Help fund The Branch – our new Community Hub

St Mary’s Church has bought the old NatWest Bank in Chipping Norton – now called The Branch. It’s already been in action during the Covid-19 crisis, and a fundraising campaign has been launched towards transforming the building and running activities there for the community. If you donate between 1st and 8th December, the first £20,000 will be doubled as part of the BigGive Christmas Challenge.


You can also find out more this week and see the plans – call into The Branch, 16 Market Place, on Thursday 3rd (10am- 12noon) or Saturday 5th (11am-1pm)

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CN Town Council Finance Meeting

The Finance and Resources Committee of Chipping Norton Town Council meets (via Zoom) at 7.15 on Wednesday 2 December 2020. The agenda (below) includes discussion of this year’s spending and next year’s budget and proposed Council Tax precept. Residents should contact to request a zoom link to attend and observe.

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Time for Chippy’s Christmas Carols!

Fancy hearing and singing your favourite Christmas Carols? Look out for the December Chippy News – in the shops later this week. There are ideas for your own ‘carols at home’ and details of how our local town Churches will celebrate – all socially distanced of course!

The Lawrence Home Nursing Team’s traditional carols can’t be on the Town Hall steps – but why not listen to this terrific service broadcast live on 17th December.

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Chippy’s ‘Very West End Christmas’!

Get into the Christmas spirit on 5 December with a concert of West End stars in Chippy’s St Mary’s Church – thanks to all the Illuminate Chipping Norton team

An Illuminate Chipping Norton special event

And get your copy of the Chipping Norton News to see what else is going on around town – and Xmas events coming up

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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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