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
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, 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 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
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.
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.