Church Fete 2018 – update

Thank you to everyone who came to the Fete on Sunday.

Despite cooler weather, we hope everyone enjoyed the old favourites as well as the new additions to the fete.

If you have any comments for improvements next year, please let me know:

The provisional total profit is £5,406, which is roughly similar to last year, so we are extremely happy with that. The number of visitors was lower than last year, so we did well to maintain the amount of profit.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who made the fete possible, and in particular:

  • Fiona and Gavin McAlpine for their generosity and support in providing so much behind-the-scenes help which ensured a fabulous day.
  • Clive Tompkins (Cherwell Graphics Ltd) for printing all the banners, signs, leaflets, raffle tickets etc.
  • Charles & Caroline Landless for storing the fete equipment for us
  • David and Margaret Goundrey for giving up their garage space.
  • Steeple Aston School for their support.

and the following companies for their support in donating raffle prizes:

  • The White Horse
  • Smith & Sons of Bletchington
  • Soho Farmhouse
  • Nicholson’s Nurseries
  • Eagles of Deddington
  • Pollocks Catering
  • The White Horse Studio

Lost Property

  • 2 x bags for life (contact Helen Preston at Midsummer Cottage, tel 01869 347869)
  • 2 x plastic cake carriers – will be left in church for collection


The church of St Mary Magdalene is is part of the Benefice of Westcote Barton with Steeple Barton, Sandford St Martin, and Over with Nether Worton.

It is situated in the centre of the village of Duns Tew, not far from the Village Hall, and is a much respected part of community life.

The church is built of the honey-coloured Hornton stone. The font and porch date from 1200AD and the arcade of pillars with carved heads is 14th Century.  In the 19th century the interior was restored, and is almost entirely Victorian.  The lychgate at the entrance to the churchyard was built to commemorate the year 2000.

Open daily from 09:30 – 18:00


Everyone is very welcome at our services. Because the five parishes (six churches) share the one Rector, the services rotate around the Benefice and times and types of services vary from week to week. Please check our website for times of services and for special services and events: A Benefice Services chart can also be found in the Pages & Links section of Duns Tew Church on the national Anglican website,

Our Vicar

We are very pleased to be able to tell you that a new rector has been appointed to the benefice. Reverend Jane Wright will be moving into the Westcote Barton rectory sometime in the late summer or early autumn. Jane is currently working in a rural benefice in Suffolk, so is used to country life. She and her husband Alan, a retired Methodist minister, are very much looking forward to meeting everyone and working with us.

The PCC would like to thank you all very much for your patience, prayers and support during the vacancy. Do remember that even now services and activities are carrying on as normal. And although people come and go, and we go through good times and bad: God remains the same. He is always with us, loving each one of us every minute of the day.

The Reverend Jane Wright Rector

The Rectory, 29 Enstone Road, Westcote Barton, OX7 7AA

01869 340510

Email (for weddings, baptisms and so on)



Christopher Drake

01869 340057

Stephanie Lacey

01869 347350

Church Fete 2018

To be held in Duns Tew Manor garden

Sunday 17th June, 13:30 – 16:00


Raffle tickets will be dropping through Duns Tew doors by mid May. We would love you to sell/buy a few raffle tickets in aid of the Church – some super prizes this year, including:

  • £100 cash
  • Hamper from Eagles, Deddington
  • Kudia garden lantern from Nicholsons Nurseries
  • Fish & Chips from Pollocks Catering
  • Lunch for two at the White Horse
  • Luxury gift from Soho Farmhouse home range
  • 15 tonnes aggregate of winner’s choice from Smiths of Bletchington
  • Bespoke embroidered cushion
  • and lots more!

Please return stubs with cash in envelope to one of the collection points listed below by 9th June 2018. Please fill stubs in clearly!

Collection points for ticket stubs & money / unsold tickets:

  • Sarah Taylor, 2 Longfield
  • Tom & Sarah Lindley, Kennington House
  • Clare Burgess, 5 Hill Farm Lane
  • Peter Gregory, 33 Dashwood Rise

For info, or if you would like more tickets, please contact: Clare Burgess, 5 Hill Farm Lane, Tel: 01869 347382, email:


Other Donations

From Friday 2nd June, please deliver to the following locations:

  • Bric-a-brac/toys: David and Margaret Goundrey, The Nurseries (A sign will be put out) If you need something to be collected, please phone Chris Drake 340057
  • Plants & Veg: contact Ruth & Matt Goddard ( or the church
  • Books: In boxes provided in church, or contact Rosemary Jefford (
  • Bottles/cans/jars suitable for bottle stall (in date please!): in box outside Daisy Hill Farmhouse, or 5 Hill Farm Lane. Collectors will also be coming round door-to-door.
  • Cakes / Jams / Chutneys (for cake stall): from Friday 15th June to Steph Lacey, 34 Duns Tew, tel: 01869 347350
  • Cakes for Teas stall: on morning of fete, after 10am, at the Manor. Or contact Sarah Taylor, 2 Longfield, 01869 340827. We can reimburse for cost of ingredients of cakes!

Any questions: (my email really is ..bugress and not …burgess!) Tel: 01869 347382

Cooking and craft competition

Adult Classes

  1. Men’s fruit cake
  2. Ladies’ chocolate cake
  3. Plate of cup cakes
  4. Garden on a plate
  5. Father’s Day card
  6. Pet and owner lookalike competition

Children’s Classes

  1. Plate of cup cakes
  2. Garden on a plate
  3. Father’s Day card
  4. Pet and owner lookalike competition
  5. Egg cress head

For full rules and copy of entry form, please click on appropriate file below: