Friday 6th June

Friday 6th June


The Aeneid – Chris Amery

Jarvis Music Room

2.00pm Doors open 1.30pm SOLD OUT
Free – Retiring Collection. Numbered tickets from Box Office.

Chris is back for his third popular dramatic reading and he says: “Virgil’s Aeneid tells how the Trojan hero Aeneas escapes from the  burning ruins of Troy and roams the Mediterranean, driven by the Gods to found an even greater city – Rome.  In the process he endures storms and hardships, loves and famously dumps Queen Dido of Carthage, then on reaching Italy comes up against  the Rutulians and their implacable leader Turnus.” This dramatic reading of a modern verse translation aims to bring out the heroism, lust, heartbreak, revenge, jealousy, intrigue and violence of one of the greatest narrative poems of all time.

More Wines from Wiston

New Barn, North End, Findon, Access off A24. MAP REF: TQ 129.099

2.15pm  £15.00

Come and meet Wiston estate winemaker Dermot Sugrue and learn about the recently planted vineyards which gave their first harvest in 2008. 2012 celebrates the estate’s first sparkling wines release. Walk through the vineyard, visit the winery to see the wines being produced. Includes a tasting session with a selection of sparkling wines. Some uneven surfaces . Wear sturdy shoes. Bring your water bottle. 2 miles (3km)
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Meet the Children’s Author Adam Stower

Steyning Bookshop Marquee, Steyning Bookshop

4.00pm Free

Multi-talented illustrator and author Adam Stower’s latest picture book ‘Troll and The Oliver’ is the amusing story of a boy called Oliver’s attempts to outwit a troll who is hell-bent on gobbling him up. Adam has also written ‘Silly Doggy’, ‘Naughty Kitty’, and the prize-winning ’Slam’, as well as illustrating picture books for authors such as Jeanne Willis and Timothy Knapman. Adam will be with children at Steyning Primary School during the day before he joins us at The Steyning Bookshop after school for more stories, sketches, fun and games.Have a look at his great website Refreshments provided..

SDS Acoustic

The Old Flint Barn MAP REF: TQ 164,114. Access via Mouse Lane.

7.00pm   Adults £3.00. u/18s donation. Payable on the night.

An evening of musical entertainment showcasing local talent by young performers within the natural amphitheatre of the old Flint Barn chalk pit. BBQ included. Wear sensible footwear. 1 mile (1.6km) round trip. All welcome.

Jazz Night with Harry the Piano and  Simon Bates Quartet, with Bobby Worth on drums and Steve Thompson bass.

Steyning Centre

Tickets on the door. £6.00 for members of Steyning Jazz Club; £10.00 for non-members

Harry the Piano has recently played to a rapturous audience at The Steyning Music Society, and he enjoys the respect of serious musicians around the world. He plays across all musical styles and was the opening pianist at The Albert Hall at this year’s prom season. Virtuoso reeds player Simon Bates is equally at home playing music across all musical genres and he has performed around the world.

Come and Sing with the Chanctonbury Chorus

Methodist Church

Free – retiring collection.  Numbered Tickets available from the Box Office

Popular local choir, the Chanctonbury Chorus, invite you to rehearse and sing a number of glorious and uplifting classic choruses, including Handel’s Hallelujah! chorus, Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and Brahms’ How Lovely is thy Dwelling Place. No musical experience is required and the music will be provided. Come and have a go and enjoy some refreshments with the choir afterwards.

The Wiston Estate: A Thousand Years of History with Janet Pennington

Penfold Hall

7.30pm £6.00

From its listing in Domesday Book of 1086 as a flourishing manorial estate, through the grim times of the Black Death (1348-50), the Wiston estate’s fortunes waxed and waned throughout the medieval period. In the 1570s, courtier St Thomas Shirley built much of Wiston house as we know it today and later the estate was bought by the Fagge family.  In 1740, Elizabeth Fagge, a 40 year old spinster inherited the estate and married Sir Charles Goring of Washingon.  It was their only son, Charles Goring, who planted the trees on Chanctonbury Ring in 1760.  Harry Goring, the great great grandson of the Ring planter, is the present owner of the Wiston estate.  This illustrated talk encompasses some of the ups and downs of estate ownership over the last millennium.
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Coasters Theatre presents “Quartet” by  Ronald Harewood

Rosebank, Jarvis Lane, Steyning, BN44 3GL

Free with retiring collection. Numbered Tickets available from the Box Office SOLD OUT


Three former opera stars and sometime colleagues, have met up again in a country home for retired musicians, where they engage in witty banter and reminiscence. They eagerly anticipate the opportunity of participating in a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reg, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. The three fancy singing the famous quartet from Rigoletto – in their heyday the four made a brilliant recording of that opera – but Jean the once-great soprano still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. A way is found, however, for the show to go on in this funny and poignant play which, in 2012,  was made into a film featuring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, and Pauline Colliins. Coasters Theatre is formed of local actors from this part of West Sussex who wish to encourage amateur drama in Steyning. It will be a semi-staged, animated, rehearsed reading.

Recreating Shackleton’s Epic Journey.

Steyning Grammar School Shooting Field Drama Hall

7.30pm  Price £8.00

In 2013, explorer and adventurer  Tim Jarvis and five companions set out to recreate Ernest Shackleton’s epic journey by boat from Antarctica to South Georgia and over the mountains to the north of the Island. In a replica of Shackleton’s “James Caird” and using clothing, food and equipment of the time, they succeeded in this gruelling adventure. Tim will describe the journey, pointing to lessons about Shackleton’s leadership skills and drawing attention to evidence of how the climate has changed in the last 100 years.

Note: Draft and Bottled Real Ales will be on sale courtesy of the Adur Brewery.
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Fiesta Latina! With Globoloco

The Star Inn

7.30pm – 11.00pm  Free

A balmy evening of Brazilian world beats, with plenty of treats…..Globoloco will be bringing their exclusive carnival street party set to the Star in Steyning. A heady DJ mix of Samba, Hip Hop, Dance Hall, Balkan beats, Latina breaks and Tropical bass. The Star Inn hosts this non-stop carnival night in their beautiful stream-side location with a themed menu available.

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