News & Diary Dates


Latest news

BOLDWOOD A well-supported, fantastic evening of musicianship brought in £757 towards our Organ Appeal. Many thanks to the band and guest harpist for giving their time and to everyone who supported the evening.

DONATIONS FOR ROUGH SLEEPERS  The New Road Baptist Church will make their hall available for rough sleepers to shelter in when the temperature drops to zero. They hope to offer each person a small bag with soap, deodorant, clean underwear, crisps, together with a good used towel. Donations of these items would be greatly appreciated. Please leave in a box at the back of the church near the Foodbank box.  Diana Clews

OPEN FELLOWSHIP GROUP  Monday 24 October, 2.30pm, St Peter’s Old School Room.  A talk by Dr Tony Lemon about his recent visit to Iceland,  “Landscape and economy in Iceland”, followed by discussion and tea. Everyone is very welcome.           Margaret Williams

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX COLLECTION  Box -emptying time again! Bring boxes to church on any of the following: 30 Oct, 6 or 13 Nov. Or ring/email Beth Knowles  Oxf 552451; who will be happy to collect.

ONE WORLD WEEK SERVICE AND FILM  Sun 30 Oct, Wolvercote Baptish Church 3pm. Churches Together in North Oxford (CTNO) mark One World Week’s theme “Migration and Inclusion” by showing a film about the work of Asylum Welcome in the Church Hall after the service. Phillipa Hardman.

ALL SOULS SERVICE   Wednesday 2 November, 7.30pm   If you would like the name of a loved one who has died to be read out, please put their name (in capital letters) on one of the slips at the back of church.

SERVICE of THANKSGIVING and REMEMBRANCE  Sunday 6 November, 4.30pm (please note earlier time than usual).  We particularly invite anyone who we know has been bereaved during the past two years, but everyone is very welcome to this service. There will be a chance to light a candle in memory of a loved one who has died.

SHELDONIAN THEATRE Daniel Harding conducts Oxford University Orchestra in Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique and Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with soloist Carolin Widmann Sun 6 Nov 7:30pm. Tickets: lower gallery £30 (£15 concs); upper gallery £15 (£7 concs) at, tel: 07826 353761. Proceeds to Organ Fund & Parkinson’s UK Oxford. Val Tate (559316).

ETHIOPIA- SERVING IN MISSION  Friday 11 November, 7.30pm in the Parish Room.  A talk by Sarah Dorman on the 3,000 year-old history and culture of this country and her forthcoming development work amongst the Tigray people in northern Ethiopia. Refreshments and a stall selling African crafts to raise money to fund this 2-year project with the charity Serving in Mission (   All welcome.                                                                          Diana Clews

ST LUKE: a Tuesday evening course on his writings and their relevance for ‘Shaping our Vision’ to be held 7:30pm in the Old School Room on the following dates: 18 October – St Luke and social justice; 1 November – St Luke and pastoral care in the community; 15 November – St Luke and spirituality; 6 December – St Luke and hearing the Gospel

GET INVOLVED:  Opportunities to help the community. Right now, helpers are urgently needed to church sit on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and to help with the Monday Lunch Club. See Get Involved below. 

ST PETER’S PLAYGROUP urgently require a new TREASURER for their committee. We rely on volunteers to keep this wonderful community setting open. It is a rewarding role and full handover will be given by the current treasurer. If you think you can help please email:

Recent news

DAVID BANNISTER, Director of Music left us on Sunday 9 October after taking on the directorship of St John’s College Choir for the coming term as well as an expanded role as Organist to the Cathedral Singers in addition to his work in Christ Church. We will greatly miss David after the six years he has looked after the music at St Peter’s and are grateful for all he has contributed to our music, worship and the St Peter’s Organ project.

FAREWELL TO ST PETER’S  Some of you will know that I am leaving Oxford at the end of October to return to my beloved South Downs. There are regrets at what I leave behind, and high on the list is the support and friendship I have had from many at St Peter’s in the last few years, most particularly when my husband Michael was ill and in the three years since he died. Thank you to both clergy and community in this special place. I wish you warmest wishes for the future ‘Vision’. Maggie Sharp

ST PETER’S DROP-IN-CLUB  All are welcome for tea/coffee, board games, puzzles and companionship every Tuesday morning 10:45-12:45 in the Parish Room. Help us to form a lively group. Encourage anyone who could benefit from a few hours of company to come along. Will Capel tel: 556982 or

ORGAN APPEAL The electronic organ is gone, making way for a sturdy plinth to support our new organ. Building starts early Oct. Bishop Steven will dedicate the instrument at a special service Sun 11 Dec 6.30pm. We’re now about £2,000 short of our target. There’s still time to sponsor a pipe, make a donation or enjoy a fundraising concert. Thank you!


FOR CHILDREN  An autumn conference hosted by the Doorsteps network on Sat 5 November 10:00-16:00CMS, Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ.  Contact Parish Office (Oxf 236094) for info.

Get Involved

CHURCH SITTERS NEEDED!  It’s important to open the church open Saturday & Sunday afternoons. Volunteers needed to commit to a regular slot or fill an occasional gap (rota displayed on notice-board near main door).   Julia Goddard 234096 /

FAIRTRADE STALL NEEDS MORE HELPERS Wolvercote Farmers Market, Wolvercote School, first Sunday of the month 10:00am -12.30pm selling goods on behalf of the Cornmarket Fairtrade shop. Shift working so you won’t miss church services. Contact Lorna Logan ( or oxf 556486).

THE GATEHOUSE (helping the homeless)  Volunteers needed to collect sandwiches and cakes to deliver to the Gatehouse (about 6 times a year). Help also needed to make cakes or sandwiches once a fortnight  Diana Clews- 558982 or email

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. Contact Liz Saunders,

ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS placed in the wooden box near the Link will be given to Wolvercote Primary School.

USED STAMPS for GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND  Bring stamps to church for Henry Flower to collect. 

Thank You!

RIDE and STRIDE  A very  big thank you to Caroline and Diana, they have done it yet again! Their great effort on Ride and Stride day has raised the amazing sum of £915.00. The most we have ever collected. Half of this will be going to St Peter’s, and half to Oxford Historic Churches Trust. Thank you also to the church sitters and everyone who helped on the day.     De Grant

Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Mon 24 Oct
2:30pm. Open Fellowship. Dr Tony Lemon talks about “Landscape and economy of Iceland” in the Old School Room

Tues 1 Nov
7:30pm: St Luke and pastoral care in the community

Wed 2 Nov
7:30pm: Sung Eucharist for All Souls (with read of departeds’ names

Thurs 3 Nov
11:00am: Funeral, Mary Venney

Sun 6 Nov
3:30pm:  Cutteslowe Service, Cutteslowe Pavilion
4:30pm: Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance
7:30pm: Daniel Harding conducts Oxford University Orchestra, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Mon 7 Nov
2:30pm. Open Fellowship, Old School Room. Revd Jonathan Beswick (St Barnabus, Jericho) talks about “Vocational wanderings”.

Wed 9 Nov
7:00pm: Holy Communion with Laying on of Hands for Healing

Tues 15 Nov
7:30pm: St Luke and spirituality

Mon 21 Nov
2:30pm. Open Fellowship. Claire Weiner talks about “A genre of one’s own” in the Old School Room

Mon 5 Dec
1:00pm: Open Fellowship Bring and Share Lunch

Tues 6 Dec
7:30pm: St Luke and hearing the Gospel

Sun 11 Dec
6:30pm: Organ Dedication Service with Bishop Steven Croft


Sun 14 May
6:00pm: Confirmation – St  Michael’s


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.