old youth was arrested and reprimanded for common assault on another youth in the Market Place on 14 September at the Mop Fair.

“The youths gathering at the rear of Edward Stone Rise in 'Back Alley' are still causing nuisance problems to the residents. This situation is being actively discussed with the various housing associations; however we cannot deal with this problem without the co-operation of the residents of Edward Stone Rise. It is our hope that in the very near future we will be inviting residents to a meeting to discuss ways in which we can all tackle this ongoing problem.”

Charlbury
(including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)
“Among the incidents reported this past month in Charlbury town were several criminal damages, particularly to cars; again mainly in the Hixet Wood, Fisher's Lane, Poole's Lane and Sheet Street areas.

“Finstock suffered one criminal damage incident this month, again to a car.

“I am pleased to say we had no reported offences in Spelsbury and Fawler.”

The Wychwoods
(including Ascot, Shipton and Milton under Wychwood, Lyneham, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford, The Rollrights)

“Chadlington and Kingham were hit by a spate of vehicle crimes on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Three vehicles were broken into in Chadlington on Christmas Day between 1pm and 8pm. One of them - a red Citroen AX was stolen and later found on fire in the field of Chipping Norton rugby club.

“On Boxing Day in Kingham, two cars were broken into between 7pm and 10pm. There was an attempt to steal a Vauxhall Cavalier, thwarted by the car's immobiliser, and a blue Rover Metro was stolen and found on fire on the B4026 Charlbury Road.

“All of these cases are being investigated by our detectives in Witney, who are appealing for anyone who witnessed anything to come forward.”

“Shipton and Milton-under-Wychwood, and Great Rollright saw not incidents of note. Ascott-under-Wychwood, Lyneham, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Churchill and Salford had no reported offences.

The Bartons
(including Middle Barton, Sandford St Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)
“A man in his twenties from Hook Norton was arrested and cautioned following criminal damage to a car in Middle Barton that occurred in October.

“Middle Barton, Swerford and Enstone had minimal offences reported, while the remaining villages in this beat area had no reported offences at all.

“PCSO Chris Jones held his first drop-in surgery at the village shop in Worton Road, Middle Barton on the 17 December and had a few visitors. He reports it was a successful beginning and will hold his next one at 2pm on Thursday 17 January. If you have any questions or concerns you would like us to be aware of, please come along if you can and talk to Chris.

“If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Team and get the facts straight from the neighbourhood mouth, would like advice or wish to report a crime please contact us on 0845 8 505 505 or e-mail to chippyneighbourhood@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. In an emergency please call 999.

“If you have any information regarding this update please contact us on 0845 8 505 505 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Finally, a very Happy New Year for 2008 to all our readers!”

Posted : 14/01/2008 21:13:39

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver brings this month's update:

Neighbourhood News
“Residents in Chipping Norton and the surrounding villages are invited to a workshop to identify how local community safety issues can be tackled.

“A public community safety event will take place on Thursday 24 January at Chipping Norton School, Burford Road from 7.30pm to 9pm.

“Representatives from Thames Valley Police, Chipping Norton Town Council and West Oxfordshire District Council are hosting the evening and 60 places are available for local residents. An independent facilitator will run the event.

“The emphasis of the workshop is to identify the real issues within the community by inviting residents to tell us how they think these issues should be tackled by the police and other local agencies.”

“Elsewhere, while we do our best to investigate crimes around our neighbourhood and punish those responsible, our ability to do so is being hindered by some people being reluctant or simply refusing to give us vital information.

“Statements provided by witnesses can mean the difference between arrest and prosecution of the criminal or them getting away with it. Often we cannot prove our case without you and we want to encourage everyone to help us in any way they can.

Be Special
“Have you thought of becoming a Special Constable? By volunteering your services to become a fully trained police officer, you would become an integral part of the growing neighbourhood policing family along with regular police officers and PCSOs. More importantly, you would be providing a valuable service to the community. If you are interested, please contact Thames Valley Police on 0845 8 505 505.

Chipping Norton
“The Christmas period passed without serious incident and we would like to thank revellers in Chipping Norton for enjoying the festive period without taking things too far.

“However, there were two incidents of criminal damage at the Lido during Christmas and a break-in at the Greystones/rugby club/bowls club complex, which have been reported on in the local media. Can I repeat my appeal for anyone who knows anything to come forward.

“A 15-year-old youth was arrested and reprimanded for common assault on another youth in the Market Place on 14 September at the Mop Fair.

“The youths gathering at the rear of Edward Stone Rise in 'Back Alley' are still causing nuisance problems to the residents. This situation is being actively discussed with the various housing associations; however we cannot deal with this problem without the co-operation of the residents of Edward Stone Rise. It is our hope that in the very near future we will be inviting residents to a meeting to discuss ways in which we can all tackle this ongoing problem.”

Charlbury
(including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)
“Among the incidents reported this past month in Charlbury town were several criminal damages, particularly to cars; again mainly in the Hixet Wood, Fisher's Lane, Poole's Lane and Sheet Street areas.

“Finstock suffered one criminal damage incident this month, again to a car.

“I am pleased to say we had no reported offences in Spelsbury and Fawler.”

The Wychwoods
(including Ascot, Shipton and Milton under Wychwood, Lyneham, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford, The Rollrights)

“Chadlington and Kingham were hit by a spate of vehicle crimes on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Three vehicles were broken into in Chadlington on Christmas Day between 1pm and 8pm. One of them - a red Citroen AX was stolen and later found on fire in the field of Chipping Norton rugby club.

“On Boxing Day in Kingham, two cars were broken into between 7pm and 10pm. There was an attempt to steal a Vauxhall Cavalier, thwarted by the car's immobiliser, and a blue Rover Metro was stolen and found on fire on the B4026 Charlbury Road.

“All of these cases are being investigated by our detectives in Witney, who are appealing for anyone who witnessed anything to come forward.”

“Shipton and Milton-under-Wychwood, and Great Rollright saw not incidents of note. Ascott-under-Wychwood, Lyneham, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Churchill and Salford had no reported offences.

The Bartons
(including Middle Barton, Sandford St Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)
“A man in his twenties from Hook Norton was arrested and cautioned following criminal damage to a car in Middle Barton that occurred in October.

“Middle Barton, Swerford and Enstone had minimal offences reported, while the remaining villages in this beat area had no reported offences at all.

“PCSO Chris Jones held his first drop-in surgery at the village shop in Worton Road, Middle Barton on the 17 December and had a few visitors. He reports it was a successful beginning and will hold his next one at 2pm on Thursday 17 January. If you have any questions or concerns you would like us to be aware of, please come along if you can and talk to Chris.

“If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Team and get the facts straight from the neighbourhood mouth, would like advice or wish to report a crime please contact us on 0845 8 505 505 or e-mail to chippyneighbourhood@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. In an emergency please call 999.

“If you have any information regarding this update please contact us on 0845 8 505 505 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Finally, a very Happy New Year for 2008 to all our readers!”

Posted : 14/01/2008 21:11:27



Posted : 14/01/2008 17:48:38

Community Safety Action Plan established
A stakeholders meeting, chaired by local MP David Cameron, has produced an 18-point action plan for combating crime and disorder and improving police visibility in Chipping Norton.

The meeting on Friday 5th October was attended by representatives from Thames Valley Police, West Oxfordshire District Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Chipping Norton Town Council and Chipping
Norton Neighbourhood Action Group.

Part of the plan includes:
• Holding a public community safety workshop
• Completing a review of CCTV
• Organising an alcohol seizure operation from those underage followed up with a parent alcohol awareness workshop
• Arranging a local recruitment drive for Special Constables
• Continuing to carry out test purchasing operations
• Publishing a Neighbourhood Action Group newsletter and reviewing the NAG
• Continue issuing monthly reports from the Neighbourhood Team
• Holding a Community Action Day to deal with environmental crime

Local MP David Cameron said: "We all have a responsibility - politicians, police, neighbours, businesses - to strengthen our communities and create a society that is safe. The most effective way of achieving this is to work in partnership and I welcome this 18-point action plan."

A Bogus Callers Awareness Day was held in the town centre on Wednesday 17 October following an increase in distraction burglaries district-wide. The event, involving Trading Standards, Age Concern and
Anchor Staying Put, offered advice to residents concerning doorstep callers.

Cllr Jill Dunsmore, Cabinet Member for Communities at West Oxfordshire District Council said: "Cllr John Osmond from Chipping Norton Town Council has been appointed as the community safety and police liaison and this will help to ensure we are all working in partnership. The plan will be reviewed and developed again in January."

"The Chipping Norton area has seen a 6% reduction in crime in the past six months, compared to the same period last year," explained Chief Inspector Dennis Evernden. "There has been an increase in the number of Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers and the neighbourhood team also has the additional resources of CID, Roads Policing, Scenes of Crime, and the police support staff who, for
example, deal with phone calls, coordinate neighbourhood watch schemes, and give crime reduction advice."

Posted : 05/11/2007 13:16:52

Toilets revamped and ready for use!
Major refurbishment work on the town centre toilets in Chipping Norton is now complete and they will be open to the public on Monday 8th October.

The new modern facilities include self-contained cubicles, gents urinals, baby changing and access for those with disabilities. The new scheme will provide two direct access cubicles for ladies, one of which will be fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and a 'gents' cubicle compliant with DDA plus a separate urinal. Both ladies and gents will have baby change facilities.

Initially the Town Hall location was of concern for security reasons and alternatives were investigated. However, refurbishing the Town Hall public conveniences was favoured by Chipping Norton residents and the decision to go-ahead was taken by the District Council in mid 2006.

Cllr David Harvey said: "A great deal of thought and hard work has gone into providing a solution that is best for Chipping Norton. This has resulted in improving access and pathways to the toilets, providing additional lighting and designing the lobby areas to discourage loitering. The toilets are also coin-operated and as vandal proof as possible. I am sure that everyone will be pleased with the final outcome."

Refurbishing the Chipping Norton Town Hall public conveniences has cost £121,500 and is part of a major refurbishment programme across the district costing a total of £819,000.

The Town Hall public conveniences are the second to be refurbished in Chipping Norton. In 2006 the New Street car park toilets were completed, costing £84,700

The refurbishment programme has arisen following the recommendations of a council Best Value Review Group. The Group recognised that toilet facilities in the District were in a poor condition, and it was necessary to take action. The need for better cleaning and maintenance of the toilets was also highlighted, and more frequent cleaning now takes place.

Posted : 05/10/2007 13:38:07

Barn arson
Police are appealing for witnesses after a barn in northwest Oxfordshire was severely damaged in a suspected arson attack.

At around 11.40pm last Wednesday (26/09), a fire was started at Churchill Farm, on Kingham Road, Churchill, near Chipping Norton, causing around £148,000 worth of damage. This included a large amount of hay stored in the barn and farm machinery.

Det Con Kevin Middlecote, of West Oxfordshire CID, said: "We are unaware of anyone who may have seen the incident, so if you did, please come forward.

"We are also very keen to speak to two people seen in the car park of the nearby Chequers pub in Churchill shortly before the fire started."

A woman was seen sitting in the passenger of seat of a red, two-door Metro at around 11.15pm. She is white, in her late teens or early 20s, with straight, shoulder-length blonde hair, and a thin face.

There was also a man in the car park: he is white, about 6ft, thin build, and wearing a cream or white hooded top with the hood up over a peaked cap. It is still unconfirmed if they were together.

Det Con Middlecote added: "If you were one of these people, please come forward so we can rule you out of our enquiries."

