Alleluia, Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed, alleluia!  If last time I was writing about fasting and self-sacrifice then now we are into feasting and delighting in Christ’s sacrifice and new life for us.  That long doom and gloom of Lent lasted forty days, but Easter and its joy lasts for fifty days – a balance in the right direction.

Easter means a lot of things or rather the Good News of Easter can speak into every conceivable situation and bring with it hope and transformation.  Our world today needs that with tension between Russia and the Ukraine, suffering in Syria and so many other places, Food Banks popping up all over our own land, all sorts of family and individual crises and still locally in Pagham the threat of incursion by the sea.

One way we are seeking to respond and to bring transformation is in the traditional practice of “Beating the Bounds.”  This happens at Rogation-tide (this year on Sunday 25 May) and any are welcome to join us in walking the parish boundaries.  This will be a fun occasion with a nice walk, good company, lunch and tea, but its primary purpose is to invoke God’s blessing on the parish.  It will of course include prayer for good harvests for our farmers.

Traditionally it has also included the restoration of peace between those at enmity one with another.  Probably our main intention this year will be peace and transformation between Pagham residents and the sea!  We will pray that the whole community and any who have an affectionate connection with Pagham will want to work together to raise sufficient funds to enable the authorities to protect us for the years to come.  We will sing songs, perhaps including,

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast

And our eternal home. 

So do join us and get in touch with me if you want more details, but even if you can’t make that day then offer up your own thoughts and prayers for the needs of us all.  We have someone who hears and understands, the One who suffered and died for us and is now seated at God’s right hand ever pleading our cause, Jesus Christ, our risen and ascended Lord.


St. Thomas a’ Becket’s 

Pastoral Care Team

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Parish Pastoral Care Team.

Sixteen church members were commissioned for this ministry on Mothering Sunday, in the belief that the Church is called to be a mother to all people in all situations.

You are welcome to contact us if you would like a visit.  You – or someone you know – might be bereaved, lonely, unwell, housebound or simply welcome a friendly chat.

Contact Trudi Kearsley on 263597 and a visit will be arranged.


Mark Eminson, Vicar




Pagham Chestnuts Club are now collecting for their Annual Jumble Sale on 2nd August.  Please ring 264622 to arrange collection or delivery.  HELP!!  We desperately need some storage space for three months.  Everything is packed tidily in strong boxes.


Pagham Players Murder Mystery Supper Evening

“Murdered By Mistake”

Saturday 17th May at Pagham Village Hall.  Doors open at 6.45pm.  £6.00

Local minibus pickup available.  Ring Judy 264622


Friends of St Thomas A’Becket Church

Invite you to a Champagne Cruise

on the Chichester Canal

Join us for Supper & Drinks!

Starting at Canal Wharf, PO19 8DT Thursday, 15th May 7-9pm

Delicious buffet-style food, Champagne Soft drinks and tea/coffee

Ticket price per person: £20 for Friends, £25 non members

Advance tickets required from Carole on 07732768890


St Thomas a’Becket Church Bake Off Competition

Bank Holiday Monday 26th May

during the Craft & Gift Fair At Pagham Village Halls

Entrance fee £1, cash prizes to win in each catergory

10 Cupcakes (age 5-10),  10 Cupcakes (age 11-16)

Large Cake- age 5-10, Large Cake- age 11-16

( see, 07732768890)


St Thomas a’Becket Church Craft and Gift Fair

Bank Holiday Monday 26th May  10am to 4pm at Pagham Village Halls

Local Crafts and Artisans     Children’s Table Top Sale       Cake Bake-Off Demonstrations    Raffle All Day Refreshments    Cakes for sale


“Truly this man was God’s Son.”  Matthew 27. 54


You will show me the path of life; in your presence is the fullness of joy and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.  Psalm 16. 10


Weekly services at St Thomas a’Becket

Sunday each week

8.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

9.45 am Parish Eucharist and Children`s Groups

6.00 pm Evening Worship

Tuesday 7.00 pm Eucharist in Church

Each Second Tuesday Healing Service in Church during the Eucharist

Wednesday    10.00 am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)


We remember those who have died:

Terry Sedgwick, Frank Lines, Bryan Hack, 

Margaret Roche, John Penrose and Harry Brown


Ethan Paterson was baptized.


Edward Birch and Sophia Haythornthwaite were married.


Please will you help. To keep our beautiful church clean and cared-for we need helpers. Just 1½ hrs on one day per month, light exercise. Join a team, enjoy the fellowship, and the rewards will speak for themselves! Contact Sue Miller: 01243 261839; Mobile 07845 926766; email Thank you.


Good News Deliverers

A huge thank you to the many people who deliver this leaflet.  We need some new volunteers to help.  If you can help deliver a few leaflets please contact Bill Meyer on 920023.  A little from many makes it a manageable task for all.


The Mulberries present

50’s/60’s Rock’n’Roll Night with Rhinestone at the Pagham Village Hall 

7.30pm  Tickets in advance £7.00 Children £5.00   01243 266779/266823

Please bring own food and drink

Proceeds to local charities  Wheelchair Access


Friends of NGS Open Day

‘Birches’ 19 Selsey Road, Sidlesham, Chichester, Sussex, PO20 7NF

NEW opening under the NGS Yellow Book scheme

May 17 and 18 from 11-4.30pm. Teas and plants for sale

take care on grass paths. Adults £3.50 children free (01243 641038 –


A 94% response by questionnaire in respect of Pagham’s Neighbourhood Plan stated that flooding and coastal erosion were the most important issues to be confronted. Recent months of storm and rainfall have provided a ‘wake-up call’ and provide leverage for progress. Pagham Parish Council has provided funding (£30k) to ‘kick-start’ work on the embankments around Slipe Field and the Lagoon. (WE also provided 28 tons of sandbags to prevent a breach just after Christmas). This is the initial safeguard for houses in Church Lane, Pagham Road, parts of Sea Lane and St. Thomas Drive (88 – 100 homes). 300 metres of embankment has now been built, with completion this autumn and spring next year by the Environment Agency and Haven Holidays partnership. This embankment will also help prevent the predicted breach of defences inland via Pagham Rife.


In the past few days, we have established agreement with the Regulatory Authorities to secure a lasting, cost-effective solution to the destruction of our sea front defences. Pagham Parish Council has engaged consultant engineers to pursue ‘intervention’ on the Church Norton Spit. We have received a written commitment of technical assistance from the Deputy Director of the Environment Agency. Government funding will be no more than one tenth for any approved ‘works’ in Pagham (new rules). The onus is on us to raise £870k in order to secure implementation. We have good people on the new Pagham Flood Defence Trust (Chaired by Mark, our Vicar). They now have professional assistance. Flood risk depends upon the magnitude and duration of storms. Inland, Pagham was protected by a broad raised beach in 1987 at the time of the ‘Michael Fish hurricane’. This is a standard we seek to achieve.


The government approved Coastal Defence Strategy for Pagham includes the option of an ‘exit strategy’ if ‘natural processes’ do not work in our favour.    Money is the key.

Ray Radmall, 

Chairman, Pagham Parish Council


Pagham Table Top Sale

Babies’ and children’s clothes, toys and equipment

Pagham Village Hall

Sunday 25th May 2014

from 9.00am to 11.00am

FREE ENTRY.   Pushchair friendly.

Tables £10


Table rental and refreshments in aid of

Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice



Plant Sale 

in aid of Chestnut Tree

House Children Hospice

Thursday 8 May.

9.30am to 12. noon

St Mary’s Centre, Grassmere Lane,

Felpham PO22 7NU

Coffee & Cakes as well as great plants!