Angmering Village Life

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July 2013


The Met Office have issued a Yellow Warning for rain and a Yellow Flood Warning (surface and river) covering West Sussex which is in force from Saturday afternoon (27 July) into Sunday morning (28 July). This is a low level warning but should not be ignored, especially in areas of higher risk.

Weather Situation and impacts
The main concern is for Saturday and into Sunday morning. Although there are some uncertainties on precise intensities, timings and locations, it is possible that heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect some parts of West Sussex. There is the potential for up to 30mm in an hour, and up to 50mm in 3 hours. The storms are possible because of high temperatures and humidity over on the near continent - therefore providing the atmospheric conditions where torrential downpours can develop. With the wind blowing from a generally southerly direction, these storms would then move northwards from France.

26 July 2013 (issued at 17.25hrs)

Playday 2013

Playday is the national day for play in the UK and in Angmering it will be celebrated this year at Angmering Community Centre on Monday 5 August between 3pm and 6pm. As well as a celebration of children's right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. Play is an essential part of every child's life and is vital for their development. Through play, children explore the world around them and develop and practise skills.

There will be lots of activities for children to try out at the Community Centre including some of the Centre's free classes. Included in the activities are Playmosaic, Littlemovers, Angmering School of Dance, Mathemagical, Bam Zumba, Activ8, Choi Kwang Do, and table tennis. For more information phone Dee at the Community Centre on 01903-773982.

24 July 2013

Flood Risk Consultation

A public consultation on the West Sussex Local Flood Risk Management Strategy begins this week and runs to 9th September 2013. It sets out how West Sussex County Council will manage flood risk across the county, in partnership with other risk management authorities. Angmering residents are being encouraged to comment on the Strategy as the parish is one of those affected by flooding issues with 615 properties having been assessed as being susceptible to flooding. The aim is to make sure that the Strategy is supported locally, understandable, correct and appropriate.

Further details of the Strategy and the consultation process can be found at - these include the Angmering Wet Map and remedial work programme. Copies are also available at Angmering Library.

24 July 2013

Successful Charity Event

In the beautiful barn at the Dover House and its setting in Angmering Park last Friday (19 July), the West Sussex Branch of the Children's Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) held a charity tea and flower arranging demonstration. Some 65 people bought tickets for the function, many from Angmering and the surrounding district, which raised an incredible £1163.

The demonstration, using various themes, was given by Mrs Cookie Brown from Rustington who produced some amazing displays during the afternoon in exceptionally hot conditions. A small selection of her arrangements are shown below.


The event was attended by Mrs Catherine Arkley, the Chief Executive of CLDF who had specially travelled down from Birmingham. Catherine will shortly be retiring from the Foundation having been appointed as Chief Executive in 1991 and who has taken CLDF from a small children’s charity into a national organisation.

The Children's Liver Disease Foundation and Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice are the principal charities supported by Angmering Village Life.

23 July 2013


The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning for rain and a Yellow Flood Warning (surface and river) covering West Sussex which is in force from now until the morning of Wednesday 24th. This is a low level warning but should not be ignored, especially in areas of higher risk.

Weather Situation and impacts
As the temperature rises today (Monday) there is the possibility of isolated showers developing during the afternoon and evening. As with any showery situation it is not possible to say exactly where the showers are likely to develop and many places will remain dry during this period. These showers will clear later in the evening.

From approximately 3am Tuesday morning further showers will develop and spread from the West and from the French coast. These showers will be more widespread and are likely to be heavy, or possibly torrential, and accompanied by thunderstorms, hail and gusty winds (possibly 40-50 mph). There is the potential for 20-40 mm or more of rain in the space of 1-3 hours leading to surface water flooding and flooding of fast-responding urban catchments. With the hard ground caused by the recent hot, sunny weather there will be more runoff and a higher risk of surface water flooding.

22 July 2013 (issued at 17.35hrs)

Annual Village Summer Market

The Summer Village Market will be held on Saturday 17 August between 9.30am and 2.00pm, again on Fletcher's Field. As usual, there will be many Craft and Food Stalls, and a number of village organisations will be represented including this year, Angmering Village Life, showing hundreds of photos of old Angmering. There will, as usual, be rides for the children. Further, "Owls About Town" will be at the event allowing you to get close to some fascinating birds. poster

If this were not enough, there will again be a Fun Dog Show, sponsored by Pets at Home, with 9 judging classes being held from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Between 11.45am and 12.30pm, there will be a Puppy Party - bring your puppy along for socialization, training, health, and nutrition. All Puppies go away with a Party Bag! Further details of the various Dog Show classes and how to register, and the Puppy Party can be found by clicking here.

22 July 2013

Snippets from the draft Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 8 July 2013

Chairman's Report
a) The Chairman stated that the Parish Council had been invited to a meeting at Arun District Council on 7 August 2013, involving developers to discuss the possible Section 106 contributions from any developments on the land to the East of Roundstone Lane. The Clerk was looking to set up a meeting with planners before this date in order to ascertain what the content of the joint meeting would contain.
c) He referred to derogatory comments being made on the Angmering Forum made available through the Angmering Village Life website, which he believed would be answered by people coming into the office rather than taking cheap pot- shots, which were inaccurate and unnecessary.

District Councillor Report
District Councillors had declined the offer to be present at the meeting with developers mentioned by the Chairman earlier, believing that this was the sort of meeting to be attended by officers and not councillors. .

Maintenance Staff Welfare Unit
Councillor Francis explained that the Environment Committee had expressed a wish to provide a welfare unit somewhere in the Mayflower Park area in order for staff to have somewhere to shelter; provide them with a storage facility; provide the PCSO somewhere to shelter and provide street-watch volunteers somewhere as a base. On a proposal by Councillor Verrinder, seconded by Councillor Mountain it was RESOLVED by a vote of 9 to 1 to agree in principle to the provision of a welfare unit somewhere in the Mayflower Park area. The Environment Committee should decide where it would prefer the unit to be placed and to have this fully costed up ensuring adequate Health and Safety matters were included.

Angmering in Bloom Grant
On a proposal by Councillor Bicknell, seconded by Councillor Graham it was unanimously RESOLVED to grant £330 to the Association to provide signs in the entrances to the village.

To read the full minutes of this meeting, click here

19 July 2013

Garden Competition and Judging Day

The Best Allotment, Best Front Garden and Best Pub Garden judging took place on Wednesday 10 July. Winners will be announced on 16 September. In the morning the three Public Houses that entered and all the Allotments at Honey Lane were judged by John Goulding (Chairman) and Mary Millam (Vice Chairman) of the Angmering Horticultural Society and local resident Richard Perry. These judges were joined in the afternoon by Steven Mountain, Chairman of the Parish Council, to judge the 11 Front Garden entries.

The South and South East In Bloom judging took place on Monday 15 July - the bright sunshine really showed the Village off at its best which was in stark contrast to the floods and rain last year. The judges spent the morning visiting a number of locations and projects around the Village including the Lavinia Norfolk Centre and the Allotments.

Further information and photos can be found on the Angmering in Bloom Association's website at

17 July 2013

UKIP leader drops in for pint

The leader of the UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, dropped into The Woodman Arms in Angmering for a quick beer early on Saturday evening and chatted with customers. Apparantly, he had been fishing with his son at Littlehampton earlier in the day. (source: The Argus)

15 July 2013

Snippets from the draft Minutes of the Parish Council's Leisure Committee meeting on 2 July2013

Christmas Tree
Councillor Sylvia Verrinder, as a member of the public, asked if there was going to be a Christmas Tree in the village this Christmas. Councillor Colin Trott asked about the power supply, Councillor Pat Turner informed members and Councillor Verrinder that there is a power supply on the green and repairs have been carried out. The Lamb at Angmering public house was discussed as this has been a location for the Christmas tree in the past. Councillor Pat Turner suggested another location of behind the road sign on the Village Green and said that she would be able to provide the lights. Councillor Julia Graham suggested to ask Chichester how they secure their Christmas tree and if we could obtain quotations for supplying and securing from local nurseries. It was RESOLVED to obtain quotations for supply and securing of a Christmas tree from local nurseries and to draft a letter to The Lamb at Angmering to see if they have any interest in assisting.

Fitness Equipment
The Administrator informed the members that an application for funding would now be sent to JEEAC. A letter had been received by a parishioner regarding his objection to spending money on this project.

BMX Track & Skatebowl Surround
Councillor Pat Turner clarified that funding is to be applied for the BMX Track and the funding for the skate bowl surround was to come from the reserve budget and that the Leisure Committee do not have to apply to any other Committees to spend from the reserve budget. It was Proposed by Councillor Pat Turner, seconded by Councillor Trott and RESOLVED to go ahead with the tarmac quotation for the skate bowl surround and for the Administrator to proceed with arranging for the work.

Downs Way Noticeboard
Councillor Pat Turner proposed that bearing in mind costs and due to the fact the notice board has been at the Downs Way location, un used for approximately 2 years and has not been noted by residents in that area, that a more favourable location to be sought. Councillor Pat Turner also suggested to liaise with the Downs Way shops to see if they would like to take the notice board over. Councillor Julia Graham suggested removing it completely and it was RESOLVED to remove the notice board and ask if Ground Maintenance Staff were able to do this.

CCTV at Community Centre
The recent events of vandalism were discussed and the quotations received for CCTV at the rear of the Community Centre were considered. Councillor Julia Graham said that more information was required about CCTV law and suggested that SALC may be able to help. The members discussed CCTV further and AGREED that security equipment would be installed. Members requested that the Administrator contact Goring Electricals for a revised quotation for security equipment as discussed.

To read the full minutes of this meeting, click here

11 July 2013

Festival of Flowers & Music (2)

Some 150 people attended the Preview Evening of St Margaret's Church's Festival of Flowers & Music last night (Wednesday) . There were 21 amazing floral arrangements both within and outside the church which international floral designer and demonstrator, Sandy Evans, and her dedicated team of local people had spent many hours putting together, each interpreting a verse from the Scriptures. The church's musical director, Malcolm Hawke, and his ensemble provided quiet background music which enhanced the event.

