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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

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!

Jazz At North Mundham Gala 2014

North Mundham Gala Jazz Band

 

North Mundham Gala Princes & Princesses

North Mundham Gala PrincesIrrespective of the needs of the North Mundham Gala, the process of attaining royal position in the United Kingdom is based on complex rules of succession. None of this seemed to matter for the appointment of princes and princesses for the North Mundham Gala or more formally, the Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show. See the band’s calendar for future events.

North Mundham Gala PrincessesAfter the opening ceremony of the North Mundham Gala by princes and princesses chosen from the ranks of local children, the visitors were able to set about exploring the stalls offering books, CDs, cakes and bric-a-brac.

The gala dog show has become a popular feature and the competitive spirit extended to flowers, produce, children’s art, culinary prowess and art and crafts.

Tea was available in the village hall and George’s Regis Jazz Band provided their popular blend of musical entertainment to accompany the sunshine for a fabulously sunny gala and flower show.

 

North Mundham Gala Line Up

The line up for the North Mundham Gala & Flower Show on 12th July 2014 was:

George Paterson on trumpet and vocals
Eddie  Brockwell  on clarinet
Frank Wattis on banjo, guitar and vocals
Trevor Britton on double bass
George Bennett on drums and leader

 

North Mundham Gala Next Year

The indications are, even at this early stage, that George’s Regis Jazz Band will be back at North Mundham Gala in 2015.

Musical Instruments North Mundham Gala and Flower Show

 

Jazz at Selsey D-Day Festival

Musical Instruments In Selsey

Jayne Darling SingerOn Sunday 1th June 2014 Selsey marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day with the vibrant and exciting Selsey D-Day Festival and George’s Regis Jazz Band came along to help the afternoon go with a swing.

The band were joined in the marquee by Jayne Darling who also sang with the band at the end of the afternoon. See the band’s calendar for more opportunities to meet the band. Playing a great repertoire of music popular at the time, the band were able to add a great nostalgic atmosphere to the occasion.

There are many numbers in the band’s repertoire that are very much of the era of  D-Day and therefore ideal for the Selsey D-Day Festival. Here is an interesting page featuring the music that the band plays.

Georges Regis Jazz Band At Selsey D-Day Festival

Jazz at Selsey D-Day Festival

Chris Newman On Bass DrumStrolling jazz bands are ideal for events such as festivals as the band is fully mobile and able to reach all corners of the venue without concern for cables or amplification. George’s Regis Jazz Band played both in the marquee and as a strolling band during the festivities.

With a strolling band, all of the instruments must be portable. Instead of a double bass, the bass player may play a sousaphone or the band may bring in a bass drum. Instead of a full drum kit, the drummer will often use a cut-down portable set. Instruments such as the piano are too large to move let alone carry but the clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and banjo are perfectly at home in a strolling setting.

 

Selsey D-Day Festival Line-up

Derek Little On ClarinetThe line up for the Selsey D-Day Festival was: George Bennett on drums, Derek Little on clarinet, Dave Rogers on double bass, Chris Newman on piano and bass drum and Pete Dorday on trumpet.

For the strolling sets, George swapped his full drum kit for a portable set. Chris Newman  traded his piano for a bass drum and cymbal. Derek Little played clarinet and Pete Dorday trumpet in both the marquee and strolling sets. The strolling band doesn’t use amplification but it does reach parts of the festival that the static band may not so using both styles together gives the best of both worlds and worked particularly well for the Selsey D-Day Festival.

 

Selsey D-Day Festival Fund Raising

Teresa Spencer Event OrganiserThe Selsey D-Day Festival set out to raise funds for Help for Heroes but it was also a great opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy a lively and vibrant afternoon.

While stallholders contributed their takings to Help for Heroes, veteran Joe Roddis, author of the book “In Support of the Few”, was on hand to sign copies of his book and donated the proceeds from sales of his book to the Apuldram Centre.

Joe Roddis also paid for the grand finale air display having arranged for a visit by a Harvard from Goodwood Airfield to over fly the town in the evening.

