Apuldram Around

MARCH 2019

Remembering Colin Delahunty
Colin, Chairman of the Apuldram Parish Meeting, sadly died at the end of January. He was a hardworking chairman and had the local community very much at heart. He will be much missed in Apuldram where he and his family have lived for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jennie and all his family at this time.

CDC visit to the new Community Room
The Grants and Concessions Panel, headed by David Hyland, paid a visit to the new community room on 8th February. The purpose of their visit was to see what, with their funding, had been achieved at St Mary’s. The panel was very impressed and enjoyed their half hour inspecting the new building and looking at the church. For our part we were pleased to be able to show the panel what had been realised with the help of their funding.

Thank you Chichester Harbour Conservancy
On a cold, blustery but sunny day early in February Keith Rathbone, Lead Ranger, arrived with his many volunteers to plant new hedging around the north and west boundaries of the church and to clear brambles. They did a fantastic job! The hedging, just little whips of course at present, will grow into a wonderful wildlife habitat, providing valuable nesting and foraging opportunities for a huge range of wildlife. Amongst the plants were hawthorn, blackthorn, field maple, hazel, spindle and holly. In addition, and another big asset, a hard path has been laid for those walking through the churchyard and into the fields. A huge thank you to all who worked with such enthusiasm to plant and tidy. The hedge will be a gift not just to this generation but for generations to come.

However……
In spite of all the hard work done by the Conservancy volunteers, we continue to do battle with the leaves in the churchyard. Thanks are due to all those who have already given time to work on the clearance. Unfortunately the task is not yet complete (did the plane trees produce even more leaves than usual last year?) Two more tidying sessions are planned for 10.00 on Saturday 9th and Saturday 23rd March. Please join us if you can spare an hour or so to help complete this task before the mowing season starts – coffee or tea provided with scrumptious biscuits!

Mothering Sunday – 31st March
Apuldram will be holding a special service at 8a.m.

“All the World’s a Stage”
Apuldram’s Autumn Fair and Festival of Flowers
20 -22 September 2019

Plans for our Festival of Flowers are coming on apace; the Arrangers have chosen their designs and we have had our first meeting with them. The church is working closely with Apuldram Parish Meeting to make this event a village affair and a thoroughly enjoyable day out for our visitors. Would you be able to help with the following?

Preserves stall: If you are making or have made marmalade, could you spare a couple of jars please? Looking further ahead, if you are a jam, jelly or chutney maker could you donate a couple of pots please? If you enjoy jam making we can supply fruit in season from Crouchers garden. As we will be selling to the public jar lids should be new. We can provide these for you in three different sizes (unfortunately no wax or cellophane tops can be used).

Pretty china tea cups: if you’ve had a smashing time and have the odd pretty china cup and saucer or an incomplete tea set that is surplus to requirements then don’t throw them in the skip or send to the jumble sale – we will recycle them and turn them into attractive flower arrangements to sell at the festival. Both preserves and china cups and saucers can be given to Hilary Caine – 01243 789899/ 07712 183378/ littlecrouchers@btopenworld.com
Thank you all for your anticipated help.

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