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New meeting for park plans AN EMERGENCY meeting of Bognor Regis councillors is to take place to discuss the town’s regeneration. THe town council’s policy and resources committee will hold the special session next Tuesday to discuss how to challenge the current plans to revive Bognor Regis. THe decision for the extraordinary meeting was made at Monday’s annual meeting of the council. A large majority of councillors agreed that ‘inadequate consultation’ might have been carried out so far about plans to regenerate the town. “THe public should have the opportunities to view proposals by suitable means,” they stated. “THe town council will fully explore all cost-effective means of achieving this.” THe backing for the one-off meeting to take place at 6.30pm at the town hall was agreed in an earlier resolution in the meeting. Cllr Jan Cosgrove (L, Orchard) said the matter was too urgent to go through the usual town council two monthly cycle of being discussed at a committee and then brought back to the town council for a decision. “THis is possibly the most important thing in front of this town in the next 20-30 years,” he said. “THe way things are being pushed I feel is insensitive and two months is a long way down the road. By the time we put this through the next two months, it will be too late. "I’m not satisfied with the regeneration proposals that had so few people respond

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to them. We need far more people to respond. I am concerned that the people of this town should have the chance and we all know certainly there is a deep reluctance from Arun to revisit the consultation.” Cllr Matt Stanley (LD, Marine) told the meeting on Monday he was concerned Arun District Council was pressing ahead with its £3m plans for the Hothamton linear park without public backing. “I think there is a wide consensus across the town that the regeneration plans are not up to scratch,” he said. “To my knowledge so far, there have been three surveys undertaken on social media. In both of those by Cllr Sandra Daniells and Cllr Jan Cosgrove, the linear park finished at the bottom. “THe other on the Bognor Regis Matters forum has 102 people saying it does not have their support and four people saying it does. “We have a duty to challenge this. As a council, we should put on an exhibition with all the previously submitted regeneration plans that are still live and allow the community to get involved to see the scale of what is out there and consult with them to see what they would like in their town.” Cllr Damien Enticott (L, Hatherleigh) had put forward a motion the town council should arrange for a newspaper pull-out supplement about regeneration with a poll for people’s views. THis is set to be among the matters debated at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Stephen is chosen as the new mayor NEW Bognor Regis town mayor Cllr Stephen Reynolds is the first to have a four-legged companion. Cllr Reynolds and his partner, Kim Stone, pictured above, have given one of their three alpacas - Rupert - his own chain of office. THe knitted symbol, with velcro, is an exact replica of the real version which is being worn by Cllr Reynolds during his year in office. He said: "We've had Rupert - who's about two - since early last year and he enjoys having his chain of office on." Rupert is unlikely, though, to be found in the town hall council chamber very soon. But Cllr Reynolds said: "He is tame and he can be walked and patted." Alpacas are famed for their wool but Cllr Reynolds keeps them to protect his chickens from foxes. He was elected unopposed at Monday's annual meeting of Bognor Regis Town Council in his eighth year as a Conservative member for Hotham ward. "I want to get involved in the community in the coming year," he said. "It would be good to have some interest from Eastern Europeans. THey do not have any representatives on the council at all." In keeping with this community theme, security industry contractor Cllr Reynolds, 49, is set to be the first town mayor to run in this Sunday's Bognor Prom 10k road race. "It will be the first time I've taken part

but I've done some training and I should get round in about 50 minutes," he said. "It will be a good way to meet a lot of people." He will be number 711 and running in a T-shirt printed his chain of office. "I also want to hold surgeries for residents. I did one last year and it was really interesting. It is far better to meet people face-to-face than to rely on social media like Facebook," he said. His charity for the coming year will be Arun Angels, to support its volunteers' work in the town centre on Saturday nights. He added: "THey do a really good job helping vulnerable people keep safe on the streets and I expect I will be going out with them again." He moved to the town in 1994 from Littlehampton, where he arrived in 1989 from his childhood area of south London. He has owned several businesses around Bognor Regis. "I became a councillor because I wanted to give back some of my time to help to improve the town," he said. Mr Reynolds is also a Tory councillor for Hotham on Arun District Council. He has a daughter and a grand-daughter. THey were present, along with A&E worker Ms Stone, at Monday's meeting. Cllr Reynolds' deputy mayor will be Cllr Phil Woodall. He was elected by 9-5 votes after a challenge by Cllr Steve Goodheart. THe various committee chairmen were also elected in a series of votes.

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MYSTERY surrounds a man found unconscious on Bognor Regis seafront. Police have appealed for witnesses who might be able to tell them what happened to him. THe 23-year-old, from Portsmouth, is still receiving hospital treatment after doctors at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester found out he had suffered head injuries which included bleeding on the brain. But he is conscious and his condition is not assessed as life-threatening. THe man was found by passers-by about 4am on May 6 laying on the pavement on the seafront between the

pier and Waterloo Square. Detective Constable David Midgley, of Sussex Police, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who was out and about along the seafront in the early hours of that Sunday morning and who saw anything suspicious or saw the injured man. "At this time, we have not established the full circumstances around this incident. But we are carrying out a thorough investigation and are keeping an open mind." Anyone who can help should visit sussex.police.uk/appealresponse or call 101, quoting serial 1146 of 07/05.


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f Paola Lane, left, with the robotic cat and Jackie Warren NEW CATS are set to become the purrfect pets for residents of a Bognor Regis care home. THe two robotic moggies will join one which has proved a hit with those who live in Elizabeth House. THe new arrivals are being bought with money raised by the home's service administrator, Jackie Warren, by conquering one of her biggest fears. She has brought in some £500 by completing a zipwire challenge in spite of a fear of heights. She said: "Being on the zipwire was horrible. I was totally out of my comfort zone. I don't like heights and I don't like anything really fast. "Just climbing up the tower to the zipwire was awful. You could see daylight between the planks and then had to wait for the person in front of you to finish."

But she braved the 15m high and 100m long adventure at the Lodge Hill centre near Pulborough - with a group of mayors and council chairmen - to help the home's 60 residents who all have a diagnosis of dementia. "I've seen how much the residents benefit from the robotic cat we have," she said. "THey cost about £100 each and I'm going to buy two new ones. THat will give us one cat for each of our floors. "Having the one cat at the moment for our 60 residents just isn't enough." Resident Paola Lane is among those to be entranced by the current cat. THe Hasbro companion cat looks, feels and sounds like the real thing. Its soft fur, smooth purring and pleasant meows are joined by built-in sensor technology to mimic the actions of a living animal. THe cats respond to patting and

movement to give them a personality to enable a two-way relationship to be established with them. THey also raise their paws, roll over to be tickled and wash themselves. "THe residents love animals," Jackie said. "THat's why the original cat has been so popular. I think it reminds them of the time they used to look after pets and gives them a sense of wellbeing." Jackie was taken by surpise by the amount she raised with help from the home's operator, Shaw Healthcare Group. "It's absolutely brilliant and, with the money left over after buying the cats, I've arranged an extra special treat for the residents," she added. "THey will be able to enjoy a visit from Tom-Tom, the Shetland pony, from Pagham Ponies, later this month for the first time."

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BUS PASSENGER June King has called for better services to West Meads. Mrs King said only two buses a day served the hundreds of homes around THe Precinct on round trips. THeir scheduling meant it was impossible for anyone who lived in the area to spend any time in the town centre or along the seafront. “It’s impossible to go out in the afternoon. THe last bus back home leaves the High Street at 1.53pm. “You can’t get into town to walk along the prom and enjoy an ice cream. You can’t really go into town to do your shopping. “Years ago, we used to have a bus every half an hour. THat has been gradually cut back," she said. “THere are no buses at all on Sundays and bank holidays. For the two bank holidays this month, the last bus into the town is at 12.03pm on Saturday and the next is 10.10am on Tuesday.” Mrs King, 93, said the area was in middle of two more frequent bus services. THe 700 passes to the north at up six buses an hour and the 600 to the south with three buses an hour in the daytime. But these were too far away for many of the residents to be able to easily reach the bus stops, she said. As reported, bus operator Stagecoach cut back its services around Bognor Regis last January. It claimed the previous frequency of

buses was uneconomic. THis left West Meads and nearby Stroud Green with a minimal service. Mrs King’s comments come as the future of bus services is being considered by West Sussex County Council. Residents have until June 6 to state their views about how the services can be improved. THe county council is developing a new strategy to explore ways it can work with bus companies and other partners to help to sustain services and make them better. It says its consultation has had an excellent response - but councillors are seeking more views to enable them to reach the best decision. Cllr Bob Lanzer, the county council's cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: "We've had a very good response to the consultation so far, but we want to hear as many views as possible. "We would particularly welcome opinions on proposals for the new strategy and if there is anything else people think we should include. "THe feedback will inform our approach to, and investment in, bus services and community transport between 2018 and 2026, so this is a great opportunity to have your say." Details about the survey can be found on the county council's website - westsussex.gov.uk/buses An information pack can also be requested on 01243 642105 or visit the area's libraries for more details.

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` Man assaulted A MAN was taken to hospital with serious injuries after he was found wounded in Bognor Regis. THe 30-year-old local man had wounds to his chest and abdomen when he was discovered at 1.58am on Tuesday in the High Street. Police officers were alerted and carried out first aid until paramedics arrived. THe victim was taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment. He is believed to have been assaulted in the vicinity of the High Street between 12.05am and 1.58am. Information can be given to the police at sussex.police.uk or by phoning 101, quoting serial 72 of 14/05. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org

` Witnesses sought A 20-YEAR-OLD man needed hospital treatment after he was attacked in Bognor Regis town centre. THe male was punched several times and sustained face and hand injuries from four or five men. He was treated at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester. THe attack occurred between 2am and 2.15am on Monday, May 7. A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Officers investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information." THe police can be contacted online at sussex.police.uk or by phoning 101, quoting serial 133 of 07/05.

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Hub operator ready to start A MAJOR step towards the opening of a digital hotspot in Bognor Regis has been announced. THe new operator for the town's creative digital hub was revealed on Wednesday by West Sussex County Council. Town Square Spaces has run the right to operate the centre to create dozens of jobs and generate wealth in the town from the railway station's former waiting rooms. THe company is led by Gareth Jones and Mandy Weston. THey have a host of business credentials in Wales. THis includes successfully running the Innovation Centre for Enterprise in Caerphilly, Wales, for six years, and creating the Wrexham Enterprise Hub ready to open this month. Mr Jones said: "We've already begun drawing up plans to create a welcoming community of creative and digital start-ups and small businesses, which will be made easier by the beautiful surroundings of the newly-refurbished historical building. "Connections and transport are a vital part of co-working and they don't come much better than being situated in a railway station." He said he felt linked to Bognor Regis because his grandmother came from the town and some of his relatives lived in the area. "THere's a huge amount of potential in Bognor Regis and we're proud to be the team that will help give the next wave of entrepreneurs the supportive start they

need," he said. "Coastal towns like Bognor Regis are often overlooked but this is where some of the most exciting and endearing business journeys begin. "We've seen it in Caerphilly and Wrexham, and now we're itching to contribute to the Bognor Regis story." THe creative digital hub in Bognor Regis is a county council initiative which will provide shared and collaborative workspace and business support for creative and digital start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs in the town and its surrounding coastal area. County council leader Cllr Louise Goldsmith described it as a 'really exciting initiative'. "THe company (Town Square Spaces) will bring a wealth of experience to the role of managing the hub space and working with local partners to deliver business support activities for creative and digital businesses. "THe hub will be located within the recently-refurbished Grade II-listed Bognor Regis railway station. "Its interior is being designed by Hemingway Design, led by internationally-renowned designer and West Sussex resident, Wayne Hemingway. "It is scheduled to open later this year and, until the official launch, Town Square Spaces will work with local partners and businesses to engage with the creative digital community in Bognor Regis," she added.

