Charlbury Community Centre

This page aims to keep you up to date with developments in the construction of Charlbury Community Centre. For information on the funding appeal, see and for information about the Thomas Gifford Trust, please see

Launch of Charlbury Community centre Website

Please have a browse through Charlbury Community Centre's new website, which can be found here:
Although bookings cannot be made through the website yet (that facility is coming soon) it shows what is available and what facilities the new centre has to offer. The website was designed by Charlbury's own Arthur Rigley, who has done a great job. In terms of content it is obviously work in progress as things change constantly and rapidly.
• If you are running a class in the centre that people can join, please let us know the details and we will add them to the site (some are already listed).
• If you would like to make enquiries about bookings, please contact the manager, Jenny Chambers for now on
The centre opens for business on 4th September and the opening ceremony will take place, along with all the other celebrations of the day, on 9th September, the day the Tour of Britain comes to Charlbury. Watch this space for details. In the meantime, I hope you find our website useful and informative.

New Manager

As many of you will already know, our new manager for Charlbury Community Centre is Jenny Chambers. You can contact her at this email address: .

Sports Hall Bookings

The hall is due to open officially in early September 2017.
Can't wait? Starting in August, there will be the chance to try out some of the sports facilities to help us identify and solve any teething problems that might arise as different areas are being commissioned. Information about this, the new website and the chance to start making firm bookings will be posted on this website so please keep visiting this page for the latest updates. In the meantime, an expression of interest form is available if you are interested in booking a slot in the sports hall or youth room/studio:

Charlbury Community Centre Progress

Charlbury Community Centre news

It's hard not to notice the hive of activity in the area around the new community centre and, as always, we are grateful for your understanding with the disruption it causes. Over the next few days, there will be deliveries for the preparation and surfacing of the centre parking area and collections of equipment that is no longer needed. Then a road sweeper will be brought in to clean up the area concerned.
This is because the main construction phase of the project is drawing to a close and soon Beard will formally hand over responsibility for the site to the Thomas Gifford Trust. Beard has more than met our expectations and the quality of workmanship is outstanding. We have developed an excellent working relationship over the 10 months and we are grateful for the support they have given us in our role as trustees of this project.
The site will remain off-limits for a little longer, however, as subcontractors continue with the hard landscaping and completing the fixtures and fittings inside the building. All this work is progressing well and is on track for the opening in September. The main task after that will be soft landscaping - planting will only take place when the conditions are right in the autumn.

Find out more about some exciting opportunities to help with the running of the centre and be one of the first to see it before the official opening. Whether for a couple of hours a week, or to provide holiday cover, there will be a number of different roles available for volunteers to help with this not-for-profit community project. To discuss these opportunities and have an exclusive visit during August, centre manager Jenny Chambers would like to hear from you at
Progress is rapid now so please keep checking here for news about how to book courts and classes, the new website and helping us with testing the new facilities in advance of the official opening.

We really appreciate your patience with the inconvenience caused during the building work, especially the parking shortage produced by contractors' vehicles. At last, the end is in sight.

Marjorie Glasgow
Chairman, The Thomas Gifford Trust

News from The Thomas Gifford Trust, April 2017

Alongside the major construction work, the focus on site is turning to the interior of the building with the fitting out of the library, café, sports hall and youth area/studio. On Friday April 21st, a large crane will be on site to lift the air handling unit for the sports hall over the top of the building into its final position on the side adjacent to the Nine Acres play area. For any budding young engineers who might want to witness the largest lift of the contract, it will probably take place during the late morning.
As usual, there was a fantastic turnout to the open evening on March 23rd. A big thank you to all who attended. It was great to hear from the first regular client of the sports hall when the head teacher of Charlbury Primary School explained that her pupils will use the hall for PE two hours per day, four days a week in term time (without charge).
Quite naturally, as the project develops, more questions are emerging:

There will be a dedicated viewing area for spectators within the hall, which can accommodate removable seating.

At present, this area has been set aside as a possible location for a new Charlbury Football & Sports Club, so for the time being it is a blank canvas.

It would have cost considerably more money, at the expense of other things, and the income from the feed-in tariff would not have compensated at the current rates available. However, as battery technology develops further to store the energy generated and as funds become available, more panels can be added in the future

We requested £170,000 from the Town Council and are grateful for the grant of £130,000 awarded from the precept towards the external works. To cover the shortfall, we continue to fundraise by applying for grants from, for example, charitable trusts and by organising events locally.
We are arranging two special events at Ditchley Park on May 5th with the goal of raising £20,000. Email or call 01608 819 253 if you're interested. And there is still time to join the "Buy-a-Brick" scheme (though you won't be buying an actual brick, but rather having your name listed in the lobby of the building). To do this you can visit, but do it before the end of June, or it will be too late! In the context of what has already been raised - over £2.1 million �" the outstanding amount is achievable and will not prevent the centre from opening.
We are grateful for your continued help in providing Charlbury with an outstanding and enduring asset equipped with the best possible facilities. The trustees of the Thomas Gifford Trust would like to thank you for your patience and wish you a very happy Easter.

