Church of England Diocese of Canterbury High Downs

About Us

It is said that if you want to know an English village look at its church.

St. Mary, Eastling, is part of the Parish of High Downs with the churches of St. Mary, Stalisfield with Otterden; St. Michael and All Angels, Throwley. We are also part of the wider Christian community of the Ospringe Deanery. We have one PCC that is supported by members of each church in the parish. We meet and share regularly in worship, fellowship and joint parish events throughout the year.

Eastling Church lies southeast of the main street in the centre of the village, about 300 yards along Kettle Hill Road. The church is set back from the road and is surrounded by mature yew trees (one of which is more than 2,000 years old), with only the spire visible above them. Parts of the church, such as the base of the tower, date from the 11th century. The nave is from the 12th century; the chancel, the 13th; and the sanctuary and St Katherine Chapel, the 14th. In 1855, R.C.Hussey substantially rebuilt the nave, the north aisle and the south arcade, and completely re-roofed the nave (unfortunately destroying many medieval features).

Many of us come to St. Mary’s out of faith, others out of love of an ancient building, but we are all determined to make sure our church is open and available for all when needed. St. Mary’s has been here, in the centre of our village for over 900 years. It has watched as the village has been through plague, civil war and two World Wars. It has been a constant presence in times of trouble and sadness, times of celebration and gladness, and for funerals, christenings and weddings. We know that a church is more than a building, it's about the family of people who make up that church. It is the desire of this church and its members to reflect the love and light of Christ to all in our communities for generations to come. 

You and your family are most welcome to join us, please contact us should you need further information, or wish for someone to meet you when you first come to church. We will be happy to show you around and help to introduce you to others.


Priest in Charge: Reverend Canon Steve Lillicrap

Telephone: 01795 522510 

email: [email protected]


Churchwarden:  Andrew Baxter

Readers:

Norman Fowler

Caroline Ramshaw


Lay Leader(s):

Murray Wilkinson - CafeStyle


Administrator: Janet Payne

Parish Office Email: [email protected]

Facebook: facebook.com/highdownsbenefice

Good News Magazine Editor: Mrs. Hilary Harlow


Study Group Leaders:

Revd. Angela Cheeseman

Steve Youle

Mark Harlow