Angmering Village Life

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June 2012

O.S. Map donated to school

A kind donation by a local member of the community has enabled students at The Angmering School to practice and progress with their Ordnance Survey Map Skills. Mr D. Jeffreys, of Angmering, donated a copy of the Ordnance Survey map of the local area and Mrs Wright, Humanities Assistant, produced an excellent wall display with a range of challenging questions .

Map skills are a key element of the Geography curriculum and are taught in Year 7 but also contribute to valuable marks in Geography GCSE exam papers. The display also allows students to explore the geography of their local area and engage with interesting facts which they may not have considered before.

Mr Simmonds, Subject Leader for Geography, would like to thank Mr Jeffreys for his contribution to the progress of students at the school.


29 June 2012

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 20/06/12)

A/64/12 - Two storey rear & side extension at Aros, Ham Manor Way. For: Mr & Mrs Nasir.

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 19 July 2012.

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 June 2012

A Blooming Success!

The Angmering In Bloom Jubilee Table Top Sale and Coffee Morning, held last Saturday, 23 June, was a great success. Thankfully, it was a bright sunny morning and the Association wishes to thank the community for their support as well as everyone who helped to make it a fun occasion. The hall looked very colourful with a variety of stalls, including beautiful childrenswear, spa products, toys, cards and miscellaneous goods, as well as delicious homemade cakes. There was a vast array of plants provided by the Angmering In Bloom Association and local Nurseries. Over £250 was raised towards the "In Bloom" entry for this year and the coming year.

27 June 2012

Olympic themed Supper

The Angmering Branch of the Arundel and South Downs Conservative Association are holding a "Going for Gold" Buffet Supper with Sparkling Reception in the Traditional English Garden of Ecclesden Manor, Angmering, on Saturday 7th July, from 4pm to 7.30pm. Tickets are £17.50. You don't have to be a member of the Association to apply for tickets. Tel: Carol Emberson 01903 716987, or e-mail: for details.

27 June 2012

Jubilee Service at St Margaret's

Here is a message from the Rector, Mark Standen:

"St Margaret's Angmering is holding a special service in Church this Sunday (1 July) at 11am to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Come and celebrate the Queen's life and reign, come and pray for our nation. Come and consider the significance of the one who is 'King of Kings and Lord of Lords'. All welcome."

26 June 2012

SAV needs volunteers

The Save Angmering Village (SAV) group will be conducting a Traffic Count in the village on Thursday 5th July. They will be holding a meeting to distribute the forms and instructions on Wednesday 4th July at 7:30pm.

They need volunteers to help with the counting which will be for a couple of hours in the morning (7:30 - 9:30) and a couple of hours in the early evening (5 - 7) of 5th July, and possibly during the afternoon school run time (2:30- 3:30). If you could spare an hour or two on Thursday 5th July please let Sue Ware know the times you are available on that day by emailing her, in the first instance, at

23 June 2012

Fireworks after School Prom

The Angmering School will be holding their Year 11 Leaving Prom on Friday 29 June from 6.30pm-11.00pm.

They will be having a 5-minute firework display between 10.45pm and 11.00pm to provide a finale to the evening. No fireworks will be allowed after 11pm and they hope the display will not be too disturbing for their neighbours.

Students will start to arrive from 6.30pm onwards but they do not envisage that parking will be a difficulty and there will be a police presence at the beginning of the evening and at the end to make sure residents are not inconvenienced.

The School has informed parents that there will be no parking in Greenwood Drive at all and they look forward to welcoming their neighbours to watch the students arrive and enjoy this special annual occasion with them.

21 June 2012

Council commemorates Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Angmering Parish Council recently planted a crown of seven fruit trees at the far south of Mayflower Park to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. They have also installed four picnic tables, three of which have plastic games' surfaces.

  Crown of Trees - Mayflower Park Crown of Trees
  Picnic Tables - Mayflower Park Picnic Tables - Mayflower Park
21 June 2012

School's Art and Design & Technology Exhibition

Art and Design & Technology at the Angmering School has gone from strength to strength with 150 students from across all departments taking part in an Exhibition.

