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Wooden sculptures in Bersted Park, Bognor Regis, West Sussex

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Bersted Park Community Centre area

 

 

For the last few months I have been enjoying my afternoon walks with Beano admiring the beauty of these new sculptures that have been installed in the last year, funded by Berkeley Homes and created by local artist Simon Groves as part of a community Art Project.

 

This new housing development is only a couple of hundred meters from my house and the land where it stands has been totally transformed in the last 5 years, from farmland to housing.  It would be fair to say that, although we didn’t welcome all the noise, dust and traffic problems from the building of the new site, the end product is rather pretty and it has definitely been an improvement to the area, providing affordable homes to young families.

 

The first sculpture I come across on my walk is the one of 3 egrets perched on a pole and it stands on a little island in the large community pond where a couple of swans nest every year quite successfully.  We all look forward to seeing their cygnets in early summer and they have had as many as 7 chicks in the past!  Such a joy to see!

 

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Egrets on the island where swans nest

 

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Swans nesting on the bottom left corner among reeds

 

The second magnificent wooden sculpture I come across is a most original sofa that looks very much made out of leather from a distance, so much so that when I first saw it, I really thought someone had dumped their unwanted furniture there and felt most outraged!  When it became clear what it was, I remember having a good laugh with other neighbours and dog walkers saying that a coffee table and TV might follow!!!  Needless to say we are still waiting.

 

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The comfy sofa, but where is the telly?

 

 

Next on my walk is this superb bench decorated with various carved insects, worms and other superb creatures.  Just look at that dragon fly!

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Beautiful intricate carvings on this bench by school

 

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More amazing carvings on the other side

 

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From a different angle

 

Then we come across this exotic plant that looks like a palm tree.  Again, look at the detail in the wood carving: simply superb!

 

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An exotic plant

 

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Close-up of head

 

Next is this football and cricket combination by the sports field.

 

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Football and cricket rolled into one

 

 

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A better view of the cricket bat

 

Finally , we finish our sculpture trail walk with a representation of The Sword in the Stone right by the new Community Centre and play area.  Isn’t it just wonderful!

 

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The sword in the Stone seat

 

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From the back, showing play area

 

I hope you have enjoyed your walk with me: I know I have and do every afternoon!  Thank you for coming along.

Bognor Regis Carnival, 7th June 2015

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The leader of the Carnival

The leaders of the Carnival and Dolphin Marching Band

I can’t believe it’s been a year since the Pirate-theme carnival in Bognor Regis during which we got to mingle with the one and only Jack Sparrow! I was really looking forward to this year’s event as it has been taken over by the Bognor Regis Carnival Association and I had an inkling that it was going to be even more special than last year. Well, I am delighted to say I wasn’t disappointed and the whole event proved to be a great success, all the more for the weather being sunny and warm, just perfect for a celebration such as this.

Alice in Wonderland float

Alice in Wonderland float

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It was wonderful to see so many children from various schools and performance groups taking part, looking so proud and having such a marvellous time, some even came from nearby towns such as Littlehampton and Hastings. I always find this type of thing very heart warming, as I know how much this means to them and their families.

Our neighbours from Hastings

Our neighbours from Hastings, Hastings Coastal Twirlers

Being a seaside town, we just have to have pirates, which I love, and they were jolly and merry and put a smile on everyone’s faces, as did the Super Heroes on bikes, ranging from Batman and grumpy Hulk to uplifting Buzz Lightyear: simply superb!

And the Pirates arrived!

And the Pirates arrived!

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Getting everyone dancing

Getting everyone dancing

All the Super Heroes together on their bikes

All the Super Heroes together on their bikes

But I have to say that my absolute favourite was the Bognor Regis Swimming School float, with all the children dressed up as characters from The Little Mermaid film, which still holds a big place in my heart as an all-time feel-good movie , with great characters and songs.

My favourite float: Bognor Regis Swimming Club and The Little Mermaid theme

My favourite float: Bognor Regis Swimming Club and The Little Mermaid theme

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One of the things that keep me going through the winter in the UK and helps me keep my sanity is my weekly Zumba class in one of the local schools and I was very pleased that our group was asked to take part this year. Here are two of the lovely instructors who make it all possible and keep us fit and healthy, Clare and Linz. We had a 25 minute slot that had to be cut short to 13 minutes due to some other events running overtime. Still, it felt great to be part of it.

Clare and Linz, our Zumba instructors

Clare and Linz, our Zumba instructors

Here are a few more photos of this happy occasion. I hope you like them and that maybe some of you can come and join in the fun next year.

Our very own Queen!

Our very own Queen!

And local Lightbulb celebrity!

And local Billy Lightbulb celebrity!

Local school performers

Local school performers

Local school performers

Local school performers

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Robin Hood float

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seaside float

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Littlehampton Queen and Princess

Littlehampton Queen and Princess

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Pagham Harbour, West Sussex, Sunday 17th May 2015

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Pagham Harbour

Pagham Harbour

As we have now sold our Elddis Motorhome and won’t be going away again until early July, missing out on our May half term holiday, and taking advantage of the glorious sunshine, we thought we would just drive to this beautiful natural wildlife sanctuary, which is only a few minutes from our house.

The bird watching hut at harbour entrance

The thatched bird watching hut at harbour entrance

Looking towards the village and church

Looking towards the village and church

We used to come here often when we first moved to Bognor Regis on our long Sunday walks with our son followed by a drink in a local pub, a habit that, sadly, we have neglected of late, sometimes due to the awful weather but also to the always rising beer prices. But the sun was out with a vengeance today, first time this month, and I just couldn’t wait to get out there and soak up all those important sun rays and enjoy a stroll in this very special local jewel.

A natural pool for wildlife

A natural pool for wildlife

It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve seen this natural harbour, it always looks marvellous at any time of year, not just because of the gorgeous landscape of the wetlands but because of the wading birds that live here or come to visit at different times of year, like little egrets, herons and ringed plovers. It really is a treat for bird watchers and walkers alike and we are very privileged to live so near such a special place.

A heron in the bushes!

A heron in the bushes!

A swan and a heron in flight crossing right in the middle of the picture

A swan feeding and a heron in flight crossing right in the middle of the picture

Another swan leading the cows to the water!

Another swan leading the cows to the water!

I really believe the cows were following the swan

I really believe the cows were following the swan

The site is now managed by the RSPB and more information about location and special events can be found here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/p/paghamharbour/about.aspx

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A beautiful field full of buttercups and Pagham village in background

A beautiful field full of buttercups and Pagham village in background

Plant life is also stunning here

Plant life is also stunning here

Pirates of Bognor Regis, West Sussex, Sunday 15th June 2014

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Pirates fighting on Bognor Regis seafront

Pirates fighting on Bognor Regis seafront

Today, our lovely town held a summer carnival based on a Pirate theme and we were all for a wonderful surprise when Jack Sparrow himself landed (or more like it, was hoisted) from his modern day Black Pearl – read speed boat – to the delight of all, big and small.  

Spirit FM on stage

Spirit FM on stage

 

The event started at 11.45 am, courtesy of Spirit FM West Sussex, outside the Regis Centre and Alexandra Theatre, and we were kindly advised to look out at sea for the momentous event. We obediently followed and were rewarded with the arrival of the most famous (should that be infamous?) pirate in the history of film making.

Pirates waiting for their captain, Jack Sparrow

Pirates waiting for their captain, Jack Sparrow

 

Where is the Captain?

Where is the Captain?

