Church Newsletter – June 2019

All services at Duns Tew, unless stated otherwise

2nd June18:00Evensong
9th June11:00Lay-led morning prayer
16th JuneChurch Fête 13:30 – 16:00
No service in Duns Tew due to fête
23rd June11:00Eucharist with refreshments afterwards
26th June (Wed)10:30Mid-week Holy Communion
Venue tbc
30th June11:00Benefice Service and animal blessing at Steeple Barton

Breakfast Service

On Sunday, 19th May we held our very first family service with breakfast. Thank you to everyone who came and made this such a successful event. Special thanks go to Jane McBean for bringing her gorgeous sheep, to Steph for organising interesting and creative activities, to the musicians who sang and accompanied us, and for the breakfast, especially Carol’s delicious breakfast pie. We hope to be holding another family service in July, so watch this space next month for details. All ages welcome!

Prayer Tree

There will be a Prayer Tree in Duns Tew church between Ascension Day (30th May) and Pentecost (9th June). The idea is to write a name, or a place, or a situation on one of the cards provided, and tie it on the tree. These become the focus for our prayers throughout the period. On Friday 7th June there will be a special time when anyone who wishes can meet in church at 6.30pm. We will then read all the cards aloud, saying a prayer for everything and everyone who has been named. You are very welcome to pop into church and place a prayer card on the tree or join us on 7th June at 6.30pm, or do both.

Advance notices

Progressive Supper – Saturday August 17th

The Progressive Supper is a great way to meet fellow villagers and enjoy a fun evening moving between a number of venues in the village.

If you are willing to host a course or help with the cooking, or if you are new the village and would like more information please get in touch with either Stephanie Lacey 01869 347350, or Carol Rigby 01869 340632 (

Special diets can be accommodated if we know in advance. Tickets at £27.50 each are available from Steph and Carol – the profit is used to support the upkeep of the church.

Ride or Stride 2019 – Saturday 14th September

Would you like to get fit and raise some money for the ancient churches of Oxfordshire – including our very own St Mary Magdalene, Duns Tew?

If you do, then why don’t you consider getting someone to sponsor you to cycle or walk around the churches of Oxfordshire. If you don’t wish to be so active you can still support by volunteering an hour of your time to welcome walkers and cyclists to our church. This year the Historic Churches Bike Ride will be held on Saturday 14th September.

For more information, contact Clare Burgess or 01869 347382

Church Fête

Sunday 16 June 2019, 1.30pm – 4pm, in the Grounds of Duns Tew Manor


You should have received 10 raffle tickets by now, if you haven’t, or would like some more, please contact Sarah Taylor or 340827.

  • £100 cash
  • Lunch for Two at The White Horse (including wine)
  • Coffee & cakes for two in the Yurt
  • Cotswold Falconry family admission (Batsford Arboretum)
  • The Holt – tea for 2
  • Deddington Arms £25 voucher
  • Eagles, Deddington – Hamper
  • Horse & Groom (Caulcott) £20 voucher
  • Wychwood Gallery print framed by Dragon Framing
  • Cotswold bakery voucher
  • Karcher product
  • Hand-finished British wool rug,
  • Vouchers for Blue Diamond Garden Centre, Yarnton Garden Centre
  • Bouquet of Flowers, Bunkers Hill Plant Centre
  • Prescott Hill Climb, American w/e 2 tickets
  • and ………. lots more!!!!!

Return stubs with cash in envelope to one of the collection points listed on raffle envelope by 8th June 2019.

Please fill stubs in clearly. Cheques “Duns Tew PCC”. For info or more tickets, please contact Sarah Taylor, details as above. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS PROMISED SUCH BRILLIANT PRIZES

Silent Auction

We would like to announce a Silent Auction for 15 tonnes aggregate of choice (highest bidder wins) kindly donated by Smiths of Bletchington, WORTH OVER £900.

Sign up at the raffle table at the fête on Sunday 16th

Other Donations

We would be very grateful for donations of any of the following items which we can sell at the fête. See below for details, and please deliver to these locations from Friday 31st May – Saturday 15th June:

Bric-a-brac/toys: David and Margaret Goundrey, The Nurseries (Look for the White Elephant sign). Any queries please contact Clare Howard, tel 07968 028818 or

Plants & Vegetables: Please leave plants in the church porch in boxes provided or contact Sue Glenn,

Books Please leave 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 Midsummer Cottage. Contact Helen Preston ( Collectors will also be coming round door-to-door.

Cakes / Jams / Chutneys (for cake stall): from Friday 14th June to Steph Lacey, 34 Main St, Duns Tew, tel: 01869 347350.

Cakes for Teas stall: on morning of the fête after 10am, at the Manor. Or contact Sarah Taylor, 2 Longfield, 01869 340827, We can reimburse for cost of ingredients of cakes!

Any other questions please contact Sarah Taylor (as above).

Parking on Fête Day

We hope there will be a high number of visitors to the fête, as usual, but we are aware that this can cause problems for residents when cars are parked inconsiderately. We are sorry for this inconvenience.

Tug of War & Races

Come and see if Duns Tew can beat North Aston this year! We also expect a round with Somerton this year. If you would like to take part in this or any of the other fun races (egg & spoon, three-legged etc) be sure to sign up on the day at the Raffle Table or contact Clare Burgess or 01869 347382



Christian Aid Week

12th–18th May – Thank you to everyone who contributed to this collection, and to everyone who gave up their time to distribute and collect the envelopes. The amount raised will be given in the July newsletter.

Charity of the Quarter

Many thanks to everyone who so generously supported the first quarter charity collections to support the work of the Medical/Orphan Project (MOP) in Zimbabwe through TZABA. Together with £100 from the Wortons we were able to send £340.88. For more information on the charity please go to

In May, June and July the PCC will be collecting donations via the charity plate near the door of the church, to help the work of the Banbury branch of The Samaritans. Nationally, the Samaritans receive 600 calls every hour from people who are struggling to cope. For more information please go to: Please give generously.


As always please leave in-date food donations in the basket in church. Thank you to everyone who supports Polly. Chris Drake (340057)

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