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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 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.

Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, the Church of St Candida and Holy Cross open times are restricted to Sundays between the hours of 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm for Private Prayer. Only four visitors are allowed in the church at a time. The church is now open for collective worship with services detailed below:

JUNE 2021
1st June, Tuesday, Special Healing Service, 11.00 a.m. at the Shrine, led by Rev Ginny Luckett

13th June, Sunday, Eucharist, 11.00 a.m., led by Rev Ginny Luckett

27th June, Sunday, Eucharist, 11.00 a.m., led by Rev Anne Howson

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last few months; we are very grateful. Please keep safe during this difficult time for us all.

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