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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.

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.

Also in 2009 the font cover was removed due to safety issues and placed on a plinth behind the font.   A new cover was donated to replace it.

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.

In 2012 a generous legacy enabled the Church to appoint JBK Architects to design a dais in front of the Chancel in order to have a nave altar. The two front pews on each side of the Nave were removed, and the pew ends placed on the new front pews and in the south aisle. The work was carried out by Steve Townsend of Ducklington and the Nave Altar made of English Oak by Tom Townsend. The work was completed in 2013.

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The Revd Andrew Tweedy
The Rectory
Stanton Harcourt
OX29 5RP
(01865) 880914

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Parish Communion
Communion Service (with Sunday School on the 3rd Sunday - children are taken out during the 1st Hymn and returned during Communion to join the congregation for a blessing and the end of the Service) NO 9.30 am. SERVICE on 23rd DECEMBER
Every third and fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Sunday School Refreshments
Benefice Service
Benefice Eucharist for all four Churches of the Benefice held in rotation on the 2nd and 5th Sundays of the month. For venues throughout 2011, see the link to Benefice Services. Benefice Communion on Remembrance Sunday is at 9 a.m., this year in Northmoor Church
Every second Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Communion
An informal Eucharistic Service
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Taize Service
Held in Stanton Harcourt Church
Every third Sunday at 6:00 PM for ¾ hour


Home Group
Held at the The Rectory, Stanton Harcourt
The weeks of the month on which these are held may vary - see the monthly bulletin available in Church
Every second and fourth Monday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours


Tea Cake Tuesday
Time for a chat in church; tea and cakes provided.
Every second and fourth Tuesday at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
Ladies' Lunch Club
A monthly luncheon for ladies in the Lower Windrush Benefice held in a local hostelry
Every first Tuesday at 12:00 PM


Holy Communion
A Common Worship service of Holy Communion followed by coffee. On Ash Wednesday 25th February those who wish may have the imposition of Ashes.
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments Common Worship


Men's Breakfast Club
Breakfast at the Red Lion, Northmoor, sometimes with guest speaker Contact Phil Birkett, 01865 300545
Every second Saturday at 8:00 AM
Market Stall
Every first Saturday at 11:00 AM



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)
Stained Glass

Emmaus Study Courses run periodically.
Church Open The Church is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6003
Built: 1228
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: The Bishop of Oxford and the Diocesan Board of Patronage
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: WITNEY (27410)
Benefice: Lower Windrush (27/319CT)
Parish Legal Name: Standlake (270260 )
CofE Church Info: (627260 27/260)
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The current editor is: Alison Shaw

This page was last updated on Friday 14th April 2017
Standlake: St Giles : Church End, Standlake, Oxfordshire, OX29 7SG


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