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St Giles’ Church, Oxford

Parish News

St Giles’ Church, Oxford Parish News October 2018 Free

October 2018



Vicar: Canon Andrew Bunch, The Vicarage, Church Walk, Oxford OX2 6LY

01865 510460

Associate Priest: Revd Tom Albinson

01865 515409 or 07426 948251 Lay Minister: David Longrigg, 9 Hawkswell Gardens, Oxford OX2 7EX (576638)

Benefice Manager: Meg Peacock 10 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT


07776 588712

Maureen Chu

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Joanne Russell

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Safeguarding Officer: Siân Grønlie

Treasurer: Rod Nixon

Music Director: Andrew Patterson

Choir Director: Nicholas Prozzillo

PCC Secretary: Sarah-Jane White

Captain of the Bells: John Pusey

Church Flowers: Mary Whitlock

Benefice Secretary: Anne Dutton







________________________________________________________________ WEEKLY SERVICES AT ST GILES’


8:00 am

Holy Communion (BCP)

10:30 am

Holy Communion

6:30 pm

Evensong (BCP)


5:30 pm

Evening Prayer


5:30 pm

Evening Prayer


12:30 pm


5:30 pm

Evening Prayer


5:30 pm

Evening Prayer


1:15 pm

Taizé Worship

5:30 pm

Evening Prayer


5:30 pm

Evening Prayer


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Contents October 2018

William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures

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Retirement of Revd Georgie Simpson, Associate Priest

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St Giles’ – My Top Ten

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Rationing in the First World War Anne Dutton

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St GilesParish Magazine 100 Years Ago October 1918

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St GilesChoir Tour to Italy, July 2018 Imran Hashmi

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Young RingersVisit to St Giles’ – Susan Read/John Pusey

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Autumn/Winter 2018 Jazz at St Giles

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St GilesParish News, November 2018

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St GilesParish Magazine 50 Years Ago October 1968

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Dates for your Diary October 2018

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B ORN in Gloucestershire in about 1494, William Tyndale studied first at Magdalen Hall (now Magdalen College), Oxford, and then

at Cambridge. He became determined to translate the Scriptures from the Greek directly into contemporary English but was thwarted in this by the Bishop of London. So William settled in Hamburg in 1524, never returning to England. When the first copies of his translation arrived in England in 1526, it was bitterly attacked as subversive by the ecclesial authorities. He spent much of the rest of his life making revisions to his work, but also writing many theological works. His lifes-work proved good enough to be the basic working text for those who, at the beginning of the following century, were to produce what became known as the Authorised Version of the Bible. He was eventually arrested in 1535 and imprisoned in Brussels on charges of heresy. He

was first strangled and then burnt at the stake on 6 th October 1536. His last words were, Lord, open the King of Englands eyes.(From: Exciting Holiness)



My dear friends,

As some of you may know, on Michaelmas Sunday, 30 th September, I am officially retiring from my position as Associate Priest in the Benefice. My final service will be the 10:30 am Parish Eucharist at St Margaret’s. Ben and I would like to invite you all to drinks and nibbles after that service and do hope you will be able to join us.

With much love, Georgie


2. Georgie’s future ministry – From the Vicar

Dear Friends,

As Georgie says in her letter, she will be retiring as an Associate priest licensed to this Benefice at the end of September. Since her retirement from stipendiary ministry with us 10 years ago, Georgie has been developing the life of the Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth (OCSG). Part of her work with OCSG was carried out in this benefice. She has organised no less than 10 eight-week series of talks on various forms of spirituality, together with numerous other talks, Quiet Days, study days on prayer etc. After this September, Georgie will spend more of her time developing the ministry of OCSG further, organising more events, all of which will be designed to make meaningful con- nections for people, stretch their imaginations and deepen their faith. Two such events are coming up in October.

The first, on Saturday 20 th October, at Corpus Christi College, is The Song of Songs: Wisdom’s Song of Love through Word, Music and Silence a reflective study day led by a well-known author of the Christian mystical tradition. Georgie writes… “The most mysterious of all the books in Holy Scripture, The Song of Songs has been well-loved and well-known for centuries. To name


but a few, in the 8th century, the Venerable Bede wrote a commentary on it; in the 12th century, St Bernard of Clairvaux wrote 86 sermons on it; the 16th century mystics, St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross were profoundly influenced by it. And it has provided much inspiration for classical and popular composers throughout time. The Song of Songs was described by a significant 2nd century

Jewish teacher, Rabbi Akiva, as ‘the holy of the holies’ and is perhaps

best seen as the ultimate love poem from God, expressing a passionate yearning for the people of God to return God’s super-abundant love for his entire creation.” See details Telephone Georgie: 07803 031 977

The second event, on Thursday 25 th October, at Wolfson College, is An Evening with Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation. The main talk ‘Christian Meditation in a Secular Age: Rediscovering faith and belief’ at 7 pm, will be preceded by (optional) informal conversations and discussions from 5:30 pm. See details / 07803 031 977

So, as you see, Georgie’s ministry will continue, but will take a different form. I know that she would be delighted to see members of this Benefice at the events she will be organising in the future. We will try to ensure that we keep you informed of what she is organising.

