What’s on

Fri 28 Oct: Kris Dollimore at The Rose & Crown

This Saturday is a truly golden night at the Rose & Crown, as we welcome back Kris Dollimore, former member of The Damned and Del Amitri, for another night of dazzling blues and guitar virtuosity!

Kris has long been a favourite at the Rose & Crown, and this night has been looked forward to for ages! And if you've not heard him before, come and see what all the fuss is about! 
The music starts around 9pm.

Charlie M · Link

Sat 29 Oct: Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning
Saturday 29th October
Corner House, Charlbury
Cakes and Raffle

All welcome come along for a cuppa and find out more about our next production
The Merry Wives of Windsor

Performance dates 24th/25th/26th November

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Link

Tue 1 Nov: 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


This talk will focus on the life of Robert Catesby (leader of the failed gunpowder plot) and exploring English recusancy in the 16th century through objects in the Chastleton collection

Venue: Memorial Hall

Refreshments from 7.30 for 8,pm start

Members and students free. Visitors £3.00

Further information call 01608 810506

john h · Link

Sat 5 Nov: The Royal British Legion Coffee Morning

The Royal British Legion (Charlbury Branch)
is holding a
Saturday 5 November 2016
The Corner House, Charlbury
9.45am to 11.45am
Home made cakes and raffle

Patrick Gallagher · Link

Sat 5 Nov: Sponsored Spook!

We're holding a children's 'Sponsored Spook' to raise funds for repairs to the Ticknell Piece play equipment. Please come to Ticknell swings at 10.30am on Saturday 5th November dressed in your Halloween finery. Walk, run or scare your way around a 1km course through the meadow and woods. Ask everyone you know to sponsor you and help us to raise some money to buy some new swings! There will be a chocolate prize for every child who enters the run. Sponsorship forms are available at the Deli or from lizsoar@hotmail.com

Liz Soar · Link

Sat 5 Nov: Vinyl Solution XII

November 5th! Bonfire Night! Vinyl!

Expect a few old crackers, the occasional banger and maybe some slow-burners on the 12th Vinyl Solution Night.

If you do come along, please dust off those old records from the loft and bring them along.

The fuse is lit...

David McCutcheon · Link

Sun 6 Nov: Big Apple Take-Away

2.30pm on the Playing Close every other Sunday afternoon from September through to November. All welcome, please come along and help yourself to FREE fruit.

11th & 25th September, 9th & 23rd October, 6th & 20th November

So far this year we have had about 40 varieties of apple, also plums, grapes, pears and quinces.

If you have spare apples (or grapes, plums, pears, quinces and medlars) for picking and you'd like them to be given away free at these events throughout the autumn, please contact sharecroppers@charlburygreeenhub.org.uk or 01608-811057 - we pick fruit from within an 8 mile radius from Charlbury. Enormous thanks to everyone who offers their surplus fruit for picking and redistribution every year rather than see it wasted - we couldn't do this without your generosity.

2016 is Charlbury Sharecroppers' 9th year - last year we redistributed about 2 tonnes of apples - we had over 30 different varieties, do you remember your favourites and when they were available? The fruit is given away FREE and you can take it for eating fresh, cooking, or storing. Early season apples don't store well fresh and need eating or cooking straight away but varieties that ripen in October will store for several weeks, keep them in the salad draw in your fridge or in a cold garage - perforated plastic bags are good to stop russets shrivelling.

Christine Elliott · Link

Sun 6 Nov: DRAWN FROM LIFE - an illustrated talk by George Butler at St Mary's Church, Charlbury

George brings his experiences from Syria to Helmand in his drawings done in situ with Bill Wood leading questions afterwards.
Tickets £12.50 (to incl wine and nibbles)from Amanda Cooper on 01608 676504 or art@amandacooper.co.uk.
Reception 7pm
All proceeds to St Marys with Shorthampton and Singing for Syria


Mon 7 Nov: Corner House & War Memorial Hall AGM

8.00 p.m. Larcum Kendal Room, Corner House.

All welcome. Enquiries, Stephen Andrews (Chair) 01608 811212

Stephen Andrews · Link

Tue 8 Nov: Walk with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens: 'The Saltway and Ditchley'

Part of the Saltway forms the eastern boundary of Charlbury Parish and of the Cotswolds AONB. The walk follows this ancient track to New barn Farm then returns via Stonesfield Riding, Kingswood Brake and Ditchley Park.
Start from the Model Farm (meet at the top of Ditchley Rd near the Park Gate) at 10.00am. About 5.5 miles, 3hrs.
Leaders Tony Graeme and Harriet Baldwin.

