What’s On – upcoming services and events

Sunday Service at St Thomas à Becket

All special events and tours throughout the year are listed here (and always more to come!). NOT listed here is our weekly 9.45am Sunday Service. Festivals in the Church of England Year are on our Worship page.

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Belfry at St Thomas à Becket, Lewes

Climb the tower, see our ancient clock and bells

Saturday 1st June, 11.30am – guided tour

Tour includes introduction to church interior; climb the spiral stair to the second-oldest (1670) turret clock in Sussex; up to the belfry – lovely and very special oak bellframe dates from around 1400. Not many belfries survive like this, and hardly any that are easily reached by stairs. Hear the big tenor bell strike twelve! Not to be missed – only £5.  Full info and all dates June-September.

Belfry at St Thomas à Becket, Lewes

Climb the tower, see our ancient clock and bells

Saturday 15th June, 11.30am – guided tour

Tour includes introduction to church interior; climb the spiral stair to the second-oldest (1670) turret clock in Sussex; up to the belfry – lovely and very special oak bellframe dates from around 1400. Not many belfries survive like this, and hardly any that are easily reached by stairs. Hear the big tenor bell strike twelve! Not to be missed – only £5.  Full info and all dates June-September.

Belfry at St Thomas à Becket, Lewes

Climb the tower, see our ancient clock and bells

Saturday 29th June, 11.30am – guided tour

Tour includes introduction to church interior; climb the spiral stair to the second-oldest (1670) turret clock in Sussex; up to the belfry – lovely and very special oak bellframe dates from around 1400. Not many belfries survive like this, and hardly any that are easily reached by stairs. Hear the big tenor bell strike twelve! Not to be missed – only £5.  Full info and all dates June-September.

Baptism at St Thomas a Becket Church

Agatha's baptism

Sunday 30th June, 9.45am

There’ll be delight for everyone at our Sunday service when James and Meredith’s daughter Agatha is baptised by our Vicar Herbert Bennett. Her big sister is already a regular on Sundays, and their parents will be pleased to see all parishioners at the service – an invitation that underlines the welcome that children receive at the church.

Belfry at St Thomas à Becket, Lewes

Climb the tower, see our ancient clock and bells

Saturday 13th July, 11.30am – guided tour

Tour includes introduction to church interior; climb the spiral stair to the second-oldest (1670) turret clock in Sussex; up to the belfry – lovely and very special oak bellframe dates from around 1400. Not many belfries survive like this, and hardly any that are easily reached by stairs. Hear the big tenor bell strike twelve! Not to be missed – only £5.  Full info and all dates June-September.

Brother George wound the St Thomas clock daily for many years

A tribute to Brother George

Sunday 21st July, 9.45am

Open to all – a very special Sunday Sung Eucharist service to be taken by Bishop of Lewes Will Hazlewood. The Bishop is to dedicate a plaque to Brother George Linnegar, now retired, for his 40 years of faithful ministry to St Thomas’ church (including his daily winding of our clock!) More than that, the Bishop will also celebrate our Patronal Festival for St Thomas the Apostle and the Feast of St Thomas Becket. All who have loved Brother George are welcome.

Belfry at St Thomas à Becket, Lewes

Climb the tower, see our ancient clock and bells

Saturday 27th July, 11.30am – guided tour

Tour includes introduction to church interior; climb the spiral stair to the second-oldest (1670) turret clock in Sussex; up to the belfry – lovely and very special oak bellframe dates from around 1400. Not many belfries survive like this, and hardly any that are easily reached by stairs. Hear the big tenor bell strike twelve! Not to be missed – only £5.  Full info and all dates June-September.

Belfry at St Thomas à Becket, Lewes

Climb the tower, see our ancient clock and bells

Saturday 10th August, 11.30am – guided tour

Tour includes introduction to church interior; climb the spiral stair to the second-oldest (1670) turret clock in Sussex; up to the belfry – lovely and very special oak bellframe dates from around 1400. Not many belfries survive like this, and hardly any that are easily reached by stairs. Hear the big tenor bell strike twelve! Not to be missed – only £5.  Full info and all dates June-September.

Summer Fair 2024

Summer Fair

Saturday 24th August, 10am-12.30pm, beside the church

We stage the annual summer fair, now an amazing 614 years old – we had permission for markets and fairs from King Henry IV in 1409. Come to hear us read the king’s charter and declare the fair open with lots of tempting stalls – jam (of course), delicious home-made cakes, plants, fruit and veg, great choice of books for grown-ups, jewellery and bric-a-brac, and plenty to try for in raffles and tombola.