CSSA - Culham Sports and Social Association
The CSSA aims to foster and encourage, sports and social activities across the Culham site. Anyone who works on the site can become a member so please get involved and give it your support so the association can grow and prosper.
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Any general enquiries please contact our CSSA Chairperson Sam Pritchett:
Do you play Chess?
Would you like to play some Blitz games during lunch time?
If you answer YES to both questions, then maybe there’s something of interest.
We are playing every Friday between 12:00 and 13:00 o’clock.
We meet at the New Pavilion.
Whether you just want a friendly game, or you are a serious addict, whether you are a beginner or a confirmed club player, you are WARMLY WELCOMED.
Contact email Nicolas Bekris
Telephone 01235 464610 / 2932
There are several people at Culham who go climbing on a fairly regular basis, mostly indoors at the Oxford Brookes climbing wall, but occasionally outside at crags within about two to three hours drive from here. Most people have some experience, but we are willing to help newcomers with the basics at the wall. This is a very informal group and we use a mailing list to announce when we are going to Brookes, or to arrange an outdoor trip. To subscribe to this list send an email to:
with a message subject containing just:
and the text of the message containing the lines:
If you are new to Culham and want to get started then it is probably best to send an email to the list (To: email@example.com) to announce your interest, describe your experience and your climbing interest. We encourage anyone who is planning to go to Brookes to send a mail to the list in case others are interested in joining up.
We have a little equipment that can be borrowed (harnesses, some short ropes for the wall and some second-hand rock boots). If you don't have a belay device someone will have one that you can borrow. To borrow the club gear, contact Nick Hawkes and I can show you where it is kept.
Directions to Brookes are on their website https://www.brookes.ac.uk/brookes-sport/facilities/climbing/
There is two hours free parking in the evenings at the Headington campus.
Crafty lunchtimes meets every Tuesday in at the New Pavilion from 12:15 – 13:00.
Between us we have an extensive knowledge of crafts including; knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, jewellery, card making etc. and as a group we have already gathered a lot of resources.
If you are a keen crafter or would like to learn then please come along and join us.
Contact Pauline Lawrence 01235 464846 for more information.
Contact email Julian Hawes
Telephone 01235 464702
CSSA Sounds of Brass
The CSSA Sounds of brass is a brass ensemble made of experienced musicians within CCFE. All the members have performed in brass band concerts, national competitions and are members of local bands. Also the members have experience playing different genres like Big Band Swing, Concert Bands, jazz quartets and some continue Brass Band. The CSSA Sounds of brass usually only perform at in December for the yearly carol concert. If any person is a CSSA member and would like to join CSSA Sounds of Brass, as long as they play a brass instrument, they would be welcome to come along. See or call Julian Hawes on Culham ext 4702 or mobile 07532 197796 for more information.
CSSA Big Band and Jive event
October 2014 the CSSA and CSSA Jive club hosted a Big Band and Jive event featuring the Radio Days Big Band. The evening was a chance to relax to the sounds of the 1940s and 1950s swing era plus practice Cîroc or jive dance skills. The venue, being the Culham restaurant, gave the chance for a bar and meal included in the evening. Radio Days is a local dance band of professional and semi-pro experienced players who are enthusiastic to create the excitement and vibe of the swing era. Radio Days has a wide repertoire of classics from Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey or Woody Herman plus many more. For example, some of the music played is; In the Mood, String of Pearls , Song of India, Swing Swing Swing or Opus One. If there is enough request or support another Jive Big Band evening can be arranged by asking the CSSA social committee or talking to Julian Hawes directly.
Helping to host Big Band event in March 2020 watch this space!!!
Gym facilities will be available at the New Pavilion early February 2020.
Any questions and queries feel free to contact Karl Beacham
|Email contact - Karl Beacham|
|Telephone - ext. 5289|
Chu Shong Tin lineage Wing Chun Kung fu is a martial art which is about simplicity, economy of movement and minimum use of brute strength. You will learn how to generate and deal with large forces, body awareness, posture and deep relaxation. Your training can be directed towards practical self-defence, for meditation much like Tai Chi, for fitness, or for kickboxing depending on your goals, work ethic and taste.
Kung fu is a lifelong obsession which has health benefits and continual improvement at any age. Come train for free with a 3rd generation student of the legendary Ip Man. Our practice here is very informal, relaxed and welcoming to all.
Email contact - Michael Fitzgerald Telephone - 01235 464592
Yoga will be restarting in the new social club main hall from the 9th September. This is located next to the OAS building.
The Iyengar method of Yoga is learnt through the in-depth study of asanas (posture) and pranayama (breath control).
Our overall aim is get people active at lunch times. To get them up from their desks and away from the computer screen. It is well known that productivity is dependent of a healthy and well-motivated work force.
Yoga gives you the opportunity to explore that activity both physically and mentally through controlled and precise exercise without breaking into a sweat.
All abilities welcome.
Please wear comfortable clothing. Equipment provided.
Monday 12.15-13.15 with Carol cost £5/class
Thursday 16.40-18.10 with Georgina cost £10/class
Both Carol and Georgina are experienced Iyengar yoga teachers.
For more information please contact Itziar on the details below.
|Email contact - Itziar Balboa|
|Telephone - 01235 464327|
Netball is an ideal sport to encompass both men and women because physical strength is not an advantage. It is a fast, exciting, true team sport which involves running, jumping, throwing and catching.
Netball is similar to basketball although the rules, equipment and team numbers are slightly different:
• no dribbling
• no running with the ball
• 7 players per team
• ball must be passed in 3 seconds
• ball and basket are slightly smaller
• there is no backboard
• players are designated to certain areas of the court
Netball also has similarities to european handball, korfball and ultimate frisbee.
It is played by over 20 million people in more than 70 countries. In 1995, Netball became a “recognized” Olympic sport and a strong push is underway for its inclusion in the Olympic Games Program. So if a Culham team gets good enough, global success awaits!
• Netball is an all inclusive sport, can be played by females and males of all ages, and a wide range of positions allows for different skill levels.
• Cost efficient sport and minimal equipment needed.
• Maintains a competitive yet non aggressive environment.
• A true team sport as the ball must be passed from one player to another in order to move the ball down the court.
• Self esteem and confidence is built through team work required, and players owning their own ‘position’ on court.
The CSSA netball team is fun, friendly and informal, we are always open to new players of all abilities and fitness levels. Break free of your desk at lunchtime, get some exercise, get healthy and de-stress!
Email contact - Kate Hardie Baker Telephone - 01235 465330
CSSA Clay Pigeon Shooting Club.
Clays are 25 for £2.50
Cartridges £5.00 per box are available to be purchased on the day.
You do not need to book a time, just have your liability insurance available for inspection and join the CSSA.
It’s a bit of fun and not too competitive ?
|Email contact - Neal Reid|
|Telephone - 01235 464470|
Table tennis facilities in the New Pavilion.
|Email contact - Sam Pritchett|
|Telephone - 01235 466947|