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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.  You can check out their mugshots and rap sheets below!

We look forward to seeing you at our services,
The Parochial Church Councils of St Margaret's Benefice

If you have any queries regarding marriage services, baptisms, house visits etc. please contact the Vicarage on 01304 852179 or email

Richard LeRossignol

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Richard and his artist wife Alex have been part of St Margarets church and village community for the past two years. He retired from parish ministry after looking after 6 rural churches on the borders of Ashford and Hythe. He still also serves as an On Call Sessional Chaplain providing emergency out of hours cover to the 3 East Kent Hospitals at Ashford, Margate and Canterbury.

Polly Mason

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Polly, married to Peter, is part of the St. Margaret’s Church community along with St. Mary’s in Castro, Dover Castle. In May 2017 Polly retired from the ministry, serving as a Parish priest and Chaplain to a Further Education College in Lancashire. These days you might see them walking their dog Lola around the village.

Bob Coles

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Bob retired to St Margaret’s six years ago and has loved living in the village and enjoying the surrounding countryside. Before that he had been serving in four rural parishes, known as the “Wantsum Group”, for seventeen years. Since retiring Bob has enjoyed taking services in sixteen churches. He looks forward to being more involved in St Margaret’s Benefice in addition to his regular monthly commitment at Dover Castle.

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