92 Brave Teddies and Daring Dolls zipped down from the top of Islip church tower on Saturday 14 September at Cross Tree Green, Islip.
Certificates were awarded to the brave toys who completed the scary task/ big adventure! First Aid tent on Green for any toy injuries – although empty here it soon became a scene of ordered activity.
Teas were available for spectators and over £300 raised in aid of Church Funds. Special thanks to 241 Signal Squadron who gave their time and expertise to setting up the zipwire and organising overexcited teddies.
Open air Churchyard service
On Saturday 20 July at 3pm, St Nicholas Islip held a short open air service in the churchyard giving an opportunity especially for those with loved ones buried there to give thanks for this place of peace, remembering and hope. Followed by tea and cake.
Big Bike Ride – Westminster to Islip
On Sunday 12 May the fourth Islip Big Bike Ride started from Westminster Abbey to Islip through royal parks and country lanes. The Islip Big Bike Ride is a unique and beautiful 70-mile route from central London to the ancient village of Islip in Oxfordshire, the birthplace of Edward the Confessor.
Corpus Christi Chapel Choir in Islip
On Sunday 17 February Corpus Christi Chapel Choir, with their chaplain Revd Canon Professor Judith Maltby, sang at the well-attended 10.30am Parish Communion service and the preacher was the Revd Canon Brian Mountford. They sang Byrd’s Mass for 4 voices and Ave Verum and were much appreciated by all. We’re already looking forward to welcoming them again!
The choir – taken in May 2018 outside St Nicholas, Islip
Islip Remembers 1-14 November 2018
In the 1911 census the population of Islip was 561 (283 men/ 278 women) of whom 77 went to fight in WW1 including 25 who were killed (and one who is also commemorated in Noke).
We are marking the 100th anniversary of the ending of WW1 with an exhibition in St Nicholas, Islip from 1 – 14 November (and a tea party from 3-5pm on Sunday 4 November) showing details of those men and women with their photographs, newspaper cuttings and brief biographies. The church will be open during the day from 11-5pm.
A Cappella Choir
A New Year concert was held in St Nicholas from A Cappella Choir of Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA on the first leg of their UK tour on Friday 13 January. We all enjoyed a diverse programme – Benjamin Britten’s New Year Carol; William Steffe’s Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory; and a folksong Shenandoah amongst others. On Sunday the choir sang after ‘a big breakfast’ in Islip Village Hall, which was much appreciated by their hosts, helpers and many others.
Crib service 2016
The Act of Remembrance took place on Sunday 13 November at 10.55am at the War Memorial, Islip followed by a Service of Remembrance at St Nicholas, Islip at 11.10am where we were joined by members of 241 Signal Squadron from the Bicester Garrison at our service.
Not the Beaujolais Nouveau
The social event of the season took place on Friday 11 November in Islip Village Hall featuring a flash mob appearance by the No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra!
The Reelpot Band played throughout the evening whilst everyone enjoyed wine, cheese and pate. A profit of £312 was made for St Nicholas church funds.
Church in the Forest at Islip Millennium Wood
On Sunday 25 September, the Family Service was held in the Millennium Wood, celebrating especially the harvest of our own gardens, allotments and hedgerows. We raised over £170 (in pint-sized wellies) for Farm Africa whose strapline is ‘Give hunger the boot!’ At the Harvest Supper held on 9 October £365 was raised to add to the amount.
Ringing for HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday
On Thursday 21 April, the bellringers of St Nicholas, Islip rang to Queens and back to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM The Queen.