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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,

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Our Harvest Sunday collection for WaterAid totalled £425. WaterAid is an international charity whose strategy is to "Make water, toilets and hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere". WaterAid UK is passionate about finding sustainable solutions to the water crisis, particularly in light of the current threats to our climate, which are already negatively impacting freshwater supplies in the countries where they work.

There are some uplifting stories on their website .  Providing clean water enables the head of a family to grow crops,  which in turn provides clothes for the family and education for the children In Nicaragua an imaginative project seeks out teens who have dropped out of school, face exceptional challenges at home, or are at risk of involvement with drugs and gangs, and offers them the chance to become skilled entrepreneurs. They are taught the masonry and plumbing skills needed to build wells and toilets.

Diocesan Family Support Work

The Harvest season is now almost finished, and our office in Brighton is heaving with the weight of all the wonderful donations we have received from Harvest Festivals across Sussex with more to come over the next week or so. We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has so generously donated to these collections; they really do make a world of difference to the families we support. NK


As I'm sure everyone is aware by now, 2018 marks the 100 anniversary of the cessation of hostilities of the 1914-1918 Great War, so it is fitting to hold more of a commemoration than we usually would. So the following events are taking place in Kirdford and Plaistow.

Leading up to Remembrance Sunday

Perspex figures of servicemen (part of the “There But Not There” campaign have taken up residence in Kirdford and Plaistow churches.

Also, for a couple of weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday a small exhibition is on display in Kirdford church giving some basic information about 37 men who lost their lives -  some from the Parish (Kirdford and Plaistow & Ifold villages) and some related to current Parish residents. This exhibition will be moved to Kirdford village hall on Saturday 10th November to view on Sunday 11th November from approximately 12.00 noon until 2.00 pm.

On Remembrance Sunday (11th November)


This year in Kirdford there will be a marshalled  parade of some of our young people in the uniformed organisations, starting in the car park of the commercial units next to the village shop and arriving at St John's in time for the 10.50 am  service. (PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE SHOP CAR PARK.) The parade will be led by a member of Kirdford Players wearing a WW1 military uniform. Anyone in military uniform or wearing medals is invited to join this parade and march too.  You can also join the back of the parade as it passes through the village if this is easier for you.

Following the Remembrance Service, which includes the 2 minute silence at 11.00 am, everyone is invited to the Village Hall for refreshments and to view the exhibits.

10.15 am  Parade assembles

10.25 am  Parade leaves western end of village

10.45 am  Parade arrives at church

10.50 am  Remembrance Service begins

11.50 am  All welcome at the village hall for refreshments and viewing of exhibition


There will be an Act of Remembrance at Plaistow in the early evening which includes the lighting of a beacon and ends with refreshments in the Winterton hall where there wil be a display of WW1 memorabilia.

6.10 pm  Meet at Plaistow church for candle-lit lantern walk to village green (bring your own lanterns)

6.30 pm  Act of Remembrance led by Rev Pauline Lucas on Plaistow village green

6.55 pm  Last  Post

7.00 pm  Lighting of  Beacon of  Light on Plaistow village green symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace.

7.05 pm  Plaistow church bell rings out for peace

7.10 pm  Refreshments at Winterton Hall.  BBQ bangers and mulled wine with donations in aid of various Service Charities. Display  of  WW1 material and memorabilia.



Very many thanks to all those people who over the year have continued to donate food and toiletry items to support our local families - through the boxes in our shops and churches. During the last year, FSW sent out over 1500 food bags and boxes, supporting many families that need the additional help. In addition to the food - in the last year FSW gave intensive support to 298 families - and with the four newly appointed support workers they hope this year to reach to over 400 families.

We plan to contribute food towards CHRISTMAS HAMPERS for FSW families in December. If you would like to donate both practical and festive food items for these hampers, please leave the items in the boxes in our churches in Plaistow and Kirdford throughout November and up to Sunday 2nd December.

Another way we would like to help these families enjoy a happier Christmas is to provide some CHRISTMAS GIFTS for the children and also for their mums or dads. So during November there will be gift labels available at the back of our churches, hanging on a Christmas Tree, which will suggest presents for either boys, girls or mums and dads - so you can select a suitable present. If you would like to donate a present please collect a label and return your unwrapped gift to one of our churches. The presents will be collected each Sunday and stored for distribution to families - the last collection for presents and food will be Sunday 2nd December from Plaistow church. That will give the time necessary for the hampers to be made up and distributed before Christmas.

Many thanks in advance from Family Support work. Your generosity is so very helpful and will brighten Christmas for many families.