Sussex Views March 2012
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Well we are in our fourth year now, and how the time has flown. Spring is around the corner, and the days are getting longer, and the grass will need cutting (donâ€™t miss our gardening advertisers) Spring cleaning is upon us ( donâ€™t miss our cleaning services) Those conservatories/ paths/ windows will need cleaning (yes we have some of those as well!) Mothers day is looming. Panic not! Find flowers for your mother from a florist in this very magazine, or a gift, or take her out for a meal. If you are moving house we have agents, removal companies, mortgage advisors & solicitors. We have electricians, plumbers , plasterers, carpenters and even someone who can make your garage door open at the press of a button. A caterer, an off licence and someone who can put all those treasured cine films you keep in the loft onto DVD ! We have people who can make you beautiful, fix your teeth and that can help you lose weight and keep fit. And more....... Basically we have lots of businesses, and the real beauty is they are all local, either in the PO21 postcode or very near to it, so please do try and use them..........you know it makes sense! Have a great month!!!
This months cover photograph of Halnaker Windmill was taken by Michelle Bean of Cherished Images www.cherished-images.co.uk phone : 07904 345603 email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank goodness that we can gain some extra daylight this month, the clocks go forward on the 25th March.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE View From an Armchair The Bognor Sky in March Crossword A Local Walk The Tree Space March Tide Table Just for Fun Quiz Bognor at War Clubs & Societies What's On Recipe - Parsnip Soup Computer Tips Smugglers Sussex Useful Numbers
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View from an Armchair Colin Crouch
hy? At the Aldwick Remembrance Day service last year I almost bumped into our brand new war memorial, and that was my first thought. Why now? why here? why this?
Towns and villages all over our land have war memorials. In the last century they replaced the triumphant statues of admirals and generals erected by politicians to celebrate wars. The sacrifice of young lives had been too terrible: about ten million in the first world war and perhaps 25 million in the second. That’s soldiers, sailors and airmen - double those figures for civilians. So memorial halls were built, and stones were hewn, sometimes with lists of names, to be placed outside churches and town halls and on village greens, all to help us remember. Common sense, or thrift, allowed second world war names to be added to the first. Pagham’s granite memorial has stood outside the church since 1922. Had Aldwick suddenly felt left out? The shining new memorial is delicately constructed: a tapering block some six feet high clad in what looks like bathroom tiling. A sort of teeny cenotaph in magnolia. The simplicity of the dedication in Whitehall:“To The Glorious Dead”, has been re-jigged so that it refers us to the twentieth century wars and what it calls “following conflicts”. The Council’s coat of arms is beneath. It’s clearly the work of a committee. Not even King George wanted his crest glued to the front of the Cenotaph. For three years now our country has been looking into the abyss of an economic disaster, to which the government’s response has been massive cuts in services to the young and the old, the poor and the sick, and the unemployed. What need did our councillors identify to justify their present expenditure of thousands? What will its presence do for families in Aldwick? Two close friends during my military service were killed, but I’ve not needed a cenotaph to remember them. A few years ago Aldwick council seemed to behave more out of concern for its own power and authority than for the well-being of its parishioners, so perhaps I’m thinking the worst. Has some councillor sensed a band wagon to jump on? Did he or she think there were more kudos to be won from a war memorial than from public toilets? Did someone dream of becoming ‘Royal Aldwick’? Politicians have many motives. I shall honour ours if what they have chosen to spend our money on goes any way towards answering the plea from the trenches of John Macrae, first world war soldier and poet: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. I doubt, though, that in wanting us to hold high the torch he had thrown us he was asking us to build stone memorials. 6
