South Warwickshire Seven

Seven Parishes One Church

The Installation of our new Rector, 18th July

On a warm summer evening in July more than 100 people gathered in Long Compton church to witness the “Institution, Induction and Installation” of the Reverend Ben Dyson as Rector of the seven parishes of this Benefice. The Right Reverend Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, presided over the service, assisted by the Venerable Barry Dugmore, Archdeacon Missioner. Around a dozen visiting clergy were also present. 

Thanks to Steve Lavelle for the photos below.

Welcome to Our Church

Our aim is to know Jesus Christ, and to make him better known, as we seek to serve our local communities. We want everyone in our communities to know the reality of God, and his great love for them. We seek to do this through knowing Jesus Christ better and making him better known by prayer, Bible teaching, and practical care. We follow the three-fold vision of Coventry Diocese: Worshipping God, Making New Disciples, and Transforming Communities.

We are a group of seven village churches in South Warwickshire. We cover the parishes of Barcheston with Willington, Barton-on-the-Heath, Burmington, Cherington and Stourton, Long Compton, Whichford and Ascott and Wolford. We are part of the Church of England, within the Diocese of Coventry. 

Our Ministry Team

The ministry team consists of a number of clergy and Lay Readers, all of whom live in the local area. The team is led by our Rector, Ben. We work together to serve our seven parishes by sharing responsibility for leading services and pastoral visiting.

  • The Rev Ben Dyson

    The Rev Ben Dyson


  • The Rev Canon Anthony Wells

    The Rev Canon Anthony Wells

    Honorary Associate Minister

  • Mrs Clare Wells

    Mrs Clare Wells

    Lay Reader

  • Mrs Liz Maycock

    Mrs Liz Maycock


  • Kim Petty

    Kim Petty

    Youth Ministry

Our Vision

Our vision is to grow as churches by rediscovering God’s wonderful love for us in Jesus as revealed in the Bible. Specifically, we want to grow in three ways: 

Building-Up – we want to grow spiritually by building each other up in our faith in Jesus as our amazing Lord and Saviour, and equipping one another to serve him in specific roles and ministries. We want to continue to meet together to learn from the Bible, pray to God, and praise and worship him. 

Uniting Together – we want to grow relationally as one church family across our seven parishes. We are thankful for the fellowship in the Spirit which we already enjoy. Our hope is that, as we build each other up in our faith in Jesus, we will grow in our love for one another, and in our dependence upon our Heavenly Father in prayer. 

Reaching Out – we want to grow numerically as people are drawn to faith in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. We want to continue to share the good news of Jesus, and serve our communities through practical care as needs arise. We want to attract more young adults, youth, and children. We want to grow in confidence in sharing our faith.