Sherborne Deanery

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with His people

Melbury Team

Parishes in the Team

Cattistock, East Chelborough, West Chelborough, Chilfrome, Corscombe, Evershot, Frome St Quintin, Frome Vauchurch, Halstock, Maiden Newton, Melbury Bubb, Melbury Osmond with Melbury Sampford, Rampisham, Toller Fratrum and Wraxall. 

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Team Rector: 

Rev'd Tim Greenslade
Higher Frome Vauchurch,
Dorchester, DT2 0AT 

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Tim and Lucy moved to Maiden Newton in September 2016 after 17 years of ministry at St John’s Church, Weymouth. Much of their time was spent at St John’s but they were heavily involved with the life of the wider team of Radipole and Melcombe Regis. They also worked with colleagues across the denominations in Weymouth and Portland. Lucy teaches at Weymouth College, and they have three daughters in their twenties. They long for God’s people to grow in their love for and faith in the Lord Jesus and seek to make the living Lord Jesus known to those who are uncertain who he is.

Team Vicar: 

Rev'd Daniel Ingles
The Vicarage, Corscombe,
Dorchester, DT2 2 0NU
01935 891858

Assistant Priest:
Rev'd Linda Wilcock
6 Mulberry Orchard, Cattistock,
Dorchester, DT2 0JA
01300 321112

Lay Licenced Minister:
Mr Paul Rendell
Chiseldon Cottage, Pine Close, Corscombe,
Dorchester, DT2 0PF
01935 891741

Licensed Lay Minister Melbury Team

Licensed Lay Minister:
Mrs Janet Danks,
Orchard Lea, Meads Close, Melbury Osmond, Dorchester, DT2 0LS
01935 83757

Licensed Lay Minister:
Rosemary Clary

Melbury Team Office

Denise Dobbs & Marie Walmsley,
c/o Rectory House,
2 Fore Street Evershot,
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tel: (01935) 83213

Regular events

Church Sunday Lunch

Sunday lunch will be available for church members on a monthly basis at the Chalk & Cheese, Maiden Newton, 12.30pm for 1.00pm. This will be a two course roast lunch at a cost of £10. This will be a good chance for church members to meet in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Please check back for future dates.

Coffee House

Every Saturday at 10:00 am | St Mary's, Maiden Newton

Every Saturday morning from 10 until 11.30am. Coffee and chat in the church.


1st Wednesday at 2:30 pm | Webber's Piece

The first Wednesday of every month, 2.30pm, Webbers Piece, DT2 0AQ.


Bible study groups, silence group and prayer groups are held in various homes and churches across the benefice.

West Corscombe, Tuesdays 7.30pm. For more info call Paul on 01935 891741.
Halstock, Thursday (f/n) 7.30pm. For more info call Liz and Tony on 01935 891898.
Evershot, 2nd Friday, 12.00pm. For more information call Rosemary on 01935 83562.
Melbury Osmond, Thursday (f/n) 7.30pm. For more information call Janet on 01935 83757.
Maiden Newton, Thursday (f/n) 11.00am. For more information call Linda on 01300 321112.
Cattistock, Thursday (f/n) 9.30am. For more information call Nicky on 01300 320671.
Team Housegroup ('Silence'). 4th Monday, 5pm. For more information call Helen Perris on 01935 891515.

Lunch Hour

3rd Wednesday at 12:15 pm | Maiden Newton Village Hall

Meal with tea/coffee. 12.15pm on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. £3 in the Village Hall.

Refresh Woman's Group

Every Friday at 9:15 am | Maiden Newton

Refresh is a group of women with children who meet together regularly to support each other, study the Bible, pray and explore faith together. Some would not call themselves Christians, some have recently become Christians and some are rediscovering a faith that they once had or would like to develop further.

Groups meet once a month in the evening and also on a Friday morning with a more informal drop-in format. For the first two years we met every week but since a number of the group have gone back to work we now meet in the evening.

There are about 10 of us who meet regularly but more who drop in from time to time. At the moment we are using The Pilgrim Course as a basis for discussion.

Shed Talk

Most Wednesdays at 7:15 pm | The Fox at Corscombe

Discussion group for men meets, most Wednesdays, at a local pub for a pint, a meal and a discussion of a wide range of issues in the Christian faith.


What is this thing which has come to pass? You wanna join in? Be THERE, or be SQUARE!

Contact David Harknett 01935 891247



The Parish Churches

The descriptions below are taken from The Dorset Historic Churches Trust website.  Please click on the links provided for fuller information.



St. Peter & St. Paul, Cattistock
Listed in Simon Jenkins' "England's Thousand Best Churches"
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St. James, East Chelborough
"St. James' is one of those Dorset churches which is awkward to find, but well worth the effort. This one is buried away at the end of a very long drive and adjacent to a private house."
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St. Andrew, West Chelborough
"This is a delightful little church in an equally charming village."
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Holy Trinity, Chilfrome
"Chilfrome is a delightful little hamlet set amidst water meadows. There is no intrusion by modern buildings, almost as if all development ceased in 19c."
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St. Mary, Corscombe
"There has been a church in this delightful setting since, at least 1315...."
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St. Osmund, Evershot
"Evershot is one of those intriguing settlements that seem too large to be a village yet really too small to be called a town.......At the higher end of the road, overlooking the houses, the church has been placed for all to see."
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St. Mary, Frome St. Quintin
"This must be almost unique in Dorset because the church is in the corner of a field with no road access to it."
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St. Francis, Frome Vauchurch
"The church is placed end-on to the road so that the little bell turret is the first thing that greets one. It is surrounded by a surprisingly large churchyard containing an impressive sundial."
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St. Mary, Halstock
"This is a very interesting country church built from local rubble..... The nave is to the design of the celebrated Victorian architect, Augustus Pugin..... ."
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St. Mary, Maiden Newton
"Maiden Newton is hardly a town yet is almost too large to be called a village and its splendid medieval church reflects this slightly superior status."
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St. Mary the Virgin, Melbury Bubb
"The little church lies at the base of Bubb Down next to a splendid 17c manor house and a scattering of other dwellings in this remote, but very beautiful, part of Dorset."
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St. Osmund, Melbury Osmond with Melbury Sampford
"This is a very interesting church in a delightful village....... There seems to have been a church here since Domesday."
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St. Michael and All Angels, Rampisham

"The exact origins of the church are uncertain, but it is safe to say that there has been a parish church on the same site for over 700 years." 




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St. Basil, Toller Fratrum
"This is a tiny chapel style building standing in its own graveyard beside a lovely 16c farm house."
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St. Mary, Wraxall

"St Mary's is a small, country church situated at the confluence of two water courses.  Wraxall is divided into Higher and Lower Wraxall, comprising 17 households in all.  Congregations vary between 3 and 10 but we have an average of 100 at Christmas!  The church is always opn and sheep eat the grass over the uneven terrain.






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