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Priory Park Festival organisers unveil exciting 2017 line-up


It may not be the way to Amarillo, but the A27 will certainly lead music lovers to a programme of world-class acts when the Priory Park Festival 2017 returns to Chichester’s city-centre location on 7, 8 and 9 July.


Joining previously announced frontman of The Stranglers Hugh Cornwell, Festival organisers are delighted to confirm that the diverse array of star names will include Tony Christie, S Club, Dodgy, Georgie Fame, Deborah Bonham and The Christians.


Billed as ‘an eclectic weekend,’ the live music and arts event is held annually as part of the Festival of Chichester. The inaugural Priory Park Festival last year attracted thousands of people to the historic park, with a line-up that included Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Feeling, Seth Lakeman and Courtney Pine. Organisers are confident that they have built on the success of last year, with even more on offer to audiences, and some of last year’s acts also promising to return.


New this year, the festival will feature two stages. Housed inside a circus-style tent, The Little Big Top will feature a stage and bar. Providing the perfect intimate performance space, it will also afford protection from the traditional UK summer weather. The Main Stage will stand proud in the beautiful surroundings of Priory Park, which celebrates its centenary in 2018. Home to the magnificent Guildhall, it has recently been confirmed that well-preserved remains of Roman villas lie beneath Priory Park; a discovery that is of considerable interest to archaeologists and historians.


Each day of the three-date festival (July 7, 8 and 9) has a different theme. Friday evening will be steeped in Jazz and Blues, while Saturday will be Rock and Pop, with a sprinkling of Classical. Sunday is scheduled to be a popular family fun day, with huge chart acts and some of the biggest hit songs from the last 50 years.


Friday 7 July

Friday will feature two of the biggest founding fathers of the music scene. On the Main Stage International star Georgie Fame will perform some of his greatest hits of the 60s & 70s, including Yeah Yeah, Get Away, Sunny, The Ballad of Bonny and Clyde, Sitting in the Park, Peaceful, and Rosetta, to name but a few. Responsible for pioneering a trail forged by some of the great Blues artists, in the early 60s Fame was both a regular on TV and in the charts, and also a standard bearer for blues and jazz with his band the Blue Flames.

Playing in London’s famous Flamingo Club, Fame paved the way for bands like Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones. Over the years he has been a regular collaborator with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Diana Ross, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and Alan Price. His first album was engineered by West Sussex’s own genius of the recording studio, Glyn Johns.


The Little Big Top, meanwhile, will host Chichester’s own Club Havana and Festival organisers are delighted to announce that Blues legend and world’ s greatest harmonica star Johnny Mars will be performing in the unique surroundings, along with other acts selected from Nic Saunders’ roster at the club, including Nic’s own piano trio.


Also taking to the Main Stage on Friday will be Soul of Santana, a seven piece jazz/rock combo who play the very best of the brilliant fusion music created by Carlos Santana. Much more than simply a tribute band, Soul of Santana play great blues hits such as Black Magic Woman and create a unique blend of excitement and pulsating rhythm.


One of West Sussex’s own, also headlining on the Friday will be the Deborah Bonham Band. Rock aristocracy, Deborah is the sister of the legendary Led Zep drummer John. Returning from a major tour with Free legend Paul Rogers, Deborah will bring her own special guest vocalist, the chart topping Chris Farlowe. Farlowe hit the Number One spot when England won the World Cup with Out of Time, and of course had a hit with the first recording of Handbags and Gladrags in 1966.


Topped off with performances from local bands from Nick Davidson’s Chichester Music Academy (CMA) and young jazz performers, Friday 7 July promises to deliver Blues and Jazz of the highest calibre.


Saturday 8 July

Combining amazing Rock and the sounds of Soul, CMA graduate Dan Coates will open proceedings with his band Station 47. Followed by Heath, one of the big hit bands from last year’s Festival, the three-strong mid-Sussex-based boys create intricate and mesmeric melodies to keep any party going strong. Meanwhile in The Little Big Top soul band Seeker and blues sensation Ruby Tyger will be strutting their stuff, along with some of the best young Chichester bands from CMA’s charity Ovation. Classical music is celebrated with a performance from superb vocal ensemble Nos Miseri Homines.


Prepare for plenty of satisfaction when The Bog Rolling Stones, one of the World’s finest tribute bands, gets the park jumpin’ to the hits of the Rolling Stones. Keeping the feel-good vibe pulsing, hit-makers Dodgy will follow. One of the enduring successes of Brit Pop, the power trio had huge hits with Staying Out for the Summer, If you’re Thinking of Me and Good Enough.


Headlining on the Saturday are two acts that have made a huge impression on the music charts. Supported by a great band, founder and chief songwriter of The Stranglers Hugh Cornwell will play all the hits he created from the 70s and 80s such as No More Heroes, Grip, Peaches, and of course Golden Brown, alongside classic versions of songs such as Walk on By. Grab a rare chance to see one of the real heroes of British music.


