In the heart of God,
in the heart of the countryside

Welcome to the website for the Bishops Lydeard Benefice



During this time you can join us through our weekly InTouch letter.

The Benefice is complying with all current Government restrictions and guidance. As a result all services (including weddings and baptisms) are suspended until further notice. This is also true of all events, groups and meetings. We believe this will be until the end of May at the earliest.

Funerals will continue to take place, whilst observing physical distancing.

In accordance with the Government’s ‘Stay at Home’ instructions, churches in the Benefice are closed to visitors.

The above supersedes any other information on this website. The site will be kept updated when we have any more information to share.

Many of us are lighting candles of hope in our windows at 7.00pm each evening. It is a way of joining together, spiritually if not physically, in prayer for our nation and for the world. Please do join us if you are able to do this safely.

The benefice consists of the parishes of Bishops Lydeard, West Bagborough, Cothelstone, Lydeard St Lawrence and Combe Florey. It is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Somerset at the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, tucked under the south-western edge of the Quantock Hills. The Exmoor National Park is a few miles to the west and the north Somerset coast has its own rugged beauty. 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.

All the churches in our benefice are normally open during daylight hours and we warmly invite you drop in to be nurtured by the peace and holiness of these beautiful places of worship. If you are able to join us for a service your presence would be a joy to us and to God.

Aerial photograph of Combe Florey used by kind permission of Robin Cleverley