Church Newsletter – June 2021

In addition to our 9.30am Sunday service on Zoom, we are now regularly holding a second service either outside or inside one of the benefice churches at 11.00am. 

The venues for the 11.00am services in the next few weeks are given below. If you would like to attend one of these services then please could you book your place for by e-mailing or phoning 01869 347350, as we still have to comply with Covid regulations.

Sunday services in churches around the benefice
6th June11AMDuns Tew – to be followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting
13th June11AMWestcote Barton
20th June11AMSteeple Barton
27th June9:30AM
Steeple Barton
Sandford St. Martin
Over Worton
Westcote Barton

For outdoor services please bring your own chair.  If the weather is very poor we may need to make alternative arrangements.  Keep an eye on the website, Facebook page and church notice board for details.  

Duns Tew church is also 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.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) 

This year’s APCM has been re-scheduled and will now be held in the church/churchyard after the 11am service on Sunday 6 June 2021

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:  Please remember to look at our Facebook page, and follow us on  You can still look at our Facebook page even if you do not have a Facebook account

Church June Coffee Morning/Cakes To order – 5 June

We will be holding a coffee morning (within Covid-restrictions) in the Village Hall on 5 June 10.30am-12.30pm in aid of the church building.  

We will also be selling cakes which you can either select at the coffee morning or which can be pre-ordered and collected from the Village Hall or delivered to your door.  

The list of cakes, which you can pre-order, will be available to view from Tuesday 1 June on the church noticeboard, Village website, Village Facebook page and WhatsApp group. Please contact Joan on 349861 or for further information.  First come, first served!

Plant Sale

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who donated and bought plants at our plant sale in May.  We raised a fantastic £500! 

Save Our Angels:  We are hoping that work will start to repair and conserve the stained glass window in June, so there may be some disruption inside the church and in the churchyard.


On Saturday 31 July in the morning, we are planning to hold a Table Top Sale in the Village Hall.

So if you have any crafts, bric a brac or unwanted items, either new or in good condition, which you have always wanted to sell, why not put your name down for a table and buy a pitch for £10 in the Village Hall/Village Hall Car Park/Churchyard.  More details in next month’s newsletter. Contact us by email on dunstewpcc@gmail if you would like further information

Our Charities

Charity of the Quarter

We are supporting Dementia Oxfordshire ( April to June.  Dementia Oxfordshire is a partnership between Age UK Oxfordshire and Dementia UK.  It provides specialist dementia services, available free to people living with dementia and their families living in Oxfordshire.  The charity’s aim is to ensure that people have the best available information, advice and support they need to live the life they have to the full. 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.


Polly continues to work with the homeless and vulnerable in Banbury. The “lads and lasses” are doing OK thanks to your regular gifts of food and funds. She regularly helps up to 15 people. If you can spare any food items (tins/biscuits/packets etc), or cheques (payable to Polly Preedy), please bring them 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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