Angmering Village Life

News Archive

April 2008

Library - New Opening Hours

The Children and Family Centre opens at Angmering Library today (Monday 28 April). As reported in our article dated 31 August last year, the Centre will aim to provide early education, family support and outreach to parents, parental involvement, support for parents wishing to consider training and employment, and family health services for families with children under 5.

As a result of this new facility, the Library will now be open six days a week (previously it had been closed all day on Wednesdays and Fridays), and it will also be open longer on weekdays. The new opening hours (excluding public holiday weekends) are:

  Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm
  Saturday 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm
  Sunday Closed
(28 April 2008)

St Margaret's Church - Dedication Stone

As many people are aware, the re-ordering of St Margaret's is progressing rapidly with the foundation work completed for both the new office and the new entrance building, the latter whose walls are already rising.

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At a short dedication service and foundation stone laying ceremony at the church this morning, the Suffragan Bishop of Horsham, The Right Reverend Lindsay Urwin, laid the stone in the southern wall of the new entrance commemorating the 2008 building work. Prayers were led by the Rector, the Revd. Mark Standen with Churchwarden's June Hawke and Richard Hance providing further prayers and a bible reading respectively. Prayers were also said by the Bishop prior to giving an address to those present before laying the stone. The project's architect attended the ceremony along with representatives of the builders, Farnrise, a diocesan representative, and the patron of St Margaret's Church, Mr Fitzroy Somerset. Some 30 villagers also attended the ceremony, many of those being members of the Church Family.

Copyright: Neil Rogers-Davis, 2008

(25 April 2008)

Angmering Community Centre

Angmering Parish Council has delivered the following Notice to all the houses adjacent to the proposed Community Centre site at Bramley Green to keep owners updated, and has asked that we include the information on this website:

  Angmering Community Centre Update April 2008

  As promised we would like to keep everyone in the immediate area of the site updated with the progress of the Community Centre:

  • In January we appointed the Hamson Partnership as the Project Managers to oversee the entire process.
  • Final drawings completed in March
  • Planning application submitted to Arun District Council (ADC) on 14th April. We anticipate it will appear on the planning list in the next couple of weeks. At that stage the plans will be available for viewing at ADC and in the Parish Council Office.
  Plans will also be able to be viewed on line at We will continue to let you know how this project progresses in the coming months
(24 April 2008)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 16/04/08)

A/48/08 - To include takeaway use (A5) at the restaurant - Santa Maria Restaurant, The Square, Arundel Road. For: Mrs T Edwards.

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 15 May 2008

(21 April 2008)

Walk raises money for Chestnut Tree House

The walk from Angmering to Arundel organised by the Angmering Community Association on Saturday 12 April raised £200 for the Chestnut Tree House Appeal. The walk was conducted by the well-known Sussex walk writer, Pat Bowen, who illustrated the walk with stories told along the way. Some 56 people took part in the walk.

(16 April 2008)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 9/04/08)

A/44/08 - Construction of double car port & store with extension to drive at Eagle Cottage, High Street. For: Mr S Clark

A/45/08 - Variation of Conditions 1 and 2 imposed upon planning permission A/122/94 at Oval Race Club, Water Lane. For: Oval Race Club

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 8 May 2008

(16 April 2008)

Snippets from Parish Council Environment & Leisure Committee Minutes of Meeting on 8 April 2008

ASRA - The Committee agreed to the Council’s 25% contribution to the maintenance of the Palmer Road Recreation Ground. The committee also requested that the Senior Assistant Clerk obtain precise details of what the contract for these grounds consisted of. ASRA will be holding a fun day on 12th July, more information will be available nearer the time. ASRA’s AGM will be held on 14th April.

Skateboard Park - Big Lottery Award - The Senior Assistant Clerk advised that the transfer of the Bramley Green open spaces was imminent. At that stage the Big Lottery would release the money and Gravity would give us a new timescale. The intention is still to have the Skateboard Park open for the school holidays.

Noticeboards/Maps - The Committee discussed the quotations for new maps but agreed as there are only two minor errors on the existing ones not to replace them at this stage. It is still the intention to look at maps for other areas of the village in the future. The committee asked that Mr Rob Simons be asked to varnish the legs of the notice board at Bramley Green when the board is repaired.

Youth Facilities - The coffee bar is still operating weekly and is attended by up to 30 youths. The forum is still looking to purchase a bus but are awaiting the outcome of a grant application.

St Nicholas Garden / Fletcher's Field - (a) The Committee agreed to postpone the repair to the flint wall in St Nicholas Garden as it seems in fairly good order at this stage. (b) The quotations for the repair to the flint wall on Fletchers Field will be referred to the Policy and Resources committee as there is insufficient funds in the E & L budget. (c) The committee agreed to the quotation from Mr Fred Rowley for painting the 5 village seats in Fletchers Field and St.Nicholas Garden. (d) The Committee agreed to the purchase of two litter pickers and bags to help keep St Nicholas Garden tidy.