Below is a small selection of the arrangements which do not do justice to the displays:


The church is open from 10.00am to 4.30pm today (Thursday), Friday, and Saturday with free entry to see the floral exhibits with craft stalls and refreshments in the Church Hall. On Friday evening at 7.30pm, there will be a free informal music concert in the church where friends and members of St Margaret's will be entertaining with a range of short musical items for all ages.

11 July 2013

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "LINCOLN" [12A] at 7.45pm on Saturday 13 July - doors open at 7.30pm.

This Oscar winning film directed by Steven Spielberg stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn. As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. 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).

11 July 2013

Festival of Flowers & Music (1)

A Festival of Flowers & Music starts today (Wednesday) at St Margaret's Church and continues until Saturday.

The Church is hosting a spectacular display of 21 inspirational flower arrangements, led by international floral designer and demonstrator Sandy Evans and her team of "Flower Girls". Each arrangement will interpret a scripture on the theme of "New Life". Come and see how flowers can tell the story of the scriptures.

Entrance to the Festival is free except for the Wednesday Preview Evening where tickets will cost £5 each, to include drinks and canapés and which are available from the Church office on 01903 784459 or email

Music director Malcolm Hawke and his ensemble will be tinkling the ivories and plucking the strings, providing a warm and welcoming ambience as you view the exhibits. It will be an evening not to be missed. A free informal music concert will be held in the church on Friday 12 July at 7.30pm. Friends and members of St Margaret’s will entertain with a range of short musical items which will appeal to all ages.

Refreshments and crafts will be available in the church hall during each day. Watch crafters working on their designs as you peruse their completed objects.

10 July 2013

Community Café

Angmering Community Centre are looking for 5 volunteers to run a Community Café at the Centre which would be open between 11am and 1pm each weekday during the school Summer holidays. Each volunteer would only be required to run the café for 2 hours on one day of the week serving tea, coffee, and ice creams.

If you are able to help, please call in at the Centre and talk to Dee, the Centre's administrator, or give her a ring on 01903-773982.

10 July 2013

Gratefest 2013

Gratefest 2013 will be held at The Spotted Cow on Sunday 21st July from 4.00pm. The event will be raising funds for Canine Partners and Chanctonbury Community Playscheme. DEAD GRATEFUL will be featuring, at the event for the 10th year. There will be live music in the evening, approx 7.30pm, from TAIL LIGHTS.

There will be a barbecue during the afternoon, and a raffle, raising funds for the charities. Further information available on

10 July 2013

Family Day & Craft Market

Angmering Family Day & Summer Craft Market will be held in the delightful setting of Tree House in Honey Lane on Sunday 14th July 2013 between 11am and 5pm in aid of Cancerwise. Honey Lane is the second road on the right off the High Street when leaving the village centre.

There will be Fun for all the Family including indoor swimming (with lifeguards), treasure hunt, pottery, painting, coconut shy, bouncy castle, trampoline, face painting, garden jenga, and games - all children's entertainment is free. The organised games and competitions will be held between 2.00pm and 4.30pm.

The Craft Market will include bags and handbags, accessories, jewellery, summer fashions, soft furnishings, Sussex greetings cards, an interior design consultant, a portrait photographer, and garden plants and shrubs will be on sale. There will also be several stalls offering advice on health and well-being.

"Owls About Town" will also be there with a collection of birds that include Eagle Owls, Barn Owls, Indian Eagle Owls, and Harris Hawks. There will be a Giant Tombola and a Raffle.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day with BBQ (and vegetarian options) being served between 11.45am and 2.30pm, then Cream Teas between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Also available throughout the days will be hot drinks, soft drinks and ice creams. The Country Cake Shop will be selling homemade cakes and pastries.

This is an event not to be missed. Entrance for Adults (over 18) is £2.50, Children (over 5) £1.00, and Children (under 5) are free.

7 July 2013

Angmering to get flood warning webcam

Following the severe flooding of Angmering last year, West Sussex County Council has approved a grant of £3863 to Angmering Parish Council for the supply and installation of a web camera on the trash screen/grill to the culvert entrance of Black Ditch near the bottom of Weavers Hill.

The webcam will allow residents, businesses and the Environment Agency to take appropriate action and hopefully reduce the impact of flooding at times of heavy rainfall. Cllr Sylvia Verrinder, chair of Angmering Parish Council's Emergency Committee said "The webcam will enable anyone visiting a website to check how high the water levels are 24 hours a day and raise the alarm if they are dangerously high".

4 July 2013

In Bloom competition judging date

The judging date for Angmering's entry into the regional Britain in Bloom competition is Monday 15 July. The judges will be starting at the Village Hall at 10:00am and finishing back there at 12:00pm. Residents are welcome to view the presentation boards in the King Suite of the Village Hall on the 15 July from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. Details of the route can be found on the Angmering in Bloom Association's website at

4 July 2013