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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.

8's Week

Christ Church crews competing in '8's week celebrated on Saturday night after a week which despite rain and a few setbacks was a very great success for Christ Church rowing. The Men's 1st '8' ended the week up one place, at a very promising 4th in the 1st Division, and the Women's 1st '8' moved up two, to a fantastic best ever second place on the river, behind SEH. All our other crews put in great performances too.

Website Goes Live

Website ScreenshotThe new Christ Church website was switched to it's new location on Friday 26th of May, after several months of preparation. Computer Officers Andrew Middleton and Mike Smith provided the technical know-how for the new site, and Ralph Williamson as Website Officer brought material together. A big thank you to the Website Committee and all those who have contributed.

HM Queen Elizabeth

Photo: RWHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth  II visited Christ Church on Friday May the 5th and was greeted on Tom Quad by cheering crowds of students and staff, members of the college and cathedral, along with their families and friends. The Queen was welcomed by the Dean and enjoyed a splendid lunch in Hall before visiting the cathedral to see the Bell Altar, carved from a block of oak given by Her Majesty in memory of Bishop Bell.

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