Stage 1
Stage 2

Hall Project Update
How to Donate

Fundraising activities Past and Present

Stage 1
The Quinquennial Report completed in 2009 has shown that the roof is unsound. The estimated cost of repair is £240,000.

As the church is a Grade 2 Listed Building, it has been given a grant by English Heritage which will cover more than half that amount. The other half must be raised by the parishioners, by grants from other bodies such as The Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, and by donations.

Work has started…..

The start of the work was celebrated with Mass taken by Father Andrew on Sunday September 4th, followed by tea and cakes, and signing of roof timbers.

The major repair work then started on 7th September 2011. The delayed start was so as not to disrupt the colony of swifts which nest within the church roof annually.

Midland Conservation Ltd of Walsall are carrying out the work, which is estimated to be finished by Christmas.

Progress Report…..

from Jason Graham, Director Midland Conservation, mid-October:

“Mother nature has been extremely kind to us and the very mild conditions we have experienced have allowed the lime mortar
re-pointing to progress very well with all elevations nearing completion. Existing stone slates are being removed from the roof which has highlighted the oak rafters to be in a much fairer condition than expected. Carpentry works will commence the first week in November with new roof boards being fixed. This will close the roof area up and allow the internal areas of the church to be cleaned and handed over in readiness for advent”.

Stage 2
We have successfully raised the money for Stage 1 (our Church roof) and now need to raise £200,000 for Stage 2 (our Church Hall) so we are looking to a wider public to help us raise the money to restore our beautiful and much-loved church and hall.

Ride + Stride:

The money raised by Ride + Stride in Oxfordshire makes up almost half of the income of the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust which is distributed to churches in the form of grants for repairs, refurbishments and provision of toilets and access for the disabled.

On 14th September 2013, Tom and Nicola Barry, on a tandem, visited 16 Churches, cycled 27 miles in 3.5 hours and raised over £1000… half of it going to St Joseph’s Church, Carterton.


Hall Project Update

January 2017

The hall roof work has now started. Here are some pictures of the preparation:
Click on any picture if you wish to see a larger view of them.

October 2016

I received an email recently from the architects (see below).  I hope you feel like me that the curtailed scheme of work seems to be good value, even if the guide price of £200,000 (I gave to the architect) is still a great deal for a small parish such as ours.  These costs do not include VAT, but I have it on the advice of our Diocesan Treasurer that VAT would be reimbursed in view of the hall being a listed building.  I believe that we have good prospects of being able to pay off the costs within five years, since we have already accumulated more than £50,000.  We do not yet have a start date, but the architect knows that all external work needs to be completed by April 2017 in view of the nesting colony of
swifts who return then.
Andrew Foster, Parish Priest, October 2016

Email from Lauren Mintoft, Brownhill Hayward Brown:
I am aware of the budget which we are trying to keep below the £200,000 figure including the M&E works. We have included for the following works:

  • Re-roof the Church Hall and new roof covering to the flat roof extension.
  • New heating system – I believe the M&E installers are putting in a cost to connect the mains gas supply.
  • New lighting scheme
  • Redecoration throughout Church Hall, Lobby, WC’s (all sanitary ware to be replaced)
  • Store room (rear extension) converted to Kitchen
  • Re-pointing of the church hall and patch repairs to the rendered extension.
  • Redecoration of windows in the Church and replacement of windows in the Church Hall  and rear flat roof extension.
  • Removing the infill from the original barn opening in the Church Hall and securing new double glazed screen within.
  • Improvements to the existing staircase and balustrade.
  • Replacement of doors to extension and Church Hall.

We have also reduced the specification for the rainwater goods from cast iron to cast aluminium (which will look similar) and the rainwater goods to the flat roof extension
will be replaced with plastic to match. We understand the importance of meeting the budget and hopefully the tenders will come in within budget however there is scope
to reduce elements of work if required.

How to Donate

Please support this cause by making a donation, large or small, and using the Donation Form.