He can be contacted via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you don’t want to talk to police and don't want to leave your name, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 03/10/2007 11:24:13

Family statement following sudden death
Oxford Coroner's Court yesterday (19/09) named a man found dead at Worcester Road, Chipping Norton, at 6.40am on Saturday morning (15/09) as Peter Vallance, aged 20, of Perrinsfield, Lechlade on Thames.

The post mortem found the cause of death was hanging.

Thames Valley Police has been asked to release the following statement on the Vallance family's behalf.

"The family has been completely devastated by this news and are trying to come to terms with the loss of a precious son and loving brother.

"The parents want to express their appreciation for the many messages of love and support that they have received; it is clear that Peter had provided real friendship, love and deep care to so many. He will be greatly missed.

We would ask the media and the public to allow us the space to grieve privately at this terribly difficult time.”"

Posted : 20/09/2007 13:41:39

Criminal Damage–Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton
Police are appealing for the public to help catch the vandals who have caused criminal damage to the Rollright Stones and stole money from the warden's hut at the site.

Between 5.30pm on Saturday (8/9) and 10.30am on Sunday (9/9) the warden's hut was broken in to and about £7 was stolen from the money tray. A symbol, which is believed to be a pagan swastika, was drawn in black marker pen on the information notice boards on the hut.

Overnight (9-10/9) a sign has been knocked off a railing fence and a tyre has been placed around a stone and set alight. On the other side of the road, the monument plaque near to the King's Stone has been forced with a blunt instrument causing it to shatter.

PC David Sutcliffe, based at Witney Police Station, said: "The Rollright Stones are an old heritage site in North Oxfordshire and an attractive feature in Chipping Norton. These incidents are being investigated together and I hope that if someone has seen any suspicious activity in the area recently they will contact us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Sutcliffe at Witney police station via 0845 8 505 505, or if you don't want to talk to the police or give your name, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 10/09/2007 21:08:14

Distraction burglary – Chipping Norton
Police are appealing for information after an elderly man was burgled by men posing as water board officials.

At around 3.30pm on Monday (03/09) a man knocked on the door of the house in Dunstan Avenue and spoke to the caller. He could not understand what was being said, so said 'no' and shut the door. The man came back ten minutes later and said he was from the water board and needed to run the taps. The man stayed with the resident in the kitchen, before saying he was going to see the neighbours and leaving.

The victim later realised £250 has been stolen from his bedroom by an unseen second person.

The man is white, in his twenties and was wearing light coloured trousers and shirt.

PC Claire Sadler, from Witney police area, said: "There is no reason for a stranger ever to come into your home. All agencies or utility companies should make an appointment and also use a password system. It is important to know that there is no such thing as the 'water board'.

"I would urge anyone with elderly or vulnerable relatives, neighbours or carers to check their home security and alert them to the dangers of opening the door to a stranger.

"Distraction burglars prey on the elderly and vulnerable. If you see people calling at houses and are suspicious of their intentions, contact police immediately.

"I would urge anyone who has any information about the burglary or who recognises the description of the offender to contact me via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505."

If you don't want to speak to police or leave your name, call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11.

Posted : 04/09/2007 22:25:41

Music premiere set for Chipping Norton
A brand new bi-lingual musical piece created by West Oxfordshire school children working in collaboration with contemporaries from Breteuil in Normandy, has its first public performance on Monday 20th August in Chipping Norton.

The performance will be the culmination of a three week summer holiday "entente cordial" project co-ordinated by Chipping Norton School. It is part-funded through the West Oxfordshire Network LEADER+ Programme, which can pay up to half the cost of innovative community-led projects that meet local needs.

In this instance the money has gone to help pay for two digital art studios which is being used by the 40 plus 15-18 year-old students to create the bi-lingual production.

It will feature music edited and re-mixed on computer as well as live performances. The focus is on the evolution of capitalism and how people from different backgrounds can work together.

The venue for the performance, which will be in Dolby "Surround Sound", is outdoors in the school grounds starting at 8pm. Entrance is on a first come, first served basis, and is completely free.

Following on from the concert, the students will complete the TE: AM* project with a visit to fringe events at the Edinburgh Festival. Prior to their time in Chipping Norton, a week was spent in Breteuil-Sur-Iton focusing on circus performance and three days on a cultural visit to Brussels.

Posted : 15/08/2007 14:18:49

Green recycling scheme for Yellow Pages
West Oxfordshire householders are being encouraged to go green and be in with the chance of winning £50 by recycling old copies of their Yellow Pages at special banks across the District.

Designated Yellow Pages recycling banks will be set up by West Oxfordshire District Council at different locations during August and September for people to drop off their 2006/07 directory when the new 2007/08 edition is delivered to their homes.

Two lucky recyclers will be picked at random to receive £50 cash. All people have to do to be entered in the prize draw is write their name, address and telephone number on their Yellow Pages before depositing it in one of the banks.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "Yellow Pages cannot be recycled through the normal weekly household recycling collections because of the dye used in its production, and that is why we are encouraging as many people as possible to drop off their old copies at these designated banks. It was a great success when we ran the scheme last year and we hope it will do even better this year."

All of the old directories will be recycled into newspapers and magazines. Last year, more than 14 tonnes - equivalent to the weight of nearly 3 elephants - of Yellow Pages were recycled as a result of the scheme.

Banks, which will be labelled with bright Yellow Pages stickers, will be available at the following locations:

Guildenford, Burford
Black Bourton Road, Carterton
Spendlove Centre, Charlbury
New Street, Chipping Norton
Back Lane, Eynsham
Reily Close, Long Hanborough
Welch Way, Witney
Hensington Road, Woodstock
The scheme is being run by the District Council with a grant from the Yellow Pages Directory Scheme.
Further information about recycling is available on the Council's website, www.westoxon.gov.uk, or by calling 01993 861020.

Posted : 17/07/2007 18:29:55

Lottery funding for new Play Areas
Children and young people across West Oxfordshire are going to benefit from new exciting outdoor play facilities and activities thanks to a successful lottery grant application for £200,000 submitted by West Oxfordshire District Council.

West Oxfordshire District Council's Leisure and Tourism Team submitted the application to the Big Lottery Fund’s Children's Play Programme after conducting an audit of current outdoor play provision across the district. This highlighted a need for play facilities for children with disabilities as well as provision for teenagers in the north of the district.

There are three projects in the portfolio that was submitted including; a proposal for a play area designed especially for children with multiple disabilities in the Carteron/Brize Norton area; new facilities for children and teenagers in Chipping Norton Recreation Ground; and funding for play rangers to lead open access activities in play areas across the district.

Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Leisure and Tourism was delighted at news of the success of the application. She said, "This successful application means we can move ahead with these exciting projects. The aim is to widen access to free outdoor play activities that will attract children and young people away from sedentary activities and encourage them to enjoy healthy physical activity in the stunning outdoor environment we have here in West Oxfordshire."

Now that the application has been approved, the Council will draw up more detailed plans in consultation with local people. For further information, contact the Leisure and Tourism Team on 01993 861080.

Posted : 04/07/2007 17:38:53

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
A/Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver has July's update for Chipping Norton and the surrounding areas.

"This past month has seen disturbances outside the leisure centre on the Burford Road. Groups of youths have been congregating to the annoyance of users of the centre and have also been gathering at the rear by the old tennis courts. The youths have been moved on by police and will continue to be. Once again alcohol features in these gatherings and again this has been seized at every opportunity however one girl told us that she had been given it by her parents!

"Parking in Distons Lane has been causing some problems to users of the lane and a leaflet drop has taken place requesting people to be more careful how they park so as to avoid causing unnecessary obstructions.

"Late evening thefts have taken place in Station Road, and tools and plant removed. Although witnessed by a nearby resident, the incidents were not called in insufficient time to allow police to attend and attempt to apprehend the offenders.

Charlbury (including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)
"Alcohol has again featured in gatherings of youths at Nine Acres. Although the youths have been targeted and alcohol confiscated, it has not prevented unsightly litter being left on site.

"Charlbury again welcomes the presence of Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Stephanie Blake, who together with PCSO Wes Smith shares responsibility for the community. It is hoped that Stephanie will visit Charlbury on a regular basis and provide a much needed visible presence during the day.

"Following enquiries into an assault which occurred in Church Street a few weeks ago, a young man has been charged to appear in court.

"Damage has occurred in St Mary The Virgin Church where fire extinguishers have been taken from inside the church and damage has been caused inside and out. Any witnesses please contact us on 0845 8 505 505.

The Wychwoods (including Ascott, Shipton and Milton-under-Wychwood, Chadlington, Fifield, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford).
"Although PCSO Petra Summers has returned to Carterton, the Wychwood beat now has PCSO Kirstyn Tyrer to take up the mantle, and it is hoped the residents will see a lot of Kirstyn as she gets to know the people and the area.

"During enquiries into criminal damage in Milton-Under-Wychwood, PCSO’s discovered a case of two thefts from local premises, all involving alcohol. These are being actively investigated, results hopefully next month!

The Bartons (including Middle Barton, Sandford St. Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)
"Once again we must report that groups of youths have been involved in disturbances in the grounds of the Sports and Social Club, Worton Road. These disturbances have become a regular occurrence over the past few weekends resulting in the assault of one youth who declined any police action. PCSO’s have been regularly attending The Bartons, especially at the weekends, and confiscating alcohol from a number of youths. However this has not stopped several youths from becoming extremely intoxicated and abusive. The disturbances have also involved youths from neighbouring Kidlington and Chipping Norton and are strongly believed to be associated with drugs and alcohol dealings. We value any information regarding these issues no matter how small.

"Residents in Middle Barton have recently received a notice concerning the parking of vehicles within the village. This is not a notice issued by the police, but by the local parish council. The police have received complaints concerning these notices however they were not issued by us or on our behalf.

"Officers attended Great Tew Primary School recently and gave a talk to the Year six pupils about drugs and alcohol. The pupils were very interested and somewhat knowledgeable on the subject, but the session was deemed a success by both staff and pupils.

Neighbourhood News
Please beware of bogus callers; we have again suffered from distraction burglaries and we cannot stress too highly the need for residents, especially the more vulnerable among us, to check the identity of anyone calling at their home before they open the door to them and certainly before they let anyone in.

"After reading the above it becomes evident that without the assistance of parents, the problem of youths, alcohol, fighting and the like cannot be overcome until they start to realise that the police are not substitute parents. When we are criticised for not arriving at incidents of assault, road traffic accidents, etc., within the expected time frame, it is because we are often dealing with youths who think it is the norm to run riot, antagonize residents and damage property, and who are out on the streets until the early hours of the morning.

"PCSO's have designated areas of responsibility which are as follows:

Chipping Norton
PCSO Lucy McDONAGH
PCSO Stephanie BLAKE

Charlbury Beat
PCSO Stephanie BLAKE
PCSO Wes SMITH

The Bartons
PCSO Wes SMITH

The Wychwoods
PCSO Kirstyn TYRER

Neighbourhood Specialist Officers
PC Colin JAMES
PC Samantha HUNTER

"On a lighter note, three officers from Chipping Norton police station, took part in the Race for Life at Heythrop Park on Sunday 24 June, raising approximately £130 for their efforts. Fortunately the rain stopped sufficiently to allow the race to take place in the relative dry.

"The Neighbourhood Team invites anyone who has a question or wants to find out accurate information straight from the Neighbourhood mouth to contact the team on 0845 8 505 505 or email to chippyneighbourhood@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk.

Posted : 02/07/2007 21:32:44

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
A/Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver brings June’s update for Chipping Norton and the surrounding areas.

Chipping Norton
"The criminal damage that occurred in Edward Stone Rise, and mainly caused by stone throwing, appears to have stopped following a detailed investigation. All the houses were targeted in a leaflet drop asking for witnesses to such acts to contact the local police and we would like to thank all those people who contacted us with information.

