What’s on

Tue 24 Nov-Mon 30 Nov: FoFS Festive Fair: Week 1

This year, the Friends of Finstock School's Festive Fair will be a virtual affair, with lots of lovely stallholders posting regularly throughout the 2-week event. Do your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your armchair and support local makers - and a good cause too!

The Fair takes place at https://fb.me/e/BUmwezhq between 23 November and 7 December. Simply visit the page and click on the 'Discussion' tab to view stallholder posts.

Happy Shopping!

The Friends of Finstock School

Su Jordan · Link


Tue 24 Nov-Sat 28 Nov: Cornerstone at the Corner House

At the Cornerstone we are into the last week or two with fresh produce - so many thanks to the enormous number of people who have donated fresh produce from their garden, allotment or kitchen garden. It has been amazing.

Do come and help yourself to the last few apples and we will have medlars after the bletting process. We have jams and chutneys, Christmas cards and Advent Calendars all for sale.   

Food help is available to anyone who needs it - we can deliver if you are struggling to get out. Do get in touch. 

Jo Paton. 07510772764

Jo Paton · Link


Wed 25 Nov: Charlbury Town Council - November meeting

November’s full council meeting will be hosted on Zoom. You can watch the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84486463935.

Richard Fairhurst · Link


Wed 25 Nov: 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 up to 6 people to collect from 3 different collection points under cover of the bike shelter by the entrance to 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. 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 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.

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 delivering farmers market produce for collection in Charlbury every Saturday afternoon. Throughout the summer we have enjoyed asparagus, cherries, and wonderful plums together with tomatoes, carrots, courgettes, curly kales, broad beans, peas, spinach, chard, salad bags, rocket, spring onions, sweetcorn, beetroot, cucumber, strawberries, etc, etc - all freshly harvested 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


Fri 27 Nov: The Charlbury Speakeasy: Jack Savoretti

Unavoidably online again, the Speakeasy still brings you live music to light up the lockdown.

Tonight at 9pm Jack Savoretti with Shannon Harris  along with international journalist Jamie Fullerton Master of Ceremonies Ali Ross.

The event supports the coronavirus hardship fund of the charity Help Musicians.  Entrance is free but donations are invited.

 See www.charlbury.info/community/83 for information about donating, about joining the Speakeasy and for your invitation.

Simon Fenn · Link


Fri 27 Nov: Poets of the Four Last Things

Zoom lectures run by Robert Fraser.

Friday afternoons 2pm - 3.30pm 

Friday November 20: "John Donne and Death"

Friday November 27: "George Herbert and Judgement"

Friday December 11: "Gerard Manley Hopkins and Heaven"

Friday December 18: "T. S. Eliot and Hell"

Please email parishoffice@stmaryscharlbury.co.uk to book a place and receive the Zoom link. 

Jo Paton · Link



Thu 3 Dec: Charlbury Society Zoom Meeting 7.40 for 8.00 pm

Researching the history of Charlbury’s Buildings

Barbara Allison

This month's talk should be particularlyinteresting for us all in Charlbury.  

Charlbury is a medieval town with many old buildings. But it also has a lot of 19th and 20th century developments –in alleyways off, and streets in, the old town, in new housing on the roads away from the centre, and new estates on the outskirts. This talk looks at the mainly documentary sources for researching the history of houses and other buildings, both old and new –who owned them, how old are they etc, and if time, will look at three particular case studies.

Barbara has carried out extensive research of  Charlbury’s history . She  joined the museum committee in the mid 1990s, and lately became joint co-coordinator of the Historical Research Group with Geoffrey Castle.

This Zoom meeting is for Society members only who will receive a link shortly before the meeting.  If you would like to join please contact sec.charlsoc@gmail.com

Tony H Merry · Link


Sat 5 Dec-Sun 6 Dec: Charlbury Christmas Trees 2020

We will be open, Covid regulations permitting, December weekends up to Christmas. Our opening times will be 9.30am to 4.00pm. 

 We have traditional Norway Spruce and Belgian Spruce trees growing in our plantation. So come and choose your tree and have it freshly cut. 

 But please do not expect this to be quite the “experience” that it has been. We will be operating in a different way to previous years with our key focus being to operate as safely as possible for ALL our customers, as well as our staff. 

 • There will be a new one way system for customers to enter and to leave the site. Parking will be as usual but there will be a new walk-in entrance via our field gate (look for the signs), and there will be a separate exit. 

 • Social distancing will be mandatory throughout your visit. 

 • Masks will be required for book in and for booking out. And we would recommend that masks be worn throughout your visit. 

Group numbers larger than the government rules will not be allowed. 

• For this year, we will NOT be offering the option to choose and reserve for later collection. 

• Please note, that we will  be open weekends only, 9.30am to 4.00pm.

Find us at Halcyon Honey Farm, Woodstock Road, Charlbury, OX7 3ET. Look for the banners. 

 Tel: 01608 810260 

Mob: 07969208518

Janet Burroughs · Link


Sun 6 Dec: Advent Choral Evensong at St Mary's Church

The distinctive choral service of the Church of England, sung by St Mary’s Choir.

  • Canticles: Philip Moore, Third Service
  • Responses: William Smith
  • Anthem: David Ogden, Maranatha
  • Hymns (choir): Hills of the North rejoice; O come O come Emmanuel

6pm at St Mary's, for just under an hour. All welcome. (Provisional depending on lifting of lockdown restrictions.)

Richard Fairhurst · Link


Wed 9 Dec: Charlbury Art Society

An Evening with Elena Piras and Anna Gillespie

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

Elena 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!

