Sussex Local Magazine Chichester & Midhurst DECEMBER 2023

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& Chichester Local CHICHESTER | MIDHURST | PETWORTH | NORTHCHAPEL | DUNCTON Local news & features through the door every month to 13,288 homes via Royal Mail

YOUNG PEOPLE’S SHOP Emotional support for 11-25 year olds

INSECTS Migration & gardening

PAST TIMES Chichester Cross

AT HOME Keep the warmth in Tips for 1st time buyers

EVENTS Festive listings

Win! Pair of tickets to The Circle at Chichester Festival Theatre on 30th Jan p42


attractions, charity walks, property health & wellbeing prize crossword young readers’ puzzles business directory


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Seasons Greetings!

HELLO! Christmas happens at the same time every year but we still seem to rush around at the last minute to get ready - at least we do in our house! Winter solstice on the 22nd of December is the shortest day and has been a traditional time for gathering together, feasting and some cultures light fires to celebrate the coming of lighter days. Our charity profile this month is on the Young People’s Shop. Based in Chichester but offering confidential emotional support to young people across West Sussex. With increasing numbers of children refusing to go to school and more young people suffering from anxiety and depression this is a valuable service in need of volunteers, trustees and of course donations.

Quote of the month...

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a "B conspiracy of love." - Hamilton Wright Mabie

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What's On



In Your Garden - Migratory Insects & tasks

Seasonal Recipe - Home-made Eggnog



Property - Keep the Warmth In

Win tickets to see The Circle at Chichester


Local Guided Walks


8 Tips for First Time Buyers



Local History - The Chichester Cross

Health & Wellbeing - Let Good Enough be Enough



Charity & Community News

RSPB Pagham Harbour Wading into Winter


Charity profile - Young People's Shop


Local Schools Children's Puzzle Page

Prize Crossword - Win a £25 voucher at The Seal

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Local Council Updates


Local Business Directory


Index of Advertisers

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Motoring - Drivers who ignore the 2 second rule


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Established in 2007, we publish and hand-deliver eight editions free of charge to over 54,000 homes and businesses every month. We welcome reader letters and community notices which we publish free of charge.

We also have our regular gardening, property and health articles plus the charity & community news pages, puzzles, competitions and plenty of festive events in the What’s On section. We hope you continue to find us a useful and interesting read and, if you support any of the local businesses advertising with us, please do mention Sussex Local when you contact them. Season’s Greetings!

Kris & Jeff

Disclaimer - Whilst advertisements are printed in good faith, Sussex Local (Kay Publishing Ltd) is an independent company and does not endorse products or services that appear in this magazine. Sussex Local cannot be held responsible for errors or omissions or claims made by contributors. Views and opinions of contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher.

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What’s On - December/January 23/24 Event organisers please enter your event details on We regret that we cannot accept submissions by email. We take the details from our website for the magazine listings which can appear in up to all eight editions distributed to over 54,000 addresses. Charity, community and non-profit events are free of charge (subject to space). Commercial events can be listed from just £25 plus VAT which includes promotion through Instagram, Facebook & X. Deadline for January events to be put on website - 4th December

CHARITY Sun 10 Dec 6:00 PM St Wilfrid's Hospice Light Up A Life Celebrate and remember loved ones at the Chichester Cathedral Chichester PO19 1PX 01243 755184 17 Dec & 28 Jan 10:00 AM Andy's Angels in Worthing Grief Play Cafe for children and their families on their Grief Journey. Hope Hive Worthing BN13 1AA Kayla Shepherd 07465 242321

CHILDREN'S EVENTS Sun 03 Dec 2:30 PM Book launch! Sunwood Magic at Christmas is the third book in the series. Get your copy! Grange Centre (Everyone Active) Midhurst GU29 9BG 07802 704021 Tue 05 Dec 5:00 PM Squash Stars Junior programme. Littlehampton Badminton and Squash Club BN17 5ES Nick Cochrane 07853 145204 16 - 27 Dec 10:00 AM Santa's Father Christmas is coming to CFT for a brand-new family experience! Chichester Festival Theatre PO19 6AP Ad: Free Ch: £12 Chichester Festival Theatre 01243 781312

CLUBS & GROUPS Sat 02 Dec 10:30 AM Parkinson's Support Group Washington Village Memorial Hall Washington RH20 4AP Gillian Chard 01903 746871 Thu 07 Dec 7:30 PM West Chiltington Floral Club Extravaganza "Strictly Christmas" floral show Village Hall West Chiltington RH20 2PZ Brenda 01798 813712 / 01798 839188

Sat 09 Dec 10:00 AM Chichester Carer Group Meet with other unpaid carers, access information & support from local Wellbeing Workers. Swanfield Park Community Centre Chichester PO19 6TH Luke Hutchinson Wed 13 Dec 7:30 PM Sullington Windmills WI "Harp and Holly" with Margaret Watson Sullington Parish Hall Storrington RH20 3PP Thu 14 Dec 10:30 AM Upper Beeding Carer Group Meet with other unpaid carers, access information & support from local Wellbeing Workers. Beeding & Bramber Village Hall Upper Beeding BN44 3WN Luke Hutchinson 0300 028 8888 Thu 14 Dec 7:30 PM Chichester & District Bonsai Society A friendly local bonsai club. New members welcome. The Basil Shipman Centre Chichester PO19 7LG £12 per year. £1 per night. Guest £2 (first visit no charge) £20 per couple Liz Panton 01798 865551 Thu 14 Dec 12:00 PM South Downs Probus Club Meeting for retired gentlemen with lunch & speaker. New members welcome. West Sussex Golf Club Storrington RH20 2EN Donald Johnston 07900 490958 Fri 29 Dec 10:30 AM Horsham Carer Group Meet with other unpaid carers, access information & support from local Wellbeing Workers. Horsham Library Horsham RH12 1PJ Free Luke Hutchinson 0300 028 8888

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26 What's On Every Tues 7:30 PM Clapham and Patching Short Mat Bowls Club A friendly club welcomes new members of all abilities to come. Clapham and Patching Village Hall Worthing BN13 3UT Marjorie 01903 871132 short-mat-bowling-club Every Wed & Thurs Thakeham Table Tennis Club Wednesday evenings 7.45pm, Thursday mornings 10.30am Thakeham Village Hall Storrington RH20 3GW Andy Every Fri & Sun West Chiltington Badminton Club Friday 9.30am, Sunday 11am Village Hall West Chiltington RH20 2PZ Vivian Jones 01798 813550

COMMUNITY Fri 01 Dec 10:00 AM Blue Idol Open Day Visit this historic Quaker building and discover local history Blue Idol Quaker Meeting House Coolham RH13 8QP Free Blue Idol Quakers Fri 01 Dec 6:00 PM Tree Lighting and Carol Service Celebrate the festive period in Arundel. Town Square Arundel BN18 9AG Tracy Clayton Sat 02 Dec 11:15 AM Billingshurst Carer Group Meet with other unpaid carers, access information & support from local Wellbeing Workers. The Six Bells Billingshurst RH14 9QS Free Luke Hutchinson 0300 028 8888 Sat 02 Dec 10:00 AM Donnington Community Hub and Coffee Shop Catch up with friends and meet new ones over tea, coffee and cake. Donnington Parish Hall Nr Chichester PO19 8QT Free admission, small charge for refreshments only St George's Church Donnington

