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

Established in 2011 as a ministry of TRINITY Church our purpose is to provide reliable, efficient, not for profit care in the community that helps people stay in their own homes 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.

For more information contact Janette Watkins the Registered Manager on 07866 301384.

What services can Southover Community 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 DBS 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.

SOUTHOVER COUNSELLING is a professional counselling service based at Church End House in Lewes and supported by TRINITY Church.

All our counsellors are fully qualified and experienced and members of either the British Association of Counselling or The Association of Christian Counsellors. They offer confidential counselling to all, irrespective of background, belief, gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic origin and work within their codes of practice. They work with individuals, couples , young people and families .

For further information or to make a referral for an appointment please contact: 07852 221449 or send us an email.

Jeanette Clifton is the manager/coordinator of the service.

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 an independent organisation with connections to TRINITY 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!


Who leads the group? The group is led by volunteers from a number of churches across Lewes. They are all DBS 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

TRINITY 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.

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New Term September 2015

Lewes Sings Gospel is back in the Autumn, starting Tuesday 15 September

Registration will be available to the public at 6pm Monday 13 July online at the link below.

REGISTER FOR THE NEW TERM HERE from 6pm Monday 13 July


Rehearsals will run Tuesday 15th September to Tuesday 15th December, with a final rehearsal on Tuesday 5th January 2016. All rehearsals take place 7:30-9:30pm at Southover Church in Lewes. Our winter concerts will take place on Saturday 9th January 2016.


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 15th September.

Your provisional place will be held until 7:30pm Tuesday 22nd September, 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 15th September, or before the rehearsal on 22nd September.

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

Please make cheques payable to ‘Southover Church’


For our end of term concerts on January 9th 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.

If you have any questions, please contact the organiser using the button in the right hand margin.


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.


About us

Southover Counselling is a professional counselling service based in Lewes, East Sussex. It is a service that was established 10 years ago and works with clients from youngsters to older people. It employs a team of professionally trained counsellors who are all members of a recognized professional body. Its services are offered to all irrespective of belief, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation.

What to expect

Therapy is not an instant cure. Your counsellor will aim to develop with you 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. Through this changed perspective, you may be enabled to respond differently to your situation and to experience personal growth. This may involve a regular meeting with your counsellor over a period of weeks or months.
The number of sessions and timing will vary according to your needs.

Our team

We have a team of professionally qualified counsellors who are either members of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the Association of Christian Counsellors. They regularly update their knowledge and skills and some members of the team have a particular expertise with couples, youngsters or people with specific issues. As part of their Continuing Professional Development they attend supervision and provide evidence of ongoing learning and development.

See the BACP online Glossary entry for Counselling and Psychotherapy or visit their website for further
information .


The first session will be exploratory and there is a minimum charge of £10. If you decide to go ahead, your first task will be to agree a programme of appointments and costs. The Counsellor will discuss financial arrangments. It is a policy of Southover Counselling that no one should be excluded from the service on financial grounds. At present our costs are £40 for individuals and £45 for couples. A reduced rate can be negotiated depending on circumstances. Each session lasts approximately 50 minutes. If you have to cancel a session please give at least 24 hours notice; otherwise 50% of the agreed fee is chargeable.

In order to maintain our services we regularly fund-raise and receive donations from organisations and individuals. We appreciate all contributions to aid with the continuation of our services.

What our Clients have said about us

When a client completes a programme with a counsellor, we always ask for feedback. With the clients' permission, here are some comments we have received.

'A counselling service that has been professional and that I could truly trust. '

'more at peace with myself and my life as it is now. It has been a wonderful experience for me. I would recommend Southover Counselling to other people. My counsellor listened and suggested strategies, and helped me understand myself more and like myself again. Thank you'

'I am clearer about my past and more optimistic about my future'.

'Very friendly, welcoming and patient service. Always professional'

'This has been a truly wonderful and helpful journey for me. I have learned so much, and have looked forward to each session'.

Professional training days

Southover Counselling organises occasional professional training days for counsellors and pastoral workers. These days are designed for those already within a professional or voluntary counselling role and contribute towards Continuing Professional Development. The training days are advertised on our website or details sent to those who have previously attended training days and wish to be on our mailing list. If you are interested in being on our mailing list for the next study day please contact us via email, telephone or post.

The Next professional training day is being planned for Spring 2016 with Dr Eva Bunting, a clinical neurologist. Further details to follow.

Contact us

Our telephone number is 07852 221449. Anyone can contact the service by telephoning or texting and leaving a message. We will respond as soon as possible, normally within one to two working days.

Please use this number to enquire about counseling availability, or to make or change appointments.

For other enquires we would appreciate contact by email or by letter to:

Southover Counselling.
Church End,
1 Cockshut Road,
Lewes. BN7 1JH
Or email Southover Counselling

Church End

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