The Welland Fosse Benefice is the formal name for our group of churches: St Peter’s Church Barrowden, St Mary’s Church Duddington, St Mary’s Church Morcott, St Mary’s Church South Luffenham and St Luke’s Church Tixover.
The Priest-in-Charge of the Welland Fosse Benefice until 31 October 2021 was The Very Reverend Chris Armstrong, who fulfilled this role on a part-time basis. He and his wife Gerry were based at Barrowden Rectory.
Most day-to-day enquiries may be dealt with by the Churchwardens in each parish, who are ‘on the ground’ or by our volunteer Reader, Mrs Ann Robinson, who is based in South Luffenham.
Each village in our little group of parishes is different in character and size, from lively Barrowden (which provides a thriving pub, community shop, doctor’s surgery and village hall as well as the recently-re-ordered church) to tiny Tixover, our ‘church in the fields’.
The Welland Fosse group of churches sits on either side of the River Welland: Duddington and Wakerley are officially in Northamptonshire; Barrowden, Morcott, South Luffenham and Tixover are in Rutland. We are part of the Diocese of Peterborough, which is led by Bishop Donald Allister.
Our group also includes the little parish of Wakerley which is linked with Barrowden. Wakerley Church (St John the Baptist) is officially ‘closed’ for normal services and is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust.