A CHURCH raising money for a new hall is still looking for people with memories of the area to get in touch.
St Peter and St Mary’s Church, in Fishbourne, is creating commemorative paving stones with personal inscriptions of people who have memories of the church in bygone days.
Former resident Christina Marshall heard about the St Peter Project on a visit back to the village.
She moved to Fishbourne in May, 1959, with her parents Betty and Victor Godfrey and her brother John, who was two years older. In 1961 her sister Margaret was born.
Christina married her husband George in the church in 1973 and Margaret married her husband Trevor in the church in 1988. The latter couple have two children – Emily, 14, and Hugh, ten. Emily was baptised in the church.
During Christina’s time in Fishbourne, her parents passed away in 1978 and 1999 and both are buried in the churchyard.
Victor was a deputy church warden and contributed his carpentry skills towards building things for the church.
After Victor’s death the family gave a chalice, ciborium and pattern to commemorate his church life. On the occasion of Emily’s baptism, the family gave church linen to commemorate Betty’s church life.
The family decided to remember Victor and Betty’s contribution to the church by purchasing a paving stone with their names engraved.
It was also Christina and George 40th anniversary last year and Margaret and Trevor’s 25th and each bought a further stone to commemorate it.
Anyone with memories of the church can contact Jennifer Christie on 01243 532642 or firstname.lastname@example.org