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By Laura Gray, Oct 6 2014 11:18AM

How on EARTH did this come about ?

I seem to have become a football supporter. I WATCH football. If you'd have told me a year ago I'd be at the side of a football pitch watching a non-league (or any league for that matter) belt a ball around a bit of grass, and getting excited about it, I'd have thought you were off your head.

So how ? Why? Picture Framing!

See, my partner, Neil, is an avid football fan (and by-gone player at some sort of level he's proud of but means nothing to me in the scheme of things) and we've kind of dove-tailed quite nicely together on his interest and my apathy, until one day, Bosham FC who are newly promoted back to County standard, so I believe, were having their clubhouse redecorated because the FA needed them to step up their facilities etc etc.

Well, Neil, has a bit of interest in Bosham FC and one thing led to another and I was asked to quote on re-framing a real hotch-potch collection of team photos from 1906 onwards. What a jigsaw they were. Broken frames, dusty glass, all different sizes, and types and colours of frames. Clip frames, Woolworths frames, stuff folded into A4 frames. Bit of a challenge.

Anyway, I managed to get them all framed up in bespoke frames eventually

I've used all black frames and the double mount has red to pick out the club colours (except the large monochrome piccy). Black frames and/or matching colours look good when you are hanging groups of photos or pictures. I also used acrylic rather than glass from a safety point of view, and the pictures are fixed to the wall and not hung for the same reason. Glass and string don't react very well to being hit by a wayward ball tossed carelessly!

Anyway, basically I've also sponsored Bosham FC with a few bob and I get a advert in the Matchday Magazine.

So, last week I was down at the side of the pitch subscribing to the notion that it's all about life and death or so some famous manager once said apparently, and blooming 'eck, they way they go about it, you'd think it was too. You don't get the same passion showing through watching it on the goggle box! it was quite exciting close up.

I have to say being a small local business, it seems quite a few of my customers were milling around the clubhouse too so it was nice to catch up with a few.

Kind Regards


By Laura Gray, Oct 6 2014 10:53AM

I promised to keep you up to date with events at Studio 5, and after my last email things have moved on somewhat... and it's very exciting.

There are plans with Chichester DC to develop the site on the Old Garage at Chidham.

Well, I knew of this development, and I lodged a Letter of Interest with the developers and their agents, and they contacted me this week and as a result I've been given first refusal on one of two ground floor Main Road facing retail/commercial units. As long as they aren't asking a King's Ransom we should be good to go.

Have a look !

It's not going to happen before next year probably, and there's a long way to go but things are looking up. So I'll still be able to use the ramshackle old Garage Shop for the immediate future and so I'm not planning on going anywhere just yet.

Thank you to all of you who voiced your support after the last email. Your support is much valued and much appreciated.

If you read this far, here's a bonus. Have a look at the full plans for the site development by clicking here

I'll keep you updated

Kind Regards


By guest, Oct 6 2014 10:36AM

I thought because I may have mentioned my move to Hilliers while we were chatting, that you might want to know how it's all going.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me give you a brief bit of the background.

The old petrol station at Chidham was only short term. About 18 months ago we started plans to move to Hilliers on the Main Road at Bosham. Hilliers were delighted that I was moving there and I was excited about it too. Ourselves, Hilliers, and the architect couldn't see any problems with the move.

Well.... unbelievably...we are staying put.

After all the planning permission and subsequent appeals were fought for and failed, Chichester District Council decided in their wisdom to refuse us permission and this was borne out by a national government appeal. No one objected. No one. It turns out that the 'green initiative' got in the way and officials were worried about increased traffic. On a main road! To an existing Garden Centre! That'll be the same traffic that travels on this main road on a daily basis then ! If we were building a supermarket or building a football ground, I could understand it! We only wanted to put a log cabin in the Car Park!

To say it's a disappointment is an understatement..... I'm gutted. But there is no recourse now as we've exhausted the appeal process.

So the upshot is we're staying put, but...... the current site is being developed and we are trying hard to stay where we are. We are negotiating with the current developers, so I might have some good news soon.

I'll keep you up to date with events as they unfold as we are talking to the developers this week.

Whatever happens..... we WILL be trading. I'll keep you in the loop.

Kind Regards


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