And at a time when supporting local has never been so important, our virtual community has stepped up to offer fun, fitness, culture and even quizzes – and it’s all just a click away.
Children having cabin fever is something that most parents are battling with, but local entertainer and magician Nick Clark has conjured up something that provides a welcome pause in the ‘I’m bored!’ chorus: a weekly disco and fun session, live from his living room in Bognor Regis.
Nick said: “It’s hard not to entertain and this way everyone can join in.
“All I’m asking is that parents consider making a donation to whichever charity I am highlighting each week, but there’s no pressure.”
Live from my Front Room Disco and Madness happens on Facebook Live on Sunday evenings, 5pm to 5.45pm.
Join the party on Nick’s Facebook page.
Also lifting spirits, as well as raising people’s heart rates, Bognor’s Suzanne Hill School of Dance is uploading dance and fitness sessions.
Suzanne said: “I have lots of dancers with learning disabilities and it’s wonderful that they can keep dancing and in touch.
“I’m also doing some seated classes for people with limited mobility.”
Suzanne’s daughter Tali has also been adding daily riddles to give our brains a workout too.
Find Suzanne’s videos on her Facebook page.
Meanwhile Runcton-based Katie Bennett and her partners in comedy crime at Quirks & Foibles have been using lockdown to trial their work.
Katie said: “We’d been planning to start releasing videos at the beginning of March, which has happened to coincide with a time where people need a laugh more than ever.
“We had sketches filmed and we are working on new material from our own homes.”
Find the funsters on their Facebook page.
Katy is also the narrator of the virtual tours offered by Chichester’s Novium Museum, which will also offer a weekly timetable of craft demonstrations, storytelling and activities from Monday (April6).
Visit www.thenovium.org for more details.
Live in concert
A familiar face of the local music scene, Mike Fry from Barnham knows that music is balm to the soul in times of trouble – so he is offering virtual gigs to support those missing the pleasure of live music.
Mike said: “Music makes us all feel connected and it feels so important right now to maintain our connections.
“It’s wonderful how people have been interacting with each other in the chat feed.
“It’s such an honour to hold that space.”
Mike’s music is streamed on his Facebook page.
Finally, if you’re missing your weekly pub quiz, fear not.
You’ll have to pour your own pint, but celebrated local quizmaster Simon Tooley is hosting a virtual quiz every Sunday evening.
Offering a prize pot and a charitable element, households battle it out online against each other.
For details email: [email protected]
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