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ARC Volunteers

Christ Church welcomed six members of ARC - Accueil-Rencontre-Communauté on Sunday July 17th, who will be working as welcomers in the cathedral from July 17th until August the 8th 2010. The group of young adults is drawn from across Europe and will be offering guided tours in the Cathedral in a wide range of languages.

Alice Day

Alice's DayOver twenty children took part in 'Alice Day' activities at Christ Church cathedral on Saturday. The event, part of the Story Museum's Alice day activities throughout Oxford, began with Alice games, and was followed by tea with 'Eat Me' cake and an experience of the story of Alice from the gardens where she played as a child. Cathedral staff led the events, dressed as Alice, the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter.

Other children had the opportunity to make Victoriangames, and the morning concluded with a fancy dress competition, judged by the Archdeacon of Oxford, who declared (in keeping with the Alice story) that everyone was a winner and that everybody should have a prize. For more information about Alice Day, go to

Deacons Ordinations

Forty four men and women were ordained as Deacons at Christ Church on Saturday 3rd of July. The cathedral was filled for three services at which those who will serve full-time or part-time in the Church of England's Oxford Diocese were set apart and commissioned for their new role by the Bishop of Oxford. We congratulate those who were ordained and wish them well in their new ministries.


Tess Somervell wins Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize

Tess Somervell, a second year undergraduate studying English at Christ Church, has been awarded the Lord Alfred Douglas Memorial Prize 2010 with her poem 'From Mary Spencer to George Stubbs.' Tess has edited poetry for Cherwell (the independent student newspaper of Oxford University) and acted as President of the Oxford University Poetry Society. She was a winner of the Foyle Young Poet Award in 2006  and afterwards co-founded the poetry e-zine Pomegranate, for which she is now Art Editor. As a student in the 2009 Tower Poetry Summer School three of her poems will be available in August in the published collection. Her prizewinning poem 'From Mary Spencer to George Stubbs.' can be read on the Tower Poetry website


Latin for the Primary School Curriculum

Christ Church's Chris Pelling (Oxford University's Regius Professor of Greek, shown left), and Llewelyn Morgan (Classics Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford) have collaborated on a pamphlet just published by the thinktank 'Politeia', arguing that Latin should be included among the languages that may be taught at primary schools if the schools wish.

Gender, Geography and Punishment Conference

Christ Church's Prof. Judith Pallot is leading an important conference entitled 'Gender, Geography and Punishment in Comparative Perspective', on June 22nd and 23rd 2010. The conference is sponsored by the ESRC and will be hosted by the School of Geography and Environment and Centre of Criminology, with events taking place at Christ Church.


Facsimile edition of the famous Dow partbooks

A facsimile edition of the famous Dow manuscripts from Christ Church Library has recently been published, making more widely available one of the most important surviving music manuscripts from Elizabethan England and a major source of works by William Byrd...

Christ Church's Roger Davies made President of the Royal Astronomical Society

Professor Roger Davis has taken on the role of President of the Royal Astronomical Society at what he warns is a critical time for the discipline, as further cuts to astrophysics could result in Britain losing a generation of talented young scientists.

Roger Davies is Philip Wetton Professor of Astrophysics, Chairman of the Physics Department and Dr. Lees Reader in Physics at Christ Church.  

Christ Church Head of the River

Oxford's Summer Eight boat races came to a joyful end for Christ Church on Saturday 29th of May, and the sun broke through the clouds as Christ Church's Men's First Eight raced to an easy victory, to retain the position of Head of the River. There were remarkable performances at all levels throughout the four days of racing which were a credit to all the crews taking part.

Christ Church Tortoise wins fourth place

Christ Church's tortoise, 'Sampras' took part in the annual Oxford Inter-Collegiate Tortoise Races in the garden of Corpus Christi College last Sunday, and in front of a large crowd raced home to a respectable fourth place, out of six. College tortoise rep. Anoosh Chakelian had prepared Sampras for the race. See the story of the race in pictures here...

Photos: Anoosh Chakelian


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