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.
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.
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!
Lavant Fete Basking In The Sunshine
Lavant Fete has not always been blessed with the best of weather but this year the sun shone and the band obliged by spicing up the afternoon with their acclaimed hot weather jazz repertoire.
Lavant Fete Jazz Band Line Up
The line up for Lavant Fete this year was:
George Bennett on drums
Derek Little on reeds
Chris Newman on piano and bass drum
Pete Dorday on trumpet
Dave Rogers on bass
If you didn’t make the Fete this year then why not set aside the 20th June 2015 to enjoy some great open air jazz in
Lavant Fete is a regular feature on the band’s calendar. The Parish Council Fete Committee were delighted with the performance and wrote a much appreciated testimonial to express their approval.
The civil parish of Lavant is part of the Chichester district of West Sussex and is easily reached on the A286. Lavant is a short drive from Goodwood Airfield and Goodwood House. Midhurst can be reached by continuing north on the A286.
Lavant is made up of three villages – West Lavant, East Lavant and Mid Lavant. The parish takes its name from the River Lavant which flows from East Dean and enjoys a public house and a number of historic cottages.
On the border of the parish lies the delightful Kingley Vale nature reserve which is a popular with walkers, offering splendid views of the city of Chichester and beyond. Kingley Vale is well worth a visit before you drop in to the Lavant Fete.
We’re delighted the announce a new venue The Steam Packet Pub, where the band will be playing on the last Friday of every month starting on the 18th April 2014.
New Venue The Steam Packet Pub
The Steam Packet, at 54 River Road, Littlehampton BN17 5BZ will be hosting the band for the first of a number of evening entertainment events from 8.15pm – 10.45pm on Friday 18th April 2014. Booking for meals advised. Full menus are available on The Steam Packet website. Telephone 01903 715994 to book a table.
George Bennett said:
“It’s great to have a new regular venue to add to our calendar of events for 2014. The Steam Packet dates back to 1840 and stands on the banks of the River Arun, overlooking the site where the cross-channel steam packet ferry service ran between Littlehampton and Honfleur in the Calvados department in north western France between 1863 and 1882. Honfleur is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie.
Our first jazz evening at this historic pub is on the 18th April followed by performances on every last Friday of the month. Come on down to The Steam Packet and enjoy evening jazz by the banks of the River Arun!”
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.
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
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
St. Peter’s Church Summer Fair
On bank holiday Monday 27th May the band visited St. Peter’s Church Summer Fair in Selsey for another great sunny afternoon.
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.