Church Newsletter – September 2020

In August we started to hold some benefice services in our churches and churchyards. We plan to continue with this gradual re-opening of our churches, albeit in line with Government and CoE guidelines, with its regulations on wearing face coverings and strict cleaning measures and/or quarantining of areas of the church which are required between visits. Each parish in the benefice will be displaying information on its church notice board with regard to its own building. Alternatively, the Benefice website has up to date details or contact Clare Burgess (347382, email:

Benefice Service on Zoom

Our internet-based Sunday morning service are continuing on Zoom. The services, lasting about 30 minutes, have proved a very popular way of worshipping in these challenging times. So, if you haven’t Zoomed in yet, why not give it a try? 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 8pm. Log-in details are on the weekly email which accompanies the notice sheet. For more details contact Maria on 01869 340826

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 don’t have a Facebook account.

Our Charities

Polly and her work with the homeless is our July-September Charity of the Quarter. Polly is extremely grateful for all our help. This help is needed even more as donations to her homeless folk have reduced drastically, partly because supporting churches are not open for donations of food and partly because other sources (e.g. sandwich delivery companies etc) are not operating in the same way at present.

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 ‘Polly’. Please take cash/cheques (payable to Polly Preedy) and any suitable clothing or food (baked goods/tinned/packets) to Clare Burgess, 5 Hill Farm Lane, Duns Tew, OX25 6JH, please do not leave outside the church while it is locked. Any queries: Clare 347382. Thank you for all your help.

Church Newsletter – September 2020

Grand Finale of our Virtual Duns Tew Church Fete

Raffle & Potpourri of Produce!

On Saturday 19 September we will be rounding off our virtual fete with two “real” events. A potpourri sale of autumn produce and our Grand Draw raffle, a great favourite at our fetes over the years. Both events (under Covid restrictions) will be held in the churchyard on Saturday 19 September between 10.00am-12.00 noon.



  • £100 cash prize
  • Supper for Two at The White Horse (including wine)
  • Outdoor lantern from Nicholsons’ Nurseries
  • Karcher car washer
  • Woollen Throw from Tolly McRae
  • Hand-finished British wool floor rug
  • Mixed case of wine including bottle of champagne
  • Hamper with artisanal food and prosecco
  • Dinosaur Kids’ Pop-up tent
  • Voucher for handmade leather belt from CK Leatherworks
  • Eagles, Deddington – voucher £25
  • Tregothnan Gift Set of Tea, Jam and Biscuits
  • Mark’s Cotswold Bakery hamper
  • North Aston Dairy ice-cream
  • Nelly & Dove Gift Socks
  • Kaukasis The Cookbook: Culinary journey through Georgia and Azerbaijan

Raffle tickets will be delivered to your door, as in previous years, and the draw will be held in the churchyard on Saturday 19th September at 11.30am.

Please return stubs with cash in envelope to one of the collection points listed on raffle envelope by 12th September 2020. Please fill stubs in clearly. Cheques “Duns Tew PCC”. For info or more tickets, please contact Clare Burgess, details as above.

Silent Auction

Would you like some gravel for your drive?
Put in your bid for 15 tonnes of aggregate of your choice from Smiths of Bletchingdon (worth over £900), Minimum increment £10

Hedgelaying Experience
Come and join Sebastian and Charles of Farms and Gardens Ltd for 1/2 day hedgelaying. Experience how to clear, cut, lay, stake and bind a hedge in the traditional hedgelaying style. We will be laying a hedge in Duns Tew between October and March. Date to be confirmed closer to the time. Gloves, safety helmet and trousers provided but will need boots and most importantly a sense of humour! Minimum increment £2

See how Pilates will help your stability and strength
Bid for a one-to-one Pilates tutorial with Sarah Chambers, of Brook Pilates, Nr Bicester. Sarah is a highly experienced physiotherapist and APPI master. Minimum increment £2

To make your bid, please email making it clear which item you are bidding for! You will receive a notification at the end of each day if a higher bid has been received for your particular lot

Auction opens at 9am on Monday 31st August and closes at 9pm on Friday 18th September for on-line bids. Paper bids may be submitted to Clare Burgess until 11am on Saturday 19th September in the churchyard. Bidders may bid multiple times on the same item. Bids must meet a minimum increment. The bidder with the highest bid at 11.00am on Saturday 19th must pay the full amount of their bid before the item can be retrieved. All items ‘as is’. No exchanges or refunds.

The winning bidder must pay for the item by 6pm on 19th September otherwise the item will be offered to the person with the nearest bid.

Potpourri of Produce

This will be a sale, in the churchyard, of autumn produce such as jams, chutneys, preserves as well as flowers, plants, fruit, vegetables and cakes. If you are making any jams and chutneys then could you make an extra one or two for us? If you are overflowing with apples, courgettes, berries or any other fruit and veg then could you donate them to us? Duns Tew is full of incredible cake makers could any of you make a few extra cakes for our sale?

If you can help and need further information please contact Clare Burgess or 347382. Otherwise all donations of jams, preserves, chutneys and cakes to Sarah, 2 Longfield, 340827 and all fresh produce, plants and flowers to be left at the church or in the porch at Nonesuch, Hill Farm Lane by 6pm on Friday 18 September.

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in our virtual church fete this year. Thank you to all of you who donated, cooked, baked, delivered and of course bought. So far, we have raised an amazing £1,861. We hope to be back next year and look forward to seeing you all then.

Finally, a big thank you to Alana and Oscar for donating the proceeds from their fruit and book stall down Hill Farm Lane to the church. They raised £23.

Live Music Event: Strannik

26 September 7.30pm

We are delighted that recent changes in guidelines mean that we will be able to introduce an Oxford-based trio, Strannik to Duns Tew. Featuring Russian singer, Tatiana Soloviova, a prize winner at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the London International Russian Song Contest, who brings her vocal talents to new and old songs from the Russian repertoire.

Jon Bennett (of Moonrakers) accompanies her on guitar, bouzouki and whistles while also providing backing vocals. Dominic Wilkinson completes the ensemble with fabulous fiddle playing. Some of the songs, though originally Russian, are familiar to Western audiences – Tumbalalaika, Carnival is Over, Those Were the Days and Where Have All The Flowers Gone.

Strannik will perform, albeit under Covid-19 restrictions, in the church on Saturday, 26th September at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 each, children £3. Places will, by necessity, be limited in order to ensure appropriate social distancing. So please buy your ticket in advance from Carol Rigby (340632) or email Under current guidelines you must bring and wear a facemask inside the church. Hand sanitiser available on entry. Feel free to bring your own liquid refreshment!

Ride & Stride Sponsored Bike Ride

Saturday 12th September

The Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride event is going ahead this year, but the restrictions mean the event will look a little different. We haven’t got the full details yet, and it may be that riders won’t be able to go into churches, but it is a great way of spending the day or a few hours with family and friends getting some exercise! The website below gives help with working out routes to suit you. Whatever sponsorship you raise, half will go to our church in Duns Tew and half to the Oxfordshire Trust who help all churches with grants for repairs.

Please register using the Sign up on the Ride + Stride website

Ask Sarah Taylor, 340826, for a sponsorship form or for more details.

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