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...

Some days just seem like a rose-tinted cliché - running along the White Cliffs in the early morning sunshine, Skylarks twittering up in the blue, a Spitfire doing acrobatics overhead.  Honestly, if Vera Lynn appeared singing "There'll be bluebirds over..." I wouldn't have batted an eyelid.  Let's hope for more of those moments.

One year on from the devastating Grenfell Tower fire - yet it still seems so close, so visceral was our reaction to the events of that night.  The presence of 24 hour news means we can stumble upon unfolding events quite by accident, drawn in to what is happening in real time, as was the case that night.  It was difficult to switch off and go to bed - it felt like abandoning people in their time of utmost need.  A year on and people are still in desperate need for suitable housing, care and support, and probably will need it for the rest of their lives.  We pray today for all those touched by the Grenfell Tower disaster, that they may find peace and a way forward. 
“God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength but with your testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Sometimes it can seem like He has more faith in us than we have in Him.

Had a wonderfully satisfying, and enlightening, week - together with Rebecca, we made two fantastic visits, one to the Catching Lives day centre and one to Dover Outreach Centre, so we could deliver your amazingly generous donations from our Big Night Out and meet the people behind these essential projects.  At Catching Lives we were also joined by Rachel van Hoven from Porchlight, so we could deliver two cheques together.  In the end, we actually were able to give each charity £761, which will make real, material differences to them.  Read more about our visits here.

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 24th June  
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon9.30amService of the Word
St Margaret's10.00amCommunion CW
Sunday 1st July  
St Margaret's8.00amCommunion BCP
East Langdon9.30amFamily Service
St Margaret's10.00amMatins

visits to this website

  St Margaret of Antioch @ St Margaret's-at-Cliffe
  St Peter @ Westcliffe
  St Augustine @ East Langdon
  St Mary @ West Langdon
  • Refugee_Week_2018_logo
    There are a number of events happening in Canterbury at the Gulbenkian - find out more here.
  • Jewsons, the builders merchant, has a community fund and Dover Outreach Centre has been shortlisted for funding - vote for them HEREto increase their chances of winning a slice of the pie!
  • 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 7th July
  • 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