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International Welcomers

Christ Church is very pleased to welcome once again a team of young people from European countries  for a three week ministry of welcome in the Cathedral. Magdalena, Maria Luisa, Elisa, Cecile, Etienne and Clemente are here as part of the ARC (Accueil, Rencontre, Communaute) project which operates in many Cathedrals across Europe. For the next three weeks they will be welcoming visitors in their own languages and giving Cathedral tours.





Ballooning History

Christ Church played a central role in the recent re-creation of the first ever balloon flight by an Englishman, James Sadler, a pastry chef with a connection to Christ Church, when permission was given for a hot air balloon to take off from Christ Church Meadows. The re-creation flight on 18 July 2007 was in support of a good cause: it was a central plank in the celebrations of 1000 years of Oxfordshire’s history, and it also helped to raise money for the Chiltern and Thames Valley Air Ambulance Service. Mr. James Lawrie, Christ Church’s Treasurer flew as a passenger.




Mrs Anne Beane

A presentation took place for Mrs Ann Beane on July the 6th 2007 celebrating 25 years of service to Christ Church. Ann has worked in the Senior Common Room, in Peckwater Quad and in St Aldates Quad. The Dean presented her with flowers and gifts as a token of our thanks for her work and commitment to the college.





Man Booker International Prize

The Man Booker International Prize presentation took place in Oxford last night, Thursday the 28th of June, and the prize was awarded to Chinua Achebe. Reception drinks were served at The Bodleian Library, followed by a presentation at the Sheldonian.  Christ Church Custodians then walked the guests (over 200) through the streets of Oxford to Christ Church.  Christ Church Cathedral Choir sung as guests entered the quad and a Banquet Dinner was then served.




Staff vs Emeriti Cricket Match

One of the highpoints of the college sporting calendar is the cricket match between the University Emeriti and the Christ Church college team. Despite the threat of heavy rain the match went ahead and many members of the college staff came to cheer on their colleagues. This year, despite some fine bowling and batting from the Christ Church team, the Emeriti won the match. We look forward to next years re-match.





Summer Gaudy

On June 21st Christ Church was very pleased to welcome back old members who matriculated between 1959 and 1962. They were treated to College Prayers and an Oration on the subject of W.H.Auden in the Upper Library before a fine dinner and the chance to meet old friends. Earlier that day, some had earlier gone back to the river to rekindle old passions for rowing...





1000 Years of Oxfordshire

Formed in the West Saxon kingdom of Mercia in about 1007, Oxfordshire has been celebrating 1000 years of history, and Christ Church has marked this by placing 1000 £1 coins around Mercury to raise money for the Chiltern Air Ambulance, the Cathedral School's  charity of the year. The money was given by members of the Cathedral School and the college community. For more information about Oxfordshire's Millenium, click here.




Going Down

As final examinations end and the academic year comes to a gradual close, those who are leaving Christ Church this Summer were entertained in the customary manner to a 'going down' party in the beautiful Deanery Garden. Sparkling wine and strawberries marked the end of several years of hard work and life changing experience for undergraduate and graduate leavers. The cathedral also marked the departure of college members at a special service of Evensong last Sunday.




Bishop John Enthroned

On Friday June the 8th the Cathedral was host to the joyful service to inaugurate the episcopal ministry of the Right Revd John Pritchard, the new Bishop of Oxford. The service, at which the Bishop was welcomed, enthroned, annointed, presented with his episcopal staff and dedicated for his ministry, was attended by leaders of the City and County, the Diocese, the University and the other churches. We welcome Bishop John and his family to their important new role. Read more from the Oxford Diocese Website,




New Cathedral Precentor

This evening the new Cathedral Precentor, Revd John Paton, was Installed at a special service of Evensong. Many former parishionners came from John's previous parishes and enjoyed not only the service but also a warm welcome at the reception in the Pocock Garden afterwards. John has come most recently from Purley Parish Church and we are very pleased to welcome him to Christ Church.

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