What’s on

Thu 30 Mar: Order fresh veg & eggs by 7pm to collect Saturday 9.30-10.30am from outside Community Centre

WHAT'S IN SEASON? Rhubarb, potatoes (floury or waxy), curly kale, cavolo nero kale, purple sprouting broccoli, jerusalem artichokes, celeriac, beetroot, parsnips, carrots, swede, onions, apples. The severe frosts in December ruined several crops including cauliflower, calabrese, and chard so this explains their absence.

It’s three years since we started the online ordering and weekly collection of farmers market produce from StyanFamilyProduce.co.uk when it was difficult to get to shops or farmers markets at the start of the pandemic. We are so pleased that Charlbury has embraced this way of buying fresh local produce, and many have realised the exceptional value it offers.

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 Stainswick Farm oils and dressings, Charlbury Halcyon honey, preserves, free-range eggs and a range of Smarts single and double Gloucester cheeses. New customers always welcome, just order whatever items you want, there is no minimum spend and no commitment to order every week - just place an order whenever it suits you.

Vegbox collection is SATURDAY MORNING any time between 9.30am and 10.30am, the boxes will be arranged in alphabetical order alongside the community centre. A notification email will be sent out on Friday morning to everyone who has placed an order. 

  • Please bring your own bag to transfer produce from the box and please return egg boxes and apple juice bottles for reuse.

Bibury Trout decided in December to come back to Charlbury Farmers Market as well as selling online from their shop at Bibury. The online shop delivers to your house but the delivery charge is a standard £9.50.

Styan Family Produce come to Charlbury Farmers Market every 3 months from near Evesham. Early tomatoes are from biomass heated glasshouses. Through the summer we enjoy cherries and plums together with courgettes, broad beans, peas, spinach, chard, salad bags, rocket, spring onions, sweetcorn, beetroot, tomatoes, 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 2021 - 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 morning during the veg box collection outside the Community Centre. These will be refilled during the week and be ready for collection the following Saturday. Any refills dropped off at the Farmers Market can also be collected here.

Repair Network - Small items for repair can be dropped off on Saturday morning during the veg box collection outside the Community Centre but please email repairs@charlburygreenhub.org.uk first to discuss the problem.

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 will be 6.30-7pm on a Wednesday in May 2023.

Local food suppliers - Check our 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

Thu 30 Mar: Easter Bake Sale

Looking for after school snacks and Easter sweet treats? Charlbury Pre-School is having an Easter Bake Sale Thursday 30 March at 3pm, and 5pm. Please come and support us after school pick up or at any of the times above. We will also have newly printed tea towels by a local artist, which make a great spring gift.

Melinda Botos · Link

Thu 30 Mar: Easter Bake Sale

Looking for after school snacks and Easter sweet treats? Charlbury Pre-School is having an Easter Bake Sale Thursday 30 March at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Please come and support us after school pick up or at any of the times above. We will also have newly printed tea towels by a local artist, which make a great spring gift.

Melinda Botos · Link

Fri 31 Mar: Lent lunch in the Baptist Church

Friday 31 March, 12 noon to 1.30pm in the Baptist Church, Dyers Hill, Charlbury.

Come for lunch - home-made soup, bread and cheese - and help raise funds for Christian Aid's work with people suffering the effects of climate change in drought stricken areas of East Africa.

Everyone is welcome. There is no charge but donations for Christian Aid will be gratefully received.

Lunches organised by Churches Together in Charlbury.

Rosalind Scott · Link

Fri 31 Mar: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday 31st March, 7.30pm

Charlbury Methodist Church, Fisher's Lane

Free entry

A pacy, vibrant new production presented by Crandall University & Redeemer University.

Run time: 60 mins

Entry is free, donations to the church are welcomed.

Justine Malone · Link


On Saturday 1st April, Liam Ward and Mark Cole play The Rose & Crown!

Liam Ward is one of the UK’s most respected harmonica players. He is a winner of the National Harmonica League Player of the Year, and fronts his own band. Tonight he is accompanied by the powerful, passionate vocals and honest uncluttered slide and rhythm guitar of Mark Cole.

Mark has played with and supported many top blues and roots artists including Pinetop Perkins, Dr. Feelgood, Richard Thompson and Alvin Lee. A set from these two takes a "pass-the-parcel" approach with each given a chance to share their own styles. If you ask for an encore, you might even hear a harp duel between the two of them!

The music starts at around 9pm.

