What’s on

Mon 21 Sep-Tue 29 Sep: 'Breathe' Exhibition at the Deli - Anna Sivia

During September I am exhibiting my colourful work on the theme of 'Breath' in the backroom of the Deli.

I am showing my book, 'Breathe', which contains a series of poems written during lockdown, along with the individual art work I created for each poem.

In terms of media, I used print rollers and ink, linocut, mono print, watercolour, ink, pastels and wax resist.

All work is for sale, and framed. Unframed prints are available by request. I am taking expressions of interest in a second printing of the book.

In addition, stained glass for the garden in the cafe garden, and stained glass roundels in the window.


I write as Anna Sivia - annasiviapoetry@icloud.com

Anna Gillespie · Link



There is still time to apply for grants from the Charlbury Exhibition Foundation:


The deadline is 1 October.

Apply to: charlburygrants@hotmail.com

William Robinson · Link

Sat 26 Sep: Electrical items for next week's Bring & Take

The Bring & Take is next Saturday on 3 October but please bring your plug-in electrical items this Saturday to Janet's house at 23 The Green between 11am and 12 noon ONLY (no other time please). This will enable them to be PAT-tested in advance and made available next week from the driveway to the Memorial Hall (10-4). Please do not bring old-style big TVs, no-one wants them and they need to be taken direct to Dix Pit at Stanton Harcourt for recycling.

Organised by Charlbury Green Hub.

Christine Elliott · Link

Sat 26 Sep: FREE Apples & garden produce available at The Cornerstone (instead of the Big Apple Take-Aways)

With the rules about social distancing the normal Big Apple Take-Aways are just not possible, BUT THE GOOD NEWS is that freshly picked apples and other fruit and spare garden produce will be available everyday at The Cornerstone at The Corner House.  This means we're not at risk from rain and the FREE FRUIT will be available to EVERYONE as soon as it's been picked and it will be accessible without the crowds! This year is a bumper crop of apples and during the season we expect to have over 50 varieties of apple, also plums, grapes, and pears.

The amount of fruit available at any one time will increase through the season. Today  we have several varieties of cooking apples - GRENADIER, KESWICK CODLIN, GRAVENSTEIN, CHARLES ROSS and lots of picked BRAMLEY SEEDLING. There are also windfalls of various varieties which are suitable for cooking. As for dessert apples, we have the first EGREMONT RUSSET and several apples from local trees that I've not been able to identify.

We also have a steady supply of different sorts of PEAR. this week we have had LE BRUN from an old tree growing near the Playing Close and we will have more of these soon. Remember, pears are normally picked when the stalk snaps off when lifted - the pears are still hard and keep them in the cool, just taking a few out into room temperature at a time to ripen for eating, so please wait before eating them.

The posters in the window display what produce is available inside - lots of garden produce has been brought down every day, including courgettes, tomatoes, onions, chard, french beans, runner beans, potatoes, salad leaves, cucumbers and onions.

If you have any spare fruit and veg please take it along to The Cornerstone throughout the year for other people to be able to enjoy it. If you have a PLUM TREE and more plums than you can use yourself then please contact us.

The Cornerstone is now open 10am-1pm from Monday to Saturday, if you can't make it down there then please contact Christine to make other arrangements - sharecroppers@charlburygreeenhub.org.uk or 01608-811057.

QUINCE seem to be falling early this year and there are some already available. MEDLARS will be ripe in late October. Wonderful QUINCES can be used to make QUINCE JAM and just one can add fragrance to your pot of cooking apples - lots of OTHER QUINCE RECIPES. MEDLARS need bletting before making MEDLAR JELLY OR CHUTNEY.

If you have spare apples (or grapes, plums, pears, quinces and medlars) for picking and you'd like them to be given away free 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.

In 2017, Charlbury Sharecroppers' received the OCVA Environmental Award from the Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action organisation at Oxford Town Hall. This is county-wide recognition that what we are doing in Charlbury is a really good model for other communities to follow.

2020 is Charlbury Sharecroppers' 13th year - last year we redistributed about 2 tonnes of apples, do you remember your favourite varieties and when they were available? The fruit is given away FREE and you can take it for eating fresh, cooking, or storing.

When to eat apples and pears?

