What’s on

Mon 12 Apr-Wed 21 Apr: THE SECRET EXHIBITION 2021

Charlbury Art Society is holding another Secret Art Exhibition which opens today in the Corner House and in Charlbury Deli & Cafe. This follows the very successful Secret Exhibition in 2019 

There will be a viewing day on Monday 12th April followed by sales from Tuesday. 

More than fifty mini artworks by thirty local artists will be sold to raise funds for Cornerstone and the next Charlbury Festival. 

There will be drawings and original prints as well as paintings in any medium all in the same size frame containing a 6 inch x 4 inch (150 mm x 100 mm) artwork. 

To add mystery the artist will be anonymous until the work is purchased. 

There will be a list of contributing artists displayed with the exhibits. 

All work will be sold for the same amount,  £ 20.00 cash only.

Ann Lloyd · Link

Mon 12 Apr-Wed 21 Apr: The Secret Art Exhibition

Thirty two local artists have generously donated work to raise funds for Cornerstone and the next Charlbury Festival. 

 Charlbury Art Society is holding another Secret Art Exhibition which opens on Monday 12th April in the Corner House and in Charlbury Deli & Cafe. This follows the very successful Secret Exhibition in 2019 

 There will be a viewing day on Monday followed by sales from Tuesday. There will be almost sixty mini artworks with drawings and original prints as well as paintings all in the same size frame containing a 150 mm x 100 mm artwork. To add mystery the artist will be anonymous until the work is purchased. 

 There will be a list of contributing artists displayed with the exhibits. All work will be sold for the same amount, £ 20.00 cash only.

Tony Lloyd · Link

Tue 13 Apr: Books of the Bible

A weekly series of introductions to each of the books of the Bible, followed by discussion. 10.30am Tuesdays. 

Jo Paton · Link

Wed 14 Apr: Your weekly Farmers Market - midnight deadline for ordering fresh veg, trout, cheese, eggs, etc collected outside Community Centre on Saturday (& SESI refills)

Find out more about where your fresh veg comes from - the Styan family farm was covered in a BBC1 programme about Farmers Markets on 4 January - Charlbury collections even get a mention!

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 people to collect from different collection points alongside 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 be particularly careful about social distancing. Please keep your 2m social distance (at least) and ensure there is only one person at each collection point at any one time. PLEASE ALSO WEAR A MASK.

  • 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.

Styan Family Produce come to Charlbury Farmers Market every 3 months from near Evesham, but since April 2020 we have been fortunate that they are delivering farmers market produce for collection in Charlbury every Saturday afternoon. We are now getting early rhubarb and swiss chard as well as kalettes, cauliflower, various kales, sprouts, various cabbages, parsnips, carrots, onions, and named potato varieties. Throughout the summer we can enjoy 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.

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 which will be in Spring 2021.

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

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

Fri 16 Apr: Vigil for Sarah Everard

The rescheduled vigil to show solidarity for Sarah Everard, her family and her friends, and other women and girls who experience harassment, stalking and assault, will take place on Friday 16th April at 8pm on The Playing Close.

There will be a moment of silence at 8.15pm where we will light a candle or a torch and then all are welcome to tie a purple ribbon to the frontage of The Playing Close and the Fountain in memory of Sarah or anyone else who has been a victim or survivor of violence.

All are welcome to attend, including men and boys.

To keep everyone safe and to protect the NHS, please wear masks, stay in your bubble and socially distance. There will be hand sanitiser on every entrance and exit to The Playing Close as well as a QR code to scan if you have the NHS Test and Trace app, which I encourage you to turn on. There will be stewards present to keep everyone safe.

The vigil is for Sarah who was kidnapped and murdered trying to get home on the evening of March 3rd, but also for all women and girls who feel unsafe inside their homes, on our streets, at work and who face violence every day. 

Charlbury Town Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and Thames Valley Police have all been consulted and have endorsed a respectful and peaceful vigil.

I would like to thank Nikki Rycroft of the Charlbury Medical Centre for organising the stewarding of the vigil and to Vicky Burton who has contributed the beautiful purple ribbon.

For any questions or concerns about the vigil, please contact me by email: charlbury.vigil@gmail.com

Emily Algar · Link

Tue 20 Apr: Books of the Bible

A weekly series of introductions to each of the books of the Bible, followed by discussion. 10.30am Tuesdays. 

Jo Paton · Link

Wed 21 Apr: Reptile walk with expert herpetologist

Learn all about Oxfordshire's reptiles with expert herpetologist Neil Clennell. You'll learn about our native reptiles' preferred habitats, feeding habits, physiology, conservation status, and behaviours, and (hopefully) see some too.

