Angmering Village Life

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February 2011

Art Exhibition during March

Studio 2108, a group of local artists, will be exhibiting and selling their paintings at the Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Avenue, from 1st to 31 March. The paintings will cover a wide variety of subjects and mediums.

The painting can be viewed during the Community Centre's normal opening hours.

For further Studio2108 information, contact Brian Head on 01903 238692 or email

(24 February 2011)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 16/02/11)

A/8/11 - Conversion of barn/store into private residence for family members (re-submission of A/124/10/) at Avenals Farm, Water Lane. For: Mr C Chapman

A/20/11 - Conversion of existing stable building to 2 no. B1 (business) units (re-submission of A/120/10/) at The Old Stables, Decoy Lane. For: K Langmead Ltd

A/22/11 - Single storey extension to rear (East) of property to provide accommodation for eldery relative at Quiet Waters, Roundstone Lane. For: Mr L Fewkes

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 March 2011.

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".

(24 February 2011)

Community Tree Planting Day

Angmering Parish Council, through its Environment Committee, has recently been awarded a free Woodland Trust "Tree Pack" and, with £500 funding from West Sussex County Council towards tree supports and mulch, is organizing a community tree planting day on Mayflower Park Open Space on Sunday 13th March from 9 a.m. when all are welcome to participate. It is aimed to plant some 420 trees (small 'whips') around Mayflower Park which include Field Maple, Hawthorn, Hazel, Birch, Rowan, Cherry and Dogwood. Mayflower Park is situated at the southern end of the Bramley Green development, just north of the A259.

If you can be there to help - the trees are small saplings which even a child could help plant with assistance - please contact the Parish Council office in The Square on 01903-772124 to register your interest. If you are able to bring basic tools to use - spades and folks - please also advise the office.

(21 February 2011)

Theatre Group formed

A new theatre group is starting at the Angmering Community Centre. The Angmering Theatre Group will meet every Monday night from 7:30pm. They aim to play, improvise, devise, create and possibly even write their own work which will be performed hopefully sometime this summer.

Peggy, who is running the group, says: "We are starting this group from the beginning so it will be what we make of it! I am French and I was trained at the London Centre for Theatre Studies. I have some experience of devising, and also clowning and a little bit of mime. Before moving to Sussex, I was part of a company called 'Skating with Fish' and we presented some devised work and a short play I had written. I would like to do more of this! There will be a small charge for the room but how much will depend on the number of people taking part."

If you are interested in joining the group or need any more details, email Peggy at

(18 February 2011)

Angmering Community Fête 2011

Angmering Parish Council intends to hold its first Parish Community Fête at Mayflower Park, Angmering on Saturday & Sunday, 3rd and 4th September, 2011. Mayfloyer Park is situated north of the A259 and behind the Angmering School. On Saturday there will be a fun fair and BBQ with a dance in a marquee in the evening, and then the fête will be held on the Sunday. It is intended that this event will be self funding.

The objective is that just before going back to school; the children and their families can relax and enjoy a fun weekend together, taking part in fun games, art/craft workshops, sports, and other activities, or watching/taking part in team competitions i.e. Tug of War, 5 a-side football, rugby together with displays by various organisations. There will be no need to worry about getting to the Park as it is the intention to lay on a shuttle bus to and from sites within the Parish.

If you and your organisation wish to take part, please the Parish Council would like you to register by completing their Registration Form (PDF file) and returning it to them by 30 April 2011. You can either download and print the form by clicking on the link or by calling in at the Parish Office and collecting a copy.

There will be a small charge for a pitch but you will be notified of this in the registration pack which will follow. You will of course need to provide your own gazebos, tents, marquees, and equipment, but whilst the entrance to the day will be free, organisations can charge for activities etc. (that will not place a burden on families) to cover this cost.

If you would just like to help at the Fête, you can register you interest on this form.

(17 February 2011)

Knife Sharpener - Warning!

Police report that a man in a van has been door knocking in the Angmering area offering a knife sharpening service. One resident asked for two pairs of scissors to be sharpened. No price was agreed but when he returned he demanded £40. The informant said the scissors were more blunt than when they were handed over. When they were taken to a store nearby, they were charged £2 to have them re-sharpened!

(17 February 2011)

Snippets from the draft Minutes of the Parish Council's Leisure Committee Meeting on 2 February 2011

Angmering Sports & Recreation Association (ASRA)
Mr Ron Hanmore circulated a report to the Committee detailing the history of ASRA and their plans for a new pavilion. Some initial work has been done on the specification but they are now at the stage where they need to instruct an architect to design and produce drawings. Once a full project plan is complete Arun District Council will be approached to extend the current lease to make it viable for ASRA to apply for grants for the building. Mr Hanmore wanted assurance from the Committee that he had the Council’s support in this venture and that they would assist with funding. Councillor Verrinder said she and the Committee were committed to providing sports facilities within the Parish of Angmering. Mr Jimmy Hughes gave an overview of the fundraising that had been done in the past year and the plans for this year. The Committee agreed that they would fully support ASRA and would refer the matter to the Policy and Finance Committee regarding funding.

Angmering Community Fete
Councillor Sylvia Verrinder said that a meeting had taken place on the 29th January, 2011 with Keith Croft of Upfront Events to start pulling the plans together. The registration form has now been agreed and will be sent out to local organisations over the coming week for them to register their interest.

Pippin Play Area
Councillor Verrinder said there were two pieces of equipment in this play area that were not really suitable, a Gazebo and a tall slide. She asked members of the committee to give some thought to where they could be better placed.

Amenities for Mayflower Park
Councillor Nunn said there was a meeting on the 7th February, 2011 to discuss the overall strategy for Mayflower Park. In the interim he had done a diagram with proposals for fitness equipment and a picnic and BBQ area which he asked the committee to consider.

To read the full minutes of this meeting, click here (PDF file)

(16 February 2011)

Students' Enterprise Day

As part of the enterprise programme at the Angmering School, 250 Year 10 students participated in the Learning Development Day 'HSBC and the Music Business'. During the day the students were challenged to plan the opening of their own music shop, working together in teams to create a presentation of their ideas over the course of the day. They were supported by a number of volunteers from the HSBC fast track management scheme, who they could book appointments with to ask questions related to their business. The day was prepared in partnership with the Education Business Partnership who run the event in all the local school and the winners of the event will be competing for Angmering in the area finals in the spring term.

The winning team was : Sophie Steele, Elodie-Jane Yates, Shannon Whaley, Megan Evans and Brittany Williams.

Steve Bradbury Subject leader : Work Related Learning said "It is always a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with professionals from outside the school and the students really engaged with the task that they had been set to do. The students were a real credit to the school and I wish the winners the best of luck in the area final in the summer!"

Jacqui Scerri, Education Business Partnership Co-ordinator at West Sussex County Council said "The EBP has developed 'The Music Business' to give students the opportunity to work with local business people and develop their entrepreneurial skills in a creative and enjoyable way. It allows them to see how what they learn in school relates to the world outside and how it can affect their future. We couldn't do this without the commitment of HSBC Invoice Finance and their volunteers who work closely with us to make this event the success it has become."

(16 February 2011)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 09/02/11)

A/16/11 - Proposed first floor extension over existing garage at Four Elms, Ham Manor Way. For: Mr & Mrs G Harries

A/17/11 - Renewal of unimplemented planning permission A/8/08 for a detached bungalow & garage. Hillcrest, 3 Lansdowne Close. For: Mr F O'Mahoney

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 10 March 2011.

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".

(16 February 2011)

Scooter set alight

The West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was called to the Skatepark on Bramley Green at 3.00am yesterday morning. On arrival they found a motor scooter that was well alight. The crew of the tender from East Preston extinguished the flames and left the scene half an hour later. The fire is being treated as arson.

(15 February 2011) (time of incident amended on 16 Feb)

Fusion Dance Company wins competition

Fusion Dance Company (FDC) from The Angmering School competed in Dance Challenge on 4th February at Worthing Pavilion Theatre with their piece ....'Water, slowly, closing...'. FDC is an integrated company, comprising 26 students who have been working together since September and created the piece collaboratively with their teacher Jo Hodson-Prior. The piece takes its inspiration from a sculpture called 'The River' by Aristide Maillol and explores the idea of somebody drowning and the path a body takes as it moves through water. The piece was set to an accompaniment by Damian Rice and won first place in the competition, securing the group a position in the National final in London.

Jo Hodson-Prior said "I was so proud of the students and it was an outstanding performance, I couldn't have asked for anything better. It was really nice to be part of a new competition and for FDC to be recognised as an inspirational company."

FDC are seeking funding for new costumes for the final; if anybody would like to sponsor them please contact Fiona Moppett at The Angmering School on 01903-778362.

(11 February 2011)

Renowned children's author visits the Angmering School

The Angmering School held another fabulous Learning Development Day on Thursday 10 February when the curriculum was suspended to allow students to study a topic or theme in depth.

The school invited internationally renowned children's author, acclaimed teacher and educational speaker, Alan Gibbons, to school to speak to over 250 students in Year 8 about his experiences. 60 students then took part in a writer's workshop with him. Serena Fookes in Y8 said "He entertained us by telling us stories about his career. Alan Gibbons was brilliant and enjoyable to watch. He has inspired me to become a successful writer myself."

Melanie King, Subject Leader: English said "We were delighted to welcome award winning children's author Alan Gibbons as guest speaker at our most recent Learning Development Day. The students thoroughly enjoyed this exciting opportunity. Special congratulations go to Year 8 students Freyja Chase who was awarded the William Nicholson Award for excellence in creative writing and Imogen West who won the Creative writing Champion Cup."

Alan Gibbons said "I really enjoyed my day at the Angmering School and thought the Year 8s were a fantastic group of students."

(11 February 2011)

6th Formers need advice

Do you work in a sought after profession? If so, could you spare 30 minutes to talk to a group of Sixth Form students at the Angmering School about your experience and possible routes into your profession? If you can't, perhaps you know somebody who might be prepared spend a little time talking to these students in this matter.

If you think you could help, could you please email Mr Kerrison (Senior Leader - Post 16 Education)

(8 February 2011)

Next Angmering Film Show

The next Angmering Film Show to be screened at the Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Avenue, Bramley Green is "MADE IN DAGENHAM" (2010). This will be shown on Saturday 12 February at 7.45pm (doors open 7.30pm).

The film is a dramatisation of the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham assembly plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination and the desire for equal pay. The walkout was instrumental in the Equal Pay Act 1970. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Bob Hoskins, and Andrea Riseborough. The film has been nominated for three BAFTA awards.

Tickets for this film show (Cert UK15) - priced at £5 are available from the Community Centre Office, Woodies News, or Angmering Framing and Stitches.

(7 February 2011)

Looking for activity funding?

Need money for a leisure project in the village of Angmering? Then the Jack Clavey Fund may just be able to help.

The fund was set up in September, 1996, and since that time it has helped footballers, cricketers, tennis players, gymnasts, golfers, basketball players, singers, Scouts and wheelchair athletes to the tune of many thousands of pounds. And the fund still has cash to help others in these hard times.

The fund was set up following the death of Mr. Clavey, a retired builder, who was born and bred in Angmering, and its sole aim is to benefit sporting and leisure pursuits in the village. Mr. Clavey, as a young man, played football and cricket in Angmering, and later in life he played soccer for Littlehampton F.C., cricket for Arundel C.C. and golf at Ham Manor G.C. He died in Torbay Hospital at the age of 82, and left the residue of his estate - more than £160,000 - to set up the fund. The money was to be invested and the interest used to aid leisure pursuits in Angmering.

Mr. Clavey's executor, Mr. Ray Chitty, of Arundel, set up the fund with four other trustees - Mr. David Darby, of Aldmonington, Chichester; solicitor Mr. Peter Jones, of Messrs Stuckey, Carr and Co, of Storrington; Angmering estate agent Mr. Eric Holmes, and local sportsman Mr. Peter Wells.

"So far, we have been able to help a number of leisure clubs in the village, and the most recent recipient of funds has been Angmering School, which received £5,000 towards a three-bay cricket practice facility,'' said Mr. Chitty. "The trustees are keen that those they help should help themselves, too. Jack would have wanted it that way. Most of the organizations we have helped have been sports clubs, but Jack's wishes were that both sporting and other leisure activities should benefit. One of the organisations that received the fund's support was Angmering Chorale, which needed - and got - a new keyboard."

"If there is any village sporting or leisure organization that needs money for a particular project, the fund might be able to help, and contact should be made with the secretary, Mr. Wells, at 37, Bewley Road, Angmering, West Sussex BN16 4JL. The trustees meet four times a year to consider applications," said Mr Chitty.

(7 February 2011)

Snippets from the draft Minutes of the Parish Council's Environment Committee Meeting on 27 January 2011

Alcohol Restriction Area
The reply from Inspector Rob Moore refusing to recommend an extension of this area to Angmering was discussed. Members expressed their extreme disappointment with this second refusal and agreed unanimously to reply re-emphasising the issues supporting this application.

Mayflower Park
Entrance - Hazel bushes to be planted between 3’ high dragons teeth placed at 5’ intervals near the entrance; Entrance surround to be lowered in height and lockable barrier pole to be lowered to prevent higher vehicles accessing the open space with appropriate warning signage. The removed gates utilised by repositioning to block right hand side way. Hawthorn to be planted at the end of the driveway running alongside the two houses, beyond the second locked gate.
Car Park - Members discussed the work required to open up the car park area and agreed to extend this existing car park towards the rear bund by moving the wood sleepers and spreading out the existing gravel as the current depth is unsuitable for most vehicles.

Woodland Trust - Community Trees
(1) A plan of the proposed planting had been drawn up following the meeting with the WSCC Tree & Woodland Officer, who had suggested some additional planting of Hawthorns which Members agreed the plan and additional planting unanimously . ACTION: MB to order 100 Hawthorns 90-120cms at £85, plus delivery, to arrive 10/11 March.
(2) Following this meeting a funding application for £562.00 had been submitted to WSCC for the cost of tubes, stakes, mulch and additional plants funding (maximum grant available £500). The Members agreed that any shortfall in the approved grant could be covered up to £100.00 from the Village Enhancement Budget. It was also agreed an additional watering cost would occur during the first year of planting.
(3) The trees will arrive in the week beginning 7 March 2011, and a Planting Day is being arranged for Sunday 13 March and advertised in the next newsletter. Community Volunteers to be sought and the Youth Council to be asked to take part.

Water Lane Site
Members discussed the options for naming this site and it was unanimously agreed as ‘Water Lane Garden’. The question of signage was deferred. Councillor Turner suggested that Members may wish to consider providing a plaque in commemoration of Bert Clear, who for many years had maintained this area. Members agreed that Mr. Clear’s widow could be approached and the option of the Parish Council providing a suitable tree to replace the fallen apple discussed. Councillor Nunn further suggested that Water Lane Garden could become a designated memorial garden and a future newsletter article could be drafted. Councillor Turner also stated that the new trees on Mayflower could be dedicated in a similar manner.

To read the full minutes of this meeting, click here (PDF file)

(4 February 2011)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 26/01/11)

A/7/11 - Single storey rear extension at 2 Chestnut Court, Brambley Green. For: Mr D Austin - Hogg

A/9/11 - Proposed ground and first floor extension to enlarge dwelling. Existing detached garage and link hallway demolished. Helios, Ham Manor Way. For: Mr J Mimpriss

A/11/11/L - Application for Listed building consent for repairs to existing walls and roof structure and replacement of existing gutters and downpipes at Old Forge House, Arundel Road. For: Mr A Bennett

A/14/11 - Replacement conservatory at 84 West Drive. For: Mr S Tubb

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 February 2011.

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".

(4 February 2011)