The PARISH CHURCH

of St Richard

Sydney Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1QE    


Priest:  Fr. Christopher Brading SSC


The Vicarage,

Queens Road,

Haywards Heath,

West Sussex  RH16 1EB


Tel: 01444 413621 (answerphone)

e-mail: father.brading@gmail.com



Father Christopher Brading SSC


Fr Chris became Vicar of St Richard’s Parish Church in May 2017.  He was previously curate of

St Margaret's Church, Swinton, South Yorkshire.


He trained for the priesthood at St Stephen's House, Oxford and was ordained to the priesthood in June 2014


Fr Chris has spent most of his secular career in marketing and communications, which included senior management positions in a number of high technology companies and running his own consultancy business in Berkshire; he was born and grew up in the Portsmouth area.


Fr Chris and Carolyn, have a teenage son, Sam and a Great Dane, Pearl.




Assistant Priest:


Fr Gordon Bond SSC



Although I was born in

Yorkshire,  the  years  

spent out of  that  County

have eradicated any strong accent.  


Having trained at Chichester Theological College, my ministry has been spent very much south of my homeland and mostly in the Diocese of Chichester.


Before moving to the parish of St Mary , East Grinstead, where I spent a large part of my priestly ministry, I was Chaplain to Bishop Colin Docker, then Bishop of Horsham.  


I enjoyed my time working with Bishop Colin, but always saw my vocation in parish ministry.


I enjoyed my time at Saint Mary’s, where, with a strong core of laity, we led a firm spiritual life in the catholic tradition of the Church of England.


Since retiring early and battling with a few ill-health problems, I have been helping out in the parish of St Richard.  My two hobbies are Travel in Continental Europe and Modern Foreign Languages. I speak reasonable French, and a little Italian and German.


Knowing, loving and following Jesus.