Southern Counties


Our aim at the moment in the Southern Counties (which covers an area of Sussex to 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 two people coordinating the work across the southern counties, namely Guy Partridge based in Blackboys (E. Sussex) covering the east of the region, and Ian Traynar based in Southampton covering the west of the region. There are active groups in and around Brighton & Lewes, Chichester and Southampton – see below for meeting times an 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 an area of the Southern Counties not mentioned, please contact either Ian Traynar on 07434 444300 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 the Sussex area are as follows:

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

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

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

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

2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month from 2.15pm – 3.20pm at St John the Evangelist, Burgess Hill
Contact person: Sheila Preston 01444 239101/07468

Every Sunday from 7.15pm – 8.15pm at Firle Church, BN8 6LP
Chanting and Centering Prayer
Contact person: 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 person: Zoe Nicholson 01273 814749

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

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

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

For further information, contact: Rev. Guy Partridge, (Link person for all the above groups)
Tel: 07702 836057; Email:

Prayer groups meeting in Southampton are as follows:

Every Thursday evening, 7.30pm for 7.45pm start
Various locations around the Bitterne area of Southampton SO19 4DF
Leader and contact person: Ian Traynar 07434 444300

Every Tuesday evening 7.30pm
Shirley Baptist Church, Church Street, Southampton SO15 5LG
Leader and Contact person: Dave Snape, Email:

Every Thursday morning 9.15am
Highfield Anglican Church
For exact venue contact: Liz Anthony, 02380 766484