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From the Vicar - October 2017

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On Sunday the 3rd September we celebrated our life together by holding services in each of the three churches and walking between them.

The day began at the Horspath Hub, the old Methodist Chapel, where we processed the old wooden cross that hung in the Chapel to the parish church of St Giles’.  We were very fortunate to have Daphne and Sandra Teagle, relatives of Bertie Teagle who made the cross, to carry it for us to the church.  The cross had hung in the Chapel since the 1970’s and was dedicated to the memory of Percy Long, Nesta’s father and it was great to also have Nesta with us.  We are delighted that the cross now finds a home in St Giles’ where it will hang as a witness to the heritage of the village and our shared faith.

The main Sunday morning service was held in St Giles’ where the cross was also received and blessed.  If you would like to read Emma’s sermon then please go to the sermon page on the website. 
Photo of pew Katie and dog

After some welcome chocolate biscuits a group of us headed up Gidley Way, now in the rain to pick up the bridle way to Cuddesdon.  Eileen and Robin Frazer, Emma, Jonathan, Katie and Thomas and Tina all arrived at All Saints’ and were closely followed by Anna Radcliffe and Sheila Frankum.  We had a simple picnic lunch and then with Mary Palmer and John Paxton from the Cuddesdon congregation and along with John Hall, we said Daily Prayer in the newly restored Chancel of Cuddesdon church.


The final stretch of the day took us across the fields to Garsington and tea and cake in St Mary’s.  The tea was very welcome and the cake even more so.  We were joined by Shirley Royal and Roger Ovendon along with another couple and our organist John Buckley who played for our Evening Prayer service.  It had been a wonderful day and were all returned home nicely tired but also energised by our walking, talking, eating and prayer.


Once again the eleven apples trees at the bottom of our garden are bent double under the weight of their fruit.

We have picked some, baskets full, but are hoping that they will hold for our Apple Festival on the 1st October.  Like last year, Dr Sarah Bearchall, will be bringing Barrie with his apple press we are all welcome to use, either to press your own apples from home or help yourself to ours.  There are two Cox’s Orange Pippin, two Lambourne, one Katy, one Fortune, two Bramley, two Ribston Pippin and one John Downie.  It’s the Katy apples which usually come out first and the sweetest of them all, just like my daughter Katie.  There will be a raffle with lots of great prizes, a plant stall and a book stall along with tea with cakes.  As we have a number of experienced bakers in the village we thought we would also hold the apple cake competition again, where you just bring along your cake, we will give it a number and then we will judge the best one.  So do come along to this great event from 2 to 5 pm in the Rectory garden.  All proceeds will go to help with the costs of reordering St Mary’s.

Many of you will have the noticed the homemade kneelers or hassocks which we have in Cuddesdon church.  Last month a new kneeler was added to the collection. This one has been donated by Sue Roger-Jones nee Palmer who made the kneeler to celebrate the marriage of George and Jessica Palmer in All Saints’ on 8th July 2017.  Thank you to Sue for her generous donation and all her hard work in making a very special memento of a wonderful wedding.

For many years the bells in Cuddesdon have been silent due to the poor quality of the frame which made them unsafe to ring.  This month they well be coming out of the tower and going to Whites to be restored and the bell frame strengthened. On Wednesday 18th October the bells will be on view to the public and you are warmly invited to drop by between 6.30 pm and 8 pm to see them before they leave us for a few months. 

Finally, during the liturgical season of the Kingdom there will be an opportunity to hear some of our greatest academics speak on the reredos in Cuddesdon Church.  Every Thursday during November from 8 pm in the newly restored Chancel there will be an introduction to the four Latin Church Fathers who are depicted as standing at the foot of Jesus’ cross.  In this series called Saints and Sinners Professor Carol Harrison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Christ Church, Oxford will speak on St Augustine, Professor Mark Edwards will look at Jerome, the Principal of the College, Humphrey Southern will focus on Gregory and Jane Baun from the College also will outline St Ambrose, while Mark Chapman explains why these figures are found on many nineteenth-century reredoses.  The talks will last about 45 minutes long and seek to share the insights of the academy with those of us in the pews.  There will then be a time for discussion and the evening conclude with Compline to candlelight.  I do hope you will be able to hear these excellent speakers and gain a new insight into our lovely church.

Emma