Boughton Aluph and Eastwell

The parish of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell is blessed with three churches:

St Mary´s, Eastwell, sadly collapsed in 1951 after suffering vibration from military equipment in Eastwell Park during WW2 and it was abandoned until it was taken over by the Friends of Friendless Churches. It is in a beautiful location by Eastwell Lake and is accessible from Lenacre Street.

All Saints, Boughton Aluph, is a 13th century pilgrims church, on the Pilgrims Way and some distance from the centre of the village. Over the last 20 years it has been extensively renovated, thanks to the hard work of the restoration committee and with funds from many different sources but chiefly English Heritage. The beautiful South Transept window is a 21st century work of art and replaces the one damaged by a bomb and blocked up for many years. It was paid for with money raised by the Stour Music Festival Appeal Fund, in memory of Alfred Deller. The south porch and the pilgrims´ kitchen have also been opened up and restored to provide disabled access. All the windows have been cleaned and restored in 2009 and several contain mediaeval glass. Lack of heating means it is the "summer church"and from May to October there are regular Sunday services, weddings and events of many different kinds. A highlight of every year is the Stour Music Festival at the end of June. All Saints is usually open every weekend during the summer.

St Christopher´s, Boughton Lees, is the "winter church". Originally a mediaeval hall house, then a barn, then the village school, it was adopted as a Chapel of Ease in the 1950s and is used for weekly services from October to May.

There is also a Baptist Chapel in the village and Christmas services are often shared between the churches.

The village of Boughton Aluph has a beautiful village green, the Lees, at its centre, home to its flourishing cricket club and used every year in June for the Boughton Lees Pleasure Fayre. There are many active clubs in the village, mostly meeting in the iron Room, beside the Lees, originally constructed of corrugated iron but recently beautifully rebuilt.

For pastoral concerns contact the Benefice Staff