Clean (and green!) at New St Car Park!

Have you caught up with the current November Chippy News – still on sale in town? New St car park looks set for a clean up as WODC wants closure of the much used but abused ‘Recycling’ site. Our councillors want better options, but WODC say ‘use your kerbside recycling service – it does the same’. Instead – there’s more parking planned there for the town centre – as well as Electric Car charging points. So is Chippy ready for the Electric Car? See this month’s feature.

All in November’s Chippy News on sale now
Banbury recharging site – New St next in 2021

More on both these stories in December’s Chippy News – out next week and still only 50p

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Over Norton Advent Trail

Why not take a quiet (socially distanced!) stroll around nearby Over Norton where their Advent window trail is back this year – a fun, free, festive activity for the children. Sarah Jarman posted this year’s map and trail to print out and tick off.

There are some bonus windows to find this year which are not on the map, see how many you can find!

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Xmas Trees now up on 6 December

Because of Covid restrictions, Chipping Norton Town Council are delaying for 1 week the erection of the traditional town centre Christmas trees. They will now go up (subject to no more changes) on Sunday 6 December. Pat Lake, who helps organised this, will be finalising details with the Guildhall – but still needs volunteers to help fix the lights on – on the ground and possibly outside – before contractors erect them.

Volunteers are likely to be needed from 9am on the Sunday for just over 2 hours. Similar help will be needed to take down lights on Sunday 10 January from 9am. For final details or questions please contact the Town Clerk’s office.

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Update on Remembrance plans

With the latest Covid restrictions, on Sunday 8 November, Chipping Norton will now have a simple Act of Remembrance behind closed doors at St Mary’s Church. The Act will be live streamed on a link here on St Mary’s YouTube channel. The church will re-open at 1130 and Legion members and their Standard will be on hand to receive wreaths to lay on the War Memorial. To lay a wreath please contact

On Wednesday 11 November, the Armistice Day service at the Town War Memorial will start at 1040. Please observe social distancing rules if you are coming along. To lay a wreath after the Act of Remembrance contact, Afterwards, Legion members will walk to the Town Cemetery to lay crosses on Commonwealth War Graves.

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November Chippy News – Hope & Cheer!

It’s Lockdown again! But also time to buy the latest bumper 36 page Chipping Norton News for some ‘Hope and Cheer’. Put the slippers on, get warm in front of the fire, and catch up on all the local stories:  lifeline for The Theatre, HGV ban saga, Tea Set expansion, Russian Spy tales, Walterbush Road bus stop update…but not yet world peace. Also Arts, Sports, Clubs, Schools and your letters.

Chippy’s Christmas is coming!

There are tips for coping with a Covid Chippy winter and hopeful plans for Chippy Christmas fun. So keep your fingers crossed. With November’s lockdown, watch out for online updates (here and on facebook) on changes to Remembrance, Theatre shows, and Xmas plans.

Buy your News, still only 50p, during Lockdown month at Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Coop supermarket, Post Office, Coop Pharmacy, Costcutter, Esso Londis garage, Gill & Co., Caffe Nero, Cotswold Newsagents, West St News, Old Mill Bistro, Jaffé & Neale Bookshop, Roger’s Fish and Deli, CN Health Centre, CN Hospital. Other outlets may reopen in December.

Thanks to everyone for some great input this month – and to all our readers. The News Team is working right now on the ‘Xmas in Chippy’ edition! Deadline is 13 November. All contributions welcome. Email

The Chipping Norton News Team volunteers

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100 Years of Chippy Babes

Were you one of these Chippy babes – snapped 10 years back? This month October’s Chipping Norton News has this picture in a feature celebrating 100 years since the opening of the old War Memorial Hospital. Pick up a 50p copy in one of our boxes round town

There’s lots more in the News this month on a cinema plan at Harpers, that Russian spy in Rollright, plans to get Chippy cycling and Covid hotspot alerts.

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Town Council meeting 19 October

Chipping Norton Town Council holds its next full Council Meeting on Monday 19 October starting at 7.15. This meeting will be held remotely, online. Local residents can observe the meeting virtually – please contact the Deputy Town Clerk at for the Zoom link by 12 noon on Monday.

The Agenda (which can be found on the Town Council website – click here ) includes items on HGVs in Chipping Norton, the potential bus stop replacement in Walterbush Road, reopening the Town Hall, plans for Remembrance Day and Christmas celebrations, an update on the East Chipping Norton plans, and proposals for restructuring the Town Council committees.

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October Chippy News out now!

It’s time to pick up the next 36-page edition of the Chipping Norton News  – out in all our main ‘boxes’ around town – and it’s still only 50p. There’s a lot to catch up on.

  • Chippy joins the cycling boom – why not join in?
  • Town on Covid hotspot alert
  • Plans for new cinemas at Harpers
  • Rollright’s Russian spy – did you know her?
  • 100 Hospital years and pictures of over 100 Chippy Babes!

Plus: Escape to the Country sees Chippy grand houses for sale; time to spruce up our facing street signs; 14 pages of local news plus great updates for Arts, Sports, Clubs, Schools and lots of your letters.

Thanks to everyone who has helped or sent in contributions. It’s ‘by the community for the community’. So, dig out 50p from the jar on the mantlepiece and call into Town to buy your copy – and maybe one for a friend still shielding at home. You can also ask your newsagent to deliver or pay us £20 for a year’s subscription and get your News through the post. Deadline for next issue is 16 October. Email

You can buy the News this month from: Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Coop supermarket, Post Office, Coop Pharmacy, Costcutter, Esso Londis garage, Gill & Co., Café Nero, Cotswold Newsagents, West St News, Old Mill Bistro, Jaffé & Neale Bookshop, Roger’s Fish and Deli, CN Health Centre, CN Hospital, Bartholomew’s, Hidden Beauty, The Chequers, Café de la Post (Chadlington). Other outlets may reopen soon. Many thanks to them all.

From the Chipping Norton News Team volunteers

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Electric charge points for Chippy car parks?

Oxfordshire County Council wants to install electric vehicle charging points in public car parks in 2021 through the Park & Charge project.

A survey is asking residents and businesses for their views to ensure Park & Charge is a success. See it here:

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Did you get your Chippy News?

The News is back on the streets! Last month, the Chippy News team managed a full ‘normal’ September issue on sale in our 20+ honesty boxes. Thanks to all contributors and loyal readers – we sold out the 1600 copies we printed!

October’s issue is out next week – on Monday 5th We’re printing 1700 and hope everyone can find the 50p pieces from those hidden coin jars. There’s lots of news in it next month:

  • 100 year anniversary of Hospital – over 100 ‘Chippy Babes’ pictured!
  • Cinema plans at Harpers
  • Tales of Rollright’s Russian Spy

Can’t get out to buy a copy? If you have your newspapers delivered from either Cotswold or West St Newsagents, ask and they will kindly include your monthly Chippy News, charge 50p on the bill, and pop the money to us in our boxes. Many thanks to them. You can also subscribe for £20 per year and have your Chippy News posted to you. See contacts below.

Come and help out?  The News Club started in 1976, after a Town Hall meeting, to provide information by and for the community. It’s run entirely by volunteers but relies on scores of you for our stories. To send something, or to help write stories, edit, do desk top publishing, top up boxes, or just meet a friendly team (including by Zoom!) then call Jill on 01608 643219 or email

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