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Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "THE WATER DIVINER" [UK 15] at 7.45pm on Saturday 10 October - doors open at 7.30pm.

Starring Russell Crowe. Four years after the devastating Battle of Gallipoli, Arthur, Edward and Henry Connor are still reported missing in action. With no further news, their father Joshua (Russell Crowe) travels from his farm in Australia to the war-torn peninsula but finds his questions blocked by military bureaucracy. Desperately holding onto hope, Joshua meets a Turkish war hero who becomes an unlikely ally as he struggles to find his own peace. poster

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


1 October 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/130/15/PL - Installation of mezzanine floor at Unit 1, Manor Retail Park (land south of A259 and west of Mill Lane, Rustington. Applicant:Store Property Investments Ltd

A/132/15/HH - Enlarge graded area at front of property & reduce size of front garden wall at 28 Lucksfield Way. Applicant: Mrs P Pallant.

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 22 October 2015.

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".

1 October 2015

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "WOMAN IN GOLD" [UK 12a] at 7.45pm on Saturday 19 September- doors open at 7.30pm. This is the film that was due to be shown last Saturday (12 September) but which had to be postponed due to technical problems with the projection equipment.

Starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds. The remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting 'The Lady in Gold'. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way. poster

Tickets priced at £5 are available in advance from the Community Centre Office or at the door (subject to availability).

16 September 2015

Expansion and Award for The Lamb at Angmering

Due to continued high volumes of trade The Lamb at Angmering is expanding its bar area adding additional covers for dining and drinking. Plans drawn up by Liz Gallaway, the Managing Director of Caldotec in Angmering On Sea, have been passed to extend the Grade II listed building, by adding an Orangery to the North end of the property. The contract has been awarded to Local builder 'Cloud9', with the fittings contract and interior design going to the original launch designer, Tracy Neal, a Director of Melling Ridgeway and Partners.

Its been an exciting start to the month for The Lamb at Angmering. It was notified by the Good Food Guide earlier this month that it would be included in the 2016 Guide. Only 22 restaurants in the county of West Sussex made the guide this year which is recognised as the leading publication on restaurants in the UK.

Martin Newbon representing the Newbon family, The Lamb's owners said, "Both Liam Reilly, our General Manager, and Richard Cook, our Executive Chef, have worked so hard to gain entry into The Good Food Guide, it has been a great team effort. We are so delighted that our purchase from Punch Taverns back in 2011 has proven to be such a success. We opened for business after a total renovation in April 2012 and the village of Angmering and surrounding area's have given us such very strong support. However, we have become very aware that our bar gets very busy and cramped at times, so the development of our Orangery will add considerable comfort for our customers with more freedom to move around and will give them more seating options".

Due to the renovation, which starts on Monday October 26th, The Lamb will close for 1 week for Health and Safety reasons whilst the foundations are being laid. The Gastro Pub will reopen to customers on Monday 2nd November at 11am. The build will continue and is set to totally complete by Monday 30th November. The Christmas menu is now available and hard copies are available at the bar, or to individuals by emailing Alternatively visit the Lamb's website,

15 September 2015

South & South-East in Bloom awards

The South and South East in Bloom Awards were held at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton yesterday (Friday). The Angmering in Bloom Association was awarded a Silver Gilt - the same as last year. The Association has once again been extremely pleased with the growing interest and the continued positive response they have received from Angmering residents this year, as well as the support from their Sponsors and local businesses.

The Association is looking forward to continuing their work in the coming year with some new projects and fundraising events in the pipeline as well as their existing ones.

12 September 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 7 September 2015

Co-option of New Councillors
Following brief discussion, on a proposal by Councillor Verrinder, seconded by Councillor Harris, it was unanimously AGREED to co-opt Peter Thompson as a Parish Councillor.

Community Land Trust
This is progressing well. There will shortly be a need to start the process of trying to secure properties and to determine how they are going to be allocated to local people. There will be a need to encourage others to take part in the project and it is envisaged that a process of public engagement will take place.

BMX Track Opening Event
The Chairman noted that the matter before the Council for consideration was to vote funds for the provision of toilets, first aid and related facilities for the open day. On a proposal by Councillor Phelon, seconded by Councillor Oldfield, it was unanimously AGREED that [additional] funds could be expended up to a maximum of £1,000 as per the proposal in the agenda.

On the matter of vandalism, it was noted that the Maintenance Committee now needed to give active consideration to the installation of CCTV in the 5 area. The Clerk noted that this would be taken forward as appropriate.

JEEAC Highways & Transport Group
WSCC had announced that it would no longer be able to provide the necessary administrative support for the group. Following discussion, the Clerk noted that it would be sensible for the Parish Council to volunteer to take on the administrative role for the first year. Much of the forthcoming work affected the Parish area in any case. In addition, by doing this, we might avoid a repeat of the situation that had arisen with the new Chandlers site, where a s278 agreement had been finalised, which had not been seen by anyone on the area committee. It was AGREED that Councillor Mountain could revert to the Working Group and volunteer the services of the Parish Council for this.

