Category Archives: What’s On – Local Things to See and Do

Enjoy Mothering Sunday At the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Mothering Sunday is a great time to visit the Weald & Downland Living Museum, at Singleton near Chichester. All mums enter for free on this special day, where visitors can enjoy an activity-packed alternative to traditional celebrations.

Throughout the day visitors can watch and take part in a range of activities including:


  • See the new spring lambs and meet our new heavy horses
  • Hear music from King Henry’s Duo and our roving Tudor musician
  • Try on some of our historic clothing for a photo
  • Collect a free daffodil posy for mothers and grandmothers
  • Treat the family to a wagon ride (£2 adults and £1 children)
  • Win tea for two! Throw a welly the furthest in our welly-wanging competition

Family activities

Family activities include: plant a seed, colour a Tudor lady paper doll, make a badge for someone special, play traditional games, dress as a Victorian child and play on the farmyard play mat (for the youngest visitors).

Free 10-minute taster talks

Visitors can enjoy free 10-minute taster talks on: colour and natural dyes, Tudor shopping, willow basketry, traditional carpentry, heavy horses, brewing and wood carving.


All activities and talks are subject to change.


The Museum is home to a fascinating collection of over 50 rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful 40-acre site within the South Downs National Park, where visitors can discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them from Anglo-Saxon to Edwardian times. There is a lot to see including: homes and historic gardens, farm animals and farming heritage, crafts and trade workshops, beautiful woodland, pasture and wildflower meadows.


The Museum’s café kiosk will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum in advance of their visit to discuss the easiest way to access the site. The Museum’s new visitor centre and café complex are nearing completion and will open later in the spring.

Fashion Show Funds Care for Disabled Veterans


The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), on Boundary Road, Worthing, is organising a fabulous fashion show in April, to raise vital funds for their care and rehabilitation of disabled veterans.

The fashion show, on the evening of Thursday 6 April, will feature a range of fashions for all occasions and will start with fabulously glamorous evening and special occasion wear, courtesy of local dress boutique, Velvet Birdcage.  There will also be outfits for work, leisure and day wear, including new, as-new, designer and vintage clothing, much of which has been kindly donated by QAHH supporters and will be for sale on the night, immediately after the Fashion Show, at sale prices.

Students from Davison High School will be modelling the clothes on the catwalk, along with some staff members from QAHH.  The models’ hair will be styled by Richard John hair and beauty salon. At the event, there will also be stalls selling a range of accessories, jewellery and make-up.

Event organiser, Helen Bennett, explains: “Thanks to all who have made this event possible, enabling us to raise much needed funds for our residents. The money raised by the fashion show will fund the 24-hour nursing, rehabilitation, respite and end of life care we provide. It will be a really fun evening, so if you fancy being ‘en vogue’, come and join us!’

Tickets for the fashion show cost between £5 and £10 and include a drink and goody bag.

For more information, or to buy tickets, please contact Helen in the QAHH Fundraising Team on 01903 218444 or email

Good Neighbours in Funtington, the Ashlings, West Stoke and Sennicotts Launch Meeting


 23rd March at 6.30 p.m. at the Church Room in Funtington


A Good Neighbours Scheme is currently being set up by a volunteer group to support the communities of Funtington, East and West Ashling, West Stoke and Sennicotts.  Similar schemes have been running successfully in neighbouring villages for some time.

We are holding a Launch Meeting for the Scheme on 23rd March at 6.30 p.m. at the Church Room in Funtington.  Please do come along and find out more if you live in the Parish.  Perhaps you might be interested in using the Scheme for a little support, or perhaps you know someone who might use the Scheme but you need to know more or perhaps you would like to Volunteer for the Scheme.

Good Neighbours will support people in the community who may need a little help from time to time.  It will offer things like transport to a hospital or doctors’ appointment, shopping, form filling, dog walking, simple tasks around the house or simply a chat over a cup of tea.  Really the Scheme will offer anything that a good neighbour might do.

