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The funding bid for bringing superfast broadband to the village is now be- ing considered as part of Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funding from the Government, to be installed by BT. The assessment by BT is that most of the bid could be covered by BDUK funding, but this may have an impact on the outlying properties in the village. It had been hoped that the bid would be considered as part of the Rural Community Broadband Fund via DEFRA, however, the village is not now eligible for this funding, which means the process is slightly more uncertain and out of our control.  However, receiving the BDUK funding is good news as it means the village will definitely be getting superfast broadband. Site and planning surveys still need to be undertaken and potentially it could be installed next year or it could be towards the back end of 2015, but crucially it won’t be beyond 2017. Unfortunately the Parish Council cannot be any more specific at this time and it will be doing everything it can to ensure that all properties within the Parish are included in the scheme.  The Parish Council would like to thank Richard Bland for all the work he has put into the project so far and is continuing to do.More information on the project can be found in the minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 20 May 2013.

Charlton and the New SNC Waste and Recycling Scheme
Households will receive information packs detailing changes to the scheme approximately 2 weeks before it is due to be implemented. In the week commencing 12 August 2013, the following will be delivered to households:
1 blue recycling bin 1 silver outdoor food waste caddy 1 silver indoor food waste caddy 1 roll of 50 caddy liners
The week beginning 19 August 2013 will see the first collection under the new scheme.

Winning Smiles!
Charlton Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers, with other Girlguiding units from Brackley, took part in the Brackley Carnival Procession on Saturday 8th June and won first prize for the best entry! The carnival theme was 'Carnival of Colour' and the winning entry was a fabulous Chinese Dragon, created by Charlton Rangers leaders Pippa Parnell and Jackie Hughes. The girls, wearing red and black, assembled at the old sawmills site and proceeded to walk down the High Street and through the Market Place to Magdalen College School grounds. The older girls formed the dragon and the Brownies and Rainbows carried ribbons and lanterns that they had made with their units

Parking in Charlton
It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that some Charlton residents are park- ing their vehicles either on the pavement, or half on the pavement and half on the road.  This is causing a number of issues for pedestrians, especially those with young children in pushchairs who have to walk in the road, which is very clearly dangerous.
Therefore, the Parish Council would politely request that residents do not park on the pave- ments and look into alternative parking areas. If the problem persists, the Parish Council may have to contact the County Council and the lo- cal PCSO to discuss enforcement action. Thank you for your co-operation.

It may seem summer has only just arrived but we’re already keen to get our supporters knitting for our Christmas fundraisers! We have a booklet of three patterns; miniature Christmas puddings, robins and tiny Santa hats! If you’d like a pattern, please call Alison on 01295 812161 or email

Banbury’s Castle Quay Shopping Centre
has exclusively revealed its vision of a substantial extension to the current site.
Acting on behalf of Castle Quay, SWIP (Scottish Widows Investment Partnership) has announced its intention to submit a planning application to Cherwell District Council by the end of July for the ambitious 154,000 sq ft extension.
The plans, which have previously been reported in the Banbury Guardian, propose the majority of the extension to be housed on the existing site of the north car park; with the exception of a new hotel, which will be located parallel to the new development along the south side of the canal. The development on the north car park will be dominated by a high-end food retailer, which is yet to be confirmed, providing free car parking on a ground floor level to customers visiting its flagship store.
The developers are also considering the possibility of another car park level below the ground floor to accommodate an increase in footfall to the shopping centre.    Cameron Murray, fund manager for the shopping centre, said: “Our proposal details our plans to redevelop the north car park to accommodate a purpose-built high-end food retailer which plans to offer an attractive free car parking incentive to its new customers. The redevelopment and investment in Castle Quay reaffirms SWIP’s commitment to protecting local businesses and ensuring the picturesque town centre continues to be a popular tourist destination.”
SWIP is planning to hold a public consultation in July to give residents, businesses and other interested parties a chance to see the proposed plans and give their feedback.     Subject to planning approval, it is hoped the extension will be complete by 2015.
The ambitious plans are revealed just a week after a November High Court hearing date was set for a judicial review of a CDC decision to approve the M40 Gateway development at the site of Prodrive in Wildmere Road.

