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Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show 2016

This year’s Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show will take place on 16 July 2016 at 2pm at North Mundham Playing Field, School Lane, North Mundham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 1LA. The annual Gala and Flower Show is a fun event for all the family. See the band’s calendar for further details.

North Mundham Gala Live Jazz

There is live music from George’s Regis Jazz Band and a wide variety of sideshows: dancers, TS Sturdy Nautical Training Corps, vintage tractors, vintage/retro cars and military vehicles.

There are games and attractions for all. There is a bouncy castle and soft play area, face painting and Thomas Tank rides. Try your luck in the Hook a Duck, Splat the Rat and the Silent Auction! Visit the stocks, clockwork train, bric-a-brac, glass and china stalls. Buy plants and produce as well as books and toys.

The refreshments are delicious and the cakes stall is well-known for its quality cakes. On offer will be a BBQ, Ice Creams,  Soft Drinks and the Pimms Tent!

North Mundham Gala Main Event

The biggest event of the day is the grand show of flowers with the vegetables and art and craft displays in the main tent. The dog show is also very popular (entries on the day).

This popular gala is always very well attended. Don’t miss it!

For more information, visit the Mundham and District Gala website  or visit the North Mundham Gala Facebook Page.

North Mundham Gala 2016

Chichester City Club Sunday 30th August 2015

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.

Chichester City Club Jazz

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.

White Hart Strolling Bridge Band

Strolling Bridge Band

The band was back at the White Hart at Pulborough on the 28th June, with George secretly wondering whether the weather would allow them to dust off the Strolling  Bridge Band. Given that the weather was not on its best behaviour last month, all eyes were on the sky. Thankfully, although the weather was cloudy, there was only a little rain and the day was pleasingly warm.

Prepared for the anticipated ritual soaking, the band set up in the garden tent affording essential protection should the skies unleash their displeasure.

White Hart Band In The Tent

The White Hart Line up

Drums & Leader: George Bennett
Double Bass & Sousaphone: Trevor Britton
Trumpet and Vocals: Pete Dorday
Banjo, Guitar & Vocals: Jim Heath
Clarinet: Eddie Brockwell

On The Menu – On The Barbecue

The kitchen was on fine form serving their much-anticipated culinary delights and there was a barbecue on the go for those keen to fully immerse themselves in the ‘al fresco’ spirit!

White Hart Strolling Bridge Band

Strolling Bridge Band On The March

With the weather behaving, the band decided on a New Orleans marching set, accompanied by some of the audience and the pub’s table umbrellas.

Jazz Band On The Bridge

Everyone had a lot of fun with many marking their calendars for the next White Hart Sunday lunch jazz afternoon, wondering whether they would be treated to the Strolling Bridge Band yet again!

Sunday Lunch Jazz At The White Hart

On the 31st May 2015 Georges Regis Jazz Band played at the first of a series of Sunday lunch jazz afternoons at The White Hart at Pulborough. This was a great opportunity to enjoy a riverside setting and to be tempted yet again by a first class menu!

Sunday Lunch Jazz Band Pulborough

Sunday Lunch Jazz By The River

Located beside the riverbank on the east end of a historic bridge steeped in history, The White Hart has a lengthy heritage of serving the passing traveller traditional ales and first class food. The bridge has stood the test of time and so has The White Hart, still going strong after many a year.

Historic Bridge The White Hart Pulborough

Mother Nature can be a temperamental creature and somehow the prospect of Sunday lunch jazz by the river was too tempting to allow to pass un-rained on so the skies opened and the wind blew, ensuring that the band would be oh-so-grateful for their garden  shelter. Intended to provide protection from the fierce rays of the afternoon sun, the band’s tent on this occasion served to keep musicians and instruments dry and ensure that while singing in the rain, the band would not be… well, singing in the rain!

Jazz Band By The River

The members of the band playing at the first White Hart Sunday lunch jazz afternoon were:

Drums & Leader: George Bennett
Double Bass: Alan Kennington
Trumpet and Vocals: George Paterson
Banjo, Guitar & Vocals: Jim Heath
Clarinet: Eddie Brockwell

Singing In The Rain

Singing In The Rain The White Hart

Pimms With Jazz By The River

Undaunted by the weather, the band’s fine example was matched only by the spirited enthusiasm of the inspired dance troupe thereby promising an even more spectacular afternoon for when the sun shines and the less amphibious music lover is drawn helplessly to the riverside Pimms bar.

The White Hart Pimms Bar By The River
If you fancy trying riverside Pimms with your Sunday lunch jazz then mark your diary for the next event at The White Hart at Pulborough.

Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show 2015

The Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show will take place on 18 July 2015 at 2pm at North Mundham Playing Field, School Lane, North Mundham, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 1LA.

Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show
The annual Gala and Flower Show is a fun event for all the family. There is live music with George’s Regis Jazz Band plus a variety of sideshows: Morris Dancers, TS Sturdy Nautical Training Corps, Vintage Tractors, Vintage/Retro Cars and Military Vehicles.

There are games and attractions for all. There is a Bouncy Castle and Soft Play Area, Face Painting and Thomas Tank Rides. Try your luck in the Coconut Shy, Hook a Duck, Splat the Rat and the Silent Auction! Visit the Stocks, Clockwork Train, Bric-a-Brac, Glass and China stalls and buy Plants and Produce, Books and Toys.

Refreshments at the Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show

The refreshments at the Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show are delicious and the cakes stall is well-known for its quality cakes. There is a BBQ, Ice Creams and Soft Drinks and the Pimms Tent!

