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The lunches were the brainchild of Roger Johnson, professional chef and entrepreneur, who, whilst cooking for the priests and other invited guests of the clergy including Their Graces the Bishop of Arundel and the Bishop of Chichester, became frustrated, almost embarrassed by the lack of resources available to cater for these special occasions. Through the social committee an agreement was made to purchase a full dinner service including glasses, and cutlery for 20 covers. This would be financed by offering a three course Sunday lunch to parishioners for a nominal sum of £7.50, including a glass of wine. These lunches proved to be very popular and very soon the cost was recovered. However, it became impracticable to continue - but it was with a sense of pride that the Presbytery was brought to life in this way.