The Benefice of Yarnton with Begbroke and Shipton-on-Cherwell

The Benefice Team

Oliver Petter


I was born in Reading, and have had a lifelong love of Oxford, where I grew up. Having spent most of the last decade in London, I am excited to be moving back to Oxfordshire and to be living in Yarnton.
I studied Modern Languages at St Edmund Hall, Oxford (2001-5), before spending the following year working for Creation Theatre. I then moved to London to continue to explore a sense of calling, working for the charity Crisis and subsequently in marketing. Following work as the Verger at Temple Church, London from early 2008 until 2011, I trained for the Priesthood at St Stephen’s, House, from 2011-2014, a highlight of which was spending six weeks in the Anglican church in Rio de Janeiro. I then served my curacy in the Parish of Old St Pancras, a vibrant Team Ministry situated around Camden and King’s Cross, from 2014-17. From 2017-18 I served as Chaplain Missioner at Pusey House, and as an Assistant Priest in the Parish of St Barnabas, Jericho.
I come from a family of musicians, love music of many kinds, and particularly enjoy singing. I has been involved in organising the annual Oxford Bach Ensemble fundraising concerts since 2006. I am also a keen drummer, and spent plenty of time playing for different bands in earlier years. I enjoy following several sports, have a particular enthusiasm for all forms of cricket and a long-standing affection for Oxford United football club. I love walking and running in the countryside, and have a growing interest in gardening.
I am thrilled to begin serving the people of Yarnton, Begbroke and Shipton-on-Cherwell.






John Appleton

My wife, Pamela and I have been regular members of the congregation at Saint Bartholomew's for the last fifty years.
I am privileged to be serving as Churchwarden for the third time

Paul Tweddle

Neill Brodey

I have been worshipping at Begbroke since 1987 and have been a churchwarden for over 15 years.
I generally deal with churchyard requests and other paperwork, leaving Rob to do the hard work!


Rob Hands

Anne Clark

I have lived in Thrupp for 30 years and Holy Cross is my nearest church.

We welcome you to our tiny church and pray that if you visit us, you will find blessing, friendship and the peace of Christ.

My aim is to bring the love of and truth of God to others and so I work with my community and local church to do so.

I am married with two daughters and enjoy gardening & walking my Border Collie.

Martin Knops

I have lived in the parish for over thirty years and have been a churchwarden for the past three.

I have an ecumenical approach to religion and spirituality and value greatly the community and the sacred space of Holy Cross Church for residents and passers-by.