Angmering Village Life

News Archive

February 2016

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 8 February 2016

Community Centre Car Park
With regard to the matter of the grass bund, it was noted that, whilst it would be cheaper to relocate the bund rather than to remove it altogether, it would be entirely a matter for ADC’s Planning Department as to whether this would be possible.
On a proposal by Councillor Thompson, seconded by Councillor Nikki Hamilton-Street: To award the contract for the works to PSM Building Services Limited – unanimously AGREED.
On a proposal by Councillor Lee Hamilton Street, seconded by Councillor Oldfield: To relocate the bund, if permitted to do so by ADC Planning Department – unanimously AGREED.

Angmering Community Land Trust
Councillor Hill-Smith expressed concern about possible conflicts of interest arising from the involvement of the Parish Council and various Councillors and officers in the CLT. The Clerk noted that once the CLT was fully up and running, with paid members, the members would be asked to elect a Board, which would then be accountable to the members under the rules and legislation governing Community Benefit Societies. The Parish Council’s role in all this was to provide administrative support to get the project going, which also accorded with the Angmering Neighbourhood Plan.
The Clerk noted that Councillors were requested to consider whether to resolve to allocate the sum of £2,000 earmarked in the draft budget for 2016/17 for incidental expenditure for the CLT. The CLT would become self-financing once funds had been raised for construction and working capital requirements. On a proposal by Councillor Lee Hamilton-Street, seconded by Councillor Thompson: That the sum of £2,000 be earmarked for CLT purposes as per the Clerk’s report – AGREED by 9 votes in favour, with the abstention of the Chairman and Councillor Verrinder.

Water Lane Gardens
The Chairman noted that the Parish Council was asked to confirm the recommendation of the Maintenance Committee that, following completion of the landscaping works at Water Lane Garden, the Garden to be renamed the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens in commemoration of HM Queen’s 90th Birthday, and to install a plaque to this effect. On a proposal by Councillor Mountain, seconded by Councillor Lee Hamilton-Street: That the Maintenance Committee’s recommendation be adopted – AGREED by 11 votes in favour, with the abstention of Councillor Thompson.

It was noted that Paul Broggi of ADC had been in contact with the Parish Office, from which it had become apparent that the matter of the lease on the Palmer Road Recreation Ground was no further advanced than before. General dissatisfaction was expressed at this. The Clerk noted that he would revert to Paul Broggi, copying in the District Councillors for this ward, conveying this dissatisfaction and requesting that progress be made as a matter of priority. A meeting would also be held with representatives of ASRA in early course.

New Parish Council Website
Councillor Mountain asked whether there was any progress to report on the new website. The Deputy Clerk noted that the designers were now engaged in building the substantive website, the visual appearance having been agreed upon, and were due to provide an update on progress shortly.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

26 February 2016

Angmering stabbing

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault on a 25-year-old man from Rustington who was attacked in Station Road, Angmering, on Tuesday evening. (23 February). The victim was with a man and woman and all three had crossed the level crossing, walking north on Station Road after visiting the nearby Co-Op supermarket, when the assault occurred at 8.30pm. The victim sustained a small stab wound to the abdomen, which required hospital treatment.

His assailant is described as a white man, aged 18-25, 5'8" - 5'11", of slim build build and with dark hair. He was wearing a black coat, black scarf, and black or dark-coloured jeans. He was riding a mountain bike and had a dark-coloured draw-string bag on his back.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has other information is asked to email or call 101, quoting serial 1414 of 23/02. Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (

26 February 2016

Police Report: 8 February - 14 February 2016

- REF: 1341 - 10/02/16 Lansdowne Road - Between 9th- 10th February a vehicle was damaged and a satnav stolen.
- REF: 0175 - 12/02/16 Rowan Way - Overnight 11th - 12th February two vehicles were scratched on the bodywork.

