April’s Chippy News out now!

After many last minute frantic changes, the new full edition of the Chipping Norton News is now out on sale – with all the regular local news sections and features.

Inside there is also a copy of the Covid-19 Special two-page bulletin which was distributed free door to door – thanks to St Mary’s Church and their volunteers.

Please note that (as of today!) you can buy the News from:

Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Coop supermarket, Post Office, Coop Pharmacy, Costcutter, Esso Londis garage, Oats, Roger’s Fish and Deli, Health Centre, Hospital, St Mary’s Church porch, Highlands and Café de la Post (Chadlington).

Many thanks to them all.

Chippy News in lockdown

Chippy News April 2020 Front page

Sadly, this will be the last printed News for at least three months – Government restrictions on movement and the health & safety of the Team and the public mean that we are unable to get out and about to perform all the tasks necessary to produce each edition.

We hope to keep everyone informed about what’s going on in Chippy by increasing our online presence.

Very best wishes to you all from The Chipping Norton News Team!

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Covid-19 Update: local food supplies and support

We’re indebted to Rupert Parsons of the Chipping Norton & villages Covid 19 community help and support 💚 Facebook group. He has supplied us with a list of local shops, takeaways, businesses and support organisations who can help get food and other supplies to those who need them.

The list is here and you can follow the group on Facebook to stay up-to-date. Stay safe and stay indoors!

Chipping Norton News Team


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Time to Take Care!

Chipping Norton News Covid-19 Update, 26th March 2020

For the latest news see the Covid-19 Local News Bulletin. You can download this as a PDF here – but it will also be distributed to all homes in the area (see below).

While the Government leads on protecting us and our way of life – all advice starts at www.gov.uk –  we as individuals must focus on their own health and behaviour.

But as a community we must work together for the best.

Chipping Norton Mayor Don Davidson stressed the importance of following latest government advice – including social distancing and self-isolation. But he also asks everyone to look out for others in their street who need help saying “this is the time for us to pull together to help our families, neighbours and friends. Let’s show our community spirit”.

Events are moving rapidly. To help:

  1. The Chippy News, with help from St Mary’s Church, Town Councillors and others, is today (26 March) distributing a special free two-page leaflet – Covid-19 Local News Bulletin – to homes in Chippy and local villages. It has links for the latest national guidance but also more on local contacts, action and support groups.
  2. Chipping Norton Town Council has website, facebook and twitter information – see Covid-19 town information. A task group of councillors (contact Cllr Sandra Coleman) is helping with coordination and communication. Councillor and Town Clerk contacts are on the Council website.
  3. The full printed April edition of Chipping Norton News, with the Covid-19 Bulletin, will be on sale on Monday 30 March in a limited number of outlets: Sainsbury’s, the Coop and Post Office, Aldi, Costcutter, West St Newsagents, Cotswold Newsagents, Spar Garage and the Health Centre.

Chippy News Suspension

The full printed edition of the Chipping Norton News will be suspended for at least 3 months. Updates will continue on www.chippynews.org and hopefully there’ll be more free leaflet bulletins.

Please don’t feel you are alone. We are all in this together.

Chipping Norton News Team.

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Sunday’s Cotswold Birth Centre event cancelled

On page 9 of the current edition we featured an invitation from the Cotswold Birth Centre at Chipping Norton Hospital. The idea was for all families with connections to the Centre to visit on 15th March, from 1pm to 4pm, to celebrate International Year of the Midwife.

Unfortunately the event, like many others, has now been cancelled to control the spread of the Corona virus.

Please tell anyone you know who was thinking of attending.

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That’s your lot!

WTheatre auction Friday 13th March 2020 6.30pmord has reached us that The Theatre’s charity auction is definitely still happening tonight (Friday 13th). Doors open at 6.30pm and full details are on page 14 of your current copy of the News.

Lots to be won include holidays, workshops, show tickets, experiences and much more.

See you there!

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108th Music Festival in full swing!

The Town’s Music Festival kicked in style off last weekend but there are still plenty of events for everyone.

P21 Arts page of current editionThe festival ends on the weekend of 21st/22nd March with the Festival Concert on Saturday night, featuring many of the participants, and a performance on Sunday 22nd March by the Adderbury ensemble with Viv McLean on piano. Both events are at the Town Hall.

In between, huge supporters of the Festival, Anthony Williams and Craig Ogden, are appearing at the Town Hall on the 15th March and the Folk Club is at the Chequers on Thursday 19th.

All the details are on p21 of the current edition; we hope everyone involved has a great time!


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Beales store to close

As many of you may already know, Chipping Norton’s Beales shop, along with all the remaining stores, is now definitely closing – after there had been hopes of keeping some of the stores open. In mid-February KPMG, administrators of the stricken company, said they had failed to find a buyer for the shops. Stock liquidation and ‘closing down’ sales started which would take ‘about eight weeks’.

Beales – founded way back in 1881, had taken over what had been the Anglia Co-op store in Chipping Norton several years ago.

Local attention now turns to what can be done with the empty space – which is owned, along with the whole arcade and building, by the Midcounties Co-op, who run the supermarket, pharmacy, travel agent, and funeral directors in town. Midcounties may well want to get the valuable and accessible space occupied, perhaps as more than one shop, as soon as possible – to keep up the use of the units and encourage footfall to their other shops. More news is awaited.

Chipping Norton Beales store with closing down sale notices

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