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.


There are services at both St Michael’s and All Saints’ this Sunday. Please allow additional time to sign in at the door on arrival. Thank you. Reverend David will livestream the service via Facebook –

-Sunday 16th May.Readings Acts 115-17. 21-end. John 17.6-19.
-St Michael’s – 8am Holy Communion BCP
-St Michael’s – 9:30am Service of Hope and Healing with Holy Communion followed by a short PCC meeting to agree the annual report.
-All Saints’ – 11am Parish Holy Communion, with Lynda Mead
-All Saints’ – 6pm Taiźe

-Sunday 23rd May, Pentecost Sunday. Readings Acts 2.1-21. John 15.26-27;16.4b-15.
-St Michael’s – 8am Holy Communion BCP
-St Michael’s – 9:30am Service of the Word
-Christ Church – 11am Parish Holy Communion
-All Saints’ – 9:30am Funday Sunday – Come and build a lighthouse with us!

-Sunday 30th May. Readings Isaiah 6.1-8. John 3.1-17.
-St Michael’s- 8am Holy Communion BCP
-St Michael’s – 9:30am Service of the Word and APCM during the morning service. Join us as we reflect on the past year and plan for a new year, serving our community.
-All Saints’ – 11am Service of the Word

-Church opening days and times for private prayer
St Michael’s – NOW opening Wednesdays 10am – 4pm
Christ Church – Wednesdays 1 – 4pm.
All Saints’ – Wednesdays for prayer 8am – 12 midday

From 1st June, St Michael’s will be open for private Prayer every day from 10am to 4pm. We are looking for volunteers to support the opening and closing rota. If you’re able to help, please contact Kate Thank you.

YOU ARE LOVED – St Michael’s – We are looking for volunteers this week to sort the ‘You are Loved’ postcards into street-packs ready for delivery. Please contact Reverend David if you’re able to help / 07468 527820

Similar help will be required for Christ Church and Minstead.


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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