Our Fair Trade Town

As many of you will know, just over ten years ago, Witney Area Fair Trade Action Group was formed, after our Circuit became the first  Fairtrade Circuit in the country. Our aim was to spread awareness about Fair trade more widely and ultimately gain Fairtrade Town status for Witney. This we finally achieved in 2011 after considerable opposition from some town councillors! Two churches in the town now proudly display the Fairtrade Town board.

During this period, we have held many successful events and sold thousands of pounds worth of Fair trade goods, thus enriching the lives of many small scale farmers in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Sadly, many of the committee are now getting older and less able to put in so much effort. I have run the group since its inception and am determined next year will be my last as  coordinator. My secretary has already stepped down so that we now have no secretary.

Is there anyone out there who could help us with taking minutes every 2 or 3 months at meetings or even better, take over running the group next year in some form or other?

Otherwise, it may have to fold and eventually the town will lose its Fairtrade status and much of our good work will be lost.

I realise that most of the people who read this are already deeply committed to many things but thought it worth a try. Please think if you know anyone who may be able to help.

With very best wishes

Wendy Maddison
01993 881364

775th Anniversary Organ Concert

775th Anniversary Organ Concert: Friday 30th August 7 pm at St. Mary’s Church. Francis Rumsey, St Mary’s organist, invites you to an hour’s musical entertainment to start your Friday evening.

Programme to include Marchand, Bach, Rheinberger, Elgar

Free entrance! Retiring collection in aid of church funds

St Kenelm's Day Pilgrimage Walk

Wednesday 17th July is St Kenelm's Day. There will be a pilgrimage walk from St Kenelm's Church, Minster Lovell to St Kenelm's Church, Enstone. The pilgrimage begins at Minster Lovell at 10.00am. Lunch is at the Plough, Finstock, from which the pilgrimage will continue at 2.00pm to reach Enstone for 6.00pm when we have been invited to join in a picnic in St Kenelm's Churchyard. Please let Hugh White know if you would like to come on all 11 miles, or part of the pilgrimage or have any questions about it.

Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

Click here to download The Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019 booklet ESP 2019 v2






#Everyday Faith

The Church of England invites you on a journey to discover God throughout your everyday lives. Find out more information here.

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775 Sermon Series: downloads

775 Sermon Series: upcoming events

    Jul 7th The Team Vicar A Creation Church
    Aug 4th Robin Brunner-Ellis A Renewing Church
    Sep 8th The Rt Rev'd Colin Fletcher A Missional Church

Festival Dates 2019

The Witney Feast: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th Sep. The programme includes

    The Oktoberfest: Saturday 14th Sep
    Galloper Service: Sunday 15th Sep

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Raise the roof

Severe winter frosts have destroyed the limestone slates on St Mary’s Roof. We need to replace them before winter sets in. Local Witney people have already sponsored 2,200 slates. Only 1,800 slates to go!!

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Safeguarding: who to contact in an emergency

If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408

Also please inform your Parish Safeguarding officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136 that you have contacted them.

Safeguarding: who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to safeguarding@witneyparish.org.uk

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Stuart Nimmo, on 01865 208290 or Sophie Harney on 01865 208295.