On Sunday 30th August 2015 we went straight to the Chichester City Club from Hayling Island, where we had been playing during the afternoon at the Hayling For St George event. It was a busy evening, with probably the highest attendance to date. This photo is courtesy of Jim Buck.
Line-up: Peter Dorday (trumpet), Derek Little (reeds), Jim Heath (banjo), Dave Rogers (double bass) and George Bennett (drums).
Chichester City Club Origins
The Dean of Chichester, Walter Farquhar Hook, is credited with the foundation of the Club in 1859. Records are sparse but most accept that the club was considerably smaller in the beginning, having been envisaged as a social club for the many people working on cathederal maintenance at the time.
Chichester City Club Activities
Many activities take place during evenings in the week as well as at weekends and include sports such as golf and card games such as cribbage.
There is live music on Saturday nights and regular quizzes are held every Monday night. There is a four table snooker room and a licensed bar, serving fine wines and a selection of real ales.
The Chichester City Club is open to members and their guests 7 days per week and is only closed for one day during the year. The restaurant is open every day bar Mondays.