Priory Park Archaeology Project

Thursday 3rd October 2019

The very well preserved remains of a Roman private bath-house have been excavated in Priory Park Chichester.  The dig director,  James Kenny, will describe the discoveries and history, of this remarkable find.

Chosen Cause:    Chichester and District Archaeology Society  – facilitates members involvement in these investigations.

The Selsey Tram

Thursday 26th September 2019

The Selsey Tram was an eccentric light railway which ran for 7 miles from Chichester to Selsey, described as the noisiest and most rickety railway in England.  The history from opening in 1897 to closure in 1935 covers the tales of those who worked and travelled on the line.

Chosen Charity:  Chichester Area Mental Health Support ( Chichester Lunch Club) offers lunch and activities for older people living with mental health problems.

Artifical Intelligence

Thursday 5th September 2019

David  Jones will discuss the different changes in technology that are both here and coming soon.  If A1,1A, AR or blockchain mean nothing to you, this talk will give a better understanding of how it could impact on us all.

Chosen Charity: Cancer Research UK – pioneering research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Goodwood Race Circuit – An Insight

Thursday 1st August 2019

Jon Barnett, GM of Goodwood Motor Circuit will provide an insight to the business, touching on its origins, its post war heyday and how the circuit re-opened in  1998 and how it has developed in recent years.

Chosen Charity:  Canine Partners – a national charity training assistance dogs for adults living with disabilities.

LS Lowry – The Man and His Work

Thursday 25th July 2019

An Illustrated talk on the life of LS Lowry with slides of many of this works showing that it was not only Matchstick Men he painted.

Chosen Charity:  Chestnut Tree House –  provides hospice care for children in Sussex with life shortening illnesses and their families.


Mandela – Life in Prison

Thursday 11th July 2019

Back by popular demand, Colin Chambers who was chaplain on Robben Island at the time of Mandela’s imprisonment, will explain the regime and conditions under which he and his fellow inmates lived for 18 years.

Chosen Charity:   Faith in Football, which aims to involve youngsters in sport and Christianity.

NB:  This talk will be held at The Friends Meeting House on Priory Road PO19 1NX at 6pm

Hawkhurst Gang

Thursday 4th July 2019

Theatre director Roger Redfern and writer Greg Mosse will discuss the staging of theatre productions in particular new writings and their play based on the true story of Chichester’s infamous smugglers.

Chosen Charity: Smile Train – works globally in the worlds poorest countries to give surgery to children born with a cleft palate.

The Battle of Waterloo

Thursday 27th June 2019

Probably the most famous action in British history, but was it a British victory?  Many nationalities made up Wellington’s Army, Prussians, German, Dutch and Belgian soldiers fought on the muddy slopes of Waterloo.

Chosen Charity:  Waterloo Uncovered – combines  world-class archaeology, with understanding war, its impact on people and to educate the public.

500 Years of Cambridge Spies

Thursday 20th June 2019

Craig Gershater, returns by popular demand, to explore the origins of spying particularly as this relates to Cambridge University. From Tudor times to the present day Cambridge spies often worked for both sides!  We will investigate.

Chosen Charity:  Cancer Research UK – continues to develop cures to this illness.