Welcome to our churches.

Everyone is welcome to worship with us, at any of our events and services- here’s what to expect:

  • A friendly face at the door, with a warm welcome, as well as the Order of Service, You will currently be asked to complete contact details for Track & Trace purposes.
  • Socially distanced seating is available, but if you are a group of 4 people or more please contact us beforehand to check we can accommodate you all safely.
  • Space for young children to play in the creche area, if Sunday School isn’t on. We are a family church, so we know that children aren’t always quiet- feel free to move in and out of the service if you need to have some “time out”.
  • Music, Readings, Prayer, and a Sermon, followed by Communion.
  • Regular members often contribute to our collection, and we welcome further donations- but visitors are our guests, so please don’t feel pressured!
  • Tea and Coffee after the service in the Church Hall, where you will be most welcome!

We look forward to meeting you very soon!

St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham, and St James Church, East Cowes


The Benefice of St Mildred’s Whippingham with St James’ East Cowes


Safeguarding Policy



The following policy was agreed at the Parochial Church Council (PCC) meeting held on 8th May 2019 (St Mildred’s, Whippingham) and on 10th April 2019 (St James’, East Cowes).


In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy our churches are committed to:

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.


The Parishes will:


  • Create a safe and caring place for all.
  • Have a named Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) to work with the incumbent and the PCC to implement policy and procedures.
  • Safely recruit, train and support all those with any responsibility for children, young people and adults to have the confidence and skills to recognise and respond to abuse.
  • Ensure that there is appropriate insurance cover for all activities involving children and adults undertaken in the name of the parish.
  • Display in church premises and on the Parish website the details of who to contact if there are safeguarding concerns or support needs.
  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to victims/survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at the first meeting of each new PCC (annually).

Each person who works within this church community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by our churches.


This church appoints: Sarah Kite as the Parish Safeguarding Officer (St Mildred’s)

Susan Hutchinson as the Parish Safeguarding Officer (St James’)

Incumbent:   Revd Susan Paterson

Churchwardens: Peter Robinson, Robin Mainstone (St Mildred’s)

Rose Mitchell, Colin Dutton (St. James’)

Date:   8th May 2019 (Published: 5th July 2019)



The Benefice of Whippingham with East Cowes



The Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) of St Mildred’s Whippingham and St James’ East Cowes


  1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR).


  1. Who are we?

The PCCs of St Mildred’s Whippingham and St James’ East Cowes are the data controllers (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.


  1. How do we process your personal data?

The PCCs of St Mildred’s Whippingham and St James’ East Cowes comply with their obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. We use your personal data for the following purposes:


  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in Whippingham and East Cowes;
  • To administer electoral roll and parishioner contact details
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of St Mildred’s and St James’
  • To manage our employees and volunteers
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at St Mildred’s and St James’.
  • To participate in the government’s ” Track and Trace “scheme to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.


  1. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

Your explicit consent is needed so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and to process any gift aid donations and keep you informed about diocesan events.


  1. Sharing your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the benefice (St Mildred’s Whippingham and St James’ East Cowes share an incumbent and are termed a ‘benefice’) We will only share your data with third parties outside of the benefice with your consent.


  1. How long do we keep your personal data?

We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website. Specifically, we retain electoral roll data which is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.


  1. Your rights and personal data

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCCs of St Mildred’s Whippingham and St James’ East Cowes hold about you;
  • The right to request that the PCCs of St Mildred’s Whippingham and St James’ East Cowes correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCCs of St Mildred’s Whippingham and St James’ East Cowes to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;
  • The right to request that the data controller provide you with your personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable);
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable);
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.


  1. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.


  1. Contact details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please contact the GDPR Officer: revspaterson@gmail.com