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Latest News - February 2024

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.

I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."

Matthew 25 v 35 & 36 (NIV)

In an exciting development, we will in future be working closely with a Christian charity called "Apollos Clothing" which was started in Witney in September 2023 by a young couple (Chris and Tamsin Gaskell) who moved here from Reading.  Apollos Clothing concentrates on providing clothing and shoes for those in need in Witney and the surrounding area.

They receive donations from local schools, churches and other charities, and they have already helped over 200 individuals with their clothing needs.  Their team sort, wash and iron all of the donated clothes before they go out to end users.  Currently that's all done at Chris and Tamsin's house, and the next step will be to find some premises.  You can find more information about Apollos Clothing on their website -

We at Besom in Witney share with Apollos Clothing a desire to help those in financial need, and we would encourage you to support their work.  For example, if you wish to donate any good quality clothing or shoes (for adults or children), you could email Apollos Clothing directly (, to arrange collection of the items, or simply use one of the local drop-off points mentioned on their website. 

We will continue to provide bedding packs (sheets, towels, duvet covers, pillows and pillow cases) to people in need. So, if you have some good quality towels or bedding for donation, please get in touch with us by emailing



On the subject of bedding, here's a moving story showing how your donations can make a real difference. Very recently, a lady donated lots of nicely washed and ironed bedding, particularly single bedding and mostly plain colours. Just a week later, we received a request to provide bedding to a lady with seven children, so nearly all of that donation - 16 sets of bedding - went straight out! 


Finally, as we look to the year ahead, please continue to pray for all those people we support in Witney and the surrounding area.

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