Social and fundraising events

Further details and tickets for any of these events can be obtained from Revd Sarah or e-mail

2 events happening during the first weekend of December.

Saturday 1st December – family Christmas crafts at Longford park School 10.30am – 12 noon, drop-in.

Sunday 2nd December Bishop Loveday school winter fayre, at which the church will be having a stall.

Winter fayre flyer

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Quiz Night 2

Booking for this event is essential as we have to limit numbers of teams. Please book early to avoid disappointment!


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Tickets now available from Revd Sarah or email


For those of you interested in the treasure hunt answers, here is the link to them – I have done it as a link, so if you don’t want to see them because you haven’t done it yet, it won’t spoil it for you!

Treasure Hunt answers

Thank you to everyone who attended our BBQ yesterday and/or took part in the treasure hunt. We we thrilled to welcome so many families from different parts of our parish and beyond. You will be pleased to hear we raised around £300 towards our craft mornings and new cafe church. Raffle prizes have been collected or delivered, so I’m afraid if you haven’t heard anything, you didn’t win one! 6 entries for the treasure hunt had all 20 answers correct and went into a prize draw. The winner of the treasure chest, picked by our vicar, was Ethan Maylor. Congratulations! I will post the answers to the treasure hunt at a later date, but I know there are still some people hoping to do it just for fun, so I won’t spoil their enjoyment just yet.

If you do still want to do the treasure hunt just for fun, there are some copies available. We are asking for £1 donation to be put in the wall safe (to the left of door as you go out)

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Advance treasure maps for the treasure hunt are now available from church, Ann or Sarah or email and we can send one. There will also be a box in church for you to return your completed entry before 12 noon on 19th August, if you are unable to come along on the day.

This has been set up as an ‘event’ on our Facebook page, so if you are definitely planning to come, it would be helpful if you could mark yourself as ‘going’ or send a message with numbers to assist us with catering. Alternatively, e-mail the office (as above)

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Due to the popularity of this talk, and disappointment expressed by those unable to attend the talk on Ethiopia, Sarah has kindly agreed to an ‘encore’ to take place on 10th June following the evening service. We hope this will mean more people can hear about her pilgrimage.

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Christmas Bazaar

Thank you to all who supported our bazaar in any way. We raised £736 towards church funds this year, a little down on previous years.












Longford Park School crafts morning

This year, rather than expect everyone to come to us, we decided to take our popular crafts morning to the families on Longford Park, hopeful that our regular families would join us there!

So, on a rather dismal morning, we set up a series of different crafts themed around the Christmas story in their new school hall and waited, with a little trepidation, to see whether anyone would come.

We weren’t disappointed! During the morning, a good number of families attended, bringing around 32 children between them. They all enjoyed making tea light holders, stained glass windows, wooden tree decorations, cards, crowns and scratch art hanging decorations, along with calendars for next year.







We served refreshments which were appreciated by the adults and children alike – particularly the biscuits!

A huge thank you to all the adults who helped out during the morning, making all the families very welcome and assisting with crafts where necessary. Also to the school for allowing us to use their facilities.

Our next craft morning is planned for Saturday 24th March and will have an Easter theme. This time, we are taking it to Chasewell Community Centre, convenient for some of the other families in our parish. We hope you will all join us again then. Look out for details!





Peal for Pudsey in aid of Children in Need

Thank you to everyone who supported our Peal for Pudsey.

The quarter peal was successful and the amount raised through sponsorship was a truly heart-warming £700, with almost £300 coming from Bodicote.

The event, organised by the Banbury Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, was supported by ringers and congregations from across the area.


The team of bell ringers involved in the Pudsey Peal


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Beetle Drive

Although a little disappointed at the turnout, those attending enjoyed a fun and friendly afternoon of beetle, tea and cakes. The children had the chance to play their own version, where they had to assemble a beetle, rather than just draw one!

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Family summer crafts morning

Saturday 15th July 10am – 12 noon in Church House.

