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Pastoral Area Past Events and Photos


February 2016
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 the English Martyrs annual Christmas Senior Citizens' Lunch. 
A great time was had by all!


June 2016

Fun and games at the English Martyrs and St John's 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.



October 2015

On 18th October, a Civic Service was held at English Martyrs Church to welcome the new
Mayor of Didcot, Des Healy, who is a parishioner.


August 2015

A wonderful day of celebrations took place in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Consecration of St Mary's Church in East Hendred. 





July 2015

Deacon Richard Budgen celebrated his 20th anniversary of ordination last weekend. North Hinksey parish with Fr Stan put on a Mass of Celebration for him, also attended by previous Parish Priests
Fr Peter Codd and Fr Paul King.


May 2015

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




March 2015
Women's World Day of Prayer

The theme of this year's Women's World Day of Prayer was 'Jesus Said to Them "Do you know what I have done for you?".
Services held throughout the pastoral area on 6th March.  This photo shows St John the Evangelist Church, Wallingford.

October 2014
The End of an Era...

Parishioners young and old  from all areas of North Hinksey Parish came together on 7th October to celebrate the Parish Patronal Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and to say good bye to Fr Paul King, who had served as priest in the Parish for 19 years, the last 15 of those as Priest-in-Charge.
Fr Paul concelebrated Mass with Fr Robin Saunders and Fr Chris Vimalraj Hiruthya, a visiting priest from the Beda College in Rome, in the presence of a large congregation.

This was followed by a bring and share supper, including a cake baked for the occasion. Fr Paul was serenaded by all those present with a song, before Deacon Richard Budgen expressed the Parish's thanks to Fr Paul  and presented him with a cheque on behalf of the parishioners. 

Monica White then handed over a hand-made card, which contained written notes of thanks from everyone in the Parish. Victoria Hurrell presented Fr Paul's wife, Elizabeth, with flowers, in thanks for all her commitment to our worshipping community.

On the previous Sunday, the children at Our Lady of the Rosary gave Fr Paul a scrapbook which they had made, containing photos, drawings and messages from each child in the congregation.


July 2014
North Hinksey Parish Trip to Mapledurham House

Parishioners from all parts of the Parish enjoyed an afternoon at Maple Durham House on Sunday 6th July. The weather was kind, and visitors  were able to picnic in the grounds, before visiting the hose and water mill.

We are grateful to Mr Jack Eyston for allowing to conclude our visit with Mass, celebrated by
Father Paul KIng, in the chapel.


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.

February 2014

Valentine’s Supper and Marriage celebration at
Our Lady and St Edmund of Abingdon

More than 30 people turned up to evening Mass on 14th February 2014 and then enjoyed a Valentine’s Supper in the Parish Hall.

The purpose was to celebrate marriage but also to offer a new course to couples, the Marriage Course, produced by Relationship Central at Holy Trinity Brompton, London. While couples enjoyed their meal in a dramatically changed parish centre (thank you, Sylvia Nelson!), they were treated to a highly amusing and insightful video on the differences between the brains of men and women.  The laughter in the room indicted that many could associate with the descriptions!


There then followed an introduction to the Marriage Course (again by video). This course will run at St Edmunds from 3rd March for seven weeks.

The organising team (Catherine McFarlane, Maureen Cash, Mary and Pat Mulqueen) welcomed as special guests,
Rev Keith Dunnett and his wife, Lynne, from the nearby Christchurch parish who had offered guidance and advice about the course in the preparation for the evening and the forthcoming course.

An amusing and informative evening with good food and conversation was had by all. Thank you also to the many who helped to provide food for the evening.

To sign up for the Marriage Care course, please complete and return the form attached to this link.


December 2013
St John's Carol Service, 14th December 2013

Thanks to all who supported this event, there was a good congregation and  nice mixture of carols, readings and choir pieces.

The SVP kindly supplied mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.

(Photos courtesy of Tony Shields)

St John's increasingly popular Children's Christmas Party took place on
Saturday 14th December

Nearly 30 children enjoyed a surprise guest visit,

and fun and games was had by all!

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.


Congratulations to Noel Clifford of St John the Evangelist Church, Wallingford, on celebrating 50 years of altar serving.

Fr David presented Noel with the Guild of St Stephen gold medal for 50 years service.

Celebrations at North Hinksey

Thank you to North Hinksey Parish for hosting a wonderful party to celebrate
Deacon Richard and Christine Budgen's Ruby Wedding Anniversary at the weekend.

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.

JUNE 2013

Many couples celebrated at the Significant Anniversary Mass at St Bede's in Basingstoke in June,

Including Deacon Richard Budgen and his wife, Chris, who have been married for 40 years in
August 2013.  Congratulations to all!

MAY 2013

The St Vincent de Paul Society of St John's, Wallingford hosted a lovely parish tea party in an
English country garden.

Everyone enjoyed wonderful weather, cakes and good company

whilst raising money for the SVP.


Thanks to the Pidgeon family for the use of their house and garden, and for all their hard work.

March 2013

Beautiful Easter flowers at our churches throughout the Pastoral Area.

January 2013
Bishop Phillip's visit to Abingdon

We welcomed Bishop Phillip to Abingdon to give a seminar to a full auditorium on
Vatican II: The Year of Faith.

The seminar was held on 26th January, with Mass at Our Lady and St Edmund's Church,
con-celebrated by the priests in our Pastoral Area.

December 2012

Children enjoyed a craft workshop at North Hinksey's Reconciliation Service during Advent.

