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Successful Blooming Quiz Night

Nearly 70 people went to Angmering in Bloom's Blooming Quiz Night in the Village Hall on Saturday (22 Nov) and were welcomed by Chairman, Julia Phelon. Questions were set by Phil Leverick, and covered topics such as 'Entertaining Politicians', 'All About Dogs', as well as the usual picture round.

The Quiz was won by a team calling themselves "The Incomers", and the evening raised nearly £430 towards Angmering in Bloom projects.

27 November 2014

Village Hall Christmas Market

Angmering Village Hall will be holding its Christmas Market on Saturday 6 December from 10am - 12 noon.

There will be a large variety of stalls, raffles and refreshments with the usual the Grand Tombola and Silent Auction which have, as usual, been supported with prizes donated by local traders. This year there will also be a special raffle with a prize from Chandlers BMW - 'Win the Use of a BMW for the Day'. Last year Mother Christmas came to see all under 6s and she enjoyed herself so much that she asked to return this year!

The Village Hall Committee hope that villagers and their families and friends will turn up in force to support this event which helps to raise money for the upkeep of this valuable village hall building.


26 November 2014

14th Lady Herries

It is learned with much regret that Lady Anne Cowdrey, 14th Lady Herries of Terregles, died today (Tuesday), aged 76. It is understood that she had been in ill-health for some time. Lady Anne, the widow of Lord Colin Cowdrey of Tonbridge (England cricketer, d.2000) lived and trained racehorses at her home in Angmering Park, and was renowned as a fine judge of equine talent. In a career as a racehorse trainer over the last 40 years, she achieved countless wins, 286 alone in the past 25 years.

Lady Anne was the daughter of the late Bernard, 16th Duke of Norfolk and the late Hon. Lavinia Fitzalan-Howard (née Strutt). We wish to express our sincere condolences to her sisters, Lady Mary Mumford, Lady Sarah Clutton, and Lady Jane Ancram. Having no children, the title now passes to her sister, Lady Mary Mumford.

25 November 2014

Angmering Planning Applications

A/143/14/L - Application for listed building consent to change 3 No. windows from aluminium to hard wood at White House Cottage, High Street. Applicant: Mrs A Shepard.

A/154/14/OUT - Outline Application for the erection of 18 No. dwellings at Pound Place, Roundstone Lane. Applicant: Mr & Mrs Atkins.

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 December 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 November 2014

Trampoline found

Are you missing a small turquoise trampoline? One was found on the Angmering School site yesterday. To reclaim it, phone Fiona Moppett at the school on 01903 778362.

20 November 2014

Snippets from the draft minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council on 10 November 2014

Future School provision
The Clerk, the Chairman, Councillor Bicknell, and Councillor Mountain had on 6 November 2014 attended a meeting called by Arun District Council on possible future school provision in Angmering. A note of this meeting, which was necessarily confidential, would be circulated to all Councillors in due course.

Councillor Mountain noted that it should be kept in mind that education is not within the gift of the District Council. The Chairman noted that the Parish Council would go on record as being broadly supportive of a new school to be provided in the south of the village.

PCSO Bryant introduced PCSO Bernier, who will shortly be taking over responsibility as PCSO for Angmering.PCSO Bryant asked the Parish Council to note that the weekly bulletins sent round did not give details of all crimes recorded in the area, just those of most note.

The Clerk noted that Katy Bourne, Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, had agreed to attend an annual Parish Meeting on 20 April 2015 to discuss crime matters.

District Council
District Councillor Wensley advised that, at the full District Council meeting last week, in the absence of Councillor Dougal Maconachie through ill health, which absence is likely to be prolonged, District Councillor Cooper had been elected Chairman of the District Council for the remainder of the year, with Councillor Stephen Hames as deputy.

Broadlees, Dappers Lane
Councillor Francis reported that, at its meeting on 4 November, the (Planning & Conservation) Committee had received a presentation from Frontier Estates concerning a possible care home development on the Broadlees site in Dappers Lane. This was not yet a formal planning application and the feasibility of any development was still being evaluated, but it was apparent that the matter was being considered with greater care than had been the case with the previous outline planning application, which had been refused by Arun District Council at the beginning of the year.

