Shirwell Mission Community

Challacombe Church

Holy Trinity Church is a Grade 2* Listed building is situated at Barton Town, about 1 mile from the centre of the village. The building dates from the 13th century, but was largely restored in the middle of the 19th century. The village grew in its present location following the building of a new road to Simonsbath in the 17th century, leaving the church in its rural and attractive setting.


Farming and tourism are the main industries in Challacombe, with its small population of about 150 people.  Other facilities in the village include a post office, a popular pub, and a Methodist Chapel. With no school or village hall many of the social events, including those organised by the Church, take place in the Methodist Church Hall.

The annual sheepdog trial, organised as a major fund raising event for the church, is very popular and provides a major link with the village in general. Many who are not regular worshippers get involved with the planning and running of the event.

The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.


Services are held twice a month – with Holy Communion on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 11.15am, and Evening Worship on the 4th Sunday at 6.30pm.  

Services are held at the Methodist Chapel at 2:00pm on the first Sunday in the month. The close relationship with the Methodist Church results in many of the same people attending services in both the church and chapel.