Angmering Village Life

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June 2013

Village Train Show benefits St Barnabas

Many village residents attended the model railway show at St Margaret's Church Angmering on 18 May which was put on by the West Sussex Area Group of the N Gauge Society, who are based in Sompting. All the proceeds of the show, £1,050, have been donated to St Barnabas Care Hospice in memory of a club member's wife, Betty Sparrow, and the Revd Penny Giles, a curate of the church. Presentation of the cheque was made at the Group's club night on 21 June. This year St Barnabas is celebrating 40 years of providing care in the community.

WS N Gauge Society members

In addition to the club's modular layout, there were layouts from Epsom, Liss, Crawley, Fareham and club members. The show was sponsored by local traders, to whom e the Society is very grateful, including Morris Models and Hobbies of Lancing.

During the show visitors were able to pick up a 40th anniversary coin tube which takes forty £1 coins which provides a relaxing treatment in a patient's home. WSNG was formed in 1986 and meets in Sompting Village Hall on the first and third Friday of the month. New members are welcome. For more information see the Society's website Their annual show will be on 2 November in Lancing Village Hall when there will be layouts featuring different gauges. It is hoped to organise another charity show in Angmering in 2015

26 June 2013

Plaques vandalised

Angmering In Bloom has reported that three of their sponsorship plaques in The Square in the village have been uprooted from flower beds. Two have been recovered but the third plaque: "ANGMERING IN BLOOM SPONSORED BY FERRING NURSERIES" is still missing. If anyone finds the missing plaque, please take it to the Parish Council Offices in the village or contact Lorraine at

26 June 2013

Arun Planners defy their masters over Angmering sites

Despite Arun District Councillors not accepting the draft Local Plan proposed by the Council's Planning Department and wanting to re-examine the basis of critical and believed flawed housing data, housing locations and numbers, and other aspects of the Plan, the Planning Department has gone ahead regardless and arranged a meeting with developers on 7 August to:

"discuss the sites east of Roundstone Lane and the approach to the delivery of a comprehensive development, infrastructure provision and potential financial contributions. This is to include the S106 contributions, the provision of off-site mitigation based on the findings of the joint Transport Assessment and the potential provision of a primary school on the land owned by WSCC. ........Prior to the meeting we will endeavour to provide you with detail regarding the likely contributions, priorities and on-site provsions that would be sought by the relevant service areas for a scheme of circa 600 dwellings on the sites.".

This is an absolute disgrace and a challenge to the democratic processes of local government. It ignores the results of public consultation and the recommendation of reduced housing by the Arun's Local Plan Sub Committee. The District Councillors have yet to decide whether there would be ANY development of the sites east of Roundstone Lane but Council officers, apparently hand-in-hand with the developers are seemingly refusing to accept the decisions of their masters. This is the equivalent of the Civil Service ignoring the will of Parliament.

If Arun District councillors are to be left with any credibility, they must cancel this proposed meeting and discuss the future of both the Head of the Planning Department and the Council's Chief Executive Officer. The question is simple: Who controls Arun - The Councillors or the office staff?

24 June 2013

See also later Littlehampton Gazette article

Angmering Planning Applications

A/71/13 - Continuance of use without compliance with condition no. 1 imposed under planning reference A/23/08/ relating to an extension for a further temporary period of 3 years for car body repairs & spraying. Location: Unit 11, Shrublands, Roundstone Lane. Applicant: Kentcoast Limited.

A/73/13 - Aplication for a removal of condition 2 following a grant of planning permission A/113/88/ to enable premises to sell a wider range of goods.. Location: Roundstone Farm Shop, Littlehampton Road (Ferring). Applicant: Ham Manor Farms Ltd.

A/77/13 - Proposed first floor side extension. Location: The Firs, 34 East Drive. Applicant: Mr H Reckless.

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 11 July 2013.

