with Glenwood Ladies Choir
Saturday 19th September
7.30 pm £5.00
In aid of Pagham Flood Defence Trust
‘Songs from the end of
World War II’
Come and sing along
Tickets on the door
Details: Ann Gristwood – 826071

Pagham Chestnuts Club
Annual Bumper Jumble Sale
Thanks to all who contributed and came.
A wonderful £1,338.78
was raised.

The Mulberries present
A Barn Dance
with The Woodsiders at the
Pagham Village Hall
7.30pm.Saturday 26 September
Tickets in advance £7-00
children £5-00
on 01243 266823
Please bring your own
food and drink.
Proceeds to local charities.
Wheelchair access

Letter from Jo
So a whole year has gone by since I first wrote introducing myself to the parish of Pagham via Good News. Hopefully since then a few of you have been able to put a face to the name whether through meeting in a around the village, or at a funeral or wedding of someone from the parish. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to spend time working for and with the people of Pagham, you are a thoroughly friendly, hardworking and down to earth lot! I have been made to feel very welcome and I hope that this is how everyone feels when they join the village community.

It has also been a year since we launched our new Pilgrim courses which have also been a great success. Since last September we have had four different groups running who between them have covered 8 of the courses offered. We are planning to run more groups in September and as always they are open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Christian faith as a beginner or someone who has had a faith for a long time.

One of the groups running last year was for those who were interested in showing their commitment to Jesus through confirmation at the cathedral with the Bishop, here are some of their reflections on that experience:

“Wishing to be confirmed for some time, Mark suggested I attend the pilgrim course held at the church on Tuesday evenings….and I’m so pleased I did. I have met some really lovely friends through the course. We’ve shared and learnt so much together and laughed ALOT!!!”

“It really has been a great learning curve and we intend to still meet with each other to share thoughts, discussions.”

“It was a wonderful experience, although I was so, so nervous. Being with such a great group of supportive people made it easier though.”

The group has become a great source of friendship, support and learning and intends to continue meeting this year. One of the group perfectly summarised why he was interested in doing Pilgrim, getting baptised and being confirmed.

“I truly believe that Jesus who was beaten, mocked and died in agony for all of mankind’s sins did not die in vain as he has given us all a new life in Baptism and the Confirmation and for this I will love and praise God to my last breath.”

So as the new school year begins and you are deciding which groups to join and how to get your brain active, consider booking yourself in to join a Pilgrim group for lively discussion and a chance to make some new friends. Contact me on Sunday at the church or by email to find out more.

Rev’d Jo King

Are You Interested in Singing for Fun?
And for our Pagham Community?
As part of our continuing efforts to raise awareness and funds in support of saving Pagham Beach (and having fun whilst we do!), we are exploring whether or not there is enough interest in starting a Pagham Community Choir.

We have been approached by Steve Flashman and Emma Barnes, Director and Conductor respectively of Community Choirs UK, a local initiative, to guage the level of interest, as part of a wider mucial initiative in support of the Save Pagham Beach campaign.

Steve with his wife Sarah, both Ministers at Immanuel, Graylingwell formed the original Community Choirs UK choir in his home church in 2010. Since then, he has set up further choirs in Arundel, Southbourne and South Bersted. They are approaching 200 members across all four choirs. These are true community-centered choirs (open to the public, not limited to Christians.) Its shared repertoire includes rock, gospel, pop, stage musical and other songs. No musical talent is assumed nor are members required to read music, but together they make a reasonable sound, and sometimes better than that! Each choir performs in public at least once a term, sometimes performing with other choirs from the Community Choirs UK family to raise funds for needy causes.

If you are interested in joining please contact Sue Miller on 01243 261839 or

We anticipate having a meeting with Steve, Emma and other members of the existing choirs in the Autumn to learn more about them and what is involved.

Pet Blessing Service
Sunday 4th October at 3.30pm
at Pagham Church
Refreshments available afterwards
All animals and their owners are most welcome

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
5.00 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:
Billie and Brian Boreham, Basil Brewster and Peter Riches

Olivia & Jasmine Porter and Tyler Bilham were baptised.

Neil Topley and Rachel Hall, Michel Holden and Maria Chrysostomou, Andrew Graham and Claire Barrett, Mark Balham and Faye Richardson, Matthew Harvey-Mason and Natalie Turner were married.

Wednesday Club for Carer/Baby and Toddler Group Come and have a cuppa and a chat on Wednesdays from 1.30 pm to 2.45 pm at the Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane. How about joining in and lending a hand on a rota basis.
Joiners and new members always welcome.

Pagham Harbour WI meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Pagham Village Small Hall 2pm-4pm. New members are most welcome, please phone 01243 262434 for details.
September 22nd: Angel Waller on “Before there were trolley dollies.” Competition—A Model Aeroplane.

The Vicar, Mark Eminson can be contacted at the Vicarage on 262713
or email
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