Angmering Village Life

News Archive

June 2008

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 18/06/08)

A/73/08 - Ground floor extension and room in the roof including dormers at After All, Station Road. For: Mr D Westley.

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 July 2008

(28 June 2008)

St Margaret's Strawberry Tea

All villagers are invited to the annual Strawberry Tea, hosted by the St Margaret’s Church Family, this Saturday 28th June from 3.00pm – 5.00pm in the Rectory gardens, Rectory Lane, Angmering. Tea and cakes, games for the children, bouncy castle and of course the delicious strawberries and cream for all.

(25 June 2008)

Appasionata tickets now on sale

As some people may be aware, Appasisonata are holding a concert in the Village Hall on 19 July 2008, at 7.30pm brought to the village by the Angmering Community Asociation. Appassionata is a guitar trio comprising three of the country's finest young female classical guitarists, performing with musical insight & virtuosic energy.

As soloists the girls have won international competitions, performed in venues such as the South Bank Centre and Wigmore Hall, and have given concerts in New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Brazil, Peru, Hawaii, Sicily, Belgium, Switzerland, Kenya, Hungary, France, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as all over England. In 2003 the girls re-convened in a professional context, and their debut season included interviews and live performances on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” and Radio Gloucestershire, an interview in Muso Magazine and highly acclaimed concerts at the International Guitar Festivals at London’s South Bank Centre and at Bath, Conway Hall and many other venues and music festivals across the UK.

Appassionata will be playing a mix of music during their Angmering concert including classical music by Haydn, modern compositions by Paolo Bellinati, and swing arrangments by Django Reinhardt.

Tickets for this exciting event are actually by the purchase of a programme allowing entrance, and are now on sale at Angmering Parish Council's Office in The Square (9am - 1pm) or from Val Jerram Tel: (01903) 774247, price £8 each including wine and cheese.

(25 June 2008)

Medical Centre extends hours

Up until the end of May, the normal opening hours of the Angmering Medical Centre were 8am-6.30pm Monday to Friday. However Angmering Medical Centre is now open at 7.30am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and between 9am-12noon on alternate Saturdays for pre booked routine GP appointments. The new opening hours are summarised as follows:

  Opening hours:
Saturday (alternate) - (pre-booked appointments only)


There are no emergency or urgent appointments on Saturdays. Patients who need to see a doctor urgently during weekday evenings and at weekends should still contact the out of hours provider Harmoni on 0300 130 1313.

(24 June 2008)

Flower and Produce Show

The annual Angmering Flower and Produce Show will be held on Saturday 5 July 2008 from 2pm at Pigeon House, by kind permission of the owner, Mr Peter Blake.

Due to residents' support the Show has become a feature of the village calendar. The organising committee are proud to say that a result of the success of last year’s show and their previous year's efforts they were able to send a donation of £500 from their funds to the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice, which brings their total donations since 2003 to just over £1000.

The committee has reviewed all of the classes again this year and made some changes including a new class in the fun section for a bucket of your homemade compost! Presumably the latter entries will be kept outside the barn! Schedules are available in many outlets in the village, and entries can be accepted at Manor Nurseries and at Holmes Estate Agency in the village.

Committee treasurer, Bridget Kearns says "We look forward to welcoming every one again on the 5th of July - our fingers are crossed for good weather and we hope that every one enjoys a lovely afternoon!".

(23 June 2008)

Drawing Exhibition

An exhibition with a difference is being held at Margaret Appa's Mill House Studio, Ecclesden Lane (off the Angmering by-pass) between Wednesday 16th and Sunday 20 July (10am - 4pm). This exhibition charts the individual journeys of five students, who have completed two years of the "So You Think You Can't Draw" course, from very first drawings to final pieces. Come and meet the students and visit the studio - you may be inspired to take the same journey. Ample car parking space is available near the studio. It is fully accessible and refreshments are available. For further details, contact Margaret on (01903) 771527 or

(22 June 2008)

Snippets from Parish Council Minutes of Meeting on 9 June 2008

Community Centre - Tenders are now being sent out and are due back at the beginning of July. The planning application decision is due on 1st July. Councillor Sue Smith suggested that the financial standing order regulations relating to tenders in this instance be waived as the appointed Project Managers were handling all aspects of the tendering process. This was proposed by Councillor Nigel Nunn, seconded by Councillor Sue Smith and agreed by 7 votes for with 1 vote against.

