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...

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Looking Out...

Flaming June! -  the sun is out, the wind is (not quite) so chilly, and it's starting to feel like we're properly into Spring.  Let's just take things steady, and hopefully we can find out what this new normal is going to feel like.

St Margaret's APCM was a significant occasion for the parish -  the first of, we hope, many for Rev'd Kaz, and the last as Churchwarden for our wonderful Norman, as he retired from 30 years of dedicated service.  It's difficult to sum up the loyalty and work Norman has given to generations in our village, including as a Policeman, and his depth of knowledge will remain a valuable resource that I am sure we will be calling on.  Kaz and Barbara presented Norman with a fitting citation and Siân presented a delightful card on behalf of the children of the Saturday Service, and indeed generations of children welcomed into the church by Norman over the years.  We will miss his presence at meetings, and always considered yet forthright guidance.  Carrying on as Churchwardens will be Barbara Wells, joined now by Vivienne Verren.  Have a look at photos from the morning here. 

"It's the closest thing we have to religion in this country" -  so said someone on the radio this lunchtime, talking about football.  It prompted questions - what is religion? Can you have religion without faith, or faith without religion?  In essence, religion is a set of rituals and routines, repeated at set intervals, to give a grounding in something that we attach immense importance to.  We do it with football (well, some of us do) - that Saturday 3pm feeling; checking the line-up; the songs and chants; reliving great moments from history to reinforce faith in the future; bringing people together.  Big question in football right now - can you have the religion without the faith?  Can you inspire a dedicated following if you remove the infrastructure of the team from the understanding that goes all the way back to grass roots?  I don't think you can.  So maybe football is like a religion, but it's not a faith.  You start your love of football kicking a ball about in the park, beginning to understand how to control it, how it makes you feel, not from pay-per-view of people far removed from those wet and windy afternoons.  Faith can exist in someone who's never been to a church service, never experienced 'religion' because it begins at the grass roots, in your heart and your mind. 

Welcome!  The Rev'd Kaz Reeves was formally licenced as our Priest-in-Charge at a beautiful service last night (17th March) in St Margaret's church.  Officiated by Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop  of Dover, the theme for the service was "The Good Shepherd", and how we all have a responsibility to be that shepherd and to be brave and bold in sharing and showing our faith in all that we do.  We are blessed to have Kaz be our minister, to build on what's gone before and lay firm foundations for what is to come. 

Get those jabs in your arms...
  we still need to be mindful of the hands/face/space requirements, but this will make a huge difference.  God gave us brains for a reason, and they've certainly showed us what an incredible capacity for research and innovation we have. 
We still need to do all we can, as a caring society, to minimise the spread of this disease, but we can really champion the hope that we will get through this.  Stay safe and if you are in need of anything, even if it's just a chat, get in touch with us or the St Margaret's Hub and we will find someone who can help. 

Churches are open for services, but see schedule

  All the usual hands/face/space stuff applies.

1.9 million emergency food parcels given out by Trussell Trust food banks from April 2019 to March 2020 - 1.2 million given out March to September 2020.
Whilst the Trussell Trust are the largest foodbank organisation, they are by no means the only ones. Food poverty is real and should not be happening. 1.2 million. In six months. In all of 2010 the number was 41,000. I'll just let that sink in.  You can read more on

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.

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