Our churches are still open for private prayer. There are hand-washing facilities and social distancing measures in each church.
Blunham Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from 2pm until 3pm
Great Barford Tuesday and Saturday afternoons from 2pm until 3pm
Roxton Monday and Friday afternoons from 2pm until 3pm
Tempsford Wednesday mornings from 10am until 11am
In light of the new, highly infectious variant of the coronavirus and the pressure this is putting on the NHS, the Benefice has decided to suspend all services until and including Sunday, 21st March. There will then be a review.
There will be a Zoom service at 11am each Sunday, which will then be posted on the Services page. Please contact Shelagh Ashley if you would like the link to be emailed to you so that you can take part in the live service: email@example.com
Please contact Revd Graham Buckle regarding funerals. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
These can now take place in church with a limit of 30 mourners.
All church events are also cancelled until further notice.
For resources for home prayer and worship see:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these."
The Riversmeet Benefice
The Riversmeet Benefice comprises the parishes of Blunham, Gt Barford, Roxton and Tempsford with Little Barford. The four parishes are located around the confluence of the rivers Ivel and Great Ouse in the northwest of the Biggleswade Deanery, which is in the northeast of the St Albans Diocese. It forms part of the ten parishes of the Ivel Group.
The Benefice is situated approximately eight miles to the east of Bedford, the county town of Bedfordshire. The area around the parishes is rural with local farming being mainly arable. The local rural towns of Eaton Socon, St Neots, Sandy and Biggleswade are situated nearby along the A1 corridor, with fast train links to London and the north.
Our Priest-in-Charge is Revd Graham Buckle, who lives at the Rectory in Blunham. We have a Benefice Council which consists of churchwardens, treasurers, readers, parish administrator and incumbent. There are currently four churchwardens, three treasurers and three readers. The council meets four times a year to discuss the pattern of services, especially for festivals, any courses that may be run and puts together a Benefice-wide social diary. Each church has one Holy Communion service at 9.30 am and one at 11 am each month. There is a variety of other services across the Benefice which are lay-led. Please see the section on services for further information.
We are a very friendly Benefice, with the four parishes enjoying getting together regularly both for worship and social events (see the Events, and This Month in the Benefice pages for information on what events are taking place).
Gt Barford has a small choir, and Blunham has a four-part choir with a particularly strong alto section. The choirs combine to sing at Benefice services, and weddings and funerals when requested. Our organist plays at two services most Sundays and supports as many Christmas services across all the churches as possible.
There is also a band of ringers which will ring at the churches (all of which have bells). They are available to ring at weddings.