Church of England Diocese of Chichester Beeding and Bramber with Botolphs

Church Magazine

The Parish Magazine of

Beeding and Bramber

with Botolphs


The Rector, The Rev’d Emma 

and the Parish of Beeding and Bramber with Botolphs congratulate

 The Rev’d Shirley, Ass’t Curate

 On her recent Graduation

A letter from the Bishop of Chichester 

 I was recently asked by a reporter whether in the diocese of Chichester Ash Wednesday has become more popular – like Christmas is.

My own experience of offering “ashes to go” outside Brighton station was very informative. Generally, people on their way to work were not very interested and sometimes hostile.

People with a bit of Christian formation and experience were more pleased to see us. I sensed that for some of them, this was an invitation to re-connect with the season of Lent and the renewal of their faith. For others, it was encouraging, giving permission for the hidden, private practice of their faith to be affirmed by someone else in public.

The message of Lent is cheering and simple: God loves you and the Church is starting preparations to celebrate that fact at Easter.

But this year, in particular, the ashes with which we began this season of Lent offered a serious statement of protest.

s destructive fires raged in Australia, ash was everywhere. Our ashes were an identification with all who are the victim of climate change and environmental damage. But perhaps more importantly, ash was an even clearer symbol of the Christian call to repentance, a radical change of heart.

Extinction protests have certainly become more popular. But we might have more yet to do to make the Lenten discipline of repentance more popular within the Church, in order to become a catalyst for repentance in society and global change.

My hope and prayer is that we might emerge from this Lent with a greater sense of reverence for the earth and all its inhabitants. The celebration of Easter will then be marked by a different, freer, lighter way of living, rather than a return to damaging habits we had tried to give up for the time being.


Lent Groups

There will be two Lent groups which will run weekly on Mondays 2 - 3.30pm and Tuesdays 7.30 - 9pm. These will commence the week beginning 2nd March.  The topic will be The Lord's Prayer based around the 24/7 Prayer Course.

If you would like to join one of our Lent Groups this year, please contact the Parish Office for further details on 01903 815850 or [email protected]

Lent Lunches

12 noon Saturday

in the Gladys Bevan Hall, Church Lane

Please join us for a simple lunch. 

7th March

14th March

21st March

28th March

Everyone welcome




Palm Sunday 5th April

 9.30am Procession from the Tollgate

to St Peter’s Church

 10.00am Sung Eucharist at St Peter’s Church

Monday 6th April

8.00pm Compline at St Peter’s Church

Wednesday 8th April

7.30pm Stations of the Cross at St Peter’s Church

 Maundy Thursday 9th April

7.30pm The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday and the Watch

at St Peter’s Church

Good Friday 10th April

2.00pm Veneration of the Cross at St Peter’s Church

 Easter Saturday 11th April

10.00am Come and Help Build an Easter Garden

at St Peter’s Church

Easter Sunday 12th April

6.00am Dawn Service at St Nicholas Church

10.00am All Age Eucharist

at St Peter’s Church



Rev’d Emma Graeme

The Rectory  Church Lane  Upper Beeding

West Sussex  BN44 3HP

Tel: 01903 810265  Mobile: 07484700577  Email: [email protected]


Rev’d Shirley Tupper

Tel: 01903 918287  Email: [email protected]

SAFEGUARDING OFFICER:     Jacqui Dommett Tel:  01903 815850

READERS:  James McGuire and John Marchant

THE PARISH OFFICE:  Open 9am-12noon Tuesday and Thursday

Gladys Bevan Hall  Church Lane  Upper Beeding

West Sussex  BN44 3HP

Tel:  01903 815850  Email:  [email protected]


Church Lane  Upper Beeding  West Sussex  BN44 3HP

Church Warden:  Ian Tovey  Tel:  01903 812413


The Street  Bramber  West Sussex  BN44 3WE

Church Warden:  Miles Cary  Tel:  07976362914


Annington Road  Botolphs  West Sussex  BN44 3WB

Under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT)


Email: [email protected]

THE PARISH MAGAZINE:  Produced quarterly.

Email: [email protected]

PEW SHEET:  Produced weekly with Sunday readings and up to

date information.


Tel:  01903 816400


 Find out each week what is happening in Beeding, Bramber and Botolph by signing up to our free Community newsletter on Whether you are an individual raising money for a charity, a local business offering special deals, the Parish Council, the School, the Churches, indeed whoever you are, we invite you to register and join. Simply post details of your event, then a weekly email will be sent out with all the events that are happening that are connected to these villages, keeping everyone who has registered informed of local events and offering those who run events a medium to be able to advertise.  If you fancy helping to publish the newsletter (it’s not difficult) ring Adrian on 01903 812139.


 We need to recruit bell ringers for St Peter’s.

The bell ringers meet throughout the year on Friday evenings. Ringers can be any age (9-90ish).  Please contact Mia Pullen for further details on 01903 816400 Email: [email protected]

Welcome to Worship

At the 3bs there are three Churches, St Peter’s Upper Beeding,

St Nicholas Bramber and St Botolphs, Botolphs which is now under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT)

Patterns of Worship

Most Sundays

8.30am St Nicholas Said Eucharist

10am St Peters Sung Eucharist

2nd Sunday

Is our all age worship 10.00am at St Peters.  The service is tailored for all ages. Come along and join the fun!

5th Sunday

No 8.30am at St Nicholas

10am St Peters Sung Eucharist with a service of Healing following straight afterwards.

 2nd and 4th Mondays

Christian Meditation Service

10am at St Peter’s.  The candlelit silent meditation will last about 20 minutes and full instructions about how to meditate will be given before it starts. There will also be a recorded talk with more information about meditation in the Christian tradition and how it can benefit our spiritual lives.  We finish with music and prayers.

 Last Thursdays

7.30pm at St Peter’s.  Our Taizé Service is open to anyone and everyone.  We hold a prayerful service in candlelight singing Taizé chants and studying scripture. Much of this is in silence and is for private mediation but we gather together in God’s presence and lasts about half an hour

 The 3bs Parish Prayer Group

We meet on every other Thursday at 3.30pm, in St Peter’s Church. We pray for all aspects of the parish, from the school to farms and businesses.

Patronal Festivals and other special occasions.

We gather together as one body to celebrate some services and details will be on the Pew Sheet which can be found in the churches.

Jesus and Me (JAM)

Jesus and Me is the name of our Sunday School. We have a thriving group of young people who gather in church at St Peter’s on a Sunday during term time.  They then go off to our church hall for some fun learning time. We welcome others to join them.

THE GARDEN                 Easter morning Poem by Mary Levett   

Another dawn - a sunrise                        From the rocks

As any other                                            New life radiates

And yet                                                   And Stones

A new peace is here                                Shining out

Pervading each part                                From an empty Tomb

A new joy is here                                    Where once he lay

Filling each plant and animal                 HE IS RISEN ! 

With praise                                             HE IS RISEN !


The Parish of Beeding and Bramber with Botolphs has a long tradition of Prayer, going back over 1000 years to the time when there was a Priory for Benedictine monks, and that tradition is still alive today.

Prayer can be seen as old fashioned and all about asking for things and saying sorry and not much use for everyday life. The truth is far from it. Prayer is like any other form of communication, the only difference is that it is between us and God. When you are feeling down, going and talking to someone about it can make you feel better. When something good happens, you want to tell people about it and when someone does something for you, you want to thank them. This is the same for Prayer. We tell God what has been good and bad in our lives and talk to him about them. We thank Him for those good times and ask for His help through the tough times. But like all good conversations Prayer is not a one-way street. We need to listen too. Sometimes the best form of prayer is to just be silent and listen for the voice of the Lord. You don’t have to meet in a group to pray and there are many different ways to pray. Some like silent prayer, others talk out loud. Some like music or singing, it doesn’t matter how you do it! Prayer is between you and God, your own personal connection with the Lord and a chance to feel His love and get to know Him better.

The Prayer group meets on every other Thursday at 3.30pm, in St Peter’s Church. In December we meet on the 5th and the 19th, and in the New Year we start on the 2nd January. We pray for all aspects of the parish, from the school to farms and businesses.

f you are interested in finding out more, feel like you would like to come along and see what happens or would like to have a prayer said on your behalf, please contact me:

Email: [email protected]  Phone/text: 07742 281142

Much Love in Christ  + Reuben Dommett


Church Mice runs term time every Monday morning from 9.00am until 11.00am with Rhyme Time at 10.30am.

