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.

Buy-a-Brick scheme names

Below is a list of all the people who have bought a brick so far. We would like you to check your names, (and those of people you know) and let us know if you spot any mistakes. We have tried very hard to be careful, but inevitably with handwritten forms and different volunteers doing the admin mistakes can creep in. Once the sign is made in mid July, it will be too late to correct anything!

The deadline has now officially passed for adding your name, but if you have any queries, please contact Ed at: .

The names (in alphabetical order by surname):
Edward Abbey • John Abbey • The Alarcon-Clark family • Peter Allmond • The Ambrose family • Brad Andrews • Gus and Sam Andrews • Angela Armstrong • Carolyn and Dave Ashton • Tom and Lizzie Ashton • Sir Mark and Nicola, Lady Aspinall and Harry, Elizabeth, Philip and Alexandra • Eileen Atkin • Joyce Bagley • George and Ally Bailey • Mrs Caroline Balcon OBE • Oli and Toby Ball • Peter and Wendy Barber • Mike Bardsley • The Barwood family • James Batty • The Beighton family • Shahin Bekhradnia • Hugh Belshaw • Joan Belshaw • Liz Benson • Wilf Benson • Helen Bessemer-Clark • Sir John and Lady Birch • Andy and Tish Bird • Mike Bisacre and Geneviève Hug • The Blackmore-Sly family • Floss Blayton • The Blok family • Jean Borton • Mike Breakell • Audrey Bridgman • Peter Bridgman • The Bristow family • Felicity Brooks • Olivia Brooks • The Brooks family: Clive, Sarah, Jacob, Oscar and Archie • Colin and Margaret Brown • Richard Burkert • Charlie Burnett • Lily Belle Burnett • The Bush family • David Cameron • In memory of Graham Canning • Pat Canning • Julia and Robert Caston • Anna Cavendish • Lucas Cavendish • Charlie Chadwick • Glena Chadwick • Martin Chadwick • Cally and Jenny Chambers • George Chambers • Keith Chapman • The Chapman family • Charlbury Baptist Church • Charlbury Pre-School • The governors of Charlbury Primary School • The pupils of Charlbury Primary School • The staff of Charlbury Primary School • The Charlbury Yoga Studio • Anna Cherry • The Christie family • Bruce Claridge • Poppy Claridge • Rachel Claridge • Violet Claridge • Daphne Clark • Jim Clemence, Anne-Marie Clemence, Harry Clemence and Caitie Clemence • Marion Coates • Roy Coates • The Collingridge family • Sue Collins • Steve Colmer • Dawn Colvin • The Colyer family • The Connollys • Shirley Cooper • The Court family • Sue and Ian Cox • Irene Crisp • The Crisp family • Janet Crumpton • Mike Crumpton • Mark Curthoys • Janet Dagnall • The Dale family • Ann, William and Charlotte Davidson • Stephen Day • The Dent family • The Derham family • Judy Dod • Alastair and Christine Donaldson • Julia and Malcolm Donaldson • Gerald Draper • Heather Draper • Bianca Duester • Tasmin Duester • Teresa Duester • Tim Duester • Evie Duff • Lesley Duff • Molly Duff • Stuart Duff • Susan Dunstall and Molly Treanor • Peter and Annie Durrant • The Eastwood family • Sarah Eaton • Christine Elliott and Colin Critch • Clare Elson • Martin Elson • Pearl and Charlie Emsden • Julia Engelbrink • Amanda Epps • Gareth Epps • Hans and Patricia Eriksson • Rod and Georgina Evans • Richard Fairhurst • Robin Fairhurst Jones • Rosalind Fairhurst Jones • FairweatherHoles • The Feenan family • The Fenn family • Evelyn and Edward Fenton • The Fenton family • Susanna and Simon Finch • The Finch family • Jane Fitzmaurice • Mike Flanagan • The Fleet family • Julia and Angus Fletcher • Scarlett and Rufus Fletcher • The Flint family • Graham Forbes • Liz Forbes • Patricia Freeman • The Frewer family • Jennifer Funning • Gay and Stuart Galer • The Gallagher family • The Ghosh family • Andy and Michelle Gillespie • Dulcie and Monty Gillespie • Betsy Glasgow • Betsy and Merrill Glasgow • Clark Glasgow • Dine Glasgow • Marjorie Glasgow • Walter Glasgow • William Glasgow • The Goads • Cherry Goddard • The Goyder family • Sue and Scott Grant • David Green • Arlo Griffiths • The Guptas • Angela Gwatkin • Willem Hackmann • Jay-Jay and Nina Hancocks • In memory of Alan Hanks • The Harrison family: Jenny, Tim, Ben and Alisha • Toby Harrison-Turner • Frederico Harvey • José Harvey • Eric and Peggy Haslam • The Haynes family • Robert Hobill • Brian Hodgson • The Holah family • Julia Holford • Shirley Holgate • The Hollinshead family • Helen Holwill • Anthony Horn • Jessie Horn • Jenny Howe • Rory and Angus Howse • The Hoyle family • The Hutchings family • Russell and Barbara Ingham • Reg James • The Jarman family • Amanda Jenkins • Andrene and Lyn Jenkins and family • Gareth Jenkins • Paul, Daniela, Annabel, David and Robert Jenkins • Freddie and