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Christmas Lights

One of the most atmospheric places in Christ Church at Christmas is the ancient cloister, when its Christmas tree is decorated with lights. The tree is now in place, and the careful arrangement of its lights by Meadowman Richard Coles is a herald of the joyful celebration ahead.





Christingle Service

A moving Christingle service for the children at local primary schools was held in the in the Cathedral on Thursday December the 7th. Children came from St Philip and St James, St Mary and St John, St Ebbe's, St Andrew's and St Barnabas CE schools and remembered the meaning of Christmas through the Christingle message.

Crib Service

The Cathedral is to hold a candlelit Crib Service for Christmas on December the 23rd at 4pm. The service will last for about 45 minutes and will be suitable for all the family, from the youngest to the oldest. All are welcome to attend, and no tickets are required. Just come along and celebrate the birth of Jesus!

Home Learning Scheme Party

The Blue Boar Seminar Room was packed with parents, children and student volunteers yesterday for the annual Home Learning Scheme party.


For the last few weeks Tom Quad has been strangely quiet as the pump which operates the four water jets of the fountain in Mercury had broken. Now the pump has been repaired and the sound of gently falling water has returned, bringing back to life one of Christ Church's most valued features and one of Oxford's most famous places.

Cathedral Doors

Work has begun to install glass doors to the main entrance of the Cathedral. This exciting project will allow light to enter the West end of the building and will allow visitors and worshippers to look down the nave towards the altar from outside. For the next two weeks  access to the building will only be via the South door, in the Cloister, as it was during the first four hundred years of the college's life.





College Choir at Lichfield Cathedral

The Christ Church College Choir travelled to Lichfield in Staffordshire on Saturday October 28th to sing Evensong in Lichfield's magnificent three-spired Cathedral. In fine voice as ever, the choir was greatly appreciated by the people and clergy at the service and warmly invited to sing there again if they are able.

Slavery and Sugar

The exciting programme for Christ Church's Spring Special-Interest Weekend has been announced and is sure to spark considerable interest. Linked to the 200th anniverary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire in 1807, it will offer a choice of two fascinating themes: the History Option is entitled Empire, Sea Power & Abolition – the Food & Drink title is Sweet Secrets and Strange Delights. 





Senior Common Room Welcome

New Members of the Senior Common Room at Christ Church were welcomed in the customary way last week. After sharing dinner in the Hall all those attending went out onto Tom Quad and stood around Mercury to listen to the ringing of the twelve cathedral bells. This musical celebration is arranged by the Curator of the Common room each year to welcome its new members.

Freshers Welcome

This week one hundred and twenty seven new undergraduates arrrived at Christ Church and were welcomed by their second year college 'parents'. Equipped with a Freshers' Week 'T' shirt, room key and programme of events for their induction over the next few days, they have been made welcome and shown the ropes of life in college by those who did the same last year.

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