Sussex Bellringers Honour Fallen Colleagues

Two bands of eight bellringers from across Sussex met in Horsham and Warnham on Monday evening 4th August to mark the outbreak of the First World War and remember the three Warnham bellringers who died during the conflict.

The three were:

John Edward Charman.  Killed in action 21st August 1915 aged 25.

James William Miles.  Killed in action 6th November 1917 aged 25.

Alfred Charles Comper Yates.  Killed in action 6th November 1917 aged 28.

Their names are recorded in the ‘The Central Council Memorial Book of Church Bell-Ringers who fell in the Great War 1914-1918’ which is held in St Paul’s cathedral and are recorded on the Warnham war memorial.

The bells were rung half-muffled for peals of 5040 changes of Stedman triples at St Mary’s Horsham and at St Margaret’s Warnham.  The peal at Warnham was completed in just over three hours but unfortunately the peal at Horsham failed after two and a half hours. The two bands met after the peals for a photograph in front of the Warnham War Memorial as a mark of their continued fellowship and then retired to the Sussex Oak for much need refreshment.

It is sad to note that both James Miles and Alfred Comper Yates died together on the same day fighting in the Third Battle of Gaza and are buried together in Beersheba War Cemetery.  They had almost certainly volunteered together, joining the 4th Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment on the same day, in Park Street Horsham, with Army numbers only one apart.  Together they rang our church bells: together they volunteered and trained: together they fought and died.

Full details of all the Warnham residents who died during the conflict are included in a new book ‘Warnham and the Great War’ published by the Warnham Society and available from the Horsham Museum for £10.

We will remember them.

More information: St Mary’s Bellringers 

St. Mary's Bell Ringers

St. Mary’s Bell Ringers

Evensong Remembering the Outbreak of the Great War

Sunday 3rd August at 6.30pm at St Mary’s Parish Church there will be a service of Evensong Remembering the Outbreak of the Great War.  100 years ago the Church reflecting the community thoughts actively encouraged people to serve, arguing that the war was a righteous one against evil.  Today a more reflective tone is taken and the service will remember the tragedy of that war, thinking also of those who seek to bring peace in today’s world.

Programme for 3rd Aug

Poster for 3rd Aug

Landlubbers’ Holiday Club Started Today

There was a super atmosphere today and the building was full of happy children having fun together and learning about Jesus!

Rev Natalie Loveless’ Licensing Service

Revd Natalie Loveless’ Licensing Service for her new post of Vicar of St. Leonard’s and Parish Missioner will be on Monday 6th October, 7.30pm at St. Leonard’s, Horsham. All are most warmly invited to be present.

Horsham Churches Together Foodbank – Tesco Collection

A whopping 1885 kg of food were collected and 70 people from churches across Horsham took part in manning the tables for the food collection done at Tesco’s in early July.

Donations of meat and fish i.e. main meal items,  tinned sponge pudding and long life milk are also items that are very welcome – or anything really! There is a collection box at the back of church.

Family Support Work – Teddy Bear Sunday – 20th July

Sunday 20th July is TEDDY BEAR SUNDAY for Family Support Work  – The Lighthouse are having a special teddy bear Sunday on July 20th (starting 9.30am) to raise money for Family Support Work. Please bring your teddy to church to join in the fun. We will be having a teddy-bear’s picnic in the vicarage garden during Lighthouse, then selling teddy biscuits and cakes after the service and a chance for your teddy to ride a teddy zip wire in church. Every penny raised will go to FSW; please support us by either bringing or buying cakes! Contact Fiona or the church office for further details.

St Mary’s Landlubber’s Holiday Club!

St Mary’s Summer Landlubbers Holiday Club Week is Monday 28th July – Friday 1st August 2014 held from 9.30am-12noon each day in the Church Centre.  Application forms to book your children (5-11) in for this fun club, run by the Lighthouse to help them follow Jesus, are now available from the church office.

70 Pringles tubes and more helpers needed for the club! Please bring them into the church office/call the office to say you can help H. 253762. Thankyou!

“Toilet-Twinning Julia” is West Sussex County Times Youth Award Winner

Well done to Julia for winning the West Sussex County Times Youth Award 2014 for Fundraising for “Toilet Twinning”

Toilet Twinning is a project which is raising funds for founder charities Cord and Tearfund to enable people living in poor communities in developing countries to have clean water and a decent toilet, and to learn about hygiene. This helps to prevent the spread of disease, reduces the number of deaths among children, and protects women from the risk of attack. Donors are asked to raise £60 for each toilet, and they are then sent a photograph of the toilet built by the charities. Read more

We say goodbye to Natalie

Revd Natalie Loveless has been appointed Team Vicar of St. Leonard’s, Horsham and Parish Missioner. In this newly designed role Natalie will spend two thirds of her time ministering to the people of the St. Leonard’s area of Horsham Parish, and one third as Missioner to those moving into areas of New Housing – initially working with the congregation of St. John’s, Broadbridge Heath. Read more

Flower Festival

The annual flower festival once again showcased a wonderful display of flowers – we raised £3368 towards maintaining the beautiful St Mary’s Church.   A very big THANKYOU to all involved – flower arrangers, sponsors, visitors, and especially the organisers Val, Lucy and Keith.

To view the photos click the link below.