Apuldram Around

JANUARY 2019

A big thank you
At the start of 2019 we look back over the past year and give thanks to Moira for her guidance, friendship and pastoral care. We thank all the PCC members for the work they do in maintaining the overall wellbeing of our church. Special thanks go to our Treasurer, Graham, who has kept our finances under control and equally to our churchwarden, Maureen, who has not only continued another year of fulfilling the duties of a churchwarden single handed but also organised the cleaning rota, is Deanery Synod representative, has locked the church each evening during the summer months and carried out innumerable other jobs. We thank Linda who continues to unlock the church each morning during the summer months and helps out in many other ways. To all those who help by way of fund raising, flower arranging, organ playing, church cleaning, magazine delivering and a myriad of behind the scenes jobs, thank you for all you do to ensure the smooth running of our services and the maintenance of our lovely church.

Remembering John Goodhew
The funeral took place on 11th December of John Goodhew. Our thoughts and prayers are with Audrey, James, Nicholas and Robert, together with all his family and his many friends.

The annual Carols by Candlelight
took place on 16th December. The church as always looked very festive, the sconces were filled with glowing candles, foliage lay on the window ledges and the Christmas tree, which had been decorated by the children, shone brightly. Moira led a joyful service of familiar readings and carols during which the children built up the crib scene. Everyone gathered together as usual after the service for mulled wine and mince pies and, for the first time, we were able to use the new meeting room. The fact that the flooring was not down and the furniture consisted of a few borrowed chairs did not in any way detract from the pleasure of seeing this project truly nearing fruition, something that seemed almost impossible a few years ago.

Happy New Year
Now we look forward to this coming year and all that it brings. The completion of the new building will be our main objective so that it can be used by the church community and rented out to groups as soon as possible. The inevitable snags have brought about delays and the completion date of July 2018 will be overrun by six months.

The big event for 2019 is the joint Apuldram and Fishbourne Flower Festival, “All the world’s a stage,” taking place over four days in September, raising funds for both churches. Jose and Tessa have been working extremely hard on the designs and the flower teams from both churches are gearing up to do their part, together with outside arrangers. The planning committee have also been busy laying the foundations for this exciting event. We are very pleased and most fortunate that Kate Mosse has found time in her very busy schedule to be our Patron.

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