Clergy & Co...

St Margaret's Benefice is currently in an interregnum.  Our Benefice Office is based in the Vestry at St Margaret's Church and all mail can be sent to:

Benefice Office
St Margaret of Antioch Church

High Street

St Margaret's at Cliffe

CT15 6AU

We are extremely lucky to also have a number of retired clergy (ie are no longer licenced to a particular parish) living in the village and surrounding area, who assist our Readers and Churchwardens in taking services that require an ordained minister when times need them.  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 Benefice Office on 07768 568020 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 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 her walking herdog 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.

Roger and Barbara Broughton

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Roger was ordained in Liverpool cathedral in June 1989 and served in his home diocese until 1996 when he moved to Dover to become chaplain at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School until his retirement in 2008.


Barbara and Roger were married in 1984 in St Nicholas Church, Ash, near Sandwich although they first met while working at the same school on Merseyside where Roger was head of modern languages and Barbara was a teacher of mathematics. Their two children, Andrew and Rebecca were born in Ormskirk, Lancashire and are now both married with children of their own. Barbara was licensed as a Reader in Canterbury cathedral in 1997 and retired from teaching in 2016. They have lived in St Margaret’s for over twenty years and are predominantly involved with St Augustine’s church, East Langdon where Barbara is treasurer.

Although not part of the clergy team, an important part of our worship community are our talented musicians - Director of Music for St Margaret's Dr Emma Ainsley - seen centre with Sally and Toby - and our wonderful choir based at St Margaret's.  They provide beautiful music during our services and occasional offices and are a real asset to our worshipping community.