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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 May 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 27 May 2017


May and June Diary

Tues 30th 8.00am Prayer Breakfast, The Rectory

Wed 31st 8.00am Morning Prayer, St Mary’s, Black Torrington

Thurs 1st 8.15am Morning and Silent Prayer,

9.00am Iona Holy Communion All Saints Bradford

Friday 2nd 11am-7pm Flower Festival, St Mary’s, Black Torrington

Sat 3rd 10.00am Coffee Morning, St Peter’s, Thornbury

11am-7pm Flower Festival, St Mary’s, Black Torrington

7.00pm Compline, St Peter’s, Thornbury

Sun 4th 11.00am Benefice/Chapel Pentecost Holy Communion,

St Mary’s, Black Torrington

12.30pm-7pm Flower Festival, St Mary’s, Black Torrington

Ploughman’s lunch (£4) will be available from 12.30pm . Bookings would be appreciated to help with catering. Please contact Sue Brice 01409 231630 or Val Letheren 01409 231430.

See also Benefice Calendar 2017 and Services pages

4 June.



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