Farm Open Day . . . Kind weather added to the day

Fishing At The Cottage Lakes
As many of you know the Estate has historically let village children fish for free on the lakes at the bottom of the Cottage gardens.  If you would like to go fishing on these lakes then you need to apply for a 2013 fishing permit - details: www,
Anyone fishing on the lakes must have a 2013 permit (issued annually) no matter what history of fishing at the lakes, fishing only allowed from June 01 to September 14. Permis are limited to village residents and preference will be given to children.  Please remember, that the lakes are actually part of a private garden and next to other private gardens, so please respect other people's privacy.  Permission is only granted for fisherman to access the garden so, please do not walk your dogs in any part of the Cottage
gardens, including down by the lakes.

South Northants (NHW) Area Support Team latest Alarms Special offer linked on Neighbourhood Watch Page

Newbottle Fun Ride - Sunday 23 June
10 Mile route araound Charlton & Newbottle, organised as a fun event to raise money for charity, including the local air ambulance and Brook Hospital.    Please be aware that this year the route is starting at the grass field opposite the cemetery and will involve crossing roads around the village.  All roads will be marked and there will be marshalls to help things run smoothly, but please be careful and drivers - please past slowly !  to join in details:

Charlton' Traditional Annual Church Fete - Saturday 20 July - The Cottage, Main Street, Charlton
Delightful gardens - Traditional Games and Attractions - Fun for ALL the family - Poolside Teas - Tennis Tournament - Don't Miss it !

Friday 24 May 2013  (Charlton School)
Dear Parents, Carers and Governors,
It was lovely to see so many of you at Achievers Assembly this morning and watching the Year 4's share their adventures at Grendon. I have been approached by a few families to see if assembly could be at 9am more often on a Friday and am asking for your opinions at the bottom of this newsletter. I will wait to see where the majority lies before making any decisions for the next academic year. As we approach the end of Term 5 it is naturally time for some of us to start thinking about the next academic year - decisions will be made about the children, teachers and TA's in Term 6 and information will be shared with you at the end of June.
It was a wonderful to see so many people at the Open Garden Event on Sunday - I would like to thank Lady Hayter for giving us the opportunity to use her kitchen to sell teas and coffees from and also the PTFA for running this event. I would also thank the adults who not only came along to help but all of you who made cakes - the PTFA made an amazing £500 from this event.
A variety of children have represented Charlton School in the last week. On Saturday The Maytime event in Aynho took place and many children danced superbly in what I heard was a wonderful afternoon. A special mention to Emily Short and Katie Mae Frances for their role on the day. On Tuesday and Wednesday Mrs Boreham, Mrs Bray, Mrs Williams and myself took lots of KS2 children to Bracken Leas for the annual Cluster athletics event. The weather was luckily kind to us and all children took part in a great sporting manner. It is of course about the taking part as much as the winning but  some children did come first in their events, Hannah Drewry in Javelin, and Digby Taylor West in The ball throw - overall we came 5th. Well done to all the children and a big thank you to all the adults involved in transporting and supporting on the days too.
There are many Cluster sporting events taking place next term starting with a swimming Gala on the first Monday back!
I hope you all enjoy a fantastic Half term break - I shall see you all on Monday 3rd June.
Sarah Smith Assistant Head teacher

Brackley pool relocation examined
On 13 May South Northamptonshire Council's Cabinet agreed a recommendation to prepare a business case to relocate Brackley Pool to Brackley Leisure Centre.  Cllr Rosie Herring, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing said: "We've already looked at the feasibility of providing swimming facilities on another site, namely Brackley Leisure Centre, and concluded that not only is it viable, but that it would result in considerable benefits to residents to have all their leisure facilities on one site and under one roof.    "Brackley swimming pool is 40 years old is nearing the end of its economic life. It costs a lot to keep it in a condition that users expect. Integrating the pool into Brackley Leisure Centre could make good economic sense as well as meeting the users' needs not only in the short term but also well into the future."
Once the business case is prepared the council will look again at the case for moving the pool before making a final decision.