The Reformation never completely eradicated Catholicism in Marnhull and there has been, in fact, only a gap of 125 years in the continuity of the Catholic life of the village since the time of King Alfred.  In 1832, following Catholic Emancipation in 1829, when Catholics were once again allowed to practice the old faith, the parishioners built Our Lady's Church in Marnhull on a site donated by the Hussey family living in Nash Court.  From 1651 the Husseys had hidden priests in Nash Court during penal times and supported persecuted Catholics.  A statue of St Gregory stands in Our Lady's gazing towards the church it once called its own.  

Our Lady's is the earliest Catholic church in the diocese to be built after the Reformation; the first freestanding Catholic parish church to be built for over 400 years.

Again it was the Husseys who were instrumental in building the little church of St Benedict in Gillingham. Agnes Mary Hussey married Robert Freame who, at the time was not a Catholic (later converting in 1909).  Their son Bertram was to give a small cottage at Rolls Bridge Gillingham to the parish for use as a chapel of ease in the parish of Marnhull.


Sunday Mass:    

Our Lady's Marnhull,  Dorset  DT10 1JX:

9.30am & 6.00pm

St Benedict's Gillingham Dorset SP8 4DL: 11.00am ​​

​Confessions: Our Lady's: Saturday after 10.0am Mass or on request

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We would love to see you at our various events, 'get togethers', and parishioners meetings.  There are a number of CaFE courses and Bible studies under way. Have a look at our Parish Life page  and Groups & Courses page to see if you might be interested!

IDA  (2013) BAFTA & Oscar winner (foreign film)


Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in.

Polish born director Pawel returns to his homeland for this moving drama.

With Agata Kulesza and Dawid Ogrodnik

Age rating 12;  Running time: 80 minutes

Showing at Our Lady's Marnhull on Thursday 19th March;   6.15 pm for 6.30 pm start

Free entry - light refreshments or bring something to share.  Donation appreciated.


Click picture for larger size;  Trailer on the Newsletter Page



We would love to see you at our various events, 'get togethers', and parishioners meetings.  There are a number of CaFE courses and Bible studies under way. Have a look at our Parish Life page to see if you might be interested!

There are also picnics, coffee mornings and open gardens that might interest you as well as pilgrimages and prayer groups.  

Check our 'Churches Together' page to see what events all churches might enjoy.

The parish of Our Lady's Marnhull (Dorset) covers the towns and villages of: Bourton, Buckhorn Weston, Child Okeford, East Orchard and West Orchard, East Stour and West Stour, Stour Provost, Stour Row, Fifehead Magdalen, Fifehead Neville & Fifehead St Quentin, Gillingham, Hammoon, Hazelbury Bryan, Henstridge, Hinton St Mary, Kington Magna, Lydlinch, Manston, Margaret Marsh, Marnhull, Milton on Stour, Okeford Fitzpaine, Silton, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Todber & Kings Stag.

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