The Circuit has a Covenant with the Parish Church of St John, Tolpuddle.
As part of our agreement to worship and work together, there is a monthly Methodist Service, normally in the Parish Church (9.30 am on the second Sunday of each month) but several times a year in the Methodist Chapel.
Tolpuddle Chapel is a Methodist Heritage site, open daily between Easter and October. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the opening this year will be delayed until 17 May 2021, when the chapel will be open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Most of the Tolpuddle Martyrs were Methodists and three were Local Preachers; their striving for social justice was born out of their faith. An exhibition in the Chapel explores the Christian perspective of their story.
For more information about Methodist heritage sites, go to the Methodist Heritage website. http://www.methodistheritage.org.uk/heritagesites.htm
The original Methodist Chapel, the building in which the Martyrs worshipped was purchased in 2015 by the Tolpuddle Old Chapel Trust.
Check the progress of this exciting development on the Trust website.
The 2020 Tolpuddle Festival will be on the weekend of 18-19 July and was a virtual affair due to the pandemic. The 2021 Festival will also be largely online and takes place on 17 & 18 July 2021
A new printed booklet of Tolpuddle prayers in various styles has been presented to help visitors to the chapel enjoy a prayerful moment and take away a memento of their visit. A new leaflet called 'What Moved the Martyrs?' discerning the faith that shaped them and their peaceful protest has recently been published. A PDF version is available on this site.