The Wychwood Project is currently surveying reptiles at Wigwell Nature Reserve. As well as discussing reptiles in general and answering any questions you might have, Neil will show you round the survey and talk you through the thinking behind it. 

The reptile walk will run from 11am to 1pm. Places are limited to 5 people. 

Find out more and book here: http://wychwood-project.mitingu.com/reptile-survey

Miranda Davies · Link

Wed 21 Apr: Charlbury WI - Monthly meeting and talk - via Zoom

7.30pm - via Zoom

"An Audience with King Henry VIII" - Tony the Compere, in the guise of Henry, will be regaling us with stories of Henry's reign using acting, historical facts and comedy.  

Monthly business will take place after the talk. 

Want to learn more about Charlbury WI?  We welcome visitors to join us for up to three meetings before deciding whether to become a member. If you'd like to know more please email Miriam Evans - charlburywi@oxfordshirewi.co.uk 

See our page on this website:  https://www.charlbury.info/community/39

Jackie Hague · Link

Sat 24 Apr: Charlbury Bowls Club Open Day

COVID Compliant.

Shake off those post-Covid blues and try Bowls! Just turn up at anytime between 2.00pm  and 6.30pm - all you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes like trainers - we have all the rest.

All welcome aged 7 to 'I'd rather not say'. See flyer below for more details.

Shaun Morley · Link

Sat 24 Apr: Charlbury Bowls Club Open Day

COVID Compliant.

Shake off those post-Covid blues and try Bowls! Just turn up at 2.00pm - all you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes like trainers - we have all the rest. 

All welcome aged 7 to 'I'd rather not say'. See flyer below for more details.

Shaun Morley · Link

Sun 25 Apr: Spring Nature Workshop (for adults) - limited places available!

Our growing disconnect with nature is featured heavily in the news today. Wildlife words and understanding are being lost with each new generation.

Are you keen to buck this trend?

Join an experienced local ecologist on a practical interactive workshop where you will have the opportunity to:

• gain confidence in understanding the wild Oxfordshire landscape and its species,

• regain some of those lost wildlife words,

• perhaps even develop a legacy of natural history knowledge to pass on to your family and friends.

During this spring workshop, we will:

• explore what lies beyond the bluebells in ancient woodland,

• discover edible woodland plants,

• investigate the signs of breeding birds,

• listen to the magical sounds of the woods.

For more information and booking visit www.rediscover-nature.com.

Katherine Holmes · Link




Details of Stone carving workshops for the summer and Autumn

MAY 1-9  11am -6pm 


Ceramics- Photography

Details of clay workshops for children

MAY 1,2,3,7,8,9, 11am-5pm (Fri 1pm-6pm)

Please come and join us at RAILWAY STUDIOS for our Oxfordshire Artweeks exhibition of work done in the past year and work in progress. The studios can be found at Forest works, first left after the station, leaving Charlbury (OX73HH). The studios are very spacious and airy and we will follow all the recommended safety guidelines. There is an under cover, outside space, where we hope to be able to give you a cup of tea!

Please email if you would prefer to make an appointment: binniecatherine@gmail.com  

For details of artists taking part in Artweeks - www.artweeks.org

Catherine Binnie · Link

Sat 1 May-Sun 9 May: Artweeks in Charlbury

17 Charlbury artists will be exhibiting their work around the town and nearby, most within walking distance of each other. For further information see:  www.artweeks.org

Maureen Sparling · Link

Sat 1 May: Charlbury Bowls Club Junior Section

11.00am to 12.45pm. Ages 7 to 15 (in groups).

All welcome to try - first six sessions free. Just turn up and simply bring some flat-soled shoes like trainers. We have the rest.

Fully trained coaches and enhanced DBS checked coaches and assistants.

Contact us via our Facebook page, website or email enquiries@charlburybowls.co.uk for more information.

Shaun Morley · Link

Wed 5 May: Online Talk: Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Oxfordshire Characters from the British Civil War 1642-6

On Wednesday 5 May at 7pm Charlbury PROBUS is hosting a Zoom talk by Stephen Barker called 'Soldiers, Saints and Sinners: Oxfordshire Characters from the British Civil War 1642-6'

Oxfordshire played a significant part in the First Civil War – Oxford became the Royalist capital in late 1642 and the county was on the frontline with parliamentary Buckinghamshire. This participation has left a legacy of wonderful stories and fascinating characters, many associated with local Oxfordshire communities. The talk is fully illustrated, is replete with anecdotes, character studies and tales of daring do!

