A BRAND NEW COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL FOR WITNEY
Starting on the 30th November and running throughout the Christmas festival, WITNEY Wonderland will be amazing. With over 30 decorated trees we believe that St. Mary’s Church will look at it’s most spectacular. Add to this the Gala evening after the Christmas Lights switch on and the many events planned for the season and you’ll be spoilt for choice this Christmas.
Featuring Bands, Dance, Drama, Choirs, Christmas Trees, a Licensed bar and festive food, ‘Witney Wonderland’ is the brainchild of The Rev’d Toby Wright, Area Dean of Witney and Dianne Parkes, Founding Trustee of Children’s Cancer Support Charity Joss Searchlight.
Please keep checking on our event planner to see what is happening every day.
Along with our bar serving some great beers from Wychwood Brewery we will also be running a Mulled Wine stand, Hot Chocolate and more.
We're fortunate to have Pam Ayres performing some of her amazing quirky poetry
Whether you’re a local business, a community group or a charity we’d love to tell you how you can get involved with WITNEY Wonderland
Witney based Children’s Cancer Charity Joss Searchlight was set up by Dianne & Nigel Parkes after the sad death of their son Joss in January 2011. As founding trustees Joss’ parents are passionate about making a difference to families affected by their child’s cancer diagnosis. “We want to support parents through their childs illness. We can guide them through the maze of treatment options or simply hold a hand when the going gets tough. There will be dizzy heights of hope and dark depths of despair, as parents of a of a child with cancer we understand this”. Joss Searchlight has been formed to help other parents who have been forced down the road of childhood cancer. We provide a co-ordinated emotional and practical support for families of children with cancer, advice, counselling, provide specialist equipment, respite care and of course we help out with thoses special treats.
St. Mary’s Church, Witney are engaged in a £2million restoration and renewal project, Inspiring Change. There are a number of people exploring vocation. The church building hosts many outreach programmes and events, including an annualFood Festival; an annual Beer Festival; a conference for the Society of Catholic Priests on the Hospitality of God and Diocesan Mission Conferences. During the last year over 50,000 people have come through our doors and been welcomed.
We are committed to mission and outreach as a vital part of our life together. We pray that the church will grow and flourish as communities of Christ have done through the centuries. With the confidence of our patron, the young woman of Nazareth, we try to capture a vision which, like God, is ‘rich in mercy’.
30 November 2018
The amazingly funny Pam Ayres will be entertaining us with her distinctive poetry
The Cutting Edge Big Band will woo you with classics from Glen Miller and Frank Sinatra through to modern day Jazz
Swing Patrol have been getting people on their feet and jiving since they first appeared on Dragons Den
The Daggers are a great band to get the party going.
To get us all in a festive mood the **** Gospel Choir will bring their amazing harmonies to St. Marys
(Final Line Up TBA)