Thank you, we will get in touch in due course.

Welcome to our Benefice

The Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice is situated in the Vale Of White Horse, 8 miles east of Swindon and 25 miles west of Oxford, and consists of four parishes within the Dorchester Archdeaconry in the Diocese of Oxford.

Our churches are all different, but are united in wishing to mirror the hospitality of God to those we meet.

Resuming public worship in our churches.

It is lovely to be able to resume worship in our churches, apart from St John's Fernham which remains closed to allow the pre-school exclusive access. Most of our churches are also open for private prayer - see our Newsletter for times and dates.
Services will be shorter and the number of people involved kept to a minimum, and we ask that you only go to services in the church you normally attend.
Any decision to attend church must be yours, taken prudently and prayerfully in the light of your own health and wellbeing, as well as those around you. Please don’t feel obliged to come just because the service is happening – we won’t be offended!

Please remember that, even though many of us have now had one or more vaccinations, the coronavirus is still circulating and we can still transmit it. 

Face coverings are mandatory in church and you should either scan the NHS test and trace QR code or use the sign-in sheets on entering. Hand sanitiser is available and remember to maintain social distancing. Please do not come into church if you think you may have symptoms of Covid 19. In line with government advice, children under 11 and people with disabilities or certain health conditions are exempt from wearing face coverings.

Meanwhile, the regular online services and sermons continue and we are now able to livestream some of the services from our churches.
Please download the Newsletter for full details.

If you need to talk or ask for specific prayers, please get in touch.

Canon Paul Richardson's sermon for Sunday 9th May.

A Rogationtide address at the beginning of Christian Aid Week.

We have a Facebook page - please follow us to keep up to date with new and events throughout the Benefice.

Downloadable PDFs

Download - 9th May.pdf

St Andrew, Shrivenham

‘We have found the Messiah.’ John 1:41

A warm welcome to St Andrew’s Church Shrivenham. You will find a range of services over the course of the month, from Common Worship and Book of Common Prayer to Family Worship and Prayer and Praise - hopefully something for everyone! Our main Sunday service is at 10:15am (usually Family Communion), with Holy Communion at 7:45am on the first and third Sundays of the month, and Compline & Benediction on the first Sunday of the month at 6pm. We meet for Morning Prayer at 9am on Tuesdays.

Family Services

Children are welcome at all of our services, and a special area with colouring materials, toys and books is provided.

Our family service is held on the first Sunday of the month and includes prayers and readings led by the children, contemporary songs and participation with musical instruments. Baptisms also take place during this service.

Café Inspire

Jointly run by the Methodist Church and St. Andrew’s, this ‘pop-up’ Café meets in Shrivenham School on the second Saturday of the month between 10 and 11:30am.

All ages are welcome to come along for tea and coffee, bacon rolls, homemade cakes, newspapers and friendly chat.

Younger guests can play with a range of toys or join in craft-based activities. We have a short "Thought for the Day" when matters related to Christian beliefs and/or current affairs are considered.

Shrivenham Baby & Toddler Group

Shrivenham Baby & Toddler Group meets in St Andrew's from 9 - 11am on Thursdays during term-time. Lots of fun with crafts, toys, games and a snack, with refreshments for carers. Suggested donation £1.

ASK: Acting in Simple Kindness

ASK is a voluntary local group whose members are experienced in offering pastoral support and are happy to be asked for help - maybe to talk, pray for and about things or perhaps provide a lift to church. Our first Wednesday Communion service at 11am is shorter than on a Sunday - helpful for those who find it difficult to sit for too long or cope with larger congregations. Refreshments are served after the service (worth coming for those alone!)

Men's Breakfast

Join us for a Full English Breakfast and a chat in the Prince of Wales at 8:30am on the third Saturday of the month.

Worship and Praise

Worship and Praise with live music and contemporary & traditional songs from 5:30 – 6:15 pm on the third Friday of the month.

