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St. James Church

East Chelborough

East Chelborough, Dorchester DT2 0QB, UK



East Chelborough is a farm-based community, with little valleys lined with oak trees, and two historic hill sites that were Saxon baileys. One of these provides a wonderful setting for our Good Friday service, with prayers and hymns in the lee halfway up, and more prayers and planting the cross at the summit. The church is on the periphery of the Melbury Estate, near the junction where two ancient pilgrim routes cross. We are a scattered community of around 50.

There has been a church at Lewcombe since 1218. The present building was built in the 16th or 17th century. There is a wonderful outsize Rose window and an unusual pint-size organ. We are a tiny but thriving church.

We welcome a wide range of visitors, walkers and dogs – and often have refugees wanting old Prayer Book services. The church has one service a month, at 11.15 am on the first Sunday of each month.


Mrs A Knox

01935 891267

Mrs J.Davy

01935 83528

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