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The latest news and features from the Diocese of Oxford. To contact the press office, please call 01865 208 277 (out of hours 07824 906 839) or email

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Cyril rings the changes to retire

First published on: 29th February 2024

A bellringer at Shiplake has retired as Tower Captain after almost 50 years' service.

Synod affirms work as key to ‘human dignity and purpose’

First published on: 28th February 2024

The Church of England’s General Synod has publicly affirmed the place of work as a key component in 'human flourishing' in an era when Artificial Intelligence is driving a “new fast moving industrial revolution”.  

‘We’re here to look after boaters on the canal’

First published on: 28th February 2024

Waterways Chaplain Helen Walker is one of 120 volunteer lay ministers who care for the ‘boaters’ who use the UK’s network of canals.

History repeats itself as church reaches those in need

First published on: 22nd February 2024

The re-opening of a church hall to support those in need in Windsor has seen the Holy Trinity church’s mission come full circle.

New church plant creates community rooted in worship

First published on: 22nd February 2024

From meeting in the vicar’s lounge to a weekly congregation or 80 of more, Church on Berryfields has gone from strength to strength over the past 10 years.

Death announced of the Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham

First published on: 17th February 2024

The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, has announced with great sadness the unexpected death of his colleague, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham. 

Abbey hosts CELL art installation

First published on: 15th February 2024

A new art installation at Dorchester Abbey invites visitors to step into a prison cell for three minutes.

Friends stitched together to make light quilt

First published on: 8th February 2024

A group of Ducklington church crafters, including asylum seekers living locally, have come together to produce a quilt for Candlemas.

Budding gardeners are growing for God

First published on: 7th February 2024

A green-fingered group of parishioners in Princes Risborough are hoping to grow their own floral displays for church. 

Bells to ring out against human trafficking

First published on: 1st February 2024

An international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking will be held on St Bakhita’s Day, 8 February. 

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