Brutalism meets Art: Chichester Festival Theatre over the Years

Thursday 15th February 2018

CFT is viewed as one of the most recognisable examples of Brutalist architecture within the UK.  This ‘old meets new’ building was key in transforming Chichester, already renowned as a Roman and Cathedral City, into one of the most culturally significant cities on the South Coast. Join Community and Heritage Officer Anna Mould for an in-depth talk about the Theatre’s origins and how it has changed over the years.

Chosen Charity:  CFT is one of the UK’s flagship theatres, and works with the community and young people.

Goodwood Farming

Thursday 8th February 2018

Sarah Stewart with tell us about the work on the Goodwood Organic Estate, Home Farm at this busy time of lambing, the life of the shepherd, the Wholesale farm business and the many types of animals on the farm.  She runs GET their plans for the future with a brand new study centre.

Chosen Charity: Goodwood Education Trust (GET) engages children with the countryside and where their food comes from.

The Prisoner’s Dilemma

Thursday 1st February

Stephen Fradley, Governor of Ford Open Prison, will talk about the rehabilitative element of a prison sentence as an essential part of assisting an offender’s reintegration back into society.  HMP Ford aims to bridge the gap between custody and release and reduce reoffending and its effects.

Chosen Charity: Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, who provide information and training for professionals and parents, and enables families to come together and share experiences.

The Rise of Ransomware

Thursday 18th January 2018

Bruce McGavin will talk about the attack in April 2017 that hit computers of the NHS, as well as many other institutions, which brought Ransomware to everybody’s attention.  But Ransomware has been around for a while, so what is it and is there anything we can do about it?

Chosen Charity:  The Fragile X Society – is the most common inherited cause of learning disability.  The Society provides information and practical guidance to support and empower individuals and families living with fragile X, and the professionals who support them.

City Angels

Thursday 11th January 2018

Henry Marshall helps run a project in the night time economy of Chichester every Friday night and some Saturdays each month.  The project is to assist people who have found themselves in trouble one way or another and need help.


Chosen Charity;  City Angels are volunteers helping people in the night economy in Chichester.

North Korea – Escaping the Regime

Thursday 30th November 2017

Jess Miller, a student at Chichester University,  will describe the dark and real terror behind the borders of the most secretive nation.  The talk will give a brief history of Korea, breakdown the reality of the dictatorship and what it means for the people who live there, and those who want to escape the regime.

Chosen Charity:  Liberty in North Korea and Amnesty International, both helping people around the world to liberty.

All Aboard with NATO

Thursday 16th November 2017

Commander Eleanor Stack, the first female Commanding Officer in the Royal Navy reflects on HMS Duncan’s operational deployment as the Flagship for the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 in the Black Sea and Mediterranean.  She joined the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer in 2000 and has risen through the ranks and operated on many different ships and deployments. She will explain the role of the UK in NATO and operational duties.

Chosen Charity:  Royal Navy and Royal marines Charity RNRMC – the principal charity for the RN which exists to support sailors, marines and their families for life.

Brexit – The Challenges for Britain

Thursday 9th November 2017

Richard Ashworth MEP will talk about the challenges we face with the negotiations with our European allies, on trade and immigration, and much more,  also relationships with those outside the EU.

Chosen Charity :    CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young – aims to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death.

Cook – Remarkable Frozen Food

Thursday 2nd November 2017

Richard Simpson, Manager of  the Chichester branch, will tell us all about Cook, the exciting and extremely tasty food that they do and talk about the Christmas dishes.  There will be tasters and samples too!

Chosen Charily: Dementia Support – based in Tangmere they support families with Dementia.