City Livery Companies

Thursday 28th November 2019

Michael Swann, 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 wo 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.

Artifical Intelligence

Thursday 5th September 2019

David  Jones will discuss the different changes in technology that are both here and coming soon.  If A1,1A, AR or blockchain mean nothing to you, this talk will give a better understanding of how it could impact on us all.

Chosen Charity: Cancer Research UK – pioneering research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Goodwood Race Circuit – An Insight

Thursday 1st August 2019

Jon Barnett, GM of Goodwood Motor Circuit will provide an insight to the business, touching on its origins, its post war heyday and how the circuit re-opened in  1998 and how it has developed in recent years.

Chosen Charity:  Canine Partners – a national charity training assistance dogs for adults living with disabilities.

LS Lowry – The Man and His Work

Thursday 25th July 2019

An Illustrated talk on the life of LS Lowry with slides of many of this works showing that it was not only Matchstick Men he painted.

Chosen Charity:  Chestnut Tree House –  provides hospice care for children in Sussex with life shortening illnesses and their families.