Students who have displayed real skill across a number of subject areas at AS level include Francesca Morrell, Oliver Mitchell and Maisie Wilkinson and talented students completing their GCSE in Art include Charlotte Snewin, Helena Phillips and Danny Martin.

Sam Hobbs: Subject Leader Art said "The School is celebrating the successful completion of our first year delivering AS Digital Photography with students showing commitment and creativity and setting the bar high for future years! We are also very proud of the achievements of our first KS4 level 2 BTEC students. A high number of students from this group are continuing on to A level at Angmering and we can't wait to see what they will do! Students across all subjects have shown energy and dedication to their work and we are very proud of them. Highly skilled and enthusiastic staff make up the teaching teams in Art and D&T at Angmering and this is evident in the quality of work on show."

Graphics displayed some excellent examples of architectural models from Oli Mitchell and Ed Buttifant. A special mention should be made to Emily Whitby for her model. Textiles as usual displayed some fantastic work with Claudia Hosgood and Lauren Botting really shining.

Systems Control were well represented with James MacDonald producing an extremely well engineered Green Power Go Kart for A level. Charlie Davies made a beautiful finish on a working radio Control Speed Boat and Matt Berry made an excellent Remote Control Car. In Product Design James Beckett and Joe Glen both produced excellent work.

Food Technology showed off their talents by making fantastic canapés for all the guests.

Mr Jon McNamara KS4 Co-Ordinator Technology said " The quality of work across all subject areas is improving and the popularity of the show is rising in the community. Students have performed so well this year and the exhibition would not be possible if there wasn't the enthusiasm from both staff and students."

21 June 2012

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 13/06/12)

A/66/12/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for replacement of timber cladding to rear and side elevations at first floor at The Lamb Inn, The Square, West Drive. 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 12 July 2012.

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".

21 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

"It was the wish of HM the Queen that celebrations for her jubilee shouldn't be be confined to just 3 days in early June, but continue throughout the year. With this in mind St Margaret's Church, Angmering has planned the following events over the coming weeks that are open to all in the village:-

We look forward to continuing to celebrate this special year with you".

Mark Standen (Rector)

18 June 2012

Keys found

Some house keys have been found today near The Angmering School. Phone 771935.

16 June 2012

Man robbed and injured by female driver

Sussex Police are appealing for the female driver of a car to come forward following an incident just after 12.15pm in Angmering yesterday (Thursday 14 June) in which a 19-year-old local man was dragged along Station Road by a car and had suffered injuries. He also had his mobile phone stolen by the driver of the car, believed to be a grey Ford Mondeo Saloon.

The victim told officers that he had been walking towards the train station and was using his iPhone when he was stopped by a woman in her car who appeared to be upset and in distress. She asked to borrow his mobile to call her husband, and because the victim was concerned about her he leant into the vehicle to pass it to her. He had his arm and part of his body inside the car as the woman started to dial the number, but she suddenly drove off at speed, dragging the victim along. He was driven several metres along the road before he fell from the car and rolled along the road and suffered severe cuts.

The woman is described as white, in her late 20s to early 30s, of medium build, with long blonde or light brown hair. She wore dark coloured jeans and hoop earrings and spoke with a local accent. The car is described as a grey Mondeo, with a year plate of around "53".

If anyone has any information on this incident, please phone the police immediately on 101, quoting "serial 0660 of 14 June". Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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15 June 2012

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 06/06/12)

A/55/12/T - Lop one branch of 1no. Evergreen Oak overhanging North boundary at Dower House, West Drive. For: Mr R Whitehouse.

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 5 July 2012.

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".

