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About Piddle Valley Benefice

The Benefice of the Piddle Valley, Hilton, Cheselbourne and Melcombe Horsey is a benefice of six parishes set in the heart of the beautiful rolling Dorset downland between Dorchester, Sherborne and Blandford Forum. It comprises the villages and hamlets of Alton Pancras, Ansty, Cheselbourne, Higher Ansty, Higher Melcombe, Hilton, Melcombe Bingham, Melcombe Horsey, Muston, Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide, Plush and White Lackington. The benefice is in the Dorchester Deanery, the Archdeaconry of Sherborne and the Diocese of Salisbury in the Church of England which is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion.


What’s on this weekend! (See pew sheet and rota for service information)

Friday 21st & 22nd June 2019

Dorsetfest2019 – The Dorset Midsummer Music Festival starts this evening, do join us! Raising funds for Hilton, Cheselbourne and Melcombe Horsey Churches (and Weldmar Hospice Care).

Saturday 22nd June 12noon

Marriage of Quenton and Alice at St Andrew’s Melcombe Horsey

Saturday 22nd June 1pm

Piddletrenthide and Plush fete at the Manor House

 Do Join us at these fund raising events

for our beautiful rural churches where we worship together.



Welcome to the Piddle Valley Benefice website.

From the Rector, Church Wardens, and all those who attend our six churches we would like to offer you a warm welcome.

Church is more than a building! It is a living breathing community of people who come together who seek. The Benefice is made up of many seekers from different denominations who support their local church and each other, this diversity is held within the baptism of the one Lord, in which the spiritual doors have opened into a relationship with God.

Being committed to that spiritual journey is to undertake the self assessment of what separates us from God – we can push Him away, we can close the door on Him however, with God’s forgiveness, an open heart and mind and with the assistance of each other we can draw closer to Him, – the one who gives us life.

All are welcome!

For God so loved the word that he sent his only Son Jesus Christ. – John 3:16


For services please see the link below.

Please visit the home page  regularly, for  service updates.

Current Benefice Service Rota – Rota May & June 2019 final non officiant

                                                          Rota July & August 2019 final non officiant


The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1


The Benefice takes its 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.

Please view the Parish Safeguarding Policy using the safeguarding tab above.

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Ginny Butcher on 01300 348211.

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,  on  07500 664800 or email