What’s on

Sun 20 May-Sun 27 May: Maureen Sparling's Exhibition at The Deli

Artweeks may be over but if you missed the chance to see my work, it will be staying on in the Deli room and garden for one more week. There are paintings and greetings cards for sale and of course the usual wonderful selection of Deli foods and beverages. The garden is a lovely secluded part of Charlbury! Contact: 07779 779121

Maureen Sparling · Link

Fri 25 May: Film showing: The Railway Children

Age UK are putting on a series of film showings on the last Friday of each month at Charlbury Community Centre.
Doors open 12.50pm. Film starts promptly at 1.10pm. Price £3.50 including the film show, tea or coffee and cake. For more information, please contact Sian on 07827 235448 or sianwhitlock@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk.

Tanya Stevenson · Link

Sat 26 May-Mon 28 May: Charlbury Museum

Bank Holiday Opening. The Museum will be open on Saturday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, and on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. Visit the Wychwood exhibition, and see mementos of the Charlbury men and women who lived in the town a century ago during the Great War.

Janet Jeffs · Link


Join us this bank holiday Sunday for music and drinks from 3pm + karaoke from 7pm!

Gemma Eynon · Link

Sun 27 May: Walk exploring the history of Wychwood Forest

Linking with this year's exhibition on the history of Wychwood Forest, Tony Graeme will lead an afternoon walk exploring the history and use of this historic hunting forest. The walk will be approx. 5.5 miles and will follow a route which includes Cornbury Park.
Numbers are limited and only a few places remain, so please book in advance by emailing Sue Rangeley (sue.rangeley@btinternet.com) to reserve your place.

Free of charge but donations welcome.
The museum is very grateful to Tony for leading the walk.

Judy Dod · Link

Tue 29 May: Half-term Activities for Children

Once again Charlbury Community Centre will host a multi-sport activity session for primary school aged children from 2-4pm on the Tuesday and Thursday of the May half-term holiday. This will be led by Paul Quibell-Smith experienced coach and sports trainer. Price £10 per child per session, maximum 20 children per session. You are welcome to book in advance to ensure a place, but we will need you to pay when you book.

Look out for our summer holiday offerings too - the afternoons of 31st July-3rd August inclusive we will be continuing from St Mary's morning craft sessions, so people can have a longer day of childcare. Then we will offer two weeks of the same sessions as may half term on 7th, 9th, 14th and 16th August.

Tanya Stevenson · Link

Wed 30 May: Coach Trip to Henley-on-Thames

On 30 May Charlbury Art Society are planning to visit the River and Rowing Museum in Henley, where there is an exhibition called 'Finding Form' showing Barbara Hepworth sculptures and John Piper works. On arrival, you will be given refreshments and this will be followed by a talk about the exhibition. You will then be free to enjoy the exhibition and Museum at your leisure.
Henley is a very pleasant town with lots to do, so do come along and enjoy a May day by the Thames.

The return coach fare is £10.00 for members (£12.00 for non-members). Entry to the River and Rowing Museum is £ 9.50 (free entry to members of the Art Fund). A talk about the exhibitions is £ 3.00 Coffee/tea on arrival is £ 3.00

The coach will leave the Spendlove Car Park at 08.45 pm sharp and will leave Henley at 4pm for the return journey.
See: charlburyarts.co.uk/event/coach-trip-to-henley-on-thames/

Kati Eidenbenz · Link

Thu 31 May: Comedy Ladder @ Rose & Crown

The first ever night of comedy at the R&C featuring six of the best new comedians on the circuit. 7:30 in the back room.

£5 on the door or pre-book your place at the bar to guarantee entry.

Tommy Longfellow · Link

Thu 31 May: May Half-term Children's Activities

Once again Charlbury Community Centre will host a multi-sport activity session for primary school aged children from 2-4pm on the Tuesday and Thursday of the May half-term holiday. This will be led by Paul Quibell-Smith, experienced coach and sports trainer. Price £10 per child per session, maximum 20 children per session. You are welcome to book in advance to ensure a place, but we will need you to pay when you book.