We are very pleased that we have received the support of The Parochial Church Council and the Funtington Parish Council.  We are also very fortunate to have been promised a donation from a private individual and the Funtington Widows’ group is donating the funds from a Tea and Quiz.  We are so grateful for all this support which makes this a truly local community project.


For more information if you can’t make it to the meeting please do call or email:

Anna D’Alton 01243 763748

Jo Laird 01243 574878

Showing of ‘Hell or High Water’


Chidham and Hambrook Film Society

Friday March 10th


Neo Western heist thriller set in the Texan landscape

Texan brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), hoping to raise the money they need to prevent the bank from foreclosing on their late mother’s farmland, pull off a series of increasingly ill-advised robberies – brilliantly, from the very banks to whom they’re indebted. Jeff Bridges plays the Texan Ranger who is pursuing them.

“Terrific with a masterpiece performance by Jeff Bridges” Independent    4 Oscar and 3 BAFTA nominations

Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall

Doors open 7.30pm Film screens at 8pm

Licensed bar

Tickets £5/6  available from towers1976@ / 01243  576580/574074

Family Spring Flower Show at Tuppenny Barn

tuppenny barn

This is our first show, and we would like to invite entries from regular show exhibitors as well as novices who may need help or advice with their exhibit.  Although items will be judged, we want

this to be a fun event enjoyed by all.


Schedules showing the classes you may enter are available from the beginning of February at

various locations: libraries, garden clubs, cafes, etc. If you think you don’t have anything suitable, please check your garden, you may be surprised at the flowers and plants you find.

The show opens at 2pm on 1st April at Tuppenny Barn, Main Road, Southbourne and there will be something for non-exhibitors to enjoy as well as viewing the show benches.

Attractions include: an extensive plant sale with interesting plants; a gardening Tombola; garden items for sale. Homemade refreshments will be available to buy as well as delicious homemade cakes from the cake stall.

Our Chichester Community Wildlife Officer, Sarah Hughes is providing activities for children;

and there will be information about Greening Southbourne and the GreenRing.


Full details on:  

Contact:                      Suzanne Holroyd   email:

RSPB Pagham Harbour & Medmerry Events


Here’s what is coming up over the next couple of months…




Sunday 5 March, The Great British Beach Clean. Join us and the Friends of Pagham Harbour for the Great British Spring Clean, cleaning our beach of litter and making a difference whilst in good company.

Meet 10am at Church Norton car park PO20 9DT


Sunday 19 March, Someone to Guide You. Unsure of what that bird is? Our friendly guides will be at the Church Norton Hide, Pagham Harbour to help you spot and identify the wildlife that you see.

11am – 2pm Drop-in Free


Sunday 26 March, Discover Medmerry (West) Guided Walk. Join our guides for our first spring walk of the year round the west side of Medmerry. Keeping an eye out for late winter leavers and early summer arrivals, this 4 mile walk combines birds and wildlife, with Medmerry’s history and its creation into the reserve you see today.

10am (duration 3½ hours), meet at Earnley car park PO20 7JL at 9.50am.

Booking essential £7 per person / £4 members


Friday 31 March, Astronomy Night. An evening in the company of Ian Sharp – one of the UK’s leading amateur astronomers, and the BBC The Sky at Night’s Pete Lawrence. Learn to recognise Spring constellations, understand the Cosmos and how we fit in and view deep space objects through quality telescopes. 9pm (duration 3 hours)

Booking essential, £16 per person / £12 members




Saturday 8 April, Historic Norton. A morning stroll discovering Church Norton’s Norman castle, the 13th century Chapel of St Wilfred, the role Pagham Harbour played in WW2 and more.

10am (duration 2½ hours)

Meet at Church Norton car park PO20 9DT

Booking essential

£5 per person / £3.50 members


RSPB Pagham Harbour & Medmerry Visitor Centre, Selsey Road, Sidlesham PO20 7NE Email                  Telephone  01243 641508

Upcoming Events in West Sussex Libraries

Southbourne library

Reduce stress and Increase Focus with Guided Meditation

Goring Library – Saturday 4 March 2.30pm

Chichester Library – Tuesday 7 March 7.30pm

Bognor Regis Library – Wednesday 15 March 7.00pm

Worthing Library – Saturday 18 March 10.00am

Rustington Library – Saturday 18 March 2.30pm

Littlehampton Library – Thursday 23 March 6.30pm

In today’s fast-paced world of constant communication and gadgets for everything it can be an overwhelming place and it is all too easy to spend our time reacting to the distractions rather than doing those things that are important to us.

In this talk Dan Jones will share how meditation can be used to reduce stress and increase happiness by learning how to manage what you focus on.

WSCC Library Service does not take responsibility for any advice or recommendations given at this event.

Tickets: £2.50, available from the libraries listed above.


Lunchtime Talk: Laughter for Health and Wellbeing

Worthing Library – Tuesday 7 March 12.10pm to 12.50pm

Did you know that you can transform your mood and lift your spirits in seconds using laughter exercises? In this informative session, led by qualified laughter teacher Lesley Ann Raphael from the Worthing Laughter Club, you can learn:

  • the surprising and many health benefits of laughter
  • what laughter exercises are and how easy they are to do
  • why laughter is so important for our health and wellbeing
  • how to laugh without a single joke or funny anecdote being told.

Laughter exercises are for anyone of any age, in any state of health – you don’t have to tell jokes, be funny, or even be in a good mood!

WSCC Library Service does not take responsibility for any advice or recommendations given at this event.

No ticket required, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


A Friendly Talk from Arun Wellbeing

Bognor Regis Library – Thursday 9 March 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Are you thinking about making some changes to your lifestyle to improve your health? Not sure where to start? Finding it hard to get motivated? Tried before but without success? Come along to our 1 hour talk to learn more about how the Arun Wellbeing team can support you to make simple improvements to your everyday lifestyle.

What our team can help with:

  • Being the right weight for your height
  • Finding ways to be more physically active
  • Reducing your reliance on processed and junk foods
  • Moderating your intake of alcohol
  • Stopping smoking
  • Reducing your risk factors for diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Tickets: Free, via Eventbrite


Mental Wellbeing drop-in with Coastal West Sussex Mind

Bognor Regis Library – Monday 20 March 10.00am to 4.00pm

Come and talk with us about issues such as depression, dementia, anxiety, bi-polar and eating disorders.

Get information and support in confidence. Take that first step towards better mental health by having an informal chat with our friendly staff.

No ticket required, just drop in.


How to ‘Have it all’ without feeling stressed and overwhelmed

Chichester Library – Tuesday 21 March 7.30pm

So often we are desperately trying to squeeze 101 things into every waking moment of our lives, trying to do more, be more, have more. But the result of this desire for a full and rewarding life can often be the complete opposite.

Exhaustion, stress and overwhelm can mean we are unable to enjoy the fruits of our labour and in turn makes us try to do even more.

Join me to discover 7 ways to do less, enjoy more and enjoy a balanced life you love.

WSCC Library Service does not take responsibility for any advice or recommendations given at this event.

Tickets: £2.50, available from the library


A Celebration of Poetry

Chichester Library – Thursday 23 March 7.30pm

Distinguished poets, John Greening and Penelope Shuttle, read from their major new collaboration, Heath. The poets were brought up on opposite sides of what was once the most dangerous area of England, Hounslow Heath, now Heathrow Airport.

“Vivid and memorable” Rory Waterman.

Live music from classical guitarist Linda Kelsall-Barnett and open mic poetry combine to offer a stimulating mix of words and music.

Readers and listeners equally welcome.

Tickets: £5.00 (to include a glass of wine), available from the library.

Green Man Themed Half-Term Fun


At the Weald & Downland Living Museum

20-24 February 2017


Wrap up warm and head to the Weald & Downland Living Museum for some fantastic indoor and outdoor hands-on fun this February half-term.


