St Giles, Oxford February 2018 Parish News

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St Giles, Oxford February 2018 Parish News
  St Giles’ Church, Oxford  Parish News February 2018 Free  2 PARISH CONTACTS Vicar : Canon Andrew Bunch, 01865 510460 The Vicarage, Church Walk, Oxford OX2 6LY Associate Priest: Revd Tom Albinson 01865 515409 or 07426 948251   Lay Minister: David Longrigg, 9 Hawkswell Gardens, Oxford OX2 7EX (576638) Benefice Manager: Henrietta Mountain-Ritter 10 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT Churchwardens Maureen Chu 01865 726011 Joanne Russell 01865 760788 Acting Treasurer: Rod Nixon Organist:   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 Twitter @StGilesOxford Instagram stgileschurch Facebook Website  ________________________________________________________________ WEEKLY SERVICES AT ST GILES’  Sunday: 8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP) 10:30 am Holy Communion 6:30 pm Evensong (BCP) Monday: 5:30 pm Evening Prayer Tuesday: 5:30 pm Evening Prayer Wednesday:  12:30 pm Eucharist 5:30 pm Evening Prayer Thursday: 5:30 pm Evening Prayer Friday: 1:15 pm Taizé Worship 5:30 pm Evening Prayer Saturday: 5:30 pm Evening Prayer  3 The newsletter is free, but if you wish to contribute towards production costs this would be much appreciated. Please put your donation in the wall safe, and mark your envelope Parish News . Items for inclusion in the March 2018 magazine should be sent to  by Tuesday 20 th  February. Contents  –  February 2018  Holy Week 2018 Page 3 Bellringing News: Round Numbers  –  John Pusey Page 4 Twelfth Night Feast and Auction  –  Catherine Hilliard Page 7 Ecclesiastical Insurance  –  Maureen Chu Page 7 Chorister Rose Garden Page 8 Jane Edwardes Page 9 Reminiscences of Sybil Pusey (4)  –  Nursing Training Page 9 Homelessness and The Gatehouse Page 13 Bernard Silverman Page 14 St Giles’ Chess Club –  Rod Nixon Page 14 100 Years Ago  –   St Giles’ Parish Magazine, February 1918  Page 14 St Giles’ Music List  Page 15 Dates for your Diary Page 16 HOLY WEEK 2018 OLY WEEK 2018 is going to be a special time for the Benefice, as The Revd Angela Tilby is coming to be our guest preacher throughout Holy Week. So please put 25 th  March to 1 st  April  in your diary. There will be our regular pattern of services and this will include a set of meditations on Good Friday. Angela has chosen the title for this series of talks to be The Death of God  .   H  4 BELLRINGING NEWS: ROUND NUMBERS AM proud to be able to record that I rang my 600th full peal on Friday 29 th  December 2017, at Longcot near Faringdon. Full peals - continuous ringing performances of 5000 changes or more, lasting about three hours, are accepted as the standard of achievement for experienced bellringers (the length is based on the fact that 7x6x5x4x3x2x1=5040 is the number of different changes possible with-out repetition on seven bells). Peals are sometimes rung to mark important occasions and anniversaries, but nowadays mainly as a way to develop and to demonstrate the skills of groups of ringers in achieving a steady and precise collective rhythm, and in following the more or less complex rules of particular bellringing methods - each ringer doing their best to avoid mistakes, or to recover quickly or help others to recover quickly from any mistakes before causing other ringers to go astray as well. I rang my first peal, at Bladon near Woodstock, on 28 th  October 1957, and so it has taken me just over 60 years to reach a total of 600 (there is one ringer, actually living near Oxford, who has rung over 7,000 peals, and ten more elsewhere who have rung more than 5,000); my maximum in one calendar year was 40, in 2012. Ringers have usually kept their own detailed records of the full peals they have rung, but they also all get published in the weekly Ringing World  , and are now comprehensively accessible in a single on-line database, which makes it easy to extract quite a range of (possibly) interesting statistics. Eighteen of my peals were rung on handbells, and the rest on tower bells in 133 different towers. By a remarkable coincidence, these included round number totals at all three of my most frequently visited towers: 150 at St Thomas the Martyr Oxford, 100 at St Mary Magdalen’ s Oxford, and 25 at St Giles’ . My list includes peals on all numbers of bells from five to twelve; rung with a total of 716 different ringers, the largest numbers being 174 with the late Clive Holloway of the Oxford Society (Cathedral band); they were conducted by 120 different conductors (11 by myself); and have been rung on 290 of the 366 dates in the year, including two the same day on seven occasions, first in 1962 and most recently in 2012. One significant performance was at St Giles ’  on 8 th  January 1983, in which both my daughter Rachel, then aged 12, and the then Vicar, I
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