All Saints Church

Loading Map....

Church Lane

SO43 7EX
United Kingdom

All Saints Church is part of the United Benefice of Lyndhurst, Emery Down and Minstead.


We woke up on Tuesday morning up trying to work out what the Prime Minister’s statement means for us as a Benefice. We are delighted that the planned reopening of our Churches for Sunday Services will go ahead on Sunday 7th March with services at St Michael’s, Christ Church and All Saints’.
STEP 1 – No earlier than 8th March.
Weddings are no longer restricted to ‘emergency circumstances’ and can take place in church but with only 6 people attending. Funerals continue with a maximum of 30 people attending.
STEP 2 No earlier than 12th April.
The number of people attending any Weddings in church rises from 6 to a maximum of 15 people. Number of people permitted at funerals remains at 30.
STEP 3 No earlier than 17th May.
Baptisms can once again take place in our churches. All Weddings, Funerals and Baptisms can have up to 30 people attending.
STEP 4 No earlier than 21st June.
All restrictions for worship, Baptisms, Weddings and funerals removed. It is imperative that we maintain all the necessary safety measures currently in place in regard to hand sanitising, mask wearing, social distancing and no social contact (discussions etc.). inside our church buildings until we are directed otherwise.
The safety of all those attending services remains our priority, just as it has always been. I hope that’s reassuring for those who are considering worshipping with us. With some caution, we are beginning to look at a programme of events across the Benefice through the summer and towards the end of the year.

From 7th March, we will once again be live-streaming our Sunday services at 9.30am via Facebook Live which you can view on our Facebook page ‘Church fo England in Lyndhurst, Emery Down and Minstead. We are so thankful to everyone who has continued to support our ministry, joined us Sunday mornings for our services and have journeyed with us through our Social Media platforms.
As we navigate our way through these uncertain times, we ask that you visit our website to book your place and for up-to-date service dates and times. Until further notice, booking for your place in church remains mandatory.

This Sunday
Join us for Sunday Worship from 10am this Sunday on our NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL or website – Please follow this link – All hymn words will be published on the screen.
Website link –
Readings: PSALM 19 & JOHN 2.13-22.
Tuesday to Saturday evenings during February at 6pm. Join us for a time of prayer via Facebook https://
Zoom with a view – Lent Course at 7:30pm.
Thank you to all those who attended the Zoom last week. The question this week is ‘Where are the thirsty in our community?’. It’s not too late to join us, please email Kate if you’d like to join.

‘Zoom with a View’ – Zoom log in details, running on the following dates.

Wed 3 Mar
Wed 10 Mar
Wed 17 Mar
Wed 24 Mar

Meeting ID: 230 576 5983
Password: Matthew25

Church Opening on the 7th March
– St Michaels – 8am BCP Holy Communion and a 9:30am Family Holy Communion. Our Wednesday Holy Communion will not re-start until Wednesday 17th March.
– All Saints’ – 11am Parish Holy Communion
Please go to to book your place.

‘STILL’ Prayer Meeting
Thursdays – 9.30am Zoom. ID: 774 5029 4172 PW: still

News from Christ Church
Once we open for Worship in the Benefice on the 7th March, services will be held only on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at Christ Church in Emery Down until after the 21st June 2021.

Some joy for this weekend
The Adoramus Better Late Than Never New Year’s Concert 2021 at 7.15pm pre programme, for 7.30pm start Saturday 27th Feb 2021 Please put the date in your diary and feel free to forward the invite onto your friends



To have a chat with Reverend David or to make an appointment to see him, you are warmly invited to contact him on 07468 527820.


As you may be aware our much loved Church is in need of funds to keep this beautiful building in good repair.

Do you have any unwanted possessions, in reasonable condition, which you would be willing to donate to the Fabric Fund Appeal?

If so either Helen Bennett or Sylvia Dibben (details below), authorised by All Saints Church PCC, will visit you with their identification.  You will be asked to give written confirmation of your gift.  the process will be confidential and, if you wish, anonymous.  Items will be sold or, as appropriate, auctioned, using reputable local auction houses

Anything suitable for sale/auction will be acceptable, for example, Pictures, Paintings, Rugs, Ornaments, Crockery, Small Furniture etc etc

On behalf of All Saints Church Minstead PCC please contact:

Sylvia Dibben tel 02380 812967 ​ e.mail


Helen Bennett tel 02380 812358 e.mail

All Saints History

In the 12th century a Norman Church was built and various additions have since been made. Although the present church building is not mentioned before 1272, the list of Rectors dates from 1279 and parts of the church are definitely of an earlier period.  The 17th century three decker pulpit is one of the most interesting features in the church. The lowest ‘deck’ was used by the Parish Clerk and was entered from the Nave, where he sat and was responsible for saying the ‘Amens’.  The Parish Clerk today is responsible for the maintenance of the Parochial Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths, but is no longer required to participate in services.  The middle and top levels were entered from the Chancel and were used respectively for the reading of the Scriptures and Preaching of the Sermon, as they are today. This type of pulpit is very rare and few examples exist.  The Font is possibly Saxon. In 1893 Henry James Abbott, who was doing some gardening, dug it up in the Old Rectory garden. He wheeled it up to the Church in his wheelbarrow and it was placed where it belonged.

Three Tier Pulpit and Saxon Font                               ACD Headstone

Three Tier Pulpit and Saxon Font                                                 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s headstone
There are two galleries; the first was for the Church minstrels to play their instruments and the second was possibly for the poor of the Parish or for the children of the Charity School.  There are two private pews, one for the occupants of Castle Malwood and the other, which now houses the organ, for Minstead Lodge. The extra long hat pegs were for the accommodation of the tall stovepipe hats that were worn by many men who attended church.There are six bells, the first was cast in the 15th century and is inscribed ‘Sancta Maria’. The second is inscribed ‘Love God R.B.1604’. The third is inscribed ‘In God is my hope 1638 J.H’. The fourth and Fifth were cast in 1980 by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and inscribed ‘By Subscription’. Following a successful fund raising effort by the Minstead bell ringers a new treble to augment the ring to six bells was installed in June 2013 and is inscribed ‘Taylors of Loughborough 2013’.
A key attraction in the Churchyard is the grave of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.



Upcoming Events

  • No events in this location