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Closure of Holy Innocents Playgroup

On 4 October 2018, a statement was released by the PCC of Southwater Parish Church.

We are saddened by the news that the playgroup is to close. We are especially concerned for the children, parents and staff affected by this news. 

We are willing to meet with anyone on an individual basis to discuss their concerns. 

HCT talk

Horsham Churches Together

A huge thank you to Rosemary Crouchman, development officer of Horsham Churches Together for an illuminating talk on the excellent work they do  - working in partnership with 32 churches in the Horsham area. 

From debt advice, youth support and Christian counselling to helping the homeless and providing a food bank. The work they do is far more than simply Horsham Matters. 

Over the coming weeks they are gearing up for their winter night shelter. To find out more

2017 War Graves dedication

War Grave Dedication 

A special service was held on 7 May 217 to remember local soldiers Pvt Henry Bennett of the Royal Sussex Regiment and Lt Vivian Grey Hughes who served in France during the Great War. 

The Rt Revd Mark Bishop of Horsham led a moving service at Southwater Parish Church when the graves of these local men were formally dedicated as a war grave. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, members of the Royal British Legion and representatives of the the Royal Sussex  Regiment were present. 

2017 war grave dedicationMembers of 2nd Southwater scouts were present to bear flags and to escort the service - from the very youngest beavers to cubs, and older scouts.  Their behaviour was impeccable.  

Find out more about the men we remembered by clicking on the image

Nativity scenes

Delightful Community Nativity Scenes enchant all who see them

10 December 2016

Southwater experienced the mystery of Christmas with our community nativity scene displays set to lovely Christmassy music. With home-made mince pies it was an inspired destination set against the beautiful backdrop of our parish church.


Many people came to view the displays; a wonderful mixture of the traditional and the home-made provided by the community including Castlewood School, 1st Southwater Sea Beavers and the local Brownie and Guides groups. Many individuals, including local children, also brought their home-made nativity scenes too.


Organiser Isabel Green said she was “thrilled by the inventiveness and creativity of all the scenes on display. Thank you everyone who contributed, be it a traditional shop bought nativity set, one made at home or at a local group they all helped to make our special day a success. The variety was wonderful. Thank you everyone who came and supported this lovely day.”


Vicar at Southwater Parish Church Godfrey said, “This event had a lovely community feel and has grown since last year. My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who contributed or supported us in some way. We hope more groups and schools will join us next year, including local artists, as we work together creatively to express our God-given talents in praise of the Holy birth. The birth of every baby is a miracle and, in remembering the birth of Jesus, it helps us all recapture the eyes of a child as we look towards the baby in the manger.”   

what to bring

Southwater 2016 Christmas Festivities 

Collection for Syrian refugees

Thank you to everyone who supported us!

Our Syrian donations team, ably lead by Alison and Paul, say we have at least two full car loads of warm winter clothes and toiletries to take to the charity depot. The charity is Anaya Aid (registered charity 1152971), a UK based humanitarian organisation providing international support responding to human sufferings in emergency and disaster situations all over the world regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, class and religion. 

Anaya Aid will ship your donations directly to Northern Syria - giving your gifts to those who need it most! Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us this year.  Watch out for our next collection in 2017.

2016 harvest festivalHarvest Festival

9 October 2016

This year we raised £148 as part of Harvest Festival collection. We also received many tins and food supplies from generous parishioners. Thank you to you all!

The food supplies have been taken to Horsham Food bank. The cash receipts have been divided equally between Horsham Churches Together and the poor of East and West Africa.

Horsham Churches Together (HCT) represents 32 member churches from Horsham and the surrounding district. It seeks to unite these churches in worship, prayer and good works which bless and benefit the local community. HCT’s projects include Horsham Food bank (run in conjunction with the Trussell Trust), night shelter (from October to March), and a variety of homelessness and youth projects. Find out more here and here.

