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Welcome to the website of
The Lambfold Benefice

A group of five Anglican rural parishes

in the geographical centre of England

Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team


The Lambfold Benefice is now in Interregnum until a new Rector is appointed. In the meantime, please contact your Churchwarden for information about churches, services etc (see Benefice contacts page for details).


Reverend Carolyn writes.....

At the end of an evening out with friends, when we stand up to say goodbye, we naturally want to say thank you. Just so, I send you my heartfelt thanks as I look back over the last years, first as Assistant Curate and then as Rector. I will remember you as harmonious, gentle people, hospitable and loving to each other and to me for which I am very grateful. I treasure the ways I have been privileged to serve you - weddings, christenings and in the funeral services we have shared. I will remember especially those who have worshipped God with me, Sunday after Sunday, for the beauty of the choir, and for all the various meetings of church councils, for the plans we have made, some of which are in the long grass, but some of which have come off. I have enjoyed being with the children and staff of the school and for the many Trusts I have been part of for the benefit of our villages. All of this I will take with me when I leave.

I don't quite know of course what it will be like to be away from here, but like a child with a happy childhood, because of all your support, I look forward with confidence. Above all, I want you to do the same. In October there will be interviews for the new Rector and I know that you will be welcoming whoever comes, because that is how you are.

My last Sunday services are on September 4th and there is a service of farewell at St Mary's at 9.30 a.m. on September 11th. If you are free to come on that day, I will be glad to see you but if other things call or you are still on holiday, make the most of it!

I send you my love and prayers,



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