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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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More than 4,000 people flock to Witney Food Festival

First published on: 10th June 2013

The one word that keeps being used by everyone that visited the first Witney Festival of Food and Drink in St Marys Church is 'Fantastic'.

Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

First published on: 10th June 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Legislation. A statement first issued by the Bishop of Oxford in December 2012 There has been a huge amount of interest in the Government's proposed Equal Marriage legislation.

Shrivenham School steps back in time

First published on: 10th June 2013

Shrivenham School steps back in time. CHILDREN from Shrivenham CE Primary School were transported back to a time when pupils sat in regimented rows and wrote on slates.

Bishop John wins the Great Bishops' Bake-Off.

First published on: 10th June 2013

THE Bishop of Oxford's bread baking skills won him a victory against the Bishop of Buckingham during an awareness raising bake-off against the Bishop of Buckingham.

What a difference £10K makes

First published on: 10th June 2013

St Nicholas CE School in Wallingford, Oxfordshire is celebrating the completion of an 18-month project to refurbish the outdoor areas.

Special guest for ordination anniversary

First published on: 5th June 2013

Special guest for ordination anniversary. AS the Door was going to press the Cowley deanery was set to receive a visit from a prestigious visitor.

Wokingham Two Choirs Festival: Pentecost 2013

First published on: 28th May 2013

The Pentecost weekend saw successful new event in the life of Wokingham's Churches. The Two Choir Festivals brought together the two town centre Churches, All Saints on Wiltshire Road and St Paul's, on Reading Road, in a feast of music and worship. Both of the churches have a strong choral tradition and welcome singers of all ages.

Heritage Lottery Fund

First published on: 23rd May 2013

Heritage Lottery Fund. The Heritage Lottery Fund have launched a new small grants programme 'First World War: then and now'.

The late Queen Maria of Yugoslavia

First published on: 22nd May 2013

The late Queen Maria of Yugoslavia. Sara Leader at the Diocesan Registry has recently dealt with a most unusual case involving the exhumation of the remains of the late Queen Maria of Yugoslavia from the royal burial ground at Frogmore, Windsor.

On your bike to tackle poverty

First published on: 20th May 2013

Churchgoers from the diocese are set to complete two epic bike rides to raise money for charities.

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