02 - 03 Dec 10:00 AM Findon Village Church Christmas Tree Festival The Church will be decorated with 25 Christmas Trees Findon Village Church BN14 0RF Donation Graham Langford Sun 03 Dec 10:00 AM Seasonal Service Cafe Church and Christingle Service Donnington Parish Hall Donnington Nr Chichester PO19 8QT Free St George's Church Donnington Thu 07 Dec 4:30 PM Christmas Extravaganza Annual community Christmas event at King's Parade Findon Valley BN14 0EL Free Entry. Findon Valley Residents' Association 08 - 10 Dec 10:00 AM Christmas Tree Festival Community event held in the historic Warminghurst Church Ashington RH20 3AW Free 01903 891312 Wed 13 Dec 6:30 PM Let Christmas Begin! Carols, Mince Pies and Mulled Wine. The Mary How Trust are back with their Community Christmas Carol Evening St.Mary's Church Pulborough RH20 1AF Jamie Clark 01798 877649 Sun 17 Dec 10:00 AM Christmas Services at St George's Donnington St George's Church Donnington nr Chichester PO20 7PW Ad:£0 St George's Church Donnington Every Weds 9:00 AM Pulborough Pop-In Parents/carers and pre-schoolers welcome. Tea, coffee, cake and a chat. Pulborough Library Pulborough RH202BP Ad:£1 Isla Moran 075 226 89948


Fri 01 Dec 7:00 PM Wine Tasting Evening with South Downs Wine Cellars at Findon Place Wine Tasting with Grazing Board at Findon Place Findon BN14 0RF Caroline Hill 01903 877085 Sun 10 Dec 10:00 AM Animal Illustration Drawing Workshop with award-winning local illustrator and author, Owen Davey. Colonnade House Worthing BN11 3DH £2 Colonnade House 01903 2211159 More events on - please contact event organisers to check for changes


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28 What's On Mon 11 Dec 7:30 PM Discover the Art of Ribbon Weaving Claire Fecher will be demonstrating weaving and flower-making with ribbons. Pulborough Village Hall Pulborough RH20 5HY £3 Pulborough Meadows WI 07790 443492 Sat 16 Dec 10:00 AM Family Willow Weaving Workshop with Hedges & Hurdles at Nymans Family weaving Nymans Gardens Haywards Heath Rh17 6Eb Ad: £45, Ch: £35(teens) Hedges and Hurdles 0344 249 1895 Wed 13 Dec 10:00 AM Space to Make Winter Tech Workshop the Space to Make Winter Tech Workshop returns to Colonnade House. Colonnade House Worthing BN11 3DH 01903 2211159

EXHIBITIONS 01 - 02 Dec 10:00 AM Rebuilding Arundel Castle 1870-1900 Arundel Museum BN18 9AP free with Museum entry Arundel 01903 885866

01 - 03 Dec 10:00 AM John Evans & Janet Branscombe: For, Form, Feelings Drawings, paintings and ceramics Colonnade House Worthing BN11 3DH Colonnade House event/fire-form-feelings Sat 02 Dec 10:30 AM Christmas Fair and Art Exhibition Steyning Arts annual event at the Steyning Centre The Steyning Centre Steyning BN44 3XZ Steyning Arts 19 Dec - 07 Jan 10:00 AM Walter Wall 'Multi Ply' Walter Wall is back at Colonnade House with his latest collection. Colonnade House Worthing BN11 3DH Colonnade House 01903 221293

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Mantis Art Studio A N D

FREE first-class speakers for your talk The Rotary Club of Chichester has been going strong for 102 years. We have noticed that many clubs and organisations struggle to find good speakers who often command high fees.


Christmas in the gallery New Exhibition

10th Nov - 31st Dec Private view: 10th Nov, 6-8pm

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6 week drawing and painting course for beginners

Rotary are offering to provide first class speakers with their own equipment at no charge who can also stand in at short notice.

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The talks will have universal appeal to all clubs, societies and organisations.

Intro to Watercolours with Veronica Bailey Festive Craft workshops

For more details contact Richard Plowman, Vice President, the Rotary Club of Chichester Tel. 07740 621812 or email:

Winter Botanical drawing

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01 - 24 Dec 4:15 PM Glow Wild Sussex's Ultimate Winter Lantern Trail is back for its 10th anniversary! Wakehurst Haywards Heath RH17 6TN Ad: From £14.00 (Early-bird adult Kew/ Wakehurst Member) Ch: From £11.00 (Earlybird child). Under 4's go free. Wakehurst 01444 894066 wakehurst

01 Dec - 01 Jan 11:00 AM All I want for Christmas Arts and Crafts home at Christmas Standen House East Grinstead RH19 4NE Usual garden admission applies Standen House 01342 323029 01 Dec - 02 Jan 10:00 AM Christmas with 01 Dec - 03 Jan 10:30 AM A Nutcracker Mouse and Mole Family Trail A winter wander Christmas at Nymans Inspired around the garden Sheffield Park and Garden by the classic Christmas tale Uckfield TN22 3QX Free for National Trust Nymans Gardens Haywards members, 01825 790231 Heath RH17 6EB Usual garden admission applies 01444 and-garden/events Sat 02 Dec 12:00 PM Family Festive sussex/nymans Afternoon in 01 - 23 Dec 10:00 AM Christmas Wishes Family Storrington Village Trail at Standen House A festive trail for all the Storrington RH20 family to enjoy. Standen House East Grinstead Tracey Eusden RH19 4NE Usual garden admission applies 01903 746547 Standen House 01342 323029 More events on - please contact event organisers to check for changes

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Every address every month Sun 14 Jan 10:30 AM Wassailing Day Join Weald & Downland for its annual Wassailing Day and help bless the Museum's orchard! Weald & Downland Living Museum Singleton PO18 0EU

FAYRES & FETES 02 - 03 Dec 10:00 AM Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show Meet the best contemporary craft makers in Sussex. Midhurst Rother College Midhurst GU29 9DT The Sussex Guild 01273 479565 Sun 03 Dec 10:30 AM So This is Christmas Craft Fair in aid of St Barnabas House. 65+ craft stalls. Charmandean Worthing BN14 9HS Sat 09 Dec 10:00 AM Cinnamon Trust Christmas Fair and coffee morning in aid of Cinnamon Trust. Findon Village Hall BN14 OTH Ad: £3 Ch: Free Age:12 Maggie Martin 07544 572702

Sat 09 Dec 12:00 PM Winter Fair Gift stalls, Santa’s Grotto, tombola and much more at The Towers, Upper Beeding. Friends of Steyning Grammar School

FILM Wed 06 Dec 7:30 PM CineVic screening Elf introduced by local author Simon Brett The Victoria Insitute Arundel BN18 9DG £9 Mike Carey Thu 14 Dec 7:00 PM Foreign Film Evening West Worthing Baptist Church hall Worthing BN14 7LU Tickets £5 Christopher Doidge Tue 12 Dec 7:00 PM Rotary Film Night “Oppenheimer” Tickets £5 from Card Shop. Bar + Raffle Sullington Village Hall Storrington RH20 3PP Ad:£5 Ken Collins 01903 740745

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MUSIC Sun 03 Dec 3:00 PM A Disney & Broadway Christmas Concert Songs performed by Cantatrice, Stagecoach & Vocal Fusion. Drill Hall Horsham RH12 1JF Ad: £8 Ch: £1 Age: Under 18yr Ms Zoe A Peate 01903 812662 Tue 05 Dec 7:30 PM Christmas Concerts The Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth & Chichester Cathedral Choir with festive music Chichester Festival Theatre Chichester, UK PO19 6AP From £10 Chichester Festival Theatre Wed 06 Dec 7:00 PM Choir & Band Come Together for Christmas Battle Community Singers & Bodiam Concert Band present a cornucopia of Christmas music and carols. Uplands Academy Wadhurst TN5 6AZ Ad:£10 Bodiam Concert Band

Thu 07 Dec 7:30 PM Chichester Chamber Concert Sitkovetsky Trio at the Assembly Room, North Street, Chichester. Assembly Room Chichester PO19 1LQ Ad:£20,Ch: Free, Age: Under 25 Chichester Chamber Concerts 01243 773435 09 - 23 Dec 3:00 PM Twilights at Standen House Listen to local choirs gathered around the fabulous Courtyard Christmas Tree. Standen House East Grinstead RH19 4NE House 01342 323029 09 & 10 Dec 6:00 PM Carol Concert by Sussex Chorus Mulled wine, mince pies and carols by the Christmas tree. Sheffield Park and Garden Uckfield TN22 3QX Free for National Trust members. 01825 790231

