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St Mary's, Black Torrington All Saints, Bradford St John and the Seven Maccabees, Cookbury Holy Cross, Highampton St Peter's, Thornbury St Mary's, Black Torrington All Saints, Bradford St John, Cookbury  Highampton church, Holy Cross St Peter's, Thornbury

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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 February 2018.

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 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 17 February 2018



Mon 19th 8.00am Morning Prayer, St Mary’s, Black Torrington

Tues 20th 8.00am Prayer Breakfast, Priestacott Barn, Bradford

Wed 21st 8.00am Morning Prayer, St Mary’s, Black Torrington

Thurs 22nd 8.15am Morning and Silent Prayer; St Mary’s, Black


7.30pm Open Deanery Synod Meeting, Market Hall, Holsworthy

Fri 23rd 7.00pm Joint PCC Meeting, Village Hall, Bradford

Sat 24th 10.00am Benefice Table Top Sale, Village Hall, Black


7.00pm Compline, Holy Cross, Highampton

Sun 25th 11.00am Holy Communion, Holy Cross, Highampton

4.30pm Evening Prayer, All Saints’, Bradford  

 See also “Benefice Calendar” and “Services” pages

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:

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