St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


St Birinus Fellowship

On Sunday 15th September, Leah Fowler and David Nicholls became members of the Fellowship of St Birinus, awarded to ‘people who have given exceptional service in some way or other to their church and community over a number of years.’  The award was presented by Bishop Colin at a service in Dorchester Abbey.  Our congratulations, and thanks for all their hard work!

Choir and Bellringers’ BBQ

Wall to wall sunshine, as Maureen’s garden filled with singers, ringers and other halves.

Children’s Pilgrimage to Shorthampton

Members of Sunday Club and their parents enjoyed a gloriously sunny walk to Shorthampton on Sunday 8th September.  We looked for small objects, thought about medieval pilgrims and thanked God for the beauty of his creation.  We were greeted at Shorthampton by Rev Mike Williams, who took the service, then a wonderful lunch was enjoyed by all.  Thanks to David, Christine and Mike.

Pilgrim Path Bank Holiday weekend pilgrimage

Despite the high temperatures, over 25 people joined the Chipping Norton Deanery Bank Holiday Pilgrimage.  Over four days, we walked 40 miles and visited 20 churches, journeying through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country.  Many thanks to all who joined us, particularly John Marshall, who led the walks.

Stay and Play

Every Friday during term time from 13th September. For parents, carers and children 0-2 years. At Charlbury bowls club.

CTC Holiday Club

We had an amazing week last week with over 55 children attending a joint church holiday club held at St Mary’s. The children spent the morning singing, doing craft, playing games outside and watching the entertaining drama of the Watt family. 25 children then carried on in the afternoons with a sports session at the Community centre run by Jason and Michelle. Many families were also able to attend the Holiday Club service on Sunday to see a great photo montage and hear about what had happened during the week. 

Thank you very much to everyone that helped and to the Community Centre for working with us. Holiday club next year will during the same week of the school holidays – Tuesday 28th July – Friday 31st July with a Holiday club service on Sunday 2nd August at 9.45am.

Owl at All Saints

Thanks to the team at Chrissie’s Owls, this owl was rescued yesterday from All Saints Shorthampton.  She was ringed and released. Please remember to close the door after your visit to this wonderful church.

Steel pan workshop

August 6th and 7th 10am – 12noon. £10 for the two mornings. 8 year olds and older. Book on

CTC Big Top Holiday Club

Tuesday 30th July – Friday 2nd August 10am – 12.30. All primary school aged children are invited. Join the fun and activities. Email

A Cracklin Quiz

On Saturday May 4th, enjoy a family-style hog roast followed by an epic quiz at the Charlbury Community Centre. Patrick Derham, Head Master of Westminster School will once again display his unmatched quizardry. Prepare to have fun and be challenged. Food will be served from 630pm and the quiz will start at 730pm. Teams of 6 at £12/person includes supper. Supper alone £7/person. To reserve your place, please contact Dine Glasgow