What’s on

Sat 8 May-Mon 17 May: Wildlife Explorer Trail - Mill Field circular route

Follow this self-guided trail to discover the beautiful meadows along the River Evenlode in the outskirts of Charlbury. Try your hand at spotting the mammals, birds and wildflowers that are out and about at this time of year.

This circular trail follows one of the routes set out by Walkers are Welcome https://www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/visiting-and-exploring/walking/cotswold-gateways/ and is around 1.8 miles long (approximately 45 minutes). The majority of the walk is on unsurfaced tracks across grassland, following public footpaths.

This trail will be available from 08/05/2021 until 18/05/2021.

More info and booking here: www.rediscover-nature.com

Katherine Holmes · Link


Mon 10 May-Sun 16 May: Christian Aid Week

Churches Together in Charlbury is holding a collection for Christian Aid. The last year has been hard for everyone, but far more so for people in places where they were already struggling with shortages of food and water, poor sanitation and inadequate health services.

For some people there are signs of hope, when communities work together to protect the environment, adapt their farming practices and share resources. Christian Aid is one of the organisations supporting people who are trying to adapt to a changing world.

Christian Aid envelopes are being delivered to houses in Charlbury with an invitation to bring donations to Cornerstone in the Corner House, Market Street. Cornerstone is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 1pm. Donations can be brought to Cornerstone during Christian Aid week and the following week.

Contact Rosalind Scott: tel.810562

Rosalind Scott · Link


Wed 12 May: Secure Paper Shredding, One Village, Forest Road, Charlbury

Reduce the risk of identity theft. Bring confidential paper waste for secure shredding between 6.30-7pm 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 from The Cornerstone at The Corner House Mon-Sat 10am-1pm.

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, over 7,400kg of paper have been shredded which is equivalent to 110 trees and over £1,700 has been raised for Charlbury charities.

Christine Elliott · Link


Wed 12 May: Your weekly Farmers Market - midnight deadline for ordering fresh veg, trout, cheese, eggs, etc collected outside Community Centre on Saturday (& SESI refills)

Order deadline midnight Wednesday (actually 7am Thursday if you get up early enough!) for collection the following Saturday.  Order your produce from StyanFamilyProduce.co.uk and pay online. In addition to a wide range of fresh fruit and veg from Worcestershire, you can also order Bibury trout, Stainswick Farm oils and dressings, Charlbury honey, preserves, free-range eggs and a range of Smarts single and double Gloucester cheeses. New customers always welcome, there is no minimum spend and no commitment to order every week - just place an order whenever it suits you.

Please check your email on Sat morning for your collection timeslot in the afternoon between 2-3pm. To enable the safe collection of the pre-ordered boxes, there are 10 minute timeslots for people to collect from different collection points alongside the Community Centre. Boxes are organised by the surname used for the order. Notifications are sent out on Saturday morning by email to everyone who has placed an order. 

  • Items ordered will all be in your box EXCEPT the pre-ordered TROUT which needs to be collected from the Bibury Trout Farm van which will be on site. If you have just ordered trout without any fruit or veg then there won't be a box or a timeslot and you can collect your items anytime between 2-3pm. THE BIBURY TROUT FARM VAN WILL BE ON THE WAY BACK FROM A FARMERS' MARKETS WITH EXTRA ITEMS FOR SALE eg QUICHE FLANS, CRUMBLES, COLD SMOKED TROUT - SO JUST ASK ABOUT WHAT'S AVAILABLE - EVEN IF YOU HAVEN'T ORDERED IN ADVANCE.
  • Please bring your own bag to transfer produce from the box and please return egg boxes and apple juice bottles for reuse - there is a national shortage of egg boxes.

Styan Family Produce come to Charlbury Farmers Market every 3 months from near Evesham, but since April 2020 we have been fortunate that they are delivering farmers market produce for collection in Charlbury every Saturday afternoon. We are now getting asparagus, tomatoes and rhubarb as well as swiss chard, cauliflower, various kales, various cabbages, parsnips, carrots, onions, and named potato varieties. The early tomatoes are from biomass heated glasshouses. Throughout the summer we can enjoy cherries, and wonderful plums together with courgettes, broad beans, peas, spinach, chard, salad bags, rocket, spring onions, sweetcorn, beetroot, cucumber, strawberries, etc, etc - all freshly harvested from Worcestershire. The Styan family farm was covered in a BBC1 programme about Farmers Markets on 4 January - Charlbury collections even get a mention!

Dairy Kefir grains

Available free of charge, please email info@charlburygreenhub.org uk to request some and bring a very small jam jar of milk to take some grains away.

