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St Giles Church is one of four churches in the Lower Windrush Benefice, the others being St Denys' Northmoor, St Michael's Stanton Harcourt and St Nicholas and St Swithun Yelford. St. Giles' is a Grade II* Church dating from about 1228 with an extensive Victorian restoration and a £100,000 Restoration project in the 1990s. Some of the pews have been re-sited to create a 'social area'. The large churchyard is well kept and an experimental wildlife conservation area has been set aside.
An appeal fund was launched in September 2006 which raised £100,000. Grants were received from the National Churches Trust, Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, Garfield Weston, The Mercer's Company, Allchurches Trust, the Archdeacon of Oxford's Fund, Magdalen College Oxford, The Rank Foundation, The Doris Field Trust, the Sandford Trust, the Gladiator Trust and the Beatrice Laing Trust.
Repairs were carried out to the Clerestory Windows, which were completed in the autumn of 2007. A disabled toilet and kitchen facilities have been provided in the Vestry with access from the North Door of the Church across a new patio area. A path has been laid from the North Door to the new Car Park which has been provided by the Parish Council for access to the new Churchyard.
The new Burial Ground was consecrated by the Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, on 7th July 2009
New Heaters and Lighting were installed in St Giles'Church during the Autumn of 2009.
The Friends of St Giles, launched in 2010, allows those who wish to contribute to the maintenance of the building to be kept in touch with events at St Giles.
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