Angmering Village Life

News Archive

August 2012

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "W.E." (2011) [UK15] at 7.45pm on Saturday 8 September - doors open at 7.30pm.

The film, directed and part-written by Madonna, stars Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy, Andrea Riseborough, James Fox and Geoffrey Palmer. The affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson, and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard. In 1998, an auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor causes great excitement. For one woman, Wally Winthrop, it has much more meaning. Wally becomes obsessed by their historic love story. As she learns more about the sacrifices involved, Wally gains her own courage to find happiness.

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).

31 August 2012

Planning Application for 150 new homes in Angmering

The expected Planning Application from Barratt David Wilson Homes has been received and now validated by Arun District Council (ADC) . It requests planning permission for the construction of 150 new homes (30% 'affordable') on a greenfield site to the east of Roundstone Lane - north of the Rugby Club.

The Planning Application is not due to be advertised in the press until 6 September and comments on the application will need to be submitted to Arun District Council by 27 September. Notwithstanding that, the Planning Application can be viewed on-line now by going to the ADC planning search portal (click here ) then enter < A/82/12 > in the Reference box; click "Search" then click on "A/82/12/" then click on "Documents" to find full details of the housing construction application.

The Save Angmering Village group (SAV) wants to present Arun District Council with as many Objection Letters as possible to show the solidarity of the village against this application and the building of houses on ANY of the land east of Roundstone Lane. To this end, they will shortly be making several draft letters and guidance available for local people to make their feelings known to ADC. These draft letters will also be available at a SAV drop-in session in the Village Hall (date to be announced later) and at the Community Fête on Mayflower Park, Bramley Green, on Saturday 15 September.

For more information, visit SAV's website at

25 August 2012

Noisy music equipment confiscated

A family in Mill Road Avenue, who had received previous warnings about playing loud music in the middle of the night, have had their stereos and speakers seized by Arun District Council after they had ignored the warnings earlier this month. For more on this story, read the Littlehampton Gazette article here.

25 August 2012

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 15/08/12)

A/89/12/A - 5 no. externally illuminated information panel signs at Haskins, Roundstone By-pass. For: Haskins Garden Centres.

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 13 September 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".

23 August 2012

Armed raid on Co-op

Copyright: Neil Rogers-Davis, 2012

An armed raid took place on the Co-op store in the village this afternoon (Tuesday 21 August). An armed man, wearing a gas mask, entered the store at about 3.05pm in what seemed to be an attempt to rob the Post Office within the store. However, it is understood that the Post Office clerk locked the PO "citadel" and sounded the alarm when she realised what was happening. The raider then demanded money from the tills. Police say that the staff handed over the money and he ran from the store and was seen to scale a wall "into the grounds of a nearby church".

Police raced to the scene and, at one stage, there were seven or eight police vehicles in and around The Square. The police sealed off the Co-op and other areas around the village including the rear entrance to Angmering Framing & Stitches, St Nicholas Gardens and The Library, The Lamb's car park, and the entrance to St Margaret's Church.

A hour after the raid, some of the Co-op staff were still in a state of shock and were being comforted by colleagues outside the store while police took statements.

Detective Inspector Alan Pack of West Sussex CID said: "So far we have deployed extra neighbourhood policing officers as well as the police helicopter and specialist search dogs. We continue to search for the man and would appeal for anyone with information about who he may be or anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact us. This was distressing for the staff at the store and thankfully no-one was injured during the incident".

The man is described as white, wearing a black gas mask, tracksuit bottoms with three yellow stripes down the side which stop just below the knee, a hooded top and black trainers. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1084 of 21/8 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If you see the man then call 999.

21 August 2012

Arun District Local Plan

Have you made Arun District Council aware of your views on their draft Local Plan 2013-2028? They have asked to receive these by 10 September 2012. The draft Plan (which is 362 pages) can be viewed here [pdf].

