Chichester Memories

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Does anyone exactly remember a new bell or bells being winched in by a very large crane into the tower. My memory as an 9 year old standing outside Morants watching with Dad ( Vicar of Oving then) and younger brother, was it early 1966?.We knew Sam Vigar, who was the cathedral Head of Maintanance, he was running (...Read full memory)

I attended school in Chichester at St. John's school on East street. I went there from 1947 until 1951. I have many fond memories of my days there; great teachers, my first girlfriend Lesley and the bus ride home to Emsworth.

I remember the Chichester Festival Theatre opening in 1962. I went to see several plays there over the years. One I remember well was The Royal Hunt of the Sun. Later, in the early 70s I worked there for 2 years first running the bookstall and later as an usherette. I met many stars including Tony Robinson (...Read full memory)

My late mother Isabelle Grainger (1925-2010) worked at the Royal West Sussex Hospital during the late 1940s early 1950s as secretary to the Matron Miss E.S. Parkinson (later Mrs Buckwell). Whilst working at the hospital my mother met a wonderful friend Brenda Arnell who had trained as an SRN at the hospital. Ms Arnell was later to become my godmother. Sue Tanner

I trainee from 1959 to1962, and loved every moment great days happy so surname was Pickett,and I married Michael Jones,who was a junior doctor,but sadly he died in 1978 . Would love to hear from any one who was at the hospital when I trained?

In 1952-1956 I trained at RWSH & obtained SRN & then went to Cambridge for midwifery training. After that emigrated to Canada worked there & also USA. Worked as a nurse in San Francisco & New York. I often think of the days & nights spent working at Royal West Sussex Hospital. I would like to get in touch with anyone who remembers me. Sheila McConnell.

When I was little and we went shopping in Chichester, I always liked looking for King Charles on the medieval Market Cross in the city centre. One of the niches on the Market Cross holds a bronze bust of King Charles I, who was executed in 1649 during the Civil War. Chichester’s Member of (...Read full memory)