Inside Worthing magazine January 22

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January 2022

Issue 16

Dry January? Your Woodland

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5 Inside Welcome

18 Wild Your Environment An Introduction to Home Retrofit

6 Inside Health and Wellbeing Mind Your Back

20 Inside Local History New Year Revels and Harsh Winters

8 Inside Health and Wellbeing Epic Fail for Dry January? No Worries!

22 Inside Worthing’s WIs

10 Inside Out and About The Arundel Restaurant - Not Just a Meal

24 Inside Our Town New Cafe plans for Worthing’s Brookland’s Park

12 Inside Your Month

26 Inside Puzzles - Prize Winning Wordseach

14 Inside Our Town Welcoming in 2022

28 Inside Puzzles - Sudoku

16 Wild Inside Your Woodland Needs You!

30 Index and Useful Information

29 Inside Colouring

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Inside Health & Wellbeing Bryan Turner MRPharmS

Wild Inside Dr Barbara Pilley Shaw

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Happy New Year to you all from myself and the team of regular contributors and Freelancers who all work to bring these magazines to your doorsteps! December brought some further pandemic related uncertainty, so I hope you all managed to have some festive cheer one way or another. As we enter 2022, we wonder what the year will bring. You can read about Dry January from Caroline Osella’s article and how our woodland needs us from Barbara Pilley-Shaw’s. If you have ever wondered what retrofitting your home is about, Architect Sarah Kemp gives a good explanation in Inside Your Environment.

INSIDE Welcome


You’ll notice that the paper is a different weight to usual….that is due to the actual paper for the magazines being stuck at sea with a Covid stricken crew! I’m sure we will return to the usual format in February. Don’t forget if you want your business or idea featured in the next editions, get in touch well before the 10th as the pages are filling very rapidly at the moment. See you next month!

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INSIDE Health & Wellbeing

MIND YOUR Bryan Turner MRPharmS


ack ache is exceedingly common, in fact up to 80% of people over the age of 16 will experience back ache at some time in their life. It can miserable, causing limitations to the sufferer in all sorts of ways. Whether it is at home, at work or on holiday or in some other social situation, sufferers often find that their activities are limited by the condition. Nationally, it is estimated that 12.5% of sick days in the UK are related to backache. Pre-Covid it rose to an astonishing 40% in the NHS. Financial costs to the UK economy have been estimated between £10Bn to £20Bn, including lost earnings and production and treatment costs to the NHS. Backache can develop suddenly or gradually, but isn’t usually a sign of anything serious. It can occur anywhere from the neck to the lower back. Initial causes can be hard to determine but is often a strain (damage to muscle) or a sprain (damage to ligament). Sometimes a nerve emerging from your spine can become compressed. With the sciatic nerve you can experience pain all the way down your leg to your ankle. STEPS you can take if you have back ache • Stretch- Gentle stretching of muscles can increase mobility, reduce stiffness and improve circulation. If you have stiffness/pain in the neck muscles and/ or upper back, try gentle moving your head from side to side, and try making circular movements with your shoulders. Stop if your pain increases to uncomfortable levels, then try again later. Day by day, your range of movement will increase and your pain/ stiffness will reduce.



Therapy- Ibuprofen is the best pain killer to take, as it is anti-inflammatory. Paracetamol is less effective. Treatments are available heating and cooling the area, which can give short term soothing relief. Always ask your Pharmacist for advice. • Exercise- Walking, swimming and cycling will tease out stiff muscles and increase mobility. It may hurt more initially, do not let this stop you. Do as much as you can, and you will soon find that you can do more and more each day with less pain. • Posture- Good posture is essential to prevent backache, protects a weak back and helps recovery. Keep your ear, shoulder, hip and ankle in line when standing. When sitting, do the same with your ear, shoulder and hip. Your head probably weighs around 10lbs, if it is held forward for a long time it means a lot of strain on your neck and shoulders! A well-positioned cushion at the small of your back will help. • Strength- Keeping your core muscles, in your abdomen and lower back, in good condition can stabilise your back and stop problems occurring. A good exercise is “Superman”. Go on all fours then lift and stretch your right arm together with your left leg. Do this 15 times. Then do the same with your left arm and right leg. Repeat as necessary. If this is too much initially, then simply lie on your front and raise and lower your arms and legs, 15 times. You can do this at home, and it does not take a lot of time. If your back ache does not clear up sufficiently in a reasonable time, then please see your Pharmacist or Doctor for further advice. Physiotherapy and Osteopathy can also help. Perseverance with the STEPS program is almost always beneficial, and is worth the investment of your time and effort.

