Angmering Village Life

News Archive

August 2006

Snippets from Angmering Parish Council Minutes of Meeting on 14 August

New Councillors - Mr. Richard Hance was co-opted as a member of the Parish Council and Adam Cox was co-opted as a Junior Councillor.

Traffic Management Scheme - Councillor King proposed that whilst the Committee continue discussions with the County Council, any alterations to the scheme should be the subject of public consultation and a recommendation for approval to the full Parish Council. This was agreed

Community Centre - A design for the Centre has been submitted to three contractors and quotations are expected by 25th August. A large hall will have seating for 200 and there will be two smaller halls and a kitchen.

Water Lane Footpath - Councillor Hill-Smith has met with Mr. R. Mander of WSCC Highways and discussed the possibility of a new footway from the Dappers Lane/Water Lane junction and along past the Oval raceway entrance.

Office Opening Hours - Councillor Chris Hughes tabled his report after consultations with the assistant Clerks. Councillor Sue Smith proposed that the report be referred back to the Policy and Resources Committee to consider and make a recommendation to Full Council. This was agreed 8 for 1 against and one abstention. (Editor's Note - Basically the report said that none of the clerical staff wanted to work after 1.00pm!)

Council Quality Status - Councillor Chris Hughes was appointed to oversee the application for Quality Status.

(31 August 2006)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 34)

A/128/06 - Proposed double garage to front of premises at Fairhaven, North Drive. For Mr M Sharpes.

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 21 September 2006.

(31 August 2006)

News in Brief (Week 34)

Car crash on Ham Manor - Two cars collided at the junction of South Drive and East Drive on Monday evening resulting in minor injuries to both drivers although the 17 year-old woman driver of one of the vehicles was taken to hospital as she had neck and chest pains.

A259 Footbridge - Repairs to the damaged footbridge over the A259 have still not been effected as the WSCC continue negotiating with contractors. It therefore looks as if the bridge will not be able to be used much before the end of October. Crossing patrols will therefore re-commence when the schools go back next Tuesday.

GCSE Results - The Angmering School's A*-C pass rate improved from 54% last year to 65% this year. These were the school's best ever results.

(31 August 2006)

Mobile Police Station

A Mobile Police Station came to Angmering yesterday evening and was set up in the Church car park for a few hours. This was an initiative by Angmering's police - PC Banham-Brown and PCSO Andrea Oakley. While no advance advertising of the station's presence was given, it was being used fundamentally as a trial for future visits and to establish where such a large unit could be established centrally in the village. PC Banham-Brown said that periodic siting of the mobile station in the village would be useful in giving the public reassurance and promoting positive police action. The unit carries leaflets of all types of policing matters and officers manning it can give advice on a range of topics including crime prevention and reporting. Shortly after the station had been set up, a member of the public called at the station seeking advice.

(30 August 2006)

Vandalism at The Angmering School

The Angmering School came under attack by youngsters at about 1.45am last Thursday morning. They broke windows in the gym, the English Language area, and the Headteacher's office. They then got onto the roof, ripped off aerials and vandalised 16 security cameras and cabling. The noise they caused wakened the caretaker and police were called. As a result, it is understood that 2 boys and a girl were apprehended but could not be charged due to their age. It is understood that two other boys were also involved whose identities are known. All are believed to be students at the school.

As the police do not appear to be able to take any action, we look forward to learning what strong action the Headteacher will be taking to send a clear message to others that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated in Angmering.

This group is probably the same one which proceeded down Greenwood Drive half an hour earlier, shouting loudly and setting off a car alarm before running off in the direction of the school's main entrance.

(30 August 2006)

Cash Machine in Angmering

Did you know that there in now a cash machine in Angmering? This is sited inside "The Local" Off-Licence (previously called Threshers) in The Square. This is a Link Cash Machine available during the hours the shop is open. The machine serves customers of all the major banks. There is a charge of £1.50 per transaction with free balance enquiries.

(30 August 2006)

Drawing and Adult Education Classes in Angmering

Starting this September, various courses will be held in Angmering for the very first time. Here are some details:

So You Think You Can't Draw

Do you think you can't, but would …

......then maybe Margaret Appa can help because she believes that everyone CAN draw; it is all about learning to 'see' for drawing - the drawing skills follow naturally. She recognises that each person within a group is unique so there is never any comparison or criticism but she has great expectations of everyone's progress from wherever they might begin. The course is for one year: 30 lessons of three hours over three terms. The classes are limited to ten students in a group, so enabling individual attention. Margaret is a local artist with her own studio, but has taught local adult education classes for many years.

There are brochures in Angmering Framing & Stitches in The Square - please help yourself and do not hesitate to contact Margaret if you have any questions.

West Sussex Adult Education Classes

The following courses will be held at The Angmering School on Monday evenings between 7pm and 9pm:

You can find out more about these West Sussex Adult Education Courses by phoning (01903) 722155 or by accessing

(25 August 2006)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 33)

A/122/06 - Replacement of conservatory at 21 Mill Road Avenue. For Mr & Mrs Shields.

A/123/06/TC - Remove crown selectively of 1 No. Cercis Siliquastrum (Judas tree) and any branches extending over Old Mill Lane within the Angmering Conservation Area in the garden to the rear of The Old House, Off Old Mill Lane. For Mr Peter R Downey.

A/126.06/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for the erection of a 38cm satelite dish on rear chimney at Bay Tree Cottage, High Street. For Mr Ronald PJ Grout.

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 14 September 2006.

(23 August 2006)

The Wedding Present

Readers may be aware of a production called "The Wedding Present" which the proteus theatre of Basingstoke are putting on in association with the Angmering Community Association on 9th and 10th September. There are posters all around the village. Angmering residents could star or participate in other ways in this performance.

"The Wedding Present", created by proteus, a professional national touring company, is a performance in three acts, moving literally between three different spaces; e.g. Church, community centre and playing field, using three artistic skills; acting, music and design, working with groups within the community, to create one unique and extraordinary performance piece, not to mention a party at the end of it all. It has already happened in Basingstoke, Bordon, and Bletchingley, and proteus finally arrive in Angmering with performances on the 9th and 10th September. They will be running sessions and rehearsals at St Margaret's Church Hall from the 29th August, leading up to the performances on the 9th and 10th September.

The story follows the fortunes of one family through the experiences of a wedding, a funeral and a christening - all taking place during the course of the performance. This free show will involve the audience and performers moving from the Funeral to the Christening and then on the Wedding as each ceremony would be held in a different location; e.g. St Margaret's Church, Church Hall and Fletcher's Field. Professional actors will take some of the roles, but proteus are looking for budding local actors to play just 10 other parts in the show. If you are aged 16 - 160 and have always wanted to work with a professional director and actors, now is your chance!! If you are a shower diva, a karaoke king or just love to sing, then they are also looking for you! They'll be running free singing workshops with a professional expert during the project as well! Vanessa Lucas-Smith, associate artist for The Anvil Concert Hall in Basingstoke will be running free workshops helping you improve your raw talents - and who knows? Opening up a whole new career!!! There's also the opportunity to show off your new found talents in the performance. And it doesn't end there, after the project has finished proteus will be helping Angmering Community Association set up its own choir for the village (which will not conflict with the type of works performed by The Angmering Chorale). They are also looking for musicians at any level of experience from none to grade 8, to work with Vanessa, and budding artists to help their designer create the set and costumes for the show.

Sessions and rehearsals will begin in Angmering at St Margaret's Church Hall on the evening of the 29th August with registration at 7pm. The first choir session will also be on the 29th at the Church Hall beginning at 7pm and finishing by 9pm. The following choir and rehearsal sessions on the 30th and 31st will also begin at 7pm and finish at 9pm. There will be a session on Saturday 2nd September beginning at 11am and finishing at 2pm, and every night of the following week leading up to the performance. Can't make every single rehearsal? Don't worry: you can still be involved even if you can only make half of them. It's all absolutely free, all you have to do is register your interest in the project and leave your contact details by calling proteus on 01256 354541 or e-mail Alternatively just turn up on the 29th August at St Margaret's Church Hall between 7pm and 9pm to join, and they'll do the rest!

(23 August 2006)

Chairman's Challenge

The next event to support the Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice by Chris Hughes, the Chairman of Angmering Parish Council, is a Sponsored Horse Ride in Angmering Park. This will take place on Sunday 17 September between 10am and 3pm.

Entry and sponsor forms for the Angmering Park Charity Ride are now available from the Parish Council Office or 104, Downs Way, BN16 1A,F or by email to with a return email address. The cost of entry is £10 and sponsorship is a minimum of £15. There will be various class awards and every entry will receive a rosette.

Chris would like to say how grateful he is to Hangleton Farm Equestrian Centre for the loan of a horse for him to ride. If anybody would like to sponsor Chris, let him know via the Parish office.

