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.

Britain’s Seaside Piers

Thursday 6th June 2019

Graeme Payne, back by popular demand, gives a colourful and amusing tour of these unique icons of our British seaside resorts.

Chosen Charity: Child Rescue in India – a charity that rescues abandoned street children and educates them in readiness for a better life.

Illness of World Leaders

Thursday 30th May 2019

History has been affected by illness and personal psychological characteristics of world leaders.  Robert Palmer describes how illness affected Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Anthony Eden, with personality disorder of Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Trump and Putin to name a few!  How different things might have been.

Chosen Charity CHASE Africa – provides free, non coercive family planning for young rural Kenyan and Ugandan women, which when made available they take up with enthusiasm.

Let’s Talk About Death

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Statistically 100% of us are going to die at some point!  Yet it is a subject very rarely talked about.  Steve Thomson and Bev Downie will discuss the issues, and what we can do to prepare, so we live until we die.

Chosen Charity:  Remember My Baby – Professional photographer capture precious baby with parents, siblings and family.

Herge – the Shakespeare of Belgium?

Thursday 9th May 2019

Hugo Frey, lecturer at Chichester University will discuss The adventures of Tintin, the comic series by Belgium cartoonist Herge, who is a reporter and adventurer who travels the world with his dog.  Can Herge be compared with Shakespeare!?

Chosen Charity; Red Cross UK  – helps people in Crisis, whoever they are.

The Seals of Chichester Harbour

Thursday 25th April 2019

Judi Darley  from Chichester Harbour Conservancy will introduce John Arnott, who will  give an illustrated talk on the Common and Grey seals found in our local harbours and studied by John a marine mammal expert.

Chosen Charity:  Friends of Chichester Harbour – who support vital work in conservation, amenity and education projects within Chichester Harbour Area.