"General anti-social behaviour has subsided this past month which is very pleasing, however there have been more seizures of alcohol. On the subject of alcohol, an operation was carried out in conjunction with West Oxfordshire District Council on Friday 25 May concerning the sale of alcohol to underage buyers. Under strict guidelines, several licensed premises were visited by underage youths who attempted to buy alcohol. Where they were successful, the offending seller was issued with a fixed penalty notice fine of £80. It was a credit to local licensees that out of seven premises visited only two failed the test."

Charlbury (including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)
"Nothing serious has happened in these areas; however youths in Charlbury have been spoken to about their anti-social behaviour and minor criminal damage."

The Wychwoods (including Ascott, Shipton and Milton-under-Wychwood, Chadlington, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford)
"The Speed Indicator Device (SID) has been out at work in The Wychwoods, ably supported by members of the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Action Group. Letters have been sent to those drivers found to be exceeding the speed limit."

The Bartons (including Middle Barton, Sandford St. Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew, Swerford and Enstone)
"On Friday 25 May, an incident occurred in the grounds of the Sports and Social Club in Worton Road. Earlier in the evening alcohol had been seized from underage youths by Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). Upon their return, they found a young man who was extremely intoxicated and unable to stand properly. While attempting to escort this him from the scene to take him home, another person became involved and the incident escalated and minor injuries were sustained by the PCSOs."

Neighbourhood News
"An operation was carried out on Friday 4 May in the Chipping Norton area aimed at tracking/catching the travelling criminal; not a speed trap as some people thought! Over 600 vehicles passed through the check, of which 23 were of interest to the police.

"The Neighbourhood Team invites anyone who has a question or wants to find out accurate information straight from the Neighbourhood mouth to contact the team on 0845 8 505 505

Posted : 07/06/2007 01:04:57

David Cameron opens Chipping Norton Lido for 2007

Conservative Leader David Cameron officially opened the Chipping Norton Lido for the 2007 season on Friday (25th May).

Cameron is Patron of the Chipping Norton Lido and uses the pool with his children from time to time.

Season tickets are available with prices ranging from £35 for a spectator up to £180 for a family (up to 2 adults and 4 children at the same address)

Contact Details and Location:
There are a limited number of parking spaces at The Lido so you can park in the free public car park in Albion Street and turning left out of the car park walk along Albion Street turning left into Fox Close. You'll find the pool 100 yards away at the end of Fox Close.

Tel: 01608 643188


Posted : 28/05/2007 14:38:23

Jeremy Clarkson helps raise funds for Chippy Lido

Jeremy Clarkson moved some "top gear" on Friday when he was auctioneer at Chipping Norton Town Hall to raise funds for Chipping Norton Lido.

"Thanks to Jeremy Clarkson we had another superb auction on Friday night at the Town Hall in Chipping Norton. Over 200 people attended to see him on top form wringing out every last Pound possible. None of this would have been possible, of course, without the donations from our generous sponsors or indeed the people who came along, bought tickets, raffle prizes and bid for lots.

The 99 lots made us a staggering total of £21,827 and with door money and raffle ticket sales we'll have made around £24,500. This will make a huge difference as this is the amount of the annual subsidy withdrawn from the pool three years ago.

As ever, thank you so much for your support we really do appreciate it."

Posted : 21/05/2007 02:20:03

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Team - April Update
A/PS Rosemary Dilsaver provides this month's update:

Chipping Norton
"As many will be aware, a ram raid took place at Corbetts Electrical in West Street in the early hours of Sunday morning, 25 March. Several expensive goods were removed before the raiders escaped and extensive enquiries are being made in efforts to trace the offenders. If you saw anything please contact us on 0845 8 505 505. Further updates will appear as information becomes available.

For the full April update, please click here


Posted : 10/04/2007 10:56:12

E-fit released following distraction burglary
Police have issued an E-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a distraction burglary in Walterbush Road, Chipping Norton, last Monday (26/3).

A man distracted an elderly woman by engaging in conversation with her in her garden at 3.45pm. It is believed that two other people entered the house and stole money from her purse which was in a handbag in the living room.

For the full story and to view the e-fit, visit the story on the Chipping Norton Forum section of the Oxfordshire Forum

Posted : 02/04/2007 15:04:37

Burglary - Chipping Norton
Police were called to West Street in Chipping Norton at 5.34am on Saturday (24th March) after reports of a burglary in progress.

A white Ford Escort drove into a shop and thieves stole various electrical items. The four offenders, all wearing balaclavas, are believed to have driven off in a blue car.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw these two vehicles together in the area is urged to contact officers at Witney CID via 0845 8 505 505.

If you don't want to speak to police and don't want to leave your name contact Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. To find out the opening times and location of your local station please call 0845 8 505 505

Posted : 26/03/2007 21:05:49

Fatal collision - Chipping Norton
Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was killed following a collision on the A361 Burford Road yesterday (12/3).

Shortly after 12.50pm, the blue Yamaha collided with a white Peugeot pick-up, at the A361 junction with the old London Road. The 41-year-old man riding the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene, while the van driver suffered minor injuries.

Anyone who saw the collision or either vehicle beforehand is asked to contact Sgt Bryan Smith at Bicester Roads Policing base, via 0845 8 505 505. If you don't wish to speak to police or leave your name, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 13/03/2007 17:20:19

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
A/PS Rosemary Dilsaver reports on February's update for Chipping Norton and surrounding areas.

"Following a prolonged period of antisocial behaviour and vandalism, several letters banning certain youths from The Westgate Centre have been delivered which has resulted in calm being restored to the shopping centre once more. The letters form part of a partnership approach to tackling the problem of antisocial behaviour and are firmly supported by the occupants of The Westgate, West Oxfordshire District Council and the police.

"We are, however, still suffering damage and antisocial behaviour in New Street car park. The youths are gathering and climbing on the roofs of the garage block, throwing stones, riding shopping trolleys and most recently an assault took place against a local resident. This is being investigated by the police.

"Several people have reported that their credit card details have been stolen. This is an international crime. The details are believed to have been obtained during a very short period of time in November (06) in the Chipping Norton area but are only now coming light. It is most understandable that people will be concerned about this, and the advice is: when you use your chip and pin number, always try to cover the number you input, never let your card out of your sight and if you have any concerns please contact your credit card company."

Charlbury (including Finstock, Spelsbury, Fawler)
"Ten crimes have been reported during February of a mixed variety including a burglary at the estate office in Cornbury Park. Underage drinking is being tackled and where found, alcohol has been confiscated. The speed humps have been removed from Nine Acres Road following parishioners' complaints of noise so we hope this doesn't encourage drivers to speed along the road again."

The Wychwoods (including Ascott, Shipton and Milton-under-Wychwood, Chadlington, Chilson, Sarsden, Kingham, Churchill, Salford)
"Four crimes have been reported in February, again of a mixed variety. Speed enforcement was carried out in Milton-under-Wychwood with a total of three drivers advised regarding their speed.

"Parking at The Wychwood School is still a major problem. Consider other road users; if you live near the school, please consider walking to school, rather than driving."

The Bartons (including Middle Barton, Sandford St. Martin, Ledwell, Over Worton, Nether Worton, Great Tew, Little Tew and Swerford)
"Concerns have been expressed about youths gathering in Mill Lane, Middle Barton, during the evening, especially between 9pm and 10.45pm. Lots of youths on mopeds racing around, cars hanging around, and debris has been found indicating possible drug use.

"Any information please telephone 0845 8 505 505 and ask for the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Team. Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Other News
"Finally, distraction burglaries have occurred across the Chipping Norton area. Please be aware of callers who claim to represent agencies such as the water board. Ask for identification and do not let people into your home until you are certain they are who they say they are. If in doubt ring the police."

Posted : 06/03/2007 22:10:31

Auto crime – West Oxfordshire
Police are appealing for information following three auto crime incidents in West Oxfordshire overnight (27/02).

Between 7.30pm – 9.30pm a 54 plate blue and silver pickup was stolen from Albion Street, Chipping Norton. The vehicle has distinctive black Celtic patterns on the front and rear wings.

PC Matt Gorman, investigating the incident, said: "There was shattered glass at the scene so it is possible there is a broken window on the vehicle. There were also skid marks at the location so it is likely this vehicle left at high speed."

Two cars were broken into near to the beauty spot of Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton between midday and 1.30pm. The passenger windows were smashed on each vehicle to remove property inside.

PC Gorman continued: "CDs, handbags and mobile phones are all tempting items and if you take them from your vehicle before you leave it you minimise the likelihood of your property becoming the target of opportunist thieves."

Motorists should remember to take the following simple steps to reduce their chances of becoming a victim:

* Remove all items of value from your vehicle when you park
* Lock doors and close windows
* Park in a safe place, which should be well-lit, preferably with CCTV
* Keep your keys safe at home

Anyone with information can contact PC Gorman at Witney police station via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you don't want to speak to police and don't want to leave your name, contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. To find out the opening times and location of your local station please call 0845 8 505 505

Posted : 01/03/2007 00:49:45

Play for only £1 at Chipping Norton leisure centre
People in West Oxfordshire are being offered an incentive to get active during the school half term - with a swim or play for £1 offer at the District's leisure centres.

Young people under the age of 16 will have the chance to swim for only £1 at Carterton Leisure Centre and the Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney during the week-long half term break, which starts on Monday, February 12.

At Chipping Norton Leisure Centre, everyone – regardless of age – will have the opportunity to play badminton, squash, tennis or table tennis for only £1 between 9am and 5pm during the week.

The discounts are being offered by Wycombe Leisure Ltd, which runs each of the centres on behalf of West Oxfordshire District Council.

Posted : 05/02/2007 21:41:27

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
A/PS Rosemary Dilsaver brings February's update for Chipping Norton: “The telephone number for all police stations is 0845 8 505 505. Ask for the Neighbourhood Team or if you know them ask for the officer by name and shoulder number,

Neighbourhood Officers:
Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver - Neighbourhood Manager
PC 1966 Dave Tustian - Co-ordinator
PC 6289 Sam Hunter - Chipping Norton
PC 4500Colin James - Charlbury
PC 3969 Gordon Monks - The Wychwoods
PC 5065 Alaina Boswell - The Bartons

Witnesses:
"If you witnessed any of the incidents reported in this newsletter or have any information about them, please contact your local Neighbourhood Officer, or any of the Team and pass it on. If you really feel anonymity is essential, ring Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111.

Chipping Norton:
"In recent months a number of complaints have been received concerning the parking of vehicles in contravention of double yellow lines and other prohibitions, particularly in Middle Row, New Street and Leys Approach. In answer to these complaints the officers and staff of Chipping Norton Police Station have endeavoured to enforce the relevant parking laws as robustly as operational commitments allow.

"While it may be acknowledged that the subject of parking can be a contentious issue, the level of verbal abuse and criticism directed at those officers and staff, has been vile and is unacceptable.

"If you park your motor vehicle where it should not be parked, please do not be surprised if you get a parking ticket. If you have a complaint concerning either the issuing of the ticket or the way you were dealt with, please do not remonstrate with the officer but contact the Neighbourhood Manager at Chipping Norton Police Station who will be more than pleased to discuss the matter with you.

"West Street has been the target in the last month with shop and house windows being smashed; steps are being taken to try and catch the culprits and any help will be appreciated.

"Public Youth Meeting: This was held on Tuesday 30 January at the Town Hall, in co-operation with the Town Council. Simon Towers, Paul Fisher and Becky Herrin attended from the Neighbourhood Action Group.

"A meeting was also held between the Town Council, Police, the Town Partnership, the Neighbourhood Action Group and the public. The meeting was well attended with good youth support. The youth who came took an active part providing useful information for all; on the question of youth shelters, the youths said they would not use these if they were provided, but they would use a half baseball court if one could be provided.

