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  • Could you be a town councillor?
    All 16 town councillors are up for election in May 2015. Would you be interested in becoming one? Chipping Norton Town Council is responsible for the town hall, war memorial, the closed churchyard at St Mary’s Church, the Worcester Road cemetery, four recreation grounds in the town, Pool Meadow, Greystones recreation ground, litter bins and […]
  • Theatre Review: Mother Goose
    We’re off to the snowy mountains and fjords of Norway, where kindly Mother Goose runs a home for sick geese and hasn’t got two kroner to rub together. She’s in arrears with her rent and constantly on the lookout for her landlord, Baron Von Rumpensmakka and his sidekick, Gonk. Thanks to a spell cast by […]
  • Learn a new hobby this winter
    It was hard to miss that Europe triumphed over the USA in the Ryder Cup this year at Gleneagles in Scotland and continued their dominant force in golf. For many, this led to an influx of new beginners learning the game all over the country. Here in Chipping Norton, you can do the very same […]
  • Castle View users – move your cars and boats now!
    Residents of Spring Street and other streets close to Castle View received letters on Thursday this week warning them that the car park would be sealed off on Monday 24 November. The site, left empty for years by Oxfordshire County Council, has finally been sold and the new owners have instructed contractors to fence off […]
  • Chippy Scouts To Hold Christmas Fair
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  • Clare launches debut thriller at Jaffe & Neale
    Last night saw the launch of a new book by local crime writer Clare Mackintosh at Jaffe & Neale. Clare, who is the director of the Chipping Norton Literary Festival, and who many in town will know from her days at Thames Valley Police, has been forging a successful career as a writer over the last […]
  • One week left to have your say on Chippy’s future
    There is just one week left of the public consultation on our town’s draft Neighbourhood Plan. The plan sets out policies for the future development of Chippy. For more information, including links to the draft plan and the response form, please see our previous post here. The public consultation ends on 14 November at 5pm.Filed […]
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  • Job Opportunity- Chaperone For Mother Goose
    We're looking for a second chaperone for our production on Mother Goose this Christmas. Below are the details, specific dates and rates tbc. The overall dates are: • Shows: Nov- 11th Jan 2015 • Just a few dates with in that • It will be three teams of four children 8-14 years, one team per day (two shows a day) • Performance schedule • You will need to have an update DBS and Chaperone Licence Please contact or call 01608 649 105 as soon as possible    
  • Youth Theatre Has Now Finished
    Youth Theatre has now finished for the Autumn the term and we look forward to seeing all members back on the week commencing Monday 12th January 2015.      
    Please note that all groups of the Youth Theatre have now relocated to The Town Hall for the remainder of the term. For specific room locations parents should refer to the timetable they have received.   The new Spring term is due to start Monday 12th January.
  • Job Opportunity- Chaperone
    We're looking for a second chaperone for our production on Mother Goose this Christmas. Below are the details, specific dates and rates tbc. The overall dates are: • Rehearsals: 29th Oct- 17th Nov 2014• Shows: 18th Nov- 11th Jan 2015• Just a few dates with in that• It will be three teams of four children 8-14 years, one team per day (two shows a day)• Performance schedule below• You will need to have an update DBS and Chaperone Licence Please contact or call 01608 649 105 as soon as possible, deadline 29/10/14
  • Telephone Campaign
    Forty Year Fund update; we’re launching a telephone campaign in November as part of our anniversary appeal and some of our supporters will shortly receive a letter with details about this. Follow up calls should only be made to people who have received this letter, which also tells you how to opt out if you’d rather not hear from us in this way. If you would like to know more about ways you can support your local theatre please go to the Support Us pages on the website or click here.