14 June 2012

Fun Day to raise funds for new Angmering sports clubhouse

Angmering Sports Club are hosting a Fun Day and Car Boot Sale at the Palmer Road Recreation Ground, just off Arundel Road in Angmering on Saturday, 23rd June. The Fun Day aims to raise funds to boost their current funds to replace their existing clubhouse with a new set of changing rooms, storage facilities and function room

The Fun Day itself starts at 1pm and will run into the evening. So far the attractions include:

The Car Boot Sale also starts at 1.00pm, although sellers can arrive earlier. It's £5 for a car and £8 for vans, cars and trailers. All queries about the Car Boot should be directed to Bob Chapman on 07743 127268.

Coles Fairground will now just be attending on Saturday the 23rd with rides in operation through to Saturday evening.

A number of local businesses have kindly supported the event, these being: VHB Westend Nurseries, Ferring Nurseries, Hammerpot Brewery, Meat in the Square, Angmering Framing & Stitches, and Sainsbury's Rustington.

13 June 2012 (updated 16 June)

Flooding Update

By 6.30pm yesterday evening, the flood water in the village centre had drained. At 9.00am this morning, traffic was moving freely through the village despite media reports that Station Road was closed.

Below are some additional photos of the flooding in the village centre sent to Angmering Village Life by Angmering resident, Bill Barwell:

  The Green
  The Green The Square

Although the flooding has now gone, do spare a thought for those people in the village (and especially Water Lane) who have each suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage to their property.

12 June 2012

Floods hit Angmering


West Sussex suffered badly last night as one month's rain fell in one day. The Environment Agency said that 60mm of rain had fallen although our own Angmering-based weather station this morning recorded "only" 41mm in the last 24 hours.

The affect of all this rain caused the level of Patching Pond to rise by about 2 feet. This then started to overflow and a high level of water poured down Black Ditch towards the village. Along its way, it picked up much foliage and branches that had fallen during the severe gales last Friday. This blocked the culvert entrance at the bottom of Weavers Hill and the water level quickly rose at that point. At about 2.00am, the backed-up water at the culvert overflowed sending a torrent down Water Lane and into The Square.

  The Square at 7.30am Water Lane houses

About 13 houses in Water Lane suffered severe flooding as muddy water swept through their properties causing damage to carpets and furnishings. The level of water in the houses was 1 foot deep at one point. In one house I went into, water had got into kitchen cupboards and the car on the driveway had been damaged by flood water. Eachways, in The Square, suffered badly as water came through the back door and exited through the front. In The Square itself, at one stage, the depth of water was about 2 feet deep but none of the businesses were affected other than Pearl Dental where flood water entered the building and staff were still engaged in a mopping and cleaning exercise at Flooding extended up to the Village Hall where where there was some ingress of water onto floors.

  Eachways The culvert entrance

Some observers said that plants in the newly planted beds in the village centre had lifted up but somehow, probably with assistance from villagers, these had largely survived. They had been planted to ensure a colourful display for Angmering's entry into this year's Britain In Bloom competition.

By about 5.00am, most of the water in the village centre had gone leaving just a flooded area between The Green and Big Fry at 7.30am, but this was pumped away by 8.00am.

More heavy rain is forecast for this afternoon, but the Environment Agency staff I spoke to at the culvert stated that they would be monitoring water levels there every two hours.


As forecast, heavy rain returned to Angmering this afternoon and, by 5.30pm, the Angmering Village Life weather station had recorded that 63mm of rain had fallen in the village in the last 24 hours with even more rain predicted this evening and through the night.

The Square, which had drained earlier in the day, filled with another 2 feet of water and police closed all roads into the village centre. Unfortunately, all the houses in Water Lane that had flooded early this morning were under water again this afternoon, as was the Pearl Dental surgery. Chandlers (BMW) also had water enter their car showrooms. A No. 9 bus was at one stage stranded at the bottom of Cumberland Road as was a car in the centre of Water Lane which resembled a river at one point. By 5.00pm, the water level had fallen by about 1 foot from its earlier level.

  Station Road The Square

The village centre flowerbeds, which had largely survived this morning's flood, this time took a battering as some were entirely under water and villagers in wellington boots stumbled into them. I saw one lady trip over the brick edge of a flower bed and fall into the water where the flowers had been planted.

  The Green! Water Lane or River Road!

