Charlbury Refugee Action Group (CRAG)

Charlbury Refugee Action Group (CRAG):

  • Raises funds to assist in the alleviation of poverty, distress, ill health and homelessness among refugees
  • Aims to promote and raise awareness in the local community of the human rights of refugees
  • Campaigns for the humane and sensitive treatment of refugees


For the latest news about refugees

Please check the CRAG Facebook page


CRAG collection for Calais suspended but you can still help!

CRAG (Charlbury Refugee Action Group) was collecting items for refugees in northern France this winter as part of a national effort organised by Help Refugees. Because of the new lockdown measures Help Refugees has suspended the national collection. CRAG has therefore decided to put the local collection on hold as well.

However you can still help in any (or all!) of the following ways:

1. If you have any of the required items please keep them until we are able to restart the collection. See the list below for the items we can accept.

2. If you wish to support Help Refugees directly you can donate at:

3. Help Refugees work closely with an organisation called Choose Love. Their website is an online shop with a difference: you buy goods but don’t receive any! Instead the items you buy are sent to a refugee who needs them. Items which are required for the clothing collection such as blankets can be “bought” on this website -

4. The funds raised by CRAG are in the main divided equally between organisations supporting refugees in Greece and in Northern France. If you would like to donate to CRAG then please go to:

Once again many thanks for your support.

Items required for the Calais collection:

Men’s clothing (sizes small and medium): snoods, scarves, beanie hats, gloves, socks, new boxer shorts, thermal leggings, new or good quality winter coats/jackets and trainers/boots in sizes up to 44. We also need tents, sleeping bags, blankets and roll mats.


A virtual tea concert!

  • During lockdown, 12 internationally renowned musicians well known to our CRAG audiences, including Margaret Fingerhut, Alastair Ross, Philippa Davies, Dorian Ford and Maggie Cole have donated special recordings to raise funds for CRAG.
  • These have been combined into a fantastic concert of music ranging from Purcell to jazz and accompanied by beautiful videography and photography of Charlbury and Oxford.
  • This is NOT TO BE MISSED! It is a veritable treat, which you will be able to enjoy again and again!


CRAG recipe booklets

  • Our new digital recipe booklet Cracking Cakes and Brilliant Bakes features 23 recipes for the mouth-watering teatime treats enjoyed by so many at our concerts, cafés, and tea parties.
  • The recipes include maple nut cake, toll house cookies, Earl Grey & raspberry cake and orange & almond cake. 
  • TO GET YOUR COPY: We suggest a £5 minimum donation. All donations will be used to support charities working on Lesvos such as Attika and Help Refugees. You can either:
  • Make a bank transfer to Charlbury Refugee Action Group - Sort code: 089299, Account no: 65789036, OR
  • Donate online using our JustGiving page at
  • After you’ve made your donation please email to let us know. We will then send you the PDF booklet by email.
  • If you would like to make a donation by cheque or require any further information please send an email to


Contacting CRAG


Other links

Read the CRAG constitution 

Read our privacy policy and privacy statement. There is additional information on the sign-up form.


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