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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.


A message for 2021 from our Clergy Team



It has been an extraordinary year in 2020 filled with sadness but also joy.  Church has not stopped but moved online like many other services and we have occasional services in Church.  Every Sunday we offer either a live streamed Holy Communion, All Age Worship or Café Church using Zoom.  We gather at 10:30 and start at 10:45.  We also do a midweek Holy Communion on Wednesday’s at 10:00 as well monthly Messy Church Online and home groups.  To receive the link and service details please email westpurbeckoffice@gmail.com and ask to be added to our Benefice Link newsheet – we would love for you to join us. I pray that with light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine you will keep safe and know God’s peace in your hearts.

God bless

Rev Sandra Williams, Rev Jenny Alidina, Canon Keith Hugo


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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