All Saints Godshill

Diocese of Portsmouth

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

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    Dear Friends,

    Next week sees three Rogation Days. Rogation days are days set aside to observe the change in the seasons and are tied to spring planting. The ones which fall next week, known as the Minor Rogations, are celebrated on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday immediately before Ascension Day, which falls on Thursday.

    Rogation days are intended to be days of prayer, which also used to include fasting, and were instituted by the Church as a time of penitence for our sins, to ask God’s protection against calamities and to pray for a good and bountiful harvest.

    The word comes from the Latin “rogare”, which means “to ask”; and the primary purpose of Rogation Days was, and is, to ask God to bless the fields and the Parish that they fall in.

    Rogation Days used to be marked by the recitation of the Litany of the Saints and, after Our Lady had been invoked, the congregation would walk the boundaries of the parish (Beating the Bounds) whilst reciting the rest of the Litany, sometimes with the addition of verses from the psalms.

    In this way, the entire parish would be blessed, the boundaries of the parish marked, and the procession would end with a Rogation mass.

    Although this tradition has largely lapsed these days, it is good, nonetheless, to remind ourselves of how the Church’s liturgical year is tied to the changing seasons.

    You may like to celebrate Rogation Days by yourself, by reciting the Litany of the Saints and, although be might be too much to walk round the whole parish, you could perhaps have a prayer walk round a portion of the boundary, or simply by remembering all who live in that area and praying for good weather and a fruitful harvest.

    On Friday 14th the Church remembers St Matthias. He was the disciple chosen by lot to replace Judas Iscariot, but apart from that very little is known about him. Like many of Christ’s followers, he was not famous, so his Feast is an appropriate day to remember all unsung faithful followers of Christ and give thanks for them.

    Matthias is also the patron saint of alcoholics, so please pray for all who are suffering from this illness, for their families and friends, and for the work of AA and Al Anon.

    My love and prayers,

    Deacon Corinne

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Regular Services:

All Saints, Godshill:

Sung Eucharist – Sundays 11:00am, Holy Communion Thursdays 9:30am

St Alban’s, Ventnor:

Sung Eucharist – Sundays 9:30am, Holy Communion Wednesdays 9:30am


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Should you feel anxious or worried or would just like a chat,
or to ask for prayers, please feel free to contact
Deacon Corinne on 07775 628593

Church Officers

Parish Priest (‘The Vicar’)

The Vicarage, Church Hill, Godshill. PO38 3HY.

Dn Corinne Smith – 07775 628 593


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 853690

Sunday School


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 Deacon Corinne, either after a service, or by phone.


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

WEDDINGS – Contact Deacon Corinne 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 Corinne or Jenny to take your loved-one’s funeral, phone (or ask the Funeral Director to phone) Deacon Corinne. 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