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

Festival of Flowers 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.

Survive to Thrive

Thursday 6th February 2020

Jonathan Huxley, will discuss how in our modern world rational thinking has taught us to simplify the complexity of the world and our emotions have become hijacked to corrupted our decision-making processes. Can we develop more holistic problem-solving methods?

Chosen Charity:  Stonepillow – who provide accommodation and food for the homeless.

SkyLab Station

Thursday 30th January 2020

Mike Whittle was the medical officer, supervising the Skylab medical experiments in several scientific areas.  The talk describes the mission and the speaker’s involvement.

Chosen Charity:  St Wilfrid’s Hospice – with their new facility in Bosham, they give their specialist care in the community.

A History of Broadmoor Hospital

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Paul Devonshire will chart the historical development of the legal provision for ‘mentally disordered offenders’ which lead in 1863 to the building of the high security psychiatric Broadmoor Hospital.  He will  describe some of the well-known inmates.

Chosen Charity:  SAGE Counselling – brings domiciliary counselling service to people with mobility problems.

Polar Bears of Svalbard

Thursday 5th December 2019

Alan Key will give a presentation of the wildlife of the Svalbard  Archipelago in Norway, a rugged remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering Polar Bears, reindeer and foxes.

Chosen Charity:  Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust –  protect local wildlife and inspire people to love nature through their beautiful nature reserves.

 

City Livery Companies

Thursday 28th November 2019

Michael Swan, 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.