The biggest event of the day is the grand show of flowers, vegetables and art and craft displays in the main tent. The Dog Show is also very popular (entries on the day).

Make sure that you don’t miss the Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show!

This popular gala is always very well attended. Don’t miss it! For more information, visit www.northmundhamgala.co.uk or www.facebook.com/mundhamgala. We look forward to seeing you at the Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show!

Mundham and District Gala 2015

The White Hart Jazz By The River

We’re delighted to announce a series of new gigs coming up in the summer so do come and meet hosts Martyn and Lyn and enjoy The White Hart  jazz by the river, near Pulborough.

The White Hart Jazz By The River

Traditional Country Pub Jazz

The White Hart is a traditional country pub that is both cosy and comfortable. In keeping with the traditional ethos, there is no television and there are no fruit machines. This is helpful if the band has to play indoors on the odd occasion!

Home Made Food

The restaurant boasts an extensive menu – the food is all home made, even the bread. You can look forward to a delicious lunch, beautifully served. There is an outside area next to the river and Stopham Bridge. The little traffic that there is passes by the back and and for this reason it can’t be heard.

George and Barbara have enjoyed numerous meal at The White Hart and they’re sure that you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to book as the The White Hart jazz afternoons are expected to be popular!

Pimms Bar

Martyn and Lyn are planning to have a Pimms bar near the river for the summer. The band will be positioned under a gazebo in that same area, so George will be taking careful note of who enjoys the most Pimms!

White Hart Jazz

The first gig will be held on Sunday 31st May 2015 from 12.30pm until 3.30pm. There are five more dates organised so far between June and August so check our calendar for full details. We look forward to seeing you at The White Hart Jazz By The River !

Chichester City Club Jazz Night

Chichester City Club is a regular venue for the band. On the 22nd February the guest of honour was George’s daughter Hayley, over for a flying visit all the way from Canada.

Jazz at the Chichester City Club

We thought that it was going to be a quiet evening as the weather was bad. Maybe bad is an understatement – there was heavy, incessant rain! It so happened that this particular Sunday night at the Chichester City Club would turn out to be anything but quiet. It was one of the busiest evenings that the band had enjoyed there so far. See our calendar for more jazz nights at the Chichester City Club.

Musically, the band was joined by a variety of guests. Ollie, who had recently moved to the area, played as guest saxophonist. There were also two guest singers with Laurie Whitwell and Phyl Lewis taking the stage.

Line up:

Drums  – George Bennett
Trumpet / Vocals / Banjo – Pete Dorday
Clarinet – Derek Little
Double bass – Dave Rogers
Guest saxophonist – Ollie, recently moved to the area
Guest vocals  – Laurie Whitwell, Phyl Lewis and Toni Hayne

What an excellent evening at the Chichester City Club and full marks to everyone who attended despite the foul weather!

Rugby Later Jazz Earlier 15th March

With the rugby on the 15th March attracting a fevered following at The Stonemasons, it was clear that changes would be needed.

“Tri as we did, we couldn’t move the game so on this occasion we were kicked into touch” mused band leader George Bennett, as he pondered the new calendar for the 15th March, which happens to be Mother’s Day.

Reactions were initially mixed but jazz loving rugby fans quickly pointed out that they now had the best of both worlds and hailed the change in rhythm both helpful and ingenious. Reaction is awaited from rugby loving jazz fans…

If your mother enjoys jazz and rugby then she can have her cake and eat it or if Mother is off cake then The Stonemasons Inn serve a jolly good Sunday lunch with jazz instead!

Ruby Wedding Anniversary Party

If you’re planning a celebration for your ruby wedding anniversary then you will probably be looking to celebrate your forty years together in style. This is a significant period of time and you deserve a jolly good party to celebrate!

Here are Chris & Pam Welland enjoying their Ruby Wedding Anniversary Party at the Millstream Hotel in Bosham, just south of Chichester in West Sussex on Sunday 24th August 2014.

Chris & Pam Welland Ruby Wedding Anniversary Party

Here’s what Chris and Pam had to say to us about their day…

Dear George & “Gang”,

Well, what can we say? From the bottom of our hearts we thank you and your wonderful team for contributing in such a massive manner to Sunday’s spectacularly successful Ruby Wedding anniversary party. Thank you for all your kindness to us and for really entering into and making the atmosphere really all such fun! We have been inundated with thank you letters which, without exception, remark on how much you contributed to the success of the party.

We all so enjoyed your music both inside and in the garden and thank you for not only playing some of our favourites but for taking so many requests – and for getting us on the dance floor; we did so enjoy that! So, again, thank you so much and we do hope you will pass this all on to the other members of the band. We much look forward to the next time.

With best wishes,
Chris & Pam

The White Hart Jazz Afternoon

Jazz at The White Hart 27th July 2014

On the 27th July the band played in the garden of The White Hart during the afternoon and enjoyed lovely weather for the occasion. See our calendar for upcoming events.

Jazz At The White Hart

The White Hart Line Up

Drums & Leader: George Bennett
Double Bass: Alan Kennington
Trumpet and Vocals: George Paterson
Banjo, Guitar & Vocals: Jim Heath
Clarinet: Eddie Brockwell

It was great to catch up with many old friends from the Petersfield area, who the band hadn’t seen for some time!

 Dancing In The Sunshine

It wouldn’t be right to have a wonderful sunny afternoon with lively upbeat jazz and no dancing, would it?

Jive At The White Hart

Dancing At The White Hart

It was great to see friends old and new at The White Hart – why not come along and see us at one of our future events and enjoy a meal as well?