Angmering Village Life
Angmering Traders will again be holding their annual evening event on Wednesday 7 December between 6pm and 9pm in The Square. Motorists should be aware that all roads through the village centre will be closed between 5pm and 9.30pm. Buses will by-pass the village during that time, and the No.9 will continue along the A259.
This has always been a popular event for the whole family and the majority of shops will be open and a number will be offering free wine, sausage rolls, mince pies, etc. Here are just some events that will be taking place:
Santa's Grotto - in Woodies News
Tombola - in the Parish Council Office (hundreds of prizes to be won)
Children's Lucky Dip - in The Wardrobe
Raffle - outside Holmes Estate Agents (1st prize - Nintendo DS, cash prizes, hamper and much more)
Funfair - rides etc in The Square
Do come along to this event with your family and friends and experience a great atmosphere.
Angmering Parish Fete
The meeting notes from the last meeting are attached to these minutes. £2k is required by the Committee from the Parish Council to book events in advance. Councillor Verrinder and Gillett left the Room. The remaining three Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the grant. SW will refer to the Policy and finance committee.
Play Area Inspections and Repairs
SW reported that she had booked Safe Play to do the inspection of the 7 play areas in the next week. The Dane Acre site is to be called Blenheim, SW will organise a sign from Delta Signs.
Pippin Play Area
The cost of moving the slide fixture is £4676 and the Gazebo £4850. The Committee will continue to look at ways to fund this cost.
Councillor Susan Francis said that from the Environment Committee there had been a discussion to extend the BMW track, this would provide a better facility plus also providing a bund for security reasons. In principle the Committee agreed. Councillor Turner said that although it had been agreed to transfer money to the kick about area the financial transaction had not happened. This will now be corrected at the next Policy and Finance meeting to give the fund £11k. Councillor Verrinder said that part of this money could be used for the BMX track but there was also a need to extend the apron around the skate bowl. SW will explore the cost of the skate bowl and Councillor Francis will get a cost for the BMX track.
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The Clerk confirmed that Danielle Mariner had been appointed as a temporary Groundsman to undertake this work. The appointment had been made after a rigorous interview process.
Councillor Leverick and the Clerk had worked-up a model for evaluating the effect of a variety of assumptions for the library over a period of 25 years (copy attached to the minutes). The effect had been measured as an increase in the Council Tax levy in both year 1 and year 25 with the result that the offer made to date (a capital cost of £300,000 with a maintenance charge to West Sussex of £3,300 per annum), would increase by £8.47 per annum for each Band D household equivalent, and this would rise to £11.66 by the last year of the loan, after taking inflationary effects into account. As a comparison, if the maintenance contribution from West Sussex County Council was reduced to zero, but the effect of this was capitalised to reduce the sum paid for the building by £100,000, and the loan paid back over a 15 year rather than 25 year period, the effect would be an increase in year 1 of £8.84 whereas in year 25 this would reduce to £8.56, caused because the loan payments would have stopped in year 15. The other beneficial effect of this sort of arrangement is that the final cost to the Public Purse would be lower overall because much less interest would have been incurred over the time of the loan. The Clerk was instructed to resume negotiations with West Sussex County Council on the basis of the reduced cost option and to report back to the Parish Council on the progress of these negotiations.
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The two new classrooms at St Margaret's CoE Primary School in Arundel Road - replacing hutted accommodation - have been completed on time and will be occupied for the first time by Year 2 children today (Monday 28 November). The classrooms have been built to the very highest specification with underfloor heating and motion sensitive lights. Apart from the classrooms, the new build includes a food technology room with all mod cons, a SEN/medical room, new toilets, a group room and a cloakroom area. In the next couple of weeks the mobile hut will be demolished and a hard playground area re-instated.
The school is busy raising funds to pay their contribution to the building costs. So far about a third of the total sum needed of £67 000 has been donated or pledged. An initiative village residents might like to get involved with is that the school is collecting textiles (clothes, curtains, sheet and other materials) and pairs of shoes in good condition. All of the items get re-cycled and the school receives money according to the weight collected. If you do have any textiles or shoes please take them along to the school (you can park by the Welcome/Reception area, except at the start or end of the school day) in a black sack either on Friday 2 December or Monday 5 December.