"The Cornish Road area has suffered from the anti-social behaviour of one resident. Do please inform the police about such residents so that they can be dealt with. If you suffer because of the behaviour of your neighbours then please: (a) keep a diary of problems and (b) contact the police or the West Oxfordshire District Council (Bill Butcher 01993 861638) who will give help and advice - often solving such problems is a slow process, there are no "quick fixes" but that doesn't mean things are not going to improve.

"There were seven reported incidents of criminal damage to houses and vehicles during January.

Charlbury:
"Once again under-age drinking is a problem. 108 empty bottles and cans were collected at Nine Acres recreation ground over just one weekend in January.

Finstock:
"Five cases of criminal damage were reported during the month, including damage to motor vehicle tyres. This is the second spate of such incidents. If you have any information to help solve the problems, please contact the police.

The Wychwoods:
"January saw reports of nine crimes, including theft of a motor vehicle. A distraction burglary took place in Shipton-under-Wychwood, and a burglary in Upper Milton.

"We do ask everyone to be very careful about opening doors to unexpected trades-people, people who claim to be looking for lost dogs, lost mobile phones etc. If you don't know the person, then DON'T LET THEM INTO YOUR HOUSE.

"Speed Enforcement and Parking Regulations will be enforced in the Wychwoods - don't say you haven't been warned.

The Bartons:
"Under-age drinking is also a problem here. Mostly around the Sports and Social Club – where there is a youth shelter. There were eight reported offences, including criminal damage to vehicles and other offences."

Posted : 05/02/2007 17:24:31

Go ahead for 'entente cordial' project
An exciting new project linking 20 young people from West Oxfordshire with 20 young people from France has been given the go-ahead.

The project will bring together Chipping Norton School with La Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture, a youth centre, in Breteuil, North Normandy, France.

The 40 young people will work and live together for 3 weeks during the summer holidays. During this time they will be learning and developing skills in performance, music technology and composition, filming and circus. Spending a week in both Breteuil and Chipping Norton they will learn to live and work together, from making meals to exploring the towns. They will also spend time in Brussels and at the Edinburgh Festival for which they will preplan their time via blogs and conferencing over the internet.

Their time together will be recorded with a video diary which will also reflect cultural differences seen through both English and French eyes. Upon their return they will make a short film that will document their experience. The English students will then return to France in November for a Film Festival, which will include their film.

As part of this project Chipping Norton School will be building two digital arts studios - one for recording music and one for film and photographic editing. Students will also undertake 20 hours of training in film, French language and music.

The project, costing just over £65,000 is being funded from the West Oxfordshire Network LEADER+ Programme, Defra, Chipping Norton School and money from European partners.

Ian Nolan, TE:AM Project Manager for Chipping Norton School, who created the project with French partners said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for both the students and the School here at Chipping Norton. We will be able to equip two studios with the latest equipment and technology that will be accessible to all students of the School. The project will involve upper school students, who will learn new skills on specialist equipment and then be able to pass this down to students in the lower school through peer teaching”

The TE:AM project, (Tour Europe: Arts and Music), took 18 months to develop from its original inception to its final approval by the West Oxfordshire Network Steering Group and the National Committee in France.

Posted : 02/02/2007 22:13:49

Criminal Damage - West Oxon
Police are appealing for witnesses after several vehicles were damaged in Finstock and Chipping Norton.

Overnight from 14 to 15 January three vehicle's tyres were slashed on Finstock High Street.

There were similar incidents in Hill Crescent, Finstock between 17 and 19 December and in William Bliss Avenue, Chipping Norton, between 17 and 18 December.

Local Police Area Commander Chief Insp Dennis Evernden said: "I am keen to ensure that as many people as possible in the Finstock neighbourhood are aware of the ongoing spate of vehicle tyre slashing that is occurring during the night.

"We have now received many reports of tyres having been damaged and two reports have told us of tyres blowing out on motorway trips due to damage believed to have been suffered while the vehicles were parked in Finstock.

"The potential danger that the offenders are putting people in is just mind boggling in its severity and I want to work with the public to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

"I have deployed several uniformed officers to Finstock this morning to do house-to-house enquiries and street engagement with the public for three purposes:

"Firstly to ensure that as many people are made aware of the dangers that someone is putting them in and checking their vehicles before they start their journey.

"Secondly to encourage people to park vehicles off the street and preferably in a garage if they have access to one.

"Thirdly to enable anyone with any information, however insignificant they may think it is, to give us that information so that we may deal with it appropriately."

If you have information then please contact police via 0845 8 505 505. If you do not wish to speak to police or give your name then you can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 16/01/2007 18:39:18

Threat to Post Offices
A motion was carried by West Oxfordshire District Council deploring the erosion of Post Office provision by the Government.

Letters are being sent to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP and Postwatch, the consumer watchdog. They are requesting that, as a matter of urgency, services are retained and reinstated to maintain the viability of post offices to provide vital services to urban and, most crucially, rural communities.

Cllr Jill Dunsmore and Cllr Hilary Biles brought the motion forward at the Council Meeting on Wednesday 10th January.

Following the meeting Cllr Jill Dunsmore said, "Many West Oxfordshire residents rely on the services provided by the post offices and we believe the Post Office network provides a vital service and closures can have a devastating impact for communities, especially in more rural areas.

Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member said, "West Oxfordshire District Council has always supported Post Offices through our rural rates relief scheme and by funding towards the Oxfordshire Village Shops Adviser. Sadly the government doesn't share our view."

Support was given to the motion by councillors across the chamber.

Posted : 16/01/2007 10:09:06

Dive online for a free swim in West Oxfordshire
Young people are being encouraged to make a splash and enter an online competition to win a free swim at any of West Oxfordshire District Council's leisure centres.

The Swim 100 Competition is being launched today, Monday 15th January, and is open to anyone up to the age of 16. All they have to do is visit the Council's website, www.westoxon.gov.uk, follow the homepage link and enter the competition by filling out an online form.

Entrants will have to complete three questions, answers to which can be found elsewhere on the website. Wycombe Leisure Ltd, which runs the District's leisure centres on behalf of the Council, will kindly give away free swims to the first 100 young people who correctly answer all three questions and submit their forms.

Cllr Tony Walker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism and responsible for young people’s issues, said: "The Council's leisure centres in Carterton, Chipping Norton and Witney have a great variety of facilities and swimming offers a fun way for children and young people to get fit and healthy.
"We hope as many young people as possible will take advantage of this incentive. I'd like to thank Wycombe Leisure Ltd on behalf of the Council for supporting this competition."

The Swim 100 Competition runs until 31st January 2007. Winners will be notified by email, along with details of how to claim their prize. Free swims must be taken within 28 days.

Posted : 15/01/2007 12:00:35

Vandals target Chipping Norton swimming pool
Police are appealing for information after vandals attacked the Chipping Norton swimming pool for a second time in as many months.

"Offenders struck at the swimming pool sometime over the festive period, pushing the cover into the pool causing damage once again," says PC David Tustian, Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Officer. "A similar incident occurred in December and these mindless acts of vandalism will not be tolerated. Anti-social behaviour is Chipping Norton's top priority to be tackled as recently identified by local residents. We are determined to catch the persons responsible on both occasions and I appeal to you to get in touch if you have any information."

Anyone with information is asked to either contact PC David Tustian on 0845 505 505 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 08/01/2007 16:55:45

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Team update - Jan
A/Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver provides January's update: "A very Happy New Year to all our readers.

"First of all some general information for you:

"The telephone number for all Police Stations is 0845 8 505 505 – if you don't know the extension required, state the officer's name and, if possible, shoulder number or speak to any of the Neighbourhood Team.

"Information - If you witnessed any of the crimes reported in this newsletter or have any information about any of them please contact either your local Neighbourhood Officer or any of the team who will pass it on.

"Crime reduction advice is available from Bill Butcher at West Oxfordshire District Council, Community Safety - telephone 01993 861638. Marking all property with a visible postcode is a major deterrent; the public are usually unwilling to buy something so obviously traceable.

"Parking in villages - Parents, please think where you park when dropping off or collecting your child/children from schools. Parked cars are a real problem at St Mary's in the Green on the London Road Chipping Norton, and in all those villages which have schools.

Chipping Norton

Please contact Neighbourhood Officer PC Dave Tustian (PC 1966)

"Sadly the Christmas period in Chipping Norton Town was marred by crime: four vehicles were damaged and one was broken into in William Bliss Avenue during the night of 17/18 December. On the 13 and 18 December vehicles parked outside the Leisure Centre were broken into and articles stolen. Once again we plead do not leave articles on display in parked vehicles – favourite targets are satellite navigation systems and handbags.

"Sheds at the Banbury Road Allotments and the William Fowler Allotments (behind the Sports Field and Leisure Centre) have been broken into and articles stolen.

"An orange racing motor cycle was stolen from a garage on 6 December at about 7.30am to 8am.

"Youths have started causing problems for residents around the New Street Car Park, Chipping Norton, by their anti-social behaviour.

Charlbury

"Please contact PC Colin James (PC 4500).

"St Mary's Church has again been targeted. Twelve windows were smashed on one occasion and several more on two further occasions. Damage has been caused to houses, property and vehicles in and around Charlbury.

"Alcohol continues to be a problem, especially in the Recreation Ground at Nine Acres. On New Year's Eve to discourage underage drinking, police confiscated a quantity of lagers from a male aged over 18. This practice will continue. Following last month's note, adults are reminded it is an offence to buy alcohol for use by those under the legal age, fixed penalties apply.

"Charlbury was the scene of a ram raid at 12.30am on 30 December when a small vehicle was driven into the Five-Ways Stores.

"Finstock - Between the 17 and 19 December tyres on seven vehicles in Hill Crescent were damaged or slashed.

The Wychwoods

Contact Neighbourhood Officer PC Gordon Monks (PC 3969).

"Patrols were increased to prevent anti-social behaviour and these will continue as far as resources allow.

"Trading Standards, West Oxfordshire Licensing Authority and the police worked together, visiting licensed premises to check alcohol was not being sold to the under-age. Only one outlet was in breach of regulations.

"Fifield - two burglaries, one theft from a motor vehicle and anti-social behaviour in the bus shelter were reported.

The Bartons

"Neighbourhood Officer PC Alaina Boswell (PC 5065)

"Criminal damage has been reported to vehicles and dwellings during December, around the Marshall lane and in the Worton Road.

"Youths have been causing a problem round the Sports and Social Club where litter and evidence of underage drinking continue particularly near the youth shelter.

"Several disturbances at the above location have required police attendance; the most recent incident involved local youths armed with golf clubs and hockey sticks in alleged self defence against youths from outside The Bartons."

Posted : 08/01/2007 11:59:03

Chipping Norton Town withdraw from Hellenic League
It has been reported today that Chipping Norton Town have withdrawn from the Sport Italia Hellenic League by Chairman Sean Robson.

The Chairman has said that the club doesn't have money problems, "it is purely a resource issue".

Manager Ian Ford has resigned.

The Chairman is also thought to have said that although the club have withdrawn, they have not folded, and will look to continue playing football next season.

Posted : 04/01/2007 23:03:48

Council seeks meeting to resolve hospital plans
West Oxfordshire District Council's Cabinet is supporting Cllr Hilary Biles' request for an urgent meeting because of significant concerns that a deadline set by Oxfordshire County Council will jeopardise future plans for the Chipping Norton Care Home and Primary Care Facility.

Oxfordshire County Council has stated its intention to withdraw from the Chipping Norton Care Home and Primary Care Facilities scheme if a number of financial issues cannot be resolved by 31st March 2007.

Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member for Health at West Oxfordshire District Council said: "The situation is extremely serious for the people of Chipping Norton and surrounding areas. If the deadline to sort out the VAT and impairment issues is not met, then Oxfordshire County Council will withdraw its support for this project. Personally I have been fighting on behalf of local people for health facilities in Chipping Norton since 2002. Closure of the care home will impact directly on hospital services and the proposed GP surgery. This can not be allowed to happen. Sixteen beds have already been lost in West Oxfordshire and we can not afford to lose any more."

David Cameron, MP, has also voiced his concerns and has written to all parties supporting such a meeting which he has offered to Chair.

Cllr Hilary Biles and Cath James, Strategic Director at West Oxfordshire District Council, have written to the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, the Chair and Chief Executive of the Oxfordshire PCT and the Chair and Chief Executive of the Strategic Health Authority asking them to support the proposed meeting. Because of the issues involved other agencies such as Revenues and Excise are also being asked to attend.

At the Cabinet meeting on 3rd January many local district councillors echoed their support for the meeting and commented that the hospital campaign has been going on for a long time and people have worked hard, despite all the ups and downs, to secure a new facility which might still be in jeopardy due to Treasury bureaucracy.

Posted : 03/01/2007 17:27:02

'Treecycle' service in Chipping Norton
A free chipping service is being organised by West Oxfordshire District Council to encourage residents to recycle their Christmas trees.

Chippings will be used locally to create environmentally-friendly biomass energy. All people need to do is take their real Christmas trees along and the rest will be done by professionals, for free. Last Christmas, the chipping service led to 10.5 tonnes of trees being recycled.

Chippers will be at New Street Car Park in Chipping Norton between 10am and 3pm on Sunday January 7th.

Chippers will also be at the following locations between 10am and 3pm on:

Saturday, January 6th
* Charlbury - Spendlove Centre
* Eynsham - Back Lane car park
* Woodstock - Hensington Road car park

Sunday, January 7th
* Carterton - Black Bourton Road car park
* Witney – Welch Way car park

Posted : 21/12/2006 10:43:58

Dreaming of a green Christmas in West Oxon...
You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but in West Oxfordshire people are being urged to think green when it comes to household waste - and be in with the chance of winning £50.

A massive three million tonnes of extra waste will be generated in Britain over the festive period as we consume five and a half million jars of mincemeat, 12 million jars of pickles and send up to a billion Christmas cards.

In a bid to minimise waste and increase recycling here, West Oxfordshire District Council is sending out an early Christmas present. A clear Christmas sack designed to hold one recyclable material only - paper or plastic or card - is being delivered to every household in the District. Residents also have the opportunity to enter a free prize draw, with lucky winners starting the New Year £50 better off.

To be entered into the free prize draw, residents need to pledge online to recycle all that they can in their black recycling box via the Council website, www.westoxon.gov.uk or by calling 01993 861020. Five lucky winners will each receive £50 - subject to a random spot-check of their waste bin and recycling boxes during January or February to ensure recycling is taking place.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "If all that extra three million tonnes of waste goes to landfill, useful resources and energy will be lost forever. That is why we are sending out this special Christmas message to all residents to think before they reach for the waste bin this year, and offering this £50 incentive to really make people think about what they can recycle."

"When your clear sack comes through your door, please remember to use it."

Householders can use the special Christmas sacks in addition to their black recycling boxes and are asked to leave them out at the same time as their recycling box collection during the week after New Year only.

Sacks will also be handed out, along with low-energy light bulbs and Waste Reduction Packs, at Christmas Waste Roadshows organised by the Council in conjunction with Witney-based energy advice centre TVEC, at:


The Woolgate Centre, Witney, on Thursday, December 14, 10am-2pm

The Co-op, Carterton, on Monday, December 18, 10am-2pm

The Guildhall, Chipping Norton, on Wednesday, December 20, 10am to midday (there will also be talks on energy saving and recycling at this event)

It is the first year that clear sacks are being sent to every household in the District. Last year, sacks were delivered to households in Chipping Norton and handed out at Waste Roadshows, and the amount of recycling collected in the District rose by 26 per cent in January 2006 (986.7 tonnes) compared to January 2005 (783.8 tonnes). That meant an extra 203 tonnes - equivalent to 17 waste collection trucks full of rubbish – was recycled, rather than sent to landfill.

Posted : 06/12/2006 12:55:47

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
The December update for Chipping Norton comes from A/PS Rosemary Dilsaver: "November has been another busy month for the Neighbourhood Team."


Chipping Norton

On 8 November we were able to mount a mobile phone and seatbelt operation in the Chipping Norton area utilising the Neighbourhood Teams from Chipping Norton and Carterton.

"The fact that so many Police Officers were involved in this operation has caused a stir within the community. However this was only possible because a training day had been cancelled but it went a long way to enforcing the road safety and law aspects of both offences which we all see flouted on a frequent basis.

"Parking! Another contentious subject. We respond to complaints from the public and we have had several complaints about the continued abuse of parking in Middle Row despite signs to the contrary, and Spring Street. Officers enforce the parking regulations as often as operational policing allows but as always we have been criticized by those who think that parking where they shouldn't is ok as long as there is no obstruction! The restrictions are there for a reason and while they are we will enforce them.

"A youth disco was held at the Town Hall on 17 November. Last year the Police provided assistance with a visual presence within the function. This was not possible this year due to operational commitments elsewhere, however passing attention was paid and a visit made to the event. No offences were reported that night which is a credit to the youths who attended and the organisers.

Charlbury
"Charlbury has recently benefited from the regular visit of one of our PCSOs who is getting to know her community and also enforcing parking regulations, a source of complaint from the Town Council.

"It is widely believed that some adults in Charlbury are buying alcohol and supplying it to under 18s; this is an offence under the Licensing Laws punishable by an £80 fixed penalty. It is also a source of fuel leading to unacceptable anti-social behaviour.

The Wychwoods
"Two Neighbourhood Team initiatives were held on the 17 and 24 November in The Wychwoods focusing on criminal damage in answer to complaints from the Parish Council. Although the weather was on our side no further incidents have been reported.

"Overnight on 11 November, five burglary non-dwellings occurred in Milton-under-Wychwood. Anyone with information please contact us via the numbers below.

The Bartons
"It's been a relatively quiet month for The Bartons apart from one minor anti-social behaviour complaint which was dealt with.

Crime Figures
"Crime in the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood (which includes surrounding villages) is 20% down on the corresponding month in 2005. A total of 81 crimes were reported this month which included 13 vehicle related, 12 shed burglaries and industrial units, five burglary dwellings including two distraction burglaries of elderly residents in Chipping Norton and Enstone, and 14 criminal damages."

Posted : 05/12/2006 16:08:00

Drivers in Chipping Norton targeted - road safety
Police officers in Chipping Norton put a cancelled training day to good use on Thursday 9th November by re-enforcing the road safety message to motorists.

Officers from the Carterton and Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Teams undertook spot checks looking for drivers using a mobile phone illegally or not wearing a seatbelt.

The checks were carried out on the A361 Burford Road, Horsefair/High Street and New Street in the morning before moving onto Churchill Road, Banbury Road and London Road in the afternoon. In total, seven drivers were stopped for not wearing a seatbelt and one was stopped for illegally using a mobile phone while driving. All those caught were given fixed penalties.

"The unusually high number of officers available yesterday due to the cancelled training session, meant we could utilize resources to reinforce the road safety message to drivers," explains Acting Sergeant Rosemary Dilsaver from the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Policing Team. "We received several positive comments from members of the public pleased to see high police visibility in Chipping Norton and the results we achieved proved that some drivers still aren't listening to the law concerning the use of seatbelts and mobile phones whilst driving."

Posted : 16/11/2006 15:27:36

Chipping Norton Town Hall Public Conveniences
West Oxfordshire District Council has agreed that the way forward to improving public conveniences in Chipping Norton is to refurbish the current facilities at the Town Hall site.

The new scheme will provide two direct access cubicles for ladies, one of which will be fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and a 'gents' cubicle compliant with DDA plus a separate urinal. Both ladies and gents will have baby change facilities.

The Town Hall site has been of concern for some time and a range of solutions were investigated to find an alternative location for the public conveniences, in the historic centre of this market town.

The conclusions are that the current location, properly configured and modernised, provides the most effective solution. Access to these facilities will be improved, providing additional lighting and improved pathways. The toilets will be designed so that the lobby areas will be of a size to discourage loitering. They will also be coin-operated, 10p per use, and as vandal proof as possible.

Councillor David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "We welcome the conclusion to this problem which has only been achieved through a good deal of hard work and ensuring that we have the best solution for the people of Chipping Norton and visitors to this area. The new facilities will be a credit to the District Council and I am sure that everyone will be pleased with the final outcome."

Refurbishing the Chipping Norton Town Hall public conveniences will cost £130,000 and is part of a major refurbishment programme across the district costing a total of £819,000. Work is expected to start early in the New Year.

Posted : 15/11/2006 16:27:47

Chipping Norton tackles anti-social behaviour
Chipping Norton is tackling anti-social behaviour head on by fitting the Mosquito, an ultra-sonic device, in the Westgate Shopping Centre to deter trouble-makers.

The Mosquito system generates a pulsed ultra-sonic tone at around 16Khtz, which is close to the limit of the hearing range of people under 25 years old. While the noise causes no physical pain or damage to the body, it does become extremely annoying after five to 10 minutes of exposure, resulting in youngsters leaving the vicinity of where the system is fitted.

The Mosquito will be installed in the main pedestrian area of the Westgate Centre following complaints from shop owners and nearby residents that groups are gathering and causing trouble. The system will only be turned on at specific times to target problem periods and the majority of people over 30 can only just hear the noise, if at all, due to natural age-related hearing loss. The high frequency also means the noise is unable to penetrate solid objects so won't be heard outside the premises.

“The system is already widely used by police and local authorities around the UK but this is the first time it will be installed in North Oxfordshire,” explains PC Simon Towers, Anti-Social Behaviour Manager for the West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership. “It has received great results elsewhere in the fight against anti-social behaviour so we are hopeful it will have the desired effect in tackling one of Chipping Norton's Neighbourhood top priorities.”

One of the businesses expected to benefit from the installation of the Mosquito Unit is the Co-op Supermarket. PR Manager for the Midcounties Co-operative, Adrian Barradell said: “We are aware that young people hanging about the entrance area to the shopping centre have, in the past, been off putting for our customers. We welcome the installation of the Mosquito Unit and hope it will reassure people, especially those visiting the store in the dark winter evenings. The key thing about the Mosquito is that it can be activated as and when it is required and it has been shown to be a useful tool in tacking anti-social behaviour.”

The Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Action Group held its annual review of priorities at the end of last month with a total of 320 members of the public being surveyed regarding their concerns about safety and quality of life. The results have been calculated and 'youths hanging around' remains one of the top three priorities for the Group to tackle over the next 12 months.

Posted : 09/11/2006 21:14:44

Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Management Update
A/Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver has November’s update: "The Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Action Group has just celebrated its first birthday and during the last month we have published (thanks to West Oxon district council (WODC)) our own newsletter explaining what we have achieved during the year.

"In the last two weeks 320 members of the public who live or work in our area were surveyed, asking them what their three major concerns were involving their safety and quality of life. We again held three public meetings where over 100 people attended and the same questions were asked of them.

"The total results have been calculated and the highest three priorities were:
* Speeding
* Lack of police visibility
* Youths hanging around

"These will now form the priorities for this year's Neighbourhood Action Group to look at and try to formulate ideas that can assist in solving some of these problems. It was pleasing that from these meetings five local people expressed an interest in joining the NAG, ready to assist last year’s group and most of whom have stated they will help again with the problems.