With best wishes, Yours, Andrew.



T HIS AUTUMN, the study material distributed by e-mail and the series of Thursday lunch-time talks at St Gileswill have the same

focus … writings and books that have inspired people. From the first week of October, a short review will be sent out by

e-mail each week on a book which has been influential to their life of faith of your clergy. A short daily thought will be sent out from the book in question to supplement the book review. Ten books will be included in this weekly series.


The Thursday lunch-time talks will have a similar theme. Each week a talk will be given in which a speaker will present readings, stories or quotes which they have found to be inspirational to them. The speakers come from a range of different faith backgrounds. We will hear views from Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and Confucian perspectives. The series starts on 11 th October at 12:30 pm in St Giles. Andrew Bunch

My Top Ten: Readings, Stories and Quotes that Inspire Thursday Lunchtime Talks at 12:30 pm in St GilesChurch

11 th October

Auden, the Psalms and Me J Chester Johnson, Poet, Essayist and Translator

18 th October

My Top Ten Stories Jesus Told Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford

25 th October

Understanding China Today Can Confucius Help? Rana Mitter,

Director of the Oxford University China Centre

1 st November

Three Thousand Years of Christian Writings

Richard J Ounsworth OP,

Lecturer in Scripture at Blackfriars, Oxford

8 th November

Engaging Emptiness

Matthew Steven Carlos,

Zen Monk, Oxford Monastic Institute

15 th November

Pertinent Questions. Provocative Answers

Penny Faust,

Broadcaster and Education Consultant

22 nd November

Buddhist Stories to Ponder

Isabel Smith,

Senior Member of Shoboan Zen Temple, London

29 th November

Stories of the Prophets

Monawar Hussain,

Imam and Founder of The Oxford Foundation

The talks are free, and everyone is welcome!



  • I letters. As it was issued

RECENTLY found a WW1 ration book in a box of old postcards and

RATIONING IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR I letters. As it was issued RECENTLY found a WW1

100 years ago, on 31 st October 1918, I thought it

might be interesting to find out a little about how rationing affected people on the Home Front.

(Source: Wikipedia)

In line with its business as usualpolicy during the Great War, the British government was initially reluctant to try to control the food markets. It fought off attempts to introduce minimum prices in cereal production, though relenting in the area of control of essential imports (sugar, meat, and grains). When it did introduce changes, they were limited. In 1916, it became illegal to consume more than two courses while lunching in a public eating place or more than three for dinner; fines were introduced for members of the public found feeding the pigeons or stray animals. In January 1917, Germany started unrestricted submarine warfare to try to starve Britain into submission. To meet this threat, voluntary rationing was introduced in February 1917. Bread was subsidised from September that year. Prompted by local authorities taking matters into their own hands, compulsory rationing was introduced in stages between December 1917 and February 1918 as Britain’s supply of wheat decreased to just six weeks’

RATIONING IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR I letters. As it was issued RECENTLY found a WW1

worth. To help the process,

ration books were introduced in

July 1918 for butter, margarine, lard, meat, and sugar.

Anne Dutton


100 Years Ago Parish Magazine, October 1918

Harvest Festival:

There will be celebrations of the Holy Communion at 7, 8, 9.45, and after Morning Prayer. The preacher at 11 will be the Rev John Hallward, who worked for a good many years in Rhodesia, and is now

training the Serbian theological students at St Stephen’s House.

We have so great cause for thanksgiving this year in the bounteous wheat harvest which has been given to relieve our great need that our Festival will be kept with more than ordinary devotion and gladness.

War Kitchen for North Oxford:

The premises at the corner of Woodstock Road and Observatory Street are being prepared as a War Kitchen, and it is expected that they will be ready and in use about the middle of October. The shop at 63 Woodstock Road will at the same time be opened as a restaurant, so that those who wish to have their meals on the spot will avoid the heat, etc., of the Kitchen premises. It is proposed that the Kitchen shall be open from 11.45 to 1.30 and again in the evening from 6 to 7 or thereabouts. It is hoped that the Kitchen will be greatly appreciated in view of the shortage of fuel during the coming winter, and also as a means of national economy both of fuel and food.

Lighting and Fuel:

In view of the great need of economy in the use of electric light it is our duty to see that there is no waste in the lighting of the Church. There have been times when a great many lights have been required for very few people, because some have been sitting at the back of the Church when there was plenty of room in front. We must, in future, use only those lights which are really necessary, and ask the congregation to sit near the front when the Church is only half full. This applies chiefly to the Wednesday evening services. All Incumbents are asked to urge their parishioners to use the greatest economy in fuel, and to try to keep well under the rations of coal and gas allotted to them.



