The Installation of Revd. Lisa HolmesOn 2 October 2018 The Revd. Lisa Holmes as installed as Associate Priest in the Ray Valley Benefice. A Service of Licensing was held at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Charlton-on-Otmoor. The service was led by The Right Revd. Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester, assisted by The Revd. Steve Hayes, Rector of the Ray Valley Benefice. The church was full of parishioners from the Ray Valley villages, friends and family of Lisa, clergy of various dominations from the area and several of the clergy who had previously served in the Benefice. These included The Revd.Canon Judith Mount, The Revd. Mary Carney, The Revd. Canon Charles Masheder and The Revd. Annan Sodadasi. The lessons were read by Nigel Lambert, Churchwarden, Oddington and Rosie Hayes, wife of The Revd. Steve Hayes. Churchwardens from parishes in the Benefice presented symbolic articles to The Rev. Holmes. The organist was Brian Carlick. Lisa has a long association with the area, she and her husband Matt having first lived at Charlton-on-Otmoor 25 years ago. They are now living at St. Mary’s House in the village. As well as her other duties Lisa will have responsibility for The Church of St Andrew in Oddington.
Harvest FestivalThe Harvest Festival was held at St Andrew’s on 23 September, led by the Rector, Revd. Steve Hayes. There was a good attendance from parishioners from Oddington, Charlton-on-Otmoor, Fencott and Murcott. The church was beautifully decorated by the Oddington ladies. A harvest supper took place in the church after the service.
Pop-up café at St. Andrew’sOn 25 August 2018 a Pop-up café was set up in the church, serving tea, coffee and cakes. The event was organized by three members of the Church Users Group, Julia Burchell, Charlotte Maddison and Juliet Boswick. A number of parishioners baked cakes. Throughout the morning the church was visited by people from neighbouring villages, as well as passing cyclists. A total of £230 was raised for the church.
Mike Wiles sketches the Church.Mike Wiles recently completed a sketch of the Church and has kindly allowed us to show it on the site. You can find mike on Instagram: emik.wiles
New House for Duty Priest.On 26 July 2018, a panel chaired by the Bishop of Dorchester interviewed Rev. Lisa Holmes for the vacant House for Duty Priest based at Charlton-on-Otmoor. Following this the Bishop offered the post to Lisa, which she accepted. Her licensing will take place on a date to be fixed in September.
Glenys EdwardsOn 23 June our licenced minister, Glenys Edwards, hosted a lunch to celebrate her 80th birthday. She is pictured with the Rector, Rev. Steve Hayes and one of our former priests, Rev. Anand Raj
Maori VisitorsOn 18 June 2018 I was fortunate to meet a group of Maori who had come to pay homage at the grave of their great grand aunt, Maggie Papakura. They were Lynette Moana Walmsley, Paekiri Aneta Vercoe (Walmsley) from the Moke-Northcroft whanau (family) from Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, New Zealand (Maggie’s village); Ian and Michael Walmsley and Sharon Adair from Inglewood, Perth, Western Australia. Their entry in the visitors’ book is as follows:- “Ka nui te mihi aroha ki a koe, toku kuia. Kia maumahara tonu atu. We are so privileged to be here with you today. Such a pleasure and honor to visit. Beautiful church. Thank you for looking after our kuia Maggie Papakura. Staples-Brown. Aroha Tino Nui, Nga mihi xxx” The privilege is ours – we are proud to be the custodians of Maggie. Nigel Lambert Churchwarden
Swearing in of Church Warden.Vivienne Davies and Nigel Lambert have been re-elected as Churchwardens for St. Andrew’s. The normal procedure is that all Churchwardens attend at a church in the Diocese during May to be sworn in by the Bishop. Nigel will be away throughout May walking the camino from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela. The Archdeacon of Dorchester gave authority to the Rector of the Ray Valley Benefice, Rev. Steve Hayes, to perform the legal ceremony on behalf of the Bishop. This was done during Evensong on 22 April. A somewhat unique event but holding it in the company of fellow parishioners was a nice experience.
Safari SupperA Safari Supper was held at Oddington on 12 August as a fund-raiser for St. Andrew’s. It was organised by the Church Users Group, made up of people from all sections of the community. Around 50 people from all the neighbouring parishes attended and the event raised in the region of £800. The first course was at the church. Following this the guests were led through the village to the next venue by Stuart Carnegie playing the bagpipes. The main course was at Wyvering House, the home of Mark and Karen Stanley-Price, with the final course at the home of Jeana Cassidy at Manor Farm Barns. More pictures here
Freya Lily Concert – July 15thOn 15 July, as part of the Odstock Festival, a concert was given in the church by Freya Lily, a folk singer from London. The church was full and we were treated to a great performance by a very talented artist. Photo’s by Miles Essex
Bethany Weimers Concert – April 1st
We’re thrilled to welcome Bethany Weimers to Oddington Church for a special, one-off performance on 1st April.
Bethany is a talented singer-songwriter, currently based in Oxford, but she grew up in Charlton on Otmoor. We’re delighted to be welcoming her back home for an evening of acoustic music in St Andrew’s Oddington.
The event starts at 7pm with tickets costing £5 on the door.
Length: 85 minutes, including an interval
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More about Bethany can be found here…
A relic of the bell stocksAs part of the restoration of the bells by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry the ancient bell stocks were removed from the belfry. Michael Lambert, of Charlton-on-Otmoor, has used some of the wood to create bowls on his lathe. A sample has now been put into the church.
Quiz Night Raises £350The Great Oddington Quiz On 4 February 2017 The Great Oddington Quiz was held at the community hall, Charlton-on-Otmoor. The event was well supported by people from the Otmoor villages, 75 taking part. The quizmaster was Tim Sharp, from Little Milton, Oxfordshire. The event was organised by the Church User Group, made up of Oddington parishioners who are not directly involved with the church but are nevertheless committed to its upkeep. Two of the group, Juliet Bostwick and Julia Burchell, prepared a great supper for all participants. Our priest, Rev. Vicki Mellor, welcomed everyone and thanked those who had worked so hard to arrange the event. In the region of £350 was raised for the maintenance of the church.
Repairs to the Preaching Cross – January 2017
Sally Strachey Historic Conservation Ltd have commenced work on restoring the preaching cross. The project is scheduled to take three weeks. Their team of Chris and Hannah have this week been working outside in very cold conditions.