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...

  • We are honoured to be part of World Refugee Day on Thursday 20th June - find out more here.
  • Want to know what this Pop Up Cafpng is all about?  Read more in News..
  •  Check Dover Food Bank logopng  for their 'most wanted' page
  • For more news, go to our News... page.  I know, it's seamless!

Looking Out...

Happy Father's Day! - to anyone who takes, or has taken on, that role in someone's life, whether it be for a lifetime or just a brief momentYou all make such a difference.

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

Sunshine and showers - April, get back in your box, we've already done you this year, give June a chance.

Our good friends at Dover_Outreach_Centre logopng have invited us to their Commissioning & Thanksgiving Service - to celebrate their move to new premises, they are holding a Commissioning & Thanksgiving Service at Victory House, 168-172 Snargate Street, Dover on Thursday 11th July at 7pm.  More info is on the poster here.

Delighted to have Dr Stuart Field from Porchlight small logopng at St Margaret's today (Sunday 12th May)- Porchlight is a charity we have supported for a long time now, and the work they do with the homeless and vulnerably housed in Kent, and particularly Canterbury, is humbling. Homelessness is a complex issue, with multiple compounding factors, that takes a holistic approach from many angles to unpick and release its victims from its tentacles. It feels too big to even begin to tackle, so maybe let's not try to change the world, let's try and change that little bit of the world that we touch. Between us we can surely make up a jigsaw of change to create a more beautiful picture.

1.6 million - that's the number of food packs issued by food banks run by the Trussell Trust, the UK's biggest food bank network, last year. In ONE year. That's a 19% increase on the previous year. Add in the smaller charities and trusts and it rises even further. But don't worry, austerity is officially over, so it can't possibly be that that's causing the problems.

Came across a video by the RSA on rural poverty issues - it's based on case studies in the Peak District but is equally relevant to our little corner of the land:
God's Lone Country from the RSA

A 2% drop in rough sleepers last year hailed as an achievement - what do we call the 165% rise in numbers since 2010? Please think about supporting charities that help the homeless and vulnerable - they are the ones working on the frontline, picking up the pieces, day after day. Humanity is not reserved only for those with a roof over their heads, everyone deserves dignity.