Apuldram Around


Moira’s retirement
Following the sad news that Moira is having to take early retirement due to ill health the parishes of Apuldram and Fishbourne are busy preparing for a period of interregnum. We are blessed in that the Revd Martha Weatherill, Associate Rector of St Paul’s Chichester, will generally be available to take services at both churches and to help out where possible at weddings, baptisms and funerals. This is a huge bonus as one of the most onerous tasks for the churchwardens during a vacancy is the continuous searching for elusive clergy to cover services.
After 18th July any enquiries should be addressed to our Churchwarden, Maureen Clake, at maureenclake79@gmail.com or on 01243 784195

Moira will take her last service at Apuldram on Sunday 11th July at 08.00 and her last service at Fishbourne on Sunday 18th July at 09.30. Following on from this there will be an informal farewell at Fishbourne, plans for which are still in hand.

John Gostling’s Memorial Service
Due to Covid restrictions Mary has once again had to cancel the Memorial Service for John, this time due to be held on 3rd July. She has made the decision not to hold this service now. Within the already planned service are interesting contributions from family and friends and I am sure Mary would be willing to share these with those who remember John during his 34 years as a Churchwarden. We remember his warm personality, his friendly welcome, his sense of humour and importantly his deep faith.



The Hungry Caterpillar
Or in this case thousands of hungry Ermine Moth caterpillars, munching their way through the Spindle trees, covering them with ghostly webbing and stripping them completely bare. And yet scarcely a month after this photo was taken the caterpillars have gone and the trees are recovering and coming back into leaf.

 Back in September!
We hope you all have a lovely summer and happy holidays to those lucky enough to get away. The next issue will be circulated at the beginning of September when we sincerely hope that Covid-related restrictions will have been lifted. We shall know more by then on how parish life is developing during our period of interregnum.


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

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