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Activity and Nutrition workshops for young people

Are you concerned about your children's weight or wish they could be fitter? If so, then you might be interested to learn that Alive 'N' Kicking, a children's lifestyle and weight management organisation, in conjunction with West Sussex County Council, are running activity and nutrition workshops at Angmering Community Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the Summer. The first session in the programme took place on 28 July. The Tuesday workshops are being held between 11.30am and 1.00pm) and the Thursday workshops between 12.30pm and 2.00pm. These workshops are aimed at young people aged 11 - 19 years old, and children should be accompanied by a parent.

These are free practical and fun sessions and will look at portion sizes, healthy lunches, and how to read labels. poster

If you require further information, contact Rebecca on 0300 123 0892 or email her at

29 July 2015

Fred Rowley Award for Citizenship

Congratulations to the Angmering In Bloom Committee who were presented with the Fred Rowley Award for Citizenship at the Fair on Saturday. This was well merited in view of all the hard community work the AIB team has put in over the last year.

27 July 2015

Roundstone Crossing/Roundstone Lane Update

It is noted from the Minutes of Rustington Parish Council's meeting on 22 June 2015, that County Councillor Graham Tyler said that the recent survey funded by East Preston Parish Council on Roundstone Railway Level Crossing had been received and considered by WSCC but no further action is to be taken at the present time, as no funding is available to undertake any works.

27 July 2015

St Peter & St Paul Fair

Angmering Parish Council was fortunate with good weather for its St Peter & St Paul Fair yesterday (Saturday) and many adults and children enjoyed the provided entertainment and varied stalls. However, bearing in mind that the name of our parish church is St. Margaret's, several people have asked why the Fair was called St Peter & St Paul.

The granting of a Charter for a Fair/Fayre to East Angmering was given by King Richard II to his cousin, the Earl of Arundel and Surrey, on 15 January 1384. It's not entirely clear why the Fair was named after St Peter & St Paul when East and West Angmering churches were named St Nicholas' (demolished 16th century) and St Margaret's respectively. The Charter demanded that the Fair was to be held on the prescribed anniversary of the commemoration of the Apostles Peter and Paul, which was the 29th June, and held in conjunction with a vigil and feast.

Many fairs were held over several consecutive days. They were still defined in terms of a particular saint's aniversary (or feast day), perhaps beginning the day before the feast (known as the vigil or the eve) or lasting until the day after the feast (known as the morrow). In the case of East Angmering, the Charter only prescribed a vigil and feast, but not a morrow.

Looking at a few other local towns and villages, it is apparent that the dedication of Fairs were not necessarily named after the churches in the towns/village where they were held. For example, the Fair at West Tarring (St Andrew's) commemorated St Matthew. Steyning (St Andrew's and St Cuthman's) commemorated the Nativity of Mary. So, it may just have been a case of the King (on advice from the Church) spreading the celebration of saints' days over the year.

26 July 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 13 July 2015

New Receptionist/Clerk Post
Claire Edwards had been selected following the interviews and she was due to start her contract on 27 July 2015.

BMX Track
(Chairman's Report) - It is hoped that an official opening can be arranged for the autumn and we are looking at the possibility of setting up a club in the near future.

Fred Rowley Award for Citizenship
(Chairman's Report) - Jane Rowley has put forward an awardee, which has been circulated to all councillors and accepted by all but one. The award is for £100 and will be allocated from the Chairman’s allowance. I would also recommend that a working group is set up to consider future awards and that Jane Rowley is invited to be part of the discussion on such applications.

Dualling of A259
Councillor Mountain asked, in light of comments made by District Councillor Ricky Bower concerning dualling of the A259, which had been published in the Littlehampton Gazette on 9 July, what message the Parish Council could give to its residents, given that no details of the scheme had yet been circulated for consultation. County Councillor Urquhart stated that District Councillor Bower had spoken out of turn, and had divulged matters to the Press that were, and remained, confidential. Therefore, there was no message that anyone in the Parish Council could give to residents of the Parish. The matter of the improvements to the A259 remained a strategic priority in the District but it could not be guaranteed that it would proceed. The Clerk noted that, in that case, it would be helpful for someone at County Hall to issue, in early course, a statement correcting District Councillor Bower’s comments.

Parish Christmas Day Lunch
Councillor Lee Hamilton-Street asked what the criteria were for attendance. The Chairman noted that the idea would be to open the event to single people and couples on their own, and families who by reason of financial hardship would not otherwise be able to celebrate Christmas. The idea would be to advertise the lunch and invite eligible people to put their names forward. The Chairman noted that, as the originator of the idea, she would abstain from any vote taken on whether to proceed with it. Following brief further discussion, on a proposal by Councillor Verrinder, seconded by Councillor Harris, and with the abstention of the Chairman, it was unanimously AGREED that this idea be taken forward.

