Chippy’s HGV issues – demands for County action!

Monthly Town Council meetings are getting interesting!

The next two are Monday 19 August and 16 September at 7.15 at Chippy Town Hall. Why not come along?

Chipping Norton’s newly elected Town Council is debating many issues – and has invited Oxfordshire County Council’s Leader Ian Hudspeth to come and explain why the County has achieved little, in nearly 20 years, to curb the HGVs and heavy traffic causing illegal pollution and damaging people, roads and pavements.

Cllr Hudspeth was due to come in August – but has postponed his visit, probably until September. He will find an attentive audience.

Pollution meter in Horsefair.

A lorry passes the pollution meter that has been recording illegal levels in Horsefair for over fifteen years.

Reviews, surveys and plans have all said many times that a weight limit and alternative HGV route is what’s needed – particularly for the busy trunk A44 route through town. The County Council is planning yet another traffic survey this autumn. But there is still no commitment to action.

June’s Town Council meeting was packed with protesters and July saw street demonstrations at the pelican crossing and a petition to the County Council. Climate change issues, and the latest air pollution shocks, have roused Chippy’s townsfolk into taking action.

….and new Council gets to work!

Chippy’s new Town Council is also stepping up to some other important issues – and July’s meeting was lively. Joining HGVs on the Council’s hot list are: the state of the town centre, ideas for a Town Youth Council, more issues about Tank Farm and the disliked ‘link road’ (which does nothing about the A44 HGV traffic).

All new Town Councillors have enthusiastically signed up to the Council’s committees and are getting involved in issues both in and out of council meetings. The Council also said goodbye and thanks to long-serving Town Clerk Vanessa Oliveri, while welcoming replacement Janine Sparrowhawk (previously in Thame).

To keep up-to-date and see your Councillors in action, why not come along on 19 August and watch the action?

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Summer fun and festivals!

Did you buy your Chippy News summer edition?

If not, don’t worry, it’s still on sale around town. And it has a great centre spread of things to do this summer; events big and small.

There’s still plenty of fetes and festivals to catch throughout August – festivals first, fetes lower down – lots of excuses to get out and about!

BBC Countryfile Live – Thurs-Sun 1-4 August, Blenheim Palace.
Family fun day out. Wildlife zone, ice cream parlour. Shires & Shetlands. Meet favourite presenters & TV chefs. Waterside activities. Adults £26.40/£13.20 child.

Wilderness – Thurs-Sun 1-4 August, Cornbury Park.
Multi-genre music festival set amongst rich forests, lakes and parklands. Escapism, creative freedom and flourishing cultures – plus debates, theatre, arts, comedy, dance, & boutiques.

Fairport’s Cropredy Convention – Thurs-Sat 8-10th August.
Three-day open-air festival of rock, pop and folk includes host band Fairport Convention and many more acts. Three market areas, catering, craft and clothing stalls. Large camping area.

The Big Feastival – Fri-Sun 23-25th August, Alex James’ Farm, Kingham.
A feel-good festival of food and music for all the family. Headliners: Rudimental’s DJ set, Jess Glynne, Elbow, Lewis Capaldi. Top chefs. Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, vintage funfair. Camping and glamping village.

Now the summer fairs and fetes:

South Newington Flower & Produce Show
Sat 10 August 1.30pm with village fete. Marquee, Silver Band, Fun Dog Show, children’s fancy dress

Enstone Show
Sat 10 August 1– 5pm, at Sports & Social Club, opened by Graeme Garden. Dog show, crafts, Heythrop Zoo, Archery, bouncy castle, rides, skittles and more.

Shipton-Under-Wychwood Village Fair
Mon 26 August 12noon-4pm New Beaconsfield Hall. Game, Whiskey, stalls, Fun Dog Show (waggiest tail etc), Falconry, Witney Town Band, go-karts, penny arcade

Whichford & Ascott Flower Show & Fete
Mon 26 August 1.30-5pm village green. Flower & craft show, vintage plane flypast, live music, Fun dogs, children’s games, Birds of prey & owls.

Wychwood Forest Fair
Sun 1 Sept 11am-5pm. Little Park, Cornbury. Wychwood Project main event. Wychwood Barn Owl and Flora groups, rural crafts, children’s fun fair, Morris dancing, beer tent. See

The summer News has much more – open gardens, bus trips, the Lido, Town History Trail, what’s on at The Theatre and much more.

Have fun!

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All day Wednesday – why not get out and take some photos?

On page four of the current Summer Edition you’ll see a short article about the ‘One Day’ in Chippy’ project. It’s ten years since the Museum produced a book of photographs taken by people all over town. The Museum team thought it would be a great idea to produce another to see how times have changed.

So the Museum needs everyone to take photos of any activities at all, as long they’re in town and taken between one minute past midnight on Wednesday 17th July and midnight on that day. Details are in the Summer Edition but basically all you have to do is email your photos to

The Museum will then produce a book to record everyday life in Chippy as a companion to the 2007 volume. Spread the word – the more photos the better!

The full article appears in the current issue;  there are still copies in boxes around town.

Don’t forget, we don’t publish the News in August as everyone’s on holiday. The next edition will be September’s and the deadline for submissions is 9th August.

Happy holidays!

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The Theatre: Deputy House Manager vacancy

The Theatre is looking for a confident, warm and welcoming person or people to take on the role of Deputy House Manager. We would welcome applications from any interested parties for either a part time (various options available) or full time (40 hours) position. We are interested in finding the best people for us and structuring the job around them.

Our customer welcome is a key part of our success. Full of character, knowledgeable about the work we host, and deeply rooted in the local community, our front of house team consists of 2-3 established posts, a number of paid casual bar staff, and a large pool of hard-working volunteer ushers. This role is a mixture of administrative work, managing our volunteer Ushers, Duty Management of performances and servicing/stocking The Theatre’s bar.

Closing date: 10:00 on Wednesday 17th July 2019

Salary: £19,500 – £21,000 pa

Please visit for full information and how to apply.


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Pandemonium in the Park!

St Mary’s Church, with the Theatre,
are putting on outdoor fun and games this Saturday!

Sat 6th July 2019, 12 – 3pm, free.

On Chipping Norton’s Common – down New St.

Something for all ages – from soft play and face painting for tots, bubble football and street dance for teens, gladiator battles and circus skills for all the family – plus tea and cake!

All welcome – hope to see you there.

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Chipping Norton Town Festival

Sunday 30th June 2019, 11am-8.30pm. Free!

Look forward to a great day together
at this year’s Town Festival, in the Town Centre.

Programmes & raffle tickets on sale at The Co-op.

Singing, dancing and music on stage.

Children’s rides, food, vintage cars & lots of stalls.

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Bumper Summer Edition now on sale – still only 50p

You know it makes sense – get to your favourite outlet with 50p in your hand!

None of this contactless or chip and pin nonsense, it’s strictly cold, hard cash.
In return you get the best read in Town!


Summer 2019 - Front Page

Summer 2019 – Front Page



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