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 or even months, keep them in the salad draw in your fridge or in a cold garage - perforated plastic bags are good to stop russets shrivelling. Pears need to be stored in fridge and brought out a few at a time to room temperature for a few days until they are soft enough to eat - test by pressing the neck or if gentle pressure of thumb nail goes through the skin - then they will be divine - an unripe crunchy pear is such a wasted opportunity!

Christine Elliott · Link

Sat 26 Sep: Your weekly Farmers Market - collection timeslots for pre-ordered fresh veg, fruit, fish, cheese, eggs, etc from outside Community Centre (& 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 the fresh fruit and veg from Worcestershire, you can also order Bibury fish, Stainswick Farm oils and dressings, Charlbury honey, preserves, free-range eggs and a range of Smarts single and double gloucester cheeses.

Please check your email on Sat morning for your collection timeslot in the afternoon. To enable the safe collection of the pre-ordered boxes, there are 10 minute timeslots for up to 6 people to collect from 6 different collection points alongside the Community Centre organised by surname (name used for the order). Notifications are sent out on Saturday morning by email to everyone who has ordered a box. Please keep your 2m social distance and ensure only one person at each collection point at any time.

Items ordered will all be in your box EXCEPT the pre-ordered FISH which needs to be collected from the Bibury Fish Farm van which will be on site. If you have just ordered fish 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 FISH VAN WILL BE ON THE WAY BACK FROM A FARMERS' MARKETS WITH EXTRA ITEMS FOR SALE eg QUICHE FLANS OR CRUMBLES - 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.

To reduce contacts maybe arrange to collect for friends and neighbours.  if you are doing this please email info@charlburygreenhub.org.uk and provide details so we can group your boxes together in the shade of the big tree by the entrance to the community centre for collection any time 2-3pm rather than have a specific timeslot.

House-bound and need your box delivered? Call the Community Centre on 01608 811878 or if engaged try 01608 819253 (weekdays only) or email your request to info@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk. These boxes will also be under the shade of the tree and can be collected the pre-arranged volunteers any time 2-3pm rather than a specific timeslot - BUT WE NEED TO KNOW THE SURNAME USED FOR PLACING THE ORDER SO WE CAN LOCATE THE BOX FOR COLLECTION BY THE VOLUNTEER.

Normally Styan come to Charlbury Farmers Market every 3 months from near Evesham, but since April we have been fortunate that they are making up veg boxes for collection in Charlbury every Saturday afternoon. There is a £6 box with a selection of seasonal vegetables but everything is able to be ordered separately to give you maximum choice. Asparagus and cherries are now over but there are tomatoes, carrots, courgettes, curly kales, broad beans, peas, spinach, chard, salad bags, rocket, spring onions, sweetcorn, beetroot, cucumber, strawberries, AND NOW PLUMS - all from Worcestershire. 

See CharlburyCAN Instagram for favourite recipes using seasonal food throughout the year and for tips to avoid food waste. Use #charlburyCAN etc hashtags to share your own favourites.

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.

NEW - Secure Paper Shredding - collect free sacks for your paper waste on Saturday afternoon during the veg box collection and then take them along to the next paper shredding collection which will be next March .

Looking for local food supplies? Check out useful summary of local food suppliers

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

Sun 27 Sep: Messy Harvest Family Picnic in St Marys Church

This will be a family event with families seated at tables, socially distanced in church, with all that you need for the service on your table. The service will include messy crafts and activities, stories, music and a picnic tea. Please bring your own flask or tea or coffee.

4pm in St Mary’s Church, Charlbury. We will be following safe worship guidance.

Do book now if you would like to attend – room for about another 4 families.

Please click on the following link to book your places – can you ensure that you select the number of tickets that you would like. Families will only be able to sit with their own household.


Jo Paton · Link

Mon 28 Sep: Grief Encounters - postponed

Event postponed. 

2pm - 3pm at Charlbury Bowls Club on the last Monday of the month. A monthly bereavement support group. 

Everyone experiences grief differently; there is no ‘right’ way to grieve. No matter how long ago you have lost a loved one, this is an opportunity to meet over a cup of tea with others in a friendly and supportive environment, to share experiences and advice.

