News on the Refurbishment of St Barnabas’


As you may know, we are undertaking a sizeable building project encompassing work at both St Nicholas’ and St Barnabas’.  A visit from the Crawley Planning Officer to St Barnabas’ in January advised us that the proposed size and position of our new porch were acceptable to the planning officers, but the material was a concern. Having revised our drawings and changed to a ‘brick and tiles’  porch, the work has gone out to tender with four contractors: Valley Builders, Corniche Construction Ltd, Dane Elliot Construction and Copperstones Projects Ltd.

Robin of Dane Elliot Construction and Darren of Corniche Construction Ltd were able to visit the church prior to the lockdown, with the remaining firms saying they would view the exterior as soon as possible, and see the interior at a later date.

It is with huge thanks to Phyl who has made several grant applications that we are delighted to announce:

  • The Beatrice Laing Family Trust have made a conditional offer of £2500 (once we have a project start date, and all other funding is in place)
  • The National Lottery Community Fund has granted us £10,000
  • The Gatwick Foundation Fund at Sussex Community Foundation has awarded us £5000

Of course, more funding is still needed and with the current situation, all our fundraising is on hold. Therefore, if you would like to support this project, all donations would be very gratefully received. Our bank details are: Worth PCC, Sort Code: 40-18-22 Account Number: 61223372 and please use the reference: “St B project”.

Curate appointment: Stephen Burston comments on the announcement that he is to be a curate in the Parish from July 2014.

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“I am married to Liz and have 3 wonderful daughters; Grace (13), Alice (11) and Lily (7). To equal out the house I have a male! English Pointer called Digger. Liz and I both grew up in South London where we met whilst serving as police officers and then moved to Ashington, West Sussex 7 years ago. In our Church we were involved in the Children’s & Youth work, Alpha, Home Groups, Men’s outreach and running Holiday Clubs. Liz left the police 3 years ago to concentrate on working for a charity delivering Christian school assemblies and Holiday Clubs in Sussex, while I left last August to take up my training place at Ridley Hall College, Cambridge. The move to Cambridge has been amazing for all of us. God has looked after us all and he has continued to do so in connecting us with Worth, Pound Hill and Maidenbower. We are so excited at the prospect of joining you all in serving others and sharing the Gospel. It is amazing for us that we know there is a loving Church community there ready to help us along the next stage of our journey. You are in our prayers already. As we look at schools for the girls please ask for God’s wisdom for which to apply for and spaces to appear. We look forward to meeting you all.”

The Burstons.