What’s on

Mon 25 Jan-Tue 2 Feb: Oxfordshire Libraries eBook short story competition 2021

Oxfordshire Libraries is running a short story competition for 2021.  This is your opportunity to get creative and win the chance to have your own short story published.  For the first time children aged 5-11 are also invited to take part!

The winners will be notified in May and will see their entries published as an eBook and available via the library website in 2021.  There are three competition categories: see poster for details.

Please click on the website link for more information and to submit your entry.

Oxfordshire Libraries eBook short story competition 2021 | Oxfordshire County Council

Julie Ward · Link

Mon 25 Jan-Tue 2 Feb: The Winter Reading Mini Challenge

The closing date for the Winter Mini Challenge has been extended.

The Challenge now finishes on Friday 19th February 2021 so there is still plenty of time for children to get involved.

Similar to the Summer Reading Challenge, the Winter Mini Challenge is online so children need to be registered on the website: wintermini.org.uk. Then children choose a reading goal. 

To complete the challenge, they need to read, rate and review their books on the website before the end of the challenge – they can choose any books, eBooks or audiobooks they like. Rewards will be unlocked as they add their reviews, including a limited-edition virtual badge and a Reading Hero certificate they can print out and keep.

Please see the Winter Mini Challenge website for more details.

Julie Ward · Link

Sun 31 Jan: Poetry Reading & Book Launch

Pindrop Press warmly invites you to an evening of poetry and the launch of (Charlbury-based!) poet Jonathan Totman's new collection, Night Shift. Jonathan will be reading alongside poets Clare Best and Sarah Mnatzaganian.

Sunday 31st January, 7.30pm via Zoom (approx. 1 hour).

Hosted by Sharon Black of Pindrop Press.

To register and receive the Zoom link please email jonathan.totman@gmail.com

Mary Totman · Link

Thu 4 Feb: Introduction to Colour Workshop

Find out more about Colour Me Beautiful’s system of colour analysis!

 Learn which colours of clothes make you look your best and why.

 Get matching make-up tips in a fun ninety-minute workshop.

Places are limited at this online personalised event...

so contact me now to reserve your place for the special price of only £15 

– which includes a printed colour guide to your own personal colour palette.

Liz Partington

liz@cotswolds.style or 07800 744787.

Elisabeth Partington · Link

Thu 4 Feb: Charbury Society Zoom meeting

Dr Janet Dickinson

‘Courting Elizabeth: The Ditchley Portrait and the Cult of the Virgin Queen in late Elizabethan England’

Thursday 4th February 7.45 for 8.00

In September 1592 Elizabeth I visited the estate of Sir Henry Lee at Ditchley. Her short visitgave rise to one of the most instantly recognisable images of the queen, looming over a map of England with her feet firmly placed in Oxfordshire. Relations between the queen and Lee had been disrupted in recent years, so the portrait and the visit can be read in part anexpression of reconciliation and renewed gratitude on Lee’s part. They also cast light on animportant aspect of life and behaviour at the Elizabethan court in the form of the language and ideas of ‘courtly love’. This paper will discuss the political significance of courtly love for Elizabeth I and her courtiers and the ways in which this language could be used to approach the queen.

Dr Dickinson MA PhD is a Senior Associate Tutor in History at OUDCE and Senior Faculty Advisor and Lecturer at New York University in London. Her main research interests focus on the nobility and the court in early modern England and Europe,

This Zoom presentation will be for members only 

Membership forms are available from the secretary sec.charlsoc@gmail.com

The annual subscription is £8.50; free to under 18s.

Tony H Merry · Link

Wed 10 Feb: Charlbury Art Society

Alice Foster - Vermeer

7.30 on Zoom

Alice Foster is a widely-respected lecturer in the History of Art at the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and at the Oxfordshire Museum.

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


Tony Lloyd · Link

Sun 14 Feb: Still Life Painting Workshop

Amanda Cooper will be doing a Zoom painting demonstration on Wednesday 24th February at 10.00. 

Although Amanda enjoys pastels from time to time, water colour landscape is her preferred medium. Inspiration comes from the wilder countryside around her home with its shifting light and challenging weather. Other ideas come from her travels as tour leader to far flung places such as Myanmar and Georgia. Recently, closer to home, her own inspirational garden has been her theme. 

Once Amanda has completed her workshop, we can continue to work on the still life arrangement at home. 

A couple of weeks later people will be invited to share their work on Zoom if they wish when, together with Amanda, we can give each other feedback. 

If you would like to join this workshop please contact Phil Roberts at<charlburyarts@outlook.com> for a link

Tony Lloyd · Link

Thu 18 Feb: Helping the Honeybee

18 February 2021 - 7.30pm

Darren Lerigo, a gardener specialised in topiary who loves bee friendly gardens and flowers will talk to us about making sure we have the best plants for bees in our gardens, so that we can do more with our spaces. These plants will not only provide nectar and pollen throughout the year but look great too!

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

An email containing the Zoom link will be sent to all 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.


Geneviève Hug · Link

Wed 10 Mar: Charlbury Art Society

Sources of Inspiration

How to Stay Creative in Challenging Times

A discussion forum to share creative tips, ideas and approaches.

Four local artists - Amanda Cooper, Jane Crane, Mia Fortescue and Jody O'Reilly will share some of the ways they find inspiration. This will be followed by a general discussion and exchange of ideas.

Zoom 7.30

Art Society members will be sent a link. If you are not a member and would like to join the discussion contact Phil Roberts on:<charlburyarts@outlook.com>

Tony Lloyd · Link

Thu 18 Mar: Local Food for Local Folk

A talk by Emma Harris-Bass of the Kitchen Garden People in Chadlington

18 March 2021 - 7:30 p.m.

Emma, Christine and Dan, of The Kitchen Garden People, run the Honeydale Kitchen Garden at Honeydale Farm near Shipton-under-Wychwood. This is a Community Supported Agriculture Scheme (CSA), helping to revolutionise the way that food reaches consumers.

​‘CSA’s are a way of being able to supply vegetables and other fresh produce to local people, eliminating waste and unnecessary packaging; it’s a partnership between farmers and the local community in which the risks and rewards of the whole process are shared,’ explains Emma.

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

An email containing the Zoom link will be sent to all members a couple of days before the event.

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.


Geneviève Hug · Link

Mon 22 Mar: Portrait Workshop

Monday 22nd March 10.00 on Zoom

Jill Colchester will lead a portrait workshop with the opportunity to complete your own portrait and have personal feedback from Jill a couple of weeks later.

Jill is a practising artist and tutor based in Chadlington. Her works are generally, though not exclusively, drawings and paintings based on the figure. She also works collaboratively on community-based projects

The diverse quality of line is what attracts Jill to drawing, from the economy of minimal line drawing, sparse in appearance, to dynamic mark-making, rich in tones.

If you would like to join this workshop contact Phil Roberts <charlburyarts@outlook.com> for a Zoom link

Tony Lloyd · Link

Wed 14 Apr: The Great British Poster Artists

Charlbury Art Society

Zoom 7.30

Graham Twemlow will take us on a journey through the history of British poster art, celebrating the work of the artists who pioneered this creative movement.

Graham writes and lectures on a range of subjects relating to the decorative arts, with a special interest in the history of illustrated posters.

One of the leading poster artists was Frank Sherwin whose work is seen here. Sherwin's daughter, Sarah Castle, has long been one of our most active members.

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


Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 24 Apr: Spring Show

Saturday 24th April

Art Society and Garden Society Spring Show

Memorial Hall

Tony Lloyd · Link

Thu 6 May: 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: 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: 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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: 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


  • 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


  • 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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