Angmering Village Life

News Archive

October 2011

Snippets from the draft Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 17 October 2011

Web Question and Answer Page
Councillor Leverick requested an update on when this would be live and the Chairman stated that this would be done shortly.

The Chairman stated that the Open Public Meeting with the Police to question them on their actions relating to Traveller invasions would be on Thursday 3rd November at 7pm in St. Margaret’s Church Hall.

Angmering Sports & Recreation Association (ASRA)
On a proposal by Councillor Mountain, seconded by Councillor Bos, it was unanimously RESOLVED that a Working Group of councillors and ASRA representatives be convened to discuss the details of the (new facilities) project and what the Parish Council’s involvement would be. This working group would be set up before any Council money was committed to the project and would be formed without delay.

Angmering Library
County Councillor Deborah Urquhart stated that the future of Angmering Library was important and that it would be better discussed at a separate meeting. She also said that a Policy Review was being carried out by County and that might affect what was intended. Councillor Francis reiterated that she believed the library was important to the village and said, as for any business, a Business Plan should be drawn up as soon as possible.

Village Maintenance
The Clerk had circulated a report (copy attached to these minutes) outlining the difficulties experienced with the current ISS maintenance contract, which suggested the employment of a temporary grounds maintenance operative to cover the 4 work not being done. It was proposed that the contract would run until the time when the ISS contract needed to be replaced, 30 April 2012. There was a need to consider employing a Grounds-person on a temporary basis in order to tidy up the borders and hedges in time for the consideration of a new contracting arrangement from May 2012. On a proposal by Councillor Mountain, seconded by Councillor Leverick, it was RESOLVED that the post of Temporary Grounds Maintenance Operative be established and that it is to be advertised in the Littlehampton Gazette with a view to making an appointment within two weeks.

Parish Council Grants
Councillor Leverick confirmed that the overall total of grants suggested as being accepted by Policy & Finance Committee was lower than that agreed for the previous year. It was proposed by Councillor Gillett and seconded by Councillor Biss, that the list forwarded by P&F Committee be accepted en-bloc and this was RESOLVED unanimously. The grants to be paid are:

Arun Co-ordinated Community Transport - £300 - To provide the service to 260 registered clients in the parish.
Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice Bureau - £300 - To promote the telephone advice service.
Victim Support - £100 - To train new recruits to work in the community.
Home Start - £150- Volunteer expenses for Angmering families.
Angmering Cricket Club - £200 - Towards junior coaching courses and matchday equipment.
2nd Angmering Brownies - £216 - Subsidy for adventure holidays for Angmering girls.
1st Angmering Scout Group - £100 - Towards equipment costs.
Angmering Youth Forum - £1,269 - Youth Bus Insurance following withdrawal of Youth Service grant.
Angmering Sunday Football Club - £350 - Towards equipment and coaching course.
Preston Blades - £500 - To assist in growth of local youth football.

New Councillors and Committees
It was AGREED that Councillor Shire would be on Planning and Highways Committees; Councillor Biss on Environment, Highways and Leisure and that Councillor Gillett would come off Highways and go on Leisure Committee to balance the Parish Council needs.

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

(28 October 2011)

Community Led Plan - Leisure

The Angmering Community Led Plan Working Group for Sports, Leisure and Amenities are at a stage where they are gathering information on the following:

What is available within the Parish.
What interests people have which are catered for at the moment.
What interests people have which are unmet at the moment.

If you can assist the Working Group by providing this information, please print-off and complete the attached form (which does not identify individuals) and return it to Ms Val Jerram, chairman of the Working Group, c/o Angmering Parish Council office in The Square.

