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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.


Term-Time  Sports Activity Clubs

We run two sessions on Thursdays in term time. Sessions cost only £3 for the hour. No need to book:

  • 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 

Summer Holiday Activities: Tue 30thJuly-Fri 2nd Aug

We will once again be teaming up with St Mary’s Church to offer four consecutive days of activites from 10am-4pm for primary school aged children. They can do craft activities in the church in the mornings, then adults will walk them up to the Community Centre, where they can eat their packed lunch and then have  an afternoon of sporting activities in the big sports hall. More details to follow.

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


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

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Kid’s Runaround and Chess on Sundays

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.



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