Anna Gillespie will read from her new collection of poems and show the illustrations that accompany them.

Anna's book, called 'Breathe', contains poetry and visual art made during the lockdown.

Anna is a glass artist, based in Charlbury. She works in stained and fused glass.​ As part of her practice she draws, paints and prints.

Anna says "Poetry is a new form of expression for me and I'm excited that it has opened up at this point of my life. Creating visual art to complement the poems has been an absorbing challenge for Lockdown 1 and the poetry writing continues in Lockdown 2, alongside working on my stained glass commissions for houses in Charlbury."

Zoom 7.30

Members will be sent a link. Non members are welcome to join the evening. Contact Phil Roberts for a link on

charlburyarts@outlook.com

Tony Lloyd · Link


Sat 12 Dec-Sun 13 Dec: Charlbury Christmas Trees 2020

We will be open, Covid regulations permitting, December weekends up to Christmas. Our opening times will be 9.30am to 4.00pm.

 We have traditional Norway Spruce and Belgian Spruce trees growing in our plantation. So come and choose your tree and have it freshly cut. 

 But please do not expect this to be quite the “experience” that it has been. We will be operating in a different way to previous years with our key focus being to operate as safely as possible for ALL our customers, as well as our staff. 

 • There will be a new one way system for customers to enter and to leave the site. Parking will be as usual but there will be a new walk-in entrance via our field gate (look for the signs), and there will be a separate exit. 

 • Social distancing will be mandatory throughout your visit. 

 • Masks will be required for book in and for booking out. And we would recommend that masks be worn throughout your visit. 

 • Group numbers larger than the government rules will not be allowed. 

 • For this year, we will NOT be offering the option to choose and reserve for later collection. 

 • Please note, that we will be open weekends only. Opening times 9.30am to 4.00pm.

 Find us at Halcyon Honey Farm, Woodstock Road, Charlbury, OX7 3ET. Look for the banners. 

  Tel: 01608 810260 Mob: 07969208518

Janet Burroughs · 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 NativiTea

Join us for an Nativity with a difference - a Messy NativiTea. Families are invited to join us for crafts, the Nativity story and a picnic tea at socially distanced tables. Places can be booked using Eventbrite - link to follow.

4pm in St Mary's Church. 

Jo Paton · Link


Sat 19 Dec-Sun 20 Dec: Charlbury Christmas Trees 2020

We will be open, Covid regulations permitting, December weekends up to Christmas. Our opening times will be 9.30am to 4.00pm. 

 We have traditional Norway Spruce and Belgian Spruce trees growing in our plantation. So come and choose your tree and have it freshly cut. 

 But please do not expect this to be quite the “experience” that it has been. We will be operating in a different way to previous years with our key focus being to operate as safely as possible for ALL our customers, as well as our staff. 

 • There will be a new one way system for customers to enter and to leave the site. Parking will be as usual but there will be a new walk-in entrance via our field gate (look for the signs), and there will be a separate exit. 

 • Social distancing will be mandatory throughout your visit. 

 • Masks will be required for book in and for booking out. And we would recommend that masks be worn throughout your visit. 

 • Group numbers larger than the government rules will not be allowed. 

 • For this year, we will NOT be offering the option to choose and reserve for later collection. 

 • Please note, that we will  be open weekends only. Opening times 9.30am to 4.00 pm.

Find us at Halcyon Honey Farm, Woodstock Road, Charlbury, OX7 3ET. Look for the banners. 

 Tel: 01608 810260 Mob: 07969208518

Janet Burroughs · Link


Wed 13 Jan 2021: Charlbury Art Society

Sketchbooks Project

Jody O'Reilly will take us on a  tour of the hugely popular sketchbook project involving 35 Art Society members.

7.30 on Zoom

Tony Lloyd · Link


Thu 21 Jan 2021: Charlbury Garden Society - January talk

A Walk through the Past

A talk by Antonia Keaney, researcher at Blenheim Palace

21 January 2021 7:30 p.m.

A look at how the gardens at Blenheim have developed over the last 300 years.

"The gardens at Blenheim Palace have changed and developed considerably over the last 300 years – far more than has the Palace itself. Several of the Dukes commissioned the leading landscape architects of their day to create a suitable setting for Britain’s Greatest Palace – Henry Wise, Capability Brown and Achille Duchêne all made huge contributions to the Blenheim landscape – a landscape which, to this day, remains one of the most beautiful in the country."

This talk will be held on Zoom and will be available free for all current members.

An email containing the Zoom link will be sent to all current members a couple of days before the event. There is no need to register beforehand.

It is really important to us that you are able to join the Zoom meetings if you wish to. If you have a problem, please let us know and we can put you in touch with someone to support you and/or to set it up.

If you would like to join the Garden Society, visit our membership page.

http://www.charlburygardensociety.org.uk/membership/

Geneviève Hug · Link


Wed 10 Feb 2021: Charlbury Art Society

Details to be confirmed

7.30 on Zoom

Members will be sent a link. Non members are welcome to join the evening. Contact Phil Roberts for a link on

charlburyarts@outlook.com

Tony Lloyd · Link


Wed 10 Mar 2021: Charlbury Art Society

Landscape Art

An illustrated talk by Rachel Sherlaw-Johnson

Memorial Hall 7.30

Non Members welcome. £5 on the door

Tony Lloyd · Link


Thu 6 May 2021: Town Council elections

Provisional date. Postponed from May 2020.

District and county council elections will also take place on this date.

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.

http://charlburybeerfestival.org/

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

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

Monday

  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • 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

Sunday

  • 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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