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The latest news and features from the Diocese of Oxford. To contact the press office, please call 01865 208 277 (out of hours 07824 906 839) or email

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Big Butterfly Count

First published on: 31st July 2023

Could you meet a Lady, glimpse an Admiral or even spot a Peacock? Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation invites us all to take part in this year's Big Butterfly Count

A church for people who don’t do church

First published on: 28th July 2023

Grace Church, Cowley in Oxford prides itself on being a church for people who don’t do church.

Healing garden help St Luke’s celebrate 140 years

First published on: 28th July 2023

A rewilding garden at St Lukes church in Reading is a tangible sign of the parish’s commitment to healing and wholeness.

Learning Lessons Review: Revd Michael Hall

First published on: 21st July 2023

A safeguarding case review into allegations of spiritual abuse by Revd Michael Hall, at St Margaret's Tylers Green between 1981 and 2000.

International welcome offered in Maidenhead

First published on: 21st July 2023

Geoff Yeung is a busy man. He’s an Assistant Minister at St Peter’s church, Maidenhead and a part-time charity worker.

Recorder orchestra hits the right notes

First published on: 19th July 2023

An orchestra including up to 13 recorder players and assorted other instruments is the foundation of a families’ initiative in The Cookhams Benefice.

125 years of the Oxford Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

First published on: 18th July 2023

Over 70 people gathered at St Peter’s Church, Great Hasely on Saturday 15 July for the 125-year anniversary of the Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The Ben Field verdict

First published on: 16th July 2023

Following a painstaking investigation by Thames Valley Police and a lengthy trial at Oxford Crown Court, Ben Field was found guilty of the murder of Peter Farquhar.

Clergy comings and goings

First published on: 12th July 2023

Clergy comings and goings in the Diocese of Oxford: ~ April to June 2023

Church and community projects awarded over £167k

First published on: 12th July 2023

Nine parishes, across the Thames Valley, have been awarded grants to support a range of local church and community projects in the thirteenth round of the Development Fund.

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