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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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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.

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. 

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