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Friday Oct 12
Rodd Starr
Organ Recital

in St Mary's
Thanks to Rod Starr for a lovely programme of music and for filling the church with the sound of the Organ. Thanks also to Pam Kennedy and her team for the wonderful interval refreshments
A Friends of Chidham Churches Event.
July 21

in the Vicarage Gardens
We were lucky with the weather, the event was well supported,
see report

Nov 25

In St Wildrid's
(after a last minute change of venue due to a power cut at St Mary's! )

Helen MacD and her musicians
Chris Paradine - Piano
Dave Hardman - Double Bass
Jon Hammond - Drums & Percussion
Jazz in
St Mary's –

Jazz, Blues, Soul, Swing
A memorable evening
A Friends of Chidham Churches Event.
Friday Oct 14

Organ Recital Rod Starr Organ Recital in St Mary's at 7.30pm . A Friends of Chidham churches event. Tickets £5, from Steve Clark 574129, Stephen Johnson 572059 (and Father David).

July 16th

Friends of Chidham Churches
'Totally Tropical'

Bright colours and grass skirts
but sadly not quite as warm as the Caribbean
Thursday 26th May

'St Cuthman, the Irish Connection
- A personal story of discovery '

by Jenny Beale
Jenny with the traditional Irish Cross she made

Events for 2010 : St Mary's Church Chidham - Celebrating 800 Years

Fine Bone China Mugs
St Mary's Church Chidham

Celebrating 800 Years

1210 - 2010

Sold Out
Contact Stephen Johnson
tel 572059
For The Friends of Chidham Churches

On Tuesday 21 December there was Village Carol Singing outside St Wilfrid's, Broad Road, as the last event of the 1210 - 2010 800 years Celebration.
A good turnout despite the cold weather got stuck into some favourite carols, with the help of a Brass Quartet, and soup and a snack at 'half time'. Some were dressed in the Victorian style for the occasion.
There was a collection for Stonepillow/St Josephs Night shelter which raised £150

Sunday Nov 28th Visit of the Bishop of Horsham
We were delighted to have the Bishop of Horsham to visit St Mary's for a service of Thanksgiving and Dedication of the new Window.
The Occasional Choir sang, and if you look carefully, Chidham Bear got into the photographs.
Friday 15th October
St Mary's
Organ Recital

Rod Starr

with Stella Starr

Tickets £5 inc Refreshments from
Stephen Johnson 572059
Father David 573147

Sunday Oct 3rd
Harvest Festival Service and Feast
with Bishop Lindsay, former Bishop of Horsham - see the photos
posted Oct 3
Chidham at the Emsworth Museum - September
Chidham and the 800th Anniversary of St. Mary's church was featured at Emsworth Museum during September. Thanks to Alyzn Johnson and Philip MacDougall for putting the display together.
Fri 17th Sept.
in St Mary's
'Architecture in the Village'
Dr Annabelle Hughes gave an interesting talk about timber framed buildings in Sussex with particular reference to Chidmere.
posted Sept 2
Friends of Chidham Churches
St Mary's Church - Celebrating 800 years: 1210 - 2010

Summer Guided walk at Cobnor
(Postponed by bad weather
the walk took place on
Sept 1st )

Roger Hayles and Diana Beale guided us round the Cobnor Coastline taking in the 'Gerald Daniel' and through the woods back to Cobnor House.
Interesting, we learnt about the 'Gerald Daniel', recent archaeological studies, as well as the local ecology, and came back refreshed!
Thanks to Roger and Diana
Friends of Chidham Churches St Mary's Church - Celebrating 800 years: 1210 - 2010
July 24

'Food and Drink from Times Past' in the Vicarage Gardens
Taste food and drink from down the ages in a delightful setting.
800 years of food and drink for only £10 has to be a bargain!
St Mary's: 1210 - 2010: Celebrating 800 years
St Mary's Church Flower Festival
Theme: Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 verses 1 – 8

‘To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heavens’
July 2/ 3/ 4
see the photos
and don't miss the Teazle People
Celebrating 800 years
1210 - 2010
Thanks to Nina and her army of helpers for putting on a wonderful show, and giving a great many people a great deal of pleasure.
June 26th
800 years
1210 - 2010
Village Barn Dance
A wonderful evening - balmy weather, fantastic band, great time had by all - see photos.
June 28
The New Stained Glass Windows installed in St Mary's Church
The new stained glass windows were installed in St Mary's on June 17th, 2010. The funds were raised by generous donations from individuals both locally and from the wider community.

The windows will be blessed by the Bishop of Horsham at the 10am Service on Sunday 28 November 2010 .

The purpose of the new windows is to celebrate 800 years of worship in St. Mary's Church Chidham. The design by Mel Howse is to represent both St. Cuthman and St. Wilfrid, with their links to Chidham and to the local Sussex coastline.

The design explores the activities of St. Cuthman wheeling his mother to Steyning and St. Wilfrid teaching the local people to fish. Fishing and fish are, of course, wonderful Christian symbols.

St. Wilfrid is shown hauling in the fishing nets, the fish leaping to him and seagulls swooping to join the activity, surrounding the Saint with movement. He is drawing in the fish and fowl almost like a magnet. The balance of the complete composition focuses on this figure in the larger window. The nets are drawn from the left hand window into the right hand window.

St. Cuthman is shown on the left. His path is an extension of the fishing nets. In the distance he is working his way along the coast with his wheelbarrow.

The windows are created from hand made antique glass. The design is etched, stained, painted and fired.

MEL HOWSE designs and makes contemporary architectural, ecclesiastical and fine art installations. A glass artist by training and practice, Mel’s work centres around the creation of vitreous art onto both glass and metals. Mel’s mission is to create unique public art ranging from traditionally-informed ecclesiastical stained glass to modern enamelled metals and glass – in keeping with the best that technology can deliver.

May 21st The History of St Mary's A talk by Philip MacDougall

Sunday 9th May 2010
Sponsored Walk/Run
see the photos

St Mary's: Celebrating 800 years
Over 100 people entered the 3.5 mile event. In aid of ‘Help For Heroes' and Friends of St Mary's Church.
The New Stained Glass Window for St Mary's Church

Today, Easter Day 2010, the Friends of Chidham Churches are launching a fundraising effort for the new Stained Glass Window planned for St Cuthman's chapel.

The cost of the window is around £14000 and the plan is for it to be installed in June. We are hoping that as many people as possible will want to support this effort, so that it can be seen as something to which the whole community has contributed.
It will endure as a tangible mark of the celebration of 800 years of St Mary's. During those 800 years, each generation has maintained and added to St Mary's as best it can, and but for their efforts and generosity we would not have this beautiful church.
This is an opportunity for this generation to contribute something to enhance the fabric of the church, which we hope will be there for many generations to come. If you would like to make a donation, please complete a window card and return it in the envelope to Father David.
The window cards are available in the church, or from Father David, Tel 573147, or you can email me.

1210 - 2010: Celebrating 800 years of St Mary's Church, Chidham,
posted May 17
The Stone Work of St Mary's Church: David Bone at St Mary's April 24th 2010
A write up by Philip MacDougall from his notes.
March 20th: Concert - Life and Music through the centuries
Rod Starr put together an interesting and entertaining programme of music stretching from the 13th Century right up to the 21st Century, with organ choral and instrumental music, guitar and recorder and horn quartet. The music was interspersed with historical commentaries. The audience also enjoyed interval refreshments. The evening closed with an exciting piece specially composed by Rod for the occasion.
The St Mary's Occasional Choir
The Arbeau duo
The Horn Quartet
Chidham in WW2

The School the WI and the Church came together to dramatise the life and times of Chidham in WW2 and some of the events.
see more
WI report
posted 28/3/10

