Past, Present and Future of Watchmaking

Thursday 26th April 2018

Peter Mellor and Josh of R.L. Austen’s in Chichester, will give a brief history of watchmaking, focusing on brands such as Tudor and Rolex, looking at what is happening within the industry today and where things are going in the future.

Chosen Charity: The Sussex Snowdrop Trust who provide nursing care at home for local children who have a life threatening illness or who may be terminally ill.

Photography – The Art of a good picture

Thursday 12th April 2018

Walter Benzie, past president of the Royal Photographic Society, will take us through his personal journey in photography with some thoughts as to how to improve your own images!

Chosen Charity:  Royal Photographic Society, who  promote the art and science of photography.

The Cheesemaking Workshop

Thursday 5th April 2018

Mandy Nolan has an abiding passion for cheese! She runs The Cheesemaking Workshop and will demonstrate the basic cheese making principles, the history of home cheese making , and overview of the type of milk used, starter cultures and enzymes.  There will be samples of finished cheeses to taste!

Chosen Charity:  Guide Dogs who enable people who are blind or partially sighted to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

Choosing and Growing Sweet Peas

Thursday 15th March 2018

Roger Parsons who produces and supplies seeds for the world markets from his base in Chichester, will talk about the varying qualities and types which best suits your needs.  He will give tips on how to grow better Sweet Peas, the nations second most favourite flower.  Seeds will be available for sale.

Chosen Charity:  St Wilfrid’s Hospice – give end of life care both in the community and at the Chichester Hospice, supporting patients living with a terminal illness and their family and friends.


Chichester Business Improvement District (BID)

Thursday 8th March 2018

Colin Hicks Chairman of BID represents 650 businesses within Chichester’s City walls.  The goal is to enable the successful promotion of our City and the attraction of increased visitor, customers, businesses, employees and inward investment.

Chosen Charity:  Dementia Support a local charity working in partnership with NHS and other charitable organisations to create a unique community centre for dementia.  Helping people living with dementia, their family and carers.

Fishbourne Roman Palace – Past Present & Future

Thursday 1st March 2018

2018 marks fifty years since the opening of the Palace and still new discoveries are being made.  Property Manager Katrina Burton will talk about the story of this incredible archaeological site and the opportunities for the future.  The talk will explore what makes the site so special, covering latest research and chance to handle original Roman artefacts.

Chosen Charity: The Sussex Archaeological Society, enables people to discover, learn from and enjoy the heritage of Sussex.

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.