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St Candida and Holy Cross Church, Whitchurch Canonicorum

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 during the Winter. Only four visitors are allowed in the church at a time.

January 2021: The Whitchurch PCC have reluctantly decided to cancel all Sunday services until after the current lockdown. We have made serious efforts to make our church building safe for services but the risk of meeting for Sunday worship is too great considering the virulence of the new strain of the virus and the vulnerability of many of our helpers and congregation. However, funerals will continue to be held and the church will continue to remain open on Sunday afternoons 12.30-4.00p.m. for private prayer. 

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 information about services when they resume after the current 2021 lockdown.

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