Saint Candida and Holy Cross – the church in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, England – 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 building with a wealth of religious and historical significance

St Candida and Holy Cross and the churches of Stanton St Gabriel in Morcombelake and St John the Baptist in Fishpond make up the parish of Whitchurch Canonicorum in the Salisbury Diocese. All three churches hold regular events and activities and serve their local communities as part of the Golden Cap Team Benefice.

St Candida and Holy Cross is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 12:30 to 4pm.

The church is in the centre of Whitchurch Canonicorum and is open for collective worship, with services and events as below:

November 2022
Remembrance Sunday, 13th November at 10.45am: Gather at the war memorial for the Act of Remembrance, followed by a service in church led by the Revd Sarah Godfrey
Sunday 20th November at 8am: Communion (Book of Common Prayer) led by the Revd Virginia Luckett with the Revd Sarah Keen preaching
Sunday 27rd November at 11am: Communion + Healing service led by the Revd Ann Howson

For services and events in December, please see the Christmas page.


The Services page will also provide current information about services as they are confirmed.

Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the door when you enter the church.

Accessibility & Facilities: Please note that the church has a ramp at the West Door and toilet facilities inside.

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 by Sue Holmes