Look out for our summer holiday offerings too - the afternoons of 31st July-3rd August inclusive we will be continuing from St Mary's morning craft sessions, so people can have a longer day of childcare. Then we will offer two weeks of the same sessions as may half term on 7th, 9th, 14th and 16th August.

Tanya Stevenson · Link

Sat 2 Jun: Tool Sharpening at Spendlove

9am-1pm. Bring along your old tools to get them sharpened rather than throw them away and buy new. They also have a supply of organic horse manure in bags.

Sharpening Services from Eynsham (07831 261082) are coming to the Spendlove the first Saturdays in May, June and July this year. They sharpen secateurs, shears, loppers, knives, scissors, saws, screwdrivers, hoes, spades, & planes. They can also arrange to sharpen and service lawn mowers for you. Price list

Organised by Charlbury Green Hub

Christine Elliott · Link


Early notice of the Plant Sale and Coffee Morning in aid of Charlbury Museum, from 10 am in the Museum Garden and the Corner House. The Museum will of course be open from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on Saturday, and from 2.30 to 4.30 pm on Sunday, featuring an exhibition on the Forest. If you go down in the woods today ....

Janet Jeffs · Link

Sat 2 Jun: Town Councillor Surgery

Town councillors will be available between 10am and noon in the Corner House (Morris Room) to hear your comments and answer your questions. No appointment necessary - just come along!
For further details see the Town Council page at www.charlbury.info/community/31

Peter Kenrick · Link


The Museum will be open on Saturday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and on Sunday from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. You will be very welcome when you visit to explore the history of your town. And enjoy the garden, considerably different from this photograph.

Janet Jeffs · Link

Mon 4 Jun: New Boot Camp starts

Please join Jason for a new weekly outdoor exercise session on Mondays from 6.30-7.30pm. This will be held on Nineacres just outside the Community Centre, but come to the centre first to pay and register. No need to pre-book, but you will have to fill out a health questionnaire, so please allow time for that.
Price £5 for adults and £3 for juniors (over 11s only).
This will be a lot of fun and great to be able to get outside in the summer months.

Tanya Stevenson · Link

Tue 5 Jun: Yack and Yarn

Knitters, crocheters, and stitchers, all welcome. If you want to learn a new skill or you need help there are always people willing to help.

The Bell Inn, Church Street, Charlbury
First Tuesday of the month
19.30 - 21.30

Miriam Evans · Link

Sat 9 Jun: SIZZLING SAFARI SUPPER Saturday June 9 at 7pm. Tickets £25

Charlbury's own Sizzling Safari Supper in aid of CRAG.Enjoy
Pimms and canapes together at Redding Wyck House. The main course and dessert will be offered at various different nearby mystery venues. For coffee and sweeties we will be back together. Bring a personal bottle for the mystery tour! Tickets are £25.Dress code; Sparkling/sizzling/ black tie!
Tickets from Alison Eastwood 0787 089 3223 or stableyardalison@gmail.com

Alison Eastwood · Link


On Nine Acres Recreation Ground, 9am - 6pm. Teams from all over the county will compete in our highly popular football tournament. Please come along and support our local players. BBQ and other refreshments will be available.

Helen Harrison · Link

Sun 10 Jun: 'Darkest Hour' - ChOC Film of the Month

Cert. PG / 125mins.

Showing less than a week after the release date to community cinemas (4th June), Darkest Hour is an immersive film cataloguing a tumultuous four-week period of British history in the middle months of 1940 between the fall of Norway and the evacuation of Dunkirk. Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) succeeds the ineffectual Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) as prime minister and faces a desperate race against time to unite rival factions in the government in order to repel the Nazi menace massing on the other side of the Channel.

