Image of the congregation gathering outside the church in Milton under Wychwood

Who are we

Welcome to our Benefice! We are a group of four churches, serving the villages and hamlets of the Wychwood Benefice in the West Oxfordshire 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, home groups, discussion groups, prayer groups, midweek services and much more.

The Vicar

We have recently appointed a new vicar

Please contact the office in the first instance for all enquiries relating to  funerals, baptisms, and weddings. During the interregnum also contact the office for general parish needs  [email protected]  or telephone 01993 832467.


Revd Anne Hartley

Anne is our (retired) self supporting minister, which means that she volunteers her time to work in the local churches. Anne lives in Milton with her husband Mike. Anne can be contacted on 01993 830 160 or [email protected]  

Clare Harper

Clare is our Administrator who works part-time in the Benefice Centre helping to turn the chaos of three parishes into a smooth operation. Office Hours: Mon & Thurs 9-2, Tues 11.30-2.30, Weds 12.30-2.30 Tel 01993 832467 email: [email protected]

Liz Watts

Liz Watts, Milton Churchwarden

Liz Watts is one of our churchwardens who is closely involved with a number of areas of church life in the parish. She lives close by the church in Milton and can be contacted on 01993 831759 and [email protected]

Mike Brooks – Assistant Churchwarden, Shipton Church

Mike is assistant churchwarden for St Mary’s Church, Shipton under Wychwood Shipton.  He is  also Tower Captain of St Mary’s Church Tower. We have 9 bell ringers registered to the tower who ring for most principal services. Contact Mike on 01993 830014 or by  email:

Churchwarden Fifield with Idbury

Pat Yaxley, Churchwarden for Fifield with Idbury

Pat Yaxley is churchwarden of Fifield with Idbury with primary responsibility for Fifield. Contact Pat on 01993 831385 or email [email protected]


Mary Champness, Churchwarden for Fifield with Idbury

Mary Champness is churchwarden of Fifield with Idbury with primary responsibility for Idbury. Contact Mary on 01993 831074.



Mike Hartley

Mike Hartley, Milton Churchwarden

Local farmer Mike Hartley has been churchwarden at St Simon and St Jude’s, Milton under Wychwood for almost 40 years! You can contact Mike on 01993 830160 or email

James Walmsley

James Walmsley, Shipton Churchwarden

You can contact James on 01993 830842 or by email [email protected]

Shipton church tower

Victoria Martin, Shipton Churchwarden

You can contact Victoria by email or tel: 01993 831482.