15th January 2021
8th January 2021


Scam emails and Phone calls

As we all know scam telephone calls and emails are becoming an increasing problem but these appear to have intensified over the past few weeks.  We all need to be on our guard as they are becoming more sophisticated but the bottom line is that they are after your money.  Please be extra careful when replying to emails purporting to be from a friend. Check the email address and never give out your bank details or personal information.

Below are a couple of links to government website that highlight what to be aware of.

Our Christmas Appeal

We are appealing for £12,000 to fund our Youth Work for 2021.

This year has been difficult for St Mary’s financially.  With restricted or no services for much of the year our income is down, but our expenses have barely changed.  We have been grateful for the continuing loyalty of our generous congregation, community and friends, particularly through the Parish Giving Scheme, but we shall still finish the year with a deficit.

We have continued to press on with our Youth Work.  Ali Brown is doing a wonderful job for us with Owls Club for our younger children, and their parents are becoming an ever more important part of our congregation. Lee Buck has moved his 11+ youth club work on-line while the club cannot meet live, and providing an important and valued ministry to this age group.

Our young people are the future of our Church.  We must continue to serve them, to bring our young people to the Lord and our Lord to our young people, enabling them to know, love and follow Jesus.

We are budgeting £12,000 for this work in 2021, and would like to raise it now and ring fence it to guarantee this crucially important part of our life and work can continue.

You can give in a number of ways:-
By bank transfer to our account in the name of Newick PCC at sort
code 09-01-54  Account Number 90773281 with reference “Christmas Appeal”

  • By cheque made out to “Newick PCC” given or posted to Rev Paul Mundy or to me as Treasurer – Christopher Hume, Marbles, 7 High Street, Newick BN8 4LG, or by cash to either of us.

Please help us maintain and develop this wonderful part of the work and life of our Church.

Thank you, and God Bless
Christopher Hume

Announcement from the Rectory 29th November 2020

Advent Comfort & Joy

There’s something very special about the Advent Sundays leading up to when Jesus was born. Join in with these activities as we prepare for and celebrate Christmas – and as we remember the Comfort and Joy that Jesus brings to us all.

Create your own Advent prayer chain

We hope that this Advent prayer chain will help you to create a decoration in time for Christmas and to cultivate a sense of waiting with hope as your journey towards Emmanuel, God with us! We invite you to create a prayer chain by making one loop of the chain each day in Advent, taking a few moments every day to reflect and pray for what we are all waiting for – for God’s vision for the world to be realised. We’ve offered a prompt or question for each day of Advent and encourage you to write a prayer or draw a picture on each link of your prayer chain and connect it to the link from the previous day. By the end of Advent you will have a Christmas decoration linking together all your hopes and prayers for God’s world. You will need:
Some A4 pieces of paper
A ruler and scissors to cut a 1.5cm strip each day
Pens or pencils
Glue stick or sticky tape
Five minutes every day of Advent! Click here to go the Christian Aid website for tips and ideas on making your own Advent Prayer Chain

Thank you to my team of knitters

We donated 50 knitted hats in all the colours and all the sizes to Off the Fence Brighton to help the homeless and needy.
Sylvia Click here to visit their website

Sussex Hospice Trail

 A 200 mile route connecting 12 hospice areas.

The Sussex Hospices Trail is made up of 26 mapped walks and was created to raise awareness and funds for our hospices. It covers a total of more than 200 miles of Sussex from Chichester in the west, via Brighton & Hove to St Leonards in the east and it reaches as far north as Horsham. Each walk is available as a downloadable leaflet or via AllTrails. Click HERE for the website.

Battle to to Robertsbridge

Walk no: 13

Length: 6.5 miles

Download the walk leaflet (pdf)

A 6.5 mile linear walk from Battle rail station to Robertsbridge rail station forming the 13th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This route takes you through the streets of the historically important Battle before heading north to join tranquil paths through beautiful stretches of woodland. Having passed through the village of Mountfield, with its beautiful church, the route continues north through the rolling parkland of the Mountfield Court Estate, with stunning views, to reach the small village of Robertsbridge. The return leg can be completed with a single 8 minute train journey.


This stretch has long climbs and descents throughout, but there are no particularly steep sections. The paths, particularly through the woodlands and meadows, can be very muddy at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the wet winter months). There are a couple of sections that are prone to becoming overgrown in the late summer, but these are very short. You will need to negotiate several gates, footbridges and 9 stiles (all of which have dog gates or gaps in the fencing for Labrador-size dogs to climbs through, but two of the stiles are very tall so lifting larger dogs over will be a real challenge!). Whilst most of the route is livestock-free, you will cross two fields that are likely to be holding sheep and cattle. The cattle were very relaxed when we walked and the field is very large (allowing you to give them a wide berth), but take care with dogs all the same. You will need to cross a quarry railway at an unsignalled crossing so look and listen for trains before you cross. A small stretch of the route also crosses the former Battle Golf Course (closed in 2016) so, if this has re-opened, take care at this point. Allow 3.5 hours.

Licensing of Rev’d. Paul Mundy, 11th November 2020


What3words is a geocode system for the communication of locations with a resolution of three metres. What3words encodes geographic coordinates into three dictionary words; the encoding is permanently fixed.

For example, St Mary’s Church Newick  is located with ///rehearsal.caressed.tweed

Foodbank Donations

As a Church, we support FSW, the Family support charity helping children and families in Sussex.

Our particular support is giving food – cans, pasta etc to the Uckfield branch of FSW to distribute through their food bank.  The current Covid pandemic is causing a sharp increase in the demands on the foodbank – there is real suffering, hurt and hardship out there.

Ron and June Perou collect donations in the porch at the Church each Sunday and deliver them to the food bank.

If you have a chance to pick up an extra item at the supermarket or are able to add an additional item to your online delivery please be assured that they will be very gratefully received.

A lot of small donations make a big difference

Collecting for the homeless

I will once again be collecting for the homeless this coming winter. Warm winter clothes please. Coats, shoes, boots, trousers, jumpers, underwear. Ladies toiletries needed. Tents, sleeping bags, roll mats.
Sorry but no duvets or blankets for the homeless.
However the dogs home will welcome these! So can be left with me!
Thank you for your support we made a big difference last year.

Sylvia Chapman 
8 Leveller End Newick 

Good Neighbours

Following the support given through the pandemic via Newick Community Response, there is now a permanent group of volunteers set up via Newick Good Neighbours, who will be there to continue to support those in the community who need help with shopping, prescription collections and so on.  If you need a little help please contact