Widcombe Benefice


So what exactly is a ‘Benefice’? It’s more than one parish joined together under the care of one Vicar or Rector. In our case, it’s because we are made up of the combined parishes of Widcombe and Lyncombe. But actually both St Thomas à Becket and St Matt’s happen to be in Widcombe Parish… yes, it is a bit complicated!

However, what that means in practice is that Widcombe covers quite a large area.

We have one Parochial Church Council (PCC) for the whole Benefice which looks after both churches. The members are all volunteers and give very generously of their time to managing the finances, the buildings, organising services as well as supporting Tim. Key members of the Benefice team are shown below. The full list of PCC members will be posted here after the upcoming Annual Parochial Church Meeting.

Electoral Roll Officer

If you would like to join the Electoral Roll of the Parish of Widcombe, there are forms in the church itself for you to complete and hand to the warden on duty, or you can follow this link and download a form, which after completion should be sent to:

Mrs Alison Furber, c/o the Church Office (see address below), tel: 01225 333586

Safeguarding Officer

This church takes the protection of children and vulnerable adults seriously

  • For any safeguarding queries or concerns please contact our Safeguarding Officer, Jill Oldham at safeguarding@widcombe.church


  • Also please click  here for further helpful Diocesan information and support.


Benefice Team

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Andrew Udale-Smith


Happiest on mountains but also very happy on the visuals desk at St Matt’s where he is one of the Chapelwardens.

Bill James


Bill is a Chapelwarden at St Matt's and is also often found in the audiovisuals operating booth. He is responsible for uploading our sermon podcasts weekly.


Jenny Buckler


Please note the subtle but important difference in our vicar's and curate's names - they are not related in any way but someone in high places clearly has a sense of humour!

Liz Holden-White


Liz is a Churchwarden for St Thomas.

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Mark Nish


Mark is on the PCC and leads a Life Hub with his wife, Debbie. He has the best moustache in St Matt's.


Mary Udale-Smith


Enjoys administration, fine wine and chocolate. Loves God, her family and physics.


Sian Lewis


Sian is a Churchwarden for St Thomas and has a real passion for community, being very involved in the Widcombe Association.


Tim Buckley


Married to Sarah with three children, Ellie, Sam and Joe. Loves church pioneering, family, guitars, Macs, jeeps and Jesus, not necessarily in that order...