Age from new born to 3 years.

Held in the Gladys Bevan Hall

opposite the entrance to

St Peter’s Church.

 Join us for freshly brewed coffee, tea and fruit.

For further details contact:

 Val Booth 07748304982

Mary Milne 07722279343


 Third Wednesday of each month

2.30pm-4.00pm in GBH

 Please join us for a cup of tea and delicious cakes. 

Lots of chat with old and new friends.




Lent Tea Party Wednesday18th March

Wednesday 15th April

Wednesday 20th May

Wednesday 17th June

Wednesday 15th July


Christmas came, Christmas went and it was all wonderful.....

 Our Knitivities have been making their way around the Parish.

Christingle at St Peter’s

We had our traditional Nine lessons and Carols Service at St Nicholas led by our fantastic 3Bs Choir.

It always feels like Christmas once the crib service has begun at St Peter’s.




 We are a small group of lace makers, who would like new members to join us.  We meet at 2pm-4pm every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in the month, at the Gladys Bevan Hall, Upper Beeding.

You need not be a lace maker, but any craft involving thread will do, crochet, knitting, cross-stitch etc.  If interested please contact: Claire on 01903813940 (email [email protected]) or Helen on 07761848212


The Chalice or Ciborium Veil


The Chalice or Ciborium (the container for the Communion wafers) may be covered with a white linen veil.  This is usually made of fine linen, about 37 to 45cms (15 to 18 ins) square and can be embroidered.  It is usually edged with fine lace that can be elaborate and fairly wide.

 Next time: The Purificator


JAM (Jesus and me) explores the message of Jesus each week,  using various forms of stories and craft, in The Gladys Bevan Hall during the 10am Sunday Service at St Peter’s Church

We’ve been busy learning and having fun


After discussing Luke's gospel we drew what we believed paradise looks like. Michael drew a rainbow, grass, two candy floss suns and our gerbils and Grandad coming down ropes!


We are small friendly, social group of women, who enjoy our monthly meetings, and look forward to welcoming all new members, so feel free to bring a neighbour or friend with you. The more the merrier J Meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month.  All women are very welcome, and if you would like to come and need either more information or transport, please ring Yvonne on 812139.


8th January

7.45pm - GBH - 7.30pm-9.00pm Belles of the 3Bs

“Christmas Catch-up, Coffee, Cake and Chatter” in the GBH.

Bring a plate of sweet or savoury nibbles and we’ll provide the coffee and tea.

12th February

7.45pm - GBH – Hilary Winter will be giving us a talk about “The origins of outdoor ice skating”.

11th March

7.45pm – GBH – Jess Minter will be giving us an insight in to “A Day in the life of BA Cabin Crew”

8th April

Time TBA – Rising Sun – Meet up with the girls for dinner, drink and a natter.


KS1 Medieval Party

To finish our Autumn term topic Castles and Dragons with a wow and for our end of term party, the children of KS1 at Upper Beeding Primary School participated in a medieval day

Children spent the day making stained glass windows to decorate our main hall to make it replicate the Barons Hall at Arundel Castle which we visited, making their own crowns, and learning a medieval dance. In the afternoon the 3 classes put the dance together and all 90 children danced together for their Head Teacher Mrs Linford. This was followed by a medieval feast.

The Castles and Dragon’s topic has enthused the children; the excitement when the egg arrived, the visit from the reptile man, the visit from author and dragonologist MP Robertson, and the trip to Arundel Castle. The highlight remains the 3 baby dragons which we have looked after all term and the beautiful writing generated in the dragon diaries.

The Medieval Day was the icing on the cake!

Report submitted by KS1 Leader Mrs Debbie Gilpin.

Upper Beeding Primary School has gone all ‘Strictly’ to celebrate the end of The War!

Last term the children in Year 5 and 6 have been learning about World War 2 and enjoyed a themed day resulting in a Tea Dance to commemorate VE Day.

The children were certainly put through their paces and were challenged to learn the steps for two different dances – and in just 45minutes! The first was a high energy Jive, followed by a traditional Waltz. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the dancing and enthusiastically joined in - claiming it to be the best fun.

