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Welcome to West Purbeck Benefice

We are part of the Church of England, and are located in the western area of the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, in the county of Dorset, UK.

Revd Carol Langford

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news of Revd Carolís death on Easter Tuesday after her long illness. I know that with us your thoughts and prayers are with her husband Mark and their sons Dan and Tom in their tragic loss. Carol touched us all in different ways with her depth of faith, her commitment to Christís mission and her compassion for those in need. She will be greatly missed but we can draw comfort that she is with her beloved Saviour. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Rev Jenny, Rev Sandra & Canon Keith.













Reverend Carol Langford R.I.P.

LANGFORD The Reverend Carol Passed away peacefully at home on 6th April 2021, aged 60 years. Much loving wife to Mark, mother to Daniel and Tom, grandmother to Harry. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Donations if desired for Christian Aid and Weldmar Hospicecare may be sent direct to the charities or by cheque payable to: Woods Dorchester Ltd,

11a Icen Way, Dorchester. DT1 1EW. Telephone 01305 250425 




Funeral of Revd Carol Langford

On Friday 23rd April 2021

The number in Church was limited to 30 people but many more watched live online, and also lined the roads, to respect and pay tribute to Carol, to give thanks to God for her life, and to celebrate all she meant to us before she went home on Tuesday 6th April to be with her beloved Saviour.

Please pray for her husband Mark, and the rest of Carol's family, as they grieve her loss.


The service in full may be viewed as a video at:



The service sheet reproduced below may be downloaded at:



(Service conducted by the Archdeacon of Dorset, Ven. Antony Macrow-Wood

Address by the Bishop of Sherborne, Rt Revd Karen Gorham.)




Alpha Course for 2021

Since February we have been holding an online Alpha Course.


Is there more to life than this?


If this is a question you have asked, then Alpha online is an opportunity to explore this and the many other BIG questions about life. Alpha creates a friendly space to connect with others online to watch a series of episodes and explore the Christian faith together.

For more information and to obtain the link to join in, email Revd Jenny at:







West Purbeck Benefice was formed in 2019 by the amalgamation of two Benefices: Holy Rood, Wool; and Bere Regis with Affpuddle. It expanded on 29th October 2020 to include another benefice with its 4 churches, namely the Lulworths, Winfrith, and Chaldon.

As a result there are now seven churches in West Purbeck Benefice:


The Benefice of West Purbeck and its seven churches:


Holy Rood, Wool (with the former parishes of East Stoke East Burton, and Coombe Keynes)



St John the Baptist, Bere Regis -



St Laurence, Affpuddle -



Holy Trinity, West Lulworth



St Andrew, East Lulwoth



St Christopher, Winfrith Newburgh



St Nicholas, Chaldon Herring



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Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious,

be with those who care for the sick,

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort

knowing that nothing can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.






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