Our Team

Rev’d Paul Boddam-Whetham

Rector of St Bartholomew's Church
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The Rectory, 6 Standlake Road, Ducklington, Oxfordshire OX29 7XG Tel: 01993 776625
I joined the parish of Ducklington with Hardwick in February 2016 from my previous post as curate in St Albans. I had been in the construction industry, having been with John Laing Construction for 25 years and then Bovis Project Management for 10 years before falling victim to the 2008/9 recession and taking early retirement. At this point I was already going through the discernment process with the Bishop and was offered a training place with the Eastern Region Ministry Course.
Having been a late responder to God’s call to ordained ministry, I was content to offer myself across the breadth of opportunity that was available as I came to the end of my curacy and I am honoured to be invited to serve as your Rector and am excited to be part of God’s mission both in Ducklington and the wider deanery.

David Adams

LLM (Ministry Team)
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Tel: 01993 700765

Dave’s career has included time as a journalist, a research tutor in higher education, and an organisational consultant in the UK, India, Hong Kong and parts of Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He has experience working for an international broadcasting organisation, a pan-European satellite educational network, an online news service and a study and research centre focused on international development.

Ian Paul

LLM (Ministry Team)
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Tel: 01993 252333

Rachael Levermore

PCC Secretary
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Rachael has been PCC Secretary since 2013 having moved to Ducklington and getting married in St Bartholomew’s Church in 2011. 

She works full time as Head of Compliance at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in Swindon and brings these skills to her role as the PCC secretary.  

David Duthie

PCC Treasurer
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Edmund Strainge

Churchwarden
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Tel: 01993 772175

Edmund has lived in Ducklington parish all his life, the first 47 years in Church Street.  He is a working member of a local farming family; Chairman of Ducklington Parish Council and Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee.

Edmund has been an active member of St Bartholomew’s Church since the early 1970s, and, Church Warden since 1972.  He has the Bishop’s permission to serve the Eucharist since 1989.

In September 2015 he was welcomed in to The Fellowship of St Birinus by The Rt. Rev’d Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester, for service to God and and the church in Ducklington; for serving as Churchwarden for over 40 years and giving service to the community as Chairman of the Parish Council.

Gill Long

Churchwarden
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Gill has been a Churchwarden since April 2014. She came to the church many years ago after an appeal for singers and received such a warm welcome that she has never left. Prior to being a churchwarden she was a Deputy Warden for 2 years. She is a member of the PCC and has the Bishop’s permission to serve the Eucharist. 
Gill works full-time as a Nurse Practitioner in one of the local GP practices. She shares her faith on the streets of Witney as a Street Pastor and assists the team by coordinating their training requirements. Gill enjoys being a member of a local ecumenical choir.  

Peter Nichols

Warden Emeritus
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Peter has lived in the village since 1968 and has been a member of St Bartholomew’s for all of that time. For the last 32 years of his working life he was a manager in the motor industry. His current position in the church is that of Warden Emeritus and member of the St Birinus Fellowship.

Peter has been a member of the Parish Council as well as Chair of Governors for both Ducklington Primary School and Henry Box Secondary School in Witney.

Linda Paul

Administrator for weddings and funerals
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Tel: 01993 252333

Roger Barnes

Tower Captain and Chair of Fabric Committee
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Tower Captain and Chair of the Fabric Committee. Roger learnt to ring bells at Preston, Lancashire in 1963, and has been ringing at St Bartholomew’s since he arrived in the village in 1990.

In 2011 he succeeded Martin Dines as Tower Captain. As Chair of the Fabric Committee, Roger project managed the West End improvements that included the installation of a toilet and creation of the West-End Gallery. He has been a member of the PCC since 2010.

Mary Thorne

Notices Administrator
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Mary’s role is responsibility for producing and printing the notice sheets for each Sunday and for circulating them electronically to people who have requested to have them sent this way.  She also draws up the rotas for  people who do various duties each Sunday and again  circulates them to the people concerned and also makes sure they are inserted into the Monthly Diary produced by Tricia Hughes.
Mary has  been involved in Church activities for most of her adult life and in her last parish, St Mark’s in  Highcliffe, Dorset, she was leader of the Mothers’ Union Branch for many years progressing to Deanery Co-Ordinator and then was appointed as a MU Diocesan Trustee.  She also served on the P.C.C.,  was Church Warden and was also licenced to administer Holy Communion to those who received Communion in their own home or Care Home because they were unable to get to church for various reasons.