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Sat 09 Dec 6:00 PM Christmas Concert Christus Sun 10 Dec 2:30 PM Natus Est and Traditional Carols St Mary's Christmas Carol Church Petworth GU28 0DB Ad: £16-£20,Ch: Service with The Half price Age: Under 18 Rachel Townsend Salvation Army Worthing Corps An afternoon of festive music. The Assembly Hall Worthing BN11 1HE Sat 09 Dec 7:30 PM Arun Choral Society Ad: £6 Ch: £5 01903 234497 Christmas Concert Festive choral music & traditional carols in Arundel Cathedral BN18 9AY Ad: £12 Ch: £6 Conc: Under 18 Sun 10 Dec 4:00 PM Deck the Halls! Christmas Carol Concert Our Lady of England Church Storrington RH20 4LW Ad: £12 Ch: Free Age: 12 John Fisher 01903 741256 Sat 09 Dec 7:00 PM Bognor Regis Concert Band's Christmas Concert Festive music, a Grand Raffle and Mon 11 Dec 6:30 PM 4Sight Vision Support light refreshments. St Mary's Christmas Concert with Seaford College Chapel Centre Felpham PO22 7NU Choir St Mary de Haura Church Shoreham BN43 £5 Margaret Holland 07704 186444 5DQ Ad:£5,Ch:£5 Fundraising Team Sat 09 Dec 7:00 PM The Milestone Big Band Tue 12 Dec 7:30 PM Messiah by G.F. Handel at Christmas Party Music and dancing at The Drill Chichester Cathedral presented by Wild Arts Hall Horsham RH12 1JF Sarah Boult Chichester PO19 1PX Ad: £ 35, £45, £65,Conc: 07557 079955 £15 for Under 25s Wild Arts More events on - please contact event organisers to check for changes

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Thu 14 Dec 7:30 PM Jazz @ The Vic Cabaret Sat 16 Dec 4:00 PM Sing Noel! Enjoy mulled Et Sa Valise with Janey Gardener and special wine and mince pies while the Chantry Quire guest Lana-May Hodge The Victoria Institute celebrates Christmas! St Nicholas Arundel BN18 Arundel BN18 9DG Ad: £12, Age:18 Mike Carey 9AT Sarah Russell Fri 15 Dec 7:30 PM A Christmas Celebration Sat 16 Dec 7:30 PM The Petworth Town Band Concert The Southdowns Concert Band with St. Christmas Concert A seasonal celebration of Paul's Church Choir. St. Paul's Church Chichester favourite carols and Christmas songs. The Parish PO19 6FT Ad: £10 Ch: Free Age: Under 12 Church of St. Mary the Virgin Petworth GU28 www.southdowns0AD Sat 16 Dec 3:00 PM A Disney & Broadway QUIZ Christmas Concert performed by Cantatrice, Kaleidoscope Singers and Vocal Fusion. Sat 02 Dec 8:00 PM The CancerWise 2023 Steyning Centre BN44 3XZ Ad:£ 8,Ch: £1 Age: Fundraising Challenge Quiz Supporting people Under 18 Ms Zoe A Peate 01903 812662 affected by cancer, their families and carers across West Sussex Cliff - Sat 16 Dec 2:30 PM Christmas Celebration Concert SALES & MARKETS The Rowland Singers Choir at Sat 02 Dec 11:00 AM Christmas Fair in aid of the Assembly Hall Worthing Tyler's Trust Barnham Community Hall Bognor BN11 1HQ Ad: £10 Ch: £4 Regis PO22 0AY Ch: £5 for Santa's Grotto Linda Mrs Janet Summers 07807 578832 Cranfield 07932 057589 More events on - please contact event organisers to check for changes

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214 What's On Sun 03 Dec 11:00 AM Edes Christmas Open SOCIAL & ENTERTAINMENT House & Mini Market Come and see inside the Fri 01 Dec 9:30 AM Wreath Workshop The Old house this Christmas. Edes House Chichester Workshop Café Sullington RH20 4AE £55 Sam PO19 1QW Free Joanne McCarthy 01243 Gazey 07968 777265 940988 Sat 02 Dec 7:00 PM Christmas Around the 05 - 23 Dec 11:30 AM The Sussex Guild at Standen House Meet the designers of beautifully World A journey across the globe of Christmas music Ascension Church Haywards Heath RH16 handmade crafts at Standen House East 4JS £15 Catherine Kent 07740 946276 Grinstead RH19 4NE 01342 323029 Sat 02 Dec 6:30 PM Supper Clubs house-and-garden at Nutbourne Cosy up Sat 16 Dec 9:00 AM Arundel Farmers Market in the candlelit winery Local growers, bakers, meats, flowers, food and for a five course feast drink. High Street Arundel BN18 9AA paired with our still and sparkling wines. Every Friday 9:45 AM Nutbourne Vineyards Pulborough RH20 2HH Storrington Community £120 Olivia Market locally01798 815196 produced cakes, Sun 03 Dec 10:30 AM Tree Dressing Annual preserves, eggs, fruit, Tree Dressing event. Weald & Downland Living veg, crafts. Village Hall Museum Singleton PO18 0EU 01243 811363 Storrington RH20 07909 681884 More events on - please contact event organisers to check for changes

Mon 04 Dec 8:00 PM Felpham Singles Social Club For single, widowed or divorced of mature age who wish to meet others similar. The George Inn Bognor Regis PO22 7PL 01243 821530 Tue 05 Dec 2:00 PM Festive Afternoon Tea in the Ballroom at Findon Place Findon BN14 0RF £25 Caroline Hill 01903 877085

TALKS Fri 01 Dec 2:30 PM Shackleton - Man & Myths All about the famous explorer and his polar adventures. Storrington Museum RH20 4LL £8 (Members £6 ) 01903 740188 Tue 05 Dec 2:00 PM Christmas: Backstage at Covent Garden Sarah Lenton for The Arts Society Fittleworth Village Hall RH20 1JB Free for members. Guests £7 Jackie Buckler 01903 411086

Wed 06 Dec 10:45 AM Who is Santa Claus? By Christopher Bradley Fittleworth Village Hall RH20 1JB The Arts Society South Downs 01798 813314 Sun 10 Dec 10:30 AM If Walls Could Talk Tour Join us in the wonderful foyer where the story of Edes House begins Edes House Chichester PO19 1RQ £12.95 Edes House 01243 777265 search Edes House Wed 13 Dec 7:00 PM 'Creating Movement Whilst Frozen Still' by Ben Pope Lavant Memorial Hall Chichester PO18 0HA Ad: £3 Ch: Free Members Free Susan Jackson 01243 527725 Wed 13 Dec 7:15 PM Railways of Colonel Stephens Illustrated presentation with Chris Jackson Bassil Shippam Centre Chichester PO19 7LG £4 donation Roger Sandford 07403 885061

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216 What's On Thu 14 Dec 1:45 PM West Chiltington WI - What the Victorians Did for Us at Christmas with speaker Katherine Collett West Chiltington Village Hall RH20 2PZ Angela Reynolds, President 01903 746648 Wed 10 Jan 2:30 PM 'Clematis through the Season' An illustrated talk by Everett Leeds Lavant Memorial Hall Chichester PO18 0HA Ad: £3 Ch: Free Conc: Members free Susan Jackson 01243 527725 Tue 30 Jan 7:00 PM Ford Madox Ford in West Sussex The modernist writer and Sussex smallholder who reached for new ways of writing. West Sussex Record Office Chichester PO19 1DD Ad: £8 Ch:£8 Conc:£5.00 (to attend online via Eventbrite) Matthew Jones 01243 753602

