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caused them to delay approving the scheme last June had been overcome by the applicant, Landlink Estates. Work is expected to start on the site soon. When the project was discussed in the summer, Landlink was keen to get going because Warburtons wanted to open its distribution centre next year. Mr Michael Eastham, an Arun District Council planning officer, told members of its development control committee: "THe

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Homes' accident fears cause delay ROAD safety worries have led councillors to put planned Pagham homes on hold. THe risk of collisions in the access road to the proposed nine dwellings on a field behind the Inglenook Hotel saw them call for a detailed study of the layout. Arun District Council's development control committee members agreed unanimously to call in an independent expert to review the intended arrangements. THe study will include the safety of drivers and pedestrians using the access road to the housing and those crossing the entrance in Pagham Road. THe access will only be wide enough in places for one vehicle to pass and it lacks a footpath. Cllr Martin Lury (LD, Bersted) told the committee at Wednesday's meeting: "I think this is an accident waiting to happen and that, to me, seems utterly crazy. I certainly would not want my children walking from the development to the houses, which is what they would naturally do. Because there's no footpath, it is clearly unsafe." Cllr Amanda Worne (LD, Yapton) said: "I would feel very vulnerable in my wheelchair. To me, it's a good site to have houses but only if there is an access which is going to be for everybody." Cllr Jacky Pendleton (C, Middleton) said: "If I was in a wheelchair, I would not go down that road at all. THat is the big concern to me." Cllr Hugh Coster (Aldwick E) said: "THis access is plainly untenable. Where the cars will be parked, they will not be

able to see around the corner. "If they meet head-on, one of them is going to have to reverse back. "It simply is not going to work and it can't be allowed to happen." Arun planning officer Daniel Vick recommended the scheme for approval. He said highways officers at West Sussex County Council had not objected to the scheme. THe proposals were put forward by Mr A. Honour. THey would see eight houses and a bungalow built on 0.4 hectares. His planning agent, Michael Biss, said at the committee the current plans were the result of talks with Pagham Parish Council and nearby residents. "We have made several amendments to the design to try to find common ground with the residents," he said. "THere have been no objections to the plans from any of the statutory consultees. In the 40 years, the applicant has owned the hotel there have been no accidents or complaints whatsoever." But Cllr Dawn Hall, of Pagham Parish Council, said its members had strong objections to the access. "We know cars and pedestrians are not a good mix, especially in confined areas," she said. Jane Collins, who represents residents on the adjoining Mill Farm estate, said the housing would generate up to 42 vehicle movements a day and called for a road safety audit to be carried out. A total of 48 objections from residents to the plans were received by Arun.

People who want to enjoy some of town's events will have to pay CHARGES are to be levied for some of the biggest events in Bognor Regis. Town councillors have agreed to support the imposition of an entry fee for a range of the crowd-pulling occasions they stage each year. THey have asked their officers, who opposed the plan, to draw up a policy to reflect the criteria and framework for which events will no longer be free to enter. THese criteria will be discussed by the council's policy and resources committee before they will take effect. THe events at which any charges will apply are likely to be those held indoors rather than outside, such as the Drive

THrough Time motor gala and the weekly Funshine days on the seafront. THe decision was raised at Monday's meeting of the town council. Cllr Sandra Daniells (I, Pevensey) said she feared the policy would be unworkable. "We have some really deprived areas in the town and we have never charged for events before," she said. It was stated at the meeting the town council would look at a way to ensure its residents, who paid for the events with their council tax, would avoid the charges and only those from the surrounding areas had to pay on the day.

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Lotte Pegler PEOPLE were lining up to attend Bognor Regis’ first club night for people with learning disabilities and autism. THe TAO Bar in High Street was packed on Wednesday for the launch of the Living Out Loud, the learning disability and autism friendly club night. Organised by the Aldingbourne Trust, Apulstock, Stay Up Late and Gig Buddies, the night was tailored specifically for people with disabilities and autism. Event organiser Casper Rioseco said: "THe launch of Living Out Loud last night was a huge success with a resounding turnout. "To see so many people enjoying themselves and feeling that they can be themselves and not have to worry about being judged in a safe and welcoming

environment was a beauty to see. “It was a huge turnout in numbers, with a variety of people of different ages coming together, from different walks of life, showing that having a disability and/ or autism is not even a consideration to being able to socialise and most of all have fun.” Ben Slade attended the event with his full time carer, Malcolm Squires. “I have felt very comfortable,” said Ben, who has autism. “It’s quite lively and looks like lots of fun. "It can be difficult coming along to things like this so it’s nice to just come and give it a go." Malcolm said: “He’s done lots of discos and this is particularly focused on people with autism. "He would normally have had difficulty coming through the door. But he’s already

talking about coming to another one, maybe in the future on his own. “It’s important for the autistic to have nights like this. I think the venue is especially good with the quiet room out the back.” Support worker Liz Lelliot attended the event. She said: “It’s been lovely, really good. I don’t think there’s enough events like this around. I think this is a great start. “In the future it just needs to be bigger. You can tell how much it is needed from just how many people have come.” THe organisers are already planning the next night, which is set to take place on December 4. THey said they hoped to prove once again there is a demand for a full-on clubbing experience within the local area for people with a learning disability or autism.

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REGENERATION supporters in Bognor Regis are to be invited to tell town councillors about their plans. Five sets of ideas to boost the town and its economy will be presented at the extraordinary meeting. THe date of the session has yet to be set but councillors agreed on Monday each proposer would be given a 30-minute slot to talk about their scheme and answer questions. Arun District Council, which owns the sites, will also be asked to go along and make a presentation. THe special meeting has come about after Cllr Wayne Smith (I, Hotham) asked the previous town council meeting for a presentation to be held with the Sir Richard Hotham Project. THe scheme has planning permission for its ambitious £90m plans for the Hothamton, off Queensway, and Regis Centre locations – which the other proposals lack. Cllr Smith told Monday's meeting: “I am a big fan of the Sir Richard Hotham Project but I am more than happy to listen to everybody. “THe Sir Richard Hotham Project are a lot further down the road than the other regeneration projects.” Cllr Samantha Staniforth (LD, Orchard) said: “It's important we hear from everybody. It's important we hear them because it's our town. It should not just be a matter for Arun.

“We may not be able to make a decision but it's important to be involved in that decision later on down the line.” Cllr Steve Goodheart (I, Hotham) said: “It's important to get these proposers back in to seriously talk to them about what can be done in Bognor Regis.” Cllr Jim Brooks (I, Marine) said the proposers should have the chance to tell the town council about the latest state of their proposals. Cllr Sandra Daniells (I, Pevensey) said the town council did not want to be promising more than it could offer to those who took part in the presentations. “We are not the landowner and we don't have any real say in what is going to happen,” she said. “We can listen to them but we don't want to give them false hope.” Former town councillor Jan Cosgrove had told the councillors during the public session of the meeting it was wrong to put the other schemes on par with the Sir Richard Hotham Project. “THis is an absolute waste of time. You have not heard from these other schemes in four years. THey have no money and no planning permission,” he said. THe full list of those to be invited to give presentations is: 4BR, Jim Brooks, Mr N. Prosser, Reinvigoration and the Sir Richard Hotham Project.



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` Ship Inn THE Friends of the Ship Inn are holding a public meeting at 8pm next Tuesday. Chairman of the friends, Roger Beam, said: "We'll be launching a summary of the prospectus of the share issue to all residents of Aldwick and beyond in order to raise the money to buy the freehold of the Ship Inn and refit it as a pubrestaurant. "THe steering committee will speak about the project and answer any questions from the floor." Residents attending the group will have the chance to have their say, explore the group's vision and learn more details. A spokesperson for the group said: "If you're with us, this campaign can succeed gloriously. Without you the Ship Inn is lost, probably for good. "Spread the word and join us on November 12. It's vital, this is our opportunity, let's take it. Join us."

` Folk festival NEXT year's Southdowns Folk Festival in Bognor Regis has already been confirmed. THe much loved event will return for its sixth year from September 17-20. Some 12,000 people attended this year's free and ticketed concerts.

` Pagham help A TOTAL of £5,000 has been agreed in donations by Pagham Parish Council. Its members decided at their meeting on Tuesday to hand out the money to good causes which work in the area.

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Named PCSOs for our streets Lotte Pegler

THIS week saw the launch of named police community support officers throughout the Sussex Police area. Every PCSO will be given responsibility for a defined geographic area and every community in Sussex will have at least one named PCSO. Bognor Regis Town Council’s clerk, Glenna Frost, read a report from Inspector Steve Turner at Monday’s meeting which said six PCSOs would be based in Bognor Regis East and West and Aldwick. Cllr Adam Cunard (I, Hatherleigh) said he hoped some of the new officers’ role would be to investigate town centre crime. “We have had a large number of crimes in the Sudley Road area. Part of the problem is that it is pitch black at night. It’s very unsafe once those street lights go off,” he said. His call for the town council to provide help will be discussed at a future meeting of its planning and licensing committee. THese posts will be recruited throughout the year, with 18 PCSOs having already been introduced in July, and 36 in September. Over two intakes in January and March next year, another 72 PCSOs will be trained under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme. THis investment has been made possible due to the precept increase on residents' council tax, proposed by Sussex police and crime commissioner, Katy Bourne, to include an extra 100 PCSOs by March, 2020. At a public meeting in Bersted on October 14, she said: “Up until their role changed recently, PCSOs couldn’t even

take the name and address of somebody. Now they can because the model changed and gave them more powers. Now they can do basic investigations and knock on doors and gather intelligence. THe model changed three years ago for the better. “We’re trying to capture the best of everything. Our apprenticeship takes 15 weeks of training so when they get out they can hit the ground running.” In a statement she said: “My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly showed the public wanted PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police. “Neighbourhood policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations. “Since then, Sussex Police have transformed the role with more knowledge, skills and powers, but at the same time keeping the best of the old model where PCSOs were known by their local communities. “A huge welcome to our 100 extra PCSOs, as they start to enter Sussex communities. I look forward to visiting them in their designated areas and seeing the positive impact that they make to residents and local businesses.” THe 100 new posts will be allocated according to demand. Sussex Police hope to achieve the target of 296 PCSOs by March, 2020, though the last cohort will be in training and not deployable until the end of next summer. THere will also be six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support to rural communities.

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A WOMEN'S centre in Bognor Regis has celebrated its fifth anniversary by announcing its first celebrity patron. After opening the new My Sisters House Centre building in August, Dame Julie Walters said she would be ‘honoured’ to be the patron. My Sisters’ house Women’s Centre provides a range of support needs to women from all backgrounds facing a variety of issues. To date, they have provided support to 1,000 women, being the only women’s centre in West Sussex. THeir help involves recognising strengths, acknowledging difficulties and helping individuals achieve a positive change they are proud of. On August 16, Dame Julie Walters opened their newly extended building in London Road. Following the visit, she said: “I think the team here are utterly amazing. I am very proud to have my name on the plaque and meeting those courageous survivors and warriors with the wonderful Michelle was completely inspiring and unforgettable. I would be honoured to be your patron.” My Sisters’ House Women’s Centre chairman Dianne Smith said: “At a time when we have supported 1,000 women and launched our brand-new website, we are delighted that Dame Julie Walters is our first patron. “Having the support of a four times

BAFTA-winning actress who is also a long-standing patron of Women’s Aid, is a welcome recognition of our standing in the landscape of women’s services.” THe centre first began its journey in 2014 around a kitchen table, opening the first drop-in in May, 2015. Seventy five per cent of the women helped by the centre are self-referred, with 65 per cent of the women suffering from domestic abuse. My Sisters’ House provide a frontline service, co-produced by local women, safe, supportive and community-based, trauma informed, holistic and in a gender specific way. THe centre offers information and signposting, advice and support, individual casework and complex casework, help to grow skills and confidence and enable access to volunteering and work. Julie Budge, founder and chief executive, said: “I am so utterly proud that my team have achieved so much and 2019 has certainly been our year – receiving the Big Community Fund grant and expanding into new premises. "THe fact that Dame Julie Walters visited us in August was thrilling enough but the fact that we impressed her so much that she agreed to be our first patron is just unbelievably exciting and rewarding. "Such an amazing thing for Bognor Regis and Arun that she has recognised us as a vital community asset." "I’m sure she will be doing more visits locally.”

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Work starts to create digital hub at station Sovereign Flooring VACANT spaces at Bognor Regis railway station are being transformed into modern business spaces. Construction began this week on the creative digital hub, called THe Track, in the Edwardian building. THe hub will offer a shared and collaborative employment workspace, events space, meeting rooms and ultra-fast internet fibre connection for creative and digital businesses in the area. THe two previously-vacant areas, which are at the front of the station, will be transformed. On Monday, West Sussex County Council's project team joined the contractors, Kier site manager Ty Donat and Bronwen Byng, the project manager for Aecom, to celebrate the ceremonial breaking of ground for the project.

Cllr Bob Lanzer, the council's cabinet member for the economy, said: THis is an exciting project that will transform these vacant spaces and bring new opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs. We look forward to launching THe Track next year." THe Track will take about five months to construct and will support the growth of creative and digital businesses around the town. THe design for the hub has been carried out by internationally-renowned designer and West Sussex resident Wayne Hemingway. THe works are due to be finished next March and THe Track should be open in the following month. It will be managed by Town Square Spaces and will follow their successful management of innovative workspaces in Wrexham and Bicester.



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Climate action A CLIMATE emergency has been declared by Bognor Regis councillors. THe town council members decisively agreed this week to ensure they would do as much as possible to safeguard the future of the community which they represent. THe 13-2 vote at Monday's council meeting followed the same outcome at the council's community engagement and environment committee in September. Cllr Inna Erskine (LD, Pevensey) said failing to act to tackle actions which worsened the current situation would have far-reaching consequences. “We have to put environmental considerations first. We only have one planet, one town, one home and we have one chance to put them first. We have to act for the sake of our children,” she said. Cllr Samantha Staniforth (LD, Orchard) said: “We have to pay attention to this. We do need to declare an emergency and make sure our policies fall into line with this. It's the right thing to do at this particular time.” Cllr Matt Stanley (LD, Marine) said the motion was in keeping with the opinion of the public at a green forum held by the council last month. “THis is possibly the most important decision this administration has made so far. It's saying that the town council recognises the situation of climate change and we are going to be looking at doing something about it. “Climate change is a scientific fact. It's happening and we have a duty as a council to recognise that and I think we can do a lot.” THe idea for the declaration was made at the annual electors' meeting last March, he

said. But Cllr Sandra Daniells (I, Pevensey) said the motion was posturing and the declaration would have consequences which could be far-reaching for the council. “I don't think you have recognised this and thought it through,” she said. “Have you looked at what precisely needs to change?” She had stated early in the meeting council events, like the Drive THrough Time annual motor gala and its encouragement for people to drive old cars to the gathering, were at odds with the declaration. THe statement which the councillors voted on read: “Of 353 councils in England, 227 of them have declared a climate emergency. On October 8, 2018, the IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate – released a report on the state of climate science. “Not climate opinion, climate science. It places responsibility on the individual, the family, the community, the council and the government – at every layer of accountability – the duty to take this emergency seriously, and address it with all appropriate measures. “THe Zero Carbon Britain Report set a target of reducing local climate impact by 2030 – and a significant number of the councils that have declared an emergency have adopted similar targets. “As elected representatives of our community, it is our duty to pay heed to the serious warnings and ensure that we, as a town council, are doing everything we can to safeguard the future of this community as best we can."

New group will inspire writers to gain ideas for their work YOUNG writers and poets from the Felpham area have been invited to join a new writing group. THe initial age range for the Felpham Young Writers Group is eight to 14. THe group will meet one weekend morning a month in Felpham from December 7 and invite leading writers and professors to talk to the children. Initial topics which will be covered include how to add drama to writing, the legacy of former Felpham resident

William Blake, drawing inspiration from nature and how to self-publish. Joining the group will be free, with a £3 contribution to the cost of refreshments. Any child under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Further details can be obtained by emailing Tracey (parent) or Adam Rafael (young writer) at: Tutors or agents will not be permitted to join.

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` Father Christmas TICKETS are on sale for the chance to visit Father Christmas in Bognor Regis this month. THe seasonal favourite will be among the attractions at this year's Christmas lights switch-on being held by the town council. He will be welcoming young children to his grotto in the railway station from 1pm-5pm on November 23. Tickets cost £1 each and will be bookable in half-hourly slots from 1pm-1.30pm until 4.30pm-5pm. THey can be bought at the town council's offices in the town hall in Clarence Road or by email at:

` Pet shop WE have been asked by a reader to point out we omitted the address in our story regarding THe Pet House's 25 years celebrations in last week's Bognor Regis Post (Issue 183). THe Pet House is located at the North Bersted parade of shops in Chichester Road.

` Firework display BOGNOR REGIS Football Club had to postpone its firework extravaganza last week because of unprecedented bad weather. It has been delayed until November 22. Gates will open at 5pm.

` Annual meeting ORGANISING committee members of Bognor Regis Armed Forces Day are holding their annual meeting at 7pm at the Regis Centre next THursday.

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Councillors get their skates on Lotte Pegler RESIDENTS of Bognor Regis will be digging out their skates very soon. Ice Skating on the Prom’s return has been confirmed, to the delight of many people. For the third year running, families will be able to enjoy the fully covered real-ice rink, from November 21 to January 5, with a host of new and traditional treats for everyone to enjoy. Cllr Dr James Walsh, leader of Arun District Council and cabinet member for economy, said: “We are delighted to be working closely again with the operators to bring the ice skating rink back to Bognor Regis. “Last year, it was a great success and enjoyed by residents of the district and

visitors, too. THe town really benefits from the increased foot-fall during the winter months and we hope to see lots of people coming to enjoy it again this year.” THe rink will return to its usual spot next to the Alexandra THeatre at Place St Maur des Fosses. Skating will be available in one-hour time slots throughout the week, with the rink open from 10am-9pm every day of the week (closing only on Christmas Day). Tickets are on sale from Ticketcrowd James Cole, Ice Skating on the Prom operator, said: "We had a brilliant time last year, with thousands of people enjoying a skate on an ice rink which was even bigger and better than the year before. THis year we are excited to be back again, to see if we can top the huge success that having the bigger rink brought with it with a few more surprises in store."

STUDENTS from Felpham Community College are celebrating as their short stories will be published following their success in a national writing competition. Young Writers, the national company which organises the competitions, is aimed at encouraging young people to engage in creative writing. THe company has been working with schools, parents and young writers since 1991 and Felpham students have taken part in a number of their competitions under the guidance of English teacher Stephen Castle. Stephen said: “At FCC, we have taken part in this competition for a number of years. It is a good opportunity for students to practise their creative writing skills and an excellent experience for them if they are successful and have their work published. “Well done to all the FCC students who took part and an extra well done to the students who have been informed they will be in the 2019 published book.” In September, 2018, Felpham Community College was accredited with a

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5-Star ‘Young Writers’ School Award. THis was presented to the school as a result of the students’ hard work, dedication and volume of entries in the Young Writers competitions over the years. Students were required to write a shortstory based on a ‘survival’ theme. Year 9 student Ruby Hobbs said: “It is really exciting that our work is being published. I am definitely going to get my mum to buy the book! It is a fun competition to enter as they always give good themes and the stories need to be 500 words so you have to plan out exactly what you are trying to say and not waffle!” THe competition proves popular every year, this year receiving 18,000 entries with 35 students from Felpham Community College being successful. THese 35 stories will be published in the Mission Chaos –S.O.S Stories. – Surrey and Sussex edition 2019. THis will be sent to the British Library and further libraries across the UK and will available for students to purchase.

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Hotham Horror organisers celebrate and look forward to 2020's event Lotte Pegler PLANS are already underway for next year’s Hotham Horror after this year’s success. THe Rox team who organise the annual event are already planning the 2020 event, hoping to hold the event over two days. After this year’s maze being so popular, they are also planning on hosting an adult only evening for an extra-spooky twist. Greg Parker, treasurer for Rox Music and Arts, helped organise the event this weekend. He said: “I would say we’ve had about one-in-three people going through the maze. “Next year we’re hoping to run over two days and build on the maze which will be even bigger. We hope to have one night for only adults which will be super scary. “I have been doing it since I was about 12, my dad is one of the founders. “We have done a few of these but this is the first with the horror maze. We have had very good feedback. In fact, some people even said it was too scary. “ROX Music & Arts would like to thank Bognor Regis Town Council & Arun District Council for their support, as well as Town Force and all our dedicated volunteers for all their hard work over the weekend and the wonderful businesses and individuals that donated prizes! "Hotham Horror would never have happened without some utterly incredible support from Fear FX and the help of everyone that came down and

supported the event, took a trip around the maze and put some money in the buckets. "We hope to come back next year bigger and better and without gale force winds!” Originally planned to take place on Saturday, due to winds of more than 80mph, the team were forced to move it to Sunday. "It’s been challenging because of the weather,” Greg said. “We were supposed to have live music on the bandstand but we have lost that because of safety reasons. We have only got two trailers of food and we were even supposed to have a bar. “THankfully, what we have got has been great. In the past, we haven’t had much focus on the arts side of Rox so it’s always been quite quiet so it’s nice to have something slightly more focused on the arts and to have it so loved by the children.” Overnight, trees in Hotham Park had branches snapped off, and some left precariously broken. THis forced the event to not only move date, but also shrink in size. One of the dedicated supporters who helped out on Sunday was Sueloo Brown, who ran the Time Aside stall. Children were able to let-loose and embrace their creative side as they were presented with an array of exciting crafts equipment and asked to create whatever they want. THe outcome was a variety of spooky and abstract pieces of artwork, each with its own story. Sueloo said: “Today has been fantastic.

It’s been utterly amazing. “I’m a non decisive people practitioner. THere’s no judgment, it’s all about allowance. “It’s teaching them to have creativity, something they may lose at school. “I have loved doing it for about 14 years. It do it all across the country, all ages, all backgrounds.” Pagham resident Jo Stabbins brought her son along for the day. “THe little ones really enjoying Halloween this half-term,” she said, “and this is the highlight of the week before he goes back to school. “THe music drew us in. He’s loved this, getting messy. We can stand back and not get dirty. It’s lovely having something fun for the kids. “On top of all that it’s a great reason to come to the park.” THe maze was built by locally based Fear FX who have won international awards for their scary mazes and was filled with live actors. As well as actors in the maze, a couple of creepy figures wandered around, adding to the Halloween feel. Lee Zombie from Worthing, helped out with the event, dressed in his own sfx & make-up. He said: “Robin asked for a couple of years so I free-ed up some time. THis is the third one I’ve done. “It’s been great fun and really good to meet all the people who built the maze. I think it was made using 290 fence panels. I would love to come again next year.”

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` Library survey USERS of the mobile library in Pagham have been urged to have a say in the future of the service. Cllr Dawn Hall, the area's county councillor, said she wanted to make sure that all those who made use of the fortnightly visits took part in a survey to determine if it survived. West Sussex County Council is holding the survey on its website until next Wednesday. Cllr Hall, who is also a parish council member, told its latest meeting on Tuesday: "I am really keen that people in Pagham should take part to say what their opinions are. It is the loss of the mobile library I am concerned about. "Vulnerable people, especially on the beach estate, can't always access the Willowhale Library (in Rose Green). "It is not far for those with a car but it is for those who don't have a car and who are disabled." She said the county council intended to put more services into libraries to make them better used.

` Recycling visit WASTE prevention advisers and volunteers will be present at a green Christmas fair in Pagham. THe West Sussex County Council team will be giving out information and advice at the event about cutting waste and recycling. THe fair will be taking place from 9.30am-4.30pm on November 17 at Pagham Village Hall in Pagham Road. About 30 stallholders will be at the fair, which is being held by the Ecoswap community interest company.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Bandstand access demand by Kevin Smith

WORK to restore the most historic structure on Bognor Regis seafront has been delayed. THe plan to carry out the biggest restoration of the promenade bandstand for 25 years has been halted by councillors. THey want the £50,000 scheme by Arun District Council to be looked at again to enable a disabled access ramp to be included and screens to shield the musicians from the sea breezes. THeir deferral means Arun's cabinet member for technical services, Cllr Matt Stanley, will consider their demands. Members of the council's development control committee were unanimous in their decision on Wednesday. Cllr Jacky Pendleton (C, Middleton) said: "Should we not have a special look at the access if we want this to be used in the future? Windshields need to be in place to get people using this iconic building as it was in the past." She said the bandstand was only raised between three and four bricks to mean creating a ramp to provide access should be a simple job. Cllr Michael Clayden (C, Angmering) said: "I'm happy with this but it needs a disabled ramp." Cllr David Edwards (C, Felpham E) said he welcomed the work but the installation of windbreaks was essential. Cllr Billy Blanchard-Cooper (LD, Brookfield) said: "I love to see buildings like this being restored. So, I am quite excited to see this happen." THe last major work on the bandstand, a Grade II-listed structure, appears from

Arun's planning history to have been carried out in 1994. THe council has received backing from the government's Coastal Revival Fund to pay for the new work when it goes ahead. Daniel Vick, a council planning officer, said the scheme would include the re-instatement of missing pieces of ornamental metalwork, the re-decoration of the entire structure, removal of the yellow brick plinth and step with red brick and moving the entrance gate from the south elevation to the west elevation. THe open east and west sides will be infilled to match the existing railing, new non-slip tiles in a geometric pattern will be fitted and Perspex sheets will be fitted close to the roof to stop water leaking in. He said: "Given the nature and necessity of the proposed alteration and the way it would be implemented, it is considered that the proposed works would protect the architectural and historical integrity and detailing of a listed building and would improve and enhance the existing surrounding environment and, consequently, attract visitors." Bognor Regis Town Council's Cllr Steve Goodheart said: "THe seafront Grade II-listed bandstand is the most iconic building on the seafront. "We want to know it is going to remain a building to be looked after with the certain respect it needs. "I would ask the committee to consider the real need of this building and that is windbreaks. THis building is not being used properly because of the lack of windbreaks. THe town council objected to the windbreaks of Perspex. "THere should be glass windbreaks as are used throughout the land on buildings like this.

