The Benefice of St Margaret's with Westcliffe, and East & West Langdon

Part of the Dover Deanery, in the Diocese of Canterbury, Kent.

Welcome to our little corner of England!

  • We are here to serve, connect and support everybody in the villages and hamlets surrounding
    St Margaret's.

  • We strive to be a welcoming and friendly Benefice and look forward to meeting you on your faith journey.

News in brief...

  •  Check Dover Food Bank logopng  for their 'most wanted' page
  • St Margaret's Benefice is currently in a period of Interregnum. 

    "Interregnum?   I thought that was when Charles I was removed from his head?"

    Well, yes, it was, but it is also the term used in the Church of England for when a parish no longer has a licenced priest. Our wonderful Reverend Diane retired at the end of September, and so we are embarking on the process of finding a new incumbent. In the mean time, we are extremely lucky to have a number of retired clergy (ie are no longer licenced to a particular parish) living in the village and surrounding area, who will be taking services that require an ordained minister. Take a look on our Clergy page to see who they are.
  • We're trying our best to help occupy our youngsters - see what they've been up to here.

  • For more news, go to our News... page.  I know, it's seamless!
  • Our 'What's On' page has turned into 'What's Going On' for a while, so you can find helpful tips from the likes of The Gardeners' Association
  • I am aware that there may be pages on the website that have lost their pictures - this is due to a 'helpful' surprise update of the website software that changes how pictures are added to a page.  It hasn't affected all pages so I am going through and adding back the missing photos, but please bear with me as I have to find out which ones they were first before I can add them back.

Looking Out...

We are OPEN FOR SUNDAY SERVICES! - After what seems like forever, we have been given permission to hold services again.  We will begin with a

Sunday Communion at 10am at St Margaret's.

  It will be a little different - to accommodate the necessary reduced capacity to allow for social distancing (surely the phrase of the year now), you will need to telephone Sandy on 852265 to book a place, so please don't just turn up on Sunday, you may not get a space.  Anyone who misses out will be given priority for the following week.  Please follow the instructions on arriving at church and any given by the Stewards - they are for everyone's safety.  Sadly, we will not be able to hear your lovely singing voices for a while but Emma will provide much missed music.  We have to limit things that can be handled, so unfortunately the Children's Corner will be out of bounds - our young families are still more than welcome if you think you can manage the social distancing guidelines. The offertory will be at the end of the service and you're going to have to resist the urge to give everyone a hug during the Peace, which is honestly one of the hardest things to adhere to, as we are all in need of a cuddle.  Things will look different, will be carried out in a different way, but we are a resillient, robust lot and it will just be lovely to see you all together again.

If you are in need of something uplifting this morning, click here.

Coronavirus regulations and guidlines are changing  -
that doesn't mean it's gone away.  Make yourself aware of what applies to you and how your actions can inadvertantly affect others.  It's going to be a long haul.  And for goodness sake, take your rubbish home with you.

The world's worst humanitarian crisis is happening the Yemen - war, famine, aid supplies stopped because of Covid-19 border closures, a healthcare system collapsed with the added pressure of coronavirus.  UNICEF and other international aid organisations are striving to intervene in this catastrophe.  If you've saved a few pounds a week from not being able to get that coffee, maybe you could find a charity that would really appreciate it right now?

28,000 people - Councils report nearly 5 times as many rough sleepers in 2018 than the official government figures, as a Freedom of Information request from the councils discovered.  The government pledge to "fight the scourge of homelessness".  How about we fight the scourge of the causes of homelessness, and maybe that would make a difference?  Sweeping people off the streets doesn't solve the problem, it takes it from under our noses - the BBC have a pertinent report on their website right now, you can find it if you click here.

1.6million food parcels issued by Trussell Trust Food Banks in 2018 - that's up from 41,000 in 2010.  I'll just let that sink in. 

Saw this...   Screen Shot 05-26-19 at 0842 PMPNG ...thought it was kind of lovely.