Milcombe Church

Milcombe St Laurence Church 



SUSAN RICHARDSON – 01295 721667 – 

NIGEL DAVIS – 01295 722936 –


Hazel, Marlene and Michael have keys to the Vestry for those cleaning the brasses. The Church is open daily from approximately 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a Prayer Book just inside the main door for you to write in your own  prayers.

There is FAIRTRADE STALL most weeks in Church after Sunday Service.






SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22nd – ALL AGE WORSHIP (Trinity 19) – This is a Family Service

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29th – HOLY COMMUNION for the last Sunday after Trinity. This is a joint Service with South Newington in St. Laurence’s. (British Summer time ends) You will find a warm welcome in St. Laurence’s Church and we serve refreshments after Services so that people can meet socially and chat and find out more about our Church.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th – BENEFICE PRAYER BREAKFAST at 9.15am in St. Laurence’s Church. Please join us for coffee and croissants followed by a short time of prayer and quiet reflection.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5th – A SPECIAL SERVICE TO REMEMBER THOSE WE LOVE BUT SEE NO LONGER. There will be a list in Church for you to write in the names of your loved ones which are read out during the Service.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12th – REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – Bloxham War Memorial at 10.45am and St. Laurence’s Church at 6.00pm with members of Bloxham British Legion accompanied by their standard bearer

THANK YOU to everybody who donated items for the Beacon Centre at Harvest and also very many thanks to the flower arrangers who so beautifully decorated the Church once again – Elizabeth, Irene, Joan, Mary, Margaret, Mavis, Marlene, Sue and Vivien. This small band of flower arrangers take it in turns to ‘do the flowers’ in Church throughout the year. If you would like to come and join us and try your hand at flower arranging, then please contact Marlene on 720750 who would be only too pleased to help you get started.

ST. MARY’S THURSDAY CLUB in the Parish Rooms from 10.00am- 3.00pm is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and is open to residents of Bloxham and Milcombe. Due to loss of County Council funding, the Bloxham and Milcombe Parish Councils are making donations towards the running costs. Currently there is just one resident from Milcombe attending and there are no vacancies at present. However, they do hold a waiting list, so if anybody from Milcombe thinks they might qualify, they should contact the Chairman, Rev. Dale Gingrich, on 720252 or email dalegingrich@ to be added to the list. Transport is available and visitors are provided with tea/coffee/biscuits on arrival, a hot lunch, followed by entertainment/crafts and an afternoon cup of tea before they leave. This is all provided for £10.00. per day.

FAIRTRADE CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS AND OTHER GIFTS – Please check out the Fairtrade stall in Church on Sunday mornings for your supply of teabags, sugar, jam, marmalade, cookies, Divine chocolate and lots more. We already have a supply of Christmas cards and gifts in stock. Some items may be a few pence more than you buy in the supermarkets, but profit goes to third world countries to help families provide food and education for their children. Take a look at the latest catalogue in Church and give your order to either Marlene or Lindsay Mills.

ST. LAURENCE’S CHURCHYARD We wait to hear from the Diocese that the faculty for re-building the front wall has been approved. The front Noticeboard is to be refurbished and the oak gates re-instated. Please ensure that you put your waste in the correct bins and no rubbish should be deposited on the grass heaps in the Churchyard. The PCC thanks you for your co-operation in helping to keep our Churchyard tidy.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – SAMARITAN’S PURSE CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL. The Benefice will again be participating in the Christmas Shoebox appeal and it is not too early to start collecting items ready to fill your shoebox which are taken to the collection point at the People’s Church in Banbury mid-November. Leaflets will be available shortly which tell you what you can and cannot put in your box, e.g. NO chocolate, liquids, war related toys, hand-made stuffed toys, etc. Small toys and school supplies are welcome along with toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. and also hats, scarves, gloves and sweets (in date to March 2018). Marlene has some patterns for knitted hand puppets as these are acceptable because they are not stuffed. Please ask for a copy if you would like to start knitting! The suggested donation this year towards transportation costs is £5, but please remember that this is only a suggested amount and you include what you can afford which can also be gift-aided if you are a UK tax payer.

