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Riders 'tear up the track' at Angmering BMX Fun Day

BMX riders and their families flocked to the BMX Fun Day at Angmering's BMX Track and Skate Park on Sunday, 9 September to 'tear up the track' and to watch international free style BMX rider GT Bicycles' Jay Cowley and a national race team in action.

Riders aged four upwards showed off their riding skills when they competed in the event in Mayflower Way, Angmering, for a chance to win an awesome BMX bike. There were also trophies and medals for everyone taking part.

Parish Council chairman John Oldfield said: "Thank you to everyone who came to the event and to the riders who competed - we saw some amazing talent and it was a fantastic family day out."



Jay Cowley was joined by Angmering BMX rider Jay Domin, who also rode with him at the last Angmering BMX Promotional Open Day in September 2015. BMX Track Specialist Steve Jenks, who built the BMX Track in Mayflower Park and hosted the 2015 event, was back as event organiser. Sunday's event also featured National Commentator Tony Knot.

The national race team and Jay Cowley (see photo top left) wowed the crowds with their BMX skills at 11.30am before racing kicked off at 1pm, followed by a dirt jumping competition. Judges were Jay Cowley and Dangerous Dave. Trophies or medals were awarded to the top three competitors.

17 September 2018

Angmering Heritage Map unveiled

Angmering villagers gathered on the Green on Monday morning (10 September) for the unveiling of a new Angmering Heritage map which has been erected there. The map, an initiative of Angmering in Bloom (AIB), has been some three years in the making and illustrates most of the more historic buildings in the village with a brief description of each.

Angmering in Bloom volunteer Lorraine Wensley, who took most of the photographs on the map, officially unveiled it, expressing her thanks to the WSCC Community Initiative Funding Scheme and to the Angmering Heritage Trust, both of whom had made grants towards the project. She also thanked the artists in Jane Denman's Skyblue Art Group, who had produced paintings of some of the buildings and the many charming small watercolours of local flora and fauna which enhance the map. Lorraine went on to pay tribute to Mandy Armstrong of Arun District Council, the designer of the map, and to AIB volunteer John Goulding, who, with the help of local historian Neil Rogers-Davis, compiled the descriptive captions.



A reproduction of the map in A2 poster form is planned, and details of how to obtain a copy will shortly be available on this website, as well as on AIB's own site at

10 September 2018

Notes from the draft minutes of Angmering Parish Council's Meeting on 13 August 2018

Angmering Community Land Trust
The Clerk advised that the Community Land Trust (CLT) is setting up as a completely independent organisation. Finance is needed to take it from the current position of likely to get planning permission to the start of building work is going to take time and require funding, until such time as loan finance can be drawn (sic). There are a number of matters that need to be paid for in that time, but CLT has no funds available. Councillor Lee Hamilton-Street felt that the parish council had a moral obligation to financially support the CLT. The Clerk stated that the parish council had only limited capability to do this and suggested a sum of £5000. Councillor Bicknell seconded this proposal to which all present agreed.

Cedar Trees - St Margaret's Grounds
(Public Consultation) Mr Pearn raised concerns over what species would replace the 45 cedar trees due to be felled in the grounds of St Margaret's church. The arborist report had suggested replacement with English native species, nearly all of which would be deciduous. Such trees would create an annual leaf fall which would build up in the nearby ditch (Black Ditch stream), negating the proposed works to re-profile the ditch and so increase the risk of flooding. Mr Pearn felt that to minimise this problem it would be preferable to replace the evergreen cedars with evergreen species. He suggested spotted laurel, yew, or holly might be suitable.

New Primary School
The Clerk reported that Arun District Council consider the deal to be in place. The developer would pay toward the cost of the BMX park on the preferred site. Cllr Mountain expressed frustration that WSCC seemed not to properly understand who owns and uses the land. We need confirmation that land belonging to WSCC can be transferred to the parish council.

The full Minutes can be read here

10 September 2018

Angmering Planning Applications

A/114/18/PL - Demolition & erection of 70 bed care home within Use Class C2 (replacing building 4 approved by A/27/16/PL), access, parking, landscaping and other associated works. Broadlees Dappers Lane. Applicant:  Frontier Estates (Mering) Ltd.

