We are pleased to announce that Revd Prebendary Stephen Stuckes was recently Licensed as new Rector of the Cuckmere Churches.


Stephen comes to us from Switzerland’s capital city Bern where he has been the priest at the Anglican Church, St Ursula. Before that he was for many years the Rural Dean of Exmoor.
Stephen is married to Jane, a teacher and they have three children, Dominic who is an officer in the Scots Guards, Imogen who works in PR and Phoebe who is studying for a Masters Degree at Brasenose College Oxford.


Revd Prebendary Stephen Stuckes in conversation with Archbishop Justin Welby in Bern.


The five churches based in and around the beautiful Cuckmere Valley make up The Cuckmere Churches Benefice, at the heart of the South Downs National Park. All five churches are ancient, being Medieval or Saxon in foundation. Each one has a unique and interesting history, from the “Cathedral of the South Downs” (which St Andrew’s is sometimes called) to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd (one of the smallest in the British Isles, and the smallest in Sussex).

The churches are usually open daily during daylight hours, for walkers and other tourists to enjoy, but they are also living Christian churches, where people worship and pray regularly. By navigating around this website you can learn about the history of each, discover events that are coming up, and see when services are held.

We invite you to visit our churches for refreshment, prayer or worship, and may God bless you.