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 by clicking on their logo

  • Want to be part of our Churchyard Green Team?  Get some fresh air and do a really useful job by helping our team who are doing a superb job in St Margaret's Churchyard - contact outreach@stmargaretsbenefice.org.uk

  • You can now make a donation to St Margaret's Church by texting 'STMARGS' followed by a number between 1 - 20 to 70085, to donate that amount directly to support us in all we do, for example, text 'STMARGS5' to donate £5.  We can also accept donations by card reader which is in the church.  Find out more on our News page.

  • for more news, go to our News... page. I know, it's seamless!


St Margaret's Annual Parochial Church Meeting (our AGM) will be on Sunday 12th May after the Sunday service, when we will all decamp to the Village Hall.  Our annual reports can be downloaded by clicking on the buttons below.

St Margaret's Garden Safari

The 25th & 26th May will be St Margaret's Garden Safari, and St Margaret's Church and Churchyard will be part of it.  We will be open for visitors to have a look round the church and beautiful churchyard, and will have refreshments for sale.

St Margaret's joined with St Peter's Westcliffe to host a wonderful Easter Sunday service.  It was delightful to see the church so full, hear the organ played so beautifully and us all joined in one voice raising the roof with traditional Easter hymns.  The ladies of the Flower & Brass Guild did an exceptional job with the flower arrangements to really set off the beauty of the church.  If you're looking for a quiet walk while having your Easter break, try a stroll around our churchyards - they are full of Spring flowers right now and a balm to the soul.  Wishing you all Easter blessings.

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We are delighted to tell you that last year,

St Margaret's Church was once again the SECOND largest contributor to Dover Food Bank in their entire collection area, with

1.2 tonnes of food donated!

Only Tesco donated more – we beat all the other supermarkets! So an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who drops a tin or two in the box – you make a real difference.


Pentecost - the joyful celebration of the gifts we have been given

There was not a better way to celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Christian Church, than to have The Bishop of Dover, Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, take our Pentecost service at St Margaret's.  With joyful music and thoughful worship, we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit and welcomed its guidance in our lives.  We are deeply grateful for +Rose giving us her time and leadership - one week Westminster Abbey, the next St Margaret of Antioch -  but we are all one church with our focus on Jesus Christ.  The sun shone and the church was full of conversation and warmth as we mingled afterwards - a wonderful birthday party!

Welcome!