Southern Counties


Our aim at the moment in the Southern Counties (which covers the area of Sussex and Hampshire) is twofold. Firstly to support small groups of people who are committed to the practice of Centering Prayer throughout the area and secondly to introduce new people to the practice and encourage new groups to evolve where there is a need.

We have three people coordinating the work across the southern counties, namely Guy Partridge based in Blackboys covering East Sussex, Brenda Bayne covering West Sussex and Ian Traynar based in Southampton covering Hampshire. There are active groups in and around Brighton & Lewes, Chichester and Southampton – see below for meeting times and names of people to contact if you are interested in joining a group.

If anyone is interested in learning more, or wanting to set up a Centering Prayer group in any area of the Southern Counties, please contact either Ian Traynar on 07792 782056 or email or Guy Partridge on 07702 836057 or email.

An Introductory Day with a 6-week follow up course is the ideal way to begin a Centering Prayer group in your area, so please do make contact. We are here to help.

Prayer groups meeting in East Sussex are as follows:

For general information on this area contact: Rev. Guy Partridge, (Link person for the following groups)
Tel: 07702 836057; Email:


Every weekday morning from 9.15am – 10.15am, Blackboys, East Sussex.
Contact: Rev. Guy Partridge 07702 836057


Fridays from 4pm – 5.45pm at the Church of the Holy Cross, Downsway, Woodingdean
Contact: Phil Parsons 01273 683918

1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday every month from 7.30pm at Chapel Royal, North Street, Brighton
Contact: Barbara David c/o Church Office 01273 328767

Every Wednesday at 6.30pm in the Meeting Room, St. Joseph’s Presbytery, 6 Wellington Road, Brighton BN2 3AA
Contact: Barbara Van der Zee 01273 261142

Wednesdays 8.15-9.15pm at Brighton and Hove Centre for Spirituality, All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove, BN3 3QE
Contact: Sarah Van Den Driessche


Alternate Mondays of each month from 4.00pm – 5.30pm, Our Lady of the Ransom, Grange Road, Eastbourne
Contact: Susan Taylor on 01323 732725


Every Sunday from 7.15pm – 8.15pm at Firle Church, BN8 6LP
Chanting and Centering Prayer
Contact: Jen White 01273 858946


First Monday of every month from 7.15pm – 8.15pm at St Mary’s Glynde, BN8 6SX
Chanting and Meditation/Silent Prayer
Contact: Zoe Nicholson 01273 814749

Prayer groups meeting in West Sussex are as follows:

For general information on this area contact: Brenda Bayne on 01730 812063 or 07837 058159


Every Thursday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm at St. Paul’s Church, Churchside, Chichester, PO19 6FT.
Contact: Brenda Bayne on 01730 812063 or 07837 058159.


Last Friday of each month from 10am – 12noon at
59 Downview Road, W. Worthing
Contact: Laurie Swan 01903 501831

Prayer groups meeting in Southampton are as follows:

Bitterne area: Mainly Thursdays
Leader and contact person: Ian Traynar 07792 782056

Every Tuesday evening 7.30pm
Shirley Baptist Church, Church Street, Southampton SO15 5LG
Leader and Contact person: Karen Hughes 07779 270675

Every Thursday morning 9.15am
Highfield Anglican Church
For exact venue contact: Cynthia Martin, email: