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A Note from the Treasurer

Yes, it is that time of the year.

As you may know Liz Atkinson stepped down this past September as Treasurer of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) after five faithful serving years. She conducted the financial affairs in a very clear and efficient way that has made the turnover in a very seamless and easy way for me to be able to take over the duties. Nevertheless, I still have some things to catch up on.

As a first duty, the PCC would think me remiss in my new role of Treasurer if I did not offer a short note at this time of the year about .....yes finance.

We are very fortunate at St Peters to have a very stable and solid financial support from its parishioners. In this past year of incumbent change we have continued our financial support to the diocese that was asked of us, financed our programmes and made significant gifts to many charitable causes in our outreach. On behalf of the PCC I thank you for that support.

Our financial picture at St Peters is sound and at PCC we do look to make efficiencies where possible and to look at ways to be as prudent as we can in caring for the resources that we have. However our expenditures do go up year on year and we would not want if at all possible to cut our programmes and outreach. For this reason I would urge you to continue and if possible increase your giving in the coming year. For your guidance the Government Pension increase (CPI) for 2016 will be 2.5%.

For those who give to the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS), thank you. This is the most efficient way in which to contribute, they collect in the donation, obtain the gift aid and send the funds directly to our account each month. For those who donate by direct debit themselves again thanks, but I ask if you would also consider taking up the PGS. In case you were unaware the bank does deduct a service charge for each DD. For those who generously give through the pew blue envelope also thanks and I would ask if you also would consider donating on a regular basis also through the PGS.

If you would like to know more about the PGS there is information on the web at www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk The PGS has over 10,000 parishioners and over 500 parishes participating, it is a very confidential service and donations can be made if you so wish on an anonymous basis and any gifts or changes can be made and communicated directly with PGS.

Please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like further information and I would be pleased to send you an enrolment form.

Thanks again for your parish support in 2015.

Tony Cook

PCC Treasurer

St Peter's Festival Weekend

The weekend of 5 to 7 June 2015 saw 100's of visitors coming to Wisborough Green for a fantastic series of events - Flower Festival, Open Gardens and various music events.  More pictures here: photos


06 IMG 702118 IMG 7038From the ethereal beauty of a bridal arrangement, to the pastel shades of flowers dancing round a beribboned maypole, to the vibrant hues of "Colours of Day", the Flower Festival delivered the promised explosion of colour. 

The arrangers interpreted the theme of "Hymns of Glory" with skill and imagination and we received many encouraging compliments.  When the flowers were unpacked from the wholesaler and put into buckets you could have been at the Nice flower market such was the range of blooms from the exotic and tropical to the simple flowers of an English meadow.  However the church was soon transformed and we hope that the many visitors and friends who came to see our finished efforts enjoyed their visit. 

Thank you to all who contributed time and energy and creative talent.



P1070887 ALThe annual Open Gardens weekend was blessed with glorious sunshine this year.  Eleven keen and extremely talented gardeners opened their gates for people to see their beautiful lawns, borders and vegetables.  With the Flower Festival in the church too there was plenty for everyone to feast their eyes on.



On Friday night Malcolm Brinson, our resident organist and choirmaster, treated us to a wonderfully varied organ recital which showed his talents off to a treat. We were able to watch his performance on a screen at the front of the church as the nave was filled with the rousing pieces of music.

1GleesOn Saturday night we had a concert of two halves. In the first we were entertained by local talent including the joyful Glee Singers, under the leadership of Victoria Smallwood and solos from Alice Warwick. Then followed some poetry, read by Richard Vause and Doris Smallwood, and music from WW1 sung by the church choir, finishing with audience participation in choruses such as ‘pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’, the whole given against a back drop of video clips from WW1 scenes.

Ferio 2In the second half the young and very gifted Ferio Saxophone Quartet amazed and delighted everyone with their wide ranging and uplifting repertoire.  At times it felt as though a whole orchestra were there such was the varied sound from their four saxophones. At the end, after a standing ovation, they talked to the audience before returning to London.

On Sunday evening, in the sun filled church, a short songs of praise took place. The congregation sang some of the hymns depicted by the beautiful flowers arrangements and learned a little about the origins of each very different hymn. This brought to a close a successful and enjoyable weekend.

The Festival Weekend made a wonderful profit in excess of £2,800.  A huge Thank You to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.

St Peter’s LINKS Committee

Pentecost Sunday - Launch of Diocesan Strategy

On Pentecost Sunday (24 May 2015) evening the folk from St. Peters joined many across the Diocese of Chichester to mark the launch of the Diocesan strategy. We enjoyed a really good Barbecue that followed a time of worship in the Church, looking at some new songs of worship, and learning to increase our repertoire of contemporary music. To mark the occasion we released 100 red and orange balloons, representing the flame of the Holy Spirit that came upon the Apostles on the first Pentecost.