To finalise the celebrations, parents were invited to a Tea Dance to watch their children perform the routines and to join in for a spin around the dance floor!

As part of the day, pupils were also very lucky to visit a genuine WW2 Anderson Shelter.  Thank you very much Mr Neil Bird and your family for allowing the children to experience what it would have been like in an air raid

Report submitted by Mr Brian Jones, Year 5/6 Leader

KS1 Bicycle Experience

The children of KS1 were very excited recently as they were able to bring their bikes and scooters to school to launch our new topic

‘On the Move’

The playground was turned into a road and the children had to follow the rules of the road, looking carefully at the road signs. Great fun was had by all and the children learnt to read a variety of signs.

Lots more exciting activities are planned as part of this topic including a visit from a penny farthing, a tractor, a vintage bus and a motocross bike as well as a visit to Amberley Chalkpits Museum.

Report submitted by Mrs Debbie Gilpin, KS1 LeadeR

Penny Farthing Visit

History comes to school!

There was great excitement in Key Stage One, Upper Beeding Primary School, on Monday 27th January 2020 when Mr Neil Laughton, secretary of the Penny Farthing Club came to visit school with his penny farthing bicycle.

He talked to the children about the history of the bicycles, answered their questions, and then showed them how to ride a penny farthing. He then allowed some of the children to ‘have a go’ at riding a penny farthing, an experience the children will not forget.

Thank you Mr Laughton, we all enjoyed your visit.

More information about these intriguing bicycles can be found on

Report submitted by Mrs Debbie Gilpin, KS1 Leader

KS1 Library Visit – Picture Books to Shout About!

and Book Week at Upper Beeding

At Upper Beeding Primary School we understand the importance of children reading for pleasure and enjoyment because we know that reading is fundamental to all learning and if children enjoy reading they will be more willing to stick at it, even when it might be difficult. This is one of the reasons that each year we take part in the “Picture Books to Shout About” award run by the West Sussex Library Services. This involves reading five picture books by five different authors that have been nominated for the award and then voting for our favourite. The winner is announced on World Book Day which takes place in March of each year.

As part of this award, staff from Steyning Library come to visit the school to share the books and to do activities with the children based on them. Beverley Kinahan, children’s librarian, alongside her colleague Liz, visited the school last week and both of them were impressed at how well the children knew the books and the informed opinions they had about all of them. It was a fabulous afternoon enjoying books and having lots of book talk and lots of fun.

We are particularly excited this year as one of the nominees, Chloe Inkpen, who alongside her Father Mick Inkpen has written and illustrated the book Mrs Blackhat, is visiting the school on Monday 2nd March 2020 as part of our Book Week celebrations. Book Week will be an action packed week with visits, not only from Chloe, but also from Knife and Packer, authors of Badly Drawn Beth, and also theatre group West End in Schools who will be working with the children doing dance workshops based on bringing books to life! We will also be having a day where everyone, including the staff, will come to school dressed as their favourite book character, plus taking part in a whole school Readathon Challenge, raising money for Read for Good, a charity who provide books and storytellers for children in hospital.

Report submitted by Mrs Debbie Gilpin, English Leader

I’m a 72 year old grandma of 7 amazing grandchildren and I am of the age when yesterday’s memories are now clear and bright.  When did I forget about lying in a meadow and watching the clouds scud by?  When did I forget the wild flowers and the many varieties of grass blowing on a gentle breeze above my head, vibrant in colour and smell? I might even remember the names of some – poppy, dandelion, daisy, dog daisy (disgusting scent) sorrel, cowslips, primroses, cornflower, forget me nots, camomile and buttercups (not just rye grass).   I wasn’t interested in their names, or feared their demise.  No one understood the outcome of intensive farming and climate change.  So now the biggest challenge to the planet is “Climate Change”.   Bless David Attenburgh, Prince Charles and Greta Thunberg (no memory for further names). What can I do in my small way to show how much this planet means to me without being overwhelmed?  Can a little meadow of the 50s be brought back to life in Upper Beeding by supporting eco church at St Peter’s?  What an achievement – walking hand in hand with Mother Nature and the Garden of Eden.....  Parish Magazine - Can I invite you to take part in a little chat (very informal) over a cup of tea/coffee at the Hub or yours?   Let’s talk about climate change and how it’s impacting on your everyday life and the steps taken to minimise your carbon footprint?  Or, why you do not consider that this is important?  It’s good to understand everyone’s views.  Have you any spare time available to help eco church?  It could be fun.   My mobile no is 07789955791, call or text. My email address is [email protected]



