Below is a list of events taking place in the Observer area over the upcoming week. To submit an event send details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, November 17
ART: Chichester Art Society at Bassil Shippam Centre, Tozer Way, St Pancras. 6.30pm-8.45pm. Popular Surrey artist Joel Wareing demonstrates ways of “Capturing the Light with Pastels ”. Parking and step-free access. Visitors always welcome (£3). Further details from 01243 602360 or visit www.chi-art-soc.org
LECTURE: The Historical Association (Chichester Branch) will be meeting at the Friends’ Meeting House, Priory Rd, Chichester PO19 1NX on Thursday, 17th November at 7.30pm when Professor Michael Fulford of the University of Reading
will address us on ‘ Silchester Town Project, 1997 - 2016.’ Visitors welcome £3. Refreshments will be served from 7pm. For more information please contact 01243 542911.
Friday, November 18
COFFEE: Coffee morning with cakes, raffle and a little music at RAFA Club, Waterloo Square. 10.30am to 12pm. Everyone welcome. Please come along and support our Wings Appeal.
FAIR: Christmas Craft Fair in St. Mary Magdalene Church and Hall, Bersted Street, Bognor, PO22 9QE (behind Bognor Hospital) from 10am to 3pm, featuring good quality handmade goods, Santa and his elves, Scalextric challenge, biscuit decorating, face painting, gifts, cards, books, tea, coffee & home-made cake, cake stall and light lunches. Entry free.
TALK: Bognor Regis Recorded Music Club welcomes visiting speaker Julian Dixey on “The Last of England”. Visitors are very welcome. The meeting will be held at The Rowland Rank Centre, Aldwick Road, Bognor Regis PO21 3QQ - 7.30pm to 10pm. Cost to visitors is £2 and £1 for refreshments during the half hour interval. For further information contact the club secretary Barbara Chaundy on 01243 781306
AUTHORS: CHINDI, the network of independent authors living in and around Chichester are delighted to be raising money for Dyslexia Action at their ‘Love to Read’ party to be held at the Pallant Suite, South Pallant, Chichester. An event that promises to indulge the senses with a selection of books by local authors, fine wines provided by Hennings and hand crafted chocolates by Noble and Stace. The event will run from 7pm until 10pm with great gifts including signed books by local authors available to buy just in time for Christmas. Entry is £2 which will go to the charity. There will be an exciting raffle to raise further money with books by best-selling authors, holiday vouchers, exquisite perfumes, dinner at local restaurants and delicious chocolates included in the prizes. Dyslexia Specialist, Jaqui Flisher will also attend the event.
COMEDY: Quackers Comedy’s 1st Birthday Party! Come and celebrate the anniversary of the return of regular, live stand-up comedy to Chichester with a chuckle and a boogie! Comedy scratch night and live music from the internationally acclaimed Alexander Koronka. The Chichester Inn, West Street, Chichester. 7.30pm. £2 entry.
Saturday, November 19
SALE: Table top sale at Aldwick Baptist Church. This starts at 10am. There are a few spaces left for tables (cost £10). All proceeds will go to St. Richard’s Hospital Howard Children’s Ward. Sausage sandwiches and bacon butties and drinks will be on sale. For more information call in at Cafe Connect at Gossamer Lane at the Church (Mon, Wed, Fri 9-12). Alternatively text Ben Lander on 07445 534080 to book a table.
FAYRE: Bognor Regis Carnival Association presents their Christmas fayre, 11am - 4pm at the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Bognor Regis (opposite Iceland). Community stalls, craft stalls and visit Santa in his grotto. Refreshments available. Free entry (with all proceeds going to towards 2017 Carnival).
MUSIC: Sarah Saville fantastic singing @ RAFA Club, Waterloo Square, Bognor Regis. 8pm. Free Entry. All members and guests welcome.