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Dear Editor, PUTTING aside all the other arguments about the comparisons between the horribly destructive offline routes and the minimal impact online routes for any new Arundel bypass, there seems to be a total lack of logic regarding costs. It seems that our local councillors and MP are keen to see spent up to an estimated £405million on what really, in comparision to other parts of the A27, is an unnecessary new road. Highways England's own estimates give a maximum theoretical delay at Arundel at peak times of merely 11 minutes and the difference between the magenta and beige routes a mere three minutes. Saving these three minutes will only add the 11 minutes to the delays at Chichester and Worthing, just a few

miles in either direction, which can often already be measured in hours. A budget of £100m-250m has been allocated to this scheme. So, over and above this sum, they want to spend an additional minimum of £155m of taxpayers' money for three minutes. It is often said, by the cynical, that all politicians - local, national and international - are all, to a greater or lesser extent, incompetent and or inefficient. THe decision to support the magenta route does make me wonder. If a bypass must be built it must have the minimum impact and avoid wasting money. So, the route put forward by must be the only acceptable one. PA Blackman, Tye Lane, Walberton

Dear Editor, I AM writing with regard to the fencing of the western greensward on Felpham seafront. THere was no consultation at all with the residents and stakeholders of Felpham and, consequently, the parish councillors and people do not know what the majority view is. THere still is dog fouling on the western greensward and whether this is less evident on this area because of the railings or the time of year has not been proved. Have the railings caused the problem of dog fouling to increase in other areas? It has become a safe area for allowing dogs to be off their leads. THe wider community of Felpham - beach hut tenants, dog owners, businesses, residents including children and the older persons and the vulnerable, people who have memorial plaques and benches and tourists etc - have an interest in the open spaces, promenade and beach areas of Felpham. Has the impact on accessibility (and perceived accessiblity) to what is a public

open space, the benches, the sea views, notices to the Blake Trail, and a leisure area been taken into consideration by officers of Arun District Council? Some residents believe the money spent on the railings should have been better spent i.e. more dog bins across the village and/or facilities that have a beneficial impact on the whole community, directly or indirectly. THe residents should have been consulted before their monies were used to pay for the railings. Will a 'blatant' failure by Arun district officers and some Arun district councillors to consider the wishes of the residents stop? Will those councillors who have not asked questions and the officers be held accountable? THe solution is to retropectively hold consultations and for Arun District Council to act upon the wishes of the majority. We should advocate all things good for Felpham. Anne Barker, Felpham

Dear Editor, I FELT I must write and say how much I enjoyed the Bognor Regis Post while I stayed at the Premier Inn in North Bersted recently. We were staying as a part of a large family get-together. I picked up two copies at the hotel because my 88-year-old father used to visit his brother, Jack Dobson, and his dear wife in Bognor Regis back in the mists of time. My uncle Jack was involved with the newspaper all those years ago and it was said at his funeral that he rose to become its managing director. It would fascinate me if there is anyone who still remembers Jack. He lived in Silverston Avenue and I remember him with much affection. John Dobson (54 years) High Street, Chiseldon, Wiltshite

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Charity award By Kelly Wickham

A POPULAR charity in the Post area has been named as a finalist in a prestigious award. THe Aldingbourne Trust is one of this year’s finalists for the Sussex Business Awards 2019, having been shortlisted for the Charity of the Year award. Enterprise and development manager of the Aldingbourne Trust, Michelle McKinley Bell, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen as a finalist for this award. "As a charity, we support people to live independent lives providing reallife opportunities to develop their skills

within a variety of social enterprises - opening doorways for employment within Sussex. We would not have been able to achieve our success without the support we receive from the local community and our corporate partners." THe Aldingbourne Trust provides meaningful and valued opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to live independent and fulfilled lives within their local community. Support is offered through housing, employment, leisure, education and training opportunities. Visit: for information about their social enterprises and how you can support their charity.

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Saving libraries LABOUR councillors from across West Sussex have started a petition after cutback proposals by West Sussex County Council to library services. THe plans would see the mobile library service abolished, all the main libraries’ opening hours reduced by around an hour and many of the smaller libraries under threat of complete closure. THe council has launched a consultation on the proposed cutbacks, asking residents for their views, but Labour councillors say this is 'just a PR exercise' and that the decisions on the library service 'have already been taken unofficially'. In response, Labour councillors across West Sussex are calling on the Conservative leadership at West Sussex to abandon plans for all of these cuts which will hurt local communities and stop people from accessing their library services. THey have also launched a petition this week so residents can join in and support the campaign. •THe four largest libraries in West Sussex, which includes Chichester, are

all faced with earlier closing, at 6pm rather than 7pm, meaning that working people in regular hours jobs are unlikely to be access their local service at any other time than on Saturdays. THe 13 “smaller” libraries, which are at risk, include Petworth and THe Witterings. THe mobile library service would see its services entirely abolished which would mean many people living in remoter parts of the county who were unable to access the towns easily would lose out on this long-standing service and would either be forced to travel into their nearest town or seek other arrangements. If the petition, which calls on the cabinet member to scrap any planned cuts to the library service, raises 3,000 signatures, which can be from anyone who lives, works or studies in West Sussex, the full council will be forced to consider it at a meeting, where it will have to decide whether to take action to listen to the petitioners’ calls. To sign the petition, visit: west-sussex-county-council-save-ourlocal-west-sussex-libraries

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` Care homes CARE homes across West Sussex have been overpaid by the county council by more than £100,000, with some payments dating back to 2008, an audit has revealed. A report to the regulation, audit and accounts committee on Monday highlighted money spent by the council to book beds for residents at the homes, only for those beds to become unavailable. During the three-month audit, the total overpaid stood at £363,000, but around two-thirds of that has been recovered. Decisions still have to be made about when and if the remainder – more than £100,000 – can be reclaimed. THe report also said one care home in Crawley could have cost the council an estimated £32,000 in the three months of the audit, for services which were ‘underutilised’. Cllr Michael Jones asked if the £32,000 was ‘the tip of the iceberg’ when it came to money owed. Cllr Jones said he believed the council was currently negotiating with the provider and asked: “Could we be talking about getting some of this underutilised money back? “Because surely [they] don’t want to be charging us for services they haven’t actually provided.” Questions were asked about the controls put in place to deal more efficiently with such overpayments, should they happen again. Members were told: “Going forward, there are controls in place. We’ve now got monthly reports to identify where these overpayments have happened. “Of that £363,000, over two-thirds of it have now been recovered and there’s a small amount – over £100,000 – that’s been referred back to the [residential care] service, for very historic payments, that will need a decision taken on those.”

Police see a rise in crime tip-offs Post's health columnist is set to launch her new book SUSSEX POLICE has received more than 350 ‘intelligence logs’ from safeguarding teams about crimes such as modern slavery, exploitation, cuckooing, drugs and guns. THe tip-offs came from professionals and community safety partners working together to protect vulnerable people from being exploited by criminals. Over the past two years, their work has not only helped to keep adults and children safe but has led to a number of criminal investigations being launched. Details were included in a report to West Sussex County Council’s environment, communities and fire select committee, and were due to have been discussed at a meeting yesterday (THursday). THe report centres around tackling county lines –  a term used when drug gangs from big cities move into smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs. THey have been known to take over homes belonging to vulnerable people – usually those with mental health or addiction problems – and use them as bases. THe process is known as cuckooing. Knowing how to spot the signs of cuckooing was included in awareness training given to more than 750 professionals by the county’s  community safety and wellbeing service. Organisations which took up the training included the district and

borough councils, mental health services, schools, the fire and rescue service and A&E staff. In addition, 1,900 Year 9 pupils in Crawley will take part in workshops aimed at building resilience to criminal exploitation by gangs and county lines. Known as the Safer Crawley School Event, the sessions will be held later this month and have been organised by the  Crawley Community Safety Partnership and Crawley and MidSussex Serious and Organised Crime Partnership Group. Advice from Sussex Police said that county lines gangs frequently used vulnerable children and adults to carry out work on their behalf. Have you noticed any of the following in people you know? • Persistently missing from school, college or where they should be, often to be found out-of-area • Unexplained acquisition of money, clothes or mobile phones • Excessive receipts of texts or phone calls • Relationships with controlling, older people or gang association • Leaving home or care without explanation • Significant changes in emotional wellbeing • A decline in school performance • Unexplained injuries or suspicion of self-harm You can report any concerns online: or call 101. In an emergency, always call 999. Report by Karen Dunn. local democracy reporter

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THE HEALTH and wellbeing columnist for Post Newspapers, is getting ready for the launch of her first book. Nutritionist and health expert, Denise Kelly will be holding a special launch party in Chichester for her book, "THe Art of Healthy Living". Having had over ten years of clinical experience, seeing patients for nutrition consultations day in day out, (in Chichester, London and Guildford) Denise says she thinks she has almost dealt with every ailment known to man!. She said: "THe one thing I have learnt, and that I would always advise wherever possible, to anyone, is do not wait for your alarm call. If you know something is not right with your body, or you feel pain, or unwell, take control. When you take control of your own health it's incredibly empowering." THe book is being launched on November 12 with a party in Denise's home town of Chichester, at Purchases in North Street. It is also being sold in seven different countries and online. On hearing the news on her book, Denise said: "When I received that phone call, I was so calm and collected on the phone, as if it happened to me every day! It was about 4pm and dark and miserable outside. I had just got home when I got the call. "I stood in the kitchen and said things

like 'yes ok, let me think about that'. After putting the phone down, I had one of those moments, you know cartwheels, double flips, triple turns around the room!

And here we are, not quite one year later." To purchase a copy of the book or more information on Denise Kelly and her work, visit her website at:

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Readers' letters are welcomed by the Bognor Regis Post. They should be limited to less than 300 words and be submitted by 5pm on Monday to be considered for publication in that week's edition. We reserve the right to edit letters before they are published. They should be emailed to:, posted to: Post Newspapers Ltd, 63 London Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1DF or handed in to our office at this address.

Dear Editor, I WAS amazed to learn that West Sussex County Council squandered £36,000 on the procurement of a drone that has never been used. I take an active interest in drone technology and it is apparent the council has paid considerably more than was necessary to start an effective drone surveilliance operation. For example, a very capable commercially-available model, the Inspire, is extremely stable, produces very high quality video footage and has a good endurance range and is in use by police forces around the country. THe latest version of the Inspire retails for £3,000, just one seventh of the sum paid by the council for its drone!

In its defence, the council would probably cite the fact its device has thermal imaging. However, I would question the need for such technology and the true advantages that it provides over and above extremely high quality optics. Wouldn't it have been sensible to carry out a feasibility study using a model such as the Inspire before spending tens of thousands of pounds on, what has transpired to be, a very expensive white elephant. In these days, when councils are strapped for cash, and services are cut back accordingly, the council should be taken to task for spending £36,000 on a drone package that wasn't needed. T Kerss, Bognor Regis

f Pic | David Samuels Dear Editor, THE front page story (November 1) concerning the Hothamton site suggests that new ideas are being drawn up for the site and that three options are being presented to district councillors at a workshop next Monday. THe discarded 'linear park' scheme suffered from a major fault. It was not regeneration in any sense. While we were given pretty drawings, looking into the background produced a very alarming tale. In June, 2015, Arun's regeneration consultant elicited a number of proposals, one coming from Seaward Properties, which admitted its ideas were about redevelopment on that site, not regeneration, adopting a low vision strategy, claiming that such flats could be the spur to attract regeneration interest. It is telling that reports produced by

Arun officers ahead of the linear park being presented to the public adopted the Seaward low vision approach and it became crystal clear that the real purpose of the park was to bump up the value of adjacent plots for flats. THe estimated £3.5m quoted for the park would have been recovered from the sale of the land for flats. What I will be watching for is whether or not if one of three is the proposal by the Sir Richard Hotham Project to build an 1,100-seat theatre/conference centre with hotel and parking mainly on the car park, estimated cost around £26million. I have made enquiries of the project and it's clear to me it would retain and improve the adjoining Sunken Garden. THe previous Tory administration at Arun locked the Sir Richard Hotham Project out, refused to talk to it and made sure its application was refused planning permission, even though the

