The church in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, England, Saint Candida and Holy Cross, welcomes you to this website.

Having served the local community of Whitchurch Canonicorum in the Marshwood Vale for over a millennium Saint Candida and Holy Cross (known locally as The Cathedral of the Vale) is a wealth of religious and historical significance.

St Candida and Holy Cross, along with the churches of Stanton St Gabriel’s and St John the Baptist in Fishpond, make up the Parish of Whitechurch Canonicorum within the Salisbury Diocese. All three churches hold regular events and activities and serve their local communities as part of the Golden Cap Team Benefice.

The Church at Whitchurch Canonicorum, St Candida and Holy Cross open times are now Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays between the hours of 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm .

The church located in the centre of Whitchurch Canonicorum is open for collective worship with services detailed below:

November 2021

Sunday, 21st November Christ the King (And Stir up Sunday) 11:00am Eucharist service led by Rev. Lucyann and James Ashdown. There will be a Christmas pudding to stir!

Sunday, 28th November First Sunday in Advent 11:00am Eucharist service led by Rev’ds Anne and Eddie Howson

December 2021

Sunday, 5th December, Morning Prayer at 11.00am led by James Ashdown
Sunday, 12th December, Carol Service at 5.00p.m. led by Revd Ginny Luckett
Sunday, 19th December, Family Service 11.00a.m. led by Revd Sarah Godfrey
Thursday, 23rd December, Short & Sweet Crib Service 4.30pm led by Ros Woodbridge
Friday, 24th December, Christmas Eve, Eucharist 7.30pm led by Revd Lucyann and James Ashdown

The Services page will provide current information about services as they are confirmed and links for recorded services.

Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the door, wear a mask and maintain social distancing with other church users. Please register your visit to the church with the NHS app if you are able to do so. Please pick up a red disc when you enter the church and leave it on the space where you have sat for prayer so that other visitors may use a different location.

Please check the services page for recent virtual service recordings.

We look forward to returning to normal when the church remains open every day. If you have any queries please contact the Church.

Please consider making a donation to support St Candida and Holy Cross, the church at Whitchurch Canonicorum.

Photo credit: Sue Holmes