Charlie M · Link

Sat 1 Apr-Sun 2 Apr: Was, Is, Will Be

Memorial Hall

Saturday 1st April 12-5 and Sunday 2nd April 11-4

Charlbury Art Society is delighted to host an exhibition of Ukrainian photography curated by Kateryna Olieshko who is currently living in Charlbury together with Vika Ordynska.

Entitled Was, Is, Will Be the exhibition is a vision of pre-war Ukraine, in which there is no focus post-Soviet life - instead, the focus is on Ukrainian tradition, routine, youth and daily life. Candid photographs capture the beauty of a country and a people leading peaceful lives before the full-scale Russian invasion.

The inner Ukrainian spirit endures, despite the violence. It was, it is, and it will be is what unites them.

All proceeds from sales will be sent to support Ukraine

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 1 Apr-Sun 2 Apr: Printmaking with Tony Lloyd

Charlbury ArtRoom

I will be running one-day relief printmaking (linocut) workshops on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April where you can learn about printmaking and make prints.

Each workshop will start at 10.00 a.m. with an introduction to the process, and end at around 4.00 p.m. The cost is £40 which includes all materials. Tea and coffee will be provided during the day. All proceeds to the ArtRoom.

The workshop will be limited to a small group. The objective is to learn, experiment and have fun rather than to produce a masterpiece and no previous printmaking experience is necessary.

If you would like to know more about the workshop or book a place, please contact me.

Tony Lloyd



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Home 01608 810525

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 1 Apr: Scout Group Easter Trail

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are setting an Easter trail at Centenary Wood suitable for all ages 1 - 100.  Follow the clues to win a prize!  10 - 12, Saturday 1 April.  Refreshments available, donations to the Scout Group.

Claire Wilding · Link

Sat 1 Apr: Home Comforts Open Homes day

Home Comforts Open Homes Day

1st April 12 noon – 5pm starting at the Bowls Club

Charlbury householders will be opening the doors of retrofitted houses across the town to showcase energy and carbon saving measures. The Home Comforts open event on Saturday 1st April 2023 is being hosted by Charlbury Bowls Club who will show the work that they are currently undertaking. It will also offer an opportunity for residents to visit and speak directly to other homeowners who have already taken the eco plunge and can explain the benefits – and the pitfalls.

A Town Council project.

Lisa Wilkinson · Link

Sat 1 Apr-Sun 2 Apr: Art Society Spring Show

Memorial Hall

Saturday 12-5

Sunday 11-4

Free entry, all welcome

An exhibition of paintings, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass and photography by many of the Art Society's 200 members.

There will also be a special exhibition of sculpture and drawings by our guest artist Briony Lawson in the Green Room: Wood, Stone, Clay:   A Matter of Form.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 1 Apr: Garden Society Spring Show 2023

Spring Show (in combination with the Art Society Spring Exhibition)

1st April - Memorial Hall - 12 noon to 4pm

Shows are open to everyone!

The Spring Show is a delightful event marking the start of Spring and we hope that as many of you as possible will again be able to find either daffodils or tulips (and if we are lucky both) to exhibit.

Don’t forget that plants used for the arrangements need not have been grown by the exhibitor.

There is no prize money as the focus is on the display, but there is one cup to be awarded for the Best Exhibit in the Show

The Show opens at 12 noon, immediately after the judging.

There will be teas, cakes and a raffle.

Children's Corner

Our children are the gardeners of the future so we aim to encourage them to have a go at growing flowers, vegetables, salads and herbs from seeds or bulbs. The children's classes, therefore, include at least one aspect of 'growing', plus some craft or cookery.

Some entries will need to be planned for or prepared well in advance!

There will be two age groups for judging the children's categories: 4-7 years; and 8-12 years.

For more information, including schedules and entry forms, please see the Garden Society website at:


Alternatively, a week or so before the Show, schedules will be available at various points around Charlbury.

Geneviève Hug · Link

Sun 2 Apr-Sun 9 Apr: Easter Services at St Mary's Church and All Saints

Sunday 2nd April 9.45am Palm Sunday service, St Marys

11am Annual Parochial Church Meeting, St Marys

3rd 4th 5th April 7pm Compline, St Marys

Maundy Thursday 7.30pm Holy Communion service, St Marys

Good Friday 9am Holy Communion, St Marys

10am Messy Church, St Marys

2pm Last Hour at the Cross, St Marys

Easter Day 8am Holy Communion, St Marys

9am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Shorthampton

9.45am Easter Parish Communion, St Marys

Jo Paton · Link


St Teresa's Charlbury presents

A Holy Week evening of long-neglected choral music from the West Gallery tradition...

with David Townsend and the CHRISTMINSTER SINGERS

Morris Room, Corner House, Charlbury


Tickets £8.00 (includes wine) from Cotswold Frames (cash only!) or on the door 



J. Luxmoore · Link

Wed 5 Apr: Stories & Craft at Charlbury Library - Free

Come and listen to some fun stories with Helen and then get crafting for Spring and Easter. These sessions are popular so please register your child's place ASAP.

