Angmering Village Life

News Archive

May 2009

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 20/05/09)

A/40/09/TC - Reduce crown by approx one third and remove deadwood of 1no. Ilex Holme Oak within the Angmering Conservation area - located at Angmering Manor Hotel, High Street. For: Mr Graham Rivers (Senian House, Honey Lane)

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 18 June 2009.

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".

(28 May 2009)

An Invitation to all Village Organisations

Last Sunday, the Bishop of Lewes spent the day in Angmering attending various services which included the re-dedication of St Margaret's Church after its reordering, four baptisms in the new immersion pool, and confirmed some sixteen people.

One of the main reasons St Margaret's say they have made these changes is that they want the Church to be more available, and usable, by the whole community. They have set aside Sunday 7 June at 4.00pm as a "Village Service" and are inviting every organisation in the community, of which they are aware, to a short, child friendly, service in the reordered Church at which people can celebrate the many good things enjoyed in our village. All are welcome.

It may be that the Church's invitation arrived after an organisation's last meeting which makes communicating the invite to members rather difficult. It may be that an invite has not been sent to an organisation as it is relatively new and not widely known in Angmering or that the invite has been posted to an official who is away on holiday. So, if your organisation has not notified you of the "Village Service" on 7 June, you would still receive a warm welcome which St Margaret's believe will be a very happy occasion.

(22 May 2009)

Community Centre - Adopt a Brick

The Angmering Community Centre Association is offering an exceptional opportunity to be part of the heritage of the Angmering Community Centre that is currently under construction in Foxwood Avenue at Bramley Green. This is in the form of sponsoring a brick having your name or the name of a loved one engraved on a smooth superior quality brick which could be to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, in memory of a family member or friend, or simply to show support for the Centre itself.

The engraved bricks will be inserted into the wall to be built in front of the entrance to the Centre. Money raised from this initiative will go towards the provision of furniture and equipment needed to make the Centre an excellent facility for use by the people of Angmering and the surrounding area.

The cost of each brick sponsored is a minimum of £25 but you can donate more if you wish. The price is inclusive of purchasing, deep engraving, delivery and installation. The price also includes one first year's adult membership of the Community Centre per brick. Other memberships can be purchased at £5.00.

There are only a limited number of bricks available and the Association's offer has to close on 12 June.

If you are interested in sponsoring a brick, you can obtain a Donation Form from the Parish Office, Woodies News, Angmering Framing & Stitches or by downloading a form by clicking here [PDF file - 39kb].

(21 May 2009)

RNLI Lifeboats' Garden Party

The Angmering branch of the RNLI Lifeboats have their Annual Garden Party at a new venue this year, Eccelsden Manor, by kind permission of Mrs Sue Holland. This is a stunning setting in which to hold a Garden Party with beautifully laid out formal garden designed by John Brookes, set in 10 acres of glorious grounds.

This is a wonderful opportunity to come and see the garden and grounds and you are cordially invited to do so on Saturday 20th June.

The branch sends out many invitations by post but if you have not received one by 31 May and would like to come and support the RNLI then the poster attached gives you details of how to obtain one. Poster (PDF file - 238kb)

So, the date for your diary is Saturday 20th June, Eccelsden Manor, 11am to 12:30pm, RNLI Annual Garden Party. The RNLI look forward to meeting you and your friends there.

(20 May 2009)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 13/05/09)

A/39/09 - Proposed front and side single storey extensions at Jasmin, West Drive. For: Mr C Beasley

A/44/09 - Replacement garden room and store at 42 Bewley Road. For: Mr P & S Cubitt

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 11 June 2009.

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".

(20 May 2009)

Arson attacks in Angmering

There have been two cases of arson in Angmering within the last few days.

Last Friday night, three "wheelie" bins were set on fire in the Skatebowl in Mayflower Park (south Bramley Green) causing damage to the surface of the bowl which Angmering Parish Council will need to have repaired. It was a pleasure to see teenagers working hard yesterday afternoon to get their bowl operational again but they will need to try and avoid the damaged area.

The second arson attack was on a car in Lansdowne Road at approx 3.30am this morning (source: Littlehampton Gazette).

(19 May 2009)

Sky's the Limit at Angmering Raceway

Some Hollywood-style action will be coming to Angmering Raceway ( on Bank Holiday Monday May 25th as brave (or possibly mad) stock car racers will power their cars up the back straight and over a ramp in an attempt to fly over a line of old wrecked cars and land safely on the opposite side.

Needless to say, those that clear the line of cars are far shorter than those who fall from the sky and crash into the line of old wrecks in spectacular fashion, delivering the kind of automotive stunt driving usually confined to the latest action, car chase movie.