Jennie Jones • Trevor Jones • Graham Jowett • Margaret Jowett • Jill Judson • Jumbo • The Kaddouri family • John Kearsey • Graham Keighley • The Kelly family • Peter and Eileen Kenrick • Guy and Rue Ker • Surina Khosa • Jo and David Kidd-May • The Kirk family • Jan Trout Land • Dr John M. Land • The Law family • Briony and Andrew Lawson and family: Karina Moreton, James Moreton, Sam Moreton, Freddie Moreton, Susie Lawson, Rosie Pickering and Zander Pickering • Amelia Ledgard-Hoile • Elizabeth Ledgard-Hoile • Virginia Leffler • Liz Leffman • Celia Leonard • Ralf Leonard • John B.C. Lethbridge • J. Nicolette Lethbridge • Benjamin Lewis • William Lewis • Robert Littledale • Elizabeth Llewellyn-Smith • Ann and Tony Lloyd • Gaylord Lummis • The Lunney family • Jon Mackay • The Mahony family • Emma Maiden • Pearl Manners and family • Manor Cottages • Kate Martin and Brett Porter • Flint Martin-Porter • Miles Martin-Porter • Jeanne and Raymond McCann • The McDougall family • The Mercer family • Victor and Margaret Merry • The Middleton-Heath family • Christopher, Joanna, Emilia and Annabelle Miles • Evelyn Millea • The Millea family • The Minshall family • Sally Moore • Nicola Morgan and Tony Morgan • Phil Morgan and Wendy Bailey • Eve Morris and Stuart Lester • Rowan and Cerys Moss • Stewart P. Moss • Brian Murphy • Lynette Murphy • Pamela Neville • Richard Neville • Jesse Oakley-Eaton • Joe Oakley-Eaton • Caryll Oberst • The Ormonde Foundation • The O'Reilly family • The Orr family • Luutsche Ozinga • Saskia Ozinga and Mark Gregory • Neil and Valou Pakenham-Walsh • Nick Parker • The Parry family • Dr Kam Patel, Charlbury Dental Practice • Mrs Faith Paulding (née Timms) • The Peacock family • The Peer family • Judith and Peter Perdue • The Phelan family • Lady R. Pickering • Oscar and Hugo Pilgrim • The Piotrowsky family • Hugh Pitman • Margaret Pitman • David and Sally Pollock • Jack and Diana Potten • The Potter family - Lees Rest • Nick and Sarah, James, Catherine and Annabel • The Potts family • Charles Powell • The Powys-Smith family • Alan and Penny Price • Mark, Alison, Dorothy and Morgan • Alice Pulman • Kate Pulman • Nicola Pulman • Stephen Pulman • William Pulman • Robin Puttick • Ran Kan Kan • Liz Reason and Stephen Andrews • Jasmine Rhodes • Josh Rhodes • Louise Rhodes • Luke Rhodes • Simon Rhodes • Matthew Richards • Hugo and Silka Rittson Thomas • Dave B. Roberts • Sarita Roberts • Tommy Robertson, Felix Robertson, Wilf Robertson and Sam Robertson • Cally Robson • Edie Robson • Russell Robson • Alicia Ross Vergara • Isi Ross Vergara • Nico Ross Vergara • The Rosser family • Janet Rowley • Paul Rowley • The Rowley family, Spelsbury • The St John Cooper family • Elizabeth Schiffer • The Schmidt family • Rosalind Scott • Roy Scott • Shelagh Scott and Brian Murray • The Shadbolt family • Alexander Sharpe • Iona Sharpe • Andrew Shaw • Ben Shawcross • James Shawcross • Kate Shawcross • Olly Shawcross • Stuart Shimmin • Frances Short • Michael Short • Ben 'the Beano' Sinton • Charlie Sinton • Emily 'the horse obsessed' Sinton • Hannah 'the booney' Sinton • Helen Sinton • Devinder Sivia and Anna Gillespie • Tom Skelton • Heather and Graham Smith • Kate, Arthur, Thomas, Sam and Libby Smith • Meryl Smith • The Smyth family • Maureen Sparling • Grant, Gemma, Lancelot and Rafe Speed • In honour of Julia Spence • Alan and Louise Spicer • Bill Stevenson • Tanya Stevenson • Millie Stone • Geoffrey Strachan • Susan Strachan • Jude Styring • Livia Styring • The Sulik family • The Tainsh family • Bob Tait • Elizabeth Tait • Claire Tarrant • Chris, Emma and Jenny Tatton • Adrian Taylor • Annemarie Taylor • The Teal family • Graham Terry • Susan Terry • Will and Wendy Thornton • The Tibbitts family • Lilian Timms • Mr W.A.B. Timms • Pat Toms • Simon Towers • The Venthen family • The Vincent family • Genevieve Walkden • Harley-Jane Walkden • Simon and Rhona Walker • Susie Walker • Terry and Christine Walker • Guy Waller • Hilli Waller • Nigel and Sheila Walsh • Julie Ward • Matt Ward • Mitch Ward • The Wareham Valler family • Michael Waring • Joshua Watson • Ronnie Watson • The Way family • Frances Webber • The Welsh family • Chloe Westbury • George Westbury • Madeleine Wheare • Ed Whitehead • Joe Whitehead • Tom Whitehead • The Whitehead and Collicutt families • Natasha Whitmill • Cara Williams • James and Sue Williams • Louis and Xavier Williams • Michael Williams • Henry Willis • Jane Willis • Christopher Willy • Wendy A. Wilson • Eric Windsor • Lyndsay Winpenny • Don and Joan Winterbottom • The Wisker family • John and Sarah Witheridge • The Wood family • Ben Wright • Helen J. Wright • Mary Young

