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Changing perspective

I spend a lot of time in my car, driving between the four villages of the Benefice.  I never tire of looking at this beautiful corner of Oxfordshire.  Each season brings its own joy: the daffodils appearing in the verges, the May blossom and gradual greening of the trees as they burst into leaf, the changing colour of the fields as crops grow and are harvested and the way that the differing angles of the sun affects what you can see in the distance.  

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Benefice Rota


We are trying to bring all the various rota’s from the churches of the Benefice into a single Benefice Rota.  This is very much still a work in progress!

We have added a new page to the website which can be accessed from the menu on the left of the screen – Service Rota.  It is automatically updated so as long as Mark or Beth is informed of changes, it should be correct!  You can take a look at it by clicking here.

Fellowship of St. Birinus

250px-saint_birinusIn May 2009 the Bishop of Dorchester founded the Fellowship of St Birinus, as a way of acknowledging people who have given exceptional service in some way to their church and community over a number of years. St Birinus was the first Bishop of Dorchester from the year 634 to 649 A.D.

Last Sunday, in the beautiful setting of Dorchester Abbey, a special service of Evensong was held for the Fellowship of St. Birinus at which 50 new members of the Fellowship were admitted by Bishop Colin.  We are delighted that this year three members of the Chase Benefice were invited to receive this award:Elizabeth Llewellyn-Smith, Rosy Nixon and Ken Wakefield in recognition of their service to the Benefice and wider church.

Pictured below are Elizabeth and Ken with Bishop Colin. As Rosy was unable to attend the service we will mark her nomination at a forthcoming service in the Benefice.  We send them all our warmest congratulations and thank them for all that they do.




Syria – one week to help


Our friends at Charlbury Refugee Action Committee have recently sent out an urgent appeal for food for refugees from Syria.  If you are able to contribute please do so.  They write:

People in Witney, Hook Norton, Oxford, Swindon and Wycombe are working together to fill a container which will take food to people in desperate need in Syria.

You can help in Charlbury too.

Aid workers in Syria risk their lives every day to provide vital and life saving aid to the victims of war! The aim is to fill a container with provisions which will be sent directly to Syria within the next few weeks, reaching people who are being bombed and slaughtered on a daily basis, and are presented from fleeing for refuge abroad.

If you can take part, our closing date is THURSDAY MAY 27 at 5 pm


• do not bring anything that is not on the list. 
• please phone 01608 811378 or email to find your nearest drop-off point in or near Charlbury.
• rather than an assortment of items, please donate multiples or trays/cases of just one (or at most two) items. They are much easier to package.

How to contribute in cash

If you would like to contribute money to the Witney collection rather than buying things yourself, you can do so at However, you are not able to add Gift Aid.

If you wish to donate direct to One Nation, who are the charity organising the filling of dozens of containers across the country, your money will go further if you pay income tax and apply Gift Aid (which increases the value of your donation by 25%). The link for making a donation is