All Saints Godshill

Diocese of Portsmouth

Under the Patronage of the Guild of All Souls
and the Episcopal Oversight of the Bishop of Richborough

Regular Services:

All Saints, Godshill:

Sung Eucharist 11:00 am every Sunday
Holy Communion 9:30 am on Thursdays

St Alban’s, Ventnor:

Sung Eucharist 9:30 am every Sunday
Holy Communion 9:30 am on Wednesdays.


Magazine – June 2019
My Dear People Our Lord said: “I came to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were
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Annual Parochial Church Meeting – April 2019
The meeting tool place on Sunday 28 April 2018. Dennis Owen and Edward Holden were returned as Churchwarden and Deputy
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Magazine – May 2019
My Dear People Without its feminine dimension, the Church risks to become an old boy’s club and incapable of love,
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Magazine – April 2019
My Dear People It is a sad thing that in ‘First World’ countries more people go to church over Christmas
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Magazine – March 2019
My Dear People I apologise for having to delay the APCM. Apart from being ill, we had probably set too
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Magazine – February 2019
My Dear People It may seem boring, but who is elected to our church councils and what they do is
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Holocaust Memorial Day – Requiem Mass – Sun 27 January
All Saints, Godshill, will be offering a Requiem Mass for victims of Genocide, with a display of HMD materials starting
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Epiphany – Sunday January 6th 2019
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Magazine – December 2018
My Dear People I grew up when bumper stickers were popular. One of my favourites was: Mary and Joseph knew
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Quarter Peal of Grandsire Doubles – 17 November 2018
In honour of the 5 Island ringers who lost their lives in WW1: F Dennis (Godshill), F J Chiverton, A
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Church Officers

Parish Priest (‘The Vicar’)
Fr. John Ryder SSC,
The Vicarage, Church Hill, Godshill. PO38 3HY.
tel: 01983 300421
e-mail: johnmryder@mac.com
Dn Corinne Smith – 07775 628 593


Dr Jennifer Hopkins-Holder – 01983 852575


Dennis Owen (All Saints) – 01983 840591
Alan Philpott (St Alban’s) – 01983 852555

Deputy wardens

Edward Holden (All Saints) – 01983 842109
Peter Pye (St Alban’s) – 01983 853784

Sunday School

Brenda Ryder – 01983 300421


Sandra Cromie – 01983 638913
Andrew Pellow – 01983 612796

Tower Captain

Michael Marlow – 01983 840609
e-mail: mike_marlow@tiscali.co.uk

Safeguarding Officer

Bryan Haynes – 01983 840903
e-mail: bhaynesx@hotmail.com

NEWCOMERS – please don’t worry if you’re not sure ‘what to do’. Please feel free to bring your children (Ours don’t behave perfectly either!)

BAPTISMS (Christenings) – contact Fr. John, either by speaking to him after a service, or by ‘phoning him.

SUNDAY-SCHOOL – phone Brenda Ryder on 300421

BELL RINGING – If you wish to learn, contact the Tower Captain, Mike Marlow (840609)

WEDDINGS – Contact Fr. John in the first instance.

IF YOU ARE SICK – or someone whom you love is ill and would like to be visited by one of the clergy; or if you just wish them to be prayed for at the Sunday Service, contact any of the Church Officers.

IF YOU ARE BEREAVED – and would like a visit, or would like Fr. John (or Corinne or Jenny) to take your loved-one’s funeral, phone (or ask the Funeral Director to phone) Fr. John. If there is going to be a cremation, the service can either take place at the Crematorium, or, if you so wish, in church followed by a committal either at the church door or at the Crematorium.


The parish of Godshill covers much of the central south of the Isle of Wight. Besides the church of All Saints in Godshill itself, it also includes the anglo-catholic church of St Alban the Martyr in Upper Ventnor.

The church of All Saints has an unusual plan: a double nave and chancel of roughly equal width, small transepts, porch and north west tower, mostly in sandstone. It was built in the 14th century in the Perpendicular style – characterised by window tracery that has straight-sided panels, often cusped at the top and bottom.

The small south transept is late 15th century or early 16th century. Above the altar in St Stephen’s chapel is a most unusual wall painting of the same date or maybe earlier. Christ is shown on a cross of three branches, each branch dividing at the top into a further three. A curious shield-like motif attached to a fleur-de-lys is crossed by the branch below Christ’s right arm. Two scroll-bearing angels fly down from above, while a further four inscribed scrolls flank Christ. The painting is known as ‘the lily cross’.

In the north chancel the former altar table is dated 1631 and the communion rails, with turned balusters, are also 17th century.

All Saints has an outstanding series of monuments. The effigies of Sir John Leigh (died 1529) and his wife, Agnes, are alabaster. They lie on a canopied tomb with detailed work in Caen stone. There is a figureless monument to Richard Worsley (died 1565) who was Captain of the Island. In the north transept is grand marble monument to Sir Robert Worsley (died 1747), builder of nearby Appuldurcombe mansion, and his brother, Henry who was a classical traveller and collector. In the south nave is a monster monument to Sir Richard Worsley who died in 1805; it was erected well after his death by Lord Yarborough.

[Text courtesy of Albany Associates – www.albany-ballard.co.uk]

Mission Statement

To worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, and to tell of His love to all the world.

Faith Statement

We hold to the traditional Catholic Faith as taught by the Church of England.

As such we hope for our ultimate reunion with the ancient Churches of the East and West.

We give to the Mother of our Lord, holding especially dear her appearances at Walsingham.

Thus we pray that England once again may become The Dowry of Mary.

We are a traditionalist Church of England Parish under the episcopal oversight of the Bishop of Richborough and the Patronage of the Guild of All Souls and a member of The Society of St Wilfred and St Hilda

Christ crucified on a lily:  14th century mural in St Stephen’s Chapel, signifying those occasions (about 4 times a century) when Good Friday falls on Lady Day (The Feast of the Annunciation)

Links to more about the church:

Historian David Ross visits All Saints church in Godshill, Isle of Wight, with a church history, photos, and nearby historic places to visit. We love History! CLICK HERE

TripAdvisor with over 150 photos – CLICK HERE