Covid-19 safe guidelines will be followed. 

Jo Paton · Link

Thu 1 Oct: The Charlbury Society by Zoom

The first talk of the season will take place by Zoom on Thursday 1st October. This will be for members only, so please make sure you return the form with your subscription sent to you recently by our secretary:  sec.charlsoc@gmail.com

There will be an opportunity to join the Society on Saturday 19 th in the museum garden between 2-3.30 pm or to hand in your form with a cheque or £8.50 in an envelope. 

Once you have joined you will receive instructions in a week or so on how to access the talk and we shall organise a practice talk on the evening of the 24 th September, a week before the live event, which you may join if you wish. 

Your committee has organised an excellent series of talks, starting with Neil Clennell of the Wychwood Project , and whilst we regret not being able to use the Memorial Hall due to capacity under the restrictions, we are delighted to be able to bring the talks to your homes, and we know you will enjoy the programme we have planned for you. 

Nikki Rycroft · Link

Sat 3 Oct: Bring & Take distributed around the town

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. Please register in advance by phoning 01608 811057 or email info@charlburygreenhub.org.uk so that your location can be provided on a map which will be available from The Corner House during the event and from this webpage.

Electrical items to be delivered a week in advance on Saturday 26 September to 23 The Green from 11-12 so they can be PAT-tested beforehand and during the event they will be displayed in the driveway to the Memorial Hall for anyone to take.

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

  • Please only one household group at a time at any table.
  • 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 5 Oct: Creating the stage adaptation of Maurice by E M Forster-Andy Graham speaks "the unspeakable truth" with pro-actorz

Andy Graham , a co-adaptor of EM Forster's Maurice and other plays: A Room With A View and other notable plays including My Beuatiful Laundrette, Sense and Sensibility talks about adapting the play for the professional stage in 1998 and the issues behind what Forster described as the unspeakable truth and "conversion therapy".

Join Andy and professional actors reading excerpts from the play for an enlightening and somewhat controversial evening. 

Zoom link provided respond to andg@snaptheatre.co.uk

Donations  (Suggested £10) towards supporting actors who have been so hit by the pandemic)

Andy Graham · Link

Wed 14 Oct: Charlbury Art Society

AGM followed by

Displacement Exhibition 

Private View

A virtual tour of the Displacement exhibition with images of each work with a description and a discussion with the artist. 

7.30 on Zoom

There is no need for members to register for this event, all members will be sent a Zoom link. 

If you are not a member contact Phil Roberts on charlburyarts@outlook.com 

The Displacement exhibition will open in the Cornbury Room at the Bell Hotel three days later on 17th-18th October

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 17 Oct-Sun 18 Oct: Charlbury Art Society Autumn Show

Cornbury Room, Bell Hotel


An exhibition of work by Charlbury Art Society members

Tony Lloyd · Link

Wed 11 Nov: Charlbury Art Society

Kieran Stiles

A history of the different meanings used still life

From Roman Tomb painting to Michal Craig-Martin RA

A Zoom talk and demonstration

Members will be sent a Zoom link. If you are not a member and would like to join the talk please contact Phil Roberts


Tony Lloyd · Link

Thu 3 Dec-Sun 6 Dec: 2nd Charlbury Christmas Tree Festival

Advance notice that we will be running this event again this year. We want to celebrate the diversity of our town all the more in these strange times and so there will be 40 trees for local organisations to sponsor. More details of other events nearer the time but, if you want more information now, please contact hilli.waller@gmail.com. All proceeds in aid of St Mary's Church.

Elisabeth Partington · Link

Wed 9 Dec: Charlbury Art Society

An Evening with Elena Piras

Elena will talk about her life and play some of the music she has written as well as other work she finds inspiring

Elena Piras is an award-winning solo artist specialising in traditional Gaelic and Scots folk music. She has performed live extensively, including at the Opera North Twilight Season in Leeds in 2015 and the Box Full of Treasures festival in Italy in 2013, which was also the year she released her debut album ‘Journey’ to critical acclaim.

In more recent years, she has continued to make music despite near-death experiences (plural), multiple sensory loss, chronic pain and the inevitable highs and lows that go along with trying to make a success of a creative life in troubled times. Happily, she is now well on the way to completing her second studio album ‘Where the Wind Blows’ and is still an in-demand name on the live folk circuit. Some of this new material has already enjoyed radio play on the BBC Introducing in Oxford show.

