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...

Looking Out...

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

Kent Dementia Action Alliancejpg What a great turn-out for the Dementia Information Roadshow this morning (24th May)! - So much valuable information on offer, conversations to be had and progress to be made towards the idea of setting up our very own Dementia Café in St Margaret's.  With the experience being gained by visiting similar cafés elsewhere, the interest expressed this morning and the potential need of such a service in our locality, we wish Liz and the team all the perseverance, fortitude and practical help to get this established.

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.