• Updated 29th November 2021

    Welcome to the website

    of the

    Benefice of Farleigh Candovers and Wield


    Latest News

    St Leonard's, Cliddesden Christmas Services - click HERE for details.

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

    Letter from Bishops Debbie & David dated 26.11.21 can be read here

    Bishop of Winchester announces retirement click here for diocese announcement. Subsequent letter from Bishop Debbie 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 priests is available here.

    The latest prayer diary: here.
    The Winchester School of Misson Newsletter can be seen here
    Service times in church buildings are available on the services tab.


    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 two full time Priests: 

    The Rector is the Rev David Chattell 

    Parish Prayer/Bible Reading Diary

    The Prayer Diary for  Sunday 28th November to Sunday 9th January 2022. 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, 

    We have a busy month of preparations and services and I do hope to meet many more of you around the Benefice this Christmas time.  Each year we hear this wonderful reading in church from John’s Gospel chapter one about the Word-made-flesh.  Here it is, paraphrased, to help us hear afresh what a wonderful gift we were given on the first Christmas.

    There once was a man, his name John, sent by God to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. 

     The Life-Light was the real thing:
        Every person entering Life, he brings into Light.
    He was in the world,
        the world was there through him,
        and yet the world didn’t even notice.
    He came to his own people,
        but they didn’t want him.

    But whoever did want him,
        who believed he was who he claimed
        and would do what he said,
    He made to be their true selves,
        their child-of-God selves.
    These are the God-begotten,
        not blood-begotten,
        not flesh-begotten,
        not sex-begotten.

    The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood.
    We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory,
        like Father, like Son,
    Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.

    I do hope to see you across the Christmas season at one of our services.  *Note for Diary, Bishop David will be at five services with me on December 19th – see rota for details.




  • Will you turn to Him?