Angmering Village Life

News Archive

February 2005

Quite a stink!

The proposed composting facility at the Vinery, Poling, which straddles the boundary with Angmering is causing an outcry from Poling residents and, in particular, care staff at the Chestnut Tree House children's hospice in Angmering. Vinery Management propose to compost catering waste, green waste, and animal by-products on the site which is only approx 800 yards from the hospice. It is known that large quantities of compost can release harmful bacteria into the air, known as bio-aerosols, and staff at Chestnut Tree House are extremely concerned that this could well affect terminally ill children in their care whose immune systems are already deficient due to cancer and respiratory conditions. They say the whole point of establishing the hospice in this locality was because the children could enjoy and benefit from the relatively clean air.

(24 February 2005)

Hammerpot Speed Camera

The speed camera at Hammerpot, as announced in our news item dated 27 January, is now in place on Hammerpot Hill and working. Mobile cameras will also be positioned in the Hammerpot area during the next 10 days.

(24 February 2005)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 7)

There are no Angmering planning applications this week for consideration by Arun's Development Control Committee.

(23 February 2005)

Traffic News

The "Give way to oncoming vehicles" sign post on the Mill Road build-out was seriously bent and an illuminated bollard crushed after being hit by a car over the weekend. Fragments of a dark-silver Vauxhall could still be seen on the build-out this morning.

(21 February 2005)

New Free "For Sale/Wanted" Service Launched

Angmering Village Life has established a new facility - a "For Sale/Wanted" page which is free to Angmering residents. For details, click here.

(20 February 2005)


New Youth Theatre Group - Help Needed

Some Angmering residents need help in the setting up and running of The Angmering Youth Theatre Group located in the village. They are currently looking for volunteers who have theatre based skills/knowledge or musical talents who are available on a Friday evening between 7.30 and 9.30. They are aiming towards 7-17 year olds to begin with. Contact Emma Curtis Tel: 07855-379351 for details or email:

(19 February 2005)

Litter - The Angmering School

Four Angmering residents independently have talked to me within the last 24 hours about the litter situation on The Angmering School's grounds adjacent to Station Road and to Greenwood Drive, and in particular the former. It really is disgusting and reflects badly on both The Angmering School and on our village. Trails of litter are also left outside the School's boundary on routes to and from the school. To be fair, some of this is left by others, but the bulk of it is down to school children. Come on Angmering School, you can do better than this!

(18 February 2005)

Other News in Brief (Week 6)

Charlton Chase - A team consisting of David Wood, Robert Hinchliffe, Philip Heaton and Jake Lavender (see right) from The Angmering School did exceptionally well in coming third in the Standard Division of the Charlton Chase which took place over the Downs near Graffham two weeks' ago. This is a demanding night navigation exercise for youth between the ages of 14 and 21. Fifty-nine teams competed in the Standard Division and some 85 teams in total competed in the event which has been held annually since 1981.

The Angmering School team "Da Acid Crew" competed over a 13.5 miles course and it took them 8 hours and 19 minutes to complete.

(17 February 2005)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 6)

There are no Angmering planning applications this week for consideration by Arun's Development Control Committee.

(17 February 2005)

St Margaret's Church

It has been drawn to our attention that St Margaret's Church has an excellent new website which is located at

(16 February 2005)

Electronic Postcards

For users of our parish electronic postcard service, "Send a Card", a photo of one area of Bramley Green (i.e. Pound Way/Lucksfield Way) is now included in the selection of photos you can sent to friends and relatives.

(15 February 2005)

Refuse, Recyclables, and Green Waste

Further to yesterday's news item, a joint circular to households from Arun District Council and Verdant Group Plc dropped through my door this morning. The situation is summarised as follows:

Refuse Collections - as per yesterday's news item.

Recyclables Collections- "During 2005", all suitable properties will be provided with a wheeled recycling bin in which may be put cardboard packaging, plastic bottles, paper, and aluminium & steel cans/tins. Glass and textiles should still be taken to your neighbourhood recycling centre. The recyclables will be collected fortnightly on the same day as your weekly refuse collection.

Green Waste Collections - The full text of Arun's circular is quoted below:

"A new service will be available from 1st April 2005 which will deliver green waste to a compost plant. The cost of the service is £35 per year for a fortnightly collection from the front of your property. A brown 240 litre wheeled bin is provided as part of the service.

To register for the new bin service telephone Verdant on 01903 736092. Orders can be accepted from 1st March 2005. Anyone who currently has a wheeled bin for green waste will need to re-register to use the new service. Payment by debit or credit card only.

The possibility of providing a biodegradable sack as an alternative method of collection is being pursued with the compost processor. In the meantime residents who still have some green sacks can continue to put them out with their refuse until 30th September 2005. A maximum of five sacks will be collected per week and the sacks will go to landfill."

(11 February 2005)

Other News in Brief (Week 5)

Tsunami Appeal - Various sponsored events over a 3-week period have led Angmering health club, Esporta, to raising over £4000 towards the disaster fund. These events included cycle riding, a fun run, aerobics, swimming and beauty treatment.

Refuse & Green Waste Collections - From Monday 28 February, all residents will have to leave their refuse at the front of their property adjacent to the highway if they wish it to be removed. Leaving it elsewhere will result in it not being collected. Angmering residents may also be aware that a new green waste collection scheme is intended to be introduced into the Arun area in the not too distant future and we eagerly await details of the scheme as green waste bags are no longer on sale.