Marjorie Glasgow, Chair of Trustees, The Thomas Gifford Trust (registered charity no 1155669)


On Thursday 23rd March 2017, The Thomas Gifford Trust invited everybody to a public meeting about the new Charlbury Community Centre. The aim was to update people on the progress of the Community Centre, to answer any questions they had and to discuss how the centre will best serve the needs of the Community. The meeting was well attended as always, with trustees showing slides about how the centre would look and how they see it being used, with individual questions and informal discussions afterwards.


Friday 16th September 2016 saw the official launch of construction work at the Community Centre site by former Prime Minister and Witney MP, David Cameron. Over 200 people attended the event plus children from Charlbury Primary School after completing the Charlbury Challenge!

The major works up to Christmas will involve digging the foundations, laying the concrete pad and erecting the steel frame. This will give all Charlbury residents a real view of the scale of the project.

As you may be aware, we have had to divert some footpaths around the construction site. We tried very hard to maintain some access across the site (however small) but due to the heavy plant and deliveries that are required on an already tight construction site this has not been possible. However the good news is that new lit pathways, cycle stores and buggy shelters will be built and completely enhance the accessways on completion of the project. Start ticking off the calendar...

We remain very thankful for the continued support of the community and trust you will bear with us through this now intense construction period.

The centre is still targeted to open in Autumn 2017!

Charlbury Community Centre Awarded Major Funding by Sport England

Charlbury Community Centre is set for a major transformation thanks to £500,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Improvement Fund.

The £2 million Community Centre is one of 19 projects across England to share in £6.5 million of National Lottery investment from the latest round of funding, which is helping clubs refurbish their facilities.

The money from Sport England's Improvement Fund will ensure that construction for the new Community Centre will start within the next few weeks.

The Centre will consist of:
- A large, modern sports hall that can accommodate a wide variety of sports including football, netball, tennis, cricket, basketball, volleyball, badminton and more;
- A new, modern library with IT facilities, WIFI and enough space for meetings, school visits, reading groups, story sessions, doing homework and many other activities; and
- A friendly, flexible community, youth and café area, where people can meet in a relaxed setting.

Marjorie Glasgow, chairman of The Thomas Gifford Trust, said: "We are immensely grateful to Sport England for its support, which will enable us finally to go ahead with providing these much-needed facilities for all of the people who live in Charlbury and its surrounding communities. It is the huge support that we have received from local people over the past ten years in particular, which has provided a solid foundation on which our major donors, such as Sport England, have been able to build.

The Thomas Gifford Trust - a charity that has roots going back to 1592 - is managing the project on behalf of everyone in Charlbury." Mrs Glasgow added, "The Community Centre will provide a new focus for the town, helping to maintain its identity and support our businesses as well as offering people of all age ranges first-class, state-of-the-art sports facilities in a building that has been designed to meet exacting energy-performance standards."

Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: "Sports facilities are a vital part of community sport and we know people have a better experience of sport when they can play in good-quality facilities. Thanks to National Lottery funding, we can continue to invest in sports facilities across the country, so that everyone can enjoy a first-rate experience of being fit and active."

Sport England's Improvement Fund has invested over £49 million to date in 150 community-based projects across the country. From upgrading artificial grass pitches and swimming pool facilities to helping sports clubs become more environmentally sustainable, this funding has played a crucial role in improving the standards of community sport and incentivising more people to become active.

For more information, please contact:
Marjorie Glasgow, Chairman, The Thomas Gifford Trust
Tel: 01608 819253
Mob: 07962 130971

More information about The Thomas Gifford Trust is available at

Sport England is focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life. It will invest over £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in organisations and projects that will:

Help more people live more active lives
Create more opportunities for young people to play sport
Nurture and develop talent
Provide the right facilities in the right places
Support local authorities and unlock local funding
Ensure real opportunities for communities.

For information on the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal fundraising, please see the CCCA page

To make a donation online, please visit or send a cheque, payable to "CCCA" to Richard Neville, CCCA Treasurer, 12 Lees Heights, Charlbury, OX7 3EZ.

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