The Benefice Choir

The Benefice choir is based at St Andrew's and leads worship on at least one Sunday each month. It supports services at all of the churches as well as concerts and special Christmas services. They practice at 6:30pm on Thursdays - new members welcome. There is also a keen band of young servers who process, carry the cross, candles and banner and serve the minister during the service.

St Andrew's Bell Ringers

The tower houses one of the best rings of ten bells in the county, cared for and rung regularly by an enthusiastic team of ringers. They practice at 7:30pm on Mondays - come along if you would like to find out more. The handbell team is active across the Benefice with performances in Christmas services, concerts and at Café Inspire.

The Bells

The tower predates the rest of the church by about 300 years. It was built in around 1400. It is assumed that there was an earlier tower, which housed the little 1cwt Sanctus bell which is thought to date from about 1320 and is still in daily use.

The tower has a ring of ten bells. Prior to 1908, there were six bells by William & Robert Cor of Aldbourne of which the 5th and tenor were dated 1701

They were replaced by Mears and Stainbank by a new ring of six bells in 1908.

Gillett & Johnston of Croydon cast two further bells in 1948. These were a gift from the American & British forces stationed at Beckett House in WW2.

The ring was increased from eight to ten bells in 2003 when the Whitechapel Bell foundry cast the present treble and second bells.

The Church

There has been a church on the site of St. Andrew’s for over 900 years and it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. It was marked out as one of England’s 1000 Best Churches in Simon Jenkins book.

With the exception of the 13th century tower and a small bit of the west wall, the church was built during the reign of Charles I, at a time when there was very little in the way of church building taking place in England. As such, it presents a rather unusual style - a merging of late Perpendicular and Classical.

The medieval building was dismantled in 1638, leaving intact only the tower with its crossing arches. Long arms were built from each of the tower arches to create the building we see today.

You enter through a paved 18th century west porch, where there is a royal coat of arms to George III, dated 1764. The lead panels are thought to originally have been incorporated into the roof. As you enter the church itself you will find a sense of space and light; the nave roof seems to soars above your head, but the roof supports are not aligned with the slender elongated Tuscan columns. The huge Perpendicular windows let in an enormous amount of light, like the space between the columns they are rounded at the top but only on the inside of the church.

The font is late 12th/13th century and is made of black Purbeck marble.

Within the church there are a number of monuments to members of the Barrington family, major benefactors, who lived in Becket House, now part of the Defence Academy. These monuments are numerous and some are very grand but of particular interest, tucked away in the North West corner is a monument in white marble to Admiral Samuel Barrington, a naval hero who in 1759 captured the French vessel Count de Florentine off St Lucia. The French captain's white flag of surrender was brought back to St Andrew’s church. As you move to the east end, the oak pulpit is of Jacobean design and used to have three levels.

In the chancel is a lovely brass chandelier dated 1726. The chancel floor is very striking, with a black and white design in marble. The east window has the only coloured glass in the church, including an image of a bishop with the date 1505. This may be John Hawkborne, Abbot of Cirencester Abbey which owned St Andrew's until the Reformation.

The chancel walls have wonderful late 17th and early 18th century memorials, including that of Sir John Widman (d. 1693), a fascinating character who in 1683 was implicated in the Rye House Plot to kill Charles II. He later supported the Duke of Monmouth's abortive attempt to seize the throne, before throwing his support behind William and Mary. When William and Mary's bid for throne succeeded, Widman bought the position of Postmaster General. He was knighted in 1692, but died the following year.

The Lady Chapel is not dedicated to Mary the mother of Christ but rather unusually to Mary Magdalen. There is a hanging 18th Century ‘Pyx’ for the reserved sacrament, one of only about half a dozen known examples in the country. In the south aisle there is a much worn 13th century effigy which is probably a woman, but it is so worn as to make all identification pure conjecture. On the wall above this hangs the Benefactions board from 1786 which was restored in 2012.

A more detailed description and guide book is available inside St Andrew’s.

Resuming public worship in our churches.