Tony Graeme · Link

Wed 9 Nov: Rena Gardiner, Artist and Printmaker

A talk by Martin Andrews, Printing historian and Lecturer in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading

Meeting at 7.30 in Memorial Hall


Maureen Sparling · Link

Thu 10 Nov: Charlbury Garden Society Talk

There will be a talk on Thursday 10 November 2016 at 8.00 Garden Room, Memorial Hall

The topic will be " The Year-Round Container Gardener".

Chris Day of Buckingham Garden Centre will help you plan your mixed planters or renovate existing ones to produce year long interest. Chris offers original inspirational ideas you can incorporate into your containers, plus tips on how to keep them looking good whatever the season or weather!
This will be followed by tea and biscuits and a chance to talk to him and the Committee about any Gardening issues you may have.

Geoff Holmberg · Link

Thu 10 Nov: Another opportunity to learn Thai and Chinese cookery

This class sold out in October, so do be sure to book your place soon!

Come and learn to prepare some authentic oriental dishes!

Learn from a native Singaporean, Gene, who was taught by her mother and grandmother. Singapore enjoys a mix of Malay, Indian and Chinese culinary traditions: the Thai is Gene's own contribution.

You will be taught how to prepare and cook two Thai and two Chinese dishes, including sourcing the ingredients. Then sit down to eat them (with jasmine rice) for lunch. There will be fruit for dessert.

The lesson will be held in a private home from 10.00 to 1.30, and will include notes and recipes. Numbers are limited to a maximum of six. The cost is £30 each.

To reserve your place, please call Gene on 01608 811233.

Proceeds to Charlbury Refugee Action Group

Jon Carpenter · Link

Thu 10 Nov: Font Cafe - Help with you Mobile Phone and Tablet

Are you getting the most out of your i-pad or tablet?
AGE UK and ST. MARY'S CHURCH invites you to a Free mobile and tablet one-to-one session on Thursday 10th November.
An opportunity to bring your i-Pad's and tablets along for some friendly advice and support with any issues you may have.

Information Drop-In at the Font Cafe, St Mary's Church, Charlbury from 10am-12 noon.

Join us for good coffee and homemade cake.

Jo Paton · Link

Fri 11 Nov: The Royal British Legion Band Concert

The Royal British Legion
(Charlbury Branch)
with the "Accidentals"
Friday 11 November 2016 at 8pm
War Memorial Hall Charlbury
Licensed Bar
Light Refreshments

Tickets. Cotswold Frames and on the door
Further Information
01608 810822 or 811706

Patrick Gallagher · Link


The Charlbury School Quiz returns by popular demand this autumn. Tickets at £10 a head include entry into the quiz and a delicious Bangers & Mash supper.

Cash bar open from 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start to the quiz. Tickets available from Charlbury School Office. Teams will be tables of up to 6 people. Book your tickets and table now!

Harriet Peters · Link

Sat 12 Nov: Charlbury Variety Show

Memorial Hall from 7.30pm.
Charlbury Community Centre Appeal will again be holding a Variety Show, showcasing some of the amazing talent that is to be found in and around Charlbury. Supper (pizza) will be included in the ticket price and there will be a bar.
Tickets (priced £10) are now on sale at Charlbury Post Office. Please do not leave it too late to buy them - we have been sold out in previous years.

Tanya Stevenson · Link

Sat 12 Nov: Charity Christmas Card Sale

Annual Christmas Card Sale
Memorial Hall
10am - 12 noon
Various different charities selling not only cards but a huge variety of gifts for Christmas, jewellery and decorations.
Lovely homemade cakes, savouries and raffle.
Refreshments - delicious mince pies, coffees and teas for sale throughout the morning.

Clare Elson · Link

Sun 13 Nov: "Everest" - ChOC Film of the Month with Q & A

Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 7pm

Cert. 12 / 2hrs

With a fine cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, and Josh Brolin, Everest is based on the true story of the ill-fated expedition which took place in May 1996.

Mountaineers from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest of conditions, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive.

We are delighted that Steve Mitchell, Scenic Artist on the film, will be joining us for a Q&A session too.

Doors & licensed bar from 6.15pm

Admission: £5 / U15s £3

N.B. Please note the 7pm start!

Jackie Hague · Link

Sun 13 Nov: The Royal British Legion Remembrance Day Parade

The Royal British Legion
Sunday 13 November 2016
Assemble in Spendlove Car Park
Service and Act of Remembrance
From 3pm
St Mary's Church

Refreshments. Memorial Hall after Parade
Rehearsal 10 November at 6.30pm
St Mary's Church

Patrick Gallagher · Link

Wed 16 Nov: Charlbury WI - Flowers for Christmas

To help get you into the festive spirit, Dandy Ellison from Charlbury florist Earthworms & Dandelions, will be coming along to our November meeting to demonstrate how to make Christmas wreaths and table decorations.

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 details), a growing membership (of all ages & from a wide local area) & always have delicious home-made cake at meetings!

