Parish Jottings

Parish Jottings - August / September 2021

Pandemic – The Third Wave

We are now in the firm grip of the Third Wave of the pandemic. On July 19th, most of the government’s then existing pandemic restrictions ended. The government left the individual to decide what precautions to adopt when venturing out into public places. However, people are advised, to continue to wear masks, keep socially distanced, and take whatever other precautions they consider necessary, to avoid becoming infected with the virus, or indeed, infecting other people with the virus. Now Lockdown has ended, the hospitals are once again filling up with many newly infected patients, but, thanks to the vaccine, fewer people are dying.

Church Meetings 2021

Our Annual Church Meetings took place after the morning service on 18th July, and were available to watch on-line for those not attending in person. At the Meeting of Parishioners, Michael Forsdike and Peter Jones were elected as churchwardens. This is Michael’s eighth term of office, and we welcome Peter, a long-standing member of our church, to his new church office.

Michael Forsdike
Michael Forsdike
Peter Jones
Peter Jones

At the meeting, the chairman, Duncan Carter, paid tribute to Barbara Williams, who has been our churchwarden for thirteen successive years, and who thought the time had come for retirement, and so did not stand for election again this year. Duncan said, that Barbara was a person of great experience, and has been extraordinary in her service during her thirteen years of office, and that he was very sad that she was no longer to be a churchwarden.

Barbara Williams ‘Churchwarden Emeritus’
Barbara Williams
‘Churchwarden Emeritus’

In order to reflect Barbara’s dedicated service to the church over so many years, Michael Forsdike, proposed to elect her to the honorary title of ‘Churchwarden Emeritus’, a position which has no authority, and carries no responsibility. The meeting agreed to this proposal, and there was much following applause.

The church Annual Report for 2020-21 is available to pick up in church.

Parish weather

In our changing climate, we sweltered in July during a hot spell, with temperatures reaching 31°C, Apart from heat warnings, we had warnings of heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, floods, and high pollen counts.

Lopped trees in Marsh Meadows, in the south of the parish
Lopped trees in Marsh Meadows, in the south of the parish


Reverend Duncan Carter
Vicarage, 16 Church Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1SE (574822)

Trinity at Four Minister:
Reverend Sam Brewster
29 Gainsborough Hill,
Oxfordshire, RG9 1ST
(07899 843461)

Peter Jones
Michael Forsdike


Welcome to Holy Trinity C of E Church.

Whether you have come to a service of worship, for private prayer, or just to enjoy a few moments of peace and tranquillity, we offer you our friendship and hospitality. This website gives some general information about the church and our fellowship.

Duncan Carter, Vicar.