The Church of England Parish of

Kirdford with

Plaistow & Ifold

St John the Baptist,


Holy Trinity,



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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,

For more details about the Parish News, including subscriptions, please click on “Groups and activities” in the navigation bar above.

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an informal service on Friday May 11th

On the evening of Friday May 11th there will be an informal service at Kirdford church as part of the global prayer movement called “Thy Kingdom Come” which takes place between Ascension and Pentecost. Please do come and dip into this service – you can stay for as long or as short a time as you wish between 6pm and 8pm. Refreshments will be available throughout.

At 6pm we will start with some hymns, readings and formal prayers, which will be repeated at about 7pm and at the end. The rest of the time will be available for individual prayer, and there will be a number of “prayer stations” in the church to help us to pray, especially praying for God to reign in our lives and in the lives of others (which is actually what we are praying for when we pray “thy kingdom come” in the Lord's Prayer). These prayer stations use symbols to help us such as a tree, a net, water, and even blowing bubbles! In the churchyard there will also be a Lord's Prayer Trail to help us engage with the Lord's Prayer in a deeper and more meaningful way than we are perhaps used to, whilst enjoying the beauty of nature during May.

The prayer stations and the Lord's Prayer Trail will also be available for anyone to use during the day from Saturday May 12th until Pentecost (Sunday May 20th).


Many, many thanks to everyone who came and supported our Bobi Coffee Morning and to everyone who donated money or items for us to sell.   We have once again been overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity.   Thanks also to our wonderful team of helpers in the kitchen, selling raffle tickets and on the Bring & Buy tables, we couldn't do it without you.

We had another very successful event and at the time of writing this have raised the amazing sum of £1705.12 and so this year we will be able to send a record amount out to them.

As you all know this fundraising event is now held each year to raise the money for the annual maintenance of the water borehole in Bobi, we have once again more than achieved this and so as in the past the extra money will be used by the village school and St. Peter's Church in Bobi for whatever they need.

The water borehole has now been operating for nine years and continues to supply fresh water to the school, church and local residents making a huge difference to their health and welfare and reducing waterborne deceases dramatically.

Our support and the money we raise is very much appreciated by the people of Bobi and it really does make a difference to their lives so many, many thanks again to you all.

June, Daphne & Sally

As a footnote you may like to know that all the items that remained unsold at the coffee morning are boxed up and are usually taken to one or more of our local charity shops.   This year they are heading for Eastbourne where a new charity shop has been opened by the Diocesan Family Support Group.   This group supports needy families all over the diocese and many in our own area.  So it is very rewarding to know this further very worthy cause will also benefit from our fundraising event.


This year's Vestry Meeting and APCM (the Annual Parochial Church Meeting) will be part of a social evening to be  held at Foxbridge Golf Club on 10th April from 7.00 pm onwards.  The bar will be open.  The meeting is open to everybody on the Church's Electoral Roll.    

The formal part of the meeting will be very short - all  reports will be written ones circulated beforehand - and it will then be an opportunity to socialise together.  

If you would like to serve on the  PCC (the committee which runs our churches) please speak to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or the Secretary - all contact details can be found  in the Parish News.