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!

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Longworth Café Church is open again!

This Sunday, 14th December, Longworth Café Church is open for a ‘Christmas Special’. Join the children in singing carols & following the Christmas Story, & also get to enjoy a glass of mulled wine, mince pies & lots of other tasty treats. Newspapers will also be provided for those people wanting to catch up on…



The Third Sunday of Advent

Advent season continues this week, a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness, as we wait in joy, hope & anticipation for Christmas, for the coming of Christ into our lives in new ways, and for the return of Christ in glory at the end of time. Churches across the country have Advent…



Thought for December: ‘Tis better to give…

Well, that’s a new one on me! Did you know that Sunday, 14th December is National Wrapping Day? I shall not be celebrating National Wrapping Day in the way that Scotch Tape (unsurprisingly, the sponsors) may wish. Wrapping presents is, for me, one of the worst aspects of Christmas. Opening presents is much more interesting…



Please join us for Carols on the Green!

Please come along to Carols on the Green in Charney Bassett on Wednesday 17th December at 7.30pm. It’s a great opportunity to sing some of your favourite carols, accompanied by members of the Wantage Silver Band. All ages welcome – the more the merrier! Charity collections on the night for Helen & Douglas House, and…



We are collecting gifts…

This Christmas, the Churches in Cherbury and Gainfield are collecting gifts for those children and teenagers who would otherwise receive very little or nothing. We’re hoping that, through your generosity, we’ll gather a huge collection of goodies: toys, a game, books, pencils, etc. – all new, please, and unwrapped.  They should be brought to the…


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…