The New Parish of Ewhurst with Okewood and Forest Green

    
  

The process to  bring about the new parish  began in  March when the first notice was displayed outside the church for approval by the congregation.   Following approval by the Bishop, documents about the new parish, the Draft Scheme were sent to the Church Commissioners for their approval. This has been given, but now the parish as a whole needs to approve  the  Draft Scheme before the new parish can come into existence.

The following documents give more information:

 

 

SUMMARY OF MAIN PROVISIONS OF DRAFT SCHEME
(NOT PART OF THE DRAFT SCHEME)

This draft Scheme provides for:

(i) transferring part of the area of the parish of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green (containing the area known as Ockley) to the parish of Capel (the name of which shall be altered to “The Parish of Capel and Ockley”) and for the church of St Margaret, Ockley to be a parish church in that parish;

(ii) the union of the benefice of Ewhurst and the benefice of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green and, subject to (i) above, their constituent parishes, for the selection of the first incumbent of the new benefice and for his/her parsonage house to be that of the benefice of Ewhurst, for the transfer of the parsonage house of the benefice of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green to the Guildford Diocesan Board of Finance as glebe and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice; and

(iii) the Surrey Hills Group Ministry to be amended by the removal of the benefice of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green as a benefice in the said group in the diocese of Guildford.

 

DRAFT
PASTORAL SCHEME

This Scheme is made by the Church Commissioners (“the Commissioners”) this day _____ of __________ 201__ in pursuance of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 (“the 2011 Measure”), the Right Reverend Andrew, Bishop of Guildford, having consented thereto.

Alteration of areas of parishes and associated matters

1.    (1)     All that part of the parish of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green which is stippled and lettered "A" on the annexed map shall be transferred to the parish of Capel (the name of which shall be altered to “The Parish of Capel and Ockley”).

       (2)     The church of Saint Margaret, Ockley, being a parish church of the parish of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green, shall be a parish church of the parish renamed Capel and Ockley pursuant to clause 1(1) hereof.

Creation of new benefice and parish of Ewhurst with Okewood and Forest Green

2.    (1)     The benefice of Ewhurst and the benefice of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green in the diocese of Guildford shall be united to create a new benefice which shall be named "The Benefice of Ewhurst with Okewood and Forest Green".

       (2)     The parish of Ewhurst and, subject to clause 1 hereof, the parish of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green shall also be united to create a new parish which shall be named "The Parish of Ewhurst with Okewood and Forest Green" and shall comprise the area of the new benefice.

       (3) The church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Ewhurst, being the parish church of the parish of Ewhurst, and the church of Saint John the Baptist, Okewood, being a parish church of the parish of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green, shall both be parish churches of the new parish.

       (4)     The new benefice and parish shall belong to the archdeaconry of Surrey and the deanery of Cranleigh.

       (5)     The first incumbent of the new benefice may be selected by the Bishop of Guildford after consultation with the other patrons of the new benefice and the parochial church council of the parish comprising the area of the new benefice.

       (6)     The parsonage house of the benefice of Ewhurst (known as The Rectory, The Street, Ewhurst, Cranleigh, GU6 7PX) shall be the place of residence of the incumbent of the new benefice.

       (7)     The parsonage house of the benefice of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green (known as The Rectory, Stane Street, Ockley, Dorking, RH5 5SY), together with the site and appurtenances thereof and the grounds usually occupied and enjoyed therewith, shall without any conveyance or other assurance be transferred to the Guildford Diocesan Board of Finance to be held by the said Board as part of the diocesan glebe land of the diocese of Guildford.

       (8)     Subject to clause 2(5) hereof, the right of presentation to the new benefice shall be exercised alternately with the first turn belonging to Her Majesty in right of Her Crown exercisable by the Lord Chancellor on Her behalf; and jointly by the Bishop of Guildford in his corporate capacity; and John Patrick Michael Hugh Evelyn, Esquire, of Kempslade Farm, Abinger Common, Dorking, RH5 6JR.

Amendment of group ministry

3.    Clause 9(1) of a Scheme made by the Commissioners in pursuance of the 2011 Measure on the 18th day of December 2014 providing for the establishment of a group ministry to be known as “The Surrey Hills Group Ministry” for the new benefice of Abinger and Coldharbour and Wotton and Holmbury Saint Mary, the benefice of Westcott and the benefice of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green shall be amended by the benefice of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green ceasing to be held as a benefice in the said group ministry.

