Bobservation 50 – Rev. Graham Jeffrey

GJ sketch of Church

I have been fortunate enough to know Graham for nearly all of the 26 years I have lived in Fulking.

As an atheist, having lapsed as a christian some 60 years ago, I have found that the basics of true socialism are very similar to the teachings of Christianity and this enables me to identify with what I believe is Graham’s  mission.

And so, to get to the point, the news that he will be leaving us and retiring from the Downland Parishes, in particular St Andrews, Edburton, came as quite a shock and caused me to enquire of various villagers and churchgoers whether in their opinion his retirement was his choice or was he ’pushed’; I have not been able to come to a clear conclusion. Either way it seems that the days of Graham’s quite delightful carol service have gone, which in itself is a great pity.

What is an atheist doing at a carol service?  I found the wonderful sense of community created by the regular full house each year quite moving and I love the nostalgia of the carols. It was created almost entirely by Graham’s personality.

It will be very interesting to see what effect his departure has on the size of the regular congregation at St. Andrews. Will it shrink or disappear? If so, what happens then? I am sure you will join me in wishing Graham success in whatever he chooses to do next, as I cannot see him actually retiring!

Note: Graham’s last service will be on Sunday 18th November at 11am, with drinks and cake after the service – details here 

Reverend Tim Harford

Tim Harford Downland Benefice St. Andrew's Edburton
The Reverend Tim Harford is to be the new rector of the Downland Benefice (Poynings, Edburton, Newtimber and Pyecombe). His installation by the Bishop of Horsham will take place in Poynings church on Wednesday 28th November at 7:30pm and his first service will be family communion at Poynings on Sunday 2nd December at 10:00am, followed by holy communion at Edburton at 11:30am.

Harvest Festival & Picnic

Harvest Festival and Picnic
October 21st — a traditional Harvest Festival Service at 11.00am will be followed by our ever popular harvest picnic lunch (which must be ordered in advance). The picnic will take place inside St. Andrew’s, or outside if the weather permits.

We welcome all parishioners to this event. To order picnics (£6.50), phone Jane Warne on 07812-465-559 or email

Jane Warne

Cream Teas in Fulking on Saturday in aid of St Andrew’s

Cream teas
If you are out and about this coming Saturday (26th), please do come and visit us at Fulking Village Hall where we will be serving coffee and cake, and cream teas from 11:00am until 4:00pm. There will be bric-a-brac to browse through and Book Nook will also be open where we have had an influx of new books (more books always welcome).

Jane Warne


St. Andrew’s offers complete cardiac security for christenings: it has placed a defibrillator right next to the font. You can now be confident that the godparents will survive the event. Cases of human spontaneous combustion (less common) can be tackled with the adjacent fire extinguisher.

The HART team from Henfield are coming to St. Andrew’s on Sunday 4th February at 12:30pm, immediately after Graham Jeffery’s 11:00am service. They will demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of the new defibrillator. Everyone is welcome: turn up at 11:00am for the service, or 12:15pm onwards for the tutorial session.