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English Martyrs Parish Diary

Please see below a list of key diary dates, activities and events that have taken place in the English Martyrs Parish . For future events, see the notice board.

February 2017
The Consecration of English Martyrs Church, 18th February 2017

Bishop Philip came to celebrate the Consecration of the church on the 50th anniversary of its blessing. 
It was a wonderful occasion, attended by many parishioners and also previous priests of the parish. The celebration continued after Mass with refreshments and a wonderful cake.







With thanks to Ellen Dickson for use of photos

December 2016

A huge thank you to all who helped prepare our annual Christmas Senior Citizens' Lunch.  A great time was had by all!


June 2016

Fun and games at our joint parish BBQ on 26th June.  A big 'thank you' to all who made it such a successful event.  Great fun was had by everyone, and the weather was even kind to us!

Enjoying the Bouncy Castle...

along with Gladiator Dual.

The annual highlight of the BBQ, the parish tug-of-war

March 2016

English Martyrs Church organised the Churches Together Didcot and District Walk of Witness on Good Friday, in Didcot's Orchard Centre.  Thank you to all those who gave their time to help at this event.


May 2015

Congratulations to Des Healy on his inauguration as Mayor of Didcot.  Our prayers and best wishes go with Des as he undertakes his new responsibilities.

April 2014
RISE Theatre

Thank you to RISE Theatre for providing over 200 people with their wonderful thought-provoking performance of 'Soldier to Saint' on 10th April at English Martyrs Church.  A great evening was had by all.

October 2013
JEMS (English Martyrs and St John's Youth Group) Beetledrive

The Youth Group was set a challenge by CAFOD's Ben Oldham to turn £10 into £100,

and decided to run a Beetledrive for parishioners, with tea and cakes.

The event proved very successful, with around 30 people attending a fun and lively evening. 
A total of £170 was raised for CAFOD!  Thanks to all for support given.


July 2013
Kenya Children Centres

Thank you to the parishioners of St John's and English Martyrs who contributed a total of £422 to the Lenten Coffee mornings, which has been donated to the Kenya Children Centres, who provide a home for orphaned girls.  Details of the work of the Kenya Children Centres can be found here.

March 2013

Beautiful Easter Flowers

The Easter Garden created by the children of the parish (with Fr David's help)

September 2012
Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride

The big thank you to all who took part in the recent Ride and Stride event across the area.

Thank you not only to those who cycled/walked, but also to welcomers and sponsors.

English Martyrs, Didcot, and The Quaker Meeting House, Wallingord

Outside St John the Evangelist, Wallingford.

With thanks to Vince Buckley for the use of his photographs


July 2012
Preparing for the Jubilee lunch at English Martyrs...

April 2012
Traditional Polish Blessing of Easter Food at English Martyrs

Parishioners gathered for this traditional blessing on Holy Saturday, bringing food which made for a colourful display.

March 2012

English Martyrs and St John's Parishes Retreat Weekend

Parishioners from our parishes attended a spiritually refreshing retreat weekend at the Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill.  Thanks go to the Friars for hosting a wonderful weekend, and to Barbara Thacker for organising this worthwhile event. 

Seniors' Christmas Lunch at English Martyrs

A wonderful Christmas Lunch was prepared by the Fundraising Team at English Martyrs, especially for the senior members of the parish.  Many thanks to all involved in the preparations. 
A great time was had by all.

English Martyrs and St John's Day of Recollection

Parishioners enjoying a Day of Recollection for Advent at Littlemore, run by Fr Kevin Delaney.

Parish Welcome Weekend

English Martyrs and St John's held their annual Welcome Weekend on 23rd and 24th September, celebrating the diverse range of culture in our communities.

Congratulations to the winners of the competitions held, as follows:

Photographic Competition Winning Entries -
Caption Section

Anne-Marie Bromley


Misbehaving Altar Servers Punished

Andy Robins


Salt and Vinegar Lips

Tony Shields

Photographic Competition Winning Entries -
Landscape Section

Thames Water Scene

Anne-Marie Bromley


After the Harvest

Richard Cutler


The Twelve Apostles

Armelle Belcher

JULY 2011
Joint parish BBQ for English Martyrs and St John's on 3rd July 2011.

Enjoying the beautiful weather.

Fr David setting the scene for the annual parish tug-of-war.

Fun and games for children of all ages!

Many thanks to Brian Doyle for the use of his photos.

APRIL 2011

MARCH 2011


Click Here for Parish Diary 2010

Click Here for Parish Diary 2009