What’s on

Tue 22 Apr: Scything sessions at Blenheim Farm Nature Reserve

10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm. The best way to manage the grassland at Blenheim Farm for the flowers and insects is to scythe it in April to set the grass back just when it is starting to grow strongly. Then again in October after the flowers have finished and set seed.

If you would like to learn the lost skill of scything so that you can join in the scything parties this year, then please contact Christine Elliott.

This BBOWT reserve is signposted east from The Slade (bottom of the dip) in Charlbury Grid ref: SP365195 www.panoramio.com/photo/25077314

Christine Elliott · Link

Fri 25 Apr: All Tamara's Parties #14


All Tamara's Parties is a monthly music night conceived and run by Oxford based singer/songwriter Tamara Parsons-Baker. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for female performers and the expectations by established promoters to play for free, Tamara decided to create a night that gave an equal platform for female performers and fairly distributed the profits amongst the acts on the night.

Thirteen successful shows later, Tamara is bringing her party and some of the cream of the Oxford music scene to The Shed in Charlbury. The Shed is a lovely local space and will form a very intimate setting for the following fantastic bill of acts:

The Epstein

Bethany Weimers

Ags Connolly


All hosted and compered by the inimitable poet/comedian George Chopping (worth the ticket price alone!)

The Shed has a very limited capacity so make sure you get your tickets before it's too late.

For tickets and more information, click here tamaraandthemartyrs.bandcamp.com/merch/all-tamaras-parties-14

Tommy Longfellow · Link

Sat 26 Apr: CADS COFFEE Morning - Sat 26 APRIL - 10-12 NOON, Corner House


are hosting their Spring Coffee Morning

Saturday 26 April from 10 am till 12 noon

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


Madeleine Wheare · Link

Sat 26 Apr: ROSY sponsored walk at Cornbury Park

30 mile sponsored walk at Cornbury Park in aid of ROSY (Respite nursing for Oxfordshire's Sick Youngsters).
Further details to follow.

Alison Wright · Link

Sun 27 Apr: Pond Dipping at Blenheim Farm Reserve

2.30pm-4pm. Come along for an afternoon of wildlife discovery in the underwater world of Porters Pond at Blenheim Farm our local BBOWT Nature Reserve.

Mark from BBOWT will be dipping into the pond to record the species that have made this habitat their home since it was created in the autumn of 2008.

The reserve is signposted east from The Slade (bottom of the dip) in Charlbury Grid ref: SP365195 www.panoramio.com/photo/25077314. Sorry no dogs for this event.

Christine Elliott · Link

Sat 3 May: Charlbury Society: Unveiling of Blue Plaque to Larcum Kendall

A Blue Plaque commemorating Larcum Kendall will be unveiled at 11.30 a.m on Saturday 3rd May outside the Charlbury Post Office. Larcum Kendall was a celebrated 18th century watch maker, best remembered for creating a highly successful copy of John Harrison's Longitude Timekeeper, H4

Jonathan Betts, custodian of chronometers at Greenwich, will make the main address

Gerald Draper · Link

Fri 9 May: Charlbury Society: AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Charlbury Society will be held in the Memorial Hall on Friday 9 May 2014 starting at 8 p.m.
All welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: NOT 10 May as given in Membership Card

Gerald Draper · Link

Sat 10 May: Charlbury Garden Society Plant Sale

Bedding plants for your pots and hanging baskets, vegetable plants and some herbaceous. Doors open 9.30am in the Memorial Hall. The queue starts before it opens, so come early to avoid disappointment.

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

Christine Elliott · Link

Sat 10 May-Sun 18 May: Artweeks Open Studios

Charlbury is a prime North Oxfordshire Artweeks destination. With over 30 artists within easy walking distance of each other it represents a wide cross section of all the artists in the area. Art and sculpture is everywhere - in schools, churches, studios and workshops. A free trail map provides helpful information and makes it easy to find all the artists. For further information contact maureen@wychwoodgraphics.co.uk

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sun 11 May: Stately Car Boot Sale at Cornbury Park

9am to 1pm
Stately Car Boot Sale in the private grounds of Cornbury Park in aid of ROSY charity for terminally ill children and their families . Over 100 upmarket stalls including top end bric-a-brac, furniture, indoor décor & soft furnishings, vintage & good-as-new designer clothing, refreshments. Great morning out to bag a bargain.
Pitches: £50. Entrance £5 adults, children under 16 free. Cornbury Park, Finstock entrance.
For further info please email: ali@beevisfarm.co.uk

Alison Wright · Link

Sun 11 May: "A Late Quartet" - ChOC's film of the month

1hr 40mins, cert 15

Beethoven, emotion and tender insight

An outstanding ensemble cast lends weight and depth to an insightful and emotionally satisfying film.

When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life-changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration.

As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet.

