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Life in Miniature exhibition this season at Uppark

South front of the house from the meadow with white flowers at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex.

This year, the famous Dolls’ house is the inspiration for an exhibit that explores the fascinating world of all things miniature. Join us as we shine a light on our collection, bring the dolls’ house to life, and hear the role that the dolls’ house played in life at Uppark with a themed programme of events, from talks and trails to children’s activities.

Dating from between 1735 and 1740 the dolls’ house at Uppark has been described as one of the two most important British dolls’ houses that have survived from that era. Despite its age, the house has never been remodelled and is in good condition as it was mainly used by the ladies of the house rather than the children.

This exhibit you can investigate both the miniature world, as well as the life-size version of the servants’ quarters and grand house.

The attention to detail in the magnificent house is superb, with real silver tea sets, four poster beds and silk dresses for the ladies. The beautiful material of the gentleman’s coat is contrasted with the simple designs of the servants’, as well as the silver of the tea sets against the pewter plates in the downstairs kitchen. This gives us an insight into what life was like for the servants and how this compared to the life of higher status ladies and gentleman of the house.

4 March to 3 September, 11am-4.30pm, normal admission applies. Please see or call 01730 825415 for more details.


As a conservation charity it is important to highlight these inspiring details, as they are the result of considerate preservation over the years. A lot of which is done by volunteers who make the day to day running of Uppark possible. Volunteering at Uppark can include showing tours around the house, planting bulbs in the garden or helping in the shop, and it is all of those who contribute with so much passion that make your experience so special.

Search for Chichester burglary suspect

Sussex Police
Sussex Police are searching for a suspected burglar, seen climbing over the garden wall of a house in Chichester.
At about 6.15pm on Tuesday (21 March) a man was seen by a neighbour to be climbing over the garden wall of a house in South Bank, Chichester, from the canal towpath which links the A27 and Canal Wharf.
He is described as white, in his thirties, about 5’7″, slim, wearing dark clothing and a striped yellow and brown beanie hat.
It was later discovered that the house had been broken into and a quantity of jewellery had been stolen.
Anyone who knows who this man is or saw anything in that area early in the evening, is asked to email quoting serial 1225 of 21/03.

Bungalow burgled in Southbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a bungalow in Goodwood Court, Southbourne, near Emsworth, at 5.30pm on Tuesday (21 March).
Offenders entered the rear garden before forcing entry through a window and stealing a quantity of jewellery.
If you were in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious please let us know by calling 101 quoting serial 1128 of 21/03.

Arrest summary
Between the 22nd – 29th March more than 22 people were arrested from across the Chichester district. Offences included theft, assault Police, damage, dangerous driving, fail to stop for police and drink driving.

Crime summary

Chichester and surrounding area
Salthill Road, Chichester – Break to van where small window has been smashed. Offender has then opened larger window to gain entry. Nothing reported stolen. Occurred overnight into 22nd March. Ref 0607 of 22/03.

Ferndale Road, Chichester – Between 6.45pm – 7.30pm on 24th March, entry was gained to detached property through insecure conservatory door. Jewellery reported stolen from master bedroom. Ref 1315 of 24/03.

John Lewis, Portfield Way, Chichester – At 10.50pm, 24th March, a large window was smashed and entry gained with Apple electronics targeted. Ref 1548 of 24/03.

Newlands Lane, Chichester – Break to garage and theft of an old Irish Village pump. Occurred between 18th – 28th March. Ref 0576 of 28/03.

Winterfest 2017

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New life church in Emsworth hosted yet another successful youth camp on their complex. This time saw the return of Winterfest 2017, a 3-day festival seeing 150 plus youth across the weekend. Those attending got the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and build stronger fruitful friendships.


Winterfest saw the inclusion of team games on the Sunday afternoon in a series of competitive events, all specializing in different themes such as art activities, mind games and sporting events meaning there was something for everyone to excel in. All of this built solid relationships working and communicating well as a team, which was also expressed during times of serving together over the weekend. During a short victorious award ceremony, the team with the most points was revealed with them being crowned overall winners of Winterfest 2017, other prizes such as star girl and boy were also given out to celebrate individuals’ successes. This year saw the boys and girls take part in separate day trip activities, with the boys roughing it by going paintballing and the girls getting to experience ice skating, followed by swimming at Guildford Spectrum Centre. Fun was had by all who attended, “Winterfest 2017 really opened my eyes as to what God has planned for my life. It was an epic and I can’t wait for the next one” said Laura who took part in the festivities. With the fun fueled, energetic activities also comes the main reason Revive UK youth host these annual events and that is to empower the next generation through encountering and having a relationship with God. ‘Nudging’ them to all He has intended for them.


