Our Friends the Vultures

You are invited to get up close and personal with Paisley, a baby Andean condor, (the largest flying raptors in the world) on Friday 2nd August, at 6.30pm. Adam Bloch (Head of Operations at the International Centre For Birds of Prey, Newent, Gloucesteshire) will introduce Paisley and talk about the challenges facing vultures and condors. These birds are close to extinction – with 99.9% of the world’s Asian vultures gone and now 85% of Africa’s vultures are dead. Paisley is a well behaved young lady who  lives with Adam and his family and should live for 80 years.

For more information or to book tickets in advance see here

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Annual Lecture & AGM 2018

For our Annual Lecture this year we welcome back a good friend of St Mary’s – the Rev’d Canon Anthony Ellis.  He will be talking to us on “The Bells of St Mary’s”, a subject close to his heart.  The talk will start at 7.45pm on Saturday 3rd November in St Mary’s.  It will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 7pm and refreshments at 7.30pm.  Do come along to hear more abut the “Friends” as well as the “Bells”.

Annual Lecture and AGM

Getting ready for our AGM at 7pm on Saturday 18th November.  It’s an opportunity for anyone interested in supporting St Mary’s to find out more about the Friends and to influence our future plans.  What’s more, it will be followed by refreshments and then at 7.45pm Katharine Eustace will give us a talk “The Stones of Kidlington St Mary’s: History Before Your Eyes and Under Your Feet”.

Events Update

Unfortunately we’ve had to make some changes to the forthcoming events so here’s the latest news.

Any Questions: We regret to say that the BBC won’t be recording Any Questions at St Mary’s on September 8th after all.  We hope to rearrange this for another year.

Osiligi Maasai Warriors: We have had to change the date for this super event from Friday 6th October to Friday 13th October.  More details and tickets will be available very soon.

Friends Annual Dinner: This will be held at Exeter College on Friday 29th September.  Further details will be sent to all Friends shortly.


Forthcoming Events

We are getting ready for two exciting events at St Mary’s later in the year.  Firstly on 8th September BBC Radio 4 Any Questions? will be coming to town – your chance to ask a question on a topic of interest.  Then on 6th October the Osiligi Maasai Warriors will be performing for us.  This troupe from southern Kenya has an annual UK tour displaying traditional dance, song and jumping and we are delighted they are coming here this year.

Tickets for both these events will be available shortly – with priority booking for members of “Friends of St Mary’s Kidlington”.


Flower Festival

St Mary’s was the venue for the annual Flower Festival in aid of Christian Aid, this year held on 1st and 2nd July.  As usual the church was filled with a wonderful display of creations from many local organisations.  And for the first time, this included the “Friends of St Mary’s Kidlington”.  Thanks to Felicity for the delightful and flamboyant garland in the porch.

News of Events

The first of our Friends events is fast approaching but its not too late to book your place if you would like to join us on a coach trip to Gloucester and Tewkesbury a week on Saturday, 10th June. The cost for Friends is £20 each and for all others is £25. We will leave from the crossroads by the Baptist church at 9am, returning to Kidlington about 6.30-6.45pm and take in Tewkesbury Abbey and Gloucester Cathedral with time to wander in to Gloucester for some shopping or pot of tea and cake as well. We do have some seats available on the coach so you are welcome to bring neighbours, friends, family…. Just let Felicity know on 07821 542182 or It should be a relaxed and fun day out.

Later in the year we are hoping to organise an auction of promises so watch this space for a date and for an invitation to offer something to auction (not just object, but also services (an evening baby sitting / a meal cooked for 4 in your house / a make up session / a photography shoot / a car wash….)
Firm dates for your diary are:
Visit of BBC Radio 4 Any Questions Friday September 8th
Friends Annual Dinner at Exeter College, Friday 29th September
Concert and dance by a troop of Masai Warriors (yes really) Friday October 6th
We promised you a varied programme of events and the increased use of the church for a range of community occasions; we hope you feel this is a good start for a first year