West Stour

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

The Church of St. Mary, West Stour

The Church of St. Mary, West Stour

Welcome to the webpages for the Parish Church of St. Mary’s, West Stour, Dorset.  St. Mary’s Church is one of the group of eight Anglican churches in the Benefice of Stour Vale – the parishes covered are listed in the menus above.

We hope you find the infomation you seek here and whether or not a church-goer, whether or not you belong to the Church of England, you will be welcome at any of our events.

We have Services on four Sundays of each month, with additional ones during festivals (Christmas, Easter, etc.) and a short Service of Morning Prayer each Tuesday.

All are welcome to join us at any Service, the 10.00 am on the First Sunday in the month being particularly family orientated.

Life in our Church

Good Friday Walk of Witness

Good Friday Walk of Witness

We hold events throughout the year, the Lent Lunch, Harvest Lunch and Christmas Bazaar being to raise money for specific charities, while the annual Plant Sale at the beginning of May boosts church funds generally.

At Easter for the Good Friday ‘Walk of Witness’ we join other Parishes to carry a wooden cross from Buckhorn Weston to Stower Provost, with short stops at the churches of Kington Magna, West Stour and Fifehead Magdalen. 

Interior view of St. Mary's Church from the gallery at the west end

Interior view of St. Mary’s Church from the gallery at the west end


If you are looking to arrange a baptism or wedding, or if you are interested in being confirmed, please contact the Vicar who will be happy to provide the information you need.

Funerals are usually arranged by the Funeral Director but the churchwardens may be able to assist with local information.

Visiting us

West Stour is a small North Dorset village on the A30 situated 5 miles west of Shaftesbury.   A map giving the location of the church shows where we are, and also information for use with maps / GPS.  Parking is available for normal Sunday Services in the Village Hall car park which has footpath access directly into the churchyard.  Our church is open each day, usually between 9.30am and 4.30pm, for those wishing to visit.

St. Mary’s Church,
Church Street,
West Stour,
SP8 5RL.

St. Mary’s Church

The Parish Church of St. Mary stands on a slight hill towards the end of the village street.  A stone building dating from the 13th century, the Grade II* listed church has a 13th century chancel with 18th century alterations, the nave, south tower and porch being rebuilt 1840.  View the full history of West Stour Church. An old building also brings a not-insignificant task of maintenance, and we are constantly having to raise money. If you would like to make a donation please contact our treasurer.