"A heartfelt, intelligent, unassumingly well-constructed picture about a musician who has been diagnosed in the early stages of Parkinson's. … A movie with clarity and grownup complexity." (The Guardian)

"A Late Quartet is aimed at a mature audience of the kind who flocked to see The King's Speech, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Quartet. The film offers first-rate, mostly middle-aged actors in an intelligent screenplay that is decently crafted, covers interesting but unfamiliar ground and has a worthwhile central idea. It dares us to care whether a string quartet stays together or not after 25 years." (Daily Mail)

What ChOC members say:

"Sensitive, insightful and clever, very much a Charlbury film. The Hook Norton audience loved it and applauded. Beautiful music, great acting. A well crafted film with a clever construct to examine the dependency and intensity of long friendships disturbed by youth and desire. Good to look at too."

Directed by Yaron Zilberman

Cast includes Christopher Walken, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Imogen Poots, Wallace Shawn.

Doors and licensed bar 6.45, film 7.30. Admission £5 on the door


Jon Carpenter · Link

Wed 14 May: Charlbury Art Society

'Drawing with Light - the artistry of light' An illustrated talk by Paddy Gallagher.

Venue: Meeting House, Market Street, Charlbury
Time: 7.30pm
FREE to members of the Society. Visitors welcome £3 entry

"The word photography was coined by Sir John Herschel in 1839. It was an amalgam of two Greek words, photo (light) and graphy (to draw) Cameras do not recognise faces, trees, buildings or mountains. They only recognise levels of light. Photographers do not photograph objects, but rather light and the way it delineates those objects. Photography is the study of light, the perception of light and the interpretation of light"

Roy Coates · Link

Sat 17 May: Monster Race Cornbury Park

Cornbury Park hosts the next Monster Race featuring lots of woodland, undulating open spaces and water. Add into the mix the Monster's obstacles and you have one of the hardest 5k and 10k obstacle course races you will come across. This year's Monster Race is in partnership with Helen & Douglas House Children's Hospice. See www.monsterrace.co.uk for more details and registration.

Alison Wright · Link

Sat 17 May: "Kimber's Men - Singing Up A Storm" from ChOClive

Internationally renowned Kimber's Men, are amongst the finest purveyors of sea songs and shanties in the UK. Their superb harmonies, humour and foot tapping tunes are enjoyed by audiences everywhere. They play a selection of instruments, guitar, bandolin, banjo, whistles and bagpipes, and pen many of their own songs. This lively group has appeared at an impressive list of festivals and major venues around the world and they were recently on the BBC4 production of "Sea Songs."

Kimber's Men are brought to Charlbury through Good Night Out, Oxfordshire's Rural Touring Scheme.


Memorial Hall, Charlbury, 8pm. Doors and licensed bar from 7.15pm.

Tickets, £9 / Students and U16s, £6.
On sale at Charlbury Post Office.
Reserve by email: secretary@chocfilms.info or phone 01608 810713.
Also on-line at: www.wegottickets.com/choc (booking fee applies)

See them here now! No need to wait until September when Kimber's Men are appearing at Chipping Norton Theatre.

Jackie Hague · Link

Wed 21 May: Charlbury WI May meeting - Tea Tasting & Sewing Bee

Our May meeting will begin with a short talk about the history of the Earl Grey recipe & then move on to a 'Name the Tea' quiz, 6 freshly brewed pots of loose leaf tea which need matching to their labels. A prize for the most clued up tea drinker! We'll be making felt brooches the second half of the evening, using embroidery threads, buttons & ribbons to decorate and personalise them. Designed to be informal & fun, no sewing skills required! Materials provided. Newcomers always very welcome.

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

Sun 25 May: Tea and Cakes at Ditchley, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust

Treat yourself to a delicious slice of home-made cake and a welcome cuppa at the Oxfordshire Young Farmers Country Show and Rally, and help raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Teatimne treats will be on sale from 2pm at Ditchley Park near Enstone OX20 1BE (entry from the Kiddlington end off the A44). Can you make a cake for us to sell on the day? If so please email charlburymakescakes@gmail.com, call Sarah on 01608 811 274 or leave your details at Charlbury's Co-op Pharmacy, where you can also make a cash donation to the Trust.

The Show is open from 10am to 5pm, entrance is £5, under 16s, free.

Kathryn Custance · Link

Sun 25 May: Boundary Walk

Everyone is welcome to join the Boundary walk for 2014. It takes place on Sunday 25th May this year which is Rogation Sunday.
The walk follows as far as possible the boundary of Charlbury Parish and is something like 12 miles for the whole walk but you can join or leave at a number of places on the walk.
We pass the bridge on the main drive to Cornbury Park, along Woodstock road, the entrance to Ditchley Park, across the Enstone road, Spelsbury and back to Charlbury
The start is at the boundary oak (at the top of Dyers Hill past the station entrance)at 10.00.
The whole walk will take about six hours including a break for lunch. It will finish in gthe centre of Town
The walk will be led by Harriet Balwin and myself and we are both Cotswold AONB voluntary wardens.
You may bring a dog but on parts of the walk it may need to be on a lead,
We will go on paths not normally accessible and it is an interesting and varied walk. This year we hope most of the route will be fairly dry but you should bring suitable walking shoes.
So please come along and this historic tradition (we no longer beat any boys on the walk)
If you need any further information please call me on 01608 811022

Anthony Merry · Link

Sun 1 Jun: Street Fair Open Gardens

Your chance to view many of the beautiful gardens in the centre of Charlbury on this Sunday afternoon. Teas will also be available in the Memorial Hall.

