Weekly News

Weekly News 26th March 2017 pdf



rehearsal 3.00pm followed by tea. Performance 6.30pm

All are welcome to sing, just turn up for rehearsal although it would help to know if you are coming.   If possible bring a copy of the music.

For further details see the Music page of this web-site

EASTER CARDS FOR THE PARISH - Please can you help to deliver these to homes in our parish? Tick the roads to which you are delivering and take the corresponding number of cards (they are in bundles of 25) THANK YOU.


14 th April, 10.30am-2pm, at the Bailey Head Market

A team from across churches is planning to share the hope of Easter amidst the family fun, at the Town Council’s ‘Easter Family Event’. Please tell / bring your friends and family for:  children’s crafts, story-telling and other entertainment 

 a ‘Lost Sheep’ Easter Trail, with prizes

 Live music / songs / mime (from around 11.45am) …plus other attractions: eg children’s rides, Mary Poppins, and more.

If you would like to help for an hour or so with any of the above, please call Elinor on 01691 662639 for more info, or email elinor.nic112@gmail.com

Thank you, Community Outreach Group (COG) 

Next Messy Church is on Easter Day Sunday, April 16th starting at 10.00am with hot chocolate and croissant.

This will be followed by some Easter activities and crafts.

We will join the main service for the second half and there will be an Easter egg hunt to finish.

 The Final Lent Lunch in the Parish Centre will be on Wednesday 5th April. starting at 12.45pm.  A ‘Thought for the Day’ and prayers will take place in church immediately beforehand at 12.30pm 

With a suggested donation of around £4.00, all the proceeds from the frugal lunch of home-made soup and bread will support the Bishop’s Lent Appeal, Church Missionary Society and the Children's Society. The donations from each Lent Lunches will be totalled and divided equally between the three charities. Information about each charity will be available on the day.

BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL - Leaflets with details about this year’s Appeal are available at the back of the church to take away. Details are also in the magazine.

LENT SERMONS - under the title ‘Encounters with Jesus - Come and See’ these are available to take away at the back of the church, with questions for reflection.

ELECTORAL ROLL ON DISPLAY FROM 24 TH MARCH at the back of church for updating prior to APCM please check your entry and inform Maureen Crosby of any amendments. Thank you.

Click Inventory for news of this project. Maybe you can help with information about the church and its furnishings. Speak to Ann Boulton, or Annie or Frances in the choir. 

PREPARING FOR A WEEK  OF PRAYER  You will be given a Prayer Card ‘ Try Praying - your kingdom come’ Please use the prayer as preparation for this special week at the end of May.

You are warmly invited to OSWALD’S TREE 2017

Living in the Present, Looking to the Future

SATURDAY, 13th MAY 9.30 am - 2.30 pm

in the Parish Centre

Please bring your own lunch - drinks provided



St. Oswald’s Choir ADOPT A CHORISTER SCHEME 2017

Once again our choristers will be attending the Royal School of Church Music summer school at Kingswood School, Bath, this year from 21st – 27th August.

The intensive training that they receive from some of the top choir trainers in the country adds immeasurably to the high standard of singing in St. Oswald’s week by week.

The cost per chorister is £375 to include full board, music and tuition. Please help us maintain our choral excellence by adopting a Chorister and helping towards the cost of the course. Donations of any size will be gratefully appreciated. If you are interested in Adopting a Chorister there are leaflets at the back of the church or you can contact:

Mike Donkin, Hendre House, Llanfechain, Powys   Tel: 01691 649933 e-mail: mvdonkin@aol.com

Our Farewell to Simon & Mary will be on Saturday, 17th June at The Marches School 

from 12.30pm to 3.30pm    

Further details later    

Any enquiries to June Williams telephone 01691652544

Connect for Life is a day support service for older people, people with memory difficulties or dementia which meets on Wednesdays at Gatacre Pavilion Oswestry. Our lunches are cooked at Woodside School and we are looking for a volunteer with a car who could collect the food at midday, help us serve the food and wash up (a weekly commitment of one and a half hours). If you can help please contact Alison Humphreys or Carolyn Lewis: Mob 07582 207972 or e mail connectforlife@hotmail.com

 Volunteers needed!

The FoodBank is short of volunteers.  We need people who could meet and greet our clients, listen to them in a non- judgemental way, signpost them on to other agencies and process paperwork so that the client can get their food from us.  We of course give training and support.


As many people as possible are needed to give St Oswald’s its annual spring clean in time for Easter.

High-level cleaning in church and cleaning of St Catherine's Chapel will be on Friday, 7th from 9.00am and the general church spring clean will be on Saturday, 8th from 9.30am.

Please come along with brushes, mops, vacuum cleaners, etc. etc. so we can clean those places which are not done on a weekly basis.

The ANNUAL PCC MEETING will take place on Monday, 24th APRIL 2017 at 7.00 pm in the Parish Centre.

Cheese and wine, provided by the social committee, will follow the meeting.

You will find details of the election to offices of:



on the board by the south door together with nomination papers. All papers have to be in to the Secretary BEFORE the meeting on 24th April.

ADMISSION TO HOLY COMMUNION AT 7 YEARS - The PCC has agreed a policy and preparation for this at their recent meeting. Parents wishing to consider this for their children should contact Simon in the first place. Tel. 653467

Schools Christian Worker Project 

 Hannah Moore  has a  blog site. Click http://hannahscwp.wixsite.com/scwp to read it

Click the link below to read SCWP's latest newsletter:


RIDE AND STRIDE GET TOGETHER - As one of the top fundraisers last year we will be presented with a certificate at The Trinity Centre Meole Brace 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday May 3 rd . If you would like to go please contact Sue Tansley tel 01691652498.

Skills Development Day

Saturday 6th May 2017 at Hope Church, Laburnum Drive. 9.45am - 4.30pm

Skills Development days help to make your church more accessible and enable you to support people with learning disabilities to participate fully in worship, prayer and bible study.  


Visit our page at :-

 St Oswalds Parish Church, Oswestry. There are other pages similar to this already up, so to make it easier, the real one has a picture of Simon preaching and not just a map.
Please send news or opinions to 

Rob Clarke



choir poster

Introducing Hannah Moore

Knit for Peace