In their 30th anniversary year, The Christians are also coming to Priory Park for the Saturday evening. With a back catalogue of hits including Forgotten Town, Hooverville, When the Fingers Point, Ideal World, Born Again and Harvest for the World, The Christians were formed by three brothers with the surname of Christian and a fourth musician, Henry Priestman, whose middle name also happened to be Christian!


Sunday 9 July

Sunday is family fun day! As well as Festival fixtures of sideshow attractions, activities, body and face painting, real ale, fine wines, and O’Hagan’s sausages, the music will include terrific tribute band Abba Chique, who will roll out Abba’s greatest hits on the Main Stage. Following will be a rare performance from one of the most popular acts of recent decades – the amazing S Club. Featuring three of the original members, expect a hit-stuffed set featuring Reach, Natural and many more. Bring your dancing shoes for a retro party performance!


Next on the Main Stage will be another rock legend; Rod Stewart and Cockney Rebel guitarist, song writer and producer Jim Cregan, who together with his band Cregan & Co will be creating a ‘Rod reminiscent’ set, with all the big hits recorded over the years by Jim himself, when he was Rod’s creative partner, as well as the classic guitar solo he played from Come up and See Me.


Finally, star vocalist Tony Christie will ensure that everyone is on their feet and singing along. A singer whose popularity has endured across the decades, Tony’s voice, humour and incredible repertoire guarantees a stupendous finale! From I did what I did for Maria to Walk like a Panther and of course Is This the Way to Amarillo, this class act will close the Festival with laughter, great music and just a little bit of cheese on the side!


Robin Bextor, organiser and Festival Director said:


“I hope there is something for all tastes here. We are delighted with the list of artists we have managed to put together and there is a wealth of local talent, too. I wanted the Festival to reflect what local people wanted and we have worked hard to do that; not just with what is happening on stage, but also in terms of ambience, food and drink providers and of course in our support of two local charities, Children on the Edge and The Apuldram Centre, who both do amazing work right here in Chichester. We are also very pleased to continue our association with Nick Davidson’s brilliant Chichester Music Academy and Ovation, the charity he has created, and also  to work with exciting local venue Club Havana, featuring Nic Saunders. Together with our media partners, the Friends of Priory Park and our audiences we hope to forge really strong local bonds that will take this Festival into the future.”


Still to come…


More names are to be announced soon, including some ‘back by popular demand’ from last year, as well as some exciting surprises and brilliant comics.  Watch this space as we get closer to the festival!


Festival info:


Doors open at 17.00 on the Friday and 13.00 on the Saturday and Sunday. All music will conclude by 22.45, earlier on the Sunday. The Festival will also boast attractions like bouncy trampolines and children’s rides.


Tickets are available from £25 a day, or £75 for the weekend.

Book at


The Priory Park Festival 2017 is proud to support two local charities in 2017


Children on the Edge is a charity that exists to help those living on the edge of their societies across the globe (


The Apuldram Centre ( provides meaningful daytime occupational activities to adults with learning disabilities, with the emphasis on having a training-orientated day and producing goods for sale to the public.


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dodgy, bitcton, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK

Chestnut Tree House Shop in Havant’s 5th Birthday


Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice charity shop in West Street, Havant, opened in 2012 and celebrates its 5th birthday in June. We’re holding a party on Friday 16 June, between 11am and 1pm, at the shop, and inviting everyone to come along and help us

Our CEO of Chestnut Tree House, Hugh Lowson, will be attending together with staff, volunteers, customers and donors. Come and meet our lovely mascot, Chester Bear, who will also be making an appearance on the day. There will be refreshments for everyone together with a sunshine themed birthday cake, a tombola and a hook-a-duck game for
the children. So come along and join in the fun!

Shop Manager, Jacquie Neale, and the team are encouraging everyone to write a birthday message on their Chestnut Tree House paper chain to send to the children, young people and families who use the hospice. Made up of colourful sunshine yellow links, the paper chain will be on display at the shop during the birthday celebrations and then presented to Chestnut Tree House. It will be on view in Reception for children, families, staff and volunteers to read and enjoy the lovely messages of support from the local community. Come along and write your birthday message for Chestnut Tree House – suggested donation of 50p per message.

Head of Retail, Jan Harper said: “Our Havant shop is our only Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice shop in South East Hampshire. Last year Chestnut Tree House cared for 39 children in the local area, both at the hospice and through a dedicated team of Community Nurses delivering care in families’ own homes.”

“We’d like to thank all of our customers and donors over the last 5 years for their generous support, and hope that everyone will come along on the day and help us celebrate.”

If anyone would like to donate their time or their pre-loved good quality items, we would be very grateful. The shop is situated at 6 West Street, Havant PO9. Telephone: 02392 478668.

If you would like any further information, or to attend the party, please contact or 07880788091

Best UK Vets – Westergate Grand Opening 24th June

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Nyton Road, Westergate 12-4pm
Public Invited to Preview New Facilities and Meet the Team
Arun Veterinary Group celebrates with ‘Best in Show’ competition
Local pets invited to enter via Facebook by Monday 19th June
5 June 2017: Leading West Sussex veterinary practice Arun Veterinary Group (AVG) today confirmed the date of the grand opening of its fourth practice in Nyton Road, Westergate, Chichester. The public is invited to join the Best UK Vets between 12-4pm on Saturday 24th June 2017 to preview the brand new facilities and meet the team before the practice begins officially operating on Monday the 26th June.
To add to the celebrations, Arun Veterinary Group are hosting an online ‘Best in Show’ competition. Entry is open to pets of all species and owners are encouraged to enter by Monday 19th June via the vets’ Facebook Page  Here contestants will find entry details along with a list of categories and members of the Arun Vet Group team will be on hand to respond to any queries about the competition and the opening.


Entry is free and the winner in each category will be awarded an iconic rosette along with a framed photograph of their pet at the practice’s grand opening. Categories include Cutest Pet, Golden Oldie, Best of Friends, Most Appealing Eyes and a Bravery Award.
Arun Veterinary Group owner Matt Gittings said, “We know every pet has that something special, which is why our event is open to all local companion pets. It’s an exciting and fun way to celebrate that special bond between us and our pets and I’d encourage everyone to enter and then join us to celebrate with the winners on the day, on-site at our new practice in Nyton Road.”
“We have a special treat in store for the winner of our Bravery Award. The pet that has demonstrated triumph over adversity will be the guest of honour at our opening day on June 24th and the winning pet’s owner will be invited to cut the ribbon, with a framed photo of the winning pet to take pride of place on the wall of our new practice.”
The Opening Day not only provides local residents the chance  to view inside the brand new practice, but it’s also the perfect opportunity for pet owners to meet the new team, headed up by well known local, experienced veterinary surgeon, Lisa Chalmers.
Lisa said, “We’re all really looking forward to the ‘Best in Show’ event and unveiling the new practice. Those familiar with our other practices in Pulborough, Ashington and Storrington will be interested to see how the well-recognised Arun Vet Group blend of traditional and modern design has been beautifully integrated throughout the new premises.  The ‘first opinion’ services such as consultations, surgery, medicine, dentistry and radiography will all be available from Monday June 26th and the team and I will be on hand throughout the Opening Day to answer questions and take registrations for complimentary introductory consultations.”
Owner, Matt concluded: “Our drive is to always deliver value without compromising the quality and consistency of care that is the hallmark of our independent, family-style practices. In taking the Westergate location, we’re able to offer our clients abundant free parking alongside the extensive first opinion services that will be available.”
AVG’s position as the veterinary care provider of choice in West Sussex was cemented when awarded ‘Best UK Vets’ in 2014, a prestigious accolade based on reviews of individual practices as volunteered by their clients. The practice has enjoyed a long association with the wider Sussex area with a legacy that harks back to 1920 when the original founder, Francis Hunter, started AVG in nearby Petworth before establishing Arun Veterinary Group in Pulborough in 1972.  Current owners, local residents Matt and Sarah Gittings have been part of the AVG family since 2000.

Emsworth Museum June Events

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June is often the busiest month in the Emsworth Museum calendar and 2017 is no exception with 2 exhibitions, a local history walk, the annual Treasure Hunt and a talk.

Continuing until 11th June  “The Emsworth Show: Then and Now”

This colourful and informative exhibition by members of the Emsworth Horticultural Society

records the history of the Emsworth Show from the early days until the present time with

pictures of the prize-winning marquee displays as well as the exciting, and sometimes

unusual, arena activities.

June 17th – July 9th   “A Brief History of Local Football 1900 – 1960”

Using pictures from his own collection as well as from Emsworth Museum’s archive Steve Miller explains the history of some of the teams that represented various local Clubs, Schools and Organisations and also village teams from the first half of the 20th century. Extracts from the school magazine “The Emsworthian” provide amusing accounts about the Emsworth County Primary School football teams from 1951 until 1953 under the guidance of Monty Reed. Narratives, newspaper reports of scores and scorers for the 1958 – 1962 season illustrate the progress of the Emsworth Youth Club football team from the Lads League to men’s football in the Portsmouth League. Alan Knight, ex Pompey goalkeeper, has agreed to open the exhibition on June 17th.

Guided Local History Walk

Dr Margaret Rogers is repeating her local history walk on 14th June. During the last few years many new people have come to live in Emsworth and the surrounding area and these walks are a good way of getting to know the history of the town. Even people who have lived here for many years often find that they hear new and interesting facts. Starting from outside Emsworth Museum at 6.00pm the walk, taken at a comfortable pace, will last for about 2 hours – but you can finish at any time. Booking is not necessary – up to a maximum of 25 walkers is ideal and dogs on leads can come too.

Cost £3.00 per person to be paid on the evening.


June 21st   Annual Treasure Hunt

This popular walking event starts from inside Emsworth Museum at 7.00pm, lasts for about an hour, and finishes back at the museum. The winners of this year’s treasure hunt will be invited to set the route and questions for 2018. With new people involved each year the challenge is always different.

The charge is £2.00 per person (with concessions for organised groups of young people) and this includes a much deserved cup of tea, coffee or squash and biscuits whilst all answers are checked. There is no need to book – just turn up on the night.



Thursday 22nd June  “The Battle of Jutland: A Local Perspective”

Previously given in February, this illustrated talk by popular local historian Philip Robinson is being held in the Mountford Rooms, Emsworth Community Centre, North Street, Emsworth PO10 7DD at 7.30pm.  It is being repeated by request. The talk is in commemoration of the 29 local men (including 11 from Emsworth) who died when the Battle Cruiser Queen Mary sank on Wednesday 31st May 1916. Tickets available at the door or can be purchased in advance at Emsworth Museum during normal opening times: Saturdays and Bank Holiday Monday May 29th 10.30am – 4.30pm and on Sundays 2.30pm – 4.30pm.  A maximum of 90 people can be seated. Members of Emsworth Maritime and Historical Trust – £2.00  non members – £3.00.

For more information email or telephone 01243 378091.

Walk through the ages at the all new Living History Festival


Travel back through time and experience 1,000 years of history at the Weald & Downland Living Museum’s new Living History Festival on the weekend of 3-4 June 2017. Over 150 of the UK’s top costumed reenactors and living history groups will bring history to life at the Museum in Singleton near Chichester.


During this special weekend visitors can experience the past from Saxon times to the twentieth century. See what happened at a medieval tournament, Saxon craftspeople making beautiful items, plus the sights and smells of a Tudor market. How did you survive in the Victorian era with little money?


Meet scores of re-enactors who will provide a glimpse into a different age. Activities will be located across the Museum site, with timed events in the field arena.


This is an event for all the family with encampments to explore, food and drink to taste, demonstrations of horsemanship and military drills to watch, plus trades, crafts and historical demonstrations to enjoy.



Living history and re-enactment Groups


Living history and re-enactment groups in attendance at the event include:


Destrier and The Pastons

Experience a fully immersive tournament experience with each knight’s full retinue of men at arms, retainers and ladies. Each day culminates in the knights taking to the field mounted on their splendid horses to prove their strength and skill, a spectacle not to be missed!



See medieval historic interpreters, Pelican-in-her-Piety, at their piety camp.


RAF Regiment Historic Flight

Enjoy living historical displays portraying the history and pre-history of the RAF Regiment from 1922 to the 1970s.


The Ragged Victorians

Back in the day when a shilling was a week’s wage, when even ‘Pure’ (Dogs Dung) was a valuable source of income, low class Victorians were living by whatever means they could. See The Ragged Victorians capture an episode of history for you to experience, with an authentic impression of what life was like, in Victorian ruled England, circa 1851.


The Tudor Group

See The Tudor Group illustrate some of the ordinary facets of daily life for men, women and children, both rich and poor.


The Yeomanry and Territorial Force

This display brings you the story of these brave volunteers, also portraying the Legion of Frontiersmen, a civilian paramilitary unit formed in 1905.


Wardour Garrison

This group of enthusiastic re-enactors recreate life as it might have been in 17th century England.



Meet Weorod, a Saxon Living History Group.


These groups, plus many more, will appear alongside the Museum’s own team of demonstrators to give visitors a truly immersive historical experience, which is suitable for visitors of all ages.


Information for visitors


Regular Museum entry price apply and include access to the festival. The Living History Festival will open at 10.30am and close at 5.00pm. The Museum will also close at the end of the show for safety reasons.


Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking in overflow car park fields.


The Museum’s new waterside café will be open, food and drink stalls will offer hot and cold snacks and drinks, plus there are lots of picnic areas.


Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum on 01243 811363 or to email in advance of their visit, to discuss the easiest way to access the site.

Bosham Cricket Club Quiz

A reminder that the next Bosham Cricket Club Quiz is on Friday (28th April) with as usual the first question being asked at 8:00 pm. The venue is unchanged at the Bosham Village Hall.
Martin will be opening the Hall at 7:30 pm. The Quiz has been prepared and in addition to the usual type Qs’ there will be rounds on Sounds of the 60s & 70s, Geography, TV Twosomes, History, Sport and Medical Matters.
See you there!
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