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  • Thames Path Pilgrimage – the journey continues

    By Steve Jenkins Express trains passing through are an unusual response during morning prayer but it worked for Bishop John and two dozen fellow walkers on stage 7 of the Thames pilgrimage; journeying was the obvious subject of prayers. Thursday, September 25, saw the pilgrims start out after worship on the overbridge at Tilehurst station More

  • A grand time at the Grand Day Out

    AROUND 2,500 people flocked to Oxford for Saturday’s Grand Day Out event, complete with the opportunity to say goodbye to the Bishop of Oxford. The Rt Revd John Pritchard, who retires at the end of October, preached at an open air communion service, was presented with a leaving card and gifts, at the conclusion of the More

  • Who baked all the pies?

    by Jo Duckles HOW far would you go to rustle up the perfect pork pie for The Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry? Volunteer caterers from Shippon in South Oxfordshire were faced with that very dilemma when they were tasked with coming up with a posh picnic for the main speakers at the Grand More

  • Heritage Lottery funding for Hillesden Church

    ALL Saints Church Hillesden, near Buckingham has received initial support of a £250,000 award from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the conservation, repair, development and promotion of the historic building, it was announced today. The project will enable extensive and urgent remedial works to the masonry of the church to be carried out. Crucial as More

  • Wantage and Grove see massive expansion

    A YOUTH worker is to be paid for by housing developers thanks to negotiations led by the Wantage Deanery Synod. The synod’s pastoral committee is working to give a ‘voice to the voiceless’ by calling for community facilities to be included in plans for thousands of new homes in the currently small Oxfordshire town. Father More

  • Schools team expands its services

    MEET our newly expanded Diocesan Schools Team. The team, headed up by Education Director Anne Davey, is offering an enhanced range of services to our 284 Church of England Schools. Training courses in how to handle Ofsted inspections, bespoke school improvement packages, leadership training for head teachers and staff and support with capital building projects More

  • Prime Minister praises “fantastic” school improvements

    THE Prime Minister David Cameron has praised a Church of England School that has been classified as good by Government inspectors. St John the Evangelist CE Primary School in Carterton was removed from special measures after the Ofsted inspection in July. In a letter to the school, Mr Cameron said: “This really is a fantastic More

  • Riding, striding and scooting for historic churches

    A TEAM of cyclists pedalled from the Lords “the home of cricket” in London to their own home of village cricket in Wytham in Oxfordshire. The four men, from Wytham Cricket Club, raised £1,200 for the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust. They were among hundreds of people in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire who once again chose More

  • Around the Deaneries: Wantage

    Coffee at Cornerstone SARAH Shewring  feels blessed to have taken over as manager of the Cornerstone Christian Centre in Grove in April. The mother-of-two gave up her role as a radiographer at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital for a job closer to home because she wanted to see her children more. And she has not regretted taking More