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Petertide Ordination

On Sunday the 29th of June 2008 fourteen men and women were ordained by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard as deacons to serve in the Diocese of Oxford. The joyful service at Christ Church Cathedral was attended by their families and friends, clergy and members of their parishes. We wish them fulfilment in the ordained ministry they are now beginning.





Henry Chadwick Funeral

The funeral  for The Very Reverend Professor Henry Chadwick KBE (1920-2008), former Dean of Christ Church, was held in the Cathedral on Wednesday 25th June at 11am.

Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman Donation

Michael Moritz (1973) and Harriet Heyman donate US$50 million to Christ Church: the largest single donation in the college’s history...

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Christ Church Ball 2008

Christ Church was filled with over a thousand people, undergraduates and graduate students, old members of the college and senior members for the Christ Church Commemoration Ball on Saturday the 14th of June. The Ball was superbly organised by a committee led by Miss Annabel Walker and was an extremely happy event, especially for those finishing their final exams. The lead musical attraction was the The Wombats and there were many other entertainments including other fine music, excellent food, a carousel, ferris wheel and horse and carriage rides throughout the night.




Taster day in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

Christ Church Admissions Office invites sixth form students to attend a subject taster day in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History on Wednesday 18th June.  The event is open to all first year A level or IB students in the maintained sector interested in pursuing the study of these, or related, subjects at university.  Further information and details of how to book a place can be found (download pdf file)

Kenneth Woollcombe Memorial Service

A service of Evensong in memoriam was held for the late Bishop Kenneth Woollcombe (1924-2008) in the Cathedral on Wednesday 28th May. The service was sung by the combined choirs of St John's College and the Cathedral Singers and the Address was given by The Very Revd Robert Jeffery, Dean Emeritus of Worcester.




Practical Pilgrimage

Benedict Protheroe, a recent Christ Church languages student, is walking almost 1200 miles to Rome, and raising money for the charity Practical Action along the way. Taking time out from a career in television, he left Canterbury Cathedral at the end of April and is now in Reims, walking fifteen miles a day and carrying his tent and equipment himself.






Territorial Army Centenary Service

Christ Church Cathedral played host to the Centenary Service for the local Territorial Army Regiments on Saturday April the 26th. The service concluded with a Parade on the Broad Walk attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire...





The 40% House

Christ Church is to become 'The 40% House' and is on track to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2050. Christ Church has responded to the threat posed by climate change by launching its first Energy Policy in its 484 year history, outlining a strategy to transform energy systems and reduce carbon emissions by 60% by 2050 (or by 1,634 tonnes of CO2 per annum), The Very Reverend Dr Christopher Lewis,  Dean of Christ Church said today.





Tower Poetry Prize Winners

The winners of the 2008 Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for 16 to 18 year old aspiring poets, have been announced today at a luncheon reception at Christ Church in Oxford.

Eighteen-year old Emily Middleton (left) from The King’s School, Macclesfield was awarded the £3000 first prize for her poem, The Five Stages.  Winner of the second (£1000) prize is Ashley McMullin (The Sixth Form College, Colchester) with Journey to Hilly Country and the third prizewinner (£500) is Nina Bahadur from St Paul’s Girls’ School, London with her poem, Heat.



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