Charlbury Town Social Clubs
Charlbury Historical Research
This small historical research group has been delving into old documents from the town in a quest to improve our understanding of what life was like in Charlbury in past centuries.
When it was formed in 2013 by Geoffrey Castle and Barbara Allison, the group’s aim was to transcribe the surviving historical probate records, both wills and inventories, the earliest dating from 1524 and the latest to 1857 (after which the granting of probate was transferred from the ecclesiastical courts to a civil Court of Probate ). The older documents required us to learn to read Secretary Hand, which was taught to us by Adrienne Rosen, Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.
After four years of hard work by all members of the group, the project is near completion. The project was split into two sections: the first section for the earliest wills granted probate before 1732,and a second section for wills covering the years from 1733 to 1857. They relate to Charlbury and its surrounding settlements of Chilson, Cornbury, Lees Rest, Pudlicote, Shorthampton and Walcot. The probate documents relating to Finstock, while it is also in the parish of Charlbury, are being transcribed by the Finstock Local History Society.
The documents should form an invaluable resource for historical research into the history of the town. Through their work, some members of the group have started their own research into some of the families who lived here, into old maps and field names and other topics which have caught their interest. A selection of articles on some of these subjects have been published in the Charlbury Chronicle and are reproduced below.
We could not have progressed with this undertaking without the generous grants from Charlbury Town Council, The Charlbury Beer Festival, ChOC and from the Charlbury Motor Fire Brigade Fund; these have made it possible for us to obtain copies of the documents held by The National Archives, and The Oxfordshire History Centre.
If anyone has a particular interest or skill that would relate well to this work and would like to be involved then please contact Geoffrey Castle on 01608 811122 or email email@example.com .
If you would like to enquire about seeing any of the transcribed wills, please contact Barbara Allison (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Some useful links for local and family historians
Charlbury Parish: A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 10, Banbury Hundred, Pages 127-157. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1972. Includes image of 1761 Thomas Pride map of Charlbury.
A Charlbury Mercer’s Shop, 1623 By D. G. Vaisey: Footpaths radiating out from Charlbury today were established centuries ago as people walked backwards and forwards from nearby hamlets to Charlbury which was an important trading centre for the surrounding area. This fascinating inventory of the mercer’s shop run by Thomas Harris was itemised after he died in March 1623. His shop sold cloth and household articles, along with preserved and dried groceries with many spices having been imported from abroad.
A Soldier at the Siege of Boulogne 1544
By John Fielding, published in Charlbury Chronicle June 2015
On the 16th of September 1544 Richard Cooke dictated his will – he was probably illiterate. ‘I Richarde Cooke of Bullen late of Pudlicote mylle in the Countie of Oxon sowdear in the retinew of Thomas brydge Esquyer make my Testament.’ Bullen was the contemporary spelling, and pronunciation, of Boulogne. So Richard was a soldier in the large army mustered for Henry VIII’s siege of the town in the course of his second French war. Richard made that will just as, the town having succumbed to bombardment earlier in the month, its castle was undermined and surrendered. Had Richard been injured? Many English soldiers there were of course killed, some by their own explosives. We do not know where Richard died. Presumably not in France since the wills of Englishmen who died abroad were proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Richard’s was proved in Oxford on 20th March 1545/6, a good 18 months later. Is that – unusual – delay significant? Charlbury parish records do not begin until 1559 so we have no baptism, marriage or burial date for him here.
Richard mentions neither wife nor children and had little to leave: one coffer and a pan to his godson, Thomas Cotes; one coffer to William Cotes and, as an afterthought, a pair of sheets to Alice Coxas, wife of his friend Robert. The rest of his goods and sums owing to him, not substantial enough to be specified, he leaves to Christopher Cotes, servant to Thomas Bridges. He seems to have been close to the Cotes family.
Thomas Bridges was, with his brother Sir John, an intimate of the king and both had profited greatly from the sale of church lands at the Dissolution of the Monasteries. When Thomas died in 1559 he left properties or the income therefrom to provide for life for his kin and servants. Of the lives and estates of the Bridges family the documentation is extensive. Of Richard Cooke, soldier, this will is his only trace in history – as far as I yet know.
