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 19th May
3:00pm - 4:00pm -
Sunday 26th May
9:00am - 10:00am -
10:30am - 11:30am -
2:30pm - 4:00pm -
Sunday 2nd June
9:00am - 10:00am -
10:00am - 12:00pm -
10:30am - 11:30am -
6:00pm - 6:45pm -

Hello everyone

Spring is here with us now and we can begin to say goodbye to the short days and long nights – not that all was gloomy over the winter! We had great Christmas celebrations around the Benefice, and I enjoyed many mince pies and other festive cheers with so many of you, thank you. I have been here three years now and it was so good to see so many people gathering and enjoying community activities fully again.

Spring will bring its own celebrations and opportunities and of course I have already been in conversations about when the grass will need to start being cut! I am sure we will all be busy. It is the season of new life as so much activity is seen as nature bursts around us.

You will find in our churches that we are making an effort to put in prayer stations, where candles can be lit, or a prayer can be written and hung on a prayer tree or put on a prayer board. These activities can really help when we have something we want to say thanks for, and for those times we want to ask for some help. Often, we want to do something physical even if we cannot do something directly to help – so please do look out for them.

And of course, over this next season we’ll be celebrating Easter in the churches and I am really pleased that families have been asking if we will be having our Easter egg hunt and egg decorating again – of course! Please check out our calendar and what will be happening around the villages. I hope many of you will find gatherings and events that will suit you. Please do feel welcome to contact me, by phone, email, or call by the vicarage,

All blessings to you,

Reverend Paula Smith 01280 701631


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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