Quantock Villages Benefice

Following the sad news yesterday of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, all churches in the Benefice will be open 10.00am - 4.00pm today (Saturday) and tomorrow for private prayer. In the case of churches in Enmore, Nether Stowey and Spaxton on Sunday, this will be following the usual Sunday service.

In light of Covid precautions, those who wish to sign a Book of Condolence are invited to do so online via the Church of England website: https://www.churchofengland.org/media-and-news/news-releases/condolence-book-hrh-prince-philip-duke-edinburgh-opens-online

Bells at All Saints, Aisholt, St Mary’s, Nether Stowey, St Peter and St Paul, Over Stowey and St Margaret’s, Spaxton will be tolled 99 times at 12 noon today (Saturday).

You may also wish to see the Bishops’ statement also on the death of His Royal Highness:


We give thanks to God for the life and service of the Duke of Edinburgh, and we hold The Queen and the Royal Family in our thoughts and prayers at this time. You may wish to use these prayers:

We give thanks to God for the life and service of the Duke of Edinburgh, and we hold The Queen and the Royal Family in our thoughts and prayers at this time. You may wish to use these prayers: God of our lives, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for the love he shared among us,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ.

Merciful God,
be close to all who mourn,
especially The Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
May they know the hope of your promises
and the comfort of your love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Welcome to the Quantock Village Benefice which consists of six picturesque parishes; each community and church has its own unique character and rich mix of worship, offering something to satisfy a range of spiritual needs. 

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Coronavirus – Covid -19 update 

Sadly, due to lockdown we are unable to hold public worship in our churches for the time being. Online services and paper services will continue, and churches are open for private prayer as noted below. 

While we cannot be church in our churches, we try to be God’s people within our community showing the love of Christ to all. 

Currently, the churches are open for private prayer on the following days:

Aisholt: Wednesdays from 12noon - 5pm

Enmore: currently closed

Goathurst: Saturdays from 11am - 4pm

Nether Stowey: Wednesdays from 2pm -4pm

Over Stowey: Wednesdays from 12noon - 4pm

Spaxton: Wednesdays 12noon - 5pm

Public worship service times are printed weekly in the Benefice News. 

If you have any questions, please contact Revd Eleanor or Revd Kate. Thank you for your patience.

Please do keep in contact by phone with people around you and consider how we might help those who feel vulnerable and alone. 

Please continue to visit our website and our Facebook Page for regular updates.  

The full statement from the Church of England can be read here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Glenys Armstrong tel: 01749 685135 mobile: 07834 514842 email: glenys.armstrong@bathwells.anglican.org

Safeguarding Officers in the Benefice:

Parish Safeguarding Officers in the Benefice:

Aisholt: Peter Baker tel: 01278 671311 email: pete.baker6@btopenworld.com  

Goathurst: Brenda Smith tel: 07790 825207 email: gsafeguarding@gmail.com 

Enmore: Debbie Coles tel: 01278 671779 email: coles.bellevue@hotmail.co.uk 

Nether Stowey: Gerry Wright tel: 01278 734 584 email: NSsafeguarding@gmail.com 

Over Stowey: Peter Higginson tel: 01278 732102 email: OSsafeguarding@gmail.com 

Spaxton: Mel Moore tel: 07799802240 email: melmoorejjsg@gmail.com 

For further information regarding safeguarding and to view the full safeguarding policy please see the safeguarding button at the bottom of the page.