Riversmeet Benefice

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 Blunham - Great Barford - Roxton -Tempsford 

This website will be updated regularly, not only with service times and other activities but also regular progress reports on our improvements and fundraising. Please visit the website regularly to make sure you are up to date.

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, lay reader and incumbent. There are currently five churchwardens and three treasurers who normally meet 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.

A new pattern of services has been agreed and will start in February 2019.

We are a very friendly Benefice, with the four parishes enjoying getting together regularly both for worship and social events (see each parish page 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 will play at two services each Sunday 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.