Prisoners of Porchester Castle

Thursday 5th July 2018

Paul Chamberlain will tell the story of the Castle, once the home to 7,000 of Napoleon’s soldiers and seamen.  It examines the prisoner held there, how they lived and died, and how they occupied their time.

Chosen Charity:  Waterloo Uncovered – aims to understand war and its impact on people – and to educate the public about it.

An Evening with Kate Mosse

Saturday 30th June 2018

Kate Mosse, the well known local author, will talk about her writings, and her recently published book, The Burning Chambers.  Kate hosts the pre and post performance interview series at Chichester Festival Theatre and is involved with the Festival of Chichester.  This is held in the Jubilee Hall, New Park Centre and part of the Festival of Chichester.

Chosen Charity:  Parkinson’s Society – drives for better care, treatment and quality of life.  Because we are here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.

Darwin’s Legacy to DNA

Thursday 21st June 2018

Darwin’s Legacy – from Origin of Species’ to Synthetic Biology

Craig Gershater will trace the origins of modern biology back to the life of Charles Darwin.  From the Galapagos Islands to his research work and the profound influence on Society and legacy in terms of molecular biology and synthetic biology today.

Chosen Charity:  Cancer Research UK – whose work helps to discover the cause and treatment of Cancers.

Artists and Writers of West Sussex Coast

Thursday 7th June 2018

Graeme Payne, back by popular demand, will give us an entertaining and informative journey along our coast from Patrick Moore in Selsey to Leo Sayer in Shoreham, calling on  dozens of more on the way.

Chosen Charity:   Child Rescue in India – an organisation of orphanages and nine schools in India for homeless children, rescued from the streets.

Advances in Treatment of Heart Disease

Thursday 31st May 2018

Colin Reid, consultant Cardiologist at St Richards Hospital Chichester, having worked with transplant pioneer Pro Yacoub, will describe amazing advances in management of heart disease over the time of his career.

Chosen Charity:  British Heart Foundation – research into Heart diseases.


Life in a Buddhist Monastery

Thursday 17th May 2018

The Abbot, Ajahn Karuniko, will talk on the origins of the monastery, Daily Life in the monastery, and relationship to lay community, and The Buddha’s Teaching.

Chosen Charity:  English Sangha Trust Ltd.  The Charity that supports the running of Chithurst and Amaravati Buddhist Monasteries.

Victorian Oysterboat ‘Terror’

Thursday 10th May 2018

Judi Darley will tell us the story of Terror, the Oysterboat, owned by the Conservancy and operated and skippered by volunteers from The Friends of Chichester Harbour.  Terror was built 125 years ago serving the thriving oyster businesses, but then disaster struck!

Chosen Charity:  The Friends of Chichester Harbour – helping environmental work parties, and increase awareness through education.

Your Peppers from Plant to Plate

Thursday 3rd May 2018

Gerard Vonk, from Tangmere Pepper Farm, will explain how they have transformed nearly 75 acres to growing sweet peppers, all hydroponically grown in climate-controlled glasshouses.  Skill, science and the state-of-the art technology help us to grow the best crops, minimise our impact on the environment and even generate electricity for 10,500 local homes.

Chosen Charity:  The Chichester Information Shop – offers free and confidential information, advice, support and counselling to any young person aged between 13- 25 years old.

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.