THEATRE 01 - 02 Dec 2:30 PM Life of Pi at Chichester Festival Theatre Chichester PO19 6AP From £10 Chichester Festival Theatre 01243 781312 01 - 02 Dec 7:30 PM Relative Values The Midhurst Players are putting on the delightful Noel Coward play in Midhurst. South Downs Centre Memorial Hall Midhurst GU29 9DH Ad: £12 Conc: Full-time students £6 Midhurst Players 01730 816478 01 - 22 Dec 9:15 AM Christmas Experience: The Tale of Betwixtmass at Standen Join Spun Glass Theatre and enter a place of festive makebelieve. Standen House East Grinstead RH19 4NE Ad £12.5 Ch: £15.00 includes present. 01342 323029 06 - 09 Dec 7:30 PM A Tale of Two Cities The Barn Theatre Southwick BN42 4NS Ad:£12 Southwick Players

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Mon 11 Dec 7:30 PM Arts Junction Sun 17 Dec 7:00 PM A A smorgasbord of poetry, music, theatre, dance Christmas Carol This Is My and visual art all in one place The Victoria Theatre return with their Institute Arundel BN18 9DG Ad:£12,Ch:£12 acclaimed adaptation of Mike Carey everyone's favourite Christmas story! St Botolph's Church, Steyning BN44 3WR 14 - 18 Dec 2:30 PM Puss In Boots Pantomime Ad: £15 Ch: £10 Age: Under Durrington Theatrical Society bring fun for the 16 This Is My Theatre 07732 whole family Northbrook College Theatre 253311 Durrington BN12 6NU Ad: £16 Ch: £12 Age: 12 and under 20 - 23 Dec 3:00 PM A Christmas Carol TIMT Theatre Company return with their acclaimed 14 Dec - 7 Jan 10:30 AM adaptation of everyone's favourite Christmas The Three Billy Goats Gruff story! The Hawth Theatre Crawley RH10 6YZ Ad: A magical, fairy-tale £12 Ch: £10 Age: Under 16 01293 553636 musical for young families. Chichester Festival Theatre Chichester, UK PO19 6AP Chichester Festival Theatre 16 - 31 Dec 7:00 PM The Jungle Book Chichester Festival Youth Theatre's exciting, brand-new adaptation of The Jungle Book Chichester Festival Theatre Chichester, UK PO19 6AP Chichester Festival Theatre More events on - please contact event organisers to check for changes

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In Your Garden

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Painted Lady migration patterns and other migratory insects Something to look forward to and appreciate next Spring. Every year, Southern England becomes the stage for a remarkable sight when 3.5 trillion flying insects, equalling the weight of 20,000 reindeer, migrate across the country. Among these insects are the Painted Lady butterflies, the subject of recent discovery among scientists and butterfly enthusiasts. The Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) has a 50-56mm wingspan and often populates dry open areas. You will see them on your Buddleia or Lavender. Every spring they journey from their overwintering grounds in North Africa and the Mediterranean region to the UK. These butterflies have average altitudes of 500m, can reach 30mph in favourable conditions, and do a 9000-mile round trip from Africa to the Arctic Circle!

For many years it was a mystery where Painted Lady butterflies went in the autumn, whether they died in the UK or made a return journey, as they fly at such a high altitude and could not be seen by butterfly observers. It was recently discovered that the Painted Lady butterflies do make a return journey in autumn, returning to favourable temperatures further South. These butterflies are unique due to their migration being the longest ever recorded flight in butterflies. These migrations take generations, as they lay their eggs in the UK, and the offspring continue the migration South to southern Europe and North Africa, although not all participate, and some may not survive the harsh UK winters. How do they know when to start the migration? The caterpillars of Painted Ladies grow while the days are lengthening, to then fly northwards, and when the days shorten the butterflies know to travel south to warmer climates.

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Although the migration of Painted Lady butterflies are one of a kind, other migratory insects are worth keeping an eye out for. Sometimes we experience mass migrations of insects in summer and autumn. Between 10 and 25 billion medium and large insects move back and forth out of regions in Britain. This could include hoverflies for example, where 4 billion come to and from Britain each year, and they are essential for pollination and natural pest control. They obviously have- Hoverfly, essential for pollination and natural pest control. n’t heard about Brexit. Mass migrations truly can be a shocking sight, is extremely common in spring and throughout for example in World War 2, military observers summer too, usually spotted near flowers such reported a ‘golden ball’ drifting over the channel as Buddleia. and thought it was poison gas, only for it to be They make their journeys from North Africa and migrating Clouded Yellow butterflies. continental Europe, arriving in the UK in Spring. We also host other insects on their migratory They lay their eggs in the UK meaning new butjourneys, such as the Red Admiral. This butterfly terflies are around from July onwards.

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Keep the Warmth in... ...And the High Costs Out! By Nick Roberts RMR Group As the days shorten and the anticipation of festive cheer grows, consider this: the greatest gift for you and your home this year might be the gift of insulation. As November's chill wraps the UK, one can’t help thinking about this year’s challenge of keeping the warmth in and the high costs out. It's not just the winds that are changing, but the cost of energy consumption too. Regardless of how late in the year you’ve left it before turning on the heating, the coming months are always the most tiring on our homes. The cold always finds a way to expose every nook and cranny and has a horrible habit of making itself known! The unfortunate reality is that many of our homes have simply been left behind for decades whilst insulation continues to advance and improve. The good news is that modern insulation

can still be installed – a welcomed anti-inflation measure to offset those nasty bills. Solutions range from cheap to expensive, but they all make a difference to your annual bill. The single, most impactful thing you can do to reduce heat loss is to insulate your loft. Draftproofing is another cost effective solution. From there, value per option really depends on specific homes and where the most significant inefficiencies lie. Options include: wall insulation, smart meters, floor insulation, a new heating systems and replacing windows and doors. We often find customers addressing insulation issues during larger renovations and extensions but there are important factors to consider here. Some solutions are more cost effective to carry out during certain works and others are unaffected, meaning that the sooner you apply them the sooner you start saving. So, it might be worth reaching out to your local experts this year to see how you can save.

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8 tips for first time house buyers Practical advice to smooth your house hunting journey 1. Know Your Budget: Get a clear picture of how much you can comfortably afford. Consider mortgage payments, estate agent fees, surveys, solicitor fees and an emergency fund. 2. Get Pre-Approved: Avoid being unable to get a mortgage by getting preapproved. Show sellers you’re serious and you’re more likely to get accepted. Mortgage brokers will shop around and negotiate the best deals. 3. Location: Where do you want to live? Close to work? Near family/friends? Research areas you're interested in, check out local facilities, transport links, future developments and the overall vibe. 4. Wish List vs. Must-Haves: Make a list of deal breakers you must have. It could be a garden, an open-plan kitchen or a dedicated space. A clear list will keep you focused on your house hunt - be prepared to compromise on the ‘nice-to-haves’.

5. Viewing: Take your time, explore and ask questions. Suss out and nose around the properties. Don't forget to take photos and make notes. 6. Negotiate Wisely: This is a big investment. Put in your offer and prepare for toing and froing. Keep cool, calm and collected. If the deal doesn't fit your budget or expectations, walk away. 7. Don't Skip the Survey: A home might look perfect but appearances can be deceptive. A Homebuyer Survey by a professional RICS Chartered Surveyor could reveal hidden issues. 8. Trust Your Instincts: When you walk into a home and it feels right, you’ll know straightaway. With house prices falling and no stamp duty to pay below £425k (£625k in London), this could be the ideal time to step onto the property ladder. Caroline Buist:

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History of Chichester Cross By David Johnston, Sussex author, photographer & artist

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“The form of the cross is an octagon, with abutments at each angle, surmounted with pinnacles. An entrance was formerly obtained through each side by means of its pointed arches, adorned with finials and crockets; but the spaces are now palisaded; over four of these arches are tablets, commemorating its reparation in the reign of Charles II.: and three of the latter are again surmounted by as many dials, informing the passenger of the flight of time. In the centre is a large circular column, the basement of which forms a seat: into this column is inserted a number of groinings, which, spreading from the centre, form the roof, beautifully moulded. The central column appears to continue through the roof, and is supported without by eight flying buttresses, which rest on the several corners of the building. According to the inscription upon it, this cross was built by Edward Story, who was translated to this see from that of Carlisle in 1475, and who we are told, left an estate at Amberley, worth full £25 per annum, to keep it in constant repair; but a few years afterwards the mayor and corporation sold it, in order to purchase another nearer home.

