CHICHESTER: Santa Claus is coming to Blackberry Lane, on Sunday 9 December, between 1pm and 4 pm; and to give his reindeer a rest, you can go to meet him on a real Steam Train.
On that Sunday afternoon, Chichester Model Engineers are inviting everybody to come along to their site near the junction of Bognor Road and Whyke Road in East Chichester for a Train Ride behind a selection of different miniature locomotives.
Entry will be only £7 for children, who will be given a present by Father Christmas; and £4 for everybody else, which includes a hot or cold drink, and a mince or apple pie.
The “Drive A Train” 00 gauge model railway, “Blackberry Junction”, will be in use. This has three circuits of track, each with its own controller and donations box.
Visitors will be encouraged to bring in, and run, their own 00 locomotives; expert staff will be on hand to answer questions.
Further information is on Chichester Model Engineers website: www.cdsme.co.uk; or by phone to: 07954 – 051594.
WORTHING: The Crescendo Rotary Choir presents ‘A Time for Joy’ - a musical celebration for Christmas, featuring the Worthing Salvation Army Band, with audience participation.
Date and Time: Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm
Venue: The Salvation Army Citadel, Crescent Road, Worthing .
Price: £8.50 (including season refreshments.)
Tickets from: Howards’ Estate Agency, Rowlands Road, Worthing, Salvation Army Drop-In Centre, Crescent Road, Worthing, Members of the Rotary Club of Worthing, Members of the Crescendo Choir and on the door.
ARUNDEL: “A Christmas Carol” is the latest offering from Arundel’s St Nicholas’ Players and it’s going to be a production with a difference.
This one comes with full professional backing and a big company of keen supporters, all working voluntarily, on an ambitions set, in a unique space.
More than 80 members of the St Nicholas congregation are involved in the production, which will play to audiences from December 13th to 15th at St Nicholas’ Church in Arundel.
Isobel Higlett an accomplished actress, directing the production says: “St Nicholas Players have presented three very successful pantomimes over the last seven years but we decided to ring the changes with a festive production this year and Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ seemed the perfect seasonal choice, even though we started rehearsals in June!”
The production will feature the most ambitious set ever built for the St Nicholas production, constructed by a committed team from the congregation. The set design is the work of Simon Higlett, who is the Associate Designer at Chichester Festival Theatre, and sayS: “It’s great to do something to prolong the life of this beautiful church and enjoy a real sense of community spirit.”
Particular thanks go to Chichester Festival Theatre who have lent many of the props and costumes and Patrick Sandford, director of the Nuffield Theatre Southampton, whose adaptation has been the basis for the production. The costumes have been beautifully designed by Janey Gardiner, a local designer.
The stage is set for three nights of wonderful drama based on the original story and includes live music and traditional carols.
The proceeds from the box office will be donated to St Nicholas Church for much needed building refurbishments.
Performances in the church are at 7.30 nightly, Thursday to Saturday, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets are priced £5 to £12, with concessions for children under 16 years of age. Mulled wine, a paid bar and ice creams are available. Box office: 01903 882262
High Salvington WI: President Vera Lovett welcomed members and our WI Advisor Hazel Tester to the AGM.
Reports of the years’ activities were read by the secretary Patricia Penn and Vera Lovett the president’s report, the year’s financial report by treasurer Madeleine Brookes which were all seconded and adopted. The serving committee were returned unopposed, there had been a change in secretaries when Irene Cornfield resigned in September due to family commitments to be replaced by Patricia Penn.
Celia presented all the members of the committee with small bouquets.
Mrs Hazel Tester gave a talk on how much more interesting being a member can be if you become involved with what goes on “back stage” and urged the ladies to try, should a post become vacant at any time. Vera presented her with a pot of cyclamen together with the thanks of everyone.
On November 20 members and visitors attended a Birthday Lunch at The Windsor Hotel, the food was excellent and the staff attentive.
SHOREHAM: Shoreham Sea Scouts have some new buoyancy aids to improve their safety when on the water, thanks to an award from UK Power Networks.
The 3rd Shoreham Sea Scouts, based on the Adur Recreation Ground, have bought the buoyancy aids for their water activities which will help meet Royal Navy standards. It will enable the group to train more youngsters safely in the skills of sailing and canoeing in order to gain official qualifications.
UK Power Networks gave the group £250 from the company’s Team Sports Awards scheme after employee Robert Jewiss made a successful application to the fund.