It is lovely to be able to resume worship in our churches, apart from St John's Fernham which remains closed to allow the pre-school exclusive access. Most of our churches are also open for private prayer - see our Newsletter for times and dates.
Services will be shorter and the number of people involved kept to a minimum, and we ask that you only go to services in the church you normally attend. Any decision to attend church must be yours, taken prudently and prayerfully in the light of your own health and wellbeing, as well as those around you. Please don’t feel obliged to come just because the service is happening – we won’t be offended!
Meanwhile, the regular online services and sermons continue and we are now able to livestream some of the services from our churches.
Please download the Newsletter for full details.

If you need to talk or ask for specific prayers, please get in touch.

Download a guide to watching services and sermons on Facebook.

Canon Paul Richardson's sermon for Sunday 9th May.

A Rogationtide address at the beginning of Christian Aid Week.

Please remember that, even though many of us have now had one or more vaccinations, the coronavirus is still circulating and we can still transmit it.

Face coverings are mandatory in church and you should either scan the NHS test and trace QR code or use the sign-in sheets on entering.  Hand sanitiser is available and remember to maintain social distancing.  Please do not come into church if you think you may have symptoms of Covid 19.  In line with government advice, children under 11 and people with disabilities or certain health conditions are exempt from wearing face coverings.

Sunday 9th May - Christian Aid Week

9:30am  Family Communion. Longcot, St Mary. Also live on Facebook.
Download the Order of Service and Bible Readings.
Download Look, an activity sheet for children.
9:30am Holy Communion (BCP). Watchfield, St Thomas.
10:45am  Holy Communion. Shrivenham, St Andrew. Please not the later start time.
11:00am  Morning Prayer. Ashbury, St Mary.

Tuesday 11th May

9:00am  Morning Prayer. Live on Facebook.
Download the Order of Service and Bible Readings.

Wednesday 12th May

9:00am  Morning Prayer. Shrivenham, St Andrew. Also live on Facebook.
Download the Order of Service and Bible Readings.

Thursday 13th May - Ascension Day

9:00am  Matins (BCP). Live on Facebook.
Download the Order of Service and Bible Readings.
10:00am  Holy Communion. Ashbury, St Mary. Also live on Facebook.
Download the Order of Service and Bible Readings.

Sunday 16th May

7:45am  Holy Communion (BCP). Shrivenham, St Andrew.
9:00am  Matins (BCP). Compton Beauchamp, St Swithun.
9:30am Matins (BCP). Watchfield, St Thomas.
10:00am  Holy Communion. Bourton, St James. Also live on Facebook.
Download the Order of Service and Bible Readings.
Download Look, an activity sheet for children.
10:45am  Morning Prayer. Shrivenham, St Andrew. Please not the later start time.
11:00am  Third Sunday Service. Ashbury, St Mary.
6:00pm  Choral Evensong with Choir for the Flower Festival. Longcot, St Mary. Also live on Facebook.
Due to Covid restrictions seats for this service must be reserved in advance. Please email the Benefice Administrator to book.

Keeping up to date

Please download our Newsletter or follow us on our Facebook page.

Downloadable PDFs

Download - Matins (BCP).pdf
Download - How to watch services and sermons on Facebook.pdf
Download - Evensong (BCP).pdf
Download - BCP Evensong - Booklet Oct 2020 .pdf
Download - Holy Communion BCP 2020 .pdf
Download - Compline & Benediction 2021.pdf
Download - Ashbury Midweek Communion Oct 2020.pdf
Download - ASK.pdf
Download - Celtic MP Easter to Pentecost 2021.pdf
Download - Holy Communion BCP 2020 .pdf
Download - Holy Communion Order One [Easter Day] 2021.pdf
Download - Look 2 May 2021.pdf
Download - Bible Readings 9th May.pdf
Download - Look 9 May 2021.pdf
Download - Psalm and Readings Tuesday 11th May 2021.pdf
Download - Psalm and Readings Wednesday 12th May 2021.pdf
Download - Psalm and Readings Thursday 13th May 2021.pdf
Download - Readings for Holy Communion Thursday 13th May 2021.pdf

