What’s on

Fri 21 Nov-Sun 23 Nov: Christmas Art Exhibition

Do come along to my Christmas exhibition of recent artwork. Open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 21-23 November, 11-6pm.
Calendars, cards and gifts also available.

Christmas cards of local scenes available for sale in aid of Ebola through YCare.


Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 22 Nov-Sun 23 Nov: Christmas Artweeks in Charlbury

A number of artists will be opening their studios and galleries in Charlbury on Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd of November, when more than a hundred venues across the county will re-open their doors and invite you in for some inspired Christmas shopping! www.artweeks.org. You can view a short movie showing some of our participating artists here: youtu.be/ti_wpazXQwk

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 22 Nov: Yoga, Breathing and Meditations

Calm the mind, soothe the breath and release the body with traditional yoga techniques that help to conserve energy for the winter months ahead and bring the mind, body and breathing back into a natural state of balance.
ALL ABILITIES WELCOME, including beginners
11.30 - 3.30 pm Larkum Kendall Room, Corner House
Contact: Nikki Jackson (Nikki@yogafocus.co.uk)

nikki Jackson · Link


Twelve artists with diverse
skills offering an opportunity
for some unique Christmas
all within walking distance
of each other.

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 22 Nov: Coffee Morning in aid of Special Effects

Spelsbury WI are holding a coffee morning on Saturday 22nd November 10am-12pm in the Corner House in aid of Charlbury based charity "Special Effects" who are dedicated to using technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities.
Cakes, biscuits, plants Bric-a-Brac and raffle, all welcome

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Link

Sat 22 Nov: Roman Britain From The Air

An illustrated talk at St Mary's Church, Charlbury on Saturday 22nd November 7.00 for 7.30.
Tickets £10 ( to include wine and canapés).
All proceeds towards All Saints ,Shorthampton.

Bob Tait · Link

Tue 25 Nov: Cafe Culture - talk on Ai Weiwei with coffee and cake !


A talk on the art of Ai Weiwei

10:30 - 12:30 Tuesday 25th November 2014

White Hart Cottage,Thames Street, Charlbury

With homemade cake and great coffee !

Artist, critic and curator Clare Carswell MA(RCA) will give an illustrated talk on the life and work of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. The talk will explore the art of this fascinating and controversial artist and will look at the impact of politics on his art, his relationship with other artists and how he has become a global superstar. It will discuss the works on display in his current exhibition at Blenheim Palace and how they embody recurring themes in his work.

The talk will take place in the relaxed and charming setting of White Hart Cottage. It will be a small group event and places are limited.


01608 811997 e booking@artinsights.org


A donation from proceeds will be made to CCCA Charlbury Community Centre Appeal

On street parking with limited disabled parking behind the house.

ART INSIGHTS talks are enjoyable as well as educational and are delivered in a friendly and approachable manner. The art that is examined is intriguing and raises many questions about what modern art can be and how we as viewer might relate to it. Questions and comments are welcomed.

Clare Carswell · Link

Wed 26 Nov: Charlbury Town Council

Council meeting at 7.30 pm in the Corner House.

All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public wishing to address the Council may do so by arrangement with the Clerk.


Jon Carpenter · 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 Sat 29 November
7.45 pm

Tickets: £9 Full price and £7 concessions

Box Office: 01608 811 805

'An enchanting (in every sense of the word) comedy. In the wood fairies rule but they themselves are quarrelling. Lovers flee there to escape from the restrictions of Athens and workmen come to get some peace to rehearse their play. When the fairy king tries to help sort out the lovers' emotional problems everything goes horribly and hilariously wrong. The workmen also get involved in the fairy world and undergo experiences that they could only ever have dreamed of. In the end harmony is restored, true love triumphs and the workmen present their play to the court at the wedding celebrations-----that it is rather rough and shambolic only adds to the enjoyment. This will be a fast moving physical comedy is suitable for everyone..

Madeleine Wheare · Link

Fri 28 Nov: Winter Fair

Charlbury Primary School is holding a Winter Fair on Friday 28th November 2014 from 3pm in the School Hall. There will be refreshments, crafts, festive stalls and an opportunity to order a Festive Wreath for your front door! We are also running a Raffle, first prize is a hamper full of lovely Christmas goodies! Raffle tickets and more information are available from the School Office on 01608 810354. ALL WELCOME

Charlbury Primary School · Link

Sat 29 Nov: Charlbury WI Coffee Morning

Charlbury WI will be holding a fund-raising Coffee Morning in the Corner House from 9.30-11.30am. Please support us by stopping by at our 'café' for coffee or tea and home-made biscuits before purchasing some of the delicious cakes, mince pies, jams and chutneys that will be on sale.

