Bell ringers wanted!

The bells! The bells! At Piddington Church we have six bells which we ring for weddings and other special occasions. We would like to ring them regularly for our eleven o’clock services each Sunday, but to do that we need more ringers.

The traditional English art of bell ringing (campanology) involves swinging the bells through just over a complete circle by pulling on their ropes.

Each bell sounds a different note. After the bells are cast they are individually tuned to notes so that the set will sound harmonious when rung. Actually, this is not a single tone for each bell but a group of tones making up a minor chord. This is why when one bell is rung on its own (tolled) it can sound sad. Have a look at this video to see the bells being rung and learn about how they are tuned.

To see how ringing works in more detail have a look and listen to one of Oxford’s towers.  You can hear that when they first begin to ring the bells, they are rung in “rounds” - the highest first note to the lo…

Horton Church drop in session 7th November

For those who are interested in "What is happening to Horton Church"  there is to be a drop - in session on Thursday 7th Nov 3pm - 7pm at Horton Cricket Club hosted by the Church Commissioners.
The Church Commissioners will be there to answer questions and provide information about the situation with Horton Church.
Apologies for short notice but we were only informed this week about the event.

Christmas appeal Pack a Backpack!

Whilst thoughts turn towards buying presents for the people we love this Christmas, think about others less fortunate and clear some space at the same time for some new presents. Mary's Meals is a charity that provides children in Africa with essentials for school. So if you want to recycle some old children's clothes or stationery items like rulers, colouring pencils and pens, an old towel or even that odd spoon that is sitting in your cutlery drawer...this is your opportunity. Bring your unwanted ...sorry preloved items to church. A full list of what is needed is on the poster below and we will make sure they get to the charity for distribution. There will be a box in each church for individual items or if you have an old backpack sitting unloved in the back of your wardrobe and you can fill it yourself or even donate it for us to fill then prepacked or empty please leave them all for us by the 9th of November. There will be a packing party on the 10th Novemeber at 3pm in St…

Chistmas tree festival and wassail

Please come and support us and get into the Christmas spirit at either the Christmas Tree Festival or the Wassail. 

The Festival is on Saturday 30th November 10am - 4 pm and Sunday 1st December 1pm - 4pm. 

I wonder if your favourite story will be there...I know mine is, as I have done a tree, which is the only way you can guarantee your favourite story will be illustrated on a tree! If you want to decorate a tree based on your favourite story then contact Cheryl on 01604 870222.
The Wassail service statrs at 6 pm on the 1st of December and if you come a lttle beforehand you will be treated to some of Jo's Jolly Juice or Punch and mincepies...what could be better on a dank, dreary, dark December evening...see you there!

Winter Fayre & A Light for a Loved One

Please support us in our fundraising efforts.
On the 23rd November at St. Edmunds between 2pm amd 4.30pm we have a winter fayre with lots of stalls, refreshments and of course a raffle!
Following on from our successful 'Light For a Loved One fundraising drive last year we will be trying to light up as many of our beautiful trees as possible £10 for a light and you can get forms from the shop, pubs, post office or from the church through John and Hilary themselves. All the details on the posters below.
Thanks for your ongoing and invaluable support.

Friends of Hardingstone table top sale

Come along to the Table Top Sale Saturday 5th October 10am - 3 pm at Bouverie House proceeds shared between Friends of Hardingstone and supporters of St Edmund's

Harvest services

You are warmly invited to our Harvest services.

Next Sunday, the 29th of September at the 11 am service in Hardingstone, which is followed by a light lunch for £3

Also next Sunday there is a harvest service and supper at Quinton at 5 pm

The following Sunday the 6th of October, there is a harvest service in Piddington at 11 am.