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About Piddle Valley Benefice

The Benefice of the Piddle Valley, Hilton & Ansty, 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.


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Sunday 6th December 2020 – Second Sunday of Advent – Services in Church
9.30am Communion at Alton Pancras
11.00am Communion at Cheselbourne
6.00pm Evening Prayer at Hilton
We very much look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday, so we can once again shine some light into the darkness and worship together in our churches. Please follow the covid protocols set out in church.
Attached is a pew sheet with readings, prayer list and notices, please read through and pray for our friends and neighbours who have asked for our prayer. Please email or send a private message via facebook if you have any amendments or additions to the prayer list.
Advent is a time of hope, preparation and waiting for the joy of what is the greatest gift ever given to mankind. Help us make a Christian presence in our communities this Christmas to bring hope and joy into one another’s lives at a time of great difficulty for many.
Ginny 


Current Order of Service – ordinary time communion 2020 A4 Pndemic version

Sunday services are uploaded to YouTube after the live streaming on Facebook.

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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.

Live stream services listed with the rota.


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