A SEAL on Felpham beach attracted curious bystanders this week. THe marine animal arrived on the foreshore, close to Felpham Sailing Club, on Tuesday morning and remained there for some 24 hours. Felpham resident Jacqui THomas was among those who saw the animal, who appears to be in reasonable health. She said: "A person who first saw the seal knew a marine vet and called him in to have a look at it. "He is an elderly male. He has some fishing net around a fin but it is quite loose and trying to remove it will probably cause the seal more harm than leaving it there." THose who were on the seafront were asked to keep away from the seal to avoid him causing undue stress before he swam away about midday. case officer recommended approval. It went to planning appeal, the inspector found for the project and awarded costs against Arun. Since the new administration came to power last May, the project made an early approach for a meeting - unmet, not answered after many weeks. If you have a scheme with full planning consent and £90m to invest in our town, it is quite extraordinary that this state of affairs exists. Unless the Sir Richard Hotham Project is one of the options, are we seriously being asked to accept that three schemes which do not give us a major new amenity and which are ideas on paper could scupper this possibility? Arun's leadership must surely talk with the project as a matter of priority. Jan Cosgrove, Longford Road, Bognor Regis

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November 8-14 LE Fête Du Cinema, the French Film Festival at Chichester Cinema at New Park, has no less than 20 films from November 8– December 8, kicking off with an exceptional illicit romance, Portrait of a Lady on Fire. In 18th-century Brittany, an Italian noblewoman has engaged a ladies’ companion, Marianne, for her beautiful daughter, Héloïse, but is in reality, an artist who creates a painting – no, two, one a secret between both women. After a teacher leaps, mid-lesson, from a top-storey classroom, in School’s Out, his replacement, Pierre Lafitte, becomes at first intrigued, and increasingly obsessed and alarmed by an adolescent sextet of arrogant overachievers whose conspiratorial conduct and destructive games point to a future catastrophe which he cannot quite grasp. THis second French film is joined by THe Swimming Pool (1969), a superbly controlled psychological thriller of sexual jealousy and possessiveness starring Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin and the delicious Alain Delon. Summer 1998, Kabul under Taliban rule, is the setting of Swallows of Kabul. Zunaira and Mohsen are in love and despite the daily violence and misery under Sharia Law, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn. THis week’s final French Festival film is a hand-drawn beautiful animation work. Keep an eye out for further French-speaking films for the next four weeks. What the rich do with their money to keep from contributing to the greater good while their chosen leaders complain about the lazy, grasping poor, is the focus of THe Laundromat, the film named for cleaning money, not clothes. Steven Soderbergh (‘Erin Brockovich’) assembles a super A-list cast in this story of a widow (Meryl Streep) investigating an insurance fraud, leading her to

a pair of Panama law partners exploiting the world's financial system. Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas also star. Joker centres around the iconic arch nemesis of Batman, Arthur Fleck (the genius that is Joaquim Phoenix), a man struggling to find his way in Gotham's fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Robert de Niro co-stars in this brilliant and unforgettable film. ‘I Heard it THrough the Grapevine,’ My Guy,’ Ain’t No Mountain High,’ oh yes! It’s Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s. Hitsville: THe Making of Motown, is the remarkable story of the legendary Motown Records and memorable songs by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and Diana Ross, told through new and exclusive interviews with the label's visionary founder, Berry Gordy, and many of its superstar artists and creative figures. More musical revolution is found in Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a visionary and inventor who defied categorisation and embodied the word cool: a foray into the life and career of trumpeter and cultural icon Miles Davis. THe bulging winter programme of Performance Events includes Puccini’s much-loved Madama Butterfly from the Met Opera (Nov 10), those toes tapping to iconic tunes in 42nd Street (THeatre Royal, Nov 12) starring Bonnie Langford.


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Action, History, War Screened at Picturedrome Cinema AT the height of the Second World War, just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbour that shook the American and Allied forces, American military intelligence learned of another impending strike, this time targeting the Hawaiian islands of Midway. Facing disbelief from superior officers, the naval and air forces took the fight to the Japanese in a bid to pre-empt the new assault. Director Roland Emmerich is known for his explosive action with blockbusters Independence Day, Godzilla, and THe Day After Tomorrow and now turns his attention to a war movie that centres on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific theatre during WWII. Based on the real-life events of this heroic feat and told from multiple perspectives, Midway tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude, and bravery to overcome the odds and secure a tremendous victory that turned the tide of the war effort. THe heroic story is brought to the big screen by an ensemble cast that includes Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Alexander Ludwig, Dennis Quaid and Nick Jonas.

Sorry We Missed You Drama Screened at Picturedrome Cinema

WHAT does it really mean to work for yourself? To work with your boss, not for them? Sorry We Missed You answers those questions with a story of unsteady hours, isolation, and scarcity of time. It’s a story of a family working in the gig economy, at the mercy of companies that use computers to control the daily grind. Five million workers across the United Kingdom now count as self-employed. THe number of gig workers has doubled in three years. One in nine workers in the United Kingdom are in work where they are at the mercy of their boss and where their time is not their own. But this also means there are millions of people who share this reality in common. Director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and the award-winning team behind I, Daniel Blake, return with a powerful exploration of the contemporary world of work, the gig economy, and the challenges faced by one family trying to hold it all together.

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Action, Adventure, Biography Screened at Picturedrome Cinema


IN 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history. While breaking records and furthering scientific discovery, their voyage to the very edge of existence helps the unlikely pair find their place in the world they have left far below them. But they face physical and emotional challenges in the thin air, as the ascent becomes a fight for survival.


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PICKING up several years after Maleficent, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney's most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora, Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen. Revealing the pain caused by a cruel first love, Maleficent’s immeasurable power was rivalled only by her regret for the curse she placed in the throes of that heartbreak. But having battled to save Aurora, a fragile truce stands between the kingdoms of man and magic. In this epic fantasy adventure, Maleficent and Aurora form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within. With Aurora set to marry Prince Phillip, we are introduced to his parents – King John and Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer), who seem openly

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Event. A Century in Music, Prose and Poetry. Celebrity guests, including actors James Bolam, Susan Jameson and Christopher Timothy, will read poetry and prose as part of this event marking the centenary of Care for Veterans being held in the Baron's Hall at Arundel Castle on November 9. Public tickets are available at £50 each by calling 01903 218444.


Event. Bavarian Oompah Evening. Dig out your dirndls and lederhosen, Bognor Regis Lions Club is organising a Bavarian evening, complete with a five-piece band, which has played on television's Alan Titchmarsh Show. Tickets are £20 and must be prebooked before the event at the Rowland Rank Centre, Aldwick, Bognor Regis, on November 16, from 7pm. Call Simon Knight on 01243 264718.


Comedy. Chichester Speigeltent. THe city's extra performance space in Oaklands Park has four nights of comedy performances, starting with Enter the Dragons, a riotous, surreal odyssey which explodes the myths about getting older, on November 11 and 12. For details and bookings, visit: chichesterspeigeltent. com or call the box office on 01243 781312.


Music. Open mic. THe Claremont in Scott Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1UH, is hosting an open mic night with Sedge and Jon on November 10, 8pm-10pm. Basic equipment is provided but musicians are encouraged to bring their own instruments and gear, bearing in mind the longer it takes to set up, the less time people have to play. Usually, acts have 15 minutes / three songs minimum

per set. All singers and other performers welcome.


Theatre. The Snow Queen. When her friend Kay is stolen by the cold-hearted Snow Queen, Gerda must find the strength and courage to travel across the lands to save him. Performances by are at Chichester's Guildhall in Priory Park on November 16 and St Wilfrid's Chapel, Church Norton, Selsey, on November 24, both start at 3pm. Tickets are £12.50 for adults and £5 for children.


Theatre. Curtains. University of Chichester Triple THreat Company present a hilarious murdermystery whodunnit, Curtains, a musical send-up of murder mystery plots, set in 1950s Boston. THe company returns to the Alexandra THeatre, in Belmont Street, from November 14-16 with evening and matinee shows. Tickets are £14 for adults, £8 for students from the box office on 01243 861010.


Event. Cycle Goodwood. Goodwood’s iconic motor circuit invites members of the public to get active with the launch of an exciting cycling initiative on November 10. Confident riders can join on Tuesday evenings, 5.30pm-7.30pm, and every other Sunday morning, 8am-noon, across the winter months, while families are welcome on Sunday afternoons to go round the 2.4-mile circuit as many times as they wish. Tuesday sessions are £10 per person as are Sundays for adults with £5 tickets for 13 to17-year-olds. THey can be paid for on the day or in advance at:


Music. Richard Smith. West Sussex Guitar Club is once again delighted to host a return performance by the eclectic flat and finger picking guitarist, Richard Smith. THis will be held at the Regis School of Music at 46 Sudley Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1ER, on November 16, at 7.30pm. Tickets on the door or call 01243 866462 /266017. Nonmembers of the club pay £15, full-time students half price and under-18s free.


Music. Frederick Stocken. A prize-winning organist and composer, Frederick Stocken, will perform at Chichester Cathedral on November 12 at its latest lunchtime recital. Admission to the cathedral is free and concert-goers are free to come and go between 1.10pm and 2pm. Coffee is available and lunch may be eaten.


Event. Halloween Party. THe annual BBC Children In Need appeal will benefit from funds raised at this party being held at Seasons, Bognor Regis Town Football Club, Nyewood Lane, Bognor Regis PO21 2TY on November 10. Entry to the event costs £5 and everyone is asked to arrive for this family event, between 1pm and 5pm, in fancy dress. It is being organised by staff of Boots Opticians and Boots and will include a raffle,tombola and much more fun.


Music. Totally Blondie. Re- live the seventies and eighties as much-acclaimed Totally Blondie hit town on November 15 at Chichester Assembly Room in North Street (PO19 1LQ) . THe stunning lookalike vocalist Aurora is reminiscent of Debbie Harry in her prime and the audience can expect to hear all the greatest hits from Denis, Denis to Heart of Glass and Atomic. Doors open at 7pm for a 7 30pm start. Tickets are selling fast and are available from THe Novium, in Tower Street, Chichester, in person, by calling 01243 816525 or online at priced at £20

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Comedy. Having it Off@ The Hoff. Dave THompson has performed his stand-up comedy act in 41 countries. Known for his zany style, he's written material for many famous names and among his film and TV appearances, he's best known as the actor inside the Tinky Winky costume in the 'Teletubbies'. Also performing at THe Hothampton Arms, 49-51 London

Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1PR, will be Ben Robson, Riggs, Ben McLaughlin, Dan Churchley with MC Glenn West. THe evening, on November 14, is from 8pm-11pm, costs £6 with tickets from


Music.Iron Tyger. Best known for their powerful renditions of eighties' classics, Iron Tyger will perform a full spectrum of awesome stadium anthems, rock classics, power ballads and pop pleasers. Doors open at 8pm on November 9 at THe Chichester Inn, West Street, Chichester PO19 1RP. Tickets are £10 on the door or in advance from Time Machine Records, THe Almshouse Arcade, THe Hornet, Chichester, PO19 7JL or call the venue on 01243 783185.


Music. Jesus Jones. Jesus Jones formed at the end of 1988, and quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting and innovative acts of their time. THey were one of the first bands to successfully blend rock and dance music, using samples and beats over catchy, commercial pop songs. And now Mike Edwards, Jerry De Borg, Alan Doughty, Iain Baker and Simon 'Gen' Matthews are back with a show at central Worthing venue St Paul's on November 8. Tickets for the 7.30pm gig are £20.50 on the door.


Theatre. Prism. Following a sell-out run at London’s Hampstead THeatre, Prism is the astonishing true story of the man who spent his life making Hollywood’s greatest divas look beautiful. Robert Lindsay plays the double Oscar-winning cinematic master Jack Cardiff, who has retired to a Buckinghamshire village, surrounded by memorabilia of his days on famous film sets – and his secret liaisons with famous women. Tara Fitzgerald also stars in this delightfully witty and poignant play. Prism is at Chichester Festival THeatre on November 8 and 9. Visit:


Event. Early Bird Christmas Fayre. THe venue for the regular artisan market in central Bognor Regis, the town's Methodist Church in Waterloo Square (PO21 1ST), opposite Queensway, will host some different stalls on November 7 when church members will organise an all-day fair. THey are offering lots of stalls, many with a festive theme, for shoppers and browsers from

10am, and coffee will be available.


Theatre. Wifi Wars. Team captain/narrator of Dara Ó Briain’s Go 8 Bit, Steve McNeil hosts, using WiFi Wars’ world recordbreaking interactive tech. Bring a charged smartphone to play along and compete against the whole audience to win the show. Chichester's Speigeltent next to Chichester Festival THeatre is the place for the action on November 13 and 14 at 7pm. Suitable for ages 14-plus. Adult tickets are £12 with concessions at £8. Call the festival theatre box office on 01243 781312 or visit:


Music. Jam session. Every year on the second Sunday in January, THe Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, known in Poland as WOSP, raises money to buy medical equipment for Polish children's hospitals and to help fund that event a Polish and international jam session will be held at THe Waverley, Marine Drive West, Bognor Regis PO21 2QA. Musician Piotrek Szczodry will be heading the performers on November 15, 7.30pm11pm.