Bishop Mark wrote:

“The heart-rending scenes of Ebola-stricken towns and villages have left our television screens. The struggle for children and families, traumatised by bereavement and loss of security, does not make headline news but it remains the daily reality for many of the people with whom the Diocese of Chichester is linked. Families, some of whom have lost their bread-winners, or their children and their livelihood need to rebuild their lives. Schools, businesses, clinics and other facilities have all to be re-established after forced closure and local economies need to be reconstructed. This year our Harvest Appeal is directed at enabling people to rebuild their future so as to bring new hope not simply to their families, but to the communities and networks of which they are members. 

Please support this year's Harvest Appeal and help individuals and their communities not to be overcome by the crushing blows of personal and material loss, but to find new hope, not least through the generous support of the Church in Sussex.” Find out more here

cross cultural solutions

Cross Cultural Solutions Volunteer abroad, change the world, change your world…  

Thank you to Farhana Rehman-Furs, Southwater resident and executive Vice President from Cross Cultural Solutions. Farhana gave us a talk on October 11 at Southwater Parish Church on Cross-Cultural Solutions and their work in communities around the world.

An international social enterprise, they operate volunteer programmes around the world. Working in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, they bring people together to work side-by-side. In doing so, they share perspectives and foster cultural understanding. They have no political or religious affiliations. Their values are shared humanity, respect and integrity. This worthwhile organisation contributes through its volunteers to satisfy the five key development goals of the United Nations.  

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Thank for warm clothesCollection of warm clothes for the Syrian refugees at the 2016 Summer Fair and Fun Dog Show

Thank you to everyone for providing so much winter clothing and shoes for the Syrian refugees.

Particular thanks go to Nuthurst School for their generous donation of children's tops, fleeces, etc., now surplus to requirement following a change in school uniform. 

Alison Hudson says, “On the day of the fair, we set up the collection point in the church. There was a steady flow of donations throughout the afternoon from the people of Southwater. We packed the car full with all the goods, and took them home to sort them out. This took two mornings as we split the collection into various categories such as baby wear, men's coats, girl's jumpers and so on. Your donations were all sorted into 16 bags and 3 boxes. “

Paul Hudson adds, “We took the donations to "Care and Comfort Packs for Dispersed Children.” Despite their name, this group collects for both adults and children. They have a receiving point in Horsham send things directly overseas.

The majority of donations go to northern Syrian towns, villages and camps via Anaya Aid. They also send goods to refugees in Greece, Turkey and Lebanon.”   

Anaya Aid (registered charity 1152971) is a UK based humanitarian organisation providing international support responding to human sufferings in emergency and disaster situations all over the world regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, class and religion.

“We are so encouraged by everyone’s generosity. These donations make a real difference to the lives of people who have lost everything. The recipients are enduring unimaginable suffering, pain and loss whilst the conflict in Syria continues,” says Rev Godfrey. 

He urges us, “Let us stand in solidarity with our refugee brothers and sisters and their children. We thank God that we are in a position to help. It is a privilege to give when we can and what we can. This is the least we can do.”

2016 fun dog show thank you


Local MP Jeremy Quin opened the show, visiting all the stalls. He enjoyed the delicious Asian Street food, home cooked by Pradhma and Amelia, and spent time with the Southwater Dabblers and their collection of model boats.

The Great British Bake Off has certainly inspired our bakers both in the children’s show tent and on the cake stall with their amazing and tasty creations. The head teachers were very impressed with the quality of the children’s entries.

A highlight of the ever-popular fun dog show was Tony’s demonstration of the route for the dog agility.  It was very special meeting all the beautiful and well-loved dogs brought by their owners. Our Champion of Champions was Jaimee owned by Ben McIntyre. His prizes included a half day of doggie day care at Doodley Dogs, Storrington.

Rev Godfrey said, “It may not have been the brilliant sunshine we’d hoped for but we certainly had a great day. A huge thank you to everyone who gave their time and energy, provided support or sponsorship – or simply came along to enjoy the fun. You are the people who make our wonderful day the success it is! A heartfelt thank you.” 

Thank you - Donations for Syrian refugees

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HM Queen 90 birthday celebrations

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