(22 August 2006)

Snippets from Parish Council's Policy & Resources Committee Minutes of 3 August

Accounting Software - Councillor John King reported on a successful demonstration of the RBS Omega accounts software. The basic package cost is £595.00 plus set up fees of £225.00. The annual support contract is £250.00.

Road Closures - It was considered that the roads through the Village should be closed for: (1) The Armistice Day morning service, and (2) The Traders' Evening

New Council Website - Councillor Mike Hill-Smith explained that Tom Burton and Adam Cox (Junior Councillors) had been working on the web site at Angmering School and copies of the pages were circulated to Councillors. Councillor John King was anxious that any changes met with current legislation.

Disability Discrimination Act - Councillor Chris Hughes said that there were many people who cannot leave their homes to get to Council or Committee meetings and thought that consideration should be given to using a web cam and microphone to allow contact.

Traffic Management - Councillor John King reminded Council that the traffic calming measures were put in place to reduce the level of through traffic and not to reduce speed

(21 August 2006)

Angmering - Ouistreham, 30th Anniversary Celebrations

If you are still slumbering at 9.00am on Saturday 26 August, be prepared to be woken by the bells of St Margaret's Church. This will signal the opening of Angmering Twinning Association's 30th Anniversary Celebrations on Fletchers Field next to the Church. And what a superb event is in store. Here are some of the things taking place:


Sussex and other Crafts - These include East and West Sussex Guilds of Spinners & Weavers, Rustington Country Market, bee keeping and honey products (soap, handcream etc.), pottery, salt dough modelling, chair caning, decorative cards, fused glass and window hangings, paintings, handbags, peg bags, aprons, jewellery of various types, dolls house and furniture, etc. At a number of these stalls you will be able to see demonstrations of the craft and at a few you may be able to 'have a go' yourselves.

Local Businesses - O'Hagan's of Bosham (famous for their award-winning sausages and organic burgers), Hammerpot Brewery from Angmering (fast growing reputation for fine ales), and Highdown Vineyard of Ferring (winery and sellers of quality English wines). You will be able to buy their products.

Angmering Organisations - Angmering Community Association, The Angmering Society, Angmering WI, Angmering Green WI, Angmering (Honey Lane) Allotment Association, Angmering Hand Bell Ringers, Baptist Church, St Margaret's Church, Scouts, and last but not least - Angmering Village Life! Come along and meet people from these organisations. You will also be able to purchase jams, preserves, cakes, plants that some of these organisations will be selling, or find out more about their organisations.

The event must be one of the biggest in the village for many years, so make a note in your diary now - Saturday 26 August. It starts at 9.00am and goes on to 2.00pm. Don't miss it. Go along and take your families and friends.

(Updated 16 August 2006)

New Councillors

At the Parish Council meeting on Monday, Richard Hance was co-opted as a parish councillor and Adam Cox as a junior councillor.

(16 August 2006)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 32)

A/112/06 - Erection of a single storey timber framed glazed orangery at 35 East Drive, Ham Manor. For Mr Gilaberte.

A/116/06 - Proposal change from two duplex apartments to two flats, one with roof terrace added at 24 Water Lane . For Roffey Homes Ltd. (Amendments to previously approved A/83/03)

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 2006.

(15 August 2006)

Chairman's Charity Event (Update)

Further to our news item on 1 August, the second event in the triangular "Chairmen's Challenge" in aid of the Chestnut Tree Children's Hospice took place today at the Oval Race Track. The results of the races were as follows:

  Saloon Car Go-Cart
1st Angmering Angmering
2nd Havant Arun
3rd Arun Havant

With one event still to go, the points table is as follows:

1st Angmering 8 Points
2nd Havant 6 Points
3rd Arun 4 Points

Money raised to date for Chestnut Tree House - Angmering: £329.00, Arun: £100.00. Havant have yet to have their Challenge.

Angmering's next event for Chestnut Tree House is a Sponsored Horse Ride in Angmering Park by kind permission of Lady Anne Herries. This will be held on 17 September. Entry forms now available from the Parish Office. There are two lengths of ride - Seniors 10 miles and Juniors 5 miles.

(13 August 2006)

News in Brief

NHS Dentist for Village - Arun District Council have approved a change of use for Bygones in The Square which will allow dentist, Miss Shah, to open a NHS dental practice in the property. This was opposed by Weavers Hill dentist, Bryan Hong, and also by Angmering Parish Council, the latter believing that Angmering could ill-afford to lose another retail shop in the village. However, the change of use application was supported by one of Angmering's District Councillors, Julie Hazlehurst, who felt that people visiting Angmering to see the dentist would bring additional business to existing traders.

