Church News


It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of the Rev. Marcus Brown, Assistant Vicar of Rodmell, Iford, Southease and Kingston, on October 3rd. Marcus was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only a couple of months ago and though he continued to do what he could for the Parish the disease claimed his life with shocking speed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jenny and the family.

Marcus’s funeral was held at St. Peter’s Church Rodmell on October 20th at 11.30. Because of current restrictions places in the church were limited, but the large number of people who gathered in the churchyard afterwards for the burial demonstrated the affection and respect in which Marcus was held by the people of Rodmell.

If you wish to make a donation in Marcus’s memory, these will be gratefully received by
St. Peter and St. James Hospice or Raystede Animal Sanctuary.

If you would like to read the Rector’s tribute to Marcus’s life and ministry, please click here

For a message from our Church Wardens about the future of the church, please click here

A revised simplified schedule for Services in November:

The churches in our benefice are open for private prayer and services. Social distancing still applies, prayer books may not be used and unfortunately we cannot sing during services, though we hope to have music. A hand sanitiser is available at the entrance to the church and visitors are encouraged to enter by the main doors and exit by the side door in the side chapel.

Our Rector, Geoff Daw, writes: I am very grateful to the Rev’d Mary Sitwell for taking services while I am shielding as I start new chemo treatment on 3rd November. I am also grateful to the churchwardens for the extra burden they are having to carry.

1st November – All Saints Day

9.45am               Morning Service (Mary)                            Kingston

9.45am               Music and Meditation (Nicolas)                Iford

11.00am              Parish Communion                                  Rodmell

8th November – Remembrance Sunday

9.45am                Remembrance Sunday Worship (Mary)  Iford

11.00am              Remembrance Sunday Worship (Mary)    Rodmell

15th November

11.00am              Mattins (BCP) (Anne/Jenny)                      Rodmell

4.00pm                Evensong (BCP) (Mary or Nicolas)           Iford

22nd November

11.00am              Parish Communion (Mary)                        Southease

4.00pm                Music for Advent (Nicolas)                        Iford

29th November – Advent Sunday

9.45am                 Parish Communion (Mary)                        Kingston
United Benefice service

The Parish Magazine

Publication of the magazine in its usual form has been made impossible by the COVID crisis. It is now available in an online format. We are working on plans for distributing this, but at the moment it can only go to those whose email addresses we have. If you would like to receive it, please email the editor, Jeanne Symonds, at

The Church Bells to be Repaired

We can also report that the way has now been cleared for the repair of Rodmell’s church bells. The intention is to restore them so that they can return to regular, full circle change ringing. The works will include strengthening of the timber bell frames, and the bells will be tuned, quarter-turned, and rehung on all new traditional change ring fittings to closely resemble the originals, and the ringing room will be redecorated.

The period for public consultation has now expired and the church has been given the go-ahead by the Diocese to start on the repair works.

To learn more about the church and its bells, please click here

For details of the Parochial Church Council, click here



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