Chichester Pickers go to Church

The Chichester Acoustic Music Club (affectionately known as the Chi-Pickers) have been meeting in the skittle alley of the Gribble Inn for some time now, and were heartbroken to learn of the fire at the Gribble and send our best wishes and prayers  for our affable and welcoming hosts Simon, Nicky and staff.

However, with some hasty action from Oving resident Neil Linford, and with the kind agreement of Steven Bennett the Church Warden, the strictly unamplified music club will meet in St.Andrew’s Church as of the 24th of July.

The Chichester Pickers is similar to a folk club but our musical choices are not limited and we have amongst us singers and players of folk, blues, jazz, “American Song-book” close harmony, bluegrass, comedy – and in fact anything anyone cares to perform.   Some are of professional standard and others  ….not, but we all have fun.

The mostly but not exclusively local artists usually play 15 minutes spots and the music is started off by the organiser – Andrew Perry and his “Good Company” – stalwart pals Bob on mandolin and Ian on double bass.

All are welcome to come and join us – whether as musicians/singers – or simply to enjoy the music of others.

We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday – the evenings start shortly before 8 when the music starts. Contribution is a modest £4 per person.

Bring your own refreshments – and enjoy an evening of fun and music at the Church.

For further details and/or to be added to the mailing list – please contact Andrew Perry on 01243-776391, or

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Update: LOLA Campaign


Update to LOLA Campagin: 21/07/2014

Chichester Observer has published a great article online this week updating everyone on the support being gathered from surrounded parishes. It shows that the potential closure of the lights is gaining recognition as something that will affect many thousands of people outside of Oving Parish.

To read more about the Leave Oving Lights Campaign, visit the main LOLA page.

Gribble Inn Fire

Oving community has awoken today to the heartbreaking news that the Gribble Inn has caught fire. See the Chichester Observer article breaking the story, the BBC News article or the ITV Meridian article.

The Gribble Inn is at the heart of the community, being the only pub within the parish. The news will come as a shock to all the regulars and visitors alike of this beautiful establishment.

Our thoughts are with Simon and Nikki during this dreadful time. At the moment (Sat 10:30am) the fire crew are moving traffic on. But if anyone wishes to offer any messages or practical support, you can contact us and we will pass it on when appropriate.



Statement from the Chairman of Oving Parish Council:

“I was deeply distressed to hear that The Gribble in Oving has been badly damaged by fire early this morning. The emergency services are doing a sterling job as I write this and I want to record the Parish Council’s gratitude to them, Southern Electric and the Red Cross for providing support as well.

I know I echo the sentiments of many people in sending Simon and Nicky and the Hague family, our very best wishes from the whole Community. We, as a Parish Council, are prepared to assist in any way we can in the future.

I feel sure that there are many other people prepared to offer help, and I would urge you to use this web site to let us know if you wish to do so. ”

Sjoerd Schuyleman
Oving Parish Chairman


– Red Cross have set up a tent at Madam Green Farm to give support to the emergency services

– around 30 houses have been without power, measures are being taken to reconnect them as soon as possible

– Chichester District Council are aware of the situation and the Emergency Department have been liaising with the Community Wardens

– it is reported that the thatch roof has been removed in efforts to control the fire


Oving Jubilee Hall

Our village hall opened in June 2002 and we are sure you will agree that it is a first class facility suitable for a multitude of uses. It looks stunning dressed for a wedding and can accommodate a large number of guests for a seated breakfast, yet it can also offer more intimate spaces for your business meetings with ample parking right at the door.

It is used by many community groups such as youth clubs and exercise classes and has a badminton court and a stage with changing facilities.

The hall has a well equipped kitchen with facilities for food preparation, cooking and refrigeration. Should you be interested in hiring the hall then we would be pleased to arrange a site visit.

For bookings please call: 07962 932560

St Andrew’s Church

The very attractive galletted flint 13th Century Parish Church of St. Andrew’s sits in the very heart of the village. Its wooden shingle spire topped by a golden cockerel stands conspicuously above the surrounding flat countryside. It was founded when Richard was Bishop of Chichester. The exterior looks much as it did in 1220 but the interior was restored extensively in the 1860’s and seats approximately 150. The church terrier comprises the building itself surrounded by a churchyard set above the approach road, Church Lane, and a separate graveyard 200 metres to the north. Services are held every Sunday at 11:00. Having actively defeated a threat of closure five years ago, the Church serves the wider community by providing a welcoming venue for secular activities including a lending library and toddler group and is used for occasional concerts.

St. Andrew’s Church Oving – Services and Details

Family-orientated Eucharists are held on the second; third and fourth Sundays of each month where a number of children act as servers. On the second Sunday there is a 10-strong robed choir, including some new junior members, and on the third Sunday a “Kids’ Church”. Lesson and Intercessions are delivered by lay members of the congregation. In addition to hymns taken from the New English Hymnal, the average congregation of 40 currently sings the Propers; Responses; Psalms and other parts of the service.

The first Sunday of each month is celebrated with a less formal “Young-at-Heart” (Y@H) service, when the congregation often exceeds 40. Music, led by a dedicated and enthusiastic organist and choirmaster, forms an important element of this and other services.  A growing band of instrumentalists of all ages supports The Y@H service. An informal “Not the Community Choir” group practice before the third Sunday service. Coffee is available after each Sunday service.

A Said Mass, attended by up to 10 Communicants, is celebrated every Wednesday at 1000. The very well-attended candle-lit Christmas Carol concert, joint Patronal Festival and Palm Sunday procession across the airfield are key features in the calendar.

The Gribble Inn

At the heart of the village and community, The Gribble Inn is a welcoming, traditional English village pub that serves Real Ales and delicious seasonal, locally sourced food. The Gribble Inn can be enjoyed all year round, with a roaring log fire in the colder months and a beautiful pub garden for the Summer. The Gribble Brewery is located on site and the pub serves its own Real Ales. There is The Gribble’s own shop, The Pantry for daily essentials.

Visit The Gribble Inn website