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INSIDE Health & Wellbeing

Epic Fail for Dry January?


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y neighbour breezes into my kitchen with a posh bottle. “Whoa, what’s this? – it’s only 3 o’clock”. She grins. “You’re interested in AF and low alcohol, right?” Indeed I am. She snaps open a posh tonic, pours a measure from an interesting bottle, with all the panache of a pro mixologist, and hands it to me. “Alcohol Free adult drink”, she promises. With a sense of ceremony and discovery, I sip. We begin to talk. I grab my notebook. “A friend asked me if I’d ever tried this thing. Me and my husband were having alcohol-related health problems - we were ready to try it”. “Problems?” I prod (not quite as delicately as I might have). “Yeah. I realised that my regular headaches directly connected to drinking. Alcohol was making me sick. We like the buzz - but not the blues, the ups and downs, the hangovers. We needed a social drink”. Hence the elixir. We sip, enjoying the complex flavours - very far from cola or sticky OJ. We sip some more, and conversation turns to Dry January. Dry January connects back to eternal and widespread human practices of living cyclic rhythms, which counterpoint moments of feasting with periods of fasting. But I’m wary of anything setting itself up as a stark either/ or binary. “Are our only choices drunk or abstinent?” we wonder, deciding that it’s odd for society to accept bingedrinking and alcohol dependency for 11 months - punctuated by ‘DryJanuary’. We also agree that ‘dry days’ feels very negative. “I’d

rather talk about staying ‘conscious’ or ‘mindful’ ”. “Yeah, or about ‘getting into it’ on a night out – instead of being ‘out of it’”. “It’s cultural, that kind of ‘all or nothing’ thinking - an epidemic, actually”. We old-timers observe that younger people are embracing mocktails, sober socials, conscious clubbing, and lower alcohol, but that alcohol does also continue to have a grip. I ask an under-21 year old for their thoughts. “The thing is, there’s this idea that you work really hard and then you binge: that gives you an excuse to use substances irresponsibly. It’s hard to stop this abstinence sandwiched with bingeing pattern – it’s our culture, you’re actually encouraged to live like that”. Great analysis of the ‘work hard, play hard’ ideology - something that Daniel Briggs (in his ethnography of British drinking) named ‘capitalismo extremo’. “You’re not encouraged to change your whole relationship with substances – I mean everything: caffeine, alcohol, tobacco”. “Dry January feels like a sticking plaster on a gaping wound. For society. Even at a personal level. If you’re a heavy user it probably feels good to know you can do one month off, but in the grand scheme it doesn’t do much good for your health or your psychology – it’s just reassurance that you’re still in control of something that, actually, you’re out of control with”. The different generations agree, then: most of us will do better with a year-long moderation approach. “I’ll never climb a mountain, but I’ll get up Cissbury Ring”.

Note: We recognise that some people do have to structure their substance use as total abstinence. Caroline Osella blogs as Worthing By Accident (WoBy) @

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INSIDE Out and About

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Not just a Meal


ome of the contributors to Inside Magazines had the pleasure and privilege of being treated to a feast at The Arundel restaurant as our pre-Christmas get together. It really was a privilege, because we became part of the journey that students at Northbrook MET are travelling towards their goal of working in the hospitality industry. Our table was served by the level 2 Chef students. Although the students’ end goal is to be be in the kitchen when they work as Chefs, waiting at tables gives them invaluable experience gives them insight into the pressures and challenges of serving customers. It also gives them insight into the experience of diners leading to a Food and Beverage Service Certificate. Dinner service takes place on Tuesday evenings; this is a three-course choice menu (£15.00), devised and prepared by level 3 Professional Chef students. Menu choices change fortnightly. The level 3 Chef students put their own menu ideas forward, making everything from scratch, and host special evenings including a Burns Night dinner, seasonal menus and special themed dinners.

