What’s on


This is the December session of the monthly Speakeasy programme. 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
Bring your own drinks (mulled wine and Christmas cake?)

For more information about performing: 01608 810857 or 810828

Simon Fenn · Link

Sat 20 Dec: Cotswold Wardens Walk - Salt and Slates

On Saturday 20th December I will be leading a walk of about 3 hours going out to the Saltway past the Quarry. Then along to Stonesfield and returning to Charlbury along Stonesfield Lane.
The walk will start at 10.00 from the Coop. It is quite an easy walk with no steep hills but good footwear is recommended and wrap up well as it will be cold. As on all wardens walks I will be talking about places we go past on the route and everyone is welcome

Tony H Merry · Link

Sat 20 Dec-Sun 21 Dec: Charlbury Christmas Trees - final weekend

We will be open for the final time before Christmas on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December selling trees that are still growing, and that will be freshly cut for you.

So if you have not yet got your Christmas tree, come and choose one of ours, have it cut and netted, then take it home to enjoy decorating it.

We have Norway Spruce (the traditional Christmas tree), Belgian Spruce (low needle drop), and a few Nordmann Spruce and Serbian Spruce.

Location: Charlbury Christmas Trees at Halcyon Honey Farm, Woodstock Road, Charlbury.

Directions: Travelling out of Charlbury towards Woodstock on B4437 we are at the top of the road on the left hand side. Look out for the banners.

Opening times - Saturday and Sunday ONLY, 9.30 - 4.00.

Janet Burroughs · Link

Sun 21 Dec: Candlelight Carol Service

There will be Carols by Candlelight at the Methodist Church, Fisher's Lane, at 6.00pm on Sunday 21 December. This will be followed by mince pies and refreshments in the schoolroom. Come along and enjoy the Christmas story in pictures, readings and song. All very welcome!

Celia Faulkner · Link

Sun 21 Dec: Nativity Service

You are all invited to come and see the Nativity performed by children at St. Mary's Church Parish Communion on Sunday, 21st December at 9.45am. All are welcome!

daniela jenkins · Link

Tue 23 Dec: An Edwardian Evening with Carols

Come and sing carols at The Bell, Charlbury. This is a joint event between Charlbury Baptist Church and The Bell Hotel. The Bell is providing the food and the Baptist Church are leading the carols. There will be an Edwardian feel to the evening as we remember the post-Edwardian event of the Christmas Truce at the trenches in 1914. It all starts at 7.30pm.

Jean Andrews · Link

Tue 23 Dec: Evenlode jazz at the Bell Charlbury

Evenlode Jazz will be playing at the Bell Charlbury at 9.00 - after the Edwardian carol Singers.

Geoff Holmberg · Link

Wed 31 Dec: New Year's Eve Tapas Evening at The Bull

Celebrate the New Year in the very heart of Charlbury.

Come and enjoy a delicious Tapas Dinner, specially designed by our talented new Chef, Mark, who is already winning many fans locally.

It's fantastic value at £35. See our website, call or pop in for details.

Tel: 01608 810689

Alix Blumsom · Link

Thu 1 Jan: New Year's Day Walk in Cornbury Deer Park

The residents of Charlbury are welcome to walk in the Deer Park at Cornbury on New Year's Day between 9am and 4pm. Access is via the main North Lodge entrance. Walkers are requested not to park on the drive at North Lodge and to remain within the boundaries of the Park. Sorry, but dogs, even those are leads are not allowed in the park as they upset the deer.

Alison Wright · Link

Tue 6 Jan: 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 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

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

Sun 11 Jan: "Belle" - ChOC film of the Month

Belle Cert 12A / 1hr 41mins.
A great film for the post-Christmas period!

Starring local actress, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, born in Oxford and raised in Witney where she attended the Henry Box School, also starring Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson. The film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain.

Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the colour of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.

Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Do come and see what a great talent Gugu has become!

Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 7.30pm

Doors & licensed bar from 6.45pm

Tickets:£5, U15s £3, on sale at the door.

Jackie Hague · Link

Wed 14 Jan: "Painting Including Figures"

Charlbury Art Society presents an acrylics demonstration by artist Fiona Peart on Wednesday 14 January at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Members free, visitors most welcome £3.

Maureen Sparling · Link

Thu 15 Jan-Sat 17 Jan: Adrian Lancini presents 'More Rubbish' – EXTRA DATES!

Three extra nights for the comedy show running 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.

Adrian Lancini · Link

Thu 15 Jan: Charlbury Community Centre consultation event

On 15 Jan 2015 8pm-9.30pm in the Memorial Hall there will be another opportunity to hear current proposals and view the preliminary graphics. We warmly welcome the input of everyone with an interest in the future amenities of our thriving town.

Go to www.charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk to view the plans and perspectives of the proposed building.

Jim Holah · Link


Friday 16th January at The Shed, Nine Acres Road, Charlbury

Music from the Victrolas and Jess Goyder, interludes for poetry and spoken word performances and plenty of easy-going chat...

Bring your own drinks; come with a group of friends or come on your own and join the fun.

Doors open at 8:00pm. £5 at the door.

Simon Fenn · Link

Sat 17 Jan: Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!

The Gruffalo comes to Charlbury!

Christine Donaldson · Link

Wed 21 Jan: Charlbury WI January meeting - Wool Craft (from ewe to you)

Susan Vickery Smith will be giving a talk about her individual adventure into weaving, wool and spinning. She'll be explaining the complete process, from taking a raw fleece, through to creating it into wool to knit or weave with. We'll learn about the age-old arts of carding, spinning and plying, using both home dyed and ready dyed fleeces and combining both to get a mix of colours. To bring wool craft to life, Susan will be bringing some fibre to feel and discuss, and a spinning wheel to demonstrate.

If you've not been before, then please come along & try Charlbury WI. We have a really good programme for 2015 (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).

Louise Cashman · 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

Wed 11 Feb: Demonstration by Kieran Stiles

Charlbury Art Society presents a painting demonstration by artist Kieran Stiles. Held in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 February. Members free, Visitors most welcome - £3.

Maureen Sparling · 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


Friday 20th February, The Shed, Nine Acres Lane, Charlbury

Bring your own drinks, bring some friends or come your own, and enjoy another relaxed evening of live music and spoken word performances in the inimitable atmosphere of The Shed.

Doors open at 8pm. Tickets £5 at the door.

Simon Fenn · 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

Wed 11 Mar: "Leonardo's Anatomy"

Charlbury Art Society present an illustrated talk by Ken Wise entitled "Leonardo's Anatomy". Held in The Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 March. Members free, Visitors most welcome - £3.

Maureen Sparling · 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 14 Mar: Farmers Market

On the Playing Close.

Richard Fairhurst · 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

Wed 8 Apr: "Creativity" - CAS Talk by Tony Lloyd

Charlbury Art Society presents an illustrated talk by Tony Lloyd entitled "Creativity: The Creative Mindset and Creative Processes". Held in The Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 April. Members free, Visitors most welcome - £3.

Maureen Sparling · 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


Around 30 artists will be opening their studios or exhibiting in groups in larger venues around Charlbury. This year our dates include Monday 4th which is a Bank Holiday so we look forward to welcoming lots of visitors to our town, to enjoy a wide range of amazing artwork.

Maureen Sparling · Link

Fri 8 May: Charlbury Society: Annual General Meeting

Memorial Hall 8 p.m.
All welcome.

Gerald Draper · Link

Wed 13 May: "Arts & Crafts Movement in Chipping Campden"

CAS present an illustrated talk by Alan Crawford: "C.R. Ashbee and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Chipping Campden". Held in The Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 May. Members free, Visitors most welcome - £3.

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 13 Jun: Farmers Market

On the Playing Close.

Richard Fairhurst · 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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