From Monday 20 to Friday 24 February children of all ages can channel their excitement and energy into a range of creative challenges and countryside skills, including outdoor trails, arts and crafts activities, all of which are located around the Museum’s 40-acre downland site. Wet weather will not spoil play as we have plenty of areas under cover.


The theme for February half-term is the green man and awesome activities include:

  • Plant a seed, take it home, watch it grow!
  • Create a glorious green man collage and make a mask to wear
  • Hear fascinating folklore stories
  • Create crazy woolly creatures
  • Follow the exciting green trail! Where will it take you?
  • Take part in activities linked to the South Downs Dark Skies Festival


The Museum’s historic buildings are fascinating places to explore. Learn how food was prepared without modern technology in the Tudor kitchen. See how our watermill works using a very topical natural resource and buy a bag of grain for the hungry ducks on the mill pond! Look out for the Shire horses and cattle, and the traditional breed farm animals including sheep, chickens and geese.


Most activities are under cover and will run from 11am-3pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The café kiosk will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Please wear clothes and shoes that are suitable for playing outdoors. Regular admission charges apply and the Museum will open at 10.30am and close at 4.00pm.

Compton Film Club 2017

We are delighted to announce that the film club is back for our fourth(!) year with an enticing mix of films from the black and white classic to the art-house independent, from the blockbuster to the best of foreign films.  Our line up of films for 2017 will include Arrival, La La Land and The Fencer.  We are grateful to the school for continuing to host the film club and to YOU for continuing to support us – either as members or just on the occasional month.
We restart on Tuesday 14th February.  As an homage to Alan Rickman (and director Anthony Minghella) and as a nod to Valentine’s Day – whether you celebrate it or not – we are showing the eternally romantic Truly, Madly, Deeply.  Sparkling wine and chocolates will be available from the bar for those who might want an alternative date night!  We will also supply a large box of tissues as there will be no dry eyes in the house after watching this 1991 bittersweet and wryly funny tear-jerker.
On Thursday 16th March we have Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen.  The Telegraph called it ‘wildly good’, The Guardian said it was a ‘heart-wrenching look at an unconventional ‘hippie’ family …comedic and gorgeous … Captain Fantastic questions what it means to be a father and just what values are important in a family.’
We hope you will be able to join us again this year, if you haven’t been before come along on the 14th February for a romantic evening with your neighbours!?   Doors and bar open at 7.30pm, film showing at 8pm, Compton School Hall.
As ever funds raised go to local causes and this year payments will be made to Compton and Up Marden CE School, Compton and District Relief in Sickness Fund, Rowan’s Hospice, the Markwells Wood Watch among others – if you have a local cause you would like a donation made to please do let us know.  

Whats On @ Hamblin Centre: February 2017


The Hamblin Centre, just off the A259, in Bosham, is set in beautiful and peaceful grounds and offers a wide range of talks, events and classes, as well as the perfect setting for reflection and healing. There are also wonderful facilities to hire, including our timber built hall with free parking. Our aim is to help people live happier and healthier lives. We also now have 3 beautiful self catering lodges



Mindfulness practise – Wednesday 1st  2 – 3.30 pm

New Vision Light Workers  – Saturday  4th  10.30 – 12.30 pm

Talk: The space between breathing in & out –Sat 11th 2-4 pm

Astrology: The Trinity of Soul – Sat 11th 2 – 4 pm

Living Astrology – Sunday 12th  2 – 4 pm

Course 1of 8:Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Mo n 13th2.30 – 5

Health & Wellbeing Afternoon – Wed 15th 12.15 – 1.30

Talk: Alexander Technique– Wednesday 15th  1.45 – 3 pm

Course 1of 8: Mindful Self Compassion  Thur 16th 10.45 –1.45pm

Book Group ’ A New Earth’ – Thursday 16th  2 – 3 pm

Talk: Are you Spiritual or religious? – Saturday 18th 2 – 4 pm

Philosophy,  how it can guide us in our lives – Tuesday  21st  2 – 4 pm

Monthly Meditation – Wednesday 22nd 2 – 3 pm

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