Welcome to St. Martin's Church Desford

  • Village Takes A Step Back In Time

    Take a step back in time this summer, when the streets of Desford come alive with its rich and fascinating history.
    A special festival will take place in the village over the Weekend of July 2nd and 3rd.

    Desford will be divided into time zones, from the medieval era to the world wars. 

    In each zone, residents and visitors will be transported back in time by a whole host of re-enactors, musicians, actors and entertainers – experiencing what Desford might have been like in each era.

    The festival will also officially launch a brand new heritage trail around the historic village, which will be unveiled for the first time during the weekend’s festivities. 

    The trail comprises of 16 heritage boards, which will showcase specific aspects of Desford’s history and provide a legacy for future generations of villagers.

    The project, a joint initiative by two prominent community groups – Desford & District Local History Society (DDLHS) and Desford in Bloom (DiB) - has taken nearly five years to get off the ground, from funding to fruition.

    Chair of Desford Parish Council, Colin Crane, said “The completion of the heritage trail is such a fantastic achievement. It will really connect residents and allow them to discover so much more about their village.”

    Kate Twitchin, member of DDLHS, has led the project from its infancy and devised the idea for a special festival weekend.

    Kate said: “I have lived in the village most of my life and having the opportunity to share its history has been a privilege. We are so lucky to live in a place where its origins stretch so far back in time. That deserves to be celebrated and preserved. 

    “The festival will provide the perfect opportunity to unveil the trail to the public and to put on the biggest celebration of Desford’s history that it has ever seen.”

    Dozens of community groups, including the churches, schools, pubs, shops and other local businesses are involved with the staging of the festival.

    Desford Parish Councillor and member of Desford in Bloom, Pat Crane, said: “Desford has had many new residents during the pandemic who have not been able to experience what our village has to offer. This is a unique opportunity to do just that - showcasing all community groups and celebrating residents’ shared heritage.”

    There will be a fusion of history around Desford as residents and visitors experience everything from Medieval sword fighting to life in a Victorian school room and much, much more. 

    The village will be alive with the sights, smells and sounds of each unique time period in this fun-packed weekend.

    There is a 1940s night planned for Saturday 2nd July, with entertainers set to recreate some of the era’s classic music. Tickets for this will go on sale in February, so keep your eyes peeled because it’s first come first served.

    Further details about the festival and the heritage trail can be found at: www.facebook.com/desfordheritage

    The book is 78 pages long and begins with recollections of my childhood in Desford in the 1950s and 1960s.
    Buyers will pay £8.99, and all profits will go to the Church.

    Parts of the Church Clock have been ticking for almost 400 years it now needs a considerable sum spending on it. This this will be the focus of the funds raised.

    If you would like a copy, please text me on 07570969997, email me on 
    michael_lower10@hotmail.com or write to me at
    Brignall House,
    Great Addington 
    NN14 4 BH.

    Please let me know your name and contact details.
    Michael Lower.



    Confirmation & Baptism

    On Sunday 25th September 2022 in the evening, our Benefice will be hosting the Bishop (Martyn or Saju, TBC) for a Deanery Confirmation service at St Martin’s Church.  I’ve already had some enquiries from people who would like to be Confirmed and so we’re planning to organise a short preparation course for those who may wish to consider being Baptised or Confirmed.  Baptism and Confirmation is a wonderful way of declaring your faith publicly and receiving the blessing and support of the wider church family in your Christian journey. 
    If you’re interested in this or would like to talk further, please speak to Gareth and he’d love to involve you.  Depending upon who wants to be involved we will then find dates/times that work best for the group.

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    Services Can Be Seen Online

    We will continue to have online services on Sundays, these will be available by 5pm on the Sunday.

    These will continue in September after our break in July and August.

    Weekly Groups

    Online Weekly Monday Night Prayers 7.30pm (20-30min)

    This is a chance to come together to pray for our communities and for those further afield. Please do join Gareth and Rob as we gather to pray. This will be hosted on Zoom, which is a free videocall platform, so if you’ve not used Zoom before please do let Rob or Gareth know and they’ll be happy to offer some advice.
    These are the login details…

    Monday Night Prayer Link

    Meeting ID: 881 9851 0430
    Password: eveprayers

    Coffee & Chat (Tuesday)

    On Tuesdays from 10.30am to 12pm in St Martin’s Church Hall you are invited to come along to Coffee & Chat.  This is an informal social group, open to anyone, just turn up and stay for as long as you like.  Please bring a facemask.

    Wednesdays at 8am – BCP Holy Communion service 

    Rainbows Toddler Group (Wednesday)

    Calling all toddlers, on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 11.30am, we have fun, games, snacks & some songs in St Martin’s Church Hall.  Do bring your parent or carer along and join in the fun.  There is a charge of £2, but we think that’s a bargain, so do come along! Adults please bring a facemask.

    Craft Group (Thursday)

    The craft group is on Thursdays in St Martin’s Church. The group meets from 10am until 12pm for a chat and all sorts of crafts, just bring along a project you’d like to work on, we’d love to welcome you. Please bring a facemask

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    St Mart’s & St Bart’s KIDS ONLINE 

    We will be doing a bi-weekly Kids Online service.  As with our regular online service, this will be found on our YouTube channel
    When? Every other week on Sunday… 
    What is it? a 10-minute, child-oriented service, with worship, story and activity
    Please do spread the word and let us know what you think.

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    Users of St. Martin's Desford Church Hall 2022


    • Table Tennis – January – March 10.30am 11.30am, 7.00pm – 10.00pm


    • Coffee & Chat: weekly 10.30am – 12 noon
    • Lunches: 2nd Tuesday in month 12.30 – 2.00pm 
    • Loving Hands: 4th Tuesday 1pm – 4pm
    • Rainbows (5 – 7 year olds) 4.45pm – 5.45pm term time
    • Brownies (7 – 10 year olds) 6pm – 7.30pm term time
    • Guides (10 – 14 year olds) 7.30pm – 9pm term time


    • Rainbows (weekly Mums & Toddlers) 9.30am – 11.30am term time
    • Living Sober 6pm


    • Zumba 10am on 1st, 2nd & 4th Thursday
    • Forget me Not, on the 3rd Thursday 10.30am
    • Exercise Class 5.30 - 7pm
    • Yoga 7.30pm  on 1st, 2nd & 4th Thursday
    • Desford Wine Circle on 3rd Thursday 7.30pm


    • Tai Chi 2-3pm


    • Occasional bookings for parties etc

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    P.Stokes (Website Editor)
    Email: webmaster@stmartinsdesford.org.uk


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  • Safeguarding

    Safeguarding At
    St. Martin's

    If you have a safeguarding concern,
    then please contact our local Safeguarding Officer Kay Smith
    07928 657736.

    If you wish to speak to the
    Diocesan Safeguarding
    Team, or to someone outside the church, their contact details are
    available here

    St Martin's Church Desford PCC has adopted the Church of England's Safeguarding Policy Statement when putting into place measures to Safeguard Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults. Promoting A Safer Church