St Mary’s Church
Chescombe Lane, Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset DT11 0AN.
Bill Platten – Churchwarden – 01258 881650
Piers Chichester – Treasurer – 01258 880935
Sun 4th June 10:30 am
Sun 18th June 11:30 am
Sun 2nd July 10:30 am
Sun 16th July 11:30 am
Sun 6th August 10:30 am
Sun 20th August 11:30 am
Old School Room – available for hire
Contact Ellen Evans: 01258 880226
Disabled toilets and kitchen facilities
Weekly Cup and Cake
Wednesdays from 10.30 am
Church History and Interesting Facts
Originally a 12th century church, with major alterations in 1844. It was seriously damaged by fire in 1867.
Six yew trees form an avenue from the churchyard east entrance to the south facing porch.
17th Century Vicar imprisoned
The non-conformist preacher John Wesley, grandfather of John and Charles Wesley (the founders of Methodism), was appointed Vicar of Winterborne Whitechurch by Oliver Cromwell’s Commission of Triers in 1658.
John Wesley was imprisoned for not using the Book of Common Prayer and ejected in 1662, delivering his farewell sermon to a weeping audience on August 17th of that year.
Dorset Churchyard Yews
Treble – John Taylor 1990 3-1-18
2nd – John Warner 1866 4-3-20
3rd – William Tosier 1730 5-2-18
4th – Salisbury foundry 14th C. 6-1-8
5th – Purdue 1608 8-1-18
Tenor – John Warner 1866 11-0-10
Thursdays 7.30 – 9pm (except 1st Thursday in the month) – please visit and, if you are a ringer, join in the practice!
We suggest you ring John on 01258 880457 to check that we are practising.