Parish Council Newsletters
Councillor Graham asked whether there were any plans to revive the preparation of Parish Council newsletters. It was noted that the Parish Council had previously had an Editorial Committee, which had concerned itself with the production of such newsletters, and the Chairman noted that Councillors needed to give some thought to possible content of a future newsletter.

Parish Council Website
Councillor Graham asked what had been done about inappropriate use of information on websites and upgrading the Parish Council’s own site. Councillor Mountain noted that a lot of the information on the Parish Council home page was out of date and needed to be removed or updated as a matter of priority. The Clerk and the Committee Clerk noted that enquiries of web design firms were ongoing. The key aspect was that any website created for the Parish Council needed to have sufficient capacity to hold the large amount of PDF documents that required to be made available to the public, which rendered some proprietary platforms unsuitable.

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

19 November 2014

Butcher memorial seat

Its good to see that the "Margaret Butcher" memorial seat on The Green has been repaired, restored, and repositioned at the instigation of the Parish Council who deserve some credit for their actions. Along with the "Francis Campbell Norbury" memorial seat - repaired earlier this year - The Green is looking its old self again. But who were the Butchers you may ask?

Margaret Butcher, who died in 1950, was the wife of Walter Butcher, who owned Eccesden Manor. Walter, from a wealthy banking family, purchased the Manor c1912 and lived there for over 40 years. Both he and Margaret were great benefactors of Angmering, building the Village Hall for villagers in the 1920s. Although a self-effacing couple, without children, they supported many village events financially and allowed the use of their land at Ecclesden on occasions. At the village’s peace celebrations in August 1919, Margaret provided a “splendid display” of fireworks, which hundreds of people gathered to watch in the meadow next to the Angmering Club. Following the 1919 Armistice Day “silence” all the children at Older’s Charity School and St Wilfrid’s RC School were given a bright new sixpence which the Butchers had provided.

Margaret Butcher was also vice-president of the Angmering, Patching and Poling Red Cross and had a soft spot for the "Girl Guides" as they were then known. She allowed them to camp at Ecclesden and, even in her eighties, was known to have taken a small party of them up to see Ecclesden Mill and then show them around the Manor garden and downstairs of the house before giving them tea.

After his death in 1953, Walter left considerable sums for annual prizes for the pupils of both schools and an even larger legacy to the Village Hall for the upkeep of its garden. Neither did the Butchers forget their sevants, all of whom were left generous sums.

19 November 2014

Vandals attack Dell properties

Mindless vandals attacked several properties on The Dell last night. Wooden posts supporting link chains around front gardens were booted down and irrepairably broken. Dozens of plant pots were also smashed. Additionally, the old cast metal "Station Road" sign in the village centre was kicked in and will not be repairable.

18 November 2014

Occupied motorhome set ablaze by arsonist

West Sussex Fire & Rescue crews from East Preston and Worthing were called to Mayflower Way at about 3am yesterday (Sunday) morning after a motorhome had deliberately been set alight. The crews, using breathing apparatus and thermal imaging cameras, extinguished the fire but not before 70% of the motorhome had been severely damaged with the remainder damaged by heat and smoke. It is understood that a 40-year-old man and a eight-year-old girl were sleeping in the motorhome at the time but were not injured. A Red Cross Support Unit was also in attendance.

Police are investigating the incident. DC Emma Cruise of Sussex Police said: "We are appealing to anyone who might have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area or anyone who might have information. Please contact us on or 101. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

17 November 2014

Author's first novel

Angmering-based Gavin (G. J.) Crowhurst’s first novel Lost Souls: The Nightwalker was published this week after a year of juggling a full time role as Director of English at Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing and raising three young boys with his wife, Kirsty. They have lived in Angmering for the last eight years, having moved from South London, and have embraced the community lifestyle.

Gavin has had a varied career, serving in the Metropolitan Police at Kennington Station, before focussing on his passion, literature and drama. For several years he acted, wrote, directed and produced theatre and film before becoming a teacher of English and drama in 2000.

