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!

Daily Prayer may be found on:


The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday’s Gospel reading is another parable, this time of the wheat & the weeds. Jesus explained to his disciples that He is the one who sows the good seed into the world, & the good seed are the children of the kingdom. The devil sows the weeds. At the end of the age, angels…



Maw on the organ

More musical delight is coming to the Benefice! On Saturday 26th July at 7.30pm in at St Mary the Virgin Church, Buckland, David Maw, Director of Music at Oriel College (one of our Patrons), will be performing a ‘not too serious’ organ recital. We were fortunate enough to have been entertained the college choir back…



Thought for July: So long & thanks for all the memories…

‘And now, the end is near’, Frank Sinatra once sung: his was his final curtain, and mine is to leave the Benefice of Cherbury with Gainfield and head back across the Irish Sea to the south of Ireland. Looking back over the last four years, there were definitely many noteworthy experiences and, on the whole,…


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…