News & Diary Dates

REVEREND CHARLES DRAPER has been appointed to be the vicar of Wolvercote and Wytham. His institution and induction will take place on Thursday 19 November at 7.30pm in St Peter’s. For the last 13 years Charles has been Vicar of Faringdon with Little Coxwell, in the Oxford Diocese. He completed his first degree at Durham University in 1980 and was ordained in Salisbury in 1988. As an incumbent he has had a strong involvement in schools, both primary and secondary, and has experience of training curates. Since 2013 he has been Area Dean for the Vale of White Horse Deanery. He is a keen classical musician. His wife Jane is a secondary school music teacher, and they have four sons.

LOCAL ROADWORKS  First Turn bridge is now closed to traffic for approximately 9 months (March/April 2016). Roadworks have also started on the Wolvercote and Cuttteslowe roundabouts. Christopher Gowers has suggested using the Community Bus for lifts to church during all the traffic disruption. If you would be interested, leave your name, address and telephone number on the form at the back of the church so a route can be worked out.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION: Beth apologises about the lateness of this notice. Our recent collection raised £244.92. Many thanks to all Children’s Society box-holders. If you would like to have a box to raise money for children who are homeless, disabled or in need, please contact Beth on or tel: 01865 552451

ORGAN APPEAL  Please help us to raise the final £25,000 by sponsoring a pipe, pipes, a chord or a rank of pipes. Pick up a leaflet at the back of church or contact Val Tate (559316) or David Langdon (558165) – we’d be pleased to help you choose. And a gentle reminder to those who made pledges last year, due by the end of the year.

CUTTLESLOWE WOLVERCOTE WYTHAM COOPERATIVE TRUSTEES  thank all at St Peters for their contribution to funding the second community bus. The Trustees have now agreed to appoint a co-ordinator to service meetings and to bring together organisations already providing information and advice; community transport; befriending and practical support and maintain links with the county forum – the main elements of a Wolvercote Good Neighbour Scheme. The first steps: support the existing Age UK Drop-In Sessions at The St Peter’s Rooms and the Monday Lunch Club at the Baptist Church. Christopher Gowers (Oxf 512047).

“PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS TODAY” A talk by Reverend Roger of Witney in St Peter’s Church, on Sunday 6th September at 6.00 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided

INTERCESSIONS Let a clergy member know if there is someone you would like us to pray for, or fill in a card and post on the Prayer Board. Tell us if you would like them included on our intercession list, read out in the main services every week (very sick) or once a month, or if you would like them to be prayed for privately.


Sat 5 Sept
  Wedding at All Saints’ Wytham, Mark Butcher and Joanna Frank

Sun 6 Sept
2:00pm Baptism of Leo Todd
3:30pm Cutteslowe Pavilion service – Songs of Praise.
6:00pm: Persecution of Christians Today: a talk by Reverend Roger of Witney in St Peter’s Church. Refreshments.

Mon 7 Sept
9:00am Morning Prayer resumes Monday- Thursday

Saturday 12 Sept
10:00am – 18:00pm: Church open for Ride and Stride in aid of Oxford Historic Churches Trust

Saturday 19 Sept
6:45am – 7.13pm: King James and the Three Heads. Three retired headteachers will read from the Authorised Version of the Bible continuously from dawn to dusk in support of the Organ Appeal. All welcome to listen at any time during the day. Further details from Mark Pyper (07748988622) or contribute online at

Sunday 20 Sept SEA SUNDAY
Preacher Revd Andrew Wright. Retiring collection for the Mission to Seafarers

at the Ffennell Orchard Wytham and finishing at Wolvercote Orchard, followed by lunch at the White Hart Wolvercote, Community Bus available.  For more details – Bill Clarke – 510109

Sunday 27  Sept
Preacher Revd Will Donaldson (Area Dean)
11:00am:  All Saints’, Wytham, Harvest Festival.
3.30pm  Wolvercote Baptist Church Harvest Festival.

Family Service. Please bring offerings, preferably imperishable or ‘dry’ goods
6:30pm: Choral evensong followed by a glass of wine

Friday 9 October HARVEST SUPPER
7.00pm. Please sign up in church to help. Contact Viv before 21 Sept if you would like to take part in the entertainment by providing a short ‘turn’

Thurs 19 November
7:30pm: INSTITUTION and INDUCTION of Revd CHARLES DRAPER as Vicar of Wolvercote and Wytham          

OPEN FELLOWSHIP GROUP Summer break: meetings resume in the autumn. 

For regular activities, go to:- Regular Events

For information about the community, download the The Flying Goose, a quarterly newsletter produced by St Peter’s and delivered to every house in the parish.