Vintage and Steam returns to open air museum

Step back in time at Vintage and Steam and experience the nostalgic sights and sounds of an era when steam powered the country.

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The Pavilion

So many sweethearts met at the Bognor Pavilion

There is a building in Bognor that always evokes memories – The Pavilion.


When the Bowes-Lyon family gave Bognor The Den

One of the famous families in the town, who owned property, was the Bowes-Lyon family, of who the Queen Mother was a member and frequent visitor to the town to see friends.


An unselfish student of the world around us

I recently had an email enquiring about Henry Guermonprez (1858-1924) and this week therefore I thought we could take a look at his life.


Poignant video tells the story of The Somme

Young men from across all of Sussex fought and died 100 years ago today (July 1) as the Battle of the Somme began.

Recruits with the Royal Sussex Southdown Battalion in 1915. Note how young some of them look

War records open to all to commemorate centenary of Battle of the Somme

With the 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Somme approaching, a family history website has made its entire collection of military records free to access.

Girls were educated at Courtfield School, in Victoria Drive, between 1908 and the 1940s.

Educating growing numbers of 20th century Bognor pupils

Today when the subject of education and schools occurs, we think immediately of the larger offerings in the town – The Regis, Felpham Community College and the range of infant and junior schools. But I suspect you are unaware of the wide range of styles and number of schools that have existed in our town over the years.

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Sussex Lambs to the slaughter at Boar’s Head 1916

A century ago, at 3am on Friday June 30 1916, three battalions of the county regiment clambered over the parapet of their trenches to attack the enemy.

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Pickard with parachute troops after the Bruneval raid in February 1942

Brave Percy was the wartime Pick of the RAF bunch

Percy Charles ‘Pick’ Pickard was born in Handsworth, Yorkshire in 1915.


When computers were huge but had a lot less byte

Pedestrians came to a standstill in East Street to watch this monstrosity of a computer being hauled through a window.


The man with time on his hands

If you’re going to have a hobby, why not make it a really good one?


The day Buzby’s box took a tumble in Bognor

Many strange things happened in 1980.

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David had collecting all sewn up in 1980

Most of us have collected things at some point in our lives. Whether they were football stickers or stamps, they became something of an obsession.


Westergate girls were chess queens in 1980

This group of girls had every reason to smile – they had just pulled off the school chess world’s equivalent of David v Goliath.


Jenny shone on the cover of Woman’s Own in 1938

Woman’s Own has been going for more than 80 years and, for one girl who grew up in Bognor during the 1930s, the magazine was “tuppence” well-spent.


The canny ladies who solved a fruity problem

The ladies of the Petworth Women’s Institute came up with a simple solution for preserving the area’s surplus of fruit. They canned it.


The Queen’s Guides who proved police officer wrong in 1980

A group of five Bognor Regis Guides celebrated gaining Queen’s Guide badges after proving a police constable wrong.


Growing flowers, veg and babies in 1950

The end of World War Two brought with it peace, extensive rebuilding and an awful lot of new babies.

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Hero Great War soldier who refused to surrender

Every man who pulled on a uniform and fought for King and country in the hellish battlefields of World War One deserved the title ‘hero’. Of the Chichester heroes, the actions of one man stood out.


The year Dick Turpin took Midhurst

Like all towns, Midhurst has seen its fair share on wrong’uns – but not many have been cheered through the streets as they fled from the law.

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