Sennicotts as a photographic location

Sennicotts house and gardens are an ideal Georgian, English Country photographic shoot and film location near Chichester in West Sussex.

The house is a Regency Villa (as described by the Connoisseur Magazine in 1967) while the gardens are formal and landscaped including a large walled kitchen garden.

Located 4 miles from Goodwood and within 9 miles of West Wittering beach and Chichester Harbour. 

For more information please contact Eloise via email

Features include:

Barns and agricultural buildings; Entrance hall; Cantilever stairs; Living rooms; Dining room; Kitchen; Bedrooms; Bathrooms; Cellars; Domestic swimming pool; Formal gardens; Parkland; Gatehouse; Fountain; Tarmac road; 3 phase electric supply, 4m ceilings; Oak framed summerhouse.

Continue Reading

Your past doesn’t need to define your future

Stolen cash tin becomes new life’s sanctuary.

Typical of nature to redeem the jettisoned spoils of human brokenness.

A cash tin, still with key, is thrown from a passing car but has now been turned into a safe-haven for new life.

Our relationship with nature looks very one-way sometimes.

Continue Reading

Old Fashioned Harvesting at Oldwick Farm

Continue Reading

Wed 21st June 2017 – NGS

Where else today can you get a cup of the finest single origin Colombian coffees, freshly roasted, for £1.50. Where 100% of the sale price goes to charity and which you can enjoy in 5 acres of private garden surrounded by the scent of roses in the very best weather Europe can produce? Simple answer: Sennicotts near Chichester, open for the National Gardens Scheme from 9:30am to 4pm. Entry £4 for adults. Just to be clear – ALL proceeds go to charity.

Extraordinarily good coffee from Edgcumbes available at Sennicotts for just 3 days
Continue Reading

Sennicotts Gardens – National Gardens Scheme opening 2017

90ae742427fe77c48237812068c39291For three days in 2017 Sennicotts Gardens will be open to the public for the National Gardens Scheme.

Monday 19th June 09:30-16:00
Tuesday 20th June 09:30-16:00
Wednesday 21st June 09:30-16:00

£4 entry per adult. All proceeds will go to charity.

image001This year we are exceptionally excited to be able to offer you freshly roasted, single origin coffee from Edgcumbes. If you haven’t tasted Edgcumbes’ teas and coffees before you are in for a unexpected treat. Once again all proceeds from the sale of tea, coffee and cake will go directly to charity.

If you want to know just how good Edgcumbes coffee is do visit their website www.edgcumbes.co.uk or better still come and visit us and taste for yourself.

Continue Reading

A27 Chichester. Highways England Scheme

Chichester has a problem: it’s highways network is not designed for the 2016 patterns and volumes of traffic and certainly not designed for the 2019 patterns and volumes of traffic once thousands of new homes are added to the City in the coming years.

In 2004 the Highways Agency saw this problem coming and proposed upgrading the A27. Their public exhibition saw 9234 responses. 6304 people (68%) agreed with the Highways Agency strategy. Then in July 2005 WSCC Councillor M submitted a petition with 2053 signatures asking the Highways Agency to consider a Northern Bypass instead of upgrading the A27.

The Highways Agency considered this option and in their report concluded building a new road to the North of Chichester would not stop the existing A27 needing to be upgraded and therefore the cost alone made this option an uneconomic method of solving Chichester’s traffic problem.

In the end the exercise proved academic as there was currently no money to spend on the A27 at Chichester. However in the meantime Councillor M was promoted to become WSCC Cabinet Member for Highways.

Over the following decade plans emerged for Roads Investment Scheme (RIS) funding. WSCC, in partnership with others, applied for funding to improve the A27. Funds were allocated to a project known as the ‘A27 Chichester Bypass Scheme’ by the then ‘Highways England’.

Highways England began to look at options to solve this problem and considered 1) upgrading the existing A27, 2) building a new bypass to the South, and 3) building a new bypass to the North. When word spread in earl 2016 a northern option was being considered, but before any proposals were officially presented, 4,412 concerned residents and businesses responded to the rumour by signing a petition to express their opposition to a new northern bypass being built around the North of Chichester.

By the time options for the A27 Chichester Bypass Scheme were officially presented in 2017 the northern bypass and southern bypass (new road building) options had been removed. Once again, as in 2004, the options presented to the public were for ‘on-line’ bypass improvements.

Once again Councillor M (who had stood down from his post as Cabinet Member for Highways only months before Highways England were due to present their options) and others began to campaign for a northern bypass to be included in the consultation. As had proved popular in national campaigns for Brexit and US Presidential elections, the campaign in favour of a northern bypass focussed on false allegations of ‘majority against the establishment’. Claiming the establishment was colluding for the benefit of itself and the detriment of the people an aggressive campaign put significant pressure on local politicians to oppose the proposed solutions or else they would be siding with the elite.

No evidence was ever produced to substantiate these claims but that didn’t stop members of the public who had no interest in the A27 wading in with copycat slurs against all and any in authority. Pro-northern bypass campaigners set-up facebook pages (32 followers), twitter accounts (99 followers) and  a petition (3979 signatures). Ultimately the local politicians who hadn’t signed up to this level of pressure and certainly not this level of correspondance decided the easiest solution was to vote for no improvement at all.

The result was a very divided Chichester community, a Secretary of State for transport who didn’t want to be dragged into local politics, and a cancelled investment.

Clearly the Highways professionals know which option their calculations indicate give best value for money and deliver the solution needed. The question remains whether that solution will ever be realised? It’s not a problem the current round of local politicians will have the face. On their watch they have voted to kick the problem down the road. The average age of our current crop of County & District politicians means statistically they won’t be serving when Highways England next bring their proposal to the public for a solution to the A27 at Chichester.

The below video shows countryside to the NW of Chichester. A Northern Bypass for Chichester should only be built through this historic and productive countryside if it significantly resolves a traffic problem to the South of the city.

Continue Reading

3 men and a lot of poo

No problems keeping warm on this winter's morning
No problems keeping warm on this winter’s morning

Beautiful crisp morning today and we found the perfect job to get stuck into: a manure run.

Four trailer loads getting on for a ton each, loaded and unloaded by hand ensured no one got cold.

We debated the relative benefits of one man and his tele handler vs three men and their forks. The three men won by virtue of the exercise, fresh air, community, tidiness and lower environmental impact.

Continue Reading
1 2 3 12