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First birthday for PACT’s Oxford office

FIFTY families from Oxfordshire have applied to adopt through Parents And Children Together (PACT) in the 12 months since the charity opened a new office in the county. PACT opened its base in Watlington Road, Cowley, in order to find more permanent, loving families for children in care. TV presenter and PACT adopter Saira Khan More

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  • Top award for Alana House

    A COMMUNITY project in Reading has scooped a top award in recognition of its work with vulnerable women. Alana House, which is run by the charity Parents And Children Together (PACT), won The Howard League for Penal Reform Award in the Community Programme for Women category. Alana House supports women with complex needs, including ex-offenders More

  • “Tour de Fair” cyclists celebrate Fair Trade

    AS the Tour de France Grand Depart saw massive celebrations at the start point in Yorkshire  keen cyclists took to their bikes for a Tour de Fair of Oxfordshire. Fair Trade supporters pedalled around key fair trade centres, starting in Witney, the world’s 1,000th Fair Trade Town. Alison Merryweather-Clarke, tower captain of North Leigh parish More

  • Hundreds of children at Year Six ‘Love Is’ services

    HUNDREDS of Church of England school pupils from the Oxford Diocese were treated to celebrations of the four different types of ‘love’ in two events. The special services one at St James Church, Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire and another at Oxford’s Cathedral at Christ Church, took place in July 2014. At each event a morning More

  • New Deacons take up posts in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

    THE Bishop of Oxford ordained 19 new clergy at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday 5 July 2015. The Deacons have now taken up their posts as curates in the Diocese of Oxford. Sally Bottomer to serve in Aston Clinton Sally says: “I’m married with four children and I have two dogs. I used to live More

  • If you go down to Woodstock Church today…

    IF you go down to Woodstock Church today, you may well find a large group of teddy bears waiting to be cleaned, repaired and used as part of a new Prayer Bear initiative. The idea came from St Paul on the South Shore in Montreal, Canada, where Woodstock Team Rector the Revd Canon Adrian Daffern More

  • Good food at St Mary’s, Haddenham

    CELEBRITY chef Raymond Blanc gave a passionate speech on the importance of good food to gathered headteachers at a food conference at St Mary’s School, Haddenham. The Frenchman famous for his nearby restaurant, Le Manoir, at Great Milton, talked of how he learnt about food from his mother who had five children to feed, and More

  • Hundreds of people celebrate at ‘Sharing the Journey’

    HUNDREDS of people attended ‘Sharing the Journey’, a celebration of 20 years of women priests, at Oxford’s Cathedral at Christ Church on Saturday 7 June. Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker in the House of Commons, urged women to listen to God’s call and ‘go for it’ in an inspiring service during the thanksgiving More

  • John Henry Newman Academy aims for excellence.

    OFSTED inspectors have noted major improvements at Oxford’s John Henry Newman Academy. Their report, published just weeks after official Church schools inspectors praised the diocesan academy, has given head teacher Jackie Ranger and her team encouragement that they are on the right track. Despite the school being classified as ‘requiring improvement’ the inspectors noted the More

  • UK Hunger: a Church response

    FOOD BANKS are seeing a massive rise in the number of clients relying on them for emergency food aid in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.  That is just one of the findings of 999 Food, a diocesan response to the increase in food poverty among the UK’s most vulnerable people.  Statistics cited in the report, written More