Almost completely unrecognisable beneath his (Oscar-winning) make-up, Oldman's towering, once-in-a-lifetime performance is at the heart of Darkest Hour: this is very much his film. But strong support is supplied by Kristin Scott Thomas (as Clemmie) and Lily James (Downton Abbey, War and Peace) as Churchill's young secretary, Elizabeth Layton. Keep an eye out also for a host of fine old British character actors in minor roles.

Darkest Hour is an unforgettable film powered by a mesmerising, Oscar-winning central performance from Oldman.

Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 7.30pm
Doors and licensed bar from 6.45pm

Admission: £5 / U15s £3.

Jackie Hague · Link

Thu 14 Jun: Kris Dollimore at The Rose & Crown - Thurs 14th June!

On Thursday 14th June at The Rose & Crown we welcome back one of the most astounding blues musicians ever to appear here: Kris Dollimore! (Kris is also a veteran of top 20 bands The Damned and Del Amitri.)
You can expect a night of powerful raw traditional blues, together with some of Kris's own fine songs, and musicianship beyond compare! As someone said, "when he is playing, if you didn't realise it was just him, you'd think it was THREE people!".
If you've not heard Kris Dollimore before, come and see what all the fuss is about!
The music starts at around 9pm.

Charlie M · Link


Watch this space for details...!

Simon Fenn · Link

Wed 20 Jun: Charlbury WI: June Meeting

Our speaker this evening is Jen Best who makes Dorset buttons for a living.

These wonderful buttons were made in Dorset for two centuries and shipped all over the world, before being wiped out by the industrial revolution. Jen will demonstrate how to make them and turn them into a beautiful piece of jewellery or funky accessory.

Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 7.30pm

Visitors welcome. Join us for the meeting and then chat with members and guests over a cuppa and a slice of delicious home-made cake!

Jackie Hague · Link

Fri 22 Jun: Evenlode Jazz at the Rose and Crown

Evenlode Jazz will be playing at the Rose and Crown on Friday 22nd June 2018 from 8.30 onwards.

This is a new venue for us and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Geoff Holmberg · Link

Sat 23 Jun: Traditional Summer Fete

St Mary's Church are holding a traditional summer fete in the churchyard on Saturday 23rd June 2pm - 4.30pm. Stalls, tombola, games, family fun and teas and cakes. All welcome.

Jo Paton · Link

Wed 27 Jun: Quiz at the Community Centre

The third of our regular monthly quizzes held in the cafe area of Charlbury Community Centre, each hosted by a different quiz master. This one is led by Clive Gibson-Leitch and will be in a different format to the previous two - the questions are written down so you can have a fun time with your friends solving them, before finding out the answers.
Cafe and bar will be open from 7.30pm, quiz starts promptly at 8pm - please allow time to get your drinks in!
Ticket price £5 per person from the Community Centre reception desk. We can only fit in a maximum of 48 people, so buying a ticket early might be wise. You do not have to come with a fully formed team of six - we will put you together with others to fill up the tables.

Tanya Stevenson · Link

Sat 30 Jun: Charlbury Beer Festival 2018

The 21st Charlbury Beer Festival will take place on Saturday 30 June 2018, at Charlbury Cricket Club, just three minutes' walk from Charlbury station. Full details will follow soon, but we can confirm a return appearance on the music stage by Mercury nominee John Bramwell.

Many thanks to all those who supported the highly successful 2017 event, which featured 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 demonstrations, as well as a repeat appearance by the Choirs of Charlbury Primary School. A record sum was raised for good causes, both locally and in the developing world. For further details, visit our new website www.charlburybeerfestival.org/

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

Sun 1 Jul: Exhibition on Screen: Canaletto And The Art Of Venice - ChOC film of the month

Cert.U / 87 minutes.

A fascinating journey into the life and art of Venice's famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, widely known as Canaletto.

The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto's views from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world's leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.

Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 7.30pm
(doors & bar from 6.45pm)

Admission: £7 at the door

Jackie Hague · Link

Wed 4 Jul: Wigwell Nature Reserve - Annual count of Meadow Clary

2.30-4pm. Every July, the Wychwood Project Flora Group organise counting the flower spikes of Meadow Clary (Salvia Pratensis) at our local Wigwell Nature Reserve. If you would like to be involved please come along, the Flora Group is always keen to welcome new members, for more information please contact info@wychwoodproject.org.uk

Meet by the entrance to the reserve next to the Scout Hut on Nine Acres Lane SP356199.

Organised by the Wychwood Project

Christine Elliott · Link

Wed 4 Jul: Three Worcestershire Gardens

Annual coach trip to three of Worcestershire's finest gardens: Harrell's Hardy Plants Nursery, Conderton Manor and Whitcombe House. Cost is £30 per person, including tea/coffee at all gardens (two with cake). Please bring a picnic lunch. Departs the Spendlove Car Park at 9 am promptly.
For further information and to reserve a place, please contact Sarah Potter on 01608 810388

Organised by the Charlbury & District Garden Society

Susan Dunstall · Link

Thu 5 Jul: Wigwell Nature Reserve Work Party

Work party at Wigwell Nature Reserve cutting thistles and invasive scrub. Runs from 9.30am-lunchtime but no need to come for the whole time, please just come when you can. Bring your own gloves, strong boots, sunhat, and refreshments. Meet at 9.30 am at the Scout Hut, Nine Acres Lane, Charlbury (OX7 3QZ), or if later on please look for us on site or phone James Aylward on 07907 905070. Further details on Wychwood Project Facebook page.

Saturday 4 August 9am-1pm
Ragwort pulling
Thursday 16 August 9am-1pm
Ragwort pulling
Thursday 4 October 9am-3pm
Scrub bashing with bonfire
Thursday 6 December 9am-3pm
Scrub bashing with bonfire

Christine Elliott · Link

Fri 13 Jul: Stand-up Comedy Evening, Memorial Hall

This event is organised by Flock Comedy in aid of Charlbury Community Centre and features four comedians, headlined by Rob Deering, supported by Harry Stachini, Harriet Kemsley and Charlbury's own and much loved Adrian Lancini. More information on the comedians can be found here: https://www.charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk/events/
Tickets are now on sale at Charlbury Community Centre (cash or cheque only please) or online at: www.flockcomedy.com/events/ . We expect this to be a sell-out, so please get your tickets early.

Tanya Stevenson · Link

Sat 14 Jul: Day Centre Coffee Morning 10am-12, Corner House

Charlbury Day Centre will hold it's annual coffee morning and cake sale on 14th July 10am-12noon. Lots of lovely home made cakes, pies and produce to buy, Pam's wonderful knitted toys for sale (see picture) all whist drinking tea or coffee and eating delicious buttered toasted tea cakes. There will be a raffle too, so please come and help boost the funds of this important charity.

Tanya Stevenson · Link

Wed 25 Jul: Quiz at the Community Centre

Our popular series of regularly monthly quizzes in the cafe area of Charlbury Community Centre is not stopping for summer! This quiz is set by Nicola Morgan and Kate Smith.
The cafe and bar will be open from 7.30pm, quiz starts promptly at 8pm - please allow time to get settled and get the drinks in.
Ticket price £5 per person from the reception desk. We only have space for 48 people and the first two were a sell-out, so please buy tickets early. No need to bring a whole team unless you want to - we will put people together to fill up the tables.

Tanya Stevenson · Link

Sun 12 Aug: The Post - ChOC Film Of The Month

The Post Cert. 12A / 115mins.

Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper - The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers, and freedom, to help bring long-buried truths to light.

Memorial Hall, Charlbury at 7.30pm
(doors & licensed bar from 6.45pm)

Admission: £5 / U15s £3

Jackie Hague · Link

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