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  hlister@hotmail.com )

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

Christmas Bazaar

Westwell Players entertain the village twice a year with their productions.

Women’s Institute