Church of England Diocese of Salisbury Beaminster

Beaminster: St Mary of the Annunciation

There has been a church in Beaminster since Saxon times, although no one knows exactly where it was. The present truly magnificent building, set slightly above the little town it serves, rests upon a site where once a Norman structure stood.

St. Mary's Beaminster is the central church 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:

"The parish of Beaminster: St Mary of the Annunciation is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Salisbury’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services."

Get in touch

Anne Woodward (Team Administrator)

Team Office, 8 Hogshill Street, Beaminster

Our website

Thursday Evening Prayers

Every Thursday at 7 a.m. for 1hr
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Thursday prayers will continue during the summer, but in person instead of online.

Join us at 7pm in the Hilary Chapel, St Mary’s Church Beaminster on Thursday evenings for an hour.

We will spend time in silence and praying together for the vision of our team for the next decade and hopefully discovering the new things God is calling us to do.

For more details speak to Jo or David.