The Wheathill Benefice


11 April 2021

Although we do not yet have all the details regarding arrangements for the next week the benefice leadership has made the following decisions:

Churches in the benefice will be open at the following times for people to come, remember and pray

Keinton, Kingweston and Lydford will be open each day this week between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm Barton St David will be open all day Wednesday and Sunday

People have been encouraged to donate to charity rather than leave floral tributes

In each church there are some leaflets you might like to use in your prayers.  They are also on the website.  If you do use one please take it away with you afterwards.  There is also a link to the online Book of Commemoration.  We are not going to use physical books following Government guidelines.  In each church please mark the pew you have used with one of the ‘this pew has been occupied’ slips, and please use the hand sanitiser as you arrive and leave.

On Saturday 17th at Midday there will once again be 99 tolls of a bell in Barton St David, Kingweston and Lydford on Fosse

In Kingweston the toll will be followed by a short (30-40 minute) service of commemoration to which all are welcome.

If you have any questions please do get in touch and we’ll try to answer them.

Thank you and best wishes


We look forward to seeing you there

In the heart of beautiful rural Somerset, and sitting within the Glastonbury Deanery you will find the Wheathill Priory Benefice. It consists of four vibrant church communities:

Barton St. David Parish Church
St. Mary Magdalene Church, Keinton Mandeville
All Saints Church at Kingweston
St. Peter’s Church at West Lydford

We all welcome you to our villages and trust you find what has sent you here.

During the current CV19 pandemic our church buildings may be closed, however the churches are not, we post a service (or two sometimes) each week on YouTube and you can find them here:

The easiest way to view services is through the playlist, just click on the one you want to watch, Faith and Fun is our All Age service, the other services are slightly more traditional.  If you do watch please feel free to get in touch through YouTube comments or by contacting us through this website.

We’re preparing to Open the Doors for public worship again, to help would you please complete this survey?

Opening the Doors in Wheathill

We are enthusiastically overseen by a dedicated Ministry Team, each church benefits from the support of its Church Wardens and Parochial Church Council. A small supporting Admin team helps co-ordinate the various services and events, prepare the Parish magazine and our web presence.

At the heart of our church community is the regular opportunity to meet together and praise God. Holy Communion, Morning and Evening Prayer BCP services and more modern and informal Praise services form the basis of our church life. We meet each month as a Benefice and we regularly include All Age services to help welcome in families and youngsters to the Lord’s community. A full list of forthcoming services is always available, together with details of special church related occasions and other local community events, – so please come and get involved!

Our quintessentially English churches make perfect venues for important family occasions; Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals. Contact us to find out more. 


If you have a safeguarding concern please get in touch using the contacts below:

Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team using the link below:

 Diocesan Safeguarding team

National Safeguarding Policies and Practice are available on the Church of England website here.

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