Looking at angels

From the National Gallery, two beautiful little films about angels in art.



Markbeech Christmas Bazaar 

All around the village people are preparing! Jars are being labelled, spices are steeping, supplies are being gathered so that all is ready for Saturday at noon. Come and make our efforts worthwhile by joining us at our annual bazaar. Buy some yummy goodies, get ahead on your Christmas presents and save on making lunch by enjoying a delicious quiche or home made soup.  



Saturday 16th June

Exhibitors must give notice of their entries to the Show Secretary (Mrs Jan Tolfree, Roxana Cottage, Pigdown Lane, Hever, TN8 7LT by 6 pm Wednesday 13th June of the classes in which they intend to exhibit. Entry cards to be collected on the show day from 8.30 am. Staging to be completed by 10.15 am for judging at 10.30.
Anyone can enter, a class costs 20p for members and 40p for non members. Membership is just £6
All are welcome between 2 and 4 pm for tea and homemade cake and to see the floral and domestic display. Prize giving at 4.15 pm


Glass, Ceramics, Textiles, Printmaking & Paintings

52 Artists based in Sevenoaks and Edenbridge are opening their studios/home to show their work to the public for two weeks from 8-24th June. Please look at https://www.artinjune.org/ for each individual artist’s page to check opening times studios as they may vary. The numbers next to the artist’s name refer to the location on the map.
The Red House in Hever is looking forward to welcoming you!

Open days:

9th and 10th June

13th – 17th June

20th – 24th June

10am – 5pm

Art in June

Intercessions 27th May Nick Irens

 Creator God, eternally existing in three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we come before you to offer our praise and adoration, and we pray that you will keep us steadfast in our faith in you.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Heavenly Father, fill our hearts and homes with the love you have so freely given. Awaken us to new beginnings. Help us, as part of your universal church, to reach out to others with the good news of Christ.

We pray for Bishop James and our priest, Wendy. We give thanks for those who inspire us by their Christian leadership and we pray that we may be welcoming, to all who come to join us here in prayer.

We ask you to guide us in our relationships with each other, within the Church, within our families and with our neighbours. May you draw us together in your fellowship of love and joy.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Lord our God, we thank you for the blessings of our country and the freedoms we enjoy. We pray for our Queen and her family and we ask you to bless the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan, bestowing on them your great gift of children.

We pray that you guide the nations in the way of justice, liberty and peace. That the Holy Spirit may unite and reconcile the peoples and those in authority, to bring an end to war, hatred and discrimination.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Gracious Father, we give thanks for our beautiful world and ask that you make us more aware of our responsibilities to our environment, our climate and our resources, so we may ensure that the beauty of the earth continues for future generations.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


God of hope, we turn to you for those who are eaten up with guilt and foreboding, those whose Christian life is a steep and rocky path. We bring to you the despairing and despondent, and those who are tempted to do wrong. May they have your guidance and strength.

We pray for all those who are weak, who are ill, who cannot cope on their own, and all those in need or trouble, who ask for our prayers.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Loving Father, we pray for all in hospital and those who care for them. Through your abundant love may they find comfort and hope.

We pray for those we have loved but see no more. They remain forever in our hearts; and may they rest in peace in your heavenly home forever.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.


Holy Trinity, three persons and one God, may we look for and know your presence in our daily lives,

  • In our relationships
  • In our work and service
  • In our recreation
  • In our worship
  • and in our times of joy and sorrow

Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light which no darkness can obscure. We pray that you turn our darkness into light and in your light shall we see light.



Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Benefice Privacy Policy

As you know, data protection laws are changing on 25th May 2018 and we have produced a privacy notice so that you are clear how we use your information. Please ensure that you read our Privacy Notice.

The committee has considered the implications of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in May 2018.

The United Benefice respects the privacy of its parishioners and anyone who has requested its services and this policy explains the steps that it will always take to protect and keep secure the personal information it holds.

The United Benefice works on behalf of the parishioners and anyone who requested its services. We use your personal data to enable us to provide services upon your request and to administer parishioners’ records.