  • New Job Opportunity
      Creative Producer and Assistant Programmer – The Theatre Chipping Norton   An exciting job for an energetic candidate – this role is at the heart of the creative life of this restlessly busy theatre and arts centre. Working closely with the Artistic Director, the role takes on producing our three annual inhouse production runs, and supports the selection and administration of a busy touring programme. Candidates should have arts admin experience, be organised, flexible and ambitious, and good at bringing teams together.  This post is suitable for early-mid-career candidates.   Closing date: 31st October 2014   Salary: £15.5K - £17.5K, dependent on experience.   For information pack and to apply contact Faye on 01608 642349 or email  
  • Emma Boor Puppeteer - Oxford Mail Article Why life's so good for puppeteer Emma Boor Four years ago, Emma Boor landed here in Oxford with a bump. Both literally – she was heavily pregnant and would give birth to her son Mo a couple of months later – but it was also a bumpy landing in a different world. One moment she was up in Newcastle bouncing around in an orange jumpsuit (a children’s show she had dreamed up called Matilda’s Lunchbox), and the next she was here, having fallen in love with a composer (her now husband Martyn) after taking a punt at internet dating. “Motherhood and the move here were both big life changes and a mad shock” laughs Emma, 39. “You lose your sense of identity a bit when you have a child, don’t you, and I had my performing business which had taken off in the north east and I loved it to bits. “But amazing things have happened since I came to Oxford and I feel very lucky.” Amazing things have indeed happened. Thanks to her puppetry performing arts business – Wild Boor Ideas – Emma is kept very busy entertaining children and their parents around the county. She has won rave reviews for her family-friendly shows at Pegasus Theatre in Magdalen Road, East Oxford, including Play the World, Cinderella Green The Recycling Queen and Funky Monkey and the Juicy Fruits, which lands at Pegasus next Sunday, October 5. Emma, who once worked as a clown doctor on children’s cancer wards in the north east, was commissioned to write Funky Monkey by the primary care trust with funding from Arts Council England. “This one is all about gunky food – kids always love messy stuff – and the funkiest monkey in the jungle who loses his funk, maybe because of what he’s eating,” explains Emma. “Like all my shows, it’s about trying to bring a bit of joy to life – learning does not have to be boring! “Other theatre companies certainly deal with the deep and dark stuff, and that’s great if you want that. But I definitely feel there’s a place for joy, for magic and for finding the beauty in life. “Moments of joy are easy to miss if you’re up to your eyeballs in paying the mortgage, cooking and cleaning.” Unexpected levels of drudgery and chaos are something all mothers will be familiar with, as will the struggle to make ends meet in a world where toy adverts seem to be thrust at you and yours from all angles. It was the ordinary, random household objects around her that inspired Emma to craft some of her puppets – such as J-Cloth and Mopella – the ugly sisters who came to life for Cinderella Green. This eco-themed show was a hit, and also sparked an offer from Oxford University Press for Emma to write her own book, Bin Goblins, which has just been published this month and is for sale on Amazon. Always passionate about the environment – Emma’s first job when she moved back south was as Welcome to Wildlife officer for Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust – the Oxford Reading Tree book Bin Goblins shows families how to make characters by recycling everyday objects. “As with my shows and all I do, the book is about making the ordinary extraordinary,” says Emma, beside a giant Garlic Nan puppet, all bubbly, doughy smiles, she has crafted. “Sometimes, people will say to me: ‘oooh, I’m not the least bit creative’, to which I say: labelling anyone – or yourself – as uncreative is a load of pants! “Playing with young children is something people sometimes feel they don’t know how to do. The only ingredient you need is imagination and the rest is easy. If I can help with that at all, that makes me very happy.” Right now, amid the puppet factory that is the trio’s family home in Divinity Road, Emma is also busy fundraising for her next show – Traction Man – based on the book by local author Mini Grey. Emma has secured Arts Council Funding but is busy dealing with the paperchain that needs shuffling as well as dreaming up new shows, characters and ideas for a whole range of educational books now that her first has been published. Not a bad level of output for the girl who left school with one E and three D grades at GCSE – as well as the C in maths she earned after retaking the exam four times. Emma always wanted to work with children – originally she had wanted to become a teacher before academia put paid to the plan – and ended up studying interactive and broadcast media at Manchester Met University, not knowing where it would lead. “Ah yes, my experience at school has given me a different outlook on life and learning,” says Emma. “Sometimes, the way learning is structured at school is all about the product and not the process. Actually, life should be about the experience, that joy of play along the way. “In my shows, I try to be as reactive as I can and there is no right or wrong answer. Recently at Chippy, for example, during Under The Sea, I called out: what shall we fish for? ‘Carrots!’ was the reply. “Why not?! Why not fish for carrots! One minute, we’re making a shoe farm, the next it’s a bucket badger or a feather duster fairy. There are no limits to little imaginations, so why constrain it?” Chipping Norton Theatre has recruited Emma to offer a new season of activity sessions for the very young – from six months to five years. Here, her Stories Alive sensory shows take on a different theme every time, from magic woods to a tickling bear. “I often find that the more ridiculous I look, the less inhibited I can be and the more everyone else enjoys it,” adds Emma. “This is why you’ll tend to find me dressed up as a chicken or a fairy, or whatever. And I always make sure there are some quality tunes for the kids and the parents to enjoy – whether it’s The Worzels or some ’70s and ’80s classics. “Why not cram as much joy as you can in?” EMMA IN ACTION * Funky Monkey and the Juicy Fruits takes place on Sunday, October 5, 11am and 2pm, The Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE. 01865 812150/ * Stories Alive, Tuesdays until  October 21, The Theatre, Chipping Norton 9.30am,  10.30am and 11.30am. 01608 642350 * Bin Goblins by Emma Boor, published by OUP, is for sale now on Amazon, £5.80