Welcome to the website for the Church of St Andrew in Oddington, Oxfordshire. We have set up this site to share with visitors the history and architecture of this beautiful mediaeval church and its surrounds.
Homage to Makereti Papakura
During 2021 and 2022 Evie O’Brien, a Maori attached to the Atlantic Institute – Rhodes Trust in Oxford, has been working with Oxford University on a project to honour Makereti’s contribution to the University and to the field of anthropology. This led to the organisation of a conference in the university in October 2022. Oddington was represented by Celia Warde-Aldham and Susan Gosling at the lectures held at the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Some of the conference attendees took the opportunity to visit Makereti’s grave and tribute at the Church.
On 2 October 2022 Harvest Festival Evensong was held at St. Andrew’s. The church had been beautifully decorated by Virginia Lawrence, Celia Warde-Aldham and Margaret Lambert. The harvest loaf was baked by Beryl Lambert.
The service was led by Rev. Lisa Holmes.
Following the service the congregation enjoyed a Harvest Supper, cooked by Mark Warde-Alham and Margaret Lambert.
Celebration of the Queen’s Accession
The service was led by Glenys Edwards, with readings by Mark Stanley-Price and Julia Burchell. Prayers were led by Churchwarden, Vivienne Davies.
Flower Festival at St Andrew’s
A Flower Festival was held at St Andrew’s over the weekend of the late August Bank Holiday weekend. A team of flower arrangers, led by Celia Warde-Aldham, produced a number of stunning displays connected with the theme of “The Creation.”
The Festival raised an amazing £1,300 for church funds – a great reflection of the work of the team.
Farewell to Vivienne Davies
A special Evening Prayers service was held at St. Andrew’s on 7 August 2022 to mark the retirement of Vivienne Davies after 26 years as Churchwarden. Viv chose the hymns and readings. There was a large congregation of people from Oddington and the surrounding villages. The service was led by the Rev. Lisa Holmes, assisted by the Rector, the Rev. Steve Hayes.
After the service Viv was presented with a tray designed by Rosemary Morton-Jack, showing various photographs of the church taken by Nigel Lambert. She also received a bouquet of flowers and a John Lewis voucher. The event was suitably celebrated by wine and food.