On Saturday 9th June, 10 members of the SAIS went to Fishbourne Roman Palace

After meeting at the Palace, we joined the guided tours offered with the entrance tickets which were led by one of the very knowledgeable guides. We were even given a chance to touch and feel some of the archaeological finds. We rounded up the visit with lunch at the Bull’s Head and a walk to a nearby pond where some Roman artefacts had been found.

Here are the comments from one of the members:

What a super day out, thank you, and of course a very strong Italian connection right on our doorstep. I’ve been driving past Fishbourne Palace all these years and it never occurred to me to see what it was all about, …. and today I finally got there.  A fascinating discovery and a very professional overview delivered by Emily.


On Saturday 12th May, 16 members of the SAIS went on our now yearly “spring walk”. 

This year Rod (Lanning) devised a beautiful circular walk of 6 miles which started at the Barley Mow Pub in Walderton, moved on to Stansted House and then West Marden ending again at Walderton.

We enjoyed the spring colours of bluebells and white wild garlic in the wooded areas and the bright yellow of the rapeseed cultivation in some of the open fields.

Rod organised for us to stop at the Pavilion at Stansted House for coffee and cake, and then for lunch at the Victoria Inn.

All had a good time including Ruby a delightful young black labrador who came with Rod and Giovanna. Thank you Rod, we look forward to the next year’s one!


28th April 2018


On Saturday 28th April, 22 members and friends of the SAIS met at Portchester for a guided tour of the Castle.
Andrew Negus was our tour guide. Andrew is a blue badge guide well known to the society, having given interesting presentations on the city of Portsmouth and a tour of Chichester almost exactly a year ago.

We followed Andrew for about two hours around the Castle and discovered it is not really a castle but a fort. It did see a Roman Emperor and a French King and monks who enhanced the sea wall with a 9 seater loo!!!

Andrew covered 2,000 years of history of the area and how the Castle changed hands remaining instrumental for the local economy.
We wandered through the cemetery to find a couple of important “guests” and went inside the church, where among the historic relics there is the tomb of a Roman child carved in stone that was found in the Castle Grounds.

We ended the tour in the quaint area of Portchester adjacent to the Castle with lunch at the Cormorant Pub.28

We thank you Andrew and everyone that joined, and look forward to the May talk by Andrew on Fri 19th – Portsmouth: Harlots, Dung & Glory Part II


10th March 2018

On Saturday 10th March, eight members of the SAIS travelled to London to see the “Modigliani” exhibition at the Tate Modern. A beautiful collection of 100 portraits including some of his best, painted over the 14 years he lived in Paris.

Lunch at the historic “the Blackfriars” pub near St. Paul Cathedral followed. This is a unique wedge-shaped building dating from 1875 and the only Art Nouveau pub in London.

We wandered along South Bank, the Globe Theatre and further on we stopped at Southwark Cathedral an imposing 800 years old Anglican Church which has a famous Choir of girls and boys from all over London and surrounding areas. We had a thoroughly enjoyable day: the exhibition and the company were excellent!

Following last year illustrated talk on John Singer Sargent given by Art Historian Bernard Allen at the Society, a few members of the SAIS joined to travel to the Dulwich Gallery to to see the the first UK show in nearly 100 years devoted to watercolours by the Anglo-American artist who painted so many views of the Alps, Venice and Tuscany.
The exhibition brings together 80 paintings from private and public collections and it was an absolute treat.


We returned to Queen Elizabeth Park for our annual celebration of Ferragosto. The weather was kind to us and we enjoyed blue skies and some lovely warm sunshine, well mostly, and it looks like the SAIS claimed a little piece of English soil  for Italy!  A great way to end the 2016-2017 season. See you all soon.




 Sunday 2nd July

Following the postponed seal watching visit  three weeks ago due to the extremely hot weather, this very popular trip was rescheduled for Sunday 2nd July. It was perfect weather for seal watching: warm with plenty of sunshine. We were rewarded with wonderful scenes of seals, and in particular a mother and her pup, basking on the shore line. Our thanks to Anthony for providing these magnificent photos.

Not only were we able to witness these amazing scenes of seals in their natural habitat but also soak up the spectacle of sailing boats skimming across the water. What a perfect day!