Apuldram Around


Don’t forget that on Sunday 2nd July there will be no 11.00 service at Apuldram. Fishbourne will be holding a joint parishes service at 11.00 followed by a special lunch. In addition there will be no 11.00 services at Apuldram on 6th and 20th August.

New Homes Bonus for Apuldram. At the last Apuldram Parish Meeting it was suggested that we allocate the New Homes Bonus (NHB) allocated by CDC to Apuldram for 2017 of £1,527 towards the cost of bench seats along the harbour. However, the Harbour Conservancy have now advised the Parish Clerk that there are already a sufficient number of benches, and they are not prepared to agree to any more. Obviously we do not want to lose these funds, for which costed applications have to be submitted to the Parish Clerk before the end of July, otherwise these funds will be lost.

I am pleased to say that planning permission has been granted for the generous gift of land from Linda Clark adjacent to the church, for use as a church car park, but with certain planning conditions. One condition is that notices must clearly state that car parking must only be available for church events. Another is that a landscape and planting plan must be approved for the trees and any hedging along the boundary between the parking area and the riding school, as we are in an AONB. In view of the very short time left to apply, we are proposing to apply for the NHB funds towards the cost of signs and also mature trees, to comply with the planning conditions imposed on the car park, as we must ensure that these funds are used to benefit of the parish, and not forfeited. However, if any parishioners have other suggestions for these funds, they are requested to contact the Parish Clerk and send costed applications to him before the end of July.
Graham Pound

A wonderful evening of music took place at St Mary’s on 10th June when we were fortunate to have an informal clarinet and piano recital performed by Terry Stanton, a talented clarinettist originally from Selsey, now living in Australia, David Russell, local singer, pianist and composer and guest Soprano Alison Mobbs from Fishbourne. The church was absolutely packed with an enthusiastic audience who greatly appreciated the varied programme ranging from 18thC Bernhard Crusell to modern day composers such as Paul Reade and Acker Bilk. Our thanks to Joanna O’Neill for arranging this outstanding event.

“Wings of Hope” was exhibited in Apuldram churchyard early in June for several days. This sculpture, made in oak, marks the death in 1944 of a Czech pilot based with his Squadron at Apuldram Airfield at the time of D -Day. On D-Day it is said that the Czech-manned Spitfires of RAF Apuldram flew more sorties that any other RAF station. A Spitfire flypast took place on Friday 9th June to commemorate those airborne heroes. Placed in front of the sculpture was a memorial stone, engraved with some lines of verse and the names “Miroslav Moravec” and “Rick”. The River Hope Project is a community art project working with the homeless and alongside Stone Pillow. The sculpture emphasised the links between exiled Second World War pilots and today’s homeless, both groups suffering the same concerns, uncertainty and grief.

Wings of Hope  – 7th to 9th June

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