What’s on

Sat 21 May-Mon 30 May: Artweeks in Charlbury

Ten days of Artweeks in Charlbury, 21-30 May, including the Bank Holiday Monday.
Small groups, larger groups, individual artists, Schools, Churches - in all about 30 exhibitors this year. Potters, painters, sculptors, jewellery-makers, weavers. Come for a fabulous day out in Charlbury!
Download a copy of the Trailmap here: https://www.artweeks.org/sites/default/files/manual/2016-trail-charlbury.pdf

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 28 May-Mon 30 May: Sat 26 May-Mon 30 May: Artweeks in Charlbury

Jewellery-makers, painters, printmakers, sculptors are among the 36 exhibitors showing this year. Most venues are open from 11-6 (some from 12-5). Details of individual artists and venues - in houses, studios, places of worship and schools in and just outside Charlbury - are on the the local Trailmap for Charlbury, you can download a copy here: https://www.artweeks.org/sites/default/files/manual/2016-trail-charlbury.pdf
See also the Artweeks' website: www.artweeks.org

G Clarke · Link

Sat 28 May-Sun 29 May: Tea, Cakes, art and play at the Pre School

Beautifully displayed art work from Charlbury's budding young artists. With tea, cakes and interactive art - please do come and visit. We are open from 12 till 5pm as part of Charlbury's wonderful art week.

Liz Gupta · Link

Sun 29 May: Vinyl Solution X

The next edition of Vinyl Solution will be on Sunday, 29th May at The Rose & Crown, 8pm.

Hope to see you there.

David McCutcheon · Link

Mon 30 May: The Art Café is back on Bank Holiday Monday!


The Art Café is back in St Mary's today, the last day of Artweeks

We are serving scrummy homemade cakes and savoury bakes, salads, smoked salmon bagels, teas and coffee.

Available all day from 11 to 5.

Organised by Charlbury Refugee Action Group

All proceeds to refugee aid agencies

Jon Carpenter · Link

Wed 1 Jun: No such thing as a free lunch? Probus Charlbury

There's no such thing as a free lunch - or is there? The Probus Club of Charlbury would like to invite people from Charlbury to join us for lunch at the restaurant of Witney Lakes Resort on the first Wednesday of every month. If you are interested in joining us then we invite you to come along and meet an interesting and diverse group of people who enjoy dining together and enjoying an interesting talk which follows. The only requirement is that you are male (women should not worry there is also a corresponding club for women), you live in Charlbury or one of the surrounding villages and that you can make it for lunch once a month. Your first visit will be absolutely free and there is no pressure to join although we do hope you will.
Every month we have a talk on a subject after the meal for 30 - 40 minutes. The talks are very varied and cover a wide range of subjects and have recently included The Development of Computing, History of the VW Beetle and The Work of the Cotswolds AONB all given by experts in the subject.
So if you if you are free on Wednesday 1st June and are feeling hungry why not come along for a nice free lunch?All you need to do is get in touch before Monday30th May as we have to give them numbers by then.
Phone Tony Merry 811022 or email for more details

Tony H Merry · Link

Sat 4 Jun: Tool Sharpening at Spendlove

9am-1pm. Bring along your old tools to get them sharpened rather than throw them away and buy new. They also have a supply of organic horse manure in bags.

Sharpening Services from Eynsham (07831 261082) are coming to the Spendlove the first Saturdays in April, May and June this year. They sharpen secateurs, shears, loppers, knives, scissors, saws, screwdrivers, hoes, spades, & planes. They can also arrange to sharpen and service lawn mowers for you. Price list

Organised by Charlbury Green Hub

Christine Elliott · Link

Sat 4 Jun: Cancer Research Designer Shoe Sale

Local Cancer Research Ladies Designer Shoe Sale on Saturday 4th June at the Memorial Hall from 10am to 12noon. Brand new boxed designer shoes priced from £10 - £20. Proceeds to go to Kennington Cancer Fund who directly support Prof. Harris in his cancer research work at the Churchill Hospital. Raffle and refreshments. Entry: 20p

Come early for a bargain!!!!

