St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


St Mary’s Church Clean up

St Mary’s Church Spring Clean – April 1st

No Fooling – Please come help us with Spring cleaning of the church (inside and out) on April 1st from 9am – 12.30pm. Sustenance to be provided. For outside work please bring tools to garden, prune, strim, and sweep the churchyard.

Terry White is visiting Charlbury

Terry Waite, President of Y Care International, is visiting Charlbury.  Come to meet and speak with Terry Waite, humanitarian, author, and former envoy/hostage negotiator who was held captive in Lebanon for nearly 5 years.

St Mary’s Church on 8 April at 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Bacon and Baps to be served with tea & coffee

Lent Lunches

Friday saw the first of the Lent Lunches held in various churches round the town on Friday lunch times during Lent.  For the first one the soup dragons came to St Mary’s bearing a variety of delicious soups. Don’t miss the remaining lunches – see posters for details


Bishop visits Font Café

Our new Bishop of Oxford, The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, visited our Font Café and enjoyed coffee and homemade cake while chatting to everyone, young and old.

The church clock

church tower

Finally, we have got the church clock adjusted and regulated to give an accurate time display for the town.  In the last week, indications are that it lost 30 seconds, which is about as close as we can probably manage at the moment.  It’s been a long haul, and just when you thought it was correct, something else would happen – the cold weather was suspected at one time.  We would like to thank you for your patience and support and hope that the clock is now good for the next 50 years, which would take it near to its 200th birthday.  We still need to keep an eye on it, so if you spot any divergence from its present good behaviour, please let us know. Thank you again for making all this possible.


Annual Box Opening for Children’s Society


The takings for the following: Collection boxes:  £1148.54, Coffee/Donations:  £58.06, and Bric a Brac:  £53.40 made a grand total of £1260.  A fantastic result!  Thank you to the collectors, counters and all who helped in church on Saturday.



Sunday Club creation!

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Ewan’s Armenian cross, made in Sunday club St Mary’s, Charlbury

No ringing-in the New Year!

We regret that, owing to a spate of illness amongst the ringers, there will be no ringing in Charlbury tonight to hail 2017.
We raise a glass to you all and wish you a Very Happy New Year!champagne

Nativity Service 2016 and Recording


A little improvisation took place this year which all added to the usual appeal of our children’s nativity service! Two shepherds – we lost one somewhere…. then one, two, three, four, five Kings… they kept coming and all wearing shining crowns. The angel of the Lord flew all around the church and joined with others who sang a delightful French song beside the crib. Finally all took their places in the stable to worship our very own real baby ‘Jesus’.  More photos

A recording of the service can be found here.  This replaces the usual latest service offering which will not be available this week.