Welcome. 
to the West Buckingham Benefice

Our Benefice includes WestburyShalstoneWater StraffordTurwestonBiddlesden and Tingewick

There is a benefice service in a month with 5 weeks that is rotated between the churches and our Benefice Choir performs at these

For all our services across the benefice, take a look at our calendar and you can also listen to some of my sermons here

There is also lots of news from our villages and news regarding our benefice plus we publish our quarterly Link Magazine delivered to over 800 homes

You can also find information on how to contact regarding weddings and baptisms and much more

Upcoming Events

Sunday 23rd June
9:00am - 10:00am -
10:30am - 11:30am -
2:30pm - 4:00pm -
Sunday 30th June
10:30am - 11:30am -
Sunday 7th July
9:00am - 10:00am -
10:30am - 11:30am -
6:00pm - 6:45pm -
Wednesday 10th July
10:00am - 11:00am -

Hello everyone

I hope all is well with you and are all enjoying some lovely early summer days! We had great celebrations over the Easter season within our churches, and a wonderful joyful turnout for our Easter family activities.

It has been so good to meet more of you. Some of you have been sharing with me your hobbies and interests, ranging from jigsaw puzzles, (I didn’t even know you can get jigsaws with 3000 pieces!) to some of you getting booked up to take part in half triathlons, how adventurous you are, well done all of you in your quests. I am still attempting to learn to swim and have had lots of tips from people, thank you – I will get there, one day!

In fact, across the Benefice, we are very fortunate to have quite a variety of clubs and groups that meet up, each village seems to have several. A great favourite being those involving dogs and dog walking, which of course attracts me with my 2-year-old border terrier- who is beginning to settle down! We have several pet services in our calendar across the Benefice over the summer, so do bring your pets along or just come yourself and get a certificate of blessing for them!

Blessings are something we all can do with, humans and animals alike. The summer can be such a glorious time for us to be out in creation and enjoy the wonderful rural location we live in, or even explore further for holidays with family and friends.

Whatever you do, I do hope you will feel blessed and give thanks to God for all the good in our lives, bearing in mind those who are finding life tough – which maybe you of course. Please pop into the churches and offer a prayer for yourself, or for others, and enjoy the peace of our beautiful churches. Just like we enjoy a chat with others, God welcomes us to chat with him too. I hope to meet up with more of you over the summer activities, please do contact me if you want a chat,

All blessing to you

Reverend Paula Smith 01280 701631

Safeguarding

This benefice is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of children and people of all ages in our church community. 

Our Benefice and Parish Churches are committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). 

Our Diocese of Oxford’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor who advises our PSO. 

If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact Reverend Paula Smith 01280 701631. 

If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services.

Our Choir

We sing at the Benefice services and give the occasional concert

Rehearsals are normally twice a month on a Thursday evening

The choir is always looking out for new members and it does not require a huge commitment

More information and pictures can be found here

So if you would like to have a go at singing and would like further information, please contact Reverend Paula Smith who can put you in touch with the choir

Find us

This is how to find all our churches

Key contacts

Rector Reverend Paula Smith 01280 701631

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