John Keats returns to Chichester

After much anticipation a statue to the poet John Keats has been unveiled in the centre of the city! The poet visited Chichester in January 1819, staying with the parents of his friend, Charles Dilke in Eastgate Square. So it is fitting that the sculpture depicts John...

Frieda Hughes exhibition in Chichester Cathedral

Frieda Hughes – artist and poet has an exhibition in Chichester Cathedral. At the end of 2015 she decided to create a work of art based on a commitment to paint a picture every day for a year. She ended up working for 400 days and it is this and other new pieces which...

The Country Wife

Tucked quietly away in a corner of Berkshire is an amazing textile mural called The Country Wife. It is currently being renovated by volunteer embroiderers with the hope that one day it will be put on public display for the general public to marvel over. The National...

St George – not just the patron saint of England

We often think that St George is exclusively “ours” – he is after all the patron saint of England. However, he is also venerated in many places across former Roman Empire and it is wonderful to see the different interpretations of his life. Last week...

Reluctant to Reform

Although the tempestuous political atmosphere of the last few months has now died down, the desire for political reform is still rumbling on amongst disappointed voters. Yes, it is difficult to understand that the country is to be run by a party which garnered just...

Conventicles – Secret Religious Meetings

What was a conventicle? I really should have used this strangely evocative word in the description of the murder of Richard Habin in South Street, because it sums up precisely those meetings that he so enjoyed spying on! Very simply, a conventicle was a secret or...