Louise Cashman · Link

Sat 29 Nov: Jacket Potato Lunch

Take a break and come to lunch in Charlbury Methodist Church Schoolroom on Saturday 29 November between 12 and 2pm. Jacket potatoes with a choice of filling and a side salad, puddings & coffee/tea/juice. There will also be a table-top sale with gifts and second-hand jewellery.

Celia Faulkner · Link

Sun 30 Nov: Advent Choral Evensong at St Mary's Church

6pm. The traditional choral service of the Anglican church, sung by St Mary's Choir. A peaceful, reflective beginning to the Advent and Christmas season.

Canticles: Shera in C
Responses: Ayleward
Anthem: 'Gabriel to Mary came' (Bullard)

All welcome. (The choir rehearses at 7pm on Fridays in St Mary's if you would like to become a member!)

Richard Fairhurst · Link

Tue 2 Dec: Yack & Yarn

Charlbury's Yack & Yarn group meet in the bar at The Bell on the first Tuesday of the month (7.30-9.30pm). Bring along your unfinished knitting or crocheting project (or any other craft you have on the go), 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 for further information: mob 07867 880237 or charlburywi@outlook.com.

Louise Cashman · Link

Thu 4 Dec: The Art Society presents an Illustrated Talk by Juliet Heslewood

Juliet Heslewood gives an illustrated talk about her newest publication "This is Me!" - the art of self portraiture on Thursday 4 December at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Members free, visitors most welcome £5. The talk will be followed by wine and mince pies!

Maureen Sparling · Link

Fri 5 Dec: The Chamber Music Company from ChOClive

In association with Good Night Out, ChOClive is pleased to welcome to Charlbury The Chamber Music Company performing a classical repertoire played with flair and imagination.

Our programme for the evening features three very different pieces: -

Mozart Trio in E Major K542
Beethoven Trio in D Major Op 70 No. 1 "The Ghost"
Jadassohn Trio in E major Op 20

This concert is part of CMC's Rare Music Series which is devoted to providing a showcase for great works that have disappeared from mainstream performance.

"Outstanding group of musicians" - The Independent

Memorial Hall, Charlbury. Performance begins at 7.45pm. Doors and licensed bar from 7pm.

Tickets for the event, £10 / Students & U16s £6, now on sale at Charlbury Post Office.

Also on-line at www.wegottickets.com (booking fee applies)

Tickets will also be on sale at the door from 7pm.

Jackie Hague · Link

Sat 6 Dec: Coffee Morning

Museum coffee morning in the Corner House from 9.30-12.00.
Homemade cakes, Christmas decorations,raffle,museum books and DVDs.

Celia Faulkner · Link

Sat 6 Dec: St Mary's Church Bazaar

In aid of Lawrence Home Nursing and War Child.
10.30 -12.15 in the War Memorial Hall.

Bob Tait · Link

Mon 8 Dec: Concert

The Strings and Pipes recorder group concert is on Monday 8 December at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church. There will be carols (with some lesser-known ones), songs, readings and pictures. Refreshments will follow, and there will be a retiring collection for Crisis. All very welcome.

Celia Faulkner · Link

Wed 10 Dec: Charlbury Day Centre 'Open Morning'

Charlbury Day Centre are having their 'Open Morning' on 10th December from 10.15 until 11.45. Everyone is most welcome to pop in for a seasonal chat over coffee, wine and a mince pie. There will be cakes and other Christmas nibbles to buy ,together with some craft and of course you will have a chance to participate in our raffle. We look forward to seeing you.

Bob Tait · Link

Wed 10 Dec-Sat 13 Dec: Adrian Lancini presents 'More Rubbish'

Comedy show (featuring at least 78% brand new material) running for four nights in the back room of The Three Horseshoes, Sheep Street, Charlbury. £7 (£5 concessions for Vikings and Professional Web Designers). Door opens 8.15, show starts 8.30. Limited space so booking essential. Please email adrianlancini@hotmail.com or call Adrian on 07816 991602. LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

Adrian Lancini · Link

Fri 12 Dec: Charlbury Society: " Sister Edith Appleton – Front Line nurse and diarist in the Great War."

Talk to be given by Dick Robinson

Memorial Hall 8 p.m. Refreshments 7.30 p.m.
All welcome. Non-members £3.00 Under 18 free

Gerald Draper · Link

Fri 12 Dec: Late Night Christmas Shopping

Charlbury late night Christmas shopping is on Friday 12th December 6-8pm, why not come on down to the town centre and buy your Christmas gifts locally and enjoy the seasonal atmosphere hope to see you all there.

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Link

Sat 13 Dec: Farmers' Market

Charlbury Farmers' Market is held on the Playing Close on the second Saturday in March, June, September and December.

