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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

Update 09.08.20  Covid-19 pandemic arrangements: 


Each church in the Benefice is carrying out a Risk Assessment to enable the building to be opened for private prayer, taking into account Government guidelines for social distancing and sanitising. Notices will be placed on each church notice board with the details for that church. If you need any more information or guidance, please contact your Churchwarden or representative.

The following services are being held in the Benefice:

St Mary’s, Blakesley - a short Morning Service each Sunday at 10:30am

St Peter & St Paul, Maidford - a short Morning Service each Sunday at 9am

All Saints, Adstone - a service of Compline every Sunday at 6pm.

 St Martin’s, Litchborough – a short, informal service at 9.30am on 16th and 30th August

St Mary the Virgin, Farthingstone – a service of Compline at 6pm on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month


The Churchwardens of the Lambfold Benefice are pleased to announce that Revd Sue Stanley, currently Assistant Curate of the South Cleley Benefice has accepted the position of Rector of the Lambfold Benefice. Her Institution and Induction date will be announced in due course.

Please pray for Sue as she completes her ministry in the South Cleley Benefice and prepares for her new ministry in the Lambfold Benefice.
In the meantime the Lambfold Benefice is in interregnum. For information please contact your Church warden or email Sarah Rudkin, Benefice Administrator, at


The Readers Write:

Well, things seemed to have eased a little since May when I last contributed to this
column. I have witnessed men shaking with anticipation at that first pint, great
excitement at going to the garden centre and colleagues almost in tears of joy at having
managed to get a hair appointment. Whilst my wife has suggested that a haircut is long
overdue for me, I felt obliged to support the licensed trade and have paid a visit or two to
my local pub!

Something else has happened that has not caused quite as much widespread
excitement is the opening of our churches. Indeed, we have very recently been able to
hold services.

Whilst these services were “services, but not as we know it”, they have been well
received and certainly I have found it an immense comfort to enter into a place which for
centuries has been a haven of peace and safety.

As I said, the services are a bit different; no singing, social distancing and no coffee and
I was reflecting on this when I was reminded of the difficulties faced by some individuals
and groups of people around the world in following their faith openly and safely. There
are still many faiths that are subjected to oppression and worse throughout the
world. Where even the limited acts of worship that we can now enjoy can bring about
terrible repercussions. Of course, it is not just through faith that people are suffering; we
hear constantly of people who lack the very basics by which to live or face the everpresent
threat to life from war and oppression

Before Covid-19 hit, it would have been unthinkable for us not to be able to walk into our
church, pop around the corner to see friends, meet the locals in the pub, jetting off to
foreign lands and a whole host of things were suddenly taken away from us. Perhaps
we will have learned how valuable these are and will take more care over them in future.

I do hope that your holiday plans have come together as the children break up for
summer and I wish you all enjoyable summer with all your family.

All the best
Reader Paul



Please click on this link to access the website of 'The Nene Crossings Benefice' in Irthlingborough, where Fr John Hall will be conducting live-streamed services on Tuesdays at 12 noon, Thursdays at 9.30am, and Sundays at 10.30am.

Below are useful links to some other live-streamed and pre-recorded services and prayer resources which you may like to use during the COVID-19 restrictions:

Information from Peterborough Diocese on online services

Morning Prayer

Evening Prayer

Night Prayer

Links to Useful Information:

Getting Married in Church

Questions about Baptism

Click here to email the Benefice Safeguarding Officer

Click here to access Diocese of Peterborough Safeguarding Web Pages