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Charity shops' helpers set the scene for latest royal wedding NEIGHBOURING charity shops in Bognor Regis are celebrating tomorrow's royal wedding. THe PDSA and Mind outlets in London Road have used some of their window spaces for the right royal show. THey have placed plates, jigsaws and books with a regal theme on display to get into the mood ready for Prince Harry and Megan Markle to say their 'I do's' at Windsor Castle. THe PDSA shop's manager, Sarah Lawrence, above right, said: "Creating a display like this is about the community. "Everyone is talking about the royal wedding. It's just a common interest and it's a way of showing that interest. "THere has been a lot of interest in the

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A PROPOSED date to decide the fate of hundreds of planned homes in Pagham has been scrapped. Arun District Council has put back the date to determine the four major plans from June 12. An email from David Easton, a principal planning officer at the council, to Pagham and Aldwick Greenfields Movement (Pagam) vice-chairman Alan Pivett, on Tuesday says: "I will begin by advising that this meeting is not taking place and a new committee date will need to be identified, but at this time we are unsure as to when these applications will be presented to members." But Pagam's public meeting is taking place at 6pm tonight at West Meads Community Centre in THe Precinct. Among those present will be Bognor ments aboutRegis and Littlehampton MP Nick een boughtGibb, along with representatives from he windowSouthern Water and Arun District Council. nated items Mr Pivett urged people to still go along w months toto have their say. y. He said: "I feel it is unacceptable for door shopArun to keep on delaying some of these ay so eachdecisions. It does have an impact on us because people can become apathetic. Our causes "We have tried to overcome that by e said. providing information to people about wedding teathe proposals and showing how they can edding day.object to them. or shoppers "But who knows when the decisions alloons andmight take place? People get tired of this ate her shop.delaying decision." See page 10 An information day staged by Pagam

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last Saturday at Pagham Village Hall attracted several hundred visitors. THe displays contained details about the four major housing applications in Pagham. Matters of concern such as their impact on traffic, flooding and wildlife were highlighted. Gill Homer, who chairs Pagam, said: "It has been really good. We have had a lot of positive feedback.THis level of support shows people are coming together and

they are questioning how this could happen to their village. "People support what we are doing. We can't give up, if only because of the thought of what the housing will do to the wildlife here." Aldwick resident Mike Hampton, a retired traffic planning consultant, said he believed some 2,500 vehicles would be owned by the occupiers of the 3,800 homes set to be built in Pagham and

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North Bersted. "THere will probably be about 2,000 of them trying to get on to Pagham Road, either from Pagham or the Royal Oak junction at Lagness. "THe peak traffic on one lane of motorway at any time is 2,000 vehicles." We will be having that around Pagham. But a motorway is a high quality road. Where are the high quality roads around here?," he said.

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Launch of play scheme PLAYTIME can return outdoors under a new initiative being launched by town councillors in Bognor Regis. THey are considering bringing the Playing Out scheme to the streets of the town. THey have begun to hand out leaflets outside schools in the area as well sending out information about the project as well as pieces of chalk to parents through the schools. Sheila Hodgson, Bognor Regis Town Council's projects officer, said: "Playing Out sessions are temporary road closures. "Some streets apply for permission to hold a oneoff Playing Out session for a couple of ours. Others do it weekly, fortnightly or monthly. "People living in the streets can still drive in and out guided by stewards. THrough traffic is re-directed." Playing Out was started in Bristol by a group of residents with a long-term vision for all children to be able to play out freely on the estates and roads where they live. THe project is gaining momentum. More than

600 streets around the country have a Playing Out scheme in operation. "People might remember how much fun they had playing out in their street when they were growing up. With so many more cars around, we need to make a safe space for our children to play in." Staging the sessions is free for the residents of the roads concerned. It just involves their time. All the equipment will be provided by the town council and it will assist and advise throughout the process. "Not only does this scheme allow young children the freedom to play, it gives neighbours the chance to get to know each other, and for older residents to engage and feel less isolated," said Mrs Hodgson. "Why not try a pilot scheme and see if it could work in your street?" Anyone who is interested in taking part and lives in the six town council wards - Hatherleigh, Hotham, Marine, Marine North, Orchard and Pevensey should contact Mrs Hodgson on 01243 867744 or bognortc@bognorregis.gov.uk

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Race attracts record entries A RECORD number of entries are set to line up at the start of the latest Bognor Prom 10k road race. THis Sunday's staging of the race has sold out its 1,950 online places for the first time. Another 50 runners have submitted postal entries to take the race to its maximum number. Joint organiser Glenn Penfold led the publicity for the race. He said: "THe majority of our publicity has been through online and social media, along with traditional print, which has helped us get a great result. "THis is the first time in the history of the race that maximum entry levels have been reached." THe race will be the 24th to be held and the first to be fronted by the Bognor Regis Tone Zone Runners. It will start at 10.30am in Silverston Avenue and then follow its traditional course eastwards to Felpham. Runners will head along Limmer Lane and turn west when it reaches the seafront. THey will head back towards West Park, where the leaders will start to finish from 11am onwards. Most are expected to have completed the course by 11.45am, before the medals are presented. THe Tone Zone Runners, as usual, have the biggest number of entries at 92. THe race's success before it has been held confirms its reputation as one of the biggest events in the town at bringing the community together and raising thousands of pounds for charities. Judith Bazeley, race director, said: "THis year we have pulled out all the stops

to give the runners a great experience and memento by introducing a newly designed and improved medal, as well as a well-stocked goody bag to look forward to, and cherish their achievement at the end. "I have no doubt that the combination of our publicity campaign and these great features has given people the motivation to want to be part of this great event this year and, hopefully, in future." Course director Richard Peach said: "Advance warning signs of road closures have been put up around the route. "While we always try to minimise disruption to the public by opening roads as soon as we can, there will be some unavailable delays. "We hope the residents of Bognor Regis embrace the event by supporting the runners on the route." THe junior fun runs continue earlier in the morning. THey have also seen similar improvements of the new medal and goody bag, along with sport prizes to encourage more young people to join in. Juniors can register on Sunday, from 8.30am and 9am at the start lines for their fun runs. THe youngest runners, aged seven-11, will start at the Rock Gardens on the seafront, with 12-14-year-olds assembling at the seafront bandstand. Town crier Jane Smith has been invited to add to the community spirit of the day this year. A revamped race village will also enhance the experience for runners, their families and friends as well as race photography along the course.

Wedding day memories are sought for church in Pagham COUPLES who were married at Pagham's parish church have been asked to share their memories of their special day. THe team at St THomas a'Becket Church is staging a event telling the Story of Pagham Weddings on September 22. One of the organisers, Trudi Kearsley, said: "We would like to hear as many interesting stories about getting married in the church as possible. We've already got 30 wedding dresses which couples have arranged to lend to us for the day. "A lot of couples get married here

because they have a connection with the parish but they then move away. We want to make sure as many of them as possible know about the event." THe unique occasion is being staged at the church in Church Lane to raise money for its Raise the Roof appeal. Launched in September, 2016, it is seeking £250,000 for essential repairs to the roof of the 13th century church. THe event's organisers would also like to hear from anyone who has a mannequin or tailor's dummy they are prepared to be used for the dresses. Contact Elise on 01243 262713 or weddingstory@paghamchurch.org

ACTION has been taken against dozens of young people in a crackdown on antisocial behaviour in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. THey have been arrested, stopped, taken home, issued with warning letters and ordered to leave specific locations in a campaign called Operation Carbuncle. Sussex Police's Arun Prevention Team has been working closely with its Arun District Council and British Transport Police counterparts to tackle the problem in response to the concerns of residents and businesses. Inspector Tony McCarthy said: "I am mindful of the concerns raised by the communities in these areas with regards to the ongoing anti-social behaviour. "Solving these issues remains a priority for us and we will continue to monitor the frequency of reports. "I want to reassure the public that we are investing a significant amount

of police time into addressing the root cause of this issue." Officers have been deployed to patrol trouble-spots and told to take positive action to remove young people from any area where they are causing harassment, alarm or distress. "On dedicated days we are tackling, what we would call hotspot locations, where there has been an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour. "On these dedicated days we have been patrolling each area and have arrested one person, stopped 28 young people, taken four teenagers home, issued warning letters and used dispersal powers to direct eight people to leave the area," added Insp McCarthy. "While out, officers have also been speaking with local businesses and listening to their concerns. "Anyone affected by anti-social behaviour in this area is encouraged to report incidents to use without delay."

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` New Play Rangers PLAY Rangers are back in Aldwick this month. THe ever-popular sessions will return in West Park and Avisford Park for the half-term break. THeir first appearance of 2018 will be from 10.30am-12.30pm on May 29 in West Park. THey will be at Avisford Park from 2.30pm-4.30pm on the same day. THe times and venues will be repeated on May 31. THe same twice weekly pattern will continue in the school summer holidays from July 24. THe range of outdoor activities are again being funded by Aldwick Parish Council because of the popularity of previous events. THey will take place regardless of the weather.

` Chairman chosen A UNANIMOUS election saw Cllr Brian Knight chosen as Bersted Parish Council's chairman for a further year. THis will be the sixth year Cllr Knight has led the council after a previous seven year spell. Cllr Jonathan Spencer was also re-elected unopposed as his vicechairman for a second year.

` Shed burglary GARDENING items and tools were stolen when a shed in Woodlands Road, North Bersted, was burgled between April 29 and May 1. High value tools were also stolen from a property in Climping Street, Climping, between April 23 and May 3.

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Tadpole project is a winner for pupil TADPOLES' growth was one of the subjects explored at a Bognor Regis school's latest science fair. Lulu Stevens, 13, won the Year 8 award for her work for THe Regis School's event studying if water temperature affected the development of the amphibians. In Year 7, Aston Hossack, 12, looked at the effect of the number of elastic bands on the power of a homemade lolly stick capsule. THe Year 9 winner was Rebekah Head, 14, who investigated the link between the length of graphite conductor and the output voltage. Adam Robbins, the school's head of science, said: "THe quality of work this year was exceptional. THere were many novel and igenious ideas. I'm really pleased at how the students applied

New business units planned NEW industrial units are planned in North Bersted to help to create hundreds of jobs. Developer Hanbury (PM) Ltd wants to build the four premises as the next phase of its Oldlands Farm scheme off Shripney Road. THe ÂŁ23.7m scheme will provide the room to accommodate some of the 425565 jobs expected to be generated by the completed development. A statement by Hardisty Jones Associates, Hanbury's economic development advisors, says: "THe proposed development includes units of a range of sizes suitable for a mixed use development of up to 17,731sq m in

what they had been learning in lessons." All students in Years 7,8 and 9 were supported over the six-week project in the competition's third year to produce an independent investigation. THe top two in each class were invited to show their work in a grand final in front of an audience. School governors and staff judged the projects. Scientific prizes were awarded to the top three in each year group. THey were: Year 7 - 1 Aston Hossack, 12; 2 Ruby Haga-Hammond, 12; 3 Emily Parsons, 12. Year 8 - 1 Lulu Stevens, 13; 2 Callum Dwyer, 12, 3 Connor Wilson. Year 9 - 1 Rebekah Head, 14; 2 Olivia Veenstra, 14; 3 Lucja Chrostek, 13.

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Invitation to join royal party in park ROYAL wedding watchers are being invited to party in the park in Bognor Regis tomorrow. THe town council is staging its third big screen celebration in Hotham Park of a regal occasion. THe latest special event is being staged to mark the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. A giant screen is being put up in the park, next to the café, and will be relaying the live broadcast from 11am-4pm. Kirsten Fitzpatrick, the town council’s events officer, said: “My advice to everyone thinking of coming along is to grab a blanket and a picnic basket and join in the fun. “THe past two parties in the park have been great occasions with thousands of people each time – and I hope tomorrow’s will be the same, weather regardless.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the day on social media. So, it’s already proving popular.” THe previous parties held by the town council took place in 2011 for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and the following year for the Queen’s diamond jubilee. Fears were expressed by some residents and councillors when the café was being planned that it would stop the parties being held by taking up some of the space previously used. Ms Fitzpatrick said she was confident using an elevated screen sited next to the café, where the screen used to be, would still enable a large crowd to see the proceedings. But she added: “THere is not the same amount of room as there was before.” A bonus for young children who are uninterested in following the royal

nuptials will be the presence of Bognor Regis-born clown Zazz and his Big Top. He will be passing on circus skills during the day. A merchandise seller and two ice cream sellers will also be present. THe town council has bought 500 red, white and blue balloons on sticks to hand out at the event. THose who go along are also being encouraged to dress in the patriotic colours. Union flag bunting has also been put on display by the town council around the town centre to mark the occasion. It is flying above the High Street from the former post office to the Iceland store and along the London Road precinct to Station Road. In its centre, are five Union flags are above the High Street and four above the precinct. THe flags will be replaced by multi-coloured bunting.

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Mayor looks at progress on new screen at town cinema BUILDING work on the new cinema screen in Bognor Regis will be finished within two weeks. THe contractor is starting to add the finishing touches the project of some £1m to add a fourth screen to the Picturedrome Cinema. Mark Cornwell, the site manager for Cheesmuir, said: “June 4 is our completion date. I am confident I am going to meet that for the fitting out to begin. “We will be handing over an empty shell and it will be for the cinema operator to fit the carpet, the seats and equipment like that.” He was speaking as outgoing Bognor Regis town mayor Cllr Phil Woodall made his latest visit to the historic building in his last weekday in the role., pictured left.

He was able to see the progress made since his previous visit last month. THe structure for the new screen’s 108 seats is in place along with the ceiling to make the space a recognisable feature of a cinema. THe disabled access is in place, along with a toilet for disabled people. New women’s toilets are also being completed,along with the access to the new screen. THis will be along a passage behind Screen One. Mr Cornwell said: “It’s been a challenge because it is such a limited space. THere has not been a lot of room.” But he said the fact the extension was being built behind the Grade II-listed cinema had not caused any problems. “We’re not really touching the old building,” he said. “We have a few discussions with the conservation

people to make sure that what we are doing is correct but there has not been anything of concern.” About 15 workmen a day continue to be involved at the site in four or five professions. Bognor Regis Town Council owns the cinema and its members approved the extra screen to cope with the leisure attraction’s popularity. It is run by the Picturedrome Electric THeatre Company and should be open in July. Cllr Woodall said: “I am well impressed with the progress on the new screen. You can really see the difference in the few weeks since I last came here. “Before when we came, we were being told where things were going to go and it was difficult to imagine that. But, now, you don’t have to. I can’t wait to see the new screen when it is finished.”

Packed year of memories - and scares - is recalled WELL over 200 appointments have been enjoyed in a whirlwind year by the outgoing town mayor of Bognor Regis. THe 12 months began when Cllr Phil Woodall wore his chain of office to his job at B&Q in Shripney Road. It ended with a champagne reception at RollsRoyce Motor Cars for the launch of its latest prestigious model. He said: “It’s been really good fun. It’s been hard work but I have really enjoyed it. I have had a lot of engagements in the past year and I’ve got a lot of good memories from them. “My proudest moment was, I think, leading out my fellow councillors from the town hall for the Remembrance Sunday service last November.” He has spent much of the past week taking part in scary activities such as going up on a hydraulic platform at Worthing Fire Station, visiting the top viewing deck of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth with town crier Jane Smith, tackling the climbing wall at THe Arena sports centre in Bognor Regis and enjoying a zip wire challenge. Cllr Woodall was chosen by his fellow town councillors last May to be their senior elected representative. THat decision at their annual meeting was soon followed by his first official

engagement in Hotham Park. “I was really nervous seeing the public for the first time. Now, I am totally fine with it,” he said. “I have attended things that I would really not have thought I would enjoy, let alone buy tickets for. A guitar recital at the Regis School of Music was one of them. It was something I would never have considered before but, now, I would happily buy tickets for one.” THe pace of mayoral visits has been maintained during the year. THe past two months saw him attend 44 events. Other highlights of the year which will remain in his memory include the launch of the seafront ice rink last Christmas, the gala night of Aladdin at the Regis Centre, Tim Peake’s Freedom of the City ceremony last February and Bognor Regis Motor Club’s

memorial event for town racing driver David Purley last January. One of the final events for Cllr Woodall also touched him. “I was very honoured that 2nd Bognor Regis Sea Scouts brought their annual meeting forward this year so that I could attend it again,” he said. His year raised £1,328 for Alzheimer's Society and Epilepsy Action.

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` Call for vehicles OWNERS have been urged to put their classic vehicles on display in Pagham this summer. THe annual Pagham on Parade community event will again feature a line-up of historic cars and vans. Parish councillor Lynne Allard has taken on organisation of this year's display. She said: "THe vehicles are usually a real draw. People like looking around them." Pagham on Parade is taking place at the village hall on August 19. It is free to enter and all donations go to charities in the area. "I would ask the vehicle owners to let us know if they are going to take part as soon as possible," said Ms Allard. THe entry form can be found on Pagham Parish Council's website - paghamparishcouncil.gov.uk - or collected from the village hall.

` Award for beach A NATIONAL award for safety and cleanliness has been retained by Bognor Regis East beach. Its status as a Seaside Award beach was renewed by Keep Britain Tidy on Wednesday. THe decision confirms the status of the beach as being among the best in Britain. It is the latest in a long-running series of successes for the beach, managed by Arun District Council, in gaining the quality mark.

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Brighter welcome at hospital A PROJECT to transform the entrance to Bognor Regis’ hospital has been officially opened. THe town’s residents have been thanked for the backing they give to the Friends charity at the war memorial hospital. THis enabled the £40,000 scheme to go ahead to provide a better welcome for those arriving at its Shripney Road main entrance for appointments and visits. Friends’ chairman Brian Knight said at the ceremony last THursday: “I’m a firm believer in first impressions counting. If you arrive at the hospital, and the entrance as it was, you think it could be better. “Now, when you arrive, you get the impression you are going to get the best treatment possible. “THe new landscaping is the biggest scheme the Friends have done for many years. It’s all thanks to the people who back us. "Without that, we would not be able to do anything to improve the hospital for all those who are treated here and work here.” THe grounds were set out in 1990 when the current main hospital building was built. THe Friends had paid for that work but the maintenance was carried out by the NHS. For the latest work, the Friends will take on the upkeep. THe hospital is currently run by the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Members of its staff and NHS workers around the town joined Mr Knight, Bognor Regis town mayor Cllr Phil Woodall and his consort Steve Hearn, and the grounds' designer, Oliver Dearing, at the opening ceremony.

THe improvements were carried out by Oliver Dearing in one of his biggest projects since he formed his company, Chi Gardens, five years ago. THe former soldier said: “THis was a really important project to me as a former member of the Armed Forces. I was really keen to link the new grounds to the war memorial in the hospital. “THat’s why I designed a copper sphere with poppies around it that look like they are rising up and turning into birds.”

THe sphere – topped by the crest of the Friends - is backed by three acer trees in various colours to provide an eyecatching backdrop. It is surrounded by copper slate paving and oak sleepers lead towards it. “When the sun is streaming across there at 4,5,6pm, the area will catch the light and look fantastic,” he said. He estimated the total area covered by the planting was 160sq m across six areas of varying sizes. A range of ornamental

grasses will provide plenty of variety to see. But Mr Dearing said the scheme was still in its early days. It would take many months for the planting to mature and reach its full height of between three and six feet tall. He worked on the entrance with its clay soil with up to three employees. THey battled against heavy rain and snow for much of the three months they spent at the hospital.

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` Butlin's last straw BUTLIN'S is to hand out its final plastic straw within a month. THe company is banning their use at its three seaside resorts in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness. THe holiday company uses more than two million straws a year. But, by early June, all drinks served in its bars and restaurants will either have paper straws or none at all. It is also looking at alternatives to plastic stirrers, cutlery and cups. Butlin's managing director Dermot King said: "As a brand that is proud to be part of coastal towns and wants to be a good, responsible neighbour, we feel we must be proactive and take these steps to reduce our plastic waste and contribute to the global challenge of eliminating unnecessary single use plastics." Butlin's is also reviewing its recycling. Rubbish from its sites is currently sifted and recycled offsite but it is looking to increase the recycling bin options on its premises to make it easier for guests to recycle their waste items.

` Plans for housing NEW OUTLINE plans have been revealed for up to 300 homes in Climping. Mulgrave Properties has asked Arun District Council to approve its latest proposals for the housing to the west of Church Lane and south of Horsemere Green Lane. THe scheme also includes a building of up to 875sq m for a non-residential institution and a building of 530sq m maximum for a shop.

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Charity abseil in memory of mum Rachel A DAREDEVIL feat tomorrow will ensure the memory of a young mum from Bognor Regis lives on. THe husband and brother for Rachel Bridger, who died a year ago just hours after diagnosed with a brain tumour, are abseiling the UK's tallest sculpture. Gareth Bridger and Stuart Brown are tackling the 114.5m high ArcelorMittal Orbit in London's Olympic Park to mark the first anniversary of Rachel's death. THey will be raising money for the Brain Tumour Research charity to find a cure for the disease. Gareth, also known as Raff, aged 40, said: Rachel's illness was so sudden and it was such a horrible shock to our family to lose her like that. THis month is the first anniversary of her death and, although it's a sad time for us, we want to do something fun in her memory. "It's too late to help Rachel but I want to raise funds so that one day a cure is found. I hope that by the time my kids grow up that this devastating disease no longer affects people." Rachel, 36, began to experience painful headaches in March, 2017. THey worsened over the following two months. In May, two serious seizures led to Rachel falling into a coma and being put on life support. It wasn't until that incident that Rachel

was diagnosed with a glioblastoma - a highly aggressive brain tumour - and she died the next day. Rachel worked as a healthcare assistant at Petworth Cottage Nursing Home and left behind her husband and two young children, Ollie, 11, and Lily, six. Joining Gareth and Stuart, 34, on the abseil will be two friends, Laura Dabbs, from Northchapel, and Midhurst resident Simon Greet. THe group hopes to raise £1,400 for the charity. Laura, 28, worked with Rachel. She said: "I've never abseiled before so I am slightly nervous. However, I'm determined to go through with it in Rachel's memory. "She was an amazing friend and her passing has been so devastating for everyone who knew her. "I want to help to raise funds for research into brain tumours because no-one should have to suffer like Rachel and her family." Janice Wright, Brain Tumour Research's community fundraising manager, said: "Brain tumours are indiscriminate. THey can affect anyone, at any age, at any time. "What's more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to fight this devastating disease."

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Campaigners issue bypass challenge CAMPAIGNERS in Walberton have vowed to fight the preferred route for the A27 Arundel bypass. THey say they will consider a judicial review of the decision by Highways England to favour a version of Option 5A. Emma Tristam, secretary of the Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee, said: "THis road scheme would wreak an incredible trail of destruction. "It would destroy part of the South Downs National Park, decimate ancient and ecologically important woodland and devastate the two historic villages of Binsted and Tortington. "It would also lead to a huge increase in traffic in Walberton, particularly on the semi-rural road, already at capacity, which leads to the new junction. THe fight against this extraordinarily damaging road scheme has also just begun." THe group contends the consultations about the road scheme carried out by Highways England contained errors and bias. Walberton have also attacked the government for its 'folly' in its choice of route. A statement issued by their chairman, Suzanne Clark, said the decision to go for a modified version of Option 5A was 'irrational and hostile'. She said: "In our opinion, there was a clear bias towards Option 5A during the consulation process with the other two options being dismissed by Highways England staff as unachievable from the outset. We consider this option to be

simply unacceptable and unachieveable without a large financial, environmental and social cost. "We urge the secretary of state to look in detail at the glaring inaccuracies and complications associated with Option 5A before an enormous amount of money is wasted on this folly." Residents of the village of Binsted staged a protest last October against the route because of their fears it would damage the area and its ancient woods. THey favoured Option 3. THe government's Highways England announced its choice of route for the multi-million road last Friday. But it has qualified its choice by changing the route to minimise its effect on residents and the environment and insisting an environmental mitigation package would be put in place. But Ms Clark's statement said: "Option 5A is not only the least sustainable choice, it is also the most expensive option once the relevant and realistic factors are properly taken into account, while being no better than other options at easing the traffic bottleneck at Arundel. It is quite irrational. "Walberton Parish Council has been challenging many elements of the consultation without satisfactory answers. Option 5A is set to put more vehicles on our local roads than on the A27 itself, without satisfactory answers." Route 5a will see a new dual-carriageway from Crossbush junction, south of the existing A27, to Ford Road.

From there, it will continue west through the South Downs National Park to re-join the present A27 at a new junction near Yapton Lane. West Sussex County Council's cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, Cllr Bob Lanzer, said he welcomed the decision by Highways England - but he said high quality environmental measures had to be delivered. "If the package lives up to local hopes, the substantial economic benefits of this option should outweigh the overall environmental impacts over the longer term," he said."Option 5A represents the best fit with the strategic outcomes that the council is seeking for the A27. "We look forward to seeing the detail in due course and working with Highways England to ensure the environmental mitigation package meets expectations." County councillors backed Option5A last autumn as bringing the most benefit to traffic and the economy. It will relieve congestion at Arundel and attract traffic that rat runs through residential areas and South Downs National Park to avoid congestion. Cllr Gillian Brown, leader of Arun District Council, said she was pleased with the decision by Highways England. "I strongly believe that this route will benefit the whole district by improving traffic flow and supporting the livelihood and success of businesses in the future across the district and, in particular, the Arundel area," she added.

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Girls tackle football course GIRL footballers are getting stuck in to new courses in Bognor Regis and Easebourne. THe FA-backed SSE Wildcats Girls' Football Centres offer them the chance to learn the skills to emulate England's leading women players. THe centres have recently started and will last until at least mid-August. THey join an existing centre in Chichester and are open to primary school age girls. Girls who want to try football and those who play and want to improve are both welcome. THose who have already been are enthusiastic about the sessions run by FA Level 2 qualified coaches. Elodie Rigate-Howard, four, said: "I like having my friends there, playing football and having lots of fun. Oh, and scoring goals." Six-year-old Imogen O'Boyle said: "I like going to Wildcats Football because I scored a goal at

my first session and helped my team win." THe new coaching is run by South Coast Sports Coaching led by former Brighton, Southampton and Portsmouth player Ali O'Brien. She said: "THis is a super opportunity to grow and develop girls' football in our area. "THe aim is to introduce new girls to the beautiful game, to assist with the development of those already playing and to provide a pathway into playing at local clubs and even creating new teams where none exist." THe sessions are held at the Longbrook Pavilion, Hook Lane, Bognor Regis, from 5pm6pm, Mondays, and on Wednesdays at the same time at Easebourne Primary School. THe course at Chichester is at 10am-11.30am on Saturdays, at Chichester College's playing fields. THe first week is free. Following weeks are £3. Profits are put back into girls' football in the area.

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` Exam season starts HUNDREDS of thousands of pupils around the country are starting to sit new GCSEs this week. THe 20 rigorous exams have been praised by the government's schools standards minister, Nick Gibb, the MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, as being essential to prepare pupils for the careers Britain needs. Mr Gibb said he wished students well in tackling the papers. "THese more rigorous, gold-standard GCSEs are helping to nurture the next generation of scientists, linguists and historians. "Whatever pupils want to do with their lives, these qualifications will prepare them for future success and help deliver the skills Britain needs to be fit for the future," he said. "THanks to our reforms and the hard work of teachers, education standards are rising in our schools and last year, teachers and pupils responded well to the new English and maths exams." THe replacement GCSEs include the sciences, French, German, Spanish, history and geography. THey have been designed with employers in mind. THey will be graded 9 to 1, with 9 as the top grade. Maths and English exams moved to the new grades last year.

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City's college gets recognition as best-performing in Sussex CHICHESTER College has been recognised as the best-performing college, for students aged 16-18, in Sussex. Government figures show the college recorded a student achievement rate for students aged 16-18 (across all levels) of 87.2 per cent in the academic year of 2016-17 – more than six per cent higher than the county's average for further education colleges. THis is also 5.7 percentage points higher than the national average. THe published data list achievement rates for 16 to 18-year-olds based on the number of learners staying on at college and successfully achieving qualifications.

PEOPLE suffering with dementia and their carers can attend activities and events at Sage House next week. THe charity, Dementia Support, which opened its doors last week with a special ceremony including HRH Countess of Wessex, is raising awareness about the condition during national Dementia Action Week. Based in Tangmere, the charity has linked with various local organisations and community groups. THe Weald and Downland Museum, West Bognor Flower Club, Alive! Activities and

Andrew Green, Chichester College principal and executive principal for the Chichester College Group, said: “We are extremely proud of this fantastic achievement. “It reflects the hard work of our staff and students, and they should all be proud of their accomplishments. “In August, we celebrated another year of phenomenal A-level achievement, with 99.1 per cent pass rate, and these latest achievement rates just build upon that. “Despite exams and assessments becoming ever more difficult, the staff and students have shown great commitment to achieve high standards consistently.”

Tuppenny Barn are holding events to provide therapeutic and stimulating benefits for people living with dementia. Music and art have a therapeutic benefit for people living with dementia, and Sage House will be holding its singing for the soul and watercolour painting sessions. Harry Vinsome will also be singing classics from the 1940s onwards on Friday, May 25. THere will also be an opportunity to get legal advice around dementia from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and James Cameron Legal. Solicitor clinics will be

run throughout the week. Dementia Friends Sessions will also be held during Dementia Action Week. THis National Alzheimer’s Society initiative gives people an understanding of what it is like to live with dementia. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend and it is particularly suitable for people in a public facing role or who have a family member living with dementia. If you are interested in attending any Dementia Action Week events at Sage House, please call the office on: 01243 888691 for further information.

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IN SUMMER 1962, England is still a year away from huge social changes: Beatlemania, the sexual revolution, and the Swinging Sixties, and young newlyweds Florence and Edwards are on their honeymoon near Chesil Beach in Dorset. As the prospect of consummating their marriage approaches, they become increasingly tense and awkward until an argument finally breaks out. THey row on Chesil Beach before one of them makes a major decision that will utterly change their lives forever.

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LONDON, 1977. Teenage Enn is in search of a night to remember. Desperate to be taken seriously by local punk matriarch Queen Boadicea, he gatecrashes her party but finds himself in way over his head (and heart) with the beautiful, enigmatic Zan. As Enn becomes her ambassador to a brave new world of punk, partying, and music, he learns that Zan has a new world of her own to share (quite literally) and over the course of twenty-four hours the two will go on an adventure that is truly out of this world.

f On Chesil Beach f Deadpool 2 Deadpool 2y2 Release date: 15 May Director: David Leitch Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi IT'S been two years since Deadpool treated couples to a night they'd never forget on Valentine's Day in 2016. Lewd, crude, and downright rude, Ryan Reynold's passion project proved that sometimes it pays to break the cinematic rules.

Marvel's snarkiest comic book creation is back to take his trademark wisecracks, R-rated action, and razor-sharp humour to a new level. But he's not coming alone; he's assembled a superhero team of his own! Deadpool, Colossus, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are joined this time around by Zazie Beetz' luck-manipulating mutant Domino and Terry Crews' Bedlam, who boasts energy sensory abilities. Collectively known as the X-Force, they'll need to overcome their ideological and comedic differences to help protect a young mutant from Josh Brolin's time-travelling super soldier Cable. Such a diverse cast is the perfect toy box for the Merc with the Mouth to play with.

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EXHIBITIONS DOUG DAVIS until Sun, May 20 Ticket price: Free admission Address: Oxmarket Gallery, St Andrew’s Court, Chichester PO19 1YH Tel: 01243 779103 Email: info@oxmarket.com www.oxmarket.com/doug-davis FORGOTTEN WRECKS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR until Wed ,May 30 Free admission Address: Manor House, Church St, Littlehampton BN17 5EW Tel: 01903 738100 www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk SCHOOLS' ART: WAR HORSE until Fri, June 22 Ticket price: Free admission Address: Manor House, Church St, Littlehampton BN17 5EW Tel: 01903 738100 www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk ANITA RICHARDS Tues, May 22 - Sun, June 3 Ticket price: Free admission Address: Oxmarket Gallery, St. Andrew’s Court, Chichester PO19 1YH Tel: 01243 779103 Email: info@oxmarket.com www.oxmarket.com

CHICHESTER ART SOCIETY SUMMER EXHIBITION Tues, June 19, - Sun, July 1, 10am 4.30pm (closed Monday, June 25) Free entry, original and contemporary art, all work for sale Address: THe Oxmarket Gallery, St Andrews Court off East Street, Chichester PO191YH www.chi-art-soc.org MINIS AT THE QUARRY Sat, May 19-Sun, May 20, 10am-4.30pm Ticket price: adult £14, children £8 Address: Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre,New Barn Road, Amberley, Arundel BN18 9LT Tel: 01798 831370 Email: office@amberleymuseum.co.uk www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

FAMILY FUN MILITARY VEHICLE HOME FRONT WEEKEND Sat, May 19-Sun, May 20, 10am-4.30pm Ticket price: adult £12.50, child £7 (child under 4 free), senior £11.50 Address: Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre,New Barn Rd, Amberley, Arundel BN18 9LT Tel: 01798 831370 Email: office@amberleymuseum.co.uk www.amberleymuseum.co.uk CASTLE SIEGE Sat, May 26 - Mon, May 28, 10am 4.30pm Ticket price: adult £21, child 5-16 £10, 60+ £18.50, family £50 Address: Arundel Castle, Arundel BN18 9AB Tel: 01903 882173 www.arundelcastle.org

LOST IDENTITY - LIVING WITH A BRAIN INJURY (COMMUNITY GALLERY) until Fri, July 13 Ticket price: Free admission Address: Manor House, Church St, Littlehampton BN17 5EW Tel: 01903 738100 www.littlehamptonmuseum.co.uk CASS PRESENTS: OLAF BREUNING until Sun, Sept 2 Ticket price: Free with general entry Address: Cass Sculpture Foundation, New Barn Hill, Goodwood PO18 0QP Tel: 01243 538 449 Email: info@sculpture.org.uk www.sculpture.org.uk