Music. A Night at the Musicals. Hilarious hijinks and shady shenanigans abound as Olivier Award-winning Le Gateau Chocolat and Queen of the Alternative Drag scene Jonny Woo drag you through the back catalogue of fabulous musicals, from Gypsy to Grease, Annie and THe Lion King. A raucous night of ballsy ballads, delightful duets and slaughtered show tunes; a tortured loved letter to the glorious genre of musical theatre. THere are two late-night performances, on November 15 and 16, 9.30pm, at the Chichester Speigeltent. Tickets are £18, available at:


Event. Winter Wellness Weekend. Try free taster sessions on mindfulness, yoga and more to stay healthy and stress-free this winter. Sir Peter Scott started the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in part to help enhance people’s lives by being close to nature. You can exercise your body and soul along the pathways and secret spots around the beautiful wetlands reserve, too. No booking needed on November 16 and 17. Entry included as part of usual admission to WWT, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB from 9.30am-4.30pm.

Developing memories and bringing them into focus Theatre review  By Kelly Wickham Prism Until November 9 Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester PO19 6AP 01243 781312 WORLDWIDE, around 50 million people have dementia and it's a disease which is on the rise. British cinematographer, director and photographer, Jack Cardiff is the subject of this play by Terry Johnson, exploring the heartbreaking effects dementia can have not only on the person suffering, but the people surrounding them. Robert Lindsay, playing Jack, is incredible as he flits from present to past, confusing those around him as he mixes up his loved ones with the famous people he once worked with. His son, Mason, has created a memory box in the shape of the garage at his father's home, combining

all his old equipment, photographs, paintings and other bits and pieces he has clung on to throughout the years. Mason (Oliver Hembrough) has employed Lucy (Victoria Blunt), a young woman, to both care for and type up Jack's memories to create a book. However, Jack is more inclined to re-enact all his memories and Lucy's typing skills are less than adequate. One moment, Jack is sat beside his beloved wife, Nicola, played by Tara Fitzgerald, who he continually calls Katie (Katharine Hepburn - his possible true love) and the next we are transformed back to the

filming of the African Queen where Tara's portrayal of Katharine Hepburn is absolutely incredible. All three cast members play both of their parts incredibly well, but of course the star of the show is Robert Lindsay who induces a clever charm possibly reminiscent of that of the real Jack Cardiff with a confusion, anybody who has witnessed dementia first-hand can relate to. THe prism is a clever metaphor for the missing piece of his beloved camera, and the way Jack clutches it in his hand and relives the memories of a vivid and colourful life he once lived.


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Time to book Christmas parties and dinners CHRISTMAS comes but once a year and when it comes it brings good cheer - if your idea of good cheer is a feast and knees-up with colleagues, friends and family, now's the time to book. Many groups have a tradition of getting together towards the end of the year to mark the passing of another 12 months and hotels and pubs are keen to make those celebrations go with a swing. If you're the officer of a club or society or the work representative who has the task of finding a venue, perhaps offering a choice to potential guests before making a decision, looking at menus and thinking about after-meal entertainment, there are a lot of options in West Sussex. Perhaps you always go to the same place, eat the same food and dance to the same band and everyone's happy with the arrangements but, if you're considering a change or it's the first time you will be organising the all-important Christmas 'do', here are a few tips.

Plan early Already, there are fewer than 50 days to December 25 and, if you have particular requirements, you may find a limited number of eating places to suit your needs. Collect menus and visit venues wherever possible and decide as soon as you can, both to keep your booking on the date you wish and to give guests reassurance their event will go ahead seamlessly. Some venues offer early bird discounts.

Visit the venue Party organisers should visit the venue to check details and ask questions to ensure a good time is had by all, especially if it's somewhere not used before. What decorations are envisaged? Is there enough space for all without being cramped? Can dietary requirements be accommodated? Will tables be cleared and moved for after-meal dancing? THese are just a few queries which should be resolved in good time before the event. Also, think about how guests will travel to and from a venue, such as if taxis will be available or whether overnight stays will be possible. Disabled guests should not be excluded and it may be worth checking whether your group will have exclusive use of the facilities.

Families & friends If you are not an employee or member of a club, you need not feel left out of the Christmas party scene as many restaurants are more than happy to provide a festive atmosphere and special menus for small groups of families and friends but, again, don't leave it too late to choose a menu, book a table and then look forward to a memorable experience.

Consult guests Because you are a keen meat-eater and would be happy with a steak dinner and lots of alcohol, don't assume your fellow diners have the same tastes. Check menus for options, such as vegetarian, and whether traditional turkey and Christmas pudding will suit everyone or if lighter meals will be available. THere's also the question of money. Some employers are still happy to foot the full bill, including drinks, for a work-related event but most require contribution of all or some of the cost to be paid by those people attending and party organisers should be aware not everyone has a bottomless purse or wallet. Taking payment in stages may help budgets but venues will require deposits when booking.

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the spice of life By Kelly Wickham Cardamom Bay 43 Queensway, Bognor Regis PO21 1QN Tel: 01243 842010 ON a wet and windy, wintery night there is nothing more warming and satisfying than an authentic Indian. My friend, Nicola, and I visited on a Saturday evening, where the temperatures had dropped and the rain hadn't stopped all day so it was light relief to be in the dry and warm. Nicola and I were offered a table near the window under the gentle glow of the warm lights and the bright colours of the bubble towers where Nicola opted for a diet Coke and I opted for a Cobra beer. We both decided to skip the starters, despite the temptation of Cheese Tikka - Spiced marinated chicken tikka topped with melted cheese and served

with chefs special coconut and almond sauce and Kalamari - Fresh squid spiced with Bengal Masala served with tomato chilli jam. After a lot of discussion with helpful staff, I asked for my favourite curry (chicken aloo paneer) which was not on the menu. However, the staff said they were able to make this up for me. I ordered this along with a mushroom rice £3.95, while my friend opted for Murghi Torkari (chicken cooked with garlic, ginger and mixed spices) for £12.95 with pilau rice £3.80. As we skipped starters we opted to share a cheese naan £3.95, onion bahjis (sliced onion mixed with herbs, spices, garam flour and served with minted yoghurt sauce) £4.25 and Bombay aloo (gently spiced potatoes) £4.25. Chicken aloo paneer is a delicious and mouthmelting curry made with potatoes and cheese. It was cooked to absolute perfection, lightly spiced but with a lot of gooey, melting cheese which is my favourite ingredient! Nicola had just returned from a trip to India, and

commented how thin and tasty the naan bread was, which was similar to the ones she had lately. Often, Indian restaurants serve a bread which is fairly large and has more of doughy consistency. She also commented that her curry was just the right spice. Despite the generous portion sizes, we were both tempted by the desserts with some ice cream to cleanse the pallet. I chose the parfait caramel - a creme caramel flavoured ice cream rippled with a rich caramel sauce topped with honeycomb sprinkles (£4.95) and Nicola opted for the chocolate orange bombe - creamy orange ice cream coated in deluxe milk chocolate (£4.95). THe parfait caramel was really light and creamy and the perfect finish to a curry. Nicola said her orange bombe was really chocolatey and the orange tang was delicious. Cardamom Bay is the perfect curry house in a seaside town serving up truly authentic dishes. It's definitely worth a visit, or two.

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Come and enjoy the festive season Join us at 4 Canon Lane with a three course Christmas lunch served Tuesday – Saturday from 12pm.


CHRISTMAS LUNCH £25 Per Person ~ During December at 4 Canon Lane Chichester Tuesday - Saturday from 12pm ~

£10 Non-refundable deposit per person is required ~ Please see our Christmas Lunch Leaflet for full menu details

LUNCH MENU ~ Celeriac, Hazelnut and Truffle Soup Beef Carpaccio Smoked Salmon and Beetroot Salad Roasted Beetroot and Celeriac ~ Roasted Cod Fillet Cider Roast Turkey Crown Stuffed Pumpkin ~ Eggnog Trifle Christmas Pudding Poached Pears in Red Wine and Chocolate Sauce Cheeseboard & Winter Chutney (+£2) ~ Coffee & Mints

For Reservations & Pre-orders 01243 813585 ~

Looking to make your Christmas extra special spend the night in one of our beautiful boutique bedrooms, with 25% off during December. Call to reserve your space on: 01243 813585 or email:

Three major awards in three months Crate and Apple 14 Westgate, Chichester PO19 3EU Tel: 01243 539336 CRATE and Apple of Westgate, Chichester have been up for three major awards over the last few months. In September, this local pub and restaurant had its youngest chef, Harley Allen nominated for ‘young chef of the year' in the National Great British Pub Awards. In October of this year, they were nominated for 'exceptional customer service' in the Sussex Food and Drinks Awards, hosted by Sussex Life magazine. More recently, they have just taken third place in the Sussex pub of the year competition, number one in Chichester. Owner, Andy Jeffcoate said: "To be nominated as a finalist for these awards is a great honour and a vindication of all the hard work and progress that we have made as a team. "At Crate and Apple what sets us apart from other eateries is our attention to detail and an ethos that the whole team take pride in. "Our formula is simple – we put the customer before all else, we stand for the community, we focus on delivering exceptional food that has been produced or farmed locally supporting other local businesses and we use fresh and seasonal ingredients where possible."


STARTERS . Smoked Ham Hock & Pea Soup, Apple & Celeriac Slaw (GF) . Honey & Hazelnut Baked Brie, Rosemary Sour Dough Melba Toast (V/GF-OPT) . Beetroot Cured Smoked Salmon, Vodka Crème Fraiche, Cucumber & Rocket Salad, Salmon Caviar,

Herb Oil (GF)

. Roasted Spice Butternut Squash Hummus Crostini, Toasted Walnut Bread, Pomegranate Salsa Verde (VE)

MAINS . Maple & Bourbon Glazed Turkey, Creamed Corn, Sprouts, Smoked Bacon Lardons, Bone Marrow Roast Potatoes, Pig in Duvet, Rich Gravy . Slow Cooked Brisket of Beef, Bone Marrow Roast Potatoes, Pig In Duvet, Braised Red Cabbage, Sprouts, Carrots, Rich Gravy . Wild Mushroom & Chestnut Wellington, Spiced Red Cabbage Puree, Rosemary Infused Fondant Potatoes, Clementine Glazed Carrots (VE) . Short Stream Trout Supreme, Spinach, Pressed Apple & Potato, Spiced Butternut Squash Puree, Dill Crisp

DESSERTS . Baileys Tiramisu, Passionfruit Coulis (V) . Carrot Cake, Christmas Pudding Ice Cream, Brandy Snap (V) . Soupe De Fruits Rouge Aux Herbes, Champagne (VE) . Sussex Charmer Crème Brulee, Oatcakes (G/F)

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SUNDAY ROASTS ARE BACK! at Denmans Garden Tea Rooms Sundays 12 noon - 3pm

Saturday, 6 December at 7:30 pm


Playing over 20 characters, Martin Prest brings Charles Dickens' timeless story of redemption to life in this spectacular oneman show. The perfect start to the Christmas Season!