The proposals greatly affect Angmering and, if you are not happy with what is in the Plan, you may find that the SAV group's website helps you with your response. There is also an on-going discussion on the Angmering Forums on this topic which may be of use.

17 August 2012

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 08/08/12)

A/78/12/ - Propossed Conservatory at 66A Downs Way, East Preston. For: Mr & Mrs J Hudson.

A/85/12/TC - Fell 14 No Leylandii Cypress Trees 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 6 September 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".

16 August 2012

7th Annual Village Market

The 7th Annual Angmering Village Market will be held on Saturday 18th August (9.30am - 2.00pm) on Fletcher's Field - between St Margaret's Church and Rectory Lane (off Arundel Road).

As in the past, there will be food stalls with Rustington Market and O'Hagans Sausages being joined by newcomers such as The Natural Veggie Kitchen, Waitrose - and Peter Popper's Kettle Korn with aroma and taste to tempt you. Hammerpot Brewery and the Iron Railway Vineyard will again be there selling alcoholic beverages.

Local Associations and Charity stalls will be represented with the Allotment Association, WI, Croquet Club and Twinning Association running stalls. The vast variety of craft stalls will offer a choice of jewellery, cards, textiles, bags, wooden items, glass crafts, ceramics, soaps, toys, house signs, candles and back again this year the art of chair caning. Refreshments will be provided by St. Margaret's Church, and the ever popular O'Hagan's Sausages - and a bar by Hammerpot Brewery. Entertainment for the children completes the picture.

In addition, after the success last year, there will be the Fun Dog Show. This is again being sponsored by Pets at Home and will have more classes to enter this year plus the addition of a Small Pets Show. You can pre-register this year from 10.00 - 12.00 on Friday 17th at the Community Centre and in the afternoon at Pets at Home or registration from 9.30 a.m. on Fletcher's Field. Judging commencing at 10.00 a.m.

The Classes and times for the show will be:

1. 10.00 - Prettiest Bitch
2. 10.20 - Best Pedigree
3. 10.40 - Best Veteran (over 7 years)
4. 11.00 - Most Handsome Dog
5. 11.20 - Best Cross Breed
6. 13.00 - Best Condition (long Coat)
7. 13.20 - Best Condition (short Coat)
8. 13.40 - Fancy Dress (Dog & Owner)
9. 14.00 - Dog the Judge would most like to take home

Entry Fee just £1.00 per Class. There will also be a prize for the Best in Show (3.00 p.m.). There will also be a Small Pets Show between 11.45 and 12.45 - entry is free to this part of the show [Enter your Rabbits, Hamsters, Mice, Gerbils, Rats, Guinea Pigs,Tortoise]. Phone Julie Hinds on 07712 049837 for the Dog Show and Small Pets Show enquiries.

There is no entrance fee for those visiting the Market and there is free parking nearby at the farm (via Rectory Lane). For more information contact Val Jerram on (01903) 774247

7 August 2012

Neighbourhood Plan Survey analysed

About 40% of households in Angmering responded to the recent Parish Council's Neighbourhood Development Plan Survey. The Steering Group will now use the results of the Survey to produce policies within the Plan.

The key findings of the Survey, produced by Action in rural Sussex, can be found here [pdf file].

Unfortunately, many of the views expressed by Angmering residents through the Survey are not compatible with the draft Local Plan 2013-2028 produced by Arun District Council (ADC) who made their Plan available for viewing and discussion at a "drop-in" session at the Village Hall on Saturday (4 August). Over 200 residents attended the session during the day but the feedback on the session and the Plan itself was poor. ADC had to admit that the display maps were out of date and did not reflect the proposals in the Plan. No display material relating specifically to Angmering had been produced which was disappointing as Angmering is one of the key areas affected by the Plan in way of possible future housing development. Some people who disagreed with aspects of the draft Plan were accused by ADC of being negative!

Overall, the impression left was that the "drop-in" session was just a window dressing exercise to satisfy legal requirements on consultation, and that ADC has no intention of amending their Plan to reflect the views of the local community.

6 August 2012