The original top of this elegant structure has been removed, to make room for an erection for the bell belonging to the clock; but the general appearance is much hurt by this innovation, and the symmetry destroyed by its very disproportionate size.” *

The alterations mentioned in the above notes, had taken place by way of building the square finial, in a classic style, to hold the clock-bell gifted in 1723, by one Lady Farington. It is probable that the stone used in the original building was from the oolite quarry of Chilmark, Wilts, and that in a restoration done in the time of Charles II a stone that is found near Ventnor was used. This had probably decayed seriously, and the Duke of Richmond's restoration in 1746, was carried out in Portland stone. On special occasions the cross was illuminated, such as for victories at sea, or events connected with the Royal Family. In the golden jubilee year of George III the Cross and Council House were illuminated. Lamps were also provided for the Cross, at the celebration of the overthrow of Bonaparte. In February 1821 the city applied to Parliament for the installation of gas for the purpose of lighting a number of principle streets in Chichester. By March 1823, the city Guardians had agreed on 120 sites for the new gas lamps; 77 of these were on columns and 43 on brackets. The streets decided on for these lamps were South Gate, the Broyle and Somerstown, area, St Pancras, West Gate, the Pallant, St John's Street, Little London, St Martin's Lane, Chapel Street and Tower Street. And so it was, that on the evening of the lighting up of the city, the special occasion attracted the whole population of Chichester and the neighbourhood to witness its effect which was equal to a general illumination in comparison with the former oil lights. One particular Chichester resident, John Marsh commented on the new lighting in October. “This evening (it having been hitherto moonlit nights since I came home), I first saw Chichester lighted with gas, the appearance of which was strikingly brilliant.”+ *Ref: Excursions in the County of Sussex. Published: 1822. +Ref: Georgian Chichester – volume II Emlyn Thomas. David R.G. Johnston. Please contact David to purchase prints or the original painting of the illustration above:-

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Charity & Community news from across the counties After a five-year break, the prestigious South Downs Designs Awards are back celebrating high standards of urban, architectural and landscape design, as well as promote creativity and understanding of the National Park through design. Nominations will open on 1 January, 2024 and finish on 30 April. The shortlist will be announced in the summer of 2024, with a glittering awards ceremony taking place in the autumn. A full-time chief executive is to be recruited by West Sussex County Council. Becky Shaw has been chief executive of both West and East Sussex County Councils since January 2020, but is now returning to the East Sussex role. Sussex Police Commissioner Katy Bourne has secured almost £1m as part of round five of the Government’s Safer Streets Fund. The money wil l go towards supporting Sussex police to create eight new Victim Co-ordinator roles; provide six licensed Safety Marshals on foot patrol in high visibility uniform; modernise some of the CCTV systems in Sussex. A group of Sussex researchers are partnering with universities and school mental health support teams to pilot a school-based programme to help young people in West Sussex who are hearing voices to access support more quickly. According to national charity the Voice Collective, 1 in 8 young people experience voice hearing, which for some can be comforting or humorous, but for others can be frightening and unsettling. A Sussex Belloc is an anthology of poetry, essays and other prose of Hilaire Belloc who lived and worked in Slindon for many years. The book is a companion to A Sussex Kipling, which came out some years ago and is still in print. The book is illustrated, runs to 168 pages and costs £8.50 post-free to Sussex Local readers - it won't be in the shops until January. You can order direct from the author David Arscott by emailing him at If you know a young family which needs support then the Arun-based charity Home-Start charity may be able to help. They have signposted

families to foodbanks, supplied clothes, furniture, and referrals to MIND as well as running weekly family groups. If you are interested in volunteering or can donate to the charity, visit or call 01903 889707. Sussex charity 4Sight Vision Support, in partnership with East Sussex Vision Support, has received funding from an NHS Sussex Health Inequalities grant to talk to people across Sussex to identify the issues faced by people living with sight loss and feedback to the NHS on the results. For more information on how to have your say, call 01243 828555 or email West Sussex County Council is asking residents for their views on its priorities and how it proposes to spend taxpayers’ money as it works to close a £44.9m budget gap for the coming year (2024/25). Full details of the consultation, which is open until 10th December, can be found at or you can find one in your local library or family hub. A landmark agreement has been signed that marks the first step towards creating large new areas of habitat for wildlife in the South Downs National Park. Thirty one hectares of land, almost 100 football pitches, at Iford Estate, near Lewes, have been signed over for nature recovery. The large swathe of downland is the first to appear on the National Park Authority’s register of land that is formally dedicated for “Biodiversity Net Gain” (BNG) provision and the hope is that other farms across Sussex may follow suit and dedicate land for BNG. During the run up to Christmas West Sussex Libraries will be holding lots of free seasonal activities for children. Libraries are getting into the festive spirit and offering visitors a fantastic choice of free Christmas events and activities to enjoy from seasonal rhyme times and story times to special craft activities. Visit your local library or see Libraries are also offering people a warm welcome this winter with welcoming spaces to use the computers and Wi-Fi, or simply sit and read.

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Charity & Community News Charity Christmas Concert 4Sight Vision Support (4SVS) is getting ready for Christmas with its annual Christmas Concert and Grand Draw, as well as offering cards and gifts for sale. Proceeds will help the charity in its work supporting blind and sight impaired residents of all ages throughout West Sussex. This year the concert with Seaford College Chapel Choir will be held on Monday 11th December in the early evening, to allow more people to attend after work. Christmas with St Wilfrid’s. St Wilfrid’s Hospice has plenty of ways to help both your Christmas and their fundraising this year. TreeCycle offers Christmas tree removal for £15 donation. Volunteers collect trees from front lawns to recycle into mulch, supporting local farms. You can gift (and spend) the Charity Shop Gift Card at St Wilfrid's 12 shops. More value than big brands, this supports the hospice's care work. You can leave online dedications on the

memory wall to remember loved ones. Affordable pre-loved treasures for Christmas gifts are available across St Wilfrid's shops and online, like clothes, homeware, toys, and books. Lastly, St Wilfrid's charity Christmas cards with festive designs are available in shops and online. More detail on all these and more at the charity’s website Petworth Cottage Nursing Home Quiz Petworth Cottage Nursing Home is publishing a Christmas quiz to raise funds for refurbishing its volunteer kitchen, pantry and staff room. The home relies on community support as a registered charity. In the past two years, over £50,000 was raised towards the main kitchen renovation. This year's quiz proceeds will go towards the volunteer facilities. It's an unconventional quiz where contestants decipher sayings from words and letters. Prizes up to £500 can be won without getting all answers right. The quiz is distributed within 10 miles of Petworth and online at

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Charity & Community News Chichester Open Studios registration This respected tradition offers a unique opportunity for local artists to open their doors and showcase their creative talents and is an opportunity for art collectors to buy unique work. The organisers are now calling for artists to register before the closing date of 10th December for the trail which is scheduled for mid-late May 2024. Volunteers win Horticulture Awards Volunteers from community organisation Transition Chichester have won three prestigious awards at the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual South and South East ‘Britain in Bloom Awards’ in recognition of their work to enhance

community gardens in Chichester’s Oaklands Park and Bishop’s Palace Gardens. The group runs various projects from Eco Swap Shops to a Repair Café, and is always looking for new members. New funding for community and business Applications are being invited for the second round of two pots of government money that have been made available to community organisations and business in Chichester District. through Chichester District Council. Last year, Chichester District Council applied for a portion of the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) to spend on a variety of projects across the district. The Council’s spending priorities are to boost the local economy; help local businesses grow and thrive; enable investment in community spaces; and, reduce barriers to employment and education; supporting new and existing rural businesses to develop new products and facilities for the wider community; community infrastructure and services. More information at

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Offering confidential support for young people by Lynn Smith Chichester based charity, Young People’s Shop (YPS) offers free and confidential support for young people aged between 11 and 25 years, who are struggling with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. The charity’s aim is to ensure that every young person in the west of West Sussex can access the help and advice they need. Cathy Burnard, CEO of YPS, tells me that there is a mental health crisis amongst young people, with the charity seeing rising rates of school refusers and young people suffering from anxiety, depression and self-harm. The factors behind this surge are not surprising, a significant influence has been the pandemic which introduced unprecedented uncertainty, fear and social isolation. At the same time, global economic instability and job losses have intensified stress and anxiety for many. Cathy goes onto explain that the widespread use of digital technology and social media has exposed people to a constant stream of alarming news and comparison-driven content that also feeds anxiety. “This is a critical time when a young person has taken the first steps to ask for help. Soaring numbers of under-18 sought NHS care for mental health problems in 2022, but according to Public Health England, only a quarter of those who need help get it.” She quotes the NSPCC, "There has been a 33 percent rise in referrals to specialist services for UK pupils needing mental health treatment."

“More and more young people who are struggling come into YPS.” “Many young people who access our services are experiencing problems with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. This may manifest itself as depression, anxiety, anger, low selfesteem, vulnerability, isolation, self-harm, or through an eating disorder. They may be in abusive relationships (neglect from parents, siblings, partners, or bullying at school). We take many referrals from Statutory Services, including GPs and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) who acknowledge that the young person's mental health is significant enough to warrant further intervention and support from our services.”

Providing a variety of services to help young people with their needs. Services provided by YPS include - emotional support sessions, provided online, in person or by telephone. These are open-ended, meaning that there is no limit to the number of sessions a user can have. YPS also offers a free counselling service with a team of qualified and student counsellors trained and supervised to offer the best support possible. Again, users can access counselling in person, online, or by telephone. Additionally, the charity operates a drop-in service providing information and advice on any issues young people may face and can also signpost users to other specialist services. Outreach services take YPS into events, schools, colleges and universities in the community and the charity also runs workshops on topics such as selfesteem, anxiety, mindfulness, employment skills, self-care, and wellbeing. However, Cathy explains that YPS is a holistic service that doesn’t just focus on mental health. “We offer activities to support physical health and others to support creativity. Yoga, noncontact boxing, skateboarding, arts and crafts, Bushcraft, and sailing are just some activities we offer throughout the year.” Accessing the services of YPS YPS prides itself on being an accessible service for young people and young people can refer themselves to the charity, be referred by statutory bodies, GPs or through school contact. Cathy tells me that YPS has been supporting young people since 1998, when West Sussex

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Council set up “Information Shops for Young People,” of which there were seven across the county, each overseen by a management committee. “The project began as part of the National Youth Agency’s initiative to provide free and confidential information, advice, support, and counselling services for young people on all matters that had importance and meaning in their lives. In December 2009, a policy change by West Sussex Youth Service dictated the closure of the Shop, in favour of merging its advice and support elements with the Connexions/Careers service. However, members of the Management Committee were passionate about preserving the project’s highly valued counselling service. They decided to maintain governance of the counselling as a separate entity, and to retain the name ‘Chichester Information Shop for Young People.’ “ With no statutory funding or premises, it was a challenge for the committee. Still the Boys’ Club in Little London supported their endeavours and identified a space in their building, which became the project’s new counselling hub. In 2012 the Shop gained charitable status and moved into a larger space in the Boys’ Club building,

enabling the project to offer drop-in information, advice and support in addition to the existing counselling service. In 2021, the charity moves to premises in South Street, Chichester and, “In October 2022, we re-branded and changed our name to the Young People's Shop.” Since 1998, YPS has been making a positive difference to the lives of the young people it supports. “The number has significantly increased over the last few years. In 2022, we had over 2,500 contacts with young people for counselling and emotional support, with an average

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Every address every month of fifteen visiting the Young People's Shop daily, with new enquiries averaging 38-40 a month. These numbers continue to grow.” “Outcomes of the young people we support …” When I ask what degree of success the charity has, and how that success is defined, Cathy provides some of the outcomes experienced by the young people YPS supports, including improved self-esteem, confidence and happiness, and learning self-management techniques to help with stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. She tells me that progress and outcomes are measured through feedback forms. Current results indicate that after visiting YPS, 72 percent said their self-esteem improved, 76 percent felt more confident, 62 percent said anxiety levels had improved, 49 percent said their relationships and socialising had improved and 66 percent said they wanted to make positive life changes following YPS support. An independent charity, working hard to raise voluntary funding YPS is funded from applications to local community and national funders such as the National Lottery Community Fund and BBC Children in Need. The charity currently has 47 staff

members, including seven paid staff, contracted staff, volunteers and trustees. The charity is, Cathy says, “Always looking for volunteers and trustees to enrich our service to young people. For people interested in volunteering, please don't hesitate to contact YPS, outlining why you would like to volunteer for us and how you can help us support young people. “The last two years have been a difficult time for the charity sector. The current economic climate poses significant challenges for organisations reliant on charitable donations. Economic downturns frequently lead to higher demand for the services provided by charities, especially those supporting vulnerable populations like young people. This increased demand can strain resources and capability.” Cathy says that the more people who know about YPS then the greater the impact they will have on the community. “We want to raise awareness and reach potential funders and the young people we champion.” Contact: Young People’s Shop 29 South Street, Chichester PO19 1EL. Tel: 01243 839093. Email:

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Homemade eggnog A traditional Christmas drink Ingredients • 6 egg yolks • 150g local honey • 500ml whole milk • 230g double cream • 1 tsp ‘Carlas Seasoning’ sweet spice blend, plus extra for topping • A pinch salt • ¼ tsp vanilla extract • 100ml Sussex spirit brandy • To serve, whipped cream Method 1. Whisk the egg yolks and honey together in a medium bowl until light and creamy. 2. In a saucepan over a medium to high heat combine the milk, cream, spice blend and salt, stir regularly until the mixture just reaches a light simmer. 3. Add a ladle of the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Repeat ladle by ladle to temper the eggs. By doing this gradually will mean the eggs should not scramble.

4. Once most of the hot mixture has been used pour the mixture back into the saucepan over a low heat. 5. Whisk constantly for just a few minutes, until the mixture has just slightly thickened. 6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and Sussex brandy. 7. Pour the eggnog through a fine mesh strainer into a jug and cover with cling film. 8. Refrigerate until chilled. It will thicken further as it cools, if you prefer a smoother consistency, you can blend the mixture before serving with a couple tablespoons of milk. 9. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a further sprinkling of the sweet spice blend. Ingredients at Village Larder - Weekly meal inspiration - @village_larder

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The Circle Comedy with Jane Asher, Clive Francis & Nicholas Le Prevost their son Arnold faces the same marital fate, as his wife Elizabeth threatens to elope with the dashing Teddie Luton. Will history come full circle? Or can one generation learn from their parents’ disastrous mistakes? Win a pair of tickets for The Circle at Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester on Tuesday 30th January at 7.30pm. Somerset Maugham’s sparky comedy of manners was first staged in 1921 and has remained a firm favourite with audiences ever since. This muchpraised production from London’s Orange Tree Theatre is directed by Tom Littler. Jane Asher (Alfie, Deep End) plays Lady Kitty, a society beauty who notoriously abandoned her stuffy husband Clive (Clive Francis, The Crown), and eloped with the handsome Lord Porteous (Nicholas Le Prevost, Shakespeare in Love). Thirty years later, love’s young dream has descended into non-stop squabbling… Meanwhile

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Sussex Walks - Dec & Jan 23/24 These are the “Heart Smart Walks” run by Chichester District Council. They must be pre-booked up to 7 days in advance, see below. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the walk. All walks finish at their starting point unless otherwise stated. These walks are led by volunteers and if the weather is poor the walk may be cancelled. Full programme of walks available on IMPORTANT: You must pre-book all walks on or call 01243 521041 Sun 10th December – 10.30am – Binsted woods – Gentle Pace - Duration: 2 hrs / 4 miles Mainly flat headland path, grass, gravel. Meet: Walberton Village Hall car park, The Street, Walberton, Arundel, BN18 0PQ. Mon 11th December – 10.30am – Chichester Canal - Duration: 30mins Distance: 1 mile A flat walk at a gentle pace, suitable for beginners. Meet: Chichester Canal, Basin Road, Chichester PO19 8DT. Tue 12th December – 11.15am – Christmas Walk and Lunch - Fishbourne 1 hour / 2 miles Short flat walk to work up an appetite. Meet: Fishbourne Woolpack Pub. SU839046 (Nearby postcode PO19 3JJ) Wed 13th December – 10.30am - West Marden Duration: 2.5 - 3 hrs Distance: 6.5 miles From Stansted to West Marden including lanes and woods and fields. Four stiles. Meet: Stansted House Car Park, P09 6DX (use first car park on right). Thur 14th December – 10.30am - Petworth via the famous Virgin Mary Spring 1.5 hours / 3 miles A flat countryside walk return via the Virgin Mary Spring - sharp ascent. Meet: Petworth Library, Rosemary Lane, High St, Petworth GU28 0AU. Friday 15th December – 10.30am - Swanbourne Lake & the South Downs - 2.5 hours / 5 miles A lovely walk with extensive views. There is a significant ascent and descent. Meet: Swanbourne lake. BN18 9PA. Tuesday 19th December – 11am – Midhurst Jubilee Walk & South Pond - 45 mins / 1.5 miles Various flat walks around Midhurst at a gentle pace passing interesting historic buildings. Meet: The Grange Leisure Centre, Bepton Road, Midhurst, GU29 9HD. Wed 20th December – 10.30am - Tangmere -Time: 2 hrs Distance: 3 miles Flat walk via Aviation Museum to Tangmere C12th Church with WWII memories & old airfield. Meet: In Oving park roadside on Church Lane, outside the church. Map reference: SU 901051 Thursday 21st December – 10.30am – Graffham - Duration: 2 hrs Distance: 4.4 miles Woodland and open countryside with fine views of the South Downs. Reasonably level. Some stiles. Meet. car park adjacent to War Memorial. 50 yds South of the 'Foresters Arms' GU28 0QA. Wed 27th December – 10.30am - Slindon- Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: Approx. 5.5 miles A longer strenuous walk to the folly and through Slindon Woods, with some steep gradients. Meet: National Trust Car Park at Park Lane, Slindon BN18 0QY Saturday 30th December – 10.30am - Walberton Fields – Gentle Pace - 1 hr 15 mins / 2.5 miles Walberton Church along headlands via nurseries. Flat, may be muddy. Meet: Walberton Village Hall car park, The Street, Walberton, Arundel, BN18 0PQ. Mon 1st January – 10.30am - Slindon Woods – Gentle Pace - Duration: 2 hrs Distance: 3.5 miles Lovely views. Generally flat, gravel path. Some muddy areas and short inclines. Last ¼ mile uphill. Meet: National Trust car park, Dukes Road, Slindon. Thursday 4th January – 10.30am – West Dean - Duration: 2 hours 15 mins Distance: 4.7 miles Ascent 180m. An invigorating climb to the top of St Roche's Hill via the Centurion Way extension. Meet: West Dean Riverside. SU858123 ( Nearby postcode PO18 0QY ) Fri 5th January – 10.30am – Lurgashall Leader: Richard Time: 2 hrs 15 mins Distance: 5 miles A continuous ascent through woods and fields - lovely views. Some stiles. Meet. North side of the village green near 'The Noah's Ark' pub. GU28 9ET

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Let good enough be good enough! By Heather Smith - Nutritionist & Personal Trainer Do you feel like you’re either ‘being good’ or ‘eating badly’ with very little in between? Please take this as your annual reminder that sometimes good enough is, well, good enough! Many people feel a sense of dread when they think about the food and drink around at Christmas. I think this is a real shame, and I’d really like to help you avoid that feeling this year. I’d like you to remember that we eat for lots of reasons which aren’t nutrition. Food is also a way to celebrate, a way to join together with our friends and family. Food can bring back memories and help create new ones. And so, the idea that veggies are good and mince pies are bad means that we are ignoring many of the reasons we eat. ‘Eating well’ to ‘eating badly’ is a spectrum, and you’re not always at one end or the other. It is quite reasonable to find a balance between the food and drink you want to enjoy, and the food and drink which is supportive to your health

goals. This is most clear-cut at Christmas, but it is true for the rest of the year as well. Sometimes, you’ll be focussing harder on your health goals, and sometimes you’ll be focussing more on the non-nutrition reasons we eat. So, choose a few things you can do over Christmas which are aligned with your overall goal, and choose a few things which allow you to enjoy the non-nutritional reasons for eating. Cut yourself some slack and let good enough be good enough! Regular classes:


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Wading into Winter By Alice McDougall, RSPB Pagham & Medmerry by the vibrancy of its colours. The strength of ducks’ colours is directly correlated to the quality of their diet and their genes, thus a bright bird is a healthy bird and a good proposition for a female ready to mate. There are two sources of colour in birds. Firstly, and most commonly, is the colour created by pigments which are chemical compounds found in the skin and feathers. The other is ‘structural colour’ such as the shimmering green head of a male mallard or the green panels on the side of a The attractive male, or drake, Eurasian teal – credit: Andy Hay teal’s head – structural colour is There is something particularly rewarding about usually iridescent (some blues are also structural being outdoors in the winter, about making the but not always iridescent). This colour has notheffort to wrap up and feel the refreshing cool air. ing to do with chemical compounds, but rather is The colours may be hushed, the sun hangs low in produced by microscopic structures of the feaththe sky and the trees are bare. But, at the RSPB’s er barbules and refracting light. Research sugPagham Harbour and Medmerry reserves, look gests that structural colour is also an indicator of carefully and you will find some wonderful flashes a bird’s capabilities. of colour among the subdued tones, for winter is Another reason the males are much brighter, or the season our ducks are at their brightest. Look rather, a reason why the females are less colourout for teal, wigeon, mallard and shoveler, among ful, is the females need the camouflage while others. So why are ducks at their most colourful they are incubating their eggs. Ducks tend to nest in mid-winter? on the ground (with the exception of the GoldenIt is during the winter months that ducks pair up, eye which nests in tree hollows) which makes ready for spring mating. Unlike swans and geese them vulnerable to predation – so those beautiful which mate for life, ducks create seasonal bonds mottled feathers we see on female ducks are knowns as ‘seasonal monogamy’. The imperative there to keep them safe. By the time the female to find a different mate each year is possibly one duck is incubating her eggs, the partnership with of the reasons they exhibit such vibrant colours. her mate is over (although some will stay to deDarwin called this ‘sexual selection’ – the brighter fend the territory while she is exposed to predaand showier the male, the more attractive he will tors). This vulnerability means that female ducks may be in shorter supply and, therefore, males be to the female. need to maintain their competitive edge if they We may assume that ducks see the same colours are to find a mate. as us – but we’d be wrong! Birds have a more advanced sense of colour than humans. The pho- This is a lovely time of year to visit our reserves; toreceptors in retinas are known as cones, and they are teaming with life and colour – try and we humans have three – blue, green and red. imagine the world through the eyes of a duck. Birds, however, have four – blue, green, red and Join our friendly guides this month to discover our ultraviolet and these also have coloured oil dropcolourful ducks and other wintering birds. Find lets which further enhance their colour detection. out more by calling 01243 641508 or visiting our Research suggests that most birds use their UV website receptors to find food and mates, and some species are able to distinguish the quality of the male

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Easebourne C of E Primary School Pallant House gallery, Sustainability Centre & grandparents Reflecting on another eventful term here at Easebourne CE Primary School, as always, our students have been busy engaging in a wide range of activities, and I am delighted to share some highlights with you. One such highlight was the recent visit by our Year 2 students to the Pallant House Gallery. Inspired by the incredible artwork they saw, our young artists have been hard at work creating their own masterpieces. Our Year 5 pupils had the wonderful opportunity to embark on a residential trip to the Sustainability Centre. This immersive experience allowed them to deepen their understanding of Year 5 - Sustainability Centre sustainability and develop a deeper appreciation for our environment. The children returned with newfound

knowledge and a renewed sense of responsibility towards our environment. Furthermore, our Year 1 children had the pleasure of welcoming their grandparents for a delightful afternoon of tea and biscuits. This special occasion allowed our children to learn about their grandparents' childhoods and forge meaningful connections across generations. It was heart-warming to witness the joy and laughter shared during this event. As the term drew to a close, we came together as a school community to celebrate our annual Harvest festival at St Mary's Church. It was a time to express gratitude and appreciation for the bountiful harvest we have received. I am thrilled that the generous donations amounted to enough to provide 255 meals for the Chichester foodbank. This demonstrates the compassion and generosity of our school community, and I am truly grateful for the support. By Simon Trahern, Headteacher.

Midhurst C E Primary School Off to a Flying Start Two MPS football teams went to MRC for the Rother Valley tournament. MPS 1st team managed to win the entire tournament through skill, teamwork and bravery! We played three teams in the group stages, winning the first two 1-0 thanks to goals from Sylvester and Mylo. Our last game against Easebourne ended 1-1 so we had to play a dramatic golden goal game. It took a WONDER GOAL from Apollo to put us through. We then defeated the previous Stedham tournament winners 1-0 courtesy of a fabulous Sylvester goal. This put us through to the final against Easebourne - a local derby! As we approached the final minutes, it looked like a penalty shootout was looming. However, Mylo coolly finished in the last minute – ensuring the shield was coming back to MPS! An amazing effort from the whole team. Edward in goal was solid and reliable. Fantastic defence from Sunny. Plus, amazing wing play from the speedy Lacey and Libby. Upfront, Mylo worked

hard and scored two calm finishes. A big shout out to Jayden and Nadia too. In the picture are our development team of Year 5s, captained by Sienna. A big well done to them too.

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Girls football match— away to Conifers U11s girls’ football away to Conifers. Played 10-aside in driving rain and wind. Won 5-0. Goals from Nadia (Player of Match), Libby (2), Lacey and Poppy. Great defence from Sienna, Lucie, Faye, Frances, Grace and Darcy. Super afternoon - success went from strength to strength. Fab job girls!

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Midhurst Rother College Trip to San Francisco - by MRC Sixth form student San Francisco was an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity that I will remember for the rest of my life. From the guided tour around Alcatraz to the computer science museum in San Jose, the Silicon Valley visits to Apple and Google and the Intel Museum there was no time without constant action. We stayed in a hostel that looked out at the Golden Gate Bridge and had a wonderful view of Alcatraz on the walk from the hostel to coastal San Francisco.

The trip was incredibly jam packed, even going to an ice hockey game straight after landing in San Francisco! (this ended up being a 31-hour day). The trip as a whole was incredibly eye opening to life in America and the different career paths that the computer science can take you down. We managed to squeeze a lot into a 5-day trip!

There were lots of fantastic opportunities for trying different foods from the famous Hard Rock café on Pier 39 to an authentic Chinese in China town. We spent an inspiring time looking around Stanford University, seeing where all the great computer scientists of San Francisco studied with a small detour to the actual garage that Hewlett Packard was started from.

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Chichester City Council Pavement Repairs, Chamber of Culture Edited extracts from minutes of City Council Meeting 27th September 2023.

Pavement Repairs Among the issues discussed were the lack of progress on city centre pavement repairs. A councillor provided a District Council update including work on the Local Plan, plans to improve the nighttime economy, and environmental initiatives with local businesses. Path Completion A member gave a County Council update including completion of the path between Story Road and Lidl and changes to the controlled parking zone. External Audit The external audit for 2022-2023 was noted as concluded. A working group was established to review committee terms of reference and the scheme of delegation. The membership of outside bodies together with annual subscriptions was approved.

Draft Business Plan Authority was delegated to the Finance Committee to approve a draft business plan for public consultation. A councillor summarised parking changes from the Joint Parking Committee. Whitehouse Farm A councillor provided a ward update including traveller incursions, mitigation works for the Whitehouse Farm development, and cycling infrastructure plans. Chamber of Culture The mayor proposed the creation of a “Chamber of Culture” as well as discussions with the Cathedral, Chichester Festival Theatre and Pallant House Gallery about establishing an arts development group. Members were informed that the Cathedral were had indicated they were keen to develop projects centred on Cathedral Green and it was suggested that this could be raised with the Business Plan Working Group.


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Petworth Town Council Planting & Horticulture, Resurfacing Edited extracts from minutes of Town Council Meeting 21st September 2023. County & District Council Updates A council member reported no SDNPA grant available for Market Square improvements. WSCC schools inspected and approved. In contact with WSCC about road issues including North St.

Finance & General Purposes Committee Town Council now paying for Farmer's Market bay suspensions. Parking dispensation approved for Trumps Alley works. Trumps Alley residents to be reimbursed for parking costs during closure. Legal firm approved to review library lease. Planting & Horticulture Geranium plants are still being stolen in the Town. Plants continue to be watered. Winter bulbs will soon be ordered. Additional help is needed on the Planting and Horticulture Working Group.

Planning Committee Updates provided on planning applications. Town Council contributing to SDNPA Parish Priority Statement. Open Spaces Committee Positive feedback on Trumps Alley resurfacing. Many positive comments relating to the look of the new surface. Footpath works completed at Rosemary Gardens. Increase in cars at Petworth Historic event to be discussed for future events. Working Group Updates Various updates were provided from Petworth Business Association, New Premises & Community Hub, Planting & Horticulture, Petworth Park Sports, Petworth Heritage Partnership, Farmer’s Market, Christmas Market, and other working groups. Please see the council website for full details.

Midhurst Town Council Update for December Annual Charity Donations

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Forms were completed and received by three of the four organisations allocated within the budget to receive funds. Following a debate regarding whether other organisations should be included within the donations list, it was proposed to add The British Legion Poppy Appeal to the list. The Midhurst Tourism’s allocation will be put on hold, pending receipt of their form. The following donations were agreed:

It was agreed that two trees that had died by the Fire Station died will be replaced. One of these will be planted in memory of a highly-valued and committed member of Midhurst Green Volunteers. The Green Volunteers were also raising funds for the tree/s.

• The Royal British Legion Poppy, £135 • Midhurst Green Volunteers, £1,500 • Midhurst Youth Trust, £3,000

• Rother Valley Together, £3,000 • Total = £7,635

Cllr Coote also requested that another Councillor should join the Grants Panel. The panel is tasked with advising the full Council on the allocations made to organisations that have submitted application forms for ad-hoc funding.

Twinning Garden Show 2025

The Council received a request from Baiersbronn to include a garden dedicated to Midhurst within their 2025 Garden Show. The Chairman also reported that a request has been received from Lassay-les-Chateaux, for Midhurst to consider a twinning arrangement. Following a short debate, it was agreed to discuss the invitations with residents currently involved with twinning, and include this item on the next Council meeting agenda. It was agreed that this discussion would take place and a report would be ready by the next meeting of the full Council on 27th November.

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