Chichester D-Day 75th Commemoration

21st May 18:30 The Novium “D-Day Aviation in West Sussex” Ken Rimell

Tickets available from The Novium

28th May 19:00 West Sussex Records Office “D-Day 75: West Sussex” Alan Readman

Tickets available from West Sussex Records Office

4th June 17:30 University of Chichester featuring talks from:

  • Julie & Nigel Peachey, “Reliving D-Day in the Tangmere Ops Room
  • Dudley Hooley (Tangmere) “10 Things you didn’t know about D-Day
  • Prof. Clive Webb (Sussex) “Occupied Sussex: The American Presence during the Second World War
  • Ben Blackwood (Chichester) “How RAF Tangmere Prepared for D-Day
  • Dr. Andrew Smith (Chichester) “Ten year on: the 1954 D-Day Commemoration in Normandy
  • Dr. Alwyn Turner (Chichester) “Jugglers at the Cenotaph: the 50th anniversaries of D-Day/VE Day

9th June New Park Cinema, Screening of “The Longest Day” (1962) Time to be confirmed

Tickets New Park Cinema

Musings for May

In remembrance of a little church

Seventy-two years ago, on the 30th of this month, the West Sussex Gazette recorded that the Church known as St Peter the Less in North Street ‘one of the pre-Reformation “little churches of Chichester” has now been demolished’. This church stood where the Lakeland store now stands and its memory only marked by the name of St Peter’s Street that runs beside that store. Apparently the bell (which carried upon it the date of 1580) was moved to an unnamed church in Crawley whilst the remains of those who had been interred there were moved and reinterred elsewhere.  Local historian, and CLHS member, Alan Green is writing about all the little churches of Chichester even as this blog appears!

Hello World!

Welcome to a new venture from the Chichester Local History Society. This blog will be a place where occasional articles, historical facts (if there are such things) and points of interest will be posted as the whim takes us. Don’t expect much in terms of regularity especially at the moment when we are just coming to the end of the Society’s season. That said, if you have an idle moment, it might be worth getting yourself a biscuit and a cup of tea and checking back to see if anything has changed.