All about Us


Our church is currently waiting for the appointment of a new vicar and are in an interregnum.
We believe that God has revealed himself to the world through the person of Jesus Christ. We connect with him through his creation, through the unchanging word of the Bible, and by the presence of his Holy Spirit.
Our desire is to enable our church to reflect the life and teaching of Jesus in the world around us.  We do this through our worship and ministries here at Canford. You will find a service to suit your preference at the Parish Church: whether our monthly traditional early communion service, our busy weekly breakfast service at 9:00 or our communion celebration at 10:30, everyone is welcome regardless of their age, gender, race or culture. We also have a wonderful group of people who take turns hosting a Facebook 8am prayer service each weekday.
We acknowledge that, like all people, we need God's love, grace and mercy and we believe Jesus Christ is the hope for the world.
If you share these beliefs, why not look further on our website, you can watch our 10:30 service online and will find other information across the pages of the website - if you would like to find out more, do come along on Sunday, you are assured of a warm welcome.
Nicky and David - church wardens of

Canford Magna Parish Church



Staff Team



Mr David Grant and Mrs Nicky Smart


Family Life Co-ordinator     Mrs Sharon Cooksley   

Sharon is our Family Life Coordinator.  She has been involved in children's work here at the Parish Church since 2004, although has worshipped within the parish since she was 10 years old.  As her own family are grown (but not yet flown the nest!) she loves the opportunity to engage with families and children of all ages in both community and church settings.  Sharon is married to Ken, and enjoys reading, gardening and good historical dramas. 

Parish Church Secretary     Mrs  Carrie Partridge   

 Carrie has been the Parish Secretary and the Rector’s Personal Assistant since 2015.
She also assists Rev Andrew Rowland as Rural Dean of the Wimborne Deanery. Carrie enjoys playing hockey with Wimborne Wayfarers and is a member of the Broadstone Community Band. 

Additional Ministers

Canford is blessed with a very active team of retired ministers who also lead a number of the church's ministries

Revd. Dr Anne Gee  OBE (Pastoral Care team)
Revd. Bev Probert (with June, Prayer Ministry co-ordinators)

Mr John Bentall (Pastoral Care and Ministry to the Deaf)
Mrs Angela Castleton (Spirituality co-ordinator)

Leadership team* and Sub-Committee

Leadership Team Chairman 

Children & Families - Sharon Cooksley

Buildings and maintenance - Chris Heppenstall

Kingfisher 2 Project - Iain Stevenson*

Pastoral Care Co-ordinator  - Vacency

Mission & Social Action - Karen Mounce*

Worship - Stephen Orman*

Social & outreach - Ellie Payne

Ministry - Vacency

Treasurer & Finance - Robin Christopher

Discipleship & Life Groups - Vacency

Other Leadership Team /Sub-Committee members

Parish Safeguarding Representative - Jane Hazell*

Breakfast@9 - Assistant Pastors - Pete and Jenny Triplow*

Associate Priest - Vacency

Health and Safety - Ken Cooksley

Other key contacts at Canford

Team Vicars

St. Barnabas (Bearwood) -  Revd. Geoff Boland

The Lantern (Merley) -  Rev Mike Tufnell

All staff can be contacted through the Office
from 10am-12:00pm  (Not Thurs)