Ferring Nurseries - The Committee agreed that they would look for a suitable area for the floral display to be provided by Ferring Nurseries. They also asked that the office contact Ferring Nurseries to thank them for their kind offer and ask if they had a preferred area.

Bramley Green - (a) The Committee agreed that organised games would be covered by the new by laws when they are introduced. (b) Councillor Pat Turner reported that four interviews had taken place on the 7th April. The preferred company was ISS Waterers and Councillor Turner proposed that this recommendation was approved and recommended to the full Council. The Committee agreed unanimously.

(16 April 2008)

Anti-Social Behaviour Report

Below is the latest news on Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in the Littlehampton East District by our Neighbourhood Specialist Constable (NSC) Dave Banham-Brown:

All villages seem to be following suit with the reduction of ASB and Angmering is keeping in line with the rest, although there is still clearly ASB of an evening it is at level in which be can deal with effectively. Bramley Green estate does seem to have slightly more in the way of ASB that other areas of the village and as such I would ask that parents to speak to their child and kindly advise them that if they do happen to use the facilities on the Bramley Green estate that they treat the area and the residents with a little more respect. The local PCSO is still continuing to patrol the entire village and is keen to be informed of all matters, especially ASB related.

(15 April 2008)

Angmering in the snow this morning!

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(6 April 2008)

St Margaret's Church Reordering Fact Sheet No. 5

(Reproduced here on behalf of St Margaret's Church)

Work on the two extensions is now progressing and, although the contractors are slightly behind schedule they remain confident that the project will be completed on time for us to move back into church by Christmas.

A ceremony is planned for Friday April 25th when we will welcome the Bishop of Horsham who has kindly agreed to lay the foundation stone within the new entrance. The stone will have a simple inscription marking the occasion. All are welcome to come at 11.00 am on the 25th but it should be remembered that visitors would be coming to a building site so space to the immediate area where the stone will be laid may well be limited.

Whilst no more skeletal remains have been found below the office there have been three other significant items of interest. A medieval wall has been found adjacent to what looks like a Victorian arch and a gravestone was revealed dated in the 1790s and inscribed with the names of Ann and James Penfold. Each of these pieces has been photographed and recorded and will not be disturbed.

Construction of the new entrance is proceeding and it will be noticed that work has started to create an opening into what was the Gratwicke Chapel. It may have been noticed that there is a sample panel of flint walling, which has been placed below the east end window, this has now received approval from our architect and the planning authority.

Unfortunately there have been instances of minor vandalism round the church and in the contractors compound so we hope the installation of the CCTV in the next few days will deter the vandals.

A number of people have asked about the location and identity of the churches to which the furniture has been given. The choir stalls, pulpit and wooden screen have gone to John Fisher and Thomas Moore Church in Chapel on Le Frith, Derbyshire and the blue screen is at St Michael's Church, Abertillery, S. Wales.

Some members of the Angmering Society have raised the question of restoring the John Hills gravestone and also restoring the weathervane to the tower. Both these matters are under consideration and whilst it may be possible to find funding for the stone it is very unlikely that we will be able to restore the weathervane as this is likely to cost several thousand pounds and is not covered in the re-ordering budget.

Sunday May 25th is the last Sunday when services are held in the church and details of where services will be held and the times can be found in fact sheet no. 4. Copies of previous fact sheets are available at the back of the church or from the church office.

If there any questions regarding the reordering please would you direct these to me either by email; or by phone 01903 788792 on weekdays. Thank you.

Richard Hance, Churchwarden, 5th April 2008

(5 April 2008)

Community Film Show

The community film this coming Saturday (5 April) is "AND WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER?" which was released in October 2007. The story is an unflinching exploration of a father/son relationship, as Blake Morrison deals with his father Arthur's terminal illness and imminent death. Blake's memories of everything funny, embarrassing and upsetting about his childhood and teens are interspersed with tender and heart-rending scenes in the present, as he struggles to come to terms with his father, and their history of conflict, and learns to accept that one's parents are not always accountable to their children. The film stars Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent, Juliet Stevenson, Gina McKee, Claire Skinner, Sarah Lancashire, and Matthew Beard.

The film starts at 7.00pm (doors open 6.45pm) at the Village Hall. Tickets (£5) are available in advance from Woodies News or Angmering Framing & Stitches, or at the door. As usual, refreshments are available at very reasonable prices.

(2 April 2008)

Angmering Planning Applications (w/e 26/03/08)

A/34/08 - PLoft conversion work with rear dormer window at 9 Lansdowne Road. For: Mr & Mrs Barnard. Readvertisement due to substitute plans.

A/41/08/A - Various illuminated signage at Roundstone Inn, Roundstone Lane, East Preston. For: Whitbread Group Plc.

A/42/08/L - Application for variation of condition 2 following the grant of Listed Building Consent A/187/08/L that all external joinery shall be oak. Manor Farm House, Ecclesden Lane. Mr & Mrs Terry Walker.

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 17 April 2008

(2 April 2008)