Charlbury Community Centre Appeal


The Charlbury Community Centre Appeal Committee is a group of volunteers, established in early 2004 by Lynette Murphy (see more in the "History" section below). We have the specific aim of raising money to build a Community Centre at the Spendlove Site. We are a sub-committee of the Thomas Gifford Trust, which is the charity responsible for the land and building. Through this page, we aim to keep you informed about our fundraising events.

Amount raised so far: £231,000 and rising!

Thanks to all our very generous contributors and fundraising activists the current grand total, as of March 2017, is over £231,000 - our target was to reach £250,000 before the centre was built. We're so close!

Forthcoming Events

Champagne Brunch with Jazz Music at Ditchley Park

The Thomas Gifford Trust and the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal are organising the final major fund raising event for May 5th, 2017. We are delighted that Ditchley Foundation has chosen the Community Centre as a local charity for 2017 and will be hosting a Champagne Brunch with Jazz Music.

The event will begin at 11am in the Grand Hall at Ditchley. A light brunch with champagne will be served and music provided by Nick Parker and his band. Enjoy an informal tour of Ditchley Manor main rooms and onto the beautiful terrace and garden area. There will be a fun silent auction of interesting prizes available. The event will end by 1pm. Tickets are limited. Price: £25 per person.

Roundtrip transportation from the Spendlove Centre to Ditchley can be arranged for an additional £5 per person.

We are planning an enjoyable day at Ditchley and we hope you'd like to join us to help the CCCA reach their original goal of £250,000.

If you would like to book tickets please email me at or call 01608 819253.

Thank you for your enduring support.

Marjorie Glasgow
Chairman, Thomas Gifford Trust

24th June, Charlbury Beer Festival
We will be running the Pimms stall for those who don't want beer!

3rd-6th August, Wilderness Festival
There will be a Vintage Clothing Stall at Wilderness this year in aid of the Community Centre.

If you have any other ideas for fundraising, or would like to put on an event on our behalf, we'd be delighted to hear from you:

Recent Events

25th February 2017, Italian Pop-Up Supper
More delicious delights from Nicola Morgan and her team. This was a sell out again and a special treat for this year was some Italian songs performed live to an accordion accompaniment whilst the guests enjoyed their cocktails.

21st January 2017, Burns Night Supper and Dance
This was a really fun event as ever. The band and caller were fantastic and everyone joined in, especially on the last dance. Thank you to everyone who helped and attended.

"Buy-a-Brick" Campaign

Only a short while to go now before this scheme closes! Do make sure you get your name added to this list! Our Buy-a-Brick Campaign offers a permament acknowledgement of donations by printing donors names in the entrance of the new Community Centre. You can either buy individual bricks for £25 each or make one £25 donation for your entire family eg. 'The Bloggs Family' will be displayed on the list. Of course we'd be delighted if you could pay more for your bricks; £25 is a minimum number! They can be purchased in one of two ways:
1. Via Make a Donation by clicking on this link: NB: it's important to fill in the 'ADD A MESSAGE' box saying your donation is for your name to appear in the foyer of the Community Centre plus PRINT the name or family name exactly how you want it to appear on the display.
2. By downloading and printing the form from this link and sending it with cash or a cheque to the address on the form:

Why not buy a 'brick' as a gift for someone special to support the Community Centre? It will be a lasting legacy as their name will be permanently displayed in the lobby once the Centre is built. If requested we can supply you with a Certificate to give to the recipient of your gift.

We'd like to thank all the people in our neighbourhood who have bought bricks so far - to date the scheme has raised over £9000 - and additional funds will help us to kit out the Centre for everyone's benefit. So thank you in anticipation of your 2017 brick purchases.

Information about the Building Programme

For further information regarding the building of the Charlbury Community Centre, please look at the Thomas Gifford Trust page on this community website:

Many Thanks

The individuals who have served on the committee and/or helped to raise money for the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal are too numerous to mention. We are enormously grateful to all those people.

Over the past few years several local societies, organisations and charities have made generous donations to the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal including [in alphabetical order] the following:

Barnsbury Charitable Trust
Bartlett Taylor Charitable Trust - Witney
Charlbury Amateur Dramatic Society
Charlbury Art Society
Charlbury Beer Festival
Charlbury Book Group
Caravan Club
Charlbury Co-op
Charlbury Dental Practice
Charlbury Green Hub
Charlbury Horticultural Society
Charlbury Parochial Church Council
Charlbury Pre-school
Charlbury School Association
Charlbury Tennis Club
Charlbury Town Football and Social Club
Charlbury Women's Institute
Churches Together in Charlbury
Clemence Charitable Trust
Day Books
Doris Field Charitable Organisation
English Cricket Board
Glasgow Foundation
HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust
Nine Acres Management Committee
Probus Club of Charlbury
PF Charitable Trust
PYE Charitable Settlement
Souldern Trust
Sport England
St Teresa's Church Charlbury
The Charlbury Society
The Wilderness Festival
TOE2 (Trust for Oxfordshire Environment).
Waitrose Ltd

The Wilderness Festival organisers who are supporting us by giving an option to donate £2 to the CCCA on their ticketing page. They say "The kindness and tolerance shown to us by the residents of Charlbury is hugely appreciated by all and so one small way to say thank you and show support to the vibrant and creative local community is to help contribute to their new multi-purpose Community Centre"


The Charlbury Community Centre Appeal was established early in 2004 by Lynette Murphy, with Diana Potten as her deputy chairperson, Richard Neville, as treasurer and an active and supportive group of helpers. Richard is still treasurer and Lynette still serves on the committee after all these years. In the first four years of existence the committee raised an amazing £142,000, from many events including a huge garden party at Ditchley Park, which raised £22,000 in one day! The money is ring-fenced according to the CCCA Constitution to be used "for the exclusive purpose of contributing all the monies raised as part of the building and fitting out costs for the proposed Charlbury Community Centre". After active fund raising stopped in 2008 mainly due to the credit crunch and uncertainty about the future of the project, the Community Centre Appeal started its fundraising activities up again in 2012 and we have been active ever since, building on the initial £142,000 raised so that the total now stands at over £225,000. Our target has always been to raise £250,000. Wouldn't it be nice if 2016, the year the Community Centre starts to be built, is also the year we achieve our target?


Ideas for fundraising, questions or comments, please contact Tanya Stevenson, Chair of Charlbury Community Centre Appeal Committee: (810216)

To donate online please use Make-a-Donation:

To donate by cheque, please make it payable to "CCCA" and send to CCCA, C/O Richard Neville, Treasurer, 12 Lees Heights, Charlbury, OX7 3EZ

Last updated: Wed 12 Apr

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