JULY AND AUGUST 2018
Services in August
Moira will be taking a well earned rest in August so there will be no 11a.m. services on 5th or 19th August. The 8 a.m. services will be held as usual on 12th and 26th August.
This Earthly Paradise – Chichester Cathedral’s Festival of Flowers 2018
May I take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to everyone from the Parishes of Apuldram and Fishbourne for all the help and support that you give to the Cathedral’s bi-annual Festival of Flowers, your support is invaluable. You have helped to make sandwiches, sell programmes, steward, brew cuppas, grow roses, loan sails, make & erect staging and arranged the flowers and I for one appreciate all your time and talents freely given to make the flower festival the success it is.
This year’s festival rose, ‘Nostalgia’ was grown by Liz & Jonathan Sawday of Apuldram Roses, who have also planted roses in St Richard’s Walk – if you would like one of the new roses please order from Liz.
We had three arrangers from Fishbourne; Cherry Partridge, Janet Duthie and Tessa Cox, while Graham Pound made the staging for the nave and new raised platforms for the side aisles plus a new palm tree at short notice!.
Cherry and Janet, with the help of a friend from Donnington, were on my Nave team and came in quite late to help me out. I gave them the pool to arrange with the title “The Water of Life, flowing like crystal from the throne of God” a verse taken from Revelations. Well what a triumph the whole design was. Using delphiniums, hydrangeas, lisianthus, amaranthus and hostas, in blues & lilacs, greys & greens, it was admired from the start and everyone loved it; it was just perfect. And the frog was a real talking point and part of the children’s Quiz. What it did from a design point of view was to pull the two hanging Chandeliers, also in the same colours and same theme, into their own this year and I felt that for the first time the centre of the Nave looked as if it should be there in its own right.
Tessa’s arrangement was part of a larger design For Love of Rose No.3-35-40 in the Royal Sussex Regiment Chapel of St George.. The whole design celebrated peace and marked the end of hostilities in 1918 and subsequent wars by telling the story of the Peace Rose bred by Francis Meilland in the South of France. At the outbreak of both world wars the Meilland’s had to dig up their rose fields and plant veg which they sold at the farm gate. Tessa’s design included this aspect with some beautiful arrangements of roses in very shabby-chic jugs sitting on a very old cart and of course some fruit and veg – it was delightful and just right. Liz Sawday played her part in this design as well by bringing on some Peace roses which miraculously produced two flowers for the festival. (well worth a read is the story behind the Peace rose, called “For Love of a Rose” by Antonia Ridge).
One little story that goes with the photo; our professional Crew who come during the festival have a lot to do with the theatre and tradition has it that spoofs and little tricks happen during the last matinee performance. So when I went into the Cathedral on Saturday afternoon I found a yellow duck had decided to find somewhere to have a swim and had migrated from a design in the south Transept to the pool, I turned my back and five minutes later a second one had joined him; by Sunday morning, much to the Chancellor, Dr Anthony Cane’s surprise and delight, they had been joined by another two!
Congratulations to you all and many thanks for all your contributions both great and small
And our congratulations
to Jose for designing a second hugely successful festival. The cathedral was alive with colour and the visitors were delighted by the spectacular displays.
Apuldram on the Old Pilgrimage route to Canterbury
To date we have envisaged that the new extension with the community meeting room, toilet and kitchen would be used during the daytime. It would provide a venue where residents, particularly the elderly, can meet up with others for tea/coffee mornings and discussions on a formal /informal basis, join a group and feel part of the community, thus reducing the feelings of isolation.
The venue will be used on a daily basis which, together with the new adjacent car park, will also be hired out to local groups, thus generating income. Local Weightwatchers and yoga groups have expressed interest in using the new facilities. It will also be used by the many visitors to the church and AONB. Also the Heritage Lottery fund have indicated they would support a one year pilot project to establish a heritage trail in conjunction with the Harbour Conservancy.
However, we are very pleased to have been approached by the British Pilgrimage Trust with the following note:-
“My name is Will Parsons, and my charity, The British Pilgrimage Trust’, is working toward re-opening an ancient pilgrimage route from Southampton to Canterbury that I ‘found’ on a 14th Century road map. Perhaps you have already heard of our work in various media? We have good support down your way, from the Bishop of Chi to the Duchess of Richmond.
On the 14th century map, this route runs in a straight line from Havant to Chichester to Arundel. But as you can imagine, we are not keen to follow tarmac and rushing cars. Modern pilgrims seek instead quietness, natural beauty, and a sense of journeying through ancient undisturbed Britain.