St Mary the Virgin, Ashbury

We are a very open and welcoming congregation. Our Sunday services start at 11.00am, and over a month we celebrate Holy Communion, Morning Worship and a third Sunday service with Taizé, Celtic or other forms of worship. We also meet on Thursdays at 8.00am for Morning Prayer. The village shop and café welcomes us for a bi-monthly ‘Café Church’ which usually includes a guest speaker. A highlight of village life is the Stations of the Nativity just before Christmas each year, in which the Christmas story is retold around the village.

Men’s Breakfast

Men's Breakfast is held in Ashbury Village Hall on the last Saturday in the month at 8am. Everyone is welcome (you don’t have to live in Ashbury) and we provide a full English breakfast plus the chance to talk and put the world to rights. There is no charge but we do ask for a small donation to cover costs; any surplus is donated to charity at Christmas time.

Breakfast Bible Study

This monthly discussion group will meets at 8am on the first Saturday of the month at various different venues. Everyone is welcome; we generally have a simple (but excellent!) breakfast before looking at the bible passage for the following week and see where the conversation takes us.

The Church

St Mary’s is the parish church for Ashbury, Kingston Winslow, Odstone and Idstone. The first church in Ashbury was built for the Abbot of Glastonbury sometime before AD 947, with the present church constructed on the same site in the twelfth century. The building would probably have been cruciform in plan, with a nave and entrances to north and south. Through the ages the church has been enlarged and altered to make it the building it is today. The west end is 12th century, the chancel with its three medieval brasses is 14th century and the tower and north and south chapels are 13th century. A detailed history can be found in the church.

The Bells

The tower originally housed five bells, which were cast in 1733 by Henry Bagley III. The two largest were recast in 1845 by Taylors of Oxford, and a treble by Mears &B Stanbank was added in 1873. There is also a Sanctus bell, cast in 1800 by James Wells of Aldbourne.

In the latter half of the 20th century, the bells were partially rehung and this resulted in the bells being in the order 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 which is “anticlockwise” and thus rather unusual.

As well as ringing for services, the ringers meet to practice on Thursdays at 7:30pm.

St James, Bourton

We welcome adults and children alike to our Family Service at 10am on the first Saturday of the month and Family Communion at 9am on the third Sunday. We hope you will stay for refreshments and a chat afterwards. Messy Church, with creative activities for children, focuses on key events in the Christian year and is held regularly in the Village Hall.

The highlight of the year is our candlelit Holy Communion service on Christmas Eve at 6pm, where the village children dress up as various members of the nativity to build a living crib, along with mulled wine for the adults and the traditional handbells rung by the Shrivenham bell ringers.

St James is located on the outskirts of the village of Bourton in the direction of Bishopstone. It was founded and built in 1859 following the purchase of a plot of land by Mr T. Tucker, and its foundation stone was laid on August 8th of that year by Jane - Viscount Barrington. Prior to this the village had no church, and villagers would meet in a hut at the bottom of The Hill to worship. Bourton is a small village, but the church remains important both to the villagers and to Pinewood School, who hold regular services there when Saturday school is in session. Village services welcome adults and children alike to enjoy the service, but also coffee and biscuits following it. Please visit for details of the latest service times and our fundraising activities.

St Swithun, Compton Beauchamp

Situated as it is in the grounds of Compton House, St Swithun’s may (at first sight) appear to be a private chapel. However, it is not and all are warmly welcome to enjoy the prayerful peace of its interior. We have two regular 9am services each month - Holy Communion on the first Sunday and Matins on the third Sunday, both using the Book of Common Prayer. Other services include our Patronal festival in July, Remembrance Sunday and a candle-light celebration of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas. St Swithun's has a long-standing connection with St. Stephen's House in Oxford and students come to celebrate Mass according to the English Missal once a year.

