Bishop of Chichester visits Tillington

Sharing a joke after the service in the porch of All Hallows, Tillington with (l to r) Lady Pattie, Sir Geoffrey Pattie, Bob Sneller ( backview) and Brian Graves. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Sharing a joke after the service in the porch of All Hallows, Tillington with (l to r) Lady Pattie, Sir Geoffrey Pattie, Bob Sneller ( backview) and Brian Graves. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

TILLINGTON hosted a very special guest when the Bishop of Chichester paid a visit to the little village.

The Rt Rev Martin Warner went along to Tillington for a special service in celebration of the refurbishment of All Hallows Church.

At the curry lunch after the service with Alan Hartley, aged 92. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

At the curry lunch after the service with Alan Hartley, aged 92. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

The church has been closed for more than nine weeks while repairs have been carried out, and more than £25,000 has been raised for it through 13 fundraising events.

The ‘TICH’ appeal, which has been running throughout the year, has held superb and successful events thanks to the hard-working residents and organising committee.

Gerald Gresham Cooke, who lives in the village and has been at the fore of many of the events, was delighted the bishop had chosen to visit their church.

He said: “The bishop impressed us all with his knowledge of, and interest in, Tillington.

“He also shared a joke with us following the service.”

More than 100 people were in attendance on the day, and some 70 people went along for the accompanying curry lunch.

Among those was 92-year-old Alan Hartley, who met the bishop during their lunch.

His busy schedule also took the bishop to Terwick where on Tuesday (November 5) he said morning prayer at St Peter’s Church.

The small but historic church was built around 1140, but in all those long centuries since, it is unlikely it has ever been visited by a Bishop of Chichester.

Any parochial visit would usually take place at St Bartholomew’s, Rogate, but at the moment the roof of St Bartholomew’s is being repaired, and St Peter’s therefore had the honour of the special visit.

After morning prayer, breakfast was served to those lucky enough to have enjoyed the morning’s events.