|On the 6th June 1906 the Vicar of Willingdon, the Rev. O Tudor who was Vicar of Willingdon for 41 years from 1888 to 1929, gathered his parishioners together to discuss establishing a mission church.|
A Glimpse of St Marys in the 1930s: the Curacy of Arthur Brookes.
1931Arthur Brookes, usually referred to as Nobby, took over from Richard Claude Davis in June 1928 while Owen Tudor was still Vicar of Willingdon.
In 1931 the PCC were already considering the extension of church work into the eastern part of the district; the other side of the railway line. Apparently this had first been raised by the Curate at the APCM of 1930.� The APCM of 1931 decided to look for an appropriate site.It is interesting that only one name which is mentioned in the account of the original establishment of the church still occurs in the council minutes of the 1930s and that was the name of Boldero.� Mr Boldero was member of the Willingdon Parish Council in the Edwardian era and Mrs Boldero was re-elected to the PCC in 1931.
|In the early 1930s the pattern of Sunday Services seems to have been 8 am said Communion, 10 am Sung Communion, 11 am Matins and Evensong at 6.30 pm.|
|On the 10th October 1940 at 3.30 pm the church was destroyed by a direct hit while two ladies were still clearing up from the meal. The bomb went through the roof and left only the east wall with the bell standing. Luckily both the ladies, Mrs Hall and Mrs Page, were unhurt but one other person was hurt in the raid which affected 23, Park Avenue, Mayfair, Kings Drive and Decoy Drive. The church's records were all lost in the air raid. Remnants of the church hymnbooks were even found on the other side of the railway line.|
|The trees in the gardens of Nevill Avenue and the top of Brassey Avenue had hassocks hanging in their branches. Sadly these bombs also destroyed some houses in Brassey Avenue killing some Canadian soldiers who were billeted there.|
|In 1956 there was an amazing 341 members on the electoral roll. This year saw the completion of the vestry and lady chapel and the appointment of Rev Walters as curate.
They were dedicated by the Bishop of Lewes on Friday 13th July 1956.
|In 2000 the Church Council decided to launch a Restoration and Development Appeal to ensure that essential work can be carried out to the exterior of the church and that better disabled access to the church and hall can be provided.
The picture shows the re-painted tower.