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More houses approved by Arun

At Wednesday's ADC Development Control Committee meeting, the Committee gave the go-ahead to build 32 dwellings on the Manor Nursery site at the far end of the High Street - Planning Application A/51/14/OUT. That end of the lane will be further destroyed and a pavement constructed on one side of what will be a narrow road which, at a stretch near The Spotted Cow just 3.4m wide, will be unable to accommodate the passing of two medium-sized cars!

This afternoon (Friday 26th), the nursery was still displaying at its entrance an old notice which reads: "We're NOT closing ...... Manor Nursery is NOT on the development plans". Eat your heart out Pinocchio!

26 September 2014

Community Centre's 5th birthday celebrations

On Saturday 4th October Angmering Community Centre Association (ACCA) will be celebrating the 5th Birthday of the opening of Angmering Community Centre. The Centre itself is owned by Angmering Parish Council but operated under a 25 year lease to the ACCA. The ACCA have arranged a whole range of activities between 10.00am and 6.00pm on that day. From 10.00am to 1.30pm, events will be largely aimed at children, while the afternoon events are more (but not entirely) adult orientated.

In the morning, there will be Face Painting, Owls about Town, Robbie the Magician, Angmering in Bloom Bulb Planting, plus demonstrations from many of the Centre's hirers including Choi Kwang Do, Activ8, Mathemagical, Boogiebeat, YogaPlay, and the Angmering School of Dance. All these activities are completely FREE! You can also have a Photograph taken by the Angmering Camera Club (for a nominal charge to cover costs), and there will be a special appearance from Bubbles the Pony (nominal Charge for Rides).

From 1.30pm adults will have a chance to try out activities offered by some of the groups and clubs based in the Centre. These will include the "Young at Heart" joint Albion/Arun fitness programmes, the IT Club, Wii Games, Foxwood Short Mat Bowls Club, Angmering Table Tennis Club, Liz Downs' Zumba Gold, Angmering WI Hand Chimes, Angmering Hand Bells, and Angmering Voices Choir. The afternoon's activities will end with a Tea Dance by Simply Sequence Dancing. Refreshments will be available throughout the day with Cream Teas in the afternoon.

Additionally, display boards in the Refreshment Area will have details of all the activities performed in the Community Centre, plus a photo display of contruction of the Centre from digging of the first turf until completion.

To see the full programme of events, click here. For further details, contact the Community Centre on 01903-773982 .

25 September 2014

Help School with Remembrance Garden

Calling all students, parents, carers, friends, neighbours and the Angmering Community. Are you free on Saturday 4 October from 10am - 3pm or part of the day? Why not come along to The Angmering School in Greenwood Drive, Station Road, and help them with their Remembrance Garden. This is to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War.

They envisage this to be a place for students to find peace and quiet in what is usually a busy environment. It will be used not only to observe WW1 but also for reading and DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) in the summer. The garden will be a work in progress and will be added to over the next few years.

On that Saturday they aim to create a path with wheelchair access and start work on a sensory garden. No need to confirm you are coming just turn up. If you have a shovel, spade or a wheelbarrow then please bring this with you. They will be laying a Type 1 sub-base for the pathway and from noon will be planting flowers. Bring a packed lunch, but tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied. Please park in the school car park and not near the garden area to allow access. Click here to see Map.

25 September 2014

Angmering Planning Applications

A/127/14/T - Fell 1 No Cupressus tree at Woodpeckers, Ham Manor Close. Applicant: Mr Brian.

A/128/14/PL - Application for the removal of condition 3 following grant of planning permission A/42/14/PL to remove storage building once use ceases at Roundstone Farm, Littlehampton Road, Ferring. Applicant: Ham Manor Farms.

Observations on this/these Application(s) must be received by The Head of Planning Services, Arun District Council, The Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5LF by 16 October 2014.

To see applications, plans, design statements, etc, type the Application Reference Number (such as those above) into Arun District Council's "Application Search Facility ", click on the Search button, and click on the hyperlink reference when selected application is returned - then select "Documents".

25 September 2014

Swanbourne Park progress

Despite no apparent S106 agreement being signed, the photo below shows that the roads on the David Wilson Homes/Barretts site for 139 dwellings off Roundstone Lane - now called Swanbourne Park - have already been excavated. This is also alarming as there does not seem to be any evidence of the required archaeological investigations having been undertaken. The ripping off the surface for roads on the site could destroy vital evidence. From previous close-by archaeological digs, it is highly likely that this site contains evidence of Roman or Saxon inhabitation or usage.

The entrance to the site will be near the build-out by Flint Cottage, just south of The Chantrelles in Roundstone Lane. Site fencing is in the process of being erected.

22 September 2014

In Bloom (2) - School's success

St Margaret's CE Primary School were awarded GOLD in the South and South East in Bloom - Blooming Schools 2014 competition. This is the third year out of the last four that the school has attained the GOLD standard. The judges commented that, "Again this year the fruit and vegetables grown by all the classes was of a very good quality and will be used for cooking by the children. The use of the raised beds has been changed to grow crops of a single types and this has worked very well."

Headteacher, David Boreham, told Angmering Village Life: "Further enhancement work has recently been undertaken on developing a "Wizard of Oz" sensory garden in our extensive grounds, so we are confident we can maintain the highest of standards. This year we have had a bumper crop of fruit in our mixed fruit orchard which was designed five years ago with assistance from the Royal Horticulture Society. Most of the fruit will be used in cooking by the children throughout the Autumn Term using our state of the art food technology room".

18 September 2104

In Bloom (1) - Hard work recognised with three awards

After three years of having gained a Silver award in the South-East in Bloom competition, at the 2014 Awards presentations at the Amex Stadium in Brighton yesterday, the Angmering In Bloom Association (AIB) received a Silver-Gilt award. This higher award reflected all the hard work that the Association and its helpers had put in over the last year. Additionally, Shirley and Alan from St Margaret's Court picked up a Level 4 - Thriving Award for their "It's your neighbourhood" entry. The levels go from the lowest of 1 to the highest of 6 so this was very good - especially for their first year.

However, what is even more significant is that, at the Awards ceremony, it was announced that The Spotted Cow (far end of High Street) - entered into the Best Pub Category by AIB - had won outright the Best Pub in the whole of the South and South East, an area which stretches from Kent to Dorset and up to Surrey. AIB were at the Spotted Cow last night celebrating their Silver Gilt and also presented the Best Pub Award to Michael and Naomi Collis which, as you can imagine, they were overjoyed to receive.

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In the photos above, Shirley and Alan (l-r) are shown at the Amex Stadium with Lorraine Wensley and Julia Phelon, secretary and chairman of AIB respectively. In the second photo, Michael and Naomi Collis (centre) are pictured with Julia, Lorraine, and Anne MacGovern (AIB committee member) at The Spotted Cow last night. Angmering In Bloom News

Congratulations to all three winners. We should be very proud of them and what they have achieved for our village.

18 September 2014

New heritage trust proposed

After 42 years of existence, but with falling support at its meetings, The Angmering Society Executive Committee will be tabling a motion at its AGM on 21 October to dissolve the Society and to transfer its remaining funds to a new charity, The Angmering Heritage Trust. The Trust will have reasonably similar aims to those of The Angmering Society.

Commenting in the September newsletter to its members, The Angmering Society chairman, Peter French, states: "As has been extensively discussed previously, steps have been taken to form a new Charitable Trust to administer the Society's remaining funds.We will be asking members at the A.G.M. to agree to the change which will allow the objectives and aims of the Society to be carried out by the Trustees of The Angmering Heritage Trust, who are all presently members of the Executive Committee of the Society. A few members will miss the social events which is regrettable but unavoidable owing to the lack of support".

12 September 2014

Snippets from the draft minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council on 8 September 2014

Angmering Community Land Trust
The Clerk confirmed that, as previously noted, Jim Brathwaite had resigned as Chairman of the contemplated Community Land Trust (‘CLT’) and that, with the subsequent resignation of Peter Spooner both as a Councillor and from the CLT, the idea had effectively been put back to square one. The Clerk confirmed that, following discussion, Peter Spooner had agreed to return all subscriptions taken from prospective members of the CLT. The Clerk noted that the role of a working party, with assistance from the Parish Council, should be to get the project to a point at which it was possible to gauge whether there was enough appetite in the community for a CLT. If there was, the working party would then need to ensure that the CLT was set up using a structure that would enable its aims to be achieved. Once all this had been done, the working party – and the Parish Council – should then step back. Following discussion it was noted that whilst a working party is clearly desirable, it is likely to be difficult to populate it, particularly in view of the lack of progress made earlier this year.

A259 Improvements
Now into the preliminary design stage; a full environmental impact assessment is required, the results of which are anticipated by Feb 2015. Detailed route surveys will be carried out in the near future and will take approx. 2 weeks to complete. A further (more detailed) presentation will be made to the working group in October. Angmering Parish Council, along with other affected councils, will be consulted to identify suitable venues for public consultation events. Consultation should commence November/December 2014. Business case should be ready for submission January/February 2015. Likely build 2017–2019 (proposed phasing from west to east). The group emphasised the need to consider the roundabout junction of A259 / A280 as a priority, given its position as the major congestion point along this section. WSCC will form a Steering Group for the Roundstone Lane Development, along similar lines to the existing North Littlehampton Steering Group.

School provision
Councillor Francis asked whether there is a date yet for discussions with West Sussex County Council on the subject of school provision following the major developments. The Clerk confirmed that this is set for November 2014, as meetings had to take place with the head teachers and governors of the village schools first.

Publishing of agendas and minutes
Councillor Nunn noted that he had come across a number of instances of delay in publishing agendas and minutes of meetings to the Parish Council website – in one instance, the agenda for a meeting appeared two days after the meeting had taken place. This places members of the public wishing to attend meetings at a disadvantage. The Clerk noted that this was due to staff shortages resulting from the Administrator’s ongoing ill health, but steps would be taken to ensure that agendas and minutes appeared on the website in a timely manner.

Angmering Citizenship Award
this is being reviewed by the Parish Office, following the decision to create this award at the Parish Council’s last meeting. Councillor Francis reported that following further discussion with the Rowley family, the award should be named the Fred Rowley Community Award. This was unanimously AGREED.

The full minutes of this meeting may be read by clicking here

12 September 2014

Blooming Quiz Night success

The Angmering in Bloom Association's Blooming Quiz Night on Saturday 6 September at the Village Hall was a great success with over 65 people attending who were welcomed by the Association's chairman, Julia Phelon. Nearly £350 was raised towards Angmering in Bloom projects. Questions were set by Phil Leverick, nibbles were served at half time and a raffle took place at the end of the evening with prizes donated by sponsors and local businesses. Click here to see photos.

11 September 2014

Entertainment Centre coming soon to Angmering

A brand new entertainment centre will be opening in Angmering this Autumn. Work on the "Out of Bounds" centre next to the Rustington Golf Centre in Golfers Lane, Angmering, is progressing well. The centre will have separate areas for the following activities:

It is expected that the centre will open some time next month. It is stated that it will be deal for birthday parties, group bookings and corporate events. Meeting room facilities will also be available.

10 September 2014

Angmering Planning Applications

A/119/14/HH - Rear single storey extension & porch to front elevation. This application affects the character and appearance of Angmering Conservation Area at Westend, High Street. Applicant: Mr P Steel.

Observations on this/these Application(s) must be received by The Head of Planning Services, Arun District Council, The Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5LF by 2 October 2014.

To see applications, plans, design statements, etc, type the Application Reference Number (such as those above) into Arun District Council's "Application Search Facility ", click on the Search button, and click on the hyperlink reference when selected application is returned - then select "Documents".

