There are many special events taking place during 2020, and we hope you’ll find something to enjoy – whatever your age or your tastes.  All will take place in St Mary’s Kidlington unless otherwise stated. More details will be added as they become available;  just click on the links

Wednesday 8th January Epiphany Tea Party, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Sunday 12th January Tea Talk, 3pm: “Kidlington: Celebrating our History and Community 1220-2020” by Henry Brougham from Kidlington and District Historical Society; followed by tea and cakes

Sunday 26th January Official Launch Service, 10am: preacher The Right Rev’d Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford and Kidlington resident

Saturday 1st February Candlelit Gala Dinner and Silent Auction, 6.30pm

Sunday 9th February Tea Talk, 3pm: “The Great Scuttle: The end of the German high seas fleet” by Ven David Meara; followed by tea and cakes

Tuesday 25th February Dinner Evening – dinner in a private house with guest speaker Mark Humphriss, Oxford Diocesan Secretary, on “Leadership in a Secular and Church Context”.

Sunday 8th March Tea Talk, 3pm:  “Why What Happens Before You are Born is All-important” by Professor Marian Knight from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in celebration of International Women’s Day; followed by tea and cakes.

Thursday 19th March Antiques Afternoon: Bring your unknown objects for valuation by Mallams auctioneers 3.30pm – 5.30pm, £1 per item valued, minimum £5.  Antiques and Collectors Market from 12 noon. Tea and cake all afternoon.

Tuesday 24th March Dinner Evening dinner in a private house with guest speaker John Campbell, QPM, Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.

Saturday 9th May to Sunday 17th  May – Artists at St Mary’s Kidlington for Artweeks 2020, 12noon to 5pm each day. Exhibition of a variety of work by twenty one artists. Each artist will do a piece of work specially for the 800 years celebration and donate the proceeds.  – Tea and cake available.

Tuesday 12th May, Dementia Friends Information Session, 2pm, followed by tea and cake, at Lincroft Meadow Care Home, (Top of The Moors). Working in partnership with St Mary’s to make Kidlington and Hampton Poyle a more Dementia Friendly Community, Lincroft Meadow will endeavour to make 800 Dementia Friends during 2020.  Please contact Suzi on 01865 950500 for details or to book a place

Friday 15th May Bingo Night & Supper, St John’s Church Kidington, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Organised by champion bingo-caller Councillor Maurice Billington. Tickets £20 (bingo & meal) with extra £2 for a flier.  Drinks available by donation. Raffle. More details to follow.

throughout June Kidlington Camera Club Photo Group Exhibition throughout the month

6th/7th June Open Gardens, 2pm – 6pm, visit gardens in Kidlington, including the Station Fields allotments, and Hampton Poyle. Refreshments served on the route. Plant and other sales. Tickets £10, valid for both days.  Accompanied children under 16 free.  More details to follow/

Saturday 20th June Barn Dance, Hampton Poyle; more details to follow

Saturday 27th June Olympic-themed Parish Fete, 12.30pm – 4pm

Saturday 4th July KAOS (Kidlington Amateur Operatic Society) Evening Concert

Sunday 26th July Woodstock Music Society Concert, 5pm

Saturday 15th August – Flower & Vegetable Show,  2pm – 4pm at Lincroft Meadow Residential home, The Moors. Competition entries and visitors welcome. Please contact Julie or Lorna on 01865 950500 for details.

Friday 2nd October – ‘Songs of Praise’, 6.30pm, followed by drinks reception. To launch the ‘Kidlington 800 Music Festival’

Saturday 3rd to Sunday 18th October Kidlington 800 Music Festival – A feast of musical events celebrating our ancient buildings and showcasing local musical talent.  Enjoy a choral, brass, organ or candlelit chamber concert; try your hand at bell-ringing or being a chorister; see the talented young musicians in our schools concerts; and lend your voice in our grand finale – a “Come and Sing” Faure Requiem.

Saturday 12th December “Follow that Star”, 3pm – follow the star and the three camels through the streets of Kidlington to the live nativity in St Mary’s.  See also “Win a Camel Ride” Raffle for the chance to ride one of the camels.

Other events will include

  • Kidlington & District Historical Society Exhibition
  • Kidlington Theological Forum: monthly talks in St Mary’s Kidlington on Sundays at 11.30am. In 2020 these will look at issues of ethics and public policy, seen from a Christian perspective.  Topics covered include  be covering a range of ethical questions including climate change, science and religion, immigration, just war theory, business ethics, end of life issues, trans-sexualism, artificial intelligence, gene therapy.  Full details are given here