Festival of Flowers is a big success
‘All the World’s a Stage’ was the theme and it encompassed almost everything showbiz from the Bard to Godspell. It was an inspiring display of floral magic. Teams of flower arrangers from Apuldram, Fishbourne, Chichester Cathedral and parishes and flower clubs from round Sussex took part, organised by Jose Morum-Pound and Tessa Cox.
The festival was opened by its patron, the Very Rev Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester. “In drama, writers and performers explore what it means to be human, living in community with others, coexisting with the natural world of which we are part,” he said. “The setting of the Flower Festival in this beautiful historic church invites us also to consider what it means to be part of God’s creation.” The festival’s director, Jose Morum- Pound, said “All the senses are assailed by music and drama in high or low degrees and everyone loves the glitz and glamour of Opening Night. Our beautiful ancient parish church has sat for almost ten centuries beside Chichester Harbour and we think the designs have enhanced that beauty. It gave our arrangers a few challenges to do this whilst creating the WOW factor. I think you will agree they fulfilled the remit.”
Outside the church many other activities took place. “Tea for Two,” the pop up café, was bustling with visitors every day. The marquee held the stalls, cakes and jams flew off the shelves, the bottlebola was a big draw, local charities and clubs were on hand. The star of the marquee was the Apuldram Fishing and Boat Club with its inspirational ‘Guess the Weight of the Fish’ all displayed in a dinghy. Heartfelt thanks go to all who supported this wonderful event, whether flower arrangers, stall holders, raffle ticket sellers, tea makers, general factotums, and, of course, our visitors. Most of all our thanks go to Jose and Tessa for their inspiration and dedication. Their commitment has been extraordinary and the end result was just stunning.
were open in aid of ngs on Saturday 14th September for the last time this year. A beautiful sunny day highlighted the blaze of autumnal colour. Our thanks, as always, go to Mrs Gayford for asking the church to provide the teas.
The Ride and Stride
also took place on Saturday 14th September to raise funds through sponsorship for essential repairs and restoration work to Sussex historic churches. Graham Pound, County Organiser for the annual SHCT Ride & Stride event, hopes to raise £500 for Apuldram and SHCT. This year he strode rather than rode but managed to visit a number of churches.
Don’t forget Grandparents Day!
As mentioned last month, John Sheppard, Reader at Fishbourne and Apuldram, will be holding a special service of celebration of all that’s good about grandparenthood. It takes place on Sunday 6th October at 16.30 at Fishbourne and everyone is welcome, whether you have a grandparent figure in your life, or you are a grandparent, or fulfil that role in some way or are a supporter of the rise in grandparent importance.
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