(28 October 2011)

Latest News from The Lamb

Since our news article on 12 September, there has been much going on behind the scenes at The Lamb in The Square. Lee Newbon has written the following update on The Lamb's restoration:

"The Lamb was closed on Thursday October 20th. It's scheduled reopening time remains uncertain but will likely be April 2012. We do not expect it to be any later. The contracts for the refurbishment of The Lamb have been awarded to the following:

Main Contractor: We are delighted to announce the contract for the bedrooms, downstairs bar refurbishment, kitchen, and design and fitting, has been awarded to Tracy Neal, a Partner at Melling Ridgeway and Partners Ltd. of Sheffield. Tracy will coordinate the entire project. Melling Ridgeway and Partners Ltd. and Tracy have worked on a large number of projects of this type throughout the country for major pub chains and individual operators, including involvement in the recent developments at Trents in Chichester and the Fox and Hounds at Funtington. The websites for these excellent establishments are well worth looking at.

Other Contracts: Plumbing and fitting of 6 bathrooms and downstairs toilets to Mason Williamson of Rustington. Upstairs flooring and decoration to Mark Shelbourn of Shelbourn Flooring of Eastbourne. Sash window repairs throughout the building to Mark Lawrence, Sliding Sash Windows, of Sussex. The roof works and building renovation contracts will be overseen by Martin Rackham, Chartered Surveyor, Rustington.

Planning Applications: All planning applications, architectural and CAD services for listed building consent is being coordinated and drawn up by Elizabeth Mills of Caldotec from East Preston. There will be a number of planning applications because of listed building status. One has already been filed for owner's accommodation. Martin Newbon, the new Head Chef and licensee, hopes to take up residence around the end of December on completion of the stage 1 of the project. A second planning application for the upstairs bedrooms will be filed very shortly. The main application for the downstairs bars and kitchen is expected to be filed around mid-December.

Works on the roof will begin shortly with scaffolding going up around the building in November. Some plumbing work that does not require planning will start almost immediately and sash window repairs will start end of October.

The Lamb has been emptied - there is no beer or anything of value on the premises. The police have been informed and will be keeping a careful eye on the building over the next two months in conjunction with the fully upgraded alarm system. You may see some activity in the pub from around mid-November when Mark Shelbourn and his team arrive. They will be sleeping upstairs until their work is completed.

Unfortunately there will be some skips around the building whilst renovations take place - we will try and have them removed as soon as possible; however, they are likely to be around for some time. No doubt as we go through the building refurbishment programme will will come up against some unforeseen problems. We will do our best to try and overcome them and stick to the planned opening time.

So that's about it at present. We will continue to keep the village informed of any major developments or points of interest through the good offices of Angmering Village Life. Our very best wishes for the upcoming festive season to you all.
Kind regards,
Lee Newbon"

(21 October 2011)

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 12/10/11)

A/140/11 - Extensions and alterations at Millfield House, Station Road. For: Mrs S Harris.

A/141/11 - Proposed new fencing on land adjacent to Tall Trees, High Street. For: Mr Wiggins.

A/142/11/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for alterations and refurbishment of the first floor owners accommodation at The Lamb Inn, The Square. For: Mr M Newbon.

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 November 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".

(20 October 2011)

The Angmering School is awarded Gold Quality Mark

The Angmering School is proud to be celebrating the receipt of the Gold Award for CPD (Continuing Professional Development). This has been awarded because the school supports highly effective professional learning opportunities for all its staff. The school has a wide ranging programme of training and development from its weekly professional studies sessions for teacher trainees and NQTs, to promoting higher degrees and other leadership qualifications for more experienced staff.

The report comments that "all staff had opportunities to take externally accredited courses to improve themselves and individual aspirations and needs are taken into account when planning provision". The assessors said that we use in-service training days and meetings to consistently share good practice and all staff members are encouraged to attend. Graham Arlidge, former CPD leader at the school said that the main strength of the school was its huge pool of expertise ranging from expert teachers to highly skilled individual trainers in specific areas such as student support, special needs and ICT right across the school: this was what impressed the assessor team the most.

Mr David Brixey, Headteacher said: "We have a fantastic staff and we value them highly. This Quality Mark recognises the work we do to help them all develop professionally".

(19 October 2011)

Travellers - Public Meeting

APC Notice of Public Meeting

(16 October 2011)

Try your hand!

