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A New Access Guide for Chichester City

The Chichester Access Group must be gluttons for punishment.  Not only,at the end of last year,did we produce the Petworth & District Access Guide, we have just released a new enlarged Chichester City Access Guide, all in the space of nine months!

The original City Guide, which was the first the Group produced, covered the area within the old walls of Chichester and included only a few main points of interest outside.  The new Guide takes in all of the City and joins with the two area Guides to the North and, next year, it will link with the Coastal Plain Guide, to the South.

The Revised Chichester City Access Guide - 2014

The new Guide is roughly double that of the old one and is flying out of the boxes like a character from Harry Potter!   It seems to be so popular that it looks as if it is going to be quite a task keeping up with the demand.

However, this is a welcome challenge and the Group will be working hard to fulfil all the requests.  We have even had requests for copies from as far-afield as Denmark!

For the launch of the Guide we were joined by our Patron, Charles Pearson and also by Marc Steene, the Co-Director of Pallant House Gallery, who so generously allowed us the use of one of the Galleries for the afternoon.

Left to Right: Roland Higgins (CAG), Marc Steene (PHG) Rt Hon Charles Pearson, David Ribbens (CAG), Margrith Hose (CAG), Nigel Bowers (CAG) & Glynis Spencer (CAG).

Pallant House Gallery founded the ‘Outside In’ project, which promotes the work of marginalised artists.  It has become so successful that it is now a nationwide event and provides an opportunity for disabled artists, and for artists that would not find it easy to break-in to the art world, to display their work to the public.

The Gallery itself has been adapted to provide excellent access, to allow disabled visitors and their companions the opportunity to view the Gallery’s wonderful permanent collection and to enjoy the superb special exhibitions that are frequently held there.

The Group is now looking forward to a well-earned rest, until the next time!

Petworth & District Access Guide

In the latter part of last year, the Group produced its first Access Guide for the Petworth District. 

The predominantly rural Petworth District, takes in a large part of the South Downs National Park and combines pretty Sussex villages, with the traditional Market Town of Petworth. 

The impressive Petworth House and Parkland, owned by the National Trust, sits comfortably in the middle of the area.  It is a great attraction to locals and tourists alike.  It continues to be a favourite destination for walkers, families and budding ‘Turners’ and is the House featured on the front of the Access Guide.

The Group gathered, at Pallant House Gallery, to officially launch the Petworth & District Guide, which gave us the opportunity to thank those who sponsored its production.

We were joined by our Patron, the Hon. Charles Pearson andalso by Cllr Janet Duncton, who represented West Sussex County Council.

Back Row:  Nigel Bowers(CAG), Roland Higgins (CAG) Hon. Charles Pearson, David Ribbens (CAG)
Front Row:  Margrith Hose (CAG), Cllr. Janet Duncton (WSCC), Glynis Spencer (CAG)
Earlier in the day, our other sponsors Cllr Myles Cullen, representing Chichester District Council also joined us, together with Marc Steene, Co-Director of Pallant House Gallery, who provided the venue for the launch.

Back Row:  RH, Charles Pearson, Cllr. Myles Cullen (CDC), Marc Steene (PHG), DR
Front Row:  NB, GS, MH

The Petworth & District Guide was also sponsored by the South Downs National Park Association, but their representative was, unfortunately, unable to be with us on the day.

This Guide is the third in the series and, like the others, highlights accessible venues within the Chichester District.  The Guides enable days out to be enjoyable for disabled people and their families, rather than a disappointment, when a venue is visited which turns out not to be accessible.

The on-line version of each Guide is on our website and each Guide is updated to keep pace with the changes and improvements that occur in each area.

Midhurst & District Access Guide

On 29th October 2012 the Chichester Access Group proudly, and with a sense of relief, met to officially launch our second CAG Access Guide.

This Access Guide covers the area of Midhurst and surrounding villages.  We were pleased to be joined at the launch by our patron, The Hon Charles Pearson, together with representatives of our sponsors, West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council.  Unfortunately, our other sponsor, the Sussex Community Foundation, was unable attend as the launch coincided with a particularly busy time for them.

Just some members of the Group with our Patron and Sponsors<

We were quietly pleasedthat our first Guide, covering the City of Chichester, was well received and so were spurred-on to put in the hard work needed to produce our second Guide. 

The new Midhurst & District Guide is already in many venues across the District, and is gradually being rolled-out to the remaining areas.It has received as warm and supportive a reception as the first Guide.

Both Guides are available to view on this website, and these electronic versions of the Guides will be up-dated, to take account of new accessible venues and store closures etc. 

Hard copies of the Guides are available, free of charge, from CDC Offices, other local Council Offices, Libraries and many other venues across the District.  You may also request a hard copy of the Guides by emailing this website, or telephoning us.  We do have to make a charge of £2 per Guide for this service, to cover the cost of postage and packing, or we can let you know if you can pick-up a copy near to where you live.

The Group will shortly be undertaking assessments for the re-print of the City Guide and, later in the year, we shall be producing the third Guide in the series, which will cover the Petworth & District area.

We hope these Guides are useful to you in finding accessible venues.

Civic Awards

We are delighted to congratulate our former Chairman, Barbara Teasdale, who has been recognised by Chichester City Council at their 27th annual Civic and Heritage Awards.  These awards are presented to those who have given their services to the well-being of the City.

Barbara received her award, not only for her work with CAG, but also for her other numerous fundraising activities.  Many of you will remember that Barbara walked hundred miles, along with her assistance dog Oliver, to raise £35,000 for Canine Partners.  Her fundraising activities have also benefitted other local charities, including the Snowdrop Trust.


Background:  Richard Cole, Phil Pack MBE, the Mayor of Chichester
Foreground:  Barbara Teasdale
(Reproduced by kind permission of The Chichester Observer/Johnston Press plc.)

Barbara was in very good company in being welcomed into, what was described by the Mayor of Chichester, Councillor Anne Scicluna, as “a very elite club”, as her fellow recipients were Phil Pack MBE, and Richard Cole.

Mr Packer is the founder of the British Inspiration Trust, at the BRIT Centre of Excellence, to support young people facing adversity.  Their motto is ‘Everything is possible’.  Mr Cole received his award for his contribution to numerous local organisations including St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, the Chichester Area Conservation Advisory Committee and the Parklands Residents Association.

We are delighted that Barbara has joined this ‘elite club’ and, especially so, as she is the second member of the Group to achieve this honour.  Last year, Margrith Hose was honoured with the same award.  Our very best wishes and congratulations go to both of them.