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Welcome to the Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas Benefice

Online Services

In response to the suspension of church services for the foreseeable future and to maintain a sense of togetherness in the current situation, we are conducting online service using Zoom Video Communication on Sundays.

Service Times: Sundays from 10am.
Please contact Vivienne Wells for details.
Also see the latest Pews News Pews News

If anyone has any specific prayer requests or concerns please email them to Debbie (debbie.albery@gmail.com) and they will be forwarded to the person saying the prayers.
Just a name would suffice as God is aware of that person’s needs.

At a time of isolation and increasing tensions it is a great opportunity to keep in touch with others at a safe distance and still feel part of Church. Praying that you all remain well in these worrying times.

Extracts from recent online services


Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.
Further Information to follow.
Church of England updates

Coffee Mornings:
Our weekly coffee morning events at Milton Abbas, Winterborne Whitechurch and Winterborne Stickland, have been cancelled until further notice.
Messy Events
The Easter Messy Afternoon is cancelled. Messy Games is due to be held on Saturday 4th July and we very much hope that this will take place depending on government advice.


The church is about people. That means you and me!

The Church in the Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas patch is made up of a group of followers, explorers and searchers, trying to live out their faith in Jesus. We try to serve God and our communities in our everyday lives. This works out through our desire to enhance and bless our communities through caring, praying and through spreading a bit of fun around as well. We will make mistakes from time to time but that is because there is so much going on – oh, and we are not perfect! We are ordinary people and we hope that you will find a warm welcome in any of our churches. We hope you enjoy our community events and our church services too!

  • Our congregations are friendly and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The only worshipping community in any of our villages is Anglican so we try to make our worship accessible, relevant and reverent for everyone.
  • Our worship is centred in six beautiful churches in rural Dorset. Each has its own personality and people often belong to more than one of our churches.
  • Our mission statement is to ‘Make Christ Visible’ in our communities and beyond.

We want to offer a welcome to all who wish to explore or further their Christian faith. You can bring your doubts, questions and struggles and, hopefully, find encouragement. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further help you may require.


New Rector

We are pleased to announce that the Patron, Piers Chichester, and the Bishop of Sherborne have appointed the Revd Lewis Pearson to be the next Rector of Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas. Lewis is currently Training Curate at St James’ Poole and brings much experience and gifts to the post, including working with children and young people; of creativity and outreach. The appointment is subject to the completion of Lewis’ curacy in June. Lewis feels very much called by God to this post and those involved in the appointment believe him to be the right fit for the benefice and at Milton Abbey, and we are looking forward to welcoming him, his wife Jo and their family sometime over the summer and to a licensing in September. Bishop Karen and Archdeacon Antony wish to thank all those who were involved in the appointment process.


Our Parishes

Our 6 parishes are very lively and hold a variety of events throughout the year.
We have weekly coffee shops in three of our churches, Winterborne Whitechurch, Winterborne Stickland and Milton Abbas where many of the community come for coffee, cake and conversation. They are great places to meet people.
We live in an area of great natural beauty and historical interest. Many visitors come to see the historic village of Milton Abbas and the nearby Abbey.

Pews News Pews News


The Churches in the Benefice of the Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas believe the safety of all people, especially of children, young people and vulnerable adults is very important. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at churchofengland.org/safeguarding. If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues on a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at salisbury.anglican.org/parishes/safeguarding.
If you are Concerned about the Safety of a Child, Young Adult or Vulnerable Person:
Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Angela D’Silva. She can be contacted on 01258 880118. You can read our Safeguarding Policy by clicking here.
If your concern relates to the Parish Safeguarding Representative or Rector, please contact Heather Bland, the Diocese of Salisbury Safeguarding Advisor on 07500 664800.
In an emergency dial 999.