All Saints Church is part of the United Benefice of Lyndhurst, Emery Down and Minstead.
- Rector: Rev David Potterton email@example.com or 07468 527820
To get in touch with Minstead Parochial Church Council please contact the Parishes Office via firstname.lastname@example.org (023 8028 3175).
On Tuesdays from 12.30 Revd David is usually in Minstead until 5pm for anyone who would like to speak with him. Look out for him around the village.
You are warmly invited to:
- contact him in advance on 07468 527820 or
- call in to the trusty Servant between 2 and 3pm for a cuppa and a chat.
TOWER FUND APPEAL
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 Tower 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 Sylvia@dibben.net
Helen Bennett tel 02380 812358 e.mail email@example.com
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.