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Association of Festival Churches annual meeting

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St Mary Magdalene Church

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Woodstock

OX20 1UG

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The Association of Festival Churches

(http://www.churchcare.co.uk/churches/open- sustainable/association-of-festival-churches)

working with the Diocese of Oxford

invites you to the annual gathering of the Association.

This will be an opportunity to hear about the work of Festival churches nationally, and to think through some of the issues facing the rural church and the future of rural buildings.

We shall be meeting in the newly refurbished and reordered church of St Mary Magdalene Woodstock

You do not need to be a member of the AFC to attend. It is open to all comers.

Tickets cost £15 plus eventbrite booking fee (once booked not refundable) to include lunch. An invoice can be requested but it is payable by November 1st please.

There is an opportunity to walk in Blenheim Palace Park at lunchtime at no cost(by kind permission of the Operations Director)

Please scroll down for important information about travel and parking.

Timetable: -

9.45am for 10.15am: Arrivals, refreshments

Welcome by Canon Adrian Daffern Assistant Archdeacon in the Dorchester Episcopal Area and Rector of Blenheim

10.30am: Introduction to the Chairman of the conference: Rt. Hon. Canon Sir Tony Baldry DL, Chair, Association of Festival Churches (AFC)

10.40am – 11.00am: National Strategic Update: Dr Joseph Elders, Secretary, AFC

11.00am – 11.35am: How Festival Churches fit with a rural strategy development programme: Revd Charles Chadwick, Parish Development Adviser, Dorchester Episcopal Area, Department of Mission, Diocese of Oxford

11.35am – 11.40am: Short break

11.40am - 12.15pm: Liturgy and Festival churches: Revd David Meakin, Team Rector Schorne Benefice, Area Dean of Cladyon deanery and previously Precentor of Durham Cathedral

12.15pm – 12.30pm: Discussions / Q & As

12.30pm – 2pm : Lunch with an opportunity tovisit Blenheim Palace Park

2pm – 2. 40pm: Community Use of Church Buildings; the Crossing the Threshold toolkit: Becky Payne

2.40pm – 3.20pm: Mapping and realising the potential of your churchyard: Tim Viney Managing Director Atlantic Geomatics

3.20pm – 3.50pm: Short break, followed by Discussions/ Q & As

3.50pm: Round up and Close

Important Information about Travel:

Parking in Woodstock is very difficult. There are a number of ways of making this easier!!

There is a public car park by the Libary, it is clearly signed, but is filled quickly and early in the day.

You are strongly advised to use public transport including using Oxford Parkway. Woodstock is directly and frequently served from there by buses 7 and 500. The bus S3 comes from Oxford station and city centre . There are plenty of taxis at Oxford station for the 8 mile journey to Woodstock - it may be possible to organise taxi sharing groups!

There is a station on the Cotswold Line at Long Hanborough. It is only a 1.5 mile walk to Woodstock from there. There are buses, and as there is no taxi rank you need to advance book taxis. See: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/posters/HND.pdf

By kind permission of Blenheim Palace 50 free parking spaces are available in the Palace car park, parking permits will be issued on request to Glyn Evans. Priority will be given to cars with multiple passengers.

It is an approximately 15 minute walk to the Church. But please note any car parked at Blenheim will be required to vacate by 4.30pm at the very latest - after that there will be a charge levied at the same cost as an evening event happening there from 4.45pm, regardles of how long the car is parked after 4.30pm.

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