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The benefice newsletter is intended to be a means of sharing information about events and news of particular interest and relevance to members of our churches across the benefice. We are blessed by having excellent parish magazines already, which publish articles of more general interest - we are not trying to cover the same ground as these magazines.

To view our Newsletters:

You can view (or download and print) the current and past issues of our newsletters by clicking on the links below. For instructions on how to subscribe, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

: Issue 19

Blue Skies

Issue 19 March 2023

: Issue 18 - February 2023


Issue 18

: Issue 17

St Mary's Star

January 2023

: Issue 16

Gate Lantern at St. Mary's

As we enter Advent, the season when we consider the 4 ‘Last Things’ and ponder that which is ultimate, we have some serious thinking and serious praying to do about the future of the Church in this place. As noted further below in the report about the recent meeting of Diocesan Synod...

: Issue 15

Post-service Chocolate Cake

The Bishop of Oxford, Rt Rev’d Steven Croft, has become the first Diocesan Bishop of the Church of England to call openly for reform of the Church’s law and practice regarding gay marriage. More bishops have now joined his call for change, to enable gay couples both to marry in church and to have their civil partnerships or marriages blessed in church. If this change were made, it is likely that solemnising or blessing a same-sex marriage would be a matter of discretion for individual clergy...

: Issue 14

St.mary's in Autumn

: Issue 13

Dry Dovecote

The potential for fuel bills to increase very dramatically this Winter is alarming. It remains to be seen what the Government’s response to this situation will be. Given the already stretched state of the public finances, it seems probable that any help that is provided from central funds will not fully meet the increased costs.

: Issue 12

Newsletter July 2022

Readers of this Newsletter probably do not need to be told that all our parishes struggle to raise sufficient funds to meet their costs. The major elements of our parish expenditure are a contribution towards the paid ministry we receive (i.e. the Rector), a contribution to the cost of central Diocesan support services, the maintenance of our church buildings and our insurance and utility bills.


: Newsletter 11

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'Shared Local Ministry' is the term being used by the Diocese to describe a model of ministry which, it is hoped, will enable us to continue our witness and service in these parishes.

: Issue 10

Tree of Life

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

: Issue 9

the watch

There is much for us to reflect on as we enter

: Issue 8


A number of people have identified the desirability of developing a social space where we can both gather informally as members of the church to get to know one another better and enjoy one another’s company, and can also meet with people from the wider community for the same purposes...

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