News & Diary Dates


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The Institution and Induction of our new Vicar, REVEREND CHARLES DRAPER  took place Thursday 19 November. Welcome to Charles, wife Jane and sons William, James, Ben and Edward. 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. Since 2013 he has been Area Dean for the Vale of White Horse Deanery.

WATCH FOUND  A lady’s watch, with black strap and gold-coloured frame, was found outside the church last Sunday. Please contact Julia in the Parish Office if it is yours: 236094 or

FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS  Sunday 13 December, 5pm, All Saints’ Wytham. Bus available to go to Wytham and back, £2 per person. Time and pick-up points to be confirmed. To book, ring Christopher Gowers on 512047.

CANDLES FOR CHRISTMAS –  for the Christmas candelabra. At the back of the Church to write names for intercessions. Suggested donation 50p a candle.

CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS FOR THE HOMELESS St Peter’s on Sun 6 and 13 December.  Gatehouse  needs NEW gloves, socks, woolly hats, scarves, underwear, chocolate bars;  Steppin’ Stone/The Porch also needs NEW gloves, socks, woolly hats, scarves, and chocolate bars, as well as some toiletries – soap, shampoo, and shower gel.

“CAPTAIN’S TABLE” CHRISTMAS CAKE  Captain Mike Ledger has again given us one of his renowned Christmas cakes to raffle in aid of the Mission to Seafarers. Valerie Barnish will be doing this Sunday 6 December after the 10am service. Come with wallets at the ready!

CHRISTMASTIDE QUIZ  Available on Sun 6, 13, 20 December from Jenny Gerrard£1 entry fee goes to Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank.  Closing date: 6 January.

CHRISTMAS LIFTS  Some of our normal drivers will not be able to give lifts over Christmas. Please let either John Brown or Viv know if you are able to ensure everyone who would like to get to church is able to. And THANK YOU to those who regularly and faithfully give lifts to people to church.

ST PETER’S POSADA, ADVENT 2015  If you would like to invite Mary, Joseph and their Donkey into your home during Advent, please sign up in the Link, or email your name, address and phone number to Read more here.

Organ Appeal

WOLVERCOTE STROLLERS A fabulous evening, beautiful harmonies and great fun raised nearly £400 towards St Peter’s Organ Appeal. Thanks to Nik, Jo, John and Lizzie – and barman Bill Clarke. With thanks to several more pipe sponsors, the Organ Appeal total now stands at £181,652 – that’s 91% of our £199,000 target! A great moment to reflect on the generosity of all who have engaged with the appeal. Thank you.

“Memories of Flanders & Swann – a g-nother musical farrago” If you enjoyed hearing songs from the Flanders and Swann repertoire at the recent Harvest Supper, then our January concert in aid of the Organ Appeal is a must. Mark your diary for Sat 16 January St Peter’s Church 7.30pm when Michael Mates & William Godfree will reprise many more of Flanders and Swann’s much-loved songs. Tickets now on sale at Tickets Oxford or contact Jackie Eatock Taylor on 01865 512258.

Get Involved

WOLVERCOTE SCHOOL & COMMUNITY CHOIR  seeks new singers of all levels. It meets every 2nd Tuesday at 7.30-9pm in Wolvercote Primary School hall to sing a variety of genres. A great way to meet new people and have fun. Led by Jenni Matthews, local singing teacher sessions cost £5 each. Next rehearsal: 24 Nov. Contact Liz Saunders,


CHILDRENS CHURCH would be very grateful for beads and buttons, especially gold or silver ones, or star shapes. We need a good selection of colours and shapes because we will be making bracelets in december, using different beads to represent the characters in the Christmas story. Please give to Jess or leave them on the table in the Link in a marked envelope.

HOUSE TO RENT NEEDED Helen De Cruz and family, who attended St Peter’s regularly before moving to Amsterdam, are moving back to Oxford and are looking for a 3-bedroom house to rent from late Dec/early Jan for at least a year, preferably in Wolvercote. No pets, non-smokers, references available. Please contact Helen on or +316273822.

COLLECTION FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES  Lara is collecting sleeping bags, roll mats, tents and easily-packable toys to take to Calais for Syrian refugees. If you have something you could give her please ring 07791066000, or leave them by her van (‘FAIRY LOVE’, parked near the gate to the Meadow in Godstow Road). Thank you.

ROTA FOR READERS AND INTERCESSORS for  29 November to 26 June 2016 is now ready. Contact Ginny Ross at if not received. Hard copies in church for those not on email.

LOCAL ROADWORKS  First Turn bridge is closed to traffic for approximately 9 months (March/April 2016). Roadworks are also in progress on the Wolvercote and Cuttteslowe roundabouts.
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NEW ST PETER’s CHURCH GUIDE 24pp in colour written by Ann Spokes Symonds is now available for sale in the Church price £2.


Thank You!

TO EVERYONE who helped with the preparations and on the day at Charles’ induction service. The church sparkled, the flowers were fantastic. Arrangements were impeccable and all our visitors were met with a warm welcome. Particular thanks to Roddy and Michael who have worked so tirelessly during the vacancy. Thank You!

Upcoming Diary Dates

Saturday 28 November
5:45pm: Merton College Chapel Advent Carol Service

Sunday 29 November  – First Sunday of Advent
10:00am Family Communion
6:30pm: Summertown-Wolvercote Church Partnership Advent Carol Service in St Peter’s

Sunday 6 December
3:30pm: Cutteslowe Service, Cutteslowe Pavilion

Monday 7 December
1:00pm: Open Fellowship Bring and Share Lunch

Sunday 13 December
5:00pm: All Saints’ Wytham Carol Service with Kennington Brass Band

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.