Julie Ward · Link

Wed 5 Apr: Probus Club of Charlbury Lunch and presentation

The next lunch and presentation at Probus will be at Witney Lakes at 1on Wednesday 5th April

The speaker will be Neill Nicholson, Director of Nicholsons and Forest Canopy Foundation, 

Neil will talk about The world of Carbon Offsetting and Natural Capital Benefits of Woodlands

He will share the experiences of a large local project, and discuss the opportunities for Oxfordshire.  Niel studied Ecological Sciences at Edinburgh with an Honours in Forestry and has been with Nicholson’s for nearly 30 years. Passionate about the environment and reducing the impact of climate change, he has led on sustainability within Nicholson’s with chip fired boilers, PV panels and electric vans, and is a Founding Director of the Forest Canopy Foundation. He also sits on the Advisory Panel to the Forestry Commission for the Southeast, and the Forestry and Woodland Policy Committee for the CLA.

Probus lunches are now open to all and women are particularly welcome. They are an excellent opportunity to meet people over an enjoyable lunch and listen to an interesting talk. The atmosphere is very informal and dress is smart casual.

So whether you are new to Charlbury or would just like to find out more about us please consider coming along.  We meet from 11.30 before lunch at 12.30 followed by the presentation and usually finish by 3.00pm 

Lunch currently costs £25

For more information contact Simon Handley Charlbury Probus Secretary, contact at simon.handley8@icloud.com

Tony H Merry · Link

Thu 6 Apr: The Charlbury Society: Thursday 6th April 7.50 for 8 pm by Zoom

Our talk this month is by Judith Curthoys,  Archivist at Christ Church since 1994 and, during that time, she has written four books on Christ Church’s history, and co-edited a further one. All five books are rooted very firmly in the historic records of college and cathedral.The most recent volume, which goes by the title of Cows and Curates, is about Christ Church’s landed estate and the parishes of which the college is patron , this is the subject of this month’s talk  

Members , do join us , (and friends and non members are very welcome too, £3 please contact treas.charlsoc@gmail.com at least 3 days before the talk to ensure you receive the link in time ) 

Nikki Rycroft · Link

Fri 7 Apr: Walking the Way of the Cross

Walking the Way of the Cross. Good Friday, 7 April. A reflective walk with hymns and prayers starting at the Memorial Fountain on the Playing Close at 10am and finishing at the Methodist Church for coffee and hot cross buns. Please come - everyone is welcome.

Event organised by Churches Together in Charlbury

Rosalind Scott · Link

Fri 7 Apr: Good Friday Messy Church service

Messy church for preschool and primary school aged children and their families. Join us for craft and the Easter story. 

Please book your places by emailing parishoffice@charlburychurch.uk 

Jo Paton · Link

Fri 7 Apr: Good Friday Last Hour on the Cross

Do join us for this afternoon service on Good Friday

Jo Paton · Link

Sun 9 Apr: Charlbury Canoe Club

Sunday 9th April at 2.15pm

The 2023 season commences on Easter Sundy afternoon and visitors are welcome to join us at the clubhouse on Watery Lane (bottom of Pound Hill). All necessary equipment provided and still only £3 per session. More information from Hugh on 810130

Hugh Belshaw · Link

Wed 12 Apr: Charlbury Art Society

Memorial Hall 7.30

All welcome, non-members £5 on the door

Juliet Heslewood

Images of God

God has always been thought of as a kindly, bearded old man…and so has been depicted that way. 

 Only in recent years has it been thought that God might be a woman but is represented as a female only in ‘deviant art’. 

 Since early medieval times both painters and sculptors have imaginatively portrayed him in a single hand. 

 Juliet’s talk reveals many images of God from the past to the present.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Fri 14 Apr: Three Acres And A Cow

Three Acres And A Cow’ is a history of land rights and protest in folk song and story. The show connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues like the housing crisis, reparations, climate breakdown and food sovereignty via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of England in folk song, stories and poems.

Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

"I think about this show all the time. It has totally changed the way I think about colonialism, direct action and English nationalism. Thinking about it today, 4 years after seeing the show, it's clear it was a life changing event for me." Monique

"The history lesson I’ve always wanted. Thank you for a very entertaining/life changing evening. I’ll be looking at the land and listening to folk songs in a very different way” Emily

See http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/ for more information.

