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...

Hurricane Florence, Typhoon Mangkhut - both devastating storms, ready to hit the east coast of the USA and the Philippines respectively.  A demonstration of the Earth's power and maybe also of how poverty affects your outcomes in such circumstances.  Interestingly, Florence is on the BBC news home page, yet Mangkhut (the larger storm) isn't.

St Margaret's Harvest Festival service will be on Sunday 14th October - we will be accepting produce for the Dover Foodbank, as per their 'most wanted' list (check our Crisis Response page or DFB website), and any monetary donations will go to the Charlton Drop-In Centre.

Kent Refugee Action Network, based in Canterbury, supports young refugees and asylum seekers - we were delighted that Fawzia Nabi Worsley, one of their Youth Support & Outreach Workers, came to talk to us last Sunday (9th September).  Telling us all about the work of KRAN, who they serve and how, was enlightening, and demonstrated just how important non-governmentl organisations are in providing essential services to people in desperate need.  Compassion and common sense combine to provide young vulnerable people with the life-skills and support they need to make new lives for themselves.  Find out more about the work they do by clicking here. 
In the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of the armistice and local Remembrance Day services, the Lord Lieutenant has arranged a county-wide commemorative drumhead service and parade on Sunday 23 September at the Spitfire Ground, Canterbury, 2pm - 4.15pm. 3rd Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Royal regiment, will lead the parade and the choirs of Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals will be conducted by the Dean of Canterbury. The afternoon will close with a parachute drop by the Flying Tigers. All are welcome, there is no charge, but advance registration is essential - click here or ring 03000 416259. 

Samphire are a National Lottery funded charity that support ex-detainees - they are currently looking for volunteers to help in their Ex-Detainee Project conducting telephone surveys with their service users.  For more information, click here.


St Paul’s Canterbury Parish Centre, Church Street St Paul’s, CT1 1NH
(car parking nearby at Longport Car Park)

Thursday 27th September at 7.30 pm

Bishop Richard Llewellin offers an invitation to hear the inspirational nonviolent peace activist Hamed
from Hebron speak about the current situation in Palestine and the work he and his organisation – HIRN – are doing to sustain communities living under occupation.

The Hebron International Resources Network (HIRN) was established to serve Palestinians most adversely affected by the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.  The organisation specifically targets communities that receive little or no support from aid agencies and NGOs as a result of their fragile and temporary status.

Next Services...
For a full list of the current month's services, click here.
Sunday 16th September  
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
West Langdon NO SERVICE
St Margaret's10.00amCommunion
Sunday 23rd September  
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon NO SERVICE
St Margaret's10.00amCommunion CW
Westcliffe4.00pmHarvest Festival Evensong

visits to this website

  St Margaret of Antioch @ St Margaret's-at-Cliffe
  St Peter @ Westcliffe
  St Augustine @ East Langdon
  St Mary @ West Langdon
  • Dover Outreach Centreare looking  for a Winter Night Shelter Co-Ordinator and a Winter Night Shelter Assisstant to work alongside.  These are temporary contracts starting on 1st November for 5 months.  For more information email  They are currently in the process of having a new website developed, so please bare with them!
  • "Thank you" to everyone who continues to drop used ink cartridges into the box in St Margaret's church porch - our last load has earned us £80.35, which all helps fund our printing of colour posters and resources.
  • If you want to find out more about becoming a volunteer for Migrant Help, go to our Crisis Response page to find out more.
  • Find out about how to help sponsor a refugee family by clicking here.
  • 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.

  • 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 14th September 2018)
Upcoming Events...

Contact us...
01304 852179

General enquiries:

Diocese of Canterbury Safeguarding:

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

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