Darwin’s Legacy to DNA

The 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

Graham 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 a dozen 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.

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.