Groups & Activities

Regular Activities in the Village

You need never be bored in Charlton Horethorne.  Call any of the following groups and a welcome is assured.

Located in Charlton Horethorne Village Hall

Art and Craft Workshop SUSPENDED
Everything from painting to knitting and embroidery to quilting in a friendly atmosphere.
Wednesdays between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.
Contact:   Betty Grant – 01963 220221

C.H.A.P.S. (Charlton Horethorne Amateur Pantomime Society)
Annual production in January.   Wide range of skills involved including acting, music, scenery, costumes, lighting etc. Contact:  John Mathew, Chairman – 01963 220595

Charlton Horethorne & District Gardening Club
The Club meets monthly from February to November.   Events include evening talks from entertaining and informative speakers, visits to interesting gardens and much more.   The Club organises, on behalf of the village, the Summer Show of flowers and produce, arts and crafts.   For photograph of 2014 Summer Showclick here

For 2020 Programme of Events, please click here SUBJECT TO AMENDMENT
Chair, Kate Hill
 – 01963 220044;  email:
Treasurer, Barbara James 
– 01963 220954;  email:
Membership Secretary, Jane Watkins
 – 01963 220058;  email:
Programme Planner (for Events), Judy Easdale – 01963 220984;

Charlton Horethorne Youth Theatre SUSPENDED
Annual springtime production with young people of all ages involved in all aspects from conception to final staging.
For further information, please contact Christie Sims or Sarah-Jane Mansergh on
For photos of the 2018 production of “The Dracula Rock Show”, click here

English folk dance group for all-comers.   Meets Tuesday mornings from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.   Good exercise, good company – no partner needed and newcomers receive lots of help !
All profits from the £2.50 weekly charge go to charity.
Contact:   May Closs – 01963 220640

Pilates and Yoga Classes SUSPENDED
Supported by South Somerset District Council this class, aimed at both beginners and improvers, Pilates runs weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 – 3.00 p.m.   Cost –  £5.00 per class per week.   Taught by Ali Wells, an experienced and well qualified Pilates and Yoga Instructor, all are welcome to join this friendly mixed group.
Contact:   Ali Wells – 07828 625897 or

Short Mat Bowls:
Social Play Only
This sociable group meets for friendly play rather than matches on Monday afternoons between 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Contact:  Len Grant –  01963 220221

Competitive Group
Charlton Horethorne Bowls Club (Short-mat bowls) SUSPENDED
This friendly Club meets on Wednesday evenings between 7.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. and welcomes players of all ability (or none !) and any age.   In addition to the regular evenings in Charlton Horethorne, the Club also plays matches with other clubs at their locations.   Fee:  £2.00 per head per evening (home or away).
Please just either turn up on the evening or, for more information, call Danny Mead 01935 813045

Village Variety
Amateur drama group with annual production in early summer.   Wide range of skills similar to C.H.A.P.S. above.
Contact:   Catherine Mathew –  01963 220595

Located at Other Venues in the Village

Annual  Village Bonfire and Fireworks Display
Takes place on 5th November on the Millennium Green in aid of various charities.   Helpers with fund raising prior to November and at the event always welcome.
Contact:  Catherine Mathew – 01963 220595

Bell Ringers SUSPENDED
Learners encouraged gently !   Physical strength and musical skills unnecessary.
Contact:   Catherine Mathew, Tower Captain – 01963 220595

Charlton Croquet Club SUSPENDED
A friendly sporting Club situated just off Cowpath Lane which welcomes all to play social and/or competitive croquet between April and September.   Social events also organised outside the playing season.   No experience necessary – all equipment provided.
Contact: Alan Spacey, Chairman – 01963 251051 or Dorian Evered, Secretary 01963 220910

Knitting for charity – minimal skills required !   Currently supporting Samara’s Aid – a no frills charity based in Brighton doing wonderful work with Syrian refugees.
Monthly meetings held at various houses in the village are an opportunity to socialise, spur one another on and get new ideas !
Contact:   May Closs –  01963 220640

G.L.C. – Gentlemen’s Lunch Club SUSPENDED
Lunch club open to all men in the village.   Meets monthly in The King’s Arms, Charlton Horethorne, for good food and good company !
Contact:   Keith Gudgeon –  01963 220249 or Stephen Hall –  01963 220599

Horethorne Wine Society SUSPENDED
Bi-monthly themed wine tasting in members’ homes as well as an Annual Dinner and Progressive Lunch.
Contact:   Jill Hanson – 01963 250639

Just Strollin’ – Friendly Rambling Group SUSPENDED
Meet once a month from March to November for a 5 mile walk within a 30 minute drive of Charlton Horethorne.   Newcomers very welcome !
Contact:  Stephen and Joyce Hall – 01963 220599