Who are we
Welcome to our Benefice! We are a group of four churches, serving 8 villages and hamlets in the North Cotswolds. Each place and church has its own personality and way of doing things, and we also enjoy getting together to celebrate with each other and learn from one another.
There are around 250 people on our electoral rolls, and the churches takes a huge and active role in our communities. All of our church buildings are open daylight hours, so there is always a space for you if you need some quiet. During the week there are coffee mornings, pre school groups, afternoon tea, discussion groups, prayer groups, midweek services and much more.
Revd Kate Stacey
I’m Kate, Vicar of the Wychwood Benefice, which includes the villages and hamlets of Idbury, Bould, Fifield, Bruen, Lyneham, Upper Milton, Milton under Wychwood and Shipton under Wychwood.
I am married to Graham, who is also ordained and runs his own business, and we have three fantastic children [though I may be bias] Anna, Bethia and Daniel. There are also various animals at the Vicarage; a dog and cats.
I love walking the dog, and running, (currently training for the London Marathon in April this year), spending time with family and friends, reading and watching films.
Friday is my day off, which happily seems to be a day off for quite a few people, so as well as time for a long run, it’s lovely and sociable.
Alongside the parishes, I am Chair of Governors, a member of the Board of Mission for the Diocese, a member of Diocesan Synod and on General Synod. These things help to keep my eyes on the bigger picture and feed into the life and ministry here.
Revd Anne Hartley
Anne is our NSM, which means that she volunteers her time to work in the local church as an ordained minister. Anne lives in Milton with her husband Mike.
Revd Graham Stacey
Graham, sometimes known as the vicar’s husband, is a Self-Supporting Minister. Graham runs Orange and Blue Creative during the week and leads the occasional service at the weekend.
Clare is our Administrator and works part-time in the Benefice Centre helping to turn the chaos of three parishes into a smooth operation.