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Graham Ellison  
#1 Posted : 24 December 2017 15:23:48(UTC)
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Location: Arundel, West Sussex

PSSA AGM weekend, 23rd to 25th February 2018

The next Annual General Meeting (reporting on the 2017 season) will be held at Chichester Yacht Club (in Chichester Marina) in the Upper Deck Room

at 11am on Saturday February 24th 2018.

You can attend just for the AGM and light lunch on the Saturday, or take part in any of the various activities which have been arranged for the AGM weekend. See below for details.

There's a booking form below this posting, so please fill it in with the details of which events you’ll be attending. In the meantime I hope you’ll enjoy reading about the weekend and planning what to come to!


If you are staying for the weekend, it is suggested that you book early to take advantage of favourable rates. You may be able to find good rates through some of the hotel price comparison sites such as, or

There are a couple of hotels in the centre of Chichester, including:

Travelodge Chichester Central and

Chichester Harbour Hotel (N.B. this is in the city itself, not by the harbour!)

There are also some on the outskirts, including:

Chichester Park Hotel and

Premier Inn Chichester

And there’s also one about half way between the city and the marina:

Crouchers Hotel

There are also some very nice B&Bs in and around the city and nearby villages.


Friday 23rd:

New Park Cinema is a delightful small independent cinema, more intimate and welcoming than the average huge multiscreen complex. On the evening of Friday 23rd at 1800 they will be screening “The Mercy”, an excellent new retelling of the story of Donald Crowhurst’s attempt on the 1968 Golden Globe round-the world yacht race, starring Colin Firth as Donald Crowhurst and Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare. A block of seats for PSSA members has been reserved at this screening, which will cost £8.50 per person. We expect this to be popular, so if you’d like to attend, please tick the appropriate box on the booking form as soon as possible, and no later than January 31st please, so that we can advise the cinema of numbers.

Saturday 24th:

1030: Coffee and biscuits in the Upper Deck Room, Chichester Yacht Club, Chichester Marina.

1100: Annual General Meeting commences.

1245: Buy drinks at the bar downstairs.

1300: Light (finger buffet) lunch. Cost will be £16.50 per person, payable preferably in cash as you enter. Please indicate on the booking form how many will be attending, and any dietary requirements, e.g. gluten-free.

1400 (optional): After lunch is cleared away, for those who wish to stay on and see it, we will be putting on a screening of “Vanishing Sail”. This will be shown in the same room as the AGM. “Vanishing Sail” is a visually exquisite documentary film of about an hour and a half, telling the story of the last builder of traditional wooden sailing boats on the island of Carriacou in the Grenadines, as he sets out to build one last boat before he retires, in the hope of persuading his sons to carry on the tradition. PLEASE NOTE that in order to cover the cost of the necessary performance licence, we are obliged to make a small charge of £5.00 per person for this, but this will only be just enough to cover the cost and no more. If enough people stay on for this, the cost may be less.

If you’d like to stay on to see “Vanishing Sail”, please tick the box on the booking form.

Evening: A block booking will be made at a local restaurant. Please indicate on the booking form if you’d like to attend.

Sunday 25th:

There is a 2 hour bird-watching trip departing from Itchenor at 1100 aboard “Solar Heritage”, Chichester Harbour Conservancy’s solar-powered catamaran. There will be two bird experts aboard to point out and provide commentary on the rich and varied bird life in Chichester Harbour. Cost is £12.50 per person. Please book direct with Chichester Harbour Conservancy on 01243 513275, but indicate numbers in the box on the booking form so we have some idea of how many to expect. Wrap up warm!

Alternatively, weather permitting, we might suggest a walk from Chichester Marina (perhaps commencing at the Boat House Café) over the lock and along the harbourside path to the Crown and Anchor in Dell Quay for lunch, followed by the walk back to work off your lunch… (Bring wellies or footwear suitable for a path which might very well be muddy in places).

Alternative activities you might wish to consider in the local area include:

Tangmere Aviation Museum

The Chichester Walls Walk

Novium Museum

Chichester Cathedral

Fishbourne Roman Palace

South Downs Planetarium

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you in Chichester then!

All the best

Graham Ellison.

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