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From the Vicar - June 2018

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Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who was involved in the fete on May 19th.

It was a wonderful day which brought together the village, church and college into one community.  Our thanks go to Bishop Humphrey for allowing us to use the college and to all the students who helped on stalls and to set up.  Thanks too, go to the fete committee chaired by Mark Chapman for all their hard work in organising the day.  Thankfully the royal wedding and the Cup final did not diminish the crowds and we were blessed with sunny weather that brought people out of their homes.  Thank also go to John Paxton who opened the fete this year and to all you came. 

The funds from the fete is split between the general fund, that meets ministry costs, and the fabric fund. As you are probably well aware we have been doing a great deal of work on the fabric of the church and this year it has been the turn of the bells.  Thanks to Keith Hawley who has secured a number of grants over the year, we have been able to meet the considerable cost that has been incurred by restoring the bells and are grateful to all those who have personally contributed to the costs.  On the 24th June there will be a fundraising concert Concert in Aid of Cuddesdon Church Bells at 6 pm in the Edward King Chapel at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. A programme of music will be performed including Missa and Motet O Quam Gloriosum, Tomas Luis de Victoria and English madrigals and partsongs for a summer evening to celebrate the restoration of the bells of All Saints' Church, Cuddesdon. Tickets are £15 and are available from Lynda Ware on 01865 873010 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Once again the Rectory Labyrinth is open over the summer to enable you to walk it.  There are many ways to describe a labyrinth: a path of prayer, a walking meditation, a crucible of change, a watering hole for the spirit.  There is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.  Use it in any way that meets your need.  The dates and times are: 23rd May 10 am to 4 pm, 13th June 10 am to 4 pm, 1st July 2 to 5 pm, 20th July 10 am to 4 pm, 15th August 10 am to 4 pm, 9th September 2 to 5 pm.  Please drop in at any time or if you want to come on a different occasion just let me know. 

You are also warmly invited tea and Choral Evensong at Magdalen College on Wednesday 13th June.  Jonathan, who is the Dean of Divinity, will meet us at the Porter's Lodge at 3.30 pm and then give us a tour of the Chapel and Library followed by tea.  The afternoon ends with Choral Evensong at 6 pm sung by the boys and clerks, many of whom you know from the Men of Magdalen Concerts, which lasts about 45 minutes.  All are most welcome, but we would be grateful if you could let us know if you would like to come so that we can cater for you.  Please email Emma or sign the sheet in church if you wish to come.

Don’t forget to book your ticket for the Festival of Prayer on 7th July.  Now in its eighth year, the Festival is an exceptional event which takes place annually in the College and Church bringing people together from across the diocese to explore different aspects of the spiritual life.  This year our keynote speaker is John Bell from the Iona Community, whom you may have heard give Thought for the Day on Radio 4.  Further details are outlined below, but we do hope you will not miss this amazing event right on your doorstep.

Finally, it is the season of farewells.  This year we not only say farewell to all those leaving the college to be ordained but also to Sister Jane Oliver of the Cuddesdon Sisters who is retiring to a nursing home in Chiswick.  We thank her for all she has given us over the years, for her sustaining prayers and quiet presence.  We will miss her but hope she settles into her new home quickly.

Emma