92nd Commemoration Service
William Parker’s 92nd Commemoration Service with the Bishop of Chichester
Students and staff from ARK William Parker Academy, with their guests, gathered in All Saints Church to hear the Bishop of Chichester, the Rt. Reverend Dr Martin Warner, preach at the 92nd Annual Commemoration Service.
ARK William Parker Academy traces its origin to the founding of a school through the bequest of the rector of All Saints' parish, the Reverend William Parker, in 1619. The current rector, the Reverend Robert Featherstone, participated in the service with the school chaplain, the Reverend Peter Michell.
With a congregation approaching 250, there was an historical perspective, with Bishop Martin comparing the challenges of the world of 1619 with those of the world today. Addresses by two past students of the school, Gareth Bendon, who attended the school 50 years ago, and James Bacon, who left more recently, described how their experiences at William Parker had impacted upon their lives. Bishop Martin promised to return in 2019 to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the school.
Musical items were performed by Year 10 students and included an unlikely, but pleasing choice of songs by Nirvana.
Guests included a past headteacher and the deputy mayor. Many commented on the impressively good behaviour of the boys. The event was a most happy occasion.