To finish the weekend on a high note, T-shirts were given out with the ‘Summer Camp 2017’ logo on to promote the next big youth camp on New Life’s agenda. Summer Camp is a 5-day festival held within the complex where the youth sleep in tents on the church fields and chill around the campfire, getting the full camping experience. This year the camp starts Wednesday 26th July to Monday 31st July. You can book your place on this event online and at reception (on one of two Sunday services, or Friday youth service) from April 2nd.


The youth is a strong element in the culture of New Life Church. A team of dedicated and hardworking youth leaders take time out to volunteer their help towards making these camps, and Friday youth events a success each time. They are passionate about raising up the youth, encouraging them to be leaders within their communities, using their areas of gifting to spread the good news. Revive UK youth meet every Friday (7pm-9pm) in the main complex during term time for both social and live music events. Find out more at


By Shannon Barker

Support in a Power Cut

Sussex Police

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24 hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.

More information can be found online at www.ukpowernetworks/priority and it’s quick to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends, particularly those who are not online and who meet the criteria, you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However,  a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the on-line registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Service Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible, to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. The link is below. We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.

Sidlesham’s new Outdoor Gym with grateful thanks to Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

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Following a request from the Parish Council in 2015, Sidlesham Community Association stepped up to the mark to help in raising funds for Outdoor Gym Equipment on the Memorial Playing Field for use by Sidlesham residents and the wider Manhood Peninsula to encourage the health and wellbeing of the community. Following a village survey by Sidlesham Parish Council to ascertain the need for this community project the Council set aside £4,100 towards the £13,000+ needed for HAGS sports equipment. Sidlesham Parish Council already had rights of suitable land given to the Parish for recreation purposes via a Deed of Covenant dated 1956 between the Minister of Agriculture Fisheries and Food and the Parish of Sidlesham.  Although a suitable site was available next to the Children’s Playground on the Council Memorial Playing Field, the project stalled as the Council’s efforts to acquire further grants were unsuccessful.


As a registered charitable incorporated organisation, Sidlesham Community Association, were eligible to apply to Tesco Bags of Help Scheme for the balance required to complete the project and were absolutely delighted to be nominated by Tesco to receive £8,000 for this long awaited community plan. Installation is now complete and the gym was formally opened on 25th February when a plaque was unveiled by staff from Tesco and Groundwork. Sidlesham Community Association and Sidlesham Parish Councillors were in attendance as well as representatives from Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council to thank Tesco and Groundwork for their Bags of Help Scheme who were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition.


The eight pieces of sturdy outdoor gym equipment were specifically selected to encourage a wide range of users from all age groups – teenagers, parents supervising their children using the adjacent playground and not forgetting senior citizens and the disabled who may need more static exercise due to walking difficulties and thus promoting fitness and exercise and combating obesity as constantly repeated by Government and health advisors in the media.

This superb new community asset, installed by co-operation between the Parish Council and

Sidlesham Community Association with major funding by Tesco is free for all to use on an easily accessible site with good parking facilities and brings together our community through exercise and wellbeing and will be maintained for future use by the Parish Council.


Councillor Corina Hall had worked on this project for five years, collating views from other Councils who had installed such equipment, obtaining brochures and ascertaining maintenance charges. When the project was finally agreed by Parish Councillors in May 2015 the next step was to find funding, which was no easy task.  Several Parish Councillors organised a French Evening in the village and raised a further £500 and one local resident donated £100.  Numerous grants were applied for without success before The Tesco Bags of Help Scheme came to the attention of Sidlesham Community Association.


In September 2016 Tesco replied that Sidlesham Community Association’s application had been nominated to receive one of three large grants, but even the smallest of the grants £8,000 was sufficient to pay for the majority of the equipment.  With a balance of only £1,000 required to complete the project, the Parish Council applied again to Chichester District Council for the balance which this time was agreed.   HAGS  (the suppliers) had provided a quote as far back as 2012 but they kindly maintained their price quote.


Sidlesham Community Association and Sidlesham Parish Council hope that this gift to our community will improve the health and wellbeing of all and are very grateful to Tesco for their grant.

Richard Hall, Chairman of Sidlesham Community Association


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The A259 Corridor

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Last year two public meetings including more than one hundred residents were organised by the Bosham Association. They drew many comments about improvements needed along the A259 corridor and to the residential roads north of it.  One of the proposals was the renovation of the old field hedge along the A259 from the Swan roundabout to Highgrove Farm, particularly beside Broadbridge Drive and Penwarden Way.

Many of those present said that the hedges and verges are ill-maintained and that at crucial points there is no easy or safe way through to the bus stops, shops, Post Office and doctors’ surgery. This is especially true for those with small children and pushchairs or wheelchairs. There is great support for improvements from the Parish Council and WSCC. They are drawing up plans to establish two solid but porous pathways through the hedge at key points this year. In time these may link with a safer crossing over the main road.

The aim is also to improve this vital wildlife highway by clearing out old concrete posts and rusty wire; by laying some branches to create denser cover for birds and small mammals; by removing some decaying undergrowth to replace it with native plants that will offer winter berries and nuts for the birds and small mammals; and by infilling some gaps with flowering trees like crab apple, rowan, blackthorn, etc. to give us all an attractive display in Spring and food for bees and other insects.

There is also a plan to ensure the whole hedge is dense enough to protect us from the carcinogens in the dust thrown up by the increasing traffic and also from noise and light pollution from the road. It is planned to enhance the whole hedge with attractive and useful bushes such as dog rose, spindleberry, juniper, etc. The WSCC community volunteers are interested to help us with the heavy work on the hedge. This cannot be tackled until after the bird-nesting period, so their work would be scheduled for September, so please plan to join in.

This is not just a project for those of us north of the A259. This road is the first approach to all parts of the village so any enhancement is to the advantage of us all … especially if eventually we can look at improvements to the Swan roundabout.  We hope that everyone who cares about Bosham will wish to be involved – with practical help, advice or with a donation. If the Highgrove development goes ahead, a major renovation like this will help us show the developers how they also can contribute to the environment by continuing the hedge along their frontage too.

        So are you willing to help?

Unless we have volunteers – whether to plant bulbs and bushes, move branches, identify wild flowers or make tea for those who do, none of the money or WSCC volunteers will be forthcoming.  Let’s prove our commitment to our community.

We should like to plan a family street party in the summer holidays to study plants, trees, birds, animals and insects with local children…and adults. Experts on each subject will be on hand; there will be competitions and a picnic to enjoy together. Tea and squash makers needed!!

Some people have already offered to buy a larger tree in memory of a loved one. Each will have a copper label with the donor’s name and the tree species on it. You may not have the strength or time to move earth or plant bulbs but perhaps you’d like to make a donation for trees or bulbs.

Spring bulbs and flowers catch everyone’s eye and gladden our hearts. The hope is to create a bank along each side of the bottom of the hedge to plant primroses and spring bulbs there and some summer wild flowers like foxgloves, oxeye daisies and red and white campion – food for the bees and our eyes. We could have a major planting festival in late September – what about a pig roast on Penwarden Way; a local celebrity to bless the endeavour; a skittle alley for fun or whatever you suggest?

          If you have not already given us your name, address, email and ‘phone number, please let us know as soon as possible and especially if you can offer some help. Join in and let’s leave a mark on Bosham/Broadbridge that our children will still be enjoying in 50 years’ time.

         Please email your details & offers of help to :- or Or drop a note to me at 21, Gifford Road, Bosham, PO18 8LD.


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Trustee Vacancies at CRRC

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CRRC is advertising for 3 or 4 new Trustee Voluntary roles to support the charity going forward. Advertisements have been placed on the following 3 websites yesterday evening (2nd Feb) and are open to all to apply.

If you are interested in applying you can apply via one of the above sites, or you can send a covering letter, explaining why you would be a suitable candidate, and your CV to

Closing date is 28th Feb 2017 and no submissions will be considered after this date.

Hope for Children’s work in Kenya to benefit from St. James’s Place Foundation grant


Hope for Children, an international charity is delighted to announce that is has been awarded a grant by St. James’s Place Foundation to help fund its work among disabled children in Kenya. The Foundation is the charitable arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group and the funds will enable mothers to improve the health, development and quality of life of their children through home-based therapy.

Hope for Children’s work helps those in Africa, Asia and the UK, including orphans and those living on the streets, by improving their access to education and healthcare, whilst empowering families to build a sustainable future for their children. By working closely with local organisations, Hope for Children empowers those communities to increase the ability to give their own children the childhood they deserve. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, last year it was able to transform the lives of over 37,000 children and their families.

