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The Shelswell Group of Parishes

The Shelswell Group of Parishes aims to bring people closer to God, and to show the love of Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit to everyone

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Church of St Mary the Virgin


The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Cottisford is a member of the Shelswell group of parishes.

The church is located on the outskirts of the village, to the west.
See the Benefice map

An excellent publication entitled "Cottisford Revisited", written by Ted and Joan Flaxman, is available from the church

The present stone church was built in the 13th Century on the site of a Saxon Church by the Abbot of Bec and apart from the removal of a tower it remains largely unchanged to the present day.
In 2015 a major repair project was completed for Cottisford Church. This comprised: repointing of its exterior walls, repairs to it's roof, repairs to it's rainwater goods, stonework and perimeter channel; repairs to it's leaded lights and window protection. This work was facilitated by generous support from Viridor Credits Environmental Company and Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust.

Flora Thompson based her trilogy 'Lark Rise to Candleford' on the area North East of Bicester including the nearby villages of Juniper Hill, Cottisford, Fringford and Hethe and a memorial tablet to Flora Thompson may be found within the church.

Our Services in Cottisford
1st. March 8th. March 15th. March 22nd. March
Mothering Sunday
29th. March 5th. April
Palm Sunday
Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Holy Communion
harvest festival
harvest festival

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