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24 July 2022

This Saturday between 2 and 4 pm we held the traditional Sidlesham Fete. Our first post covid fete was a great joy and after a rainy set up on Friday morning we were blessed with fine weather and a moderate wind to prevent us being too hot. 

The Fete was held on the meadow next to the vicarage, and we were delighted to see the return of our old favourites The Chichester City Band, the Pimms Tent, the Boutique, the Plant stall, the Classic Cars, the Book Tent, The Cake Stall and of course the Dog Show!

The Fete was opened and the Grand Draw tickets were drawn by Father Roger who did a splendid job!!

We were delighted to welcome Father Chris and Carolyn, who are to join us in September when Father Chris takes up the post of incumbent at Sidlesham, They spent some time looking around the Fete and meeting us all.

 The refreshment tent and the ice cream van did fantastic business through out.

The Toy stall ran out of Jam Jar Tombola jars, all the Pimms was drunk, and the bottle tombola also ran out of bottles!!

In the Traditional tug o' war competition mothers and sons beat fathers and daughters, and the Band beat the village!

We wait to hear from the Treasurer but we anticipate a tidy sum was raised for the Church, many thanks to every one who came and all the helpers, tent builders, stall holders, car park attendants refreshment providers and out first aider, Congratulations to Barley Warring who won best in show at the dog show!!

Mothers and sons team

Fathers and daughters Team

The book tent

The dog show

The Winner

The toy stall team

The Pimms Team

The Band

The Village


Bathroom Stall

All that remains on the cake stall

The plant stall

a sold out bottle tombola!

The Boutique

Father Roger drawing the winning ticket

Christina drawing the second prize.


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10:00am Family Service

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10:00am Parish Eucharist

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Here are some links to resources you may find helpful:

  1. St Mary's Facebook page
  2. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  3. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  4. Prayer for today.
  5. The C of E youtube channel.
  6. Hearing You is a new phone help line launched by the Diocese of Chichester in partnership with Together in Sussex in response to the impact that Covid 19 has had on Just about the whole community. It aims to provide pastoral support and a listening ear to the recently bereaved and people directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  7. COVID-19 advice from the Diocese of Chichester here.

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