Blog: Archive November 2012

Christmas Festivities launch event cancelled

Watching the weather reports in the lead up to 24th Christmas Lghts switch on event, was really disheartening. In spite of us in the BID office all believing it would be a crisp, bright, sunny day, the Met Office was treporting anything but.

Throughout the Saturday, as you can imagine, there were scores of telephone conversations about the schedule for the day, starting with the 08.30 call with the fireworks company... Although fireworks do work in the rain and ironically, the rain stopped at 7pm, when the fireworks were due to start, it would have been far too dangerous to let them off in such high winds as we had.  So that was the first disappointment of the day.  

As the day went on, we realised that more and more health and safety issues were facing us, not least the stilt walkers not being able to stay on their stilts, the children not wanting to sing carols in the rain, the marching band's drums being too valuable to get wet, our jugglers and magician unable to perform their tricks in the high winds... Sadly, entertainer after entertainer cancelled or was cancelled.

Months of planning had been put into this event and it was very disapinting and frustrating not to ahve been able to see the delight on everyone's faces. Even Father Christmas felt it was too wet and windy to join us...

Why we can't re-schedule

Some of the months of planning was spent requesting road closures, getting landowner permissions, coordinating Stagecoach, booking the fireworks, rallying 100 marshalls to ensure the safety of the crowds, as well as booking all our entertainers- all of which take weeks to do. So, sadly, if we were to re-schedule, we probably wouldn't be able to hold the event until at least February or March!

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported all of our plans, particularly Chichester Chamber of Commerce and our firework sponsor, John Lewis at Home, as well as those shops who stayed open until 8pm on the day.. And thank you to those who were there for the switch on of the Christmas Lights - without a fanfare!

Better luck - and weather - next year... But that's not an excuse not to shop in your City Centre! Happy shopping and Happy Christmas everyone!

Children on the Edge calendar available for just £5

Children on the Edge calendar

Children on the Edge calendar

The calendar is A4, folding out to A3 and every penny from the sale of the calendars will go to Children on the Edge work. Best of all, each month has a unique illustration from Sandra Isaksson (Arundel ISAK designer) for you to enjoy as the seasons pass.

Every month also has some information about the work we do with overlooked children living on the margins of society, together with stories from children on the projects. Each calendar is £5 and you can have a sneak peek at the whole calendar by clicking here

If any shop owners are interested in buying in bulk or businesses thinking of giving Children on the Edge calendars as Christmas presents from their business, then please contact 01243 538 530 or e-mail

Calendars can be bought at

Are ‘Share the Love’ peddlers sharing too much?!

Chichester City has had issues with a couple of peddlers dressed as Superman and Batman working under the banner of ‘Share the Love campaign’.

I have been advised that I can now release details of a Superintendent Botting from Eastbourne Police Station who deals with the renewal of their Peddler Licences.

Superintendent Botting
Eastbourne Police Station
Grove Road
East Sussex
BN21 4UF 

Please feel free to write to him personally with your complaints. However when doing so please make it clear your issues regarding their behaviour factions, within a city street context.

Please can I ask that this doesn’t turn into a personal attack on the individuals, it stays busines-related and that your complaint only refers to this organisation and not any other peddlers at this time.

Please see names and peddler numbers of the individuals that have had complaints made about them:

  • Jonathan Pelling – Peddler Cert number: 329
  • Sophie Moller – Peddler Cert number: 358
  • Geoff Richardson – Peddler cert number: 302

Thank you

Police report an increase in lead theft and ask us to be vigilant

The problem tends to be that adequate protection measures may be costly and, in certain circumstances, it seems little that can be done to protect some properties such as churches located in remote areas.

Where lead has been stolen from a roof the cost of replacing the materials is one issue, however, as the roof is no longer weatherproof, there will inevitably be resultant water damage to the interior of the building which may lead to disruption to the occupier’s activities. 

What can be done to improve security?

  • Installation of CCTV covering the building with adequate monitoring and recording.
  • Ensure gates are locked and the premises are secure
  • Restrict any easy access to the roof by removing water butts, waste bins and tall trees located near to the building
  • Keep ladders stored in a locked building, shed or compound
  • Consider installation of security lighting
  • Remove any means of transporting stolen material, such as wheelbarrows, to a secure place
  • Apply anti-climb paint to drainpipes and roof guttering to restrict access to the roof
  • Consider painting the lead with tar making removal difficult
  • Consider installing intruder alarm protection to external roof areas
  • Carry out regular checks of roofs and gulleys
  • Encourage members of the local community to keep a vigilant eye on the building and to report any suspicious activity

Finally, if you are the victim of this type of crime, you may wish to consider replacing the lead with a non lead substitute when replacement is being effected.

For more information, you can contact your local officer

Lisa Shadbolt
PCSO 27388

Chichester Police Station
Neighbourhood Policing Team
Telephone: 101!/chi_police

Christmas Shop Window Competition

Judging takes place on Friday 23rd November, when we decide on the best dressed shop window in Chichester - in time for our Christmas Lights Switch on event on Saturday 24th November.

Why not show your support to your favourite shops - many are offering treats and tasters - pay them a visit!

Everything but the Girl Bridal Shop              Classix
Meritz                                                           Present Days
Q Hair and Beauty                                       The Old Cross
Mousetrap                                                    West Cornwall Pasty Company
Marlin Kitchens                                            Saffron
Wallis                                                           Age UK
RL Austen                                                   Etcetera and Presleys
Stephen Lawrence Ladieswear                 Guilt Lingerie
Proposals                                                    Thorntons
Phase Eight                                                  Lily
Phone - In                                                    Truevision
Amoeba Jewellers                                      Little Shop of Secrets
Mail Boxes Ltd                                             Buzby and Blue Hairdressing
Pink Pig Party Shop                                     Chichester Hearing Care Centre
Henry Adams LLP                                       Pallant House Gallery Bookshop
Chichester City Club                                    Steamer Trading Cook Shop
Benjamin James Hair Vision                        Cancer Research
Nails by Design                                           Rococo Florist
The Sweet Jar                                            Tamasheq
Cred                                                            Pushka (Live model display on Saturday)
The Glorious Spa Co                                   Puddle and Co
Whiteheads Estate Agents                         All that Glitters

Good luck everyone!  

What do you think about Paying on Foot?

Chichester District Council is carrying out a survey to find out your opinions to alternative ways of paying for parking in Chichester. 

The survey will run until Sunday 9 December 2012 and can be found online at

Visit our news section for more details on this initiative - or for more information or to get a paper copy of the survey, please contact the District Council Corporate Information Team on 01243 534623 or email