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.  


Intercessions July – Flora Nedelcu

Heavenly Father, we pray for our minds to be stilled and our hearts to be wide open.

We are fellow travellers in a river of faith that has flowed in this place since the foundation of Markbeech church and we ask for strength, guidance and joy in our journey of hope.

We pray for the church, congregations across the world, and we ask for your blessing on this church and parish. We thank you for the inspiring devotion of Wendy and our church wardens and we ask your blessing upon them.

Lord in your mercy….

Lord, we pray for peace in this turbulent world. We pray for truth, so often discarded. We pray for the courage to be truthful to ourselves, to speak the truth as we see it, to speak your truth, and to stand up for the truth in both public and private life.  We ask for your blessing on our Queen, and for your guidance for the leadership of our country and for the communities it contains.

Lord in your mercy…

Lord we remember those whom we grieve for, as we remember those amongst us who mourn.  We bring the living to you those known to us who suffer hurts of the body or the mind. We ask for your comfort and the healing balm of your love, for ourselves and for each other.

Lord in your mercy…

Lord we pray for our local community, the parish and churches of Markbeech, Hever and Four Elms, we ask your blessing on all who live and worship here and on the beautiful land that sustains us. We pray that we are always welcoming to those who come to visit our church, our community, the woods and walks. We pray in this long hot summer for our farmers and gardeners, who grow food and beauty in good measure to nourish us.

Merciful father, accept these prayers…..

WWI Event! Save the date!

Do come to a concert in Hever Church on Saturday 10 November to mark the momentous year that was 1918. It was the end of World War I and the beginning of votes for women….. meanwhile flu took its toll, and the housewives of Hever carried on making jam!

The performers are all local and much of the material has a local connection. Tickets are £7.50 on the door or from Joanna Wade 07958 919631.

There are also small exhibitions about the villages in wartime in all three churches in the Benefice – researched by the Eden Valley Museum and sponsored by the Hever Charity. These will run until the end of the year.

1918 event


Saturday, 8th September 2018 at 7:00pm Doors open at 6:45pm
Hever Village Hall
Tickets are now on sale on http://www.bookitbee.com/hever or via phone on 07958 919 631

A great night out for all the family. With dancing in the village hall and two marquees with hay bales for everyone to sit, chat and eat their BBQ on.

You won’t go hungry with local burgers and sausages, salads and splendid homemade desserts! The bar has beers, wines and soft drinks to quench the dancers thirst! Vegetarian options are available, please make sure that you book these so that we can plan the catering!

The band has a great caller who will explain the steps and make sure that everyone has a great time. We always have a wide range of ages from toddlers through teenagers to octogenarians -dancing optional – but fun for all.

Country & Western / Cowboy fancy dress optional, but you my win a bottle of bubbly, with children prizes too.


Saturday 14th July from 1pm

Family day out, steam engines, pony rides, local arts and crafts, schools stalls, THE maze, vintage vehicles, beer tent, cakes, a Spitfire flypast by the Battle of Britain, something for all the family. Come along and support your village community!

Calling all bakers, get your apron on and create that winning showstopper…

Bake off image

Rector’s Letter Summer

The summer has truly arrived, and the holiday season is upon us. There are events across the Benefice for us to enjoy – including summer fetes, school events and open gardens. Community spirit is certainly alive and well – so many people are working very hard to make every one a success, and this is a good opportunity to thank everyone for all the hard work that goes into evert event.

Talking of moving on, we learned back in May that our Link Editors, Ana and Daryl Roxburgh are looking to concentrate on other things from September onwards. Therefore THE LINK NEEDS A NEW EDITOR – and very soon! It is such an important link throughout our Benefice – it unites the Parishes and all the community. As the founding editor of the Link in the early 1980s, I have more than a little interest in making sure that it goes from strength to strength! Ana and Daryl are happy to help during a hand-over period. We’re happy to consider different options – perhaps even a team of editors, to ease the load and bring a different perspective month by month. Please call me or Ana if you’d like to talk about your ideas.

July is also the time for many of the pupils at our schools. It is the end of an academic year and a time when some must say good-bye and prepare to move on to the next stage. There are new opportunities ahead and new experiences to be had. We all wish them well as they look ahead to a future full of possibilities.

I wish everyone a very happy summer time and look forward to the happy buzz of activity at the events mentioned in this issue – starting (of course) with the Four Elms fete on 14th July – see you there!



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.

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

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