St. Mary’s, Litton Cheney, is part of the Bride Valley Benefice. Rector: The Revd Jane Williams, tel: 01308 898799 email:
St Mary's is one of seven Parish Churches within the Bride Valley Benefice. Church business is dealt with on a day to day basis by the standing committee of the Parochial Church Council: Chairman: The Rector Churchwarden: John Vercoe Secretary: Wendy: Firrell Treasurer: Freddie Spicer The full Council meets four times a year including the Annual Church Meeting in April. The pattern of Worship currently in use on a monthly basis is Morning Worship at 9.30 a.m. with refreshments afterwards, Holy Communion with hymns at 9.30 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday, Matins at 9.30 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday and Holy Communion at 9.30 a.m. on the 4th Sunday; the service on a 5th Sunday varies and is usually a United Valley Service at one of the Valley Churches. Copies of the Parish Magazine and Bride Valley News are available in the Church.
The Churchyard: The churchyard surrounds the Church and slopes fairly sharply in places from north to south; the extension at the north end is presently a wildlife area with paths and picnic places from which you can enjoy a vast panoramic view of the coastal ridge with Hardy's monument to the east. There are many interesting old gravestones including box graves cut from Purbeck stone liberally adorned with yellow lichens. The grass is cut and the yard generally maintained by a small band of volunteers who are constantly on the lookout for additions to their number! The War Memorial is situated to the west of the church porch. More details here
St. Mary’s Church takes is 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. Our Parish Safeguarding Policy was adopted by the PCC on 8th May 2018 and a copy of it is available on the shelf inside the Church. It can also be downloaded from the Salisbury Diocese website: If you have safeguarding concerns, our Parish Safeguarding contact is Paul Cheater 01308 482223, email: . Alternatively if you have queries you may contact the Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Liz Slater, on 01308 897751 or by email at The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Heather Bland 07500 664800 email:
First Sunday - 9.30 am - Morning Worship Second Sunday - 9.30 am - Holy Communion Third Sunday - 9.30 am - Morning Prayer Fourth Sunday - 9.30 pm - Holy Communion Fifth Sunday - tbd - United Valley Service (location varies)
a village in the Bride Valley Litton Cheney Dorset
Our usual pattern of services continues as we await further guidance about singing, social distancing and mask-wearing in church. We sincerely hope that things will be more normal by the time you read this! A new initiative for families - Messy Church - will be starting in September at LATCH on Monday afternoons straight after school – details to follow from the Rector. And something to look forward to after all the restrictions - we are delighted to be hosting the debut concert by Hugh Warrington’s string quartet in St. Mary’s Church on Saturday 4th September at 3.00 p.m. Hugh and friends will be performing a short programme (55 minutes), followed by refreshments. Admission will be free, but donations will be welcome in aid of St Mary’s church.. Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 3rd October – further details next month. Dorset Historic Churches Ride and Stride 2021 This year’s event will take place on Saturday 11 th September. The object being to raise money for the care of the county’s historic churches by walking or riding (bike or horse) visiting as many churches as you can and enlisting sponsorship in the process. Last year Litton Cheney did exceptionally well raising £1915.04 which was the fourth highest out of 181 participating parishes – let’s try and better that for this year! Half the money raised comes back to the village for the upkeep of our church. Please contact Freddie Spicer for details for taking part (482617 or If not walking or riding please sponsor someone who is.
Newsletter July 2021
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