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Top 10 things to do this week | 6th – 13th September

1 Music An Afternoon at the Proms. Join the Bognor Regis Concert Band for an afternoon of patriotic music at the Alexandra Theatre. Bring your flags and best singing voices to enjoy Proms classics such as Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and many more under the baton of musical director Dave Poste. Comprised of more than 30 local musicians, Bognor Regis Concert Band has been entertaining audiences in Bognor and the surrounding area for more than 30 years. Tickets for the concert on Sunday, September 8, at 2pm, are £8, £7 for concessions and available from the box office at Belmont Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1BL, online at: alexandratheatre.co.uk or call 01243 861010.

 

2 Event Bognor Old Town Artisan Market. The first market took place on September 12, 2015. It brought together local artisans offering crafts, jewellery, food products, clothing and music was available to entertain visitors. Until 2016, the market was held three times a year. In 2017, the first Christmas market was added to the line-up. It was a resounding success and now there are four markets a year April, July, September and the very popular Christmas market in November. For 2019 the event has expanded inside Bognor Regis Methodist Church to accommodate more inside sellers. Singers and musicians will be performing at the High Street venue on Saturday, September 14, from 10am-4pm. For information, visit the website at: facebook.com/BOTA Markets

 

3 Theatre Joe Black’s House of Burlesque. The audience at the Kings Theatre in Albert Road, Southsea PO5 2QJ is encouraged to dress up for one of the biggest events of its kind in the UK on Saturday, September 14, at 7.30pm. Hosted by infamous cabaret reprobate and drag clown raconteur, Joe Black, the ever-rotating cast of his House of Burlesque will include British burlesque legend Vicky Butterfly, with her anachronistic elegance, award-winning burlesque bombshell Didi Derriere and Felicity Furore, who is described as playful yet dangerous, glamorous yet scandalous. Also on the bill are all-singing, all-dancing drag diva powerhouse Poppycock, Chi Chi Revolver, who is Guinness world record holding hula hooping extraordinaire, and creepy creature impersonator and nonsensical nosferatu glamour ghoul Arran Shurvinton. Tickets are £19.50 and £10 for students from: kingsportsmouth.co.uk

 

4 Event The Saturday Club. The club for children, aged five to 14, at Arun Leisure Centre, Felpham Way, Bognor Regis PO2 8ED, is bursting with fun. With box ‘n’ bounce and play ‘n’ slide inflatables, table top games, sports, arts and crafts and team games, all led by the centre’s team of fantastic activity staff. The club has something for everyone. Parents can sign their kids in for up to 1 hour and 45 minutes of non-stop fun, just make sure they have a a drink and snack to fuel them for the entertainment. The fun starts on Saturday September 7, 11am-12.45pm, and continues weekly. It costs £5.75 for members, who can book up to two weeks in advance, and £7.20 for non-members. Call 01243 826612 or visit the leisure centre’s reception to book.

 

5 Dancing Sixties Pop Night with The Minkees. The sixties will be swinging again when The Mulberries present a chance to dance and sing along to the hits of 50 years ago. The Mulberries, whose name stems from the Mulberry Harbours which were hidden under the sea along the coastline in readiness for the D-Day landings, was originally set up to raise funds to build a village hall in Pagham and, to this day, continues to support Pagham Village Hall for the benefit of all users and distribute money to various local good causes. Regular dances are held at the hall, featuring live groups, with proceeds to charitable funds. Participants can bring their own food and drink on Saturday, September 14, from 7.30pm-11pm. Entry is £8 and tickets can be booked by calling 01243 697593.

 

6 Music WSO: Isata Kanneh-Mason. The sensation that is the Kanneh-Mason family from Nottingham has been the subject of BBC documentaries and radio programmes and the Worthing Symphony Orchestra hosts pianist Isata on Sunday, September 8. Kanneh-Mason makes her Worthing debut playing the brilliant Piano Concerto by Clara Schumann (née Wieck), a true heroine of 19th century German romanticism. Beethoven’s epic Eroica Symphony was composed in honour of Napoleon’s revolutionary campaigns across Europe but he scrubbed out Napoleon’s name when the latter proclaimed himself Emperor of France. The programme in the Assembly Hall, in Stoke Abott Road, also includes Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, Chabrier’s Habanera and the Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn. Tickets, priced from £19, are available online at: worthingtheatres.co.uk in person at the box office or by calling 01903 206206.

 

7 Art Oxmarket Centre of Arts. The latest exhibitions featuring work by artists in the Chichester and Bognor Regis area cover a range of genre. Already open and continuing until September 23 is South Coast Creatives, which is an exciting collaboration of five West Sussex artists, exhibiting a range of mixed media mosaics and ceramics, oil and acrylic paintings, forged metal by an artist blacksmith and quality lacquered lamps, sculptures and furniture items. Textile designer Caroline Bonar’s show is open until September 15. She specialises in hand-painted silk with each piece individually designed and hand painted in vibrant and exciting colours, incorporating a batik overlay which increases depth and lustre to the design. Imagine That! will be celebrating creative imagination in sculpture, printmaking, painting, textile and Iconography, with informal Iconography demonstrations all week from September 10-15. All the exhibitions are open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm, at St Andrews Court, off East Street, Chichester, PO1 IYH. Free entry. For further information, call 01243 779103.

 

8 Music Big Band Concert. As part of the centenary celebrations of Rotary Club of Chichester, a concert featuring the Central Band of Royal British Legion and Winchester Military Wives Choir will be staged at St Paul’s Church, Churchside, Chichester PO19 6FT on Saturday, September 14, 7pm. The programme will comprise familiar and popular music. The band was formed 71 years ago and traces its roots to a Home Guard band who met in Epsom, Surrey, during the Second World War. When the Home Guard were stood down in the winter of 1944, its members decided to form their own British Legion band, although many of its players have not been in the services. All concert seats are unreserved and cost £12.50, which includes an interval drink. Proceeds of the evening, after a donation to the choir, will be shared between the band and the Rotary Club’s Centenary Appeal.

 

9 Talk The Early Saxon Settlement of Sussex. Archaeologist at Worthing Museum, James Sainsbury, will reveal what recent excavations tell us about early Saxon settlements in Sussex, particularly in the area between the Arun and Adur rivers. His talk will be illustrated with ancient artefacts found in the pagan Saxon cemetery on Highdown Hill, which are vital evidence since there are no written accounts of the early settlements. All are welcome to this talk, hosted by the East Preston & Kingston Preservation Society, EPKPS members free, visitors £3 payable at the door. The talk, on Wednesday, September 11, 7.15-8.30pm, is at Conservative Hall, Sea Road, East Preston BN16 1JN. For further information, call 01903 779134.

 

10 Comedy Matt’s Comedy Club presents Griffin & Jones. Matt’s Comedy Club are delighted to present the pioneers of slapdash magic Griffin & Jones, for an evening of conjuring, chuckles and sheer chancery (that’s a word we just made up). These award-winning idiots have become famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and show-stopping wizardry. Whether trying to flog you their own brand of snake-oil, or coerce you into playing one of their ridiculous games, these guys will not only leave you asking how they did it, but also why. Plus top local stand-ups and MC Russ Bravo. Matt’s Comedy Club is Worthing’s family-friendly night out, and has been hosting top live comedy in the town since 2008. The gig is on Thursday September 12, 8pm, at the Pavilion Cafe Bar in Denton Lounge, Marine Parade, Worthing BN11 3PX, tickets £10, concessions £8.

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