Sorry about the delay in getting these on the website
Feb 20th The Bishops' Kitchen Cookery Demonstration
'The Bishops' Kitchen' is a unique compilation of the favourite recipes of the Bishop's of the Church of England. The book, the idea of Carol Vigor has been published as part of the celebration for the 800 years at St Mary's Church, Chidham.
All proceeds from the book are going to the Friends of Chidham Churches, and the book is on sale, price £7.50 from Carol Vigor, c/o The Friends of Chidham Churches,
The book was launched at a Cookery demonstration evening hosted by the Friends of Chidham Churches held at St Wilfrid's Church Hall on Saturday February 20th , and featuring chefs Philip Taylor of Brighton's award winning ‘Terre a Terre' restaurant, and Garry Vigor of Admiral Catering.
The Hall was packed as the Chef's cooked a number of the recipes from the book, which includes recipes contributed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, as well as the Bishop of Chichester. Better still, the audience got to taste all the recipes made during the evening. Carol Vigor said "One recipe that the chef's didn't make on the night was ‘Vampire Chicken' contributed by the former Bishop of Horsham. This recipe calls for improbable quantities of garlic, so while I am sure it's delicious, it's perhaps best tried out in the privacy of your own home."
'The Bishops' Kitchen'
'The Bishops' Kitchen' is a unique recipe book - favourite recipes contributed by Bishops of the Church of England.
Wonderful unique book, brilliant present

£7.50 per copy Order here
Published to celebrate 1210 - 2010
St Mary's 800 years
Celebrating 800 years of St Mary's Church, Chidham in 2010
Posted 27th Jan
History and Social Evening Jan 27th
St Wilfrid's Church Hall was packed for the local history and social evening where local historian and author Philip MacDougall gave a talk about the social history of Chidham, Hambrook and Nutbourne.
Philip MacDougall
Philip's book 'Chidham, Hambrook and Nutbourne - A Social History' is on sale .. Price £8
(Order here)
Sunday 17th January .....1210 - 2010 : Celebrating 800 years of St Mary's Church, Chidham
We were delighted to welcome the Rt Rev John Hind, The Bishop of Chichester, to our special inaugural service in St Mary's for our 1210 - 2010 celebrations.
The collection at this service raised over £700 for disaster relief in Haiti.
The Bishop with the Children
(from l t r) Ron Crank, Bishop John, Father David
Our Bishop with Philip MacDougall, author of a new history of the chidham area.
The flowers in the church were wonderful, and we were blessed with blue sky and sunshine

Celebrating 800 years of St Mary's Church, Chidham in 2010

Exactly when St. Mary's church was built is not known for certain but evidence suggests it was close to 1210 AD. We chose to adopt this date and celebrate the 800 year anniversary of our church accordingly. 2010 was also the centenary of Chidham School on its current site and so a double celebration. seemed opportune.

'The Friends of Chidham Churches' led the '800 year' celebrations with events throughout the year celebrating the history of the church and the community and involved the whole community. Some events were free, others covered costs and some were intended as fund raisers for the 'Friends'.
programme of events, see below

We also marked the anniversary with the commissioning of a new stained glass window for St Mary's church, in St Cuthman's chapel – an opportunity for this generation to contribute something lasting and enhancing to the church.
For more about the new window follow the link

If you would like to know more about ‘The Friends of Chidham Churches', please contact
Stephen Johnson, Secretary, The Friends of Chidham Churches -
Tel 572059 or e mail:

The programme of events in 2010


Jan 17 - Inauguration Service with the Bishop of Chichester

Jan 27 - Launch of a new local history booklet, and social event


Feb 20 - The Bishops' Kitchen - Cookery demonstration and book launch

Feb 25 - History evening, Chidham in WW2


Mar 20 - Concert - 'Life and Music through the Centuries'


Apr 24 - Expert Talk about the Stonework of St Mary's Church


May 9 - Rogation Sunday sponsored walk/race

May 21 - Expert Talk: The history of St Mary's Church


Jun 5 - Traditional Country Fair

Jun 26 - Village Barn Dance


Jul 3/4 Flower Festival - St Mary's

Jul 24 - Food and Drink from Times Past - Vicarage Gardens


Summer evening guided walks


Sep 17 - Expert Talk - Architecture in the village


Oct - 3 Traditional Harvest Festival and Harvest Lunch with Bishop Lindsay

Oct 15 - Organ Recital in St Mary's


Nov 28 - Service of Thanksgiving and dedication with the Bishop of Horsham


Dec 19 - Special 'Nine Lessons and Carols' at St Mary's

Dec 21 - Victorian Carol singing event.

A new stained glass window for St Mary's
The Window project
St Mary's Church is a 13th century church in what for most of its history has not been a wealthy parish. We feel that we now have the opportunity to do something to enhance the beauty of the church by the addition of a piece of art in the form of a stained glass window. This would also be a tangible way of marking the 800 year anniversary of the building in 2010, and demonstrating that our church is not only of the past, but also very much of the present, with confidence in the future.
The Friends of Chidham Churches, constituted as a sub committee of the PCC, is an organisation formed to raise funds to maintain and enhance the fabric of the church. The Friends committee is championing the window project.

Artist Mel Howse

The Friends have commissioned local artist Mel Howse to design the window. Mel is based in Chichester and her portfolio includes work for Chichester Cathedral, Durham Cathedral, Lancing College Chapel, Boxgrove Priory and many other churches. She is an Associate Member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters and has been a Member of the Chichester Diocesan advisory Council since 2004.
St Cuthman's chapel – topic: St Wilfrid and St Cuthman
The commission is for the two windows at the eastern end of the aisle that forms St Cuthman's chapel. This is the chapel in which the children tend to congregate for the parish eucharists. The subjects of the window composition are local saints St Wilfrid and St Cuthman. St Wilfrid is associated with this part of Sussex , the sea and fishing, and St Cuthman was reputed to have come from Chidham. These are stories that interest children, and the medium of a stained glass window with its light and colour, and in particular Mel Howse's design, can move us all.
The design for the new window by Mel House.
PCC Approval - Diocesan approval
The PCC initially approved the project in principal, and have given specific approval to the Mel Howse design. The project has also now received formal approval from the Diocesan Advisory Council.
You will see that the Friends are planning a programme of events throughout 2010 to celebrate 800 years of worship at St Mary's. It is hoped that the new window will play an important part in our celebrations, and we hope will be installed in the first half of 2010. There will be a service of dedication with the new Bishop of Horsham towards the end of the year.
The Cost and finding the money

The window will cost around but not more than £14,000 which we hope to fund partly from funds raised by The Friends, and partly from individual donations.
Friday Nov 20th.
Harp and Soprano Concert
at St Mary's

A wonderful evening, two fine musicians, a varied musical programme, magical harp, a relaxed and informal evening. Fabulous food thanks to Gary and Carol Vigor, all helped along with a glass of something
Sarah-Jane and Luisa-Maria performed a selection of songs, arias from opera and songs from the Shows.

'Wine, Women and Song'

A Friends of Chidham Churches Concert
Rod Starr
Organ Recital at
St Mary's
Thanks to Rod for a great musical programme, and to Nina and her team for the wonderful food and to everybody who helped with or supported the event.
A very enjoyable evening.
Oct 15th

A 'Friends of Chidham Churches concert'

Saturday July 18th
'Fruit 'n Fizz'

in the Vicarage Gardens

A great event, and the rain kept away! Super nibbles - most enjoyable, and many thanks to Pam Kennedy, Nita Fielder and their team.

A 'Friends of Chidham Churches' event

Friday 8th May

The Music of the Ukraine

Sacred Music and Folk Songs
with organ/piano and bandura
Kiev Singers

at St Mary's.
Children from Chidham school listened to a rehearsal
The Bandura is the National intrument of the Ukraine

Oct 10th:
Thanks to everyone who supported the event and to Gary and Carol Vigor for the nibbles.

The Friends of Chidham Churches
Rod Starr gave an Organ Recital in St Mary's on Friday Evening. It was an excellent and varied programme in two halves, with a very sociable interval, ending with Rod's own composition the very enjoyable Scherzo for two organs played by Rod and his wife Stella.
June 28
‘Sun and Sangria'
(we pushed our luck, but the sun shone..)
canapes and aperitifs with a mediterranean theme in the vicarage gardens see photos
a ‘Friends of Chidham Churches' event
Lyra in Chidham
April 25th 2008

at St Mary's, Chidham
St Mary's was filled - Classical, Sacred and Russian Folk music - brilliant musicians - much enjoyed by all who were there.
photos and report .
A 'Friends of Chidham Churches' Concert

'Cool Classics' Friday Nov 9th, 2007 at St Mary's, Chidham.
A ‘Friends of Chidham Churches' Concert.

