The churches of Beech Hill, Shinfield, Spencers Wood & Swallowfield serving the community
The churches of  Beech Hill,  Shinfield,  Spencers Wood  &  Swallowfield serving the community
The churches of
Beech Hill,
Spencers Wood
& Swallowfield

serving the community

Charities supported in the Benefice V2

Local charities

the link visiting scheme

The Link Visiting Scheme (Wokingham)

The Link is a registered charity based on Christian principles whose aim is to combat social isolation among older people. This is achieved through regular home visits and a variety of additional events and activities which enable ‘Link Friends’ to engage with a wider circle of support and to gain new skills.


Thrive is the leading charity in the UK using gardening to change the lives of disabled people. Thrive helps people who want to garden at home, on an allotment, in a community setting or who may to access our Thrive's structured horticultural therapy programmes, currently available at Beech Hill (Reading), Battersea (London), Kings Heath (Birmingham) and Saltwell Park (Gateshead).

National charities

childrens society

The Children's Society

The Children's Society is a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.

International charities



Diarrhoea caused by dirty water and bad sanitation is the second biggest child killer worldwide. A lack of clean water and toilets keeps girls out of school, stops women from working, and traps people in poverty. WaterAid tackles the crisis from all angles, working with local partners to deliver clean water and toilets and promote good hygiene, and campaign to make change happen for everyone everywhere.



ADT Healthcare is a free helpline for people
affected by drug and alcohol addiction. The service is particularly helpful
for family members affected by a loved one's addiction.

www.adt-healthcare.com  Tel: 0800 088 66 86

Other links

Business Pluspoint website design

This website has been designed by and is maintained and hosted by Business Pluspoint. Its owner, Gillian Steedman, is a former resident of Shinfield and was editor and designer of Loddon Reach magazine from 2008 to 2014.


The Church and the Bible


The Church of England

All you need to know about the Church of England (C of E) and about being an Anglican.

oxford diocese logo

The Diocese of Oxford

Loddon Reach Benefice and its churches are all part of the Diocese of Oxford. Click here for their website which includes helpful information on where to find churches, daily prayers, news, events and vacancies. Follow this link for daily prayer for the people, churches and parishes in the diocese.

The Common Worship Lectionary

This website page lists the Common Worship lectionary readings for principal services and festivals (including all services for Holy Week). A calendar with the movable days of the church's year is included up to 2030. A coloured band shows the Litugical colour for the day. Select your preferred Bible version, but note that Psalms in all cases are from the Common Worship Psalter and (numbered) Canticles are from Celebrating Common Prayer (CCP), both as published at the OREMUS website.

Explore the Bible

With the Bible Society

The Bible Society's vision is a world where everyone has access to the Bible and can recognise its value for them, their families and communities. Wherever you are on your journey with the Bible, their range of resources and study tools will help bring it to life in your home, church or community.

mothers union

Mothers' Union

Mothers' Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. They are working with people of all faiths and none in 83 countries to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning.

Other local churches

There are several other non-Anglican churches within or near the Benefice with which we have varying links:

Beech Hill Baptist Church

Chapel Lane, Wood Lane, Beech Hill, RG7 2BH www.beechhillbaptistchurch.org.uk

Christ the King RC Church

408 Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, Reading, RG2 8NR
Tel: 0118 931 4469

Shinfield Baptist Church

Hollow Lane/Fairmead Road, Shinfield, RG2 9BT

Three Mile Cross Church Centre

Basingstoke Road, Reading, RG7 1AT
Tel: 0118 988 4508

incorporating The Vine Christian School
Tel: 0118 988 6464

Local Schools

There are a number of schools in the Benefice, all within the Wokingham LEA, two of which – Grazeley Parochial C of E (Aided) Primary School and Shinfield St Mary’s C of E Junior School – are church schools.

The Loddon Reach team has links with all the schools in the Benefice whether or not they are church schools.

Farley Hill Primary School

Church Road, Farley Hill, Reading, RG7 1UB

Tel: 0118 973 2148
Fax: 0118 973 1549

Website: www.farleyhillprimary.co.uk

Grazeley Parochial C of E (Aided) Primary School

Mereoak Lane, Grazeley, Reading, RG7 1JY

Tel: 0118 988 3340

Website: www.grazeley.wokingham.sch.uk/ 

Lambs Lane Primary School

Back Lane, Spencers Wood, Reading, RG7 1JB

Tel: 0118 988 3820 Fax: 0118 988 7448

Website: www.lambslane.wokingham.sch.uk/

Oakbank Free School

Hyde End Lane, Ryeish Green, Reading, RG7 1ER

Tel: 0118 902 1602
Website: www.oakbank.education/

Shinfield Infant and Nursery School

School Green, Shinfield, Reading, RG2 9EH

Tel: 0118 988 3389
Fax: 0118 988 3389

Website: www.shinfieldschools.co.uk/infant/

Shinfield St Mary’s C of E Junior School

Chestnut Crescent, Shinfield, Reading, RG2 9EJ

Tel: 0118 988 3663
Fax: 0118 988 6138

Website: https://shinfield-st-marys.eschools.co.uk/website