Charlbury WI meet at 7.30pm on the 3rd 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) & Like us on Facebook (Charlbury WI, Oxfordshire). Further information from Louise Cashman (charlburywi@outlook.com or tel 07867 880237).

Louise Cashman · Link


If you heard them last year, you'll certainly remember the wonderful close harmony singing and playing of The Victrolas. They'll be back with some new repertoire to complement a special spoken-word programme from two of our favourite BBC presenters, Kathy Clugston and Jim Lee. Expect some special readings from them as well as a chance to ask them about what happens behind the scenes at Radio Four...

The Shed, Nine Acres Lane, 8:30pm. Doors open at 8pm.
Entry £7.50 on the door. Bring your own drinks!

Simon Fenn · Link

Sat 19 Nov-Sun 20 Nov: Christmas Artweeks in Charlbury

Twenty-two artists in Charlbury will be opening their studios for Oxfordshire's CHRISTMAS ARTWEEKS EVENT over the weekend of 19/20 November - a great opportunity to buy a unique gift for Christmas! Opening times are generally 11-6 but there will be a trailmap available detailing the individual venues around the town.

Maureen Sparling · Link

Wed 23 Nov: Secure Paper Shredding, One Village, Forest Road, Charlbury

6.30-7.30pm. Reduce the risk of identity theft, bring confidential paper waste for secure shredding, fund raiser for the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal and also for hiring the Memorial Hall for next Bring & Take.

Bring your bags to the One Village warehouse on the trading estate just over the railway bridge on Forest Road (OX7 3HH). Cost is £5 per bag with 50% going towards local causes. Please phone Christine Elliott on 811057 for more information. Grateful thanks to One Village for letting us use their premises.

Heavy duty polypropylene sacks able to hold 20kg of paper are available free at Charlbury Post Office.

No need to remove staples, paperclips or plastic spines, but please DO NOT include plastic sleeves, folders or CDs.

Certificate of destruction provided if required. The paper gets reprocessed into paper products within just a few weeks.

Shredding by Datashredders Ltd

Organised every May and November by Charlbury Green Hub. Since 2009, when this event was first arranged in Charlbury, 4,438kg of paper have been shredded which is equivalent to 66.6 trees and over £1,000 has been raised for Charlbury charities.

Christine Elliott · Link

Thu 24 Nov-Sat 26 Nov: CADS presents " The Merry Wives of Windsor "

The "Fat Knight" comes to Charlbury!
The one and only Sir John Falstaff may be seen in the CADS Autumn production:
"The Merry Wives of Windsor"
at The War Memorial Hall on
24, 25 & 26 of November.
Sir John, out of favour with Prince Hal (soon to be King Henry V), is down on his luck and living on a measly pension as a "Poor Knight"; (ex soldier) at The Garter Inn in Windsor.
Falstaff sees "entertainment..." in the comely shapes of Mistress Ford, wife of the wealthy (and pathologically jealous) businessman Master Ford, and her good friend Mistress Page, wife to the philosophical (and also rich) Master Ford. Both wives Falstaff believes, "...rule" their husbands' "purses".
Sir John plans to seduce both wives and, by his "charms" and "better parts", embezzle both husbands and thus relieve his penury.
Meanwhile Anne Page, young, attractive (well endowry'd) daughter of the Pages' finds herself pursued by three suitors, only one of whom she loves.
How does it all end? If Falstaff doesn't get what he's after, what does he get?
Does sweet Anne get her man? How do the Merry Wives fare? Are their husbands "Cuckolded"?
Do come and see it!

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Link

Sat 26 Nov: Charlbury WI Coffee Morning & Cake Sale

Charlbury WI will be holding a fund-raising coffee morning & cake sale in the Corner House from 9.30 to 11.30am on Saturday 26 November. Please support us by stopping by at our pop-up café for coffee & home-made eats before purchasing some of the seasonal cakes, mince pies, jams, chutneys & craftwork that will be on sale.

Louise Cashman · Link

Sat 26 Nov: Drop in - Charlbury Town Survey Results

10-3pm Event details to follow soon.

lucy Crane-Lupton · Link

Sun 27 Nov: Choral Evensong for Advent Sunday

Celebrate the start of the church's year with a beautiful musical service at St Mary's Church.

  • Introit: O Come O Come Emmanuel (arr. John Rutter)
  • Responses: Clucas
  • Canticles: Stanford in B flat
  • Anthem: The Cherry Tree Carol (arr. Stephen Cleobury)

6pm. All welcome.