To enable us to provide the church services you requested (wedding, baptism, funeral, confirmation), The United Benefice needs to collect and process personal data from its parishioners and anyone who has requested its services. The personal data held consists of titles, names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

The committee has considered the impact of the GDPR and agrees that the United Benefice has a legitimate interest in holding this personal data. The United Benefice uses the personal data that it holds, in a way they would reasonably expect and which has a minimal privacy impact.

To comply with the law, The United Benefice must have a data protection policy.  The committee has considered this and agrees to adopt the following policy to ensure that personal data is collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed to any other person unlawfully.

Data protection policy:

  • Personal data will only be collected it if is relevant and limited to what is necessary to collect to help The United Benefice communicate with the parishioners and anyone requesting its services and for it to meet its stated aim.
  • Personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other people who work on behalf of the United Benefice in order to carry out services connected to the church activity.
  • The United Benefice will never pass personal data to a third party without consent.
  • Parishioners and anyone requesting its services shall be made aware of their rights (for example, by adding a notice at the bottom of email communication advising people how to resume communication with the United Benefice).
  • The United Benefice shall take reasonable steps to ensure the personal data it holds is accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.
  • Personal data will be kept for as long as needed.
  • Personal data will be deleted upon request.
  • Personal data will be processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security (for example, by storing contact details in a password protected electronic file and a screensaver, hard copies will be held in a locked office and when emails are sent to people who do not know each other, these should be Bcc’d to ensure their email addresses are kept private. Another example is to delete old emails to/from people as most emails contain personal information).
  • The United Benefice will endeavour to ensure all people working on behalf of it (the Priest in charge, the church wardens, the members of the PCC, safeguarding officer and choir organiser, the benefice administrator, the organist, the bellringers and any volunteers) are aware of this policy and adhere to it.

The committee agrees that it will include a privacy notice on the website and in email communications.  This will state:

“We will keep your personal details safe and secure.  We will not share them without your agreement and if you want us to stop contacting you, please ask.

The data protection regulation requires that parishioners and anyone who requests the services of The United Benefice are informed about the personal details The United Benefice holds on them. This information is held for a legitimate interest to ensure The United Benefice can carry out services connected to the church activity. Should anyone no longer wish to be contacted by The United Benefice, please contact Ana Roxburgh on beneficeemail@gmail.com.


JUST TWO WEEKS TO GO….Hever Parish Council (covering Four Elms, Hever and Markbeech) – Annual Assembly

Tuesday 15th May 6 – 9pm Hever village hall (presentations start 6.30pm).

all welcome to hear short presentations from;
Kent Fire and Rescue service
Dr. Morrison (Edenbridge Health Centre)
Edenbridge Community First Responders

and to discuss our community spaces – what do we value and what would you like to improve ?

All most welcome, refreshments provided.

Rector’s Letter May 2018


May is going to be a busy and exciting month – it will see the beginning of the wedding season (including of course, the Royal wedding).

Ø  Christian Aid week will begin on 13th May

Ø   Rogation Sunday will be on 6th May when traditionally we beat the Parish boundary and stop to pray for good crops to grow.

Ø  Ascension Day will fall on Thursday 10th May, when there will be a special service at Markbeech.

Ø  Pentecost, the birthday of the Church will be celebrated on 20th May, and to round off the month ….

Ø  Markbeech will celebrate its patronal service on Trinity Sunday, 27th May … and then we can all take a rest on Spring Bank Holiday Monday.

Wow, what a month is in prospect!

Between Ascension Day and Pentecost (10 and 20 May), we can join with Christians all over the world to pray for more people to come to faith, under the banner of Thy Kingdom Come through the Pledge2Pray challenge. Quite simply, all you have to do is think of five people you know who are not Christians and pray for them. In all of our churches there are interesting explanatory booklets for you to take home, and prayer journals to help you join in.

In Rochester Diocese there will be special events and prayer initiatives which will be publicised and Rochester Cathedral will become a giant visual prayer for our Diocese, with prayers and displays from each deanery, encouraging everyone to pray for the growth of God’s kingdom throughout the Diocese.

Please join in and pray as you can for all that is happening in this busy month and for all who will be married in our Benefice this year.


