We have produced a timetable showing all the regular activities currently on offer at the Centre – click here to view it. The table also allows you to see when the various facilities are available to book. Activities in purple are run by external instructors or clubs and you need to contact them directly to join. Their contact details can be found on the relevant page of this website. Activities in green are run directly by the Centre, so contact us to book.
Charlbury Community Centre is open :
In the evenings there is controlled access for pre-booked sports and events. The café is open for the same hours as the Centre and the hours that the library is staffed can be found here. Even outside library opening hours, there is a self-service machine for borrowing and returning books whenever the Centre is open.
When Charlbury Community Centre was being built, the Thomas Gifford Trust (TGT) merged with the Charlbury Motor Fire Brigade Fund (CMFBF), with the Fund’s assets contributing towards raising the money needed for construction. Up til then, the CMFBF had provided small grants to local people and organisations, and now the Centre is well-established, the TGT has set aside a special fund to help subsidise the cost of some of the activities available there in appropriate cases. This will enable us to give something extra back to our community by helping individuals with their health and well-being, and for small groups to make more use of the Centre. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you, or somebody you know, would be able to benefit from this, please apply in confidence to Daniela Jenkins (email@example.com).
We rely on fundraising, grants and donations for about 20% of the running costs of the Community Centre. Regular donations are especially valuable, so we have set up a “Friends of Charlbury Community Centre” scheme. Regular donors have their names appear on the display screen in the lobby, so it is good for those who missed out on the “Buy a Brick” scheme, or for people who are generous enough to want to help on a regular basis. For more details or to join please download this form.
If you make purchases from Amazon (bearing in mind that buying local is better of course!), we’d be really grateful if you could do it through Amazon Smile. If you do so the Thomas Gifford Trust will receive 0.5% of the purchase value. You will need to select Thomas Gifford Trust when you choose the above link or click on this Amazon Smile logo. Thank you!
Our state-of-the-art facility brings together a multi-discipline sports hall, a spacious new library, a community café and areas for people of all ages to come together in bright, modern and welcoming surroundings.
Whatever your ability or experience, the Centre can offer something for you. We encourage participation by everyone, including under-represented groups and people with disabilities. We have fully accessible facilities (such as showers and WCs) and can cater for everybody’s needs.
Whether you’re a group of friends wanting an occasional game of badminton, pickleball or table tennis, a league cricket team needing regular indoor training facilities, or someone looking for a yoga or Pilates class, the sports hall and Thomas Gifford Room cater for a whole range of different activities. Click here to find out about the different facilities we have to offer.
Do you enjoy a game of Scrabble? Would you like some new people to play with? We have an afternoon once a month where people can come and play. The next session is on Tuesday 12th Nov 2.30-5pm. Cost only £2. In the meantime there are two Scrabble sets at the Centre, which you can use at any time for a game with friends.
Congratulations to Anna Cherry, who recently won gold medal in the English Open Pickleball championships in Nottingham, over 50s category - (though dare I say she could have been entered in a higher age group!) Anna said: "This win was only possible because [a] Charlbury Community Centre was built, [b] Vijay started the Pickleball sessions and [c] many people give their time to help run the centre!" Like most of us she had never heard of Pickleball a couple of years ago, but it's a great game for people of all abilities and ages. If you fancy giving it a go, find out more here. We are very proud of our champion!
There will be a series of 3 talks on Tuesdays 22 & 29th Oct and 5th Nov 2-4pm by Juliet Heslewood entitled "Gauguin - An Adventurous Life". Click here for more details. These talks were very popular last year. Don't miss them!
The gym now opens at 8.30am, rather than 9am on weekdays. The rest of the centre won't be open until 9am. Remember also that on Wednesday mornings there is a class in the gym between 9 and10am, so it's best to avoid that time. Weekend opening remains 9am-1pm. Thanks to our staff (espeically Jenny and Jason) for getting in extra early to do this - it takes quite a while to get the gym set up.
We'd love to reunite you with your possessions! Most items will be kept for 14 days. Valuables such as watches, jewellery and expensive sports equipment will be kept for 28 days. Each Wednesday between 1 - 5pm unclaimed items will be displayed in the centre and can be purchased for a nominal amount. After this, they will be given to charity.
The next monthly quiz night is on Wed 23rd October, set by Clive Gibson-Leitch. The café and bar open at 7.15pm for a prompt start at 7.45pm. Price £5 per player. More details here. Many thanks to Rob Hemingway for doing us an excellent quiz in September!
Please click here to see how to support us by volunteering or donating.