Category Archives: Press release

Radio Communications Upgrade

The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team are very happy to announce that a planned upgrade to their radio service has now been completed.

We have managed through negotiations with Sussex Police and OFCOM to secure a Licence and a facility to connect our radio communications to the mast in the Beachy Head area. Mark Pybus, Director and team member was pleased to say that for the first time ever we have managed to secure communications over the full area of our work, and that this should help to make team member’s safer and to allow us to be more effective in our service.

I would like to Thank Sussex Police, Adur Communications and OFCOM for their help in achieving this goal.


Mark Pybus

Director Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team.


Recognition for Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team at Sovereign Awards evening

  I am very proud to be able to announce that Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team were nominated for an award at the Sovereign Awards Evening Held in Eastbourne’s Grand Hotel on Friday Evening.
We ended up being awarded The “Chris Copsey Gold Award”
Which was sponsored by Southern Water.
It was a good evening and I am proud on behalf of the Team to be able to receive the award on their behalf.
I would like to thank all those involved in organising the event, and thank those that nominated, and voted for us, it is great to be recognised for what the team is involved in.
 Photo’s were taken on the night & once I have them I will post them on the site

Great News, What a Blessing

Mark Pybus, the director, and the trustees of Beachy Head Chaplaincy team are thrilled to be able to congratulate 5 new members to the frontline team, to assist in the life saving work up on Beachy Head. They have all been through an intense 10 week training course, and have passed their rigorous assessments. We are very proud of their acheivements.

Ben Russell (Chair of Trustees) on assessing the Girls said ” I am very sorry, that the testing has to be so lifelike, but if the testing was less lifelike it would not prepare you for what you will find when on duty”

The Girls now get to wear the uniform of a Beachy Head Chaplain, and were told by Mark, “the stage that you have arrived at, is that you have passed the driving test, now you have to learn to drive”

These new recruits will now spend a period of time working with experience chaplains, to help hone their skills and gain the experiience that will allow them to be effective at saving lives on Beachy Head.

Director and trustees were present on wednesday night when the girls were signed off , annointed and prayed for,

Events coming up at the Beachy Head Pub

Quiz Night at the Beachy Head  Vintage Inn

Friday 5th December

7pm for 7.30

Being run by the Beachy Head Visitor centre,

Either contact The Pub / Restaurant 01323 728060

to book your table

or let Mike know in the visitor centre

 Cost £5.00 to include Sausage & Mash

Please note this is not a fund raiser, it is merely intended to be a fun night out.

Fundraiser for Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team

Being run by the Beachy Head  Vintage Inn

Our Famous Christmas Carols at Beachy Head

Come and enjoy a festive night of carols with festive fayre

Date Tuesday 16th December 

from 8pm

Come and have a fun night and help us raise funds for the

Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team

Response to Facebook comments re a post from a BHCT chaplain on 28th June 2014

Dear All


This is a message from Mark Pybus, the director of Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team

I would like to make a number of things extremely clear.

1. Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team is not at this moment under threat of closure.( although it did come very close)

2. We are committed to maintaining existing Levels of cover.

3. Due to a funding short-fall we had to go out to the general public, in a way unprecedented in our history, that appeal has secured our immediate future, but we have felt it necessary to reduce our staffing costs. This appeal and responses has avoided the need for our closure.

4.We have made a number of redundancies to allow us to continue, this saddens all of us. This will place challenges on those staff and volunteers remaining.

5.Our long term Future relies on us making a number of changes to the way the team works and is resourced, we need to develop the frontline work to a point where it is less reliant on paid staff.  The reason why we took on paid staff was due to an exponential rise in the need for our services, which we were unable to meet from our volunteer base alone.

6.We need to secure regular monthly partners from the general public to enable us to:

Cover the costs of maintaining vehichles ( which cover over 60,000 miles per year)

Maintain and replace equipment,

Maintain a base to work from (Our Offices)

Pay petrol bills (circa£1000 per month)

Supply and equip staff with Uniforms.

Train new volonteers and ensure staff training is kept up to date.

Pay the salaries of the few staff we do need to retain to be able to run effectively.

7.We need to continue to attract and retain funding from Trusts.

8. Having survived our emergency, we are embarking on a process to ensure that we never again find our lifesaving work in danger of closing due to financial issues.

How can you help?

Could you be one of our Volunteers? we need many different skills, not just Frontline cliff edge volunteers.

Could You make one off payment?

Could you give on a monthly basis?

Could you run a fundraising event in aid of us?

Do you have any other suggestions as to how you could help?

Thank you for being interested in the work of The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team and taking the time to read this.


Mark Pybus

Director Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team


Press statement re:Incident 15/08/10

Beachy Head Chaplaincy can confirm that at 12.20 on Sunday the 15th August, the team received a request by Sussex Police to assist in a search for a missing 56 year old female from Surrey, whose car had been found at Beachy Head. The female was located on the cliff edge by the team following a short search and was spoken to by BHCT Chaplains and negotiators from Sussex Police. After approximately 3 hours the female was successfully escorted to safety from the cliff top.

As there is an ongoing Police investigation Beachy Head Chaplaincy will not be making any further comments at this time. Please contact Surrey Police media relations on 01483 632000 for any further information.

Press statement re: Incident on 03/07/10

Beachy Head Chaplaincy team would like to confirm with great regret the death of a female at Seven Sisters, East Sussex, on Saturday 3rd July 2010.   Following a request from Sussex Police, Beachy Head Chaplaincy was involved in a search for a woman whose car had been found at Birling Gap. While searching the area of Seven Sisters, a member of the public alerted the team to a female who was near the cliff edge on the Second of the Sisters. The team talked to the female to try to establish her identity. Subsequently at approximately 2 pm the woman fell from the cliff. The police believe the identity of the woman to be Catherine Madden, whose young daughter Keira, was found dead at the family home.  We deeply regret this loss of life and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

As this is an ongoing Police investigation Beachy Head Chaplaincy will not be making any further comments at this time. Please contact Sussex Police media relations on 01273 404173 for any further information.