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.
The under fives activities listed below will continue through half term. In addition there will be two extra sessions:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
If you can help with activites for young people we would love to hear from you as they often need high levels of supervision