Dance your way to Keeping Fit – every Thursday Coronation Hall



Every Thursday 7.30pm – 8.30pm during term time

This is an alternative to a regular Aerobics or Zumba class. The class is informal and friendly and you will be encouraged to work at your own pace.  Over time the classes will improve your co-ordination and movements and sequences will become familiar.

All abilities and ages welcome

Drop-in class £6 per session

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact

Kate Thorne 07940199092, 01243 814568 Email:

A27 Fontwell to Tangmere weekday night-time closures – July & August

Another bout of road repairs coming up in early July , running until the end of August. Night-time closures (8pm to 6am, weekdays only) will affect BOTH carriageways between Fontwell to the far side of Tangmere, starting with the EAST-bound carriageway 8 – 30 July and then the WEST-bound carriageway will be closed each weekday night-time 31 July to 23 August.

Here are the full details:

8-30 July – EASTBOUND A27 closed weekday nights 8pm to 6pm

This will affect us in Slindon if you are RETURNING from Chichester (or all points beyond). The eastbound carriageway will be closed from 8pm to 6am between the Temple Bar flyover – thats just before the Tangmere roundabout – to the Fontwell roundabout.

31 July to 23 August – WESTBOUND A27 closed weekday night 8pm to 6pm

This will affect your journeys INTO Chichester (and all points beyond).
The westbound carriageway of the same section of the A27 will be closed from 8pm to 6am.

There will, of course, be diversions, but these will be to the south of the A27 (A29 and A259 to Shrimpney and North Bersted). For us, it would doubtless be a lot easier to travel to and from Chichester via Eartham and the A285 Chichester-Petworth road.

The closures and diversions will run during weekday nights only – unless weather conditions dictate extra hours.

Gin & Jazz Night at The Forge – 19 July from 7pm

Swimming at Slindon College in August

Swimming Pool Open at Slindon College

The open air (heated) swimming pool at Slindon College will be open to villagers during the summer holidays on the dates listed below. No need to book just turn up. Children of primary school age must be accompanied by an adult.  A trained lifeguard will be on duty for all sessions.

Mon19th August                 10.00 – 11.30am

Wed 21st  August                  2.30 – 4.00pm

Thurs 22nd  August             2.30 –  4.00pm   

Tues 27th  August                 10.00 – 11.30pm

Wed 28th  August                 2.30 – 4.00pm

Thurs 29th  August              10.00 – 11.30pm

Friday 30th  August                  2.30 – 4.00pm

Fee is £3 for a school age child for the first swim and thereafter this one ticket can be used for as many of the sessions as the child would like to attend.  

Adults are welcome to attend the sessions to swim or supervise young children in the pool.  Over 18’s not supervising small children the fee is £3 per session. 

The fee is a contribution toward the cost of the lifeguard Sandy Monk who will be in attendance for all sessions. Sandy is a teacher at the College.

You should arrive ready to swim and bring a towel to dry off afterwards as there are no changing rooms.  There are toilet facilities at the college.  

There is a safety limit of 20 children or adults in the pool at one time and if this situation occurs we will ask people to take turns in the pool. 

‘The Odds of Being Earnest – new play at Coronation Hall Saturday 10 August at 7.30

Following their success with ‘Shakespeare’s Lost Women’ and ‘Poisoned Beds’, DMP productions will return to The Coronation Hall with ‘The Odds Of Being Earnest’ by Greg Mosse , with Slindon’s own Paula Tinker and Gareth Williams.

The play is an imagined ‘sequel’ to Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

‘A Sparkling Comedy for a Summer’s Evening’ – The scene is Monte Carlo 1914, twenty years after ‘The Importance Of being Earnest’ and reveals a chance meeting between Lady Bracknell and Frederick Chasuble.

Saturday August 10th Coronation Hall Tickets £12. Bookable on 01243 814207

Alternative dates at
Worthing Connaught Theatre – 8th August                               
Emsworth  Brook Hall               9th August bookable through their box offi

Talk by Peter Lovesey – writer of locally-set detective novels – Friday 20 September, St Mary’s at 7.30

Peter Lovesey is a British writer of historical and contemporary detective novels and short stories.  His best-known series character is Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond, a modern-day police detective based in Bath.  Some of his Peter Diamond novels and all of his Inspector Henrietta Mallinn novels are set in West Sussex, based in Chichester.  ‘Down Among the Dead Men’ takes place in Slindon, Boxgrove, Bosham and Littlehampton, and is a good read.  

Peter Lovesey has won many awards for his work and, until recently, he lived for many years in Chichester – he knows Slindon and the Forge where he may well have derived inspiration for some of the characters in his books! In a recent message to the St Mary’s team, Peter said;
“I do know Slindon from previous visits to the marvellous community shop and the pumpkin festival. It was fun to locate some of my fictional characters in your village. I hope I didn’t take too many liberties!”

Further details of the talk and where to buy tickets will be publicised later shortly. In the meantime, please save the date. 

The Church Events Committee

‘Cherry Soup – tales of the South Downs’ – play & supper at The Forge, Wednesday 25 September

Sara Clifford is the South Downs National Park writer in residence and she has written an hour-long play called ‘Cherry Soup – True and not so True Tales of the South Downs.’

Sara describes her play thus:

“A Cherry-Seller sits by the side of the road. We’ve all seen them. 

People stop, people buy cherries and people chat. They tell their stories: of ancient farms and modern fetes; of lost skills and identities; of overgrown orchards and the ghosts of the villages – as well as the new stories that people bring, different ideas and different cultures”.

Weaving the stories of some of the people Sara met during her research with tales of the history and culture of the Downs, this one-person show will explore the changing landscapes, work, homes and populations of the Park – as well as how the history of cherries is also the history of Southern England…

Supported by Applause Rural Touring and performed with text, music and humour, the show will ask questions about the past, present and future of the Park.

This is not about nostalgia – this is a Cherry Soup of a show: sweet and sour and a little unexpected…

The play is on tour across a number of venues (mostly pubs) across the South Downs including Slindon – where the performance will take place at the Forge (starting at 7.30 for 8).

The evening includes supper. Final details (including booking arrangements and prices) will be available later in July.

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