Welcome to the Friends of Hamsey Church


Local artist Keith Pettit is going to hold an exhibition at Hamsey church as part of the Lewes Art Wave festival. The exhibition will be held over 3 weekends from 5th to the 20th September, 11am to 5 pm.

He is very generously giving all his proceeds to the Friends which is so kind of him.

Social distancing will be required and masks should be worn inside the church.




On 6th September Holy Communion will be at 8.00am (BCP) and Evensong at 6.00pm.

Everyone will be most welcome. Please park in the field as signposted.


Hamsey Church closure during the present Covid 19 crisis

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 measures we are unable to open Hamsey church at the present time, apart from the monthly services.

Thank you for your continued support and interest in Hamsey Church and we look forward to seeing you once this crisis is over.


The Rev Derek Bastide

We have to record the sad news of the death of the Rev Derek Bastide, rector of St Peter’s, Offham and Hamsey, for over 35 years. We are deeply grateful for all he did in his long tenure, and for his support in the efforts to save Hamsey Church.  Derek died peacefully after a prolonged illness, and our thoughts and condolences go to his wife, Judith, and family.


Good news

After two years of interregnum, the Churchwardens are delighted to announce that the Reverend Anne Dunlop will shortly be appointed House for Duty Priest at St Peter’s Church, Offham. Formerly associated with Exeter Cathedral, the Rev’d Dunlop is currently Assistant Priest at St Mary and St Peter, Hampden Park.

Her licensing service will be held at St Peter’s Church, Offham, on Saturday 15 February 2020 at 11.30 am. Her first service as our priest will be on Sunday 16 February at 10.30 am.

We would like to welcome the Rev’d Dunlop with as full a church as possible on both occasions.


Restoration works

The next stage of the Hamsey Restoration Works is intended to cover all the high priority items identified in the last Quinquennial, in particular the repointing of the tower walls and buttresses, and also to address the dampness in the walls (following which they can be decorated).

Whilst most of the scope is clear, key issues to be resolved concern, internally, the presence or otherwise of wall paintings in the church, and, externally, how to deal with failing rendering on the South Nave Wall.

Investigation is ongoing to report on these two issues, and it is hoped that early next year agreement can be reached as to how to proceed.  We then intend to seek grant funding, and in particular a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, for the work.



The Friends

Our beautiful and historic Grade I Listed St. Peter’s Church, Hamsey, is suffering from the effects of 1000 years of worship and wear and tear.

The Friends of Hamsey Church was set up in 2016 to help with its upkeep into the future. This will include raising grants for renovation, financial subscriptions and working parties to help with spring cleaning inside the church and some maintenance of the graveyard.

The roof, in particular, was badly in need of attention and we are happy to report that following successful fundraising the roof works have now been completed.

Fundraising and grant applications continue to help secure the future maintenance of his very special landmark.

If you are interested in this supporting this project financially or with your time, and would like more information, please contact: friendsofhamsey@gmail.com.

New Award for Hamsey Church


We are pleased to announce that the Hamsey reroofing project has won two Sussex Heritage Trust (www.sussexheritagetrust.org.uk) awards: in the Building Craft category and also in the Ecclesiastical category.

The judges made the following comments:

Building Craft: “Well-executed roof restoration done to high standard with imaginative re-use of clay tiles and Horsham slates which will improve sustainability, combined with sensitive and effective treatment of critical works to establish the structural integrity of the building. Well done!”

Ecclesiastical: “A thoroughly considered approach to the project, demonstrating detailed knowledge of materials, new and reused. A collaborative approach with architect and client which successfully tackled issues that arose. Finished job enhanced an already beautiful building.”

The work was carried out in the Spring of 2017 by Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd



Roofing work in progress

Roofing work in progress

Please sign the visitors book if you visit the church

Please sign the visitors book if you visit the church

The new roof

The new roof

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