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:


Women’s World Day of Prayer

This annual Benefice Service will be held on Friday 6th March at 2:00pm, in Buckland Church. This year the service has been prepared by women of The Bahamas on the theme “Jesus said to them: Do you know what I have done to you?”  The same service will be read on this day in churches…



The Second Sunday of Lent – Sunday 1st March 2015

Collect for this Sunday Almighty God, by the prayer and discipline of Lent may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings, and by following in his Way come to share in his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Post Communion Almighty God, you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves:…



Pancake update!

Thank you to everyone who came along to enjoy a ‘few’ pancakes in Charney Bassett earlier this month. Over a gallon of batter was used… Over £180 was raised on the day, with Gift Aid due to add another £40 to the total. With special thanks to: John & Mary for hosting the event; Paul…



The First Sunday of Lent – Sunday 22nd February 2015

Collect for this Sunday Heavenly Father, your Son battled with the powers of darkness, and grew closer to you in the desert: help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord.   Post Communion Lord God, you have renewed…



Prayer Diary for February

Prayer Diary for February 1 The Archdeaconry of Dorchester 2 Parents who bring children for 3 The people of Hinton Waldrist 6 The Queen, on the anniversary of 7 Our County Councillors 8 Theological Colleges and Courses 10 General Synod meeting in London 12 Members of Parliament 13 The people of Littleworth 14 Couples preparing…



Thank you

THANK YOU once again for donating so very many gifts for children who would otherwise receive nothing. They have all been delivered to PACT (Parents And Children Together). This is a charity that, amongst other activities, “supports vulnerable children and adults facing domestic abuse, homelessness and debt.”

Tony and Michael

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…


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…