The Benefice of Cherbury with Gainfield was set up in late 2003. It is part of the Deanery of The Vale of the White Horse, in the Achdeanery of Berkshire within the Diocese of Oxford. The Benefice consists of seven churches: Longworth, Hinton Waldrist, Buckland and Littleworth situated along the A420 from Oxford to Faringdon; and Charney Bassett, Lyford and Pusey lying to the south of the A420.

The Rector of the Benefice of Cherbury with Gainfield, the Reverend Neal Phair, left to take up a new post in Ireland in July 2014. The Benefice is therefore in an interregnum. During this time, services will continue to be taken by Richard Waterhouse, who is a Licensed Lay Minister, the Reverend Canon Michael O’Connor, the Reverend Tony Lynn, the Reverend Canon Roland Meredith and the Reverend Julian Harford. Several Communion by Extension services will also be taken by Lay people.

If you need to talk with a priest, please contact the Reverend Charles Draper, Area Dean for Vale of White Horse Deanery (by phone on 01367 240106 or by email at If he cannot help directly, he will be able to point you to the right person. For all other queries, please contact the Benefice Administrator, Laura Bull (

The Benefice also has a Facebook page, which brings together news & events from across the seven churches. Please join us if you can!

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‘Ride & Stride’ for your church!

This year’s ‘Ride & Stride’ will take place on Saturday 13th September! All ‘Riders & Striders’ can be sponsored for the
 number of churches they visit – on foot or by bicycle – or even for welcoming visitors. Money raised is shared between the Oxfordshire Historic Church Trust (OHCT) and the church(es) chosen by those…



Family fun at Longworth Church Fête!

The summer may be drawing to a close, but you don’t have to travel far to find something to brighten the weekend! For a fun, family trip out, look no further! Longworth Church Fête will take place on Saturday 6th September from 2pm at Longworth Manor   There will be a grand raffle, tombolas, home produce,…



Littleworth Harvest Festival & ‘Back to Church’ Service

Everyone with a connection with Littleworth, past or present is warmly invited to join us again this year for our Harvest Festival on Sunday 21st September at 11am, in the Church of the Holy Ascension, Littleworth. We are inviting as many people as we can who have connections with the village and the Church. This…


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A genuine treat for September: Gilbert Biberian in concert

Gilbert Biberian, classical guitarist & composer, will be performing in Buckland Memorial Hall on Saturday 20th September, starting at 7pm. This 70th birthday retrospective will feature music by Villa-Lobos, de Visée, Narvaez, Manuel de Falla & Biberian. Tickets cost £15, with money going to help fund the Hall, a vital part of the village. For…



Confirmation service in October

Have you ever thought about being Confirmed? Has someone you know been asking about Confirmation? Or would you like to know more about what it involves & why it might be for you? If so, & you are between 11 & 100, please contact the Benefice Administrator, Laura Bull, at by 6th September, so…



Thought for August: Change is upon us

At a London church service several years ago, the officiating Licensed Lay Minister announced that the parish was now into an interregnum. Afterwards I related my experience with two interregna, the riposte to which was that he had covered six! We have since swapped notes not least in understanding the positive aspects of change; this…



Let’s get together for August services!

During August, there is only one service each week in the Benefice. Not only does this give our hard-working clergy time to rest & enjoy the sunshine, but it also gives us all a chance to experience services in another church, meet old friends & make new ones. Services available this month are: Sunday 10th…


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Food Bank Collection at The Village Diner

The Village Diner takes place on the third Wednesday of each month in Buckland Memorial Hall, from 12.15pm. We offer a delicious two course lunch with coffee/tea for just £5/person. Well worth a visit! At these meals, we are now collecting food to help local Food Banks that distribute non-perishable tinned & packet foods to…


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Come & join the fun at Children’s Church!

Benefice ‘Children’s Church’ Services are held in Charney Bassett Village Hall from 11am-12pm on the first Sunday of the month. These services take the form of a short worship service, including a Bible reading, prayers and songs. Half-way through the service, we pause for a hands-on activity connected to the theme of the service. Activities…


Asking Questions

Who do I ask about…?

For all enquiries relating to arranging weddings or baptisms and for general service enquiries, please contact the Benefice administrator, Laura Bull, at, or use the ‘Contact us’ link on this page.

Seven Voices

Read all about it!

The Benefice magazine Seven Voices is delivered free of charge to every house in the Benefice. If you have mislaid your copy, or live outside the area & would like to know what is happening here, please follow this link. If you have any news items or would like more details of how to advertise…