The Blessed Virgin Mary, Thorncombe

Welcome to St Mary's Thorncombe!  All are welcome at this beautiful church.

The Anglican parish church for the parish of Thorncombe, Dorset, we are also part of the family of churches known as the Two Shires Benefice; which includes Thorncombe, Winsham, Tatworth with Forton, Chaffcombe and Cricket Malherbie.

You will find details of services and events on the tabs on this website and under the Benefice page.

Arrangements for Baptisms, Weddings please contact our admin team this is best by email : [email protected] or call 07972016511. 

 Funerals: Please contact our Rectors Rev. Philip Butcher or Rev. Michelle Butcher on 01460 221286 / [email protected]

Here at the Two Shires Benefice, we are an inclusive church family of Five churches. Therefore, we run events across all of the parishes, that one and all are invited to. 

For Children:

On a Friday we run a toddler group for all preschoolers of any age, for all types of care givers to join. We play, laugh, craft, snack, sing and read together or not some of our children simply enjoy being with other children. This is held at St John rooms (Tatworth) between 10-11:30 am. There is a small car park and a secure garden for the children to play in. This toddler group runs every Friday term time. For more information please email: [email protected] 

Every 3rd Sunday we run a Sunday school st St Johns (Tatworth) at 10:15 am, this is for children of any age to come and eat together, craft together and hear stories. For more information contact: [email protected] 

St Mary's Thorncombe's Church Warden is : Charlotte Roper

Here is the Link to the Church of England webpage for Weddings -

and for Christenings -

and for funerals -

Get in touch

Revd's Philip & Michelle Butcher

The Vicarage
3 Home Farm
TA20 2SH

Rector of Two Shires Benefice
01460 221286
What's on

Morning Prayer

Every Tuesday at for 30 mins
St John the Evangelist
St John the Evangelist, Waterlake Road Tatworth Chard, TA20 2NZ, United Kingdom

Every Tuesday at 9:30am


An impromptu snapshot of some of the things happening the Benefice that are wonderful things! There are lots more - do write in with your own reflections!


"Our parish of Thorncombe is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO). Our Diocese of Bath & Wells’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor who advises our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor on the link below. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services."

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