Apuldram Around


Churchyard tidying on Friday 3rd November from 10.00 onwards. We would be grateful for your help if you have an hour or so to spare to tidy the churchyard.

Remembrance Day A service will be held at 08.00 on 12th November at Apuldram when we remember all those who have been, or still are, working towards freedom for all across the world. During the service there will be an act of Remembrance, and the laying of a wreath. We will acknowledge the enormous price that has been paid by so many for our freedom.

Harvest Festival and Pet Thanksgiving service This combined service took place on Sunday 1st October and was an opportunity to thank God for the created world and for our animals as we celebrated the joy they bring us. Although the afternoon was cloudy and rain imminent the church was bright with autumn colour to celebrate harvest time.  Outside people stopped to greet Linda and her pony before filling the pews. Dogs were as usual in the majority but were joined by hamsters, guinea pigs, a hen and Linda’s doves. The readings and hymns celebrated both Harvest and the delight of animals. Moira invited pet owners to the chancel with their pets for a prayer of thanksgiving and a blessing. After the service the doves were released to fly the short distance home.







Laying up of Boats Service The Laying up of Boats service took place on Sunday 15th October to tie in with Dell Quay Sailing Club’s special Sunday Lunch. This is a joint service for the sailing, boat – building, fishing and boating communities of Apuldram, Dell Quay and Fishbourne and to mark the time when traditionally boats were ‘hauled out of the water and made safe and secure for the winter. ‘ This involves a flurry of activity and arrangements for ‘winter storage’ ashore or afloat:   engines are winterised, sails repaired life rafts serviced and leaks, creaks and cracks sourced and mended among many other jobs.

Last year witnessed the revival of this special church service to reflect the historic and current nautical connections of our harbour community.

It is likely that Roman boats brought wine oil and other goods up the Fishbourne channel. Later traded goods included salt, stone, corn & flour, oysters & eels and copperas. Trading activity from Chichester’s port of Dell Quay reached its height in the 1800s with the transport of wool, grain, coal, timber and cloth cargoes in a range of craft from small coastal boats and barges to sea going ships. Boat building and fishing were important from medieval times and continue at Dell Quay notwithstanding its decline as a working port following the building of the railways. With its commercial decline came the founding of the Dell Quay Sailing Club in 1925.

Therefore for such a small hamlet Dell Quay punches above its weight in terms of the concentration of employment and activity connected to boats and the sea : DQSC, Wyche Marine, Dell Quay Marine, the Apuldram Fishing and Boat Club to name but a few within a few square metres.

At the service in 2016 we were honoured to mark the retirement of Roddy Wilson after approximately 50 years’ service at Wyche Marine.   He kindly delivered the reading. Commodore Sue Nash spoke of the huge contribution to the community of Dell Quay Sailing Club. A highlight of her speech was the dramatic rescue by young club sailing instructors as a reflection of the education and training ethos and values of the club as a whole, exemplified by its individual members. The church was decorated with flags, life jackets, model yachts, dan bouys, life bouys and lanterns, burgees and ensigns. Children got the chance to climb inside a working life raft.

One resident’s recollection of the origins of this service :
‘During my childhood in Donnington in the 1950s and ’60s, when Donnington and Apuldram shared a vicar and many activities, the laying-up of boats service was one of the highlights of the year at Apuldram church.  The Reverend Stephen Packenham, who had leave from the Bishop for several weeks to sail the Atlantic to the US and back single-handed, conducted the service with particular enthusiasm!’

Another parishioner recalled that:
‘The traditional service is thought to date back to 1968 when the Reverend Stephen Packenham, himself a Royal Navy Reservist, returned from the Transatlantic solo race in his 35’ yacht. Banners were sometimes placed on the alter by The Sea Cadets from TS Sturdy and the Mission to Seafarers, joint choirs sang a variety of seafaring songs and hymns such as Rule Britannia! Hearts of Oak, Eternal Father Strong to Save, as well as the Sailors Hornpipe and I do Like to Be Beside the Seaside! There was always an invited preacher. The Bishop of Southampton came one year. The Commodore of the Sailing Club always read a lesson.
And Psalm 107 : 23-31 King James Version (KJV) was always read:

 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters
These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.
Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Linda Wilkinson: 21st May 1944 – 11th September 2017 We are sorry to hear of the death of Linda Wilkinson and offer our sympathy to Helena and Karen, her daughters, and assure them of our prayers at this sad time. Linda was a much loved and respected resident of Apuldram, having worked as a gardener and housekeeper for the Sawday and Mason families for many years before she moved to Chidham. She will be remembered as a very kind, loyal and generous friend to many in the local community. In 2007 she was awarded a Civic Award by the City Council in Chichester. She was a founder member of the Canal Society, a Guide Leader in Fishbourne, a member of Chichester Local History Society, Chichester Canoe Club, Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society and also a parish councilor in Chidham. After a lifetime of service to others may she now rest in peace.      Mary Gostling
Madeleine Clifford Brown Madeleine’s funeral took place at Apuldram on 26th September. She lived at Dell Quay for many years until the death of her husband Ronnie. She was a popular member of the community with many interests, particularly tennis, and the church was filled with her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this time.

Work on the gift of land Matt Sawday cut the grass on the land and the fencing contractors were able to start early in October fencing off the parking area and re-siting the gates. An area has been cleared to allow access from the parking area through to the churchyard. The building contractors were due to start on 9th October but commencement date has now been rescheduled for 16th October.


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