Less than a mile from the Horse & Groom, this village hall has embarked on a mission to raise £350,000 for an extensive refurbishment. The proposal includes a new gas-fired heating and hot water system, a new kitchen, a resurfaced car park, and upgraded toilets. All electrics and lighting will be updated, as well as improving the facilities for disabled visitors, and giving the interior a full redecoration. We are adding a £1 donation to each restaurant and accommodation bill in support of the appeal. Every donation will be matched by the Horse & Groom to benefit this much-needed local project.
Following a major overhaul, the Horse & Groom unveiled a brand new look at a launch party held on 8th November. The pub and four of its rooms have been refurbished (the remaining six will be completed in February), creating a warm and homely feel throughout this former forge. A whole host of historic and decorative features have been added, creating a special and characterful place to visit. Shortly after reopening, our new website went live, including a beautiful selection of photography to showcase the new surroundings, and a directory of recommended places to visit in the local area.
Established in 1989, Stonepillow is a local charity that acts as a lifeline for Chichester’s homeless people. The provide a range of services including day centres, hostels, a recovery service, supported housing and two charity shops. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, the Horse & Groom organised a Bank Holiday barbecue featuring live music from the Lucky Jacks – a popular local band. The event also included a Led Zeppelin original memorabilia auction, tombola and games. Renowned rock and blues vocalist, Debbie Bonham, even performed on the stage for the packed audience, and a fantastic £1,900 was raised for Stonepillow.