The United Parish of
Chinnor, Aston Rowant, Sydenham & Crowell



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The United Parish had a community Bioblitz in June 2018 of all 4 churchyards in the parish - These were the results:

A huge thanks to Nick Marriner, development Officer for the Chiltern Conservation Board for facilitating such an informative and enjoyable morning!

Results of the Bird Survey - 9th June 2018 by Nick Marriner

30 species of birds were recorded on the inaugural Chinnor Churches Go Wild! bird survey which took place on Saturday 9th June.

30 species of birds in total across all 4 churches were recorded including some fantastic views of Swifts coming and going from a nest site under the guttering at Sydenham and Blue Tits nesting on the tower at Sydenham and Aston Rowant.

St Andrews Church in Chinnor came out on top of the species counts with 24 species, closely followed by St Peter and St Paul Church in Aston Rowant with 21. St Marys Church in Sydenham recorded 20 species with 17 were found at The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Church in Crowell

The spring breeding season was in full flow with species such as Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Blackcap and Chiffchaff all heard singing. Fantastic views of soaring Buzzards, good numbers of hirundines (House Martins, Swallows and Swifts) were seen feeding on insects and many young recently fledged birds were both seen and heard.

18 people joined the event and picked up tips and pointers on the identification of species, recognising songs and calls as well as snippets of insight into the ecology of many species recorded.

The survey highlighted how important the 4 churchyards are in providing suitable nesting and feeding habitat for such a wide range of species. Equally it showed how resourceful birds are nesting under broken roof tiles, cracks in wooden facia boards and spaces under guttering.

Swifts provided a real spectacle at Sydenham give incredible views as they bought a constant supply food to their nest under the guttering at Sydenham.

In addition to the bird survey the reptile mats at Chinnor were checked showing good numbers of Slow Worms and the chance for many to see them close up for the first time.

Time was also taken to discuss how each site is managed for its wildlife and the great work currently being done to support this especially the wild flower meadow areas being created at Crowell

Plans are in place to take this information to look at specific projects that may be carried out with support of A Rocha and the Chilterns Conservation Board to further improve the range of habitats at each of the churches.

Churchyards may be small in terms of size but offer a significant resource and the morning showed how Rough Around the Edges the 4 churches are.

An enjoyable and informative morning has now given a baseline for future surveys and a basis on which to run similar surveys for other species groups – watch this space for more details.

The united parish giving group.

Who are we?

We are drawn (ideally) from all the churches in the United Parish. Current members are: Chris Foote (Chair), Correen Gorton, Rona Knight, Bridget le Huray, Gill Skinner, Bob Sluka and Ella Wright. New members welcome – please contact Chris for details.
Who do we support? 50% of our giving is sent to overseas causes – currently the Well-baby clinics project, via Embrace the Middle East and to our CMS partners, Ben and Katy Ray at their Neema workshop in Tanzania. 10% of our giving is made to each of PACT, A Rocha, and The Porch organisation. A further 2.5% is given to the Village Centre and the Youth Centre in Chinnor.
Contingency Fund: We retain the remaining amount which we allocate to the relief of urgent need and to other local activities. Recently we have supported refugees in Syria and the Middle East, Stop the Trafik, Oxfordshire Blind Association, the WOW bus outreach to the Kiln Lakes estate and the ReInspire work in schools in the parish.
Lent Appeal: we also organise the annual Lent Appeal – recent appeals have included Mission to Seamen, Toilet Twinning and Water Aid.
Raising the profile of mission outreach: we have done this in various ways – this booklet is our latest venture – feedback welcomed! CLICK HERE to read our booklet find out more about the work we do.

We are always looking for volunteers - please contact us HERE to get involved.

To donate though our just giving page CLICK HERE.


The Choirs

To see what's currently on in the parish: CLICK HERE

The parish has three choirs: One in St. Andrew's Church, Chinnor, another at St Mary's Sydenham and also a Treble Choir which is for younger members of our parish at St. Andrew's.

All choirs have duties at Sunday services, weddings, Christmas, Easter and other events throughout the year.

St. Andrew's Choir is a vibrant and successful choir but they do need more members, especially men. They meet for choir practice every Friday evening at 6.45pm and sing at regular services, but no one is expected to sing on every available occasion. We are very friendly! Why not join us? If you’re interested, give John a call on 01844-353559.

St. Mary's Choir also does a grand job in Sydenham of providing choral services to the church. They too are keen for more male members, contact the Sydenham church wardens for more details.

The Treble Choir The Treble Choir meets most Fridays during term time from 6.00 to about 6.40. We continue to support the worship at the St. Andrew's Family Service. We tend to choose more contemporary worship music . We would love to increase our numbers too, contact the church office for more details.

The Bell Ringers

St. Andrew's, Chinnor and St. Peter and St Paul, Aston Rowant both have bell towers with regular teams of ringers. They ring for the usual services many weddings and other special occasions. Both churches are continually looking for new members, so if its something you would like to try please contact the church office for more details.

The Flower Ladies

Flower Guild Leaflet - Click Here

The St Andrew’s Church Flower Guild has a number of very competent, talented and experienced flower arrangers. The Guild is available for a full floral service, in church as well as outside venues, to include bouquets and buttonholes. The Flower Guild is willing to work around any budget. If you would like more information about what the Flower Guild can offer for your special day, please do not hesitate to contact the Flower Guild Co-ordinator in order to discuss colour, types of flower, foliage, and placement. The Flower Guild are also willing to arrange flowers for baptisms, funerals or any other special occasion in church, as well as for functions such as wedding receptions, etc.

If you’d like to take advantage of this service, please arrange a meeting with the Flower Guild Coordinator as soon as possible so that we can provide you with the best possible service.

Lauretta Milligan

Flower Guild Co-ordinator

E-mail :

Tel : 01844 355290



All four churches are always in need of additional organ players. We are also on the look out for a new 'Head Parish Organist', someone who is able to play regularly at services, weddings and funerals and also organise monthly rotas. If you think you might be able to help please contact us.