Ring 01608 811878 for help from a volunteer

Coronavirus – we are ready to help

If you live in Charlbury and are a vulnerable person, or in self-isolation for any reason, or struggling in any way, we can help you. We have identified a group of 200 kind Charlbury residents who have offered to help. Please ring 01608 811878 and tell us what you need. If you can’t get through on this line, you can try 01608 819253 (weekdays only) or email your request to info@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk.

Help can include, but is not excusively:

  • Collecting shopping from local shops
  • Collecting prescriptions or other medicines
  • Putting you in touch with someone to talk to
  • Changing a lightbulb or other small but important tasks

Are there any other suggestions of what we could offer to help people? If you have ideas, please email info@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk

This service is free, though of course you will need to pay for your goods at some point. We can build up a  tab for you and you can pay it later either in person or by ringing up and paying by card over the phone, or by transferring money to our bank account, or by sending a cheque. Under no circumstances should cash be exchanged at the door. Our volunteers will not have any contact with you unless absolutely necessary, to minimise risk to both them and you. They will leave goods outside your door at an arranged time.

The telephone line is manned between 9am-5pm on weekdays and 9am-12.30pm at weekends.

If you wish to volunteer to help in this, or any other way, please email Daniela: info@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk

Pop-up Veg Patches

The team at the Charlbury Community Centre has a fund available to build small, raised beds in Charlbury resident’s gardens/back patio areas so local people can grow vegetables (and flowers!). The aim of the project is to:

 

•             build something positive for self-isolated, socially distanced and others

•             provide summer employment for Charlbury youth

•             build enduring relationships within our community

The Centre staff will manage the project and will provide labour and supplies such as wood frames, liners, top soil, seeds, seedlings and watering cans.

We estimate that with our current funds we could create and help maintain about 30 Veg Patches employing 10 to 15 youth. If there is greater demand for veg patches we will try to raise additional funds.  We will not charge for the veg patches but will accept donations.

The beds are “pop-up” ones so, though welcome to keep it, if you ever want it taken away because you no longer use it, you can contact the Community Centre and someone will come and remove it.

Many thanks to the Ditchley Foundation, who have donated the topsoil.

If you or someone you know would like to have a veg patch in your garden or patio area, please contact  info@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk  . We are ready to go now and the growing season is upon us, so please don’t delay – get in touch and we can discuss your options!

Fresh veg box collection every Saturday afternoon

Normally Styans come to Charlbury Farmers Market every 3 months, but now we are lucky they are making up veg boxes for collection in Charlbury every Saturday afternoon  from outside the Community Centre. Bring your own bag to transfer produce from the box AND keep your social distance at all times. To reduce contacts maybe arrange to collect for friends and neighbours. Watch your emails on Saturday morning – you will be allocated a time to come and pick up your veg. Click here for fuller and regularly updated information.

You can also order some products from Bibury Trout Farm, honey from our own Halcyon Farm and various other products.

Order your goods from StyanFamilyProduce.co.uk by 10pm previous Thursday and pay online.

House-bound and need your box delivered? Call us on 01608 811878 and we’ll arrange for someone to bring it to you.

Boxes are Large or Small  and there are optional extras like beetroot, Jerusalem artichokes, honey, and Worcestershire tomatoes grown using heat from a biomass boiler.

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.

Give & Take – spread the word!

We have set up a ‘Give & Take’ table near the front door of the Community Centre. If you have any extra tins of food, packets of pasta, cartons of long-life milk, etc, that you could spare, please do put them in the collection box. Equally, if you know of someone who could use a bit extra now, please feel free to take something away or encourage them to pop in. Items will be available during the Centre’s opening times. We can also take specific item requests, and deliver to someone’s home.

If you cannot come to the Centre but have items to give, just email bglasgow@theridgegroup.com and we will arrange someone to pick items up at your door.

We also accept donations towards our stock in cash, cheque or digital transfer. St Mary’s Church is coordinating this for us – please ask Betsy for more details.

With schools and businesses closing, there are many people who will find it increasingly hard to manage. Please do give what you can.

Thanks to everyone for helping!

We have had loads of toilet rolls kindly donated by Cotswold Frames. Do come and get some if you need any. You can just take some, or swap them for another item that others might need.

 

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