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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The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity (Proper 18)

It is very rare that anyone can get through life without someone hurting them. This Sunday’s Gospel reading reminds us that should this happen to us, we shouldn’t try to get even, but rather to love those who wrong us & forgive them. Doing this is not easy – in fact, if we’re honest with…



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.…


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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…



Longworth Café Church is getting ready to reopen its doors!

The Café is open on the second Sunday of each month for anyone looking for a time to meet others for a good cup of coffee, bacon butty, croissant & other tasty treats. Newspapers are also provided for those people wanting to catch up on the latest news. The Café is held in the Houlton…


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Children’s Church is back this week!

Benefice ‘Children’s Church’ Services are held in Charney Bassett Village Hall on the first Sunday of the month from 10am – please note the earlier start from this month, due to popular request! These services take the form of a short worship service, including a Bible reading, prayers and songs. Half-way through the service, we…