I chose Roasted Asparagus Maltaise for my starter, the orange scented hollandaise sauce perfectly complemented the asparagus and its accompanying deep fried breaded poached egg, with a delicious runny yolk. While we waited for our starters, we were treated to bread rolls that had been baked by the students. My main course was Baked Herb and Lemon Crusted Salmon. The salmon sat on a bed of tagliatelle that was perfectly coated in prawn and caper butter. The dessert was divine. A rich, gooey Chocolate Fondant served with rum and raisin icecream – all made by the level 3 Chef students. We were kept well hydrated with plenty of water at the table and a selection of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages. The Arundel is also open during term time for lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays; a threecourse choice menu (£13.00) which is changed fortnightly and prepared and served by level 2 Professional Chef students. Students work alongside Northbrook MET’s head chef to develop their culinary and team leadership skills. The recent lockdowns closed the Arundel to the public, so this is the first year that students are able to develop their restaurant service skills in a real-life working environment with the local community supporting them. Students gain skills and confidence required for their qualification and to be ready for working in the hospitality sector. It is well worth adding The Arundel to your places to eat out, or for a private event (up to 70), knowing that you will not only have good quality meals and very reasonable prices, you will also be helping young people with their onward journey in their chosen careers.

Sample menus and specially themed evenings are advertised on website: Facebook page: Why not be the first to be aware of special menus, offers and events and advance reservations by joining the mailing list? Simply call 01903 273160 or email Great Brigton Metropolitan College Littlehampton Rd, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing BN12 6NU


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INSIDE Your Month

Tarring Art Circle

Would you like to do something amazing? Why not set your New Year’s Resolution to become a volunteer for Girlguiding? Can you help us to create fantastic opportunities for girls in our community? Could you help them develop their potential and learn new skills? Our leaders provide safe spaces for girls to have fun, friendship and challenge, build their confidence and raise their aspirations. We are actively looking for volunteers to come and join us in the adventure that is Girlguiding! We are hoping to open new units across Worthing to allow girls on our waiting lists to enjoy the excitement on offer. Full training and mentor support is given to our volunteers so even if you were never involved as a child, we’ll help you to gain the knowledge you will need to deliver our programme. Drop in and see us at the Guide HQ in Forest Road on Saturday 29th January between 11am and 12:30pm. For further information, please contact us on girlguidingworthing@gmail.

Tarring Art Circle has been in existence for some sixty years having originally started with the encouragement of the television artist Adrian Hill. For almost 2 years it has been quite a challenge, especially not being able to meet due to Covid restrictions. However, we are gradually getting back to normal and enthusiastic to be meeting again. We are not a large club but a very happy one. Members paint in various mediums and one of the strengths of the club has been found in our acceptance of all abilities. We don’t teach but encourage, and over the years

a number of very talented artists have emerged. Over the May Bank holiday we hold our Annual Exhibition and during July, instead of meeting in the hall, we meet outside to paint local scenes followed, perhaps, by a convivial drink at a local venue. We would welcome a few more members to join us on a Tuesday evening 6:30pm - 9pm so if you live in the Worthing area and are looking for a very friendly club why not get in touch with our club Chairperson Jane Packham on 01903 504831 or Roger Hunter on 01903 261478.

Durrington You Group We welcome back to our loyal supporters to the first meeting after such a long break on Wednesday January 19th at 2:30pm. Our speaker, Hilary Firth will be giving a talk on the Doorstep Library Service. The You Group welcomes anyone from the community who enjoys meeting others who share similar interests. We meet every 3rd Wednesday in the month at 2:30 pm. There is a slight change with the venue which is now inside