As such, Apuldram is incredibly appealing to us. The old places, undisturbed by the rush of modernity, are where people increasingly seek the peace that modernity so carelessly strips away.
We should very much like to talk about how you feel for Apuldram to be included on the Old Way route. Your church looks most beautiful, and uniquely storied. I should be clear, we are not a religious organisation per se, but neither are we a non-religious organisation. We are attempting to re-open pilgrimage by bypassing the Tudor taboo, the religious identity issue that resonates so thornily even today. Our tagline is ‘Open to All’.
But obviously, the spiritual landscape of Britain, built and natural, is where we seek to send pilgrims. So churches like St Marys are crucial landmarks for our work, which we encourage all pilgrims to enter and respect as holy places, whatever their personal religious beliefs. It is, you might say, the soft sell – getting people into churches without requiring a prescriptive belief. So far, it seems to work.
I should love to start a conversation with you about how St Mary’s might become part of the Old Way. I am especially interested in the opportunity for pilgrim accommodation in your new hall. With the Crown and Anchor nearby for supper, you have the perfect pilgrim setup, and in the morning it is a short step to Chichester cathedral.
I do hope this idea meets you in the best possible spirit, and excites you as it does us! The benefits, in terms of economic rejuvenation of rural communities and churches, are obvious. Based on a (speculative) model of £20 per pilgrim per night, even with only 50 pilgrims per week for half the year, this scheme could generate £26,000 per year for St Mary’s! We believe that pilgrimage, in this ‘Open to All’ format, offers the lifeline that Britain’s churches require – and it looks as though your hard work toward creating a new church building has lain all the infrastructural groundwork we could possibly dream of. “
Groups of pilgrims would arrive in the early evening, sleep on the floor of the new building, and would leave for Chichester cathedral the next morning. They would require the use of the toilet and kitchen facilities for which they would make a small payment. This would be of considerable benefit to St Mary’s, giving another income stream for the church, thus strengthening its financial viability and benefitting the local area, and of course Chichester. We feel that this is an excellent use of this new venue by the pilgrims who will be undertaking a very enjoyable and healthy pastime in a lovely part of Sussex.
Being a project that would use the venue overnight, it would not affect the daytime activities we have already planned, but of course we would need to raise additional funding for a part-time person to handle the administration and bookings, together with a computer & printer, additional insurance, a business telephone line and of course cleaning when the pilgrims have left in the morning.
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) allocated about £300K last year for Community projects and invited applications for these funds. However this year they have changed their policy because they realised they were awarding grants on the basis of how well the application was written, and not on how well the local community supported the projects.
WSCC have therefore decided to allocate the £330K funding this year through “Crowdfunding” using Spacehive, a company specialising in this activity, and we were invited to a presentation on how Crowdfunding works. Basically the major funders such as WSCC monitor the number of pledges received from the local community for the project and allocate their funds accordingly. We have therefore fully registered the project with Spacehive as they felt that the British Pilgrimage Trust project was particularly suitable for this method of fundraising. We have set the crowdfunding project to last for 60 days and need to raise all the funds within that time. Money is only take from those making pledges when the targeted amount required has been raised.
WSCC Community Initiative Fund will be reviewing the project so far in June and have invited us to attend to hear their views and answer any questions they might have, and of course I am keen to get as many pledges as possible.
We hope that you would like to support this exciting new initiative at St Mary’s. To make a pledge please go to www.spacehive.com/stmarysapuldram and click on “back this project”
Work is progressing well on the extension. All the rafters should be in place by the end of the month and the tiling well on the way to completion. Once the roof is on the interior work should move ahead quite fast but whether the completion date of mid September will be achieved remains to be seen.
We will be back in September
when there are several events to look forward to: the Historic Churches Ride and Stride takes place on Saturday 8th September and Rymans Gardens are open on the 15th and 16th September. Planned, although a date has not yet been set, is a special service of thanksgiving for the new extension and we are delighted that The Very Rev’d Nicholas Frayling, retired Dean of Chichester Cathedral, has agreed to play the organ.
Roses at Rymans for ngs opening
The garden was awash with the colour and scent of roses. Jamie is to be congratulated for maintaining such a beautiful garden under the difficult gardening conditions we have this year. Huge thanks go to all the tea team for giving their time and energy to produce and serve the much appreciated teas.
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