Susie Finch · Link

Sat 4 Jun: Plant Sale and Coffee Morning

We are holding our Plant Sale in the Museum Garden on Saturday 4 June, from 10-12. Plants can be taken to the museum on the night before, between 6 and 7, or given on the day. The museum will be open as usual, and there will be coffee, home-made cakes and a gift stall at the Corner House. Please support us!

Celia Faulkner · Link

Sat 4 Jun: Town Council surgery

Corner House, 10am to midday.

Richard Fairhurst · Link

Tue 7 Jun: Yack & Yarn

Charlbury's Yack & Yarn group meet at The Bell on the first Tuesday of the month (7.30-9.30pm). Bring along your ongoing knitting or crocheting project (or any other craft you enjoy), have a good chat & unwind over a glass of wine. Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability, including complete beginners (yarn, crochet hooks & knitting needles can be provided). No fee to pay, no commitment, just drop by.

Please contact Louise Cashman for further information: mob 07867 880237 or charlburywi@outlook.com

Louise Cashman · Link

Wed 8 Jun: UNA event: Neil Pakenham-Walsh: "People are dying for lack of knowledge: Healthcare Information For All and WHO"

Please join us for the next event organised by the West Oxfordshire UNA (United Nations Association).

Corner House (Morris Room), Charlbury, 8th June, 8pm

Neil Pakenham-Walsh will be giving a talk about his work:

"People are dying for lack of knowledge: Healthcare Information For All and the role of WHO"

All welcome.

Email: neil@hifa.org

Neil Pakenham-Walsh · Link

Thu 9 Jun-Sun 12 Jun: THE ROYAL 90!


You are invited to

With The Royal 90 Font Café in St. Mary's
Thursday 9th June 10am - 12noon

Teas in St. Mary's 2-5pm

Followed by


(Teas in the War Memorial Hall)

For further info contact
Sarah Potter 01608 810388

Maureen Sparling · Link

Fri 10 Jun-Sun 12 Jun: FIELD & COUNTRY FAIR at Cornbury Park

The Field & Country Fair, celebrating the British countryside and field sports takes place in June on the Cornbury Park Estate. It is presented by Time Inc. UK, home to a stable of iconic country and sporting titles: The Field, Shooting Gazette, Shooting Times, Sporting Gun, Country Life and Horse & Hound.

Alison Wright · Link

Sat 11 Jun: Charlbury Farmers Market

Charlbury Farmers Market. Second Saturday every quarter; March, June, September and December. 9am-1pm on the Playing Close Green by the Co-Op. Staples like meat, veg, baked goods, cheese and eggs are complemented by honey, sweet treats, fresh fish, plants and flowers, handmade crafts and much more. Everything you see has been grown, reared, caught or made by the stall holder and comes from within a 30 mile radius (with a few exceptions)All are welcome at our friendly market. All enquiries to Lee on 07779400421 or marketmanager@ymail.com

Lee McCallum · Link

Sat 11 Jun: WWKIPD (World Wide Knit in Public Day) at the farmers' market

Do come and join local knitters (including members of Charlbury's Yack & Yarn group) at the June farmers' market to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day! Knitting is not only a proven way to relax & de-stress, but is also great for making new friends, as well as being a way to contribute to the community and to charities by making much needed knitted items. Bring along your knitting (or crocheting!) and a camping chair or stool and join in.
Contact Louise Cashman for further information: mob 07867 880237

Louise Cashman · Link

Sun 12 Jun: Street Fair Open Gardens

From 2-6pm. Once again we will be holding our ever popular Open Gardens event offering a unique opportunity to view a variety of interesting gardens in and around the centre of the town. Tickets available from the Corner House on the day.