Robert, a technician for UK Power Networks based in Crawley, and his wife Michelle, of West Way, Lancing, have been leaders of the Scout troop for the last 10 years and got involved when their children joined the thriving group.
Even though their children have now left, the couple are still heavily involved. “We still like to see the Scouts having fun while facing new challenges and developing new skills,” said Robert.
Joy Carter, group leader for 3rd Shoreham Sea Scouts, said: “We are very grateful to UK Power Networks as it means we can offer the chance to learn some new skills to more of our Scouts.
“Our young people are looking forward to being able to do even more on the water now.”
The group has more than 180 members in total, including Beavers and Cubs, with 90 of them Scouts who attend over two evenings a week to learn skills from sailing, kayaking pioneering and back woods cooking to camping, DIY first aid and basic car maintenance
Through UK Power Networks’ Team Sport Award scheme, dozens of community and sports groups have benefited from financial assistance. Last year more than £11,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to company’s staff.
Billingshurst: More than 70 people sat down to a turkey lunch on November 28, courtesy of Chris Fuller and her team. Turkey Crumble with salad, puddings galore followed by mince pies, coffee and mint chocolates were despatched with gusto, the happy occasion raising a splendid £840 for Arthritis Research UK.
At the AGM of Billingshurst Dog Training Club, Treasurer Duncan Reynolds reported on healthy funds, in spite of heavy rain forcing the cancellation of the Agility Show in July at Cranleigh Showground.
Chairman Val Duplock announced the current officers were prepared to stand again, which was unanimously agreed. All three sections, Agility, Obedience and Working Trials reported exciting achievements and Flyball was much enjoyed in the summer. Cynthia and Robin Roffey are stepping down with many thanks from the Agility Committee after a supportive 10 years. Two new groups for Agility have been formed. Jean Rawlings is stepping down as Obedience Section Representative, and Maureen Strange is taking her place.
The 2012 charities, Cinnamon Trust and Raystede Animal Shelter have achieved £2,400 over the year. The charity chosen for 2013 is the Val Gray Border Collie Rescue.
2013 is the 50th Anniversary of the Club, and celebrations are planned for June 9.
Billingshurst Choral Society with Billingshurst Primary School Choir invites you to St Mary’s Church on Saturday December 8 at 7.30pm for a Christmas Carol Concert.
For programmes (Adults £6, children free) contact 01798 813726 or Henry Adams.
“Resound”, the 13-piece Male Voice Choir are performing in the Billingshurst Chapel on December 8 at 8pm. Mark Jennings will be supporting on Classical Guitar. Tickets £7. All welcome.
Arundel Flower Club: Lucinda Knapman certainly wowed the audience at an Open Meeting held at Walberton Village Hall on the 17th November. The title was ‘Christmas Sparkle’ and it lived up to it.
She entertained us with colour and glitter using flowers such as: red and white amaryllis, various colours of carnations, gerbera and a beautiful large pink rose.
The stage was packed with so many displays, all of which she explained could be done by anyone.
The next meeting is Friday 7th December a Social Evening, with a talk by Sue Broadbridge - Christmas Myths & Magic.
The Competition title is What the Dickens.
The first Demonstrator of the New Year is Pat McDonald with the title ‘Walk in the Park’. The Competition is ‘Twigs and Things. Join us on the 18th January 2013, at St Mary’s Church Hall Climping BN17 5RB 7.30pm
WORTHING: The Friends of Worthing Museum learned boys’ toys are more valuable than girls’ toys during auctioneer Paul Campbell’s recent talk. Seems there are many old boys wanting to buy the toy they always hankered after.
An insight was gained into Paul’s time at Sotheby’s in the collector’s department and all hope to find one of the valuable, special black Steiff bears made to commemorate the loss of the Titanic in 1912. Members are reminded we next meet 11 December for our Christmas party, which is at the usual time of 2.30pm at Worthing museum and is a ticketed event.
West Sussex Learning Links is a charity, established in 1997, covering the whole of West Sussex providing support for adults with a learning disability and enabling them to attend inclusive adult education classes, social or leisure activities. They link volunteer buddies with a student, helping them to access community activities.
Buddies provide a mentoring and befriending service for adults with learning disabilities who would like to go to either adult education classes, leisure or social activities such as ten-pin bowling or going the cinema.
West Sussex Learning Links needs volunteer buddies . It only takes a few hours each week and can be a really rewarding, fun experience – learning new skills, making new friends and enabling someone else to enjoy something new.
For more information, contact on 01403 713513.