The Church

St. Swithun's Church is considered by its worshippers and many visitors to be the jewel in the Benefice crown. Certainly, it appears both in Simon Jenkins’ 'Thousand Best Churches' and Richard Wheeler's 'Oxfordshire's Best Churches.' Even the 14th-century bell merits four pages in the Church Bells of Berkshire!

Built of chalk and clunch, this 13th century cruciform church is unusual in that most of the internal furnishings date from the 20th century. These were commissioned by Samuel Gurney, an Anglo-Catholic who lived in Compton Beauchamp from 1924 until his death in 1968. He employed the artist Martin Travers to redesign the interior, which was completely reordered between 1925 and 1950, creating a beautiful, sacred space within the tiny building.

The church itself is surrounded by beautiful countryside and by its very positioning encourages a feeling of stillness, contemplative thinking and an engagement with nature. It sits below the ancient Ridgeway track and is on the Diocesan Pilgrim Route.

Benefice Generosity Week

Sunday 18th - Sunday 25th April

Giving and generosity are inextricably linked with living out the Christian faith.  Giving at its core is in the nature of God – and we see this woven throughout the Bible in many guises. Generosity is not just about giving financially, but also about living a generous life – sharing hospitality, time, attentiveness, and many other attributes. It is about our state of heart, and the relationship we have between material and spiritual things. In order to think about our own generosity, we must begin by reflecting on the generous nature of God, and how we respond to that with gratitude and grace.

Join us daily at 9:00am on Facebook for Morning Prayer based on the following themes:

Sunday 18th:  The Gift of Creation
Monday 19th: God’s Faithful Provision
Tuesday 20th: By your Side
Wednesday 21st: Generosity of Gift
Thursday 22nd: Giving as Sacrifice
Friday 23rd: Giving as Worship
Saturday 24th: Sharing in Diversity
Sunday 25th: Love in Truth and Action

Click the podcast links below to journey through the Bible with a range of different contributors from across the UK, as they bring experiences from their lives that speak of the generosity of God at work in the world today.

Sunday 18th: Genesis 2: 5-10.  Revd Harry Steele. Listen here.
Monday 19th: Exodus 17:1-7.  Rachel Mander. Listen here.
Tuesday 20th: Ruth 1: 16-18.  Phil and Dani Knox. Listen here.
Wednesday 21st: 2 Samuel 24: 21-25.  Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin. Listen here.
Thursday 22nd: Luke 22: 14-23.  Fr Paul Thomas. Listen here.
Friday 23rd:  Romans 12: 1-13.  Hazel Lynch. Listen here.
Saturday 24th:  1 Corinthians 12: 1-31.  Robin Peake. Listen here.
Sunday 25th:  1 John 3: 16-24.  Bishop Guli Francis-Dehqani. Listen here.

Use the podcast to give yourself a bit of space each day to focus on generosity and how you can positively impact the world around you, maybe using these “Acts of Generosity or Gratitude”.

G     Giving something you value to someone else. (Sunday 18th)
E      Encouraging someone else to do their very best for others. (Monday 19th)
N      Never be selfish today (and try this everyday!) (Tuesday 20th)
E      Enjoy helping someone with a task difficult for them to do alone. (Wednesday 21st)
R      Raising support for a good cause. (Thursday 22nd)
O     Offering what you can of your time, talents and money for God’s work here. (Friday 23rd)
U     Unselfish sharing of something you have been given. (Saturday 24th)
S      Sharing your faith with someone in words, and/or action. (Sunday 25th)

St John the Evangelist, Fernham

St John's is at the heart of the village, with Sunday services every week – Holy Communion at 9am on the first and third Sundays, Morning Worship at 9am on the second Sunday and Evening Worship at 6pm on the fourth Sunday of the month. In a joint venture with the Fernham Village Trust, the church has been adapted so it can also be used as the Village Hall. It is now used regularly for village events and Annabelle’s nursery meets daily in term time.