Roger Burgess What to look for in March March is the month in 2011 that Mercury-watchers get their best views of the planet. Mercury never gets far away from the sun and therefore must be viewed in the hours just after sunset or just before sunrise. Start looking around the evening of March 7, when Mercury should begin to shine through the twilight's glow. You'll see the crescent moon in the west, with Jupiter at magnitude -2.1 shining brightly below it, and below that, close to the horizon, will be Mercury. Mercury is shining rather brightly itself at magnitude -1.4. Each night that follows, Mercury and Jupiter will get closer together in the sky until March 15, when they lie two degrees apart. This is the best conjunction of bright planets in the evening sky for the year 2011. Mercury will have dimmed a bit by this date, shining at magnitude -0.9. Jupiter is the planet on the left, Mercury is on the right. If you miss the closest conjunction of Jupiter and Mercury on March 15, the week leading up to it and after still provides great views of the two planets together. The closest full moon occurs on March 19, with the peak of fullness at 19:10 p.m. The moon is at perigee 221,565 miles from Earth on this date, itâ€™s closest of the year. March's full moon is sometimes called the Worm Moon, relating to spring and the return of robins. Two other March dates that provide a pretty view of the moon are March 10 and 11. On March 10, the Pleiades star cluster is to the upper right of the moon. The next evening, the moon can be found near the Hyades cluster and the star Aldebaran The Hyades also known as Melotte 25, Collinder 50 or Caldwell 41 is the nearest open cluster to the Solar System and one of the best-studied of all star clusters. The Hipparcos satellite, the Hubble Space Telescope, and infrared colourmagnitude diagram fitting have been used to establish a distance to the cluster's centre of ~153 light years. The distance established via the three independent analyses agrees, thereby making the Hyades an important rung on the cosmic distance ladder. The cluster consists of a roughly spherical group of hundreds of stars sharing the same age, place of origin, chemical content, and motion through space. From the perspective of observers on Earth, the Hyades Cluster appears in the constellation Taurus, where its brightest stars form a "V" shape along with the still brighter red giant Aldebaran. However, Aldebaran is completely unrelated to the Hyades, as it is located much closer to Earth (hence its apparent brightness) and merely happens to lie along the same line of sight. The four brightest member stars of the Hyades are all red giants that began life as A-type stars and have now evolved off the main sequence. All are located within a few light years of each other. They form an asterism that was traditionally identified as the head of Taurus the Bull. The equinox occurs a day after the full moon, on March 20 at 7:21 p.m. EDT. The beginning of spring in the astronomical world is when the sun is directly overhead at the equator at noon. In half a year, this will again occur and mark the fall equinox. In the Southern Hemisphere, the March equinox is the start of fall and the September equinox is the start of spring 16
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The Tree Space
Aldwick Oaks In the last issue of Sussex Views the Tree Space featured tree silhouettes. With winter here and bare branches outlined against the sky, it’s easier to see the shape of a tree more clearly, and to illustrate that there were black and white sketches. This month’s picture though shows the real thing: the stark outlines of a tree that many of us will have walked past. It’s one of the oaks on the green outside Grove House Surgery. You don’t have to pick up a dead leaf to help you identify it: those gnarled branches are a dead giveaway.
It’s a tree with an untold history. Look at its line of neighbours and you will see that it must once have formed part of a hedge on old Willowhale Farm, left to grow first by the hedgers and then by the builders. In 2005 the Aldwick Tree Wardens, looking to plant an oak to commemorate the bicentenary of Trafalgar, chose a site in line with that old hedge. As well as commemorating the 200 year old battle, it remembers our village history. You can see the young tree on the right as it is today. Just beyond it look for a tree newly planted by the council. It’s a flowering cherry - an unlikely candidate, perhaps, to survive the centuries. CC 33
36 This tidal information is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of Her Majestyâ€™s Stationary Office & the UK Hydrographic Office. Crown Copyright. All rights reserved
Pagham Tide Table - March 2012 - GMT
Just for Fun - answers page 78 1. "Just do it" is a famous advertising slogan of which manufacturer of sportswear and sporting equipment?