Rogation Walk

Sunday 6th May 3.30pm-4.30pm

Rogation Sunday will be on 6th May when traditionally we beat the Parish boundary and stop to pray for good crops to grow. This year the walk will take place in Hever and we are going to meet at St Peter’s Hever at 3.30pm for a gentle afternoon walk. Teas and cake at the end.

If you do not wish to do the walk, join us for teas and cake at the church from 4.15pm onwards. Everyone welcome!

Rogation walk 2018

Hever Village Hall Survey

Hever Village Hall belongs to you as residents. Please help us, the current management, by completing a short survey to give us your views on what improvements could be made and how they can be funded. We also seek help in managing the Hall for future generations.

To give you some history:
When the 800 ‘navvies’ had finished their excavations for the 35 acre lake at Hever Castle in the early 1900s, their accommodation huts became redundant. One of them – built in the style, and with the materials, of a ‘Tin Tabernacle’, was kindly donated to the Villagers of Hever by Lady Violet Astor as ‘A Men’s Reading Room’.

Following two world wars, Hever Men’s Club was in no position to maintain, let alone improve it. This task was taken on by Hever Women’s Institute, who leased the Hall for a period, but eventually found the task too much, and the freehold was donated to Trustees, led by the Rev.Collins in 1946. The Hall has since prospered, most notably under the chairmanship of David Woollett who carried out major refurbishments and improvements, including new flooring and wall structures with insulation throughout, adding land for a paddock and car park and disabled toilet facilities in the 1980/90s.
Since then, further refurbishments have taken place including work on the car park, installing a new sewage system, double glazing, electrics, curtains and seating, repainting, et al…
Our ‘Little Red Hall’ owes it’s very existence as a thriving community asset to the involvement, forethought and generosity of Villagers

Looking to the future:
Hever Village Hall is a registered charity and is managed by a voluntary committee. We run it for the benefit of everyone in the community. Although the present and past committees have worked hard to maintain the Hall, we recognise that improvements are needed to update the facilities. (For example, in the near future we must repaint, or better still, re-clad the roof.)

We would be very grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete the short survey, whether or not you make use of the Hall

Thank you for your help.

The Hever Village Hall Committee
Registered charity number: 302763

Intercessions 29 April Ana Roxburgh

Dear Lord, we thank you for bringing us into your home today, to this dear place to us, a place of peace and tranquillity to worship, to give thanks for all the goodness in our lives, to pray for things that trouble us and to pray for us and our loved ones.   We pray for Wendy and thank you for the leadership and teaching that she provides to us.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We seek your blessing for our Queen and all the Royal family, and give thanks for their long and devoted service to our country and the Commonwealth. We are welcoming the newest member of the Royal family, the Queen’s sixth great grandchild and wish him all the best in his journey of becoming part of the Royal family. May Charles lead the Commonwealth with the calm and wisdom of his mother, when his time comes.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray that you will help your children less fortunate than ourselves, the suffering, the disadvantaged, the ones hit by natural disasters, injustice and discrimination. Please make your presence felt, bring them comfort and hope, give them strength and will power to restore their lives, their homes, and their dreams.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

Father of all creation, we pray for all those undertaking challenges. Whether they are learning to walk again, struggle to breath or challenge themselves for the benefit of others. Support our meaningful work to improve our lives and of those who surround us. Help us see beauty in our daily lives, in the simple things, the sunshine, flowers growing, bells ringing and appreciate the joys being able to use all our senses.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

God of hope, we are deeply moved by the death of little Alfie. Today we pray especially for his parents, as you God receive him in your tender embrace. We also pray for all the sick and their families, may they receive the treatment that they need, may they find your comforting arms and Your healing.

Lord in your mercy: hear our prayer

We pray for our parents, for the people that have shaped us to be, for all their love and happy memories we had together with them. We thank you for having them in our lives, but most of all we thank You God, Heavenly Father for coming into our lives and for holding our hand whenever we needed you.

 Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, 

Jesus Christ. Amen.

Information and news from the benefice of Hever, Four Elms and Markbeech churches in the Weald of Kent.

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