He attended The London Academy of Performing Arts in Fulham where he studied acting, later gaining a Bachelor’s degree in Literature at The University of North London and a Master’s degree in Literature at Kingston University. He has performed as an actor in many theatre productions and is about to play the title role in Macbeth at The Angmering Village Hall on 24 January as part of a tour. He has written one screenplay and two plays which have been produced, but now focuses on fiction writing.

He’s about to leave teaching to concentrate on his writing, whilst also running the not-for-profit companies The Passionate Pilgrim Theatre Company and The Acting Arc drama school. The novel ( ISBN 9781326065775 ) is the first in a trilogy, whose central character, Talia Simone, is a vigilante vampire with a vendetta to settle. To find out more, visit his Facebook page.

16 November 2014

Outdoor clothing shop opens in Angmering

The burgeoning Mountain Warehouse chain opened a shop in Angmering on Friday (14 November). This is located in the Haskins Garden Centre complex on the A259 adjoining Hobbycraft. The chain currently has a 50% offer off all their stock but it is understood that this offer is due to close tomorrow (Monday).

16 November 2014

Snippets from the draft minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council's Parish Maintenance Committee on 22 October 2014

Bramley Green verges
The Clerk had circulated a draft survey for distribution to all Bramley Green houses. It was AGREED that this form could be used for this purpose provided it offered the chance to drop the completed ones into the Community Centre or Parish Council office, the words ‘plant more’ bushes/shrubs become ‘replace’ and a further column be added next to the tick boxes for comments/suggestions.

Youth Bus access to Mayflower Park
The Parish Council had considered a report from the Youth Forum, requesting permission to let the bus drive through the Park and come to rest at the Skatebowl area. An alternative suggestion had been to put some hardstanding in the car park and to let the bus use that for its weekly visits. It was AGREED that there would be a need to ensure that the roadway was cleared of the trees, for which contact would need to be made with adjoining landowners, and that the entrance into the site would be strong enough to take the weight of a double-decker bus. There was also a need to look at the material that would be needed for the surface of the car park. The Clerk would work up a scheme with various options contained within it to make this proposal workable.

Seat on The Green
The second seat had now been refurbished and was awaiting an opportunity for the contractor to return and refix it. The committee believed that the flooding around the seat could be left until it was evident again and its extent could be monitored, as the estimate to hand indicated a cost of around £1,000.

Christmas Tree
The Clerk had written a letter to the Angmering Park Land Agent requesting a tree of around 20-25 feet in height. The Land Agent had emailed and written back explaining that, despite their best efforts, no such tree existed on the estate. Further enquiries to more than one company had indicated that even a 15 foot tree would cost around £1,000 to deliver and erect, which had seemed a lot of money. Further efforts would be made to obtain better prices, and the Clerk would report back.

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

16 November 2014

Out of Bounds

The Out of Bounds Entertainment Centre opened on 4 November. This bright and exciting family centre is located next to the Rustington Golf Centre and Virgin Active in Golfers Lane, Angmering (off the Windmill Bridge roundabout on the A259). Activities and facilities include:

The Centre is open from 10am to 10pm for 364 days of the year. For session times and price list, click here (you may need to zoom in on your device)

14 November 2014

Cow Lane flooding

This was Cow Lane yesterday (Tuesday) after recent rains. Cow Lane adjoins the east side of the new developments (including Swanbourne Park) now commencing construction off Roundstone Lane.

Photo: © Derek Dainton, 2014

12 November 2014

Swanbourne Park starts to rise

These photos were taken today of the first showhouse on Swanbourne Park, Roundstone Lane, indicating that it is under rapid construction as the roof timbers are lowered into place by crane. It is apparent that this is a timber-framed property.


