What’s on

Thu 24 Jul-Thu 31 Jul: Get the kids outdoors this summer!

Fancy a family day out with a difference? Then why not head down to the wild woods with Little Wild Things, West Oxfordshire's newest community interest company. Little Wild Things is based in Charlbury, run by Christine Donaldson and Charlotte Hansford, and is all about outdoor nature play for children. Run in a very special patch of local woodland, by kind permission of the Ditchley estate they are kicking off the summer holidays with some outdoor adventures for all the family. Join them in the deep dark wood for wild 'Gruffalo adventures' on Thursday 24th July, or for 'Fire and Sticks' on Monday 28th, where children aged 6 and over will have the chance to light their own fire, pop popcorn and toast marshmallows and try their hand at making stick jewellery and pencils.

Or if you have a household of dinosaur lovers why not head along to their 'Wild Dinosaurs' event on Tuesday 29th July. This adventure is suitable for children of all ages and will have you finding dinosaur eggs, digging for bones and even making clay footprints. Alongside the activities, visitors to the woods can enjoy the tree swing, the mud kitchen and the tiny tepees, plus all the fantastic things that woodlands were made for like hide and seek, bug hunting and tree climbing.

There's also the chance to bring along a picnic to enjoy in the woods and there are always cold drinks, tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes for sale, so why not come out to play!

See the website for price and time details and to book your place. www.littlewildthings.org.uk

Christine Donaldson · Link

Sat 26 Jul-Sun 27 Jul: Riverside Festival

Sat 26-Sun 27 July: Riverside Festival
The Riverside Festival began life 19 years ago as a jazz picnic for friends. It 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, Riverside is one of the most popular events in the Oxfordshire music calendar with families. The festival is famed for showcasing Oxfordshire's music talent with more than 40 acts playing across three stages, rock, indie, jazz, and folk on the main two stages and all sorts on the Riverside Fringe stage - last year it featured everything from song and dance acts to performance poets and a contortionist.
Entrance to the Festival site is down Mill Lane, virtually opposite Charlbury railway station.
Saturday 26 July (12pm to 10pm) Sunday 27 July (11am-8pm)
More info at riversidefestival.charlbury.com

Kathryn Custance · Link

Mon 28 Jul-Fri 1 Aug: Summer Playscheme for children aged 5 - 11 years

3 O' CLUB SUMMER ADVENTURES - come and join the fun!

8.30AM - 6PM £25.00 A DAY + entrance fee to some trips (Funding available, please ask)

Day trips to - Living Forest, Newbury, STONEHENGE EXPERIENCE!, Cotswold Farm Park, Gaydon Motor Museum, JOUSTING AT BLENHEIM PALACE!, Bus Museum and 2 other surprise days to be arranged.

Please call Marion - 07816 505920 or Buffy - 01608 810387 for further details.

marion · Link

Sat 2 Aug: Town Council Surgery

At the Corner House from 10am.

Richard Fairhurst · Link

Sat 2 Aug: Poppy Photo Collage at Charlbury Fire Station

Earlier on in the year residents in Charlbury were asked by the Royal British Legion to plant poppies to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War 1.

At Charlbury Fire Station I am creating a Community Collage made with photos of the poppies planted around the Town.

I would like to invite you, your friends and family to stick these photos onto a display that will be placed at the front of the fire station, giving Charlbury one large poppy made by the community.

Please come along and join in on
Date: Saturday 2nd August
Time: 11:00 " 16:00
Place: Charlbury Fire Station, Sturt Road.

This is a great opportunity to give the kids something to do in the school holidays, visit the fire station, gain fire safety advice, and more importantly show our respect and admiration to those from the Charlbury area that fought in World War 1 (and other conflicts since).

WM Deb Lamb
Station Support Officer
Charlbury Fire Station
Sturt Road
01608 810217

Valou Pakenham-Walsh · Link

Sun 3 Aug: Teas in Corner House and Museum Exhibition on 1914

Commemoration of the start of World War I

Charlbury Museum will be open, with free entry, on the afternoon of Sunday August 3rd, and Charlbury British Legion members will be doing teas/coffees and cake in the Corner House. If you haven't managed to see the exhibition yet, come along. Find out about Charlbury's soldiers and enjoy a get-together over a cup of tea.

Museum opens 2.40 - 4.30.

