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 on a pastoral or personal matter, please contact the Reverend Tony Lynn (01367 718365 or or Canon Michael O’Connor (01865 882776 or If they cannot help directly, they 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!

Daily Prayer may be found on:


The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 20)

This Sunday’s Gospel reading is not telling us how we should pay anyone who works for us, nor is it telling us how we should expect to get paid. If it was, who of us would turn up to work a 12 hour shift if we knew we’d get paid the same amount for working…



Benefice Youth Club goes ‘Ringo’!

On Friday 19th September, weather permitting, the Benefice Youth Club is going to ‘Ringo’. Children will travel with Youth Club helpers, leaving Longworth Village Hall at 7pm (to be confirmed). Everyone will be dropped back at home, no later than 9pm (to be confirmed). Parental/guardian permission is required to allow children to travel with helpers,…



Organ Recital by Martin Sturm in Christ Church Cathedral

The winner of the St Albans International Improvisation Competition (2013) will be performing a programme that will  include… BWV 551 & BWV 1108 – J S Bach (1685-1750) Communio – C Tournemire (1870-1939) Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern – M Reger (1873-1916) Improvisation Wednesday 10th September 2014, starting at 8pm (to last one hour) at…



More musical treats coming to the Benefice!

Cowbridge Welsh Male Voice Choir will be singing in the Church of the Holy Ascension, Littleworth on Saturday 18th October at 7.30pm. Founded in 1971, Cowbridge Male Voice Choir is based the historic market town of Cowbridge, in the rural setting of the Vale of Glamorgan, the southernmost area of Wales, just to the west…



Didcot Divas singing for you!

The Didcot Divas started as a house group of ladies singing for pleasure and health. Members have fought cancer, lost partners and friends, or are carers. The choir adopts a charity each year and in 2014 is collecting for the British Heart Foundation. On Saturday 4th October, starting at 8pm, Didcot Divas will be singing…



Thought for September: What should we do?

In a recent issue of “Seven Voices”, Michael referred to the South African diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman. And, in the July edition of “The Door”, there is more about that diocese. Clearly, Kimberley and Kuruman are flavour of the month! Over the last few years, I have visited that diocese, and found it stunning.…



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?

Please contact the Benefice Administrator, Laura Bull, at for details of classes.


Food Bank

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…


Children’s Church

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…