News & Diary


A statement from Rev Tom Benson

On the 18th of March I was interviewed for the post of Rector for the benefice of Braishfield in the Diocese of Winchester and have been offered the post which I have now accepted. Due to Covid restrictions etc the official announcement has had to be held until today (2nd May) when it can be shared in both benefices concurrently. The date for my licensing by the Bishop of Winchester has been set for the 29th of July. My final service within the Dart and Avon Mission Community is expected to be the 6th of June.

On a personal note, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you all for the way in which you have supported Maryanne and I over our time here. I hope to catch up with you all over the next few weeks, but in the meantime please do give me a ring or call in to St Luke’s; it will be lovely to see you.

God bless, Tom

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.

Much will need to be co-ordinated over the coming weeks, and further details will be made known as they become available.

Other latest news

We are now back to running services in church each Sunday at 10.45am.

Online services are available each Sunday – email our curate, Laura, Here  if you would like to receive a weekly email giving you the link – and all of our past services, Bible studies, etc. are available here. (Click on the Videos tab for a chronological list or the Playlists tab to see the different categories).

Our clergy, Tom and Laura, are often available in church for support and help, midweek daytimes, or use the details on the Contact page.

Other resources for prayer and worship from the Church of England website can be found here and from the Diocese of Exeter here.

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

This also applies to the FOODBANK, which is not operating its usual Friday morning sessions, but is operating as needed through the week, and is providing food etc. to a greatly increased number of people right through the week. 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 – sadly deaths are occurring, whether from Covid-19 or from other causes.
The number of mourners is currently limited by social distancing, but funeral services are still being held, including in St Luke’s.
Contact Rev Tom Benson on 07730575312 for support and help in your time of loss.

Buckfastleigh Helpline number – 01364 255819

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 some time but are now getting worse, and we are exploring how to deal with this issue.
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 and so plans are on hold at present, but we are actively considering various possible solutions.
Further details will be released as they become clear.

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, 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.