The Churches of St Margaret's Benefice-Welcome!-The Churches of St Margaret's Benefice

The Churches of St Margaret's Benefice-Welcome!-The Churches of St Margaret's Benefice

Welcome to our little corner of England!

We are here to reach out 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.

Looking out...

So many lives changing right now - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle begin life together as man and wife; the Monarchy evolving, as indeed it has throughout it's history; bystanders witnessing a moment of history; young lives in Santa Fe cut short in yet another High School shooting, while their school mates have to work out how to live with the horror they've witnessed; one footballer will score the winning goal in the FA cup and be forever the hero while one may be the villain who lets it in.  Our lives are constantly changing and evolving, adapting to subtle shifts in the dynamics that go on around us, sometimes expected, sometimes completely out of the blue.  It's a good job we have a constant God to steer us through the unpredictable waves of life's ocean.

The final numbers are in! - no, not the Eurovision Song Contest, but our total raised through your incredibly generous sponsorship of St Margaret's Big Night Out -
Our final total is £2,135!  That is fantastic!  Thank you all so much for supporting this event, and more importantly, supporting Porchlight, Catching Lives and Dover Outreach Centre. This means we are able to give each charity a cheque for £711, which is way more than we ever dared hope we could raise.  Thank you all again.

We pray for the Middle East - it seems almost unfair to single out any one country for their particular horrors or dire situation.  Whilst volcanoes errupt on Hawaii, the metaphorical volcano of the Middle East seems to be menacingly bubbling right now.  Let us hope for cool heads and calm discussions.  Why is is so difficult to live together?

'Period Poverty' is a relatively new phrase that has been in the news recently - it means not being able to afford sanitary products which leads to girls and women missing out on school and work because there is no way they can keep themselves clean and hygienic out of the house, or resorting to using rags and even newspapers as alternatives.  We are not talking third world countries here.  This is happening in the UK, in our own towns and cities.  50% of the population are female, yet the realities of one week in four are still a tabboo - we can't talk about "womens' things".  Well we can, and we will.  Girls should not be missing out on school because they can't afford sanitary products.  They are an essential not a luxury.  Dover Smart Project has a collection box in St Margaret's Church porch just for donations of sanitary products, so please feel free to drop them in when you are passing.  We no longer live in an age where they are put in a brown paper bag so no-one knows what you've bought, so please do not feel uncomfortable either leaving them there or seeing them there.

Thank you for the generosity of spirit that that continues to thrive in St Margaret's - you are a wonderful bunch of people!

During Diane's sabattical : If you have anything that you would normally wish to contact Diane about, please direct your enquiries to the following people:-
Churchwardens - Norman Liggins tel: 852265 / Barbara Wells tel: 852878
Verger - Sandy Liggins tel: 852265
Or you can email for general enquiries and we will endeavour to direct you to the most appropriate person.

Next Services...
For a full list of the current month's services, click here.
Sunday 20th May  
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion
West Langdon9.30amCommunion CW
St Margaret's10.00amCommunion CW
Sunday 27th May  
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon9.30amCommunion CW
St Margaret's10.00amCommunion CW

visits to this website

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  St Peter @ Westcliffe
  St Augustine @ East Langdon
  St Mary @ West Langdon
  • Dover Outreach Centre have released their report on the 2017/2018 Winter Night Shelter initiative - click here to read it.  The work that goes in to this endeavour is humblingly impressive.
  • If there is any remaining pledged sponsorship for St Margaret's Big Night Out, it can be dropped in to 11 Royston Gardens.  Online donations are now closed for this event - thank you again for the astonishing support.
  • Looking for a good source of information and support for a teenage girl in you family?  Then I would highly recommend you go to - a great resource created by Charlotte Ford and Sam Stanley of this parish, full of honest advice and information.  It wouldn't hurt if a few boys read it as well...
  • Kent Dementia Action Alliance have a 24hour helpline - 0800 500 3014.  You can find more information on the Crisis Response page.

  • A vacancy has arisen at number 7 Amy Temple Cottages - click here for more information if you think you, or someone you know, might meet the criteria for residency.

  • This is a fantastic website and phone app to enable easy reporting of a rough-sleeper to services that can help - click here
    for more information.

  • Dover Food Bank'most wanted' list (updated 25th April 2018)
  • There will be a Deanery confirmation on the 18th June at Capel-le-Ferne - if anyone is interested, please contact the vicar.
Upcoming Events...
  • Saturday Service : St Margaret's, 11am, Saturday 2nd June
  • St Margaret's Vilage Fête : Sunday 22nd July, 12-4pm, KGV field.  If you would like to book a stall, or want some more information, email

Contact us...
01304 852179

General enquiries:

Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding:

Click here to take you to the Safeguarding pages of the Diocese website.

Benefice Disclosure Officer:
Jannine Hyde tel: 853565
Benefice Safeguarding Co-ordinator:
Barbara Broughton tel:853840