Welcome to the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland

A Warm Welcome!

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the churchwardens and clergy have made the difficult decision to suspend collective worship in our churches until further notice. 

You are very welcome to join us at our ‘Zoom’ service at 10.00am every Sunday.  Click here to join .

We welcome our new Rector!

We are delighted to welcome our new Rector.  The Reverend Steve Stewart was instituted as the Rector for Hanborough and Freeland on 19th January 2021.   


This Easter we are holding a Treasure Trail @ St Mary’s Church, Freeland.

There are five clues which reveal five letters, work out the password and you win a prize. All the clues can be found in the grounds of St Mary’s Church.

Come along anytime between: 

Thurs 1st April 9am – Sat 3rd April 5pm

Email: Amanda Stewart amandastewart07@outlook.com or Zoe Dobson: zoe.dobson64@gmail.com with the password and you will be given the location to pick up your prize😊

Suitable for families with 5 - 11 year old children (approx).

A few tips

Some of the clues use QR codes so a smart phone would be ideal for this. If you can’t watch the videos whilst at St Mary’s Church take a photo of the QR code to access when back at home. If you have problems using the QR codes or don’t have a smart phone, email Amanda for the YouTube links. 


St Mary's Freeland - Open for Private Prayer

St Mary's in Freeland is open for private prayer on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9.00am to 4.00pm.  Please read and observe the notices about hygiene precautions and social distancing. 

Exsultate Justi sing the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Exsultate Justi, our benefice occasional choir, were due to sing evensong at St Peter and St Paul on Sunday 14th June 2020.  Instead they made recordings, in isolation, of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from the Short Service by Orlando Gibbons.  Until the choir can sing again, we hope you enjoy this reminder of the Anglican choral tradition.

The Besom have been extremely busy, providing food to a growing number of people in need within our communities, during the lockdown. Boxes have been set up in Long Hanborough and Freeland for donations of canned and dried foods.  For details of where to take your donations please contact administrator@hanboroughparish.co.uk

The Porch have set up an emergency Covid-19 Response Fund to enable them to continue supporting vulnerable homeless people in Oxford at this time.  Follow the link to donate via Just Giving. 

The Parish

The Parish of Hanborough lies approximately 6 miles north-west of Oxford, mid way between the market towns of Woodstock and Witney. This Church of England Parish encompasses two churches: Christ Church in Long Hanborough and St Peter and St Paul in Church Hanborough. 

St Peter and St Paul's worship is traditionally Anglican, while Christ Church meets in the local Primary School, Manor School for its morning service, and offers a relaxed informal service including a Sunday School called Focus and Wayfarers and a creche for under 3s. Evening Services are held in Christ Church.

The Parish is part of the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland which includes St Mary's Church. The Parish is within the Oxford Diocese and the Benefice sits within the Woodstock Deanery.

Our Community

Hanborough is a village of about 2,500 people. We have a local Church of England Primary School with about 200 children and we are well served by varied local shops, a GPs surgery, many local clubs and societies. In addition to the two Anglican churches in Hanborough there is also a Methodist Church.

Our Aim

Our aim is to bring the love and truth of God to our community and to work with other local churches to do so.

Safeguarding:  who to contact in an emergency

If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999.  If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don't delay: call Children and Adult's Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408.  Also please inform your Parish Safeguarding officer, Gill Hunt at safeguarding@hanboroughparish.co.uk

Safeguarding:  who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Gill Hunt safeguarding@hanboroughparish.co.uk 

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact one of the The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Richard Woodley, on 01865 208290 or Emma Cooper on 01865 208295. 

For more information please also refer to our Safeguarding Policy