The Return of the Upcycling Group

Lockdown thwarted the newly formed Upcycling Group, led by the lovely Sarah, after only one project. But we are WI and will not be kept down. Keeping to the “Group of 6” restriction, the group returned with a project to up-cycle jam jars into candle holders.

Sarah patiently led us through the process and we all got to try a glue gun….the glue is hot. In addition to bringing home some beautifully crafted candle holders it was an opportunity to catch up, chat and have a laugh. Such a tonic for your mental health in these surreal times.

Coming next…..a festive wreath.

Sue Harris

Face Masks for Sage House

Sage House, one of our charities for 2020, asked for support so that they could be ready to reopen their facilities at Tangmere for people with dementia, and, of course Bognor Regis WI responded! Their request was for face masks as Coronavirus guidelines advise that face masks are worn whenever groups get together indoors.   Armed with a large donation of knicker elastic from one of our members, 12 of us raided our fabric boxes.   A couple of broken needles later and with some frustration over the multitude of designs out there, we made well over 100 face masks.   Well done, Bognor Regis WI.

Jan Marsden

Colours and styles to suit everyone!

BRWI 2020 Summer Evening Walks

Bersted Park and Brooks Walk, Old Shripney

Easing of coronavirus lock down gave us an opportunity and we made the most of it!

Our WI Walk Group re-started in June, within Covid-19 guidelines, and managed 10 walks before the evening light diminished.   Exercise, laughter, Jan’s shortbread, warm sunny evenings and conversation proved a successful formula for over 20 of our WI members.

The walks were arranged in or around Bognor Regis, with the exception of the walk to the WI Federation Centenary Oaks Wood at Slindon.   We found pockets of Bognor Regis and its environs, that many of us did not know were there.   We increased our knowledge about where we live and some of its history.   Karen, Mandy, Frances and Sheila supported Jan is taking on the lead for some of the walks.   Here are a few of the special moments:

  • The cross over with the different walk sub groups on the beach, at low tide, on our first evening walk, with arms stretched out to keep our social distance.
  • Jan’s regular sugar fix for every member.
  • Support and kindness, as one walk was a bit further that we were given to believe!
  • The amazing views across Pagham Harbour with its changed landscape since our last walk there.
  • Bells, Mandy’s horse, welcoming us to her home. 
  • Local knowledge about the Barnham Canal, Chalcroft Lane airfield, Felpham Nature Reserve, and the Bersted Man.
  • First Aid Kit used for the first time in 9 nine years – only for a plaster!
  • A Bognorian, born and bred in Bognor Regis, of which we seemed only to have 1 on the walks, reminiscing about old haunts and homes.
  • Non-exhaustive chatter as we mixed and matched while walking along.
  • Sculptures at Bersted Park.

The Walk Group also ventured further afield by Zoom in July.  We took ourselves somewhere even more special for 30 minutes!   Amazing views of the high Himalayas, insight into family and farming communities, and the role of women there.   Thanks to Jane Weston, a friend of Jan’s, for sharing the photographic journey – on paths most of us will not have the opportunity to walk on.

There were so many more special moments during the 2020 Summer of Bognor Regis WI evening walks, but most of all thank you everyone for joining in and making our walks so enjoyable.  

I will miss them, and you!   

Jan Marsden

Jan’s photos are in our photo album. To view them, please click here.

Fizz and Float

A July evening saw a social get together in Gina’s garden, backing on to the prom in Felpham. Following in the tradition of previous year’s Gin and Swim and Pimms and Paddle came our Fizz and Float.

11 intrepid women left the safety of Gina’s garden, on to the prom, and into the sea for a swim.  After an initial chill when we got in, we had great fun swimming and floating around in the choppy waters.

Check out our video on YouTube – proof that we actually did get in!

Then back to Gina’s garden for fizz, nibbles and a long overdue catch up. 

The evening not only benefited members but also our two local charities with £80 raised for Sage House, and two boxes of donated food for the Bognor Foodbank.

Looking forward to next year already.