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his is my first article as Leader of the Council and as we enter 2022, there is still uncertainty about how the Covid pandemic will continue to affect us all into the year ahead. Before Christmas the Government introduced ‘Plan B’ and I know, from talking to many of you, it feels like we are moving back a step or two and yet again our daily lives are dominated by Covid and the Omicron variant. Despite that I hope, and pray, that you have been able to have a happy, peaceful festive season with family and friends and can be assured that the council is still fully equipped, with structures in place, ready to help our communities to deal with any challenges over the months ahead. I fully recognise that many families are facing difficult personal and financial challenges and the council will continue to work with our voluntary and statutory partners across the town, including Worthing Food Foundation and the Department for Work and Pensions, to support those families to the best of our ability. I have asked officers to explore ways that we can provide additional support to those most in need, including investigating the feasibility of a discretionary hardship scheme and other measures to alleviate hardship. Looking back at the run up to Christmas, I would like to pay tribute to the work of the Time for Worthing management group, the Worthing Town Centre Initiative and all the town’s traders, who

came together to create a series of events and attractions within the town centre to help brighten up the town. The programme of activities under the banner of ‘Christmas in Worthing’ has shown what can be achieved even in challenging times. Worthing has been going through a steep period of change. For many years past administrations have sought to promote change, but change has not always happened. Since I took up the role for Regeneration and now as Leader, my priority has been and remains to seek to enable delivery on those areas of change. Sometimes we need to recognise that even with a good wind behind you, it can take a few years to bring a redevelopment project forward through the planning stages, procurement and into construction. Nothing, if we are to get it right for future generations, can be built overnight. We must always be mindful that we are the guardians of the past and well as of the future. Last year saw the start of a number of important interventions by the council to accelerate that change. Here in the heart of the Civic Quarter work has started on construction of a new Integrated Care Centre. An ultra modern hub of medical services to provide high quality health care to residents in our town. This has only come about by the council stepping in and using its skills, resources and land to provide support to these local medical services, who otherwise alone would not have been able to achieve this. In Durrington work has started 14 1

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by BoKlok on providing circa 150 modern modular build homes with occupation in early 2023. These homes were offered to the market on BoKlok’s ‘left to live’ principle and is an example of the council working with the private sector to try to disrupt the traditional housing market model and provide much needed affordable homes for people. In the West Worthing area we have seen how the council have been able to successfully use developer section 106 contributions, and work with external bodies to secure further match funding to build a new 3G football pitch at Palatine Park, a very much welcomed contribution to the town’s sporting facilities. Teville Gate, well what can we say that hasn’t already been said. This is a classic example where for years this land has been locked tightly in the control of private developers or banks and now Worthing Council has with my full support stepped in and purchased the site outright. There is a lot to do to turn this around. In the immediacy it is to open up this site and get wide ranging community and leisure use into that area, whilst at the same time working with Homes England, London Continental Railways and other key agencies to unblock the development challenges, secure government funding and bring this site back into meaningful use. As we go into the new year the drive to ensure that Worthing remains a great place to live, work or visit will continue, working alongside communities and supporting them when they have needs and concerns that we can help with will be a key priority.


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ur Lady of Sion Junior School is delighted to announce that it is offering a new Scholarship to children entering either Year 1 or Year 2 in September 2022. The Ratisbonne Scholarship (named after the school’s founders) is for high aptitude learners who demonstrate an ability for acquiring, retaining, and applying knowledge. These are children who will benefit from the school’s small classes where children are known and nurtured, providing exciting opportunities for ambitious academic outcomes. Steve Jeffery, Headteacher, comments, “We know that our small classes and education approach can really benefit children who have

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a thirst for knowledge and an ability to match. Our experienced teachers are able to give differentiated support to ensure that the most able children are inspired and engaged in their learning, and remain so at every stage.” Tamara Pearson, Assistant Head, Head of the Junior School adds, “The early years of an education are the foundation of learning. When children are truly known and they know that they are known, the learning potential of every moment is maximised and we see children thrive academically, creatively, socially and emotionally”. Families who are interested in finding out about more are urged to contact Victoria Greco, Admissions Registrar.

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Dr Barbara Pilley Shaw


hotosynthesising trees capture volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Forests act as ‘carbon sinks’, holding carbon in woody trunks. Standing crops of trees cease photosynthesising once felled, so new planting is essential. The carbon dioxide held in cut timber is re-released - rapidly during forest fires and if burnt as fuel, or slowly through decay. Only 9% of England is afforested with half in forestry plantations. Some oak constructions continue to be carbon sinks, seen as beams in medieval houses and ancient ship timbers: but modern timber, from plantations of introduced fir and pine, is less durable and influenced by rapid consumer turnover, with wood destined for fencing, decking, sheds, floorboards, flatpack furniture and fitted kitchens. Broadleaved trees comprise most of UK’s native woodland and only 7% are in good health! Threats include imported



