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.
We run one session on Mondays and two sessions on Thursdays in term time. No need to book:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the summer (24th July-28th August inclusive) we will replace Stay and Play and Toddler Gym with a kids’ runaround session in the main hall each Wednesday from 10am-12. This means school aged siblings can attend as well. Children must be supervised and aged 10 or under. Cost £2 per child.
We have a reduced price of £6 per court for juniors to play racquet sports (badminton, pickleball or table tennis), when the courts are available. This can not be pre-booked but is a pay and play as you go rate.
These sessions are all drop-in sessions, no need to book. For more information please contact the centre or email email@example.com
A children’s party at the Community Centre is usually a combination of activities in the sports hall and then time in the Thomas Gifford Room (TGR) for food & drink. A member of our staff can run the activities for you in the sports hall or you can do this yourself. You will need to bring your own (cold) party food and booked time must include set-up and clear-up time. The TGR can accommodate 35 children seated at tables and includes some AV equipment and a large screen. Please contact Daniela on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss requirements and to book.
Prices for parties:
The kid’s runaround is an hour where young children (up to the age of about 8) can run around in the sports hall. This is not supervised by Community Centre staff – parents must stay and be responsible for their children’s safety and behaviour. It is organised by one of the parents and usually happens between 11am and 12noon every Sunday. There is a small charge of £1 per child.
On Sundays between 11.30 and 12.30 children can play chess. There are plenty of chess sets available in the centre and at this time you can be sure there will be others to play with. All the board games are available at any time though.
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.
Over the summer we've replaced baked potatoes with home-made vegetarian quiche and salad (£5). And the warm cheese scones with butter (£1.50) are proving very popular too!
A new weekly session aimed at 2-8 year olds starts up at noon on 8th August! There will be a bouncy castle, mini trampoline, parachute and all sorts of play equipment. Pick up a leaflet at the centre. More details here.
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 10th Sept 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.
On Friday 13th September 5-7pm we will be having a birthday party for the Community Centre as it's two years since we opened. There will be live music (Charlbury School Choir plus other musicians) and a barbecue. Please come and help us celebrate.
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.
There will be no quiz in August - too many people are away. The quiz night is back on Wed 25th September, set by Rob Hemingway. The café and bar open at 7.15pm for a prompt start at 7.45pm. Priced only £5 per player. More details here. Many thanks to Gordon Cutting for doing us an excellent quiz in July!
If you can help with activites for young people we would love to hear from you as they often need high levels of supervision