Doors 6.30pm, the show starts promptly at 7pm and will finish at 10pm with one interval.

There will be wine, beer and soft drinks to offer on a donations basis, proceeds will go the the Charlbury Museum.

Charlbury Memorial Hall, OX7 3SW

Robin Grey · Link

Wed 19 Apr: Charlbury WI Monthly Meeting - Crafts

Get creative and have fun trying your hand at a variety of crafts being demonstrated at our April meeting. Enjoy other’s company as you join in and share learning new skills. No prior crafting know how or experience required! Visitors and anyone considering becoming a member both warmly welcome. 7.30pm at the Charlbury Memorial Hall.

Louise Cashman · Link

Fri 21 Apr: Monkey Music FREE Open Day Sessions

Weekly Monkey Music classes are coming to Charlbury War Memorial Hall every Friday from 21st April. 

To welcome new families we will be running two free open days sessions on 21st April at the following times: 

10am: Mixed Age session: 1-4 year olds

11am: Baby Session: 3-12 months

The sessions include a usual 30 minute class with some extra time to meet the teacher and find out more about our classes. 

Booking is essential: bit.ly/CHWarMem

Nicola Walker · Link

Sat 22 Apr: Citizen Science Saturday as Part of Earth Day

Saturday 22nd April - 10am-4pm

Wigwell Nature Reserve - Free Admission

Join us for an engaging day on the Wigwell Nature Reserve. 

Activities will include: Beaver Dam Building, Plant ID, Fresh Water Bug Hunting, Reptile Walk, Butterfly Survey, Arts and Crafts, 

Children's Choir at 12:30

Refreshments provided by the Scouts will be available onsite.

Rowan Wynne Jones · Link

Mon 24 Apr: Charlbury Wildlife

7.30 pm Glow Worms 

Seeing glow worms is quite magical. Have you seen any glow worms around Charlbury recently ? When is the best time to find them and where ?  John Tyler will join us to talk about these fascinating beetles, so that we can survey during the Summer. 

This event will be on Zoom. 

Contact: charlburywildlifesociety@gmail.com 

Flora Gregory · Link

Wed 3 May: Probus Lunch

Speaker “A lifetime in Investment” Tony Yarrow interviewed by Paul Jackson

After a successful education including Cambridge (MA History) Tony set out to be a Financial Adviser in 1984. Managing investment funds continuously from 1988-2021 (33 years) and winning various industry awards.

In 1992 he founded Wise Investment ( in Chipping Norton) which is now three companies managing £6.0bn and employing 65 people. Company became employee-owned 2013 and West Oxfordshire Employer of the Year in 2018.

Since retirement in 2021 Tony has been acting as an investment adviser to the Royal Society ( £300m portfolio) and several smaller charities. He is also a keen Beekeeper supplying weekly honey to FarmEd where he is a pro bono Director.

Non-Members welcome email simon.handley8@icloud.com 

Paul D Jackson · Link

Wed 3 May: Probus lunch and talk Battle of Britain – 80+ years on

This months  lunch and presentation at Probus will be at Witney Lakes on Wednesday 3rd May 

The speaker will be Chris Leworthy, Official Guide of Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge 

Chris will talk about "Battle of Britain – 80+ years on” 

It is now over 80 years since the Battle of Britain and this talk recalls the challenges, the threats and the events of that summer which, in a few short months, saw German occupation of Northern Europe, the Low Countries and Norway, Operation Dynamo, and the crucial and vicious 113 days of the Battle of Britain. The talk will describe the incredible bravery of a number of individual young pilots and will cover:

The political background

The key personalities

The Dowding Interception system and its pivotal role

The start of the battle - Kanalkampf

The four stages of the battle September 15th - objectives, the two major raids, the outcome conclusions

After retiring, Chris Leworthy decided to indulge his interest in Military History by reading, visiting and, most importantly, volunteering. After spells at the Churchill War Rooms and the Historic Dockyard, his increasing interest in the air war between 1939-45, led him to be approved as a Guide at the Battle of Britain Bunker at Uxbridge

Probus lunches are now open to all and women are particularly welcome. They are an excellent opportunity to meet people over an enjoyable lunch and listen to an interesting talk. The atmosphere is very informal and dress is smart casual.