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species, pests and diseases, and new housing and transport infrastructures. Planting more trees cannot compensate for habitats lost or fragmented by such developments. HS2 enhances connectivity North to South at the expense of irreplaceable ancient woodland. Whilst providing an uninterrupted commuter route, it slices through miles of habitat, destroying wildlife corridors, fragmenting landscapes and demolishing ancient woodland. In West Sussex, routes proposed to ease congestion on A27, especially around Arundel, divide woodland habitat and the caring communities stewarding that unique local heritage. Fighting to retain native woodland is a rear-guard action, so planting trees and expanding woodland are still priorities as long as the right trees are in the right places. The Forestry Commission is responsible for national tree plantations with Forestry England managing public amenity sites. NonGovernment Organisations, owning or managing woodland sites and promoting planting schemes, include BBC Countryfile, National Trust, RSPB, The Wildlife Trusts, and The Woodland Trust. In Sussex, the Wildlife Trust and the Council for Preservation of Rural England (CPRE) work with Adur and Worthing Councils and Volunteer Groups at different sites, planting trees and renewing wildlife corridors along streets and through parks and gardens, to re-join ‘Our Wild Coast’ with ‘Our South Downs’. CPRE’s Hedgerow Campaign has

a national goal of reconnecting nature, through 40% more hedgerow wildlife corridors, by 2050. Green Spaces along the coast, notably Goring Gap, are threatened by development whilst smaller sites are constantly eroded. Fallen street trees are rarely replaced. Established copses disappear with developments, sometimes despite Tree Preservation Orders, and seemingly without redress. Even park or garden trees are felled if interfering with changing recreational use. Despite alarming loss of native trees from urbanising landscapes, volunteers, supported by Adur and Worthing Park Rangers, endeavour to hold ground at Lancing Clump, High Salvington Glade and Whitebeam Wood. The late 1990s saw Worthing Millennium Woodlanders planting trees in a chalk pit at Hill Barn, tipland then owned by Worthing Council and adjacent to seminatural woodland. For 20+ years, volunteers have sowed seeds and nurtured saplings at West Tarring Allotment tree nursery, transplanting them and

managing nettles and brambles to ensure survival. Larger trees like Oak were planted, together with Hazel for coppicing, and a range of richly berried bushes including Bird Cherry, Hawthorn and Blackthorn, providing growing cover and food for birds, A single rare Wild Service Tree, with fruits once called chequers, and historically used to make an alcoholic drink, graces the centre. This aptly named ‘Chalk Pit Wood’ falls within the South downs National Park on land now belonging to Hill Barn Golf Course and is an attractive wooded amenity space rising northwards to open on panoramic views towards Cissbury. Are you a tree lover or even a tree hugger? You can make a difference through your home garden or by supporting TREEmendous Green Space Groups. Plant a TREE for this century. Make a pledge to plant a HEDGE. Growing TREES does so much good so why not help us plant a WOOD? Sing out loud – be EcoChorists, persuade the world to plant more FORESTS. To find out more visit AWC and Green Tides websites….

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INSIDE Your Environment

An introduction to

Home Retrofit are one of the largest single sources of carbon emissions in the country. Energy bills will be lower, saving money. Your home becomes more comfortable, being free from drafts and summer overheating. Health and wellbeing improvements come through great air quality and elimination of mould and condensation problems. Your home is more durable and protected from future climate challenges of overheating and storms. It also creates jobs and stimulates the economy. Retrofitting is a great example of multisolving. A solution that mitigates climate change while improving the health, equality and well-being of the occupants. Money spent on retrofit, if done well, can reduce fuel poverty, and save the NHS money.

