Apuldram Around


Services in June

Services will follow their usual pattern in July and August.  Mother Jessica will be away on 28thJuly when Fr Stephen Hoy will officiate.  She will also be away 18th August so, in case of any change, please check the website apuldramchurch.co.uk


The Story of the Royal Air Force Apuldram 1943-1945
Following its exhibition at DQSC on 6th June, the story of the Royal Air Force Apuldram 1943 – 1945 has moved to the church for the summer months. Jose Pound has put together a fascinating narrative of the events that took place in Apuldram during the period of WWII, including stories about many of the characters involved.  Do go and have a look, it is full of remarkable information. These photos of the display were taken at the commemoration event at DQSC.








“Apuldram RemembersD-Day 80″
The flower festival in the church ran from 6th to 20th June and was a magnificent interpretation of the history around the D-Day period. Visitors to the church were very complimentary.  Congratulations to the flower team for their vision.























D-Day 80 Commemoration at DQSC

The Commemoration at the DQSC was a well attended and most successful evening, a balance of enjoyment and reflection.  Derek Wood, son of Albert Harry Wood who at the time of D-Day ran Bert’s Café/Harry’s Café (some uncertainty over the name!), rang the bell to open the bar and Pete Haig acted as Master of Ceremonies.  Among the guests was Paul Kopeček with family and friends.  His father was one of the Czech pilots who flew sorties from RAF Apuldram. Over one hundred people enjoyed a fish and chip supper, either inside the clubhouse or sitting out under the marquee.  The club choir group sang some evocative popular songs from the 1940s and many had dressed in period clothes. At 9.15pm Adrian Moss, Leader of CDC, read the international tribute and this was followed by the lighting of the beacon by Apuldram Parish Meeting chairman, Matthew Higgs. Very many thanks go to DQSC for hosting this event and facilitating the smooth running of the evening.


Congratulations to Jemima Viner and Bryle Cadavos

who married at St Mary’s on 22nd June, surrounded by the love of family and friends. The joyful service embraced Bryle’s Filipino Catholic upbringing with traditional Filipino ceremonies.  Mother Jessica led the service and Father David Murphy from St Richard’s gave the sermon. The altar was highlighted by the spectacular floral arrangement designed by the bride’s mother – although it did rather impede the giving of communion by Mother Jessica on Sunday morning!





The Salmon was back at St Mary’s

Once again the salmon was located in the churchyard at the beginning of June, marking the start of the Salmon River Walk along the Lavant to East Dean and organised by the Bedale Centre.  At its foot is the Miroslav Moravec memorial stone.  He was based with the Czech squadrons at RAF Apuldram and his name has, this year, been added to the Normandy Memorial Wall in Portsmouth. 


Back in September


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