On 18 June 2018 I was fortunate to meet a group of Maoris who had come to pay homage at the grave of Maggie Papakura. They were Lynette Moana Walmsley, Paekiri Aneta Vescoe (Walmsley) and Noke Northcroft, from Rotura, New Zealand; Ian and Michael Walmsley and Sharon Adair Inglewood from Perth, Western Australia.
Their entry in the visitors’ book is as follows:-
“Ka mi te mihi aroha ki a koe, toku kuia. Kia maumahara tom 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.
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.
A 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.
Freya Lily Concert – July 15th
On 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 stocks
As 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 £350
The 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.
Patronal Festival – 29th November 2016
Our Patronal Festival was a great success. The church had splendid floral decorations and being totally candlelit the effect was stunning.
The service was led by Revd. Vicki Mellor, assisted by the Rector, Revd. Steve Hayes and Lay Minister, Glenys Edwards.
The preacher, on the subject of St Andrew, was Rev. Dr. Mark Clavier, Vice Principal of St Stephens House, Oxford. Vicki knew Mark from when she was a curate in Durham and he studied for his doctorate at Durham University. Mark subsequently spent two years as Rector of Steeple Aston. Also at our service was Mark’s father, Archbishop Anthony Clavier, who was visiting from America.
A lesson was read by our former Rector, Revd. Dr. Richard Sturch. The service began with the singing of Richard’s own composition, Great St. Andrew.
The Sine Nomine Singers were in attendance and their singing greatly enhanced the proceedings.
After the service there followed the usual Oddington hospitality!
Commemoration for Maggie Papakura
A commemoration was held for Maggie Papakura – read more…..
Nigel is walking again – September 2016
Local resident Nigel Lambert is off on his walking travels again. Read more….
Table Top Sale – August 2016
A Table top sales raised £500 for church funds. Read more…..
A sunday picnic – May 2016
On 1 May parishioners from Islip, Noke, Charlton, Fencott and Murcott were hosted at St Andrew’s for a picnic to celebrate Rogation Sunday. Read more….
Blessing of the churchyard walls – April 2016
On 7 April a short ceremony was held in the churchyard to bless the new walls. Read more….
A new Owl box – March 2016
A donation from a local resident found a new home in the churchyard. Read more…
Easter 2016 – March 2106
Easter was celebrated in the village. Read more….
The Elm comes down – March 2016
Removal of the elm tree was a neccessary step to complete the wall repairs. Read more…
Churchyard Wall – February 2016
Repairs to the churchyard wall begin. Read more…
Harvest Festival September 2015:
The festival was celebrated in the Church. Read more
Volunteers helped plant bulbs at the entrance to the village. Read more