Outside St Peter's Church


Recent Events: May - June 2013

30th June

Proud parents Steven and Hannah brought 9 day old daughter Natalie to Church to introduce her to the congregation. Everyone was keen to welcome the latest addition to our St Peter's family.

29th June

We celebrated our patronal festival with a glorious evensong which included: Richard Ayleward's Responses; Evening Canticles by Sumsion in G, and Tu es Petrus by M Haller as the Introit. The anthem was Jubilate by Stanford in Bb. The service, which was led by Revd Rod Cosh (Revd Hannah's sending priest), was followed by a delicious bring and share supper.

23rd June

At a special christening service Lucy Bo Kyle was baptised into the Lord's family. The service included a special bible reading and a soloist who sang two songs appropriate for this wonderful occasion.

Thanks to long hours of work by Rich, the Church lawns were looking pristine for the Summer Fête, but the large ride-on mower is on its last legs (or blades) - surviving due to the non-stop repair work by Mark, and the smaller mower has now finally gone to that great grass box in the sky!

Our grateful thanks go to the anonymous donor who paid for a replacement push mower.

Financial gifts of this kind to meet a specific need are always welcome and, if applicable, can be registered for Gift Aid, giving the Church an additional free cash donation from the government.

Summer Fête 2013

With many thanks to all those who organised, supplied, laboured, served or spent






17th June

An enthusiastic group of people met together in the remembrance garden to help Rich tackle the recent growth spurt of the grass. An hour's work (fortified with tea and cake) transformed the area. Many thanks to all involved.

15th June

The final Quiz 'n' Chips night of the season saw a well deserved win for The Heretics, which meant that they beat The Choir by 1.5 points to take the cup for the year. For full results click here. The charity raffle raised over £180 for OSCAR who support families with children diagnosed with brain and spinal tumours. Fran Childs was presented with flowers and many thanks as she stood down as scorer for the last seven years.

12th June

The Wednesday Lunchtime Fellowship hit a new high when 21 members attended St Peter's Church for a communion service and then sat down for a home made two course meal.

9th June

Isabelle Alice Anderson Burke was baptised during the 10.00 service. Her enthusiasm for the Coventry Gloria was a joy to behold - pity she's a bit young for the choir (.... at the moment!)


8th June

Family and friends of Alan celebrated and gave thanks for his life on the occasion of his 50th birthday. The celebrations continued with a party at which the group 'Tumbledown Dick' entertained, guests danced and a good time was had by all! Alan thanks all those who made his special evening such a happy and memorable occasion. Here's to the next 50!


2nd June

Welcome to the Lord's family to:-

Lucy Flack and her boy's Jake Grant and Zane who were baptised in St Peters.
Sarah Boyle who was baptised and Confirmed in St Agatha's Church (Brightwell-cum-Sotwell) by the Rt Rev Peter Nott.

Photo: Hannah

29th May

New high security locks were fitted to the main Church door. Our grateful thanks go to the anonymous donor who paid for this much needed installation.

Financial gifts of this kind to meet a specific need are always welcome and, if applicable, can be registered for Gift Aid - which in this case resulted in us being able to claim an extra £150 from the government.


28th May

The Didcot branch of St John’s Guild (for the Blind) went on an outing to Cholsey Parish Church. After the Guild Office we were given a tour round the church, which had been extensively remodelled some eleven years ago. A model of the church was used to explain features to those with visual impairment.

One unusual item was a stick sundial located over the south door. A series of holes were located round the normal sundial into which the priest inserted a stick into the appropriate hole. The farm workers knew that when the sun's shadow reached the stick it was time for the next service!

The visit ended with a much appreciated cup of tea and refreshments supplied by members of the Church. The Guild extends a warm welcome to all visually-impaired or sighted Christians (of any denomination) to their monthly meetings which consist of a short service followed by tea and entertainment.


21st May

Revd Hannah welcomed Northbourne School into Church for a service to celebrate Pentecost - the day on which the disciples received the Holy Spirit as tongues of flame rested on their heads. The children celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit through readings, hymns and prayers. The final part of God's Storyteller story was shared and we learnt how wonderfully God can change things through the power of the Holy Spirit.

18th May

At the penultimate Quiz 'n Chips of the season The Choir became only the second team ever to have three consecutive clear wins (see results sheet). A score of 136 forced The Heretics into second place with 128 points. A fierce competition saw both The Quizlings and The Youth Group with equal points so becoming joint winners of the coverted wooden spoon with a creditable 101 points. The charity raffle raised £134 for the Charlton Centre in Wantage who provide a much needed service for those with learning disabilities.

12th May

At the 10.00am service Magda and Merick brought their new daughter Maria to be baptised into the Christian faith.

Her big sister Alina, her family and friends joined the congregation to welcome her to the Lord's family.

Youth Group Trip to Phasels Wood

On Friday 3rd May 2013 the youth group went for our annual weekend away at Phasel’s Wood Scout Camp near Hemel Hampstead where we spent the three days of the bank holiday doing a range of activities from Archery to Air rifle, Wall Climbing to Zip Wire, Crate Stacking to a Sunday walk which lead to a small service.

For the last six years we have done this and we have enjoyed this weekend every year and every year we enjoy it so much that we look forward to going the following year. Each year our activities differ slightly from the last.

This year’s new activities were the Batax, Human Buzzwire and the Bungy.    EK


4th May

The annual plant sale was again very successful thanks primarily to Maurice (and his heated greenhouse), Graham with his garden ornaments, Margaret and Ena with their bacon and sausage rolls and everyone else who donated/helped.

With after sales and a generous donation, the final total exceeded £700. Well done everyone!


St Peter's Church, Newlands Avenue, Didcot, Oxfordshire. OX11 8PY
Tel:01235 812114

© 2013 Keith Mintern