T HE 26 th July represents a pivotal date in British musical history. On this day in 1943, Mick Jagger was born. Fifty-seven years later, the

popular Manchester band Oasis stormed off stage after a hostile reception at a Swiss musical festival. On this day in 2018, the choir of

St Giles’ Church travelled to the sun-soaked hills of Tuscany to mark the

start of its sixth annual tour. The party of over 80 people was welcomed heartily by the family-run Casa Diocesana, found amongst the beautiful scenery just outside of the city of Lucca. As recommended in the detailed programme of events and timings put together by choirmaster Dr Nicholas Prozzillo, the members of the choir made sure to get an early night in preparation for the first big event of the tour the next morning:

the much-anticipated visit to the venerable grounds of the H20 Reset water park. After two hours of soaking up the Tuscan sun and plenty of sliding around on the water park’s attractions, the choir left play-time behind to focus on preparing to sing Mass in the stunning Basilica di Santa Croce that evening. Singing in the grandeur of the Basilica, itself the burial place of Galileo and Michelangelo, represented a great privilege for the choir. This performance was also a fitting way to get the ball rolling on the choir’s musical escapades on the tour, and the high standards set by both adult singers and young choristers alike set

the tone for the tour’s remaining services and concerts. The sound

produced by the choir, supported by some fine organ accompaniment from Messrs organist Andrew Patterson and senior organ scholar

James Fellows, developed and grew over the rest of the tour. The

surroundings of Lucca’s Cattedrale di San Martino and the Cattedrale di

San Zeno of Pistoia were wonderful environments in which to perform pieces of music as serene as Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus to the splendour of Widor’s Tantum Ergo. The choir’s growing number of young choral scholars were also provided with the chance to demonstrate their flourishing skills, performing a mixture of pieces with skill and energy, highlighting a great deal of promise for the future of the choir. As is the case with St Giles’ choir tours, singing and a healthy amount of rest are not the only items on the agenda. In addition to the much-loved trip to H20 Reset, there were several cultural visits on offer


on the tour. One highlight was choir member and revered classicist Dr

Andrew Sillett’s tour of a Roman theatre in the historic town of

Volterra. The writer is glad to report that several of the young

choristers amongst the group were gripped by Andrew’s explanation of

the workings of the Roman stage, and the future of the humanities

thus seems to be in good hands.

The Choir of St Giles’ Church enjoyed yet another highly successful tour. This is true not just of the fantastic sound produced by the choir, but also of the close sense of community amongst choir members and their families. It goes without saying that such tours would not be possible without a great deal of behind-the-scenes work and organisation. Thanks are owed to the organizers, whose efforts culminated in an enjoyable and memorable tour. We are already looking forward to our 2019 tour, announced recently by the choirmaster, which will take us to Umbria for another week of music-

making, relaxing, and perhaps even the odd water slide…

Imran Hashmi, Senior Choral Scholar

on the tour. One highlight was choir member and revered classicist Dr Andrew Sillett’s tour of

Rehearsing for a concert in the Duomo di Lucca


YOUNG RINGERSVISIT TO ST GILESCHURCH DURING ST GILESFAIR MONDAY 3 rd SEPTEMBER 2018 (Based on a report by Susan Read, Training Officer, Old North Berks Branch, Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers)

E VERY year early in September, the road between St Mary Magdalen and St Giles’ churches in Oxford is transformed into a

magnificent fairground for two days. There are large and small fairground rides, as well as stalls selling all manner of hot and cold foods, etc. The crowds and the noise are phenomenal! To allow the people some respite from the clamour, St Giles’ Church traditionally opens and serves tea and cakes. And the St Giles ringers like to ring changes on handbells, as publicity for church bell ringing, and as entertainment for the Fair-goers who have come into the church. For the second year running, the Fair provided an opportunity for a number of young bellringers from different parts of the diocese to gather to ring both tower bells and handbells at St Giles. With all the noise of the fairground, it was felt that the noise of tower bells was hardly going to matter to anyone trying to work nearby! And the vicar was pleased at having a group of young people happily trying to ring handbells later in the afternoon, providing entertainment for the


visitors who had retreated from the Fair into the church to find refreshments and a place to sit down.


There were eight young ringers in the visiting party, plus 10 accompanying adults, some of whom were also ringers. The young people (including one member of the St Gilesband) represented four branches of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers: Old North Berks, Reading, Witney & Woodstock, and Oxford City. Tower bell ringing ranged from call changes and plain hunt to plain bob on five and on seven bells, and, by request, we also played some

unconventional ringing games: “Twister”, taking turns twisting to face the wall or back again, while ringing rounds; and “Killer”, trying to bring

all the bells to rest at the same time, after an exact small number of strokes determined by throwing a die, with those who went on ringing

too long losing points.

