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Spies, Lies & Intelligence

Professor Sir Michael HowardThe Conflict series conference attracted over 250 participants in early September. The speaker list was headed by Professor Sir Michael Howard (photo left) and other speakers included Bill Duff, formerly with the Special Branch of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and Oleg Gordievsky, former KGB Colonel and head of its London station.

Three Peaks Charity Triumph

One blazing hot day this Summer four Christ Church members of staff completed a grueling 26 mile walk, covering three high peaks in the Yorkshire Dales to raise a total of £820 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Well done to Tom Ford. Michelle Pittam, Philippa Duffin and Linda Palmer!

Disability Equality Scheme

As part of the extension of access for people with disabilities Christ Church intends to publish a Disability Equality Scheme. To be effective this must take account of the views of members, staff, visitors, worshippers and others - whether with or without disabilities.

International Welcomers

Christ Church is very pleased to welcome a team of young people from European countries  for a three week ministry of welcome in the Cathedral. Katrin, Gema, Annonciade, Liesbeth and Jean-Baptiste 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.

Admissions Open Day

Christ Church welcomed many prospective students today as part of a University-wide Open Day for admissions. Sixth Form students from across the country came to get an impression of life at Christ Church, to learn more about the admissions process and to meet the tutors for the subjects they hope to study.

Jan Bolongaro Retires

Jan Bolongaro retires at the end of June after eighteen years of service at Christ Church, including many years as Secretary to the Dean. Many staff and collegues gathered at the Deanery today to wish her well in her retirement, which was marked with tea and a very special cake in the shape of a computor screen,  iced with the words www.happyretirement...

Petertide Ordination

Hundreds of people filled the Cathedral this morning to support the nine men and women being ordained as Deacons to serve across the Diocese of Oxford. Among those ordained by Bishop Colin Fletcher, the Bishop of Dorchester, was Joanna Colicutt McGrath, who has served here as a placement student over the last year. She will serve in the parish of Witney.

25 Years of Women

This weekend saw the return of over two hundred women members of the college for a celebration of the 25 years since Christ Church began to admit women. A whole range of events took place including a special celebration dinner and a special service in the cathedral which involved women members of the House from its different eras.

Summer Gaudy

The Summer Gaudy took place on Thursday June 29th. Christ Church members  who matriculated between 1954 and 1958 returned to the college and enjoyed a great programme of events, including Cathedral Evensong, an oration in the Upper Library by Dr Felicity James, and drinks on Tom Quad before a Gaudy Dinner.

Going Down

As Eighth Week draws to a close all those leaving Christ Church this term celebrated the end of their courses with the customary party at the Deanery on Thursday June 15th, with strawberries and cream of course! The weather was kind and the Deanery garden was bathed in late afternoon sun as tutors, graduates and undergraduates enjoyed the chance to meet without the need to discuss tutorials, deadlines or exam revision.

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