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:


All Saints’ Sunday

This Sunday’s Gospel reading contains the well known, much loved Beatitudes. Several years’ ago, the Parish magazine published some alternative ones, to make us think, & they are worth re-reading.   The Devil’s Beatitudes Blessed are those who are too tired, busy or disorganized to meet with their fellow Christians on Sunday each week –…


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Children’s Church is back this weekend!

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 time, by 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 pause for a…



Longworth Fireworks: new location, same excitement!

Guy is on the move to the White House, Church Lane, Longworth for this year’s Longworth Firework display! Please join us if you can on Saturday 1st November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for a bonfire, hog roast and licensed bar to accompany the fireworks display! Tickets available on the night: Family (2 adults & up…



This Sunday: Annual Bereavement Service

On Sunday 2nd November the Benefice’s Annual Bereavement Service will be held at 3pm in St Mary’s Church, Longworth. At the service the names of those who have died in the Benefice in the last two years will be read out, and there will be an opportunity to light a candle in their memory. 



Thought for October: Watch this space…

It seems that Tony and I have Africa on our mind; back in June I wrote about the twin parish, my old parish had in Zimbabwe and last month Tony wrote of his connection with the church in Baltiharos in South Africa. So many memories have come back, such as the day I took the…



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.


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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…