Please print and complete the form and send it with your cheque or direct debit instructions to:

Father Andrew
St Joseph’s Church
Arkell Avenue
Oxfordshire OX18 3BS

Fundraising activities Past and Present

Christmas Cards
Sing into Spring Concert
Book Sales
Christmas Bazaar


2016 Parish Barbecue at Carterton (See Gallery for photographs)
Thank you for praying so hard for good weather, since it was dry and almost too hot on Sunday!  More than seventy people came including parishioners from St Mary’s, Bampton and there was plenty to eat: thank you to all who brought salads of different sorts.  Thank you to the four barbecuers: Ed Poole, Jem Wynne, Peter Williams and Tom Barry. Photos courtesy of Kate and Paddy Lenaghan.

2011 Parish Barbecue at Carterton (See Gallery for photographs)
The 2011 St Joseph’s Parish Barbeque took place on Sunday 17 July on the paddock area behind the church hall. The threatened rain thankfully stayed away so that the 100 people or so who attended could enjoy the food and friendship in warm sunshine. To cater for the large number who attended this year we had 3 barbeques on the go which produced a steady supply of perfectly cooked sausages and burgers, all locally sourced, to an appreciative crowd. Thanks must go to our very own “Master Chefs”, Lyn Austin, Tom Barry and Jem Wynne for firing up their barbeques. But this was a real team effort and many played a part in the success: many thanks to those who sold tickets in the weeks preceding the event; to those who braved a blustery evening to set up Lyn’s marquee; to the many ladies who brought such tantalizing salads and deserts for all to enjoy; to all those who donated raffle prizes and to Jean Austin who did such a sterling job in running the raffle; and to all those who helped move tables and chairs and set up and tidy up after.

The barbeque raised over £500 for the Church Repair Fund. Tickets were very reasonably priced at £5 for adults and £2 for children and thanks must go to the Carterton Co-op for their generous sponsorship. The bar did a brisk business. The barbeque was also the first opportunity for parishioners to view and buy the St Joseph’s commemorative mugs which had been sourced by Paddy Leneghan. These were soon selling briskly and are still available to purchase; they make an excellent gift and memento of the repair effort. The much anticipated raffle was the finale of the day and, it seemed, most came away with a prize or two.

No date has yet been set for the 2012 barbeque but look out for advertising posters since the event has become established as a firm favourite in the St Joseph’s social calendar and is not one to miss.


Jam, Marmalade and Jelly:
In 1940 when the barn was purchased and converted into the present parish Church, the ladies of the church saved their sugar rations and made jam from the fruit in their gardens and hedgerows. This was sold and the money raised was used to equip the new Church.

We are still making Jam to look after our Church! In the last year over £1850 has been raised through the sale of jam, marmalade and jelly.


Thank you to Isalina and Jose De Freitas for all their hard work and to everyone who has bought a jar or two.


Bone China Mugs
A ‘must have’ for every home!
£5.00 each


Each mug is 92mm high with 260ml capacity.

Bone China – By “John Owen of Exeter”.

All mugs available from the Church or alternatively to order
mugs by post download your form here.

Christmas Cards

Message inside card – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Size of cards 105 x 150mm
£5.00 for a pack of 10


Blank Inside
Cards are available from Church or to order your cards download your form here

Sing into Spring Concert
Yvette Brown organised a fundraising concert held on 25th February 2011 at St Mary’s Church, Bampton.

It was a truly memorable night of music and fellowship with the choir Voicebox performing an eclectic mix of songs to a packed church.

The concert and raffle raised £2600 – a quite remarkable total.

Book Sales

A parishioner had a sale of surplus books, after moving house, which raised more than £600. A major attraction was the raffle for two extra special volumes.


Christmas Bazaar

The Christmas Bazaar which takes place each year in the Church hall on the last Saturday of November is one of the main fund-raising events of the parish and is always well supported.

The Raffle, Bottle Stall and Cake Stall as well as toys, fancy goods, plants and games are all popular. Teas are available all afternoon and Father Christmas is a great attraction for the children.