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:


Sunday 9th January 11.00 a.m. Holy Communion led by Revd Virginia Luckett

Sunday 16th January 11.00 a.m. Morning Prayer led by Philip Sankey

Sunday 23rd January 11.00 a.m. Holy Communion led by Revd Sarah Godfrey

Sunday 30th January 11.00 a.m. Candlemas. Wholeness and Healing Communion led by Revd Virginia Luckett.

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

Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the door, wear a mask and maintain social distancing with other church users. The Golden Cap Team Council have agreed that people using the church, for services or other meetings, should wear face masks and be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided at the church entrance.

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