The Land of The Twelve Churches

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The website and magazine for 'The Land of The Twelve Churches' across our fifteen villages of Alvescot, Black Bourton, Bradwell Village, Broadwell, Broughton Poggs, Filkins, Grafton, Holwell, Kelmscott, Kencot, Langford, Little Faringdon, Radcot, Shilton, and Westwell...

All in the West Oxfordshire Cotswolds

Traveller, Visitor, Reader, Pilgrim...
You are welcome in 'The Land' at any time.

The Land of The Twelve Churches

PARISH PUMP magazine is published every two months, and is available to distribute  through every letterbox in our 15 villages.

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August & September 2021 Parish Pump in The Land of The Twelve Churches

The latest issue of Parish Pump (on line and in paper) is:
August & September 2021

Copy is invited by 12th September for the next issue which is:
October & September 2021

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So many readers have asked 'Where has the Church gone?' that it seems sensible to write something here on the website rather than take up space in the magazine. You will find it at the foot of the 'About' page from the menu above, or HERE

Please explore the PARISH PUMP website using the regular menu at the top... Not only can you read the latest issue of the magazine, but there is also lots of latest (and older!) News and Views to explore. And, in addition, here below are some 'specials'...

And now, on with the specials...

"The Westwell Bridleway" People often wonder about the Bridleway which runs from the pond area in the centre of Westwell and goes up through the Old Rectory, past the Glebe House and on to the Cirencester road. Georgie Fox explains how it all came about: HERE

"The Government Inspector". On 17th July, Filkins Theatre presented Gogol's satirical masterpiece about  corruption, as "an outdoor rehearsed reading in costume" . This has become a bit of an annual bash, made particularly welcome this year as an early opportunity to meet together for a party. For a review of the play: HERE


In the 'June & July 2021' issue of Parish Pump, there is a diary item outlining the CPRE briefing about the Oxfordshire Plan 2050. The article offers further information... HERE

The Road to Westwell in The Land of The Twelve Churches

Along the road near Westwell. A road, a wide verge, some trees, a hedge, and 90 seconds to watch the film...
Nothing happens, just a peaceful interlude in the Cotswolds and an example of the simple pleasures of life in The Land of the Twelve Churches.

The Two churches of St Peter In The Land of The Twelve Churches

Around the churchyard. More people visit churchyards looking for ancestors, but memorials moulder, sometimes dangerously, leaving churchwardens and PCCs with various management concerns. Here is a report about one local churchyard, with suggestions for a way forward.

The Tornado in Filkins in The Land of The Twelve Churches
St Peter's Filkins in The Land of the Twelve Churches

The Filkins Tornado. For those who weren't here... Yes we really did have a tornado! 17 years ago in March 2004. It was an extraordinary event, written up with great verve by some young storm-chasers. Here are their 16 pages of explanation and photographs (with Filkins itself starting on page 8.)

A long time ago? Maybe not! Julian Choyce, of Filkins, looks back 35 years to meeting Ann on VSO in Zimbabwe, and reflects on what they learned then that has a relevance in lockdown today.


On top of the world! Or at any rate on top of the scaffolding, while the bellcote at St Peter's Church, Filkins was being restored a few years ago. Have a look at this great 360 panorama film of the village... As you've never seen it before!  Plus a second filmlet of the new bellcote stonework.


Who's for Tennis? Colston Tennis Club is a small, friendly club right here in Broadwell in The Land of The Twelve Churches. Nick Goodenough says: "Post-corona, why not come down for a game?'  

One year, twelve pictures... James Lindsay of Woodside House, Shilton took a photograph of Astall Barrow every month for a year. A wonderful record of 'that mound by the A40 you always meant to explore.'  

Now you can! See James' pictures   HERE

The sermon given by Colin Fletcher, the Bishop of Dorchester, at the service on Wednesday 6th October 2004 when Harry MacInnes was inducted as Rector of the Shill Valley & Broadshire Benefice. The sermon is published here in commemoration of the Bishop's retirement during October 2020. (First published in Parish Pump November 2004)   HERE

'Around Our Land'. Tom Barry and others share their views of The Land of the Twelve Churches in this Time of Corona. HERE

(Do join in: please email your photographs for inclusion)

'It's a Knock-Out' & 'The Pantomime Horse Races' Here's three films (courtesy of Ruth Henderson) of great afternoons in Filkins 30 years ago... 


When worlds collide: watch the foxes, and badgers, and hares cavorting in Chris Hanks' garden

The Flood of July 2007: remember that very wet weekend? Watch this film made in Shilton, and shudder!

Day 47 No 001 Life in lockdown

Lockdown Lens: nearly 400 photographs in and around our Land of The Twelve Churches from Giles Edwards


The Empty Pulpit: 'Harry (and Margot)' in Lockdown: Here gathered together for second viewing (and for those who missed them first time round), are all 50 of the films made by Harry MacInnes & Margot Hodson between Mothering Sunday 22nd March 2020 & Easter Sunday 4th April 2021: HERE

St Peter's Church Filkins reopens in the Land of the Twelve Churches

Filkins and Broughton Poggs churches stayed open during most of 2020, fully in accord with government guidelines. 
How did they do it? HERE

Is God Real? In the Land of the Twelve Churches

Is God Real? If so, how real? If not, so what?
A debate conducted in the pages of PARISH PUMP

Cecil Rhodes at Oriel Collage in the Land of the Twelve Churches

Must Rhodes Fall? Should Rhodes Fall?

Our very own Donal Lowry takes a cogent view


May 2021 update: Oriel College has announced Rhodes will NOT Fall... So far, success!

"The past was not a rehearsal for the present."   

Hilary Mantel