The Church

Although 13th century gothic in style, St John's was in fact built in 1861 by the Gothic Revival architect JW Hugall to serve as a chapel of ease for Longcot.

It underwent a major re-ordering and refurbishment project between 2005 and 2010, which preserved the best of the church building including the font and some lovely stained glass, but added a beautiful new oak floor, a small but well appointed kitchen, a toilet, comfortable chairs and excellent IT facilities. This makes it a very versatile venue for village events, private hire and Benefice meetings.

Come and See

1 in 5 people watching church online during the pandemic didn't regularly attend before the crisis.
Come and See is a free online experience to help everyone find out more about the Christian faith.
You might also like to try the contemplative practices below.


In our busy world, we often forget the ancient wisdom that we are human beings not human doings.
Download the guide.


This practice is about the way the Bible can ‘come alive’ as you read it.
Download the guide.


As we move through these practices, we touch on some of the more difficult aspects of life.
Download the guide.


Noticing apparently small and insignificant details of life can help us realise that they are actually signs pointing to personal, spiritual and community truth.
Download the guide.


How can you flourish like a beautiful tree? The Bible starts and ends with the tree of life. In this practice we use the tree of life as a symbol to think about how we can be blessed, and how we might bless others.
Download the guide.

Watch the fifth weekly film from Bishop Steven.

Some people spend their whole lives trying to discover what is important and valuable – what really matters in life. Some stumble across it almost by accident.
The final lines of the Creed remind us of the blessings which are ours in Christ, offered to us by God, free of charge.

Where Next?

As we reach the end of the journey, you may be wondering where you should go from here – what are the next steps in becoming a Christian, or reawakening a forgotten faith?
Bishop Steven offers some prayers to say alone or with those who have journeyed with you. Take some time and make them your own.

If you would like to discuss your thoughts about "Come and See" you can join the Benefice online group or chat one-to-one with one of the ministry team. See below for details.

Who is it for?

Come and See is an invitation to everyone, for everyone. It’s for anyone who feels adrift in this pandemic, whether or not they know anything about the Christian faith.

How do I join in?

There are daily reflections and weekly videos which are added to the Diocese website as they are published, or you can sign up here to receive them by email.
Come and See started on 17th February but you are welcome to join at any time.

Can I join an online group? 

For those who would like to meet, virtually by Zoom, we are laying on 6 sessions over Thursday evenings, and Saturday breakfast-time (dates and times below). These will provide an opportunity to discuss the reflections, videos and podcasts, and how we are reacting to what we are discovering about God, and ourselves through "Come and See". Email Lucy Laird to receive a Zoom link to enable you to join us.

Thursday from 7:30pm – 8:45pm on 25th February, 11th and 25th March
Saturday from 8:00am – 9:15am 
on 27th February,13th and 27th March

Prefer to chat one-to-one?

If you would like to discuss your thoughts about "Come and See" one-to-one please contact one of the ministry team on the numbers below.

Rev'd Norma Fergusson  01793 784338
Canon Paul Richardson  01793 710241 
Richard Fergusson (Licensed Lay Minister)  07788 436831

Downloadable PDFs

Download - Come-and-See-stilling-exercise.pdf
Download - Come_and_See_dwelling_exercise.pdf
Download - Come-and-See-mending-exercise.pdf
Download - Come-and-See-noticing-exercise.pdf
Download - Come-and-See-blessing-exercise.pdf

St Mary the Virgin, Longcot

St Mary's is a lovely parish church whose shape seems to reflect that of the village it serves. There are three Sunday services every month – Family Communion at 9:30am on the second and fourth Sundays and Evensong at 6pm on the third Sunday. We join the local Methodists in their chapel on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm. Evening prayer is said on Tuesday evenings at 5pm, apart from the first Tuesday of the month when we celebrate Holy Communion.