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Festive feasts are on the menu at Denmans - with a lot more to enjoy at the garden and tea rooms as well Denmans Garden Denmans Lane, Fontwell, Nr. Arundel West Sussex BN18 0SU Tel: 01243 278950 ALTHOUGH autumn is in full, colourful swing, Christmas is just around the corner. It is not too early to get into the holiday spirit and the Denmans Garden Tea Rooms are gearing up for what should be a beautiful (and tasty!) December. Since re-opening just over a year ago, the Tea Rooms have a stylish, fresh look with a tempting menu to match. Starting on December 1, the Tea Rooms will be serving mouth-watering Christmas roast dinners daily and we’re sure it will be very difficult to choose between roast turkey with all the trimmings, pork belly and roast potatoes, and blue cheese or the sweet potato and butternut squash nut roast! Starters are equally tempting and the puddings alone will make you want to return time and time again. Our chef’s White Chocolate and Whiskey Bread & Butter Pudding will make you wish it was Christmas dinner all year round! THe Tea Rooms are licensed with wines, beer and cider available. Mulled wine will be on tap for the holidays as well! If Afternoon Tea is your favourite way to celebrate Christmas, Denmans offers a deluxe afternoon tea complete with its fantastic homemade scones and treats. Book the newly renovated Botanical Room for your private Christmas party or sink into the settee in the cosy coffee bar with your bestie for a cake and coffee. Afterwards, stop in the gift shop for beautiful Christmas pressies! Including one-off gifts for gardeners, children, and anyone else in your life. Pre-booking is essential for the in-demand afternoon teas and for the Christmas lunch menu, which offers two courses for £22.50 or three for £25, by calling 01243 278950. Parking is free for all visitors, as is entry to the Tea Room, gift shop and plant centre, with garden entry at £5 for adults, £4 for seniors. Denmans Gardens is open daily, except Mondays. On December 6, actor Martin Prest will give a onetime performance of “A Christmas Carol”. Playing 20 different characters, he brings Charles Dickens’ timeless story of redemption to life – all in an hour. Admission is £10 per person and mulled wine and the soon-to-be legendary Denmans homemade mince pie will be served. Doors and the gift shop open at 6.30pm and the performance begins at 7.30pm. Denmans Garden is a must-see as well. THe home and garden of late designer John Brookes MBE has been under renovation for the past two years and is stunningly beautiful in winter. THe four-acre contemporary garden was started by Joyce Robinson, who moved there in 1946. She was known to pick flowers from the garden on Christmas Day to adorn her mantle. Her flowers and John’s strong lines and architectural planting make for an unusual and brilliant winter garden – a peaceful respite from the holidays if you need it. THe gardeners are always available to answer tricky plant-related questions. Closed from December

23 until January 3, the gardens will then re-open and for that month admission will be free! Wander through the walled garden and past the pond or sit in the conservatory to start 2020 off right. Hellebores, camellias, early bulbs, coloured stems, and loads of texture make this garden as colourful and interesting in winter as it is every other season of the year. THis is an amazing chance to see beyond the wall for free! THough Christmas roasts dinners will have ended, Sunday roast dinners will continue to be served every Sunday between 12pm-3pm. Enjoy a lovely Sunday roast or indulge in a cream tea or hearty lunch, all freshly prepared (definitely hits the spot after a wander through the garden!). Daily specials and light bites, available from 10am to 3pm, are always a treat and are served by friendly staff. January will also see the resumption of classes, from yoga and pilates to card-making. Learn how to

get more from your smart phone from photographer Jonathan Ward or experiment with various mediums in Jo Dower’s popular watercolour workshops to stave off the mid-winter blues. Check the Denmans Garden website ( to see what’s on. THe exhibition about four of John Brookes’ gardens abroad, “THe Garden in its Setting”, will also still be up. THe exhibition focuses on how he connected each one to its setting by integrating the surrounding landscape, local vernacular, his clients’ needs, and the surrounding architecture into his design. If you are romantically inclined, the Tea Rooms will be holding its first-ever Valentine’s Day dinner so save the date – February 14 (just in case you’ve forgotten gentlemen!). Please book early to avoid disappointment. We hope to welcome you to one of the best kept secrets in Sussex soon!

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DENISE KELLY A passionate and motivated 'health expert/nutritionist.

A bit of help for the winter months Tel: 07730671436 Email: denise@ THOSE of you that know me, or have been a client of mine, will know that I am not a massive fan of supplements. I prefer to prescribe herbs, superfoods and real foods to help encourage the body to stay in peak health. However, they definitely do have their place, and during these colder, darker, winter months, we need all the help we can get. Viruses and bugs are rife right now. Every person I am coming into contact with is coughing, sneezing and spluttering all over me! If you feel this is you, too, and you would like a little tonic to glide you through these more challenging months then here is my list…but I would like to add that just because you are taking a supplement, doesn’t mean you can take your eye off the ball with your food. You can guarantee that extra garlic, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon in your cooking or raw, is going to give you that little immune boost to keep you fighting fit through these months.

1. Elderberry. THis is typically found in the warmer parts of North America and Europe. It is rumoured that Hippocrates, the Greek “father of medicine,” referred to the elderberry as his “medicine chest” due to its many functions. THe antioxidant capacity of black elderberries is superior to strawberries, cranberries and blueberries and just a few teaspoons of black elderberry may help to keep you at your best until spring finally shines. 2. Vitamin C. Winter will be much more bearable with help from this super charge Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which protects against free radical damage, chemicals and pollutants that may harm our body’s cells. It’s easy to obtain through diet. Citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, pineapple and strawberries are a few of the best sources of vitamin C, but if these nutrient-rich foods aren’t part of your diet, you can supplement vitamin C in a variety of forms, from tasty chewable tablets to capsules and powders. 3. Vitamin E oil If you suffer from dry, flaky skin in cooler weather, vitamin E oil is an excellent addition to your personal

PINEAPPLE is one of the best sources of vitamin C

That extra garlic, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon is going to give you that little immune boost to keep you fighting fit through these months.

care routine. THough not your typical supplement, this oil provides a powerful dose of vitamin E that you apply topically – just as you would a body lotion. It’s often mixed with other oils (almond, apricot, avocado, sunflower, etc), which all have an array of benefits to promote healthy skin. On top of being an excellent moisturiser, vitamin E oil is an antioxidant, protecting our skin from free radical damage. 4. Zinc THis is an often-overlooked mineral with a host of important benefits. Zinc supports proper

immune function, eye health and the regulation of appetite, taste and smell. Zinc is also responsible for the production of superoxide dismutase (SOD), which plays an important role in protecting our bodies from free radical damage. Men may especially benefit from this mineral, as zinc helps to support healthy prostate tissue, sperm mobility and testosterone production. If you have health issues and would like to book a consultation with me to devise your own personalised plan, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Trust Chairman – Chichester Ship Canal Trust

The Ship Canal Trust undertakes the preservation, maintenance and improvement of the canal from its Basin to Birdham. The Chair’s main responsibility is to lead and manage the work of the Trust Board and to ensure that it operates effectively, provides vision and direction and fully discharges its legal and regulatory responsibilities. The Chairman plans and chairs the meetings, ensures that an AGM is delivered and ensures that the Trust’s roles are delivered by appropriate trustees or other colleagues. This will include being the spoke person for the canal on the general direction of the Trust and important matters relating to the condition and use of the canal; and responding to the public and other agencies on comments and concerns as they arise.

Voluntary Shop Assistant – Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre The Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre takes in unwanted, abandoned or stray cats, kittens, rabbits and guinea pigs, and gives them a good quality of life until it is possible to find a loving, permanent home for them. Activities include: educating the public, neutering the animals, feeding and general care, and finding forever homes for the many animals in their care. They are looking for people to volunteer in their charity shops in West Wittering. Tasks will include: sorting and pricing clothes, keeping the shop tidy, working at the till, serving and helping customers. Ideal volunteers will have a personable manner, be able to use common sense and your own initiative and be reliable. The time commitment is flexible - part time or full time, some weekends and bank holidays.

Trustee – Birdham Pre-School

Birdham Pre-School is a purpose built Pre-school on the school grounds. They currently provide childcare for children aged between 1-5 as a Pre-school and offer breakfast club to school children. As a Pre-school they strive to gain the best possible outcome for all children in their care. They do this through working closely with everybody involved. They are looking to expand their Trustee selection and skill-set; they are reliant on Trustees as a legal requirement to stay open. The Trustees will work with the manager, bursar and staff. The Time Commitment will be: weekly emails, meetings one evening once every 6 weeks, 2 fundraisers per year.

Admin Volunteer to the CEO – 4Sight Vision Support

4Sight Vision Support is a charity supporting people with sight loss and a membership organisation, based in West Sussex. They provide services to improve health and wellbeing, promote independence and prevent social isolation. The purpose of this volunteer role is to provide dedicated administrative and secretarial support to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Through this, you will be helping 4Sight Vision Support to achieve its key aim and objective of supporting people living with sight loss across West Sussex. Main Activities / Tasks: to support & help the CEO manage his busy diary; to provide administrative support for meetings, e.g. minute taking; liaising and coordinating on behalf of the CEO where necessary; making & managing communications via telephone and in written formats; computer work; having a good knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access; to gain a good knowledge/understanding of the work of 4Sight Vision Support; and filing.

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Send us your views! We always welcome readers’ letters. For space reasons, we ask that readers keep their letters to under 300 words and that they include their name and address for publication. We reserve the right to edit letters for space and legal reasons. Deadline is 5pm on Monday. They should be emailed to: & posted to: Post Newspapers Ltd, 63 London Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1DF.

BOGNOR REGIS boys made the town proud at another successful boxing night. The evening was the third of its kind for the group, taking place at the Jeneses Arts Centre in Linden Road. Faz Chitima, trainer and matchmaker of the group, said: “It was a really good event. This is the third one we’ve done at the centre. There were 15 bouts. “People enjoyed the night very much indeed. The crowds are looking forward to the next one which we’ve already started planning. “We started preparing for this on August 1. I felt like everything went really well and that was even with one of our boys off with an injury and one working in Leeds. The boys made me very proud. Not one of them let me down. We want to develop these boys, get them to the best they can be. “I keep them active, I told them when I wanted them in the gym to train at the beginning of the season and that’s what they’ve done. I couldn’t have asked for any more from them.” The matches drew in crowds from across the country, with supporters from Southampton, Portsmouth, London and Kent. The boys who took part in the fights, from the Ockley group, were Freddie Chester, Samir Dhelkov, Freddie Gregson, Kai Lake and Percival Tussomba.



A MUCH loved author has praised the work of Chindi at her latest book signing. Bognor Regis woman, Beryl Kingston, visited Pinks Parlour on Monday to sign her most recent books. Her latest work is part of Chindi’s Christmas collection, ‘A Feast of Christmas Stories’. Beryl said: “My short story in the collection is a story taking place during the first Christmas of the war. It’s lovely to have so many of my friends here to celebrate and catch-up. “Chinid are doing one of the most difficult jobs I can think of - publishing themselves. It’s so hard. When my first novel was published, I did nothing except write it. They just came to my door, collected it and that was that. But for them, Chindi, they are doing it themselves and that’s hard work.” Beryl recently became a patron for Chindi, an exciting prospect for both sides.

ARTISTS from Bognor and Felpham are set to take part in the Coastal Art Trail for another year. Over the weekend of December 6,7 and 8, visitors will be able to see the studios of each of the five local artists and buy some of their unique pieces of work. The artists involved are Su Cloud, Sue Mapley, Michele Redford, Tia Rolfe and Emily Siemieniec. Each studio will be open on all three days between 10.30am-4pm. For Su, nature is the overriding inspiration for her hand-built ceramics in her garden and home. Michele has just moved with her husband to a project bungalow in Felpham. Their first priority was building a studio in the garden where she




Also at the parlour on Waterloo Square, Bognor Regis, was fellow Chindi writer, Rosemary Noble, who particularly focuses on social history novels. She said: “Chindi is a community interest company. We are there to support anybody writing a book who wants to publish it. One of the things we decided to do last year as writers was to create a shared story book, showcasing the talents of Chindi and anybody wanting to put forward a story. We had 27 people and put in the 16 best. Four or five are based in Bognor Regis and Felpham. We wanted a mix, but they all had to be set in Sussex and obviously have the Christmas theme.” Her short story is about a woman soon to be transported and it’s about her last Sussex Christmas, set in the 19th century.

can decorate and personalise her wax battery candles and make her seed bead Kumihimo jewellery. Tia runs Selkie Jewellery, the ocean-inspired artisan jewellery inspired by Celtic mythology, nature and the Sussex coastline. Inspired by a number of West Sussex villages, Emily creates illustrations using watercolour and gouache paints. Su Cloud is at Sea Retreat, 66 Barrack Lane, Aldwick PO21 4BL; Sue Mapley is at 46 Chalcraft Lane, Bersted PO21 5TX; Michele Redford is at 10 Drygrounds Lane, Felpham PO22 8PS; Selkie Jewellery is at 24 Willowhale Green, Aldwick PO21 4LN; Emily Siemieniec is at 151 Rose Green Road, PO21 3ED.




Friday, November 8, 2019 ALDWICK and Pagham Sea Scouts are promising a monster bonfire at what could be their last bonfire event. The firework extravaganza taking place tomorrow at the Scout Hut in Sefter Road is always popular, drawing in large crowds to enjoy the display. But this year’s event could be their last as the redevelopment on the land around the Scout hut is due to start in September, 2020. Organiser Paul Goodland said: “We’re proud to be putting on a professionally planned firework display that will really light up the local area! "Everyone is working flat out to ensure it will be a brilliant occasion with food, hot drinks, popcorn and a raffle to help us with our fundraising. This year’s event will raise money to buy new bell tents and to help assist the Sea Scouts in their Dragon Challenge. The event is supported by the by the Burg-Wächter Secure Communities Scheme with an award of £500 and a security kit to help keep the planned scout hut safe and secure. Mark Pearson, from Burg-Wächter, said: “A strong local community helps people feel safe as individuals, which is what we aim to achieve as a business. This firework display is an important community event that brings people together in a positive fashion. We are delighted to be able to support the Sea Scouts in this venture.”

A FORMER MP who has represented Arundel and South Downs since 2005 will not be standing again in the upcoming election. Conservative Nick Gibb stated in his resignation letter that he felt that this was ‘the right time to move on’. He said: “This has been a difficult decision. I am proud of the work I have done in Parliament, as a shadow cabinet member and minister, and in the constituency. “I have done my best to stand up for local communities, and I will always be passionate about the countryside, and in particular the South Downs, which I have grown to love. “I will continue to give




my loyal support to the Prime Minister and the Conservative party. While I was one of the leaders of the remain campaign, I strongly believe it is the national and democratic interest to deliver the outcome of the referendum, and that is why I consistently voted for a deal.” In the 2017 general election for Arundel and South Downs, Mr Herbert was elected having received 37,573 (62.4 per cent) votes. He said that he will now focus on his new role as chairman of the Countryside Alliance; on the think tank he chairs, The Project for Modern Democracy, and on his global work on tuberculosis and equality.




