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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.











There will be a condolence book kept at Judy Hillís porch, 9 High Street Close, Wool and it will be moved to St John the Baptist Bere Regis for the Benefice Service at 10:30 on Sunday 11th April. If you are unable to sign the book, please email your name or message to Gill Webb r.webb24@btinternet.com and we will write it in the book.



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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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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