St. Mary’s, Litton Cheney, is part of the Bride Valley Benefice. Rector: The Revd Jane Williams, tel: 01308 898799 email:
St Mary's is one of seven Parish Churches within the Bride Valley Benefice. Church business is dealt with on a day to day basis by the standing committee of the Parochial Church Council: Chairman: The Rector Churchwarden: John Vercoe Secretary: Wendy: Firrell Treasurer: Freddie Spicer The full Council meets four times a year including the Annual Church Meeting in April. The pattern of Worship currently in use on a monthly basis is Morning Worship at 9.30 a.m. with refreshments afterwards, Holy Communion with hymns at 9.30 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday, Matins at 9.30 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday and Holy Communion at 9.30 a.m. on the 4th Sunday; the service on a 5th Sunday varies and is usually a United Valley Service at one of the Valley Churches. Copies of the Parish Magazine and Bride Valley News are available in the Church.
The Churchyard: The churchyard surrounds the Church and slopes fairly sharply in places from north to south; the extension at the north end is presently a wildlife area with paths and picnic places from which you can enjoy a vast panoramic view of the coastal ridge with Hardy's monument to the east. There are many interesting old gravestones including box graves cut from Purbeck stone liberally adorned with yellow lichens. The grass is cut and the yard generally maintained by a small band of volunteers who are constantly on the lookout for additions to their number! The War Memorial is situated to the west of the church porch. More details here
St. Mary’s Church takes is responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times. Our Parish Safeguarding Policy was adopted by the PCC on 8th May 2018 and a copy of it is available on the shelf inside the Church. It can also be downloaded from the Salisbury Diocese website: If you have safeguarding concerns, our Parish Safeguarding contact is Paul Cheater 01308 482223, email: . Alternatively if you have queries you may contact the Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Liz Slater, on 01308 897751 or by email at The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Heather Bland 07500 664800 email:
First Sunday - 9.30 am - Holy Communion Second Sunday - 9.30 am - Service for Mothering Sunday Third Sunday - 9.30 am - Morning Prayer Fourth Sunday - 9.00 pm - Holy Communion
Newsletter May 2024
a village in the Bride Valley Litton Cheney Dorset
Photo by Claire Moore 3_7_2021
Normal Service Times
Lots of good things ahead – On Sunday 30 th June Bishop (of Sherborne) Karen will be visiting us to hold a United Benefice Holy Communion Service at LATCH at 6.00 pm, followed by a Bring & Share supper. This will be a good chance to meet and mix with others from the recently enlarged Benefice, hopefully enjoying a beautiful summer’s evening and the lovely views from the hall. Everyone is very welcome. St. Mary’s will be hosting a Village Café at LATCH on Saturday 6 th July to raise funds for the church. Grand Prize Draw tickets are now on sale with some great prizes. The draw will take place at the Village Café - please buy lots of tickets! Our new Rector, Revd Andrew Rawding will be installed at 11 am on Sunday 14th July in St. Mary’s Burton Bradstock. We very much look forward to welcoming him to the Benefice, together with his wife Loveday and their children A Bird called Roger As you may have noticed, especially when the sun shines, the new gilded cockerel weather vane has commenced duty atop the tower of St Mary’s. Very many thanks to those who kindly contributed to the cost, to Stephen Coles of Coles Castings who cast the bird, to Caddy Sitwell of Long Bredy who gilded it, to the team from Tony Humphrey Building who made the new pole and installed it and last but not least to Pete Dennis and Martyn Brooks who did the seemingly impossible in negotiating the cockerel up the tower stairs without handling the gilding. Canon John Wood kindly honoured us by blessing the bird in the presence of the congregation and the bell ringers before a recent Sunday service; he regaled us with a story about his children and their family hens and a cockerel called Roger so we think that name will be apt!