The St. James’s Place Foundation aims to make a significant difference to the lives of children and young people. It gives grants to charities working for the direct benefit of economically disadvantaged or socially marginalised young people, the physically disabled, or those suffering from a mental condition or life-threatening or degenerative illness.

Peter Wild, representative of St. James’s Place Wealth Management commented “It is our pleasure to support and help Hope for Children obtain a grant of £12,000 from the St. James’s Place Foundation.  We are passionate about helping charities which support children with special needs. A key member of my team is a mum to a young person with special needs and having supported a local Chichester charity last year, PACSO, through the Foundation, I have seen with my own eyes the benefit to families that these charities make.”

Murielle Maupoint, Hope for Children’s Chief Executive added “We are so grateful to the St. James’s Place Foundation for making this grant available, which will have a sustainable impact on the lives of many disabled children in Kenya”




The St. James’s Place Foundation is the charitable arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group. We’ve been supporting those in need since 1992, making a positive and lasting difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to charities registered in the UK to assist them in the incredible work they do every day. So far we’ve raised and distributed over £54 million to thousands of charities in the UK and overseas.


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New training gardens needed in the local area! 

If you have a large garden and could benefit from economic and enthusiastic help, read on! Could you help to train new gardeners by sharing your experience and knowledge with people who want to change career and learn practical gardening skills?


National charity, the WFGA has keen men and women waiting for placements on its Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme (or WRAGS) in the Chichester area. WRAGS provides a unique opportunity for men and women to gain a basic practical experience in a suitable garden under the guidance of a head gardener and/or a knowledgeable owner.  Potential trainees can range from novices to those with or studying for Royal Horticultural Society qualifications, but all will bring skills from previous occupations, commitment to their training (which costs them £600) and above all a desire to learn.


Local gardens supporting trainees include Harbourside in Prinsted, Keynor House in Sidlesham and Runcton Manor south of Chichester but more are needed!  Placements are for a year and preferably for two days a week, but if two nearby gardens complement each other they may be able to partner together for one day per week each. A great range of gardens of varying sizes support WRAGS across the country, including private and public gardens, several gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme and locally we even have a castle! The garden owner pays the National Living Wage (or National Minimum Wage according to age) direct to the trainee as well as pro rata holiday pay.


The Scheme is administered by the WFGA through Regional Managers. Rebecca Lloyd is the Regional Manager for East and West Sussex and her role is to recruit potential WRAGS gardens and trainees and arrange placements.  Rebecca will visit gardens to review the range of practical gardening skills available as well as training capabilities, and if appropriate, put forward candidates for interview and monitor the trainee’s progress.


WRAGS is just one project offered by the UK charity, the WFGA (Charity No. 212527) which was established in 1899 and helped to set up the first Women’s Land Army in 1912.  WFGA members can also benefit from useful workshops and practical skills days, members’ gatherings in gorgeous gardens, funding for further training, discounts on gardening accessories and seeds, a recruitment network and informative newsletters.


For more information about WFGA membership and/or WRAGS see, call the WFGA on 01285 658 339 or email

Top Charity Fundraiser Takes to the Road

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Cancer nurse, Rusty Taphouse from Highleigh near Chichester, has signed up for the tough challenge of cycling from London to Paris to raise awareness (and vital funds) for Myeloma UK.  Rusty, who is more used to power walking and running marathons, has raised in excess of £20,000 over ten years for various charities including Breast Cancer Care, St Wilfrids Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer.

The decision to enter the challenge has not been taken lightly. 2017 marks 15 years since Rusty’s mum died from Myeloma.  The drugs and treatment options available now were not available then, and new advances in the treatment of Myeloma are being made all the time.

Myeloma is an increasingly common and complex cancer of the plasma cells. Plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and are responsible for protecting the body against infection. Myeloma damages the bones, depletes the immune system and causes kidney damage. Myeloma UK funds innovative research into the causes and treatments of Myeloma. For more information visit

“As a cancer nurse working at the Fernhurst Centre at St Richards Hospital, I see patients with this blood disease receiving drugs that can offer a better quality of life and much longer remission times than a few years ago.

I am aiming to raise over £1500 for Myeloma UK by sponsorship and by holding other events in the area between now and the start date in May.”

You can sponsor Rusty by visiting

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