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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 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 24 May 2018


May Diary

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

10.00 am Highampton PCC Meeting, Croft End,


Tues 22nd 8.00 am Prayer Breakfast, The Rectory, Black Torrington

Wed 23rd 8.00 am Morning Prayer, St Mary’s, Black Torrington

Thurs 24th 8.15 am Morning Prayer and Silent Prayer;

9.00 am Iona Holy Communion, Holy Cross, Highampton 2.30 pm Service, Burdon Grange, Highampton

7.30 pm Churchwardens and Ministry Team Meeting,

at the home of Geoff Pitt

Sat 26th 10.00 am Benefice Table Top Sale, Village Hall,

Black Torrington

7.00 pm Compline, Holy Cross, Highampton

Sun 27th 9.30 am Holy Communion, All Saints’, Bradford

11.00 am Holy Communion, Holy Cross, Highampton 6.30 pm Taize Service, St Mary’s, Black Torrington

 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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