Chidham vicar follows the footsteps of St Cuthman


A VICAR walked 35 miles to echo a journey which was said to have been made by St Cuthman.

The Rev Paul Matthews, vicar of two churches in Chidham, started his journey from St Mary’s Church in Cot Lane, cheered on by students from Chidham Primary School.

In three days, he journeyed to Steyning, leaving on Thursday morning and finishing on Saturday.

He wanted to follow the journey of the saint, who was said to be born in Chidham.

There is a story which said he wheeled his disabled mother through Sussex, and built a church in Steyning on his journey.

“It was hard going, especially 
on the Friday when it was very hot,” said Paul.

He said it was ‘lovely’ to set off with the support 
of the children from the local primary school, who walked the first mile with him.

“They enjoyed what was a slightly unusual start to their school day, which was rather nice,” he said.

The children also took it in turns to push a wheelbarrow along the first mile, mirroring St Cuthman’s actions when he wheeled his mother around.

The walk was to raise money for the churches – St Mary’s and St Wilfrid’s – and Paul said he thought more than £1,500 had been raised.