Our Churches

The Bridge Benefice covers five churches in the area Bridge, Bekesbourne, Patrixbourne, Nackington and Lower Hardres.

Vicar : Rev. Estella Last 01227 206272  estellalast@gmail.com

Reader: Margaret Clarke  01227 765598  mrsmaclarke@yahoo.co.uk

Authorised Lay Minister: Mrs Beverly Latham 01227 830365

Adiminstrator: Sian Smith-Keary bridgeoffice23@gmail.com

The vicarage welcomes enquiries from anyone (even if they do not attend church) about Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals in any of the churches as well as Funerals to be held at the crematorium. 


Benefice activities (mostly based in Bridge) include:

Caring & Sharing: A social group for women, meeting fortnightly on Monday evenings. Contact Peggy Prior Tel: 01227 832058 or mob: 07860 591887
After Eights: An evening bible study group, meeting twice a month on Tuesdays. Contact Margaret Clarke Tel: 01227 765598
Confirmation Classes: For adults and children. Contact the Vicar
On the Nail – our parish magazine.
To request a copy to be delivered each month, contact churchwardens Jill Gillanders (for Bekesbourne) and Andrea Nicholson (for Patrixbourne).  See contact details below.
 St Peter’s Church Bekesbourne, Old Palace Road, Bekesbourne Canterbury CT4 5ES
The church sits on a hill in the centre of the village and is approached through private land on public footpaths and a gravelled track. It is sometimes known as the Church in the Garden. Parking is on the lane by the ford. Regretfully, access to the church may be difficult for the disabled.
Visitors to the church are very welcome. However, because of its isolated position, it is kept locked. Those who wish to see inside may borrow a key from Essentially Hops at Chalkpit Farm, Adisham Road, Bekesbourne, during the shop’s opening hours.(see www.essentiallyhops.co.uk)
The present building was begun in the 12th century, replacing an earlier church mentioned in Domesday Book A fine Norman doorway in the north wall of the nave and two windows in the chancel survive from this period. The church was extended to its present length in the 13th century. The twin lancet windows in the east wall and the arch between the nave and the tower are the most notable surviving features of this “Early English” date. A south transept was built early in the 18th century. The tower is reputed to have fallen down early in the 19th century and was rebuilt in 1841. The rest of the church was restored in the 1880s and looks now, both inside and out, very much as it did on completion of the restoration at that time.
The village war memorial stands in the churchyard. Work is in hand to map the churchyard and draw up a list of graves. The preliminary list may be found at www.cobhamcourt.co.uk.
Services follow a regular pattern, but see www.bridgechurch.co.uk for any weekly changes
2nd Sunday            8.00am             Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
3rd Sunday            9.30am             Sung Eucharist
1st Sunday             10.00am           Songs of Praise
Churchwarden Mrs Jill Gillanders, Cala, Aerodrome Road, Bekesbourne CT4 5EX 01227 830894
Parochial Church Council The PCC meets three or four times a year. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) is held usually in late April and is open to all parishioners.
The Friends of Bekesbourne Church was set up in 1994 to raise funds for St. Peter’s. It runs a number of events each year which both raise money for the church and add to the village’s social occasions. The Chair of the Friends committee is Mrs Christine Dutfield christine.dutfield@gmail.com
The Bells The church has a ring of six bells which date from the 1880s. They were restored and re-hung in 2003. Ringing takes place before the 9.30am services. The captain of bells is Mrs Gillian Moon. e-mail: gillandsidmoon@gmail.com. The band practices on Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Visiting ringers are welcome but should check first that the practichttp://gillandsidmoon@gmail.come is taking place that Monday. Visiting teams should consult the captain of bells.  Some interesting information about our bells can be found here: http://kent.lovesguide.com/tower.php?id=13
The Organ The church has a fine two-manual Bevington organ dating from about 1880. It was restored in 2003.
A guide leaflet is provided in the church free of charge for visitors
A more extensive illustrated booklet, St. Peter’s Church, Bekesbourne A History and Guide, published in 2006, is available in the church, price £2.50
St Mary’s Church Patrixbourne, Patrixbourne Road, Patrixbourne
Dr Andrea Nicholson 01227 830947
Mrs Pauline Pritchard 01227 830685
Further information about our churches can be found here… http://www.bridgechurch.co.uk/bekesbourne.asp