Coming into operation of this Scheme

4.    If upon the date on which this Scheme is made no person holds an ecclesiastical office under Common Tenure which will be terminated by this Scheme and is in receipt of a stipend and/or other emoluments of office, including accommodation, this Scheme shall come into operation on the first day of the month following the said date; but if on the said date any person holds such an office this Scheme shall come into effect six months thereafter or on such earlier date on which all such offices have been vacated.

In witness whereof the Church Commissioners have caused their Common Seal to be hereunto affixed.

SIGNED by the Right Reverend Andrew   )
Bishop of Guildford                                )

Executed as a Deed by the affixing of      )
the Common Seal of the Church             )
Commissioners in the presence of:-        )

AUTHENTICATING OFFICER _______________________________________________

Notes by the Diocesan office (not forming part of the draft Scheme)

The rationale behind the diocesan proposals is as follows:

The aim of the proposed Scheme is to ensure ongoing vibrant mission and ministry, underpinned by financial viability, in the affected parishes of Ewhurst; Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green; and Capel.

The transfer of that part of the parish of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green containing Ockley to the parish of Capel is due to there being natural links between the two villages, with both looking to Dorking. The team vicar at Capel would welcome moving up from 0.5 stipend to full time.

The proposed new benefice and parish of Ewhurst with Okewood and Forest Green is to address the villages of Okewood, Forest Green and Walliswood looking to Ewhurst and Cranleigh rather than Dorking. The benefice’s incumbent would be full time.

Publication of this draft Scheme has been approved by the Church Commissioners but does not mean that they have taken a view on the merits of the diocesan case.

If they receive representations against the draft Scheme, the Commissioners will send all representations, both for and against, to the Bishop whose views will be sought. Individual representors will then receive copies of the Commissioners’ correspondence with the Bishop (including copies of all the representations) and they may comment further in writing to the Commissioners in light of the diocesan response if they so wish.

If there are no representations against the draft Scheme, the Commissioners will make the Scheme and arrange for it to be brought into effect.

Clause 2(5)

It is intended to appoint a priest-in-charge to the current benefices of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green; and Ewhurst as soon as possible and this clause has been included to allow the Bishop to select said priest to become the first incumbent of the proposed new benefice of Ewhurst with Okewood and Forest Green. The other patrons and parishes concerned will be fully consulted over this appointment. If it is not possible to make this appointment before the Scheme comes into effect the first incumbent of the new benefice may then be selected either by the Bishop under the authority contained in the clause above or appointed under the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986, as the Bishop shall determine.

Coming into effect clause

Under the provision of s39(3) of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 it is mandatory for a Pastoral Scheme which would have the effect of causing any ecclesiastical office held under Common Tenure the holder of which is in receipt of a stipend and/or accommodation to cease to exist to include the provision in clause 4 delaying the coming into effect of the Scheme for up to six months after it is made. This is to give such an office holder who would be dispossessed an opportunity to find another post before the Scheme takes effect, and if not appointed to another office he or she may become eligible for compensation. For the avoidance of doubt this provision is included in all cases where the possibility of such dispossession could arise but the six month delay provision will only become operative if someone in receipt of a stipend and/or accommodation, other than such a person who is named in the Scheme as the first holder of a new office, is actually in post on the day the Scheme is made. Generally any such persons will agree to resign and be relicensed to the new benefice in order to bring the Scheme into effect without delay.

In this case, it is the Bishop’s intention to license the Reverend John Marsh to the benefice of Surrey Weald with special pastoral care for the re-named parish of Capel and Ockley (and providing clerical assistance to the Reverend Elizabeth Richardson, one of the two team vicars there, who will become full time) and also to the benefice of Ewhurst with Okewood and Forest Green.

Churches etc
This Scheme does not alter the existing status of any of the other churches, chapels of ease or licensed places of worship in the affected parishes.

 

The New Parish of Ewhurst with Okewood and Forest Green

The Church Commissioners have now returned the first draft for the new Parish Scheme, following the approval of the Bishop and all the relevant Parochial Church Councils (PCC’s).  The plans for the new parish are now put to the whole parish for approval. By law, this is now displayed outside the Church main door.

