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Woodmancote Church re-opens

The work on St Peter’s Woodmancote Church, which has been closed since 18th September, has been completed.


   On Sunday 19th November worshippers returned to their newly redecorated and refurbished church.  It was a very joyous celebration of choral Mattins with an excellent uplifting sermon by Revd Harriet and many people stayed behind afterwards to chat over coffee.

The Wednesday morning before the re-opening parishioners turned out in force driving to and fro from Angela Underwood’s garage, where everything had been stored, and then ferrying all the kneelers, carpeting, banners and other  important items from the car park, back into the church. Revd Harriet helped and found time to take a few pictures of the ‘workforce’.

On 3rd November there was a Coffee Morning aimed at reuniting members of Woodmancote’s congregation whilst the church was shut.  This also included a Bring and Buy Stall that raised £200 for the Fabric Fund.  Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

The services for the next few weeks are as follows:
Sun 26 Nov                 Communion (CW) taken by Revd Paul

Sun 3 Dec                   Thanksgiving Service taken by Revd Paul

Sun 10 Dec                 Mattins

Sun 17 Dec                 Carol Service (at 11am)

Sun 24 Dec                 Midnight Service (at 11.30pm)

Sun 31 Dec                 Mattins to be taken by Roger

Photos © Barry Chaston & Revd Harriet Neale-Stevens

Who Are We? View our Benefice Profile

St. Peter's, HenfieldWhen parish churches are looking for a new “Incumbent” (i.e. Vicar or Rector), one of the first steps they undertake is to compose a carefully researched profile covering all aspects of their history, life and ministry.

This profile serves two purposes: it helps the churches themselves to reflect on their needs, and it provides invaluable information to prospective candidates as well as the Bishops and their advisers.

As we in Henfield, Shermanbury and Woodmancote continue our search for a successor to Revd. Alastair (now the Venerable Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich), we have pleasure in making our Benefice Profile freely available.

Click here to go to download page –> Benefice Profile

Henfield Church Fete – Saturday 29th June

The sun shone on the Vicarage Garden for St Peter’s Fete held on St Peter’s Day.

There were lots of stalls and competitions which were enjoyed by the many people who came along.

The bells in our Church Tower were recast and rehung 100 years ago.

To celebrate this centenary our theme for the Fete was “Bells”

learning to ring bells

learning to ring bells

At the Bell Meadow Belfry people could try their hand at bellringing.

And St Peter’s Handbell Ringers demonstrated a different kind of ringing.

Handbell Ringers

Handbell Ringers

 And a competition  – every answer includes ‘bel’, bell’ or ‘bells’.

How many do you know?

How many do you know?

Cream teas

Cream teas

listening to the band: Brass Fusion

listening to the band: Brass Fusion



The Reverend Peter O’Connell’s first Eucharist

This morning, Sunday 2nd June, Peter presided at the Eucharist for the first time.

The preacher was The Reverend Prior Andrew

from the Benedictine Community of Our Lady and St John, Alton Hants.

Peter O'Connell with his family, Prior Andrew, Alastair Cutting and Christina Bennett

Peter O’Connell with his family, Prior Andrew, Alastair Cutting and Christina Bennett

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