Church Newsletter – July 2021

In July we will be holding some of our Sunday services in the various benefice churches, in addition to the 9.30am Zoom Service.   If you would like to attend one of these services then please could you book your place by e-mailing or phoning 01869 347350, as we still have to comply with Covid regulations.

Sunday services in churches around the benefice
4th July9:30AM
Benefice Zoom service
Nether Worton morning worship
Duns Tew (evening prayer)
11th July9:30AM
Benefice Zoom service
Sandford St. Martin (Eucharist)
28th July9:30AM
Benefice Zoom service
Westcote Barton(Eucharist)
25th July11AMBenefice Zoom service with Bishop Gavin at Steeple Barton
This is our benefice welcome for our new bishop and we hope a celebration of coming our of lockdown

As we are still in uncertain times, please keep an eye on our website, Facebook page and church
notice board/noticesheets in case of any last minute changes.

Duns Tew church continues to be open for private prayer, generally between 9am and dusk. For
opening times of other churches in the benefice check the website
Visitors to our churches are requested to observe all current Covid-19 regulations and
recommendations according to the NHS Covid 19 Track and Trace app. If you can, do download the NHS
app to your phone and scan the QR code when visiting
our churches.

Benefice Service on Zoom

The 30 minute internet-based Sunday morning service will continue on Zoom in June. Log-in is from
9.20am for a prompt start at 9.30am. Please email for further details on
how to join.

Benefice Bible Study on Zoom

The bible study group continues to meet on Zoom on Tuesdays at 7.15pm. Log-in details are on the
weekly email which accompanies the notice sheet. For more details contact Maria on 01869 340826

Coffee and Prayer Group on Zoom

A Zoom Coffee and Prayer Group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 11.30 am. This is an
informal group for parishioners in the Barton and Cherwell Valley Benefices which lasts about half an
hour. Information on joining the group, queries or prayer requests can be emailed to or by contacting Frances or Sally Anne on 01869 345689.

Benefice Facebook Page: Do look at our Facebook page (you don’t need a Facebook account) and
follow us on

Church Newsletter – July 2021

Coffee Morning

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who baked, bought and came to our coffee morning in June. The
weather held up and it was wonderful to see everyone again. We a raised a fantastic £353.

Save Our Angels: Apologies for any disruption caused by the work to repair and conserve the stained
glass windows.

Churchyard: Any gardeners who can spare an hour or so to help weed/tidy the churchyard are very
welcome. There is a list of suggested jobs on the noticeboard in the porch.

Church Newsletter – July 2021

Other Events in the Benefice

Celebration Week in the Bartons 10-17 July

Saturday, 10 July Jazz Concert (open air) bring your own picnic, tables, chairs or blanket. A wine tent
will be onsite (in Richard and Ann Taylor’s field next to WB Church). Tickets £12 each available from
Kate tel 07775 750903.

Sunday 11 July Barton Abbey Gardens Open 2-5pm and Flower Festival in Steeple Barton Church.

Saturday, 17 July Bartons Dog Show & live music at Middle Barton school, 10.30am to 4pm.

Friday, 23 July 6pm Ledwell & Sandford Social on Ledwell Green (celebrating Mary Magdalene Feast
Day) BYO Picnic supper.

Sunday 25 July at 11am Bishop Gavin will be with us for a Celebratory Benefice Service at Steeple
Barton. Please do come along and meet our new bishop.

Our Charities

Charity of the Quarter

Samaritans (Banbury) We are supporting Samaritans (Banbury) from July to September. Even
before coronavirus hit, the Samaritans 20,000 volunteers nationally were answering a call for help
every six seconds. It is more important than ever for Samaritans to be there 24/7 for those who need
them. If you would like to donate while church services are suspended please make an on line payment
to Duns Tew PCC, Sort Code: 30-90-42 (Lloyds) Account No:00096480 reference ‘Sams’, or drop off a
cheque payable to Duns Tew PCC to Carol Rigby, Nonesuch, Hill Farm Lane.

For more information on how to make a donation through the PCC, please contact Carol Rigby
( or phone 340632.

Christian Aid Week (10-16 May)

Thank you to everyone who made donations to Christian Aid and to those who acted as collection
points. £467 + Gift Aid was raised.

Dementia Oxfordshire

Thank you to everyone who supported our previous charity of the quarter. We would also thank you to
Trish Heron from Dementia Oxfordshire who came and gave us a talk in June about the work the charity
undertakes in the local area.


Polly continues to work with the homeless and vulnerable in Banbury. She regularly helps up to 15
people and she would really appreciate it if you could spare any food items suitable for someone living
in one room or sleeping rough (tins/biscuits/packets etc). Please make sure they are all in date!
Otherwise cash or cheques (payable to Polly Preedy) are also welcome. Alternatively you can donate to
the PCC Bank accounts details above, reference ‘Polly’. Please bring any items to Clare Burgess, 5 Hill
Farm Lane, Duns Tew, OX25 6JH or ring Clare on 01869 347382. Polly has enough clothing at the
moment. Please do not leave items outside the church if it is locked. Any queries: Clare 347382 . Thank you for all your help.

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