A/106/18/PL - Change of use of the Old Bakery to be used as a self contained annexe for family dependents (applicant's parents) & a holiday let, plus the construction of a new vehicle crossover & off-street parking for 2no cars - This application is within the Angmering Conservation Area . Somerset House, High Street. Applicant:  Ms J Cleasby.

A/109/18/HH - Proposed boundary fence at 27 Lansdowne Road. Applicant:  Mrs J A Rae.

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 27 September 2018.

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 2018

They're Back!

Good news! The Spinettes (the Globe Trotting Retro Trio) and Matthew Goodgame are coming back to Angmering for another of their wonderful professional and entertaining shows. This will be their 4th visit to Angmering which demonstrates their popularity. The show will be held on Sunday 9 September in Angmering Village Hall, Station Road at 3.00pm (doors open 2.30pm). It is all in aid of Alzheimers research and tickets cost £12.50 Adults / £10.00 Concessions. This is great value for such a feel-good show by these West End stars.

Come and join in the fun as they continue to raise money for Alzheimers. The Spinettes will take you back in time with Hits from the 1940s all the way up to present day. Joining them once again is the fantastic and entertaining Matthew Goodgame who is currently starring in the West End revival of 42nd Street.

The show is all about letting your hair down with friends and family, kicking off your shoes and dancing the day away! With numerous collective West End credits under their belts there is no shortage of theatrical magic between them all, with shows such as Cats, Chicago, Matilda, Fame, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Grease, School of Rock, Joseph, Annie, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, Starlight Express, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers & Oklahoma to name but a few.

The show is in 2 halves and there will be refreshments available prior to and at the interval of the show.

If you have not seen The Spinettes and Matthew Goodgame before, this is a show you do not want to miss - you will not be disappointed. You can also meet and talk to them during the interval and after the show.

To book, Tel - 07515 552491 or Email - You can also read more about The Spinettes on their website at


23 August 2018

Angmering Planning Applications

A/98/18/HH - Demolition of existing garden room & outbuildings & erection of oak framed orangery & pool building extension. Avenals Farm, Water Lane Applicant:  Mr & Mrs Chapman.

A/99/18/L - Listed Building consent for the demolition of existing garden room & outbuildings & erection of oak framed orangery & pool building extension. Avenals Farm, Water Lane Applicant:  Mr & Mrs Chapman.

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 7 September 2018.

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".

17 August 2018

School's A-Level results

Angmering Sixth Form students are celebrating another outstanding set of A Level results this year, eclipsing last year’s record breaking figures. The proportion of entries that achieved A* to B grades has risen to 43% (up 2% from last year) and the proportion at A* to C has risen to 77% (a 4% leap from last year).

Students celebrating outstanding results this year include Tom Penny (A*AA), Iona Collis (A*AA), Dylan Marodeen (AAAA), Ben Galbally (AAAB), Ben Aru-Bayless (A*AB) and Lewis Hammans (Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction in triple Btec Sport). Tom will study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, Iona will study Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Nottingham, Dylan is planning on taking up a place studying Computing at the University of Southampton, Ben Galbally will study Mathematics at the University of Surrey and Lewis is staying local, studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Chichester.

A particular mention to Stephen and Rebecca Merridue who have overcome significant challenges to excel this year, and Hisham Rabouhi who has made exceptional progress from his starting point. Stephen and Rebecca have already started their own business but are also taking up accounting apprenticeships and Hisham will study Finance and Economics at the University of Bournemouth.

Tony Kerrison (Head of Sixth Form) commented “We are absolutely delighted for all our students who have worked so hard. They have been an amazing year group to work with and I’m sure will go on to do great things in the future. We also want to thank our fantastic staff for once again rising to the challenge. As a sixth form, we were proud to be at the top of performance tables across the region last year and are delighted to have further improved this year. We wish all our students the best for their future studies and careers.”

