• Updated 6th May 2022

    Welcome to the website

    of the

    Benefice of Farleigh Candovers and Wield


    Latest News

    Please click here for a prayer for Ukraine.

    For all Services around the Benefice see the Services tab or click here

    The latest letter from Bishops Debbie & David dated 11.03.22 can be read here

    To view a map of the Benefice beautifully drawn by Susie Deane please click here

    Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our Rector is available below.

    For the latest prayer diary please click here.

    The Winchester School of Misson Newsletter can be seen here




    The Benefice comprises four adjacent parishes: 

    The Candovers with Bradley 

    The Parish of Farleigh has four churches - in the villages of: Cliddesden, Dummer, Ellisfield and Farleigh Wallop. 
    The Parish of The Candovers with Bradley has three churches - in the villages of: Preston Candover, Brown Candover and Bradley.
    The Parishes of Northington and of Wield each have one church.
    These parishes together form the Benefice of Farleigh, Candover and Wield, which is served by one full time Priest,
    The Rector, the Rev David Chattell.

    Parish Prayer/Bible Reading Diary

    The Prayer Diary for Saturday16th April to Thursday 2nd June is now available. We include prayers for our communities, those in need, and some of our regular church events across the benefice.



  • Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our priest

    Dear Friends,

    Someone I know visited London to photograph various buildings for an A level project enjoying the many varying architectural styles to choose from.  But not knowing London very well they were unaware that one building to which they gave particular attention was not a shop or a private residence but a place Ministry of Defence Police keep a close eye on!  It was not long after photographing this building with a long lens, zooming in on the interesting window designs and brickwork two armed police officers detained, questioned and searched the student!  He was not found to be in possession of weapon or explosive and persuaded the officers he was a bona fide student.  As a trophy of his experience, he has his ‘Stop and Search’ receipt to this day!

    Some things prompt our inquiry and questioning, we might wonder what is going on in our villages if a large gathering is seen, or on a motorway amidst a haze of blue flashing lights.  When someone’s routine changes we might speculate on questions of health and circumstances for we are by nature a curious species!

    The big questions of life have been around for as long as human beings.  Here are some to ponder.  Why is there ‘something rather than nothing’?

    Why is the world so beautiful? Why is there such ugliness that some people are content to can make life miserable for others in defiance of natural values of love and justice?  We might think about Russia and Ukraine…and other examples.

    Why is there a sense of “eternity in our hearts” and what and why is there love?

    A question arises about how we do find our answers?   We are by nature ‘sense making’ people who long to ‘know the reason why’ and even if our belief is not correct, nonetheless having an explanatory belief provides comfort. Is that sufficient?

    Christian belief offers explanation for the questions above, from beauty to ugliness, understanding that God is good, that  human kind can abuse their freewill, reject God’s love, with contempt for God, justice and love.  Things, as we see go seriously wrong at this point. 

    What is God’s answer to this and why do Christians believe it?

    One place to start might be this, from Psalm 27 “One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I search for, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord, to behold the beauty (perfections) of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.

    (The A level student gained an A*)





  • Will you turn to Him?