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Combined Church and School Fete – the Bishop Loveday Big 50th Birthday Bonanza

We are pleased to announce that this popular event raised £6,140, which will be split between church and school once 10% has been shared between the Bodicote Scout Hut Refurbishment Fund and Let’s Play Project.

Friday 16th June 5-9pm at the school.

The Archives Exhibition will also be open on Saturday 17th from 2-4pm for those unable to come to the fete. Refreshments available.


Do come along and support your local youth drama group.

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Bodicote Church and Bishop Loveday School 50th Birthday Bonanza

Friday 16th June 5-9pm

This year, given that many former staff and pupils may wish to be involved with the 50th birthday celebrations, and may not live locally, we have decided to offer fete raffle tickets for sale online.

As with all of the profits from the fete, 5% will go to the Let’s Play Project in Banbury, 5% will go to Bodicote Scout Group’s Kitchen Refurbishment Fund, with the remainder being split between the Church and the School.

If you would like to buy tickets online, you can make payment here:

Please DO NOT add gift aid to your payment. Tickets are 50p each, or £2.50 for a book of five. Once you have made payment, please either message Bodicote Church on Facebook with details of your email address, or email and we will provide you with your ticket information.



Bodicote Open Gardens, including a floral display in church

Sunday 2nd July 2-6pm

Floral display in church will be open on Saturday 1-5pm and Sunday 2-6pm, followed by a Songs of Praise service at 6.30pm (Please note the change from usual time)

10 gardens will be open to view, including The Plough ‘Pub Garden of the Year’ in 2016

£6 entry to include entrance to all the gardens – available at any of the gardens or Church House on the day.

Refreshments in Church House from 2-6pm and the Grand Raffle will be drawn there at 5pm.1st prize £100, kindly donated by Taylor Wimpey.

Free parking near Bodicote Flyover (signposted on the day) and disabled parking only at Church House. Please be considerate to Bodicote residents when choosing where to park.

Proceeds from the event will go to Bodicote Friday Dementia Group and the church.

Further details from Lynette Langley 01295 264647

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Soup for Sudan

Monday 22nd May 12.45pm in Church House

Come along and support a special lunch in aid of the East Africa Famine Appeal (unicef) for relief for the people of East Africa who are currently facing starvation due to the war, drought and famine they are experiencing.

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Jazz Concert Saturday 20th May 7.30pm

We welcome back the popular Porterhouse House Six for a concert in church on Saturday 20th May. Doors open at 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine, or soft drink, and nibbles. They are available in advance as detailed on poster below and will also be available on the door.

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Christian Aid tea

Some photos from our Christian Aid tea, which together with donations from the Bodicote Film Club, has raised £712 to date. (15/5/17)

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Taking place in Church House on Sunday 14th May to mark the start of Christian Aid week, followed by a special service at 6pm in church.

Instead of the usual door-to -door collection, we are trying this as a new venture. Envelopes will be available in church to enable people to make their donations. These can be posted through the vicarage door (2 The Rydes), handed into any steward at church, or put through the wall safe to the right of the door as you enter church.

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Easter coffee morning 

Saturday 1st April from 10.30 – 12noon.  Usual stalls and refreshments. Do come along and enjoy a coffee and hot cross bun and browse the stalls.

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At the same time, in the back room of Church House, we will be having a family Easter themed crafts morning, following our popular Christmas crafts. Free, but donations to cover costs are welcomed.

N.B This is a family event, so children must be accompanied – but you will still be able to browse the coffee morning stalls while you are there!

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Quiz night

Friday 31st March at 7pm. Teams of up to 6 people. Thanks to our generous sponsor, All Trades Building Ltd  we are able to offer a £60 cash prize to the winning team. £10 a head, to include the quiz, jacket potato and one glass of wine or soft drink. Further drinks available from our ‘donations’ bar. Booking is required to assist us with catering. Tel: 01295 258122 or e-mail

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The contact details for our sponsor or 01295 251122