10 September 2014

Temporary closure of Co-op

As many readers will be aware, the Post Office services at the Co-op in the village (and elsewhere) are being slightly reduced although the remaining services will be available during the full shop's opening hours and at the service tills. To accommodate the new arrangements the "citadel" is being removed which will mean the closure of the whole shop tomorrow, Wednesday 10 September. It will re-open again on Thursday.

9 September 2014

Resignation from Council

Councillor Peter Spooner has tendered his resignation from Angmering Parish Council, with effect from 4 September 2014. There are currently two vacancies for new councillors. Anyone interested in becoming a councillor should contact the Parish Council Office in the first instance ( Tel: 01903-772124 ).

7 September 2014

Neighbourhood Watch

Angmering Neighbourhood Watch street schemes form part of the Rustington & District NHW Association. The Association will be holding an Open Day & AGM on 18th September (6.30pm for 7.00pm) in the the John de Bohun Room, Woodlands Centre, Rustington.

If you are already an Association member or if you live in Angmering and are interested in making your community safer and more secure, you are invited to the above meeting. A Panel of professionals representing the Community Police, Fire Service, and Victim Support will be reporting on action against crime and anti-social behaviour in collaboration with the local Neighbourhood Watch street schemes. Admission free with coffee/tea.

3 September 2014

Angmering Planning Applications

A/100/14/PL - Change of use of land to Handcar wash in car parking area (Sui Generis) at Wyevale Garden Centre, Littlehampton Road, Ferring. Applicant: South East Vehicle Valetting.

Observations on this/these Application(s) must be received by The Head of Planning Services, Arun District Council, The Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5LF by 25 September 2014.

To see applications, plans, design statements, etc, type the Application Reference Number (such as those above) into Arun District Council's "Application Search Facility ", click on the Search button, and click on the hyperlink reference when selected application is returned - then select "Documents".

3 September 2014

New Parish Councillor

Following the resignation of Jennifer Bos as an Angmering Parish Councillor on 12 May 2014, a request was received by Arun District Council under the Representation of the People Acts for a by-election to fill the resulting Councillor vacancy. Under current legislation, this by-election was required to be held within 60 days of 13 May 2014, the date on which the vacancy was notified to the District Council.

No nominations having been received by the original deadline of 4 pm on 9 July 2014, the Electoral Services department at Arun District Council were obliged to re-advertise the by-election, with a revised date for receipt of valid nominations of 28 August 2014. The Parish Council has received notification that a single valid nomination to stand for election as Parish Councillor was received by the deadline of 28 August 2014, in respect of Nigel Henry Nunn of 152 Palmer Road, Angmering, and that as no other nominations were received, the election is therefore uncontested and Nigel Henry Nunn is duly elected unopposed as a Parish Councillor.

Cllr Nunn was previously a Parish Councillor and chairman of Angmering Parish Council between 2007 and 2011.

1 September 2014

Blooming Quiz Night!

A reminder that the next Angmering In Bloom Quiz Night will be held at the Village Hall this coming Saturday (6 Sept) (7.30pm - 10.00pm). Go as a team of 6 or go as an individual and join another team on the night. To see full details, click here.

1 September 2014

Snippets from the draft minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council's Parish Maintenance Committee on 27 August 2014

Village Maintenance
It was AGREED to recommend to full Council the following courses of action:-
a) To re-focus the Maintenance Team’s work to include mainly grass-cutting rather than wider horticulture work, particularly during the grass growing season.
b) At the end of the current contract extension with Seymour & Lisle on 31 March 2015, to use the Parish Council resources to cut the grass at Fletcher’s Field, St Nicholas’ Gardens and in the village centre.
f) The maintenance of twittens by the Parish Council team would be extended to include all such footpaths. This would involve periodic inspections of the twittens and undertaking clearance work as and when necessary.
g) One, or more, people should be engaged as Environmental Wardens, particularly to ensure that dog mess and rubbish is cleared from the village.
i) Some of the horticultural work that would formerly have been undertaken by the Maintenance Team would be contracted out in the normal way instead.

