Wednesday, 12 October 2011


John Lawrence Pritchard is a Church of England bishop. He is the current Bishop of Oxford and is in the Open Evangelical tradition

Pritchard was born in 1948 in Salford, Manchester. He was educated at Arnold School in Blackpool before going on to study law at St Peter's College, Oxford. He received a Certificate in Pastoral Theology at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained as a priest in 1972. From 1972 to 1976 he served as a curate at St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham and, from 1976 to 1980, he was Youth Chaplain and Assistant Director of Education in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. In 1980 he became priest in charge of Wilton, Taunton. From 1988 he was Director of Pastoral Studies at Cranmer Hall, Durham and, from 1993, the college's warden. In 1996, he became Archdeacon of Canterbury and a canon residentiary of Canterbury Cathedral. He was consecrated as suffragan Bishop of Jarrow in January 2002.[2]

On 11 December 2006 it was announced that Pritchard would become the 42nd Bishop of Oxford. Having taken office at his confirmation-of-election in London on 23 March 2007, he began his ministry in the diocese on 8 June 2007 after a service of inauguration at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.[3] In 2008, he supported the application by Muslims in Oxford to broadcast the adhan from the minaret of a mosque. As a result, he received hostile comment and letters of complaint.[4][5][6]

Pritchard is married to Wendy and has two daughters, Amanda and Nicola.[2]

[edit] StylesJohn Pritchard, Esq. (1948–1972)
The Revd John Pritchard (1972–1996)
The Ven. John Pritchard (1996–2002)
The Rt Revd John Pritchard (2002—present)
[edit] WritingsPractical Theology in Action, SPCK (1996), ISBN 0-281-05012-0
The Intercessions Handbook, SPCK (1997), ISBN 0-281-04979-3
Beginning Again, SPCK (2000), ISBN 0-281-05265-4
Living the Gospel Stories Today, SPCK (2001), ISBN 0-281-05365-0
How to Pray, SPCK (2002), ISBN 0-281-05454-1
The Second Intercessions Handbook, SPCK (2004), ISBN 0-281-05649-8
Living Easter Through the Year, SPCK (2005), ISBN 0-281-05709-5
How to Explain Your Faith, SPCK (2006), ISBN 0-8146-3178-9
The Life and Work of a Priest, SPCK (2007) ISBN 0-261-05748-1

Service to mark centenary
MORE than 200 school children, staff and supporters of Reading-based charity Parents And Children Together celebrated the organisation’s 100th birthday at a candlelit service of thanksgiving today (14th January) at Reading Minister.

14 Jan 2011

The service was led by the Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend John Pritchard, and was attended by children from local schools St Peters in Earley; All Saints in Wokingham, Englefield School and New Christ Church, Reading.

PACT began in 1911 when one woman on a bicycle visited vulnerable families to help them build a better life for their children. During the last 100 years PACT has become a leading adoption and fostering agency for London and the South of England. It also runs important community and housing projects and services across the Thames Valley.

Bishop John Pritchard comments: “The Diocese of Oxford is proud to have PACT as part of the diocesan family and to share in the celebrations of its 100th birthday.

In the UK alone, over 100,000 children go missing each year: one child every 5 minutes.

Since March 2002, Tesco have been working in partnership with PACT and the NPIA Missing Person Bureau. PACT was founded in 2000 by Lady Meyer and is an international, non-profit organisation registered in the UK and the USA. PACT's initial mission was to fight parental child abduction across frontiers, but has now broadened its mission to include the location and retrieval of all children who go missing. Tesco have worked with PACT by displaying posters of missing children in stores throughout the UK. Since the launch of this campaign over 100 children have been found.

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Hell-Fire Caves is situated on Church Lane just off the A40 in West Wycombe.

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Nearest Chiltern Railway Train Station is High Wycombe (4 miles)

Nearest Bus stop West Wycombe Village (250 Metres)

The main car parks in West Wycombe are by Garden Centre and the Church of St Lawrence. There are also small car parks by the Hell-Fire Caves and School on Church Lane.

From High Wycombe

The Hell-Fire Caves are situated in the village of West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Go through West Wycombe Village and for the main car park bear right, following the signs for the main car park which is by the Garden Centre. The Caves are a short walk across the hill. To drive to the actual Caves Entrance (limited parking spaces) or the Church of St. Lawrence Car Park at the top of the hill take the sharp right at the end of the Village up Church Lane.

From West, Oxford, M40.

Exit Junction 5 M40. Take A40 towards West Wycombe and after 4 miles turn left following signs as you enter the Village.

From East, M40 Motorway

Exit M40 at Junction 4. Follow signs for Aylesbury (A4010) and West Wycombe. Follow signs into West Wycombe and for Caves.

From M4

Exit M4 at Junction 8/9. Follow signs to High Wycombe. Continue as above once you reach High Wycombe roundabout.


Zoompad said...

"When I was a kid we were desperate to find a way into the St.Lawrence cave system! It has proved my nemesis as we have only heard anecdotal stories and the odd reference in old books.

However, there were 2 entrances I know of. Some years ago I had a very interesting chat with a lady who owned the florist shop on St.Lawrence High street (which is now empty I believe, after being a computer shop). She mentioned that the row of 3 shops there all have cavernous cellars that went right under the high street, and hers had an entrance into the cave system. She had not been down there, but her husband had, and he said the tunnels were wide enough to get 2 fully laden ponies pass each other, and ran the length of the high street, joining up with the old caves beneath Ellington Park. He also told her about seeing old barrels and lobster pots down there, as well as a skeleton of a horse! This would perhaps corroborate the smuggling connection!

She said that they blocked up the entrance from their property, but they were still accessible via a manhole cover in the middle of the road, however.

THe other entrance apparently used to be in the garden behind the St.Lawrence Tandoori, which unfortunately has since caved in. There have been a couple of stories in old newspapers about collapses in the grounds of that property over the years, and sink holes appearing! Who knows, they may still be accessible from the undergrowth somewhere behind that small terrace of 3 buildings"

Zoompad said...

The Hellfire Club was a name for several exclusive clubs for high society rakes established in Britain and Ireland in the 18th century, and was more formally or cautiously known as the "Order of the Friars of St. Francis of Wycombe".[1] These clubs were rumoured to be the meeting places of "persons of quality"[2] who wished to take part in immoral acts, and the members were often very involved in politics. Neither the activities nor membership of the club are easy to ascertain.[3][4]

The very first Hellfire Club was founded in London in 1719, by Philip, Duke of Wharton and a handful of other high society friends.[5] The most infamous club associated with the name was established in England by Sir Francis Dashwood,[6] and met irregularly from around 1749 to around 1760, and possibly up until 1766.[7] In its later years, the Hellfire was closely associated with Brooks's, established in 1764. Other clubs using the name "Hellfire Club" were set up throughout the 18th century. Most of these clubs were set up in Ireland after Wharton's were dispelled.[8]

The club motto was Fais ce que tu voudras (Do what thou wilt), a philosophy of life associated with François Rabelais' fictional abbey at Thélème[7][9] and later used by Aleister Crowley