Stephen is an independent Heritage Advisor who works with museums, universities, charities and other heritage organisations to design exhibitions and make funding applications. He worked at Banbury Museum and for the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. Stephen has delivered projects on behalf of the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and the Battlefields Trust. He specialises in military history, particularly the First World War and British Civil Wars. He is a Trustee of the Bucks Military Museum Trust, the Old Gaol Buckingham and is an Arts Council Museum Mentor. He is the author of 'Lancashire's Forgotten Heroes' - a history of the 8th East Lancs in the Great War.

Guests are welcome. For a link please contact Phil Roberts on philroberts76@outlook.com

Phil Roberts · 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 8 May: Plant & Seed Swop

Charlbury Garden Society - Plant & Seed Swop

When you begin to sow your annual seeds this year perhaps you could pop in a few extra!

We are aiming to repeat last October’s Plant & Seed Swop on the Playing Close on Saturday 8 May as long as local restrictions allow. So, if you are still dividing perennials or have any plants you want to get rid of to create space, then please keep them to one side. 

Plants and seeds will be free but we will be asking for donations for the Corner House and Memorial Hall once again.

Watch this space and our website for more info as the date approaches!


Geneviève Hug · Link

Wed 12 May: Seeing the Light with Kieran Stiles

7.30 on Zoom

A presentation by Kieran Stiles about light in painting.

Why is it used? 

How does it work? 

What does it say?  

Exploring the idea that practical process is the key vehicle in painting for conveying meaning, without which thorough understanding cannot be accessed.

Placing ideas and concepts in a historical context with practical demonstrations, Kieran will refer to artists including Corot, Hopper, Michelangelo, Morandi and Seurat, and include illustrations of how he approaches the subject in his own work.

Art Society members will be sent a link. Non-members are welcome too, please contact Phil Roberts:


Tony Lloyd · Link

Mon 31 May: Charlbury Bowls Club

Join us for Bowls England's BOWLS BIG WEEKEND 2021 at 2.00pm to try out our sport. All you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes like trainers and we have all the rest.

All welcome - all ages. We have a juniors section, extensive equipment to help those disabled, and are a fully inclusive club. Our trained coaches will help get you started for FREE!

74 Ticknell Piece Road, OX7 3TW

Shaun Morley · Link

Wed 2 Jun: Alfred Wallis

Wednesday 2nd June at 7.30 on Zoom

Alice Foster will share her love of Alfred Wallis and show us how he influenced other Cornish artists including Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood.

Art Society members will be sent a link. Non members are welcome to. Please contact Phil Roberts for a link on: 


Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 4 Sep: 23rd Annual Charlbury Beer Festival

The 23rd annual Charlbury Beer Festival will take place on Saturday 4 September at Charlbury Cricket Club, Oxfordshire from 12 noon to 10pm. (Please note that this replaces the event originally planned for the end of June.)

The Beer Festival raises money for community projects, both in the Charlbury area and overseas. We have now taken our total of funds raised for good causes to well over £250,000. How amazing is that? There have been donations to fifty local organisations, ranging from Charlbury Primary School and the town’s Pre-School, to local sports clubs, Charlbury’s Day Centre and Community Centre, and twelve overseas projects in Africa, India and South America.

On the day, we hope to be able to incorporate around 50 real ales, a variety of craft beers, a range of ciders and perries, wine, gin, and Pimm’s; a great selection of food; live music throughout; the Culture Club tent with its varied programme of performances and talks; children’s entertainment; PLUS high-octane sport with the 10th World Aunt Sally Singles Championships – can Abingdon’s Phil Adams retain his crown? Naturally, this will all be subject to government guidelines and the state of the pandemic in early September. At the moment, things do seem promising.

We must thank those generous sponsors who finance the beers and the entertainment tents, and of course, the beers themselves, plus the many hours that committee members and other volunteers put in. Cheers all round!

Charlbury Cricket Club provides a glorious setting, just across the road from Charlbury Station. There are excellent all-day (including late night) bus and train services to and from Charlbury to Oxford, Chipping Norton, Reading, Witney, Worcester and London, so you don’t even need to drive if you want to have a drink.

For further details, please visit the Charlbury Beer Festival website at:

http://charlburybeerfestival.org/ or email nickmillea@charlburybeerfestival.org

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

Sat 11 Sep: Autumn Show

Saturday 11th September

Garden Society Autumn Show

Memorial Hall

Tony Lloyd · Link

Sat 18 Sep: Charlbury Street Fair 2021

Charlbury Street Fair is back again this year - and it will be a bumper one!!  More details to follow but please save the date 

Susie Finch · 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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