(10 February 2005)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 5)

A/14/05 - Change of use of site from mushroom production facility to industrial B1, B2 and B8 uses. Retention of portable building. Blue Prince Mushroom Site, The Vinery, Arundel Road, Poling. For Vinery Management.

A/15/05 - Single storey rear extension. The Laurels, Dappers Lane. For Mrs Scott Carter.

Observations must be received by Arun District Council by 3 March 2005.

(9 February 2005)

Angmering Robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses or information on the robbery of Threshers Off-Licence in Angmering at 8.00pm on Saturday, 1 February. A man entered the shop holding a small silver handgun and demanded money, leaving with a small amount of cash. He was wearing a black hooded thigh length jacket, blue jeans, a scarf, and white trainers. If you have any information on this robbery, you should contact detectives at Littlehampton on 0845-6070999 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

(9 February 2005)

Change of Speaker

The Angmering Society has asked us to point out that Mike Ross, the speaker for its talk on "Portsmouth - its dockyard, buliding and ships" on 15 February, is unfortunately indisposed. However, they are pleased to announce that his place will be taken by the well known local speaker and blue badge guide, Frances Farrer-Brown, who will give an illustrated talk on a related subject: "Portsmouth Harbour and the 3 Ships". The meeting will still be at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15 February in the Village Hall - Admission £1.50 to include tea or coffee. Non-members very welcome.

(6 February 2005)

Car Crash

Just after 11.00 pm last night, a car crashed into the Water Lane build-out near Dappers Lane. The driver abandonned the vehicle and ran off. Police were on the scene quickly with a tracker dog.

(6 February 2005)

Other news in brief (Week 5)

Theft - An Angmering woman has been sentenced to a two year community rehabilitation order after stealing approx £6000 from Wick Dynamos Junior FC. The woman, who was treasurer of the boys' football club, had been stealing sums over an approx 10 year period. (Lit. Gaz.)

Bramley Green Postboxes - Two new postboxes have now been placed in the Bramley Green area. The first is opposite Worthing RFC in Roundstone Lane, and the second is in the middle of the development at the top of Rowan Way where it meets Nursery Road (close to Foxwood Avenue).

(3 February 2005)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 4)

A/11/05 - Change of use from mushroom production facility to in-vessel composing unit for green and kitchen waste to include new buildings, concrete maturation pad & perimeter fence. This application is covered by an Environmental Statement. For Vinery Management, Poling. This is a dual parish application as the site straddles the boundary with Poling (see also application PO/1/05). This application is a County matter and will be determined by West Sussex County Council.

A/12/05 - Provision of building for vehicle depollution and dismantling in accordance with Environmental Protection Act 1990. New Place Nursery, Arundel Road. For Mr SD Macaree.

A/13/05 - Proposed pitched roof front extension to form family room at Cave Canem, The Avenals. For Mr A Dennis.

Observations must be received by Arun District Council by 24 February 2005.

(2 February 2005)

Traffic Petition

Nearly 1000 signatures were obtained by James and Sheelagh Meacham protesting about Angmering's traffic calming measures. Last Friday, the petition was handed by our MP, Howard Flight, to County Councillor Tex Pemberton, WSCC cabinet member for highways and transport. Of principal concern has been the dangerous build-out at Mill Road and the one near The Angmering School which causes unacceptable build ups of traffic during rush hours.

(2 February 2005)

The Woodman Arms

The Woodman Arms at Hammerpot on the A27 will re-open this Friday, the 4 February 2005 at 11.00am. The PH was burnt down after a fire started in the thatch of this Grade II Listed Building on 26 February 2004, and only the main chimney breast and a part of a later extension were able to be salvaged. Licencees Brian and Karen Liston have told Angmering Village Life that they would be delighted to see all their old regulars again and also meet new customers. They have been most appreciative of the support given to them by the PH owners, Gales Brewery, over this last difficult year. The re-opening has not gone un-noticed by the general public and Brian and Karen have been surprised at the high level of advance table bookings.

We think all villagers will be pleased that The Woodman has been restored is such a sympathetic way by Gales Brewery and will wish Brian and Karen every success.

The Fall and Rise of The Woodman Arms - A Graphic Story!

Copyright:  Neil Rogers-Davis, 2005

Copyright:  Neil Rogers-Davis, 2005

27 February 2004

1 September 2004

Copyright:  Neil Rogers-Davis, 2005

Copyright:  Neil Rogers-Davis, 2005

24 October 2004

1 February 2005

(31 January 2005 - Updated 1 February)

One month on

Angmering Village Life was launched one month ago today. Readers may be interested to know that there have been over 1500 visits to the site since the launch and page views have amounted to nearly 9000. We wish to thank all those who have visited the site and especially the dozens of people who have sent messages of support or who have left similar messages in the GuestBook. Obviously, now that the curiosity has subsided, it is more likely that only the regularly updated pages such as this News page and the Forthcoming Events page will be visited. However, this site is much more than that, and those wanting to know more about Angmering and its past, and prepared to dig a little deeper, will find a wealth of information in our Local History pages. With nearly 100 pages of articles and resources, it is one of the biggest free local and family history website centres of its kind in Sussex.

(1 February 2005)

What has this got to do with Angmering?


It has come to the Editor's attention that at the Warwick Farm Racecourse, NSW, Australia, there is a race for 2-year olds called the Angmering Park Handicap which is due to be run shortly. Do any of our readers know what association this race has with Angmering?

(1 February 2005)

Vandals Strike Again!


Copyright: Neil Rogers-Davis, 2005

Vandalism seen in
The Square! It is
understood this was
caused by youths
last Saturday evening.


(1 February 2005)