Christmas Carol Concert at St John's combining the nationwide
Guinness World Record Attempt at the most carol singers singing at any one time

Nearly 100 people turned out to listen to and sing carols on 16th December.

St John's Choir in action.

Although the nationwide record attempt wasn't broken, everyone had a great time singing and enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies afterwards, thanks to the SVP.

Thanks to Tony Shields for the use of his photos

Chidlren's Christmas Party at St John's

Enjoyed by over 30 children, Phyllis' team laid on yet another successful Christmas party on
9th December.

She's making her list, she's checking it twice,
she's going to find out who's naughty or nice.......

Santa Claus is coming to town!


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

May 2012
Raising Money for CAFOD at OLoR

Our Lady of the Rosary CAFOD Fund Raising A plant sale at Our Lady of the Rosary, North Hinksey, on 13th May raised £128 for CAFOD. In spite of the poor growing conditions, parishioners managed to produce a large number of good quality plants, which were snapped up by the less green-fingered in the congregation.


April 2012
Inaugural Recital of Holy Rood's New Organ

The inaugural recital of Holy Rood's new organ was given by Clive Driskill-Smith, Sub-organist of Christ Church Cathedral, on Friday 27 April.  The programme included music from Bach to Dupre.

The 'Foster-Carrington Organ' was built by Roy Foster, assisted by Derrick Carrington, over a period of ten years.  The instrument incorporates parts from 22 redundant organs.  A booklet called 'A Labour of Love: The tale of the making of the organ at Holy Rood Church, Oxford' is available from Hinksey Parish Office, price £2.

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. 



Pastoral Area Day of Recollection

A Day of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in the Pastoral Area was held on 3rd March at St Amand's School, East Hendred.  It was led by Sister Catherine OSB from Holy Trinity Monastery, and was very well attended and much appreciated by those taking part.


December 2011

The Holy Rood Children's Choir singing carols at the Carol Concert on
18th December.

Mary and child from the Nativity Tableau performed at the concert.

Children's Christmas Nativity Play at St John's

The children of St John the Evangelist Church re-enacted the Christmas story on Christmas Day, complete as always with a recent addition to the parish playing the part of Jesus.

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.

November 2011
English Martyrs and St John's Day of Recollection

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

Fr Bob's 80th Birthday Celebrations

Congratulations to Fr Bob as he celebrated his 80th birthday with parishioners at East Hendred.

Mass of Thanksgiving on the occasion of Bishop Crispian's retirement

Deacon Richard Budgen from North Hinksey was privileged to be asked to help celebrate Mass at Portsmouth Cathedral on 19th November.

October 2011
Rene MacDonald's 90th Birthday

Rene Macdonald, a longstanding member of the congregation at Our Lady of the Rosary, receives a bouquet from Father Paul on the occasion of her 90th birthday. At coffee after Mass the congregation  shared in a birthday cake provided by Rene's daughter.

Sponsored Walk in aid of Cafod

The children who made their First Holy Communion last June at Our Lady of the Rosary took part in July in a sponsored walk to raise money for the community of Biera in Ethiopia. This was their "Gift to God" - the final part of their Catechetical programme. They raised over £350 - well done, boys! At Mass on Sunday 9th October they were presented with badges and certificates by Christine Plews, the Parish CAFOD representative.

September 2011
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

Sisters of Mercy leave Abingdon

August 2011

Many thanks to Anne-Marie Bromley for the use of her photos

JULY 2011

The children enjoyed climbing Jacob's Ladder together, along with a family treasure hunt, and Mass celebrated by Fr Liam from the Carmelites.

Fun and games at the joint parish BBQ for English Martyrs and St John's on 3rd July 2011.

For more photos click here

MAY 2011

Plant Sale for CAFOD at Our Lady of the Rosary

A very successful plant sale was held at Our Lady of the Rosary after Mass on Sunday 22nd May. The green fingered members of the congregation contributed a large and varied selection of plants which were sold , raising over £120. The proceeds will go to the community of Biera in Ethiopia  which the Parish has chosen to follow through the CAFOD Connect2 scheme.

APRIL 2011

Constructing the organ at Holy Rood Church, North Hinksey

Under the direction of Roy Foster, the organ builder, Hinksey parishioners clean and polish some of front pipes for the Great Organ which is nearing completion in the gallery of Holy Rood Church. The three-manual organ is being constructed from parts of twenty redundant organs from around the country.

Mothering Sunday at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hinksey Parish

As is now traditional, the Fourth Sunday of Lent was celebrated at Our 
Lady of the Rosary with a special Family Mass at which the children 
made posies to present to their mothers, and other ladies in the 
congregation.Mass was followed by a special brunch, and a second hand 
book stall to raise funds for our Parish CAFOD project in Ethiopia.

MARCH 2011

Cardinal Newman

Thank you to Deacon Stephen Morgan for giving an enlightening and informative talk on
John Henry Newman to parishioners from the whole Pastoral Area on 30th March at English Martyrs Church, Didcot.  


On Friday 4th March over forty young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years met at Abingdon Parish Centre for a successful Quiz Night.  Those attending came from all the churches in the Pastoral Area, and enjoyed an evening of interacting with and meeting other Catholics from the area.  Thanks to all those who helped with organising a fun evening for everyone.


On the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 2 February, Vera Fanning was presented with a Diocesan Medal for her long and devoted service to the community of the Good Shepherd Church, Kennington.

Current building works taking place at St Mary's, East Hendred.

Click here for Pastoral Area Diary 2010

Click here for Pastoral Area Diary 2009