Angmering Village Life

News Archive

October 2016


The Spinettes are returning for Xmas Show

WOW!  You may recall AVL News articles back in August when we reported on the show which The Spinettes and Matthew Goodgame put on featuring 40s, 50s, and 60s music and dance.  This had the majority of the families, couples and friends attending - from 5 to 80 - up on their feet singing and dancing along.  This was a wonderful professional performance by all these West End performers and left us all feeling really uplifted.

Well, The Spinettes and Matthew Goodgame are returning to Angmering in December to put on a Christmas-themed show and, judged on their previous performance in August and the great reviews from villagers who attended, this will probably be a sell-out.  The show, "A Vintage Christmas" will be held in Angmering Village Hall on Sunday 4 December at 3.00pm.

The Spinettes - three beautiful girls - are a globe trotting Vintage Trio formed of West End and International Artistes.  They have performed at venues including 10 Downing Street, The Shard, The Churchill Rooms, Goodwood, and HMS Belfast to name but a few.  They are currently sailing the Seven Seas as Guest Artistes onboard the most prestigious cruise liners in the world.  Their top class shows which they have been putting on in Sussex and elsewhere this year have had rave reviews from the local communities. They have made it possible for  those who are not able to get to the West End to see such a show and, at the same time, raise money for the Alzheimer's Society which is something they hold very dear to their hearts.

The Angmering show will again be hosted by West End leading man, Matthew Goodgame ( ) whose credits include Grease, Chicago, Dirty Dancing, Cats, Starlight Express, The Thorn Birds, and Funny Girl, and was the winner of Channel 4's "Musicality". Matthew is a personable and excellent singer/compere and both his humour and that of The Spinettes themselves shone through at their August show in Angmering.

At this Christmas show, The Spinettes will be singing Christmas classics such as: White Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Merry Christmas Everyone, Santa Baby, to name a few plus a few party classics - all performed with the harmonious 50s Spinettes' twist.  The show will be great fun and there will be festive refreshments available.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.  You can reserve tickets by phoning 07515 552491 or by emailing with payment at the door on the afternoon of the show.  You can also find out more about The Spinettes, testimonials, credits, videos and an extensive photo gallery on their website at

Finally, in order to avoid disappointment, do not delay in reserving your tickets as these are likely to be rapidly sold.

29 October 2016

Angmering Planning Applications

A/176/16/HH - Single storey rear extension & two storey side extension at rear of 20 Arundel Road. . Applicant: Mr S Dyson.

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 17 November 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".

28 October 2016

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council's Housing, Transport and Planning Committee Meeting on 11 October 2016

Arun Local Plan
ADC was aiming to consult on the main modifications to the Local Plan in Spring 2017. ADC intended to rely heavily on strategic sites, being those on which 300 or more dwellings can be delivered, in order to achieve the required numbers of new dwellings; ADC was, however, significantly constrained by the speed at which these sites can be delivered. Neighbourhood Plan parish allocations would only need to be reviewed and changed if they were found to be significantly to be out of step with Local Plan policies – but strategic allocations for particular towns and parishes would be considered entirely separately from Neighbourhood Plan policies in any case.

Highways Sub-Committee Report
Proposed Angmering Traffic Management Scheme : a set of revised drawings had been received, which were considered to be an accurate reflection of the amendments to the scheme requested by the Sub-Committee in the wake of the informal consultation. The Sub-Committee was therefore happy for the scheme to proceed to formal consultation in due course.

A259 Route Improvement Scheme : this was now subject to delay following an administrative error at WSCC, which was being rectified at the request of County Councillor Dr Walsh.

Community Speedwatch : roadside training sessions were due to commence shortly.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

27 October 2016

Model Railway Show

Celebrating their 30th Anniversary, the West Sussex 'N' Gauge Group will be holding a Model Railway Show on Saturday 5 November 2016 from 10am to 5pm at The Angmering School, Greenwood Drive, Station Road.

This is a bigger venue that past shows in Angmering which will allow more layouts and model railway traders.  All gauges will be on display including live steam and train rides.  Refresments will also be available.  For full details of layouts and traders, visit

Tickets are £5.00 Adults; £2.00 Child (3-17); £12.00 Family (2+2).

24 October 2016

Tea shop hosts book signing

Local author Trisha King will be selling and signing her new book Blame it on the Bugatti at Tea in the Square in the village centre on Friday 4 November 2016 between 11am and 1.00pm.

Blame it on the Bugatti is a rip-roaring tale of fantastic and funny escapades, and the stunning lengths a wife and husband will each go to, in order to finally win their long marital battle for power in order to control the family fortune. As the story reaches its dramatic conclusion, they'll both wish they'd never schemed to buy that Bugatti!

Her book has already received terrific reviews on Amazon, and would make a great Christmas gift, a little indulgence for yourself or for a friend. Trisha hopes to see you in our lovely village tea room.

If you are unable to get to the signings on Friday 4 November, you can order paperback, hardback, and Kindle versions from Amazon at .

 23 October 2016

Angmering Planning Applications

A/173/16/PL - Application for Variation of Condition 2 imposed under A/105/16/PL for removal of boundary walls to north & south & replace with planting & granite kerb stones, reconfiguration of approved bin & cycle store to provide direct garden access through separate kitchen & G floor WC, provision of bins & cycles within approved car port & within rear garden area, minor changes to window & door positions. This application affects the Character & Appearance of the Angmering Conservation Area. Land Rear of 1-6 The Cottrells. Applicant: Nanteos Developments

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 November 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".

22 October 2016

Tea Room prepares for winter!

Now that we have entered the autumn with winter approaching, it is getting noticeably cooler.  Even we have taken refuge inside when we visit Tea in the Square.  However, there are a number of people who have their dogs with them who cannot go into the tea shop and others who have to rely on wheelchairs/mobility scooters who suffer the same problem.  Well, Tea in the Square have come up with an answer.  From now, over these coming chilly months, they are providing some lovely warm blankets (and later hot water bottles!) for those wishing or needing to sit outside and who may wish to enjoy a hot chocolate or other warming drink, and perhaps try one of their many delicious cakes or scones on offer.

Further, from this coming Sunday, their Sunday hours are changing to 10am till 2pm. They will also have Sunday papers plus some new breakfast items on the menu.

6 October 2016

Leisure Centre gets go-ahead

ADC's Development Control Committee this week approved plans submitted by Rustington Golf Centre for a major leisure complex to be built on the southern part of their site off Golfers Lane, Angmering.  The complex will comprise a 63-bed hotel, a pub/restaurant, 9 x 5-a-side pitches, an indoor trampoline and laser tag centre, a forest adventure kiosk, a nursery, sub-station & associated infrastructure, and parking spaces for an additional 234 cars. A pedestrian and cycle path will be constructed between the site to join up with the existing A259 footpath north of the Sainsbury’s pedestrian crossing. The application was approved despite objections from Angmering and Rustington Parish Councils on the grounds of increase of traffic on the A259. With the existing Golf Centre, Virgin Active, Out of Bounds, and the family Adventure Golf course, the site in Angmering will become one of the biggest leisure centres in Sussex.

6 October 2016

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 12 September 2016

A259 route improvement scheme
A presentation [at JEEAC] had been given on the A259 route improvement scheme, which had focused on the changes made as a result of the consultation – these were such that a revised scheme would be consulted upon early next year, with a view to construction starting in the 2017/18 financial year. One of the most significant changes was that a left-turn filter lane was now being proposed for the A259/A280 roundabout, to facilitate traffic movements from the westbound A259 into Old Worthing Road. This had previously been ruled out.

Co-option of Councillor
It was proposed that David Marsh be co-opted as a Parish Councillor and on a show of hands this was unanimously AGREED. Councillor Marsh proceeded to sign the Councillor Code of Conduct and took his seat among the Councillors.

Village Traffic Management Scheme
[The Chairman reported] The Traffic Management Scheme (in whatever form it finally materialised) was now scheduled for the 2017/18 financial year, when developer contributions should have been received, and prior to any work being done on the A259.

Play areas refurbishment
Councillor Phelon, as Chairman of the Communities, Leisure, Environment and Well-Being (CLEW) Committee explained that the Committee had considered a quotation for work said to be required on the play equipment in the Parish Council play areas. The quotation had come from Vita Play, following the annual inspection by a separate company, and amounted to more than £50,000. The CLEW Committee had taken the view that there were only some items on the list that needed to be carried out now, which incorporated all identified health and safety issues, the replacement of broken nets on the Russet Play Area and rot damage to swings on the Braeburn site. On a proposal by Councillor Phelon, seconded by Councillor Thompson: That the CLEW Committee be given powers to expend up to £5,000 on repairs to play equipment – unanimously AGREED.

Windmill Bridge Junction
[From JEEAC meeting] The additional signage installed to dissuade motorists for making illegal right turns onto the eastbound A259 from the left-hand lane had been noted as being wholly inadequate and was to be revisited.
Station Road roundabout
[From JEEAC meeting] Councillor Mountain noted that the working group had asked for a yellow hatched box at the bottom of Station Road, in place of the widely-ignored “keep clear” markings. This was due to be put in place soon and did not require a TRO.  

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

6 October 2016

2016 Conker Competition




The S.C.O.T.C.H. Team Conker Competition, inaugurated in 1980,  is for teams of 3 players of all ages.  This is the ?3rd consecutive year at The Spotted Cow.  In that time, only two teams have won the competition more than once.  It is recommended that the minimum age limit is 8 years old. There is no maximum age limit; the oldest player in past years has been 98 years young.  Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  The organisers will try to make up teams with people who don’t have three players.

All conkers and string are provided by the organisers.

The competition is run on a knockout basis with all first round losers eligible to play in The Plate Competition.  Trophies and/or medals are awarded the first three teams in the main draw.  The winning team are also awarded "THE ALLEYCAT CATTERIES" shield.  The winners of the plate draw also receive medal.  In addition there are prizes for the Most Outstanding Player. For full rules, previous winners, et., visit

The entry fee is £10.00 per team. There is a barbecue and raffle.  The proceeds of the event will be donated to Chestnut Tree House.

Liquid Logic will be playing live music from 16.30.

3 October 2016