The Clerk noted that this was one aspect of a wider question over the future of the area committees generally. In recent weeks the Parish Office had had increasing difficulty in getting the County Council to carry out statutory functions with regard to maintenance of public rights of way, safer routes to school and the like. This was part of a general withdrawal of service by the County Council, in respect of which the Clerk was in correspondence with County Councillor Urquhart.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

10 September 2015

Policing - crime reports

This is just a reminder that Sussex Police crime reports for Angmering are published every week on our Policing page.

10 September 2015

Public Exhibition - re-development of West End Nursery in Roundstone Lane

CALA Homes, have recently acquired the former West End Nursery site in Roundstone Lane, formerly occupied by VHB and most recently trading under the Vitacress brand. In February of this year, outline planning permission was granted for up to 195 homes to be built on the site, despite much local opposition.

In order to obtain residents’ views on them, prior to submission of a detailed planning application, CALA Homes will be holding a public exhibition with regard to their plans for the development of the site. This exhibition will take place in Angmering Village Hall on Saturday 26 September between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm. A copy of the flyer for the exhibition can be downloaded by clicking here.

10 September 2015

Public Exhibition - new car showrooms for Caffyns

Angmering Parish Council has been contacted by planning consultants acting on behalf of Caffyns plc, who have acquired an interest in a site adjacent to the Haskins Garden Centre on the A259 with a view to redeveloping the site as an Audi showroom and workshop. The project team will be holding a public exhibition of the proposals, in order to obtain residents’ views on them, prior to submission of a formal planning application. This exhibition will take place in Angmering Village Hall on Friday 18 September between 2.30 pm and 6.30 pm.

A copy of the flyer for the exhibition can be downloaded by clicking here. The comment cards referred to in the flyer will be available at the exhibition; the consultants have also provided a small supply of them to the Parish Office. Residents can also contact the consultants’ freephone information line number on 0800 298 7040 or visit where more details of the proposals and timeline can be found.

10 September 2015

Mindfulness - What is it and how you can try it?

Mindfulness Meditation is a western, secular, research-based form of meditation derived from a 2,500 year old Buddhist practice. In recent years modern medicine has come to show, through robust scientific study and research, that the use of meditation can have striking benefits for those suffering from stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain. In more recent years, Mindfulness Based Approaches have been developed to help those suffering from addiction, eating disorders, alcoholism and victims of abuse.

The pace of modern life can be so frantic that most of us would benefit from taking a little time out for ourselves. Having the opportunity to take stock, gives us the chance to appreciate our lives even through difficulties. Mindfulness Meditation is potentially of benefit to all, as it may aid in prevention of both physical and mental illness. Indeed it is hard to see who would not benefit from a more Mindful approach to life.

For the last year Sam Cross of Arun Mindfulness has been leading a popular Mindful Meditation group from the Angmering Community Centre. She says: "In this form of meditation you are simply invited to be with your breath, physical sensations from your body and sounds. It accepts that your mind will wander, over and over again, as that is what minds do, but you simply recognise this and gently bring yourself back to where you were previously focusing. This is the appeal of this practice, it is gentle and invitational. It is simple, but not easy. Anyone can meditate, all you need is a mind, body and your breath. It is not easy, because like any other "self help regime" it requires discipline. Meditation can only help you if you actually do it, regularly. This is why I have been running the drop in group for the past year: to support graduates of other courses with their home practice".

The following new courses are available from October 2015 at the Angmering Community Centre:

Mondays - from 5th October, 7.30 - 9.30pm for nine weeks
Wednesdays - from 7th October, 9.30 - 11.30am for nine weeks

The first meeting of both courses is a free introduction to mindfulness to ensure that this is right for you. If you then decided to continue the cost is £170 pp, with discounts for multiple bookings. This will include all course materials. Please contact Sam on 07475 770 949 or for booking a place or for furher information. Her current web address is although this is currently being updated. Pre-booking is essential as she am limiting the numbers within each group, and would love to talk to you before you meet.

8 September 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/119/15/DOC - Application for approval of details reserved by condition imposed under A/143/14/L relating to condition 2 for cross section details of window joinery at White House Cottage, High Street. Applicant: Mrs A Shepard.

A/121/15/PL - Demolition of existing stables & storage buildings & erection of 2 No. two bedroom holiday cottages & barn & associated sand school at Herons Farm, Dappers Lane.This application is a Departure from the Development Plan. Applicant: Mr M Ayling.

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 24 September 2015.

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".

7 September 2015

Angmering Youth Bus

The following email has been received from Chris Lynch, the chair of the Angmering Youth Forum (AYF):

"Sad news regarding the AYF Bus which has served the young people of the village for five years. It has become too expensive to repair so will soon be going to the scrapyard. It regularly had good numbers of customers every Thursday evening and we have witnessed our young clients developing into good Angmering citizens.

Many of you will recall the controversial start we had when the inmates of HMP Ford gave us a graffiti paint job, and we continued to hit the news in 2012 when we had one of our volunteers carry the Olympic Torch. It was shown that we did make a real contribution to the reduction of anti-social behaviour in the village and that is probably the thing that gives us most pride.

