See where the Stour Vale Churches and Parishes are


In line with Government and Church of England guidelines ALL Church services and meeting groups (Funerals may only be attended by immediate family) have been suspended with immediate effect, until further notice. Churches have also been closed.

See below for alternative means of keeping in touch.


 Welcome  to the website for the seven churches in the group of parishes called the Stour Vale Benefice. This covers Buckhorn Weston, East Stour, Fifehead Magdalen, Kington Magna, Stour Provost with Stour Row, Todber and West Stour.

While we are currently unable to hold services or meet together we are connecting in a variety of new ways:

Weekly Newsletter:

Week 4 – please note if you would like to hear “The Poet Thinks About the Donkey” by Mary Oliver please contact Richard and he will email you the recording.

Week 3

Week 2

We now have our own Facebook page.

We will be streaming some services during the coming week so do visit the page – you do not need to join Facebook to view the page or watch our streamed services.  The orders of service can be viewed/downloaded/printed by clicking on each one.

Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th April at 7pm: Celtic Night Prayer

Maundy Thursday 7pm: Maundy Thursday Communion

Good Friday 2pm: Meditation at the Cross



The April edition of Octavo can be viewed or downloaded here

You can also join the Shaftesbury Team for Sunday services on their Facebook Page by video link

When things return to normal…

All of the Stour Vale Churches have their own services and other activities – reflected on their pages on this site – as well as joint activities – more details in this section.

One ministry team looks after the spiritual needs of the whole of the Benefice of Stour Vale – contacts here.

Stour Vale Benefice takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

Please click here to see our Benefice Safeguarding Policy

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Benefice Safeguarding Officers, Rev’d Richard Priest on 01747 838494  email richard@allegro.co.uk, or Maria Windross on 01747 838324

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,  on  07500 664800 or email heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org

For our Privacy Notice please click here.


For children, toddlers and their carers

Most of the picture - the tail of the peacock - is made up of children's handprints

Munchkins artwork

For children aged 0 to 5 years

Held on Thursday mornings

In Buckhorn Weston Village Hall

All Welcome 

more details …



At present the only ring of bells rung regularly in the benefice is that at Kington Magna. Whichever parish you’re from, if you’d like to take up bell ringing get in touch or find out more by going along to Kington on a practice night.

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Messy Church

Messy Church takes place on the 3rd Sunday of the month at Kington Magna Village at 3pm.  All welcome.  For more information see our Messy Church page under activities or click here … Continue reading

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter takes place in Fifehead Magdalen Village Hall on the fourth Thursday of the month, starting with coffee at 11.15 a.m. and ending with a soup lunch at 12.30 p.m. Blankets and babies’ bonnets are needed by The Turi Children’s Project in the mountains of Kenya. School uniform is compulsory and without it … Continue reading

Joint Services

A joint benefice service is held at each church in turn on 5th Sundays of the month. Other special joint services are held from time-to-time. more info. about services in the Benefice … … Continue reading