Life in a Buddhist Monastery

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

Chosen Charity:  English Sangha Trust Ltd which 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.

Luckes – Live Well

Thursday 12th April 2018

Melanie Luckes, has  opened Luckes, Chichester’s first Health Hub in North Street.  It is a café, supplement shop, Wellbeing Clinic and health school. She will give tasters of organic juices, talk about Nutrition and the 15 experienced practitioners, who help to resolve health issues.

Chosen Charity:  Dementia Support in Tangmere, who help people and their families suffering with Dementia.

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.