The Parish Council Clerk, Rob Martin, turned out to help the police control traffic as did Mark Edwards from Big Fry and several other villagers. Unfortunately, drivers of some 4-wheel drive vehicles forced their way through The Square at too high a speed creating a wash which flooded the house on the corner of The Square and Station Road, despite many people trying to slow them down.

There was also severe flooding between The Angmering School and the A259 roundabout, and some houses at Hammerpot were flooded with several feet of water.

11 June 2012

Cat Found

Further to our news item on 28 May, we are pleased to learn that Thumbelina has now been found and is safely home, reunited with her owner.

10 June 2012

Films at the Community Centre

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "IRON LADY" (2011) [PG13] at 7.45pm on Saturday 9 June - doors open at 7.15pm. The compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power. An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband, Denis, as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. Starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent and Richard E Grant The film has already won 2 Oscars and 6 other awards and has received 29 nominations. poster

Tickets priced at £5 are available in advance from the Community Centre Office, Woodies News, and Angmering Framing & Stitches, or at the door (subject to availability).

7 June 2012

Snippets from the Minutes of the Parish Council's AGM meeting on 29 May 2012

Election of Chairman
Councillor Turner was proposed for Chairman by Councillor Verrinder and seconded by Councillor Francis. Councillor Mountain was proposed by Councillor Biss and seconded by Councillor Shire. The resultant ballot was: Councillor Mountain – 7 Votes; Councillor Turner – 5 Votes. Councillor Mountain was duly elected as Chairman for the coming year.

Election of Vice-Chairman
Councillor Francis proposed Councillor Turner as Vice Chairman, seconded by Councillor Bicknell. Councillor Shire proposed Councillor Biss seconded by Councillor Mariner. The vote was as follows: Councillor Turner – 8 Votes; Councillor Biss – 4 Votes. Councillor Turner was duly elected as Vice Chairman for the coming year.

Grass Cutting
The Chairman highlighted a serious safety issue on the A259 approaching the station road roundabout travelling west to east. Due to the grass not being cut on the central reservation vehicles approaching the roundabout could not see vehicles coming around the roundabout. He believed that the grass needed to be cut down for at least 30 metres from the roundabout to give decent visibility. (County) Councillor Urquhart advised she would follow up this matter.

JEAAC Highways & Transport Group Report
Councillor Mountain reported that Surveyors were working on the provision of a footpath/cycleway on the north side of the A259. In addition, the work to the East Preston level crossing would only require it to be closed to traffic for two days, probably during September. There was also a proposal to build a new footbridge next to Windmill Bridge.

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

7 June 2012

Snippets from the Minutes of the Parish Council's Leisure Committee meeting on 24 May 2012

Play Areas
Repairs & Maintenance - SW reported she had been in touch with the Community Payback team and they were happy to do the painting of the play equipment. SW will Action 2 talk to them again and arrange a visit for them to work out the amount of paint that will be needed. It was agreed to use multicoloured paint rather than the plan black that is on there currently. The committee agreed to proceed with the work up to a maximum cost of £500.
Removals & Installations - The committee felt that the two quotes that SW had got for replacement play equipment were much too expensive to be considered. SW had also been in touch with Safeplay Ltd who could offer a refurbished smaller piece of equipment at a cost of £1675 to include the removal of the old piece and installation of the new one. The committee agreed and asked SW to order against the Community Activities budget.

Mayflower Park
Skate Bowl - The skate Bowl repair was started but was vandalised the same night. The repairers will come back this week to complete at no additional cost. The Committee agreed to leave the skate bowl extension until after the repairs have taken place.
Picnic Tables - The Picnic Tables have been ordered and will be in placed by the new fruit trees in the next couple of weeks. The only additional cost will be the concreting of them in, which will be in the region of £390. The Committee agreed that this would be taken from the Community Activities budget.

Map on The Green
SW had received a costing of £350 to make a new frame for the map, as he says the old one cannot really be repaired. The Committee said they really would like it repaired, so SW will go back and talk to him.

