Border Benefice

On this page:
About us
News and Events in the Parish

Our Rector and key staff
Our weekly Pew Sheet and Reflections
Baptisms, weddings and funerals
Parish Magazine

Tucked away in the north-west corner of Shropshire and on the Welsh border, our four rural parishes worship and work together.  You will find us in our communities and our churches:

    • St Michael the Archangel in Llanyblodwel more…
    • St Agatha’s in Llanymynech  more…
    • St Philip and St James’ in Morton more…
    • All Saints’ in Trefonen more…

About us

The Benefice, part of the Diocese of Litchfield,  works together in several ways:

    • On the 5th Sunday of a month there is only one service, for all to come together to worship. It is hosted by each parish in turn.
    • The churchwardens meet regularly, with the Rector, to discuss and agree as appropriate common approaches, the sharing of resources and calendar details.
    • Before the pandemic the four parochial church councils met together twice each year.
    • The identity of the Benefice is promoted through its Facebook page and the Sunday pew sheet.
    • The Benefice and parish treasurers work on items of shared expenditure.

There are shared events, often linked to the season, such as the summer evening’s prayer and praise.  These will be virtual experiences this year, through a Zoom link.  They will include one of our lay worship leaders leading us in a reflection on a Bible passage and prayer, as well as conversation – while we each drink the coffee or eat the lunch we have brought!  The Zoom links will be posted nearer the day.

For Details of Services at our Parish Churches, click here.

News and Events in the Benefice

The Rector, Rev’d Kathy has led her last service in the Benefice.  In April she is on leave, before leaving early in May for a new parish in Australia.  We shall post more information as it becomes available. We all wish the Rev’d Kathy all our best wishes for her new life in Australia.

For the moment, if you wish to make contact, please contact the churchwardens of your parish, your lay parochial church council chair or the Administrator.  The Lay Chairs are:

Llanyblodwel – Alec Gordon
Llanymynech – Paddy Martin
Morton              – Lizzie Lawrence
Trefonen          – Chris Kirk

On 1 April 24 we welcomed Helen Parish as our Benefice Administrator

One of the Administrator’s jobs which most people are familiar with is the publication of the weekly pew sheet.  This keeps us all up to date with current and forthcoming events, services and activities.  It is available on this website as well as in the churches.  Helen will accept information for inclusion only from the PCC lay chairs, churchwardens and lay readers, and up to 12 noon on Wednesday.  The pew sheet will be printed on Thursday morning.

Helen is planning to spend five hours in the Benefice office at the Rectory on a Thursday from 9.30 a.m.  If you need to see her it would be helpful if you were able to ring before going: 01691 590025.

The Community Cafe in Trefonen is open every Tuesday morning more…


Our Rector and key staff:


Rev Kathy Trimby
The Rectory
Rectory Lane
Pant, Oswestry
Shropshire SY10 9RA

Contact number: 01691 590025/ 07944504330

Benefice Administrator

Helen Parish
Office Number: 01691 590025

Benefice Treasurer

K Kimber
Contact Number: 01691 679646

Facebook Page

Jann Downes
Contact Number:
Facebook page name: Border group of Parishes

Benefice Lay Readers

Betty Steele
Contact Number: 01691 652170




Linda Gladman
Contact Number:  01691 671363



Baptisms, weddings and funerals:

See our detailed information pages:  Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Our weekly pew sheet:

Listed below is our latest Pew Sheet for viewing/download

Pew Sheet – 21st April 2024

Our Reflections:

Listed below is our latest Daily Reflection for viewing/download

Daily Reflection – 21st April 2024

Parish Magazine

The latest copy (April 2024) of the Morton Parish Magazine is available by clicking here,

The latest copy (May 2024) of the Trefonen and Llanyblodwel Parish Magazine is available by clicking here.

Other links

The Benefice website is linked to other local sites:


Other useful links appear on  the individual parish pages.