Bramley Green Verges
It was AGREED that the committee would recommend to full Parish Council to survey the residents of Bramley Green and ask which of the possible solutions they would prefer and asking whether there was another more appropriate solution.

Community Centre Commemoration Plaque
On a proposal by Councillor Mariner, seconded by Councillor Oldfield it was RESOLVED by a vote of 3 to 1 to recommend to full Parish Council the following:- a) The Parish Council should put the plaque up to commemorate the building of the Community Centre. b) The Plaque should be A3, possibly made of slate with painted lettering c) The lettering should be simple, such as ‘This Centre was built for the Community by Angmering Parish Council, Opened 1st October 2009’. On the basis described above the obtained quotation price would be £540. The Clerk would get further quotations from more local firms, if any would be able to provide the plaque in time for the celebration day of 4th October 2014. This information would hopefully be available to present to the next Parish Council on 8 September 2014, at which final approval would be sought.

Seat on the Green (Francis Norbury memorial seat)
Councillor Turner questioned why the seat had been taken away early. The Clerk replied saying that a complaint from a member of the public had indicated that the woodwork was about to split. Although the Clerk believed that there was no immediate danger of it splitting he took the decision on safety grounds to have the seat removed early which might mean that it would be returned ahead of schedule as well.

The full minutes of this meeting may be read by clicking here

1 September 2014

Snippets from the draft minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council on 11 August 2014

Angmering Community Land Trust
the Clerk had now received a response to his letter of 24 June 2014 to the Chairman of the nascent CLT, Jim Brathwaite, which confirmed that Mr Brathwaite had resigned as Chairman of the CLT. It was not yet clear whether the remaining parties involved with the CLT intended to continue to act, but if they did, a new Chairman would clearly have to be appointed in early course. It was noted that consideration needed to be given to returning the deposit monies and cheques held by the CLT promoters to their rightful owners as soon as possible. Disappointment was expressed that Councillor Spooner, as Secretary of the CLT, was not present at the meeting in order to provide further information.

New PCSO
PCSO Paul Bryant introduced himself as the new incumbent PCSO for Angmering, replacing PCSO Karen Pereira, who had been transferred to Yapton. PCSO Bryant noted that he had been responsible for Angmering some years ago, and remains familiar with the area. PCSO Bryant noted that crime in the village at this point was very low-key; previously, there had been instances mainly confined to garden thefts and car crime. Sussex Police had historically performed poorly in this area, but this has been targeted with good effect. Vehicle speed through the village is something of which the Police were aware and was being looked at.

Station Road Parking
County Councillor Urquhart reported that ...... Double-yellow lines had previously been proposed for the stretch of Station Road immediately north of the level crossing by Angmering railway station. This scheme had been brought forward and public consultation was expected to be able to commence in early September. Residents affected by inconsiderate parking in Station Road were asked to vote in support of the scheme.

Angmering Citizenship Award
Councillor Francis referred the meeting to her report on the above. Following brief discussion, the following points were unanimously AGREED: 1) That an Angmering Citizenship Award should be created; 2) That the award should be called the Fred Rowley Award, in memory of the late Fred Rowley and his dedicated work at the Village Hall over many years.

St Nicholas Garden Archaeology Working Party
Councillor Francis reported that members of the Working Party had had a meeting with Worthing Archaeological Society since preparation of the report circulated prior to the present meeting. The dig is expected to take place between 5 and 27 June 2015 with a possible one-week extension. A talk is due to be given to the Angmering Society in September.

The full minutes of this meeting may be read by clicking here

1 September 2014

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "THE BOOK THIEF" [UK 12A] at 7.45pm on Saturday 12 July - doors open at 7.30pm.

Starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, and Emily Watson. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, Liesel is left with foster parents Rosa and Hans Hubermann. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her foster parents. When Hans discovers that Liesel cannot read, he teaches her and Liesel becomes an obsessed reader and finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others...poster

Tickets priced at £5 are available in advance from the Community Centre Office, Woodies News, and Angmering Framing & Stitches, or at the door (subject to availability).