Richard Fairhurst · Link

Sun 4 Dec: Tea recital in aid of Charlbury Refugee Action Group


An afternoon recital at 3pm in the Memorial Hall, followed by tea and cake

Richard Boothby (Viola da Gamba), founder and director of Fretwork Viol Consort, plays works by Telemann, Abel and Lawes

Admission £10 to include tea and cake

Tickets available now from Charlbury Post Office and Cotswold Frames, or to reserve tickets phone Val and Nick Parker 01608 811558

Organised by Charlbury Refugee Action Group to raise funds for refugee relief

Jon Carpenter · Link

Tue 6 Dec: 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

Thu 8 Dec: Charlbury WI carol service

Charlbury WI invite you to join members, family & friends for a service of carols & readings at 7pm at St. Mary's. The will be a retiring collection for SERV OBN (Oxfordshire Blood Bikes) followed by mulled wine & mince pies. An open service to which all in the local community are very welcome to attend.

Louise Cashman · Link

Sun 11 Dec: "The Family Matinee at Christmas" from ChOC

The Family Matinee screening will be at 3pm.

Film details to follow.

Tickets available at the door: Adults £5 / u15s £3 / Family Ticket (2 adults and 1 or 2 children) £12

Free popcorn for children and free mince pies for adults.

Doors and bar from 2.30pm

Jackie Hague · Link

Wed 14 Dec: Charlbury Art Society present.....

Local Young Artists - Bursary students and local young artists: A PV opportunity to show and talk about their work with wine and discussion.
Megan Hemsworth, BA Fashion Photography, Falmouth. Graduating 2017
Clare Taylor, MSc in Medical Art, Dundee 2015
Luke Daniels, BA Illustration, Oxford Brookes 2014

7.30pm in the Memorial Hall
All welcome - £3, members and under 25s free


Maureen Sparling · Link


A Christmas cracker at the Shed...

Simon Fenn · Link

Fri 16 Dec: Late Night Christmas Shopping

Late Night Christmas Shopping Friday 16th December 6pm-8pm come along and get in the festive spirit and buy those last minute Christmas gifts from your local shops

Tim at Cotswold Frames · Link

Sun 18 Dec: Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols

and a selection of popular carols

St Mary's Church, Charlbury, 5pm. Tickets £15, students £5

One of Britten's best-known works, this celebration of mediaeval Christmastide poetry is performed by the celebrated Oxford chamber choir, vOx.

Musical director David Crown

Accompanied by Jenny Broome (harp).

Jon Carpenter · Link

Wed 11 Jan: Charlbury Art Society presents

'TED Talk' Evening
Patricia Freeman - silversmithing - raising a bowl
Linda Mowat - plaited baskets
George Lewis - wood sculpture technique.
In the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm
All welcome - £3, members and under 25s free


Maureen Sparling · Link

Sun 15 Jan: Tea Concert: Oboe and Harpsichord Recital


Baroque recital in aid of CRAG

Jane Downer (baroque oboe) and Warwick Cole (harpsichord) will perform works by J.S. Bach, Gottfried August Homilius and Johann Ludwig Krebs.

In the Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 3pm.

Tickets £10 including tea and cake, on sale from December. To reserve a ticket in advance, phone Val and Nick on 01608 811558.

In aid of Charlbury Refugee Action Group

Jon Carpenter · Link

Wed 8 Feb: 'Scottish Colourists'

Charlbury Art Society presents a talk by art historian, Alice Foster
In the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm
All welcome - £3, members and under 25s free

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 11 Feb: Cocktails and Cabaret

An evening of music, entertainment and cabaret

With bar, cheese board, dancing and jazz karaoke

In the Memorial Hall from 8 till late

Organised by Rob Hemingway and Liz Soar in collaboration with Charlbury Speakeasy

Tickets on sale nearer the time (prices tbc), or email hemingwayrob@hotmail.com

A Valentine's special in aid of Charlbury Refugee Action Group

Jon Carpenter · Link

Wed 8 Mar: 'The Moving Figure'

Charlbury Art Society presents a demonstration by artist, Jill Colchester
In the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm
All welcome - £3, members and under 25s free

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 8 Apr-Sun 9 Apr: Spring Show Exhibition

Charlbury Art Society presents their Spring exhibition of members work - many for sale.

In the Memorial Hall

Maureen Sparling · Link

Wed 12 Apr: 'Trees in Art'

Charlbury Art Society presents a talk by art historian, Juliet Heslewood

In the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm
All welcome - £3, members and under 25s free


Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 29 Apr: Classical Concert from ChOC Live

Keep the date free for a spring concert in the Memorial Hall

Full details to follow.

Jackie Hague · Link

Wed 10 May: 'Contemporary Tibetan Art'

Charlbury Art Society presents a talk by Professor Clare Harris

In the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm
All welcome - £3, members and under 25s free


Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 13 May-Sun 21 May: Artweeks in Charlbury

Many artists and craftspeople open their studios around the town to join with the whole of Oxfordshire in a feast of artistic talent.

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 24 Jun: Charlbury Beer Festival

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Charlbury Beer Festival will take place on Saturday 24 June 2017. Further details will follow, but in the meantime please put the date in your diaries! Preparations are already under way.

Edward Fenton · 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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