Friends of All Saints


Friends of All Saints

‘The Friends’ are volunteers – there is no need to attend Church to be involved – who help to raise money for the maintenance and conservation of the Church and Clocktower.  Funds are raised through activities e.g. December raffle or via events such as the Big Breakfasts and the summer Strawberry Fayre.  We welcome ideas, help and support from anyone interested in caring for the iconic ‘centre piece’ of our lovely village and community. For your information here are our terms of reference

Bourtons’ Big Breakfast in March was, once more, an enormous success!  Just over £600 was raised in aid of the Clock Tower.  Again we say a really Big Thank You to Lynne & Bryan of Little Good Farm for the eggs;  James of Banbury Butchers for the sausages, bacon and black pudding and Rob & Jodie of the Bell Inn for the mushrooms, tomatoes, sauces and dishes.   Thanks also to the willing volunteers who contributed many other things and gave of their time making it all possible. We were also delighted to welcome some new faces from amongst our new neighbours.

Strawberry Fayre – in 2018 we had an amazing afternoon, the weather was glorious and the support quite overwhelming at times – particularly for those serving teas and scones and trying to keep the milk and cream cool in such high temperatures.  The various activities and catering sales raised over £500, half of which was donated to Cluster Care.  We thank the Ennis family for the venue and kind donation of tea, Gina for baking lots of scones and all the many other people who contributed goods and time.

Churchyard Tidy: watch out for dates – ‘more hands make light work’ – bring your gardening gloves, trowel and secateurs and spend a couple of hours tidying up around the churchyard and filling the brown bins.   “On behalf of the residents of the Bourtons’ the Friends of All Saints are very grateful to John Nicholls Building & Plumbing Merchants for their kind donation of gravel to help improve the appearance of the Church yard. Contributions such as this really do help to make a difference – thank you.”

Food Bank – there is a collection point in the Church; please feel free to call in and leave your donations.  Alternatively, drop them to Gina at Greenslade, Crow Lane, GB.  Gina will arrange for items left at Church or at her home to be taken to the People’s Church in Banbury.

The Church is open daily during British Summer Time.

2019 Events…

Big Breakfast: Saturday, 8 June, 9 -11:30am in the Village Hall
Strawberry Fayre: Sunday, 7 July, Old Orchard Cottage (time to be confirmed)
Festive Fun and December Raffle:   Sunday, 8 December, The Bell Inn (time to be confirmed)

THE DECEMBER RAFFLE  – If you would like to donate a prize we should love to hear from you!

Churchyard tidy – first Saturday each month, starting 4 May and ending in November; 10am to Noon.

Would you like to get involved?

If you would like to get involved, or interested to find out more, please contact Clare [email protected] or    Sue  [email protected]