"The youth survey, 230 youngsters took part, is being analysed and we will be actioning their requests such as meetings with Councils, Schools, Police and the Youth service.

What else has been happening in the area with our partners? WODC and the Neighbourhood team carried out safety checks on local taxis, only minor problems were found which were quickly rectified.

"Youths are continuing to cause householders problems with damage to their property in Churchill Road, Hailey Avenue and Edward Stone Rise by throwing missiles at them from Back Lane, Chipping Norton. We are working closely with Cottsway and Sovereign Housing to try and stop this, if you know who's responsible please let your local officers know their names.


"It would appear that each area has a particular problem with youths. Charlbury has problems with Sturt Road, Sturt Close, Hughes Close and Nine Acres recreation ground with litter, under age drinking and damage. Milton-under-Wychwood has the same problem at the recreation ground in the High street. Middle Barton also has the same problem at the same location in Worton Road. Where are they getting the alcohol from ??? It's an £80 fixed penalty for supplying alcohol to someone under 18.

"HALLOWEEN was relatively quiet (only a few calls to the Police Enquiry Centre) so thank you to the parents if your children went out trick and treating responsibly.

"We have been asked by residents of the roads around Leys Approach and the Leys Cross to enforce the parking restrictions which we are now doing so please park legally. Also the pedestrian area in Middle Row, so again please do not park there.

"Some good news, four males have been charged with the robbery at the CO-OP and are now resting on remand in Birmingham prison awaiting to go on trial. With regards to crime trends, large number of cars are being stolen so if you hear/see anything unusual let us know please by phoning 0845 8505 505 or ringing the charity Crimestoppers.
Barns/sheds are also being broken into and tools are being stolen so be aware."

The Community Safety Partnership is made up of West Oxfordshire District Council, Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire County Council, Thames Valley Partnership, Thames Valley Magistrates Court Service, Thames Valley Probation Service, Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service, South West Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, Cherwell Valley Primary Care Trust, North East Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, Oxfordshire Race Equality Council, Oxfordshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Cottsway Housing Ltd

Posted : 03/11/2006 17:02:34

Yellow Pages recycling winner from Chipping Norton
One lucky householder from Chipping Norton has won £50 in West Oxfordshire District Council's summer
prize draw by recycling her old Yellow Pages directory in one of the designated recycling banks.

Mrs Maureen Robinson of Distons Lane, Chipping Norton, recycled her old Yellow Pages directory at the recycling bank in the New Street car park and it was randomly selected in the September draw.

"I wouldn't want to just throw away my old directory when it can be reused," said Mrs Robinson, who is 82 years old. She made a special effort to recycle her old Yellow Pages directory by putting it in her shopping trolley to help get it up the hill to the recycling banks in the New Street car park. She added, "It was a lovely surprise to receive £50 in the post."

Cllr David Harvey said, "This year's Yellow Pages recycling scheme has been a huge success with 14.34 tonnes of old Yellow Pages directories being diverted from landfill, almost double what we collected a year ago. All the
old directories collected will be recycled into newspapers and magazines."

The previous month's prize winner was Ms Shelagh Scott from Dancer’s Hill, Charlbury.

Posted : 19/10/2006 15:28:00

Police and Council target unfit taxis in Chippy
Thames Valley Police Roads Policing Department in conjunction with West Oxfordshire District Council Licensing Service conducted a joint operation to target unroadworthy licensed private hire and hackney carriage vehicles last Friday (13/10).

Between 7pm and 9pm officers targeted licensed vehicles operating in the Chipping Norton area. Vehicles were stopped for issues such as the age and appearance of the vehicle.

A/Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver, from Chipping Norton Police Station, said: "Taxis are an essential part of the public transport infrastructure and the public rightly expects them to be safe, properly licensed and well maintained. While most vehicles and operators abide by the law, there are some who do not and therefore tarnish the good reputation of the majority. These checks are one of the measures employed to support the law-abiding majority of taxi operators."

Several licensed vehicles were stopped and examined and all the vehicles passed a police road safety check. Those that were stopped were asked to produce their driving licence, MOT, and insurance within seven days if they were not in possession of them.

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Council's Licensing Committee, said: "This was very efficient and highly organised by the Council and Thames Valley Police. We take the health and safety of the public very seriously and expect all private hire and hackney vehicles to be maintained at the highest standards. This is just one of several methods by which we ensure that taxi operators give the best possible service to the residents of West Oxfordshire."

A/Sgt Dilsaver continued: "Future operations are already planned to target the minority of drivers that are failing to maintain the required high standards of such licensed vehicles. West Oxfordshire District Council has 145 licensed vehicles in the area."

Posted : 18/10/2006 15:29:35

Distraction burglary - Chipping Norton
Police are appealing for witnesses and warning residents in Chipping Norton to be on their guard following a distraction burglary yesterday (3rd October).

At 2.45pm two men went to the door of a property just off Cornish Road and told the elderly owners they were checking for water leaks in the area. The callers entered the house and one man showed them a pool of water in the kitchen, before asking them to run the taps and flush the toilet. Whilst this was taking place, the second man searched the house and took belongings from the bedroom. The men then left apologising and saying they would visit the neighbours to make further checks.

The first man who spoke to the owners is white, 5ft 8, aged 30-35, clean shaven, wearing jeans and a dark jumper. He has an English accent. The second man was 6ft, aged 30-35 and wearing jeans with a dark top.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505. Alternatively, if you don't want to talk to police or give your name, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
You can also give information to the police in person by visiting any police station. To find out the opening times and location of your local station please call 0845 8 505 505

Police would like to remind residents of the "STOP, CHAIN, CHECK!" message which urges people to:

* Stop and think before opening the door
* Use a door chain before opening the door
* Check for identification

And if you have any doubts do not let them in!

Posted : 04/10/2006 14:39:59

Chipping Norton neighbourhood management update
A/Sgt Rosemary Dilsaver gives the following update: "On Thursday 21 September, whosmybobby.co.uk, was launched by the Partnership of West Oxfordshire District Council and Thames Valley Police. The day was attended by our local MP David Cameron, Chairman of the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Action Group James Lewis, and Mr and Mrs Peter Blake of the local community. Mr Blake is an ex-Chief Inspector who retired from the Police in 1979 and who served at Chipping Norton in 1949. This site is available through the WODC website, and gives details of the beat officers responsible for any specific area.

"Early in October, the Neighbourhood Team will be undertaking Public Engagement Days. The first of these days will be on Saturday 14 October in Chipping Norton and Charlbury. The second will be on Monday 16 October, in The Wychwoods and The Bartons. Following the Engagement Days, we will be holding Open Meetings. The first of these will be on Monday 23 October at St. Mary's Church in Charlbury, the second will be on Wednesday 25 October at Chipping Norton School and the third will be in Shipton-under-Wychwood in the New Beaconsfield Hall. All meetings will begin at 7.30 p.m.

"The SID has been deployed once again in our area, specifically in Sandford St.Martin and Ascot-under-Wychwood with varying results.

"Following on from the above, new Speed Signs are being erected around Chipping Norton advising drivers they are in a speed check area. So, when driving around the Chipping Norton area, please watch your speed!

"Park Safe, Park Legal signs will soon be in evidence in an effort to educate people with regard to the way they park their vehicles. Target areas will be schools and anywhere where there is a sudden high volume of vehicles descending upon an area, thereby causing problems of obstruction etc.

"Early in September Emma's Feast was held in fields off London Road, Chipping Norton. The event was a success even though the weather was not very kind. The Police were in attendance, and hopefully, another event will be held next year.

"The Fair again took place in the centre of Chipping Norton and in the main went without incident, however, some reports of criminal damage were received after the fair had finished.

"Finally, the Chipping Norton neighbourhood Team welcomes the arrival of Danielle Hanton as the new Communications Officer at West Oxfordshire District Council for the Partnership. We look forward to working closely with her and she is the person to contact at WODC with reference to Neighbourhood Watch."

Posted : 03/10/2006 22:11:31

Neighbourhood Management Meetings- Chipping Norton
Residents in Chipping Norton and the surrounding communities are being encouraged to attend one of the public meetings during October to have their say on the important issues that need tackling in their local neighbourhoods.

Neighbourhood Management is based on three top priorities identified by local communities that need tackling in the area, whether it's anti-social behaviour, speeding or criminal damage. The initiative aims to encourage better communication between police, other agencies responsible for community safety such as West Oxfordshire District Council, and the communities they work with, so that issues are responded to which directly affect residents, therefore increasing reassurance and reducing disproportionate fear of crime.

Chief Inspector Dennis Evernden, Local Police Area Commander for West Oxfordshire, explains: "If you live in the area, I encourage you to come to one of the meetings during October so you can have a say in what police and partners will tackle in your community. You will also have the chance to meet and speak with your local Neighbourhood Police Team.

"I hope that there will be a lively contribution from all at the public meetings and at the end we will have the top three priorities that residents want to see tackled over the next 12 months. Hopefully, by all working together we can make people feel more safe, secure and involved with what happens in their local neighbourhood."

Improvements to the area already include road safety related initiatives to tackle speeding and engagement activities with young people to deal with anti-social behaviour.

The public meetings will be held on:


23rd October, 7.30pm – St Mary's Church, Charlbury

25th October, 7.30pm – Chipping Norton School, Burford Road, Chipping Norton

26th October, 7.30pm – New Beaconsfield Village Hall, Shipton-U-Wychwood


Following the meetings the Chipping Norton Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG), which includes representatives from the police, councils, businesses, education and, most importantly, the community, will agree how best to tackle the issues raised.

Posted : 29/09/2006 23:58:10

Council grant makes splash at Chipping Norton Lido
West Oxfordshire District Council has recommended that a grant of £3,374 be awarded to The Lido swimming pool in Chipping Norton.

The charity-run outdoor pool will use the Sport and Active Recreation Grant to help pay for a £9,640 project to rebuild its chlorination plant.


The Council's Cabinet supported a bid from Chipping Norton Lido Ltd, the charity which manages the pool, after hearing the work was necessary for health and safety reasons.

Cllr Tony Walker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said: "The charity has done extremely well in managing the pool and fundraising to keep it running, and we are very pleased to be able to contribute towards this vital project."

Graeme Williamson, Director of Chipping Norton Lido Ltd, said work on the plant will be carried out during the winter, in time for the pool's 2007 summer season. The charity is using fundraising money to pay for the rest of the project.

Mr Williamson said: "No major work has been carried out on the chlorination plant since the pool opened more than 30 years ago, so it is definitely time for an upgrade to ensure we can continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for people to swim.
"We are delighted to receive the Council's support – it will enable us to move forward with the project."

More than 17,000 swimmers used the pool, in Fox Close, during its 2006 season. The pool is now closed for the winter and will re-open in March or April.

Posted : 29/09/2006 23:03:45

Yellow Pages recycling winner
One lucky householder from Charlbury has won £50 in West Oxfordshire District Council's summer prize draw by recycling her Yellow Pages in one of the eight designated recycling banks this August. Ms Shelagh Scott of Dancer's Hill, Charlbury recycled her Yellow Pages at the recycling bank in the Spendlove Centre and it was randomly selected.

Householders still have time to recycle their Yellow Pages and could be the lucky winner of £50 in September. Here's a reminder of the locations of the banks:

Burford (Guildenford)

Carterton (Black Bourton Road)

Charlbury (Spendlove Centre)

Chipping Norton (New Street)

Eynsham (Back Lane)

Long Hanborough (Reily Close)

Witney (Welch Way)

Woodstock (Hensington Road)

All the old directories collected will be recycled into newspapers and magazines.

