An evening with Bill & Bob

Saturday 23rd July 2016 at 7:30pm

An Evening with Bill and Bob
(celebrating Shakepeare and Chilcott)

St Nicholas Church, Chadlington, Oxfordshire, OX7 3LX

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Commotio is excited to perform for the first time in Chadlington, with internationally renowned composer and choral expert, Bob Chilcott. Following the success of their last joint project, The Rose in the Middle of Winter CD, which topped the Classical Specialist Chart in 2013, Commotio will be recording a new CD with Bob Chilcott later this year.

Highlighting the versatility of Chilcott’s work, Commotio will perform both a capella works and with acclaimed jazz pianist Alexander Hawkins and jazz trio.

Commemorating 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, Commotio will breathe new life into Shakespeare’s familiar words with contemporary choral settings by Leslie, Hyde, Larsen and Łukaszewski. Following hot on the heels of the American premiere, Commotio will sing the European Premiere of Bob Chilcott’s Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda in which poet Charles Bennett gives new voice to Shakespeare’s much loved characters in this choral-jazz fusion.

Join Bob Chilcott and Commotio for a fantastic evening of world-class contemporary choral music, including the opportunity to meet one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary composers!

Tickets £12/£8 available from here

What does it mean to be Inclusive?

Saturday 16 July 2016

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On Saturday 16th July there is a half-day Inclusive Church event for the Diocese of Gloucester exploring what it means to be inclusive. It will take place at The National Star College, Ullenwood Manor, Ullenwood, Cheltenham GL53 9QU – about 50 minutes drive away – between 1.30 – 4.30 pm.

Although we are not in the Diocese of Gloucester we have been invited to attend and a group from the Benefice will be going. If you would like to join us please let Mark know as soon as possible by emailing him here.

Folk Concert

Saturday 21 May at 7.30 pm

FOLK BAND CONCERT

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BY “MAGPIE LANE”

SPELSBURY VILLAGE HALL

SATURDAY 21 MAY at 7.30pm

In aid of the Friends of All Saints Church, Spelsbury

Magpie Lane is a long established and highly regarded 5 piece Folk Band based in Oxford, specialising in traditional English songs and dance tunes. They give regular concerts in the Holywell Music Rooms and at folk festivals around the country. See their website www.magpielane.co.uk.

Admission is £12 to include a free drink on arrival
£10 for Friends of All Saints Church

A cash bar and small eats will be available during the interval

Tickets and more details here

Meditation in Ascott

‘Meditation enables us to take a step back from ourselves, and put things in perspective.’

‘Meditation is seeing things as they really are, rather than as we think we want them to be.’

‘Above all, meditation belongs at the heart of life.’ 

(Nicholas Buxton, The Wilderness Within – Meditation and modern life)

Not many know about the new monthly event in the centre of our village, held at the church but designed for anyone of any faith or worldview who would value a time of silence.  The Mid Month Meditation (MMM) is currently scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month and lasts for about 35 minutes, from 6.15pm.  For those of us whose lives are generally fast, frantic and noisy, as well as for those whose inner life has some of the same characteristics, this can be a welcome period to sit quietly and still our minds.

The three quotations above illustrate what unites us.  If you go along to a MMM, you’ll find on your way in a laminated introductory page of A4 which invites you to ‘join this period of quiet in whatever way suits you’.  It goes on:

We may start with some sentences from a Christian or spiritual source but the substance is about meditation or contemplation and the words will hopefully either inspire us or just help us to learn from those with more experience.

Borrowing from the form of a Quaker meeting, anyone is welcome to break the silence in order to share thoughts or the inspiration of the moment.

Or you may just want to practise mindfulness or any other form of meditation which works for you.

Exploiting this beautiful old sacred building to the full, we tend to sit in the choir stalls in monastic or collegiate fashion.  Very often, after the introductory words to mark the start of the meditation, there is a relaxing half-hour of silence broken only by birdsong from the churchyard or a passing train on the Cotswold line.  There may only be a handful of us and it is very informal.

To know more you are welcome to contact David Soward – david dot soward at gmail dot com [please remove spaces and replace ‘at’ and ‘dot’ with the appropriate symbols]

Syria – one week to help

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Our friends at Charlbury Refugee Action Committee have recently sent out an urgent appeal for food for refugees from Syria.  If you are able to contribute please do so.  They write:

People in Witney, Hook Norton, Oxford, Swindon and Wycombe are working together to fill a container which will take food to people in desperate need in Syria.

You can help in Charlbury too.

Aid workers in Syria risk their lives every day to provide vital and life saving aid to the victims of war! The aim is to fill a container with provisions which will be sent directly to Syria within the next few weeks, reaching people who are being bombed and slaughtered on a daily basis, and are presented from fleeing for refuge abroad.

If you can take part, our closing date is THURSDAY MAY 27 at 5 pm

Please…

• do not bring anything that is not on the list. 
• please phone 01608 811378 or email charlburyrefugee@gmail.com to find your nearest drop-off point in or near Charlbury.
• rather than an assortment of items, please donate multiples or trays/cases of just one (or at most two) items. They are much easier to package.


How to contribute in cash

If you would like to contribute money to the Witney collection rather than buying things yourself, you can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/24jnsyus However, you are not able to add Gift Aid.

If you wish to donate direct to One Nation, who are the charity organising the filling of dozens of containers across the country, your money will go further if you pay income tax and apply Gift Aid (which increases the value of your donation by 25%). The link for making a donation is https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/onenationinsyria

EU Referendum

On 23 June each of us will be asked to answer the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”  While the overarching question may itself seem simple, the sub questions it contains are multiple and complex and we are being bombarded daily in the media with claims and counter claims. How then should we as Christians make sense of this complexity? What should provide the lens through which we sort through all the information with which we will no doubt be bombarded over the coming weeks and months and come to some decision with integrity and in good faith?

At the request of a number of people in the Benefice we are trying to organise a meeting with an outside speaker to lead a discussion on this important issue.  So far we have been unsuccessful!

However, The Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland has produced a useful,  balanced and impartial guide, with appropriate question and Bible references, which you can view here or pick up a copy from the back of Church.

You might like to use the following prayer.

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