Groups and Organisations of Charlbury
Below are some of the groups and organisations that meet in the Charlbury area.
Charlbury Beer & Wine Circle
3rd Monday of the month 7.30pm, Memorial Hall
Originally founded over 40 years ago with an emphasis on making beer and wine, nowadays it is verymuch about enjoying professionally made products. During the year we hold a number of tastings, hosted by external professionals or our own members. This provides plenty of opportunities to try new wines and beers. We also arrange some social events and occasional visits to a brewery or vineyard.
The current membership fee is £10 p/a and tastings £5 p/p for members.
Baby and Toddler Group
Monday mornings (Drop in Sessions) – 9.30 to 11.30, Memorial Hall
Monday morning Baby and Toddler group is from 9.30 to 11.30 at the Memorial Hall. We are a parent run group for newborns to 4 year olds. There is tea and coffee (sometimes biscuits and cake too!) for the grown ups and snacks and water for the children. We have lots of toys and space for the older children and a quieter seating area for babies. At about 10.30 we have snack time and read out some stories or have a sing along.
£2.50 donation per family please.
Charlbury Art Society and Communal Art Room
2nd Wednesday of the month – 7.30pm, Memorial Hall (except June, July and August)
Charlbury Art Society welcomes all with an interest in the arts. Its membership includes practicing artists, professional and amateur, alongside anyone with an interest or curiosity in the arts. It was founded in 1988 and currently has over 200 members. Guest artists and speakers are invited to give demonstrations or illustrated talks during these meetings.
The group holds a Members’ Exhibition twice a year, one in the spring and one in the autumn in Charlbury. Coach trip days out to a gallery, exhibition or guided tour are organised, to a diverse range of galleries and other creative venues. Workshops in a variety of media are held from time to time, as well as outdoor painting days during the summer months. The Charlbury Festival, first held in June 2017 is now held every other year. This year 2022, it runs from the 13th – 19th June.
Membership is by annual subscription (£10 providing entry to all the monthly evening meetings, as well as the opportunity to exhibit your work twice a year, and discounts at a number of local businesses supplying artists materials and framing services.
Charlbury Art Society oversees and manages the Art Room, a co-operative community space, in the Larcum Kendall room. Individual practicing artists (non-members as well as members) use the space for an annual subscription.
Charlbury Women's Institute
3rd Wednesday of the month – 7.30pm, Memorial Hall
Charlbury WI is part of the Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes and comprises a group of women of all ages. Our get togethers are informal and entertaining, and our monthly programme provides something of interest for everyone. Of course, being the WI, we always treat ourselves to coffee, tea and delicious home-made cake during the evening!
Annual membership from April 2022 to March 2023 is £44. New members joining the WI for the first time, and previous members rejoining pay a pro-rata subscription depending on the quarter in which they join.
To learn more about who we are, and what we do, or to join a taster session, email Miriam Evans on the email below. Forthcoming meetings are listed on the Events page and can also be found on social media. Other activities hosted by Charlbury WI are, WI Book Club, Craft and Cuppa at the Charlbury Bowls Club, and Town Strolls.
Yack and Yarn Group
1st Wednesday of the month – 7.30pm, Ye Olde Three Horseshoes
Charlbury WI started a Yack and Yarn group in September 2014. This is an open group, you do not need to be a WI member to join in. All crafters are welcome to bring along any project that they have on the go and have a drink and chat as they stitch, sew, spin, knit or crochet! Need a little help on a project? Someone in the group will be able to offer practical advice.
Charlbury Garden Society
3rd Thursday of the month – 6.00pm till 10.00pm, Memorial Hall
Charlbury Garden Society aims to encourage the enjoyment of gardening and horticulture.
We are a friendly, sociable club with a programme of events throughout the year. The society meets regularly to discuss all aspects of gardening with fellow members, listen to interesting and knowledgeable speakers on a variety of gardening topics, and enjoy organised visits to various gardens.
Membership is open to anyone interested in gardening on payment of the annual subscription.This. includes children living in the same household. All members receive a Membership Card listing all the events. Members will get free admission to the talks and will receive priority on excursion coach bookings and outings. The membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December. Annual membership costs are now as follows.
- £7 for an individual adult
- £10 for two adults in the same household
A 10% discount is available when you present your Membership Card at the following outlets:
- Charlbury Garden Centre, Witney Road (see exclusions)
- Applegarth Nurseries, Chipping Norton
- Burford Garden Centre (plants only)
- Freeland Nursery (plants only)
- Yarnton Garden Centre (quote code 457)
The Oxfordshire Performers Club
Every few weeks on Sunday afternoons, Memorial Hall
The Oxfordshire Performers Club aims to give adult amateur musicians the opportunity to gain confidence in performing, in the company of other musicians, family and friends. We welcome learners and experienced players alike.
People who take up an instrument or singing later in life can find it difficult to get performance practice. We provide a forum where adult learners (16 and over) can perform in a friendly and supportive environment. Preference is given to classical musicians as jazz clubs and folk clubs already provide a similar experience for these genres.
We meet every few weeks on Sunday afternoons, from 3pm to 4pm, at Charlbury Memorial Hall. Instrumentalists or singers of any level are welcome, as are friends and family who would like to hear you perform. After the concert there is time for refreshments and socialising.There is no entry or club membership fee, but there will be a retiring collection. Please donate £4 to £5 to cover the costs of the room hire and other admin. Any surplus from the collections will be donated to musical charities.
If you are interested to know more about the OPC, come along to one of the concerts and visit the website for full details, including how to get in touch: Oxfordshire Performers Club