The Rev Samuel Crawley, Rector of Oddington, wrote as follows in the Islip Rural Deanery Magazine of February 1898:-
“The new Magazine for the Islip Rural Deanery is proving a great success. At least, I know it is so in Oddington. But we are so cut off from the rest of the world, just on the way to Nowhere – but I forget, Charlton is beyond- at any rate, we are glad to have news, month by month, of what is going on in neighbouring parishes, and as our worthy Editor puts it, “a joint magazine gives cause of rejoicing, when any good work is accomplished, and all the parishes can rejoice together.”
The parish of Oddington is, perhaps, unique in the Deanery, for we have no shop, no chapel, no public-house. I think in these respects we bear the palm. We live in a happy Rip Van Winkle style, and verily we should sleep as he did for twenty years at a stretch if it were not for some little local interest occurring now and again.
Last year a martial spirit pervaded the place, and two gallant sons became desirous of serving the Queen as soldiers, and joined the Oxfordshire Light Infantry. One turned tail, however, and returned home. The other still sticks to his colours. May he, like a true Roman, never turn his back to the enemy, and if he should receive any wounds may they all be in front. The spirit of restlessness is catching, and about a fortnight ago two other of our rising youths left the village early one morning, but having failed to realise the object of their aspirations, they returned to their homes in the evening, wiser and better boys, let us hope.
On Sunday, January 16th, sermons were preached and collections made on behalf of the Oxford Diocesan Education Society. There was but a poor attendance at either service, and the collection realised but 7s 6d. The people of Oddington have not yet taken to heart the words – “He that giveth to the poor lendeth to the Lord.”
Service Times at St Andrew’s Church
2nd Sunday of each month – 10.30am Holy Communion
4th Sunday of each month – 6.00pm Evensong
St Andrews church is open on Sundays from 10am to 4 pm for private prayer– of course there will be the prevailing restrictions
Oddington Parish Meeting
Year Ending March 2021 – Accounts and AGM
All of the documentation relating to the financial year ending March 2021, including the minutes of the AGM, has been published – it can be viewed here.
The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED that someone you know is at risk of or is being abused or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the police without delay.
Details of local contacts, Diocesan Safeguarding Officer and Local Authority Social Services can be found here, as well as more information about promoting a safer church.
Otmoor is one of our country’s great treasures. A unique habitat of rare wetland and grazing floodplain in landlocked Oxfordshire, home to 1,000 acres of nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest, uncrossed by any road since Roman times. Thousands of visitors enjoy its special feeling of remoteness, sharing this ancient fen with over sixty rare and protected species.
Now our government is planning a major new road that could threaten this unique environment.