Saturday  December 22nd  Carol Service   6pm

Sunday December 23rd  Said Eucharist   8am

Sunday December 23rd Crib Service 10:30am

Monday December 24th Midnight Mass  11:30pm

Tuesday December 25th Said Eurcharist 8 am

Tuesday December 25th Christmas Service 10:30am

Sunday December 30th No service at St Botolph’s





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We would be most grateful if this information could be passed on to a anyone who would be interested in helping. Our delightful country church is in urgent need of an organist.

Our regular Organists and Choir Mistress (a married couple) have just retired after many years of faithful service at St Botolph’s Church, Swyncombe: a well-supported (nearly) 1,000 year old church in a delightful rural location. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a replacement regular organist locally. Do you happen to know of any organists keen to play on a very good small organ in a charming country church, either on a regular or occasional basis? We would, of course, pay for this service. Our Sung Eucharists are held every Sunday at 10.30am.

While finding an organist is very urgent, we should, ideally, also be keen to find a Choir Master/Mistress, if one became available at some point, for our dedicated Choir, who sing for us several times a year.

As we are now completely without a regular organist any assistance will be gratefully received.


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VISION MORNING  –  Message from Reverend Daniel Thompson

Dear all, I’m conscious that the email I sent out on Friday didn’t reach everyone, so I’m asking if you wouldn’t mind making an announcement this morning to let people know that there is a benefice reflective morning exploring how God is working in our community, followed by a short Eucharist and bring and share lunch. It’s open to anyone and is taking place on Saturday 21st October 10 – 1.00 (lunch at 1.00) in St Leonards, Watlington..   Many thanks,





The Reverend DANIEL THOMPSON will be ‘Instituted’(i.e. licensed) at a special ceremony at St Leonard’s Church, Watlington.  He will then become Rector of the Benefice of Icknield, which includes the parishes of Watlington, Swyncombe, Pyrton and Britwell Salome. Bishop Colin (Bishop of Dorchester) and Archdeacon Judy French (Archdeacon of Dorchester) will officiate.  Everyone is invited to attend this ceremony and to stay for Refreshments afterwards.



Our new Rector, Rev’d Daniel Thompson, will take his first service in the Benefice, at St Botolph’s Church, Swyncombe’s ‘SAID EUCHARIST’ Service.



Rev’d Daniel Thompson will take the ‘SUNG EUCHARIST’ service at St Botolph’s Church, Swyncombe.  Please do join us to formally ‘Welcome’ our new Rector to St Botolph’s and to enjoy some Refreshments afterwards.


Visit from Bill Bailey    26.07.17

We all enjoyed Bill Bailey & co’s visit to our church last Wednesday on a very wet, miserable day. He was walking 100 miles on six days in aid of ‘Stand up to Cancer’.  He originally did this two years ago, apparently, as his mother had died of the disease. His ‘entourage’ in fact comprised a very cheery bunch of close friends and family.  Some friends had come from Australia and Bali specifically to join Bill in the Walk. He should finish the Walk tomorrow night (Sat 29 July).

They did not have any rattling buckets (and in fact put money into our wall safe!). Those of us from church who were present  offered them light refreshment.  If anyone feels like contributing to this cause donations can be made via Bill’s own website or via the ‘Just Giving’ website i.e. on-line only.      Hilary Cox

Picture supplied by John Sennett

The Henley Standard covered the visit with an article in their July 28th edition.

COMEDIAN Bill Bailey dropped into St Botolph’s Church in Swyncombe on Wednesday.

He was taking part in a 100-mile walk along the Ridgeway in aid of Stand up to Cancer when he made his stop.

Bailey arrived with about 15 walkers, including his wife Kristin, just before …. continue.




We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Reverend Daniel Thompson as the new Rector for the Parish of Swyncombe and also the Parishes of Britwell Salome, Pyrton and Watlington.  Reverend Daniel will formally join us on the 5th of September.  We look forward to welcoming him together with his wife Jo and daughter Matilda.


There will be plenty of time to get to know Daniel, and his family when they move here. By way of early introduction Jon Barton did a brief phone interview with Daniel to ask why he wanted to come here. Below is Daniel’s reply.

‘’Because there’s such potential. I was blown away by Watlington Church and what you’re trying to do for the community. And in all four parishes, the people involved love and care so much for their churches. Being a priest today isn’t about managing decline. The tide is changing. And I love the parochial model – it’s the great strength of Anglicanism.

I was brought up in a rural parish outside Salisbury, singing in the choir at 6, ringing bells at 8. I know it sounds boring, but I knew I wanted to be a priest from when I was a child. As a teenager all I wanted to do after school was to study theology and get ordained. But it didn’t work out like that. At college it all fell away.

I’ve a questioning brain and love philosophy. I explored atheism and thought Richard Dawkins was the best thing ever. The irony is that I never lost my calling. In my thirties I did a master’s degree in philosophy and studied many interesting thinkers. They started to lead me on the road back. Getting married in a church had a massive impact, sensing we were part of a bigger story. It felt amazing to come back to faith.

That experience helps me as a priest. One big problem for the church is not understanding people who think differently. It’s something I recognised every day as an RE teacher before being ordained. We just throw things at people and wonder why they don’t pick them up. That’s why I’ve been bringing groups of adults who don’t share our beliefs to talk together.

I’m so lucky now – I’m doing the thing I was born to do. I love it. The hardest thing is to make so many switches in a day – from school assemblies to intense funeral visits, from parish meetings to bumping into someone in Tesco’s who feels suicidal.

I believe very strongly in my priestly calling. I’m a traditional priest with an open-minded approach. The church isn’t about dogma. Jesus didn’t write a book – he brought himself. Being a priest is about being a presence in people’s lives, someone who can make Jesus known to others. There’s a real need for that, and that’s what I can offer.

But it means building trust, and having the patience to listen to what people are searching for, not trying to impose solutions. The kingdom of God isn’t just about worship; it’s about how we live our lives. The whole idea of the medieval church was as a centre of the community, where the spiritual and physical needs of a parish were combined. I think we need to reclaim both elements to make churches sustainable for the future.

I’m looking forward to meeting people in the town and villages, and having time to talk. I’ll be everywhere on my bike – you won’t miss me. My wife Jo and nine-year old Matilda are excited about moving to a part of England we all love. We’re looking forward to putting down roots, and making new friends across all four parishes.’’



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Hilary Cox

Our Rector is The Rev'd Daniel Thompson.

Please contact him for general enquiries and arranging baptisms, weddings and funerals.

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 Feast Day: 17th June