St. Botolph's Church, Heene celebrated Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday, 15th October, when the preacher and celebrant was Rev'd Roger Walker.

The church was beautifully decorated, as usual on such occasions, and a collection of 'basics' foods, toiletries, cleaning materials etc. was amassed by members of the congregation, put on display at the morning service, and later given to Worthing Churches Homeless Projects for onward distribution.
Left: The collection made for Worthing Churches Homeless Projects.

​Right: Some of the harvest decoration, near the font.
The Very Rev'd Christopher Campling, Dean Emeritus (retired) of Ripon Cathedral, who lives locally, was in the congregation for Sunday's service and afterwards, in the church room, signed copies of his new book "Christian Breadcrumbs", the sale of which will raise money for a local hospice.
"Christian Breadcrumbs" is a very approachable collection of short essays, written for those who would like to know more about the Christian faith. If you would like to buy a copy (at the cost of just £5), please contact Nick Le Mare on 01903 241673.

We regret to announce that, due to the untimely death of Beechwood Hall Hotel landlord, Paul, our parish lunches have had to be 'suspended' for the time being, and the Hotel has closed, at least in the short term.

We are hopeful, however, that we will be able to restart our monthly get-togethers in the not-too distant future  at a new venue, and enquiries have already been made to facilitate this.

There is every likelIhood that our pre-Christmas lunch will still be able to go ahead on Sunday, December 3rd and further details of this and the proposed menu will be available very shortly.

The churchwardens are pleased to announce that Philip Bailey has been appointed as Organist/Choirmaster for St. Botolph's Church.

Philip, who has been one of our regular visiting organists over the past few months, will take up the post fully with effect from January 2018, although the appointment runs from October 1st 2017. Philip is already taking the regular Friday choir practices, but is unable to play on Sundays each week until the New Year, due to prior commitments.

Until December, Philip will share organ-playing duties with Richard Baker who has very kindly been playing for us fortnightly during the months without anyone in charge of directing music at the church.
Yottings me Money making for Macmillan Cancer Care​​

About £600, it is hoped, will have been raised for the Macmillan Cancer Care charity by two events organised by members of St. Botolph's Church. Final figures will be confirmed in due course.

On Friday, 29th September a Macmillan Coffee Morning brought lots of visitors to the St. Botolph's Rooms (attached to the church) to enjoy a hot drink and a home made cake or savoury. There was a popular raffle and a cake stall which did a roaring trade, with people wanting to take home some of the delicious goodies on sale. The final result is not yet known, but the event raised something in excess of £130.

You can edit text on your website by double Coffee morning organiser, Christine Roberts (far right) with helpers Cleo Roberts (no relation to Christine!) and Ann Hobbs.​​
Just three days later - on Monday, 2nd October - one of our choir tenors, Dominic Smith, and his girlfriend Kirsten "braved the shave", raising about £450 between them. See the before, during and after photos below!

A special mention must go to Kirsten's nine-year-old son, Thomas, who took control of the clippers and did a brilliant job in ridding his mum of her hair!!

This website - - is the ONLY official website for our church and gives details of everything you need to know about our services, regular activities based at the church, and forthcoming events. The 2015 in the title refers to the year in which the Church Commissioners agreed that our church could stay open for public worship!

Unfortunately, however, we have become aware of other sites which have been using stbotolphsheene at the start of their web addresses and purporting to be associated with us.

The Diocese has been informed about the main offending website (which, as of September 26th, 2017 is still 'live') and is looking into this, but we would ask for your help too. If you find any website which begins with the words stbotolphsheene (or stbotolphsheen) but ends with .org or .net, please be aware that this is NOTHING to do with us!

We had found many websites giving the incorrect web address for St. Botolph's Church, Heene and also quoting an out of date telephone number and/or incorrect postcode. Many of these have now amended the details for us, but if you come across one that hasn't, then please do report it if you can. If you find you are unable to do so, please send details to the churchwardens: or the publicity co-ordinator: so that they can try to take any necessary action. Many thanks.

Musicians clock up another success for church funds

A concert given by the U3A Inspired Instrumentalists on July 15th, with guests Lee Everett, swing singer, and instrumental quartet "The Dotted Crotchets" attracted a highly enthusiastic audience of about 120, and raised more than £830 for church funds. Three very different styles of music combined in one spectacular evening's entertainment!

The 'orchestra' started the programme with an arrangement of Leroy Anderson's The Syncopated Clock and other music for the evening included Autumn Leaves, Alexander's Rag-time Band, The Liberty Bell March, See the Conquering Hero, Cum Dederit (which was used in the James Bond film "Spectre") and Finlandia. 

Among the new pieces played in this concert was the Echo March, written many years ago by teacher and Inspired Instrumentalists' recorder player, Sidney Earl. Originally set for three recorder parts and intended for children to play, the piece had been specially adapted for the orchestra by Musical Director, Tony Tournoff.

As usual for the Instrumentalists, audience participation was very much a part of the evening and lots of 'toy' instruments were distributed for people to shake, tap or blow during The Toy Symphony; flying actions were encouraged during The Dambusters March and singing was an essential in Yellow Bird and Rule Britannia!

Lee Everett, entertaining with swing classics such as Let There Be Love, Mack the Knife, Save the Last Dance for Me and New York, New York,  provided more opportunities for the audience to join in during his slots in the first and second halves.

The first half also saw instrumental quartet "The Dotted Crotchets" entertain with some more jazz-like favourites. Paul (trumpet), Peter (saxophone), Ted (trombone) and Bill (double bass) are all members of the Inspired Instrumentalists, but have established their own group to play this different style of music, much to the delight of the audience.
​​ Children's Art Competition ​​

A competition to design a St. Botolph's Church card attracted entries from younger visitors to our St. Botolph's Day Fair on June 17th, with Penny, Tilly, Caroline and Lucy being winners in the three age categories (Under 5s, 5-8 year olds, and 8-12 year olds).

Visitors to the Fair cast votes to decide the winner in each age group.

The weather on the day was so good that the children were able to work outside in the church garden and look at the building or use photographs for inspiration and the vast majority of entries were pictures of the church or architectural details. Caroline, however, took a different view of the 'brief' and her beautiful angel received much praise, even from visitors who voted Lucy's picture as the best in the 8-12 category.

Left to right: The winning entries: Penny, aged 4 (under 5s); Tilly, aged 7 (5-8 yr. olds); Caroline, 8; Lucy, 8      (8-12 yr. olds).