The Scheme suggests the breakup of the current joint parish of Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green and for these parishes to join with other parishes. Copies of the new Parish Scheme are available to view in the church and the Wilson Room.

The reasons for approval of the new Parish Scheme are:

  • To allow vibrant ministry to continue in Ewhurst, Okewood and Forest Green.
  • Ockley would move to Capel as these villages look towards Dorking. This new parish will then be able to support a full time Rector.
  • Okewood and Forest Green look towards Ewhurst and Cranleigh, rather than Dorking and the enlarged parish will be viable to support a full time Rector.
  • The new Rector of Ewhurst with Okewood and Forest Green will reside at the Rectory in Ewhurst.
  • The new parish will increase the catchment area of Ewhurst CofE Infant School.
  • The minister, Rev John Marsh, currently a part-time Minister with Ockley, Okewood and Forest Green, will be part of our Ministry Team, as well as the Ministry Team of Ockley and Capel.

Any objections to the Scheme must be sent direct to the Church Commissioners at the following address by Monday 19th December 2017

Mr R Andrew
Church Commisioners
Church House
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3AZ                    e-mail rex.andrew@churchofengland.org

After the deadline:

  • The church Commissioners will consider any objections, in consultation with the Bishop and Objectors.
  • When consultations are finished and the new parish approved by the church Commissioners, the Bishop will appoint a new Rector for the new parish of Ewhurst with Okewood and Forest Green.
  • The time plan for advertising and appointing for this post will take up to three months from receiving approval of the new parish.

If you have any queries about the new parish,
please contact the church officeon 01483 277584 or ewhurstchurch@yahoo.co.uk

 

Glossary of words commonly used in Pastoral Reorganisation
A fuller version is available in the Code of Recommended Practice to the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011
(https://www.churchofengland.org/clergy-office-holders/pastoralandclosedchurches/mpm2011code.aspx)

Archbishop

Senior bishop with authority over a Province. In England, either Canterbury or York.

Archdeacon

An office held by a senior member of clergy appointed by the bishop with an administrative responsibility over an archdeaconry. Some of their duties are laid down by law but in other respects vary according to diocesan practice: they include care for church property.

Archdeaconry

Sub-division of the diocese over which an archdeacon has administrative responsibility.

Benefice

An ecclesiastical office carrying certain duties. An incumbent's benefice is therefore not a geographical area (see parish) but the office to which the holder is appointed and may comprise one or more parishes. A benefice may be a rectory or vicarage and an incumbent is therefore either rector or vicar.

Bishop

In the Church of England the diocesan bishop is the central focus of organisation and ministry within a diocese. The Bishop is the chief pastor and authority and shares the cure of souls with all the incumbents of that diocese and is also the chief representative of the diocese in the work of the wider church. May be assisted by suffragan or assistant bishops.

Common Tenure

 

Chapel of Ease

The basis on which all Church of England offices will eventually be held under the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Measure 2009. Existing holders of freehold offices may decide not to opt-in to Common Tenure but new office holders will be on Common Tenure.

A consecrated church that it is not a parish church. Originally within a parish that had a parish church, for the ease of parishioners who could not attend the parish church.

Church Representation Rules

Schedule 3 to the Synodical Government Measure 1969 but updated as a separate booklet. They contain the mechanism for the setting up of representative bodies in the Church of England from parochial church councils to the House of Laity of the General Synod.

Cure of Souls

'Cure' means 'care'. The bishop has the universal cure of souls in a diocese but, subject to this, the incumbent of a benefice (or team rector and team vicar(s) in a team ministry) has the exclusive cure of souls within his or her parish or parishes. The expression should not be confused with the more general phrase 'pastoral care'.

Deanery

A sub-division of an archdeaconry usually comprising between 10 and 20 parishes.

Declaration of closure for regular public worship

The act of closing a church for public worship under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011.

Diocesan Board of Finance

A company constituted by the diocesan synod and regulated by the Companies Acts. A board of finance holds property for Church of England purposes, transacts business in that connection and acts as a committee of the diocesan synod. It normally also acts as the diocesan trust.

Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee

Statutory Committee established by the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011. Its duty is to review the arrangement for pastoral supervision in the diocese and, as appropriate, to make recommendations to the bishop.

Diocese

One of 41 main territorial units of the Church of England over which a bishop has responsibility. Divided into archdeaconries, deaneries and parishes.