SATURDAY 14th March



Admission 50p




 All welcome



 To make the village of Upper Beeding a more attractive place for residents and visitors

To involve the community in making the village a more attractive place in which to live

On your way round the village you will see hanging baskets beds and containers provided by Beeding in Bloom.  We welcome volunteers to help with the planting maintenance and watering of the beds and containers throughout the year.

Each basket costs £15.

Please make a donation for a basket or donation towards a basket

Beeding in Bloom AGM is Saturday 28th March 10.30am-2.00pm

in Upper Beeding Village Hall

Details from Beeding News or

Mary Levett (secretary) email [email protected]

For more information about the above society Tel. 01903 812847 or look on Upper Beeding Parish Council website under ‘Community’.

The 3Bs Plant Stall will be selling plants at Walnut Tree Cottage, Church Lane, soon. Please let Mary know if you would like tomato plants this year


All meetings start at 7.45pm in Beeding and Bramber Village Hall, High Street, Upper Beeding, BN44 3WN. A year’s membership is £10. All welcome, non-members can attend for £3.

Wed. 4 March: AGM followed by an illustrated talk by Gerald Gazdar and Pat Nightingale on Barns of Beeding and Bramber. The talk is based on a survey undertaken by members of the Society in 1986 when all the barns in the two villages (and Botolphs, Small Dole and Edburton), were visited, photographed and had their details recorded. One has since been demolished and others have been converted to residential use.

Wed. 1 April: Geoff Burch will present Further Ramblings of a Railwayman.               

Wed 8 May: Judie English will tell us about Place Names in the Landscape.

We then take a break until September.

The Society has produced books about the history of Bramber and Upper Beeding, and about WW1 and WW2 in these villages – including Botolphs, Small Dole and Edburton. All the names of the Fallen on the war memorials have been researched, as well as many of those who served and survived. Copies are available in Steyning Museum and Steyning bookshop or by contacting [email protected]



The CCT are forging ahead with the implementation of the changes in the financial direction, as outlined in the previous issue of this Parish Magazine.

We are grateful that Father John Challis was able to get

St Botolphs taken under the wing of the CCT when the old rules regarding presentation, restoration etc, were in place.  As a Committee we are mindful of the need to continue to fundraise (such monies now being ringfenced for the use of St Botolphs, should an emergency arise in the future).

Sadly, following a long illness, Elaine Carter (wife of our Honorary Treasurer Chris), died in January 2020.  There was a most encouraging response to Elaine’s request for donations to The Friends of St Botolphs in lieu of floral tributes.  The Committee were both grateful and humbled by such kindness.

The AGM of Friends will be held in our Church at 2.00pm on Friday 3rd April when we will look forward to welcoming you (see further details on

We thank you for your continued encouragement and prayerful support as we all prepare to enter the Lenten season.

JK CCT Volunteer Member



2020 Services

Plough Sunday

6pm on 5th January

Clipping Sunday

6pm on 5th April

Rogation Sunday

6pm on 3rd May

Saint Botolphs Patronal festival

11am on 21st June

 Sheep Shearing Sunday

6pm on 5th July

 Lammas Sunday

6pm on 2nd August

Burial Boards Memorial Service

3pm on 13th September

Downland Sunday

6pm on 4th October

Join: 01273 497532

Common Seal by Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust

Here be monsters

 Legend has it that it’s been visiting Lewes for years. There have been sightings from Southease all the way up to Barcombe. In January, John glimpsed it vanishing into the murky waters of the River Ouse near Tesco.  A few months later, Barry was on his way to work when he encountered the creature hauled out on a pontoon by the Cuilfail cliffs. You’ll find 38 species of wild mammal living in or around Lewes. Badgers, foxes, stoats, weasels, shrews, rabbits, hares, moles, voles, dormice, bats, rats, hedgehogs, mice and mink all form the mammalian fauna of a landlocked South Downs town. Yet there’s one salty surprise on the list; the Common Seal, an animal that’s typically found in Britain’s coastal waters 12 kilometres away.

