Bishop dedicates new parish room to Fernhurst church

THE Bishop of Horsham, the Rt Rev Mark Sowerby visited St Margaret’s of Antioch Church in Fernhurst to dedicate the new parish and community room built in the grounds of the church.

At a special service planned both by the churchwardens and the bishop’s office, the procession of the officials, the choir and the parochial church council briefly left the church by the newly re-opened west door to be in the new building from which the dedication was broadcast back to the church where the choir sang Bruckner’s anthem Locus Iste.

The bishop welcomed everyone including Tony Rockey, the village’s last vicar, who, with his engineering skills, had done so much to ensure the building was completed.

After the service the congregation gathered in the new room for refreshments, and admired the design and the high standard of the work.

Chris Spicer, foreman from builders AJ Tracy, said it had been a delight to work on the building which had been designed by the Braithwaite Partnership.

The final £25,000 to pay for the room has been borrowed interest-free, from the diocese.

The quantity surveyor, Phil Daventry suggested the building be entered in the Sussex Heritage Trust awards.