Liz Gupta · Link

Sun 14 Dec: "The Lion King" - Singalong version ChOC film of the month

This month we are screening the Singalong version of The Lion King as an afternoon matinee. One of the great Disney classics, a real treat for the whole family.

Come and Sing Along!

Free popcorn for under 15s.

Mince pies for adults.

Face painting: treat your little ones to a lion make-over.

So, mums and dads, aunts and uncles, grans and and granddads, join the children and come along for a lovely family fun pre-Christmas afternoon out.

Memorial Hall, Charlbury

Film begins at 3pm. Doors & bar from 2pm.

Tickets on sale at the door.
Adults £5 / U15s £3.
Family ticket - 2 adults with 1 or 2 children £12

Jackie Hague · Link

Sun 14 Dec: ADVENT CAROL SERVICE - ST Teresa's Church


St Teresa's Church, Fisher's Lane

3 pm

A service of Advent carols and readings

followed by
Mulled wine and mince pies


the Christmas Hamper Raffle Draw

for more details: contact Madeleine Wheare 01608 810092

Madeleine Wheare · Link

Wed 17 Dec: Charlbury Town Council

Council meeting at 7.30 pm in the Corner House.

All meetings are open to the public. Members of the public wishing to address the Council may do so by arrangement with the Clerk.


Jon Carpenter · Link


Get into the Christmas mood!


Open Session - No need to book: just come and play or recite something...

The Shed
Friday 31st October
@ 20.00

Entry £3.00 on the door (performers free)
Bring your own mulled wine and Christmas cake (?)

More information: 01608 810857 or 810828

Jonathan Luxmoore · Link

Fri 9 Jan: Charlbury Society: " Dad’s Underground Army – British Resistance in WWII"

Talk to be given by Bill King and Helen Bessemer-Clark

Memorial Hall 8 p.m. Refreshments 7.30 p.m.
All welcome. Non-members £3.00 Under 18 free

Gerald Draper · Link

Thu 29 Jan: Mindfulness for Beginners -- a 9-week experiential course

Friends Meeting House, Thurs 7.30--9.30, from 29 Jan to 26 Mar.

Find out how mindfulness can help you to free yourself from unnecessary stress by learning a new way of relating to your experience.

The course is taught by Brigid Avison, who has been practising meditation and mindfulness since the early 1990s and has been teaching mindfulness courses in Oxford since 2008.

Contact: Brigid Avison (bavison@phonecoop.coop; 811940) for more information and an application form.

Brigid Avison · Link

Fri 13 Feb: Charlbury Society: "The role of the country carrier"

Talk to be given by Martin Greenwood

Memorial Hall 8 p.m. Refreshments 7.30 p.m.
All welcome. Non-members £3.00 Under 18 free

Gerald Draper · Link


Late winter session!


Proposer: Dominic Sandbrook - Historian and broadcaster
Opposer: Charlotte Roueche - Byzantine Studies professor
Chaired by Jonathan Luxmoore and Jolanta Babiuch

Come and get stuck in!

Morris Room
Corner House
Thursday, 26th February
@ 20.00

Tickets £ 3.00 (free for under-21s) on the door

Jonathan Luxmoore · Link

Fri 13 Mar: Charlbury Society: "Great medical discoveries: 800 Years of Oxford innovation."

Talk to be given by Conrad Keating

Memorial Hall 8 p.m. Refreshments 7.30 p.m.
All welcome. Non-members £3.00 Under 18 free

Gerald Draper · Link

Sat 21 Mar: Hank Wangford and friends in Concert from ChOClive

ChOClive in association with Good Night Out is pleased to welcome to Charlbury Hank Wangford, with friends Andy Roberts and Anna Robinson in concert.

'Hank Wangford is though, and has been for many years, the best British pure country music musician out there' -Maverick

Full details to follow.

Jackie Hague · Link

Fri 10 Apr: Charlbury Society: "Oxford’s historic waterways – from legend to leisure."

Talk to be given by Mark Davies

Memorial Hall 8 p.m. Refreshments 7.30 p.m.
All welcome. Non-members £3.00 Under 18 free

Gerald Draper · Link

Fri 8 May: Charlbury Society: Annual General Meeting

Memorial Hall 8 p.m.
All welcome.

Gerald Draper · 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

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
6pm-10pm: Quiz, The Bell
7.45pm: Bell-ringing, St Mary's

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
11.30am: Exercise Class, Memorial Hall
5pm-8pm: Fish and chip van, Spendlove
6pm (termtime): RAD Club for 8-11s, Baptist Church
7pm: Choir practice, St Mary's
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 House
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
5pm-9pm: Rico's Pizzas, Spendlove
Summer 2.30pm-4.30pm: Museum open

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