Church News

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

Church Opening in Lockdown

Because of Lockdown restrictions, illness and shortage of clergy there will be none of the usual services this month. Under Lockdown we understand that some churches will open for private prayer, subject to the usual social distancing rules. Regarding communal worship, what we hope will happen is as follows:

Iford church open daily but no Public worship for the time being.

Kingston church remains closed and no Public worship for time being.

Rodmell church open daily and Public worship on first (Communion), second (Celtic) and third Sundays (Mattins). at 11am.

Southease church open Sundays and Thursdays 9.30am to 3.30pm but no Public worship for time being.

…..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

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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