Angmering Carpet Bowls Club is holding an Open Day on Saturday the 12th November 2011 from 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm. in Angmering Village Main Hall in Station Road. All persons over the age of 18 are welcome to go along and try their hand at the game. Some tuition will be available for beginners, and tea / coffee will also be served during the period. Why not go along meet some of the Club's members, and have a try. For more details contact James Meacham (chairman) on 01903-776004.

(12 October 2011)

Conker Competition Results

The S.C.O.T.C.H. (Spotted Cow Organisation To Create Help) Conker Team Competition on Sunday 9th October was the 31st renewal of the event. 17 teams, of three players, entered the competition. Competitor's ages ranged from 7 to 75 years old. 600 competition sized conkers, drilled and marked on the day of the competition, were used by competitors and spectators. The conkers were collected in Angmering, Poling, Tangmere and Belgium. A number of conkers, that were left at the end of the day, were taken for a competition at a pub on Exmoor.

The teams competed for "The Alley Cat Cattery" Shield plus medals for the first, second and third places. There was also a plate competition for first round losers. The competition was won by CHELSEA RESERVES (Bradley Stoddart aged 8, Stephen Kerr, Robbie Blakey) who beat RAPTORS (Nathan Cassidy aged 11, Bridget Richardson, Phil Geddes). The third team was The Cousins Grim (Zach Osborne-Shaw (9), Chloe Osborne-Shaw(13) and Ralph Leach (7). The Plate Competition was won by Pendulous (Chris Shore, Simon Morgan and Richard Cambell).

A prize is presented, annually, to The Most Outstanding Player. Candidates for this award are nominated by team mates and other members of the public. This year Molly Campion aged 7 won the award. The prize for the best dressed player went to Chris Shore. Peter Ridge and friends provided musical entertainment.

The event raised £930.00 on the day, for Chestnut Tree House, from entry fees, a raffle and a barbecue. The organisers would like to thank everyone who contributed to this fantastic total.

(10 October 2011)

Fire in Station Road

An engine and crew from the WSF&RS attended a property in Station Road on Saturday morning as the result of a fire in the kitchen involving a plastic container on a cooker hob. The fire had been extinguished before the crew arrived but they ventilated the property and remained at the location for nearly an hour whilst ambulance paramedics and a Red Cross support unit treated an elderly lady.

(10 October 2011)

What's happening at The Local?

You might have noticed that changes are afoot at 5 The Square, previously "The Local" off-licence. After many months of being empty, and much speculation, we are delighted to announce that the shop is being transformed into a Traditional Family Butcher's!

After 27 years of working in retail butchery in both independent shops and supermarkets, Dave Tupper has finally taken the plunge into self employment. "It is scary and exciting in equal measures." admits Dave. "Most mid-life crises involve sports cars or motor bikes - mine is to have my own butchers shop!"

Dave really wants to bring back the more traditional butchery skills, with meat cut to the customers specification from the carcass in the shop. He has researched the villages butchery history, and is keen to re-establish the type of service that you might have expected from Woods in the 1950s, or even Bradleys in the early 1900s!

Dave and his wife Sophie are not only setting up the business here, but moving to the village as well. They want to part of the community, and give back to the local economy, rather than just take from it. Dave aims to source the produce as locally as possible, to support local meat and poultry producers, and give his customers the best quality products. "Sussex and Hampshire produces some really fine quality meat, with things like tender lamb from the South Downs, beautiful pork from just the other side of Chichester, and really tasty Salt Marsh beef from Emsworth being just some examples." says Dave. But he recognises that most people's purse strings are tight and wants to keep prices as reasonable as possible, so that everyone can enjoy good service and quality produce. Local traders are being used for the refurbishment as well, where ever possible.

Dave and Sophie would like to apologise to the residents of The Square for any noise or inconvenience whilst the refurbishment is taking place. They are trying to keep it to a minimum (now they have mastered the alarm system!) and look forward to welcoming everyone to the shop in late October, whether they require a couple of sausages, or a whole pig!