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Codeword is the crossword puzzle with no clues. THe number in each square corresponds to a letter. Work out the words in the grid using the letters provided. Fill in these known letters first, then use skill and judgement to work our the others.
















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12 - Defensive walls (8)

18 - Lean back (7)

13 - States an opinion (6)

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Can you solve our fiendishly tricky puzzles? Check out all the solutions next week!


Test your grey matter and have fun at the same time!


Friday, November 8, 2019


By Sylvia Endacott

Co-op had plenty in store for town after opening Group presence dates back to the 1930s AS we are about to have another Co-op shop here in Bognor Regis, at the end of Hillsboro Road at its junction with Chichester Road, I thought I would look back on its history both nationally and here in the town. I once received a request about the Co-op in Bognor Regis back in 2015 when there was talk of demolishing one of the shops in Hawthorn Road. How many people can remember their Co-op dividend number or that of their parents? My parent’s number was 11188. THis was a number unique to you and one which allowed you to collect your dividend, I think, annually. As part of the Co-operative Society’s policy of profit sharing, a dividend of 1s 8d (8p) in the £ was paid to those who joined. For a number of years, the dividend could be collected from the church hall in Sudley Road, at the rear of St John’s Church, today the site of Boots and W.H. Smith. Stamps were later given, in the same way as the old Green Shield stamps, and these were redeemable in the stores. No store cards to remember, just your number when asked in the shop – certainly less to carry around and much safer. Nationally, the first co-operative was registered in 1863 in Rochdale and, eventually, there were 300 co-ops, predominantly in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Did you know that the Co-operative Society was established in 1873 in Portsmouth? THe expansion of the local Co-operative to Chichester and beyond was due to suburban growth. Do you know how many sites there have been in the town over the years and their locations today? For many years, the Co-op milk depot was situated in Ockley Road, where today we have cars. When I was living in Gainsboro Road in the 1970s, it was very handy just to nip around the corner to get your milk and fresh Devonshire cream for any special occasion, or the unexpected visitor. THis service was eventually moved to Chichester, the local yard closed and the buildings were demolished. THe first Co-op shop opened in the town in 1933 was known as Pimco – Portsea Island Mutual Co-operative Society. THis store was located in Canada Grove, apparently facing the Pavilion Gardens, as their point of reference. It was then the Aladdin’s Cave for 35 years and is now a European supermarket. THe Co-op advertising at this time included mention of just one of their services - that of ‘the collection and delivery of orders free to all parts of the district’. Apparently, it was necessary to mention that ‘full dividend was given’ even for

The Co-op food hall in 1957 was self-serve - 'a trend that was just beginning to make its presence felt'.

f A Co-op advert from the 1960s orders delivered. During the Second World War, their advertising remarked you could ‘enjoy your holiday’ with the phrase, ‘let the Co-operative take care of your emergency ration cards'. By now, the advertisement included its branches in North Bersted and Hawthorn Road. With the growth in population by the 1950s, the Co-op business in the town was expanding and so it required larger premises. To meet its needs, two sites in the High Street were purchased. One site was at No 62, which was a two-storey building between the old bus station and Cleeves on the corner, where today we have the NatWest Bank. THis site is thought to have been built around the 1820s and was occupied for a time by Wade’s the builder and, after the Second World War, by one of the town’s second-hand dealers, Mr Ashton. THis store in the High Street sold almost everything, similar to that which today we

f A sign of the times after the Second World War

f The town's first Co-op store purchase in any of the out of town supermarkets. THe original store was demolished and a Co-op department store was constructed and opened in August, 1957. In addition, another shop across the road at No 55 was bought, and this was the self-service food hall, which also opened in August, 1957. Garforth’s next occupied the site, now a supermarket. THe food hall was on the ground floor and an upper floor was for staff rooms, as in 1958 they anticipated employing in the region of 40–55 people in these two stores, all of whom were to be recruited locally. THe society's secretary at the time, remarked that the ‘food hall would be self-serve – a trend that was only just beginning to make its presence felt’. THe first day of opening for the department store saw customers being enticed by opening offers, which included such a range of goods including white weather duffle coats for boys, from 35/- (£1.75p) and long-sleeved men’s shirts at 15/- (75p). Axminster carpets were also available from 42/- (£2.10p). Now take your mind back to those very popular uncut moquette studio couches that were all the rage for a princely sum of £28 9s 6d or 104 weekly payments of £2 9 0d. I wonder if there are any still in a bedsit somewhere in the town? THey also sold a range of the somewhat new plastic items, including tables, cake dishes, flowerpot holders and even plastic waste paper

bins at 3/- or 15p. Eventually, trade and tastes were to change. Out of town shopping was becoming more popular and the main store was beginning to struggle and changed to become known as Coop Homemaker. Here, items for the home were the order of the day and in one advertisement in 1983 you could purchase an Amstrad colour television 14ins portable for £169.95. THis store also closed and for a number of years was taken over by a company called Tracey’s which also sold furniture and household items. During 1982, the Co-op advertised that as the organisation was 100 years old, it had mounted a search to find citizens who were 100 years old during the month of November. THese people or their families were asked to contact the society now known as the Caring Sharing Co-op. In Hawthorn Road, the shop continued and without its main town centre shops, the Coop looked for other sites and with the closure of the Olby’s/Cover’s site in Hawthorn Road at the junction with Gravits Lane, the Co-op purchased the site and a new supermarket was built in 1993. THis meant there were two Co-op stores in the one road for a time and serving the needs of their locality. Within months, the smaller Co-op became a Spar shop. Another major change was at the Kings Beach Hotel in Pagham, which is now a Co-op in addition to the one in the Rose Green area.

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Chi waiting for FA Cup draw THE wait is nearly over... In just a few days Chichester City will find out who their opponents in the second round of the FA Cup will be. While every other club will be battling it out this weekend to make it into Monday night's draw, the Isthmian South East side escaped the process as they were given a bye after being drawn against the now out-ofbusiness Bury. It means the current squad, who are competing at the eighth tier of the football pyramid for the first time, will go down in club history. Before then, they have the small matter of a league match at thirdplace Sevenoaks Town tomorrow (3pm). Chi, who are unbeaten away from home in the league, will do so with fresh legs after both matches in the last week were postponed due to the weather.

THen it is on to the Velocity Trophy and a trip to Sussex rivals Burgess Hill Town on Tuesday (7.30pm). But for many Chi fans all they can think about is the FA Cup. For some, it is bringing back memories of the 1960/61 season when City made it to the first round proper of the competition before being beaten 11-0 by Bristol City. Two of the players who appeared in the Chichester lineup that day - Fred Knotts and Nigel Hillier - still have extremely fond memories of the match, despite being on the receiving end of a hammering. Knotts said: "Seeing over 12,000 in the stadium was incredible. Lots of supporters went to the game from this area and it was very different for us from playing in front of crowds of a few hundred. “It was a tough match of course

f Fred Knotts | pic: Neil Holmes


f City celebrate advancing in the FA Cup

but a great occasion, and we picked ourselves up and went on to win the county league that season, as we had done the year before." Hillier said: "In a short space of time it became obvious we were going to get a good hiding. "We all went with the same thought that we were going to give it a good go, but we didn’t really get enough of the ball to be honest. "I don’t think anybody ever realised how much of a difference there was in those days between pros and people playing amateur football.� Knotts, who was a ball boy in the 1956 FA Cup final, where Manchester City beat Birmingham City, thanks in part to the heroics of goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, who carried on playing despite breaking his neck, believes there’s a magic that people attach to the FA Cup. He said: “THe FA Cup is something quite special. Every youngster wanted to be in it when I was a kid. All I ever wanted to do was play football. I just wanted to get out and kick a football about.� Knotts had to hang his boots up

a couple of seasons after getting to play in that first round match in 1960 because of knee trouble. Hillier went into management, with spells at Chichester and Selsey. But both have kept an eye on the fortunes of Chichester City over the years. Hillier said: “I’ve been to watch Chi this season and I like the way they play. THey seem to have a very good spirit. THey’ve played very, very well to get this far. Just enjoy it for all it’s worth because it doesn’t happen very often." Knotts watched this year’s FA Cup first round draw live on television, adding: “We were thinking that ball’s not going to be the last one left is it? We couldn’t believe it." THe 11-0 scoreline against Bristol City still smarts but Knotts said: "It’s an achievement though isn’t it, to get to the first round of the FA Cup? "I still see some of them now. It might be at funerals and celebrations. We’ve had a few reunions over the years. "We’ll have to get those that are still with us all together for this next round I think.�

Sevenoaks Town (A) Tomorrow (Saturday November 9), at 3pm

Lions look to end bad streak MANAGERLESS Pagham's search for a first league win in two and half months takes them on the road to Little Common tomorrow (3pm). Lions are currently second bottom and without a boss after Bob Paine departed for personal reasons. THe young side will be looking to build on a number of promising performances tomorrow against a Common side who have won just twice in eight games in all competitions. With the game held at THe Oval in Eastbourne, it will be Pagham's second trip to the ground in the last month following a 4-0 loss to Eastbourne United in the league in October. Lions will look to do better than their Sussex Senior Cup defeat to Isthmian South East side Whitehawk in midweek when they were hammered 4-0. Some dreadful defending and some poor finishing cost the Lions dear after having their fair share of possession over the 90 minutes. Joe Clarke had the first Pagham shot of the game in the 13th minute but it was straight at the keeper and Tom Chalaye

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had a speculative long-shot drift wide, before Whitehawk starting to exert their superiority. Hawks scored twice before the break, Conor Tighe converting a penalty before Duane Ofori-Acheampong blasted an excellent cross from the right into the net

from close in to make it two before the break. Whitehawk doubled their tally in the second period as Tighe and OforiAcheampong both converted chances. Pagham's best chance was a sitter which Chalaye somehow missed before Seamus Tilley repeated the trick minutes later.

f Whitehawk score vs Pagham

Leaders pushed all the way by improving City CHICHESTER City’s search for a first league win of the season continues despite a battling display against promotionchasing Watford. Sadie Blakely will be hoping her side's FA Women’s National League game against the Hornets proves to be a turning point for the Green Army as they put up a tough fight against Watford on Sunday. A 3-2 defeat against the leaders gives City hope ahead of another home match against Plymouth Argyle this weekend (Sunday, 2pm). Watford took the lead in the first three minutes at Oaklands Park, rounding off a good counter attack that caught Chi off-guard. City came back with the perfect response with a 25yard screamer from skipper Megan Fox within seconds. Chi continued to apply pressure and went into the lead when Gemma Simmonds took on two players in the box and chipped the keeper. Nicky Lake made two incredible blocks within seconds to keep the greens on top as they tried to get to halftime on top. But an unfortunate pass-

back to the keeper put Watford through on goal with their number 10 slotting it home to bring it back to 2-2 moments before the break. Watford came out fighting in the second half, with numerous chances on goal. But a stand-out performance from Issy Foster denied chance after chance, making it clear Chi were not going to make it easy for Watford to take three points. THe visitors eventually broke through with 20 minutes left. But Chi continued to fight until the final whistle with an excellent team performance. However, they were unable to pull it back to a draw to receive a well deserved point. THe team’s passion, determination and fight has seen significant improvement throughout the season. But with Chi sitting second bottom in the National Southern Premier, the Oaklands Park side need to start picking up points soon if they are to pull themselves away from trouble. A game at home to Plymouth, who are third and have lost just once all season, will be another tough test for a side who are growing with confidence.

Sportinbrief î ? Football SELSEY’S bid for just their second win in ten sees them welcome Oakwood to the Bunn Leisure Stadium tomorrow (3pm). Daren Pearce’s side have fallen off the pace in recent weeks as their slump has seen them drop to eighth in the SCFL Division. With last weekend's match called off due to the weather, Selsey last tasted victory nearly a month ago when they smashed Shoreham 5-0. Pearce will be looking for improvements tomorrow against a struggling Oakwood side who are third bottom with just three points from the campaign so far. THey head into the match

knowing that they can score goals. Of ten matches so far, Blues average 2.4 goals per game - an impressive record for a side who are mid-table after winning four, drawing two and losing the remaining matches. But it is at the back where Pearce will want to see improvements as Selsey have conceded 17 in the last six games. Another side looking to make improvements is Bosham, who have lost their last five. THe Robins head to Worthing Town tomorrow (3pm) sitting tenth in the 15 team division. Bosham last won two months ago when they beat Brighton Electricity 5-1.