ITCHENOR SUMMER FETE Sat, May 26, midday - 4.30pm Free entry Address: Itchenor Memorial Hall, Itchenor Road, Itchenor PO20 7DL THE BIG BANK HOLIDAY FAMILY FUN DAY! Sun, May 27 Ticket price: Children free (under 18) Address: Fontwell Park Racecourse, Arundel Road, Fontwell, Arundel BN18 0SY Tel: 01243 543335 Email: info@fontwellpark.co.uk www.fontwellpark.co.uk

GUIDED FAMILY WALK OF ROMAN CHICHESTER Monday, May 28, 2pm – 3pm Ticket price: £3 per person Address: THe Novium Museum, Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QH Tel: 01243 775888 www.thenovium.org/romanweek

ARUNDEL PLAYERS Mon - Sat, June 11 -16 at 7.30pm Ticket price: from £10 Address: THe Priory Playhouse, London Road, Arundel BN18 9FA Box office (opens May 14) : 07523 417926 More info: www.arundelplayers.org.uk

GET HANDS-ON WITH HISTORY May 28- June 1 Ticket price: Regular admission children must be accompanied by an adult at all times Address: Weald & Downland Living Museum, Town Ln, Chichester PO18 0EU Tel: 01243 811014 www.wealddown.co.uk

YESTER YEAR, ROCK N ROLL THAT'LL BE THE DAY WITH TRIBUTE BANDS APACHE ROAD (THE SHADOWS) AND MUSIC EXPRESS Sat, July 14, 7pm - 11.30pm Tickets £6/£6.50 on the door (ticket sales: The Barnham Community Hall) Address: Yapton Rd, Barnham, Bognor Regis PO22 0AY Tel: 01243 278110 Bar - raffle (period dress optional) In aid of two charities, Cancer Research & THe Heart Foundation www.barnhamcommunityhall.org

ROMAN CRAFT – MOSAICS Tuesday, May 29, 11am – 2pm Ticket price: £2 per child Address: THe Novium Museum, Tower Street, Chichester PO19 1QH Tel: 01243 775888 www.thenovium.org/romanweek ROWLANDS CASTLE CRAFT FAYRE Sat, June 2, 10am - 1pm Ticket price: free admission Address: Parish Hall, Links Lane, Rowlands Castle PO9 6AD Email: rowlandscastlecraftfayre@ gmail.com

MUSIC THE RIDGEWAY CHORALE Sat, May 19, at 7.45pm Ticket price: free entry Address: Holy Trinity Church, THe Vicarage, Bosham Ln, Bosham PO18 8HX FABIO ZANON RECITAL AT THE REGIS SCHOOL OF MUSIC Sat, May 26, 7.30pm Ticket price: £15 non-members, £10 members, full-time students halfprice, under 18 free Address: 46 Sudley Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1ER Tel: 01243 866 462 / 01243 266 017 www.westsussexguitar.org THE MILE ROSES Fri, June 1, at 8pm Ticket price: £10 Address: THe Chichester Inn, West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RP Tel: 01243 783185

THE ROCK HOUSE FESTIVAL 2018 Sat, July 28, Time - doors: 12.30pm/ afternoon: 1pm - 5pm/evening: 6pm - 10pm Entry - £10 day ticket/£6 half day ticket + booking fee, early bird day tickets - £8+booking fee Address: - Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Brighton Age: 16+ www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/3414410 www.bit.ly/RHF2018

SOCIAL FUN CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS Thur, May 31 – Sat, June 2 Tickets from £8 Address: Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Tickets from: www. chichestercathedral.org.uk Over 80 spectacular floral arrangements, cafes, festival and plant fair, entertainment. GENTLEMAN'S EVENING Sat, June 16 Ticket price: from £15 Address: Fontwell Park Racecourse, Arundel Road, Fontwell, Arundel BN18 0SY Tel: 01243 543335 Email: info@fontwellpark.co.uk www.fontwellpark.co.uk

BARN DANCE AND PLOUGHMAN’S SUPPER WITH LICENSED CASH BAR AND RAFFLE Fri, July 20, 7.30pm - 10.30pm Ticket price: £15 (numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment) Address: THe Apuldram Centre, Common Farm, Appledram Lane South, Chichester PO20 7PE Tel: 01243 783370 Email: info@apuldram.org www.apuldram.org TEA DANCE Every Wednesday, 2pm – 4pm Ticket price:£3 - everyone welcome Address: Pagham Village Hall, Pagham Road, Bognor Regis PO21 4N Tel: 01243 931955

THEATRE CREATIVE MINDS - SINGIN' IN THE RAIN SCREENING Thur, May 24, at 2pm Ticket price: £5 each but a carer will go free. This is open to anyone who is living with dementia, their carers, friends and family. Address: Kings THeatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2QJ Tel: 02392 828282 www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk THE CHALK GARDEN Fri, May 25 – Sat, June 16 Ticket price: £10 Address: Chichester Festival THeatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP Tel: 01243 781312 Email: marketing@cft.org.uk www.cft.org.uk CIRQUE BERSERK Sun, May 27 - Wed, May 30 Ticket price: adult from £19, child from £10 Address: Kings THeatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2QJ Tel: 02392 828282 Email: boxoffice@kingsportsmouth.co.uk www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk RANDOM/GENERATIONS until Sat, June 2, at 7.45pm Ticket price: £20 Address: Chichester Festival THeatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP Tel: 01243 781312 Email: marketing@cft.org.uk www.cft.org.uk

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THE LADY BOYS OF BANGKOK Tues, June 5, at 7.30pm Ticket price: £24.50 full price, £22.50 concessions Address: THe Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1BL Tel: 01243 861010 www.alexandratheatre.co.uk BORN TO WIN Sat, July 7, at 7.30pm Ticket price: £30, £28, VIP: £50 Address: Worthing Pavilion THeatre, Marine Parade, Worthing BN11 3PX Tel: 01903206206 Email: theatres@adur-worthing.gov.uk www.worthingtheatres.co.uk WAR HORSE until Sat, June 9 Ticket price: from £18 Address: Mayflower THeatre, 22-26 Commercial Rd, Southampton SO15 1GE Tel: 02380 711811 www.mayflower.org.uk

OTHER BOGNOR PROM 10K Sun, May 20, at 10.30am Registration fee: affiliated (£16.50 after fees): £14.38, unaffiliated (£18.50 after fees): £16.24 Address: West Park, Bognor Regis PO21 2RB www.bognorprom10k.org THe race starts at West Park in Aldwick and follows the Bognor Regis esplanade through Felpham, and then returns along the seafront back to West Park.

COMING HOME WORKSHOPS, COMING BACK TO YOURSELF Sun, June 3, 9.30am to 4pm Ticket price: £50 per person, £25 deposit required. Eight places only. Address: THe New Park Community Centre, New Park Road, Chichester PO19 7XY Tel: 07787754123 Booking and more information www. antoniarolls.co.uk/events

CHICHESTER MODEL ENGINEERS May 20, 1 pm - 5 pm Entrance free (Ride behind one of our live steam model locos. Drive an OO train. Tickets £1 per ride) Address: Blackberry Lane Chichester PO19 7FS www.cdsme.co.uk BOGNOR REGIS & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: THE MODERN KITCHEN GARDEN BARRY NEWMAN Thur, May 24, at 7.30pm Ticket price: Members £2, visitors £3 (Membership £5 annually, nonmembers welcome) Address: Jubilee Hall, Chalcraft Lane, North Bersted, Bognor Regis PO21 5SU www.brhortsoc.co.uk

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DEMENTIA FRIENDLY GARDEN PARTY Tues, May 29, 2pm – 5pm Entry £2.50 includes a cream tea Address: Aldsworth House, Aldsworth, nr Emsworth PO10 8QT Tel: 079973 760285 Email: darmady1@btinternet.com COMPANION DOG SHOW Sun, June 17, from 11.30am Entry £2.00 per dog/class 1st entry and £1.50 each subsequent dog, free admission and car parking Address: North Bersted Community Centre, Chalcraft Lane, North Bersted PO21 5UB Tel: 01243 586770 www.bognordogclub.org.uk In support of Lowland Search Dogs Sussex. Sponsored by THW Landscape Construction. Judging starts at 1pm. All classes, breed, obedience and novelty, also Kennel Club good citizen bronze award and fastest recall, agility and flyball. Many stalls, refreshments, raffle and much more. WESTBOURNE OPEN GARDENS Sun, June 17, 10.30am to 5pm Entry: £8 adults, accompanied under 14s free Address: Whitechimney Row, Westbourne, Emsworth PO10 8RN www.westbourneopengardens.co.uk

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Big need to talk about topic far too important to ignore IF YOU know anyone that has taken his or her own life, you will know how devastating it is for everyone involved. In 2016, 5,668 suicides were recorded in Great Britain. Of these, 75 per cent were male and 25 per cent female. Between 2003 and 2013, the statistics show 18,220 people with mental health problems took their own life here in the UK. It’s apparently the most common cause of death for men aged between 20–49. It’s a fact that one person in 15 has made suicidal attempts at some point in their lives, and apparently the reason that men are more likely to take their own lives is because they are less likely to ask for help, or talk about depressive or suicidal feelings. You can see on the Samaritan website that there is a quote, and its says, 'Suicide is complex. It

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usually occurs gradually, progressing from suicidal thoughts, to planning, to attempting suicide and finally dying by suicide’. Many factors might predict if someone is more at risk of feelings of suicide or of acting out these thoughts, such as: 1 - Feeling depressed, withdrawn and anxious 2 - Loss of interest in hobbies, socialising or own appearance 3 - Expressing feelings of hopelessness or purposeless 4 - Talking about wanting it all to end 5 - Many people express thoughts of wanting to die or end it all in the year before the act to relatives, partners, peers or professionals I am not professing to be an expert on mental health, and I certainly know that until recently I was under the illusion/belief if the person talked about it, they would not go through with the act. How very wrong that misconception was. THat’s why I am passionate about getting the message across, and helping to raise awareness about this sensitive and painful subject, that is so close to my heart. THe use of antidepressants has more than doubled in recent years. In England, 64.7m prescriptions were issued for antidepressants in 2016 at a cost of £266.6m. A recent Oxford University study found that antidepressants were more effective in treating depression than placebo and that antidepressants are effective. However, what is worrying is the increase in the use of antidepressants by children and young people. In Scotland alone, 5,572 children under 18 were prescribed antidepressants for anxiety and depression in 2016. THis figure has more than

doubled since 2009/2010. THere is some doubt of the benefits in this age category. In developed countries such as the UK, people eat a greater variety of foodstuffs than ever before – but it doesn’t mean that they are well nourished. In fact, many people do not eat enough nutrients that are essential for good brain health, opting for a diet of heavily processed food containing artificial additives and sugar. THe link between poor mental health and nutrition deficiencies has been acknowledged by nutritionists for years. However, psychiatrists/mental health specialists are only now becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using nutritional approaches to help mental health issues. On June 4, I am joining two experts in this subject for a talk at Everyone Active, formerly THe Westgate Centre) in Chichester from 6pm. It should be an informative evening around mental health issues and the tools you can use to help you through challenging times. We have chosen to use a small room for this first talk

as we want to keep it more intimate and low key. We are planning a larger event over two days, later in the summer, which could really help to change your life. I have worked with Steve Neale (the owner of Steve Neale International) in many countries for 10 years now, and he is the best in his field. THis is a very rare opportunity to hear him speak, To book your place at £10 a person please call me on: 07730 671436. Denise Kelly is a passionate and motivated 'health expert/nutritionist'. Her company is called DK - The Wellbeing company and represents all things health and fitness. Denise also runs a juice company 'Juice It' that makes and delivers healthy juices and smoothies. She is involved with motivational talks, conferences and corporate events regarding health all over the world and believes that knowledge is power and, ultimately, health is your only wealth!

