St John the Baptist East Markham one of the churches in The Rivers Group

Welcome to the Rivers Group website. We are a group of Rural Parishes within the Retford area and all our Churches are Grade 1 listed and have stood in the centre of the villages for many centuries.

Even though our Church buildings are ancient we seek to proclaim the  Gospel in accessible ways for todays world, whilst still respecting tradition.

We hope that you will find this website useful in finding times  and dates of worship that are suitable to you. As you will see some of the Churches do not have regular services each week. You are most welcome to join any service in any of the Group.


Contact details are as follows:

East Markham Daphne Hardy gbhardy1@hotmail.co.uk 01777 870634

Askham John Townrow thetownrows@yahoo.co.uk  01777 838613

East Drayton and Dunham Tony Kirkham tonykirkham@hotmail.com 01777 248548

Headon and Grove Liz Bakewell rosemarybakewell546@btinternet.com 01777



Easter has passed; the great Christian festival which sharply distinguishes Christianity from every other religion is over for another year.  But Christians have been refreshed and strengthened by the certainty of God’s ultimate goodness and power through Jesus Christ.

The process for appointing a new incumbent continues with urgency.   Subject to legal agreement our new group, or benefice, will bring into the existing Rivers Group the parishes of Rampton, Laneham, Treswell with Cottam, and Stokeham.  As the new group covers such a wide area, and so many different communities, the Bishop has agreed that we should have a full-time priest, with a little financial support from the Diocese.   At a meeting on 12th March it was agreed in principle to have a single council as the statutory body for the benefice, whilst each church will obviously continue to have a very active voice within its parish.  Most importantly funds raised in a particular community for its church activities or buildings will be applied accordingly.

During the next month final details will be agreed so that in May we hope to be able to advertise for a new priest, offering a very rewarding post with many people able and willing to support and encourage the re-growth of Christianity and all that goes with it.  If you would like to signify your support it would be great if you would email EastMarkhamPCC@gmail.com.