District Church Council

If a parish comprises two or more places of worship or churches then individual councils can be set up for the districts in which each place of worship or church is situated to exercise such functions as may be delegated by the parochial church council.

Glebe

Land or buildings vested in the Diocesan Board of Finance that either provides a rental income to help pay for stipends and clergy housing or provides housing for those involved in the cure of souls.

Group Council

Where a group ministry is established the parochial church councils of the individual parishes can form a group council to act in the area as a whole in such matters as the individual PCCs together decide.

Group Ministry

An arrangement, authorised by the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 whereby the clergy of two or more separate benefices can assist each other to make the best possible provision for the cure of souls in the area as a whole.

Incumbent

Holder of a benefice (which can be either a freehold or a Common Tenure office) – and can be either a rector or a vicar - with responsibility for the cure of souls. May be assisted by a curate, deacon, licensed lay worker, retired priest etc.

Interested Party

One of the statutory persons or bodies that the Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee is required to consult in accordance with s.6 / 21 of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011.

Joint Parochial Church Council

Where a benefice comprises two or more parishes the parochial church councils of the individual parishes can form a joint parochial church council to act in the benefice as a whole in such matters as the individual PCCs together decide.

Leave to Appeal

Any person who makes a representation to the Commissioners against a pastoral scheme (but not a pastoral order) has a right to apply for leave to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council against a decision of the Commissioners to proceed notwithstanding that representation.

Members ('Other') of a Team Ministry

May be clerical or lay (see s.34 of Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011). They share the pastoral care of the area with the team rector and team vicars, but NOT the cure of souls.

Mission and Pastoral Committee

A Committee of the Commissioners' Board of Governors which makes decisions on representations on pastoral, houses and glebe matters. It is chaired by the Third Church Estates Commissioner.

Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011

The Measure of the General Synod which authorises changes in pastoral reorganisation. Designed to "make better provision for the cure of souls". Part of the law of the land and equivalent to an Act of Parliament.

Parish

The basic geographical unit over which an incumbent has cure of souls. There may be several parishes within the area of one benefice.

Parish Centre of Worship

An unconsecrated Place of Worship designated by the bishop under s.43 of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 whereupon for most purposes (other than marriage) it is regarded as a parish church.

 

Parish Church

A consecrated building in a parish in which, subject to canon law, the statutory services must be held. Parishioners have a right to be married, baptised etc. in the parish church. S.41(2) of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 requires that any building which is to become a parish church must be approved by the bishop, subject to the bishop having consulted both the Diocesan Pastoral Committee and the Diocesan Advisory Committee.

Parochial Church Council

Representative body of parishioners elected from those on the electoral roll in accordance with the Church Representation Rules. Usually chaired by the incumbent.

Parsonage House

The official place of residence of an incumbent of a benefice. The house belongs to the incumbent in right of their office.

Pastoral Order

A document which effects changes in pastoral reorganisation made under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011. Differs from a pastoral scheme mainly in that it deals with lesser matters.

Pastoral Scheme

A document which effects more complex or significant changes in pastoral reorganisation made under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011.

Patron

The person or body owning an advowson (i.e. right to present a priest to a benefice) who may be a private individual or a corporation (ecclesiastical or lay).

Plurality

The holding of two or more benefices by one incumbent who then has the freehold of all the benefices. This can only be authorised by a scheme or order under the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011.

Priest in Charge

A priest (who has not been presented by the patrons and does not become the incumbent) given charge of a benefice to which the right of presentation has been suspended.  

Representations

The Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 requires that any draft scheme or order be published and made available to the public. Any person can make written representations to the Commissioners either for or against what is proposed.

Team Council

In a team ministry a team council can be established, either under the authority of a scheme or under the Church Representation Rules. Such a council is similar to a joint parochial church council and provides a formal structure for all the parishes in the team to discuss matters of mutual concern.

Team Ministry

A special form of ministry whereby a team of clergy and possibly lay people share the pastoral care of the area of a benefice. Can only be established by a pastoral scheme.

Team Rector

The priest in a team ministry who heads the team and owns the property of the benefice but shares the cure of souls with the team vicars.

Team Vicar

A priest of incumbent status in a team ministry, other than the team rector, who shares the cure of souls with the team rector and other team vicars.