Photos: © Philip Rogers-Davis, 2014

10 November 2014

Fireworks display

Worthing Rugby Club & Frontier Fireworks annual display will take place on Saturday 8th November. The firework display will be at Worthing Rugby Club on Saturday 8th November. Gates open at 6pm and the fireworks will start at 7.30pm. There will also be:

Ticket Prices: Members: £3 pp or £10 for a family of 5. Non-members: £5pp or £15 for a family of 5. Gate price is £5pp Tickets available from the office - 01903 784706

23 October 2014

The Angmering Society disbands

At the 41st Annual General Meeting of The Angmering Society last night (Tuesday), the 51 attending members voted by a majority to dissolve the Society and transfer all of its available funds into a new charity - The Angmering Heritage Trust. The new Trust will not have any membership other than the appointed trustees. The scope of the Trust is unknown at this time.

22 October 2014

Snippets from the draft minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council on 13 October 2014

Station Road Parking
County Councillor Urquhart advised that the traffic regulation scheme in Station Road had now completed consultation. Yellow lines are a complex legal matter and objections can lead to legal challenges. It was disappointing that no letters of support had been written by the Parish Council in particular. The Chairman noted that it was on public record that the Parish Council supported the scheme, as this had been minuted at a previous meeting. County Councillor Urquhart noted that this was not sufficient and that letters of support are required.

Emergency Plan
On a proposal by Councillor Turner, seconded by Councillor Francis, it was unanimously AGREED that the Emergency Plan be adopted as proposed. The Plan is a living document and will be reviewed every three months.

Groundstaff Pay and Conditions
(1) it was unanimously AGREED the groundstaff rates of pay be amended to the “Living Wage” as per the Clerk’s report and backdated to 1 October 2014.
(2) on a proposal by Councillor Trott, seconded by Councillor Francis, it was AGREED by 7 votes in favour to 1 against that the groundstaff hours be harmonised at 37 per week, with overtime to be paid at plain time rate for hours worked in excess of this.

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

22 October 2014

Angmering Planning Applications

A/142/14/PL - Redevelopment of site for small Class B1 (Business, Light industry) and B8 (Storage or Distribution) industrial units. Departure from the Development Plan. Old Barn Nursery, Dappers, Lane. Applicant: Mr Tony Perella.

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 6 November 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".

16 October2014

Calendar Photographic Competition

The Angmering In Bloom Association has been launched a Photographic Competition with a theme entitled 'Flora in Angmering Through the Seasons'. Members of the public are invited to send in photographs during the year for judging in August 2015. The best 13 will be chosen to create an Angmering in Bloom 2016 Calendar.

To qualify, photographs must be:

The closing date for entries is 22 August 2015 but entries should be sent in from now until the closing date. High resolution digital images, together with your contact details, should be sent to . For further information/enquiries, contact either Lorraine on 01903-778661 or Julia on 01903-783754, or sent email to the aforementioned address.

15 October 2014

Beware - burglars in the area

A burglary took place on The Dell on 10 October although nothing appears to have been stolen. However, Sussex Police have warned that two burglaries also took place in Rustingtonon the same day. The Police have said that if you see any people acting suspiciously and you believe a crime is in progress or about to occur, call 999. They have also offered the following advice:

15 October 2014

Angmering Planning Applications

A/136/14/PL - Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of 2 No 4 bedroom detached house with garages (resubmission of A/67/14/PL) at Merrivale, Station Road. Applicant: Messrs SN & MC Des Baux.

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 30 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 October2014

School's Remembrance Garden - Update

Further to our News article on 25 September 2014, we can now report that on Saturday 4th October, staff, students, neighbours and parents came together at the Angmering School to create a Reflection garden in memory of the fallen soldiers of WW1. The idea came from Subject Leader for History, Anna Ward and her History club. The project quickly became a community effort, with Lee Rand, a parent of yr 10 Louis and experienced builder, agreeing to project manage the build. Within hours, he had managed to arrange machinery and a work force to get the project going.

Mrs Ward and Estate's Manager, Steve Jackson, approached local businesses and were overwhelmed with their generosity. Parker Building Supplies donated plum slate and all the building materials and even came to help out with the build. Mr Rand also managed to get South Coast Skips to donate two skips, a whacker plate from R and C Tool Hire and machinery from Grab n Tip. Haskins donated a bird bath and wildflower seeds and Ferring Nurseries donated all the beautiful flowers and shrubs. Lee Rand and Co gave up their Saturday the weekend before, digging out the path and pegging the boards.


