COFFEE MORNINGS, SOCIAL EVENINGS, MEETINGS AND EVENTS (Non-Members welcome)
Held at The Lodge in Hotham Park on the last Thursday of every other month (unless stated) – 11am to 1pm. Non-Members can attend for a minimum £2 donation to the Hotham Park Heritage Trust charity fund. Cake included. Dates for your diary:
31 August 2017
28 September 2017 (additional date for our Macmillan Coffee Morning)
26 October 2017
The coffee morning we held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on 29 September 2016 was very successful and raised £306. We thank everyone who attended and donated to this very worthwhile cause.
Held at The Lodge in Hotham Park (unless stated) on an occasional basis. Can include quiz evenings, talks by guest speakers, guided tours of the park and refreshments. Minimal cost depending on the content.
Our last social evening included a presentation and discussion on the proposed erection of a statue of Sir Richard Hotham in Hotham Park. We are not in a position to further this due to a lack of funding but we have a framed pictorial illustration of Sir Richard and are currently in discussion with Arun District Council as to how this may be displayed.
Dates and details of future social evenings will be published here as and when applicable.
Meetings / Events (Events are at the Bandstand in Hotham Park unless stated)
Events for 2018 will appear here soon.
Dates and details of further outings will be posted here in due course.
In recent months we have enjoyed the following outings:
Walking tour of Central Chichester, with qualified guide. Exploring the area around the Market Cross and between there and Priory Park we learnt about the history of the area, the different building styles over the ages and visited the hidden gem, Bishop’s Palace Gardens.
Coach trip to Compton Acres Ornamental Gardens, Poole, Dorset. A wonderful day out exploring these award winning, privately owned and beautiful gardens with over 10 acres of exquisite plants from all over the world. Attractions included The Italian Garden, The Wooded Valley, The Heather Garden and The Japanese Garden.
A talk entitled ‘A Stroll Through the History of Bognor Regis’ held at The Regis Centre, Bognor Regis. Presented by local historian Sylvia Endacott this very interesting evening took us back in time, to the formation of Bognor (later Bognor Regis), Hotham Park, the Railway Station, High Street, London Road and other local areas.
Skittles and Lunch at the Maypole Inn, Yapton. People of all ages and abilities were able to take part at this traditional skittle alley, complete with it’s own function room in which we also enjoyed a light lunch. Plenty of exercise for those having to restand the fallen skittles!
Christmas Lunch at the Elmer Pub & Hotel (January 2016 + 2017). We enjoyed a delicious 3 course meal with plenty of selection for all – from a traditional Christmas lunch to vegetarian options. The portions were generous, the cooking divine, the service excellent and price sensible. We are very pleased to have discovered this hidden gem in Elmer village.
Chichester Canal Boat Trip with Fish and Chip Supper. A delightful 2 hour trip along the canal, passing through pleasant countryside with ever-changing scenery and wildlife on the way to Hunston and back. Great hospitality throughout. All work is done by volunteers so well worth supporting.
Croquet at Bognor Regis Lawn Tennis Club. Although most of us had never played croquet before we all found it great fun, especially as it required a combination of tactics and skill to beat each other. Even the intermittent bouts of light rain did not spoil the occasion. The afternoon included a delicious cream tea with meringues to die for.
The new Café in Hotham Park – preview evening. An opportunity for us to enjoy the fantastic pizzas, pastas and other culinary delights that Tom and his staff have to offer. We are very grateful for this invitation and wish them all every success for the future. The Café is now fully open and is located to the right of the boating lake.
Ford Recycling Plant. This very interesting visit told us all we needed to know about recycling and the relevance and importance of doing so. It included plenty of opportunities to ask questions and also a visit onto the viewing platform to see the MRF (Materials Recycling Facility) in action.
Tinwood Vineyard, Halnaker. A close-up view of the vineyard with a detailed explanation of the growing, harvesting and wine making process. This was followed by a wine tasting session with 3 different wines, accompanied by a specially chosen cheese, honey and biscuit selection.
If you would like to become a Member of Hotham Park Heritage Trust and have any ideas of places you would like to visit then we would be more than happy to include them in our list of suggestions. The cost of outings depends on any invitations or special rates that may have been offered to Members, hence not advertised here out of respect to providers.
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