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.

Rosie Evans

PCC Secretary
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My husband and I moved to Ducklington in 2016 from Winslow in North Buckinghamshire. I am a retired Macmillan Occupational Therapist. In addition to singing with the Brize Singers, I also volunteer at Cogges Manor Farm. We have three young grandchildren.

Sarah Varnom

Safeguarding Officer
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Sarah moved to Ducklington 13 years ago and became a member of St Bartholomew’s church soon after that. She has sat on the PCC for the four years and recently took on the role of lead for Safeguarding. She has worked in education for over 25 years most recently holding the post of Strategic Lead for Education Quality in Oxfordshire. She works as an Ofsted inspector in the south east of England and is chair of governors at Ducklington Primary School. Her hobbies include making mosaics, gardening, cooking and the theatre. She has been an active member of Faringdon Dramatic Society for over 20 years and relaxes by making preserves for “Mrs V’s Chutneys and Preserves”.

Roger Barnes

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Roger became a Churchwarden at the 2017 Annual Parish Meeting.  He is also 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.

Gill Long

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Gill has been a member of St.Bartholomew’s church for the past 17 years. During this time she has been churchwarden, a school foundation governor, a member of the PCC, a communion server and a sidesperson. She works as a nurse in one of the local GP practices and is part of the Witney Street Pastor team. She enjoys singing, painting and flower arranging.

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.

Edmund Strainge

Warden Emeritus
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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 from 1972 to 2018.  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.

Meg Roberts

Pastoral Team Leader

Meg became a member of St Bartholomew’s when she moved to the village in 1998 and has volunteered in many roles ever since, including as a bellringer for most of that time. She leads the Pastoral Team of  volunteers who befriend church members and support them in times of illness, bereavement or infirmity, including helping with transport, both to church on Sundays  and to medical appointments when necessary.  Meg has recently become Leader of the Mothers’ Union Branch.  She is a member of a society which aims to live out the Christian life following the example of St Francis.

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.

Sue Fenn

Weddings Administrator
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Sue became the Weddings Administrator in August 2019