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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.


Alpha Course for 2021

In February we plan to hold 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. We are starting on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm on the 24th February.

For more information and to obtain the link to join, 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, namesly the Lulworth, 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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Corona virus (Covid-19) Precautions

2nd November 2020

As a precaution against transmission of the Corona virus, it is necessary for the time being to suspend all church services in the Benefice until further notice.

More details on the present situation on the

News page

(Services online will be continuing -

 see the News page for details.)




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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