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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman
 

Dear Friends,

“ To know nothing of what happened before you , is to forever remain a child” – so said the Roman scholar and philosopher Cicero.

Each September we are given lots of encouragement to explore our roots and celebrate our heritage, community and history through the ‘Heritage Open Days’. These now take place from the second weekend of September to the following week. I have long been a fan of this initiative as it allows people access to places not usually open to the public and gives free admission to many of those attractions that usually charge an entrance fee. Do visit the website to see what you can access in this and neighbouring counties.

However before you do that, consider taking part in our village activities over the weekend of 11/12th September. I’m pleased to see that our village is fully involved in this year’s programme so do pick up one of the free ‘Heritage Weekend’ brochures in which you will find details of what is going on. You may well meet up with friends and neighbours as you journey around the area and do please encourage family and friends from other parts of the county to soak up something of the heritage of this historic place.

St Mary’s Church, which is the only Grade 1 listed building in the village, will be open with activities for young and old alike. This year we are beginning to mark the 800th anniversary of parts of the present building, postponed from last year. St Mary’s is the Parish Church for Pulborough and as such has special links with many families who have lived in the village over several generations as well as a significant place for some who have moved in more recently.

We all need to have some sense of belonging and to know what we can call ‘home’. Knowing about those who have gone before us and how our village community has evolved and developed over the years helps us to have a greater pride in where we live and in the community of which we are a part.    
                        
We may not always agree about many things and our experience of life in this world will always be very varied and diverse but we are all in it together, so let’s make the most of it and enjoy ourselves this September! May God bless us all as we celebrate this place in which we are privileged to live.   

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr Paul Seaman (Rector of Pulborough)


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