Elena cites Charlbury’s incredible community as her foremost reason for settling here. The varied connections and support she has received - both in and out of music - have proven invaluable to her and she looks forward to making a few more after her talk and performance!

Charlbury Memorial Hall 7.30

Non members welcome £5

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 12 Dec: Charlbury Green Hub providing SESI detergent refills at Farmers Market

SESI Refills - if you need refills for SESI household cleaning products then please drop off your clean empty bottles on Saturday afternoon from 1.30-3pm outside the Community Centre at the weekly Styan produce collection. These will then be refilled during the week and be ready for collection the following Saturday afternoon. Empty bottles can also be dropped off at the CGH stall at the Farmers Market for collection the following Saturday afternoon at the weekly Styan produce collection. New full bottles for refill another time can also be purchased if ordered in advance by emailing sesi@charlburygreenhub.org.uk.

Refill price per litre (price for new refillable bottle including product)
£2.10/litre Washing-up liquid (unfragranced) (500ml bottle £1.55)
£2.20/litre Washing-up liquid (spiced ginger) (500ml bottle £1.60)
£2.50/litre Non-bio laundry liquid (unfragranced) (1 litre bottle £3.00)
£3.50/litre Biological laundry liquid (fragranced) (1 litre bottle £4.00)
£2.00/litre Fabric conditioner (cologne) (1 litre bottle £2.50)
£4.00/litre Delicate and hand laundry liquid (unfragranced) (500ml bottle £2.50)
£2.80/litre All purpose cleaner (lavender & rosemary) (500ml bottle £1.90)
£3.00/litre Cream cleanser (fragranced) (500ml bottle £2.00)
£1.20/litre White vinegar for cleaning (1 litre bottle £1.70)
£1.50/litre Window and glass cleaner (sea grass) (500ml spray bottle £1.50)
£2.50/litre Toilet cleaner (lotus & sea salt) (1 litre bottle £3.00)
£2.00/litre Hard water rinse aid for dishwashers (1 litre bottle £1.50)
£6.00/litre Hand soap (Fig) (500ml pump dispenser £3.50)
£6.00/litre Hand soap (English Rose) (500ml pump dispenser £3.50)

Also dairy kefir grains available free of charge - just bring a very small jar of milk to take some grains away in.

Summary of Farmers Markets in this area and other local food opportunities

Christine Elliott · Link

Sun 13 Dec: Messy Nativity

Join us at 9am for breakfast and messy crafts followed by a pop up nativity and family service.

Jo Paton · Link

Thu 6 May 2021: Town Council elections

Provisional date. Postponed from May 2020.

Richard Fairhurst · Link

Sat 26 Jun 2021: Charlbury Beer Festival

The Charlbury Beer Festival will be back in 2021 - once again at Charlbury Cricket Club, just three minutes' walk from Charlbury station. There will be the usual fare of live music and other entertainment, good food (including vegan options), children's activities, and 50 real ales, as well as ciders, perries and fine wine, the World Open Singles Aunt Sally Championship, and the Culture Club tent with a range of talks and discussions, as well as a repeat appearance by the Choirs of Charlbury Primary School. All proceeds will go directly to good causes, both locally and in the developing world.

As always, we are grateful to our generous sponsors, and we would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in sponsoring a barrel to mark a special event such as a wedding, birthday or anniversary.


Edward Fenton · Link

Thu 9 Sep 2021: 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

Weekly calendar


  • 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


  • 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
  • 6pm: Bowls club
  • 8pm: Wychwayz Morris, Scout Hut


  • 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
  • 5pm-8pm: Thai to Go, Spendlove
  • 6pm-7pm: Hatha Yoga, Community Centre
  • 7.45pm: Bell-ringing, St Mary's
  • 8pm: CBY Music Club, Rose & Crown
  • 8pm-10pm: Volleyball, Community Centre


  • 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


  • 9.30am-12pm: Donate and Take, Corner House
  • 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


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


  • 8am: Holy Communion, St Mary's
  • 9.15am: Mass, St Teresa'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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