17 August 2018

Snippets from Angmering Parish Council's CLEW Committee Minutes of Meeting of 25 July 2018

Angmering in Bloom - Lectern Map
For AIB, Lorraine Wensley and Julia Phelon presented the draft lectern map. It is planned for the lectern to be situated on the Village Green approximately where the previous one was located. Lorraine Wensley explained that the map was of the conservation area but with places of interest in all of Angmering Village. All members present were very happy with the map, illustrations and photographs and were informed that it was planned to have the lectern installed in September 2018.

Lamppost Floral Baskets
(It was) agreed by all to take over the maintenance and watering of 5 new lamppost floral displays as per the quotation for the summer months. The cost of the baskets and installation with be met by AIB.

Litter in Mayflower Park
It was agreed to hold a Community Litter Picking Day on 28 October 2018, 10am - 1pm.

St Peter & St Paul Annual Fair
The footfall was lower (this year) but there were a number of factors that could have affected this. Cllr Evans said that he had spoken to traders and they would be interested in forming a steering group guided by the parish council in taking over the Annual Fair.

The full Minutes can be read here

14 August 2018

Notes from the draft minutes of Angmering Parish Council's Meeting on 16 July 2018

Chandler's Site Development
60 questionnaires had been received with 73% of responders in favour of the proposal. Only 5 people were clearly against the proposal. 73% were in favour of a food retail store and 67% for a community hub. Only 48% were in favour of a garden. Only 3 responders were against car parking and 80% were in favour of public toilets. The Clerk anticipated a formal agreement with Landspeed Homes would be in place by the autumn.

Angmering Community Land Trust
As only two councillors were now trustees, it was considered that a clear break from the Parish Council should be established. The Clerk advised that the Community Housing Fund money had been received.

New Primary School
Meetings were taking place with Rydon Homes and the Advisory Group. Serious concerns had been raised with WSCC who appeared to have reneged on a deal to provide land.

The full Minutes can be read here

10 August 2018

New faces at Angmering Parish Council

Angmering Parish Council has announced the arrival of two new key members of staff to replace the current clerk, who is retiring, and deputy clerk, who previously left to take up a new position.

Tracy Lees will join the parish council on August 20 as office manager. She'll manage the day-to-day delivery of services from the parish office and the increase in work which comes from serving a growing and dynamic village. Tracy has a wealth of experience in all aspects of office management and human resources and is joining from The Body Shop International. She is looking forward to engaging with both parishioners and local organisations.

Katie Herr, who currently works for a European-based specialist supply chain company, takes up her post as the new parish clerk and responsible financial officer on October 1. At her interview, Katie impressed with her enthusiasm and drive, which will build on the detailed and extensive work carried out by retiring clerk, Rob Martin. She is committed to helping the parish council deliver the facilities and community services that Angmering deserves.

Left: Tracy Lees (office manager). .........Right: Katie Herr (parish clerk)

Parish Council chairman John Oldfield said: "We are delighted to welcome Tracy and Katie at this crucial time, as Angmering Parish Council manages several, significant, long-term projects. As a parish council we want to evolve to match the needs of our parishioners in this ever-changing landscape and to deliver projects innovatively. With these key new appointments, we look forward to increased communication and closer contact with all areas of the community. As always, a community is the sum of its parts, and we hope that our villagers will 'get behind us' to help deliver the community that they want."

7 August 2018

Angmering boy missing

Police believe a 12-year-old boy who went missing from Angmering may have travelled to London by train. Romari Owuye was last seen by a friend at Portsmouth Harbour train station on Friday, where he got on another train with a friend. Its destination is not known, but Sussex Police have said Romari has connections with the Walthamstow area and may be headed for the capital.

Officers have expressed concern for the schoolboy's welfare. Romari is black and looks older than 12, 5' 8", slim with short Afro hair. He was wearing a North Face hooded top, black trousers, black Adidas trainers and a green and black camouflage bag when he disappeared.

Anyone who recognises him and might have seen him on a train is asked to contact police online or 999 in an emergency, quoting the reference number 1349 of 27/07.




29 July 2018

Angmering BMX Fun Day

International free style BMX rider GT Bicycles' Jay Cowley will be blasting some air tricks and riders from a national race team will 'tear up the track' at the BMX Fun Day at Angmering's BMX Track and Skate Park on Sunday 9 September.

