Welcome to the Chase Benefice

The Church of England Chase Benefice is situated across the Dorset Wiltshire border in part of the beautiful Cranborne Chase and was formed in 2001.

It is made up from 12 churches in the  9 parishes of Chettle, Farnham, Gussage All Saints, Gussage St Michael, Tarrant Gunville, Tarrant Hinton, Tarrant Keynston, Tarrant Monkton with Launceston and Rushton, and Tollard Royal.  The church in Tarrant Crawford is maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust and is open for one service a month from May to September each year.  Tarrant Rawston church is privately owned.  


Anyone interested in local history?  Richard Foley has produced "Tarrant Hinton, Profile of a Dorset Village 1900 - 2015"

The book is sixty four pages of fascinating facts and figures with many old and new photographs and reminiscences of village life.  To purchase a copy (£10) contact Richard on 01258 830433 or at Patience Cottage, Tarrant Hinton.  All profits go to St Mary's Church, Tarrant Hinton.


Benefice Services for 2019

Sunday 24th March  10.30am United Eucharist at Sixpenny Handley Parish Church

Sunday 30th June, Petertide   6pm Evening Service at Tarrant Monkton

Sunday 29th September 10.30am Patronal Festival Eucharist at Gussage St Michael

Sunday 29th December 10.30am BCP Sund Eucharist at Tarrant Hinton


Latest News


Various Remembrance Services across the Benefice on November 10th



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Pastoral letter for November

As I write this article I am sitting by a warm fire pondering on what November is all about. 

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