2. What initiative was trialled in Northampton in 2003 and rolled out to the rest of Britain in 2004 on the back of an advertising campaign that used the slogan "Safety in numbers"? 3. Which soft drink has been advertised using the slogan "What's the worst that can happen"? 4. "Pocket the difference" and "Why pay more?" are slogans that have been used to advertise which supermarket chain? 5. According to an advertising slogan for a brand of perfume by Calvin Klein, "Between love and madness lies" what? 6. What has been advertised on TV with the line "How do you eat yours"? 7. A tagline that was used to promote the movie Jurassic Park said it was "An adventure" how many "million years in the making"? 8. In 2005, Sainsbury's dropped their "Making life taste better" slogan after six years. Which other four word slogan was introduced later in the same year to replace this? 9. Which drink has been advertised with the slogan "Good to the last drop" and originally claimed that this was what former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt once said when he was served it? 10. Which company uses the advertising slogan "Chocolate heaven since 1911"? 37
Bognor at War written by Andy Saunders Book Review by Ken Rimell
Being known to both the publisher and author of this book looked like presenting me with a problem, should the need to criticise present itself. But in this instance that need doesn’t bear validity, it is a very good book. Author, Andy Saunders, is a well informed and respected military historian. He has written several books on the subject, and also has appeared on TV. His specialty is the Battle of Britain although other aspects of WW11 fall into his remit. Bognor at War utilizes a collection of photographs from the well know ‘local’ Bognor Regis photographer at the time Frank L’Alouette, who had a shop in West Street. L’Alouttet made use of the gradual increase in the popularity as a hobby of photography slowly started to increase. His shop would sell and process films but his main business was as a general photographer. And during wartime he capitalised on events in the town with the clear vision of recording for posterity those grim days. Part of his task during WW11 was to take pictures for the local newspaper using a VN camera with 5x4 size glass plates. Unlike todays photographers, who, with digital equipment, can take hundreds of pictures, with the plate camera it had to be right the first time, a time delay in changing from the used to a new plate on this cumbersome camera would possibly mean the loss of a dramatic picture. The photographs are still in private hands and one would hope that they eventually end up at the West Sussex County Archives. The quality of the pictures are outstanding with each one crystal clear. This could be expected from a negative of such size. Carrying the equipment to scenes of wartime interest could be cumbersome, in some instances tripods were used to record scenes that were dark and requiring the camera to use a long time exposure. Care also had to be taken in getting his pictures right first time for the purchase of the materials during wartime had to be overcome with the military taking priority. There was of course rigid censorship, but, knowing the local emergency services helped in his role. As the local press photographer, he was well known but he probably required a special pass should he come across outside controlling authority sometimes rushed in to assist the ‘locals’ in big incidents. How he did it was nothing short of miraculous but thankfully it has left a lasting historical legacy.
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As I have already mentioned the book is entirely pictorial and contains pictures that are clear with each one accompanied by a detailed caption. The pictures show Bognor Regis in the build up to the war, many during the war and concluding with the aftermath and clear up. Some of the pictures show scenes of destruction others with a hint of typical wartime humour, no doubt taken to offset the tragedy of the daily early wartime attacks on Bognor in the early part of the war. Not all the pictures are from the L’Alouette collection as I note there are a few from the authors own collection. The one showing a German airman shot down over Bognor and even another showing the RAF pilot that shot him down. The final section of the book shows a picture of destruction after an IRA attack on the town in 1994 and just before the official cease fire, these additions add to the books must for local historians. Publisher Vic Mitchell runs Middleton Press and is a noted authority on matters ‘old railway’ and steam. His branch line series of books are best sellers. He once owned two massive steam ploughing engines and these were often put to good use dredging and clearing local ponds and rivers. These engines still survive to this day but now have a new owner. Vic’s publishing business interests were also shared by his co-publisher former Witterings Bobby Keith Smith. After his retirement from pounding the beat he opened a traditional sweet shop in Bracklesham much to the delight of the locals! The children in particular ! I recently heard that he has sold the shop and moved north. With a book such as this there are many wartime aspects of Bognor and its regions still missing. Maybe this is deliberate or maybe another book of the ‘excluded‘ bits are pending with another Bognor at War on the horizon. All in all this is a great book ! And I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in local history. For further details Middleton Press can be found at Easebourne Lane, Midhurst. West Sussex GU29 9AZ
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Clubs / Societies THE R.A.F.A. CLUB New members welcome - no need to be Ex - Service. Great facilities including a fully stocked bar with a choice of real ale. Restaurant. And full size Snooker table. Waterloo Square - 01243 865615
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION - 20 HEWARTS LANE – 01243 262645 THE BOGNOR REGIS PROBUS CLUB Offers friendship & fellowship to all retired business & professional men, especially those recently retired who may be missing the companionship of the work place. Social time at the bar is followed by a three course lunch, brief business & a speaker. Every third Wednesday in the month at the Inglenook Hotel, Pagham Road. For more information: Wilf Archer (Secretary) 01243 821388
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION - 5, CLIFTON ROAD - 01243 865974 New members welcome - no need to be Ex-Service. Fully equipped club and kitchen facilities. We have a social event every night of the week! We wish to invite all regimental associations who wish to have somewhere as a meeting place to contact us.