Riders of all ages can show off their skills when they compete in the event from 11am to 4pm in Mayflower Way, Bramley Green, Angmering, for a chance to win an awesome BMX bike. There will also be trophies and medals for everyone taking part, with the last event in 2016 attracting riders aged 4.5 - 44.

BMX Track Specialist Steve Jenks, who built the BMX Track in Mayflower Park and hosted the Promotional Open Day in September 2015, is back as event organiser, which will also feature National Commentator Tony Knot.

Volunteers are desperately needed to help with the running of the day. Please contact Claire on 01903 772124 or email to find out more.

Registration to race will take place at 11am. All riders will race in their own age groups and must have adequate clothing, such as long sleeved tops, trousers or jeans, gloves and helmet. There will be trophies or medals for all entrants and competitors will be automatically entered for the chance to win the BMX bike. The national race team and Jay Cowley will wow the crowds with their BMX skills at 11.30am and at 12noon there will be a practise run for all competitors and a safety talk.

Racing kicks off at 1pm, followed by an interval at 2.30pm before a dirt jumping competition starting at 3pm. Judges will be Jay Cowley and Dangerous Dave. Trophies or medals will be awarded for the top three competitors. At 3.30pm the race finals and presentation of trophies will take place and one lucky rider will be presented with a brand new BMX bike. All times are subject to change depending on the number of riders competing.

29 July 2018

Play Areas Consultation

Angmering Parish Council would like to gain your opinions regarding the current Angmering Parish Council play areas as well as Arun District Council play areas in Angmering Village.

Hard copies of the consultation questionnaire are available in the Library and at the Community Centre. You can also visit The Council's webpage (here) on this issue and complete and print of the MS Word version. Alternatively, complete their online questionnaire at They would be grateful if you could complete this questionnaire and return to the Parish Council office in The Square or email it to: by Monday 10 September 2018.

29 July 2018

Angmering Planning Applications

A/31/18/OUT - Outline application with all matters reserved for the erection of 2 No. 3 bedroom semi-detached properties & associated landscaping works. Readvertisement due to revised footprint & elevations & deletion of integral garage. Land to the North of 68 Arundel Road Applicant:  Chesterman Homes.

A/36/18/OUT - Outline planning application with some matters reserved for the erection of up to 200 dwellings with access, public open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) with vehicular access point from Arundel Road, one full-sized adult football pitch and the demolition of industrial units and one residential dwelling. Readvertisement due to new highway & ecology infomation. Land off Arundel Road . Applicant:  Gladman Developments.

A/94/18/PL - Variation of condition No. 2 imposed under planning reference A/167/14/PL relating to the approval for Plot 30 to be tile hung with the exception of a feature brick wall . Land at Pound Nursery, Roundstone Lane . Applicant:  Barratt David Wilson Homes.

A/85/18/RES - Approval of reserved matters for appearance, landscaping, layout & scale following outline consent A/131/16/OUT for 9 No. one & a half storey houses with garaging. Readvertisement due to deletion of affordable housing in description. . Land between New Place Bungalow and Arundel Road . Applicant:  Mouse Developing Limited.

A/95/18/HH - Single storey rear extension at 7 Harrison Crescent. Applicant:  Mr & Mrs Fiddes.

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 9 August 2018.

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".

29 July 2018

Angmering Flower & Produce Show - Saturday 14 July

The annual flower and produce show produced a fantastic array of entries on Saturday 14th July. The committee were concerned that the recent beautiful, but dry and hot weather was going to make it harder for our supporters to put on a great display of flowers, vegetables and fruit, but as usual they delighted us with a display of roses, sweet peas and other blooms. Although not as many as usual, they were as lovely to look at as ever and gave the judges a challenge to select the best in show. John Goulding with his agapanthus was a worthy winner of the best flower exhibit. To add to this we had a great range of entrants for the floral art and the best exhibit in this category was awarded to Brenda Wall for her foliage arrangement which was stunning.

