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Appointment of the new Bishops of Lewes and Horsham
It has been announced that The Revd William Hazlewood, currently Vicar of the United Benefice of Dartmouth and Dittisham in the
Diocese of Exeter is to be the new Bishop of Lewes. Welcoming Will’s appointment the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, said: “Will brings to the Diocese the experience of priestly ministry in a busy rural parish, its rich potential and the prayer that sustains it. He attracted diocesan-wide recognition in Devon through outreach to families and his capacity to value and transcend differences in Church and society.”
“His primary ministry will be to serve the people in the archdeaconries of Hastings and Brighton & Lewes but he will also have a wider ministry across the diocese, using his gifts and experience to enrich the life of the whole of this household of faith. We welcome him and his family and assure them of our prayers as they move to Sussex in challenging circumstances. We look forward to an opportunity to celebrate his arrival and ministry with us, once the restrictions are lifted.”
William has been a priest since 2002 where he served his curacy in a parish in the centre of Bristol before moving to Buckinghamshire to serve the parish of Iver Heath on the outskirts of Slough. In 2011 he moved to the diocese of Exeter to be Incumbent of Dartmouth and Dittisham, a market town and village in the South Hams. He became Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral in 2017.
His wife Sophie grew up in Sussex and is a Project Manager. They have two young children.

The Revd Ruth Bushyager, currently Vicar of St Paul’s, Dorking in the Diocese of Guildford is to be the new Bishop of Horsham.
Ruth was ordained priest in 2006 and after serving in the Southwell & Nottingham and Oxford dioceses became Area Missioner for the Kensington area in the Diocese of London in 2010. She has served as the Vicar of St Paul’s, Dorking since 2014 and now also serves as Area Dean of Dorking. Ruth is married to Ron, a psychotherapist, and they have two young daughters.


Appointment of an Associate Vicar
We are pleased to be able to announce that the Rev. Herbert Bennett will be joining the benefice as an Associate Vicar. His ministry will be based primarily at St Thomas-at-Cliffe. Fr. Herbert has recently completed his curacy at St Mary’s, Kemp Town. He lives in Lewes and is well known to many of us. In the present circumstances, we cannot yet fix a date for his licensing, but we look forward to welcoming him later this year.

Fr. Derek Bastide who trained for the priesthood with us at St. Michael’s, died on April 19th 2020 in the nursing home where he had been resident. Derek was the much-loved parish priest at Offham and Hamsey for 34 years, until his retirement in 2018. He briefly returned to us at St. Michael’s as part of our congregation. He will be buried on 28 April at Hamsey. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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The First Sunday Recital is held on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm. Admission is free and there is a retiring collection in aid of church funds. Recitals range from organ music to song and small instrumental groups. Players range from international soloists to students from the East Sussex Academy of Music.

St Michael’s is also a popular venue for concerts. Forthcoming concerts are listed in the Event Calendar.

We have recently spent over £170,000 on improvements and repairs.