Woodmancote Church Appeal 2017

Help us look after Woodmancote Church - Sussex's oldest tin tabernacle still in use for worship

Bottle green painted tin tabernacle set in countryside2017 is the 125th anniversary of Woodmancote Church. In addition to celebrating this anniversary, an appeal is underway to raise funds towards the present expenses of upkeep and improvement of the building.

Westbourne Parish in West Sussex includes the hamlets of Aldsworth and Woodmancote. Services of Holy Communion are held at Woodmancote Church twice a month and at Christmas and Easter.

There will be a special service led by the Rector of Westbourne, the Revd Andrew Doye, on 1 October 2017 at 3pm. This will be followed by a celebration tea.

More about the appeal

> Watch a parishioner's video on why you should support the Woodmancote Church 125th Anniversary Appeal (YouTube)


> Find out more about the Woodmancote Church 125th Anniversary Appeal (pdf file)

> Donation and Pledge form for the Woodmancote Church Appeal 2017 (pdf file)

It will cost £14,000 to restore Woodmancote Church. More than £9,000 has been pledged or raised so far and a further £5,000 is needed before the end of December 2017. If you have a special link to or particular appreciation for the building, or want to recognise its historical value and enrichment to the area, your support will be welcome. 

  • £100 plus gift aid (if you are a UK tax payer) will restore a roof panel
  • £400 plus gift aid will restore a window at the Church

If you can help with a fundraising event, this would also be welcomed by the Appeal Committee.

Brief history of Woodmancote Church

Woodmancote Church was erected in October 1892 from a corrugated iron ‘flat pack’ known affectionately as a ‘tin tabernacle’. It is the oldest of only two active Anglican ‘tin tabernacles’ still being used for divine service in Sussex and the fourth oldest in the UK. 

It was licensed for worship in 1928. In 2012, the Church celebrated its 120th anniversary. 

The building now enjoys electric light and heat but does not as yet have disabled access, water supply or a toilet.

(Picture of Woodmancote Church - courtesy of Sussex Parish Churches)

Fundraising events for the appeal 

Woodmancote Charity Quiz night at the Woodmancote Pub - Tuesday 10 October 2017
£500 was raised for the Woodmancote Church Restoration Fund.

Wine tasting and cheese fundraising evening, Woodmancote Church - Friday 27 October 2017

Thank you to those continuing to support this 125th anniversary project. Donation leaflets are still available in the churches for anyone still wishing to contribute. 

Webpage icon Ivor Novello - Man of the Theatre event
Webpage icon Fundraising News 2016
Webpage icon Westbourne Christmas Lunch 2017
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