Leaflets are available from the table just inside the main door of the Church with details on how to pack your shoebox. The suggested donation this year to assist with transportation costs, etc. is £5 but you put in what you can afford. Samaritan’s Purse will be grateful for all donations. You can fill a shoebox as a family or join together with friends to make up a box. However you choose, you will be bringing joy to a child who may otherwise have nothing. Last year 11.5 million shoeboxes were distributed to needy children around the world regardless of their background or religion. Shoeboxes will be taken to the local centre during the week commencing NOVEMBER 13th. You can leave them in Church by the organ, in the porch at 12 Strawberry Hill, Bloxham, or ring Marlene on 720750 and I will pick them up. Contact Marlene 720750 email


CHARITIES – St. Laurence’s Church members support a number of Charities throughout the year as well as Katharine House Hospice. The four main Chairites supported on a quarterly basis are Traidcraft, OXFAM, BYHP (Banbury Young Homeless Project) and St. Laurence’s Hospice in Romania run by the charity Children in Distress. In addition we also support the Royal British Legion, the Children’s Society, the Beacon Centre does not receive a donation but we do send a box of nonperishable items at Harvest time. We also respond to emergency situations. The PCC has confirmed that it will again support these charities during 2017. There is always a plate out at Service times for any members who may care to donate.

DOG BAGS are available in Church at the back of the organ.

Please continue to SAVE YOUR USED CLEAN CANS which are recycled with thanks to Peter Booth for Church funds. There is a bin by the Church porch for this purpose and should not contain anything else apart from the clean cans.
Please also SAVE YOUR USED STAMPS AND USED PRINTER CARTRIDGES which Tony and Joan Stickings take to the Redwing Horse Sanctuary for recycling. These can be left in the boxes just inside the Church.

The Church is open daily from approximately 10.00am until 4.00pm and there is a Prayer Book inside the main door for you to write in your own prayers.

Please let the Vicar or Churchwardens know of anybody who is sick or struggling in the village in any way.

Rev. Dale Gingrich can be contacted via the Benefice Office on 720252

The Churchwardens are Nigel Davis 722936  and Susan Richardson 721667 – email


MIDWEEK COMMUNION in St. Mary’s Church, Bloxham, at 11.30am every Tuesday morning.

ALL AGE WORSHIP SERVICES are family Services held on the 4th Sunday of the month. It is a shorter Service than the Communion Service and we would welcome any new members to the community as well as our regular members and particularly families whose children have been baptised in St. Laurence’s recently.



The ‘Gathering’ is a small Ecumenical house group that meets every last Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm. It is time out from ordinary activities to reflect on the way we live our Faith in our daily work, family and relationships. Contact Hazel Davis on hazel.davis50@ or 01295 722936 for the venue and other information. Starting on Wednesday 4th March, a five week Lent Course Called ‘Praise Him’ will begin at the ‘Gathering’ starting promptly at 7.30pm.

Everyone welcome to join in.  For more information please contact Hazel Davis on 01295 722936


Oxfordshire Family History Society

You may have been aware that the Oxfordshire Family History Society monumental inscriptions transcription team worked in the Milcombe graveyard & church earlier this year, and have now produced an excellent CD of photographs of all the stones & other memorials. ( We also publish a CD with transcripts of the parish registers.)  

Oxfordshire FHS has photographed and transcribed all the monumental inscriptions in the parish of Milcombe, and published them on CD.

Whilst the majority of the MIs are gravestones, this picture is of a window in the church to Mary Campbell who died in 1833, the earliest memorial. The resultant CD has about 300 names, indexed, and 243 memorials.

The CD, as all the others in the Oxfordshire MI series, is priced at an affordable £6 including postage, and is available through our shopping cart – Please go to CDs on the left at

Wendy Archer Chairman, Oxfordshire FHS 01628 485013


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