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.



So here we are, just over a week into our new lockdown ‘routine’. We are keeping up with digital activities so please make sure you are following us on Facebook  Where possible, we also share to our Youtube Channel

We start this email with a request. Do you have a copy of ‘The Snowman’ DVD that Reverend David could borrow in December? Please let Kate know if you do – / 07776221663.


Sunday Worship – Sunday 15th November at 9:30am
LIVE on Facebook from St Michael all Angels Church

Morning Prayer – Tuesday to Saturday at 9:30am
LIVE on Facebook. Do you have any prayer requests? Please let Reverend David know. If you would like to lead daily prayer, please contact Kate

Advent Booklets
As part of our support for St Michael’s School, last year we provided booklets for every child in the infant school, sharing the story of Advent. They were really appreciated by the school, the parents and worth their £75.00 cost. Last Christmas we were fortunate enough for someone to fund this cost. If you’d like to support the Advent booklets for the school this year, please contact Kate, 07776 221663. Thank you kindly.

Advent Course
Information to follow next week on this years Advent course. Planned dates – Tuesday evenings on Zoom – 1st, 8th and 15th December.


Sunday Worship – Sunday 22nd November at 9:30am
LIVE on Facebook from Christ Church

Evening Prayer – Tuesday to Saturday at 5pm
LIVE on Facebook. Please send any prayer requested to Reverend David.

PCC Meeting
The first PCC meeting for St Michael’s is Thursday 26th November, on Zoom at 7pm

Further information will be posted here when it become available or please contact the Benefice Office on 023 8028 3175, email and follow All Saints Church on Facebook.

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 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


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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