Rogue Traders
A resident had agreed to have his driveway tarmacked at an address in Angmering and has reported to police he was pressured to pay more than he believed. Rogue traders are criminals who take advantage of householders by using high-pressure sales techniques. The work is often expensive, sub-standard and not required at all. Rogue trading is often linked to distraction burglary, which is carried out by an offender who gains access to a property by distracting or deceiving the householder in order to steal valuables or cash. They do prey on the most vulnerable members of our community, so please make sure that your elderly relatives, friends and neighbours are aware not only of the scams that might take place on their phones or through their post-box but also of people turning up on their doorsteps and alarming them into having unnecessary work done in their homes and gardens.

If you have seen or heard anything related to these incidents please contact Sussex Police, email, call 101 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Weekly reports for the last 3 months can be found on our Policing page.

20 February 2016

Allottments - Fancy growing your own vegetables?

One of the duties of a Parish Council is to provide allotments for the residents of the parish, if there is a demand.

Angmering's allotments are situated at the end of Honey Lane, which is accessed from the High Street. There are 130 plots of various sizes and are administered by the Angmering Allotment Association.

If you would like to be put on the waiting list for a plot please call Richard Hughes, the Association's Lettings Officer on 01903-785557 or visit their website at for more information

20 February 2016

Missing Angmering girl

Officers are stepping up their search for a teenage girl who went missing from her home in Angmering. Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 16-year-old Zahra Mathew-Evans, who was last seen shortly before 2pm on Tuesday (16 February). PCSOs have been engaging with members of the public in the village and the surrounding area in a bid to gain information about her whereabouts.

Inspector Roy Hodder, of the Sussex Police missing persons team, said: "We're increasingly concerned for Zahra as she has been missing for 48 hours now. She is young and vulnerable, and has no access to a mobile phone. She is considered a high risk missing person as she may be sleeping rough and, given the recent cold spell, this is of significant concern".

"Were you in Angmering on Tuesday when she went missing? Did you see her then, or have you seen her since? Zahra is described as white Asian, about 5' 3", with very long and straight black hair. She was last seen wearing black leggings, a white short-sleeved crop top and open-toed white shoes with a four-inch heel. She is known to have links to Sussex, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is urged to contact police on or call 101, quoting serial 925 of 16/02.

19 February 2016

UPDATE: Zahra found safe and well in Fishersgate

Cloudberry opening date

Further to our news article on 31 January, Cloudberry Bags will open at 1A Church Hill (just off The Square) in Angmering tomorrow (Thursday) 18 10.30am.

Their "bijoux emporium" will be selling Handbags & Clutches for all occasions, Clothing & Knitwear, Scarves & Leather Accessories, Exclusive Home Fragrances, English Bath & Body Products, and more.... You can read more about Cloudberry on their website at

You will be able to win a selection of "goodies" in their Grand Prize Draw which will run until the end of March 2016.

17 February 2016

Angmering Planning Applications

A/188/15/OUT - Outline application with some matters reserved for part demolition of 2 No. workshop buildings & erection of 1 No. dwelling at Wood Design Workshops, Roundstone Bypass. This application is a Departure from the Development Plan. Applicant: Mr & Mrs B Devitt-Spooner.

A/8/16/PL - New single 2-bedroom dwelling. This application affects the character and appearance of Angmering Conservation Area. Land at The Cottrells. Applicant: Nanteos Developments.

A/13/16/HH - Single storey extension adjoined at the rear of both semi-detached properties. This application affects the Character and Appearance of the Angmering Conservation Area at Pryce Cottage and Grace Cottage, Arundel Road. Applicant: Mr & Mrs James Skelton.

A/20/16/PL - Replacement of an existing bungalow with a detached chalet style dwelling & a pair of semi-detached chalet style dwellings. This application is a departure from the development plan at Caretakers Cottage, Angmering School, Greenwood Drive. Applicant: Mr & Mrs D Shannon.

