Church News

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Church Opening in Lockdown

Because of Lockdown restrictions, illness and shortage of clergy the provision of services has been very much restricted. However we are now permitted to have services when they can be arranged, and we are happy that they will continue in Rodmell during March.

We are also very pleased to announce that the heating system has now been repaired, so the church should be a great deal warmer than of late.

The Bells of St. Peter’s

Our most significant events of the month concerned the church bells. First, there was a service to “baptise” the church bells, newly returned from being re-tuned and generally refurbished, before being replaced in the church tower to recommence ringing after many years of silence. To conduct this sevice we were honoured to have the Bishop of Lewes, Rt. Rev William Hazlewood, and the Archdeacon of Lewes, the Ven. Martin Lloyd-Williams, together with the Rev Mary Sitwell.  

Then, on Wednesday 24th March at 9.45 am the newly hung bells were pealed for the first time. The most recent previous peal is thought to have been in 1958, which again was the first for 30 years. A small audience gathered in the churchyard to listen; we sincerely hope than what was on that day a historic occasion will become a regular event in the life of our church.

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

April & May Services at St Peter’s Rodmell will be:

Wed 31 March, 9.30 am     Parish Communion celebrated by the Bishop of Lewes
Sun 4th April (Easter Day) Parish Communion taken by Rev Rupert Toovey 

Sun 11th April, 11 am         Celtic Prayer
Sun 18th April, 11 am         Mattins (BCP)
Sun 25th April, 11 am         either: Joint Service at Southease, or Celtic prayer at Rodmell

Sun 2nd May      11 am      Parish Communion taken by either Mary Sitwell or Geoff Daw,
                                           followed by short PCC meeting in church
Sun 9th May       11 am      Celtic Service led by Anne Roberts and Jenny Brown
Sun 16th May     11 am      Matins (BCP) led by Anne Roberts and Jenny Brown
Sun 23rd May     11 am      either service at Southease or Celtic Service at Rodmell
Sun 30th May     11 am      Joint Service, followed by PCC AGM at Rodmell

Every Wednesday at 9.30 am there will be a short Celtic Service

Other churches in the Benefice:

Maundy Thursday
IFORD – 7.30pm Holy Communion with stripping of the altar
Good Friday
IFORD – 6.00pm Meditation at the Foot of the Cross

To book a place for either of these please contact the Iford churchwarden
Nicolas Chisholm

IFORD – 9.45 am  Music & Meditation

KINGSTON – 9.45 am Parish Communion
To book a place please contact the Kingston churchwarden
Malcom Crawley at

April 11th
IFORD  – 9.45 am Morning Worship

April 18th
IFORD – 6.00 pm  Evensong

…..this is the current situation: it may of course change with further advice from church and government.

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

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