The Rector told the meeting that he had enquired privately of a member of the Borough Council whether or not there was any possibility of acquiring a house at Landport for a curate.
Unfortunately the matter had been put before a meeting of the Borough Council; initially it had been referred back to a committee who had later turned it down.
The Rector said that he had discussed the matter with the Archdeacon of Lewes at some length, who was fully in agreement that St John’s was ready and in a position of needing a curate, and it was more than likely that the hierarchy would be in agreement with any proposals that were made, particularly as it would provide at ideal training ground for a curate.
The Rector also said that years ago a piece of land had been designated for the Church, but it had probably gone by now. He would like to build a house for a curate with a large room adjoining for Parish activities.
It was estimated that a curate would cost the parish about £900 a year(about £14,000 today), but it was usually found that a curate brought in one third more people.
The Rector said the whole matter really hinged on the financial aspects, especially with regard to accommodation. It was felt that this matter should be left for members to consider before the next meeting and that when the Advisory Finance Sub-Committee was formed this was a matter which would have to be gone into. The Rector pointed out that if anybody knew of anyone who had suitable accommodation this could be a starting point.
He said that over the last five years we had had a number of turning points which were mostly taken in faith and this seemed such another.
(Extract from PCC Meeting, 19th of March 1970)