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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.

October Half Term 2019

The under fives activities listed below will continue through half term. In addition there will be two extra sessions:

  • Multi-sports activities and Kids Runarounds – Thursday 31st Oct, 3-5pm & Friday 1st Nov, 10am-12pm

In order to accommodate different ages and needs we will run two combined multi-sports activity session and Kid’s Runaround sessions. The hall will be divided into two (using low nets). In one half there will be multi-sports, which is aimed at 6-11 year olds. Children can be left and will do structured sports and games with Jason and helpers. Cost £10 per child. In the other half of the hall we’ll have a Kid’s Runaround, where parents stay and help young children to play. This will be £2 per child, as there will be no supervision by our staff.


  • Craft Session – Friday 1st November 2-4pm

The Community Centre is joining the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church this year to help raise funds for a new church roof. We would like our tree to be decorated using things made by the children at the centre. So please come along and make Christmas tree decorations for us. This is a free session, run by Philippa Phelan. Materials will be provided. Parents or carers need to stay and help supervise.

Term-Time   Activity Clubs

We run one session on Mondays and two sessions on Thursdays in term time. No need to book:

  • Mondays 4-5pm Under 6’s and Under 7’s football training , £3
  • Thursdays 3.15-4.45pm Kids Runaround session parents must attend, £2
  • Thursdays 5-6pm Basketball Club for people aged 11+, £3

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 

Racquet Sports for Juniors

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.

Activities for Under-5s
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  • Bump-to-Two: Tuesdays 10-12am. A social group for mums to be and new parents and carers with their babies. Designed to 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 Brook, 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 9.30-11amA 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 Brook, supported by Jason Biles.
  •     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 Brook. £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


 One Fit Mama

  • Mondays 1.15-2pm
  • A post natal exercise class  for mums with a baby from  6 weeks to confidently walking, 10 weeks if the mum had a c-section. There is space for 3 toddlers. All bookings should be through Carlene  as she is limited to 16 mums in a session.
  • There is also  a  scheme where  mums suffering with PND can get 6 weeks of free classes. These should also be booked directly through Carlene.
  • Contact: Carlene Whitehead, Regional Instructor, OneFitMama UK Ltd Email: oxfordshire@onefitmama.co.uk  07834188672


Children’s Parties

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  info@charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk to discuss requirements and to book.

Prices for parties:

  • Main sports hall – £42 per hour
  • TG Room – £20 an hour (you are likely to need 2 hours)
  • Activity session run by a staff member – £35
  • Other combinations can be accommodated – please talk to us about your requirements
  • Refreshments for adults are available from our licensed café

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

Kid’s Runaround Sundays (term time only)

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.

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