St Bartholomew's Church A place of rest and calm

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Assistant Priest

Rev Lorraine Lawrence
Phone: 01233 750987


Rosemary Doyle
Phone: 01227 700296

Regular Services

First Sunday
9.30am - Group Service. A joint group service taking place in rotation at Waltham (January), Elmsted (February), Hastingleigh (March), Petham (April), and so on.

Second Sunday
8.00am - Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer).
10.00am - Messy Church at Bodsham School.
We join with Elmsted and Hastingleigh Churches in a Family Service at Bodsham Primary School.

Third Sunday
9.30am - Family Communion (Common Worship)

Fourth Sunday
9.30am - Morning Prayer Service at Elmsted (Common Worship)

Other Services

Fifth Sunday
10.30am - United Benefice Service at one of the eight churches in the Wye Benefice as advertised in What’s Happening

The Church

Church History

The village has been associated in the past with the Knights Templar and was originally called Temple Waltham, with a Chantry next to the beautiful 13th century church dedicated to St Bartholomew. The church's beauty rests in its simplicity of design and its unrivalled location looking down from its vantage point along the Duckpitt Valley. We have a peal of six bells with an active group of bell ringers. The church often hosts wine and wisdom evenings and open gardens as fund-raising events, with Lent lunches specifically aimed at raising funds for overseas projects. Village teas are held once a month in the village hall.

Along with the hamlets of Anvil Green and Ansdore it has a population of approximately 180 people of all ages many of whom work locally. Most of the younger children attend the Church of England Primary School at Bodsham whilst the older ones travel to school in Canterbury. Waltham has a very welcoming and caring community.

For pastoral concerns contact the Benefice Staff (phone: 01233 813793).

Ministerial Team

Waltham is part of the Parish Upon the Hills which is comprised of three churches, Waltham, Elmsted and Hastingleigh, administered by the Wye Benefice. A grouping of Waltham, Elmsted, Hastingleigh and Petham churches are in the charge of Rev Lorraine Lawrence, who lives in Hastingleigh. Funeral, Wedding and Baptism requests are welcomed. For more information, please refer to the Benefice website.

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