Skate Park - Councillor Mark Edwards reported that the work was now underway and presented a financial statement showing the final projected cost of £90248.00. This will be funded by the £80000.00 lottery grant with £8248.00 coming from the earmarked reserve for the kick about/skate park area and £2000.00 given by the Consortium to move/repair some play items. The Chairman pointed out that there was a lot more going into the skate park than was originally planned. Councillor Paul Bicknell suggested that the Heras fencing around the bowls site might be utilised to protect areas that are seeded after construction is completed.

Public Questions - Julie Hazlehurst asked if village events would be able to be held on the main open space area in the centre of Bramley Green. The Chairman replied that applications should be made to the Parish Council office.

(22 June 2008)

Snippets from Parish Council Highways Committee Minutes of Meeting on 5 June 2008

Chairman & Vice Chairman - Councillor Pat Turner proposed Councillor Norman Hadley, this was seconded by Councillor Paul Bicknell. Councillor Hadley was duly elected as Chairman. Councillor Norman Hadley proposed Councillor Paul Bicknell, this was seconded by Councillor Pat Turner. Councillor Bicknell was duly elected as Vice Chairman.

Street Lighting - Palmer Road - Although the street light had been installed, the power had still not been connected. Cumberland Road - although the column had been fitted, it had not been wired in, as West Sussex County Council are looking at other options to ensure it only lights in a downward direction. The office will chase WSCC on this issue. North Drive - Councillor Bicknell said he believed there should be a light fitted in conjunction with the path (1102c) and asked that the office talk to WSCC.

Rights of Way - Honey Lane - Councillor Norman Hadley advised that he had visited Honey Lane with three different contractors and was awaiting quotes, once the options were known it would be discussed again with the Allotment Society and the Householders. The residents have already improved the area near the High Street. North Drive - Councillor Paul Bicknell reported that he had visited the northern end of North Drive and believed a path of approximately 20 metres was needed. This would prevent Children walking in the middle of the road and make it much safer. The Senior Assistant Clerk will contact West Sussex County Council and investigate the possibilities.

20 mph Speed Zone - Councillor Norman Hadley said he had spoken to Rob Torrance at West Sussex County Council and he said that if traffic already exceeded 24mph they would not advise putting in an extended 20mph speed zone. He was however prepared to have a meeting with members of the committee to discuss the options.

Poling Recycling Plant - Councillor Nunn was concerned that more heavy vehicles would drive through the village to access the new plant at Poling. Councillor Bicknell said there were restrictions attached to the planning consent and these needed to be checked, he said he also believed that it was said that no more than 37 vehicles would visit the plant daily. The suggestion of a weight restriction within the village would be discussed when Rob Torrance visited.

Dog/Litter Bins - Councillor Bicknell said there was currently a need for the following: (1) 1 litterbin at the Skateboard Park. (2) 1 dog bin at the northern end of North Drive. (3) 1 dog bin and litter bin in Downs Way where the toucan crossing crosses the A259. The burnt out litter bin in the playground near Parsons Close would be removed and not be replaced. The committee unanimously agreed to these proposals and asked that the office contact Arun District Council for a costing. The request for a dog bin in Ham Manor Close would be deferred until the August meeting, to assess the impact of the new Sainsburys crossing.

Street Furniture - Councillor Hadley said he had looked at Palmer Road but could find no suitable post to put a brown sign directing people to the recreation ground. Councillor Nunn asked if the office could speak to West Sussex County Council and check costs, location etc. The cost for installing a sign directing people to St Wilfrids cemetery would be £190, the Committee asked that a letter be sent to the Church saying that we would fund £120 if the Church paid the balance.

(22 June 2008)

Saturday BBQs in village centre

Café Féliz in The Square today launched a new venture for the Summer - Saturday Barbeques - and the sun came out just in time! They have cleverly converted a space at the rear of their café for use as an outdoor barbeque area which gains all the afternoon sun and provides a private area with tables, umbrellas, and plants. These barbeques will operate from 12.00 to 3.00pm on Saturdays only. Access to the area is via the café only.

There is a substantial menu from which to chose. For Starters, the following is on offer: bread, marinated olives, dry cured goat's cheese, spicy sausage, parma ham (with melon if required) and stuffed squid in tomato sauce. Barbequed dishes include: grilled chicken piri-piri, grilled pork ribs, grilled lamb chops, grilled sardines, grilled sea bass, and seafood kebab. A wide range of salads is also available as is a good selection of desserts.