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 2013

St Nicholas Church site

As regular readers of this News page may be aware, the Environment Committee of Angmering Parish Council has been working on a project to mark out the outline of St Nicholas Church, although there might be safety reasons why this may not be fully achieved (see Committee's minutes in news item of 11 June below). St Nicholas Church, which stood where St Nicholas' Gardens are today, had Saxon origins and was the parish church of East Angmering until it was demolished during the Reformation. West Angmering Church (St Margaret's) - a separate parish until that time - is situated barely 100 metres away across the Arundel Road.

As a principal part of this project, Worthing Archeological Society has been carrying our a geophysical survey of the site and, in conjunction with the Council's Environment Committee, will be presenting the final results of the survey on Wednesday 26 June at 7pm in St Wilfrid's School Hall, Arundel Road. Anyone who is interested may attend.

14 June 2013

Nice and Easy Quiz Night success

Angmering in Bloom Association's Quiz Night held on Saturday 1 June was a success with over 50 people making up 10 teams. Questions were set by Phil Leverick and covered a range of subjects including a picture round. The winning team claimed the first prize of 6 bottles of wine.

A light buffet was held at half time, along with a raffle, with prizes generously donated by local businesses. The auction for a free Summer Health check, donated by Arundel Road Garage, was won by Jenny Bos. The Association wishes to thank everyone for their support and generosity, over £350 being raised towards Angmering in Bloom projects.

Pictures of the event can be found on the Association's website at

14 June 2013

Angmering Planning Applications

A/74/13 - Proposed distribution warehouse and covered storage, trade counter and associated offices. Upgrading of access road for and improvement of existing junction with the A27. This application is a departure from the Development Plan and affects a public Right of Way. Location: The Vinery (Poling). Applicant: Fargro Limited.

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 4 July 2013.

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".

13 June 2013

Society celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Angmering Society celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding this year. In the Spring of 1973, it was rumoured that The Pigeon House, High Street Angmering, was likely to be sold, and perhaps its various buildings sold in separate lots. The Pigeon House was probably the oldest dwelling in Angmering (14th Century) and was of considerable architectural and historic interest as a medieval Sussex yeoman's house. At the instigation of Mr J L Kessler, Lieut. Cdr. A C Pinsent RN (Rtd), Mr E Holmes and Mr T Kay, a few residents met during April/May 1973 to consider what action could be taken regarding the Pigeon House and whether there was a need to form a society to "preserve the history of the village, improve the present and guard the future". The formation of a society was agreed and a public meeting called on 31 May 1973 which ratified and adopted a constitution.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, the Society held a Hog Roast in the Village Hall on Saturday 25 May which was attended by some 65 members and non-members. Speeches were made by founder members Mrs Maggie Skelton (the current president) and Mr Eric Holmes, and Mr Peter French (the current chairman). Photos of the evening can be seen below:


More information can be found about the Society on its website at

11 June 2013

Snippets from the draft Minutes of the Parish Council's Environment Committee meeting on 22 May 2013

St Nicholas' Gardens
Councillor Francis reported her thanks to the Worthing Archaeological Society for all the work they had undertaken. She would like the office to write to Arun District Council to ask for permission to dig trenches to find the exact layout of the Church. Due to safety reasons it would not be possible to put bricks along the outline but it may be possible to excavate the four corners and have clear plastic to cover each one, Consideration is also being given to a story board being placed at the entrance to the garden.

Public Toilets
The Lamb has received planning permission to convert the toilets into another letting room so it is envisaged that the toilets will close in approximately one month. Councillor Turner said there was one local shop that did have a private toilet and the Parish Council should investigate the possibility of using this.

Planting in Roman Avenue
The committee all in favour of the residents replanting trees and creating flower beds in the green adjacent to Pippin Play Area. With the help of the In Bloom team.

To read the full minutes of this meeting, click here

11 June 2013

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "QUARTET" (2012) [12A] at 7.45pm on Saturday 8 June - doors open at 7.30pm.

This award winning films stars Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, and Michael Gambon. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

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).

For your advance information, the July film will be "LINCOLN". Films are shown on the second Saturday of each month.

1 June 2013