The old directories need to be collected separately and cannot be recycled through the normal weekly household recycling collections because of the special dyes used in the pages The Council has been given a grant by the Yellow Pages Directory Scheme to place special recycling banks around the district to make it easier for local residents to recycle their old Yellow Pages directory.
Contact the Council on 01993 861020 for further information or visit www.westoxon.gov.uk or www.yellgroup.com or call the Directory Recycling Helpline on 0800 671 444 (Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30).

Posted : 17/08/2006 12:48:13

Book banks in West Oxfordshire - Spread the word
Book banks, provided by the Salvation Army, are the latest addition at six of the recycling centres across West Oxfordshire. This means residents can recycle their books alongside textiles, shoes, plastics, cans, paper, cardboard and glass.

Good quality books are resold, whilst other books may be sent abroad to help education programmes.
Paperback books unsuitable for resale will be recycled into newsprint.

"These book banks extend the range of materials that can be taken to our recycling centres", said Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment. "Recycling books makes sense. It reduces the demand for new copies to be printed, books can be re-used and a charity is supported at the same time."

Books banks can be found at:
* Guildenford Road car park, Burford
* Co-op, Black Bourton Road, Carterton
* New Street car park, Chipping Norton
* Back Lane car park, Eynsham
* Sainsbury's, Witan Way, Witney
* Welch Way car park, Witney

Both paper and hard-backed books are accepted.

Posted : 09/08/2006 13:23:58

Support for Green Gym project
An environmental initiative that can also have significant health benefits is being supported by West Oxfordshire District Council.

Run by the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), the Green Gym Project offers communities
and individuals a range of regular outdoor activities. Meeting on a fortnightly basis these could include dry stone walling, clearing footpaths and woodland management. Strong links will be developed with the Wychwood Project.

Cllr Hilary Biles, Cabinet Member for Health said “Green gyms are being set up in many parts of the country. They are all about local people getting together and taking part in conservation projects that make a real difference to the environment. The sessions will be flexible and open to everyone and the aim is to ensure that all those taking part will benefit from healthy outdoor exercise.”

“I am confident there will be a good response to this new project in Chipping Norton as there is a big
commitment and responsibility from the people in the town to care for the environment”

The District Council has agreed to contribute £4,000 over a three year period (October 2006 to
December 2008) towards the funding of a part-time BTCV officer. The BTCV officer will lead the various sessions and ensure that those taking part complete a short warm-up and cool-down routine and do not over-exert themselves. Participant will also receive practical training on health and safety as well as learning specific skills relevant to the conservation projects.

Posted : 31/07/2006 22:47:41

Chipping Norton Town Partnership
Chipping Norton Town Partnership has appointed a Programme Manager to oversee the delivery of a range of key projects in the Town.

Catherine Chater, who has spent the last 3 years in a similar role in Carterton and has a wealth of experience managing projects and attracting funding, will be involved in projects that will help secure the future of Chipping Norton as a “Working Cotswold Town”.

Simon Duffy, Head Teacher at Chipping Norton School and Chairman of the Town Partnership said “I am delighted that Catherine will be joining us in September. There are some very important and exciting projects we are trying to get underway and her experience will make a real difference to our success.”

Town Partnership members Tony Walker of West Oxfordshire District Council and Hilary Biles of Oxfordshire County Council both commented Partnership will now be able to rapidly move forward with its proposals for the future of Chipping Norton and begin to address issues identified in Town Appraisal.

The Partnership initial projects include an Enterprise Centre to help new and growing businesses, the marketing of the town to businesses and tourists, developing a clear understanding of employment issues and needs, and the development of a Youth Forum.

Posted : 31/07/2006 22:45:34

New Chipping Norton jobs website
We have launched a new website called Chipping Norton Jobs.

Employers in Chipping Norton can currently advertise jobs FREE OF CHARGE and jobseekers looking for jobs in Chipping Norton can search the online database of jobs.

Chipping Norton Jobs will also list jobs in Oxfordshire. The site is part of the Jobs365 group of websites

Link
Chipping Norton Jobs


Posted : 31/07/2006 19:48:00

Yellow pages goes green again
Householders in West Oxfordshire are being urged by the District Council to recycle their old 2005/06 Yellow Pages directory when the new 2006/07 edition is delivered to their homes over the next few weeks.

And by writing their name and address on their old copy before placing it in one of the designated recycling banks, residents will be entered into a summer prize draw. One old Yellow Pages directory will be
randomly selected during August and September, with the lucky winners receiving £50 each.

The old directories need to be collected separately and cannot be recycled through the normal weekly household recycling collections. So the Council has been given a grant by the Yellow Pages Directory Scheme to place special recycling banks around the district to make it easier for local residents to recycle
their old Yellow Pages directory.

Householders are to look out for the recycling banks with bright Yellow Pages stickers on them at the following locations throughout August and September:

Burford (Guildenford)
Carterton (Black Bourton Road)
Charlbury (Spendlove Centre)
Chipping Norton (New Street)
Eynsham (Back Lane)
Long Hanborough (Reily Close)
Witney (Welch Way)
Woodstock (Hensington Road)

All the old directories collected will be recycled into newspapers and magazines.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: �Thanks to the support of Yellow Pages we
are delighted to be offering increased directory recycling opportunities to our residents. I encourage everyone to use these facilities over the next few weeks.�

Richard Duggleby, head of external relations at Yell, the publisher of Yellow Pages directories, said: �Directory recycling is a key business aim for us and we are delighted that the council and people of West
Oxfordshire are helping us improve our environmental performance.�

Posted : 24/07/2006 15:16:02

Chipping Norton pupils brave the heat for charity
Around 800 students from Chipping Campden School braved the heat in scorching weather to take part in a sponsored walk on Tuesday 18th July.

They were raising money for The Luke Jeffrey School which is being built in Lundi, near Freetown, Sierra Leone.

It is believed that initial building work at the school will cost around £12,000.

Posted : 21/07/2006 11:51:16

Easier access to Council services at the Guildhall
Councillors recently visited the Guildhall at Chipping Norton to see how better use is being made of the building, including full disabled access, following extensive refurbishment work.

A wider range of council services is now available as well as being a single point for enquiries. Council tax and other payments can be made by cheque or by using a credit/debit card and the full range of council leaflets and forms are stocked. Tourism literature is on display and there is a telephone line for visitors to
book accommodation.

The Guildhall, a listed building, was built around 1500 by the Guild of the Holy Trinity, which administered the market. The original building had an open arched ground floor with the Guild Chamber at first floor
level. During refurbishment work many historic features were uncovered and preserved including an
important historic vaulted roof space which had previously been concealed above a suspended ceiling.

Cllr Keith Stone, Chairman of West Oxfordshire District Council welcomed everyone saying, “The refurbishments provide a much pleasanter environment for all those using the Guildhall. It also enables us to provide a fuller service to everyone. It is good news too that this wonderful old building has been fully restored to its former glory.”

The Guildhall has served as an area office for West Oxfordshire District Council since 1974 and prior to that Chipping Norton Borough Council.

Posted : 19/07/2006 23:59:05

Chipping Norton comes fifth in survey of top shops
Chipping Norton was voted into fifth place by Mystery Shoppers assessing how easy it was to park, have lunch, use public toilets, buses and taxis as well as the choice of shops in a survey of ten towns in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. The particular mix of towns was chosem because they have a high concentration of independent shops, rather than chain stores.

Thame was the best small town in Oxfordshire the report has revealed, with Chesham in Buckinghamshire winning top spot.

Posted : 17/07/2006 09:21:20

House damaged by firebombs
Police in the Cotswolds are appealing for witnesses after unknown offenders threw a homemade firebomb at a property in Bledington, near Chipping Norton, over the weekend.

Between 11.45pm on Friday June 9 and 8.45am on Saturday June 10 two glass bottles believed to have contained some form of flammable liquid were thrown at an address in Old Forge Close.

The bottles struck a ground floor window smashing the glass and briefly setting fire to the window frame.

No one was injured during the attack.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire police on 0845 090 1234, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 195 of June 10.

Posted : 12/06/2006 14:47:58

Green Waste Winners!
Two lucky neighbours have won an energy-efficient kitchen appliance each as part of the West Oxfordshire District Council's
Green Waste Prize Draw. Their prizes have been kindly sponsored by the Council's partners in the scheme – Cleanaway, our contractors, and Agrivert, a commercial composting facility in the District.

The new Green Waste Scheme collects from outside residents' properties fortnightly. Garden prunings, grass cuttings and leaves are amongst the garden waste taken to Agrivert's site at Showell Farm near Chipping Norton for composting. They compost 15,000 tonnes of green waste each year, producing 7,000 tonnes of compost.

One of the winners, Mr Thorne from Woodstock, has bought an energy-efficient refrigerator. He is very
pleased with the new green waste collection and said, “It's an excellent scheme – with such regular collections, it's really good value for money. It saves us a fortune in petrol taking our green waste to Dean Pit. We're very pleased.”

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said “There is huge enthusiasm for this new service from those who have already signed up. Householders are enjoying the convenience of home collections as well as knowing that they are helping to turn green waste into a useful product that benefits
the environment.”

Four runners-up will also receive up to a tonne of compost each to help their gardens get off to a healthy start this year.

It is not too late to join the green waste scheme. To find out more please call 01993 86 11 12 to receive an information pack

Posted : 20/05/2006 13:57:34

Council leading the way for local businesses
A Business Support Fair is being held in Chipping Norton Town Hall from 5pm on June 6th to showcase the vast amount of help available, both locally and nationally, to small businesses in the area. Attendees will benefit from free business advice on a whole range of issues.

Cllr Tony Walker, Cabinet Member for Economic Development ran his own business for many years and is very aware that good advice can mean real money to a business. He says: “The Council is really committed to supporting local business. This event is an excellent opportunity for the many businesses in the District that may not have the internal resources of larger organisations to gain expert professional advice.
Innovative ideas on display will be of interest to all companies, large and small as well as those people
thinking about starting a business in the future.”

William Barton, Business Development Officer at the Council says: “While businesses are generally doing very well in the area, there is a wealth of advice, information and in some cases funding available to help
them stay at the top of their game. The bulk of this is free. The Business Support Fair is an ideal opportunity for people to come along and meet the exhibitors and see what is useful and relevant to them. Whether it is help on general business planning, looking for finance, making better use of broadband and IT technologies, cutting energy bills, preparing to export products or doing business overseas, there will be an expert on hand to help.”

The Business Support Fair in Chipping Norton runs from 5pm – 8pm on Tuesday 6th June 2006

Posted : 20/05/2006 13:50:41

Morris Photographic moves to Chipping Norton
We are pleased to announce that Morris Photographic is moving to new purpose designed premises in Chipping Norton. Our new unit will give us over 2000 sq feet of storage, office and display space, allowing us to expand the range of goods that we stock. There is plenty of free parking.

Our shop in Oxford closed on Saturday April 22nd and mail order commenced at the new premises in Chipping Norton on April 19th. The address for the new unit is:

Morris Photographic Centre
Unit 9 Worcester Road Industrial Estate
Worcester Road
Chipping Norton
Oxfordshire
OX7 5XW

Tel: 0845 430 2030
Fax: 01608 644555

In order to ensure that the new showroom is well laid out and finished to a high standard we will not be opening the new showroom until 1st June. We will however continue to offer free next working day delivery for all orders over £25 subject to availability.

Posted : 15/05/2006 13:04:21

Free swimming at Chipping Norton Lido for OAPs
Retirement home builders McCarthy and Stone have spent £2,000 to allow older people to swim free in Chipping Norton Lido.

The sessions, which take place every Wednesday between 10:30am and 12:00pm, are open to anyone aged 60 and over.

