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To keep in touch here are some recent messages, services, sermons and Rev Drew's songs and music:

Please note that more recent services are posted on the Friends of St Britius Facebook Page at

Sunday 16th August 2020 Service

Sunday 2nd August 2020 Service

Sunday 26th July Service

Midweek Communion Service 22/23 July 2020 from St Britius NEW

Sunday 19th July Service

All Age Service for Sunday 12th July 2020

Midweek service 8/9 July 2020

Midweek service 2/3 July 2020

Message from Rev Drew Tweedy re opening of our churches

Sunday 28th June Service

Sunday 21st June Service

Midweek service 17 & 18 June 2020 by Rev Ian Howard

Rev Ian Howard conducts a service of Holy Communion from St Britius for 10th & 11 June 2020 

Ascension Day Service from the Ministry Team

Ian Howard's latest message (dated 15th May 2020)

From Rev Ian Howard Wednesday 13th May 2020
This is our first Communion Service from St Britius since 15th March, recorded today by me for us all today!
Many thanks to Mary for the beautiful flowers!

Benefice Service for Sunday 10th May

Rev Ian Howard's message from Sunday 3rd May

There will be a traditional evening communion today, Wednesday 29th April at 7 pm.  The link will be posted
on Friends of St Britius and a recording will be here later on.  The hymns are in a pdf file here

Here is the link to the service itself

Rev Ian Howard's mesage from Sunday 26th April

Rev Ian Howard's message from Thursday 23rd April

Rev Ian Howard's message from Tuesday 21st April

Recent services, songs and sermons are on St John's Church Facebook Page

Rev Stephen Bessent's sermon for 16 April is at

Rev Ian Howard would like people to consider watching just 5 mins of this Spring Harvest Video from yesterday
(Timing on cursor from 7.40 to 12.40) and think about this question:
The video is at

Rev Ian Howard last message fr0om Holy Week

Another message from Rev Ian Howard

New message and song from Rev Ian Howard

First Day -  Easter Pilgrimage Journey - by Kate Bruce the RAF Padre

Second Day -  Easter Pilgrimage Journey - by Kate Bruce the RAF Padre

Third Day -  Easter Pilgrimage Journey - by Kate Bruce the RAF Padre

Forth Day -  Easter Pilgrimage Journey - by Kate Bruce the RAF Padre

Fifth Day -  Easter Pilgrimage Journey - by Kate Bruce the RAF Padre

Sixth Day -  Easter Pilgrimage Journey - by Kate Bruce the RAF Padre

Seventh Day -  Easter Pilgrimage Journey - by Kate Bruce the RAF Padre

Eigth Day -  Easter Pilgrimage Journey - by Kate Bruce the RAF Padre

Message from Rev Ian Howard regarding Palm Sunday

Sunday service from Rev Andrew Tweedy & Billie Tweedy

Sixth message from Rev Ian Howard

Fifth message from Rev Ian Howard

Fourth message from Rev Ian Howard

Service by Rev Andrew Tweedy and Billie Tweedy 10.30 am 29th March 2020

Sermon for Sunday 29 March 2020 by Rev Ian Howard A transcript can be found here

Message by Billie and Rev Andrew Tweedy

Third message from Ian Howard

Thursday's service by Rev Andrew Tweedy and Billie Tweedy

A second message from Rev Ian Howard

A short video message from Rev Ian Howard

Lyrics for God of my night, God of my day song by Rev Andrew Tweedy  The link to him playing the song itself is here

Sermon Sunday 22nd March 2020

Sermon Thursday 19th March 2020
Calming the Anxiety Monster by RAF Padre Kate Bruce
We are looked after by Rev Andrew Tweedy (our new Team Rector), Rev Ian Howard (our curate), Lyndsey Baker & Billie Tweedy (lay ministers) and Rev Stephen Bessant who is retired but is happy to take occasional services.  The clergy form the Benefice Team for Brize Norton and Carterton. We are still waiting for a new Team Vicar to replace Rev James Maddern who retired in October last.


  • Induction of our new Team Rector on 5th August 2019 here
  • The profile for the rector's post here.
  • We follow the Church's Safeguarding Policy here.  Our Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Carolyn Peach (Tel 01993 844102).
  • A Short Guide to the Church and its history can be found here.
  • Information about St Britius and a picture can be found in our guide.  Further information about St Britius can be found can be found here.
  • A report commissioned in August 2012 on our wall paintings can be found here  At this time we have been unable to move forward with the proposed work.
  • A guide to the Vicars of St Britius can be found here
  • NEW Our 2020 marriage guide can be found here NEW  


Good Friday & Easter Day 2020

At St Britius we would normally hold a Tenebrae Service on Good Friday at 4.30 pm.  A reflection of Jesus's crucifiction. 
We would then celebrate Easter Day and his Resurrection
In the absence 0of these two services I encourage everyone to read a series by J John entitled the Last Words of Jesus.  These can be found
in the
pdf file I have created from his emails this week.  You can listen to them read out at
J John has also announced that he will broadcast a 20 minute piece on Easter Day entitled the Coronovirus - Hope versus Fear.  This can be found on facebook at or on utube at
J John is an inspirational speaker so please hear what he has to say


Harvest 2019



Remembrance Day celebration of 100 years since the end of World War 1 pictures  NEW

Christmas 2018 at St Britius NEW






Our contacts list (password protected)
can be found here


Our services take place on Sundays at 9.15 am and on Wednesdays at 7.00 pm

Morning prayers at St Britius are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.30am and evening prayers at St Britius are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.00pm

Our Pilgrims lunch takes place on Wednesdays

See our newsletters to more details and for special services



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Formed when we fund raised for St Britius Church Roof (original website archived here) . It still runs and all the Friends Newsletters can be found here.




The Union Flag from the Oxfordshire Repatriation Garden was handed over to Rev James Maddern in a ceremony
during the 9.15 am service in St Britius on 12 April 2015. 

Cllr Norman MacRae, MBE, Chairman of West Oxfordshire District Council spoke as follows:

"Rev James, Deputy Lieutenant, Chairman of the Parish
Council, ladies and gentlemen.

The flag presented today, is the Union Flag that has graced the Memorial Garden since day 1, with the exception of the actual day of a Repatriation when the flag that was used at the then Wotton Basset ceremonial is used.

The Memorial Garden, being sited as it is in your parish, has become an important, if not vital part of the Repatriation Day, providing a place where regimental colleagues, friends, family and the members of the public of this District and beyond can come together and pay their respect and compliments to the fallen and their families.

Today is, for me, and l am sure many of you, a day tinged with both sadness and gratitude!  Sadness in that we need a place to greet our fallen service personnel; a son or daughter; a mother or father; a brother or sister who has lost their life service this country of ours.  Gratitude in that we, as a District, have provided a place where all can come and show support.

l am acutely conscious of the part your parish plays on Repatriation Day. As already mentioned, the Memorial Garden is here, but you do more than that. l know you stand in respect along Brize Norton Road paying respect; refreshment is provided in your public house. For all of that, as Chairman of your District Council, l give you all, each and every one residing here, my heartfelt thanks, on behalf of not only myself, but of each and every member of each and every family of the fallen
returned here.

Returning to the present day. The Afghan conflict for our troops is now over. The Union Flag that has flown at the Memorial Garden has become worn, faded and torn and needing replacing. It is fitting that it be replaced. It was obvious to me that the appropriate resting place for this symbol should be in its parish church - here in St Britius.  Accordingly, please accept this flag and all that it has represented over the years."

Our two pictures show the framed display that will be mounted below the Union Flag to explain its origin and purpose and the assembled group at the handing over service.  Pictured are Mr Brian Crossland Deputy Lieutenant Oxfordshire holding the display, Cllr Norman MacRae holding the Union Flag, Mrs Maxine Crossland Deputy Chair West Oxfordshire District Council to the left of her husband, Rev James Maddern, Mr Michael Henderson Royal British Legion and Mr Alex Postan Brize Norton and Shilton Ward District Councillor and his wife to the right.  Others present included Cllr Keith Glazier, Chair of Brize Norton Parish Council and Mrs Lynne Shuker, British Legion Repatriation Liaison Officer and members of the congregation of St Britius.





Photos of St Britius


Black & white drawing (jpg)


Black & white drawing (gif)




Colour watercolour (jpg) 





Click on the image to hear
our bells rung on Sunday,
25 April 2004

To hear other *.mp3 segments
click (2) or (3)  


Grant from WREN - item in Witney Gazette here

Church role in Repatriations - item in Witney Gazette here









Phil Holmes  Updated on Tuesday 10 April 2011