Rod Starr, Organ Recital: Friday Oct 12th, 2007 at St Mary's, Chidham
A ‘Friends of Chidham Churches' Concert.

'The Incredible Posse'

Do you want to be a Friend of Chidham Churches?

Why Friends of Chidham Churches?

For a long time we have been aware that many people from neighbouring towns and far away places find a certain unexplainable pleasure, spiritual strength and comfort when they enter St Mary's Church.

Events arranged by 'the Friends'

St Mary's, Chidham

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.

An ongoing priority.
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 Friends of Chidham Churches will enable the worshipping community to 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 in to 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 in becoming a 'Friend of Chidham Churches' will enable us to continue and, where possible, expand our vision and at the same time give us the opportunity to keep you in touch with current events, items of historic interest and above all Chidham Churches' progress into the second Millennium.

Being a Friend
The Friends is managed by a small committee of volunteers and funded by a nominal Annual Subscription. Enrolment is extended to visitors, friends and indeed any persons, young or old who would like to become more closely associated with both the historic and current interests of Chidham and its Churches of St Mary's and St Wilfrid's.

We undertake to send a twice-yearly newsletter to all Friends to keep you abreast of our news and to convey information that will be of interest. This will include a list of diary dates at or linked to the Chidham Churches.

As a 'Friend of Chidham Churches' we are asking of you several things all of which we hope you would see as a 'labour of love'.

Firstly; you're prayer and interest in us and our vision for the future.

Secondly; a regular financial commitment according to your means. (Please remember that if you pay Income Tax we are able to claim back from the Treasury any tax you have paid on your gift to Friends of Chidham Churches).

And thirdly; to be a public relations person on behalf of our beautiful Church. Telling friends and neighbours of our work and our needs.

Should you wish to become a 'Friend of Chidham Churches' please complete the application form and return it to the vicarage, with your donation, at the address shown.

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Thank you

'The taste of (a traditional British) Summer'
Pimms and Smoked Salmon
in the Vicarage Gardens

Saturday June 23rd, 2007
Report and photos

Events arranged by the Friends
Forthcoming events
Past events
9 Nov '07 Cool Classics
12 Oct '07 Rod Starr - Organ Recital
23 June '07 Pimms and Smoked Salmon
24 Nov '06 'The Incredible Posse' - St Mary's
13 Oct '06 Rod Starr - Organ recital
Mar 06 'Lyra' Evening of Russian Sacred and Folk music
Sept 05 Rod Starr - Organ recital

'The Incredible Posse' at St Mary's: Nov 24, 2006
The Friends of Chidham Churches brought 'The Incredible Posse' to Chidham for an evening of musical entertainment.

The group performed a wide variety of songs including, in the first half, songs from many popular musical shows, rounding off the half with a Glenn Miller medley.

During the interval, the audience was treated to wonderful mince pies and punch, thanks to Delph Archer and Gary Vigor respectively. Funds were also boosted by a raffle organised by Carol Vigor, which was very well supported..

In the second half the theme was seasonal with many popular Christmas songs.
The Incredible Posse at St Mary' s
Alexis Twine, soprano, who is 14 years old, has a beautiful and mature voice.


St Mary's new notice board
Oct 2006

An attractive new noticeboard for St Mary's has been made and erected.
It has been paid for with funds raised by the Friends of Chidham Churches.


Rod Starr - Organ Recital - Oct 13th, St Mary's
Over 70 people attended the Organ recital by Rod Starr in St Mary's on October 13th. The concert was promoted by the Friends of Chidham Churches. In the first half, the programme included pieces by Johann Pachelbel, Alec Rowley, Percy W Whitlock, and a Fanfare Prelude composed by Rod Starr himself. During the interval, refreshments were served
The second half included pieces by Alec Rowley and Joseph Rheinberger.
Special thanks to Rod Starr, and to Gary Vigor for the interval nibbles


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