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   Local Churches - Donations Needed    27 June, 2020

To the communities of the Baldons

and Nuneham Courtenay from the PCC


At the time of writing, the churches of the Baldons and Nuneham Courtenay are closed for worship, but our church community is still very active, with pastoral care available to all residents of the parishes and services happening on line every week, with people joining from all over the Dorchester Team. 


The churches are more than just the buildings – we are a community that serves and supports our parish and we want to continue to do this.  We want to be there to provide the baptisms, weddings and funerals, the school Nativities, the Harvest Festival, the Remembrance service and the Carol Service, but we can only do this with your help.  At the moment our churches are sustained financially by a just small number of people: if we can increase the number of people who provide financial support, we can ensure that the churches will be open and available for our community to use and enjoy for the long term.


Right now, even though we can’t hold services in our churches, we still have to pay £1,700 per month to cover our most significant running costs, clergy salaries and insurances.   These costs have not reduced, while our ability to raise income from Sunday donations, fees and fundraising events like concerts has been lost.  The average monthly income from our 27 regular donors is around £1000 per month, so we have a shortfall of around £700 per month.  As a result we have had to spend almost all of our general reserves just to cover our running costs and we are now desperately short of funds: at the end of May we had just £500 in our general reserves. 


We are appealing to you to ask if you would make a regular or one-off donation to the churches, so that we can continue to hold those special occasions that are so important in our village life.


We appreciate that this may be a financially challenging time, but if you are willing to help secure the future of our churches, we would be hugely grateful. If you can help, please complete the details opposite and return it to us by 15th August.   If you have any questions or would like to understand a bit more, please do get in touch with Rev Teresa or Sara McDouall using the details below.


Thank you


Teresa Stewart-Sykes:  RevTeresa@outlook.com or 07823 809112

Sara McDouall: saramcdouall@gmail.com or 01865 343567



PCC Members:




Jennifer Morton

Graham Hobbins

Sonia Hobbins


Veronica Sandilands

Natasha Eliot

Ian Gillespie


Iris Wright

Catherine Mason

John Mason



Donation Form

Parish of Marsh Baldon, Toot Baldon with Nuneham Courtenay




Donor Information
















Online Donation Details

If you would like to make an online donation, please donate to this bank account giving your name as a reference

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Gift Aid Declaration

I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax/ or Capital Gains Tax for each year (6th April to 5th April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all charities (including churches) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand the charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give



Please Return This Form to Sara McDouall, 20 Toot Baldon, OX44 9NH

Contact Information


Contact: Rev Teresa Stewart-Sykes

Team Vicar The Parishes of Berinsfield, Marsh Baldon, Toot Baldon, Nuneham Courtenay and Drayton St Leonard

Email: RevTeresa@outlook.com

Mobile: 07823 809 112

Office: 01865 340007 (staffed Mon-Fri mornings only)


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