St. Mary’s, Litton Cheney, is part of the Bride Valley Benefice.Rector:Canon Stephen Batty resides atThe Rectory, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4QS. Tel. 01308 898799.Associate Priest:The Rev. Ryder Rogers 01308 897780Assistant Curate:The Rev. Sue Linford 01308 897363Readers:Mike Read 01308 897445James Webster 01308 898657Yvonne Buckland 01308 898492St 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, Churchwardens Freddie Spicer and Richard Jones, Secretary Wendy Firrell]. 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 (by extension) 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
The next church and churchyard working party will be on Thursday 5th April from 9.30 a.m. Visiting ringers from The Salisbury Guild of Bell Ringers will be ringing a Quarter Peal from 11.00 a.m.The Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday 12th April at 7.30 p.m. in Church.