Posted : 13/05/2006 10:27:34

Man killed and boy hurt in Chipping Norton Crash
A 19-year-old man has died and a teenager is in a serious condition in hospital after a crash on an unclassified road near Kingham School, Chipping Norton, on Sunday night.

It is reported that the driver of a blue Renault Clio, which collided with another car, died at Horton General Hospital, Banbury, on Monday 1st May and a 16-year-old boy, who was a passenger, was also taken to hospital with serious injuries. Two teenagers who were also in the car suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the other car involved, a Daihatsu estate, is not believed to have been injured.

Posted : 01/05/2006 22:37:42

Boost for Chipping Norton
Chipping Norton Town Partnership has received a major boost with a grant from the District Council towards employing a Project Manager. The Project Manager will be employed to help implement projects arising from the Chipping Norton Town Appraisal and subsequent work in the town.

A full appraisal of Chipping Norton in 2003 showed that the overwhelming desire in the town was for it to remain a “working Cotswold town”. The Town Partnership was established to take forward the issues raised in the Appraisal and it is made up of a range of organisations with a shared commitment to
supporting Chipping Norton. These include the Town, District and County councils, Chipping Norton School, the Guild of Commerce, The Theatre, the Ace Centre and the Rotary Club.

“The Partnership has made a start addressing some of the important issues in Chipping Norton, including the provision of longer term jobs in the town and the coordination of activities for young people”, said William Barton, Business Development Officer. “However, there is still much to do and a dedicated Project Manager will help the whole programme to gather momentum. Our support of a similar initiative in Carterton has proved extremely successful and we are keen to replicate that success in Chipping
Norton”

The District Council's Cabinet has resolved to support the Partnership with a grant of up to £7,000 per annum for the next two years. The remaining money is being raised locally including contributions from the Town Council and the Guild of Commerce.

Posted : 13/04/2006 17:51:19

Chipping Norton Lido opens on April 29th
The Chipping Norton Lido will open on 29th April for the 2006 season.

The open air swimming pool featured in BBC2's Top Gear programme last year when motoring journalist and Top Gear front man Jeremy Clarkson (who lives near Chipping Norton) reopened the pool after renovation work.

Season tickets are available from the Bookshop in West Street.

In 2006 aqua aerobics and triathlon training will be available as well as the usual programme of swimming sessions and lessons

Posted : 28/03/2006 22:33:00

Funding for Citizens Advice Bureau
The West Oxfordshire District Council is proposing to grant £91,000 to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) so it can continue providing an information and advice service in West Oxfordshire. This money is for the core work of the CAB operating from their offices in Chipping Norton and Witney.

Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Mary Neale said, "The Citizens Advice Bureau provides an excellent service helping people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and
advice."

An additional £52,000 has been approved by the Council for two specific projects. The Rural Advice Project is a home visiting service for the sick, elderly, disabled and people with transport difficulties. The
Partnership Project enables the bureau to provide essential training, administration and supervision to support the core service.

Barbara Shaw, Manger of West Oxfordshire CAB said, "We are very grateful for the continued vital support of the District Council. With their support we were able to give advice on over 19,000 issues last year and to help residents of West Oxfordshire who are vulnerable, sick or disabled claim an additional
£1,000,000 of benefits".

The West Oxfordshire CAB is a charity. It is dependant on grants and fundraising to cover its costs. It
delivers free, confidential impartial advice to everyone through its workforce of professionally trained volunteer advisers. There are two offices in the District at 33a High Street, Witney and at 31 High Street, Chipping Norton. The CAB also runs a series of additional projects which enable the residents of West
Oxfordshire to access help and support in the community as well as providing specialist advice on issues such as housing, homelessness and debt.

Posted : 06/03/2006 15:54:04

Westminster Abbey tribute to Ronnie Barker
A memorial service has taken place at London's Westminster Abbey in remembrance of comedian Ronnie Barker who died in Oxtober 2005.

Barker was a well known face around Chipping Norton, he retired to the hamlet of Dean, just outside Chipping Norton.

Stars such as Sir David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Lynda Barron were among 2,000 people paying tribute to the comedy legend.

Ronnie Corbett, Barker's comedy partner, delivered the eulogy. Comic Peter Kay also gave readings at the service.

Ronnie Barket once ran an antiques shop in Chipping Norton and was a regular at the Crown and Cushion in Chippy.

Posted : 03/03/2006 19:01:04

Chipping Norton council tax bill for 2006/07
The average band D property in Chipping Norton will attract a council tax bill of £1261.37 for the 2006/07 council tax year.

A similar property in Witney will be subject to a bill of £1293.76

Posted : 01/03/2006 11:18:01

First Freshers’ Fair in Chipping Norton
Young people in Chipping Norton are invited to come along to the first Freshers’ Fair, which will
take place at the Chipping Norton Leisure Centre on Friday 3rd of February, starting at 4pm.

Anyone aged between 10 and 17 will be able to enjoy a variety of activities such as the climbing wall, skate park, swimming or sports taster sessions. The Fair is free and refreshments will be provided. For those living in the surrounding villages there is also free late transport.

Cllr Hilary Biles from the Town Centre Partnership and Cabinet Member at West Oxfordshire District Council said “The Freshers’ Fair is a great opportunity for young people to find out what is going on locally. I hope a lot of people come along and tell us more about what they are interested in doing. “

The Freshers’ Fair is organised by Chipping Norton Town Partnership, which is a group of
organisations including the local councils working together on projects that benefit the town.
For further information or to book late transport contact Cllr Hilary Biles on 01993 831822 or
Rob Evans on 01608 643800.

Posted : 01/02/2006 16:39:12

£10,000 reward to catch Chipping Norton raiders
A £10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the armed raiders who held up the Co-op store in Chipping Norton after ambushing staff arriving for work early on Monday 23rd January and holiding them hostage.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Inspector Murphy at Banbury on 08458 505505

Posted : 01/02/2006 15:58:58

Fresh appeal following Chipping Norton armed raid
Police believe that the robbers who tied up 13 people and held them hostage during a raid on the Co-op store in Chipping Norton in the early hours of Monday 23rd January 2006 may have been seen studying its layout in the days beforehand and detectives have renewed their appeal for information after the robbery reports the BBC.

The four theives pushed their way into the store when a number of cleaners were let in by the manager at about 5am on Monday and a total of 12 people - three men and nine women - were taken hostage during the following 90 minutes. The 13th hostage had the keys to the safe which she was made to open and cash was taken. It is thought that around £30,000 was taken as the store would have held the takings for Frida, Saturday and Sunday.

Detectives are appealing for any witnesses who saw two high powered motorbikes, each carrying two people, leaving the area of the raid in Chipping Norton to come forward.

Contact the police on 08458 505505 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

Posted : 25/01/2006 11:53:28

Armed robbery in Chipping Norton
The BBC have reported that four men, one with a sawn-off shotgun, raided the Co-op supermarket in Chipping Norton and held 13 members of staff hostage.

The balaclava-clad men were waiting at the Co-op store in Chipping Norton and took their first victim hostage at about 5am on Monday 23rd January.

The robbers hid as nine female and five male staff members arrived and tied them up and held them at gunpoint.

The reports says that the thieves cash from a safe after forcing a female member of staff to unlock it.

The robbers fled on motorbikes before 0700 GMT.

Police wish to speak to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious before raid, or anyone who saw the bikes been driven away at speed towards Banbury.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said, "They were tied up so they were only able to contact police when one of them managed to get free"

We believe that one of the staff, a man in his 40s, suffered a minor head injury and was taken to the Horton General Hospital in Banbury for treatment.

Posted : 23/01/2006 16:07:10

Award for local pub
Rebecca Ridgway of the Red Lion, Chipping Norton, has won a "Most Improved" award in a recent award ceremony.
Posted : 04/01/2006 16:43:32

Christmas sacks issued to encourage more recycling
Clear plastic sacks are being provided by West Oxfordshire District Council in a bid to encourage residents to recycle more this Christmas.
Each household in Chipping Norton and Finstock will receive a plastic sack as a trial to improve recycling rates in these areas. Plastic sacks can also be picked up by all residents from council offices and from the Town Centre Shop in Witney.

The plastic sacks will be picked up during the first collection following Christmas, which is week beginning 2nd January. Normally excess waste is not collected, only waste contained in the wheeled bin and recycling boxes.

Posted : 15/12/2005 13:41:16

David Cameron has good first day as Tory leader
David Cameron, MP for Witney, had a good first day as the Conservative party leader yesterday (Wed 7th Dec). At Prime Minister's Questions he looked confident and not at all nervous. In fact, he came out fighting and accused Hilary Armstrong, Labour's Chief Whip of 'shouting like a child'

Cameron became the 26th leader of the Conservative party when he beat rival David Davis on Tuesday 7th December. He won 134,446 votes compared with the 64,398 won by David Davis.

Links :
Witney web site
David Cameron profile

Posted : 08/12/2005 14:45:06

Curator of Chipping Norton Museum dies
Dermot Morris, curator of Chipping Norton Museum of Local History, has died at the age of 76.

Mr Morris became the curator of the museum in 2001

Posted : 30/11/2005 15:46:02

Roman coin on show in London musuem
A Roman coin which was found by Chipping Norton metal-detectors had a day trip to London's Museum of London.
The coin, which usually resides at the Ashmolean in Oxford has on it the head of Domitian II, a little-known Roman Emperor and proves the existence of the emperor who had previously been thought a fraud.

The coin was part of a larger find on farmland near Chalgrove

Posted : 30/11/2005 15:39:44

Actor to switch on Chipping Norton lights
The Actor John Nettles, famous for his roles as Jersey detective Bergerac and DCI Barnaby in Midsomer Murders is to switch on the Christmas lights in Chipping Norton this year.
The ceremony will take place on December 3rd

Posted : 22/11/2005 19:26:55

New contemporary art centre for Chipping Norton?
The Telegraph has reported that Tom Astor, great grandson of the second Viscount Astor, is to build an international centre for contemporary art in Chipping Norton.
The paper reports that Mr Astor is working to convert eight barns on the family farm into a centre to show art exhibitions and hold music and poetry events.
Mr Astor say that it will be called Merriscourt and hopes that it will be open by summer 2006

Posted : 25/10/2005 12:18:35

Chipping Norton man sells Camilla painting on eBay
An oil painting by Camilla Parker-Bowles, depicting two dead pigeons and a lemon, has been sold on eBay reports The Mirror.
The owner, Nick Peto from Chipping Norton, was hoping to sell it for £10,000 on eBay but the winning bid was only £720.
Mr Peto is reported to have swapped the painting for a cashmere jumper when the he met Camilla in 1995

Posted : 24/10/2005 11:07:35

Ronnie Barker funeral
Ronnie Barker has been cremated at a funeral attended by family members, including his wife Joy, daughter Charlotte and son Larry, and close friends at the private ceremony in Oxfordshire today.
The funeral was held at Banbury Crematorium in Oxfordshire

Posted : 13/10/2005 18:38:58

Chipping Norton shop owners to open second shop
The owners of The Bookshop in Chipping Norton are to open a secon shop right next door.
The shop, names Josephine Jaffe will stock housewares and accessories and will open in West Street on Friday

Posted : 12/10/2005 17:09:09

Ronnie Corbett pays tribute to his late friend
Ronnie Corbett has paid tribute to Ronnie Barker saying his late partner was "pure gold in triplicate - as a performer, a writer and a friend"


Posted : 05/10/2005 14:04:23

Ronnie Barker dies aged 76
Tributes have been pouring in for the comic actor Ronnie Barker, who died on Monday 3rd October aged 76. Mr Barker lived just outside Chipping Norton
Posted : 05/10/2005 12:11:51