BAZAAR: Bosham Christmas Bazaar, 11am - 3pm at Bosham Village Hall. Come and get your Christmas shopping started and relax over some warming homemade soup and yummy cakes! We (a group of Bosham Villagers and friends) are holding a wonderful Bazaar to raise money to help St Wilfrid’s Hospice build their new home in Bosham. Grand Draw with amazing prizes including, London theatre tickets and hotel, Christmas hampers, local free-range bronze turkey (voucher!), family days out, meals at top restaurants, theatre tickets, toys, luxury Christmas cake, spa days, wines and many more! Stalls will include crafts, cakes, jams/preserves, toys, games, children’s books, bottle tombola and much more. Parking - to help minimise congestion round the Village Hall, The Bosham Monday Club Bus volunteer drivers are kindly providing a shuttle service between the main Bosham Car Park and the Village Hall (11am - 3pm) so don’t worry about parking or carrying your goodies back to your car!
CONCERT: 3pm Christ Church, off South Street, Chichester, “A Breath of Summer”, music, poetry and prose, inter-church event for Christian Aid. Refreshments, retiring collection.
MUSIC: The City Folk Club at The Guide Hall, Whyke Lane, PO19 7US. 8pm for 8.30pm. All kinds of acoustic music in a singaround format. All welcome. Admission £2. Enquiries: 01243 574021
SALE: S.P.R.i.N.G table top sale. 12pm - 2pm (open to sellers 10.30am) at Swanfield Park Community Centre, 46 Swanfield Drive, PO19 6GH. £3 per table. Mainly baby / toddle clothes and equipment. All welcome. To book contact 01243 783242 or email email@example.com. Family entry 50p
SUPPORT: Free help and advice session for anyone with concerns about a child or loved one with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia or Dyspraxia. Come and find out more about: Dyslexia the the workplace - How to claim Disabled Students’ Allowance - Getting a Formal assessment of dyslexia - What schools should be doing to help - and much more. Time: 9am - 12pm at Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester, West Sussex.
WALK: Chichester City Tours welcome you to join a guided walk around the centre of the City lasting approximately 90 minutes. Tour starts at 2pm from the Novium Museum in Tower Street where tickets £5 per person are available or from www.chicitytours.co.uk
MUSIC: Live music charity event. Ed: The Tribute; Michael Boast as Ed Sheeran. Also featuring a support act and disco. 7.30pm. £5 entry. Raffle, bar, free parking. All proceeds going to The Sussex Snowdrop Trust.
DRAMA: Wanted – in ‘Wild West’ Sussex! A Murder Mystery evening at Fittleworth Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm. Mosey on down in your check shirt (Wild West dress optional); meal included, raffle and licensed bar. Presented by Castaway Drama, for the Friends of St Mary’s Church Fittleworth; money raised for the building repair and improvement fund. Tickets £17, in advance only, from 01798 865202.
GROUP: Coastal west Sussex Mind Respite service for people living with dementia, memory loss or cognitive impairment 10am - 2pm. Includes activities, a singing session, refreshments and lunch. Please contact 07926 000949 for further details.
SALE: Milland contemporary crafts exhibition and sale. 10am-4pm (entrance: adults £1). Milland Village Hall is once again the venue for this popular pre-Christmas event. This is an opportunity to meet skilled craft makers from around the area who will be exhibiting a wide variety of products from ceramics to textiles, jewellery to sculpture and much more. Refreshments (cakes, teas and light lunches) will be served all day for donations to Samaritans. For more information call Angela on 01428 741530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CONCERT: The Arun Sounds Ladies Barbershop Chorus present an evening of music & magic. A variety show for everyone’s delight. 7.30pm at Pagham Village Hall, Pagham. Featuring: Paul Leach, RAFA Skiffle Group, The Arun Sounds and more. Tickets £6; Phone 01243 826448. In support of Selsey Lifeboats.
FAIR: Petworth traditional fair night, 3pm-9pm. The Town Crier will open the fair at 3pm. Traditional funfair rides for all the family including chair-o-planes and the gallopers. The Town Hall will have a variety of entertainments including children from the Petworth Primary School performing, Punch and Judy and a variety of charity stalls.
