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From the Vicar - June 2022

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I’d like to begin by thanking the Fete Planning Committee, villagers, and all at the College for the wonderful Cuddesdon Church Fete in May.

It was lovely to be able to hold the fete again, after the two year ‘COVID’ gap.  I really enjoyed the day.  I am sorry that I didn’t get around all the stalls to thank all stall-holders personally – the dog-show judging took up much of the afternoon.  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many people (and some lovely dogs!)  We were blessed with beautiful weather.  And we raised much needed money for the church tower fund.  Thank you so much to all who helped plan, organise, set up, run stalls, and clear up, and to those who came along and spent money.  It was a great team effort.  I’m already looking forward to the Cuddesdon Fete 2023!

This month, I’m sure most of us are thinking of Her Majesty the Queen, and preparing for the celebrations of her Platinum Jubilee.  I’m sure that the  Jubilee celebrations will offer another opportunity to enjoy each other’s company and have some fun, while giving thanks for Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 years of dedicated service.  I’m really looking forward to the celebrations, and I hope to attend events in Cuddesdon, and in Garsington and Horspath, too.  I know there are some great events taking place in Cuddesdon.  I’d also like to invite you to the flower festival taking place in St Giles’ Church, Horspath from Thursday 2 June – Sunday 5 June, from 10am – 6pm; and to the Songs of Praise celebration in St Mary’s Church, Garsington, on Friday 3rd June at 6pm.

On her 21st birthday, in a radio broadcast from Cape Town, the Queen (at the time, Princess Elizabeth) dedicated her life to the service of the Commonwealth, with the words, “I declare before you that all my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”  HM the Queen has made it quite clear that her long life of devoted service has been greatly shaped by her Christian faith.  Our servant Queen has been inspired and guided by her faith in Jesus Christ, who himself came not to be served but to serve.  Many people from Cuddesdon and Denton showed their willingness to serve one another, and to help raise much needed funds for All Saints’ Church, at the fete.  In turn, we hope that the money raised towards essential fabric repairs will ensure that the church can continue to serve those who live in the village and further afield – and offer baptisms, weddings and funerals, regular worship, prayer and pastoral support - for many years to come.

God Save the Queen, and God bless you and all who you love.  I do hope that you enjoy the Jubilee Celebrations and the long weekend.

God bless