Victorian Christmas Market
It was clarified that the request had been received via certain of the traders in the village centre, and a number of residents, and was a discrete concept from the traders’ evening of previous years although it could easily be run in tandem with the traders’ evening, if that proved to be what was wanted. Following discussion, on a proposal by the Chairman, seconded by Councillor Mountain, it was unanimously AGREED as follows:
a) That the proposal from the Chairman to hold a Victorian Christmas Celebration in the centre of the village, as outlined in the report attached to the Agenda for the present meeting, be investigated further;
b) To allocate a maximum budget of £2,000 to cover the cost of this event.
The Chairman noted that the village centre traders would be invited to a meeting to discuss this proposal, and that meeting would take place before the end of July.

Provision of WiFi for the Village Hall
The Clerk noted that, following negotiation with BT, it was possible to install fibre-optic broadband, with WiFi, in the village hall at a cost of £32 plus VAT per month, with an installation cost of £110 plus VAT, giving a first-year cost of £494 and ongoing costs of £384 per annum for 2 years. It was noted that this would prove a useful facility for regular users of the Village Hall, as well as for Parish Council meetings. On a proposal by Councillor Phelon, seconded by Councillor Oldfield, it was unanimously AGREED to proceed with installation as above.

Water Lane Maintenance
Councillor Phelon referred to the proposal and quotations circulated prior to the meeting, to consider the recommendation of the Maintenance Committee to carry out the following works:-
a) Re-landscape the Water Lane site – a design had been received from County Landscapes with an indicative cost of £6,320 plus VAT.
b) Rebuild the retaining wall at the Water Lane site – one quotation had been received to date in the sum of £2,210 plus VAT. Other quotations had been requested, but had not been forthcoming.
Following discussion, on a proposal by Councillor Phelon, seconded by the Chairman, it was unanimously AGREED that the Maintenance Committee be authorised to commission works to the retaining wall, to a maximum cost of £2,210 plus VAT as per the quotation received.
Following discussion, on a proposal by Councillor Phelon, seconded by Councillor Verrinder, it was unanimously AGREED that the Maintenance Committee be authorised to commission works to the maximum value of £6,320 plus VAT as per the quotation received.

Highways Working Party
On a proposal by the Chairman, seconded by Councillor Lee Hamilton-Street, it was unanimously AGREED that the Working Party be formed, and that the matters listed should be considered. The members of the Working Party would be Councillors Mountain, Oldfield and Phelon.

New Chandlers Development
Councillor Mountain noted that consideration needed to be given to how the Parish Council took forward s106 matters, given that Rustington Parish Council appeared to consider the entirety of the monies arising from the new Chandlers development at Windmill Bridge to be theirs. The Clerk noted that he would make formal representations to Karl Roberts on the principle of these matters. (Note: the Chandlers' site is located in the parish of Angmering ... Ed)

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

25 July 2015

Manor Nurseries and Mr Rob Lovejoy

Manor Nurseries, located at the far eastern end of the High Street, finally closed on Sunday 19 July. It is the intention to develop the site with 32 dwelling adjoining the new Swanbourne Park development.

Sadly, and poignantly, the founder of the business, Rob Lovejoy (81) of Honey Lane, died of a long illness just a few hours after Manor Nurseries closed. We wish to express our condolences to Rob's widow, Anne, and to their two sons, Richard and John.

25 July, 2015

Water Lane drainage works

Angmering Parish Council (APC) has been successful in obtaining funding from West Sussex County Council's Operation Watershed - Active Communities Fund for drainage work in Dappers Lane. The work will include reducing a verge south of Culberry Nursery to enable water to run off the carriage way into the ditch, clearing overgrown vegetation and reinstating the ditches, whilst recreating a storage area and jetting all culverts under driveways.

The work is due to commence on Monday 20th July 2015 and is expected to last for one week. APC ask for your patience while the contractors are at work. This work will benefit the whole community and will assist in alleviating flood problems.

If you own land or property with a river, stream, ditch or culvert next to or within it, you are a Riparian Owner and maintenance is your responsibility. Maintenance of the ditches can prevent others from having their homes flooded. Residents of Dappers Lane will be receiving a letter, a "Good Practice for Watercourse Maintenance" booklet and a "Riparian Ownership: Frequently Asked Questions" booklet, that is being hand delivered today (Wednesday).

