Entries by Jo Duckles

School children celebrate St Frideswide

A BERKSHIRE primary school and staff at Christ Church Cathedral teamed up to conduct a pilgrimage to celebrate the life of Oxford’s patron saint. Yattendon CE Primary School suspends its teaching timetable one day per year to celebrate the life of a remarkable Anglo Saxon princess who fled to Oxford to escape the attention of

Clergy model the new Dorcas dress

THE Revd Laura Biron Scott, a curate from Kidlington, and the Revd Clare Sykes from Botley in Oxford model the new Dorcas Dress. The dresses are designed by Maria Skoyles, and Oxford based fashion and textiles expert. The dresses are simple to create, come in a range of fabrics and are a one-size fits all

Wycombe’s Revd Jenny in weight loss television show

WHEN the Revd Jenny Ellis spotted an advert in the Bucks Free Press asking for people who loved good food and wanted to lose weight for a documentary she couldn’t resist applying. Having narrowly missed out on a part in Come Dine With Me a few years earlier, Jenny was delighted to be selected to

Churches step in as homelessness continues to rise

by Jo Duckles CHRISTIANS across the Thames Valley region are helping provide food and shelter for increasing numbers of rough sleepers this winter. Plummeting temperatures and rising levels of homelessness have inspired churches to run the first ever ecumenical winter night shelter in Oxford. With more than 200 volunteers and over £13,000 in donations, the

Mission unlimited with the Mothers’ Union

EVERYONE is welcome to join an organisation with more than four million members in 83 countries. That organisation is the Mothers’ Union, which makes a difference in communities across the world, including across the Thames Valley region, as well as on a national and international level. The charity even has a special consultative status at

Seasonal signposting in the greatest story ever told

Yvonne Morris, our diocesan children’s adviser, provides a way for families and children’s workers to have chilled out conversations about the Christmas story. Use the wonderings and questions as a springboard to share together your stories, thoughts and experiences. There are no right or wrong answers – this is an invitation to be and talk

God in the Life Of BeSpace founder Catherine Clayton

CATHERINE Clayton tells Jo Duckles about swapping a teaching career to found a charity providing spaces for school children and adults to pray and reflect. The daughter of a Baptist minister, Catherine grew up moving around. She lived in Birmingham, Kent, Essex and Devon before settling in Oxford — the last place her parents were


‘Outstanding’ inspection result for St Luke’s CE Primary School

ST LUKE’S CE Primary School in Maidenhead has been rated ‘Outstanding’ following a recent Ofsted inspection. The inspection team reported that the school “is a haven of tolerance and respect… a calm, caring, and friendly place where everyone feels valued” and praised the “exceptional” school leadership and governance. The report praises pupils’ behaviour, engagement and


Christmas Market supports DEC appeal for Myanmar refugees

REFUGEES from Myanmar will benefit from the Christmas Market at St Peter’s Church, Caversham on Saturday, 9 December, in aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal. The DEC Appeal has been set up to support half a million people – mostly Rohingya women and children – who have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. They

Return of the trees

A POPULAR Christmas tree festival returns to All Saints Church in High Wycombe on Saturday 16 December for the fourth year running. The event will be open until Christmas Eve with more than 30 trees from organisations as diverse as the Women’s Institute, One Can Trust food bank, and the Mad Squirrel Tap & Bottleshop.  The Memories tree from Arnolds the