What’s On December 9-15

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The online guide to what’s on in Bognor Regis, Chichester, Midhurst and surrounding areas.

EVENTS

THURSDAY

BOSHAM

EVENTS: Bosham Chidham and District Horticultural Society; Christmas party, Bosham Village Hall.

CHICHESTER

EVENTS: RSPB members’ evening with mulled wine and mince pies. Entrance members £2/visitors £3. Wheelchair access. 7.30pm; The Newell Centre, Tozer Way. (01243) 262833 .

EVENTS: Pairings; Collaborations between artists and makers from diverse backgrounds. Artists include Alice Kettle, Victoria Brown and Heather Belcher. Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane. Through to Wednesday. (01243) 816098 www.chi.ac.uk/ottergallery

FETES AND FAIRS: Chichester Art Society Christmas bazaar, variety of art and craft work by members, affordable prices, 9.30am-1.30pm, Bassil Shippam Centre, Tozer Way, St Pancras.

EVENTS: Winter market, East and North Street 9am-5pm each day, until 8pm on Thursday for late-night shopping. Nativity scene and children’s competition.

HAYLING ISLAND

EVENTS: Scarecrow Festival Awards Presentation; The Island’s shops and businesses join forces once more to create a light-hearted seasonal Christmas competition! The Hayling Island Window Spotting Competition – through to Wednesday. http://www.haylingsbest.co.uk

MIDHURST

EVENTS: Midhurst MIND Projects Christmas party, 11am-3pm, St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Bepton Road, Midhurst. All welcome. Mulled wine, mince pies and nibbles. Hand-made crafts, raffle and auction. Contact Susanna Lloyd 07957 209244.

FRIDAY

BOSHAM

EVENTS: Reiki Sharing Circle; 7-9pm; Hamblin House, Bosham House, Main Road. (01243) 373746/ www.qandzreiki.co.uk

CHICHESTER

WALKS & TALKS: Chichester District HeartSmart Walks; Lower Canal Walk. 4 miles, 2 hours. Chichester Marina to Hunston Bridge. 10.30am; Meet: Chichester Marina car park (free). (01243) 534589/cparnell@chichester.gov.uk

STEDHAM

CAROLS AND CONCERTS: Christmas concert, Stedham Church, 7.30pm, The Vivaldi Singers from Farnham, a Christmas programme with readings from professional performers and a clarinetist. Tickets £7.50 inc refreshments.

SATURDAY

AMBERLEY

EVENTS: Amazing Santa Funday; Booking advised Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre. (01798) 831370/www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

ARUNDEL

EVENTS: Wild About Art Xmas Craft; Make willow wands to grant wishes or willow stars to adorn you family tree. This family workshop helps you celebrate the season, naturally. £4.50 per child with one free adult to workshop per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To book call 01903 881530. 11am-1pm; WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road. (01903) 883355.

EVENTS: Bird watching by boat; solar- powered boat trip enjoying the harbour and looking out for birds that spend the winter in this area. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. noon; Chichester Harbour-Itchenor. 01243 512301.

FELPHAM

EVENTS: Felpham Methodist Church, Felpham Way, Felpham, Felpham Has Talent’ talent show for all ages, 7.30pm.

EVENTS: Felpham village Christmas tree, donated by Elpham Village COnservation Society, switched on by MP Nick GIbb, 4pm, Grassmere Parade Village Centre. Blessing by Father Timothy Peskett, carol singing from children. Father Christmas will be present

MIDHURST

EVENTS: Cowdray at Christmas; Traditional decorations in the wine cellars and Tudor kitchen; free refreshments and mince pies; a range of heritage style gifts; and end of season special offers 11am-3pm; Cowdray Ruins and Gift Shop, Cowdray Visitor Centre, River Ground Stables. (01730) 810781, cowdray.org.uk.

ROWLANDS CASTLE

EVENTS: Saturday Craft Fair;:Textiles, jewellery, picture framing, book binding, bags, felt, silk, pewter, ceramics, photography, candles, cards, patchwork, beads, glass, woodwork, quilting, flower arrangements, plants and furniture restoration. Approx 25 stalls. Refreshments available 10am-1pm; The Parish Hall, Links Lane.

SOUTHBOURNE

EVENTS: 1st Southbourne Sea Scout Group Christmas Fayre; Christmas goodies, plant arrangements, stalls for festive fun. To raise much needed funds. 1-4pm; Prinsted Lane, Prinsted.

SUNDAY

BOGNOR REGIS

CAROL SERVICES: The Bognor Regis Branch of RAFA Annual Carol Service; Anyone who would like to join us will be very welcome. Refreshments available following the service. 6pm; Methodist Church, Waterloo Square.

EVENTS: Bognor Regis Methodist Church, Waterloo Square, 10.30am, youth drama presentation of the Christmas story.

CHICHESTER

CAROL SERVICES: St Wilfrid’s Church, Sherborne Road, Chichester, 10am Mass, 4pm Christingle service.