BOGNOR REGIS ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION The Bognor Regis R.N.A. meet on the first Tuesday of every month at the Royal British Legion, Clifton Road. All ex - Royal Navy, Royal Marines, WRNS and QARRNS are eligible to join. All serving personnel are welcome as well. Hon secretary Shipmate Jim Peskett 07918024362 or firstname.lastname@example.org BOGNOR REGIS ROTARY CLUB is an organisation which raises funds to help local causes together with the help of other Rotary Clubs. As well as fund raising activities, Rotary clubs enjoy having fun whilst putting something back into the community. Anyone interested in joining Rotary, who feel they could support and contribute to it’s many activities, or anyone wanting more information please visit our website www.bognorrotaryclub.org or phone 01243 866139
BOGNOR REGIS RECORDED MUSIC CLUB Lectures given by knowledgeable enthusiasts to accompany a themed programme of classical music CDs played on excellent equipment. Meetings every two weeks from 7.30pm until 10.00pm. For more details 01243 827358
ALDWICK BELL RINGERS - St RICHARD’S CHURCH, GOSSAMER LANE We ring on Sundays from 9.50 to 10.25 a.m. and practice on Tuesdays from 7.30 to 9.00p.m. New members welcome. Call Richard Jeffery - 01243 822647 - for further details.
PAGHAM F.C. Clubhouse available for hire for private functions. Membership still available for new members. We are also looking for volunteers to help with various jobs during the week and on match days. If you enjoy football and can spare a few hours a week please call in to the Club or contact us on : 01243 266112 - 07760771099 - email@example.com
PAGHAM YOUTH UNDER 15 FOOTBALL If you entered year 10 at school in September why not come along and join our friendly club. Playing in the Arun & Chichester Youth Football League. Please phone Stephen Cleall - 01243 829180
BOGNOR REGIS LIONS CLUB - SERVING THE COMMUNITY For membership and other information contact - 01243 837386 - Or visit www.bognorlions.co.uk Hiring the Rowland Rank Centre contact 01243 261358
NAUTICAL TRAINING CORPS - TS Montrose TS Montrose is the local unit of the Nautical Training Corps, a uniformed youth organisation aiming to help young people develop their full potential through nautically based training. We meet every Monday evening from 7-9pm at Rose Green Junior School, Raleigh Road. Boys and girls welcome, ages 8 - 18. Activities include rifle shooting, camps, games & kayaking. See www.ntc.org.uk/montrose for more details or email; firstname.lastname@example.org
BOGNOR REGIS U3A is for anyone no longer in full time employment. The organisation is run by members for members. U3A stands for University of the Third Age however this is not a university in the full sense of the word as you need no experience, you need not be expert in anything. Retired – working part-time and have time on your hands and looking for something keep your mind and body active, then come along to learn more.? As we look forward to the we have many courses suitable for all abilities. Want to learn a new language for your holidays, we have several ? We have courses involving various games, such as cribbage, scrabble etc. We also have handicrafts. Luncheon Groups in addition to trips ad visits. You can appreciate, wine, music and opera. These are just some of the courses that we currently organise. There are no set up fees for courses just a simple £15 annual fee if you wish to partake. Visit our website www.bognorregis3a.org.uk for more details. 54
BOGNOR REGIS & DISTRICT DOG TRAINING CLUB The Club has been in existence for over forty years, providing high quality training for dogs and owners. The Club is affiliated to the Kennel Club of Great Britain and has to meet strict criteria. Training classes take place every Thursday and Friday evenings, at the Felpham Village Memorial Hall, Vicarage Lane, Felpham. The precise times being dependant on the class. Club Secretary Hilary Sykes - 01243 860083 or visit www.bognordogclub.org.uk
REGIS ORGAN AND KEYBOARD CLUB Are you interested in music? Can you play, or are you just interested in listening to a wide range of light classics, jazz, big bands, general standards, pop etc. Come along to one of our concerts. Last Wednesday of each month at 7.00 for 7.30pm. A wide variety of internationally recognised organists & keyboard players perform for us. We also arrange other events during the year. Contact 01243 824070 or email : email@example.com
SOUTHDOWNS ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY (S.D.A.S) is a friendly and informal way of meeting others with similar interests and of learning more about the science and fun of astronomy. Meetings are held on the 1st Friday of each month at 7.30pm (not August) at The Chichester Planetarium. We also have lectures. Visitors and prospective members, including complete beginners, are all welcome. For more information please contact Mark Ford (Chairman) 01903 782378. www.southdownsas.org.uk
