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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.


Message from Fr. Roger. In light of yesterday’s announcement, the following has been received from the C of E.

“The Prime Minister has outlined plans to make face coverings mandatory in Places of Worship from 8th August. We will study detailed government regulations and guidance once they are available and will update our guidance accordingly.”
Further information will be posted here on the Website and Facebook page when it is available.
Every Blessing

Ginny 1st August 2020


Sunday Services in Church – 2nd August 2020 (No hymns)

9.30am Communion at Alton Pancras with Fr. Roger

11.00am Communion at Cheselbourne with Rev’d Helier

6.00pm Evening Prayer at Piddlehinton with Fr. Roger

All services will be live streamed to Facebook and the 9.30am Service will be uploaded to YouTube

All are welcome, please follow Covid protocols as set out in church.

All daily live streamed services (via Facebook) will continue to enable those who cannot or who are not ready to return to church, to access services.

Benefice churches open for private prayer final 28-6-2020_1Live Stream 31st July update_1



Communion Order of Service 5th July 2020 onwards – ordinary time communion 2020 A4 Pndemic version

A prayer for communion in separation

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

Please use the following link:

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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.

Current Benefice Service Rota –  August 2020 FINAL

Live stream services listed above.


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