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Sparkling wine is perfect marriage of taste & cost Martin Lury Our very own bon vivant gets to grips with all the best buys martin.lury@me.com

SEVERAL marriages will have already been booked tomorrow before the royal announcement and so to either celebrate the royal wedding or, if you have not been invited, another couple's nuptials as I will so do in the case of my beloved Sonia. For such occasions, I have chosen to discard Cava as an option and intend to examine likely liquid contenders in the form of Prosecco, sparkling wines and de rigueur classic Champagne! In terms of Prosecco, if you like the sweeter variety, then Sainsbury's have discounted a Torretta Di Mondelli Prosecco to £6.25 offering apple and citrus flavours with a hint of almond. For £7.50, Sainsbury's also have a drier

Prosecco in the form of a Valdo Marco Oro Extra Dry Prosecco, but my favourite medium-priced Prosecco remains Tesco's Plaza Centro Prosecco which combines fruitiness with due dryness and has good bubbles and for circa £7 is one for all occasions! Sparkling wine is becoming one of England's recent success stories and I can wholeheartedly recommend Chapel Down and Nyetimber as fine examples thereof. THe Chapel Down NV Reserve Brut Sparkling Wine priced at an average price of £22 has fine bubbles and notes of red apple, lemon grass and fresh bread allied to biscuity, red berry flavours and a delightfully clean acidity - a great English sparkler! Nyetimber is similarly worthy of your attention, but will set you back a further £10! Incidentally, Chapel Down has been seen at number 10 Downing Street, so why not keep up with the Mays tomorrow? My final sparkler is another favourite of mine, namely a Cloudy Bay Pelorus named after Pelorus Jack, the famous dolphin of Marlborough , New Zealand. For circa £20 expended, this Rolls-Royce

of Champagne alternatives is an apéritif style of sparkling wine with lemon, hazelnut and brioche flavours to the fore and should not disappoint! We have now had choices A and B for

the big day, so let us now proceed to choice C - id est Champers! THe cheapest I can recommend is Aldi's Monsigny Brut, retailing incredibly for just £10.99! A good nose, fine bubbles, creaminess and flavours of baked apple and brioche make this a Champagne that shames many of its pricier rivals and remains a veritable bargain. For £18.99, the Co-Op's Les Pionniers

Champagne Brut continues to float my boat, being creamy and complex with citrus and white apple flavours added to biscuity notes, a hint of brioche and toast and culminating in a long dry finish. If you have deeper pockets, why not go for a Bollinger, and if you can spare over 100 smackers, I suggest either a Dom Perignon or a Krug to add finesse to the day - Buvez bien and enjoy!


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Community News & Views PEOPLE across the Arun district are invited to find out next week how to create a more dementia-friendly community. THe Arun Dementia Action Alliance is hosting an event from 2pm-5pm next THursday at the Arun Civic Centre in Maltravers Road, Littlehampton. THis open forum will be a chance for members of the public who are affected by dementia, including family members and carers, to come together with organisations and professionals to share their thoughts, concerns and opinions about dementia provision in the area, what is already in place and what is needed in the future. THe aim of dementia alliances is to bring people and organisations together to work towards a dementia-friendly community where people affected by the disease can feel supported and accepted. Julie Bartholomew, who jointly chairs the alliance in the Arun district, said: "THe event will include an open forum discussion about the needs of people with dementia in the Arun area, the chance to become a Dementia Friend - an initiative of the Alzheimer's Society - and a fun, informal Five Ways to Wellbeing workshop." THe occasion will also feature information stands from organisations in the area who support people with dementia in various ways. THey will include Arun Wellbeing, Abbeyfield Care, Coastal West Sussex Mind, Alzheimer's Society and several solicitors. Sarah Rogers, who also chairs the alliance, said: "With 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and numbers set to rise to more than one million by 2025 and to two million by 2051, this is an incredibly hot topic of interest to many. "It is a vital time to consider how we can improve the support available in Arun for our residents."

Sir, IN YOUR article, ‘Crossing will cause queues’, about fixed railway gates at Yapton, pictured above, concern was expressed about ‘motorists seeking alternative routes’ and Barnham railway bridge, but what about the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in Lake Lane and Yapton Lane, Walberton? WSCC Highways and Network Rail have not mentioned that the fixed railway gates ‘improvement’ and a no right turn licence condition on Stuart Lyons' HGV licence will gift him a licence for a 24 hour haulage depot with no risk assessment, travel plan or safety audit required. In 2007, planning permission was refused due to the unsuitability of Lake Lane and Yapton junction to withstand further HGVs and on highway safety grounds (warning of future problems at the junction). Highways insisted further development that would generate more HGVs would require a safety audit of Lake Lane prior to permission. Surely, in the light of past documentation, we are owed a safety audit or re-assessment of the safety and sustainability of having an operating HGV depot in Lake lane and extra HGVs travelling through Walberton. If WSCC Highways are unwilling to undertake an open and transparent safety audit then Network Rail/Office of Rail and Road should obtain an independent highways safety assessor to do it for them. Before allowing an 24 hour HGV depot in Lake Lane, Network Rail/WSCC Highways/Arun District Council need to assess just how safe the whole of Lake Lane and Yapton Lane (Walberton) is to accommodate an HGV depot and excessive HGVs. Please let Network Rail Inspector of Railways know what you think. Jan Halstead, Lake Lane, Yapton (Member of Lake Lane Neighbourhood Group)

MONTHLY meetings are well underway for Bognor Regis area residents with an eyesight condition. THe town's group meetings of the Macular Society attract a small and loyal following, pictured above. But more people with the condition, which damages a person's central vision, have been urged to go along to ensure they do not have to face the future alone. One of those at May's meeting was Aldwick resident Jane Upton, 83. She has the dry version of macular degeneration. "I want to know more about the condition, what the future holds for me and if there is anything I can do about it," she said. A handful of members usually attend the meetings on the second THursday monthly at the 4Sight Vision Support offices at 36 Victoria Drive. THey take place from 10.30am-12.30pm. As well as swopping tips and information, the participants

PELARGONIUM expert Roger Butler, who grows them as a hobby, entertained Donnington Gardening Club with his illustrated talk, Pelargoniums My Way. Roger has been judging and speaking to clubs all over the country for more than 20 years and has visited at least 91 different village halls. All pelargoniums originate from the first seeds of Pelargonium triste which were brought over from

have the chance to hear a range of speakers. Earlier meetings this month have featured a representative from the Guide Dogs charity as well as two exhibitions about the equipment which is available to help their lives. Next month's meeting will take place on June 14 and feature a talk by Cheryl Berry about the work of Healthwatch West Sussex. THis organisation helps to ensure residents have the chance to comment about health services and shape their future provision. THe company, Independent Vision, will be at the July meeting and the charity, Blind Veterans UK, in August. Debbie Harper, 74, of Felpham, is another regular at the meetings. She said it would be good to see more people present. "THere must be a lot of people in the Bognor Regis area who have macular degeneration," she said. "It's good to get to know others with the condition."

South Africa in 1632 and were grown by plant hunter John Tradescant. THere are many different varieties of pelargoniums, including miniature, dwarf, regal, zonal, angels, ivyleaved, variegated and scented. THe club held its latest plant sale last Saturday. Last year's event is pictured above. Plants, books and gardening equipment were available for keen gardeners to buy.

CENTRES will close as West Sussex County Council changes the way it delivers some adult social care services. THe council runs several learning disability and specialist residential and day services which are used by more than 900 people. New proposals will allow greater chances for the council to support people who use the services to gain confidence and skills to be able to lead as active and independent a life as possible. THey include the closure of one of the three residential service sites of Marjorie Cobby House in Selsey, Tozer House, in Chichester and Hammonds, in Bognor Regis. It is also intended to close the Wrenford centre in Chichester and combine its services at the Chestnuts in Bognor Regis and Judith Adams in Chichester day centres. A survey to gather views about the changes is being run until May 31. A final decision is due to be taken by Cllr Amanda Jupp, the council's cabinet member for adults and health. "We know that changes to adult care services can be unsettling for the people who use them but I am confident these proposals will mean we can meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents in the way they would like," she said. "As demand for adult social care is increasing, people's needs are changing and, in many cases, becoming more complex. "In response to differing demands and the inevitable pressure this brings, we are changing how we deliver these important services to those who need them. "THese changes require a different approach which is less reliant on the provision of traditional building-based activities. "While these proposals are wide-ranging, it is important to stress that there will be no reduction in levels of support given to the people who use them." THe modernisation plans involve these services in the next five years: specialist day services, learning disability day services, residential and respite services for learning disability and older people, and shared lives services - where carers look after adults, unable to live independently, in their own homes. THe proposals involve reducing the number of buildings in which the services are delivered from 21 to 13. THe council will continue to offer services and activities in some residential homes and centres but there will be a move to offer more chances for support in local communities. Complete the survey at: westsussex.gov.uk/choicesforthefuture

CHILDREN'S minister Nadhim Zahawi, pictured above second left, invited young people in care and care leavers from across West Sussex and neighbouring authorites to meet him. He wanted to discuss their views and experiences of the care system. Also with him was Anne Longford, the children's commissioner. THose invited to the meeting shared their individual journeys of being in care and highlighted key themes needed for change or improvement. THis included the importance of young people being treated the same as people not in care and sharing experiences of the care system so they can be improved upon. Carley, one of the care leavers who attended, said: "I felt that I was able to say everything that I wanted to. "THe minister was very good at trying to understand everyone's personal experiences and individual issues that people have faced. THe event has made me want to get more involved with representing people in care and care leavers again. Cllr Stephen Hillier, West Sussex County Council's cabinet member for children and young people, said: "It's very important that the voices of our young people in care and care leavers are heard, so we can reflect and improve upon the work we do. We look forward to hearing more from the Office of the Children's Commissioner as to how this and other meetings will shape further developments and improvements."

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By Sylvia Endacott

From Togo the snake king to the Wave hotel Butlin's has been involved in Bognor Regis for nearly 90 years WHEN I first arrived in Bognor Regis to work for Butlin’s, I was soon made aware of the history and perception of the company from the local press. I was repeatedly told that Butlin’s had opened in 1960, even the local radio had this as one of their quiz questions a few years ago and the answer of `1960’ was actually incorrect’ I was very surprised when I found that I had to look back to 1932 to find the time when William Butlin made his first appearance in the town with his Recreation Shelter, which was situated on the corner of Lennox Street and THe Esplanade. THe Recreation Shelter was apparently the place to be seen according to the press where you could 'meet the elite'. THis was to prove to be a popular entertainment venue, containing the very fashionable one-armed-bandits and dodgem cars. THis was eventually followed on July 5, 1933, by the Butlin Zoo, on the seafront, which contained a formidable array of animals, including brown, black and polar bears, hyenas, leopards, pelicans, kangaroos, monkeys and 'Togo the snake king'. Eventually, in 1958, Bognor Regis Urban District Council announced they had reached an agreement with Billy Butlin to take on the 39-acre Brookland site to build a holiday camp. THere were many reports, letters, condenations

etc., in the local press at the time. Sir Billy Butlin obviously had to retaliate to some of the comments and was heard to remark in 1959 that he would be 'spending more on advertising Bognor Regis than any other hotel in the town'. At this time, Butlin’s ran an advertisement advising that they had 'agreed to remove their unsightly fun fairs from the middle of the promenade if they could create a sprawling camp half a mile to the east (of their prom sites)'. Residents in Felpham were already asking, 'What will the buildings look like in 20 years’ time?' Some reports stated it was ‘a great chance for Bognor.’ After a ministerial inquiry, it was agreed that the centre could be built. I know that many people in the town have memories of the plans and building of the holiday camp. Some perceived the building as being similar to a prison, with its grim blocks of chalets, complete with their green roofs. Others felt that ratepayers would suffer, and the town would have benefited more from flats and housing. Other memories include those of the people who were involved in the building of the centre, which remarkably only took nine months to complete. Butlin's employed 500 local people to build the centre at an hourly rate of 8s. 6d. (42 1/2p.)

Sir Billy Butlin boasted he would be spending more on advertising Bognor Regis than any hotel

f A picture postcard view of the early days of the Butlin's camp

f The Recreation Shelter on Bognor Regis seafront

f The Wave Hotel in Butlin's

I have heard numerous stories about the state of the land, and because of the nature of the area, apparently a number of vehicles were to be 'drowned' in the mud that existed during the building works. Another memory is that of the new mattresses, still within their protective covers, being laid down on the mud so people could get around the centre in the wet weather. THis centre was to be the first one that Sir Billy had had the opportunity to supervise and he rented accommodation in the town, with his wife, Norah. He was able to oversee all that was happening with the construction and attend all the discussions that were constantly occurring in the town. One comment made was that the open Brooklands site was in fact preserving the residents of Felpham from the 'fish and chips and candy floss of Bognor'. Finally, the camp opened on July 2, 1960, costing £2.5 million, and could hold 5,000 guests and 5,000 day visitors. Soon, 3,000 weekly campers arrived to this, the newest centre of the Butlin's empire. Local hoteliers were worried about the people who would work for Butlin’s and not their hotels, creating staff shortages throughout the town. THat year there were press reports announcing 'Butlin’s is good for you'! Local traders and other venue owners were actually extolling the beneficial effects of the arrival of the centre. THe managers of the local cinemas remarked they regularly saw people visiting the cinema sporting their Butlin’s badges. THe weather in 1960 was not helping local traders, but the arrival of Butlin’s was. As a member of the local chamber of trade remarked, that his 'business was breaking even,

without Butlin’s he would have expected to be down £30 per week, because of the weather'. In some towns, they were welcomed and in others they were rejected, but whatever the locals thought, one thing is quite certain. Butlin’s had a ‘cult following’ and still does today. Some of the guests have been enjoying their holidays at various centres since the 1940s and have superb memories of the early days. I have met families who have two or three holidays a year here in Bognor Regis - one family travelled regularly from Worthing. Many thousands of people have holidayed at Butlin’s and hundreds of people, including me, have worked at or are working for the organisation today, which is lucky for those seeking work following the demise of some of our other historically major employers, such as Lec Refrigeration, Weir Electronics and Rosemount – this is in direct contrast to one of William Butlin’s pledges, in that he promised 'not to absorb local labour', which was just one of the concerns at the time it opened. THe centre has changed considerably and in 2000 the Rank Organisation sold the company to Bourne Leisure. On site, the ‘big top’ arrived in 1996, Shoreline Hotel 2005, Ocean Hotel 2009, the Wave in 2012 and a £40m pool is being constructed. Originally, the centre catered for people who could only afford one week’s holiday per year, now many of their visitors come several times a year, while also going abroad. THere is no Olympic-sized swimming pool, but there are the modern flumes. THere are no large dining rooms ringing to the sound of 1,000 holidaymakers on first and second sittings, but there are today’s familiar restaurant chains.


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Tone Zone all set for Bognor 10k PostSport after flying home in Gatwick Half BOGNOR Tone Zone runners continued to find their stride as the long-distance season kicks into another gear. After a number of marathons across the UK in April, the summer months is the time when athletes begin to chalk up a host of personal bests. Tone Zone members are no different, with a number of athletes beating their best ever times at various distances. With the Bognor Prom 10k taking place this Sunday at 10.30am, many of the members will be looking to take their early season form on to familiar roads with a home crowd cheering them on along the way. In anticipation of the home run, this weekend saw multiple club members in action. THe most popular event was the Gatwick Half Marathon, with seven Tone Zone runners taking part, including one as an official pacer. First home for Tone Zone was Simon Gill, who ran as the 1 hour 30 pace-maker for the event, finishing with a time of 1 hour 29 minutes 57 seconds. After crossing the finishing line, Simon said, “What a race, there were PBs out there today

and plenty in my group. Great work all.” Michael Manwill was next home in the very respectable time of 1:37, closely followed by Tony Holcombe who finished three minutes later. Mark Williamson and Carl Bryant finished in 1:48 and 1:49 respectively, while Andy Miles finished just under the two hour mark. THe star of the show for Tone Zone, though, was Nathalie O’Mahony, who managed to grab a personal best with an excellent time of 2:02. Just down the road from Gatwick in Wisborough were Peter Ramsdale, Jessica THomson and Caroline Edwards who ran in Wisborough 10K or 5K. Completing the 10K course in a time of 51:11 was Peter, who also finished first in his age category. Jess completed the 10K course in 46:39, carrying on her impressive performances this year. Caroline Edwards took to the 5K and finished in 27:48. At the longer distance, Simon Bodsworth continued his marathon form, running the undulating and scenic route of the Bewl Water Marathon in just under five hours.

f Nathalie O'Mahony

f Some of the seven members of the Tone Zone squad who took part in the Gatwick Half

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f Cody sailors in action

BUDDING sailors can get out on the water thanks to a new virtual sailing club. THe Chichester-based Cody Sailing Club has no clubhouse or no boats. THe primary purpose of the club is to organise affordable coastal sailing cruises and sailing-themed camps in a friendly and supportive group environment. THe club, which operates across the south coast, is inviting people to try out coastal dinghy sailing at Gosport's Stokes Bay Club this Sunday. It is being organised as part of the Royal Yachting Association's Push the Boat Out (PTBO) campaign, which is aimed at getting people into the sport. THe session will give people an opportunity to sail in one of the club dinghies off the beach (weather permitting) with an experienced helm; buoyancy aids will be provided. Everyone is invited to come along to this event to find out more about a range of

sailing events coming up over the summer. Visitors are asked to bring warm clothes that they don’t mind getting a bit wet or a dry-suit/wet-suit if they have one. THe event is from 10am to 3pm, at the beach near the Bayside Cabin Café Stokes Bay, Gosport, PO12 2QT. THe event is one of a number that Cody Sailing Club is running this summer. As a 'virtual sailing club' specialising in fleet dinghy cruising and family camping, members sail most weekends during the season from March through to October. THe sailing is designed to suit a wide range of sailing abilities, while the camping also appeals to non-sailing members of all ages THe programme includes beach days, camping weekends, such as at Chichester Harbour, and extended camping/sailing holidays further afield, such as Poole Harbour and the West Country. For more information, visit codysailingclub. co.uk or rya.org.uk/go/ptbo

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DARTS: Richard Ragless took the man of the match honours as he fired Friary Z to the top of the table in the Bognor Summer Darts league. Here are the results in full from week three and four: WEEK THREE- DIVISION ONE - Friary 'D' 7 Lords Legends 11; THe Legends 6 Friary 'Z' 9; Hunston Hares 10 Claremont 6; Newtown Amity - bye. MAN OF THE MATCH - Richard Ragless (Squash Club) 18 & 23 darts [24.44 av]; Buster Barton (Claremont) 20 & 27 darts [21.32 av]; Simon Kimber (Friary 'D') 22 & 30 darts [19.20 av] 180s - Ryan Barratt (Lords Legends) x1; Mark Sheppard (Hunston Hares) x1. DIVISION TWO - Royal Oak 7 BRSA Ravens 9; Aldwick Legion 12 THe Lambs 2; Aldingbourne Mavericks 4 Chi Snooker Club 11; Newtown 'C' - bye. MAN OF THE MATCH - Stuart Gray (BRSA Ravens) 18 & 28 darts [21.78 av]; Keith Robinson (Chi Snooker Club) 21 & 24 darts [22.11 av]; Neil Conn (THe Lambs) 25 & 27 darts [19.27 av] 180s - Stuart Gray (BRSA Ravens) x1. DIVISION THREE - Newtown Clubbers 10 Richmond 'B' 9; BRSA 'B' 4 QE2 Lions 12; Richmond Rebels - bye; QE2 Devils 10 ASC 9. MAN OF THE MATCH - Joe Osman (QE2 Devils) 21 & 32 darts [18.91 av]; Graham Crawley (QE2 Lions) 21 & 42 darts [15.90 av]; Simon Edwards (Richmond 'B') 22 & 31 darts [19.88 av] 180s - Joe Osman (QE2 Devils) x1. HIGH OUT SHOTS Graham Crawley (QE2 Lions) 86; Glen Scott (BRSA 'B') 80. WEEK FOUR - DIVISION ONE - Hunston Hares 11 Newtown Amity 8; Lords Legends 11 Claremont 5; Friary 'D' 1 Friary 'Z' 14; THe Legends - bye. MAN OF THE MATCH - Micky Rowland (Friary 'Z') 16 & 24 darts [25.05 av]; Tony Phillips (Hunston Hares) 22 & 23 darts [21.32 av]; Chris Williams (Lords Legends) 22 & 28 darts [20.04 av] 180s - Richard Ragless (Squash Club) x1. HIGH OUT SHOTS - Tony Phillips (Hunston Hares) 63. DIVISION TWO - Aldwick Legion 11 Royal Oak 7; Newtown 'C' 13 the Lambs 3; Aldingbourne Mavericks 5 BRSA Ravens 12; Chi Snooker Club - bye. MAN OF THE MATCH - Larry Chant (Aldwick Legion) 22 & 23 darts [20.65 av]; Mark H Todd (BRSA Ravens) 26 & 26 darts [19.27 av]; Lewis Kalli (Newtown 'C') 30 & 31 darts [16.43 av] 180s - Mark H Todd (BRSA Ravens) x1; Richard Pennells (BRSA Ravens) x1; Adam Hall (Aldingbourne Mavericks) x1. HIGH OUT SHOTS - Rob Allen (Aldwick Legion) 96; Neil Conn (THe Lambs) 78; Dave Coupland (Royal Oak) 64; Lewis Kalli (Newtown 'C') 62. DIVISION THREE - Richmond Rebels - QE2 Devils - POSTPONED; QE2 Lions 13 Richmond 'B' 6; BRSA 'B' 7 ASC 11; Newtown Clubbers - bye. MAN OF THE MATCH - Graham Crawley (QE2 Lions) 25 & 37 darts [16.00 av]; Mick Deadman (ASC) 30 & 35 darts [14.72 av]. HIGH OUT SHOTS - Mick Deadman (ASC) 80.

BOWLS: Bognor Regis Bowls Club had a disappointing start to the season last weekend. Bognor Regis men’s B team played Goring Manor in their first league game. THey won on two rinks but lost on two and overall by 18 shots, scoring 4 league points. THe scores were: George Dunham, Geoff Kendall, Roy Osment, Len Hall lost 11-28; Keith Graham, Norman Burchfell, Phil Hasler, Richard Robinson won 20-15; Simon Webster, John Parry, Dave Matkins, Mike Philpott lost 16-26; Ben Stabler, Brian Smith, Tommy Gaskin, John Blacow won 16-14. Bognor Ladies played THe Drive from Hove in the county Top Club competition. THey won the triples and fours, but lost the pairs and singles. Overall, THe Drive won by 17 shots. Bognor A begin on Sunday against Chichester A at Waterloo Square while the B team visit Witterings on Tuesday (both 2pm).


