Genealogy – Who are you?

Thursday 18th June 2020

Duncan Salkeld will ask, do you know who your great-grandparents were and what they did?This talk will explain how to research your family history, supported with illustrations and examples, to encourage you to pursue you family roots.

Chosen Charity: West Sussex Archives Society – Education, training arts, culture, heritage and science.

This talk will be at the Studio, New Park Centre on Park Road, Chichester PO19 7XY

Evolution of Brass Instruments

Thursday 4th June 2020

Rom Stanko, director and conductor of Chichester City Band, will give a history of brass instruments, and their technical and musical development, with musical demonstrations, noting how technical limitations influenced musical writing for the instruments.

Chosen Charity:  Changing Faces,  the UK’s leading charity for everyone with a scar, mark that makes them look different.  They provide advice, support and psychosocial service to all ages.

Lord Woolton – most famous man you’d never heard of

Thursday 28th May 2020

Born in the slums of Salford and rose to become Chairman of Lewis Department store, was minister for food and reconstruction in WW2, lived in Walberton and Patrick Dealtry will tell his story and rise to fame.

Chosen Charity:  Help for Heroes – provide facilities for service personnel,  wounded or injured in duty.

Chichester Canal

Thursday 30th April 2020

Andrew Gibson 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 and to maintain navigation.

Inside Enigma

Thursday 23rd April 2020

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 Good Germans

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Catrine Clay, who wrote The Keeper which was made into a film about the goal keeper Trautmann, will talk about her newly published book, The Good Germans, who resisted the Nazis take over of their country, despite the dangers to themselves.

Chosen Charity: tbd

The WOW Factor

Thursday 26th March 2020

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 ancient flint and Caen stone.

Admiral Sir George Murray

Thursday 5th March 2020

Richard Plowman will tell us about Admiral Murray, who was born in Chichester, fought in naval battles from American Independence,  Napoleonic Wars, was a close friend of Nelson, and lived in the Ship Hotel in North Street.

Chosen Charity:  The Murray Club

Charms of Rural Churches

Thursday 27th February 2020

Sally Rieder will talk about the quirky churches she has visited in England, from the exotic to the simple, painted to the plain, these stories  will come alive with her extensive slides.

Chosen Charity:  Riding for the Disabled – Arundel Branch – helping disabled people to enjoy the thrill and freedom of riding.