Overall we had fine displays of vegetables, fruit, pot plants and hanging baskets, as well as a huge range of entries for our art classes. The longest runner bean class was a close competition although the length was limited by the recent hot weather we still had a worthy winner from Louis Powell. Our best newcomer - Jane Zalman - wowed the show with her fine range of vegetable exhibits and won best exhibit in show with a marvellous white squash. The children's classes this year produced some wonderful decorated pine cones, creatures from sea shells and mini scarecrows as well as paper spinners, decorated finger puppets and the world cup in a seed tray. India Craddock in her final year as a junior was a worthy winner of the West Children's Cup.

Visitor numbers were up on last year, it was lovely to see familiar and new faces enjoying the show in the barn and having tea and scones in the garden sheltering from the sun under the apple tree, visiting our craft and plant stalls and admiring the delightful grounds of Pigeon House thanks to our generous hosts for the day Mr and Mrs Blake. The WI ladies did a fantastic job behind the scenes, preparing the scones dealing with the washing up, they also sold all of their cakes on their cake stall, and their proceeds make a great contribution to the show takings. Our thanks go to all the helpers involved in making the event such a success for the village.

The committee will meet soon to decide how they will allocate donations from our profits this year to support good causes in the village. In previous years we have made donations to toddler groups, scouts, cubs, brownies & guides, Peggys Walk, Angmering in Bloom and Ferring Country Centre along with the Chestnut Tree Hospice fund. The date and schedule for next years show will be available next March and we would like to encourage more villagers to enter as it's always fun and the sense of good hearted competition is always a thrill! Visit our website at for more details and pictures from this years show.

2018 winners.
Best newcomer - Jane Zalman, Most points Roses - June Savory, Best flower exhibit - John Goulding, Runner up best flower - Lelsey Partridge, Most points sweet peas - John Goulding, Most points cut and pot flowers -J ohn Goulding, Best exhibit pot plants - Lesley Partridge, Best hanging basket - June Savory, Best pot fuchsia - Ann Macleod, Most points fruit and veg -J ohn Millam, Best vegetable exhibit - Jane Zalman, Most points fruit - Jane Wells, Best floral Art - Brenda Wall, Most points floral art - Martina Blake, Most points children's classes - India Craddock, Runner up children's classes - Ella Rose Alchin, Most points cookery - Pamela Andrews, Most points crafts - Anne Hampson, Most points Art - Lesley Partridge, Most points in the funny section - John Millam.

29 July 2018


We wish to apologise to our readers for the lack of updates on Angmering Village Life for the last couple of weeks. This was as a result of a major component failure in our systems which prevented uploading of information

29 July 2018

Snippets from Angmering Parish Council's CLEW Committee Minutes of Meeting of 27 June 2018

Play Areas - Public Consultation
The draft version of consultation was considered by members present with a couple of amendments agreed. It was agreed to hold the consultation period from 7th July 2018 through to 10th September 2018, withresponses collated and reviewed in October 2018 for the possible refurbishments for spring 2019.

Lighting and CCTV at Mayflower Park
Following 2 requests made to the office for lighting and CCTV at Mayflower Park following an incident, Cllr. Hamilton-Street referred to the email received from Matt Rookes, Anti-social Behaviour Team at Arun District Council. Cllr. Phelon said that following previous discussions at committee meetings, this item was included on the List of Projects from Potential Section 106 agreements for when funding becomes available as it has been recognised that this is an issue.

Litter issues in the village were briefly discussed with a litter picking day to be organised. It was agreed to ensure all play areas had litter bins.

Land at corner of Station Road and New Road (A259)
After discussion it was agreed to obtain a broken down quotation of the original plan from Ferring Nurseries and at a later date to consider financing along with Cooper Adams.

The full Minutes can be read here

11 July 2018

Notes from the minutes of Angmering Parish Council's AGM on 11 June 2018

Parish Clerk
The Chairman reported the acceptance of the Clerk's resignation

Honey Lane
The intention of the Council was to purchase the Honey Lane / allotments site. A £1000 expenditure to obtain a valuation was agreed.

A259 Dual Carriageway at Angmering
Road construction work has now been re-scheduled to commence in May 2019.

New Communications Strategy
The new Strategy document was adopted and it was stated that future press releases would be via social media.

The full Minutes can be read here

11 July 2018

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