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Chidham and Hambrook - The Church - Flower Festival 2015

Flower Festival - 19th 20th and 21st June in St Mary's,
"Magna Carta - The Flowering of Democracy"
19, 20, 21 June, 2015
Magna Carta, perhaps the most celebrated document in history, was granted by King John and sealed at Runnymede in 1215. St Mary's was built a few years before in 1210.
The website visited the event, and took some snaps.

What a brilliant event! - Thank you to everyone who made donations to the festival or lent equipment, to everyone who helped with the the flower arrangements, refreshments, plant stall, raffle, and advertising, to all those who supplied cakes, plants and raffle prizes, to Rod Starr for playing during the three days of the Festival, to Alyzn Johnson for organising the raffle, to Tracey Mceachran the official photographer, to Caroline Davis and her needleworkers, to whoever laid on the weather, and especially Pam Kennedy for organising the refreshments, and most of all to Nina and Harry Bates for making it all happen.

The Flowering of Democracy 2015 - the preparations

Flower arrangers have faced the challenge of interpreting aspects of the 62 clauses of Magna Carta for a Flower Festival to be held in June at the lovely old Sussex church of St Mary 's, Chidham. A floral representation of the Thames will lead visitors to the church door and on inside for a celebration of the famous sealing of the great charter on the island of Runnymede 800 years ago.

"Some of the subjects to be tackled are daunting, like liberty and justice" said one of the arrangers, "but as a farmer's daughter, I am looking forward to trying to depict something of ancient agriculture".

To add to the occasion needle workers have created colourful hangings showing the Arms of the 25 barons whose rebellion forced King John to agree to the terms of a document which we think of today as planting the seeds of democracy.
Older by five years than Magna Carta, St Mary's is worth a visit in it's own right. However on June 19 and 20 from 10am - 6pm and 21June from 12.30-6pm, there will not only be the Flower Festival to enjoy but tea and homemade cake, a quiz for the children and perhaps a walk to the Chichester Harbour shore afterwards.
St Mary's is in Cot Lane , Chidham, Chichester PO18 8TA. Entrance to the Flower Festival is free, donations voluntary.


St Mary's Church
The present building has stood witness for many centuries and is still actively doing so. Although it is situated in a remote and isolated location it should be remembered that it is first and foremost a living and a very vigorous place of worship.

There exists a very noticeable amount of goodwill towards our Church from visitors and local residents of all persuasions in consequence, we are told, of welcome and spiritual peace that the church in its special setting affords.

A past, present and ongoing priority is to respond sympathetically to the feelings of the many pilgrims who are attracted to the quiet "alone-ness" of a remote country church where they might feel closer affinity to God our Father than at other places.

The small and committed congregation of St Mary's Church, Chidham, have over many years maintained the building with the support of charitable grants, including the Lottery Fund and local benefactors.
They have also maintained a vibrant and welcoming worship community often in very difficult conditions.

After winding its way for over a mile across fields and through the village of Chidham, the narrow country road finally brings you to the Church of St Mary's.

The village is quite small but the very quiet remoteness of its early Norman church will reward the visitor with its peaceful and calm atmosphere.

Overlooking the Cobnor peninsula and Chichester Harbour, a nature reserve to the South, to the East, Bosham and ltchenor whilst to the North lie some very rich pastures and farmlands.

Please read on to find out more about this much loved place of worship and how it can be helped to continue to comfort and inspire.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) have always worked hard to encourage the congregation to be 'self-supporting' in terms of the worship element of our Church, however they are realistic and appreciate that this small congregation cannot, without outside help, keep the building and its surrounds as they should be kept. The PCC believes that the worshipping community can share with others further a field both the joys and responsibilities of stewarding their place of worship and an historic building.

The Rural Church
A small rural church can be a catalyst as well as a witness and it can even work out that a small congregation can more practically develop itself into a team whose individual gifts and skills can be used in the pastoral care of the wider community, as well as the Church itself. This is very true of Chidham where a small number of people are involved in many social and environmental issues.

Your help will enable us to continue and, where possible, expand our vision

Thank you


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