I'm all right say's Jan!
FORMER Chipping Norton mayor Jan Meek has sent a text to her husband to reassure him she was not caught up in the avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 13 guides.
Mrs Meek, 69, had just completed an 18-day trip to Mount Everest base camp when the disaster happened on Good Friday morning.
Her husband, Peter Walker, said he had received two text messages and a short phone call from her to say she was all right. He said the scene of the avalanche was about a four-hour hike up the mountain from base camp and his wife could have been caught up if she had been part of a team heading to the top.
More: www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/11158971.Former_Chippy_mayor_prepares_for_South_Pole_with_Everest_trek/
Patrick  a former councillor who fostered an early interest in the priesthood
Patrick McHugh
A FORMER district councillor for Chipping Norton has died aged 72.
Patrick McHugh lived in the town for more than 30 years and was a well-known character in the area who held many different jobs in his time. He served on the district council between 2008 and 2012.
Patrick played the tuba in the Chipping Norton Silver Band and also took an interest in horse riding, as well as campaigning on behalf of Age Concern Chipping Norton, for which he served as vice-chairman. He was born in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, on September 17, 1941. As a boy he originally studied to become a priest at Ushaw College
In the late 1980s he took a job as caretaker at Chipping Norton Town Hall and around the same time he married Janet. The couple lived in New Street he and his wife moved house to Lodge Terrace. Janet died of cancer in 2001, during those years he also took up playing the tuba, In 2008, Patrick ran as a Conservative candidate for Chipping Norton on West Oxfordshire District Council and succeeded. He held the seat until 2012.
Patrick died in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, on April 6, following a period of illness.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday at the Holy Trinity Church, Chipping Norton.

That is democracy in action for you, despite being elected by the electorate she was evicted from decision making committee's because she no longer followed the Conservative party line in a Conservative led District Council. Ed.
Elections on 22 May 2014
There will be elections on Thursday 22 May 2014 for:
·        the European Parliament
·        17 seats on the District Council, and
·        all of the seats on 17 Town and Parish Councils plus one seat on each of Charlbury and Chipping Norton Town Councils.

Candidates: the deadline for receiving nominations for the local elections is 4 pm on Thursday week, 24 April. Details of those nominated will be available on the website as soon as possible after the deadline. There is no longer a subsequent period during which a candidate may withdraw, so the final situation will be known at the deadline.

If anyone is interested in standing for the Town or District council get a move on there is only a few days left.
ChippyJames has just posted on the FORUM:

Good news for the aggrieved, there will be a town council election on the 22nd May (same day as district and euro elections), after the resignation of David Lydiat.

Nominations have to be in by 24th April. Come one, come all. Its your chance to make your voice heard.

Crime falls by five per cent in West Oxfordshire
CRIME continues to drop in Cherwell and West Oxfordshire, according to the latest police figures.
Between April last year and March this year, there was a five per cent reduction in all crime in the area which covers Chipping Norton, or 630 fewer victims of crime than last year.
Supt Colin Paine said: “I am pleased to announce that crime continues to fall across the Cherwell & West Oxfordshire Local Policing Area (LPA.
“This success is, in large measure, down to effective partnerships with West Oxfordshire District Council and Cherwell District Council in running excellent local initiatives to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour.
“Although I would love for us to be able to claim sole credit the reality is that a range of social, economic and demographic changes over the past 10 years have also made a difference.”
There has been a seven per cent reduction in burglaries, 73 fewer than last year, an overall reduction of 14 per cent in violent crime with a reduction of 263 offences and a reduction of violence with injury offences by 20 per cent with 162 fewer serious violent offences.
Amazing! Many of you may recall a few years back we at the town council came under pressure to have CCTV - and pay for it, looks like it isn't needed afterall! Ed.

Read more.  http://www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/11136698.Crime_falls_by_five_per_cent_in_West_Oxfordshire/?ref=var_0

A 21-year-old man from Chipping Norton has been given an 18-month community order after being found guilty of grooming a 13-year-old girl.
At Oxford Crown Court last Friday, Luke Southam, of Cornish Road, was ordered to attend an education and training programme.
He had previously been found guilty of meeting a female under the age of 16 following sexual grooming. Southam met up with the girl in March last year.
The court heard how he came into contact with her on Facebook on March 9, 2013 and the pair sent messages to each other before Southam asked if she wanted to meet up.
Walton Hornsby, prosecuting, said: “The pair kept sending each other text messages and when Southam asked to meet up, she said ‘why would you want to meet up with a 13-year-old?’.
“She agreed to meet up with him two days later on March 11 and said she would meet him at Banbury Railway Station in her school clothes. Southam asked her to bring a change of clothes so she could dress in ‘something sexy’ for him.”       Banbury Guardian.
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