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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

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  • 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

  • Still at the Cutting Edge

    The Door explores how our original Cutting Edge Ministries have evolved as they celebrate more than a decade since they were launched.  by Matt Rees In our diocese we have some churches that are very old. At the other end of the life cycle it’s encouraging to see a growing number of new churches coming More

  • Blessed are the peacemakers

    A FULL size model based on War Horse, along with more than 12 banners and other sculptures and installations were part of “Blessed are the Peacemakers” in Burnham and Slough. Mona Lisa Arts and Media joined forces with St Peter’s Church, Burnham, St Mary’s, Slough and the Royal British Legion for an art exhibition commemorating More

  • From frontline to theological college

    FATHER of two, Jason ‘Griff’ Griffiths, joined the Army at 17. He tells Jo Duckles his journey from the frontline to theological college. Griff, as he is known to everyone bar his mum, was first featured in the Door back in 2010, focusing on how he kept in touch with his wife Rowena and daughters More