Our community in the Octagon Parish is involved in giving back in so many ways. Below is a list of some of our current campaigns. If you would like your activities listed, please do contact the parish administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org
Collecting boxes for food items have been placed in all the churches across the parish. We are hoping that this will be a convenient way, particularly for those who have their groceries delivered, to donate food items
Bring 1 Item to Church Campaign
Starting in Lent 2023 – please try to bring 1 item to every church service you attend. Thankyou!
Lent lunches 2023
Simple lunches consisting of soup and bread will take place in people’s homes in the parish throughout Lent. Come and share soup with friends and help us raise money for the Foodbank. Financial donations will be gratefully received. To receive details of locations and hosts, please subscribe to the Octagon email bulletin.
On Sunday 9th July 2023 we held a special Sea Sunday service at North Marden Church. The Sea Sunday service is held every year and supports a variety of UK based seafarers charities. In the past, we have supported The Fisherman Mission and The Sea Scouts. This year those attending helped raise money for the RNLI.
The service was taken by The Revd Canon David Nason.
Community Coffee Mornings
Coffee Mornings are held monthly in Compton and Forestside.
Everyone is invited to share warmth and friendship at these popular local events.
Compton coffee mornings are held on the first Thursday of every month at Compton Parish Room. Come and enjoy free tea, coffee and cake!
Forestside Coffee mornings are held monthly at Forestside Village Hall on the first Wednesday of each month. All are welcome to these friendly events which raise money for local charities including Chestnut Tree House and Macmillan
The Octagon Parish has 7 historic church buildings to maintain – the majority of which are open at all times for quiet contemplation.
Regular Church of England services are also held across the parish.
The Octagon Parish supported by several local Freinds Societies maintains and cares for these hsitoric buildings at considerable expense.
All buildings are surveyed every 5 years at the Quinquennial Inspection. A list of works is then drawn up and funds raised to cover the costs of works required. There is always something that needs repairing!
Out simple churches are maintained carefully and safely for future generations to enjoy.
Your can donate to the parish as a whole by leaving a legacy, donating on a monthly basis or making a one off donation.
Donations to the Octagon Parish help towards maintaining our church buildings as well as supporting Christian worship in these buildings, and the outreach work carried out by Octagon volunteers. To make a donation please click here
To discuss a donation to a specific church or to leave a legacy please contact our treasurer, Mr Edward Cottrell on email@example.com
Charity Reg no: 1156866
The Friends of Up Marden Church is a charitable organisation that supports the Octagon Parish in maintaining and insuring St Michael’s church building and churchyard. To make a donation please contact: The Octagon Parish – firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Reg No: 289333
The Friends of Stoughton St Mary is a charitable organisation that supports the Octagon Parish in maintaining and insuring St Mary’s Church in Stoughton. To make a donation to please contact: Charles Lawton on email@example.com
Charity Reg No: 276584
The Octagon contains eight uniquely beautiful churches, many of them several hundred years old, seven of which are open for public worship.
The Octagon Parish is made up of eight villages with churches: Stansted, Racton, Stoughton, East Marden, North Marden, Up Marden, Compton and Forestside and two villages without churches: West Marden and Walderton. Blessed with wonderful walks and fine views down to the south coast, its small ancient downland churches are noted for their spiritual peace and tranquillity, some dating back to Saxon times. There are two stately homes in the area: Stansted House and Uppark.