Blog: City News

General news on what's happening in Chichester.

Calendar Club opens Halloween store in East Street

On 17 September, Calendar Club opened a new seasonal store in East Street, Chichester called Halloween on 31st Street.

This is a store entirely dedicated to Halloween, selling everything you could possibly want to celebrate this festival.

Whether it's a simple 'Trick or Treat' bag, a scary costume, horror make-up, or a life-sized animated creature to decorate your home - Halloween 31st Street is sure to equip you well!

This brand new store offers a 10% student discount to those with a valid student i.d - what a 'treat'!

New restaurant opens in Chichester’s House of Fraser on 15 September

This September, a new restaurant is opening in House of Fraser Chichester.

Following a refurbishment earlier this month the new cafe, Wild Mint, is due to open on 15th September.

The establishment has undergone a huge refurbishment with new features such as self-service & table service, new flooring and restyling to offer a fresh tea room and cafe vibe. We look forward to the grand reveal!

Chichester in the 1960’s..!

We are delighted to share with you this wonderful video of our City centre...

Filmed in the 60's, this 6 minute video features the Railway bridge, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Cross and the main four streets: North, South, East and West Street.

You will notice in this video that some of the Georgian buildings are in exactly the same place as they are today, 53 years on!

It is fantastic to see that the character of our City remains just as strong as it was in the 60's.

Here it is in all it's glory, thanks to the British Film Institute...enjoy!

Spirit FM supports shopping locally - YES campaign

Spirit FM launches new YES campaign to shopping locally.

The "Say YES to shopping local" initiative aims to actively encourage shoppers in West Sussex to use their local green grocers, fish mongers, bookshop, deli, restaurant, clothing boutiques and everything else in between for all of their needs.

If you are an independent business, Spirit FM are offering an opportunity to feature on the "Say YES to Shopping Local" web page for FREE. As well as this, you will receive a sticker to place in your independent business window - much like our shopper cards that are being distributed on Indepedents' Day on the 4th July, for our city centre businesses.

We are delighted that this campaign aligns so closely with our Independents' Day campaign - let us celebrate the indies collectively as one supportive community!

For further information about the campaign being run by Spirit Fm, visit the website. For more information about Independents' Day on 4th July, click here.

Edes House, Chichester - meeting & conference venue - April offer

Fancy trying out our meeting and conference facilities at Edes House?

Spring down to us this April for an introductory half-day meeting for a booking fee of just £20.15!

Any room, any size for a morning or afternoon meeting... Food, drink and equipment can be arranged in addition to this but if you just need meeting space and you haven't used us before, come and give us a try in April for just £20.15!

If you have never stepped inside this beautiful grade 1 listed building, then come along to our corporate open days on Friday 13th and Friday 27th March 2015 between 10am and 2pm and see what we have to offer!

For more details call us on 01243 777265

Major road improvements for Cathedral Way in Chichester to start this week

Major road improvements for Cathedral Way in Chichester to start in January

Driving to the Tesco Extra superstore in Chichester will become quicker and easier next year, as West Sussex County Council is to carry out a major road improvement scheme along Cathedral Way and Fishbourne Road East in January 2015.

Traffic leaving the A27 onto Cathedral Way will have a dedicated left hand lane, feeding into Fishbourne Road East, taking them to the Tesco store.

And traffic which currently gets stuck exiting Fishbourne Road East will have a dedicated left hand lane onto Cathedral Way.

A new pedestrian footway along Fishbourne Road East will also be built.

The project is part of a planning agreement the County Council had with Tesco when the supermarket was extended to become a Tesco Extra.

The work is anticipated to be finished by late April.

Disruption is expected, but shoppers will still be able to access the Tesco Extra throughout the works.

Cathedral Way will stay open throughout the duration – except for 10 nights across the 14-week period– but the carriageway will have to be narrowed to keep the workforce safe.

Work during daytime hours will take place between 7.30am and 5.00pm.

Motorists are advised to find alternative routes during peak hours to avoid congestion.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “As with all large scale works of this nature, there will be short term pain for long term gain.

“We have worked with Tesco to schedule the works so it can avoid the busy Christmas period.

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work will cause in the New Year – and we ask people to find alternative routes to this area if they can.

“However once finished, it will improve the flow of traffic around Cathedral Way and Fishbourne Road East, and make it easier to access the Tesco superstore.”

The scheme will cost £280,000, which is being met by £150,000 from the Tesco expansion, with the remainder from other development money within the Chichester district.

Gilbert & Cleveland celebrate 21 years

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

Join A-Plan Insurance in store for some Festive treats - all proceeds to St Wilfrid’s Hospice

A-Plan Insurance is proud to be sponsoring Chichester’s Christmas Lights Switch on & Fireworks Event on Thursday 27th November. The branch will be open until 8pm and there will be mince pies, cakes and other refreshments available, with all donations going to St Wilfrid's Hospice.

If you provide your insurance renewal dates you can also enter A-Plan’s prize draw to win a £250 M&S voucher.

