Meet the Team

Pilgrims Way Churches are led by the Reverend Rob Tugwell.

Rob Tugwell

Welcome to the website of our Pilgrims Way churches. My name is Rob and I am the vicar of these six churches, coming to post in September 2021.

Our churches are beautiful buildings all situated on a deeply significant, historic route; the Pilgrim’s Way. It is lovely that, each year, we welcome people from across the world who are walking a stretch of this ancient path, some journeying all the way to Canterbury.

As semi-rural and rural churches, we are away from the busyness of towns and city centres. This means that our churches and our churchyards offer some of the most peaceful and beautiful settings that you will find. With our churches located in villages, we also benefit from the wonderful sense of community and togetherness that such contexts provide and each church has a strong link with those living in the area. Our churches are most certainly not dusty old relics. They are living, active, community-engaging centres and they are well cared for by teams of dedicated volunteers. The list of events and occasions we have celebrated is huge, including village garden parties, jubilee events, flower festivals, family fun days, theme nights, men’s breakfasts, ladies’ dinners, harvest suppers and more..

Our churches are deeply significant to many in the area and we are privileged to be places where people come to mark life events; weddings, baptisms and funerals.

Regular services take place in all our churches and information regarding service times is available on this site. St John’s services are somewhat different to the rest, meeting on Sunday afternoons in St John’s school hall on Grove Green. These are contemporary and interactive, and family orientated. There is a café which runs throughout each service.

Thank you for visiting our site. If you’d like to know more, please do get in touch. Otherwise, be assured that you are most welcome to join us for any of our services and a warm welcome most certainly awaits you!

Reverend Rob.


ANNA Chaplaincy:

One of our Church Wardens - Jackie Saunders - is an ANNA chaplain.   This sees Jackie offering emotional and spiritual support to the elderly and should you know anyone who would benefit from such further help please ring Jackie on 01622 677121.