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Kirdford with

Plaistow & Ifold

St John the Baptist,


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This page presents a selection of our latest news & other articles, updated at the beginning of each month. The articles are mainly taken from (or based on information from) our parish magazine, the Parish News,

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Letter from the vicarage

Gleanings from the Parish News

Facilities improvements

for our churches


Dear Friends,

I write this just after the Harvest festival for many churches. We have been humbled by the generosity of many parishes who have continued to collect for us (both food and monetary donations). As we enter further into autumn these contributions will be put to very good use with our families. It has been a challenging month with the return to school bringing positives and negatives for our families. There is relief that children are able to restart their education and socialise again, but the effect of lockdown has meant that some families are struggling hugely with their mental health and their finances. We are also getting new referrals regularly as teachers and other professionals recognise a need for support that has developed over the last six months.

We are trying hard to replace lost income and have a number of virtual events happening between now and Christmas. We would love to see as many people as possible join in – all the information can be found on the Events page of our website. The recent abseil at Peacehaven Cliffs was a great success with over £13,000 being raised, so thank you to everybody who supported that event.

We would normally be in a very busy period of meetings, talks and events in parishes throughout Sussex. In the absence of these we are still very conscious of all the prayer, practical and financial support being given so although we are not able to see you all in person, please know that we are extremely grateful to you all for your continued support of our work.

Last month's work in numbers

242 (socially distanced) visits to families and 134 phone calls supporting 49 grandparents, 318 parents and

305 children

28 supported meetings (virtually via Zoom/Skype etc.) with other agencies

265 deliveries of food and other items (such as children's activities) made

Prayer points

Thanks for the successful outcome of a large grant application last week

Pray for two young people in families we support who start  undergraduate degrees at Oxbridge this month after overcoming significant challenges at home

Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing

[Family Support Work is a charity that supports children and families in Sussex through difficult times in their lives. To donate to Family Support Work, please click here to visit their website – Ed.]


Very very many thanks to everybody for your continuing help to Family Support Work over the past year by your donations to support our local families in Sussex. Particularly during the pandemic, your increased donations were very much appreciated and have been a tremendous help.

As this extraordinary year comes to an end – our thoughts turn to our normal activity in November when we collect food and gifts to help the FSW families have a happier Christmas with their families.

Sadly, with Covid-19 and the predicted rise in cases, we all need to limit the interaction required for shopping, drop-off and distribution of presents. So we hope to be able to continue to help them, but in a slightly different way. The easiest is if we can make donations of money to them and then the Support Workers can buy items specific to the children's needs, learning ability and preference. We can do this as follows:

- You can give cash or a cheque (payable to Family Support Work) to Carolyn Mudford who will forward it on.

- Cheques (payable to Family Support Work) can be sent to FSW, Garton House, 22 Stanford Avenue, Brighton, BN1 6AA with the reference Petworth Deanery Christmas.

- Monies can be paid to FSW via Direct bank transfer - Barclays A/C 40257133, Sort Code: 20-12-75, *referencing 'Petworth Deanery Xmas'. Please also send a follow up email to so they know that the payment has been made.

Should anyone prefer to purchase a gift or festive food, FSW will be delighted to welcome them. Please bring any items to our Church services in Kirdford during November, up to and including Sunday November 22nd. Alternatively, you could leave your donation with Carolyn Mudford in Plaistow Church between 10.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday 11th or 18th November.

Many thanks in advance for all your help It seems rather sad not to have our two Christmas trees up at the back of the church with labels on and the pleasure of choosing presents. We'll just have to adapt, but hopefully will still be able to stretch out a helping hand.

Carolyn Mudford/Janice Taylor– for Family Support