This year we are delighted to be running our event alongside the "Royal 90" festival of flowers that is being organised by St Mary's church as part of the national celebrations of the Queen's 90th birthday. A perfect opportunity to enjoy both events in a single afternoon! As usual, we will be offering refreshing tea and delicious cakes in the Memorial Hall throughout the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you there!

More information can be found at www.charlburystreetfair.org

Susie Finch · Link

Sun 12 Jun: Football Fun Day

Why don't you get a team together and enter the Football Fun Day on Sunday 12th June. Taking place at Wychwood Paddocks playing field the afternoon will consist of short 6-a-side matches. Refreshments and a BBQ will be available, so supporters can come and enjoy themselves too. Entry fee is £10 per player, over 16s only. Contact lgorton66@outlook.com for an entry form. This event is being held by Charlbury Town Youth FC to raise money for maintaining the football pitches on Nineacres playing fields.

Lynn Gorton · Link

Wed 15 Jun: Charlbury WI June meeting - Papercraft

Paper cutting is the on trend craft of the moment, but it dates back many years. Christine Green, a tutor from Denman College, has been cutting for five years and has developed a technique which even the most non creative person can enjoy. Should be interesting!

If you've not been before, then please come along and try Charlbury WI. We have a really good programme for 2016 (see Community/Social page for full details), a growing membership (of all ages) and always have delicious home-made cake at meetings!
Charlbury WI meet at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month in the Cornbury Room just behind The Bell (look out for the 'Welcome' sign on the door). Keep up to date with what we're up to: Follow us on Twitter (@CharlburyWI) and Like us on Facebook (Charlbury WI, Oxfordshire).

Susie Finch · Link

Fri 17 Jun: The Charlbury Speakeasy

This is the final Speakeasy of the season.
Watch this space for details...

Simon Fenn · Link

Sun 19 Jun: "Bridge of Spies" - ChOC Film of the month

Bridge of Spies Cert 12A / 2hrs 18mins

Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, in his Oscar winning role as Rudolf Abel, star in this Coen Brothers scripted film based on real events. During the Cold War, U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers was captured by the Soviets after the shooting down of his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope was New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by the CIA to negotiate his release in a prisoner exchange deal.

Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 7.30pm
Doors & licensed bar from 6.45pm

Admission: £5 / U15s £3

Jackie Hague · Link

Wed 22 Jun: ChOC AGM

Larcum Kendal Room at 7.30pm

If you would like to learn more about ChOC or are interested in joining our team of volunteers, as a committee member or as a helper, do come along and join us for a glass of wine and learn more about ChOC.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Jackie Hague · Link

Wed 22 Jun: Charlbury Garden Society Annual Outing

Trip to The Old Rectory, Farnborough, Inholmes, Woodlands St Mary and Rooksnest, Tambourin Woodlands, Berkshire.
Leave Spendlove at 9.00am, cost £27. For further info or to book call Sarah Potter on 01608 810388

Kate Smith · Link

Fri 24 Jun: Quiz Night at Charlbury Bowls Club

Teams of no more than 6 people.
Entry £6 per person which includes nibbles and free raffle.
Cheap bar.
Plenty of parking.
Doors open 6.30pm, starts at 7pm.
Ticknell Piece Road, Charlbury
TEL. 810229 for more information.

Heather Hill · Link

Sat 25 Jun: Charlbury Beer Festival

The 2016 Charlbury Beer Festival will be held at the cricket pitch (three minutes' walk from Charlbury station) on Saturday 25 June, from midday. There will be live music and other entertainment, good food, children's activities, and 50+ real ales, as well as ciders, perries and fine wine, the World Open Singles Aunt Sally Championship, and the Culture Club tent with a range of talks, drop-in workshops and comedy. Last year we raised a record amount of money for good causes in the local area and beyond, and we hope to do even better this year. For full details, visit our new website www.charlburybeerfestival.org/

As always, we are grateful to our generous sponsors, and we would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in sponsoring a barrel to mark a special event such as a wedding, birthday or anniversary.