SESI Refills

If you need refills for SESI household detergents then please drop off your clean empty bottles on Saturday afternoon during the veg box collection outside the Community Centre. These will be refilled during the week and be ready for collection the following Saturday afternoon. Any refills dropped off at the Farmers Market can also be collected here.

Secure Paper Shredding

Collect free sacks for your paper waste from The Cornerstone at The Corner House (open 10-1 Mon-Sat) . The next paper shredding collection which will be on Wednesday 12 May 2021 6.30-7pm.

Local food suppliers

Check our useful summary of local food suppliers

Check CharlburyCAN Instagram for favourite recipes using seasonal food throughout the year and for tips to avoid food waste.

Organised by Charlbury Green Hub in conjunction with Janet Burroughs from Charlbury Farmers Market, Nikki Rycroft from Patients Participation Group, and Tanya Stevenson from the Community Centre.

Christine Elliott · Link


Wed 12 May: Seeing the Light with Kieran Stiles

7.30 on Zoom

A presentation by Kieran Stiles about light in painting.

Why is it used? 

How does it work? 

What does it say?  

Exploring the idea that practical process is the key vehicle in painting for conveying meaning, without which thorough understanding cannot be accessed.

Placing ideas and concepts in a historical context with practical demonstrations, Kieran will refer to artists including Corot, Hopper, Michelangelo, Morandi and Seurat, and include illustrations of how he approaches the subject in his own work.

Art Society members will be sent a link. Non-members are welcome too, please contact Phil Roberts:

<charlburyarts@outlook.com>

Tony Lloyd · Link


Sat 15 May: Plant & Seed Swop

Charlbury Garden Society - Plant & Seed Swop - 10am to 12 noon

 

We're going to repeat last October's Plant & Seed Swop on the Playing Close (opposite the Coop) on Saturday 15th May 10 am - 12 noon.

(This was originally planned for the 8th, but we took the decision to postpone it in view of the inclement weather.)

Just turn up, bringing any spare plants and seeds to add to the selection, and help yourself to something new for your garden. Don't worry if you've nothing to donate. You don't have to. You're warmly invited to step up and help yourself.

If you have plants to donate and can bring them in advance of the morning, please bring these and also seeds (in sealed envelopes clearly labelled with name of seed and year of harvest) to Wormwood Cottage (far end of the Playing Close from the Coop) from 12th May onwards. Place plants just inside the gate and seeds in the letterbox.

Plants and seeds will be free but we will be asking for donations for the Corner House and Memorial Hall once again.

Enquiries: secretary@charlburygardensociety.org.uk

Remember that social distancing and Covid regulations will apply.

http://www.charlburygardensociety.org.uk/events/plant-seed-swop/

Geneviève Hug · Link


Sat 15 May: Bring & Take distributed around the town - 10am-4pm - Map available on the day

We can't hold the Bring & Take as normal in the Memorial Hall but are organising a table-top Bring & Take outside people's houses between 10am and 4pm You might like to combine with friends at convenient house locations in the town. If you want to have a table then please register by phoning 01608 811057 or by emailing info@charlburygreenhub.org.uk. If rain is forecast then we will have to re-schedule to the following week.

On the day itself, a printed map with key showing locations taking part will be available from The Cornerstone at the Corner House (10am-1pm) and also from a link on this page.

Plug-in electrical items will be displayed in the driveway to the Memorial Hall for anyone to take. They need to be delivered to 23 The Green on Saturday 8th May between 11-12noon so they can be PAT tested in advance.

Find out about our local hedgehogs - talk to Flora outside the Corner House (10am-1pm).

Please follow the covid-19 safeguards to keep us all safe:

  • Please only one household group at a time at any table.
  • Please wear a face covering when viewing items.
  • Please don't touch items unless you take them.
  • Please use your own hand sanitiser.

Organised by the Charlbury Green Hub.

Christine Elliott · Link


Mon 17 May: Bowled Over

Taster Session for Flat Green (Lawn) Bowls, especially for people with memory and thinking problems and their friends.

2.30pm to 4.30pm at Charlbury Bowls Club. Free.

Shaun Morley · Link


Thu 20 May: Font Cafe at St Mary's Church

We are delighted that Font Cafe is able to open again on Thursday 20th May and every following Thursday 10am - 12noon.

Whilst restrictions till apply we will providing table service, and asking you to socially distance from people not in your household / bubble. Please wear a face covering when you are not eating or drinking. 

Parents / carers with children very welcome. 

See you there!

Jo Paton · Link


Fri 21 May: The Vodka Shots at the Cricket Club

The Friday night music returns to the Cricket Club with gigs planned through to mid-July. First up is the return some old-school Chicago Blues from The Vodka Shots, with support from 100 Foot Pavement on 21st May from 6:30. Entry is free and the bar will be open for table/blanket service and there will also be a food truck. Please note, you cannot bring your own alcohol. 