"Buy-a-Brick" Campaign

The scheme is now offically closed and we are preparing our list for printing onto two sign boards that will be placed on either side of the doors into the sports hall. If you have missed the deadline but would like to donate, you can still do so using the link below, and to check whether it is too late to get your name added, please contact:

Donations are always welcome via Make a Donation by clicking on this link:

We'd like to thank all the people who have bought bricks - the scheme has raised over £15,000 including gift aid - and these additional funds will help us to kit out the Centre for everyone's benefit.

Amount raised so far: £260162.64 and rising!

Thanks to all our very generous contributors and fundraising activists the current grand total, as of July 2017, is over £260,000 - our target was to reach £250,000 before the centre was built, so we've done it! That said, the costs of building the centre have risen and risen, so we're not stopping there and still need people support our events.

Forthcoming Events

3rd-6th August, Wilderness Festival
There will be a Vintage Clothing Stall at Wilderness this year in aid of the Community Centre.
We are asking for donations from the town which will stock the stall. Any remaining stuff will be sold at a jumble sale then given to charity.
Please ring Nicola on 811507 to arrange to drop off any donations. We particularly want any vintage clothes, hats and accessories but are happy to receive any clothing, etc.

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

24th June 2017, Pimms Stall at the Beer Festival

We were very lucky to have excellent weather and sold a record amount of Pimms, raising a massive £2,512 for the cause! Well done Ant and Jessie and all the volunteers who manned the stall. Also a huge thankyou to the Beer Festival committee for allowing us to raise money in this way and for all the wonderful work they do for our town and its charities.

5th May 2017, Brunch and Reception at Ditchley Park

The Thomas Gifford Trust and the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal organised their final major fund raising event on May 5th, 2017. The Ditchley Foundation kindly chose the Community Centre as a local charity for 2017 and we hosted a Champagne Brunch then an evening reception, both with auctions and live music.

The two events raised a massive and much needed total of £22,000 towards the cost of the Community Centre and allowed the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal to reach and exceed its fundraising target.

Enormous thanks to the Ditchley Foundation, to Margie and Dine Glasgow, Daniela Jenkins as well as all the many volunteers, helpers and musicians who made this event possible.

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.

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 Society
Charlbury Tennis Club
Charlbury Town Council
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
Oxfordshire County Council
Probus Club of Charlbury
PF Charitable Trust
PYE Charitable Settlement
Souldern Trust
Sport England
St Teresa's Church Charlbury
West Oxfordshire District Council
TOE2 (Trust for Oxfordshire Environment).
Waitrose Ltd
Wilderness Festival

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 £250,000.


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 19 Jul

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