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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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Former bank set to open as community centre

First published on: 11th July 2023

A former Natwest Bank building is having a £4m make-over to become a new community hub Chipping Norton.

General Synod carries Oxford motion on the climate emergency

First published on: 11th July 2023

The Oxford Diocesan Synod motion, Responding to the Climate Emergency, has been overwhelmingly supported by General Synod. The motion calls for the National Investment Bodies of the Church of England to scale up investment in renewable energy and other environmental solutions and asks the Government to review planning regulations to aid the installation of renewable technology on church buildings.

New Dean of Christ Church installed

First published on: 10th July 2023

Rev Canon Professor Sarah Foot PhD, FRHistS, FSA was installed as Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, on Saturday 8 July 2023. Professor Foot is the first woman to be chosen for the role in Christ Church’s almost 500-year-long history.

Welcoming asylum seekers in Maidenhead

First published on: 6th July 2023

At All Saints Church, Maidenhead, the Revd Jeremy Harris, leads the church in supporting and welcoming local asylum seekers.

Creation Crew - a new missional community

First published on: 5th July 2023

The Creation Crew, at St Andrew's Church, High Wycombe, is a diverse group who enjoy the local environment and want to help care for it.

20 new deacons ordained at Christ Church Cathedral  

First published on: 3rd July 2023

The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, ordained 20 people to the diaconate on Saturday 1 July in two services at Christ Church Cathedral. 

St Andrew’s School Pilgrimage

First published on: 29th June 2023

The Bishop of Dorchester led a pilgrimage for St Andrew's School children in Chinnor.

Youth work and Chaplaincy thriving in Witney

First published on: 27th June 2023

A thriving Christian Union group at the Henry Box School is one of the successes of the Witney Youth Work and Chaplaincy project.

75 year anniversary of Windrush

First published on: 22nd June 2023

The Archbishop of the West Indies visited the Diocese of Oxford as part of celebrations to mark the 75 year anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush to the UK.

LLM Conference - Psalm 74 and 77

First published on: 21st June 2023

Workshop delivered by the Revd Andy Angel, Director of Formation for Ministry, at the 2023 LLM Conference.

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