St. Botolph's Church, Heene, 2015
Would you be interested in becoming a member of the Friends of St. Botolph's Church, Heene?

Whether you are a member of our regular congregation, a local resident who enjoys listening to the bells, someone interested in local history and the preservation of old buildings, someone who used to live and/or worship locally but have now moved away from the area, or someone who married or was baptised here or has ancestors buried in Heene Cemetery ... whoever you are, we would be delighted to welcome you as a Friend!

All you need to do to join FOSBCH is to fill in the form which can be found on and you will receive regular newsletters and information to keep you right up to date with the latest developments at St. Botolph's.

Repair work on our church building began in the week beginning April 25th, 2016 and now (February 2017) is well advanced.

One of our first fundraising initiatives was to sell shingles (wooden tiles) for the church spire. These cost just £5 each and many were signed by Friends, congregation members and visitors before they were put up on the spire.

There have been lots of events/activities taking place to help with our fundraising since the launch of the Friends in early April and many more are planned or in the pipeline, so do please take a look at our forthcoming events page for further details of the latest events, and put the dates in your diaries. We would love to see you at St. Botolph's.

Friends of St. Botolph's Church, Heene, launch April 2016

What's happened so far?


A Victorian Games Evening attracted more than 60 people to the church on February 25th, with nine teams of seven competing for the skittles trophy! Bagatelle, shove-halfpenny, floor skittles and Carrom were also available for everyone to play, and Ploughman's Supper refreshments were much enjoyed. The event - another sell-out! - raised £430.

The first FOSBCH event of the New Year was a highly successful team Quiz Night on Saturday, 14th January, when (including question mistress, question setter and scorer) 42 people, arranged into 7 teams, crammed into the St. Botolph's Room to enjoy the quiz and delicious hot meal. Everyone appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves and the event raised ​£370 - at least some of which will go towards the repair of the church clock. This event was sold out more than a week in advance - and we've already had some people asking to 'pre-book' for the next one, so watch our Forthcoming Events page for another date in due course!!


The church "Looking Forward to Christmas" Open Weekend, Friday 25th - Sunday, 27th November inclusive, raised in excess of £680, from stalls and donations. This figure excludes money raised at the Music at Heene Folk Evening on the Saturday, which was somewhere in the region of £280. This means the grand total was just under £1000. 

Our "Takeaway Supper and Quiz" on Saturday, 24th September, proved very popular, with us even - for reasons of space - having to turn away at least two people who wanted to book! In the end, 32 of us enjoyed the delicious fish/chicken/cheeseburger and chips and homemade ice-cream provided for us by Cafe Vita of South Street, Worthing, and took part in the general knowledge quiz. Even after expenses, we made a profit of £175!

John Collins organ recital 'coffee concert' on 20th August raised approx. £140.

The "Summer Sounds" concert given by the St. Botolph's Church Choir and friends on Saturday, 16th July, raised about £240.

Our Cream Tea on Sunday, 26th June raised another £180 for the repair fund.

Our Celebration Summer Fair on Saturday, 11th June was an enjoyable, busy and successful event, raising in excess of £940.

The 'Spring into Summer' Concert given by Janine Willard (soprano) and Neil Turner (tenor) on Saturday, 4th June, raised £188.

We held a successful Quiz Night on Saturday, 21st May - much enjoyed by the 34 people who attended. The final figure raised was an excellent £355.

The most successful Music at  Heene Concert ever in terms of profit took place on Saturday, 14th May when the U3A Inspired Instrumentalists and Community Spirit (the Salvation Army Community Choir) took centre stage, under their conductor/Musical Director, Tony Tournoff. The concert - which featured a 'Last Night of the Proms' second half - attracted an audience of about 100 and raised a stunning £750 on the night for the church repair/building fund! After the event more 'sponsorship' money from individuals and local businesses came in and the final result was a profit of ​£1010!

A weight-loss challenge undertaken by a member of the choir came to an end on April 3rd and raised £220 for the church repair/building fund as well as providing £330 for the Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome Appeal being run by the Twins and Multiple Births Association.

Our Community Lenten Soup and Roll Lunch on March 13th raised £160. An amazing effort from everyone involved!

The table sale after the service on January 31st raised over £50.

Our soup and roll lunch on January 24th raised £95