Special service commemorates Newbury bombing


EXPLOSIONS ricocheted through Newbury leaving 15 dead, 43 injured and several buildings, including St John’s Church, flattened. The time was 4.35pm on February 10 1943 and among those killed were children, a teacher and a caretaker left in the town’s school. A special service takes place on 11 February at 3pm to remember that day.

Half of UK adults say that they pray

ONE in two adults (51 per cent) in the UK pray, according to a new nationwide poll of 2,069 UK adults by ComRes for Christian relief & development agency Tearfund. Even among those that say they are not religious, one in five (20 per cent) say that they pray suggesting that prayer is still important to

Shine Winslow shine


‘Let your light shine’ is the new message being shared at Winslow CE School. The Rt Revd Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, spoke on that theme at a special service attended by pupils, staff, and parents. The choir of St Laurence Church led by Derry French, their music director, joined in. A competition saw

Imagining the Divine

Why do we assume Jesus had a beard? That is one of the questions posed by Imagining the Divine, an exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. The exhibition has been described as “unmissable” by the television classicist Mary Beard. The Ven. Martin Gorick was one of the preachers who used the exhibition as inspiration for a

Nine people to receive special honours for their services to the Church

A ‘pop up vicar’ from the Midsomer Murders, as well as people who work tirelessly against social injustices, and provide  a myriad of support to the Church are to be honoured in a special service at Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral this month. Six people will be made Honorary Canons of the Cathedral. Canons are selected

Headteachers – book now for the leadership course “every head needs”


TIME is running out for headteachers to book onto a taster session for a course that gives them the chance to step back, further develop personal resilience and explore their leadership skills. The event takes place on January 19 at the Wantage Convent and gives heads the chance to consider whether they would benefit from

Hampers provide relief for impoverished families

CHRISTMAS can be a tough time for those in financial difficulty. Many cannot afford a Christmas dinner or presents for their family. So volunteers from the Slough Christians Against Poverty centre, based at St Paul’s Church, put together seven hampers for clients. Slough Centre Manager, Ronie Twumasi said “Christmas may be referred to as the

Silence at Auschwitz

The Revd Paul Cowan reflects on the silence that envelops the camps where the horrors of the Holocaust took place during World War Two. On 27 January, we will again be reminded of the Holocaust. For me it’s also the anniversary of a pilgrimage, led by Archbishop Justin Welby, that I made last year to

Early Christmas present means the roof will no longer leak at historic Oxfordshire church

ST MARY the Virgin church, Buckland, has received a £10,000 funding boost for vital roof repairs. The repair grant is an early Christmas present for Grade 1 listed building. Once the repairs are carried out, St Mary the Virgin will be removed from the Historic England At Risk Register. The church is one of 93 churches

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, an Oxford-based fashion and textiles expert. The dresses are simple to create, come in a range of fabrics and are one-size-fits-all that even expand for