Latest News

The annual Thomas Cranmer Award heats for Bible reading aloud 02 October 2015

To be held on November 12. This competition is open to anyone aged 11-19. Please contact Eve Barsham (01865 511598) for further details.

Wanted—coffee-makers! 08 August 2015

Coffee after the 10.30 service is much appreciated but we do need a few more volunteers on the rota. It is a good way to meet people and not a particularly arduous task. Even if you can only help out once or twice in a 6 month period that would be welcome. Please get in touch with Frances Bagnall-Oakeley ( or 01865 310886) if you might be able to help—a new rota will be produced in September.

Other Notices 25 September 2014

Monthly Sunday Afternoon Tea —a new opportunity for older people who live alone to enjoy company and friendship. For further details please contact Tricia Brant on 07964 038813 or

Even if you don’t have young children, we would welcome your help at the monthly Saturday morning SAMs sessions. You don’t need any special skills: just a willingness to handle glitter and sticky stuff and to help children with the crafts. Contact:

A small group have met monthly and have been stitching some lovely bright new kneelers. We now need to expand our group and would welcome anyone interested. No experience necessary! Contact:

We would be grateful for any offers of help with flowers at St Margaret’s. Please contact Michele on if you would like to help. There is no ‘house style’! We are delighted to welcome anyone who would like to offer their creativity in this area, and Michele can explain the financial and practical details.

Could we have a few more volunteers for coffee-making (after the 10.30 service at St Margaret’s)? It’s not an arduous job and is very much appreciated by the congregation. Please get in touch with Frances Bagnall-Oakeley ( or 310886) if you can help, whether on a one-off or regular basis. Thank you!

There is now a community notice board in the porch for advertising items wanted or for sale, holiday accommodation, etc.

Easy fundraising
St. Margaret’s has now raised well over £600 from Easyfundraising as a result of purchases made by the 16 members of St. Margaret’s who have registered—thank you! Just think how much bigger this figure could be if there were double the number of people using the scheme. This is a painless way to generate funds for St. Margaret’s when you shop on line—please pick up a flier from the porch and think about registering, especially with Christmas shopping on the horizon. More info from

St Margaret’s Church Stewardship Campaign —see this page.

Items for notices or pewsheet to Kathryn Bunch: by noon on Thursday

About Us

We are a traditional, friendly church. The Eucharist is central to our worship.

If you would like to attend the 10.30 Sunday Eucharist, you can find a short guide here.

We follow the liturgical year, celebrating major festivals and Saints’ Days, enriching and uplifting our worship through colour and sound.

Our aim is to provide a worshipping environment in which people of all ages, both individuals and families, are welcomed as part of a wider family.

Our flourishing choir and fine organ make a major contribution to the strong musical dimension of our services, following the very best choral tradition of English music.

We encourage the development of faith through exploration, learning from each other and supporting each other in our life of faith. The active Sunday school furthers this aim. We aim to encourage one another to a commitment to a life of prayer and in particular to pray regularly for one another.

St Margaret’s Church is located on the corner of St Margaret’s and Kingston Road: see the map.

St Margaret’s is closely involved with the local Church of England Primary School, SS. Philip and James School, and St Margaret’s Institute, our local community centre. In addition we support a number of outreach projects.

The parish War Memorial is situated in the corner of St Margaret’s churchyard.

St Margaret’s is a registered charity. No. 1154947: ‘The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of SS Philip and James with St. Margaret’.

St Margaret’s is part of the Church of England, and is located in the Diocese of Oxford. It forms part of a Joint Benefice uniting the parish of St Giles’ with the parish of St Margaret’s Church and the (now closed) church of St Philip and St James (Phil & Jim). It is one of 18 parishes that make up the Oxford Deanery.

We believe in God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.