Organisers Teresa Spencer and Lynn Reeves were delighted with the Selsey D-Day Festival after months of hard work planning the event.

St Georges Day Parade

Happy St George’s Day

Emsworth is a long time champion of St George’s Day and 2014 was no exception. On the 23rd April, troops from 47 Regiment Royal Artillery were greeted by hearty cheers and flag waving from the hundreds gathered to watch the parade. This year’s parade was something of a farewell with 47 Regiment leaving their Thorney Island base for Larkhill in Wiltshire.

 

St George’s Day Parade

The parade marched from The Lord Raglan pub to St Peter’s Square and the troops were accompanied by the Band of the Rifles on their march. George’s Regis Jazz Band were on hand to infuse the occasion with their popular blend of lively upbeat Jazz. George’s Regis Jazz Band feature in a video report by the Portsmouth News.

 

St George’s Day Strolling Band

We’re grateful to Makaela Papworth of Shutters Photography  for permission to use a selection of her great photos from the day. Makaela has a wide selection of photos featuring the parade on her website. You can also find Shutters Photography on Facebook.

The band line up for St George’s Day was: George Paterson, cornet – Steve Davies, reeds – Edwin ‘Boots’ Baker, trombone – Jim Heath, banjo – Trevor Britton, sousaphone and George Bennett, snare drum.

Strolling Band on St Georges Day

Strolling Band walking in the street

George Bennett on drums

Steve Davies on reeds

Edwin 'Boots' Baker on trombone

George Paterson on cornet

Tangled Children And Chichester Jazz

On Saturday 8th February 2014 at 11am it was Tangled Children and Chichester Jazz day! The strolling jazz band played for the opening of  the Tangled Children’s Hair Salon and Party Venue in Southgate, Chichester (opposite the Globe Sports Pub). After the launch, the band made their way to Chichester City Centre and entertained the passers by until 1pm.

Tangled Childrens Hair Salon

The “Tangled Children’s Hair Salon and Party Venue” is a brand new venture opening in Chichester. Curious? Make your way down to 5 Southdown Buildings, Southgate, Chichester PO19 8DQ on Saturday 8th February at 11 am. If you are held up in traffic, you may still catch the band strolling through Chichester to the city centre where the entertainment will be ongoing until 1pm. See our calendar for full details.

 

“Every Day is a Party at Tangled”

Tangled is conveniently located near to both the railway station and the bus station in Chichester. This bold and imaginative undertaking is likely to prove an exciting attraction for the younger members of the family. Take a look at Tangled Children’s web site for all the details.

Tangled Childrens Salon and Party Venue

 

Events for May 2013

May 2013 – With The Great Gatsby!

May 2013 has been a lively month with no less than four private functions! We had just as many private events so a great month was enjoyed by all. You will find our up-to-date list of events on our calendar.

May 2013 - Picturedrome Cinema

We were invited to provide a jazz welcome in the entrance foyer for The Great Gatsby at the Picturedrome in Bognor Regis to set the scene for the release of the much-anticipated film.

May 2013 at the Haslemere Classic Car Rally

Haslemere Classic Car Rally

Later in the month we were at Haslemere Classic Car Rally with both a seated and strolling jazz band line up and a great time was had by all.

Strolling Jazz Band at the Haslemere Classic Car Rally

Strolling Jazz Band

St. Peter’s Church Summer Fair

St Peter's Church Fair

On bank holiday Monday 27th May the band visited St. Peter’s Church Summer Fair in Selsey for another great sunny afternoon.

Live Jazz Music In Chichester

Chichester is a city in West Sussex on the south coast of England. The city’s history as a settlement dates back to Roman times and is home to a 12th century cathedral as well as  some of the oldest churches and buildings in Great Britain.

Chichester is a local government oasis with three levels of government managed from the city and also a transport hub and cultural centre with a Festival Theatre and two art galleries.

The city is home to Chichester Jazz Club. The Chichester Real Ale & Jazz Festival is a regular summer fixture although the musical spectrum has expanded considerably in recent years.