A-Plan are located at 1 Little London, at the entrance to the car park behind M&S.

Dominic Glen and his team look forward to seeing you. 

A27 Action Campaign - what do you, your employees and your customers think?

Tell us your views and together we'll work towards the improvements!

Tell us your views and together we'll work towards the improvements!

Thank you for your interest in the A27 Action campaign, particularly if you have already completed the business survey. The campaign supports work being done by the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency about the feasibility of investing in the A27.

This is an invitation to complete a household survey to gather key evidence to help inform the feasibility study. The survey is intended for residents affected by the A27 such as your employees and customers

This survey will be relevant whether or not you have a car or live near the A27.

We are looking to collect only the necessary evidence to understand the impact of a) traffic in your local area on your health and wellbeing b) poor road performance on the quality of your commute to work c) congestion on personal journeys in your area.

Some basic optional information about your household is also collected such as household composition and household income. Your views will help inform complementary transport strategies to encourage sustainable transport in your community. However, no personal information will be shared with third parties.

The survey may take between 5mins-12mins to complete. At the end of the survey, there will be an opportunity for you to provide feedback or invite other households to complete the survey.

We would be delighted if you could forward this email along to your employees and customers via email


In order to participate, you may either:

1. Click on this link


2. Copy-paste the entire following link between quote marks (NOT including the quote marks) in a web browser

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3. Click on the following URL and enter the login information provided below: & enter Key: SsRQRTSsSsPsPsP

With thanks from the Research Team for A27 Action

You may also send this survey on through the following link (Click here)

Chichester’s District museum offers Free entry!

Cathy Hakes, museum manager and Cllr Myles Cullen, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, are joined by a Roman Soldier to celebrate the museum offering free admission.

Cathy Hakes, museum manager and Cllr Myles Cullen, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, are joined by a Roman Soldier to celebrate the museum offering free admission.

Councillors decide that district museum should offer free admission

Leading councillors from Chichester District Council have decided that the council’s museum ‘The Novium’ will be made free for everyone from Monday 17 November 2014.

Since the museum opened two years ago, the council has been looking for ways to offer free entry. A new business strategy that explores ways in which this could be achieved was discussed by councillors at their Cabinet Meeting today (Tuesday 9 September).

“We have listened to our visitors and have been working on ways that would enable us to make the museum free for everyone,” says Cllr Myles Cullen, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council.

“Our museum team has been carrying out a great deal of work behind the scenes and has put us in a position where we can explore alternative forms of funding. They have also taken on board people’s comments and made significant improvements and so now is the time for us to offer free entry to everyone.

“We now want to encourage people to support their local museum by making a donation; using our shop; or even using our new tea and coffee facilities. This will make a big difference in helping the museum to go from strength to strength. This approach has worked for other museums across the country and so we believe that this will work for our museum. We are also planning to offer lots of exciting activities for the whole family – including crafts, games and expand our special events – many of which are already sold out.

“We want to encourage our local residents and visitors from outside of the area to explore the rich history of the district and use the museum as a key community location in the city, where people can meet and gather. We hope that providing free entry to the museum will mean that our visitor numbers will increase and that people will want to return again and again.”

The report suggested that if the admission fee was removed, the museum could explore other funding options. These include improving the shop, introducing touring exhibitions from some of the national museums which would be charged for; encouraging people to make donations; and holding more events including wedding hire of both the museum and The Guildhall. The Tourist Information Centre, located within the museum, would also expand the services it can offer.

Cathy Hakes, the museum’s new manager, is excited about the new developments and has already designed an action packed programme to welcome people through the door,

“We have so much to offer local residents. We now have a location where people can meet, do business, have fun as a family – all while rediscovering the area’s rich history. So you can pop in for a coffee and cake, while looking over the Roman Baths; have a business meeting while accessing our free WiFi; or join in one of our many events and activity sessions.

“We have an army of volunteers who can tell you all about the history of the district, while pointing out some of our more unusual artefacts. Plus, you don’t know who else you might bump into – from a Roman soldier to a Victorian gentleman.

“We are constantly developing the museum and what it offers and feel that it has already come a long way since it opened two years ago. We have new exhibits, interactive activities, events and information boards. The museum team are also offering regular lunchtime and evening lectures. The galleries are constantly changing so it’s definitely worth returning if you haven’t visited for a while. Popular events such as ‘The Night at the Museum’ have sold out – which is brilliant. Plus, we’ve held some fantastic events for a variety of businesses across the district. The museum is also a key asset to local schools and we have one of the largest handling collections (where people can touch exhibits) in the country.

“We’re also looking at attracting touring exhibitions from some of the national museums in the future. These would be placed in the upper galleries and there would be a fee to visit them. We’re also expanding what we can offer the local community and we are even hoping to hold weddings in both The Guildhall in Priory Park and The Novium Museum – so watch this space!

“We are really looking forward to welcoming our local residents and hope that the museum will become a key community facility that everyone enjoys.”