Edward Fenton · Link

Sun 3 Jul: Choral Evensong at St Mary's

St Mary's is blessed with a talented organist and choir so do come along to our Choral Evensong at 6pm on Sunday 3 July. This special event only happens three times a year! Watch this space for further details....

Maureen Sparling · Link

Tue 5 Jul: Yack & Yarn

Charlbury's Yack & Yarn group meet at The Bell on the first Tuesday of the month (7.30-9.30pm). Bring along your ongoing knitting or crocheting project (or any other craft you enjoy), have a good chat & unwind over a glass of wine. Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability, including complete beginners (yarn, crochet hooks & knitting needles can be provided). No fee to pay, no commitment, just drop by.

Please contact Louise Cashman for further information: mob 07867 880237 or charlburywi@outlook.com

Louise Cashman · Link

Sun 10 Jul: "They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile - ChOC Film of the month

(Cert. 15 / 1hr 40mins)

In the summer of 2012, a coalition of jihadist forces allied with Tuareg tribesmen overran the northern cities of Mali in West Africa, sparking global outrage. The world watched in anguish as Timbuktu, the legendary crossroads of culture deep in the interior, suffered a brutal puritan purge. Less widely chronicled was the Shariah-based prohibition on performance, song and dance, a particularly cruel restriction in a land celebrated throughout the region, and the world, for its music.

"Schwartz's documentary details how several different Malian musicians struggle to survive the privations and strains of civil war and the ban on music and performance. For Malians particularly, such a ban is as monstrously absurd and as cruel as stopping Americans from watching television or Brits from complaining in queues." - Leslie Felperin / The Guardian

We are delighted that the film's director, Johanna Schwartz, named as one of the Leading Global Figures in 2015 by Foreign Policy, will be joining us for a Q&A session after the screening.

Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 7.30pm
Doors & licensed bar 6.45pm

Admission: £5

Jackie Hague · Link

Fri 22 Jul: Nightime Safari at Blenheim Farm Nature Reserve, off The Slade, Charlbury

8.00-10.30pm. Come along for an evening of wildlife discovery at Blenheim Farm our local BBOWT Nature Reserve.

Join Mark from BBOWT to investigate the bats and moths on the site and to have a nightime look into the pond.

The reserve is signposted east from The Slade (bottom of the dip) in Charlbury Grid ref: SP365195 aerial photo. Sorry no dogs for this event.

Christine Elliott · Link

Sat 23 Jul-Sun 24 Jul: Charlbury Riverside Festival

Oxfordshire's favourite family-friendly festival turns 21!

The Riverside Festival turns 21 this year and now attracts thousands of music lovers to Charlbury's Mill Field, and yet is still the friendliest, most relaxed music festival in Oxfordshire and, astonishingly, is still completely FREE to enter. With great music and masses of kids' activities, the festival is famed for showcasing Oxfordshire's music talent with more than 40 acts playing across three stages, including rock, indie, jazz, and folk.

Come and join us - the entrance is down Mill Lane opposite Charlbury train station. Like all festivals, festival goers cannot bring bottles and cans onto the site - the two bars and other refreshment stalls will be selling drinks at very reasonable prices and there's a fantastic range of food stalls.

Gates are open from 12pm - 10pm on Saturday 23 July and 11am to 8pm on Sunday 24 July. Please leave dogs at home, only assistance dogs will be allowed in.

Location: The Mill Field, Dyers Hill, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3QG
Entrance to the Festival site is down Mill Lane, virtually opposite Charlbury railway station. The station is on the First Great Western London Paddington to Hereford and Worcester line, 15 minutes from Oxford. On the Saturday there are buses to and from Oxford, Woodstock, Witney, Chipping Norton and Banbury to the centre of Charlbury, five minutes' walk from the Festival.

