Project information

"One for All"

• Deddington and the surrounding villages do not form a homogeneous community. Young and old long-term residents and the new comers, second home owners and the just about managing. Nationally it is not a unique problem. We are trying to develop our own solution. If we can make it work, the concept

January 2018 - June 2019

Charity information: The Parish Of Ss Peter & Paul Deddington

The Parish Of Ss Peter & Paul Deddington
  • Need


    • Like many communities both urban and rural there has been rapid change in the last twenty years. Many established residents resist new housing and the developments associated with a rapidly expanding community. The newcomers find assimilation slow and acceptance reluctant. Integration is slow. There are traditional clubs and societies but they are mainly used by the established resident families. The Church buildings are used for a variety of secular popular activates but regular worship is co


    • The Church is physically and culturally at the centre of the village and if not used for worship is used for concerts and variety of popular activities. It is proposed to extend the concept and make the Church buildings more of a community hub. Traditionally the promoter of these secular activities has paid to use the Church. It is proposed to waive these charges for all non-profitmaking village activities to encourage greater community use of the buildings. The kitchen and the family room n

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Use the Church buildings to bridge the social divides of the parish


    » Promote the use of Church facilities by the curate

    What success will look like

    Increase use of the Church facilities

    Aim 2

    Identify isolated groups and develop activities for them in the Church buildings


    » Bring together the lonely and alone to social and community functions in the Church

    What success will look like

    The Curate has identified a group of elderly mainly female residents who are lonely and alone. They meet very Sunday afternoon now for a tea party. More initiatives like this

    Aim 3

    Encourage clubs and local societies to use the free facilities


    » Encourage small clubs and community groups to use the kitchens and family meeting room and to support memebership drives

    What success will look like

    Some local clubs and societies are small and lack resources. The Church will support them and recruit more groups to use the facilities

    Aim 4

    Support greater community cohesion


    » Encourage suppoted groups to foster co-operation for new social initiatives

    What success will look like

    Increase the number of people who use the Church facilities

    Aim 5

    Promote outreach and social support


    » Help and encourage community cooperation.

    What success will look like

    Promote awareness of our neighbours and the isolated and vulnerable young or old

  • Impact


    Encourage the social life of the community to be more inclusive.
    Increase voluntary donates to the Church.
    Increase social interaction
    Restore the Church to the centre of the community


    The risk is that the investment in improving the facilities in the Church are not used.
    The work undertaken so far has demonstrated the social need and already bookings in the Church have increased and so have voluntary donations


    Regular updates on our website and monthly email reports to donors

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £23,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Kitchen Refurbisment
      £8,000 Family room Improve heating and facilities
      £5,000 Outreach travel and curate expenses
      £250 Promotion print material
      £250 Administration Contingency and increased clerical cost
  • Background


    Deddington, Hempton and Clifton is a civil parish of three villages in Oxfordshire about 6 miles south of Banbury. The population of the civil parish is about 2000. The Church also covers the adjoining villages of, Barford St Michael and Barford St John. North Oxfordshire is under great pressure to provide new housing every village is expanding faster than the combined social, educational, medical and environmental infrastructure services


    Our ambition is that everyone will benefit and that newcomers will be welcomed into a thriving community

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Parish Church is the centre of the community and is motivated to succeed.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rev. Ann Goldthorp

    The Vicar of the Parish

    Rev. Paula Smith

    Curate of the Parish