We are a group of five Anglican parishes (Pitminster, Corfe, Churchstanton, Buckland St Mary and Otterford) just south of Taunton in the Blackdown Hills.

We are part of the Diocese of Bath & Wells.

All are welcome in our churches, which are open during the day, either to attend services or for solitary peace and quiet. We seek to serve our communities in many different ways, and our Benefice Statement of Purpose can be found here.

Welcome to our new website!
We are still developing these pages and some are not yet fully functional. But we hope you'll still find some useful information, and thank you for your patience while we continue working on it. 

What's happening in the Benefice:                      
  • Easter Activity Day at Buckland St Mary
    At the beginning of the Easter Holidays we ran an activity days in the village hall at Buckland St Mary. A great bunch of children attended. We spent time thinking about the Easter story, making things, playing games and having fun together. The children hunted for Easter eggs, took part in egg and spoon races, decorated biscuits, made crowns, plus much more. We heard the sad part of the Easter story in the morning, where Jesus died an horrific death and in the afternoon we remembered the happy day, when Jesus came back to life again. As part of time together, we used colours to think about the Easter story, using the ideas below:

    BLUE – CREATION: reminds us of the perfect world that God created.
    BLACK – MESSED UP WORLD: reminds us that humans have messed up and our world is not the way God designed it to be.RED – JESUS’ BLOOD: reminds us that Jesus gave his blood for us, he died on the cross for every person on earth.
    PURPLE – JESUS IS KING: reminds us that Jesus is and was a King, yet a king that died.
    WHITE – JESUS MAKES US CLEAN: reminds us that Jesus didn’t stay dead, he came back to life and because of this our lives can be made brand new and clean.
    YELLOW – NEW BEGINNINGS: reminds us of new beginnings. If we choose to follow Jesus he helps us to become like brand new people.
    GREEN – GROW: once we have Jesus in our life, he helps us to grow and develop to be more like him!

    A huge thank you goes to all the children who made the day so much fun and also to the great volunteers who came along to make this day possible.

    - Cheryl Govier

    Posted 22 Apr 2015, 02:46 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Institution of the Revd James Fallon

    The Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils

    of the Blackdown Benefice

    of Buckland St Mary, Churchstanton, Corfe, Otterford and Pitminster


    All Parishioners

    to the Institution and Licensing of the

    Reverend James Fallon

    as Rector of the Blackdown Benefice

    by the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt. Revd. Peter Hancock

    on Monday 27 April 2015 at 7.00pm

    at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Buckland St Mary

    and afterwards at the Village Hall, Buckland St Mary

    Posted 16 Apr 2015, 07:29 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Good causes needed!
    The Buckland St Mary Church building belongs to the whole community and we like it to be used!

    We encourage its use for the Community Coffee Mornings, but this year as yet there are a large number of gaps.

    If you would like to hold a coffee morning on the second Saturday of the month in aid of a charity of your choice, please contact Margery Harkness on 01460 234599 and she will let you know which second Saturdays are free.
    Posted 8 Apr 2015, 02:26 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Christmas Services
    The number of people attending Christmas services throughout the Benefice was considerably up on previous years and, at Buckland, we were wonderfully overwhelmed by the turn out at our Community Carol Service. We had to delay the start of the service in order to fetch chairs from the school so that everyone could be seated!

    During the service, Ash Class acted out the Christmas story and we had two carols from the children and one from the choir, as well as carols for the whole congregation, and we ended up with the Community Choir singing 'Christmas Bells'.

    We hope the service, and gathering afterwards, was enjoyable and made a good start to Christmas celebrations for all who came.
    Posted 21 Jan 2015, 05:20 by Blackdown Benefice
  • Corfe Festival
    Over the Bank Holiday weekend, 24th, 25th and 26th May, Corfe is being transformed into a village-wide festival of flowers, art, gardens and literature.

    Among the events taking place are:
    Festival of Flowers in the Church depicting village life: every day, 10am-4pm (donations requested)
    Art exhibition, all local artists, in the Village Hall: every day, 10am-4pm (free)
    Open Gardens: Local gardens will be open each day, at least eight gardens in all. Separate leaflet available from the Village Hall. Cost is £4 for all three days.
    Refreshments and light lunches will be available in the Village Hall each day
    Morning Coffee from 10am
    Lunches from 12 noon until 2pm
    Teas from 3pm until 4.30pm (Coffee/tea £1, cream teas £3.50, lunches £5)

    Produce and Plant Sale: every day in the Village Hall
    Raffle: Tickets available in the Village Hall

    Performance of Under Milk Wood celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas in the Church on Friday 23rd May and Sunday 25th May, 7pm. Tickets from Brian Lewis (01823 421277): £6 for adults, £2 children under 12. Drinks will be served after each performance.

    Parish Communion service in the Church at 10.30am on 25th May.

    Posted 1 May 2014, 05:07 by Sue Green
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Coming up:

Buckland St Mary APCM
Thursday 23 April at 7.30pm in Buckland St Mary Village Hall

Otterford APCM
Thursday 23 April at 8pm, Waterhayes Farm

Corfe APCM
Sunday 26 April at about 12pm (after the service) in Corfe Church

Revd James Fallon Institution
All parishioners are invited to the institution and licensing of our new Rector, the Revd James Fallon, on Monday 27 April at 7pm at Buckland St Mary Church and afterwards at the Village Hall.

Benefice Prayers
Friday 1 May at 10am in Otterford Church. All are welcome to join the clergy and reader team as we pray for the work of our parishes.

Christian Aid Plant Sale
12pm at the Old School in Pitminster, on Sunday 9 May. Come and stock up your garden for summer!

Buckland St Mary School May Fair
Sunday 16 May, all day - come along and enjoy the fun!

Pitminster Open Gardens
A weekend-long event for Bank Holiday weekend, 23-25 May.