FAIR: Tillington Church Christmas Fair is being held in the Village Hall, Tillington, GU28 9AF (one mile from Petworth) from 10am to 12pm - short & sharp. Come and get ready for Christmas. Unusual presents to buy. Kid’s corner, bottle stall and excellent silent auction prizes including a week in Cyprus. Bacon butty, cake and free coffee. Should be great fun. Details from Gerald 01798 342151 or Geraldgreshamcooke@gmail.com
Sunday, November 20
CONSERVATION: Heathland Management with Claire Wilson of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers on Lavington Plantation. 01243 788833 or 07952 054239
MUSIC: Join The Olive & Vine in Midhurst for our first open mic night! Live music from 7.30pm–11pm. Food served all day until 9.30pm. Free entry and performers will receive a complimentary drink! If you’re interested in performing contact email@example.com or call 01730 859532. We are located in North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DJ.
SALE: Milland contemporary crafts exhibition and sale. 10am-4pm (entrance: adults £1).
Monday, November 21
GROUP: CancerWise Between Friends Breast Cancer Group - 11am - 12.30pm at Tavern House, Basin Road, Chichester PO19 8DU.
TALK: “Medical Ethics” by Dr Birgit Woolley 7.30pm at The Chichester Inn, West Street. Topics under discussion include Religion – Blood transfusions, abortions, euthanasia medical intervention, Doctors oath (Hippocratic Oath) – keeping people alive, personal opinion,The use of placebo and homeopathic methods and although sometimes unavoidable what doctors think about mistakes and delays to patients? £3 entry. All Welcome. For further details visit http://www.westsussexhumanists.org.uk or look for the Chichester Humanists group on Facebook.
TALK: “A Tale of Two Abbeys: Construction, Reconstruction and Legacy”. The ruined 13th century English Heritage abbeys at Netley and Titchfield are the subject of Christine Bury’s illustrated talk in the Mountford Rooms, Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth PO10 7DD at 7.30pm Both these religious houses were founded by one man, Peter des Roches, Bishop of Winchester. Both suffered similar fates during Henry VIII’s reign when they were converted into palatial secular houses for two of Henry’s courtiers. William Paulet, privy councillor, treasurer of the Royal household and later Marquess of Winchester reconstructed Netley, while Thomas Wriothesley, Lord Chancellor and later Earl of Southampton turned Titchfield into his main home. This talk will include stories about the personalities who visited and inhabited these impressive buildings. Admission: Members of Emsworth Maritime and Historical Trust £2, non members £3. Everyone welcome. For more information www.emsworthmuseum.org.uk or telephone 01243 378091.
FITNESS: Aerobics, legs, bums & tums. 9.45am - 10.45am at The Anchor Inn, Sidlesham. £4 per class. Phone Jane 07914758337.
HOMEOPATHY: Homeopathy for the family. Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, effective and non-toxic route to the restoration and enhancement of health. This evening, local homeopath Diana Tibble www.dianatibble.co.uk will help us discover how to use homeopathy for the treatment of minor ailments and illnesses within the family. Homeopathy first aid kits will be on sale. 7.30pm/ two hours. Tickets: £10pp; includes refreshments. Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne, PO10 8EZ. For more visit www.tuppennybarn.co.uk
Tuesday, November 22
GROUP: Join the Aldwick Baptist Church for free drinks and friendship at ‘Coffee Pot’, held at the Council Chambers, Willowhale, Rose Green, on Tuesday mornings, from 10am until 11.45am. Donations to St. Wilfrid’s Hospice.