At about 1.00pm last Friday afternoon, WSFRS units from East Preston and Littlehampton attended a single storey factory and offices in Roundstone Lane where a gas powered generator and electrics had accidently caught fire. They isolated the gas supply and electrics and extinguished the blaze. One adult male was treated for shock at the scene by ambulance paramedics.
Woodies News are holding Santa's Grotto in conjunction with the Village Trader's Evening on Wednesday 7 December. They are looking to borrow for the night any Light up / Animated Reindeer or any other outside christmas items (santas,snowmen etc) to brighten up the pathway to santas grotto - hopefully this will help make it special for the children. If any one can help please pop into the shop and speak to Ally or Sarah so things can be arranged.
At the public meeting held in the Church Hall on 3 November, Chief Inspector Jane Derrick (District Commander) announced that Angmering would once more be having a "bobby on the beat". It has now been announced by Sussex Police that, from Monday 21 November, PC Bernie Lawrie will become Angmering's new Police Constable. At the same time we welcome back Emma Orpin as Angmering's Police Constable Support Officer (PCSO). Many people might recall that Emma was Angmering's first PCSO who did much good work in the parish, but she was moved to another parish in 2005. In that year, Emma wrote about PCSO duties which can still be found on our Policing page.
A Christmas Craft Sale will be held at Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Avenue, Bramley Green on Sunday 27th November. It will be open to the public 10 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. With 30 stalls and a very wide variety of goods to see, the organisers say that this promises to be the local market well worth a visit.
If you enjoyed looking round the craft stalls at the summer market on Fletcher's Field, you will delight in seeing those people plus so many more interesting items - and mainly with a Christmas theme - for presents and table decorations. Have you still got that "hard-to-buy-for" person? Looking for something for the person who has everything? An original table decoration? Stocking fillers? Or perhaps you have a Birthday present to find around Christmas too? Or why not treat yourself? The list of stalls and goods is inspiring: Jewellery - silver and fashion; bags - embroidered and eco friendly and brocade; scarves and corsages; candles; pot pourri; table and tree decorations; children's clothes; handmade soaps; beauty products; glass items; art and photographic prints; knitted products; toys; chutneys; Baked gifts, creative memories ideas; original cards..........and much more. Take time out to treat yourself to a therapy taster or a colour analysis.
Refreshments will be available. And it's FREE to go in and look.
A/152/11/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for refurbishment of first floor letting accommodation including addition of ensuite facilities to rooms and improved external fire escape at The Lamb Inn, The Square. For: Mr M Newbon.
A/153/11 - Single storey pitched roof front and side extensions, part pitched roof to replace existing flat roof to garage, new render to elevations, and the replacement of a leanto side addition with a cantilevered canopy at 5 Weavers Ring. For: Ms J Welch.
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 8 December 2011.
The Angmering School is looking for sponsorship of £500 - £1000 from local businesses, to help the school provide new team kits for the many sports we offer here at the school. The school competes locally, regionally and nationally in many sports up and down the country with many successful stories. Many of these can be found on the school's Sports College website at www.thesportscollege.co.uk
Mr Ross Fairbairn, a staff member from the school's sports department, believes this is a great opportunity for a local business to advertise and support the youth in their local community.
Potential for advertisement:
If you feel this is an opportunity your business would like to be a part of, or to find out more information, then please contact Mr R Fairbairn on 01903-772351 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
This year is the tenth anniversary of the West Sussex Children's Book Award and the sixth year that the Angmering Cluster Group has taken part. The Book Award gives young people the opportunity to read, debate and select their favourite title from a shortlist of new paperback fiction. They have a chance to meet some of the shortlisted authors and use the county intranet to share their views. The Angmering School is linked this year with the following four Primary Schools: St Margaret's CE Primary, Angmering; St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary, Angmering; St John the Baptist CE Primary, Findon; and Georgian Gardens Primary, Rustington.