Celia Faulkner · Link

Mon 4 Aug-Fri 8 Aug: 3 o Clock Club Summer Adventures - For ages 5 - 11 years

3 O' CLUB SUMMER ADVENTURES - come and join the fun!

8.30AM - 6PM £25.00 A DAY + entrance fee to some trips (Funding available, please ask)

Day trips to - Living Forest, Newbury, STONEHENGE EXPERIENCE!, Cotswold Farm Park, Gaydon Motor Museum, JOUSTING AT BLENHEIM PALACE!, Bus Museum and 2 other surprise days to be arranged.

Please call Marion - 07816505920 or Buffy - 01608 810387 for further details.

marion · Link

Tue 5 Aug-Sun 10 Aug: PYRAMID ROCK HOLIDAY CLUB 5-8 and 10 August

Churches Together in Charlbury

Holiday Club
10 am - 12.30 pm
St Mary's Church

Ages 4 to 11 yrs

Please join us in this very popular annual holiday play scheme.
Lots of crafts, activities, songs and general FUN!

Cost is £10 per child , £8 for further siblings

Celebration Service
Sunday 10 August 9.45 am
St Mary's Church

All welcome!

Contact: Christine Pearce 810 846 for more information

Madeleine Wheare · Link

Wed 6 Aug: Supper and Quiz Night at The Bull Inn

Our next Quiz Night is on Wednesday 6th August, with food served from 6:30 to 9pm and the Quiz answers around 10pm.

This month's Supper will be Pulled Pork in a Bun, with Coleslaw and Skinny Fries (a Vegetarian alternative will be available). All that " and a great evening's entertainment with the Quiz - for just £10 per person.

Please pre-book by Monday 4th August. Pop into the bar or call 01608 810689

Alix Blumsom · Link

Thu 7 Aug-Sun 10 Aug: Wilderness Festival 2014

Wilderness... A celebration of the arts & outdoors in the wilds of England at Cornbury Park. wildernessfestival.com

Alison Wright · Link

Sun 17 Aug: 'Sunshine on Leith' -- ChOC film of the month

Cert PG, 1hr 35m

A jubilant, heartfelt musical with the songs of The Proclaimers

A jubilant, heartfelt singalong musical about the power of home, family and love. It tells the tale of one tight-knit family and the three couples bound to it, as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships. And they do it all while singing to the euphoric music of The Proclaimers.

"A rousing attempt to do for The Proclaimers what "Mamma Mia!" did for Abba or "Tommy" for The Who. Two squaddies return from Afghanistan, head to the pub ('I'm On My Way') to forget their troubles ('It's Over and Done With'), hook up ('I Met You'), consider proposing ('Let's Get Married'), then deal with the pain of separation ('I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)') when one of them expresses an intention to emigrate to an inevitable destination ('Letter from America'). Meanwhile, Peter Mullan, the dad of one of the boys, finds his marriage to Jane Horrocks tested by ill-health and a secret daughter." (The Guardian)

ChOC says: "You'll enjoy it because it's a feel-good romp with some great songs and good performances."

Memorial Hall, Charlbury
7.30pm (licensed bar from 6.45pm)
Admission £5, under 15s £3


Jon Carpenter · Link

Tue 2 Sep: Yack & Yarn

Bring along your current knitting or crochet project & unwind over a ball of yarn & a glass of wine!

Yack & Yarn is a new group starting up in Charlbury & will meet for the first time on 2nd September. Build on your craft skills in a supportive environment & enjoy a good chat & make new friends. All skill levels & crafts are welcome. Spare knitting needles, crochet hooks & yarn will be provided for complete beginners who would like to try their hand at crocheting or knitting. There's no fee & the evening is organised on a drop in, no commitment basis. Yack & Yarn has been started up by Charlbury WI members but is to run as an OPEN group, with EVERYONE welcome.

Venue: in the bar at The Bell (in the rooms BEHIND the bar)
Monthly meetings: first Tuesday of the month
Time: 7.30-9.30pm

For more information contact Louise: tel 01608 676995 or email charlburywi@outlook.com

Louise Cashman · Link

Sat 6 Sep: Charlbury Garden Society Annual Show

The Annual Flower and Produce Show is open in the Memorial Hall from 2pm to 4.30pm. Admission 50p, children free. This is the centrepiece of the horticultural year and the show for all the family - as well as flowers there are also classes for fruit, vegetables, cookery, jam, handicrafts and photographs. Everyone is welcome to bring something to the show, the Annual Show Schedule and Annual Show Entry Form are available on the website, also the Station, Pharmacy, Library and Post Office - you don't have to be a member to exhibit.

The history of the Cups awarded at the Shows makes interesting reading.

