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Practical and friendly home care tailor-made for all your needs.

Southover Care was established in 2011 as a ministry of Southover Church. Our purpose is to provide reliable, efficient, not-for-profit care in the community, that helps people remain in their own home as long as possible.

By assisting you with daily tasks, our friendly staff will help you to live your life to the full, by giving you the freedom and dignity to make your own choices.

Contact the Registered Manager Janette Watkins for more information. We will then arrange a visit to discuss what you need from a care service, and a tailor-made care plan will be drawn up to cover your needs.

What services can Southover Care provide?

  • Help with getting up or going to bed
  • Preparing meals
  • Washing & ironing
  • Cleaning your home
  • Personal hygiene
  • Taking you out for leisure activities
  • ShoppingHelp for the blind e.g. with correspondence

Our carers
All our carers are fully CRB checked, and monitored to ensure they give the care you expect and deserve.

Southover Counselling is a service which respects and values every individual, and seeks to bring hope and wholeness to people’s lives. It is a professional service, offered to everyone irrespective of belief.

Southover Counselling is supported by Southover Church. It is for the whole community, and works from a Christian ethos. Contact Jeanette Clifton for more information via our external site.

How can counselling help me?
Counselling offers a supportive relationship within which thoughts and feelings around current or past experiences can be safely shared and explored. This can help you to gain new insights about yourself and your situation, and may enable you to respond differently to your problems and difficulties and to experience personal growth.

Who will benefit?
Our counsellors offer help and support to people struggling with a variety of
concerns such as:

Stress & anxiety
Relationship & family difficulties
Bereavement & loss
Work-related issues
Spiritual issues
Alcohol & drug-related issues

How much does it cost?
The full cost of the service is £40 per session or £45 for couples.
Clients are asked to meet this as far as their financial circumstances allow. However, it is our aim that no-one be excluded from accessing the service on financial grounds. A sponsorship fund is maintained to help support those unable to meet the full cost.

What can I expect?
During your first appointment your counsellor will ask about your situation and explain the counselling process in more detail. This is an exploratory session, during which you and your counsellor will assess whether to proceed with counselling. Further appointments, each lasting fifty minutes, can then be arranged. The number of sessions will vary according to your needs.

Who are the counsellors?
Our counsellors are fully qualified and experienced in counselling. They offer confidential counselling to all, irrespective of background, gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic origin. All our counsellors are members of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or The Association of Christian Counsellors, and work within their codes of practice.

Contact 07852 221449 for more information.

You can also click here for our external site which carries more
up-to-date information, references, and links to related site.

Access to life for those with learning disabilities.

Lewes Prospects is a fortnightly group which aims to value and support people with learning difficulties.  Lewes Prospects Group is a part of the ministry at Southover Church, that seeks to value every member of our community. If you, or a friend, would like to become a part of our group, contact Biddie Mutter

When and where do we meet?
The group meets fortnightly on Thursdays at 7pm, in the Chapter House at Southover Church. This is a new and fully accessible hall that can be accessed via Church End, 1 Cockshut Road.

What happens at our meetings?

  • Friendships & chat
  • Games & quizzes
  • Music & singing
  • Drama & dance
  • Craft activities
  • Prayer & learning about God
  • plus food, tea & coffee!

Also look out for news of occasional outings we do together.

Who leads the group?
The group is led by volunteers from Southover church as well as other churches in Lewes. They are all CRB checked, and very friendly people!

Are there other prospects groups?
Our group is part of a national organisation. You can find out more about the work of prospects nationally at

Helping Children Keep in Contact with Families


The Centre provides a safe, neutral and friendly venue for children living with one parent to meet and spend time with the other parent or other family members.


For more information visit our external site

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Lewes Sings Gospel - Low resLewes Sings Gospel - Low resWINTER CONCERT 10th January 2015  SOLD OUT

Our Winter concert will take place on January 2015 at 7:30pm in Southover Church.

We’re thrilled to welcome Junior Robinson as our guest soloist.

Apologies - Tickets are now sold out.


A choir for the whole community

Lewes Sings Gospel is a chance for anyone who wants to try singing in the gospel style. But more than that, we seek to be a vibrant community where it is easy to meet new people, grow friendships and enjoy the journey of learning and singing gospel music together.

LSG is for the whole community, and anyone can join regardless of ability or experience. You do not have to have any particular beliefs or the ability to read music.


