The website for the Church of England in the Stour Vale Benefice - 8 villages in the Blackmore Vale in Dorset, in Salisbury Diocese.
This site is new and some parts have yet to be finished / smartened / tidied! But if you find anything broken please let us know

See where the Stour Vale Churches and Parishes are

 Welcome  to the website for the eight churches in the group of parishes called the Stour Vale Benefice. This covers Buckhorn Weston, East Stour, Fifehead Magdalen, Kington Magna, Stour Provost, Stour Row, Todber and West Stour.

All of the Stour Vale Churches have their own services and other activities – reflected on their pages on this site – as well as joint activities – more details in this section.

One ministry team looks after the spiritual needs of the whole of the Benefice of Stour Vale – contacts here.

Family services

People of all ages, including children, welcome at all services but those especially suitable for children include:

The Benefice Choir

*The Benefice Choir takes part in the United Services and sings at
weddings, funerals, etc.

New singers always welcome!

more details …


For children, toddlers and their carers

Most of the picture - the tail of the peacock - is made up of children's handprints

Munchkins artwork

For children aged 0 to 5 years
Held on Thursday mornings
In Buckhorn Weston Village Hall
All Welcome 

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At present the only ring of bells rung regularly in the benefice is that at Kington Magna. Whichever parish you’re from, if you’d like to take up bell ringing get in touch or find out more by going along to Kington on a practice night.

more details …






Messy Church

Calling all pre-school and primary age children and their families in all parishes in the Benefice.  We meet in Kington Magna Village Hall to draw together rural communities so that children and parents can share in activities linked to the Church year and to the natural cycle of country life; to relax and have fun together and to share a meal.

Messy Church will have its own special identity, created by those who attend.  Biblical stories and the Church year are part of the cultural heritage of this country and we will draw on elements of this in our own Messy Church.

Please see Calendar and Octavo for details.

Knit and Natter

This takes place in East Stour Church on the last Thursday of the month, starting with coffee at 11.15 a.m. and ending with a soup lunch at 12.30 p.m.

Blankets and babies’ bonnets are needed by The Turi Children’s Project in the mountains of Kenya.

School uniform is compulsory and without it a child is denied education.  The children wear a navy blue sweater – a pattern and a sample of the colour to use will be available for anyone who feels they could knit one.


Joint Services

A joint benefice service is held at each church in turn on 5th Sundays of the month. Other special joint services are held from time-to-time.

more info. about services in the Benefice …

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