Saint Candida and Holy Cross, the local church at 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 the Holy Cross (known locally as The Cathedral of the Vale) is a wealth of religous 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 .

Newsflash: On Tuesday evening 7th September it was with great joy we were able to hear the bells ringing again after all this time.  Our grateful thanks to Mark Symonds and all the ringers.  Welcome back. Mark and the team  hope to be ringing for services in October. Hopefully the clock will not be too long returning to its rightful place.

The church is now open for collective worship with services detailed below:

September 2021

Sunday, 19th September, 11:00 am Eucharist led by Rev Lucyann Ashdown

Sunday, 26th September, 11:00 am Service of Reading and Prayers led by Rev Virginia Luckett

October 2021

Sunday, 10th October, 11:00 am Eucharist led by Rev Chris Martin


Saturday 16th October from 10.30a.m.  We will be decorating the church. Any flowers, fruit and vegetables would be most welcome.  Tea and coffee will be available to anyone who would like to join us or just come and sit in the church.  Budding flower arrangers in the village would be most welcome to come and join us, no experience needed as we all muddle through. 

Sunday, 17th October, 3:00 pm Harvest Festival Service led by Rev Ginny Luckett. We do hope you will be able to join us  We will be donating food to the two local food banks Cupboard Love in Bridport and The Seaside Store (Coastal Community Cupboard) in Lyme Regis so will be very pleased if you could support these two valuable community projects.  If you are unable to come to the service please drop donations into the church the week before the service.

Following the service at 4.00p.m. there will be a celebration of  the contribution of long  standing stalwarts of our church community with tea and cakes who have ‘retired’ just before or during Covid. Everyone will be very welcome to this special occasion.

Sunday, 24th October, 11:00 am, Eucharist led by Jim Pettifer

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.

Photo credit: Sue Holmes