People of Wychwood Benefice

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.

Rev Geoffrey Clement

Rev Geoffrey Clement

Rev Geoffrey Clement

Contact details: Tel 01993 832514 [email protected]

I am originally from Streatham South London, my working career started as an apprentice stone mason working at Westminster Abbey for about 8 years going on to work at other London landmark buildings doing restoration work. In 1989 I went to live in Montevideo and began training for ordination at the Anglican seminary. I was ordained deacon 1994 and priest 1996 working in a number of different parishes and missions in Montevideo. I then spent 4 years in the North of the country on the border of Argentina and some of my ministry was in the town of Fray Bentos where the meat pies came from!

I returned to the UK in 2001 and worked in multi-parish ministry in Suffolk.

I have been married to Angela for 9 years and we have two (step) children Charles 19 and Nicola 17. Angela grew up in the Gosport area down on the South Coast. For the last few years has been working as a teaching assistant in Early Years at our local primary school achieving Outstanding in the last Ofsted. We have two dogs: Bobby a labradoodle and Bridget a Cockapoo both of whom need plenty of exercise.

I have a couple of hobbies that keep me on the straight and narrow, I used to do a lot of bell-ringing and have managed peals on 12 bells, but would love to get back to some 8 bell ringing. I have a motorbike (Moto Guzzi V9 if that means anything to you) which I use whenever possible, but mostly when the sun is shining. We have a campervan that we use when we can to take time out together. I also enjoy doing a bit of homebrewing.



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]  

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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 9-2.30, Fri 9-11. Tues and Weds morning from home.

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 684286 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: [email protected]

Fifield Church

Catherine Hitchens, Churchwarden for Fifield with Idbury

Catherine Hitchens is churchwarden of Fifield with Idbury with primary responsibility for Fifield. Contact Catherine on 01993 831881 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]

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Peter Wilkinson, Assistant Churchwarden Shipton