The Rev'd Ness Whiffin

Team Vicar

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I arrived in the Witney Benefice as Team Vicar in September 2017. Prior to coming here I served my Curacy in Marshfield (Bristol Diocese) and during that time branched out sideways to take responsibility for a group of ten rural churches near Chippenham. My working life began as a musician in my teens, and following my first degree and a couple of postgrads in London and Glasgow freelanced as a Violinist, Pianist and Conductor. This rather oddly morphed into training as a Psychiatric Nurse in my late 20’s and then working for the NHS for nearly two decades in and around Bristol, mostly in community care of the mentally ill and specialising in several clinical areas. Moving to Witney is rather different to all of that, and it’s a joy. I love working in teams and encouraging others to explore their vocation and have a go at things. The Fleece on Church Green quickly became my HQ - but if I’m not in there you’re likely to find me either in Sainsbury’s, flying past you on my bike, or in the swimming pool. I’m also mum to two lively teenagers who I try to keep up with on a good day!

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Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

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#Everyday Faith

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Benefice YouTube Videos now online

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Thursday 31st October: Israel's Prophets: Telling the truth - fearlessly, 2.30 - 4 pm, Holy Trinity. The first of 3 sessions looking at several Old Testament prophets.

Sunday 10th November: Holy Trinity Choral Evensong 6 pm

Friday 15th November: Lights of Remembrance 5 - 7.30 pm, St. John's, Hailey. Come along, and light candles in memory of loved ones. Mulled wine and hot dogs will be served.

Festival Dates 2019-20

S Augustine said ‘In the house of God there is never-ending festival’. Here are upcoming festivals being celebrated at St Mary's

2019

    Witney Wonderland Friday 29th November 5 pm
    Witney Wonderland Christmas Stalls Saturday 30th November 11am - 4pm
    Witney Wonderland Gala Ball Sunday 6th December

2020

    Beer Festival Saturday 9 May
    Food Festival Saturday 16 May
    Oktoberfest Saturday 12 September

Festival Dates 2019

The Witney Feast: Saturday 14th - Tuesday 17th Sep. The programme includes

    The Oktoberfest: Saturday 14th Sep, 12noon
    Civic Service followed by Gallopers Service: Sunday 15th Sept, 6pm

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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.