SkyLab Station

Thursday 30th January 2020

Mike Whittle was the medical officer, supervising the Skylab medical experiments in several scientific areas.  The talk describes the mission and the speaker’s involvement.

Chosen Charity:  St Wilfred’s Hospice – with their new facility in Bosham, they give their specialist care in the community.

A History of Broadmoor Hospital

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Paul Devonshire will chart the historical development of the legal provision for ‘mentally disordered offenders’ which lead in 1863 to the building of the high security psychiatric Broadmoor Hospital.  He will  describe some of the well-known inmates.

Chosen Charity:  SAGE Counselling – brings domiciliary counselling service to people with mobility problems.

Polar Bears of Svalbard

Thursday 5th December 2019

Alan Key will give a presentation of the wildlife of the Svalbard  Archipelago in Norway, a rugged remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering Polar Bears, reindeer and foxes.

Chosen Charity:  Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust –  protect local wildlife and inspire people to love nature through their beautiful nature reserves.


City Livery Companies

Thursday 28th November 2019

Michael Swan, who was master of The Worshipful Company of Founders in 2018, will give us an insight to City Livery Companies, their origins, purpose and relevance today.

Chosen Charity: The Samaritans – aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

What can we do about rising Econimic Inequality

Thursday 7th November 2019

After Climate change, rising economic inequality is the greatest challenge facing our Western societies.  Roger Brown will talk about the impact of such inequalities, the causes, and proposals for tackling it.

Chosen Charity:  MENCAP – concerned with all forms of mental health and disability.

British Flowers Rock

Thursday 31st October 2019

Ben Cross is a 4th generation commercial British Alstroemeria grower from Sussex who will talk about how this sustainable crop is grown.  With over 90% of cut flowers being imported we need more support and awareness for British Flowers!

Chosen Charity:  Shoreham dogs Trust – Our mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

Lines of Enquiry

Thursday 24th October 2019

Simon Brett will talk about his life as a writer and producer in Crime and Comedy and then perform his latest one-man play on Police Procedural – Lines of Enquiry.

Chosen Charity:  NSPCC – Every childhood is worth fighting for, an organisation protecting children in the community.

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.