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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  • Easter 2

    Dear Friends,

    For some people Monday is being regarded as “the glorious 12th”, with the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions, and “non-essential” shops reopening, as well as hairdressers and other establishments; and outdoor service restarting in pubs, restaurants and cafes.

    For many people this will come as a welcome end to some of the restrictions we have been enduring over past months, but the Government is rightly urging us all to maintain social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing, in order to limit the numbers of infections which are likely to follow as more people are out and about and mixing more freely.

    For others, this will be an anxious time and it will take time to build confidence about starting to go about daily life outside the confines of home once again. For those who have been shielding, this will be especially challenging and I ask your prayers for those known to us in our church family to whom this applies.

    Monday will also be the funeral of Tony Steele, much-loved member of Good Shepherd congregation, and also known and loved by many people at Godshill. His funeral will be conducted by Anne Davis, at Good Shepherd church at 10.30, followed by burial at Bridgecourt Cemetery.

    Please pray for the repose of Tony’s soul, and remember Janet and all the family at the sad time.

    Last week, the funeral of Sue Goff’s mother, Doreen, took place at St Alban’s, followed by burial at Ventnor cemetery. Please pray for the repose of Doreen’s soul, and remember Sue and all her family, as they mourn Doreen’s loss.

    Although death of course brings such sadness, as we remember those whom we will no longer see again in this life, we can take comfort from the message of Easter; that through his life, death and resurrection Christ conquered death and opened the way for us to everlasting life.

    This won’t stop us feeling sad, but we can mourn our loved-ones in the knowledge that death does not have the final word. Jesus’ resurrection shows us that our earthly death is, in fact, the gateway to eternal life with him; and so we can rightly sing, ”Thine be the glory”, with tears pouring down our faces.

    All Saints’ will be open daily for private prayer from Wednesday 14th.

    Christ is risen, alleluia, alleluia! He is risen indeed, alleluia, alleluia!

    With my love and prayers,

    Deacon Corinne

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    The image is the beginning of the Gospel of St John in the “Coronation Gospels” (Cotton MS. Tiberius A. II, f. 162r). The manuscript was damaged by fire in 1731, the parchment leaves subsequently being mounted in paper frames. It is to be found in the British Library. Creative Commons CC0 License

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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


Dear Friends, It is a great joy that this Sunday, July 26th we will be back in church for mass
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Dear Friends, A group of willing volunteers, including Jean Peters who is featured in the photo, spent two hours in
Dear Friends, I am happy to be able to tell you that, all things being equal, All Saints’ will be
Dear Friends, As we start to move toward the churches being open again for public worship, I just wanted to
Today's daily prayer comes from the Rev Deacon Corinne Smith, from the parishes of All Saints, Godshill, St Alban's, Ventnor,
Dear Friends, you will have seen the Government announcement that churches are to be allowed to open for services again
Dear Friends, Next Wednesday the Church remembers and gives thanks for the life, ministry and legacy of John The Baptist.
Dear Friends, I expect you will have heard that the Government has said that churches may open for private prayer
Trinity Sunday
Dear Friends, One of the benefits of Lockdown being eased somewhat is that it has become possible to see people


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