If you have any queries in connection with the work that is due to be carried out in Dappers Lane, contact Claire Fullman in the Parish Council office, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact: 01903 772124 Email:

15 July 2015

"In Bloom" judging

Judging of Angmering's entry into the 2015 South & South-East in Bloom Competition will be taking place in the village tomorrow morning (Wednesday 15 July). The Angmering In Bloom Association (AIB) will be welcoming judges Chris Evans and Linda Ball and taking them on a tour of our village as well as meeting people on the way and visiting the Village Hall Pre-School and St Wilfrid's School. So do give them a cheery smile if you happen to pass them on the way.

The Competition is much more than just having pretty displays of flowers, although these do make the village attractive. South & South East in Bloom is part of the Britain in Bloom campaign where boroughs, communities, residents, and businesses can work together to improve their environment. They have three main objectives:

  1. See an increase in the number of people involved in gardening and horticulture and to see the standard maintained or rise wherever possible.
  2. To see improvement in how we care for our environment, including how we care for scarce resources such as water.
  3. How we come together as communities and make a contribution to the above by getting involved and making our neighbourhoods, villages, towns & cities better places to live work and visit.

I'm sure villagers would like to join Angmering Village Life is wishing Angmering In Bloom the very best of luck tomorrow. With all the hard work the team puts in every week of the year, they certainly deserve it and our appreciation.

14 July 2015

Storage building destroyed by fire

A 5m x 3m timber storage building (and surrounding undergrowth) near the the Oval Raceway in Water Lane was destroyed by fire in the early hours of this morning (Friday) This was accidental but caused by a re-ignited bonfire. WSFRS crews from East Preston and Littlehampton were called to the blaze at about 3.00am and stayed at the scene for 2 hours. A car was damaged by radiated heat and 3 small compressed gas cylinders were removed from fire area and cooled.

The WSFRS has issued the following advice regarding bonfires:

"If you are going to have a bonfire it's really important that you take the right precautions to protect yourself, your property and the environment. If a bonfire is not properly controlled there is a real risk that is can spread to fences, sheds, hedges and even people's homes, putting lives in danger. It's easy to follow the bonfire basics… Let your neighbours know you are planning to have a bonfire or they may end up dialling 999. Build your bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees. Avoid having a bonfire in windy conditions - it increases the likelihood of the fire spreading out of control. Don't build it too big, and make sure it is stable. Don't burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint - they can produce toxic fumes or explode. Don't use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going - it can get out of control quickly. Don't leave your bonfire unattended or leave it smoulder when you have finished - make sure it is fully extinguished. If a bonfire does get out of control - don't risk injury by tackling it yourself - call 999."

10 July 2015

Southern Primary Schools Expansion

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has been working in partnership with headteachers and governors to address the need for more places for children starting school in the South of the County from September 2015 and beyond. In brief, the areas affected by these proposals includes Chichester, Angmering/East Preston, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, and Shoreham-by-Sea.

WSCC School Planning, Capital Planning & Projects Team are inviting members of the public to participate in a consultation on the Expansion of Primary Schools in the Southern area of West Sussex. Expansion options are being considered to ensure local schools can meet the demand for places with continued further growth in the pupil population. They would like to invite your participation so that we can find out what our residents' views on proposed expansions are, and to enable you to have an opportunity to influence how and where school places are provided in the South of the County. You can view the whole consultation document for this project called 'The proposed expansion of primary schools in the south of West Sussex' by clicking on the link below:

If you would like to participate, please take a few minutes after reading this consultation document to complete the online consultation survey by 17th July 2015. All the feedback and comments will be considered and fed back to the relevant school governors to make their decisions. The link to consultation feedback form is: closing date for this consultation is 17th July, 2015.

5 July 2016

Angmering Planning Applications

A/82/15/A - Various illuminated & non-illuminated signage at various locations within the site at Swanbourne Park, Land off Roundstone Lane. Applicant: BDW Trading Ltd (Southampton).

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 23 July 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".

5 July 2015

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "BIRDMAN" [UK 15] at 7.45pm on Saturday 11 July- doors open at 7.30pm.

Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton. Former cinema superhero Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is mounting an ambitious Broadway production that he hopes will breathe new life into his stagnant career. It's risky, but he hopes that his creative gamble will prove that he's a real artist and not just a washed-up movie star. As opening night approaches, a castmate is injured, forcing Riggan to hire an actor (Edward Norton) who is guaranteed to shake things up. Meanwhile, Riggan must deal with his girlfriend, daughter and ex-wife. Winner of 4 OSCARS, including Best Motion Picture of 2015, and another 204 Wins.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).

5 July 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/51/15/PL - Application for variation of condition 5 imposed under planning application A/74/13/ relating to times of construction at The Vinery, Arundel Road, Poling. Applicant: Mr P Sopp. (Readvertisement due to Amended description - Variation of condition 5 relating to construction times).

