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NEIGHBOURS DRIVERS Volunteers required please

If you can spare a little of your time to take people to doctor’s or hospital appointments, we would love to hear from you.  We have offered this valuable service for many years and now – when it is needed more than ever before– we think we will have to cease the service in September, unless we can attract more drivers.  This voluntary role is subject to a DBS disclosure and Safeguarding training.  Those using the service should cover cost of fuel and parking.

Please contact Ann Saunders (860586).


We have been given two wheel chairs to pass on to anyone who may find them helpful. One of the chairs is a light weight one and easy to transport in a car.  Both appear to be in excellent condition.    

Rev Sharon (864265)

Family Support Work (FSW) raises over one thousand pounds

Thank you to everyone who supported Shirley’s coffee morning, the concert by the Ashdown Singers in April, the cake stall on Easter Sunday and the walkers and sponsors for the Easter Monday walk.

We have raised £1177.72 – a helpful sum which will enable FSW to support East Sussex families in crisis.  

If you would like to know more about this diocesan charity there are leaflets available in the porch of the church and Martin Auton-Lloyd, the chief executive will be coming to talk at the 9.30 am service on Sunday 23 June.

Mary Symes, Chair

FSW Rotherfield Deanery Committee

New Website!

We are celebrating the launch of our new website 🙂

If you have any ideas on what you would like to see on the website, any new features or simply have some feedback on the design or content then we would love to hear from you, so please Get in Touch.

The website includes a number of new features:

  • All new website – designed to work equally well on mobiles and tablets
  • Simplified navigation – making it easier to find the information you need
  • We have Upcoming Events which you can view as a list or a month-by-month calendar. Don’t want to miss an event? You can add each event to your own personal calendar (on either your phone, tablet or PC)
  • The News and Announcements page is the place to keep up to date on everything about the Church and it’s members.

The Dedication of the New Organ

Our new organ was dedicated by the Bishop of Chichester, the Right Revd Dr Martin Warner, at a special service held in church on 17th March 2019.

The picture below shows our Vicar (Revd Sharon Francis) with the Bishop, together with Chris Hartland (Director of Music), Colleen Thirkell (who engraved the lettering), Alistair Curtis (Organ Builder and Organist) and John Francis (Project Manager and Organ Builder’s mate!).

Our thanks are due to all of the above and also to everyone in the village who contributed financially, or in any other way, to ensure the success of the project.

Gaudate Omnes Gentes

Sing Praises, all you peoples!

New Rural Dean of Rotherfield announced

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner has appointed The Revd Sharon Francis as Rural Dean of Rotherfield to serve for the next five years.

The Revd Sharon Francis

“I do appreciate Sharon’s willingness to serve the Deanery in this role, alongside her ministry in the parish of St Thomas the Apostle, Groombridge. Please support her with your prayers and commitment to the Chapter and life of the Deanery.”

“We have been well served by The Revd James Packman as Rural Dean and wish him well in his new ministry in Bath and Wells.”

Dr. Martin Warner – The Bishop of Chichester

The Revd Sharon Francis took up the new Rural Dean post on 16th April.

She will be commissioned by the Archdeacon of Hastings, Edward Dowler, on 30 April 2018.