EXHIBITIONS: Stephen Lee: Images inspired by nature’s splendour, captured on traditional large-format film. 22-27 November. David Souter and Nigel Ingram – Christmas Art Sale. Original painting and prints at affordable prices; Emma McBride: Equine paintings which explore the themes of beauty, balance and harmony, drawing the viewer tnto the moment; Lucille Scott: Hand forged metal items inspired by nature. 22 November – 4 December. Oxmarket Centre of Arts. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 4.30pm. Free admission. St Andrews Court, off East Street, Chichester, PO1 IYH. Further information 01243 779103
WALK: Chichester City Tours welcome you to join a guided walk around the centre of the City lasting approximately 90 minutes. Tour starts at 11am from the Novium Museum in Tower Street where tickets £5.00 per person are available or from www.chicitytours.co.uk
GROUP: Midhurst Living Well Hub offer information and support for people living with memory loss, dementia or mild cognitive impairment in the Willow Room, The Grange Leisure Centre, Midhurst GU29 9BD.
ART: Workshop with Nicky Verrechia, pastels, £3, 2pm-4pm. Demonstration by professional artist Norman Rossiter Animal portrait in acrylic, £5, 7.30pm-9.30pm. All to take place in the Rowlands Castle Parish Hall, Links Lane, Rowlands Castle, PO9 6AD. Information from 01243 374400. For more visit www.rowlandscastlepaintingsociety.org.uk
FILM: Slindon Film Night, 7.30pm at Coronation Hall, Slindon, BN18 0QT. Love & Friendship This period drama is a tremendously witty adaptation of a little known Jane Austin novella. Kate Beckinsale gives a fine performance as the scheming Lady Susan Vernon, a beautiful single mother in 1790s England. Recently widowed Lady Susan has no money and no husband but these are only minor inconveniences as she pursues wealth, status and sexual satisfaction. Cert PG. To book a seat call 01243 814735. All seats priced at £5 - pay at the door.
Wednesday, November 23
GROUP: CancerWise Top C Choir - 1.30pm - 2.30pm at The Studio, New Park Centre, New Park Road, Chichester PO19 7XY.
TALK: Chichester and District Archaeology Society are hosting a talk at 7.30pm at New Park Centre, New Park Road, Chichester, The Secrets of the High Woods Project by Anne Bone of the South Downs National Park Authority. The talk will cover all aspects of the work to reveal the secrets of past human activity on the South Downs. Admission £3 for non-members payable at door.
TALK: Regional Railways - The successful re-invigoration of those services away from the main lines. Chichester branch of the Railway Correspondence and Travel Society host an illustrated talk by former railway senior manager, Alex Green Committee room 2, County Hall, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RQ - 7.30pm to 9.45pm admission by small donation, interval refreshments included. All welcome, no booking required. Contact Richard Ashby 01243372234. Alternatively, visit www.rcts.org.uk/branches/chichester/ or www.facebook.com/chichesterrailrcts
FITNESS: Aerobics, legs, bums & tums. 9.45am - 10.45am at The Anchor Inn, Sidlesham. £4 per class. Phone Jane 07914758337.
Thursday, November 24
GROUP: CancerWise Open House - 10.30am - 12pm at Tavern House, Basin Road, Chichester PO19 8DU - Christmas Bring & Buy.
MUSIC: Chichester Pickers Acoustic Music Club. Singers/players and audience welcomed. All styles, all levels welcomed. 15 minute spots often available. Every second and fourth Thursday. 7.30pm for 8pm start. Admission by donation (min £3). Chichester Inn, 38 West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RP. Details: Chipickers2016@Gmail.com
SALE: As part of its fundraising efforts, CancerWise, the local cancer support charity that provides complementary therapies and advice to cancer sufferers and their families, is holding a Christmas bring & buy sale between 10am and 12pm. The bring & buy sale will take places that the charity’s drop in centre opposite Chichester Police Station at Tavern House, Basin Road, Chichester. Tea and coffee will be served and there will also be plenty of raffle prizes.
TALK: Illustrated Talk by Bernie Forbes on “Lesbos” to the RSPB Chichester Local Group at The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester PO19 1SY at 7.30pm. Entrance members £2.50/visitors £3.50. 01243 262833 . Wheelchair access
GROUP: ‘Singing for the brain’ with the Alzheimer’s Society 10am - 12pm in the Willow Room, The Grange Leisure Centre, Midhurst GU29 9BD for people living with dementia and their carers.