All Saints Church

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Church Lane

SO43 7EX
United Kingdom

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


Dear friends

We really hope that you were able to ‘join’ us last Sunday during the ‘LIVE’ Facebook Sunday Worship. A reminder for anyone who doesn’t have Facebook that you are able to watch the service on Youtube or via our website (all the links are below). The service cannot be uploaded to Youtube or Facebook until AFTER it finishes and the upload speed has been sufficient to accommodate the upload it.

Revd. David has shared this week’s hymns for us all for this coming Sunday, please click Worship Songs Sunday 17th January to see.

Join us for Sunday Worship Sunday’s at 10am –

YouTube and The New Forest Parishes website, available later in the day each Sunday.

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Thursday – 9.30am Zoom ‘Still’ Prayer meeting. Please contact Kate for the log in details.

All Saints’ ”Remembering a loved one at Christmas” and Friends of Lyndhurst Surgery’s “Hope, Wishes and Prayers.”
You are invited to an online Service of Blessing; Sunday January 24th, 2pm.
Broadcast LIVE from All Saints’ Church, Minstead.
Revd. David will lead this service to bless the many hopes, wishes, prayers and memories written at All Saints’ Minstead lychgate and at the F.O.L.S. Christmas tree in Lyndhurst High Street.
By necessity, he will be alone in All Saints’ Church; it will not be possible for anyone else to attend in person.
Please do join him “virtually”; live online via Facebook ( It is recommended that you join the service at 1.50pm to ensure that you are ‘present’ when the service starts.
· or, once the service is over and has been uploaded, you may watch it via the Benefice YouTube channel or website.
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Revd. David says “The value placed on our Churchyards as places for remembrance, reflection and healing is often understated. The success of the ‘All Saints’ Lychgate Roundels project’ would suggest that for many, visiting the churchyard over Christmas and the New Year has been a real comfort during these troubling and unsettling times. Visitors wrote the names of loved ones they carried in their hearts at this time and tied the named roundels to the lychgate, where they hung as a prayer. During that period, names were written on more than seventy roundels, with some requests coming from folk on the other side of the world! It has been our privilege to pray for everyone named on each roundel.

During the ‘Service of Blessing’ at All Saints’ Minstead, the roundels will be ‘offered to God’ as we remember the names of loved ones and friends written by local and visitors alike; all who felt the pain of separation and the burden of anxiety sufficiently to write a name on a ‘Roundel’ as an expression of sadness as well as gratitude and hope.

Also over the Christmas period, The ‘Friends of Lyndhurst Surgery’ (FOLS) put their Christmas Tree in Lyndhurst High Street, offering the opportunity for folk in the community as well as visitors to remember their loved ones by writing names on ‘decorations’ and fixing them to the tree outside the Working Mens’ Club. These names will be blessed during the same service.”

Please do join Rev’d David online by one of the means shown.
Any questions, please contact Kate by Her work hours are Mon, Wed and Fri mornings only between 0930 – 1230hrs.


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.



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