Welcome to the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland

A Warm Welcome!

Exciting news!  The churches of Hanborough and Freeland have re-opened for Sunday worship. 

You are warmly invited to join us at a 10am services every Sunday at

St Peter and St Paul Church Hanborough,

St Mary the Virgin Freeland 

Christ Church Long Hanborough

You can see a video here, in which the new service patterns and the thinking behind them are presented by the clergy and wardens.

New Benefice Administrator:

Hanborough and Freeland are looking for a new Benefice Administrator. Please click here if you would like to see the job description.

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.   

St Mary's Freeland - Open for Private Prayer

St Mary's in Freeland is open for private prayer every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm.  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