Welcome to the Benefice of Cherbury with Gainfield, a group of seven churches in rural Oxfordshire. We have several services each Sunday, and lots of events going on every month. For our latest news and events, please see What’s On, or you can subscribe to our weekly bulletin.

Meet the Ministry Team

We have several clergy who minister in our benefice team, led by our Rector, Reverend Talisker.

Our Benefice Office is run by our Benefice Administrator, Jane Hawes. The Benefice Office opening hours are Tuesday and Thursday 12pm – 2.30pm. All communications received will be replied to as soon as possible.

If you have any enquiries, please do get in touch and we will do our best to help. If you come along to any of our church services, our welcome teams will be very glad to help you.

Talisker MacLeod


Reverend Talisker has been Rector of Cherbury with Gainfield since October 2015. She studied Classics at St Andrews and Theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon, and prior to ordination she taught Classics for several years at Christ’s Hospital. She loves modern art galleries, exploring new places, and going on adventures with her family.

Jim Mynors

Associate Priest

Canon Jim Mynors visited family in Longworth and Hinton parishes from the 1950s, moving to Shellingford in 1973. After Engineering and Theology at Cambridge he worked nationally with those training for ministry and leading rural churches. From 1988-2017 he also served a dozen village churches in the eastern region.

Lucy Gildersleeves

Lay Worship Leader

Lucy studied classics at Oxford and theology at Moorlands College. After a career in library services, she is now involved with prayer spaces in schools, is a governor at Buckland School and has a particular interest in children’s and youth ministry. She keeps poultry and pigs and enjoys walking and detective fiction.