St. Vigor’s and St. John’s Churches
Welcome to the Anglican churches of St. John’s Chilcompton and St. Vigor’s Stratton-on-the-Fosse. Our desire is to continue to grow and develop as disciples of Jesus and to see people of all ages get to know Jesus as their saviour and friend and to discover the gifts God has given them. We run church services, church groups, community groups and events throughout the year. We offer a warm welcome to all.
Our parishes nestle in the foothills of the Mendips, some 12 miles south west of Bath and 8 miles north east of Wells, towards the north east end of the Diocese of Bath & Wells. There is a history of farming, coal mining, railways and more recently haulage, manufacturing, technology and commerce in the area.
St. John The Baptist Church in Chilcompton, known as St. John’s, is a Grade II Listed church, mainly Victorian but with a 15th Century tower. St. Vigor’s Church in Stratton-on-the-Fosse, one of only two churches so named, is a Grade I Listed building probably dating from the 12th Century, with rebuilding in the 15th, 16th and late 18th Century it was last fully restored in the 19th Century. The two parishes joined to form the benefice of ‘Chilcompton with Downside and Stratton-on-the-Fosse’ in the early 1980s. Historically, the parish of Downside was created in 1841, being a former tithing that in part sat between the two and it was incorporated into Chilcompton in 1983 when the parish church closed.
In the 1990’s there were two significant building projects. Firstly, the new joint school of St. Vigor and St. John, located on the southern edge of Chilcompton, bordering Stratton-on-the-Fosse, significantly enhanced the relationship of our churches and the congregation of St. John’s built a splendid new church hall. Subsequently, the benefice has grown into a community of faith. St John’s Church Hall is an important focal point of our benefice with a wide community involvement. Both churches embrace and support the community groups that are led and run at St. John’s, including Pastoral Care, Mission Focus, Lunch Club, The Memory Café and Tea & Toast.