The Women’s Institute and church ladies provided some lovely

filled bread rolls, cake and drinks, and then the young ringers paired off to try to find the answers to a quiz sheet about the church. We

There were eight young ringers in the visiting party, plus 10 accompanying adults, some of whom

Young ringers with Susan Read

followed this by taking out our handbells. We attempted to ring plain hunt: standing in a row in front of the chancel step, with one bell each, and swapping places physically with a neighbour and then ringing the


bells along the row in a rearranged order. It worked with just six young people, but was not quite so successful with 12 (including three additional children who were just visiting the church). Then we rang tunes on handbells, reading from scores using a simple numerical notation - and were surprised and pleased when the congregation

burst into applause after our rendition of “My Grandfather’s Clock”.

Meanwhile, some of the accompanying parents had been marking the children’s answers to a quiz about the church, and the afternoon was rounded off by announcing the answers to the quiz and awarding small chocolate bars as prizes, before the young ringers dispersed. Groups of experienced handbell ringers rang changes at the end of the afternoon on both days of the Fair: the performance on the Tuesday was a quarter peal of 1264 changes, successfully completed in

bells along the row in a rearranged order. It worked with just six young people, but

40 minutes, by Craig Robertson, John Pusey, Joe Norton (conductor), and Lindsay Powell - and these performances too earned applause from visitors seated in the church, a few of whom had been watching and listening throughout.



13 th October 27 th October 10 th November 17 th November 24 th November 1 st December

Trifarious Trio Russian Roulette The Ben Holder Hot Club de Paris Quartet Art Themen Quintet: “New Directions” Brickwork Lizards Tommaso Starace All Star Trio David Gordon Trio:

Alexander’s (Scriabin) Ragtime Band

All concerts take place on Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Tickets: £15/£12 (concessions)/£8 (students)/£5 (children)

Further details at


AUTUMN/WINTER 2018 JAZZ AT ST GILES’ PROGRAMME 13 October 27 October 10 November 17 November 24


ST GILES’ PARISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 2018 If you haven’t yet sent in your thoughts (and many thanks to everyone

who has already done so), this is the final call for contributions to our special November edition to mark the centenary of the Armistice in


The closing date for submissions will be mid-October please send by email to: or give a hard copy to Maureen Chu or Alison Bickmore.


50 Years Ago Parish Magazine, October 1968

Vicar’s Notes (Rev Stanley Birtwell):

The great event for us in October will no doubt be the Bazaar. It is being run this year for two important social services both entirely voluntary – “Simon” and “Shelter”. … We are having an opportunity to see “Cathy Come Home, a documentary about the tragedy of homeless families, after Evensong on Sunday, October 13 th . …

We expect Dr Caldwell’s successor, Miss Rosemary Hill (a music

graduate of Leicester University and now engaged on research as a member of St Anne’s College) to begin her work on October 1 st . Dr Caldwell we give our best wishes for his new job at St Philip and St James. This post involves much less work and offers perhaps the finest recital organ in any Oxford parish church. Pressed as he has been for time this will be a great relief to Dr Caldwell and will keep him involved in Church music. So to him we give our warmest thanks for what he has done for us in these two years.

Social Committee:

By the time most of you read this our Parish Breakfast will have taken place. The Social Committee are disappointed that there has been no response to their appeal for new volunteers to undertake the catering for this Breakfast. My wife will now be in charge on this occasion. For future Breakfasts the Committee would be pleased to receive offers from anyone who would be prepared to do the cooking,


R H Goddard, Chairman


Sunday 7 th Oct 10:30 am 3:00 pm 7:30 pm


Confirmation Animal Service Priest and Pints at The Royal Oak

Thursday 11 th 12:30 pm

St Ethelburga, Abbess, 675 Talk Auden, the Psalms, and Me

Saturday 13 th 7:30 pm

St Edward the Confessor, 1066 Jazz Concert - Trifarious

Sunday 14 th


10:30 am

Choral Matins

Thursday 18 th 12:30 pm

St Luke the Evangelist Talk My Top Ten Stories Jesus Told

Sunday 21 st


Thursday 25 th 12:30 pm

Ss Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs, c 287 Talk Understanding China Today:

Can Confucius Help?

Saturday 27 th 7:30 pm

Jazz Concert Ben Holder Quartet

Sunday 28 th


Thursday 1 st Nov 12:30 pm

All Saints Day Talk Three Thousand Years of Christian Writings

Sunday 4 th

All Saints Sunday

6:30 pm

Fauré Requiem Eucharist

Thursday 8 th Nov 12:30 pm

Saints and Martyrs of England Talk Engaging Emptiness