As part of the Parish's preparations for the Diocesan jubilee celebrations a pigrimage was held to the Cathedral in Arundel on Sunday 14th October. A group of 18 walkers (plus three dogs) set off from St. Richard's church after the 10.00 Mass following prayers. Thankfully the weather was fine and dry which added to the enjoyment of the occasion. The first stop was in Boxgrove where the party stopped for lunch at the St. Blaise centre gardens. Prayers were said in Boxgrove church which had been opened for the occasion before the pilgrimage resumed. More walkers had joined the party at Boxgrove for the second leg to Slindon and some wonderful views were enjoyed towards the coast as the route climbed away from the flatter lands close to the A27. At St. Richard's church in Slindon refreshments were provided which were very much appreciated by the walkers. Again, prayers were said in the church before the party set off on the final leg to Arundel. More walkers joined at Slindon and the group had now grown to 32 (with four dogs). Right on schedule the group arrived at the St. Mary's centre in Arundel at 5.30 where there were more refreshments laid on to restore tired limbs and aching feet. Children from the parish had been busy making banners while they waited for the walkers to arrive and they led the final procession to the Cathedral for evening prayers and benediction which were led by the choir.
Very many thanks to all those who contributed to the smooth running of the whole day, particularly Maria Whitehouse who organised the event and recruited many volunteers to help with refreshments and ferrying people around.