Church Recorders promote recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage in places of worship by recording the contents of churches of all religions. Participating churches are presented with an illustrated book detailing each item and its history. Copies are also sent to national institutions.

Members of Lavant Valley are actively involved with the Chichester Combined Church Recorders Group which was formed in 2006 and comprises about 16 volunteers drawn from all three Chichester Societies – Chichester, City of Chichester and Lavant Valley. Since its inception the Chichester Combined Church Recording Group has completed detailed records of the furnishings and the interior of the Church of St Peter, Westhampnett (completed in 2008), the Bishop’s Chapel at the Palace, Chichester (completed in 2011), St Mary the Virgin, Apuldram (completed 2014) and St Mary Sennicotts, Funtington (completed 2016)  See photographs in the Gallery section.

At Apuldram the Church Recorders made the exciting discovery in a chest in the vestry of an interesting James 1st pewter flagon, a style first found in 1608. They have also been engaged in a fascinating hunt for the original owner of the organ, claimed to have been Prince Albert!

The Record of St Mary Sennicotts is now complete and a bound copy was  presented to the Church on 31st January 2016. Further copies of the Record will be given to the West Sussex Record Office, NADFAS House, Historic England, the Church Care Library and the V&A Art Library.  

The Recording Group are now embarking on the Record for St Peter and St Mary Fishbourne. The Fishbourne Church is much bigger than Sennicotts and they would welcome new volunteers to join them in this important work.

The Chichester Combined Church Recording Group welcomes enthusiastic and committed volunteers. If you would like to join please contact the Group Leader, Pam Hilton, (telephone number 01243 513066; email or John Williams, the Record Compiler (telephone number 01243 262055; email