Bognorphenia is a annual charity event held in Bognor Regis, and is now in its 5th year. It celebrates Bognor past, present and future, raising money for young people’s activities in the town and surrounding areas.
Bognorphenia Saturday : Our Generation Day
The weather forecast wasn’t great this year but the rain held off. I took my Mum and 10 year old son to Hotham Park on the Saturday and we all had a great time participating in various activities. The day was dedicated to young people, who were performing onstage and helping out with the running of the event. There were extremely talented young singers, musicians, dancers and gymnasts entertaining the crowds whilst a number of stalls had different games and art projects to try out.
There was a reptile and animal-petting area run by Reptylers, based in Brighton, and my son held snakes, lizards, toads and chameleons. Visit their website if you’d like them to bring their ‘zoo’ to you! The animal below is a skinny pig, which is a hairless guinea pig. I thought it was freaky but my son loved it!
Then we all painted stones and hid them in aid of the CancerWiseRocks campaign (visit their Facebook page here for more info). This local cancer charity has taken a simple idea and turned it into something that all the family can do together, be creative, and raise money and awareness. If you see a coloured stone whilst out and about you need to take a photo, tag it on social media with the #cancerwiserocks hashtag and then rehide it. We made a donation in return for our colouring efforts and really enjoyed decorating the stones together.
It’s a great multi-generational event and my Mum had as much fun and the rest of us, drawing on the stones and looking at the reptiles.
Bognorphenia Sunday : Scooter Day
On the Sunday we rode our scooters down for a mini rideout (which for us was probably less than a mile!) to catch up with friends and see the ‘Show and Shine’ custom show, for which Lee was fully prepared having spent hours polishing his chrome in preparation. I did no prep, as usual, and delegated it all to Lee.
It was a great turnout, from both near and far, including scooters from Buckinghamshire, Portsmouth, Worthing and beyond.
Snowy’s scoot had been treated to a winter overhaul, including a new paint job and an unusual position for the petrol tank, on the front fairing! If you like style of scooter then do read my Rat Rod Scooters post.
Dell brought his Lambretta which got a lot of attention.
There was a really cute orange Vega with an 80cc engine.
Elliot rode his Lambretta street racer down, all the way from Pagham!
There were a few Scomadis there, and orange seems to be THE colour this year! It’s certainly eye-catching and really stands out from the crowd.
It’s not often that I get a chance to take photos of Lee’s chopper when it’s all shiny and polished so I made the most of it.
The biggest attending club seemed to be the SMaRT gang from Portsmouth.
Fellow Detour Rich’s PX200, now MOT-ready with fully working indicators!
My 150 Sprint – is it grey, green or silver? Votes in the comments please!
This is actually a GT auto underneath all the lights!
This could be an authentic 60s mod scooter except for the GoPro on the flyscreen!
I love how you can see Snowy in the reflection of the mirrors!
Yellow is a popular colour too, especially for Vespa autos.
The Bognorphenia bandstand was busy with DJ Nic Dunnaway playing scooter sounds, and a great band entertained the punters with indie classics from Oasis, Kings Of Leon and the Killers.
The Definitely Maybe gang were out in force, having stopped for breakfast in town en route.
There were a few stalls at Bognorphenia including the lovely Teri England with her vintage clothing and accessories. Teri is an amazing seamstress as well as a lover of all things vintage, and you can see more of her work on her Facebook page here.
Talented artist Adrian George had some of his work on display for sale. Amongst his collection are drawings of scooters for which he takes commissions and you can see more of his work via his website here.
Here is another Scomadi, this one owned by Rob Champion from the Midhurst Detours. He has big plans to install some tech on it ready for the new season. I think it’ll be a cross between Carry On Camping and The Gadget Show!
Another orange scooter! They’re like buses… This was probably the furthest travelled, having been ridden from Buckinghamshire and it had a few problems on the way down with the exhaust downpipe. It was patched up and fingers and toes were crossed that it held out for the journey back up North!
Merrick, another 80s stalwart, is back on the scene with this tidy TV175.
This is a lovely colour GTS which I’m sure Lee would love to pimp up with some Coventry City decals to enhance its sky blue…!
The ‘show and shine’ results were announced at lunchtime and the winner was… Lee! Which was great and made all the hours of polishing worthwhile. He was delighted with another trophy to add to his collection. My kitchen windowsill is getting very crowded!
Bognorphenia founder and chief organiser Kez Bridger was overjoyed with the turnout. After clearing the site on the Monday she commented “It was really hard work but I’m blown away with the dedication and support from everyone. The young people are our focus for Our Generation and the money we raised helps us support local community projects for them”.
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