We are thrilled to welcome back Karen Gibson as our conductor for this term. 

The Autumn term will start on Tuesday 23 September through to Tuesday 16 December, rehearsing in Southover Church 7:30-9:30pm. After the Christmas break we will have our final rehearsal on Tuesday 6 January for our concert on Saturday 10 January 2015.

Online booking is now closed. We only have places on the waiting list left. If you wish to secure a place on the waiting list, please turn up to the first week (Tuesday 23rd September), sign in, and you can take part in the first week for free as a taster. We will let you know by Tuesday 30th September whether there is space for you due to drop-outs.



Our Conductor – Karen Gibson

Karen Gibson

Karen Gibson, a full time choir conductor and workshop leader, is a powerhouse of inspiration and energy. Recently nominated in the categories of Best Contribution to Gospel Music for the GMA’s and the music category of the Wise Woman Awards, she conducts several choirs in the South-East of England.

She led one of her choirs, the Maria Fidelis Gospel Choir, to victory in the Songs of Praise Senior School Choir last year, and directed this same choir during an audience with the Pope as well as before the Queen, Prince Charles with Camilla and the Mayor of London.

She also led another of her choirs, Southampton’s SINGIT!, to the finals of the BBC Choir of the Year Competition in 2010.

In addition to the choirs that Karen facilitates, she is the founder of the award-winning Kingdom Choir.

Karen’s experience is extensive. She has been involved with vocal groups and choirs for over 25 years, conducting gospel workshops all over the UK and Europe as well as Nigeria, Japan, Zimbabwe and the USA. She has been instrumental in drawing together and conducting some of the most prestigious large-scale choirs for a variety of gospel and community initiatives. These include The Queen’s Jubilee, The Global Day of Prayer and Concert for Diana. Numbers in the choirs have ranged between 200 and 4000.

Karen has recently been featured in the first ever book written about British Gospel Music. The book, entitled ‘British Black Gospel’ is written by Steve Alexander Smith and cites Karen as a pioneer of the sound of gospel in this country.


Karen has been conductor at Lewes Sings Gospel since its inception in Autumn 2009.

We are now accepting registrations for the Autumn 2014 term. Please note, however, that all our places are now full, but there is a waiting list in case of cancellations.

All registration is free and online by clicking HERE.

Places will be allocated on a first-registered, first-served basis. Registration is not a guarantee of a place, but we hope we will be able to accept everyone who wishes to join.

Payment is £90 for the term, due on the first week, 23rd September, by cash or cheque (made payable to ‘Southover Church’). For those in financial difficulty we are able to make flexible arrangements, please register for free first and contact Chris Steynor* to discuss this in confidence. If no prior agreement has been made and payment has is not received at the first rehearsal, then your place will be offered to the waiting list in the event that we are over-subscribed.

Those who have never taken part in gospel before are invited to take part in one taster rehearsal for £10, with the option of committing to the term the following week and paying the remaining £80. This option is only open to those who have not taken part in LSG before. If full payment has not been made by Tuesday 30th September then your place will be offered to the waiting list in the event that we are over-subscribed.

If you wish to join the LSG term but cannot make the first week, please contact Chris Steynor* to arrange payment by post.

*You can contact Chris via the Eventbrite page, or by calling the Southover Church Office on 01273 470616 or

 All registration is free and online by clicking HERE.



Welcome to Lewes Goes Strictly!

LGS is our Community Dance Class, open to anybody in the Lewes community and beyond. Come for an evening of dance as we learn the basics of Waltz, Cha-cha-cha, Tango and Jive!

Have fun and meet new people while dancing in the beautiful, historic and recently decorated setting of Southover Church.

Sessions are relaxed and informal – novices and experts equally welcome!

Join as an individual or a couple – either way is fine.

All our evenings are delivered under the expert tuition of East Sussex Dance.



Register your place now using the link below

The Winter 2015 term runs on Thursday evenings starting January 8th and will end on February 12th.

Prices are £30 per head for the whole term, payable on January 8th. Cash or cheques acceptable, please make cheques payable to ‘Southover Church’.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Evening Schedule

There are two classes on the night:
7.30pm – Level 1 Class
Suitable for new beginners or those who would like to revisit some basics.
Focuses on Social Foxtrot, Jive, and Social Quickstep.

A chance to mingle, meet new people and practise your steps to music

8.45pm – Level 2 Class
Suitable for those who are quick learners or who have danced before
Focuses on Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha.