West Monkton Parish Church (St Augustine’s)

There is a newly built primary school and excellent secondary school, thriving village hall, new community centre, a range of local shops and pubs and a garden centre within our Parish. Many clubs and organisations are based at the village and community halls including active Scout and Guide groups. The bulk of the newest housing lies within our boundary and we are working hard to welcome our new neighbours.

We have a small but loyal choir and regular organist. The church benefits both from a hearing loop and modern sound system. The active Mothers’ Union meets monthly. We experiment from time to time with more creative worship, which is well received.

Our building (open daily) dates from the 13th century with later additions and has a fine Somerset tower. It has some notable brass. There are eight bells and an active band of bell-ringers.

Various repairs have been carried out with the help of generous donations and grant aid: repairs to the south aisle roof, extended car park and new toilet. We are working to set up a sensory garden in the churchyard with the help of local schools.

We are taking the lead on the new Heritage Trail encompassing each church and other sites of interest in the Benefice.