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We are a friendly Anglican church and welcome visitors to join our services. People have been worshipping God in our church for 927 years now. Our aim is to continue this tradition of faith and service in a relevant and meaningful way today.

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This week

Daily Prayer at St. Margaret’s
8.30am
   Morning Prayer
5.30pm    Evening Prayer

Wednesday 21st August 
9.30am    Holy Communion, St. Margaret’s
7.00pm      Praise Aloud!

Saturday 24th August.  St. Bartholemew the Apostle.
9.30am   Holy Communion, St. Margaret’s.

Sunday 25th August.  Tenth Sunday after Trinity.  
9.00am    Holy Communion (BCP) All Saints’, Highbrook.
10.00am  Eucharist, St. Margaret’s.

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All Saints' Highbrook & St Margaret's West Hoathly
All Saints' Highbrook & St Margaret's West HoathlyAugust 19th, 2019 at 7:40pm
How sad it is to see that we are not the only community locally targeted by metal thieves in the last week. Our deepest sympathies to the congregation of St Paul’s, Four Elms whose church has been despoiled by thieves. 😢
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All Saints' Highbrook & St Margaret's West HoathlyAugust 19th, 2019 at 10:56am
Join us this Wednesday for our new Praise Aloud! service of prayer and praise at 7pm.
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All Saints' Highbrook & St Margaret's West HoathlyAugust 16th, 2019 at 2:59pm
Anything but a victimless crime for over fifty families. So much damage for so little gain. https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/news/people/theft-of-village-graveyard-plaques-condemned-as-disrespect-for-the-dead-1-9036384
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All Saints' Highbrook & St Margaret's West HoathlyAugust 15th, 2019 at 5:19pm
Not the way we want to make the news but we are so grateful for all the messages of support over the last 24 hours. ❤️ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-49359207
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All Saints' Highbrook & St Margaret's West HoathlyAugust 14th, 2019 at 7:18pm
On 14th August the priest of St Margaret’s church in West Hoathly discovered that metal thieves had targeted the churchyard, stealing the brass plaques that mark the graves of 52 local parishioners.

St Margaret’s has terraces along which funeral ashes are buried, and have been for over a hundred years. Plaques commemorating their lives are attached to the adjoining wall, where relatives come to pay their respects.

Two men were seen by a witness acting suspiciously on Wednesday 13th August, at about 3.15pm, carrying a bucket with what was thought to be slate. They ran off and although it seemed odd, no connection was made between the bucket’s content and the terraces.

The next morning the scale of the theft was discovered, leaving the local priest, Rev’d Nicol Kinrade, Churchwarden and parishioners shocked by the callous act. Many plaques were missing, and others were damaged where the thieves had been unable to detach them from the wall. The police have been notified.

Rev’d Nicol says: “This is very distressing for the relatives, and for the Church. The scrap value of the metal will be nothing in comparison to the hurt this will cause people, to know their family graves have been subject to such unthinking indignity. We ask the people who did this to step back from their actions, look to their conscience, and please return the plaques.”

Rev’d Kinrade is working to identify the missing plaques so that families can be notified. In the meantime if families of those buried on the terraces visit the churchyard, they can let her know on 01342 810 183 if their relative’s burial marker is damaged or missing.
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All Saints' Highbrook & St Margaret's West HoathlyAugust 14th, 2019 at 2:17pm
Derek & Gary find a dry spot for lunch during a wet Wednesday‘s day’s work in the churchyard.
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All Saints' Highbrook & St Margaret's West HoathlyAugust 8th, 2019 at 4:28pm
Congratulations to Peter Oddy - winner of August's Highbrook 100 Club draw!
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