Spirit fm radio will be getting into the action, with one of their old vans attempting to defy gravity on the day, bringing a new meaning to 'going out on the airwaves'. There will be more automotive mayhem on the ground, as the cars that survive the car jump will face their final curtain in the last-car-left moving demolition derby that closes the day's racing.

You can see all this real-life stunt driving, plus enjoy a full day's racing with action from formulas as diverse as rubber-burning Hot Rods, through Street Stocks and the ever-popular Nudge and Spin Bangers, at Angmering Raceway on Bank Holiday Monday. The gates open at 8am, with racing commencing at 11.30am. Adult admission is £10 kids, 10-14, £5, with kids under ten free. Senior Citizens, disabled and Students (with valid student cards) can also enjoy a days racing for just £5.

(18 May 2009)

Angmering Postcards - AVL series

I know that a number of people have been enquiring of Angmering Framing & Stitches whether there would be further copies of the AVL postcard of the Bluebells in Angmering Woods as stocks had expired. I am pleased to say that this postcard has now been re-printed and copies are available at the shop together with the one of Church Road.

A brand new card of the re-ordered St Margaret's Church (taken about 10 days' ago) is also on sale at the shop for anyone who is interested in the historic changes that have been made to the exterior.

  bluebells Church Road Church 2009

All these cards cost just 40p each and, as always has been the case, every single penny taken goes to the Chestnut Tree House Appeal.

(17 May 2009)

Bishop of Lewes' Visit

Message from the Rector:

Tomorrow, Sunday (17 May), the Bishop of Lewes is going to spend the whole day in Angmering to mark the reopening of the Church, and to rededicate it at the 11.00am service. Everyone from the Community is most welcome to come to any of the services throughout the day, namely

Do join us for any of the events this weekend – you’ll find a warm welcome at St Margaret’s.

Mark Standen (Rector)

(16 May 2009)

Cyclist hurt

Just after 2.00pm this afternoon, a teenage cyclist was knocked off her bicycle in Station Road, just north of the Mill Road build-out. An ambulance was called and the young lady was taken to hospital although it is not believed she was seriously injured. Police also attended the scene.

Witnesses stated she left the pavement and rode into the path of a young motorist who did not have any opportunity of avoiding her.

(16 May 2009)

Parish Council - Comings & Goings

At the Annual Meeting of Angmering Parish Council last night, Councillor Nigel Nunn was unanimously re-elected as Chairman of the Council for a further year. There were two nominations for the vacant position of Vice-Chairman and, after a secret ballot, Councillor Pat Turner was elected to the position.

Ms Alexandra Blue was co-opted as a councillor taking the number of councillors up to 13, which is the first time for many years that the Council has been at full complement. However, that situation only lasted for approx 40 minutes after Councillor Mark Edwards resigned at the end of the Meeting. If anybody is interested in filling the vacant position, contact the Parish Council Office in The Square.

(12 May 2009)

Missing Dog

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier went missing at 9.30 last night (Saturday 9 May) while her owners were staying at the Ecclesden Farm Caravan site in Water Lane. She is black and white and is very friendly and approachable. She is wearing a brown collar with little metal studs in the shape of dog bones. She may have wandered off onto Highdown.

The police and dog warden have been alerted by the distressed owners who are returning to carry on with their search. However, if you find or sight the dog, please contact the owners on 02392-200453, or 07877-346145.

(10 May 2009)

Youth Bus Launched

A year after it was purchased, the Angmering Youth Bus was launched this afternoon at Mayflower Park at the south of Bramley Green. The year has been spent fund-raising and refurbishing the bus which now contains a coffee bar and comfy chill areas with computers, seating, and TV screen for games and films. Much credit must go to the Angmering Youth Forum for this splendid initiative. The Forum comprises a number of members of the community plus PCSO Andrea Oakley. The bus will be used around the village in the evenings for our youth.

Copyright: Neil Rogers-Davis, 2009......Copyright: Neil Rogers-Davis, 2009

Adults are desperately required to supervise during evenings or have an appropriate licence to drive the bus. If you think you can help in any way, contact Pat Turner on 01903 782202 or email:

(10 May 2009)

Murder at Village Hall!

Do you fancy a Murder Mystery Evening at the Village Hall on Saturday 23 May at 7.30pm? If you do, the Angmering Twinning Association is holding this event which is open to all Angmering residents and their friends, whether or not they are members of the Association.

The "Angmering Twinning Players" present "Who Killed the Hotel Manager?". This comedy piece is set in a British seaside resort. Rex Wiltshire, owner of the Primrose Glade Hotel (Two Stars!), is discovered motionless on the crazy paving outside his property. The staff and guests of the hotel are the suspects in this intriguing murder investigation. Is it more than one person? How good are you at spotting the clues and unravelling the mystery?

There will be prizes for the winning team which decides "Whodunnit?". You will need a pen and a notepad or scrap paper.

This will be a great fun evening and, at the interval, there will be a Fish & Chip Supper including coffee. There will not be a bar, but you will be able to take along your own drink and glasses.

To cover all the Association's overheads including the food and prizes, the cost will be £10.50 a head. You can book for a table of 8, or, you can book as individuals and the organisers will put you with others onto a table of 8. If you belong to a club, association or another village group, why not book a table and have a really enjoyable evening. To book a table or as individuals, phone Val Jerram on (01903) 774247. The are a limited number of tables available so, to avoid disappointment, it is suggested you book as soon as possible.

(2 May 2009)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 22/04/09)

A/34/09 - To install photovoltaic cells on the pitched roof of Angmering Community Centre at Foxwood Avenue. For: Angmering Parish Council

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 May 2009.

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".

(2 May 2009)

Snippets from Parish Council Minutes of Meeting on 20 April 2009

New Parish Councillors
The Chairman introduced Mrs. P Stephenson, Mr. J. Robbins, Mr. C. Verrinder, Mr. D. Kimmer who had been interviewed as prospective Parish Councillors. The applicants were co-opted as Parish Councillors. The following appointments to Committees were made: Planning: Mrs. Stephenson and Mr. Robbins E & L: Mr. Storer , Mr. Verrinder and Mrs. Stephenson Highways: Mr. Kimmer and Mr. Robbins

Environment & Leisure Committee Report
The work of the Bramley Green Open Spaces maintenance contractors is being monitored. There are safety problems with cleaning the ornamental pond in the filtration basin. The Clerk offered to speak with contacts in the pond maintenance business Councillor Edwards said that he had been present at the meeting on 3rd March but his name had been omitted from the minutes.Councillor Sue Smith asked if Councillor Pat Turner, as Chair of Environment and Leisure, could give an assurance that money would be deducted from the March maintenance invoice as the grass was not cut in March and the contract stipulated 2 cuts. ISS Waterers were claiming that they were unable to cut the Community Site as there was no access due to the building works. Councillor Edwards thought this was not true as he believed the Community Site has always been cut with the smaller ride on mowers and not the gang mowers. The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Nunn, said that payment of the March invoice to ISS Waterers should be withheld. It seems that the work is not being monitored properly and that the process needs to be reviewed. He also wanted a meeting with ISS Waterers to sort out problems as Councillors are unhappy with the work.

Public Questions (Local Development Framework)
Mr. Neil Rogers-Davis referred to the 9th March Parish Council minutes relating to the LDF Core Strategy and stating that the public will be invited to attend the meeting when it was to be discussed. He asked (1) Why no invitations had been sent out and (2) what was being done to rectify a misleading report of the meeting in the Littlehampton Gazette. Councillor Nunn replied stating that the meeting had been advertised on notice boards and web site and was also mentioned on the AVL web site. However he did concede that it could have had more publicity and apologised for that fact. No reply has yet been sent to the Littlehampton Gazette. Mr. Rogers-Davis urged that a reply be sent very quickly *. Mr. Gibb was disappointed that there had not been a public meeting to discuss the LDF Core Strategy. He asked if the Parish Council’s reply to Arun District Council would be made public. Councillor Steven Mountain gave a synopsis of the reply. Mr. Rogers-Davis asked if a copy of the letter would be made available for the AVL web site news page. The Clerk would arrange this.

Community Centre
Councillor Steven Mountain reported that the project is on schedule and on budget. The Topping out Ceremony will be held on Friday 15th May 2009 (Ed: later changed to Friday 5 June). The Community Centre Management Committee are planning to sell bricks (engraved) for £25.00 each.

(* Editor's Note: A letter from the Chairman of the Parish Council was subsequently published in the Littlehampton Gazette on 30 April 2009)

(1 May 2009 - updated 5 May)

Snippets from Parish Council Policy & Resources Committee Minutes of Meeting on 23 April 2009

The Council considered the draft constitution submitted by Councillor Pat Turner. After discussion and suggested amendments it was agreed that the revised draft should be submitted to Full Council for approval. All local Youth organisations including Scouts, Guides and Youth Clubs will be contacted and asked to send a representative to the Youth Council. A Parish Councillor will be appointed by Full Council to work with the Youth Council Committee.

The Clerk had spoken with LloydsTSB and they have offered some revised rates for Fixed Interest Deposits. It was agreed that £250000.00 be deposited with Lloyds TSB for 6 months at 1.45%. This sum will be made up by taking £200,000.00 from the Bank of Ireland Account, closing the UBS account (approx £21000.00) and making up the balance from the LloydsTSB general account.

The Council’s insurance cover was reviewed by Councillors. The premium from 1st June 2009 will be £9728.02.

(1 May 2009)