Saint Mary, Westwell
Eastwell Lane, Westwell, Ashford, Kent TN25 4JX
The Parish Church of St Mary has been described as a ʻvillage cathedralʼ. The outer fabric is Early English, built around 1250 of flint, rubble and stucco with an entrance through a 15th century porch. Inside there are several unusual features including an early stone vaulted chancel with a very large three-bay chancel arch, remnants of medieval tiles behind the modern altar, 17th century graffiti on many of the pillars and a fine Tree of Jesse east window, two thirds of which is still original. The Church is situated near the Pilgrimʼs Way, an ancient pilgrimage route that passes through the village. In addition to the village pub, there is also a funeral parlour in the centre of the village.
Westwell is a very sociable village where church community mingles almost imperceptibly with village community. The Westwell Players entertain the village twice a year with their productions while the WI meets frequently for discussion and friendship. There is a monthly coffee morning in the pub following the Iona Service in the church. An annual Safari supper is well supported as is the annual village fete, the quiz evenings, auction of promises and the Christmas Bazaar. The church is also a popular venue for concerts.
Services in Westwell
1st Sunday 0800 BCP Holy Communion
2nd Sunday 1100 Iona Eucharist
3rd Sunday 1100 Family Service
4th Sunday 1100 Common Worship Eucharist
1st Sunday 1530 Messy Church in the Village Hall open to families from the whole benefice. (Contact Heather Lister firstname.lastname@example.org )
1st Friday 1000 Iona Eucharist in Church followed by coffee in The Wheel Pub
Other events in Westwell
Annual Safari Supper
Harvest Auction of Promises
Westwell Players entertain the village twice a year with their productions.