No camping onsite but local campsites are available. For information on these and local hotels and B&Bs click on STAY at the top of the page

More information on the Riverside Festival at www.riversidefestival.charlbury.com
Twitter: @Riversidefest
Facebook: Charlbury Riverside Festival or on.fb.me/RiversideFestival

Ruth Brice · Link

Sun 14 Aug: "Brooklyn" - ChOC Film of the month

(Cert.12 / 1hr 49mins)

This lovely film, adapted from Colm Tóibín's equally lovely novel, revolves around Irish immigrant, Ellis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), in 1950s New York who falls for a tough Italian plumber (Emory Cohen), but faces temptation from another man (Domhnall Gleeson) when she returns to her homeland for a visit.

"pulse-quickeningly good" - Tim Robey / The Telegraph

"moving, emotionally intelligent" - Mark Kermode / The Guardian

Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 7.30pm
Doors & licensed bar 6.45pm

Admission: £5 / U15s £3

Jackie Hague · Link

Fri 16 Sep: Street Fair Egg Throwing

This exciting event takes place as usual on the Friday evening of the Street Fair. Watch this space for more information or check out the website: www.charlburystreetfair.org

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 17 Sep: Charlbury Street Fair

This annual community event takes once place again in Church Street. Among the events:
Art Exhibition by Charlbury Art Society and the Primary School, Silent Auction, Children's Fancy Dress, Classic Cars, Food & Refreshments, Fun Fair, Grand Draw, Punch & Judy Show plus many Stalls lining both sides of the street.
Check out the website for more information: www.charlburystreetfair.org

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 15 Oct: Street Fair Quiz Night

Street Fair Quiz Night in The Memorial Hall - doors open 7pm.
Watch this space or look at the website for more information: www.charlburystreetfair.org

Maureen Sparling · Link

Weekly calendar

9am: Morning Prayer, St Mary's
9.30am: Mass, St Teresa's
9.30am (termtime): Toddler group, Memorial Hall
1.30pm-3pm: Tennis club
4.30pm: Evening Prayer, St Mary's
5pm-9pm: Rico's Pizzas, Spendlove
6.30pm-7.30pm: Silent reflection, Quaker Meeting House

9am: Morning Prayer, St Mary's
9.30am: Mass, St Teresa's
Lunch: Golden Years special, The Bell
2.30pm-4pm: Fish van, Market Street
4.30pm: Evening Prayer, St Mary's
6pm: Bowls club
8pm: Wychwayz Morris, Scout Hut
9pm: Pub quiz, Three Horseshoes

9am: Holy Communion, St Mary's
9.15am: Pebbles (under-5s), St Mary's
9.30am: Mass, St Teresa's
4.30pm: Evening Prayer, St Mary's
5pm: Karate, Memorial Hall
5pm-8pm: Thai to Go, Spendlove
6pm-10pm: Quiz, The Bell
Evening: Pie night, The Bell
7.45pm: Bell-ringing, St Mary's

10am-12pm: Font Cafe, St Mary's
9.30am: Mass, St Teresa's
9.30am: Intermediate Yoga, Corner Ho
11.15am: Gentle Yoga, Corner House
4.30pm: Evening Prayer, St Mary's
7pm-9pm: Tennis club
Evening: Fish & chip night, The Bell

9.30am: Mass, St Teresa's
9.30am: Exercise for 50+, Memorial Hall
11.30am: Exercise Class, Memorial Hall
5pm-8pm: Fish & chip van, Spendlove
7pm: Choir practice, St Mary's
Evening: Tapas, The Bell
August 10am-12pm: Museum open

9.30am: Mass, St Teresa's
9.30am: Wychwood Road Club ride, from Spendlove
10am-12pm: Tennis club
Morning: Coffee Morning, Corner Ho
Summer 10am-12pm: Museum open

8am: Holy Communion, St Mary's
9.45am: Parish Communion, St Mary's
10.30am: Quaker Meeting
10.30am: Baptist Church Service
10.30am: Methodist Church Service
11am: Mass, St Teresa's
2pm-5pm: Tennis club
2.30pm: Canoe club
Summer 2.30pm-4.30pm: Museum open

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