By John Fielding, published in Charlbury Chronicle December 2014
If you go down to the weir today, just before you pass through the gate onto the water meadows, which constitute the old mill ham (the land belonging to the mill), on your right in the wall is a worn mill stone. This is the site of the Charlbury Mill which provided flour for the community for over 700 years. The building was still working as a mill in the early 20th century and a map of 1881 shows exactly where it was. The Research Group has been trying to trace its history. We know that towards the end of Elizabeth I’s reign a benefactor gave money to Lincoln College with which they ‘unwisely’, according to a recent college historian, bought a lease of Charlbury mill at a rent of £3 a year, which the college then sub-let to a series of millers. The tenant in 1780 was still paying rent to Lincoln. So the purchase can’t have been so unwise.
Lincoln’s archive has a fairly comprehensive list of tenants for the fifteen and early sixteen hundreds. However, in 1686 Robert Gladwin, the then miller, died intestate and without issue. His widow, Mary, had an inventory prepared which valued his property at £107, a not insubstantial sum. Though Robert had no children he had a brother and nephews in Gloucestershire. According to the law at the time they would inherit equal shares with the widow. She was clearly not happy with this and made a number of attempts to have the estate revalued – that is undervalued – so that her late husband’s relatives would proportionally inherit less. In the records of the Oxford Consistory Court, at which the brother-in-law must have made objections, the crossings-out and attempts at altering the valuations are remarkably clear. Most of the dealings there are in Latin – medieval lawyers’ Latin – and in one of the documents the widow replies to a sequence of questions that this is true or not true, but we don’t yet know what the questions were. It seems that Mary remarried and her new husband became the new miller. An intriguing story; there is much more to investigate.
By Linda Mowat, published in Charlbury Chronicle December 2014
John Penn, baker of Charlbury, died in 1695, leaving his worldly goods to his widow Ellenor. He did not list these items in his will, but the inventory subsequently made of his possessions offers us a rare insight into the life of a seventeenth-century tradesman in the town. John’s premises included a bakehouse and a boulting chamber with a boulting mill for sieving flour. He owned a furnace, two kneading troughs, two kevers (tubs for rising dough), four moulding boards (for forming loaves), six peeles (staves for moving loaves in and out of the oven) one pair of scales, a cake pricker (possibly for marking baked goods for individual customers) and a pair of panniers (perhaps for deliveries). While none of these items had much monetary value, John also had a growing crop of wheat, barley and peas worth £20, sacks of meal worth £8.13s.4d, 4,000 faggots (fuel for the bakehouse) worth £20 and a ‘hovell’ to protect the faggots worth £4. He owned animals worth £12 and lease land worth £23. His whole estate came to £120, out of which his widow was to pay his debts of £38. John Penn therefore appears to have been successful baker with a going concern, growing his own ingredients which were probably ground into flour at Charlbury mill. It is tempting to surmise that his house and fields were close to the mill, but unfortunately we have been left no clue as to where in the town he lived and worked.
By Barbara Allison and Linda Mowat, published in Charlbury Chronicle September 2014
Where did that name come from? The earliest map of Charlbury – the 1761 Thomas Pride map, tracings of which are in the museum – called the street we now know as Hixet Wood Hicks’s Wood. So like most people, we thought this street name was a corruption of Hicks, and was named after someone called Hicks. This is plausible. The parish registers do record the baptisms, marriages and burials of members of the Hicks family from the 16th century, but there aren’t many. However, it may be that a Mr Hicks owned the land, but he did not live here.
But Thomas Pride’s 1761 map shows a large area of land along Hicks’s Wood called Hicks’s Wood Close. Now we have found a will of 1615, made by Abraham Hedges, in which he leaves his wife three closes. (Closes are enclosed parcels of land rather than strips in the open fields). The closes are Parkgate Close and Baywell Close, and ‘one Close of arable and pasture called Thicksett wood containing by estimation four acres or thereabouts be the more or less’ Is this the origin of Hixet Wood? Has it changed over time, from Thickset Wood in 1615 to Hicks’s Wood in 1761 to Hixet Wood now? Further research may bring up other records that could resolve this but we may not be that lucky. 1955 photo of Charlbury from Hixet Wood
THE CHARLBURY SOCIETY
Formed in 1949, the Charlbury Society grew out of the first Charlbury Historical Exhibition. Its aims are to foster an understanding of the history of Charlbury and Oxfordshire, and encourage interest in the character and appearance of the town. It does this through talks, supporting the Charlbury Museum, and arranging outings to places of interest.
