United Benefice

St Mary’s, Slindon is a parish church within the United Benefice of Slindon, Eartham, and Madehurst.

Our United Benefice falls within the Diocese of Chichester which is led by Bishop Martin Warner. Website: www.chichester.anglican.org

St.Margaret’s, Eartham and St Mary Magdalene’s, Madehurst are, like St Mary’s, ancient Grade 1 listed buildings and play a significant role in their communities. More information about St. Mary Magdalene’s, Madehurst can be found on their web site stmarymagdalene.wix.com/madehurst-church

United Benefice Services held in one of the three churches during the year bring the congregations of all three Parishes together.


Philip Jones

The Venerable Philip Jones

Priest in Charge

The Venerable Philip Jones

The Rectory, Dyers Lane, Slindon
Phone: 01243 814275
Mobile: 07909 981119
David Olby

Mr. David Olby

St. Mary’s Licensed Reader

Mr. David Olby

Phone: 01243 814226
Email: david.olby@virgin.net
David Thornley

David Thornley

Retired Vicar who serves in the Benefice

David Thornley

Phone: 01243 814302
Email: dhthornley@btinternet.com
Barbara Brimblecombe

Barbara Brimblecombe

St Mary’s Church Warden

Barbara Brimblecombe

Phone: 01243 814 285
Email: BBrimblecombe@aol.com
Tony Richards

Mr Tony Richards

St Mary's Church Warden

Mr Tony Richards

Phone: 01243 814735
Email: tony@wordpwer1.demon.co.uk
Clare Bacchus

Mrs Clare Bacchus


Mrs Clare Bacchus

01243 814264
Email: clare_bacchus@live.co.uk
John Barrett

Mr John Barrett

Tower Captain

Mr John Barrett

Phone: 01243 814265
Email: barrettslindon@waitrose.com
Gareth Williams

Mr. Gareth Williams

Choir Master

Mr. Gareth Williams

Phone: 01243 814207

Email: garwil23@hotmail.co.uk

Mrs Catherine Slee

PCC Secretary

Mrs Catherine Slee

Phone: 01243 814604
Email: catherine@dslee.co.uk
Rosemary Barrett

Mrs Rosemary Barrett

Leader Children’s Church

Mrs Rosemary Barrett

Phone: 01243 814265
Email: barrettslindon@waitrose.com
Mrs Jill Loveless
Ms. Jan Diamond
Mrs Glen Hampshire
Mrs Rosemary Barrett
Mrs Monique Langley
Mrs Freda Lloyd
Mrs Margaret Gibbons
There is a separate Building Committee dealing with the building development plans and fund raising/grant applications led by John Barrett.

The team comprises:
Barbara Brimblecombe
Colin Loveless
Tony Richards
Glen Hampshire
Richard Meynell (appointed architect)

We have an active events team who plan a programme of events for the year which take place mainly in the Church but also in the Coronation Hall, Slindon. These events add considerably to the life of the village and enable many village residents and non-residents to enjoy our historic church e.g. concerts, talks, seasonal celebrations, and history days. When professional artists and speakers come to perform we ticket the events to raise funds for the building project.

For more information go to What’s Happening on this web site.

Part of the vision for St. Mary’s is to enable the church to be used as a meeting place or venue for village events. Enquiries about using the church as a venue can be made to the Churchwardens or members of the events team.

The team:
Chair: John Barrett, Tel: 01243 814265
Pam Haycock
Nancy Wilson
Harriet Patterson
Moira Richards
Rosemary Barrett
Catherine Slee
Anne Jones

Vision Statement

Recognising the importance of our role as the Parish Church in our lovely village, St. Mary’s seeks to be a welcoming and inclusive presence through which the love of Christ is shared and celebrated through worship, learning, care and service.

We seek to do so by ‘building on the past, in the present, for the future’.


St. Mary’s Child Protection Policy is on display in the Church and there is a policy statement relating to the protection of Vulnerable Adults in the vestry. The Child Protection Co-ordinator ensures that the church is compliant with Diocesan policies and procedures.

There is a policy covering all aspects of Health & Safety which is available from the Church Wardens and appropriate checks and risk assessments are carried out.


St. Mary’s, a Grade 1 listed building, is over 900 years old and, as with all old buildings, there is always maintenance work to be done. It costs about £33,000 p.a. to run the church and we rely on the generosity of our faithful givers and the profit from our annual fete to cover this large sum. A summary of income/expenditure is attached.

Summary of Income and Expenditure

We have embarked on a major project to enhance the facilities in the church and to carry out essential repairs to the church roof and an appeal for pledges of donations has been launched for this. To find out about St. Mary’s Building Development click here.

Pledge Form

If you would like to support St. Mary’s by becoming a regular giver, a Gift Aid form can be found here:

Gift Aid Declaration Form

Please contact the Treasurer for more information – contact details above.

Find Us

We are 2.5 miles west of Arundel and 6.5 miles from Chichester

We do not have a car park next to the Church. Please park in Church Hill or one of the surrounding roads.

From Fontwell Roundabout take the A29 north. At cross roads (A29 second left) turn into Reynolds Lane. Drive for approx. half a mile and take second left into Church Hill, after the duck pond there is a sharp bend and St Mary’s is 50 yards on the left.
Take Southwest train service to Barnham, it is a short taxi ride from there.
Infrequent bus service from Chichester and Arundel