Festival of Local History
St. Wilfrid’s Church were actively involved in the Festival of Local History in June 2003 which occurred across the area from Pagham to Yapton, including Felpham, Middleton, Elmer and Bognor Regis. The event was planned by Sylvia Endacott and Shirley Lewis.
The aim of the festival was for everyone who was interested in local history to become involved by providing a display of their premises, church, school or Company. There were special events arranged throughout June; evenings with speakers talking on aspects of local history; also a number of linked events. A number of local churches participated including The United Reformed church, St. Thomas a Becket Pagham, St. Mary's Felpham, Methodist church Waterloo Square, St. Nicholas Middleton on Sea, St. Mary Magdalene South Bersted, The Salvation Army Hub Centre.
St. Wilfrid’s Church contribution:
The Hub Centre was one of three joint exhibition venues, the others being Bognor Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 7th June and Jubilee Hall Chalcroft Lane on Saturday 14th June
Peter Green and local historian John Hawkins created the historical exhibits covering:
Don Durrant designed and constructed a display showing the current activities of the church/ contacts and welcome for visitors.
This turned out to be a most interesting month long event that created a great deal of interest in the life of our Saint, his work of converting the people of Sussex and the growth of the ministry he started right up to the current day. The event also brought many people into our church who have seldom if ever crossed the threshold before and therefore served as a very useful form of outreach to the community.
The church would like to pass on their thanks for all who assisted with the event including:
John Hawkins for all the time he spent designing, creating, assembling and manning the exhibition.
Professor Bill Muir, University of Melbourne for the translation of 'The Life of St. Wilfrid' by Edmer
Colin Clarke, Chichester Cathedral for all his assistance and the Dean and Chapter of Chichester Cathedral for allowing photographs to be taken of the 16th century Lambert Barnard Panel [showing king Caedwaller confirming the rights to St. Wilfrid] and other Wilfrid artefacts in the Cathedral.
Bob Barnes for transporting and helping to assemble the exhibition in the church
Last but not least Sylvia Endacott and Shirley Lewis for their inspired idea to stage Bognor's first month long historical exhibition and the tremendous amount of work they poured into the project to make it so succesful.