Feb 01

Church News Feb 2015

The Downland Churches – Church News

Holy Trinity Poynings,

St Andrew’s, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe


February 2015


Sunday 1st February    Epiphany 4/ Candlemas    

    10am    Family Service w Baptism    Poynings
followed at 11.15 by Holy Communion
11am Family Communion              Edburton

Sunday 8th February      2nd before Lent

    10am Holy Communion         Newtimber

     6pm Evening Service             Pyecombe

Sunday 15th February         Next before Lent    

10am    Holy Communion            Poynings
am Family Communion        Edburton

Wednesday 18th February     Ash Wednesday

    7.30pm Holy Communion        Newtimber

Sunday 23rd February             Lent 1

    10am    Holy Communion            Pyecombe

Morning and Evening Prayer each week

At 9am on Wednesdays at Poynings

At 6pm: Mondays (Edburton),Wednesdays (Pyecombe)

At 5pm: Tuesdays at Newtimber

Evergreens (for the over 60’s)

Monday 2nd February, 3.30 – 5pm

The Royal Oak, Poynings


Sunday 1st February    Poynings     Hattie Gibb

Special events and dates this month


  • On Tuesday 17th February, we have a special meeting -open to all in the Benefice – with our new Archdeacon, the Venerable Fiona Windsor. She will share with us her experience of leading 14 rural parishes, and take questions which will we hope may inform our own future direction. Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe. 7.30pm.
  • Newtimber PCC meets on 24th February at 7.30pm.
  • Lent starts this month – Ash Wednesday is on 18th February, when there will be an evening service at Newtimber Church.
  • Lent Groups also start in February. Dates: 25th February; 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March. As usual, we will be running a group in the afternoon and also in the evening for anyone out during the daytime. The afternoon group will be 2.30 – 4pm at Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe, and the evening group will be 8pm – 9.30pm at The Rectory, Poynings. Separate fliers will be available with the details and topic.
  • NSPCC event 28 February at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint – The TT singers- details see boards.
  • Advance notice – concert at Newtimber Church Saturday 7th March, The Vivace Singers at 7pm. Tickets from Shirley Murrell and others – see notices & fliers.


Clergy contact details:

Revd Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456 c.currer@btinternet.com

Revd Graham Jeffery (Edburton) 01273 494559

Jan 30

PUBLIC NOTICE – Road Closure




NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of

The Street, Poynings between Poynings House and Shepherds Hey is temporarily prohibited from Monday 2nd February 2015 from 09:00hrs.

This closure is necessary to allow maintenance of mature trees to be carried out safely, requiring the use of a lifting platform on the carriageway.

It is anticipated the works will be completed in 5 days.

Emergency, Residential Vehicular and Pedestrian access to be maintained at all times but managed by contractor for safe access.

The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site via Fulking Road, Edburton Road, Henfield Road, Horn Lane, A281 Brighton Road, A281 Henfield Road Poynings Road and vice versa.

This notice will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the date given above.

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway or the nature of the works please contact the West Sussex Contact Centre on 01243 642105.

Dated 2nd February 2015

Geoff Mee

Head of Highways and Transport


Jan 27

Pantomime DVD

For all of those who saw this year’s amazing Pantomime, and those who didn’t! The Pantomime DVD will be flying off the presses soon so I need an idea of numbers. It’s only £5, by careful housekeeping and keeping overheads to a minimum we have never put the price up!

It will be available around the end of February so could you let me know if you want one or two or three or fifty J.

It is a limited edition so one day may be very valuable….

Don’t forget all proceeds go to help the upkeep of our lovely Church.

Many thanks


Jan 23

Poynings Sloe Gin contest


A fun evening on a cheap meal night at the Royal Oak.

Come along even if you haven’t made any sloe gin or liqueurs last year.

Judging should start around 8pm.

Dec 19

Changed Rubbish collection day!

Hi all.

Don’t forget that the Recycling bin collection is this SATURDAY 20th instead of Monday 22nd for this week only. Back to normal on Monday 29th.

You can get all collection times at http://poynings.net/poynings/rubbish-days

Happy Christmas!

Dec 12

World Famous Poynings Panto

I hope you are all ready for Christmas with all presents wrapped and cards posted!!!

With all the rushing about don’t forget to get your Pantomime Tickets from the Royal Oak or www.poynings.net.

They are selling out fast this year as it is going to be a great performance but we can’t make the Church any bigger. While you are looking for space to put all those presents, we are after some left over paint for the scenery, if you have any you don’t want can you let me know. Thanks.

Dec 12

Fulking Book Sale

Don’t forget

The Fulking Book Sale is on Sunday, at the Chapel, Fulking, from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Lots of varied, good condition books for sale, as well as some CDs and DVDs.

Dec 12

Christingle Service

I am sure all those eagle eyed people noticed the deliberate mistake in the Poynings News.

The Church Christingle service is 3.30 as usual not 6.30.

Dec 03

Safer West Sussex Partnership

The Safer West Sussex Partnership annual survey is now available on the County Council web pages. The survey has been devised by the Better Communities Team on behalf of the partnership and is an important barometer of resident views on crime & disorder.

The Safer West Sussex Partnership (SWSP) is a multi-agency group that provides a countywide co-ordinated approach in delivering effective responses to crime and anti-social behaviour across West Sussex. We work with our district and borough community safety partnerships and a range of agencies to ensure that West Sussex remains a safe place for residents and visitors alike.

Following the completion of our annual strategic intelligence assessment the partnership has agreed a number of priorities that it will work to in the period 2014 – 2017, and we are seeking your views on which activity and initiatives you consider to be most important to help us deliver against those priorities.


Dec 01

Downland Churches News

Evergreens on 8th December at Little Knowle in Woodmancote, a different venue and date from usual.

Christingle service at Poynings was in Poynings newsletter at the wrong time. It is 3.30pm on 24th December, as usual.

‘Stories round the Christmas Tree’ in Pyecombe on 14th December (see Here) is a new venture, with professional readers and lots of books on loan from library – for children and adults from all the villages! Bring your grandchildren!


The Downland Benefice Churches of
Holy Trinity, Poynings
St Andrew, Edburton
St John the Evangelist, Newtimber
The Transfiguration, Pyecombe

Christmas Services 2014
In addition to the normal Sunday Benefice services held on Sunday mornings in December, the following is our timetable for special Christmas services.

Sunday 14th December    at 6pm at Pyecombe
Traditional Carol
Service with the Mid Sussex Brass Band

Sunday 21st December    at 2.30pm at Newtimber
Carol service
followed by tea in church – a service for all ages and
at 6pm at Poynings and Edburton– Traditional Carol
Services followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Wednesday 24th December
    at 3.30pm at Poynings
Christingle Service for children of all ages – with oranges and sweets.
at 11.30pm at Edburton and Pyecombe.
Midnight services of Holy Communion

Thursday 25th December         Christmas Day
8am             Short quiet service of Holy Communion at Newtimber
    Holy Communion for Christmas Day at Poynings

You and your family would be welcome at any of these services

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