The new benefice of Coker Ridge came into being in July 2013 as part of the Deanery Local Plan of 2008, bringing together the two former benefices of West Coker with Hardington Mandeville, East Chinnock and Pendomer; and East Coker with Closworth and Sutton Bingham. The Coker Ridge acts as a common geographical feature uniting all seven parishes and is situated in South Somerset some two to five miles outside Yeovil. All seven villages are, historically, farming communities and retain that character, even though many in the communities are now employed in other occupations locally and further afield.
The benefice is largely rural in character – prime agricultural land with beautiful rolling landscapes and wonderful walking country. It is staffed by one full-time stipendiary Rector living in West Coker and a part time Priest. East Coker has two Readers (both of retirement age, but still active) .
The Coker Ridge Benefice is part of the Yeovil Deanery and the Archdeaconry of Wells in the Diocese of Bath & Wells.
Our mission is to spread the Gospel in our communities, and to reverse the general decline in church membership, whilst continuing to encourage and support our existing congregations.
In addition we wish to find effective ways of reaching out to children and their families, the future church community.