A/23/16/HH - Single story rear extension, loft extension with rear dormer, 2 No. velux roof lights to front slope, hip to gable end, replacement of existing roof tiles, replacement of 5 No. PVCu windows & replacement of concrete gutters for black PVC. at 90 Palmer Road. Applicant: Mr A Martin.

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 10 March 2016.

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".

17 February 2016

Police Report: 1 February - 7 February 2016

- REF: 0599 - 07/02/16 Arundel Road - Between 1600 (6th) and 1000 (7th) a wing mirror to a vehicle parked in Arundel Road was ripped off.
- REF: 0056 - 06/02/16 Dappers Lane - During the early hours of 6th February a male entered a property in Dappers Lane, who ran off after being disturbed by a resident. The description is of a male in a navy blue hoody, tracksuit bottoms and approximately 5ft10 in height. Nothing is believed to have been stolen.

If you have seen or heard anything related to these incidents please contact Sussex Police, email, call 101 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Weekly reports for the last 3 months can be found on our Policing page.

9 February 2016

Calendar Photographic Competition

Angmering In Bloom are still looking for photos of Angmering through the seasons for inclusion in their 2017 Calendar which has the theme "Flora in Angmering". Can you help them by submitting you own digital photos (closing date 22 August 2016)?

The photos need to be either saved as a JPG or PDF and be in landscape format. You also need to give Angmering In Bloom permission to use the photo(s). Thirteen will be chosen for the calendar.

The high resolution images should be sent to If you require more information, contact Julia (01903-783754) or Lorraine (01903-77861) or send an email to the address shown. poster

5 February 2016

Woven Tapestry Exhibition at Ecclesden Mill

The South East British Tapestry Group is returning to Angmering for its 3rd biennial Exhibition of new contemporary woven tapestries. This will again be held at The Mill House Gallery, Ecclesden Lane, Angmering between Friday 25th March to Sunday 3rd April (10.30pm to 4.30pm daily).

Standing on the side of Highdown Hill, The Mill House Gallery proved a magnificent venue for the highly successful first two exhibitions in 2012 and 2014, the last one having over 550 visitors. This year the theme of the exhibits is SYMBIOSIS - the relationship between two types of organisms in which each provides for the other the conditions necessary for its continued existence. Each weaver has offered their personal interpretation in their own approach to tapestry weaving, resulting in a diverse and inventive collection of work.

Facilities at The Mill House Gallery for the duration of the exhibition include:

Many of the exhibits will be available for purchase. Please note that due to the unusual nature of the Gallery there is no access for wheelchairs and several floors of exhibits will be accessible by stairs only.

For press invitations to the Private View (sponsored by Myrtleart or other enquiries please contact Lin Squires on 0780 160 7286 or by email

4 February 2016

Police Report: 25 January - 31 January 2016

- REF: 0091- 26/01/16 Mayflower Way - Between 1700 (14th) and 0900 (15th) damage was caused to a BMX track in Mayflower Way.
- REF: 0285- 26/01/16 Church Hill - Overnight on the 25th, damage was caused to the windows of commercial premises in Church Hill.

If you have seen or heard anything related to these incidents please contact Sussex Police, email, call 101 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Weekly reports for the last 3 months can be found on our Policing page.

2 February 2016

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "SUFFRAGETTE" [UK12A][2015] at 7.45pm on Saturday 13 February - doors open at 7.30pm.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep. A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing turned to violence as the only route to change. They were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children - and their lives. poster

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

The March film will be "BROOKLYN".

2 February 2016

Volunteer required

Angmering Village Hall is looking for a volunteer to coordinate Maintenance for the Hall. You would not be required to carry out maintenance but coordinate between those reporting faults and the persons carrying out the work. There is a comprehensive contact list of workmen. Initial help will be available.

If you feel you could carry out this task for Angmering Village Hall please contact them, either by email: or telephone Corrie Brown: 01903 787507

1 February 2016