Apuldram Around

JULY and AUGUST 2019

Pet Thanksgiving service
Normally taking place in October, the service was held over until May and many thanks go to John Sheppard for conducting this service. Before coming into the church people stopped to chat and greet Linda with Caspar, the pony. The church was filled with young and not so young with their pets: dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, a bantam hen. In spite of two cats being on leads rather than in baskets there was surprisingly little drama. An inquisitive Irish Water Spaniel sat on a pew, the better to view the proceedings but other more resigned dogs lay patiently on the floor. John invited pet owners into the chancel with their pets to be remembered individually in a prayer of blessing and thanksgiving for the animals which enrich our lives.  John reminded everyone that we have an obligation and responsibility to care for our natural world. A retiring collection was taken for Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Trust.

D-Day sculpture returns to Apuldram church
Again this year at the time of the anniversary of D-Day a sculpture was exhibited in Apuldram churchyard by the War Memorial. The sculpture, shaped like three sails, marks the death in 1944 of a Czech pilot, Miroslav Moravec together with two of his compatriots killed on the same day, all based with their Squadron at Apuldram Airfield. The funeral service was held at St Richard’s RC church and all are buried in Portfield cemetery. The River Hope Project is a community art project working with the homeless and this sculpture emphasises the links between exiled Second World War Czech pilots and today’s homeless.

Gardeners required!
With the Autumn Fair and Festival of Flowers coming up in September we need to keep the churchyard looking in tip top condition. We will be there from about 9.30 onwards on Saturdays 27 July and 31 August so please come along for an hour or two and lend a hand. As always, tea or coffee and scrumptious biscuits will be available!

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

The Festival Team hosted a very enjoyable Sponsors ‘Evening Reception’ in the Sherburne Room in the Bishop’s Palace. Our guest speaker, The Rev David Nason, first talked about the history of the Palace, in particular the panelled ceiling painted by Lambert Barnard, the English Renaissance painter. We then moved into the Bishop’s Chapel where David pointed out the many interesting features, including the Chichester Roundel, before ending the evening by playing some delightful pieces on the organ. The generosity of those invited has ensured that the cost of the flowers for the Festival has been covered.

NEW! Calling all parents and family members! In the marquee at the Festival of Flowers there will be an exhibition of children’s art work, based on the themes of ‘All the World’s a Stage’, the pantomime or the circus. Encourage your children to be creative – a great occupation when boredom sets in during the school holidays! A4 size please.

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