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 Reverend Neal Phair is the Rector of the Benefice of Cherbury with Gainfield. Neal, his wife Lucy, daughter Emily and son Henry live in the Rectory at Longworth.

Services are also taken by Richard Waterhouse who is a Licensed Lay Minister, Canon Michael O’Connor, the Reverend Tony Lynn, Canon Roland Meredith and the Reverend Julian Harford.

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:


Benefice Youth Club – returns this week!

The Benefice Youth Club is for all young people aged 10+. It’s a chance to… Chill out… Create… Discover… Have fun! Friday 25th April is our ‘Welcome back after the Easter holidays’ session, when we shall be playing some new games with Cuthbert! Who? What games? Come along to find out! The session will run…



An Easter story

I was going to put this modern parable on the website for Good Friday, but though it too long to have as a lead in to the service listing. Then, amazingly, this story was used as the lead in to the Good Friday ‘An hour before the cross’ service in Charney Bassett, so I thought…



Easter Day!

It’s Easter Day! Smile! Alleluia. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia. Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: he has given us new life and hope by raising Jesus from the dead. God has claimed us as his own: He has made us light to the world. Alleluia. Christ is…



Services set to resume in Pusey!

Repair work on the ceiling in All Saints’ Church, Pusey, has been completed.

The next scheduled service on Good Friday, 18th April, has been cancelled, but services will resume in May.

Please check the service listing for up to date information!


Thought for April: Don’t be a quitter!

As I write this, Ireland has just won the Six Nations Rugby Championship. I think everyone agreed it was one of the most exciting Six Nations tournaments for a long time, because it was so very close between England and Ireland. In the earlier match on the final day, England comprehensively beat Italy, leaving Ireland…


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…