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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!

Days we are meeting:

19th of March

9th of April – At Helen and Derek’s house.

23rd of April

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.

If you would like more information please contact Jane Hunt or visit the website

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An award-winning Gospel choir…. for the whole community

At Southover Church seeks to be an outward-looking and inclusive community. Lewes Sings Gospel started in 2009 as an outworking of this desire. The choir is an opportunity 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.

In 2014 Lewes Sings Gospel were the winners of the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year award. While our musical standard and public profile has increased, our vision remains the same: LSG is for all, and anyone can join regardless of ability or experience. You do not have to have any particular beliefs or the ability to read music.

Spring Term 2015

Our next term will start on 14th April 2015 and run to 7th July 2015, with our final concert on Saturday 11th July 2015.

Registration to take part in LSG for the Spring Term will open to the public on 28th February 2015 at noon, and can be accessed using the link below. Spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Recent choir members will have first priority but we expect there will be plenty of space for first-timers nevertheless.
[NOTE: Site is password protected until noon on 28th February]



Rehearsals will run Tuesday 14th April to Tuesday 7th July 7:30-9:30pm at Southover Church in Lewes. Our summer concerts will take place on Saturday 11th July 2015.

The cost to participate in the Lewes Sings Gospel Term is £90.

Registration is through this EventBrite page only and requires a non-refundable deposit of £10. Registration and payment of the deposit secures a provisional place on the term and also pays for access to the first rehearsal on Tuesday 14th April.

Your provisional place will be held until 7:30pm Tuesday 21st April, which is the start of our second rehearsal. The remaining £80 is payable by this time in order to secure your place in the choir for the term.

A £10 deposit is made alongside the initial booking on the EventBrite page. The remaining £80 can be paid as follows:

1) By Cash or Cheque, at, during or after the first rehearsal on 14th April, or before the rehearsal on 21st April.

2) By sending a cheque to Lewes Sings Gospel, Church End, 1 Cockshut Road, LEWES BN7 1JH.

Please make cheques payable to ‘Southover Church’

This term will include a performance by LSG at the Gospel Schools Week Concert on Sunday 7th June 2015. Any member who has signed up for the term will be welcome to join us for this performance. There is the possibility of other performance opportunities during the term as well.

For our end of term concerts on July 11th there is limited space. We guarantee the first 80 registered members a place in at least one of these concerts (and in many cases, both). After these places have gone then ‘rehearsal’ spaces are made available. These tickets offer full participation in the LSG term, but without the guarantee of a place in the end of term concert.

As people with full registration drop out, these places are offered in order of registration to those with rehearsal tickets. Even with a rehearsal ticket, there are still other performance opportunities, and there is a good chance that spaces in the end of term concert will be released, as we usually get a significant number of drop-outs throughout the term.



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.



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 March 26th.

We will be finishing with a Tea Dance in the church on Saturday the 28th of March

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.