Individual membership £8.50
Family membership – two adults at same address – £17.00
After much deliberation at our recent meetings, the committee has decided that we should continue to offer our talks by Zoom for the 21/22 season. There are several reasons for this:
Firstly with 140 members now, it would be impossible to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend in the Memorial Hall. We do not know what the situation will be this autumn , with numbers of cases rising.
Additionally many of the excellent speakers we have invited would not be prepared to travel some distance to Charlbury. Most speakers now prefer to give their talks by Zoom and many members find listening and seeing the slides much easier in the comfort of their home.
We appreciate this would disadvantage the few people who do not have email or internet access, but by holding talks in the Hall and having perhaps to cancel at short notice, many more of our members would be inconvenienced or not prepared to come out on a winter’s evening into a crowded hall.
We hope you will understand this decision. Please see this season’s programme further down this page .
The social event on Saturday 28th was a great success and many people have told me how much they appreciated the opportunity to meet other members and rejoin. If you missed it come and see us at the Charlbury Society stall in the Museum Garden on Street Fair day , otherwise membership forms and the programme will be sent out by email.
2021/22 PROGRAMME OF TALKS:
Dr Simon Townley
Cornbury Park: Research from the VCH
A Whistle-stop Tour of the Planning System loosely based on 23 Years a Planning Inspector
Dr Janice Kinory
The Production, Distribution and Use of Salt in Prehistoric Britain
RAF Brize Norton: Over 80 Years of Operational History
Climate Ambition in the time of Covid-19
Dr Kathy Haslam
The Kelmscott Manor Past, Present and Future Project:
‘a vision rather than a dream’
An Evening with the Charlbury Museum
Cows and Curates: Christ Church’s Land and Livings in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds
Nikki Rycroft. email@example.com
At last we are able to reopen after our long closure due to the pandemic. We will be opening our doors again on Saturday 3rd July at 10.30 am. Our hours over the summer will be:
Saturdays 10.30 – 12.30 Sundays 2.30 – 4.30
You will be able to view our beautifully restored farm wagon and other recent acquisitions. Come and browse through our VE Day 75 exhibition, held over from last year, and see our newly reorganised display about the gloving trade which flourished here for so many years.
Given the size and layout of our building, we will have to restrict the number of visitors. The maximum number of visitors allowed in the museum at any one time is 4 unless visitors are all from one household. Only members of 2 different households will be allowed in the museum at any one time in addition to stewards.
Please wear a mask and sanitise your hands on entering the museum, and leave your contact details for Track & Trace. We ask you to respect social distancing at all times. We are very grateful for our stewards who continue to help us in these difficult times, and their safety and that of our visitors is our prime concern.
We look forward to welcoming you back.
As we were unable to open in 2020, we chose items from the museum to feature each week on the Charlbury website. These proved very popular and we have brought them together in a 64 page booklet titled
The History of Charlbury through …. objects, photographs and memories from Charlbury Museum.
The booklet is fully illustrated in colour and is available from the museum for £8 each. If you would like to purchase a copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07530 012332.
link to Charlbury Museum: www.charlbury.info/community/42
THE CHARLBURY SOCIETY HISTORICAL RESEARCH GROUP
. Have you ever considered what Charlbury was like in the past?
. Was Charlbury a mainly rural or urban community?
. How were people housed?
. What possessions did they have?
. How did they earn a living?
The Charlbury Society Historical Research Group have for the last five years been looking for clues to the answers to these questions in the wills and inventories that survive from the town and some surrounding villages. These are stored either in the History Centre in Oxford or in the National Archives at Kew. Some are fragile and many are hard to read. So the group of volunteers learnt how to read old handwriting and how to transcribe the documents into an accessible and usable format.
The project is now in its final stages. The documents cover three centuries, from the 1550s to 1857, and offer a fascinating glimpse into changing social conditions and expectations over these years. The documents should form an invaluable resource for historical research into the history of the town. Through their work, some members of the group have started their own research into some of the families who lived here, into old maps and field names and other topics which have caught their interest.
We could not have progressed with this undertaking without generous grants from Charlbury Town Council, Charlbury Overseas & Community Projects The Beer Festival”, ChOC Charlbury’s Own Cinema and the Charlbury Motor Fire Brigade Fund; these have made it possible for us to obtain copies of the documents held by The National Archives and The Oxfordshire History Centre. We are extremely grateful for their help.
If anyone has a particular interest or skill that would relate well to this work and would like to be involved then please contact Geoffrey Castle on 01608 811122 or email email@example.com .
If you would like to enquire about seeing any of the transcribed wills, please contact Barbara Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Probus Club of Charlbury
The PROBUS Club of Charlbury and District
PROBUS is an informal and relaxed club for semi-retired and retired gentlemen from all backgrounds and walks of life. We aim to provide a variety of activities, visits and social events to entertain and amuse our members and their guests whether ladies or gentlemen. PROBUS clubs can be found all over the UK and abroad and provide a warm welcome to fellow PROBUS members. We are currently seeking to recruit new members to join us at our lunch meetings and Social events, the contact details can be found at the foot of this page.
Our next lunch meeting will be on Thursday 7th of October 2021 (a change from our usual Wednesdays) at Witney Lakes Resort and will feature a presentation by Alan Brain who will be talking to us on the very local matter of ‘Famous People who have visited Chipping Norton’. In the past we have heard speakers on a wide variety of topics including Shipbroking, Homelessness, the Deepwater Horizon oilrig accident, travels in South America, Russian History and Culture, Policing in the 1970’s, North Korea, Decorative glass, and the City Livery Companies. Lunches are quite informal and dress is Smart Casual.
We also plan to resume our visits for 2022. In previous years we have visited Kelmscott Manor, Stratford-upon-von, the Black Country living Museum in Dudley and the Watermill Theatre near Newbury and the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
Other events will include an informal walking group, joint ventures such as one we held with the Charlbury Ladies Luncheon Club at the Charlbury Bowls Club, and some very successful Christmas Events
Applying for Membership
The cost of membership is currently £15 per annum, with a charge of £20.00 for each lunch attended. The lunches are two courses, a main and a dessert, followed by tea/coffee and chocolate mints. The speaker presentation follows the lunch.
We always welcome new members, if you are interested in joining or simply want to find out more about us please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you for taking time to read about Charlbury Probus, hopefully we may see you at one of our future meetings.
Mike White Charlbury Probus Secretary, contact me at ‘email@example.com‘, or on 07710 296814.
Yack and Yarn
Bring along your favourite craft, have a drink and enjoy an evening of relaxed, creative company
The Charlbury Yack & Yarn group was set up in September 2014 as an off-shoot of the Charlbury Women’s Institute but runs as a separate group, with both WI members and non-members equally welcome. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in The Bell, most often in the big room on the right as you walk through the front door. Do feel free to bring along any craft project you’re working on – we had ladies knitting, crocheting, rag rugging and sewing at one of our recent meetings! Group numbers have ranged from 6 to 24 on different evenings but as it’s organised on a drop-in basis, there’s no need to let anyone know if you’ll be able to come each month, just join in when it suits.
Charlbury Town Sport Clubs
Charlbury Bowls Club
There’s nothing better than being out in the sun enjoying a game of bowls. Why not come along and join us. You can try free of charge up to six times before becoming a member and what’s more, we will lend you everything you need. All we ask is you wear flat shoes. We meet on Tuesday evenings at 6pm for a practice and play friendly games against other clubs at weekends. We also have a men’s league on Thursdays who are currently is division 2 and inter-club competitions.(Apr-Sept). In the winter months we play shortmat indoors and meet Weds at 7pm. (Oct-Mar)
Once a member you will have your own key to the green so you can practice as much as you want. All new members get £10 off the joining fee.
So what are you waiting for? Come along and have a go. You are all very welcome.
Charlbury Bowls Club
The Oxbrew Bowls Green
74 Ticknell Piece Road
Charlbury Community Centre Appeal
For information about Charlbury Community Centre itself, please visit our website: https://www.charlburycommunitycentre.org.uk/. You will find information about the history of the Centre and acknowledgements of individuals’ contributions on the “About Us” page.
The Charlbury Community Centre Appeal Committee (CCCA) was a group of volunteers, which had the specific aim of raising money to help with the building and then the running costs of Charlbury Community Centre. An amazing £275,800 was raised towards the building costs of the Community Centre. Now that the centre is built the Committee has disbanded, though fundraising still goes on through the Thomas Gifford Trust to help with the running costs of the centre.
Quiz Nights – every fourth Wednesday
We now hold a monthly mid-week quiz night in the cafe area of the Community Centre. Doors open at 7.15pm and the quiz will start at 7.45pm prompt, so please get there early to get your drinks in first. The quizzes will be on the fourth Wednesday of each month and each one will have a different quiz master to keep things interesting. Tickets are £5 per head and you can buy them from the reception desk – or ring up and we’ll hold some for you. We can only accommodate 48 people in teams of a maximum of 6, but you do not need to have a full team to come – we will arrange the teams according to who comes.
We also run a Pimms stall at the Charlbury Beer Festival and this year we are organising the Finale to the Charlbury Festival on 16th June 2019.
If you are interested in being on our list of helpers at such events, please contact Tanya at the address below. We would be delighted to hear from you.
The individuals who have served on the committee and/or helped to raise money for the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal are too numerous to mention. We are enormously grateful to all those people.
Over the past few years several local societies, organisations and charities have made generous donations to the Charlbury Community Centre Appeal including [in alphabetical order] the following:
Barnsbury Charitable Trust
Bartlett Taylor Charitable Trust
Edmund Blok Photography
Bull Inn, Charlbury
Charlbury Amateur Dramatic Society
Charlbury Art Society
Charlbury Beer Festival
Charlbury Book Group
Charlbury Dental Practice
Charlbury Green Hub
Charlbury Horticultural Society
Charlbury Motor Fire Brigade Fund
Charlbury Parochial Church Council
Charlbury School Association
Charlbury Tennis Club
Charlbury Town Council
Charlbury Town Football and Social Club
Charlbury Women’s Institute
Churches Together in Charlbury
Clemence Charitable Trust
Denis Green CFB
Doris Field Charitable Organisation
England and Wales Cricket Board
Friends of Charlbury Library
Garfield Weston Foundation
GWP Consultants LLP
HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust
Homes and Communities Agency
McCormick & Smith Architects
Nine Acres Management Committee
Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Oxfordshire County Council
Probus Club of Charlbury
PF Charitable Trust
PYE Charitable Settlement
Southill Community Energy
Squire Patton Boggs
St Mary’s Church, Charlbury
St Teresa’s Church Charlbury
West Oxfordshire District Council
TOE2 and Grundon Waste Management
The Charlbury Community Centre Appeal was established early in 2004 by Lynette Murphy, with Diana Potten as her deputy chairperson, Richard Neville, as treasurer and an active and supportive group of helpers. Richard is still treasurer and Lynette still serves on the committee after all these years. In the first four years of existence the committee raised an amazing £142,000, from many events including a huge garden party at Ditchley Park, which raised £22,000 in one day! The money was ring-fenced according to the CCCA Constitution to be used “for the exclusive purpose of contributing all the monies raised as part of the building and fitting out costs for the proposed Charlbury Community Centre”. After active fund raising stopped in 2008 mainly due to the credit crunch and uncertainty about the future of the project, the Community Centre Appeal started its fundraising activities up again in 2012 and we have been active ever since, building on the initial £142,000 raised so that the total raised towards building costs was over £275,000, exceeding the target of £250,000.