New President - Angmering resident, Mrs Anne Carvosso, has been elected President of the Littlehampton Inner Wheel Club. She previously held the same office nine years' ago.

Stoolball Champions - Congratulations to Angmering Stoolball Club for becoming County Cup champions again winning all their six games last Sunday. A week ago, as reported, they won the Sussex League West Division championship for the 12th successive year.

(10 August 2006)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 31)

A/120/06 - Single storey side extension and conservatory at 2 Mill Road. For Mr & Mrs Fry.

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 31 August 2006.

(9 August 2006)

Glorious Goodwood (2)

Tartouche, the 5-year old trained at Angmering by Lady Herries, won the Lillie Langtry Fillies' Stakes yesterday at Goodwood for the second year in succession. On offer at 11-2 at the start of the day, but heavily backed on course to start a firm 7-2 second favourite, she made much of the running under Seb Sanders to grittily hold off her nearest challengers by a neck and a head.

(4 August 2006)

Champions Again

Angmering Stoolball Club has become champions of the Sussex League West Division for the 12th successive year. Up until Sunday, Angmering had not lost a competitive match for three seasons but came unstuck against Mountfield in the Knockout Cup quarter-final losing by 50 runs.

(3 August 2006)

Snippets from Angmering Parish Council's Highways Committee Meeting Minutes of 19 July

Honey Lane to Bramley Green Link - Work is still pending on the pathway at Honey Lane until the correct right of way has been established.

Pinch Points and other traffic calming - Councillor Anne-Louise Kearney-Pateman would write to WSCC requesting that the pinch points at Dappers Lane and Mill Road be removed and replaced with the new inflatable (Dunlop Transcalm) humps. She will also request that the pinch point at Greenwood drive be removed and replaced with traffic lights and the 20mph zone extended (to 50 metres further south of the current sign near the Medical Centre). Traffic calming in Roundstone Lane/Weavers Hill/Weavers Ring is also under review - a one-way system has been suggested..

Litter Bin - A litter bin is to be installed in North Drive at a cost of £290 plus £48 fitting.

Dog Bins - New or replacement dog bins will be installed at the Library, at the entrance to the footpath that runs into the Rugby Club, and at the car park at the far end of the High Street. The total cost to the Council for all the above is £463.95.

Sunday Bus Service - Stagecoach have said that, due to a lack of numbers, they have no current intention to reinstate the Sunday bus service.

(2 August 2006)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 30)

A/98/06/L - Application for Listed Building Consent to partially demolish existing single storey rear extension & re-build with new glazed rooflight over, and new internal bathroom at White House Cottage, High Street. For Mrs A Shephard.

A/110/06 - Outline application for erection of 2 No. detatched dwellings and detached double garages on Land at West Drive, Ham Manor. For Hargreaves Homes.

A/115/06 - Single storey rear extension plus dormer windows to rear elevation at Casterbridge, The Thatchway. For Mr Sanghani.

A/117/06 - Addition of first floor ensuite at 47 East Drive, Ham Manor. For Mr & Mrs Divis.

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 August 2006.

(2 August 2006)

Glorious Goodwood (1)

Angmering-based trainer William Knight opened his account at the meeting yesterday when he sent out Illustrious Blue to win the Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie Memorial Stakes. Knight said: "Obviously to have a winner at Goodwood is something I've always wanted to do but to have one at Glorious Goodwood makes it even more of a thrill."

(2 August 2006)

Chairman's Charity Event

A couple of weeks' ago the chairman of Angmering Parish Council (Chris Hughes), the chairman of Arun District Council (Stephen Haymes) and the mayor of Havant (Richard Brown) competed in peddaloes in the first of three events to raise money for the Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice which, as most people may know, is on the western boundary of Angmering, close to Poling.

The next challenge takes place at the Oval Race Track in Water Lane, Angmering during the club's motor racing day on Sunday 13 August. The three community leaders will switch to four wheels this time. The challenge will comprise two races, one in saloon cars and the other in go-carts. Chris tells Angmering Village Life "My own old Cavalier has already gone to the Oval to be made ready for the race. Some of the guys from The Angmering School are doing a repaint job on it and I'm hoping some good mechanic will do a retune on the poor old car. I need somebody to lend me a crash helmet if there are any of your readers that can help. We at Angmering need all the support we can get".

A mini-motorbike, donated by the race club, will be raffled off at the event in aid of the hospice.

We hope as many people as possible will support the event and purchase the raffle tickets to raise funds for this most worthwhile cause.

(1 August 2006)