The Friends of St Candida

The Friends of St Candida is a small secular charity that raises money to fund the preservation and improvement of the fabric of St Candida and Holy Cross Church in Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset. We also encourage the use of the church as a community facility through events and social activities, and promote awareness of the church’s importance as part of our common heritage.

The church contains the shrine of St Wite (also known as St Candida) – the patron saint of Dorset – and is now the only parish church in England to house the bones of a saint. You can read more about the shrine’s history here.