CAROL SERVICES: Christmas at A Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, with the Choir of St Paul’s Chichester, followed by seasonal refreshments. Organised by the Friends of St John’s Chapel. Admission free. 6.30pm; St John’s Chapel, St John’s Street.

EVENTS: Steam on Sunday – Santa Special; Chichester Model Engineers Open Day. Train rides, behind several different miniature railway locomotives; Light refresments will be available. Admission free; tickets for a ride cost 50p 1-4pm; Blackberry Lane. off Bognor Road. 07954 051 594/www.cdsme.co.uk

EVENTS: Bird watching by boat; solar powered boat trip enjoying the harbour and looking out for birds that spend the winter in this area. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. noon; Chichester Harbour-Itchenor. 01243 512301.

WALKS & TALKS: Music on Sundays; Grappelli a celebration. Memories of The Quintet of the Hot Club of France with Mike Piggott (violin), Nils Solberg (guitar) and Peter Morgan (double bass) 2pm doors for 2.30-4.30pm; Christ Church, Old Market Avenue (off South Street). (01243) 527425/musiconsundays.co.uk

ITCHENOR

EVENTS: Bird watching by boat; solar-powered boat trip enjoying the harbour and looking out for the birds that spend the winter in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. Booking essential midday; Harbour Office. (01243) 513275.

MIDHURST

EVENTS: Cowdray at Christmas; Traditional decorations in the wine cellars and Tudor kitchen; free refreshments and mince pies; a range of heritage style gifts; and end of season special offers 11am-3pm; Cowdray Ruins and Gift Shop, Cowdray Visitor Centre, River Ground Stables. (01730) 810781, cowdray.org.uk

MONDAY

CHICHESTER

WALKS & TALKS: His Last Duchess; Gabrielle Kimm discusses the Italian setting of her highly successful first novel 7.30pm; The Assembly Room, Council House, North Street. 01243 776810.

FELPHAM

EVENTS: The Rife Social Club ; Monthly meeting. This is the club’s Christmas Party with refreshments and musical entertainment provided by the Southdowners. This meeting is restricted to members only but our normal monthly meetings resume on January 10th when new members and visitors are always welcome. 7.30pm; Felpham Memorial Hall Vicarage Lane . (01243) 582296.

WEST DEAN

WALKS & TALKS: Chichester District HeartSmart Walks; West Dean to Binderton. three-mile walk, some level field work with quite steep ascent/descent. Followed by lunch at the Selsey Arms at noon. 10.30am; Meet: The Selsey Arms car park. (01243) 534589/cparnell@chichester.gov.uk

TUESDAY

CHICHESTER

EVENTS: Pairings; Collaborations between artists and makers from diverse backgrounds. Artists include Alice Kettle, Victoria Brown and Heather Belcher. Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane. (01243) 816098 www.chi.ac.uk/ottergallery.

WEDNESDAY

CHICHESTER

EVENTS: Pairings; Collaborations between artists and makers from diverse backgrounds. Artists include Alice Kettle, Victoria Brown and Heather Belcher. Otter Gallery, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane. (01243) 816098 www.chi.ac.uk/ottergallery

NORTH EMSWORTH

WALKS & TALKS: North Emsworth Walk to Health; A social walk aimed at all abilities and ages 10am; meet Bridge Road car park. (023) 9244 6642 or whi.org.uk

WEST WITTERING

WALKS & TALKS: RSPB Walk; Morning Bird Walk on Snowhill and Ellanore with David Hart. 10am; Meet at end of Pound Road, Map Ref SZ778985.

WALKS & TALKS: Chichester District HeartSmart Walks; East Head via Ellanore. 3½ miles. Easy but some on dunes. 10.30am; Meet: outside public toilets opposite Ellanore Lane. (01243) 534589/cparnell@chichester.gov.uk

MUSIC

THURSDAY

SOUTH BERSTED

St Mary Magdalene’s Church Hall: Concert by The Revusical Singers ; conducted by their musical director Alan Jackson and accompanied by Pat Alderton.;

FRIDAY

BOGNOR REGIS

The Family Tree, 1 Laburnham Grove: Force 4 Band;

CHICHESTER

The Guide Hall, Whyke Lane: The City Folk Club; All kinds of acoustic music shared in a singaround format. All welcome. Admission £2. (01243) 574021.

YAPTON

Yapton and Ford Village Hall, Main Road: The Yapton and District Cottage Gardeners; ‘The Yetties’ (popular folk group from Yetminster, Dorset) The Yetties Christmas Singalong. Tickets £8. Licensed bar. (01243) 552822.

SATURDAY

BOGNOR REGIS

The Family Tree, 1 Laburnham Grove: Simon’s Karaoke;

PETWORTH

St Mary the Virgin Parish Church: The Sandgate Singers; present a Christmas Concert Glad Tidings to All, to celebrate the end of The Christmas Tree Festival. Tickets £8 to include refreshments, from Rosewarnes Estate Agents, Market Square, Petworth or phone 01903 743345. They will also be available at the door. In aid of the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice.