News & Diary


Following the move of the Rev Tom Benson to a new parish, we are starting on the process of seeking a new incumbent. The churchwardens of all our parishes and the clergy and readers are meeting together, and beginning to work on the profile which will describe our various churches, the overall mission community, the different needs, and the qualities and gifts we are looking for in a new Team Rector.

The life of the church now continues – the ever exciting journey of following the Lord’s leading.

We thank Tom for the huge amount he has done over the last 8½ years. We shall greatly miss his ministry among us, but we wish him and Maryanne well for their new future.

Tom’s last Sunday morning service at St Luke’s was on June 6th, and concluded with worship in the open-air, including a presentation on behalf of Buckfastleigh Town Council. Photos below.


As we listen to the needs of the local community we are starting a monthly Grief Group for those living with grief, however long ago. The Grief Group meets for the first time on Sunday 11th July, at 7pm in the lounge, and then on August 8th. This is an informal gathering. It is a chance to talk about your loved one, or simply be in the same place as others who have travelled a similar road. There’s an opportunity to light a candle, but otherwise it’s simply a space to remind you that you’re not alone.

The Food Bank is running a series of Wednesday lunch clubs throughout the summer school holidays, to meet up with local families, play some games and eat together. For details please see the Families & Young People page.

There are some exciting ongoing conversations about providing space for play therapy, support groups for parents of children with autism, and working alongside the home education community in Buckfastleigh. We’re also preparing to welcome back the coffee morning and other food and biscuit based activities once restrictions allow!

Our monthly Sunday Supper gathering aimed at those exploring faith particularly within the themes of environmental and feminist spiritualities may resume on Sunday evenings later in the year.

We are actively engaged in becoming an eco-church and will be working with the local community on Craftivism projects, supporting the wildlife work at Holy Trinity and working on environmental projects with the local schools and children’s groups.


We are now back to running services in church each Sunday at 11.00am. (Please note the change of time from 10.45am).

Support and care for people in our community acontinues to be a priority, both for those who are church members and for those who aren’t. So do get in touch for practical or pastoral support, or with requests for prayer, via the details on the Contact page.

The FOODBANK is now operating mainly on Fridays afternoons, from the hall door at the rear of the church. However, please phone 01364 643120 or email beforehand to arrange collection. For further details for the Foodbank click ♦here♦

We need your support – the present situation is putting a strain on many people, and we as a church are glad to offer help.
But it is also putting a strain on our resources, and we would welcome any support you can give – click ♦here♦ for how to give to St Luke’s online.

Funerals – the legal limit on the number of mourners was lifted on July 19th. Funeral services can be held in St Luke’s, or in local crematoria, etc.
Contact Rev Laura McAdam on 07341258852 for support and help in your time of loss, or phone the church line on 01364 643120.

Problems with the church roof and with Holy Trinity Church

Unfortunately we are experiencing problems with our church roof being prone to leaks.
These have been evident for many years but are now getting worse.
A small committee was set up to examine the cause of the problem and to consider possible future action. The committee undertook initial engineering study work, which indicated the current roof technical design is unsuitable, requiring complete renewal of the roof covering to a new specification.  
Committing to this would require a major financial investment but we are actively considering how best to proceed, and have recently set up a building committee to work on this, and our PCC (Parochial Church Council) is actively pursuing various options  
Further details will be released as they become clear. In the meantime we have completed necessary work on firmly securing some loose roof panels.

In addition in late 2019 it was found that the top of the walls of the ruin of Holy Trinity Church are unstable.
Until repair work can be done, signs have been erected to stop people entering the main part of the ruin, though the tower is safe and so the bells can continue to be rung.

Wildlife haven at Holy Trinity Church

For information about work in Holy Trinty churchyard to make part of it more eco-friendly, see the panel at the foot of  the History page


It was with great sadness that we heard the news about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. In our service in church on Sunday April 11th we gave thanks for his life and his huge contribution to our nation, and we prayed for Her Majesty the Queen and for the Royal Family in their loss.

Photo courtesy of Press Association

Richard Lester, who has helped us as an organist at St Luke’s Church,  has recorded a CD of French popular organ music entitled French Bonbons.
All proceeds from this CD will go to St Luke’s Church as it hosts the vitally important Buckfastleigh Food Bank.
The CD will be released by the international recording company, Nimbus Records, and will be available globally.
It can also be purchased on Amazon, Apple, and many other websites from November 1st at a retail price of £12.75.
Copies can also be purchased at St Luke’s Church at a bargain price of £10.