Ideas for fundraising, questions or comments, please contact Tanya Stevenson: firstname.lastname@example.org (810216)
To donate online please use Golden Giving
Charlbury Cricket Club
Charlbury Cricket Club
Today, Charlbury Cricket Club is a thriving enterprise, with approximately 250 playing members in total. The Club has three sides in the OCA League and also puts out a friendly Sunday team. We play indoor cricket in a winter league at Banbury and take part in a number of midweek limited-overs competitions during the summer. The Club’s flourishing youth section offers cricket for youngsters of all ages. Children as young as three can start in the ‘Tots’ and progress right up to under-17 level. The women’s section is now firmly established as an integral part of the Club and has enjoyed great success since it was launched in 2007. For those of a more sedentary disposition who still enjoy their cricket, the Club launched a new ‘Friends’ scheme in 2009. For a very modest annual subscription, Friends of Charlbury Cricket Club have the chance to watch cricket at the ground, use the pavilion and bar and take part in occasional social functions.
Charlbury represents a lovely place in which to play cricket: the scenery is fantastic and both of our pitches are generally very good for batting on. One highly significant development in the 2010 season was the opening of the new pavilion. The old building was badly damaged by floods in 2007 and, in any case, is now too small to cope with the volume of cricket played on the ground. The new pavilion has been purpose-built to conform to the needs of a twenty-first century club and provides a spacious and welcoming environment for players and spectators alike.
Away from the cricket pitch, there is always plenty going on. Social events that have taken place in recent years include a trip to Newbury races, a skittles night, a golf day, a quiz evening and a concert given by ex-Zimbabwean Test cricketer Henry Olonga. More exciting events are lined up for 2011 and 2012.
As can be seen from the above, Charlbury Cricket Club aims to offer something for everyone, whether young or old, male or female, player or spectator. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming Club and we are always on the lookout for new players, of all abilities. If you don’t wish to play cricket but would still like to get involved with the Club then we can certainly find room for you on a committee or in some other capacity!
For more information please visit the Charlbury Cricket Club website at www.charlburycricketclub.com
Charlbury Karate Club
Run by Oxford Sport and Traditional Martial Arts (OSTMA)
Lil Dragons ages 3 and a half to 6 years
Beginners Karate ages 6+
Every Wednesday 5pm-6pm in the Memorial Hall.
Come along any Wednesday and receive a free 4-week free trial.
Programmes cover life skills, safety skills, self defence, fun and fitness in a friendly atmosphere.
For more information contact Nathan Hunt on 07825 323 011
OSTMA is the largest martial arts school working with just under 1,000 students on a weekly basis with classes around the country. It has 7 full-time professional instructors, all insured, police checked, first aid qualified, and is the only school in Oxfordshire with a 6 years undefeated official English national champion and members of the official England karate team.
Charlbury Pickleball – a fun, addictive social racket sport for all ages and athletic abilities.
So, what is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a fun racket sport combining elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis that is played on a badminton sized court.
A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, yet can be challenging to master and can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.
Equipment is available so all you need is a pair of indoor court shoes or trainers. We’ll have you playing games within minutes of teaching you the basics and you will have a great time.
All our members are also very friendly and there is a big off court social side to the club with many get-togethers and outings throughout the year.
We have several sessions every week so please contact Vijay for full details of when we play.
Come and give it a try – you might be surprised how much you enjoy it!
Contact: Vijay – email@example.com or call 01993 891 043
Charlbury Tennis Club
Charlbury Tennis Club, is affiliated to the Lawn Tennis Association and is one of their official Places to Play tennis. We offer tennis facilities for everybody living in Charlbury and surrounding areas, and aim to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment for players of all ages and abilities.
Club sessions are for players of all standards and take place throughout the year. A committee member is always present at the Sunday afternoon and Thursday night sessions to ensure that everyone gets a game.
Sessions are held at the following times:
Sunday ………………………. 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Monday ………………………. 1.30pm to 3.00 pm
Thursday …………………….. 7.00pm to 9.00 pm
In addition courts are sometimes available for club play on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.00pm, when no matches are scheduled.
Adult teams take part in local leagues during the week and at weekends in the summer, notably:
� the Banbury League (2 mixed teams playing on weekday evenings);
� the Men’s 2-pair Babolat League (1 team playing on Saturday or Sunday);
� the Women’s 2-pair Babolat League (1 team playing at weekends); and
� the Wychwood League (a mixed team playing local clubs at weekends).
