What an achievement!
An open meeting was held in September 2008 to present proposed plans, drawn up by Douglas Briggs Partnership, for an annexe for St Mary’s. Just over nine years later, after overcoming innumerable hurdles and struggles for sufficient funds, Moira dug the first sod. Sunday 14 April saw the culmination of all this effort when Moira cut the ribbon at the official opening of the St Mary’s Meeting Room. She said what a joyful day it was when this valuable asset could be formally opened. She emphasised how, when others faltered at the magnitude of the task, Graham had driven the project forward with determination, vision and skill – and what a result! Joining Moira was The Very Revd Nicholas Frayling who blessed the new building with a prayer and a scattering of holy water. Nicholas, some years back, had agreed to be Patron of the Friends of St Mary’s on the understanding that he could have the first flush. With great ceremony he cut the ribbon to the WC and performed the first symbolic flush to much applause. People stayed on for a soup lunch or refreshments with donations (amounting to £270) going to Chestnut Tree House. Amongst the guests were Martyn Bell, Mayor of Chichester, Councillors John Ridd and Penny Plant, Louise Beaton, Community Halls Consultant and Douglas Briggs, architect.
The Pet Thanksgiving service
will take place on Sunday 19th May at 14.00 when we give thanks for the joys our pets bring us. All pets, large and small, are welcome to the service – as long as they are confined either on leads or in containers!
The Annual Parish Church Meeting was the first meeting
to take place in the St Mary’s Meeting Room on 7th April. Maureen Clake was re-elected as Churchwarden and Hilary Caine continues as a deputy churchwarden. The new Electoral Roll was presented by David Moore and reports were given by the Secretary, the Treasurer and the Warden, together with a Deanery Synod Report. Maureen continues as our Deanery Synod representative. There are two new members on the PCC, Matthew Sawday and Alan Stott. Grateful thanks were given to all those who had carried out so many responsibilities during the year and to Moira for her caring ministry.
“All the World’s a Stage”
Apuldram’s Autumn Fair and Festival of Flowers
20 -22 September 2019
Can you help with a special raffle prize? The raffle will have limited but very special prizes. Sandi McCartney (email@example.com) and Marsha Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) are looking for a star prize. Maybe a weekend away with dinner for two people? The use of a holiday home in the sun or the city for two nights? If you can help or have any ideas, please contact Sandi or Marsha.
Aspiring flower arrangers
If you enjoy arranging flowers but feel you are perhaps not good enough to help on the church flower rota, why not join Jose Pound’s Masterclass “Back to Basics”? She is running two weeks of tuition for only £10, both sessions in St Mary’s Church.
Wednesday 22 May at 10am- 2 hour tutorial in various aspects of church flower arranging
Wednesday 29 May at 10am –a practical workshop creating a design ‘in situ’
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