Entries by Marilyn Humphrey

A Brief History of Plague – some causes and effects

Thursday 30th June 2022 Craig Gershatter will explain what a ‘plague’ is – and discuss significant plague events of the past 1500 years and recognize that despite advances in medical science maybe very little has changed..! Chosen Charity – British Heart Foundation – who research treatment.

50 Years of Change: Chichester in Colour

Thursday 7th July 2022 Our local historian Andrew Berriman takes us back to Chichester as it was exactly fifty years ago.  So what has changed by 2022, and what has stayed the same? Chosen Charity: Dementia Support – Sage House, Tangmere, who provides support for people living with Dementia, and their families and carers. This […]

Porthole Murder

Thursday 28th July 2022 Paul Stickler will tell the story of an extraordinary murder on a ship in 1947 with the trial of the steward and the fascinating aftermath, revealing new information, a real ‘whodonit’ Chosen Charity – Diabetes UK – who seek to support those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Boxgrove Archaeological Journey over last half million years

Thursday 4th August 2022 Mark Roberts famous for his ground-breaking excavations and discoveries at Boxgrove.  Now running a project at Downley deerpark in Singleton. The talk will be a refection of this journey and provide an overview of the archaeology and history of the Chichester area over the last half a million years. Chosen Charity:  […]

Inside Enigma

Thursday 22rd September 2022 Bill Coombes will explain the workings and modern versions of the Enigma, he will bring a homebuilt Enigma Machine with instructions to produce encoded messages! Chosen Charity: St Wilfrid’s Hospice  who provide palliative care in the hospice and community.

The Italian Job: The adventures of an artist in Calabria

Thursday 1st September 2022 Richard Whincop, our local artist, stayed for two months in Calabria to paint five large street paintings, along with other artists, on the story of the Normans conquest in Southern Italy.  He describes the historical background, the process of designing and painting them together with the difficulties to complete the project. […]

Chichester Canal

Thursday 6th October 2022 Lynda Hunter will tell the tale of how the Chichester Canal came about, it uses, aspirations, finances and failure of our Canal leading up to its current success and future plans. Chosen Charity:  Chichester Ship Canal Trust which undertakes the preservation, maintenance and improvement of the canal for the public benefit […]

The WOW Factor

Thursday 27th October 2022 Jose Pound, who was the designer of the Festival of Flowers at Chichester Cathedral in 2014 and 2018, will talk about achieving the WOW factor to excite arrangers and visitors alike. Chosen Charity: St Mary’s The Virgin Church at Apuldram- Grade I listed church of magical quality, blending so well with […]

The Fogotten Origins of Vaccination

Thursday 3rd November 2022 Patrick will talk about Benjamin Jesty, who brought a new idea of vaccination to fight smallpox 22 years before Dr Jenner.  Research has unmasked the full story of the origins of vaccination to give a fresh perspective and so relevant today. Chosen Charity:  Winchester Hospice – who care for patients and […]

The Amazing Life of Salmon and Trout

Thursday 24th November 2022 Alastair Alexander will talk about Wild Salmon which are becoming a seriously endangered species, and trout have equally fascinating life circles, but both have threats to their existence.  Wild Salmon and Trout are natural indicators of a happy and healthy water. Chosen Charity Salmon and Trout Conservation – who inform and […]