Riversmeet Benefice

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Following the decision by the Church of England, our church buildings are now closed to all, including our priest. Revd Graham Buckle will continue to say Morning Prayer from his home in the Rectory and celebrate Holy Communion there on Sundays. He will produce a weekly service sheet complete with hymns, prayers and a short reflection. If you would like to be added to the mailing list (sent BCC) please contact shelaghashley@btinternet.com

Please contact Revd Graham Buckle regarding baptisms, weddings and funerals. His email address is: dovecote10@btinternet.com. Funerals can now only take place at a crematorium or at the graveside. Weddings and baptisms can now not take place until the current restrictions are lifted.

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."

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home

except for essential trips. 

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 five 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.