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Black Torrington





A very warm welcome to the Black Torrington Benefice - one church, five venues.

This rural Benefice comprises four parishes in rural north Devon with five churches. We are part of the Holsworthy Deanery, of the Barnstaple Archdeaconry of the Diocese of Exeter. We worship and work together with Christians of all denominations, particularly the Methodist chapels situated in our villages. The Hope chapel in Black Torrington (part of the Torridge Methodist circuit) in particular works closely with our Benefice.

We hope that the information provided in these pages will convey an impression of our churches and that you may be able to visit us if you are close by. We are sure that you will find five places of peace and great beauty with a deep sense of faith. Signs of a lively church community are all around.

You will find details of the history of each of our churches as well as details of our services. Several of the churches also have active bell ringing teams who compete locally.

Details of social events taking place and main items of news will also be found within these pages. See Black Torrington and Highampton pages for latest news on events.

If you want to contact us by e-mail, follow the “contact us” link above or send an e-mail message to

New additions:-

Details of Services (click on “Services” on the navigation bar above) and Mission Community News (also on navigation bar above) for March 2017.

Read the news from the wider church. Click                  to open the document.

The Offices tab on this page will take you to Church of England Daily offices.

Circulating of Photographs

We respectfully ask that photographs of persons at our Church activities, are not circulated or uploaded to social media including Facebook, unless you have sought the prior permission of those in the photograph.

If you are in any doubt please speak with the Revd. Preb. Kathy Roberts.

Thank-you for your assistance in protecting and safeguarding all persons in our care, including the young and the vulnerable.

Website last updated 25 March 2017


Benefice Diary for March and April


Mon 27th 8.00am Morning Prayer, St Mary‟s, Black Torrington


Tues 28th 8.00am Prayer Breakfast, The Rectory


Wed 29th 8.00am Morning Prayer, St Mary‟s, Black Torrington

10.30am Lent Group, Priestacott Barn, Bradford

7.30pm Lent Group, The Rectory

Thurs 30th 8.15am Morning and Silent Prayer, St John‟s, Cookbury

1.00pm Easter Activity Afternoon, Highampton School

Fri 31st 9.30pm School Easter Service, St Mary‟s, Black Torrington; please come along and support our church school


 Sat 1st 7.00pm Compline, St Peter‟s, Thornbury

Sun 2nd 9.30pm Holy Communion, St Peter‟s, Thornbury

11.00am Iona Holy Communion, St Mary‟s, Black Torrington

6.30pm Taize Service, All Saints, Bradford

 See also Benefice Calendar 2017 and Services pages

Call to Compassion

24 hour Prayer Vigil Starts 11 am Saturday 29 April at St Peter’s Church, Thornbury.

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The closure of the beds at Holsworthy Hospital. Even our MP is lowering expectations about them ever reopening. We have seen the loss of beds at Torrington; Okehampton is losing theirs too. They are saying the beds are underused, but how come our larger hospitals are experiencing bed blocking. Just what is the political agenda here?

The rationale being given is that the beds are being closed for safety reasons. This includes lack of staff. There must be ways to sort this out.

We are encouraged to act. Write to the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (based at the North Devon Hospital at Barnstaple), NHS Northern Eastern and Western Devon CCG to the papers, to Geoffrey Cox as MP, and anyone else that just might listen. These local hospitals are key elements of caring for the local community.

The NHS Trust, which is actually responsible for the decision, has as its address:

North Devon District Hospital
Raleigh Park
EX31 4JB

The CCG is based at:

Crown Yealm House
Pathfields Business Park,
South Molton

EX36 3LH