There is also a plant stall, so if you have any spare plants which you would like to donate to the Society to sell on the day, then please bring them along before 11am, but do ensure they have well established roots.

Membership of the Charlbury Garden Society is just £3 a year and gives you discount at local garden centres.

Christine Elliott · Link

Sun 7 Sep: Wychwood Forest Fair at Cornbury Park

11am-5pm. The Wychwood Forest Fair, is a major fundraising event to support the local wildlife and landscape conservation work of the Wychwood Project. A wide range of rural crafts are on display - some of which allow you to 'have a go'.

Typical activities at the Fair each year include displays by the Wychwood Project, the local Wildlife Trust, the Wychwood Pond group, and many other local conservation and community groups. As well as an arts and crafts tent, there is a children's Fun Fair, a Green Man children's story teller, and both Charlbury Morris and Wychwayz Border Morris dancing sides. There are plenty of local food suppliers and farm produce, lots of refreshments, locally produced ice cream and - last but not least - a beer tent selling beer from the local Wychwood Brewery, based in Witney. Photos from 2013 Fair

This year, the fair will return to Cornbury Park near Charlbury and Finstock and next year will move on to another parish within the Wychwood Project area.

Entry £7.00, under 16's free.

Christine Elliott · Link

Sun 14 Sep: "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" -- ChOC film of the month

Cert PG13, 2hrs 20min plus interval.

Showing in Charlbury Memorial Hall at 7pm (note earlier start than usual)

More information to follow.

Tickets £5 on the door, kids 13-15 £3.

Jon Carpenter · Link

Wed 17 Sep: Charlbury WI September meeting - An Introduction to Sugarcraft

If you've ever stopped by The Cake Shop in Oxford's covered market to marvel at the skill and creativity involved in their custom designed cakes, you'll find our September meeting of particular interest! Lynne Hooper will be giving a talk and demonstration on the basics of three dimensional cake decorating or 'sugarcraft', focusing on the amazingly lifelike & botanically correct flowers that can be made from sugarpaste or fondant.

Lynne Hooper teaches sugarcraft & cake decorating evening classes for Oxfordshire County Council, both at beginner & intermediary level, where she helps students acquire & build on basic cake decorating skills and knowledge to produce professional looking celebration cakes.

If you're considering how to fill the autumn evenings, then please come along & try Charlbury WI. We have a really good programme for 2014 (see Community/Social page for details), a growing membership (of all ages) & 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) or Like us on Facebook (Charlbury WI, Oxfordshire).

Louise Cashman · Link

Fri 19 Sep: Annual Egg Throwing

From 6:30pm outside the Rose and Crown to get Street Fair weekend off to a cracking start.

Peter Kenrick · Link

Sat 20 Sep: Charlbury Street Fair

The main event!
Children's Fancy Dress Parade and Art Competition, stalls, food, games, entertainment, fun-fair and so much more.
Evening entertainment to include "The Village Idiots" back for a third year by popular demand!

If you love it, be part of it! Contact us at info@charlburystreetfair.org

Peter Kenrick · Link

Sun 21 Sep: Street Fair Fun Runs & Walk

Annual 5k & 10k runs plus walk through Glorious Cornbury Park subject to the kind per permission of Lord & Lady Rotherwick.

More details to follow

Peter Kenrick · Link

Sat 11 Oct: The Charlbury Variety Show

Calling all talented people!
As a fundraising event for the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal, we will be hosting a variety show, featuring some of the amazing talent that there is in Charlbury and surrounding villages.
If you are a singer, musician, comedian, dancer, magician or have any other talents that could entertain people, and are aged 16 or over, we would like to hear from you. There will be up to 30 four-minute slots and we hope to have a wide variety of performers. The audience will sit at tables and be served with drinks and snacks during the performance.
This is not a competition, there will be no criticism, positive or negative, apart from riotous applause!
Please contact Tanya Stevenson to register interest or for more information: billandtanya@outlook.com or mobile: 07871 795748.

Tanya Stevenson · Link

Sun 12 Oct: "The Artist and the Model" - ChOC's film of the month

Showing in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm, bar and doors open 6.45.

Cert 12A, 1hr 40mins

In 1943 an old sculptor and his wife live in a small town on the border between occupied France and Franco's Spain. 80 year-old Marc Cros has not sculpted for years; disillusioned by two world wars, the artist has lost all faith in art, life and humanity.

But when his wife Lea finds a Spanish woman, Merce, on the run from Franco's army and offers her the chance to live in the artist's studio, Marc inadvertently finds himself with an attractive young model for what will be his last sculpture.