Words Sue Harris

Photos and Video Joyce Aird and Gina Fitch-Roy

Films on TV w/e 25th July

With lockdown easing, and signs of rustling in the undergrowth from local cinemas, this will be my final ‘films on TV’ posting.
My hope is that I’ll soon be able to resume ‘normal service’ for our Flick Chicks group, with emails about upcoming films at the cinema. If you’d like to be added to the circulation list for trips to the Picturedrome and other local cinemas, please let me know via the comments section here, or by contacting a member of the committee.
Meanwhile, here are the best of this week’s TV screenings:
Sunday
  • Stand By Me – 4.25pm, Channel 5
Monday
  • Das Boot – 6.05pm, Sony Movies Classic
Tuesday
  • Odd Man Out – 4.35pm, Talking Pictures TV
  • Eddie the Eagle – 6.55pm, Film4
  • Love Actually – 10pm, Channel 5
Wednesday
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) – 9pm, Horror
Friday
  • The Shining – 10.50pm, BBC1
  • For a Few Dollars More – 11.20pm, BBC2
Saturday
  • Zootropolis (animation) – 5pm, BBC1
  • The Black Orchid – 7.10pm, Talking Pictures TV
  • The Pelican Brief – 8.20pm, TCM Movies
  • You Only Live Twice (James Bond) – 9pm, ITV
  • The Post – 9.15pm, Channel 4
Karen

Films on TV w/e 18th July – and cinema news

It seems that the more the lockdown restrictions lift, the fewer good films there are to watch on TV. But I have managed to find a few to recommend this week:
Sunday
  • The Ipcress File – 3.45pm, BBC2
Monday
  • Joan of Arc – 2.55pm, BBC2
  • Macbeth (2015) – 11.10pm, Film4
Tuesday
  • Coogan’s Bluff – 10pm, ITV4
Wednesday
  • Crimson Tide – 9pm, ITV4
  • Dirty Dancing – 9pm, 5Star
Thursday
  • The Birdman of Alcatraz – 5.55pm, Sony Movies Classic
  • The First Wives Club – 7pm, 5Star
Friday
  • An Affair to Remember – 6.40pm, Sony Movies Classic
  • Good Will Hunting – 9pm, 5Star
Saturday
  • The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) – 2.05pm, BBC2
  • A Touch of Larceny – 6pm, Talking Pictures TV
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – 9.15pm, Channel 4
  • Jackie – 11.10pm, Channel 4
In other news, I’m delighted to report that the Picturedrome will be reopening soon. Exact date TBC, but you can find more details here of the new post-lockdown measures they will have in place
Picturedrome cinema news

Karen

Films on TV, w/e 11th July

Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we can get to the cinema. But meanwhile, here are the best of the films coming up on TV this week:
Sunday
  • The Truman Show – 2.30pm, Sony Movies
  • Ice Station Zebra – 3.40pm, BBC2
  • Erin Brockovich – 10.25pm, 5Star
Monday
  • Thelma and Louise – 11.05pm, Channel 5
Tuesday
  • Ex Machina – 11.15pm, Channel 4
Thursday
  • The History Boys – 10.40pm, BBC4
  • Dracula (Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing) – 11.10pm, Horror channel
Friday
  • Shirley Valentine – 10pm, Channel 5
  • Rush – 10.45pm, BBC1
Saturday
  • Monsters University (animation) – 5.15pm, BBC1
  • The Bridge at Remagen – 6.35pm, Paramount Network
  • From Russia With Love (James Bond) – 9pm, ITV
  • Good Will Hunting – 9pm, 5Star
Karen

Cinema news + Films on TV w/e 4th July

There is some light at the end of the cinema tunnel at last! In Chichester, Cineworld are reopening on July 10th, with new distanced seating and staggered film times planned.
New Park Cinema has been working with the Chichester Festival Theatre to arrange a ‘drive-in’ cinema experience in Northgate Car Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend (with tickets on sale in July).
I can find no news of our lovely local cinema, the Picturedrome – there are no recent updates on their website, facebook page or twitter feed. If anyone has any up-to-date information do please pass it along!
In the meantime, here’s my pick of the films coming up on TV over the next week:
Sunday
  • The Sting – 11.25am, ITV4
Monday
  • F/X: Murder by Illusion – 9pm, Paramount
Wednesday
  • For Your Eyes Only (James Bond) – 8pm, ITV4
Thursday
  • The Fugitive – 9pm, ITV4
  • Touching the Void – 10pm, Channel 4
Friday
  • Frozen II (animation) – 7pm, Sky Premiere
  • 3.10 to Yuma (2007 version) – 10.45pm, BBC1
  • Borg vs McEnroe – 11.20pm, BBC2
Saturday
  • The Jungle Book (2016 live action version) – 5pm, BBC1
  • Destry Rides Again – 5.55pm, TCM Movies
  • Dr No (the first James Bond film) – 8.30pm, ITV
  • The Goldfinch – 8pm, Sky Premiere
  • The Spy Who Came In From the Cold – 9pm, Talking Pictures TV