The process of renewal that the Diocese is seeking focuses around three areas:

  • Firstly a challenge to increase the number of those who worship in our Churches by offering different and imaginative ways of doing 'church'.
  • New ways of adapting to the change in our Society and Culture by the way we reimagine 'Ministry'.
  • Thirdly to ensure we continue to explore ways of working with others to seek the common good, that benefits all in our communities.

The evening drew to a close with the lighting of a beacon outside the Church representing a symbol and sign of our continued trust that the Holy Spirit will guide and direct us.

Installation & Licensing of the Rev Clive Ronald Jenkins

Thursday, 12 February 2015 saw St Peter ad Vincula filled to capacity with two hundred and fifty people taking up every available seat (including extras brought in from the village hall). The people were there to witness and be part of the licensing and installation service of Clive Jenkins the new Priest in Charge of the parish of Wisborough Green.

Licensing - Two Communion StationsThe service was led by The Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham assisted by The Venerable Fiona Windsor Archdeacon of Horsham. The entrance procession was led by the choir of St Peter's followed by the visiting clergy, the Parish Priest Designate, the Rural Dean, the Archdeacon, Churchwardens and, finally, the Bishop and the Bishop's Chaplain.

Tony Clements, the Bishop's chaplain said that he couldn't recall a licensing service where there were as many robed clergy in the procession nor as full a church other than at a cathedral service. It must have been a record for a small parish church!

Licensing   Clive Making a VicarThe service followed fairly closely the standard "Sung Eucharist" with the actual licensing element sandwiched in the middle.

The sound of so many voices singing joyous hymns full of praise to God was a truly uplifting experience. Many people from the village attended the occasion as well as a coach load of parishioners from Clive's previous church to wish him well in the next chapter of his ministry.

Licensing   Clive Oath of AllegianceThis was a fitting celebration of a new phase for us. After the service an amazing firework display took place up and over the churchyard and then drinks and canapés were served in the Village Hall. There have been many lovely comments about the welcome and celebration which took place on that evening, which can be summed up in the words of one of the visiting clergy in an email he sent to us afterwards - 'Well done for last night to everyone from your place who made us so welcome and created a very special greeting to Clive. Fireworks - a crowning glory. Brilliant!'







LE JOG 2015 - Update 21 July - Jamie makes it to John O'Groats!

LE JOG 2015

Jamie JOG CropChampagne Celebrations smallLANDS END TO JOHN O’ GROATS … 1100 MILES … ON FOOT

P1060450On 11th April 2015, Jamie Daniell stood on his own at Lands End with a rucksack on his back, a digital map in his hand and wearing a pair of boots that he hopes will still be intact when he reaches John O’ Groats in July (if all goes according to plan).

Jamie is raising money for two worthwhile causes: St Peter ad Vincula, the parish church in Wisborough Green, which will be embarking on a programme of improvement not only to provide a toilet, but also improve the facilities to enable the building to be used for many more community purposes, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which funds research into a cure for this horrible disease as well as providing assistance and TLC for the unlucky sufferers.

ProgressMap 210715The walk will take him well away from main roads, starting on the northern part of the south west Coastal Path, across Exmoor, the Somerset Levels, Offa’s Dyke, The Wirral, Ribble Valley, Pennine Way, Southern Upland Way, West Highland Way, Great Glen Way and finally up the east coast to John O’ Groats – a distance of about 1100 miles. Various family and friends will be joining him at different stages.  See route map (right).

Jamie explained that it had always been an ambition of his to explore the UK in his retirement. He had imagined that this might have been in the comfort of a camper van or something similar, until he met a man walking from one end of the UK to the other. John Greer’s influence was such that Jamie could not resist the temptation of the challenge to make the journey on foot. The luxury of retirement has now enabled him to fulfill this ambition.

Jamie has lived in Wisborough Green since 1979 and spent all his working time at Pulborough as a chartered surveyor and Estate Agent, initially with the former firm of King and Chasemore and subsequently as a founder partner of Monkhouse and Partners which has expanded to become Batcheller Monkhouse. He retired in December 2013.

To donate to these causes use any of the following:

ON LINE: www.justgiving.com/teams/jamiedaniell

TEXT: JGSD65 £(amount) to 70070 for Motor Neurone Disease Association; or

TEXT: SPAV65 £(amount) to 70070 for Wisborough Green Church

You can follow Jamie on Instagram at ‘JamieLeJog’:  https://instagram.com/jamielejog/



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