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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.

Welcome.

Welcome to the Piddle Valley Benefice website.

Dear all,
 
I have received a request regarding the ringing of bells for Brexit.
 
Below is my reply –
 
My response to your email is based upon the presumption, that you mean ‘ringing the bells for Brexit”.
 
To answer your question, we must ask another. What are the bells for? Bells are installed in church buildings to call people to worship. Bells are the only legal permissive device for such purposes. Bells are rung outside of services: for practice, and on occasions of national unity, such as jubilees. The archbishop can request bells to be rung, this occurred recently for Notre Damn.
 
In conclusion
A request to ring bells for a political reason falls short of the above and the incumbent with his PCCS could be regarded in their local context of taking political sides. Bishop Philip North pointed out that church bells are for worship and promote reasons of unity. I am in agreement with him. I propose they are rung on the 1st February, as an opportunity of new exciting beginnings for the whole country, that we may travel forward with our many differences.
 
I do hope you agree with my reasoning as the most Christian of all perspectives.
 
 
Rev’d Fr. Roger J. Butcher. SSC,KSJ

 

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1511247_629468347089495_1197067880_nFrom 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

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For services please see the link below.

Please visit the home page  regularly, for  service updates.

Current Benefice Service Rota –

Rota November December 2019 Final no officiants

Jan Feb 2020 final magazine & notice board version


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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

Safeguarding

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 heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org