As I write this, the Easter holidays are in full swing for our families and several of our West Sussex families attended a fun day at Arundel Cricket Club. This was the first organised activity we have been able to arrange for over a year, and it is wonderful to be able to start these sorts of sessions again.

You may remember that we recently held interviews for new practitioner posts. We are delighted to say that we have appointed 3 new staff members to cover Petworth, Storrington and Midhurst deaneries and hope to have a fourth in place soon to cover Rye. We will be sharing more information about the appointments as soon as we can but we are very excited that we will be able to start work in these new areas very soon.

As the lockdown eases, we are now extremely busy preparing for many Open Garden events that will be taking place over the coming months. We have a record number of dates this year and are in need of support for these, particularly from cake bakers. If your church or parish might be able to help with providing cakes, we would love to hear from you – please contact Nikki by email on All the dates for our Open Gardens can be found on our website under the Events section and it would be lovely to see you.

Nikki Kerr, Director Fundraising & Marketing