So whether you are new to Charlbury or would just like to find out more about us please consider coming along. We meet from 11.30 before lunch at 12.30 followed by the presentation and usually finish by 3.00pm

Lunch currently costs £25

For more information contact Simon Handley Charlbury Probus Secretary, contact at simon.handley8@icloud.com

Tony H Merry · Link

Sun 7 May: A Commemorative Service to mark the Coronation of HRH King Charles III

All are welcome to join us at this town service.

11am in St Mary's Church.

Jo Paton · Link

Sun 7 May: Coronation Big Lunch

Join the fun at the Coronation Big Lunch at Nine Acres on Sunday 7th May.

Further information can be found here:


More details will be posted as they are confirmed.

Lisa Wilkinson · Link

Mon 8 May: The Big Help Out

Volunteering is changing.

The Big Help Out is a campaign to showcase how volunteering benefits both communities and the people who take part.

The Oxfordshire Lieutenancy and the Town Council are running a volunteer fair on Monday 8th May at the Memorial Hall between 1pm and 4pm. 

Come along and find an organisation who needs your skills and ignites your interest.

Free afternoon tea will also be available

Lisa Wilkinson · Link

Wed 10 May: Marilyn Stafford | Street Stories

Anstice Oakeshott will celebrate the life and work of this extraordinary 20th century photographer who was only discovered in her tenth decade.

Marilyn Stafford, who died in January this year aged 98, brought the energy and truth of daily life into her practice which encompassed street photography, fashion, portraiture, and social reportage.

With a special focus on her representation of women and children, her photographs reveal the joy she found sharing the stories of others, often in the context of life on the street.

One of the few women to jostle her way to the front of the industry during a time when photography was undoubtedly a male dominated world, Marilyn had a fresh, approachable and sympathetic eye. After a miraculous break into the industry with a portrait of Albert Einstein, Marilyn found herself circulating in the Paris photography scene under the mentorship of Henri Cartier Bresson who was a lifelong inspiration to her.

It was in Paris that she took some of her most renowned images.

Anstice lives in Market Street and is an independent Photography Specialist and Curator with a Masters in Art History and sixteen years of industry experience. 

Previously Anstice held the position of Senior Specialist at The Photographers’ Gallery where she curated exhibitions for numerous renowned and emerging photographers including Sebastião Salgado, Julie Cockburn, Wolfgang Suschitzky, Elliot Erwitt and Jacques-Henri Lartigue. 

There will be an exhibition of Marylyn Stafford's photography at Zuleika Gallery in Woodstock from 14 - 23 April curated by Anstice.


Memorial Hall 7.30

All welcome, non-members £5 on the door

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 20 May: The opening of the Charlbury Community Workshop BBQ 5pm onwards.

Saturday 20 May 5pm onwards.

The opening of the new Charlbury Community Workshop (next to the Community Centre). Come along to see inside the new community workshop and find out more about the planned activities. BBQ, beers and soft drinks and (hopefully) a celebrity guest.

Colin Critch · Link

Sat 20 May: Plant & Seed Swap

Since the uncertain days of the pandemic the Garden Society's Plant and Seed Swap has been a regular feature of the gardening year.

This year, it will take place on Saturday 20th May from 10 am to noon, in the Memorial Hall. All welcome, but please come early as plants tend to come and go very fast!

We are also hoping to organise a seed planting activity for children during the morning – so do keep an eye out for more information closer to the time.

You don’t have to bring anything to swap – just come along and choose something new for your garden. Any monetary donations we receive are ploughed (pun intended) into our gardening initiatives around the town. If you’re thinking about sowing seeds this spring, maybe sow a few extra to bring along!

Teas, coffees and cakes will be available to enjoy as you browse.

See our website for more information about this event:


Or send your enquiries to: secretary@charlburygardensociety.org.uk

Geneviève Hug · Link

Sat 24 Jun: Charlbury Beer Festival

The 2023 Charlbury Beer Festival will take place at Charlbury Cricket Club on Saturday 24 June, from midday till late. Full details will follow, but in the meantime, put the date in your diaries! 

Edward Fenton · Link

Sat 22 Jul: Antiques Valuation Day with Charles Hanson

Come along and meet Charles Hanson, TV's antiques expert with many  appearances on Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip and Flog it! Bring your antique curiosities for identification and valuation!

Venue: Charlbury Community Centre

Date: Saturday 22nd Jul 2023,  2-4pm

Donation of £5 for Charlbury Community Centre, Thomas Gifford Trust.

Kim Harrison · Link

Tue 1 Aug-Fri 4 Aug: Churches Together in Charlbury Holiday Club

Get the dates in your diary for the summer holiday.

Do email if you would like the booking forms sent straight to you in June.


Jo Paton · Link

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