  Copyright: Neil Rogers-Davis, 2008 Copyright: Neil Rogers-Davis, 2008
  The first customers relax in the new BBQ area (l) BBQ chef Valtair and (r) café owner Cesar

We had some really fresh Portuguese bread and the dry cured goat's cheese for starters, and then the sardines and sea bass served with a very ample salad. All of these were excellent and we found that we had little room for a dessert on this occasion. Other diners also appeared to enjoy the fare. Do go and try the barbeques for yourselves this Summer!

(21 June 2008)

Youth bus wins prize

The Angmering Youth Forum's new double-decker bus won second prize in the "Best Dressed Youth Float" at East Preston's annual village festival last week. They received the Sylvia McDonnell Cup plus prize money of £40. The judges were obviously impressed by the whole concept of the bus which is to be converted as a mobile youth centre.

  Copyright: Ray Whitehouse, 2008 Copyright: Ray Whitehouse, 2008

The bus will be converted to suit the needs of the local youth and will be fitted out with a wheelchair lift so that it is accessible to everyone. Grants have been applied for this but if anyone feels they were able to help speed the conversion along by donating any monies, they will not be refused!!

It you would like to support this project, please contact Pat Turner on 01903 782202 email: or, Andrea Oakley (our local PCSO) on 0845 6070999 ext.20528 email:

(19 June 2008)

Mr Peter Holland

We regret to learn that Mr Peter Holland, 74, of Ecclesden Manor died suddenly in his garden on Wednesday 11 June. We would like to express our sincere condolences to his widow, Mrs Sue Holland and her family.

(18 June 2008)

Crime Prevention Day

PCSO Andrea Oakley will be holding a Crime Prevention Day this coming Saturday, 21 June 2008, between 10am and 2pm on Fletcher's Field (next to St Margaret's Church). She will be giving away free personal/handbag alarms which have been funded by Angmering Parish Council. There will also be lots of leaflets available and a police officer on hand to give advice.

(17 June 2008)

New Brownie pack starting

A new Bronwie Pack (for girls aged 7-10) is starting in Angmering as the 1st Angmering Brownie Pack (who meet on Thursdays) is full. The new 2nd Angmering Brownie Pack will meet in the Angmering Scout hut at Fletcher's Field (Arundel Road) on Tuesdays before cubs. There will be a drop-in session on Tuesday 1st July between 5.00 and 6.30 p.m. for any girls and their parents who are interested. It is intended to start regular meetings in September.

If anyone requires further information about the new Brownie Pack in the meantime, contact Ann Swabey Tel: (01903) 772947.

(17 June 2008)

St Margaret's Church Reordering Fact Sheet No. 7

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

"Things are moving fast"

So far this month the contractors have made significant progress on all parts of our reordering project. We were able to hand over the inside of the church to Farnrise on June 1st following the sale and removal of all the pews. It was good to be able to give a Gideon bible to all who had purchased a pew and we thank John Hunter and the Gideons for this. With both the pews and the temporary screen around the Gratwicke Chapel removed it is now possible to see the space available inside the church and to realise the potential of the reordered building.

The contractors have taken great care to protect the memorials and plaques on the walls of the church and the organ and consul are protected. We thank those working on the project for the respect that they have shown at all times for the building and for the care they have taken and continue to take.

Last week the excavation for the baptistery was started and, as we anticipated with both interest and anxiety - because of the potential costs in delay, this revealed some interesting finds, not least of all a tunnel under the central aisle of the nave! We have managed to trace its path as far as the boiler house where it ends. Detailed photographs have been taken inside to ensure that we have a record of it for posterity (see small selection below). These have been shared with the Angmering Building Study Group. Further remains and gravestones have been found and all these, too, have been photographed and recorded. Most date from the 1800s but one is much earlier - from 1691. There is a fragile lead lined child's coffin within a brick built tomb on which the inscription reads: 'Henry Alfred Usborne' who died aged 1yr 4 months on the 7th April 1839. This little coffin will very soon be re-buried by our rector and all the other unidentified remains will be stored temporarily, with others found earlier in the year, and then re-buried with dignity and care when all the excavations are finished.

  Copyright: Ray Whitehouse, 2008 Copyright: Ray Whitehouse, 2008
  Church with pews removed Gravestones under former north aisle pews
  Copyright: Ray Whitehouse, 2008 Copyright: Ray Whitehouse, 2008
  Tunnel entrance and coffin of Henry Usborne (16 months) Inside the tunnel

Whilst these finds will no doubt create interest it must be remembered that the church building has now been handed over to the contractors and for health and safety considerations as well as insurance conditions we cannot allow visitors inside the church.

After many weeks of discussion with Mel Howse we have finally been able to place the order for the art glass (the decorated windows for the east end) and Mel will be going to the studio in Germany to oversee and take part in a practical sense in the actual production process. It is expected that the art glass will be installed during the later part of August or September if everything goes to plan. The stonework is noticeably progressing and the skill of the craftsmen in applying the flint work is remarkable. It is almost impossible to discern any difference between the new and the existing flint work.

Now that the scaffolding is erected, great care needs to be taken when walking round the churchyard. Any temporary directional notices put out by our contractors must be observed. It is worth emphasising that building sites are dangerous places and any incursion into the site carries risks for anyone not conforming to the directions. In the coming weeks the number of tradesmen working on the site will increase significantly and Farnrise have asked whether they may increase the size of their compound to accommodate additional vans and materials. This will of course reduce the drop-off area and it is even more essential that no one parks in the remaining space. Thank you to everyone for the tolerance and patience which has been, and continues to be, appreciated by the contractors and the church staff.

If you have any questions regarding the reordering please would you direct these to me either by email ( or by phone 01903 788792 on weekdays.
Richard Hance, Churchwarden, 17th June 2008

(17 June 2008)

Youth football players wanted

Preston Blades FC, the Angmering-based youth football club, are looking to recruit boys and girls in years 1 to 4. They train every Saturday on the main park on the Bramley Green development and have children from reception upwards. At the moment most of the children live on Bramley Green and it's been a great way of the community getting together. They're entering U7, U8, U9 teams in to the leagues in September and would like more children from the local area to join the club. For more information contact the club secretary Russell Storer on 850127 or visit their website at

(15 June 2008)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 12/06/08)

A/69/08/ - Single storey extension between house and garage, partial conversion of garage to form kitchen at 22 Oakwood Drive. For: Mr & Mrs Jones.

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 3 July 2008

(15 June 2008)

Red Admirals' selling difficulty

The slump in the housing market has caused difficulty in selling the Red Admirals apartments in Water Lane for developers, Roffey Homes. So far, none of the apartments have been sold but a purchaser has been found for one of the two adjacent bungalows on the west side of the twitten running up from The Lamb. As the dwellings have been on the market since last year, Roffey Homes are seeking to remove the age limit of 55 as a condition of purchase.

More details of this news item may be found in this week's Littlehampton Gazette.

(15 June 2008)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 28/05/08)

A/62/08 - Conversion of single dwelling to two dwellings at St Wilfrid's Presbytery, Arundel Road. For: Westcott Leach Ltd

A/64/08 - Demolition of existing flat roof extension & conservatory space and construction of new pitched roof extension at Glenthorne, West Drive. For: Mrs Payne

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 26 June 2008

(5 June 2008)

Horseracing successes

Cleaver, a 7-year-old, trained by Lady Herries at Angmering Park, won over 1 mile 5 furlongs at Newbury recently to chalk up its fifth career victory.

Another horse trained at Angmering Park but by William Knight, 4-year-old King of Dixie, won over 7 furlongs at York last Friday.

(3 June 2008)

Community Film Shows

The Angmering Community Association is showing two films this coming Saturday (7 June).

The first is a film for the whole family - "ENCHANTED" [PG] narrated by Julie Andrews. An animated fairy tale meets modern, live-action comedy. The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Stars James Marsden and Susan Sarandon, The film starts at 3.00pm (doors open 2.45pm) at the Village Hall. Tickets: Adults £5.00 : Children £3.00. Tickets available from Angmering Framing & Stitches; Woodies News, or at the door. Soft drink and cake included for children. Refreshments on sale for adults. CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST

The second is a film for adults - "THE KITE RUNNER" [12A]. Growing up in 1970s Afghanistan, two young boys are firm friends - until a shocking incident tears their relationship apart. A moving adaptation of the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini. 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 June 2008)