Entries by Jo Duckles

2017: A year with Bishop Steven – farms and gardens

The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford, continues his tour of the Dicoese. Four deanery visits this month. Aston and Cuddesdon, Deddington, Mursley and Wendover. All very different. All full of life and creativity. All gave me the opportunity to reflect on rural ministry and the rural church. Farms and gardens were

For Richer For Poorer to tackle poverty

A report into poverty in the Oxford Diocese is hot off the press. For Richer for Poorer aims to enable deaneries and parishes to consider poverty and how the Bible calls us to respond. FOR Richer For Poorer was inspired by the Rt Revd Steven Croft when he named ‘poverty and marginalisation’ as one of

Tackling homelessness in the Thames Valley

ACTION must be taken to tackle the growing problem of homelessness and the lack of affordable housing in the Thames Valley. That was the message at a day held by the Diocese of Oxford to consider how Christians can respond to rising numbers of rough sleepers and soaring rents and house prices. The event was


County Archives welcomes its 10,000th collection

A VILLAGE church has provided the Berkshire Record Office with its 10,000th collection for its archives. The Record Office, located in Reading, is the custodian of local archives from across the county and has been collecting records for the last 69 years. The collections span 10 centuries of Berkshire’s history. The 10,000th collection comes from

Whatever You Do – from dietitian to Information Technology

Church on Sunday can feel worlds away from our day-to-day lives. We asked Christians to tell us how their lives connect with their faith for our new Whatever You Do prayer calendar. Estelle Fourie describes her work in IT.  I started my career as a dietician but over the last twenty plus years, have found

Meet Chris Matthewman, the founder member of LAMPS Collective

FOUNDER member of LAMPS Collective Chris Matthewman tells Jo Duckles his story of growing in faith and developing into a Christian children’s worker and performance artist. I met Chris in the Abingdon home of Julie Kemp-Harper, a key member of the LAMPS team who is working hard to help make the collective’s future a success.


Canon Wilfrid Robert Francis Browning

A MEMORIAL service for Canon Wilfrid Browning, who sadly died on 28th February, aged 98, will take place at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford on Saturday 27th May at 3pm. Obituary by the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy Many of post-war generation believed that it was axiomatic that at the heart of English life was

Whatever You Do

Read about the experiences of two more lay people as they live out their Christian faith in their daily lives.

Countdown to the first Chinnor Passion Play

AFTER 16 months of work and the involvement of more than 120 people, the first ever Chinnor Passion Play took place on Saturday 1 April. Jean Sutcliffe, one of the organisers, said: “It has taken 16 months of work to get to this stage, to get the actors together, the script written and all of

Work starts on improvements in Milton

A SPADE blessing ceremony has marked the beginning of work to install a kitchen and toilet at St Blaise Church in Milton. The Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust has donated a grant of £16,000 to the project. The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, the Bishop of Dorchester and President of OHCT, led prayers to mark the start