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f City lost their last home match of the year

Historic year for Chi Ladies CHICHESTER City Ladies want to round off their historymaking season with a win as they wrap up their first FA Women's Premier League campaign this weekend. It's been a year to remember for Matt Wright's side as they have shown they can compete with the best in the third tier of the women's game. With a memorable cup run and clash with giants Liverpool, there is a real buzz around Oaklands Park. Chi, who are currently seventh, round off their season with a trip to champions elect Charlton Athletic on Sunday (2pm). If Wright's side can win, they can seal a seventh place finish and the second highest points total of any newly-promoted side at this level. Only Crystal Palace (33) will have finished with more than the total Chi can achieve (31). City dropped points last weekend when a late goal denied them a point against second-place C&K Basildon. In what was City's home match of the season, the visitors from Essex took the spolis thanks to a goal eight minutes from time. It was cruel for Chi who were

up for the battle and thought they had done enough to seal the draw. THe returning Cherelle Khassal and Chloe Melton had the best chances for Chi. It proved to be an emotional day for everyone involved with the Green Army as Jenna Fowlie decided to hang up her boots. THe midfielder has been at City for around five years and has become a core member of the team. During her tenure, she has featured 62 times in the Premier League era and scored on 11 occasions including a crucial winning goal against Pompey this season that Fowlie has described as one of her highlights. *Chichester City Ladies can confirm that the Youth Trials for the 2018/19 season has been expanded to all age groups currently at the club. On Saturday, July 7, from 10am, the club will be hosting a trial day for all teams ahead of the new season at Chichester College. Players interested in joining the under-11s, u12s, u14s or u16s are encouraged to come down to the trials. Contact secretary@ chichesterladiesfootball.co.uk

f Jenna Fowlie retired after five years at the club

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BOGNOR CC will not have far to go this weekend as they continue the quest for a first victory of the Division Two campaign. After two matches of the season, Ryan Maskell's side sit in the middle of the pack. After defeat on the road in the first game of the season, the rain dampened any hopes of victory against Mayfield last weekend in what was the first run out of the year at the Regis Oval. It means they head to Goodwood tomorrow to play Chichester Priory Park without any real momentum (12.30pm). If they are to beat Chi, Bognor will need to put in a better performance with the bat then they managed last weekend. After being losing the toss and being put in, Maskell's side never really going in helpful conditions for the bowlers, losing their first six wickets for just 61 runs. A half-century partnership for the seventh wicket between Rob Willway (41*) and Taylor Jaycocks (17) was the only real bright spark for the home side. It was with some relief then at 112-7 the rains opened up and caused the match to be abandoned.

f Bognor lose a wicket against Mayfield

Middleton to host leaders EG

MIDDLETON CC were left to rue the weather after rain spoilt their chances of opening their account in the Sussex Premier Division. Sean Heather's side had navigated their way to 124-3 on a tricky surface away at St Leonards. But heavy rain prevented Middleton from having a chance to defend that score against the home side at Horntye Park. Combined with defeat on the opening day, it means Heather's team sit bottom of the table after just two matches. With early pace-setters East Grinstead

visiting Sea Lane tomorrow (12pm), Middleton will be hoping to pick up a positive result to save them being cut adrift even at this early stage of the season. Heather's side will want to focus on a positive batting display last time out, with Stuart Nelmes (48), Nick Smith (34) and overseas player Mahesh Rawat (24*) all impressing in the washout at St Leonards. In Division Two, Chichester Priory Park remain joint-top after their match at Bexhill fell victim to the weather. After being invited to bat at Polegrove,

f Pagham are undefeated this season

newly-promoted Chi showed they are more than a match for the attacks at the higher level. Solid contributions from Peter Lamb (33) and Matthew Bennison (31) got the visitors off to a solid start. THen Bennison was joined by former Pagham man Joe De La Fuente and the pair put on 82 for the third wicket. By the time De La Fuente was dismissed, Chi were looking good at 138-3. But they failed to push on, with only skipper Jay Hartard (30) offering any meaningful contribution in the middle and lower order. THey ended their innings on 196-8 which was a competitive but not spectacular score. As it was, Chi never go to the stage of seeing if they could defend it, as the rains came with Bexhill 21-0 after eight overs. Next up for Priory, who are one of four sides with 40 points from two matches, is a home tie with local rivals Bognor at Goodwood tomorrow. In Division THree West, it's top versus bottom as league leaders Pagham head to West Chiltington & THakeham looking to preserve an undefeated start to the season tomorrow (12.30pm). THe Nyetimber Lane side had the weather to thank last weekend for avoiding a probable defeat. Roffey seconds had reduced Stuart Hanks' side to 77-5 before the storms came and forced an abandonment.

Two cups on one night for Pagham PAGHAM FC brought two trophies home to Nyetimber Lane on the same night, although one of them was tinged with controversy. Forced to play not only the Reserves Cup Final but a vital under 21 game on the same night, the Lions came through with flying colours to claim both bits of silverware. With the under 21 squad in action away at Hassocks in a league match, a reserve squad containing several first team regulars took to the field at THe Lashmar, home of East Preston FC, to take on Broadbridge Heath in the Reserve Section’s Cup Final. THe Cup Final was, it has to be said, not much of a contest, helped by the fact that the Bears goalkeeper injured himself in the warm-up and was replaced in the team by a

defender. Johan van Driel, Ashley Harper, Callum Overton, Joe Booker, Joe Matthews and Alex Jasper scored for the Lions in the 6-0 win. Meanwhile, over in Hassocks, the under-21 West League Title was won with two games to spare as the Young Lions beat the Robins 3-1. Scott Rafferty had given Pagham an early lead in the 14th minute before league topscorer Jack Parkinson netted on the half-hour mark to make it 2-0. Hassocks pulled one back shortly after, but Parkinson, with his second, settled the matter two minutes before half-time. So, one night, two games, and two trophies, not a bad evening all-round for the Lions to round off an excellent season for the club.

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f The Rocks squad that ended the National South season is set for an overhaul this summer

Rocks retain five as rebuilding work for next season begins ROCKS' manager Jack Pearce says he is delighted with the club's early recruits for next season - despite two influential players moving on. Bognor announced this week that defenders Calvin Davies, Keaton Wood and Chad Field, along with utility player Harvey Whyte and forward Tommy Scutt, had signed on for the club next season. However, skipper Sami El-Abd and club stalwart James Crane have said they will be playing elsewhere, with both citing personal reasons. THe loss of two influential players on and off the pitch will come as a shock to some Rocks' fans who are hoping for a swift return to step three football next season. But, while thanking the service and commitment of both Crane and El-Abd, Pearce said he was pleased to have secured the services of the core of last year's squad. Pearce, pictured left, said: "I’m delighted with the five we have signed as they are the only five we have spoken to. I'm very pleased with their response - it's most of the defence so it's a good start." THe signings came just a few days after the FA confirmed the Rocks would be playing in the revamped 22-team Bostik Isthmian Premier next season. THis will pitch them against the likes of local rivals Worthing, Lewes and Whitehawk, as

well as familiar foes Enfield Town, Tonbridge Angels and Wingate & Finchley. But they will do so without El-Abd or Crane, who missed much of the National South season because of a shoulder injury. On the departures, Pearce said the club would miss them both but he remained adamant the Rocks would move forward. He said that El-Abd had spoken to him a couple of weeks before the end of the season. With a new-born child, the central defender is understood to be looking to play nearer to his home north of Brighton next season. Crane, who has been a columnist for the Post the past two seasons, said he would like a new challenge after being with the Rocks for the past 10 seasons. THe manager said: "People leave football clubs - that's what happens. We are delighted with the five we have secured but we wish good luck to those who have left." One thing that still remain undecided is who will be in the Rocks' dugout next season. Pearce said the issue over what would happen with the manager was on-hold for the time being but he had been speaking to first-team coaches. He said: "THe first thing is to try and secure the players that can be successful in this level. I am speaking to five or six between now and next week. We will see who is committed, who else is available and go from there."

Farewell to El-Abd and Crane THEY have been stalwarts of the Rocks' rise in recent seasons. But both captain Sami ElAbd and club stalwart James Crane will not be returning to Nyewood Lane next season in the Green and White of Bognor. THe high-profile departures will come as a shock to some Rocks' fans who were hoping both could play vital roles in helping the side return to National South at the first time of asking. But both will be plying their trade elsewhere after informing manager Jack Pearce that personal circumstances come first. El-Abd, who was briefly Bognor boss last summer, says he wants to be closer to home after recently becoming a father while Crane, who is returning to fitness after shoulder surgery part funded by the club's supporters, has been promoted in his day job as a PE teacher. Both are seen as leaders within the Rocks' changing room so their presence is no doubt going to have an impact on and off the pitch. THe rumoured return of midfielder Dan Beck could solve some of those issues, while the emergence of Chad Field and Keaton Wood are natural positional replacements. But for a tight-knit club like the Rocks, the loss of two fan favourites could have a big impact.

f Sami El-Abd has left the Rocks

AFTER 10 years and more than 400 games, my time at the club has come to end. It's not been an easy decision to make and it does come with great regret. But I have got a lot of commitments with work and I'm personally looking for a new fresh challenge. THat's the main reason I've decided to call it a day. It's hard to explain but I feel like my time at the club has come to an end. Unfortunately, I need to think about myself. I've taken a promotion at work and, with training a couple of times a week plus midweek matches, it will make it very difficult to get away and make it to the ground on time. I need a club that's closer to work and a club that understands that my work comes first. Bognor have been supportive of that and I have been very fortunate of my time at the club with Jack, Jamie and Dabba. I have to thank them for the role they have played. I have got so many favourite moments during my time at the Rocks. THe obvious is scoring a winning goal against Altrincham to put Bognor through to a round of FA Trophy that the club had never been - I was floating after that. THen there were the two wins over Dulwich in the playoffs, especially the second one at the end of last season. We had been in the Ryman league so long so it was with complete elation and relief that we celebrated that win. It was so special doing that on the pitch with 1,000 people who had been there every step of the way. It was great to be able to experience that with them. THen there was the match at Maidstone away when they were playing at Sittingbourne. We were losing 2-0 at half time, then Jamie made three subs and we came back to win 4-2. THat was a really mature display and I thought that was huge as it gave us a home play-off that year. THere were the big scalps Oxford City, Torquay, Maidstone when they were in the league

above us. THen there was Grimsby away and the whole overnight trip where I was with players who were friends. It's been a real honour and something I will cherish. When I joined the club, I really didn't imagine I would be there a decade. At the time, I was simply taking each game as it comes and I was happy to be playing at a good standard. I was living away from home at the time but I settled really well. Dabba had a lot to do with it and having people like Ian Guppy and Goldie, Graeme Flower and Irene who sits behind the dug out, having people like them take an interest in me as a person meant so much. If I saw them out I would go out of my way to say hello and have a coffee with them. THe supporters have been a massive part of my time at the Rocks. THey are people I have grown really fond of. THey are the life and soul of the club. THey have been a real support - not just with the operation this year, but being there for me personally. It's the tiny little things that make a difference, like saying hello, asking how work is or how the wife is - those things really matter. It's fair to say that the hardest part of my decision is the fans. I really cannot thank them enough - it's something I will never forget. As for regrets, the only thing I can say in a jesting way is that I regret standing on the ball to dislocate my shoulder this season. It's been a hard year for me personally and a hard year for the club. But other than that there are no regrets, 'ifs' and 'buts' or those sorts of things. I just want to wish the club the best, the management the best and the fans the best. But personally I want to move on and enjoy my football, enjoy being with my wife and baby that's on the way, and enjoy my job. I have got a couple of offers and will see how things work out. I will always have extremely fond memories with my time at the club. THank you to everyone.

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