Charlbury Society


Formed in 1949, the Charlbury Society grew out of the first Charlbury Historical Exhibition. Its aims are to foster an understanding of the history of Charlbury and Oxfordshire, and encourage interest in the character and appearance of the town. It does this through talks, supporting the Charlbury Museum, and arranging outings to places of interest.

Annual  membership £8.50

Please contact to join or renew your membership.  Our privacy notice is below .

Talks will normally be at 8 pm on the first Thursday of every month between October and May and will be publicised a couple of weeks before on Events. 

An exception to this is the talk on the 9th November, the second Thursday of this month as there is a public meeting in the Memorial Hall on the first Thursday in November. 

We shall have a stall in the Museum garden during Street Fair on the 16 th September, and hope that if you haven’t signed up for this season, you will visit us to do so to renew your membership, with the subscription remaining the same at £8.50 , and obtain a copy of our forthcoming programme, with some further information about each of the talks.
This season our lectures in October, November, March,  April and May will be held in the Memorial Hall , on the first Thursday of the month, (NB second Thursday in November) and December, January and February held by Zoom. As you know, to attract the widest variety of speakers, we do ask those who live some way away to present by Zoom. 

This season we have an fascinating range of talks including: FarmEd, how and why it was set up and its aims and successes; Drovers’ roads through Oxfordshire and beyond; Liz Woolley returns to talk to us about Felicia Skene: Oxford writer, prison reformer and friend to the poor,  who was a tireless advocate for prison reform; the development of the A40 from OffBeat Cotswolds; recycling, by a member of the WODC team, on the environmental impact, how it is dealt with, where it goes, and how we can help; the history of the introduction of chocolate to this country; and the story of gloving. Other talks are just being finalised. 

A brochure with full details of the talk is available in the Community Centre and at other places around town. 

Do join us,  and contact us if you are not yet a member and would like to be, or indeed, if you are interested in joining our committee or helping source the subjects and speakers for our programme.

We also have an exciting event to offer members on October 18 th and further details will be sent out by email when we have finalised the arrangements. We are offering a limited number of members a sponsored specialist walk in Oxford to learn where JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis lived, taught and worked . We expect this event to be very popular. 

Nikki Rycroft.

Please also see     CHARLBURY MUSEUM in Town Facilities, 

                             CHARLBURY HISTORICAL RESEARCH in Social , both under the Community section 

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