St Mary's Choir

St Mary's Choir sings for the main 10.45 service on Sunday mornings, plus various festivals, weddings and funerals. It usually rehearses an hour before the service at 9.45, plus occasional extra rehearsals for special events. New members are welcome at any time. An ability to read music is a distinct advantage, as is a willingness to be reasonably consistent in singing for services, but we recognise that people have busy lives and it's understood that singers will not necessarily be able to come every week.


Francis Rumsey

Francis Rumsey is the organist and choirmaster. He studied organ performance with Ann Elise Smoot in London, and more recently improvisation with Andrew Knowles in Oxford. Until June 2010 he was Director of Music at St Mary’s, Stoke D’Abernon in Surrey, and has played for various cathedral engagements of the Guildford Chamber Choir. In the past few years he has given international recitals at the School of Music, Piteå, Sweden, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, St Matthias Church, Berlin and the Cathedral of the Polish Army, Warsaw. He regularly sings bass with the Oxford Pro Musica Singers, and accompanies concerts/services for the Lower Windrush Choral Society and Sine Nomine Singers. 

Contact Francis for further information about the choir and liturgical music at St Mary's.


Raise the roof

An opportunity to invest in a major Witney landmark

Severe winter frosts have destroyed the limestone slates on St Mary’s Roof. We need to replace them before winter sets in. Local Witney people have already sponsored 2,200 slates. Only 1,800 slates to go!!

Please Sponsor a Slate for £10. Your civic landmark church needs you!

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Inspiring Change

Creating a Community Space for the 21st Century

As part of our wider commitment to serve the people of Witney, we have formed a vision for renewing St Mary’s Church, our town’s landmark civic church: to enhance the ways the spiritual, community and cultural life of Witney people in the 21st century is served by St Mary’s church.

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Praying for victims of terror

'In the midst of life we are in death.'

Lord, in a place of pleasure, terror struck, in a place of life, death came. Hold us in our shock and grief, comfort the distressed, heal the injured, calm the anxious, reunite the separated, console the bereaved, and give rest and everlasting peace to those who have died, for your love never fails and through the darkness your light always shines. Amen.

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2016 Accounts and 2016 Review

The accounts were approved on 24 April by the PCC and signed off

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Our stewardship enables us to fulfil God's call and share in God's mission

The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament.
Rowan Williams

Parish of Witney 2016 Approved Accounts

2016 Review

Annual Accounts

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Holy Week Addresses

The Rev'd Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt led Holy Week 2017 on Remembering.
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Holy Week

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