 

The Captain arriving on Bognor Regis Beach in a modern age Black Pearl

The Captain arriving on Bognor Regis Beach in a modern age Black Pearl

 

A little help from the pirates

A little help from the pirates

 

On dry land at last ready to lead his team of cut-throats

On dry land at last ready to lead his team of cut-throats

 

Jack Sparrow (or rather his official double) had the tall task of leading a mob of cut-throats and a very excited crowd of locals and visitors on the parade along the promenade to the pier.  He proved to be a great fun-loving character with a marvellous people’s touch and he made sure he took time to pose and have a laugh with all those who called him and even those who didn’t.  I must admit I could not resist the temptation (why should I, anyway?) and had something better than a ‘selfie’, as I went for a proper cuddle! I was later punished for my daring behaviour and was abducted by another and equally charming pirate. Glad to say I lived to tell the tale!  I felt flattered when later on Jack approached me and said to me: “You’re crazy, you are!”  Well, it takes one to know one!  Love him!

Jack Sparrow leading the parade along the promenade

Jack Sparrow leading the parade along the promenade

 

Posing for the crowd

Posing for the crowd

 

The Samba Band

The Samba Band

 

The crowd!

The crowd!

 

A mean pirate!

A mean pirate!

 

Some wonderful outfits from the locals

Some wonderful outfits from the locals

Jack Sparrow being a good sport posing for me

Jack Sparrow being a good sport posing especially for me!

Having a cuddle with The Captain

Having a cuddle with The Captain

 

Being abducted for my insolence!

Being abducted for my insolence!

 

Some innocent bystanders

Some innocent bystanders

 

There were loads of events on the schedule, including the Nyodema Drummers (fighting poverty through music) and a dancing group from the local Laburnum School, as well as spontaneous pirate fights all over the seafront and a Zumba dance session which required audience participation and yet another fun event I was unable to resist and, of course, joined in.

The Nyodema Drummers

The Nyodema Drummers

 

The Nyodema Drummers

The Nyodema Drummers

 

Dancer with the Nyodema Drummers

Dancer with the Nyodema Drummers

 

Dance group from the Laburnum School

Dance group from the Laburnum School

 

Dance group from the Laburnum School

Dance group from the Laburnum School

 

 

Captain Sparrow mingling with the crowd

Captain Sparrow mingling with the crowd

 

 

More young dancers

More young dancers

 

Having proper seafront fun

Having proper seafront fun

 

There was also a sea rescues demonstration show from the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

RNLI sea rescue show

RNLI sea rescue show

RNLI sea rescue show

RNLI sea rescue show

 

The carnival ended with a presentation of prizes to the best pirate outfits presented by Jack Sparrow himself at 4 pm. A fabulous and fitting way to finish a fun-filled day. And a good time was had by all!  Can’t wait for next year!

Prize giving and closing of events

Prize giving and closing of events

But the pirates still fought on!

Will these pirates ever have enough?

Will these pirates ever have enough?

 

I am also very proud to say that the whole event was filmed by my son’s film and video company’s crew Storms Edge Productions: http://www.stormsedgeproductions.co.uk/

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Storms Edge Production team member hard at work

 

My son with Storms Edge Production hard at work on the stage

My son with Storms Edge Production hard at work on the stage

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Bognor Regis, West Sussex, 19th February 2014

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Bognor Regis sea front looking west

Bognor Regis seafront looking west

 

It is half term week and, as we can’t go away in our motorhome due to Beano’s leg injury, I have taken this opportunity to go for a long walk along Bognor Regis seafront, which is delightful and charming and never fails to lift my spirits, even in the winter.  My son was on an early shift at the Picturedrome in order to entertain children on holidays, so this is where my walk began after dropping him off at its doors.  Come and join me on my morning walk and enjoy!

 

The Picturedrome

The Picturedrome, where my walk began

 

I just love this sign!

I just love this sign!

 

It is so often the case that one is so keen to go and discover far-flung resorts, that it is very easy to forget the natural beauty that surrounds us every day. We often go for walks on the promenade and beach and I consider myself very lucky for living down here. Even now in the midst of the worst storms in over 100 years, we have been spared the terrible damage and grief that other parts of the UK have endured. Bognor Regis also claims to enjoy more hours of sunshine per year than any other town in the UK.  And let’s not forget the stunning South Downs National Park nearby for long hikes.

