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Young people, children and babies

Charlbury Community Centre aims to provide facilities and activities for young people, from babies right through to young adults. The centre has been kitted out with things we hope will make it a hub for young people and we run a weekly Youth Club (see below). There are bean bags, a large screen and black-out blinds, free WiFi, charging stations and iPads available to borrow. There is a table tennis and pool table.  And of course there is the café for refreshments. The back door leads straight out onto Nineacres recreation ground with its sports fields and children’s play area.

February Half-term 2019

We will be running a family pickleball and badminton session on Tuesday 19th February from 2-4pm. Adults and children (who are old enough to hit a ball) are all welcome, price £3 each. Children of primary school age must be accompanied by an adult, those of secondary school age can be left, but must behave responsibly. Volunteers will be on hand to show people how to play.  Racquets, paddles and balls are available to borrow, but damages must be paid for.

Term-Time  Sports Activity Clubs

We offer three sessions – one on a Monday and two on a Thursday in term time. All sessions cost only £3 for the hour. No need to book:

  • Mondays 4-5pm football coaching  this will have alternate weeks with one week for girls in years 5 and 6 and the next week for mixed Under5’s and Under 6’s.
  • Thursdays 4-5pm multi-sports for people aged 8-11
  • Thursdays 5-6pm Basketball Club for people aged 11+

Youth Clubs

  • Open sessions for young people of secondary school age – Fridays 7-9pm. Only £1 per session

Young people can use the sports hall (for the first hour) and the Thomas Gifford Room to meet up with others and chill out in their own space. There is a table tennis table, pool table, board games and a large screen TV.  We welcome ideas about what else young people would like to have available for their sessions. For further information, or to volunteer to help with these sessions please contact Margie: mglasgow@theridgegroup.com

Activities for Under-5s

  • Bump-to-Two: Tuesdays 10-12am. A social group for mums to be and new parents and carers with their babies. Designed Pregnancy pictureto enable/encourage new parents to meet and support each other, while their babies can enjoy a social setting in a comfortable and welcoming space. The group welcomes all expectant mums, parents and carers, and babies up to 24 months. Run by Jenny Harrison, supported and visited by the health visitor. £2 per adult.
  • Well-baby clinic: Tuesdays 11am-12. A regular opportunity to have babies weighed and checked and to gain advice and support. No charge. Hosted by the community centre but run by the health visitor.
  • Stay and Play: Wednesdays 10-11amA play group for parents and carers with their children up to 5 years. A range of activities offered. An opportunity for parents to meet and support each other and for their children to develop social, personal, language and motor skills. £3 per family.  Run by Jenny Harrison, supported by Jason Biles.

Toddler gym

  •     Toddler Gym: Wednesdays 11.15am-12. A structured session for 2½ – 5 year olds, accompanied by a parent/carer, aimed at developing physical and social skills, building confidence and having fun. Run by Jason Biles, supported by Jenny Harrison. £3 per child £5 for two.

These sessions are all drop-in sessions, no need to book. For more information please contact the centre or email sueeterry@btinternet.com

Children’s Parties

Charlbury Community Centre is a great space to hold children’s parties. We can offer, for example, an hour in the sports hall (set up for whichever sport you prefer – supervised by us or by you) followed by an hour in the Thomas Gifford room, where children can have some food, or do quieter activities. You can provide the food yourself or we can arrange for caterers to do it for you. Please contact Jenny jenny@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk for details and to find out about prices and availability.

Photo of TG room decorated for a partyPhoto of sports hall with childrens party

Library sessions

Rhymetime – Wednesdays in term-time from 2.15 – 2.45pm

These free, fun sing-along sessions for babies and toddlers (0-5 years) combine music and rhymes, helping children to listen and concentrate, develop their language skills and learn to join in with others.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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If you can help with activites for young people we would love to hear from you as they often need high levels of supervision