And the seal’s certainly a surprise to any Lewes residents who, while innocently strolling along the Ouse, encounter their local leviathan. I’ve never seen the legendary beast myself but have received plenty of excited tweets, emails and mobile phone photos from amazed observers who can’t believe what they’ve seen. Throughout history, sailors (without the benefit of smartphones and a Twitter account) have confused seals for mermaids and sea serpents and, as Sussex mammals go, this seal is a real monster.

Common Seals can weigh up to 150 kg; twice the weight of a Fallow Deer, the second biggest wild mammal in this area (and 50,000 times heavier than the smallest; the Pygmy Shrew). As you’d imagine, on land this blubbery behemoth is about as agile as Peter Ustinov trapped in a sleeping bag but underwater they’re as balletic as Baryshnikov, gracefully swimming at speeds of up to 25 mph as they hunt fish, shellfish, squid and octopus.

It’s this quest for food that occasionally leads seals into Sussex rivers such as the Ouse and the Arun as they follow fish migrating upstream. Common Seals breed in Sussex, where there is a colony at Chichester Harbour. It’s a sink or swim situation for seal pups born on the sandbanks exposed during the low tides of summer. Their aquatic life starts as the next high tide rolls in and within hours of their birth they’re swimming in the Solent alongside their mother.  Mother’s milk helps them to double their birth weight in just a few weeks. The name ‘common’ is a bit of a misnomer. In British waters you’re three times more likely to see their larger, Roman-nosed relative the Grey Seal.  The patterns on each seal’s fur are as individual as fingerprints. Keep an eye out when you’re next walking by along a Sussex riverbank and see if a seal is giving the river its approval.

Sussex Wildlife Trust is an independent charity caring for wildlife and habitats throughout Sussex.  Founded in 1961, we have worked with local people for over half a century to make Sussex richer in wildlife. 

We rely on the support of our members to help protect our rich natural heritage.  Please consider supporting our work.  As a member you will be invited to join Michael Blencowe on our regular wildlife walks and also enjoy free events, discounts on wildlife courses, Wildlife magazine and our Sussex guide book, Discovering Wildlife.  It’s easy to join online at or over the phone on 01273 497532.


Well, all the dykes should be truly filled after this February, so let us hope for better weather in March.

First, a word of warning – I expect you have been digging in your manure over the winter and quite a large amount of the available manure is horse. Nothing wrong with that, very good for the soil, but do make sure your anti-tetanus is up to date. Just a little jab lasts for l0 years and it really is not worth going without, the result could be disastrous. If in doubt just pop in and see the nurse and check.

If you have a greenhouse, frame or heated propagator, this is the month to start your spring sowing, particularly for those crops you plan to grow under glass – peppers, aubergines, tomatoes and the like. Onion sets or seeds may be planted about the middle of the month and most other seeds may go in then also.

Just plant a little extra so that you have something to offer for sale and add to the 3Bs plant stall at Walnut Tree Cottage – you never know you might pick up some rare and lovely flower or a delicious vegetable! 

Even if you do not like them, plant some French Marigolds (Tagetes) – they are one of the best defences the ECO gardener has against white-fly, carrot-fly, almost any kind of fly in fact. You may not be the only one to dislike their smell!

Just a little reminder from last year – do try not to buy peat- based compost. The National Trust has phased out peat in its gardens now and we gardeners are responsible for destroying our remaining peat bogs – don’t let us join the herd! You can buy non-peat based compost if you look and there are several brands about with a very low peat content which is better than nothing.


We are the PARISH of BEEDING and BRAMBER with BOTOLPHS and we are always here for you when you need us.   Please ring either the church office on 01903 815810 or the Rector on 01903 810265/07484700577


We are delighted to welcome couples from our local community and from all over the country (in certain circumstances) who wish to begin their married life in a ceremony within the 3B’s. Please phone the Rector and make an appointment to discuss the arrangements.

Being baptised means joining the worldwide church and also becoming part of this particular church family. We welcome you – adults and children.  Please see the Rector at the 10.00am Sunday Service at St Peter’s Church, Upper Beeding

Confirmation is an opportunity to renew your baptism vows, especially if they were made by someone on your behalf when you were a child.


Did you know that you don’t have to be a churchgoer to have your funeral taken by your local parish priest?  Anyone who lives in the Parish of Beeding, Bramber and Botolphs can ask for a service to be taken by the parish priest either in one of the churches or at a crematorium.

World Day of Prayer


                                                Press Release                    

Rise, take your mat and walk

Women, men and children of all ages are called to ‘Rise, take your mat and walk’ to join this day of prayer.  Women of Zimbabwe have prepared this year’s service and they encourage us all to reflect on the difficulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many years.  They share the challenges they have met and the hopes that they have for the future.  They encourage us to ‘Rise, take your mat and walk’ with them as they continue their often turbulent journey towards full reconciliation.

World Day of Prayer is an international inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world; their hopes, concerns and prayers.  The preparation for the day is vast. An international committee is based in New York and there are national committees in each participating country.  Regional conferences meet to consider the service and then local groups make their plans.  Finally, at a church near you on Friday 6th March 2020, people will gather to celebrate the service prepared by the women of Zimbabwe.

The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 countries.  It begins in Samoa and prayer in native languages travels throughout the world – through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas – before finishing in American Samoa more than 36 hours later.


Praying with Zimbabwe



The Hub, Church Lane, Upper Beeding


Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk


22nd March is Mothering Sunday

Please join us at the 10.00am Service at St Peter’s


Wednesday 1st April, 7.30pm Penfold Hall, Church Street, Steyning, BN44 3YB

David Haslam:  Why We Should Love Tax: Tax Justice and the Common Good

David Haslam is a former Executive member of Anti Apartheid and War on Want. He was secretary of the Churches Commission for Racial Justice from 1987 to 1998. He helped form the International Dalit Solidarity Network, campaigning against caste discrimination. A Methodist minister, he has lived and worked in Harlesden, Brixton and Notting Hill. In 2012 he started the Methodist Tax Justice Network which in 2018 became Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ) which he now chairs. He is also a Board Member of The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility.  Do spread the word in case others would like to come.  Everybody is welcome. There will be a retiring collection to help defray costs.


Week Commencing 10th May week Is Christian Aid Week

Envelopes will be arriving through our letterbox.  Please give generously and drop them back at Beeding Newsagent or Nisa in Hyde Square.


Our Lent Appeal 2020

At this time of year, we regularly appeal to parishioners to consider your Lenten offering, urging you not to give something up but to do something positive.  Every year we get the much-needed response.      Thank-you. Please help us again this year.

Will you consider inviting an international student to your home, for a one day (daytime only) or for a weekend? Share a meal, conversation and exchange cultural traditions and views of the world. It is so very rewarding for both host and student guest.

Please consider becoming one of our volunteer hosts. We operate all year round and would very much welcome you to join us.

Information can be found on our website:  

Or email us on: [email protected]

Or telephone us on: 020 7739 6292

*If you are unable to host but would like to support this cause please send your donation to the Big Give

or by cheque to


Sylvia Adams House

24 The Common



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 History Society:  All meetings are held at the Village Hall on the first Wednesday of each month commencing at 19:45.

Quiz Nights:  On the 3rd Wednesday of each month a general knowledge quiz is held in the Village Hall commencing at 19:30 and finishing between 21:30 and 22:00 hours. Teams of up to 6 players take part – each player paying £1 entry fee.

Steyning Camera Club:  Regular meetings are on Monday evenings, starting at 7.30pm, from September through to May, and on alternate Tuesday mornings the ‘Coffee Club’ meets at various locations.  [email protected]

Upper Beeding Short Mat Bowls Club:  We meet on Tuesday and Friday afternoons 2.30 to 4.30pm and also on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early so that the session can be organised. This is a great sport for people of all ages.  Contact Jean Armour-Milne on 01273 493184 or email [email protected]

 Thursday Club:  We meet on alternate Thursdays 8pm-10pm.  £3.00 per meeting with tea/coffee and raffle.  Any age welcome. Varied programme. Speakers, film night, outings. suits all tastes.

For more info contact Pauline on 01903 813082

If you would like to volunteer to help with this or any of our events, contact Sue Albery on 01903 812450