There has been a small number of dedicated volunteers, some of whom are in their 7th decade! With the help of the Parish Council and County, as well as exploring any fundraising opportunities, we will be back, albeit in a different vehicle! Our thanks to Angmering Parish Council, WSCC, Local Giving, Sussex Police, and the many local residents who have supported us. A special mention goes to Pat Turner who has championed us throughout the years and who has never missed an opportunity to try and find funding sources for the Bus."

21 August 2015

School's GCSE success

This year's headline GCSE results of The Angmering School improved, with 6% more students than in 2014 gaining 5 A* to C grades with English and Maths. 67% of students achieved A* to C in English and 62% in Maths.

A very strong set of results was achieved by the school’s top performers with more students achieving at least 8 A* or A grades. These students were: Jade Arnold, Isabel Black, William Bolden, Natalie Cleverly, Theo Donnelly, Jonathan Francis, Savannah Holmes, Jake Melvin, Cameron Misson, Imogen Phillips, Rebecca Quirke, Soham Shah, Ben Simpson, Hannah Stanaway, Victoria Stevens, and Chloe Wilson. Outstanding amongst these were Chloe Wilson, Ben Simpson, Jonathan Francis and Rebecca Quirke who gained 11 or 12 A* or A grades.

Headteacher, David Brixey, told the Littlehampton Gazette: “There are some really strong performances from children across the ability range. I couldn’t be anymore proud of the efforts that all of our students have put in. The lovely thing is this is just starting them on their way to take their next step into their future careers. There’s a sense of real pride in what we, and they, have achieved.”

21 August 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 10 August 2015

Co-option of New Councillors
Following brief discussion, on a proposal by Councillor Bicknell, seconded by Councillor Mountain, it was unanimously AGREED to co-opt Bill Evans as a Parish Councillor. Turning to the application from Mr Peter Thompson, it was unanimously AGREED to defer consideration of this until the September Parish Council meeting, in order to allow him a chance to attend and answer questions on it.

Palmer Road Pavillion
ADC have confirmed that “…extension at Palmer Road would clearly be a good solution” and this remains the best way to obtain a new lease. We have been promised further contact in September to consider timescales and to start the lease negotiation.

Mayflower Park - Car Park
The consideration of carrying out a surfacing project for this car park was being considered primarily to enable the Youth Bus to park-up. .... (later) ....The Parish Office had been advised that the Youth Bus was, at 33 years old, now sadly beyond economic repair and had been listed for sale on eBay for scrap/spare parts. The car park scheme would therefore be held in abeyance until the Angmering Youth Forum had decided what to do about a replacement vehicle.

BMX Track Opening Event
On a proposal by Councillor Oldfield, seconded by Councillor Phelon, it was unanimously AGREED to hold this event at a cost of £3,200 plus VAT, as per the quotation received. On a proposal by Councillor Nikki Hamilton-Street, seconded by Councillor Phelon, it was unanimously AGREED to set up a working group to take the project forward.

Victorian Christmas Market
Councillors were asked to consider whether the conclusion of the meeting should be followed, that being that this was an idea for future years, but there was not enough time for it to be put into place for 2015. On a proposal by Councillor Mountain, seconded by Councillor Nikki Hamilton-Street, this was unanimously AGREED. On a proposal by the Chairman, seconded by Councillor Verrinder, to pay for the security and implementation of the road closure (on the Village Traders' Christmas Evening), 7 votes were against the proposal, with 3 abstentions, and the proposal was therefore REJECTED.

WiFi at the Village Hall
this was now in service and was available to use, free of charge, for all Village Hall users, as a community facility. The access codes would be advertised in the Hall as required.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

20 August 2015

Aldi coming to Angmering

Subject to obtaining planning permission, Store Property Investment Ltd has this week announced that the supermarket chain, Aldi, wishes to open a store on the new Manor Retail Park site which is owned by Store Property. This retail park, which falls within the parish of Angmering, is located to the north of Windmill Bridge and stretches westwards along the A259 where an entrance has recently been constructed.

The eastern part of the site is where the Chandlers Group will be re-locating their local BMW and Mini garages and showrooms, and Aldi would be situated on the eastern part. While Aldi do not yet have planning permission to build a store there, the site does have outline planning permission for a food store and a non-food store.

With M&S and a public house expressing a wish to open to the west of Manor Retail Park, on land which currently does not have any planning permissions, there are fears among local residents that this could lead to a ribbon of commercial development all the way along the Rustington By-pass. New houses in the area and retail developments along the A259 within the last two years has resulted in a substantial increase in traffic and tailbacks between the ASDA and Sainsbury's stores for increasingly longer periods throughout the day. While many Angmering residents tentatively welcome the opening of the Aldi store, they are also concerned, with increasing traffic levels, over the prospects of attempting to exit from Station Road and Roundstone Lane onto the jammed A259.

20 August 2015

News Archive

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