Apuldram Around

MAY 2022

A wonderful April weekend
A sunny weekend after a cloudy week encouraged very many visitors to visit the garden at Rymans, far more than we had dared hope for. The garden looked stunning and was greatly admired. Jamie hardly had time to receive the compliments so busy was he with coping with the car parking. Many visitors said how pleased they were to be able to visit again, having missed last year due to Covid concerns. The tea team was rushed off its feet and the supply of cakes became so low that more had to be baked before the opening on Sunday. Huge thanks are due to the band of volunteers who worked extremely hard, and particularly to those who came from outside the parish to help us out. We are most grateful to Suzanna Gayford who generously offered her garden for raising funds for the church. We were delighted to be able to report back to her that we had achieved just short of £2,700.


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration in Apuldram
Plans are being firmed up for Apuldram’s Jubilee celebration on Sunday 12th June. Invitations are being sent out shortly giving details of what is happening on the day. In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here are some clues: there will be a barbecue lunch with lots of salads and a delicious dessert. Beer and soft drinks will be available, as well as a glass of fizz for the Loyal Toast. There will be a particular excitement for the children: Nick Clark, the popular children’s magician and entertainer, will arrive in the afternoon. The flower team will decorate the church with the theme of “A Platinum Feast of Flowers.” Finally, don’t forget your hat! Come along wearing your “Jubilee Hat Creation” and you may win a prize!

The Annual Parish Church Meeting will be held in church after the 11.00 service on Sunday 15th May. The APCM is open to all those on the church’s electoral roll. The first meeting is for the Election of Churchwardens, the second covers the election of the PCC and the various PCC officers and the presentation of reports including the financial statement.

St Mary’s at Easter
On Good Friday Revd Jessica gathered together a flock of children and their families at Fishbourne and walked with them through the fields to Apuldram whilst telling them the story of the last days of Jesus’ life. Arriving hungry at Apuldram they consumed a great many hot cross buns before retracing their steps. In the meantime the Clarke family, Jamie and Elaine with Harry and Arthur, helped by Lucy and Tom, were building a delightful Easter Garden below the altar. Later in the day the flower team came in and filled the church with spring flowers.
The Easter Sunday service was held at 08.00. Later in the morning Revd Jessica held a service of blessing of the marriage between Andrew Pound and Mandisa Mashologu. Our best wishes go with them for their future.


April bluebells in Salterns Copse



St Mary’s Meeting Room is available to the community for hire, either by regular users or for one-off events. For further information please go to the St Mary’s Meeting Room page