Our Chairman, Martyn Bell,  became the Mayor of Chichester this May and we are thrilled to be recognised, along with Stonepillow, as one of his chosen charities for 2018/19.

Being one of his chosen charities is hugely beneficial and most welcome news for the gallery. The Oxmarket receives no funding at all and survives solely on its hire fees and small commission as well as much valued support from volunteers, the Board of Management and Trustees – all of whom give their time freely. Stonepillow is a charity close Martyn’s heart also, having been a trustee for 10 years.

A diary packed full of events coming up in aid of both charities has been confirmed and all funds raised from said events will be split 50/50 between the two. Oxmarket Trustee Cllr Clare Apel will run the mayor’s charities organisation.

The first event is a sponsored bike ride from John O’Groats to Chichester. Keen cyclists, Justin Bulpett, Cllr Apel’s son, and Malcolm Meaby, will be departing from John O’Groats on Tuesday August 21, and arriving in Chichester on Friday August 31. The ride has particular significance for Stonepillow – the lads will be cycling to the Palace of Scone to pay tribute to the original Stonepillow on which the charity’s name is based. Both charities are of course incredibly grateful for Justin and Malcolm taking on this challenge and would very much appreciate the support of our Friends and visitors. If you would like to support the event by making an online donation please visit SPONSORED BIKE RIDE.

Justin also plans to document the whole experience via his blog, hopefully he willbe in a fit enough state to update it (!), but you can follow their journey HERE.

On Friday 31st August anyone wishing to support the guys back can also join in a ‘Gala Ride-In’ by cycling along with them in the final stage from the railway bridge on Centurion Way, see below for the full arrangements.

Final Stage ‘GALA RIDE-IN’ : starts 12 Noon Friday 31st August Please note: Due to tree root damage on the Centurion Way between West Dean and Brandy Hole Lane making the surface unsuitable for Road Bikes (but still fine for MTB’s & Hybrids!), the ‘GALA RIDE IN ‘ will now commence on the former railway bridge on Centurion Way where it crosses Newlands Lane in Parklands.

DRESS THEME : Scottish/Tartan/Kilts etc.

MARSHAL at Newlands Lane : Ash Pal


12.00hrs -Participants rendezvous on top of Newlands Lane former railway Bridge (plenty of parking, no main roads)
12.10hrs – Justin Bulpett and Malcolm Meady will join the Participants , riding down Centurion Way, the two having joined it from Lavant Road via the Brandy Hole Lane Access
12.20hrs -After Photos, the Group , led by Justin & Malcolm, will cycle South down Centurion Way to join the very West end of Westgate at the railway. They will then cycle along Westgate, crossing the two roundabouts ( at Sherborne Rd & Orchard St.) and enter the City via West Street. NB:There will be no Road Closures or Marshals ‘en-route’.
12.30hrs– At the start of the pedestrianised area (ie outside Waterstones) they will be greeted by The City Bailiff ( Cllr Jane Kilby) and Town Crier ( Cllr Richard Plowman) in Robes/Uniform with Cane & Bell. They will be requested (very nicely!) to dismount and , led by the Bailiff & Town Crier & accompanied by all other Participants, will push their bikes past The Cross to The Council House.
12.40hrs -The two Riders will be greeted formally by The Mayor of Chichester, Cllr Martyn Bell (Robed) outside the Council House and after Photos & Interviews, will go inside to the Old Court Room (with their bikes) where appropriate Refreshments will be served for all Participants. Secure Cycle Parking Provision will be available under the Portico in front of The Council House for Participants.