Apuldram Around

OCTOBER 2018

There But Not There

A moving tribute to those from Apuldram who lost their lives during WW1. St Mary’s has installed two transparent seated figures as a representation of these men. These symbolic silhouettes will be back within their communities for Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War. Donation and funds raised through the sales of the Tommy figures will contribute to the work of charities including Help for Heroes and Commonwealth War Graves Foundation. Forty one men from Apuldram served in WW1, of whom seven were killed, two wounded and invalided out, one gassed and one taken a prisoner of war.

 

 

Robert Strong
died on 3rd September. Many will remember him as a lay preacher at Apuldram over a long period; a thought-provoking preacher and an erudite man. Although not resident in the parish, he and his late wife Estelle were regular worshippers at St Mary’s and strong supporters of the church in all its activities. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hilary, Pam and all the family at this time.

Rymans gardens
opened in mid September for the last time this year. In spite of the weather conditions this past spring and summer, autumn has brought a fine display of colour with many roses in full bloom. Many thanks to the Tea Team for all their hard work – the cakes continue to be as popular as ever!

Updates on October services
7th October : 11.00 joint parishes service at Fishbourne (Harvest Festival), followed by a Bring and Share lunch
21st October: This service has now been cancelled
Amended date for the Laying up of Boats service: this will take place on Sunday 18th November at 11.00, not 21st October as previously announced.

Songs of Praise and Gift Day – an invitation from Moira

Please do come and join us at this special service on 4th November, 16.30 at St Mary’s Church, Apuldram. We are delighted that Nicholas Frayling, the previous Dean of Chichester Cathedral, has agreed to be our organist for the evening. If you would like to choose your favourite hymn, forms are available at the back of Apuldram and Fishbourne churches or email me at Moirawickens@aol.com. We will try to include as many of these as possible. This service will mark the near completion of the new meeting room and facilities. There are still a few expenses to meet and so this will also be Apuldram’s Gift Day. Any donation, however small, will be gratefully received. Let’s support this wonderful small community who have managed to make their dream a reality.

An update on building work
The roof on the building is now tiled and the scaffolding has been removed, giving a clearer picture of the exterior. The north wall has been rendered and the plasterers are hard at work on the interior walls. After landscaping, due to be carried out soon, the building will sit more comfortably into its setting. Windows and doors are still awaited…. Meanwhile there are many decisions to be made on the flooring, the kitchen, the WC and all the innumerable minutiae of a new build. And, of course, Graham continues to work immensely hard at raising funds to complete the project.

 

 

 

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