 

 

Then I passed the Minigolf green

Then I passed the Minigolf green, right on the sea front

 

Bognor was the very first English resort specially developed for bathing, after Sir Richard Hotham fell in love with the little fishing village and decided to create and up market resort towards the end of the 18th century. He built his home here, Hotham House, in 1792 and it is still regarded as the best Edwardian house in Sussex.  Bognor became very popular with the upper and middle classes, who came to enjoy the soothing waters, even Queen Victoria referred affectionately to it as “dear little Bognor”.  So if it was good enough for Queen Victoria, it is certainly good enough for me.

You can find out more about Bognor’s history here: http://www.bognor-regis.org/History/history_home.htm

 

And then I got to the Pier

And then I got to the Pier

 

Bognor Regis has been our home for the last 15 years and I can honestly say we have been very happy here, buying our home, raising our child and meeting some amazing, supportive and reliable people, starting with our next-door neighbours and, of course, our colleagues at work. So why not take a couple of hours to photograph my favourite and iconic sights of our home town? 

 

Early morning walkers on the beach, seen from the pier, looking east

Early morning walkers on the beach, seen from the pier, looking east

 

The Pier from the promenade, looking east

The Pier from the promenade, looking east

 

The Royal Norfolk Hotel, opposite the beach

The Royal Norfolk Hotel, opposite the beach

 

My walk took me west from the pier, as I was heading for the Marine Park Gardens, which I really love, and I found the damage caused by the storm being cleared by the maintenance team. You can see all the shingle on the promenade here.

 

 

 

The promenade covered by shingle after the storm

The promenade covered by shingle after the storm

 

shingle on the pavement too.

shingle on the pavement too.

 

A typical sea front house

A typical and charming seafront house

 

 

The start of the Marine Park Gardens

The start of the Marine Park Gardens

 

Signs of spring, looking towards the sea

Signs of spring, looking towards the sea

 

And after the devastation of the rains and storms, there is hope in the new flowers coming through, heralding the spring.

 

New life

New life

 

And to confirm that Spring is only round the corner, here are some early daffodils! 

 

Daffodils, a sure sight for sore eyes!

Daffodils, a sure sight for sore eyes!

 

Some more interesting buildings near the gardens

Some more interesting buildings near the gardens

 

After the Marine Park Gardens, I strolled back to the beach and headed back east.

 

Fishing boats waiting for better weather

Fishing boats waiting for better weather

 

And the quintessential British beach huts

And the quintessential British beach huts, looking east

 

These ones caught my eye for their personalised decor

These ones caught my eye for their personalised decor

 

Fishing boats enjoying the calm after the storm.

Fishing boats enjoying the calm after the storm

 

A bit of seaside chick and fun

A bit of seaside chic and fun

 

Feeling thirsty by now?

Feeling thirsty by now?

 

Another British classic: the Band Stand.

Another British classic: the Band Stand.

 

Some modern accommodation on the sea front

Some modern accommodation on the sea front

 

I had planned to finish my walk at Butlins holiday resort, as I have very happy memories of bringing my son here for the day when we first moved to Bognor Regis. I always took advantage of living in the PO21 post code area, which entitled us to a day pass for £5 during the school holidays all those years ago. My son loved it, as he got to meet some of his favourite characters, like Postman Pat and Noddy and I loved the acrobats, the swimming pool with its water rides, the theme park and the cinema. I was very pleased to see young families queueing up to get in, as it brought it all back. I am sure they are all having a wonderful time now.

 

Butlins: my final destination

Butlins Day Visitors’ entrance: my final destination, with young families queuing up

 

Butlins from the sea front

Butlins from the sea front

 

 

Walking back to my car, looking west

Walking back to my car, looking west

 

A busy High Street with iconic buildings

A busy High Street with iconic buildings

 

There are lots of hotels and B&Bs to stay in in Bognor Regis, but if you have a motorhome, you can always stop at Rowan Park Caravan Club Site, within walking distance to the town itself and the sea.  For more information look here: http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/caravanclubapps/applications/uk-caravan-sites-and-parks/SiteDetails.aspx?csid=21969