The Church

St Mary’s church dates back to the 13th century, with a large barn-like nave, small chancel and an 18th century tower. The nave was repaired in 1606 and again in 1701; other parts of the building reflect later repairs and additions, and we look forward to being able to add a toilet and kitchenette as the 21st century’s contribution to maintaining the life of the church and its place at the centre of the village.

Within the building there is a font which probably dates from the 13th century; a hexagonal pulpit of fine Jacobean oak work and a wonderful 1733 painting of the arms of George III.

In addition, there is a plaque in memory of Lillian Carter who, with her husband, lost her life on the Titanic in 1912. Lillian’s uncle, John Hughes, was vicar of Longcot from 1853-1895 and the chancel was refurbished in his memory. The churchyard is managed by a team of volunteers and includes a wild-life garden which has won a number of environmental awards.

The Bells

The original tower collapsed in the early 18th century, taking the bells with it. It was rebuilt and a new ring of five was installed by Abraham Rudhall of Gloucester in 1722. Seven years later, Rudhall added a sixth bell. This installation remained in use until the early 1960s when the bells became too difficult and dangerous to ring and fell into disuse. Ringers from Shrivenham progressed a “Millennium” scheme to make the bells ring again, and in 1998 they rang out as a ring of eight. The two extra treble bells were cast at the Loughborough foundry. There is also a 1909 Sanctus bell (½ cwt) by Warner’s of London replacing its predecessor of 1845 by W Taylor of Oxford.

We have an active bell ringing team and the tower is a flourishing teaching centre for the Benefice, the Deanery and the surrounding area. New ringers are always welcome - come along to the Friday evening practice at 7:30pm and see how it's done!

Ministry Team

Rev'd Fergusson is off duty on Mondays.
Canon Richardson is off duty on Mondays and Tuesdays.


The Rev'd Norma Fergusson

Associate Vicar

The Rev’d Canon Paul Richardson

Licensed Lay Minister

Richard Fergusson

Authorised Minister

Alex Peal

Retired Clergy

Rev'd Robin Cardwell

The Benefice has a growing lay ministry team who help in all aspects of the churches’ life and mission.

Benefice Administrator and Safeguarding Officer

Lucy Laird
01793 783519 or

St Thomas, Watchfield

We are a friendly and welcoming church offering a more traditional style of worship, using the Book of Common Prayer. Sunday services start at 9am and alternate between Matins on the first and third Sundays of the month, and Holy Communion on the second and fourth Sundays.

The Church

St Thomas's was built in 1857-8 by G E Street, an earlier church having been demolished in 1788. It is plain Gothic in style, made of rubble stone with dressed stone buttresses, copings and openings and gabled stone tiled roof with bellcote.

Inside there is a three bay nave, one bay chancel, and a north aisle. In an otherwise plain interior the north aisle has deeply undercut capitals of almost perpendicular style and deeply splayed windows with eyebrow dripstones. The roof is open rafters with scissor beams and simple cusping. There is a transitional style font with nebule enrichment, a fine candelabra and an 1860 stained glass east window.

The roadside west front has an elaborate interplay of buttressing which includes a central buttress that changes in direction six times before it reaches the bellcote.

Other ways to join in with worship

If you know anyone who is not on-line and would like a paper copy of this information, please get in touch.

By Phone

Church at Home services from the Diocese of Oxford can be accessed by telephone.
Dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service).
Normal call rates apply.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England.
Dial 0800 804 8044 to hear a special greeting from the Archbishop, then choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections, traditional morning and evening prayer and advice on COVID-19.
Calls are free of charge.


Daily Service at 9:45am on BBC R4 Longwave
Sunday Worship at 8:10am on BBC Radio 4
Choral Evensong on Wednesdays at 3:30pm and Sundays at 3pm
on BBC Radio 3


Sunday Worship at 10:45am on BBC1
Songs of Praise at 1:15pm on BBC1


The Diocese will provide a single live-streamed Eucharist each Sunday at 10am and on principal Holy Days. It can be viewed on the Diocese of Oxford website,  Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The Church of England will be offering a national weekly service which will be broadcast online each Sunday via its YouTube channel, and made available via its social media accounts and website.