On the 4th, about 35 volunteers turned up, ranging from 3 years old to slightly older. Everyone got involved, shoveling materials and digging out flower beds. There was a fantastic community spirit and everyone had a lot of fun, despite getting soaked. Phil Jobling, Deputy Head said "A fantastic community effort, parents, teachers and students all working together as a team." Caroline Mitchell, governor, said "A fantastic idea and something for the future." Dr Robert Sayers, parent of Adam said "The war is very important and it's great to support the local school. Many hands make light work." Teresa Strudwick, mum of Logan said "It'll be so rewarding for him to look back and think I helped create this." Charlie Ward, 3 years old, said "I love digging and this is fun." Charlie Knox, also 3 said " I got to play in the mud and have fun!"

The garden is almost finished and the School would like to thank everyone involved, especially David from Parker Building Supplies and Lee Rand. Anna Ward said "This has been a brilliant project to be involved with. The garden will be a place for students to reflect and find some peace and quiet in a busy environment. In the Summer months, we would also be doing some small group teaching out there. Thank you to all the people who helped out." The school will be holding their 2 minute silence on November 11th in the garden.

8 October 2014

Art group's exhibition of pastels

Jane's Pastel Group has a display of their achievements in the Angmering Community Centre for the month of October. The group was started four years ago and has a maximum of ten members. Encouraged by their leader, Jane Pesterfield, to show off their work, for several of them this is the first time they have exhibited their pastel pictures. They enjoy their monthly sessions in the King Suite in Angmering Village Hall and have made really good progress. They hope you enjoy their work!

Currently there are vacancies for new members, so please contact Jane for more details. Phone 01903 774289, or email

8 October 2014

Annual Conker Competition

The Spotted Cow Organisation To Create Help (S.C.O.T.C.H.) will be holding its annual Team Conker Competition at The Spotted Cow, High Street this coming Sunday (12 October). Registration of teams will commence at 1.00pm for a 1.30pm start. The entry fee is £10 per team.

The S.C.O.T.C.H. Team Conker Competition, inaugurated in 1980, is for teams of 3 players of all ages. This is the 20st consecutive year at The Spotted Cow. In that time, only two teams have won the competition more than once. It is recommended that the minimum age limit is 8 years old. There is no maximum age limit; the oldest player in past years has been 98 years young. Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The organisers will try to make up teams with people who don't have three players. All conkers and string are provided by the organisers.

The competition is run on a knockout basis with all first round losers eligible to play in The Plate Competition. Trophies and/or medals are awarded the first three teams in the main draw. The winning team are also awarded "THE ALLEYCAT CATTERIES" shield. The winners of the plate draw also receive a medal. In addition, there are prizes for the Most Outstanding Player and the Best Fancy Dress.

There will be a barbecue, raffle, and a draw for a magnum of Champagne. The proceeds of the event will be donated to Chestnut Tree House. There will also be Live Music, at 4.30pm, from Peter Ridge (Liquid Logic) .

Further information available at or telephone 01903-770142

4 October 2014

Man attacks teenage girl in Angmering

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old girl was attacked by a man in Angmering.

The victim was walking in Arundel Road, near Fletcher's Field, at about 10.30pm on Wednesday (1 October) when a man ran at her from behind and pulled her to the ground. The teenager fought herself free from the man, who ran away towards the nearby graveyard. The victim then raised the alarm. The attacker was white and was wearing a brown hooded top.

Detective Constable Pete Parkinson said: "This must have been a terrifying experience for the victim, who also hurt her knee and lip in the fall. We urgently need to speak to anyone who was in the Arundel Road area on Wednesday evening who may have seen the man acting suspiciously. The man had been sitting on a bench in Fletcher's Field before the attack and people passing by may have seen him. If you saw or heard anything out of the ordinary, or recognise the description of the man, please contact us."

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 1680 of 01/10, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

2 October 2014

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