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Barefoot for Christian Aid

As this is Christian Aid Week two Christ Church members have vowed to do everything without shoes all week to promote the work of Christian Aid and to raise money for the fight against global poverty. You can read about Mark Gotham and Patrick Dawkins' shoeless week here , and are most welcome to donate if you would like to.

Musical Rites Exhibition

A major exhibition of early printed and manuscript music is being held in Christ Church Upper Library this term, revealing a wealth of fascinating material from the Christ Church collections from wedding, funeral, coronation, Holy Week, May Morning and initiation rites. For more information contact

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Tower Poetry Prize Winners

Is poetry a flourishing and popular art form in UK schools today? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’, judging by the winning poems in this year’s Christopher Tower poetry competition, the country’s most valuable poetry prize for sixth-form students.  The six top poems all showed startling originality, inventiveness, wit, and an assured mastery of form and imagery, but it was seventeen-year-old Charlotte Runcie of St Albans High School for Girls who fended off strong competition to land the £3,000 first prize with her poem, ‘Flying Fish’.




Power Supplied

Over the last few months considerable work has been done to ensure that electricity supplies for Christ Church and the centre of Oxford are secure and reliable in the years ahead. The electricity Substation in the Brewhouse has been relocated in Blue Boar yard and the new substation is currently being connected to college and outside users.





Mary Bide leaves the Cathedral

The Cathedral Precentor, the Revd Mary Bide, says goodbye to Christ Church and the Oxford Diocese at Easter as she leaves to take up a position as  Team Rector at St Mary’s Church in Wimbledon from 5th of May.

Literary Festival at Christ Church

The tenth Oxford Literary Festival begins at Christ Church today, bringing together a host of the finest contemporary writers in the exquisite setting of the college and cathedral. Many people will be staying at Christ Church for the festival and thousands of others visiting for the exciting events of the next six days.

Red Nose Day Filming

One of the Cathedral Choristers, 11 year old Henry Chadwick, has taken part in the filming of a “Mr Bean Special” along with Rowan Atkinson for Comic Relief. The sketch is to be shown on Red Nose Day, Friday the 16th of March.






ChCh Grad wins $100m backing

A Christ Church graduate student has been offered $100m by a pair of investors to develop a project which he presented at the Oxford Idea Idol event. Thomas Whitfield presented his idea at the event held by Oxford Entrepreneurs at Said Business School. Two of the judges were so impressed by his idea that they offered him unlimited access to their $100m Bright Station Ventures entrepreneurial fund...





Christ Church Music Festival

This week is the Christ Church Music Society's festival which offers a feast of music and drama, from performances of OEDIPUS TYRANNOS to Beethoven's wonderful 9th Symphony, with lots of great music in between. For the full programme and ticket prices go to

Tom Tower Clock restored to it's original glory

The West face of the clock on Tom Tower looking over St Aldate's has recently been restored by Paul Buck and his team of expert craftsmen closely monitored by the Clerk of Works. What may not be immediately apparent is that Sir Christopher Wren designed the hands on a stone face, not metal. The paint and gold leaf thus have to be made to adhere to a rather difficult surface, which has been achieved superbly. If one then looks at the unrestored East face, the transformation is even more remarkable.





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