The Angmering Cluster Group was delighted to welcome illustrator and author Teresa Flavin when she came to speak to 50 children in The Angmering School Library on Tuesday 8th November. Teresa's inspiration for "The Blackhope Enigma", which is on the Book Award shortlist, stemmed from the question, "What if you could walk around a labyrinth, saying the right password, and be transported into a Renaissance painting so that you could walk around and see everything up close?". The resulting adventure story captivated the youngsters who eagerly plied her with questions and queued up for her to sign copies of her books.
Teresa Flavin said "It was lovely, the students were very well behaved, the event was really well organised. It was my first visit to West Sussex, and I have really enjoyed it. The students asked some great questions". Phoebe Hutchinson from St John The Baptist school said "Teresa Flavin is my favourite Author, I was very excited to meet her, and the talk she did was very interesting". Samantha Ayling Y7 at The Angmering School said "I really enjoyed Teresa Flavin's book and it was great to meet her and find out the background to the story in the book and how she came to write it."
A head-on crash on the Angmering by-pass (A280) at midnight last night closed the road until about 8.00am this morning to allow police to investigate the collision. Two people were trapped - one adult male was released by ambulance paramedics and another adult male was extricated after about 1½ hours by F&RS crews from East Preston and Worthing using hydraulic rescue equipment. Both persons were taken to hospital by ambulance. The driver of one of the vehicles, understood to be in his mid 50s, sustained serious injuries in the collision including a suspected broken arm.
Please note that the roads through The Square in the village will be closed to all vehicular traffic between 11.45am and 12.45pm on Sunday 13 November while the Remembrance Day service is being held at the war memorial. Notices to this effect are already in place on roads into the village centre. The interdenominational service at the war memorial will commence at 12.15pm.
A/149/11/T - Reduce crown to 1 No Walnut tree by 1- 2m; reduce crown to 1 No Lime tree to highest pollard points and lateral prune overhanging sections of 1 No Bay tree by 300-450mm at 21A Lansdowne Road. For: Mr Allen.
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 1 December 2011.
Angmering's newest shop "Meat in The Square" opened this morning for business and was already attracting customers. Angmering residents in particular will be pleased to see the return of a traditional butchers shop to the village after an absence of nearly 10 years. Much of the meat and poultry comes from Sussex and Hampshire sources.
Opening times for the shop are: Tuesday to Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm, Saturday: 8.00am - 3.00pm, Sunday & Monday: closed. website
Angmering Village Life wishes Dave and Sophie every success in their new venture and hope that they will be supported by the local community.
A/146/11 - Single storey rear extension, some demolition, internal & external alterations, proposed thatched gazebo & greenhouse at The Dower House, West Drive. For: Mr & Mrs Cooper.
A/147/11/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for a single storey rear extension, some demolition, internal & external alterations, proposed thatched gazebo & greenhouse at The Dower House, West Drive. For: Mr & Mrs Cooper.
A/149/11/TC - Surgery to various trees within the Angmering Conservation Area at Pigeon House, High Street. For: Mr J Thomas.
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 November 2011.
Angmering Parish Council (APC) has been planning an on-line Question & Answer Forum for some months in a further move toward openness of its transactions. This facilily is launched today on the Angmering Forums which are hosted by Angmering Village Life. In launching the Forum, Councillor Pat Turner, Chairman of Angmering Parish Council said:
"Angmering Parish Council is delighted to announce that a new "Parish Council question and answers page" has been set up on the Angmering Forums.. The Council looks forward to receiving your questions about matters in the Parish and hope that it will prove a useful addition to their current services. All questions will be answered by the Chairman who will, if necessary, seek replies from any relevant committee Chairman to ensure you get the most up to date replies. Our very grateful thanks to Neil Rogers-Davis for all his help in getting this arranged and allowing us to use this facility. The Parish Council hope you will find this useful and informative."
Angmering residents may view the new APC on-line Forum through the Angmering Forums portal. If they wish to ask the Council a question through his facility, they will need to register as members.