Sunday 9 June 2019

“How effective is the (Busbridge Junior) school’s distinctive Christian vision ... in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?”  This week the Chair of Governors at our lovely church school was pleased to tell parents that the recent SIAMS inspection (8 May 2019) judged the effectiveness of the school’s Christian vision to be ‘Good’.  Well done to the school leadership team and all involved.  Keep up the good (God’s!) work! The following is an excerpt from a letter to parents and carers from Ron Downhill, Chair of Governors.

”Your school , being a church school, does of course have a Christian ethos. Church schools undergo formal inspections every five years (SIAMS) “How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?”… Our motto is “Cherish and Challenge” – to be a school that reflects the love of Christ: cherishing each other as unique individuals and challenging all to achieve and succeed. A SIAMS inspection of our School was made on 8 May 2019 As Chair of Governors, I am pleased to report that the Inspector has rated the effectiveness of the school’s Christian vision overall to be ‘Good’, indeed Mrs Jenkins indicated that the school’s overall rating was only marginally short of being the aspirationally high grading of ‘Excellent’. You will see that in particular she considers the teaching and learning of RE to be exceptionally well lead and highly effective. She considers that the school’s collective worship is, like RE, an important element of the school and that the school’s leadership enables pupils and adults to flourish.

A practical idea to aid your prayer life!

The blue prayer kneelers from Busbridge Church are not needed anymore – but if you would like to have one for yourself and/or your children with a deliberate intention to pray more – please contact the church office.  As you kneel to pray you may like to include a prayer for the reordering of the church over the coming weeks.

ABC Stay & Play toddler groups—helpers needed

There are many who enjoy these groups as children and parents, and it’s an ever evolving ministry.  Tuesday and Friday morning groups now enjoy spilling out onto the Old Rectory garden, and numbers are growing.  If you would like to join the team of helpers who represent the church, please speak to Juliet (

Christian Aid collection

We are very grateful to everyone who contributed to the collection for Christian Aid on 12th May. £380 was collected, and this will go towards providing health centres and clinics for impoverished communities in Sierra Leone. This money could literally save lives!

Fathers’ Day BBQ, next Sunday, Busbridge Contemporary

A treat for dads (and everyone who wants to celebrate them)!  Come at 9.45am for coffee and bacon sandwiches before the contemporary service.  Please arrive in plenty of time.

Choral Evensong with King Edward’s Chapel Choir, Wednesday 19 June, 4.45pm, Hambledon

The chapel choir of King Edward’s School, Witley is returning to Hambledon church for a special Choral Evensong service to celebrate the school’s links with the village.  All welcome.  Tea and cake from 4.15pm.

Jam Together, Sunday 23 June, 2-5pm, Old Rectory

Registration closes today!  A new event for 11-18 year olds who play an instrument or enjoy singing.  No pressure to play, just come along and enjoy.

Contact for more information and a registration form.

Prayer and Cakes for Busbridge reordering - two essential fuels for the building works!  Please contact Shelagh Godwin via if you can contribute either.  She would appreciate someone or several people to support this undertaking.

 Sign up this week for:

The Great Girls’ Get-together, Mon 24 June, 8-10pm email, AND

Blokes’ BBQ & Beer Bash, Thurs, 27 June, 7.45pm


Confirmation opportunity, 24 November 2019

If you would like to find out about being confirmed with other candidates from the deanery, please speak to Simon (  Confirmations will take place in a special 6.30pm service at Busbridge Church.