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 February 2024
a village in the Bride Valley Litton Cheney Dorset
Photo by Claire Moore 3_7_2021
Normal Service Times
Proposed Union of the Parishes
The following documents contain details of a draft pastoral scheme for union of the parishes of Abbotsbury, Portesham and Langton Herring with the Bride Valley Benefice.
Following recent advertising for a new Rector for the Benefice, unfortunately there were no applications, so we wait to see what will happen next. There’s a busy month ahead leading up to Easter Day on March 31 st . Our service pattern has changed, so this month Holy Communion will be on the first Sunday (3 rd at 9.30) and the last (31st at 9.00). Then there will be a special service for Mothering Sunday (10 th at 9.30) led by Paul Cheater, who is also presenting “Reflections through Music” for Holy Week on Wednesday 27 th at 6.30 pm. As well as the service here on Easter Day, there will also be a United Benefice service at Abbotsbury at 11.00 am which will include a farewell to James Webster as Licensed Lay Minister in the Benefice. Our Annual Meeting is coming up on 7th April after the morning service. If you think you might like to join the PCC at what will be an interesting time in the life of our church and the Benefice, please do contact us for a chat. We should be very glad of some younger members! Church Warden John Vercoe 01308 480768 or Secretary Wendy Firrell 01308 482532. The Annual Church Meeting, at which the Churchwardens and the PCC members are elected, takes place this year on Sunday 7 April. To vote at this meeting and to be eligible to join the PCC you need to be included on the Church Electoral Roll by 20th March. You are entitled to go on the Electoral Roll if you are baptised, over 16, a member of the Church of England or some other churches and either resident in the parish, or have attended worship here regularly in the last six months. If you are not already on the Electoral Roll, but would like to be included, please contact Kathryn Brooks who can help you with the necessary form. 3 Litton Hill, 01308 482548