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.
When we arrived at the Madhurst Carnival it was raining hard. This is not entirely unusual for a Monday in August! Our first performance was a strolling set on our way to the show ground. Once we arrived at the show ground we had a marquee awaiting so we could play in the dry.
Madhurst Carnival Strolling Jazz Band
Madhurst Carnival Marquee
Inside the marquee, we were regaled with tea and cake to fuel us for our next trip outside. We were due to play another set around the show ground as a strolling band. Thankfully the rain stopped just in time for our final Madhurst Carnival strolling set.
Line-up: Peter Dorday on trumpet; Steve Davies on soprano sax; Derek Little on clarinet; Edwin ‘Boots’ Baker on trombone; Jim Heath on banjo; Trevor Britton on sousaphone; George Bennett on snare drum.
George and the Clown
The Madhurst Carnival weather had been severe but it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and a fun day was had by all.
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.
The forecast for Hayling For St George on Sunday August 30th 2015 was not good but luckily the weather stayed fine, despite the forecast from the previous day.
Hayling for St George Strolling Band
It was lovely to see people enjoying the music, especially the strolling band. Toes were tapping, hands were clapping and it was a joy to see people dancing.
Wendy Adams Evans joined the band for a song.
Hayling for St George Line-up
The line-up at Hayling for St George was George Paterson on trumpet, Alan Cresswell on clarinet, Edwin ‘Boots’ Baker on trombone, Jim Heath on banjo, Trevor Britton on sousaphone and George Bennett on drums.
Jazz Under The Gazebo
Wendy Adams Evans Entertains
Strolling Jazz Band on the Prowl
Edwin ‘Boots’ Baker on Vocals
We all had a great time. Will you be at the next Hayling for St George?
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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!
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
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.
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.
The Sunbeam Car Rally was held at the Norton Park Hotel at Sutton Scotney near Winchester in Hampshire on Sunday 5th July 2015. We were provided with a super gazebo that seemed more like a circus tent! See our calendar for what’s on this year.
Sunbeam Car Rally Jazz Band
The weather was wonderful and the band was very popular. It wasn’t long before some decided to dance alhough it must have been difficult on the grass.
Dancing at the Sunbeam Car Rally
Being a rather warm day, we found a splendid vintage fire engine to help us cool off. We didn’t work out how to turn on the pump but the fire engine very conveniently doubled as a well-ventilated band stand!
Sunbeam Car Rally Fire Engine
Line-up: George Paterson (trumpet), Steve Davies (reeds), Chris Gower (trombone), Lynn Saunders (banjo), Graham Wiseman (bass) and George Bennett on drums.
We very much enjoyed the Sunbeam Car Rally last year. Keep an eye on this year’s calendar for more information on outside events like the Sunbeam Car Rally.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!