It will be a real pleasure to be able to have live music again for the first time since the restrictions were eased so please come down with your families and enjoy an old-fashioned Charlbury night out!!

Dave Oates · Link



Mon 31 May: Charlbury Bowls Club

Join us for Bowls England's BOWLS BIG WEEKEND 2021 at 2.00pm to try out our sport. All you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes like trainers and we have all the rest.

All welcome - all ages. We have a juniors section, extensive equipment to help those disabled, and are a fully inclusive club. Our trained coaches will help get you started for FREE!

74 Ticknell Piece Road, OX7 3TW

Shaun Morley · Link


Wed 2 Jun: Charlbury PROBUS Online Talk: Man's Insatiable Quest for Energy 14:00

An online talk by Keith Stevens (Graduate Physicist, and retired Company Research and Development Director) hosted by Charlbury PROBUS at 14:00 on Wednesday 2 June

The story of Man’s insatiable quest for energy, from Neanderthals to now. Can we ever slow our demand? Must we burn fossil fuels for a century and maybe fry the planet? When is a renewable not a renewable? Do we need more hydroelectricity? Can wind and solar save us? Whatever happened to Nuclear Power? Should we build a Severn Barrage? And will Fusion be the Holy Grail?

Guests welcome. For a link please contact Phil Roberts on philroberts76@outlook.com

Phil Roberts · Link


Wed 2 Jun: Alfred Wallis

Wednesday 2nd June at 7.30 on Zoom

Alice Foster will share her love of Alfred Wallis and show us how he influenced other Cornish artists including Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood.

Art Society members will be sent a link. Non members are welcome to. Please contact Phil Roberts for a link on: 

charlburyarts@outlook.com

Tony Lloyd · Link


Sun 1 Aug: THE JUNGLE BOOK OPEN AIR THEATRE @ CORNBURY PARK

Join us in the beautiful valley of Rangers Lawn, part of the stunning Cornbury Park estate, as Immersion Theatre bring their trademark energy to their wildest show yet, a brand-new musical adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling family favourite, THE JUNGLE BOOK!

BOOK TICKETS

  • Site will be open from 1 hour before performance time.
  • Bring picnic blankets/fold up chairs or hire a deck chair from us. Bar and catering provided onsite, but picnics also allowed.
  • Gourmet burgers, wraps and salads available onsite from Tastes Good, Does Good catering.
  • We will run events outside in most weather conditions, where it is safe to do so. Please dress appropriately!

Tessa Biles · Link


Wed 11 Aug: MR STINK OPEN AIR THEATRE @ CORNBURY PARK

Join us in the beautiful valley of Rangers Lawn, part of the stunning Cornbury Park estate, for David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink on the outdoor stage. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect family entertainment.

Age 7 years+

Running time: 2 hours

BOOK TICKETS

  • The site will be open from one hour before performance time .
  • Bring picnic blankets/fold up chairs or hire a deck chair from us. Bar and catering provided onsite, but picnics also allowed.
  • Gourmet burgers, wraps and salads available onsite from Tastes Good, Does Good catering.
  • We will run events outside in most weather conditions, where it is safe to do so. Please dress appropriately!

Tessa Biles · Link


Sat 4 Sep: 23rd Annual Charlbury Beer Festival

The 23rd annual Charlbury Beer Festival will take place on Saturday 4 September at Charlbury Cricket Club, Oxfordshire from 12 noon to 10pm. (Please note that this replaces the event originally planned for the end of June.)

The Beer Festival raises money for community projects, both in the Charlbury area and overseas. We have now taken our total of funds raised for good causes to well over £250,000. How amazing is that? There have been donations to fifty local organisations, ranging from Charlbury Primary School and the town’s Pre-School, to local sports clubs, Charlbury’s Day Centre and Community Centre, and twelve overseas projects in Africa, India and South America.

On the day, we hope to be able to incorporate around 50 real ales, a variety of craft beers, a range of ciders and perries, wine, gin, and Pimm’s; a great selection of food; live music throughout; the Culture Club tent with its varied programme of performances and talks; children’s entertainment; PLUS high-octane sport with the 10th World Aunt Sally Singles Championships – can Abingdon’s Phil Adams retain his crown? Naturally, this will all be subject to government guidelines and the state of the pandemic in early September. At the moment, things do seem promising.

We must thank those generous sponsors who finance the beers and the entertainment tents, and of course, the beers themselves, plus the many hours that committee members and other volunteers put in. Cheers all round!

Charlbury Cricket Club provides a glorious setting, just across the road from Charlbury Station. There are excellent all-day (including late night) bus and train services to and from Charlbury to Oxford, Chipping Norton, Reading, Witney, Worcester and London, so you don’t even need to drive if you want to have a drink.

For further details, please visit the Charlbury Beer Festival website at:

http://charlburybeerfestival.org/ or email nickmillea@charlburybeerfestival.org

Edward Fenton · Link


Thu 9 Sep: Charlbury Art Society

Industrial Art

Geoff Walton will share some of his fascinating collection of industrial art and talk about the artists who created these and some of the other works he admires.

7.30 Charlbury Memorial Hall

Non members welcome, £5 

Tony Lloyd · Link


Sat 18 Sep: Charlbury Street Fair 2021

Charlbury Street Fair is back again this year - and it will be a bumper one!!  More details to follow but please save the date 

Susie Finch · Link


Weekly calendar

Please note that many of these events are suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Monday

  • 9.30am: Mass, St Teresa’s
  • 9.30am (termtime): Toddler group, Memorial Hall
  • 1.30pm-3pm: Tennis club
  • 1.15pm and 2.30pm: Strength & Balance, Community Centre
  • 6pm-7pm: Hatha Yoga, Community Centre
  • 7pm-8.30pm: Scouts, Scout Hut
  • 8pm-10pm: Badminton, Community Centre

Tuesday

  • 9.30am: Mass, St Teresa’s
  • 10am-11am: Bump to Two, Community Centre
  • 11am-12pm: Well Baby Clinic, Community Centre
  • 2.30pm-4pm: Fish van, Market Street
  • 5pm-9pm: Copper Pot Catering, Spendlove
  • 6pm: Bowls club
  • 8pm: Wychwayz Morris, Scout Hut

Wednesday

  • 9am-10am: Lean Gym, Community Centre
  • 10am-11am: Stay & Play, Community Centre
  • 10am-11.30am: Tai Chi, Methodist Hall
  • 11.15am-12pm: Toddler Gym, Community Centre
  • 11.45am-12.45pm: Qigong and Tai Chi, Methodist Hall
  • 2.15pm-2.45pm: Rhyme Time, Charlbury Library
  • 2.30pm-4pm: Walking Football, Community Centre
  • 6pm-7pm: Hatha Yoga, Community Centre
  • 7pm: Mass, St Teresa’s with Adoration to follow
  • 7.45pm: Bell-ringing, St Mary's
  • 8pm: CBY Music Club, Rose & Crown
  • 8pm-10pm: Volleyball, Community Centre

Thursday

  • 9.15am: Hatha Yoga, Memorial Hall
  • 9.30am: Mass, St Teresa’s
  • 10am-12pm: Font Cafe, St Mary's
  • 11am: Therapeutic Yoga, Memorial Hall
  • 4pm-5pm: Junior Sports Club (8-11), Community Centre
  • 5pm-6pm: Basketball (11+), Community Centre
  • 5pm-6.15pm: Beavers, Scout Hut
  • 7pm-9pm: Velo Pizzeria, Rose & Crown
  • 6.30pm-8pm: Cubs, Scout Hut
  • 6.30pm-7.30pm: Circuit Training, Community Centre
  • 7pm-9pm: Tennis club
  • 8pm-9pm: Walking Football, Community Centre

Friday

  • 9.30am-12pm: Donate and Take, Corner House
  • 9.30am: Mass, St Teresa’s with Adoration/Benediction to follow
  • 9.30am: Exercise for 50+, Memorial Hall
  • 10am-12pm: Coffee Club, Community Centre
  • 2pm-5pm: Tennis Club
  • 5pm-8pm: Fish & chip van, Spendlove
  • 7pm: Choir practice, St Mary's
  • 7pm-9pm: Youth Club, Community Centre
  • August 10am-12pm: Museum open

Saturday

  • 9.30am-12.30pm: Donate and Take, Corner House
  • Morning: Coffee Morning, Corner Ho
  • Summer 10.30am-12.30pm: Museum open
  • 4.30pm-8.30pm: Fish & chip van, Spendlove

Sunday

  • 8am: Holy Communion, St Mary's
  • 9.45am: Parish Communion, St Mary's
  • 10am-11am: Circuit Training, Community Centre
  • 10.30am: Quaker Meeting
  • 10.30am: Baptist Church Service
  • 10.30am: Methodist Church Service
  • 2pm-5pm: Tennis club
  • 2.30pm: Canoe club
  • 4.30pm-8.30pm: Fish & chip van, Spendlove
  • Summer 2.30pm-4.30pm: Museum open

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