St Mary’s Church Witney:  900 Years in the Making

Latest UPDATE April 2017:  We need to replace the roof as soon as possible!  Warmest thanks to all those local Witney folk who have generously sponsored 3,600 slates. This means we only have 400 slates to go!!  

GOOD NEWS – £178,500 raised, only £40,000 still to raise.

We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for earmarking £143,500 for this urgent project and huge thanks to local people and trusts for generously donating £35,000.

Please help us support our final push to raise the remaining £40,000. To help CLICK HERE

We want to be able to remove the roof this December and replace it by March so that our bat population can begin their breeding season in the spring.  Otherwise, we will have to wait till November 2017 to remove the roof!!

Cost include project planning, architect's fees, a bat survey, scaffolding, and replacing 4,000 slates.

To help complete our re-roofing campaign, please CLICK HERE to go to JustGiving OR make a cheque out to Parish of Witney PCC and mark it Raise the Roof

Our Vision for Serving Witney

St Mary’s church has served Witney folk for 900 years

Our vision for the future provides everyone with a place in which to worship and pray, a sacred space in which to mark special occasions in life, a place to enjoy the Witney Feast or a festival or just to find quiet in this busy world.

Live music gigs                         Food & Drink Festivals                       Beer Festivals

Throughout each year St Mary’s church hosts a whole range of community events   and activities (above).  These activities attract thousands to visit and use the building as it was intended – as a principle community space for Witney and West Oxfordshire.

Once the building is weather-proofed we plan to install up-to-date facilities so that    all who come to enjoy this magnificent medieval building can be comfortable and  well-catered for.

Our Fundraising Success

Over the last 16 years we have already raised £0.75m from numerous grant-making bodies, and from the wonderful support of so many local people.  This has enabled us to mend the windows and three of the medieval roofs, install comfortable seating and renew the organ.

Wonderful News!

We celebrate the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has earmarked £143,500 to restore the roof of the 13th-century chancel of Grade I listed St Mary’s Church, Witney.

Thank you Heritage Lottery Fund, local people and local trusts who have generously donated £35,000. Thank you!

We still need to raise £40,000. Please help us make the final push!.

 

 

 

 

'Miss Read Remembered'

On Saturday 25th 7.30pm & Sunday 26th 2.30pm, at Holy Trinity, the Redlynch Players will be marking the 60th anniversary of the novel '˜Thrush Green'€™ by Miss Read. The story tells the tale of May Day in the village, based on the real Wood Green. Tickets £10, unreserved seating. Available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/redlynch-players or the Witney Visitor Centre.

Rev'd Doctor Hugh White

The Rev'd Hugh White has been appointed as House for Duty Team Vicar within the Benefice. Hugh will be licensed by Bishop Colin on Sunday 12th May at 6.30pm at St Mary's. Hugh will have particular pastoral responsibility for Minster Lovell – although will serve across the benefice. Please hold Hugh in your prayers as he prepares to join us.

775 Sermon Series: downloads

    Mar 10th The Rt Rev'd Steven Croft A Learning Church - awaiting text

775 Sermon Series: upcoming events

    Apr 21st Fr Stephen Tucker A Resurrection Church
    May 5th The Rt Rev'd Chris Lowson A Kingdom Church
    Jun 16th Sr Stella CSMV A Contemplative Church
    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

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.

There are also apps you can download to assist in prayer:

Hailey Festival 2019

    Friay June 7th: Rounders Match and Barbecue
    Saturday June 8th: - Scarecrow Trail (theme is Film Titles) begins, - Hailey Rocks begin, - Band/ disco at Lamb and Flag, - Open Day Common Lets Farm, - Witney Rugby club 7’s
    Sunday June 9th: Lunchtime Concert and Picnic at Hailey Church
    Sunday June 16th: - Fathers Day Activity
    Saturday 22nd June: - Scarecrows and Hailey Rocks end: Hailey Summer Fete

Festival Dates 2019

    The Beer Festival: Saturday 4th May
    The Food Festival: Saturday 18th May
    The Witney Flower Festival: Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July
    The Witney Feast: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th Sep
    Oktoberfest: Saturday 14th Sep

Witney Flower Festival 2019

Plans are well in hand for the Witney Flower Festival 2019 which takes place 5th to 7 July 2019. Full details to be posted here over the next few months.

In the meantime please do take a look at this video of the 2016 Flower Festival which reminds us all of what to expect next summer.

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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!!

Please Sponsor a Slate for £10. Your civic landmark church needs you!

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Our stewardship enables us to fulfil God's call and share in God's mission

The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament.
Rowan Williams

Click here to download the 2018 Annual Report and Accounts

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.