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Sportinbrief î ? Horse Racing THE countdown is on to one of the sporting highlights of the Fontwell Park calendar. Next weekend (November 16) thousands of people will flock to the racecourse north of Bognor to attend the Southern National meeting. Dubbed as one of the greatest spectacles of the year at Fontwell Park, the race is one of a number of regional events which prepare horses and jockeys for the Grand National later in the season. It provides the ultimate ride for jockey and horse with a test of endurance over 3 miles and 3 furlongs. Aired on ITV Racing, this electrifying National Hunt race on a figure of eight track is not one to be missed. Shanroe Santos took last year's running of the event, with Irishman Leighton Aspell on board. THe nine-year-old, trained by Lucy Wadham, passed it with flying colours, coming in five lengths ahead of closest rival Morney Wing. Tickets are still available for the sevenrace meeting, with gates open at 10.30am ahead of the first race at 12.25pm. Visit:

î ? Darts FRIARY Z's Richard Ragless was the standout player in week two of the Bognor Benevolent Darts League as he helped his side to victory over Little Legends. Here are the results in full: DIVISION ONE - Newtown Amity 9 Hunston Hares 11; Little Legends 7 Friary 'Z' 15; Lamb Nomads 6 Lamb Shankers 16; Legends - bye MOTM - Richard Ragless (Friary 'Z) 14 & 23 darts [27.08 av]; Alex Norgett (Amity) 20 & 21 darts [24.44 av]; Chris Williams (Shankers) 21 & 21 darts [23.86 av] DIVISION TWO - Chi Snooker Club 'A' 7 Aldingbourne Mavericks 13; Friary 'D' 12 Pagham CC 'B' 9; Lamb 13 Lamb Chops 8; Royal Oak - bye MOTM - Keith Robinson (Chi SC) 22 & 23 darts [22.27 av]; Buster Barton (Friary 'D') 24 & 25 darts [20.45 av]; Michael Hoare (Chops ) 24 & 36 darts [16.92 av] DIVISION THREE - ASC 11 Newtown Clubbers 10; Friary 'C' 11 Chi Snooker Club 'B' 10; Richmond Rebels 10 Richmond Resurrected 11; Cabin Railway Sleepers - POSTPONED MOTM - Richard Pennells (Richmond) 23 & 31 darts [18.48 av]; Simon Mitchell (Clubbers) 26 & 27 darts [18.91 av]; Nick Kelly (Chi 'B') 26 & 31 darts [17.75 av]

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Medway next for buoyant Blues CHICHESTER RFC are going all out to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Blues are currently seventh in London One South after winning four and losing four of their opening eight games of the season. But with a third of the campaign gone, director of rugby Paul Colley will be looking for more consistency from his side. After beating Cobham 23-20 in a hardfought contest last time out, Blues now head north to Medway tomorrow (3pm). With their opponents sitting fourth, Chi know they will be in for a tough match. THey will hope for a similar start to last week when they began well against Cobham. Blues took five minutes to get on the scoreboard. From the back of the ruck, 10 metres out, Shaun Baker faked a pass and nipped through the gap in the Cobham defence to dive under the posts for a try. Converted by Elliot Haydon. 7-0. Both sides then swapped penalties before Chi scored again. A driving maul got them moving forward before Harry Seaman, playing his 100th 1st XV game for the club, was on hand to dot down by the corner flag.

Haydon converted to make it 17-3 at the break. Conditions were so bad the home team needed to change kits mid-game. Cobham scored early in the second period but Chi kept their stranglehold on the game though and two further penalties were enough to seal the win. But they were pushed all the way by the visitors who kept fighting until the end. Blues were reduced to 14 late on. Within 60 seconds Cobham had run the ball to the other end of the pitch and crossed the whitewash out wide. 23-20 and full time brought a four point victory, which lifted Chi above their opponents in the standings. In Hampshire Premier, Bognor will be looking to make it three wins from three when they welcome Farnborough to Hampshire Avenue tomorrow. THe Purple and Greens won a narrow contest away at Alresford last time out, edging out the home side 7-6. THat victory lifted Bognor to seventh in the standings, with bottom side Farnborough next up for a side who are starting to find their stride.

f Chi attack during the Cobham victory

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Chi second in XC standings CHICHESTER Athletics will be looking to follow up a strong start to the Sussex Cross Country League season when match two of four takes place this weekend. Taking place at Lancing Manor Leisure Centre, hundreds of runners from across the county will gather for the event tomorrow (Saturday). THe event starts with the U11 girls at 12 noon with the ladies hearing the gun at 2.05 pm and the men at 2.35 pm. Chi will be looking to take a strong team to the event and follow up on the good showing at the opener last month in Goodwood. THe 70-strong Runners squad gave a good account of themselves in all age groups with the best team results coming from the veteran women and the senior men who both lie in second place at this early stage of the season. THe senior men are currently second in the standings after finishing runners-up to reigning champions Brighton & Hove in Division One.

Ned Potter led the squad home in an excellent 5th place and 2nd U20 to finish. Evergreen James Baker ploughed his way through the field after a steady start to maintain his remarkable run going back 20 years. His ninth place was the 54th time in succession that the 42year old has finished in the top 10 in a Sussex league race, a sequence which he started in 2000. Tom Le Lievre was not far behind in 26th, followed in by Conrad Meagher, 27th, and veteran John Peters in 30th In the women's race, Chi have maintained their Division 1 status for nearly a decade. THe 2019 class did not disappoint, with the Chichester Half Marathon winner Fay Cripps leading the club home in a fine 14th place. Next home was over 55 Jane Harrop who, along with Cripps and Emily Alden, ensured they sit in second place behind Arena 80 after the first race. THe U17 team are just outside the medals in fourth.

FLEDGING Chichester boxes Luke Bow has a bright future, coaches claim, after the 14-yearold claimed victory in his first ever fight. THe St Gerards Boxing Club member was pitched against Bognor boxer Samir Duvlogikov, who was wearing the Ockley boxers colours, in the bout. THe contest was set over three rounds in the junior category of England boxing rules. THe first round was pretty fast paced as both the lads tried to calm their nerves and find their given range. Samir tried to pull him into a brawl. But Luke stood firm and relied on his defence to deflect a range of blows. In the corner after the second round, coach Gerry Lavelle said: "I told Luke he was doing brilliant and was ahead on points,but he had to step up a gear,as Samir would come running for him. "I also told Luke to keep it simple still, but look for some body shots if the opportunity arose." In the third and final round Luke came out all guns blazing,firing away accordingly,catching Samir at ease with some big power shots. Samir was still engaging and trying his

best to cope,but Luke was on fire and threw in some beautiful body shots that were very telling, THe St Gerards fighter gave himself more space for further long and very effective rear hand shots but Samir was still in it until the end, never giving up. THe three judges at ringside had Luke Bow the winner, giving him a unanimous decision on his maiden voyage into the world of amateur boxing. Luke said: "I'm really grateful that Samir pushed me all the way and allowed the best version of me to perform under adversity. It was a great feeling when my hand was raised in victory and I can't wait for my next contest." Gerry Lavelle said: "Luke was fantastic on his debut and has waited patiently for his first bout and I thought young Samir was a perfect test for him, "He took to the game plan like a pro and can only improve in the coming years, if he stays on plan and puts in all the extra work required to be a true champion." THe club is always looking for sponsorship from individuals or businesses. Contact www.

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ROCKS coach Robbie Blake has fired up his squad to go all out and get a repeat taste of silverware this season. After a slow start to the campaign, Bognor are starting to find their form. A midweek 4-1 victory over SCFL Division One side Storrington in the Sussex Senior Cup made it seven wins in eight for the Isthmian Premier side. THat victory puts Rocks one step closer to a return visit to THe Amex in May as they look to defend their county cup crown. But Blake has his attention on a more imminent challenge - with a home match against league rivals East THurrock United tomorrow (3pm) in the FA Trophy. Tenth place Rocks will then head to 11th-placed Margate on Tuesday (7.45pm) as they look to close the gap on the playoff places. On East THurrock, Blake said: "We know it will be a tough game and another cup game but with the form we're in at the moment we are probably wishing it was a league game. "We want to try and get into the next round of the FA Trophy as we want a good run in that cup. "We tasted silverware last season and we want some more. "It will be a tough game but we're in good form with seven

out of eight we have won in all competitions. "We need to keep on the bandwagon, keep rolling, keep doing what we doing." "We are playing with confidence at the moment and we have to keep playing that way, on the front foot and cause East THurrock problems." Rocks took their time to see off a spirited Storrington side, whose aim was to make things tough for their high ranked opponents. An early Tommy Scutt goal was cancelled out by a wonderful long range effort from Swans' Josh Clarke. Bognor only sealed the win with 15 minutes to go thanks to two late Dan Smith strikes and an own goal. Rocks' ranks were also boosted with the return of Aaron Hopkinson, who joined after a spell as player-manager at SCFL Premier side Eastbourne United. Blake said: "It was frustrating at times as they made it difficult. THey worked hard as a team and sat in as a team and asked us to break them down which we couldn't do for long periods. But we got the job done in the end. "East THurrock will be completely different game. But it is nice to win the game and move on."

East Thurrock United (H) Tomorrow (Saturday November 9), at 3pm

Rocks 80s reunion planned THEY are Rocks legends who helped the club to the most successful period of its 136year history. And now the 1980s side is set to reunite at Nyewood Lane as former Bognor ace Dallas Whyte organises a reunion of players from the 1980s teams. Whyte, father of current Rocks skipper Harvey (pictured together with the Sussex Senior Cup), has arranged the get-together of team-mates from the successful Bognor side of the 1980s. Under the direction of Jack Pearce, the Bognor side lifted the Sussex Senior Cup five years in a row and reached the second round of the FA Cup twice. Whyte said more than a dozen former team mates have already committed to the reunion at Seasons, including familiar names such as winger Geoff Cooper - who is flying in from the other side of the world and full-back John Crumplin. It takes place before the BetVictor Premier Division match against Brightlingsea Regent on November 23 - a game that is being sponsored by the former players. THe group will gather at Seasons to enjoy a celebration lunch, with the pies provided courtesy of die-hard Rocks fan Pip Turner, of award-winning Turner's Pies. Whyte said: "We already have around 14 players confirmed and hopefully there are more to follow. Geoff Cooper is hoping to attend from his home in New Zealand and

John Crumplin intends to fly in from Spain for the occasion. We're all really looking forward to it, it should bring back memories of great days in the green and white of Bognor." Now Whyte says he would like help tracking down a few players he can't trace. He added: "It'd be great to track down

Wayne Orton, Toby Anderton, Steve Parslow and Nick Manley. "If anyone knows what they are up to and has contacts for them we'd love to hear from them." If you can help, contact Rocks general manager Simon Cook on 07527 455167, or email

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NYECAMP NEWS by Liam Goodley

WELL it's not every week that I can say I see no football. But thanks to the weather and illness a Rocks double header turned into me following updates on the Storrington match on Facebook in midweek. It was quite a difference from the last outing at Bowers & Pitsea where we somehow got the win. Now, after beating Storrington in the Sussex Senior Cup, we have won seven out of eight now so things are really positive at the moment. THe management couldn’t have asked for any more from the team. Tangara in goal has really helped us, as has Joe Cook at centre half, and now we are flying up the league. It's a shame it's taken a while to get to this point as we would be top five by now. I thought at Bowers we showed a really different side to the way we play. THe team dug in and we were holding on at 1-1 when Tommy Leigh pounced on a loose ball to get the win. It rounded off a good trip for the Rocks supporters on the coach. We left at 3.45pm and the 17 or so of us got up there quite early to take in the atmosphere. As it was, there were only 99 at the match and most of them were Bognor fans which shows that we are on the up. Ashton Leigh has got on well on the left flank and Tommy Scutt is doing well on the right, which is helping us going forward. It will be hard to fill Jimmy Muitt’s boots but so far going well. I was surprised at the timing of Jimmy going. It's fair enough that he wants a higher standard of football and I know Dorking were interested in him in the summer.

I did fear we wouldn’t be able to replace a player like that in mid-season when other players were already signed up to other clubs but I see that we have managed to get Aaron Hopkinson back, which is a turn up for the books. I have to admit Saturday was a real disappointment with the cancellation of the match. I was looking forward to a first home game in a while. But the wind and rain will mean another Tuesday game which means the club loses some money. I was planning on going to firework night on the Sunday but that was off too! So all in all a pretty bad weekend. THe next week looks more promising, with East THurrock and Margate coming up. I think we can get our own back against THurrock as we played badly there in the league and I think we have a good chance of progressing. THe FA Trophy is a funny one for a number of fans as we don’t know whether to get behind it and go on a cup run or focus on the league. Personally, I just like getting a win! It is a tough draw, though, as they are a well organised side who get results home and away. THey did well in the National South for a number of years on a small budget. We also share a nickname so at least one set of Rocks will win! Margate are mid-table and I think we can get something there. I’m not sure if I will make it down there but I back us to keep our good away form going. THe momentum is with us and more of the same will be really good as we look to move up the league. If we are in the top ten at Christmas I think we can give a good push towards the playoffs in the new year.

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