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SOME HISTORY -THE CRUSADING CHURCH AT STONE
Roman soldiers marching from Oxford to Aylesbury would pass, perhaps with curiosity, the strange mound at the intersection leading to the Icknield Way. The mound was obviously man made, and probably an ancient burial ground. It was at this site, some six centuries later, William the Conqueror gave the manor of Stanes (as Stone then was) to his henchman Robert de Todini who laid the plans for a church to be built on the mound - thereby upstaging Odo, Bishop of Bayeux and William's half brother. Bishop
Odo was given the neighbouring manor, to be known as Bishop-stone. In 1545, King Henry VII granted the manor of Stone to Sir Anthony Lee of Hartwell House. The advowson of the parish remained in the Lee family for 420 years. In 1965 it passed to the Worshipful Company of Grocers. In 1972 the Parish of Stone and Hartwell was united with the Parish of Dinton and, since then, the Worshipful Company of Grocers together with the Bishop of Oxford have the right to nominate the Incumbent. The church was built to the glory of Almighty God in 1135 but, for reasons shrouded in mystery was not consecrated until 128 years later. Fifty years before, bad King John had signed Magna Carta, at Runnymede. At that time, probably united by John's lamentable government, (The only good thing the King did was to die' was a witticism of the day!) Normans and Saxons now lived together in relative harmony and both became Englishmen. It was in that century that the modern Englishman emerged and our nation's character began to develop. By now Stone church had been enlarged and improved and finally consecrated by Bishop Reginald, Suffragan to Richard, Bishop of Lincoln - in which diocese the parish then was. Descendant of Norman parents, Robert de Farendon became Vicar, uniting his community, both Saxon and Norman, in the faith which they had previously embraced separately. The church was dedicated to that most popular Saint at the time of the Crusades - the aggressively outspoken John Baptist. The very attractive Norman doorway, even in those days, was a proud feature of this forward thinking and Crusading church through which the congregation has always been welcomed.
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Our next café in the park is on 4th November 10.30-12.30. This time there will be a home produce market stall and we are asking for contributions to this. Do you make jam, or cakes or anything else that we can sell? we also need you to come on the […] The post Park Life Cafe – 4th November appeared first on Stone, Dinton and Hartwell.
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Come and join us TOMORROW for our gentle Summer Stroll around Eythrope. The post Summer Stroll 2017 appeared first on Stone, Dinton and Hartwell.
The worshiping community of St John the Baptist church are invited to a meeting in the church with the Vicar and churchwardens this Thursday 22nd June @ 7.30pm, to look at and discuss the future pattern of worship in Stone. This meeting is an opportunity for those who Belong, to […] The post Service Pattern Consultation appeared first on Stone, Dinton and Hartwell.
Coming up this month: An Evening of Light Music at Dinton Church on Saturday 24th! The post An Evening of Light Music 2017 appeared first on Stone, Dinton and Hartwell.
A reminder: St John the Baptist, Stone, will be open all this week between 18:00 and 19:30 with prayer stations for the Global Week of Prayer. There will Also be an Hour of Prayer at St Peter and St Paul, Dinton, tomorrow (Wednesday) Evening at 19:30. The post Thy Kingdom Come appeared first on Stone, Dinton and Hartwell.
Donations of cakes would be gratefully received by the Social Committee who are one again running the teas and coffees in the pavilion during the fete on Monday 29th May. Donations can be made on the morning of the fete from 10am or can be left in the SJB Church […] The post Stone Fete Cake Donations 2017 appeared first on Stone, Dinton and Hartwell.
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