To read the full minutes of this meeting, click here (PDF file)
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7 June 2012

Snippets from the Minutes of the Parish Council's Environment Committee meeting on 23 May 2012

St Nicholas Garden
One of the owners of the Lamb Inn, Mr. Newbon, raised the issue of the right of way through the public house car park into the Garden and stated he had no ulterior motive in raising this access issue and he appreciated the good support from the village and he wished to keep the goodwill going. He stated it was important for them and the Parish Council to establish the situation particularly due to their concerns of vandalism in the car park and windows stoned in the latter part of 2011 and kids on bikes in the car park who are a danger to vehicles and themselves. He also had concerns of vehicle access to the Garden, especially for repairs to the houses who had a rear access and the possibility of using the car park as a loading dock. (Read more on this matter in the full minutes - Ed)

Members discussed future planting of this Garden, and agreed the area first required to be excavated and new soil incorporated. There was also an accumulation of green waste which need to be removed and the Flint Wall area required tidying. In view of the tight schedule for our own worker, Members requested that Community Payback could be approached.

Following the earlier discussion with the owners of the Lamb, Members discussed the report by Councillor Turner on questions arising on access to this Garden. Councillor Francis restated that as the land was leased from Arun District Council before any work could be considered it would require their agreement as well as the need to consider the disturbance of a flint wall and the fact the Garden was within the Conservation Area so the question of planning permission would also arise.

Access to Mayflower Park / Field
The Assistant Parish Clerk updated Members on the proposed vehicular access via Mayflower Way and confirmed that quotations for removal of the remains of a shrubbery were attached and that, having established following a visit by the Clerk and Chair to the site that a barrier type gate would be required, one verbal quotation had been received for £750. But as the permitted usage of this road was in the process of being established, the matter would need to be put on hold until professional advice was received.

Communiy Centre Site
The Chair’s report was noted and Councillor Francis added that initially the area was to be left to form a buffer but cut by contractors but had then been mown. The willows had now been cut back to allow a clear view of the area and it was AGREED to leave the grass unmown again to monitor if this achieves the aim of deterring use of this area by youths. Councillor Biss stated adjoining residents had offered to plant shrubs against their abutting fencing, but Councillor Turner advised Members that this matter had been considered previously at Committee and refused as this would set a precedent, take up public open space and create future maintenance issues.

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

7 June 2012

Snippets from the Minutes of the Parish Council's Highways Committee meeting on 22 May 2012

Bramley Green Road Adoption
SW reported that she had heard from West Sussex County Council that they would be contacting her soon with hopefully good news about the adoption.

The Cottrells / High Street
Sue Furlong of West Sussex County Council had contacted the committee with options for the corner of the High Street and the Cottrells. Extending the yellow lines is the preferred option but requires a TRO, which is a lengthy process. A semi permanent option would be to install dolly posts.The committee agreed that the office should contact Sue and asked for a TRO to be raised for the yellow lines.

Pagetts Crossing
The committee discussed the issues relating to this crossing and noted the list of 20 disturbing incidents (since 2007) provided by Network Rail. As this crossing is a Public Right of Way, a public consultation will be needed. We fully support our representatives on the Joint Eastern Arun Area Committee to speed up preparations for this consultation. It was decided that no vote for closure of the crossing could be taken until sight of evidence that the crossing ‘Cannot be Made Safe’ in accordance with the Highways Act.

Village Traffic Management
Councillor Susan Francis read out a letter to the Committee (copy attached). In her position as the Managing Director of Overland Travel she expressed problems she is having with traffic while carrying out school contracts and asked how the situation could be improved. Councillor Jenny Bos said she was aware of the problems and would circulate Susan’s letter to the schools, the Roads Transport and Parking Working group, and to all those involved in the schools Travel Plans .

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

7 June 2012

Arson in Station Road

A burning gate of a house in Station in the early hours of Monday morning (4 June) is being treated as arson. An appliance from WSF&RS's East Preston station attended the scene and extinguished the blaze.

6 June 2012