A/76/15/PL -Single storey rear extension & re-modelling of front car park area to increase number of spaces from 25 to 32. This application affects the character & appearance of the Angmering Conservation Area at Angmering Manor, High Street Applicant: Chapman Group Limited.

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 July 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".

25 June 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 8 June 2015

New Councillors
The Chairman welcomed Lee Hamilton-Street and Nikki Hamilton-Street to the meeting, and invited both candidates to introduce themselves and say a few words in support of their co-option applications. On a proposal by the Chairman, seconded by Councillor Verrinder, it was unanimously AGREED that Nikki Hamilton-Street be co-opted onto the Parish Council. On a proposal by Councillor Oldfield, seconded by Councillor Harris, it was unanimously AGREED that Lee Hamilton-Street be co-opted onto the Parish Council.

Community Centre Car Park
The results of the drainage tests had been obtained and were with the planners for agreement, after which an application would be made to discharge the two planning conditions, before work could be ordered.

New Receptionist/Clerk Post
A short-list of 5 has been drawn up, from the original 28 applications. Interviews are to be held in the afternoon of Wednesday 17 June 2015 with the Clerk, Susan Francis and Roger Phelon forming the interview panel.

A259 Cycle Way / Station Road Toucan Crossing
County Councillor Urquhart reported that the A259 cycle way scheme was in an advanced state of preparation. A toucan crossing was due to replace the build-out outside the Angmering School site at Greenwood Drive and that consultation on this was currently under way. Thus far, one formal objection had been received, which was being looked into. A survey to determine the location of gas pipes was due to be undertaken shortly. The toucan crossing would be put in during August and would be operational 4 by the start of the autumn term.

District Councillors
District Councillor Wensley wished to draw the Parish Council’s attention to the fact that, following the ward boundary adjustments, the District Councillors for this ward now had four parishes to cover. District Councillor Wensley noted that, taking account of the District Councillors’ other commitments, it was currently envisaged that the coverage would be divided as follows:

Palmer Road Pavilion
The Arun District Council attempt to acquire further land was continuing. The need to find land upon which to put more pitches was a requirement of the Section 106 agreement with the Roundstone Lane developers, prior to being able to decide on what the future held for the Recreation Ground and Pavilion at Palmer Road.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

23 June 2015

Car torched

A crew from the Fire & Rescue Service's East Preston station was called shortly before 4.00am today (Tuesday) to extinguish a blaze in a VW Polo in Mayflower Way, off Roundstone Lane. A 66-year old man, who was sleeping in the car at the time managed to escape but suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics. The F&RS concluded that the vehicle had deliberately been set on fire which was later confirmed by the police that something was thrown through the car window which then set fire to it. The car was totally destroyed. .

Anyone with information on this attack is asked to contact police on quoting serial 142 of 23/6.”

This is the second attack on an occupied vehicle in Mayflower Way in the last seven months. In November 2014, a motorhome was set alight while two people were sleeping in it.

23 June 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council's Parish Maintenance Committee Meeting on 27 May 2015

Water Lane Garden
Cllr Phelon said that AIB (Angmering in Bloom) Representatives have contacted a landscape garden company through contacts in Ferring Nurseries who have had a look at the garden and have provided a quotation and rough visual of improvement work to the gardens. He also said that this was not an AIB Initiative and that AIB were not looking for funding assistance and that the gardens are the responsibility of the Parish Council. An AIB Representative stated that the signage at the gardens states that the gardens are maintained by Angmering Parish Council, however AIB have been trying to maintain the garden on many occasions but are constantly defeated, the plan includes getting rid of the perennial weeds for good. The Administrator stated that 6 contractors were approached and chased for quotations to rebuild the retaining wall at Water Lane Gardens with just one being received.

Village Maintenence
The Maintenance Schedule was discussed amongst the members. Cllr Francis said the workload may have to be looked at with the possibility of a third member of Ground Staff even if just through the Summer months.
Cllr Hill-Smith said that overgrown hedgerow from private garden reduces the width of pavement and affects wheelchair access. Cllr Harris said could this be put in the next newsletter informing residents of their garden responsibilities. Cllr Francis added that parking on pavements could also be incorporated in a newsletter as well.

Public Consultation
Angmering in Bloom (AIB) Representative, Julia Phelon, informed members that West Sussex County Council have sprayed weed killer in the village, unfortunately the High Street was also done and have killed the poppies that AIB had been nurturing. Julia Phelon also said that the stone memorial seats on the Village Green needed to be cleaned due to bird droppings. The administrator will arrange for them to be cleaned.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

22 June 2015

News Archive

Contains Angmering News since January 2005

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