Sarah Kemp What is retrofit? Retrofitting is more than just renovating or refurbishing a building, it involves more substantial changes to the original building into something much more energy efficient. The result is a significant improvement to the thermal performance and comfort of your home. How to retrofit Assessing the energy performance of your house is an important first step. This can be a simple energy survey, or a more detailed survey with air leakage testing and software modelling. A Whole House Plan can ensure that improvements can be installed without blocking future measures. Dividing them into phases allows step by step improvements when the opportunity or funds/ grants allow. With a “fabric first” approach, insulation and airtightness of walls, floors and roofs will be a priority. With just the right amount of ventilation installed, the air in your house will stay fresh without losing heat. The heating requirement of your home now reduced (by up to 70%), allows the more expensive low carbon heating system to be installed and run efficiently. Installing a heat pump

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into a leaky, poorly insulated house will simply raise the energy bills. Solar panels can be installed to assist the heat pump. Why retrofit? A good retrofit will reduce carbon emissions. Our homes

How can a retrofit be funded? Green mortgages are now becoming more mainstream, offering reduced interest rates or cashback for those who want to buy more energy efficient homes, or used to remortgage to finance home improvements. An increase in demand for energy efficient homes will make retrofit more costeffective. Government grants of £5,000 can be available when you install an air, ground or water heat pump as well as the Renewable Heat Incentive which can also be claimed for solar thermal.

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New Year Revels and Chris Hare

Harsh Winters


inters really were harsher years ago. Many readers may remember the winter of 1962/63, which went on for week after week with daytime temperatures not rising above freezing point, or 1947 that was equally harsh; but nothing compares to the ‘dread snow tempest’ of 1881, or the winter of 1836 when Worthing was cut off from the outside world for a week. People were killed at Lewes in the only recorded instance of people dying in an avalanche in this country. Yet people of the past didn’t let blizzards and freezing conditions stand between them and some mid-winter revelling. Depending on the town or village, wassailers (from the old English: waes hael – ‘good health’), would parade their locality on New Year’s Eve or Twelfth Night. They would be dressed rather like the mummers (tipteerers) I described in last month’s edition and almost certainly the same people participated in both activities. Most would be aged between 14 and 21, but the ‘captains’ may have been older, perhaps in their 30s or 40s – old hands, passing on the tradition to the next generation. The wassailers would be dressed in gaudy


costumes and might have blackened faces as an easy means of disguise. Folklorist, Charlotte Latham, was born in Ashington and worked as a governess in Worthing when she was a young woman. She has left this account of wassailing in Sussex in 1868 It is the custom, in the cider districts of Sussex, to worsle (wassail) the apple-trees on New Year’s Eve, and for several succeeding days, and it is considered unlucky to omit doing so. Farmers give a few pence to the worslers, who form a circle round the trees, and sing at the top of their voices – Stand fast root, Bear well top, Pray God send us A good howling crop. Every twig Apples big, Every bough Apples enow. Hats full, caps full, Full quarter sacks full, Holla boys, holla! Huzzah!

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Come butler, come bring us a bowl of the best, And I hope in heaven your soul may rest, But if you do bring us a bowl of the small, Then fall down butler, bowl and all. It is interesting that the wassailers, all labouring men, felt able, to make demands upon the hospitality of the local gentry, and the gentry appear, on this occasion, have been happy to comply. The same correspondent also remarked that Twelfth Night had once been a revel of “fantastic vagaries,” that, at times, verged on crossing “the boundary of licence,” and on this, the last day of Christmas “Mirth was accustomed to give her heels a higher fling on this day, than any that preceded.” However, it was with some regret, he concluded, “she is much sobered now.” The revels of January were not quite done. On 21st January, The Eve of St. Agnes, Sussex maidens could perform a ritual that would reveal to them who their lover would be in the year ahead. They had to retire to bed without having eaten and wearing ‘new linen.’ As they looked out through the frozen window pane of their bedroom they had to recite the following lines –

She would then dream of the man who would be her love. Inspired and moved by this winter ritual, John Keats, while staying in Chichester, wrote his epic poem of love and death, The Eve of St. Agnes, surely one of the greatest lines of verse ever written in Sussex? Keats’ poem is so full of wintry imagery. Some of the lines almost make you shiver. It takes some reading, but it is well worth the effort. As I said, winters were indeed harsh for our ancestors. In 1814 the River Arun froze over and drifts of snow up to 20 feet deep were recorded. On Christmas night in 1836, the valiant James Mitchell, managed to get his Worthing stage coach as far as Highden (now Windlesham House School), before been forced to abandon his attempt when the snow got too deep. A frost set in that lasted for eight days and the snow covered the hedge tops of the Findon Road. One hundred men were put to work to dig a way through, and it was over a week before the stage coaches ran again. What marked out the snow that fell in on the 17th and 18th January 1881 was that it came as a great storm. These were blizzard conditions no one had seen before. Local writer, Richard Jefferies, estimated that “about thirty unfortunate persons perished” on the Downs and that “even the most experienced shepherds” got lost in such appalling conditions. One Worthing doctor nearly got stuck in a seven foot drift while attempting to visit a patient and had to return home while he still could. The Goring postman, accompanied by his son, had to abandon their mail cart in a gathering drift. The poor post boy was almost insensible with cold when he and his father managed to stagger home. One local newspaper concluded; “The weather of this week will certainly be remembered as almost unprecedentedly cold, and as having included a snow storm without parallel in the memory of any one now living.”

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And then all shout in chorus, with the exception of one boy, who blows a loud blast on a cow’s horn. Mrs Latham goes on to explain how she was told of a boy who was supposed to blow the cow horn for the wassailing of his grandfather’s apple trees, but being unwell, he was not able to do so. All the family were quite convinced that there would be a total failure of the apple crop as a consequence. Writing a few years earlier, a correspondent writing in the Worthing Monthly Record, suggested that the Wassail Bowl was the real attraction, around which the wassailers would gather to partake of a spiced punch that warmed their hearts and lifted their spirits on a frosty night. He remembered seeing roasted crab apples “like sprites bobbing hither and thither on the surface.” Before the arrival of this great bowl of cheer, the wassailers would sing out to the maker of the punch (usually one of the servants from one of the big houses), the following ditty of encouragement –

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Worthing WI


ur Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November was our first meeting in our new venue, West Park School, after having to use Zoom throughout the pandemic. We had an additional 16 visitors to our AGM. Our three officers - President, Secretary and Treasurer all stood down and were replaced. With the help of one of our WI advisers, who cajoled our members, we now have a full committee of 10 and new officers. We have had a really interesting programme over the last year, despite it all being on Zoom. In November we had a fascinating talk by Caroline Holmes about The Poison Garden at Alnwick, and I think many members now have Alnwick on their to-do visit list. In January, John Vigar told us about ‘Murder, Sex and Mayhem in English Churches.’

I don’t think any of us will enter a church again without having a careful look around! Breakout Rooms were very successful and enabled members to chat to people they may not have had the chance to before. February saw a talk from Sally Botwright, a Blue Badge London Guide who gave us her favourite talk on interesting, curious, odd, funny, and overlooked things in Central London. She gave us a virtual tour of London via her Power Point display. Katy Bourne, who was elected the West Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012 and has been re-elected twice since was our next speaker.Katy has responsibility for the Policing Budget, which is implemented by the Chief Constable. Her talk centred around women and children, rural and business crime, recruitment, County Lines, and an initiative to


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support children who are giving evidence before a court. April saw a talk by Susan Howe on ‘Animals in History.’ History is Susan’s passion, and she gave us an interesting talk about many famous people, with animals being featured in the stories. In May we got active together on Zoom with an introduction to Tai Chi from Hilary Thompson followed by a lesson which many members felt had been a benefit to them. In June we had a very entertaining talk from Sarah Gorrell, who is a presenter on BBC Radio Sussex. Since July we have been reporting our activities in the Inside Magazines so you will know what we have been up to! We are all looking forward to our new programme of activities in our new venue, on the third Monday of the month. Wishing you all a Happy New Year


long with everyone in the World, life changed for our WI in March 2020. We had been planning trips to gardens, theatres and even had an outing booked later in the year to Portsmouth for either Christmas shopping or for a history fix. Immediately, the Spring Fayre was cancelled for which we had been collecting items for sale, growing plants and preparing to make cakes. However, we are now back in full swing. Our Autumn Fayre was held in October and opened by Robin Cousins, Olympic Gold medal winner. Keep-fit has re-started every Thursday morning, monthly coffee mornings at various local venues and outings and other activities are being planned. 29 members enjoyed a Christmas

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Ferring Afternoon WI lunch at The Henty and we were very pleased to once again be able to combine with Ferring Downs W.I. who meet in the evening, for a Carol Service in St. Andrew’s Church followed by tea and mince pies. Our monthly meetings take place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm in Ferring Village Hall. Visitors are always welcome to join us for a cup of tea and a chat. At our meeting on 12th January, we will be welcoming a speaker from Arundel Walking Tours, an activity which has grown in popularity during lockdown. Keepfit sessions are held in the Village Hall each Thursday from 10:45 to 11:45am. Hopefully the vaccine roll-out will allow us to carry on enjoying the friendships made.

