Church of England Parish of Hanborough

Welcome to the Hanborough Parish Website

A Warm Welcome!

Dear Friends,

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have put public worship on hold for the coming months as we face the challenge of coronavirus. 

As such, all public worship is now suspended across the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland until further notice. This doesn’t, however, mean that our common life or God’s mission is to be put on hold, but it will have serious consequences in the coming months.

We ask you to join us in prayer to ask for God's blessing upon this season of the church's life, that we will resume the normal pattern of daily life stronger in faith, more active in discipleship and more joyful in our relationships. 

Please pray for the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland - and for those who live and work in this place. Please also pray for God's enterprising Spirit to enlighten all of us with ways to live more prayerfully and authentically as disciples of Christ.

Both the villages of Hanborough and Freeland have community groups set up for mutual aid of our neighbours. We would encourage those who are able to do so safely to offer their support to these efforts, serving the kingdom of God through acts of love and service to one another. Links to these groups can be found on the COVID-19 resources tab.

We have a hope in Jesus Christ, a hope that can counter fear and isolation, and as Christians we can witness to this hope - through the offering of prayer and praise, and in the overflowing of service to our neighbours.

"Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer." (Romans 12.12)

With our love and prayers for you all,

Sue, Emma and Mike

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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 or via the Rectory on 01993 881270. 

Safeguarding:  who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding conerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Gill Hunt ( or via the Rectory on 01993 881270.  

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact one of the The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Stuart Nimmo, on 01865 208290 or Sophie Harney on 01865 208295. 

For more information please also refer to our Safeguarding Policy