Ashwater with Black Torrington and Highampton Benefice

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Black Torrington


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

This rural Benefice comprises Ashwater Benefice plus two  parishes from the former United Benefice of Black Torrington, namely, Black Torrington and Highampton, in rural north Devon. We are part of the Holsworthy Mission Community, 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). See the latest Mission Comunity News and Ashwater bulletin by following the links on the right-hand side above.

Read the news from the wider church. Click                    to follow the link to website.

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 Parish Secretary or Churchwarden.

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

Website last updated 10 July 2021


Open for Private Prayer

All Churches except Beaworthy will be open for Private Prayer daily .

Can visitors please respect social distancing and to use

the hand gel supplied before and after their visit.

Please follow any instructions within each Church for your own safety

Creator God,

you made us all in your image:

May we discern you in all that we see,

And serve you in all that we do;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Would you like to be a volunteer?

We would welcome help in many areas of the church activities.

Please use the “contact us” facility on this site.


Introducing the Devon Churches Rural Forum

Through meetings, working groups, the website and newsletter the Devon Churches Rural Forum provides both physical and virtual meeting places for anyone interested or involved in rural life and ministry in Devon to share:

Click HERE to visit the website: and HERE for the latest newsletter.


If you have a concern about the safety of someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to a Churchwarden, Member of the Clergy or to our Safeguarding Representative, whose details are displayed in the porch of each church and in our “Connected” magazine.

·         Our Benefice Safeguarding Representative is Val Letheren.

·         Alternatively, below is a link to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team:

If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call “Childline” on 0800 11 11.


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