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.

We are looking forward to the Institution of the Revd. Talisker Tracey-Macleod as Rector at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 29th September in Buckland church. Until then services will continue to be taken by the Revd. Tony Lynn, Canon Michael O’Connor, and Richard Waterhouse, who is a Licensed Lay Minister.

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:

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‘Ride & Stride’ for your church!

This year’s ‘Ride & Stride’ will take place on Saturday 12th 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…



Festival of Bells

‘Festival of Bells’ Longworth Bell Restoration Project Launch SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2015 ST MARY’S CHURCH, LONGWORTH 11.30am-4.30pm ADMISSION FREE! * Charmborough Ring – World’s heaviest mobile belfry showing how full-circle tower bell ringing works. Ringing displays. Have a go! * Handbell ringing – three very different groups – St Deny’s Handbell Ringers from Stanford in the Vale,…



Freddie Scott Cracknell who is the 20 year old student grandson of Liz and Tim Cracknell (Buckland) is fundraising for the Joshua Orphan and Community Care charity in Malawi.  He is trying to raise as much money as he can for the charity before going to Malawi in two weeks time as a volunteer for…



Prayer Diary for August

1.Farmers at harvest time 2.People unable to forgive 3.Stroke victims 4.Birinus, who brought Christianity to this area 5.Your sporting heros 6.Small businesses 7.The Police Force 8.The people of Buckland 9.Those suffering from Arthritis 10.Actors and musicians 11.Seasonal fruit pickers 12.Families torn apart by ill-feeling 13.My best friend 14.Our hairdressers and beauticians 15.Mothers suffering for their children…



Charney Proms Picnic Concert

Starring Didcot Divas performing Popular Songs and Monologues with Singalong Spots for Proms Night

Saturday 12th September 2015

Charney Bassett Village Green

Hog roast Picnic 6.15pm

Didcot Divas 7pm

Proceeds to Alzheimer’s Society and St. Peter’s Church

Tickets £12 per Adult ( Children under 12 Free)

Contact Doug (01235 868438) Lucy (01235 868782) or email


Fancy a break from cooking? Try the Village Diner!

The Village Diner will open its doors again on Wednesday 16th September, in Buckland Memorial Hall from 12.15pm Just £5 per person for a delicious, seasonal & cooked-on-the-premises two course lunch with tea or coffee. Toddlers can eat for £2 or, if you prefer, feel free to bring their lunch with you. There will also…


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Children’s Church – active worship!

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…


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…