In the quiet of his mountain workshop the artist and the model talk simply and openly about life and the world around them. Slowly a beautiful relationship develops between the young girl, just starting out in life, and the old man who senses his end is approaching.

Fernando Trueba (director of Oscar-winning BELLE EPOQUE and Oscar-nominated CHICO AND RITA) collaborates with legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere to present this exquisite tale of a quest for beauty and artistic inspiration. Sumptuously shot in black and white by Cinematographer Daniel Vilar, and with captivating performances from Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale and Chus Lampreave, THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL is a delicately crafted contemplation on life, death and art that won Trueba the Best Director award at San Sebastian Film Festival..

Based on a true life story. Subtitled (though there is not a lot of dialogue).

More information to follow. Tickets £5 on the door, kids 12-15 £3.

Jon Carpenter · Link

Fri 17 Oct: Charlbury Garden Society AGM & Harvest Supper

7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. The AGM is followed by the Harvest Supper. This is an excellent social event with food, wine, beer, and soft drinks, music and a quiz with prizes. Entry is just £4.

Membership of the Charlbury Garden Society is £3 a year and gives you discount at local garden centres.

Christine Elliott · Link

Fri 17 Oct: Unwanted Textile Collection

We are pleased to announce another textile collection with Bag2School in order to raise funds for Charlbury Primary School.
By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles - this can include adults' and children's clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, bags, soft toys, curtains and bedding (not duvets or pillows). The school will receive £500 per tonne or £0.50/kg which will be a great boost for our fundraising. In addition it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse.
Donation bags are available from school; however you can use any bag to donate your items, don't forget to ask friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well! Bags need to be brought to the front of school on the morning of 17th October before 9am, please ensure that they are tied up.

Charlbury Primary School · Link

Sat 25 Oct: CADS COFFEE MORNING SAT 25 OCTOBER 10 till 12 noon


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Saturday 25 October from 10 am till 12 noon

Home Produce, Plants, Bric a brac, a RAFFLE as well as
GREAT coffee and tea


Madeleine Wheare · Link

Sun 9 Nov: "Philomena" - ChOC's film of the month

Cert 12A, 1 hr 35mins.

Showing in Charlbury Memorial Hall at 7.30pm, doors and bar 6.45pm.

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan play unlikely friends in this moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman's search for a lost son.

Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a "fallen woman". When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story.

Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena's son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.

The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.

Tickets £5 on the door, kids 12-15 £3.

Jon Carpenter · Link

Thu 13 Nov: Charlbury Garden Society Talk "Butterflies in the Garden"

8pm in the Garden Room at the Memorial Hall. An illustrated talk "Butterflies in the Garden" by Martin Gascoigne-Pees.

£2 entry which includes raffle ticket and refreshments afterwards. Non-members and new members very welcome.

Membership of the Charlbury Garden Society is just £3 a year which gives you discount at local garden centres.

Christine Elliott · Link

Sat 15 Nov: Charlbury Garden Society Plant Sale

Coffee morning and plant sale at the Corner House from 9.30am.

If you have any spare plants which you would like to donate to the Society to sell on the day, then please bring them along before 9.30am, but do ensure they have well established roots.

Membership of the Charlbury Garden Society is just £3 a year and gives you discount at local garden centres.

Christine Elliott · Link

Thu 27 Nov-Sat 29 Nov: CADS presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM



A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

directed by Glena Chadwick

The Memorial Hall, Browns Lane, Charlbury

Thurs 27, Fri 28 and Saturday 29 November

Ticket prices and times TBC

Madeleine Wheare · Link

Fri 5 Dec: ChOClive presents ....

Details to follow

Jackie Hague · 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

9am: Morning Prayer, St Mary's
9.30am: Mass, St Teresa's
Afternoon: 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
9.30am: Mass, St Teresa's
4.30pm: Evening Prayer, St Mary's
5pm: Karate, Memorial Hall
5pm-8pm: Thai to Go, Spendlove
7.45pm: Bell-ringing, St Mary's
8pm: Pub quiz, The Bull

9.30am-11.30am: 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

9.30am: Mass, St Teresa's
9.30am: Exercise for 50+, Memorial Hall
3.30pm (termtime): RAD Club for 8-11s, Baptist Church
11.30am: Exercise Class, Memorial Hall
5pm-8pm: Fish and chip van, Spendlove
7pm: Choir practice, St Mary's

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

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

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