Melplash: Christ Church

Christ's Church, Melplash was built between 1845 and 1846. Its construction was funded by James Bandinell in memory of his father, who had been vicar of Netherbury, some 3 miles from Melplash. James Bandinell was at one time secretary to William Wilberforce. The church was designed and built by Benjamin Ferrey, a pupil of Augustus Pugin and a friend of his son Augustus WN Pugin, and is a Neo-Norman structure, based on a church in Shoreham, in Sussex. (The Neo-Norman style was apparently very popular in the 1840s).

Christ Church Melplash is part of the Beaminster Area Team Ministry which covers 50 square miles of beautiful rural West Dorset and consists of 14 individual parishes plus the chapel in the grounds of Mapperton House. Our worship shows a wonderful variety of styles ranging from services from the Book of Common Prayer to the child-centred Messy Church, with music a vital part of our activities.

You can find more information about our services, events, activities, and contact details via our website:

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Anne Woodward (Team Administrator)

Team Office, 8 Hogshill Street, Beaminster

Our website

Weekly Worship at Home

Every Sunday at 9 a.m. for 30m
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Every weekend we post a new recorded service for you to join in with. The service isn't live - so you can join in and follow in the service whenever it suits you. We tend to get these online on Saturday afternoon, and you can watch and take part any time after that. The website page features the video, an order of service for you to follow, and other external worship links from the BBC, diocese, CofE, and other sources.

Click the "More About This Event" button below to visit the Worship at Home section on our website.

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