The October Film will be “Monuments Men" starring George Clooney & Matt Damon.

1 September 2014

Angmering Planning Applications

A/76/14/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for the addition of 2 names on the war memorial in The Square. Applicant: Mr R Martin (Angmering Parish Council).

A/107/14/HH - First floor side extension over existing garage at 5 Mill Road. Applicant: Mr J Norris.

A/109/14/PL - Rebuild commercial building destroyed by fire at St Deny's Nursery, Dappers Lane. Applicant: Mrs G Peralla.

Observations on this/these Application(s) must be received by The Head of Planning Services, Arun District Council, The Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5LF by 18 September 2014.

To see applications, plans, design statements, etc, type the Application Reference Number (such as those above) into Arun District Council's "Application Search Facility ", click on the Search button, and click on the hyperlink reference when selected application is returned - then select "Documents".

28 August 2014

Twinning Associations are blooming

Angmering Twinning Association hosted a buffet reception for the Ouistreham Twinning Association (Comité de jumelage) on Friday evening (22 August) at Angmering Village Hall. 32 members of the French association came to Angmering including its president, François Duchemin, and the mayor of Ouistreham, Romain Bail. Chairman of the Parish Council, Albert Mariner, welcomed the visitors before the buffet and he and Cllr. Susan Francis acted as hosts for the mayor throughout the weekend.

On Saturday (23 August), the visitors were taken by coach to the Imperial War Museum in London where they were able to see the new WW1 exhibition. Afterwards they were taken on a coach tour of London. That evening the mayor dined at The Lamb with Cllr Mariner.

At the request of Cllr Albert Mariner and Cllr Susan Francis (vice-chairman of the Council) , Julia Phelon and John Goulding of the Angmering In Bloom Association gave M. Bail and M. Duchemin a guided tour of the village on Sunday morning accompanied by Cllr Francis, Julia and John pointing out some of the historical buildings and beautiful floral arrangements. (see photo (l/r): Susan Francis, François Duchemin, Romain Bail, Albert Mariner, Julia Phelon, and John Goulding).

Elected mayor of Ouistreham in March this year, Romain Bail expressed a desire to promote the two twinning associations by participation in other activities and to work closer with Angmering Parish Council.


26 August 2014

School's GCSE Results

Despite concerns nationally that marking of exam papers was harder on students this year as the Government's policy is to rely less on coursework, there were some impressive results from some students at The Angmering School.

Bethan Williams, Adam Woodard, Lydia Khoo, Flynn Hickey, Arran Collis, Darcy Phillips, Danielle Newman, Naomi Gittus, Bernadette Davies, Beaumont Pritchard-James, James Pearce, Bronte Sandwell and Benjamin Dicker all earned more than 8 A* or A grades. Bethan Williams achieved 13 A*, Arran Collis got 12 A*, Adam Woodard got 10 A*, and Flynn Hickey eight A*.

59% of the School's students achieved A* to C in English and 59% in Maths, while 77% of students gained grades A* to C or equivalent in Science.

23 August 2014

Angmering Planning Applications

A/101/14/PL - Extension of car park to provide a further 15 No parking spaces and removal of existing grass bund at Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Avenue (Bramley Green). Applicant: Angmering Parish Council

Observations on this/these Application(s) must be received by The Head of Planning Services, Arun District Council, The Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5LF by 11 September 2014.

To see applications, plans, design statements, etc, type the Application Reference Number (such as those above) into Arun District Council's "Application Search Facility ", click on the Search button, and click on the hyperlink reference when selected application is returned - then select "Documents".

20 August 2014

Stubbs Hill poppies

As this photo was being taken looking down Stubbs Hill in the High Street, a lady walked by and said "They're an absolute joy, aren't they?" They most certainly are but the photo does not do them justice. While they unfortunately did not flower in time for the "In Bloom" judging, Angmering In Bloom are again to be congratulated in having the vision to plant the seeds in this location.

20 August 2014

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