Welcome to the website for the Bishops Lydeard Benefice

The Bishops Lydeard Benefice comprises the parishes of Bishops Lydeard, Lydeard St Lawrence, Combe Florey, West Bagborough and Cothelstone.

We have been without a Rector since mid-February and, so far, have received no applications to our advertisement in Church Times or as shown on the Church Times website, the Diocesan website or this website.

Please – if you are thinking about a move to another Diocese or Benefice – do read our Benefice profile as shown below and consider making an application! Alternatively, if you know of someone else – another clergy person – who is thinking about moving on do encourage them to take a look at the profile as well! We are very keen to welcome a new Rector as soon as possible, to build on what we already do and who we are and to take us forward into the future in new and exciting ways!


Click to access the Benefice Profile

For details of services, please click on “Services”.

SAFEGUARDING: Details of how to contact the Parish Safeguarding Officers for each of our five parishes can be found by clicking on to the front page of the relevant parish. If you wish to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, please click on the link on the right hand side of the screen.

Our Mission Statement for the United Benefice of Bishops Lydeard, with Lydeard St Lawrence, Bagborough, Combe Florey and Cothelstone is:

To be the hands of God in all we do, the voice of God in all we say, the heart of God to those we serve, and so to draw all people to praise and worship Jesus Christ.

Our Vision is as follows:

  • We seek to be an inclusive, welcoming and outward looking Christian community, loving God, one another and our neighbours
  • We seek spiritual growth through learning and understanding God’s Word
  • We seek to review our worship to help us reach out to the community, whilst maintaining access to traditional forms of service such as BCP and Common Worship
  • We seek to be a beacon of faith, hope and compassion in our community.

The benefice of Bishops Lydeard, West Bagborough and Cothelstone with Lydeard St Lawrence and Combe Florey is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Somerset, lies at the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, tucked under the south-western edge of the Quantock Hills, with Exmoor National Park a few miles to the west. The north Somerset coast has its own rugged beauty, and at Minehead the South West Coast footpath begins. The area is a favourite with holiday-makers whether they are sun-seekers, fossil hunters or walkers, and the terminus of the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard is a mecca for railway enthusiasts.

Bishops Lydeard, West Bagborough and Cothelstone have been independent parishes in the united benefice since the last century. Lydeard St Lawrence and Combe Florey were welcomed into it in Summer 2012, in a diocesan reorganisation.