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:


Christingle at Candlemas in Charney Bassett

The Children’s Society first introduced Christingle to The Church of England in 1968, & it has since become one of the most popular events in the church calendar for families and communities. Money raised from collections at these services helps The Children’s Society in its work to see a country where children are free from…



Important Notice about this Sunday 1st February

A large colony of bees have been found in Hinton Waldrist church and we cannot be sure they will be gone before our Service this coming Sunday.


Our Benefice Communion Service with Archdeacon Judy French will now take place in St Mary’s, Longworth at 10.15am.


Spread the word!!!!!


Prayer Diary for January

Prayer Diary for January The year that lies ahead – challenges and opportunities The Orthodox Churches The United Nations and Security Children and teachers returning to school The Epiphany. Those who worship Jesus outside the Church Those who fish in deep waters The people of Buckland The local hospices The Archbishop of Canterbury The Baptism…



Wishing you a very Happy & blessed New Year

Throughout 2015, may:

‘The Lord bless you& keep you;
 the Lord make his face shine on you
    & be gracious to you;
 the Lord turn his face toward you
    & give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26


Please save this date!

The Archdeacon of Dorchester, the Venerable Judy French, will be the celebrant & preacher at the Benefice Communion service in LONGWORTH at 10.15 am on Sunday 1st February. We are looking forward to welcoming her and hope there will be many, from across the Benefice, to greet her & meet her.

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…