St Mary Magdalene Church

St Mary Magdalene Church, Cottingham is now part of the Welland Valley Benefice along with Ashley, East Carlton, Stoke Albany, Sutton Bassett, Wilbarston and Weston-by-Welland.

Christmas Services

12 Dec, 10.30am, Cottingham Church
Service with Dawn and James Watkins

24 Dec, 11.30pm, East Carlton Church
Midnight Mass

25 Dec, 9.30am, Cottingham Church
Christmas morning service

The Parochial Church Council has made the difficult decision not to host the services that attract large crowds inside the Church this year. This decision was made thoughtfully and with the best intentions and interests of the community we want to keep safe, with an eye on the continuing threat from Covid.

However, as shown on this page, there are still plenty of Christmas events for you to get involved with in the villages.

The Church will also be open every day from 20-24 December, from 10am-4pm, so the community has access for the whole of Christmas week.

In the Benefice

A Benefice Advent Bible study group led by Mark Payne started on 28 November (Advent Sunday). Mark Payne and Mike Southwell are both licensed readers within the benefice.

Grapevine – weekly benefice newsletter

The benefice is now producing a weekly e-newsletter called ‘Grapevine’. If you’d like to receive the newsletter, please contact Clare Holden on email

Meet our new vicar, Reverend Amanda Oliver

Our new vicar, Amanda Oliver, recently completed her curacy (apprenticeship) at Yardley Hastings Benefice between Northampton and Wellingborough. She is married to Darren and has two daughters, Megan (who now lives in Northampton) and Helena.

“It is a privilege to have been called to your beautiful parishes and I am looking forward to getting to know you all,” says Amanda. “Although I can’t be in each church every week, I am never that far away. Do come and find us throughout the benefice. My prayers are with you all, and I am excited to begin this next chapter in the life of God’s church here in this place.”

Amanda is pictured here (on the right) with Mary Freestone. You can contact her on email

Download letter from Rev Amanda Oliver

About St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene is the Parish Church for Cottingham and Middleton. The church dates from the 13th Century, although most of what we see now was built in the 15th Century. More history

Church 100 Club

The ‘100 Club’ is a type of private lottery that has been set up to raise funds for the maintenance, preservation and improvement of the Church. There are 100 numbers for sale at £5 a month each and you own your number for a year. Monthly draws are then held with three prizes, £100 for first prize, £50 for second prize and £25 for third.

If you’d like to take part, contact Brad Revell, telephone 772585 or Kathryne Tilley, telephone 770159.

Church wardens

Kathryne Tilley , 770159

Brad Revell , 772585

Angela Preston-Jones , 772297

Ann Sturman , 771343