(7 October 2011)

Dog Awareness Day

Dog walkers using the bridge over Angmering bypass last Saturday (1 October) were encouraged to be the 'eyes and ears of the community'. PCSO Andrea Oakley and a team which included members of the neighbourhood forum, Arun District Council staff and Parish Councillors set up a CCTV camera at the edge of a busy footpath from 9.30am to 2.00pm. While they did not catch any dog owners failing to 'scoop the poop', the aim of the day was to educate, not prosecute.

The event was organised by Andrea as a response to concerns raised at her neighbourhood forum regarding dog poo in Angmering. The team chatted to dog walkers to raise awareness of the issues and potential penalties for those caught failing to clear up after their pet. It was also a good opportunity to sign up new members to Dog Watch - a scheme similar to Neighbourhood Watch where dog walkers can get involved with community concerns and provide useful information that helps make their local area cleaner and safer.

PCSO Andrea Oakley said: "We had a very successful day with many people signing up to Dog Watch. Dog walkers commented on how clean the bridge was looking after it had been cleaned the day before so we hope this will encourage people to clear up after their dogs and to report any anti-social behaviour to the relevant area."

Cllr Paul Dendle, Arun Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "Dog waste is an absolute menace and dog owners who fail to clear up dog mess need to be aware of the penalty they may face if caught. But their motivation shouldn't just be the fear of getting a fixed penalty notice; they should want to be a responsible member of their community who thinks of others. The event on Saturday was all about encouraging that sense of community and encouraging a desire in people to make the area where they live an even nicer place to be."

The team comprised of: PCSOs Andrea Oakley and Kelly Mankelow, Cllr David Biss (Angmering Parish Council and member of the neighbourhood forum], Julia Jane (Dog Warden), Cllr Phil Leverick (Angmering Parish Council and member of neighbourhood forum) and Bill D'alson from Arun District Council's Cleansing Team.

(4 October 2011)

Annual team Conker competition

The annual Team Conker Competition will take place at The Spotted Cow, Angmering on Sunday 9th October. Registration will commence from 12.30 for a competition start time of 1.30pm (the organisers are unable to enter teams into the draw after the start time).

The entry fee, per team of 3, of all ages, players, is £10.00. There will be a "Plate Competition" for all teams losing their first round match. Competitors under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams of the main competition and the winners of the plate competition as well as awards for the Most Outstanding Player and also the best fancy dress. There will be a Barbecue, a draw for a Magnum of Champagne (tickets now on sale at The Spotted Cow), Raffle and live Music from Peter Ridge (at 4.30pm).

The Conker Competition was founded in 1980 as a singles event. In 1981 the format was changed to a team tournament. The ages of prize winners ranges from 6 to 97 years old. Proceeds of this year's event will be donated to Chestnut Tree House. For further information see - Contact: Anthony Booty 07840 978674.

(3 October 2011)

School Geography Department scoops national award

The Geography Department at The Angmering School is celebrating being awarded the Geographical Association's 'Secondary Geography Quality Mark' (SGQM). This award is as a result of a year-long application process whereby the department had to demonstrate high standards in a range of areas including teaching and community involvement. The aim of the SGQM is to reflect the national standard of Geography teaching and to allow departments to successfully promote Geography within their school. The Angmering School is now one of only 143 secondary schools in the country that has been recognised with the award and the only school in West Sussex to successfully receive the award. This is in recognition of the dedication and commitment that is shown by the Geography teachers as well as the hard work and interest that is shown by the students at KS3, 4 and 5.

Subject Leader in Geography Martyn Simmonds said: "I am very proud to have been awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark. It reflects the excellent standards of teaching and learning that take place within the department and provides a national recognition of the job that we are doing. The award also demonstrates that we can strive to reach the next level - a centre of excellence. This is something that the department will be working towards over the next few years. The award is a 'badge of honour' for the department and the school helping to demonstrate that we are all working to fulfil the potential of every student in the school."

(3 October 2011)