Phone Apps

Time to Pray: from Church House Publishing (Aimer Media). Free to use.
Everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year. 
The app is compatible with smartphones and tablets (iPhone/iPad iOS 9.0+ and Android 5.1.1+).

More apps from Church House Publishing are available here.


Soundcloud provides daily audio for Common Worship Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer services to accompany the Time to Pray app.

Smart Speaker Apps

The smart speaker skill enables millions of users to ask the Church of England for prayers, explanations of the Christian faith, location-based information about local church events and services, and more.
To get started, just follow the instructions for your device below:
"Alexa, open the Church of England"
"Hey Google, talk to the Church of England"

If you are missing the sound of bells

Bells on Sunday at 5:43am on BBC Radio 4

Get in Touch

Please get in touch using the form below.

Don't forget to include your name and email address, and do add a phone number if you would like us to call you.

The Benefice Administrator (Lucy Laird) can be contacted on 01793 783519.


The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church.

We are committed to:

  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults.
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable.
  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of 'informed vigilance' as to the dangers of abuse.

For more information please download our Safeguarding Policy.

What to do if you have a safeguarding concern

Regardless of circumstances, if you see or hear something which makes you think that a child, young person or adult may be being neglected or abused in any way, you should not hesitate to report your concerns to the Vicar or the Benefice Safeguarding Officer. Do not attempt to investigate or resolve the situation yourself.

If a child or adult is in immediate danger, or requires immediate medical attention, call emergency services on 999.

The Benefice Safeguarding Officer is Lucy Laird.  01793 783519 or

Downloadable PDFs

Download - Benefice Safeguarding Policy 2020.pdf


We take the responsibility of how we manage the data and information we hold seriously. We recognise that churches can be complex places where information is held in a number of areas and by a number of people who work or volunteer with us in many different ways.

Find out more by downloading our Data and Information Policy Statement and Data Privacy Notices.

Downloadable PDFs

Download - Data and Information Policy Statement.pdf
Download - Privacy Notice Shrivenham W & B 2020.pdf


The Church of England            Diocese of Oxford            Dorchester Archdeaconry


Shrivenham            Ashbury & Compton Beauchamp           Bourton            Fernham            Longcot            Watchfield


Shrivenham CE Primary School            Ashbury & Compton Beauchamp CE(A) Primary School

Longcot & Fernham CE Primary School            Watchfield Primary School

Pinewood School           Faringdon Community College

Our Churches

Our parish churches span the breadth of church tradition, with modern, traditional, and non-traditional services found in the regular pattern of worship. Find out more below.

Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

The Church is here for everyone, whether or not they are regular churchgoers. Many people turn to the Church at significant milestones in their life. Whether that is a happy event such as a wedding or the birth of a child, or a sad one such as the death of a loved friend or family member, we’re here to help, so please get in touch.



Your child is precious to you and precious to God, and you may wish to mark the birth with a special service of celebration. We offer two alternatives: a simple service of thanksgiving for the birth of a child or a christening service which includes baptism, marking the start of a journey of faith. We would love to welcome you and your family to one of our churches, so please get in touch.

Find out more about the service of christening and baptism.


Are you planning to get married? Congratulations! Whether you plan to get married in a couple of years or in just a few months, we would be delighted to share your special day with you, and help you through the process of booking and planning your ceremony, so please get in touch.

You can find out all about getting married in church at the Church of England’s special weddings website. There’s a ceremony planner, FAQs and lots of useful resources to help you plan your special day.


When somebody you love dies, there’s a lot to think about and it can feel overwhelming at the time. Our Ministry Team is here to support you in your loss, so please do get in touch.

A funeral marks the end of a person’s life here on earth, as family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. There are some useful resources on the Church of England website which may help you to start thinking about the service you would like for your family member or friend.

Downloadable PDFs

Download - pdf.pdf

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