If you would like your garden to be considered for inclusion, please email csfgardens@charlburystreetfair.org.

As usual, the Open Gardens will be preceded by a lunch event to set you up for the rigours of garden viewing! Details to follow.

Peter Kenrick · Link

Sun 8 Jun: "About Time" - ChOC film of the month

Cert 12, 2 hrs

A Richard Curtis film, smart, sweet, funny and genuinely moving

From the director of 'Love Actually', 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Notting Hill' and 'Bridget Jones' Diary'.

A young man learns from his dad that he can travel in time, and plans to use the power to find a girlfriend. With Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson, Lindsay Duncan, Rachel McAdams and Tom Hollander.

Gleeson plays Tim, the shy son of eccentric, well-off parents (Bill Nighy and Lindsay Duncan). At 21 he leaves the family nest in Cornwall to take up his barrister pupillage in London and, yearning for love, meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), whose under-par frock and non-glam fringe can't deflect his and our appreciation of what a babe she is. Their relationship is, however, made fraught by Tim's secret superpower: he can travel back in time to any point in his own past, and correct his dopey mistakes, though creating new ones along the way.

''About Time' wants us to put aside our cynical reservations and accept an extra pint from the milkman of human kindness. As I stood outside the preview screening watching middle-aged men and women alike wiping away a tear, it was evident that, for all its flaws, the film had indeed delivered.'
(Mark Kermode, 'The Observer')

'A good-natured fantasy romance of such utterable daftness that it's impossible to dislike. … There are some nice gags and some ingenious narrative turns in Curtis's well-carpentered screenplay … You'll need a sweet tooth for this film, but it's heartfelt, with a fragile sort of sincerity.'
(Peter Bradshaw, 'The Guardian')

'You go to [Richard Curtis] for films to nestle in, where you can spend two hours dreaming that you live in a house as elegantly rumpled as the Lake family's Cornish retreat, quilts and all, and spend your evenings skipping through west London in fancy dress, and pass long and lazy summers drinking tea on the beach and playing ping pong in the garage with Bill Nighy.'
(Robbie Collin, 'Daily Telegraph')

Memorial Hall, Charlbury
7.30pm (licensed bar from 6.45pm)
Admission £5, 12-15s £3


Jon Carpenter · Link

Sat 14 Jun: Charlbury Summer Fair

Put the date in your Diary. Charlbury School will be holding their Summer Fair on Saturday 14th June, more details to follow!

Charlbury Primary School · Link

Sat 21 Jun: Charlbury Garden Society Summer Show

The Summer Show is open in the Memorial Hall from 2pm to 4.30pm. Admission 50p, children free. This is a wonderful display of roses, sweet peas, other flowers, and early vegetables. Everyone is welcome to bring something to the show, the schedule of classes and 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.

The Society's project for children this year is Groovy Growing, which involves them growing plants themselves.

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

Christine Elliott · Link

Sat 28 Jun: Charlbury Beer Festival

The Seventeenth Annual Charlbury Beer Festival will take place on Saturday 28 June 2014 at Charlbury Cricket Club (just over the road from Charlbury Station), from midday. Apart from the fifty or so real ales on offer, there will be a range of ciders and wines, quality soft drinks, good food, Pimm's, children's activities, the World Open Singles Aunt Sally Championship, and live music and other entertainment throughout the day. All proceeds go to good causes (mainly in the local community), and we look forward to seeing you there. See www.charlburybeerfestival.org/ for further details about the festival and where the money goes.

Edward Fenton · Link

Wed 2 Jul: Charlbury Garden Society Annual Outing

This year the visit is to Hatfield House Garden and The Royal National Rose Society Garden at St Albans.
Cost £25. Coach leaves Spendlove promptly at 8.30am. Phone Sarah Potter 810388 to book a place.

Christine Elliott · Link

Sun 13 Jul: 'Blue Jasmine' -- ChOC film of the month

Cert 12A, 1hr 35m

Woody Allen's gripping take on Greek tragedy with Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins

More details to follow

Memorial Hall, Charlbury
7.30pm (licensed bar from 6.45pm)
Admission £5, 12-15s £3


Jon Carpenter · 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

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

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


Jon Carpenter · 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.

The Society's project for children this year is Groovy Growing, which involves them growing plants themselves.

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

Christine Elliott · 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

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


are hosting their


to support their November productIon of


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

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.

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

Contact us with changes to this listing.

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