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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!

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

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.

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.