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Friday, 23 March 2012
Please do come to the Parish Annual Meeting to be held on Palm Sunday, the first of April. This is the AGM of St Mary's Sidlesham, it is held after the 10 o'clock service. There will be an opportunity to hear all the reports from the various activities with in the Parish, discuss what has been happening in the year and we hope to show some very preliminary drawings of what the New Rooms will be like. So come and see what we are working towards!!


Tom Cooper Price at the Piano

Two recent events have helped to move us further towards the new rooms project. On March 3rd the afternoon concert given by Tom Cooper Price was a great success, Tom played pieces by Bach, Brahms and Schumann, giving a brilliant performance which was greatly appreciated by all who attended. Tea in the South Transept was well up to Sidlesham standards and over £200 was raised, final figure waiting the Gift Aid donation.

Last Saturday, in the Church Hall we had another virtuoso performance, but this time in cooking not music! Dr Hilary Platts delighted her hungry audience with  a tasting of 6 different puddings, each accompanied by a different pudding wine Atholl Brose, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Rhubarb Crumble with Caroline's Dairy Ice Cream, Banoffee pie, Lemon Sponge and a Mousse of 5 Chocolates were presented in turn. Needless to say no one left feeling hungry!! It was a lovely social evening, and thanks to generous donations of both food and wine, and the raffle of 2 beautiful cakes the total raised on the night was £495 pounds, but gift aid will also be collected on some of this so the total will rise! Many congratulations to Head Chef Hilary, and her team of sous chef Janet, and front of house staff Michael Lesley and other helpers from the audience! The evening was sponsored in part by Tesco Chichester and the Apple and Pear Juice was kindly provided by Sussex Orchards  part of Self Unlimited Southcoast, Walberton.  Thanks go to both organisations.

Last Sunday for Mothering Sunday we had the children in church with us and a lovely family service, including the distribution of posies of flowers to the Mums, and a lusty rendering of 'Guide Me Oh Thou Great Redeemer' as our last hymn, perhaps some Welsh connection there? (hint: where does our Director of Music come from and which country won the rugby Grand Slam?)