During the winter we also enter two mixed teams in the weekend Banbury League and one in the Banbury midweek floodlit league.
A club championship for ladies singles and men’s singles is usually held in the summer and there are various ladies, men’s and mixed doubles tournaments throughout the year.
The club has its home at Nine Acres recreation ground, Charlbury, where we share an excellent new pavilion with the two Football clubs, and make regular use of four well maintained floodlit hard courts operated by the Nine Acres committee of the Town council.Floodlights are available all year round.
Free car parking is available nearby in the Spendlove Centre car park.
Apart from all the tennis playing activities, there are social events such as the summer barbeque and skittles/quiz nights.
Through the LTA, the club receives an allocation of Wimbledon tickets. These are available to all fully paid up members and those who would like tickets are entered into a draw.
Annual membership, which runs from 1 April to 31 March, is amongst the most inexpensive in the county: £75 for adults, £160 for families, and £25.00 for juniors and young people up to the age of 25 (2019/20). Concessionary rates are also available for senior players. Reduced cost winter rates are available for those joining after 1st September.
The overall benefits of membership:
� Regular games of tennis with other club members at social sessions
� The opportunity to compete in club championships and league matches
� Use of the Nine Acres pavilion during club sessions and matches
� The chance to make new friends with tennis players at club sessions and social events
� LTA affiliation, including the draw for Wimbledon tickets
� Discounts on new balls and cheap used match balls
� Organised junior member tennis sessions
� Free use of tennis courts when playing with other club members (except when private coaching is taking place)
How to join us
If you are thinking of joining the club, why not come along to meet us at one of our friendly club sessions (just bring a racket and suitable footwear and clothing).
Contact Mark Jarman on 01608 811692 for a chat or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Charlbury Town Youth Football Club
Charlbury Town Youth Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Club. For the current 2018-2019 season we have football for Under 5s up to and including Under 17s. We would love to hear from any players and parents that would like to join our club.
There are weekly training sessions – many in the new Community Centre – and we play matches at the weekend.
We are always eager to hear from people willing to help out, whether it be by refereeing, coaching or being involved on the committee.
Please have a look at our website www.charlburytownyouth.co.uk
Committee Meetings are held every second month. We welcome more help from parents.
For more information on any aspect of youth football please contact ;
Charlbury Walking Football
The ‘Beautiful Game’ played at walking pace!
Charlbury Community Centre – Wednesdays 15:00-16:30 and Thursdays 20:00-21:00
Primarily aimed at the ‘Over-50s’, this inclusive, fun and sociable version of football might be slower-paced but lacks none of the passion or excitement of the original game. Whether you’re looking to keep active, stay fit, or simply want to play for the love of the game, Walking Football offers the perfect opportunity to take to the pitch.
It is also a great way to socialise and meet new people!
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Charlbury Volleyball Club
Charlbury Community Centre’s volleyball club plays from 8pm-10pm every Wednesday!
Wednesdays from 8.00pm – 10.00pm
We have a good mixture of young, old, male and female players of all abilities. Our coaches and other experienced players can help you to get started or improve your skills.
The club’s aim is to provide a friendly, relaxed volleyball session with a focus on helping everyone to learn, improve and join in this great sport.
This indoor version of the sport can be played by all ages and abilities, and is one of the few where men and women routinely play together.
Volleyball is one of the best and most popular sports in the world, and it’s growing quickly in this country.
Whether you’ve never played before and want to give it a go, or you haven’t played since you were at school or on holiday, this session gives you the opportunity to come and try.
As ever, for newcomers the first session is free of charge!
Not sure what volleyball is?
Volleyball England summary: www.volleyballengland.org/getintovolleyball/play/volleyball
Wikipedia’s extra detail: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volleyball
Cost: currently from £6 a week per person
Kit: nothing special. Just some trainers – clean indoor ones please! – and comfortable sports clothes
People: open to all
Contact: Steven Fairhurst Jones (email@example.com or 07879 063 934)
Visit our website at witneyfootball.com for the latest updates about Witney and District Football Club!