Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.

I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop...
It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.


Thursday, 20 May 2010

In(ter)dependence Week in July

As part of the Reaffirmation and Renewal Campaign of the Oxford Oratory there will be a week of events celebrating Americans in Oxford from July 3rd to July 9th. It is, I hasten to add, open to all nationalities!

This is to give advance note to anyone who might be interested in coming to any, or indeed, all, of the events.

As you will see I am giving two tours on different themes of the history of Oxford, but I am not promoting the event out of vanity - it is all in aid of a very good cause.

Saturday July 3 12-5pm A Summer festival at The Perch, Binsey
Live music for all ages, with Cajun swing band L'Angelus from 3pm.
Purchase a £5 pass for discounts on food and drink, and entry into a prize draw.
For those of you who do not know Binsey it lies to the weat of Oxford, and can be reached by walking across Port Meadow, or by road from Botley Road.

Sunday July 4 11am Solemn Mass at The Oratory with music by American composers
Preacher: Fr Joel Warden of the Brooklyn Oratory.

Monday July 5 8 pm Adventures in the New World
Adam Brakel and the International Baroque Players in an exclusive concert at the Oratory.
Tickets £12 ( £8 concessions ). Available online at www.ticketless music.com

Tuesday July 6 2-4 pm The Medieval and Reformation Eras: Oxford Town and Gown
Oxford History Tour with John Whitehead
with tea at 4pm. Tickets £12 (£8 concessions) or £20 (£12) for both tours

Wednesday July 7 8pm An American Remembers C.S.Lewis
A talk by Walter Hooper, Lewis' last secretary, at the Oxford Oratory. Tickets £5.

Thursday July 8 2-4 pm From John Henry Newman to the Inklings: Oxford Culture
Oxford History Tour with John Whitehead
finishing with a tour and hitory of the Oxford Oratory, and tea at 4pm.
Tickets £12 (£8 concessions) or £20 (£12) for both tours.

Friday July 9 Finale: Dinner at Harris Manchester College
with after-dinner speaker Fr Richard Duffield, Cong.Orat., Provost of the Birmingham Oratory and Actor for Newman's cause. Tickets £75, apply via order form.

Tickets and passes for all events available in The Porter's Lodge of the Oxford Oratory
25, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HA
Tickets can be reserved by e-mailing: campaign@oxford-oratory.org.uk
or by telephone 01865 315800

The Oratory can only accept cash or cheque payments.
Concessionary rates are considered a matter of conscience.
Ticket price for the Concert and Talk include a £1 subscription fee to the Social Club, to permit the purchase of beverages in the Parish Centre


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