Durrington WI


y the time you read this Christmas will be a memory and we will be looking forward to a happy and healthy New Year. We held our Christmas Party on December 21st. Everyone brought a plate of food to share – believe me there was certainly plenty of variety and calories. We also ate a piece of Christmas Cake, supplied by our President Dorothy, and drank plenty of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Shirley Morris supplied the entertainment singing popular and well-known songs from the fifties and sixties. We all enjoyed a good old-fashioned sing along.

Our next meeting will be on 18th January 2022. We are planning an informal meeting so everyone can have a chat. We are also planning to provide some lessons on how to use Zoom for those who have never dared to dabble in the past so, bring along your laptops, smart phones, iPads etc. Meetings are held at Durrington Community Centre on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm and last approximately 1.5 hours. There will, as always, be the chance to catch up with friends over a cup of tea or coffee. We will have sales tables; a raffle and

members are invited to bring along a flower from their garden for the flower of the month competition. Aside from our regular monthly meetings, there are also a number of activities you can join – Lunch Club at the North Star, Rummikub, Scrabble, Theatre Trips, Crafts and Walks. We also hold occasional games evenings and a beetle drive to raise funds for WI. New members are always given a warm welcome. Contact me by email - lindaturner100@ or telephone/text 07515 516854. Look forward to seeing you there.

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New cafe plans for Worthing’s Brooklands Park approved


orthing Borough Council’s proposals for an attractive timber clad building were given the green light by the Planning Committee. The new cafe, which is made of sustainablysourced materials, will include a kitchen, indoor seating and a large sheltered decking area for alfresco dining alongside cycle parking and three public toilets, one of which will be fully accessible. It will form a new attractive entrance at the Western Road entrance way of the 45-hectare open space, replacing the outdated existing toilet block. The Council will now begin the process of appointing contractors to carry out the work with construction set to get underway next year. Teams are also due to begin the construction of a new adventure playground at the popular park early in the new year, with both projects forming part of the multimillion pound masterplan to transform the open space into an attractive family-friendly destination. The application approved by the planning committee in November 2021 is a variation of the previous permission secured in February 2020. Officers and consultants had previously put forward plans for a larger cafe. But after reviewing, a smaller model was proposed that is conducive to the overall park and allows more money from the £3 million project to be spent on landscaping, new walkways and playgrounds.

The transformation of Worthing’s Brooklands Park into an attractive destination with regional appeal has taken a big step forward after detailed plans for a new cafe were approved. It forms part of the wider masterplan to transform the open space which was first unveiled in 2018 and updated in 2020. In addition to the cafe, the new features for Brooklands Park will be: • an adventure play area to house 30 pieces of equipment, two of which are climbing frames more than 4 metres high • an outdoor space for multi use events such as frisbee, football or other activities surrounded by seating • a contemplative garden bordering the Teville Stream with new sensory planting • a new accessible pathway circumnavigating the lake with seating areas and shelters • a 1.55 miles (2.5km) fitness trail around the park • a number of glades on the old golf course, including Community Garden, Play and Build, Nature, Wind and Winter, discrete areas sheltered by planting allowing for different community activities including food growing, seed sowing, play dens, bug hotels and bird boxes This is the second stage of the Brooklands Park project. Two years ago the lake and stream were the subject of extensive restoration work with silt removed, free flowing water channels created and windmill oxygenators installed so that the fish, wildlife and plant life could thrive.

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o welcome in the New Year, we have a Wordsearch for the younger members of our community. There are 19 words hidden in the grid and they are all names of a job of work. If you can find all 19 and would like a chance to win this collection of Fire Brigade related toys, send the list of words with a photo of the wordsearch to or post the page to the address on p3 with your contact details by the 10th of January.


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