churche header1

Welcome to our church pages... 

martinstownThe Church of St Martin of Tours, Martinstown is one three churches that make up the Parish of The Winterbournes and which includes St Michael’s, Winterbourne Steepleton and St Mary’s, Winterbourne Abbas. These three churches and the parish church of St Thomas á Becket, Compton Valence are ministered to by a Team Vicar, an Associate Priest and a Licensed Lay Minister (LLM), and form part of the Dorchester and The Winterbournes Team Ministry, consisting of 9 churches (the 3 Dorchester Town churches, West Stafford and Winterborne Monkton).

Though the four churches of The Winterbournes have their own identity they have in common an inclusive, friendly and hospitable welcome, extended to all.

St Martin’s is a busy, active church that involves itself fully in the life of the community. Each year the members of the parish work hard in raising money for various charities, both at home and abroad and actively support local community events. These are firm foundations for a church that can continue to grow – a church that reaches out to its community, caring for and supporting people and living out their faith practically as well as spiritually.

We welcome enquirers for weddings and baptisms – it is a privilege to share in the joy of these special occasions in people’s lives. In the case of weddings there will of course be legal requirements and in the case of baptisms (also known as Christenings) we are always delighted to welcome new members into the Church of God. Please ring the Team Vicar on 01305 889992 for further information.

A warm welcome awaits you to all our services – please see the ‘Life of the Church’ page for more information - CLICK HERE.

Rev’d Keith Magee - 07766 645136

Rev’d Jean Saddington - 01305 889992
Available on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays
Please only contact her for urgent matters on other days.

Rev’d Jo Lacy-Smith - 01305 889476

Allen Knott - 01305 267217

The Parish of the Winterbournes
There is a single Parochial Church Council for Martinstown, Steepleton and Abbas but each parish church retains its own local church committee.

Dick Corbett-Winder (889410),
Ellie Sturrock (07980 089470),
Joy Parsons (889611)

PCC Hon. Secretary:
Alison Crawford (889377)

PCC Hon. Treasurer:
Bruce Robertson

The Parish of Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Compton Valence

Churchwarden & Treasurer:
Jeremy Russell - 01308 482227

Churchwarden & Secretary:
Peter Steel - 01308 482782

Dorchester and The Winterbournes Team Website:

Any of the above can be approached in the first instance for Baptism, Marriage, Home Communion or just a visit and they would welcome being told when anybody has been bereaved or is ill. They have answerphones for you to leave a message.

If you want us to remember anything or anyone in the public prayer of the Church, we would be glad to do this as long as permission of the person involved is assured.

St Martin of Tours Statue in France

st martin

Photo by: Linda Gundry

St Martin of Tours Statue

saint martin of tours

New Parish logo Dorchester and WinterbouresTo find out more, visit our website.

Notice regarding suspension of all church services

With the relaxation of some restrictions, we are now able to open the church for private prayer. The doors will therefore be open between 10:30am and 12:00 every morning Monday to Friday. 

In order to maintain social distancing regulations and to reduce the dailing cleaning requirement, there will be restrictions as to which parts of the building and which pews you can access. We do not anticipate significant numbers wanting to visit at any one time, but please observe social distancing and other appropriate measures to ensure one another's safety and well being.

St Martin's Church will remain open during the usual day time hours for anyone wishing to visit.

We will keep you updated with any further developments via Church Notice Boards and social media.