The Friends of St Margaret's Church

This 12th Century Church of St Margaret's at Cliffe stands on an earlier Saxon site and may have been built by the same artisans who constructed the Priory of St Martin in Dover.  Over time, each generation has made its own contribution to this fine Norman building, so that it still remains available to us all to appreciate and enjoy, whether it be for regular worship, weddings, christenings, remembrances or celebrations.

The Friends have charitable status, and were formed to assist in raising funds for the preservation and maintenance of the church's ancient fabric.  Now it falls to us to ensure that this 900 year old ancient building is preserved for future generations to enjoy. These buildings require constant restoration and repair, and this is where The Friends help.

Whatever your interest, we invite you to become a Friend and make a regular payment to this worthy cause. Whether you are a local who was born, married or christened here, or a visitor enjoying the beauty of the church and its surrounding area, there are many reasons to join.  Click on the link at the bottom of the page for the application form.

Throughout the years, The Friends have organised a number of fundraising events for the village enjoyment, which are designed to embrace everyone and all ages of the community. Suitable live music events have been held in the church, whilst the Village Hall has been the venue for bands, suppers and dances.

This invitation is open to individuals, families, companies and organisations.

If you would like to know more about The Friends, you can telephone Terry Westwater on 01304 852064.

Here is a the latest newsletter from The Friends:-


Reece_Rees_picture The Committee would like to thank subscribers and supporters very much for their contributions to The Friends over this last year.

Our historic church building is an important feature of our beautiful village. Unfortunately, maintaining such an ancient building costs money and the Friends help to raise funds towards this. Following the AGM in March 2016 the present committee has stepped down. We are looking for someone to respond to the following advertisement to help lead the Friends into the next phase of supporting projects for the maintenance of the fabric of the Parish Church.

Are you interested in Norman church architecture, medieval graffiti and fundraising? The Friends of St Margaret's Church exists to beautify and assist in the maintenance of the fabric of the Parish Church of St Margaret of Antioch in the Diocese of Canterbury.

The Friends of St. Margaret’s Church is looking for a suitable person to be its administrator. The Friends’ wish is to continue to preserve the Grade 1 listed church as a treasured, historic monument and place of Christian worship whilst developing links with the community and beyond. If you are interested in this role please respond to:

The Friends

The principal objective of The Friends is to beautify and assist in the maintenance of the fabric of the Parish Church of St Margaret of Antioch, St Margaret's at Cliffe, in the Diocese of Canterbury, and preserve and protect it as a place of Christian Worship.

Friends Application Form 2015 - revised.pdf