The Benefice of St. Bartholomew

Welcome to the website for the Benefice of St Bartholomew

The Benefice of St Bartholomew covers almost 30 square miles in the south west corner of Wiltshire. The Benefice is located in the Diocese of Salisbury and includes the following Church of England parishes: Donhead St Mary with Charlton, Donhead St Andrew, East Knoyle, Semley and Sedgehill.

Most of the Benefice lies within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its exceptional landscapes and superb scenery.

This website will tell you about our six Churches: St. John the Baptist Church in Charlton, St. Andrew's Church in Donhead St. Andrew, St Mary's Church in Donhead St. Mary, St. Mary's Church in East Knoyle, St. Catherine's Church in Sedgehill and St Leonard's Church in Semley.

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*** IMPORTANT - CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ***

In accordance with the guidance issued by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York on 17th March 2020, all public worship on Sundays and weekdays in churches in our Benefice have been suspended until further notice.
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 23rd March 2020 of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, all our churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms. Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime Minister’s Statement.  Further details can be found here.
In addition, all other events in the Benefice planned until the end of April 2020 have been cancelled. The situation will be reviewed again then.

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