Welcome to Blackthorn Chase Benefice website!

The Blackthorn Chase Benefice is a newly created benefice in North Buckinghamshire in the Oxford Diocese. The Benefice is set in attractive rural countryside with good facilities in nearby Milton Keynes, Buckingham and Aylesbury, all of which are easily reached by car. There are fast rail links to London from Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.

The Blackthorn Chase Benefice consists of the five villages of Beachampton, Nash, Thornborough, Thornton, and Whaddon forming four parishes. Our new name was chosen to reflect our local area (the Whaddon Chase) and because the local blackthorn hedges have attributes which reflect our values as a benefice:

Support – blackthorn makes good walking sticks

Hope and life – the flowers symbolise the arrival of spring

Fruitfulness – providing nourishment for growth

Spreading roots – a foundation for growth

The formation of a brand-new benefice is a response to the particular needs of the rural context and the continuing housing development in Buckingham town.

The five village churches are shown below, with a link to a page for each.

  The Assumption of the Blessed
  Virgin Mary Church, Beachampton

  St Mary’s Church, Whaddon

  All Saints’ Church, Nash

  St Michael and All Angels, Thornton

  St Mary’s Church, Thornborough