Angmering Village Life

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September 2010

World Class opera voices to perform in Angmering

The first tour of its kind and exclusive to West Sussex, Cantonata Music brings a troupe of international Opera singers led by the acclaimed soprano Tarsha Cole to St Margaret's Parish Church, Angmering. A wonderful evening of recitals from performers and soloists who have graced world's finest stages; including The English National and The Glyndebourne Festival; along with performances and residencies in Hanover, Paris, Milan, Amsterdam and Ho Chi Minh City among many others. The company consists of (by rotation) Tarsha Cole, Ruth Kerr, Alla Kravchuck and Jenny Saunders - Sopranos. Cameron Rolls and Mark Luther - Tenors. Accompaniment will be from Wigmore Hall prize winning pianist Christopher Gould.

Chosen as one of only five churches out of the hundred's in the county along with venues in Bognor Regis, Worthing, Midhurst and Hurstpierpoint, Cantonata Music has included St Margaret's Parish Church in their 'Opera Under the Spires' Tour 2010. The concert will be held at St Margaret's Church on Friday 22 October at 7.00pm.

The programme will include works by Puccini, Mozart, Lehar, Donizetti, J Strauss, Gounod and many more. Arias, duets and scenes from some of the best loved Opera's e.g. La Traviata, The Merry Widow, Rusalka, Julius Caesar, Rigoletto and Tosca.

Cantonata Music operates a 'Concert Share' programme where fifty percent of profits are donated to church and/or corresponding charity fund. Tickets are available from St Margaret's Parish Church office and online at - Adults £16.50/Children £10.50 (under 16) in advance.

This is a rare chance to experience world class opera in such an intimate and local setting. Full personnel and programme details are available at

(30 September 2010)

"Back to Church Sunday"

Churches all over the country are marking 'Back to Church Sunday' on Sunday 26 September. The idea is for churches to hold special services to invite people to come back to church, or maybe explore Church for the first time. In previous years, many thousands of people have taken up the Churches in the UK on their invitation.

St Margaret's Church has taken up the idea with enthusiasm, and has devoted the whole weekend to providing a welcome to people from the community.

On the Friday night (24 September), a retired Air Commodore, Mark Leakey (see photo right), is coming to speak at a 'bring and share' supper in Church at 7.30pm. A committed Christian, Mark has served in the armed forces for most of his adult life, and will speak on his experiences (including almost being killed in an accident) and give his perspective on current armed conflicts the UK is involved in.

Then on the Saturday (25th) a full 'Family Fun Day' is planned on Fletcher's Field, in the centre of the village. There will be a football competition, arranged with the help of Preston Blades FC, from 10.30am, and then from 12noon to 4pm, there will be bouncy castles, games and refreshments - including a BBQ - on the Field. All are very welcome to join in the fun.

In the evening at 7.30pm, a Concert has been arranged in Church, thanks to leaders of the Angmering Chorale. A light programme 'Music for an Autumn Evening' has been planned, with tickets costing £6.

Then, on the Sunday itself (26 September) there will be services throughout the day held at St Margaret's Church. A guest speaker, Rev Jonty Frith, is coming over to speak at the Family Service at 9.15, and the more traditional service at 11am on the theme 'Why is Christianity such good news?'. The day finishes with a new style service 'St Margaret's FM' at 4pm - specially designed for families who find the afternoon easy to make than mornings.

To get your ticket for the concert, or to book your place at the supper, simply ring the Church Office (784979) or e-mail the office on

Says Rector, Canon Mark Standen, recently back from an exciting 3 month sabbatical in the USA and Europe, "I think that the Back to Church Sunday initiative is a great idea. Many people in our community are not hostile to going to church. They are just busy, and might be unsure whether they would be welcome. One person recently asked me 'Am I allowed to come to church Vicar?!' The Back to Church initiative answers this question loud and clear - 'Yes you are! A warm welcome can be expected on this special weekend, indeed every weekend at St Margaret's".

(12 September 2010)

Youths convicted of fraud

Two youths from the Angmering area aged 15 and 16 years old were convicted at Worthing Youth Court for fraud. The boys went door to door claiming to be collecting on behalf of Chestnut Tree House children's hospice deceiving donors of some £70. Both boys were given a 9 month supervised Youth Offending Referral and will be required to perform 30 hours of voluntary work for the hospice. Each must pay £35 in compensation to Chestnut Tree House and £40 costs.

Sgt Carolyn Kendall from the Arundel Neighbourhood Policing Team said "These two boys played on the generosity of local people for their own personal gain, showing utter contempt for the valuable work done by Chestnut Tree House to support sick children and their families. I am pleased that Chestnut Tree House will now benefit from the donations given in good faith to these boys but I am sure that the 30 hours they will spend working for the hospice will have a more lasting and profound affect on them and bring a realisation of the damage that this type of offending behaviour does to the hospice and the community at large. Fraud of this type is very rare but I would urge everyone to check the ID of anyone who calls at your door collecting on behalf of a charity. All genuine collectors will have ID and will be more than will to show this to you. However, if you have any suspicions regarding door to door charity collectors then please call Sussex Police immediately on 0845 6070999."

Janet Parsons, Head of Communications and Donor Marketing for Chestnut Tree House said "As a charity, we do not ask people, especially children or young people, to collect door to door for us. The only exception to this is our Lottery for which we have official canvassers who are fully briefed on Chestnut Tree House and the care it provides to children and young people who have life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. They wear tabards and carry photo ID and encourage people to check with the hospice that they are bona fide representatives if they are at all unsure. Anybody collecting fraudulently for the hospice could potentially damage our reputation in the local community and give out false information about the charity and, of course, we do not receive the vital funds we need which their victims have given in good faith. It costs over £2m each year to provide our services at Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for the care they receive. We receive less than 10% of our funding from the government and so have to raise the remainder ourselves through the generosity of our local community."

For further information about Chestnut Tree House children's hospice, please contact the Fundraising Team on 01903 871820 or visit their website

(9 September 2010)

Coffee Morning

A "Biggest Coffee Morning in the World" event is being held on 23 September, 10.30 am to 12 noon, at St Margaret's Church, Arundel Road in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. All are welcome. The organisers hope as many people as possible will attend to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.

(8 September 2010)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 01/09/10)

A/118/10/TC - Fell 4 No. Cherry trees, 6 No. Cupressus, 2 No. Sycamore, 3 No. Apple trees and 1 No. Rowan tree within the Angmering Conservation Area at Tall Trees, High Street. For: Mr M Wiggins

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 30 September 2010.

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".

(8 September 2010)

A259 Temporary Closures

As a result of the footbridge on the A259 having been struck by a vehicle some weeks' ago, the stretch of road between the footbridge and the Roundstone PH roundabout will be subject to closure for three evenings while inspection work is being performed.

The road will be closed to traffic between 7.30pm and midnight from Monday 13 September to Wednesday 15 September. Traffic during those closures will be diverted over the railway crossings and along Worthing Road, East Preston.

(7 September 2010)

Angmering Greening Campaign

The Greening Campaign was set up in response to the threat of global warming. It is an innovative idea to help motivate people to reduce their energy consumption and therefore lower their personal and community carbon footprint. The campaign is the brain child of Terena Plowright, who is a resident of Petersfield and who wanted to make a difference. The campaign was so successful it was taken up by several other local communities. It is now operating across England, with enquires coming from across the world.

Val Jerram, known to many in the village, has arrannged for Terena Plowright to come to Angmering to talk about the benefits that such a campaign in our village would bring to individuals and the community. A Public Meeting will take place at the Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Drive Bramley Green at 7.30pm on Monday 13 September. Terena will give a talk and lead a discussion on how we can start to address the challenges of climate change in Angmering, how we can be part of the solution, and how we can all reduce energy consumption and waste - and in so doing make financial savings while benefiting the environment.

Commenting on the meeting and its location, Val (also the Chair of the Community Centre Management Committee) said "Where better to do it from than a 'Green' building? I would like to see if we can get other people interested. The Community Centre has actually had a payment for electricity sent to the National Grid that was not needed in the Centre - and it must be a saving to us to use our own generated electricity before we import."

(5 September 2010)

Film Shows return to Angmering

After an absence of two years, film shows are making a welcome return to Angmering.

The first film, "Everybody's Fine", will be shown at a new location - Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Avenue, Bramley Green on Saturday 11 September at 7.45pm (doors open 7.30pm).

The firm has a great cast including Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sam Rockwell. Synopsis: Frank Goode (Robert De Niro) lives by himself in Elmira, NY, a recent widower with heart trouble, retired from a factory job, proud of having pushed his adult children toward success. His deceased wife had been his only connection to his children. In the summer, all four kids bail on a reunion he tries to arrange so, against doctor's orders, Frank decides to surprise each with a visit. He sets out to see his artist son in New York City, his daughter the advertising executive in Chicago, his son the conductor on tour and presently in Denver, and his daughter who's a performer in Las Vegas. None are as he imagines or hopes. Will they let him see themselves as they are, and can this dad adapt?

Tickets for this film show (rated 12A) - priced at £5 each - are available from the Community Centre Office, Woodies News, or Angmering Framing and Stitches.

(2 September 2010)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 25/08/10)

A/114/10 - Proposed conservatory at Woodlands, Dappers Lane. For: Mr Adams

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 23 September 2010.

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 September 2010)