News & Diary Dates


Latest news

WALK AND TALK “Trees since the last ice age” 24 September 10:00am led by Dr Alison McDonald. Meet at the main Wytham Woods car park. Supporting Community transport. Bill Clarke (510109)

REVD ROB GILBERT Sunday 25 September we bid Rob farewell at St Peter’s and wish him well as he prepares to start work at Holy Trinity Headington Quarry in early October. Join us for a glass of wine after the 10.00am service – also to celebrate Viv and Peter’s Ruby wedding anniversary and the 10th anniversary of Viv’s priesting (24 Sept)

MORE SAD NEWS – David Bannister, our Director of Music, is leaving us in October. He has taken on the directorship of St John’s College Choir for the coming term and an expanded role at ChristChurch where he is Organist to the Cathedral Singers. We are grateful for all he has contributed to our music and worship in the last six years. He will be greatly missed.

OPEN FELLOWSHIP GROUP Mon 26 Sept 2.30pm in the Old School Room, Dr Claire Sexton (psychiatrist and Fellow of Linacre College), talks about “The Ageing Brain” followed by discussion and tea. All welcome.

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

A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP STEVEN: Our new Bishop will be inaugurated on Friday 30 September in the Cathedral. He will preside and preach at four services across the Archdeaconry – in Oxford, on Wed 12 October at 7.30pm in the Church of the Holy Family in Blackbird Leys. Click here  to read Bishop Steven’s letter explaining his programme and aims for the first months of his ministry in the Diocese, and his request for our prayers.

HARVEST FESTIVAL 2 Oct: Congregation is asked to bring harvest gifts, preferably in date non-perishable or ‘dry’ goods’, for the Oxford Food Bank.

HARVEST SUPPER  7 Oct Tickets (£7.50, £5 under 14) available from Jo Coney on 18 Sept. Please sign up in the glass link to help with cooking or providing food. Charlotte Fenton (557326). If you would like to contribute an item for the entertainment, contact Charles by Sun 25 September.

VISIT BATH ABBEY Sat 8 October Leaving 8.45am. Forms and information Bill Clarke (510109).

DÜSSELDORF CHAMBER CHOIR & ORGAN RECITAL – Partnership concert Sunday 9 October, 4.00pm (refreshments from 3.30pm) at St Michael’s in aid of St Michael’s and URC Building Funds – tickets (£10/£8) from Jackie Eatock Taylor after 10am services.

FROM PLAYFORD TO POLDARK St Peter’s Sat 15 Oct: 7.30pm Seen on TV’s Poldark, Boldwood play 17/18thC English dance music. Tickets £12 (£10 concs) from the Post Box, 82 Godstow Road; Val Tate (559316) or on the door.

ONE WORLD WEEK SERVICE AND FILM  Sun 30 October, 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.

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) early Oct at, tel: 07826 353761 or  Val Tate (559316) to pre-order. Proceeds to Organ Fund & Parkinson’s UK Oxford.

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. 

Recent news

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 December 6.30pm. We’re now about £2,500 short of our target. There’s still time to sponsor a pipe, make a donation or enjoy a fundraising concert. Thank you!


LOCAL ROADWORKS  Roadworks are also in progress on the Wolvercote and Cuttteslowe roundabouts until Oct 2016. Allow extra time for journeys during peak hours.

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

ST PETER’S PLAYGROUP needs new committee members to make decisions, with staff, about how Playgroup policies, advertising and how revenue should be spent. Anyone can volunteer, not only parents. Community members who can stay for several years are really valued. For more information, visit our website or email

WOLVERCOTE MONDAY LUNCH CLUB: COOK NEEDED  This popular weekly lunch club in Wolvercote Baptist Church Hall for c.25 elderly local guests, needs needs a helper to come in and set up, chat, wash up etc once a month (flexibility possible). Be part of a friendly team doing something useful and meeting people. To see what we do, turn up in July (not August) 11:30 – 12:00 noon or contact Lorna Logan 556486;

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 huge thank you to Caroline and Diane who turned out to cycle and walk on such a rainy day! They did a great job for us. Thank you to all who kindly sat in church during the day, and to those who sponsored Caroline and Diane.   De Grant will share how much was raised for St Peter’s soon.

Summary of upcoming Diary Dates

Sun 25 Sept
10:00am: Rob Gilbert’s Farewell Service

Mon 26 Sept
2:30pm: Open Fellowship. Dr Claire Sexton, Oxford University Psychiatry Dept talks on “The Ageing Brain” in the Old School Room

Sun 2 Oct – breakfast will be served after 8.00m service
10:00am: Harvest Festival Communion
3:30pm: Cutteslowe Service, Cutteslowe Pavilion
6:30pm: Choral Evensong

Fri 7 Oct
7.00 for 7.30pm  Harvest Supper in St Peter’s Church

Mon 10 Oct
2:30pm. Open Fellowship. Dr Alison MacDonald talks about “Cows are the bees knees” in the Old School Room

Sat 15 Oct
7:30pm: Boldwood – From Playford to Poldark, St Peter’s Church

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

Sun 6 Nov
7:30pm: Daniel Harding conducts Oxford University Orchestra, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

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

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

Sun 11 Dec
6:30pm: Organ Dedication Service


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.