ARUN SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE DISABLED Meet every Sunday at The Arena Sports Centre in Bognor Regis at 2.00 - 4.00 p.m. Except August. New members welcome to take part in Archery, Short Mat Bowls, Boccica, Darts, New Age Curling, Pistol Shooting, Table Snooker Come and make new friends. For more info : 01243 828695 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BOGNOR REGIS MODEL RAILWAY CLUB is a friendly and informal group who meet every Tuesday between 7.00-10pm at our clubrooms within the grounds of Aldingbourne Community Sports Centre in Olivers Meadow, Aldingbourne. PO20 3YA. Specialist groups meet through the rest of the week. We welcome anyone who models in any gauge or scale. Members range from 8 to 80’s. On the last Saturday of the month our new Junior section gather to play trains and learn how to build layouts. The club exhibits layouts at model railway shows throughout the South East of England. Contact Richard Rundle for more info including subscription rates. 01243 261641 - email: Richard@rgrphotography.co.uk
WALBERTON DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY. Meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 1.30pm, in Yapton Village Hall. A presentations by an expert is given on a variety of subjects e.g. painting, sculpture, embroidery etc. In addition tours to museums & places of interest & social events are organized. Guests are welcome at a charge of £5, but please advise beforehand. All enquiries inc. membership please contact Mr Nigel Jolley - 01243 542487 email : email@example.com 27th March - Angela Cox - The Artist and Patron: JMW Turner, Petworth and Lord Egremont
BOGNOR REGIS STAMP CLUB Meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at the Methodist Church Hall, Bognor Regis Town Centre at 7pm - all would be very welcome. Free talks and displays given to schools. Contact Ken Stone 01243 837590 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEN MIC POETRY - CHICHESTER If you are a poet or just interested in poetry, you’ll be very welcome at at A Celebration of Poetry 7.30pm Thursday 29th March, Chichester Library. Acclaimed Sussex poet Alan Morrison will be launching his latest collection, Captive Dragons, followed by an open mic. Live music ad free glass of wine in the interval. Tickets £4 from Chichester Library 01243 777351. Further info: 07813244731 or email : email@example.com
Would you like to make friends and help others? If the answer is yes - The Bognor Regis Time Bank would like to hear from you. The Bognor Regis Time Bank is a way to make new friends and help others and be rewarded for it. For every hour of time you spend helping someone else you receive one time credit. This credit can then be exchanged when you need something. You might offer or receive these sorts of skills: companionship, baking, cleaning, dog walking, computing, gardening, sewing, knitting, simple DIY, shopping, exercise, massage and much more. Anyone over 18 can join and we also welcome group membership. If you would like to know more please ring: 01243 864220 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or look us up on the web: www.cvs-arunwide.org.uk/projects 55
ROSE GREEN WI We meet at Mosse Memorial Hall, St Richards Way, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm PAGHAM HARBOUR WI We meet at the United Reform Church Hall, Pagham on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 9.45am - 12.15pm.
NORTH BERSTED VILLAGE WI Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month 2.45pm at the Jubilee Community Centre, Chalcraft Lane .
BOGNOR REGIS & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Meets At: Jubilee Hall, Chalcraft Lane, North Bersted, Bognor Regis, PO21 5TU. Fourth Thursday every month except December at 7.30. Activities : Speakers, outings, plant sales, members evening show Contact: Miss Pat Alderton, Tel: 01243 822615. Email: email@example.com WEST BOGNOR FLOWER CLUBA thriving club which meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Mosse Hall, St Richards Way. 2-4.30pm.Each month there is a demonstrator. Tea & biscuits available. More info 01243 264659.
BOGNOR COUNTRYSIDE AMBLERS we are a small walking club, meeting most week of the year for outings of usually 4 to 5 miles, at a more leisurely pace than our ramble cousins, and finishing at a country Inn. A programme of walks and activities is published every 4 moths all for £3 annual subscription. Should you be interested please contact Mike Chart on 01243 829198 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BOGNOR REGIS & DISTRICT RAMBLING CLUB Would you like to join a small, mixed , friendly group for walks of about 8 miles every Sunday? We meet at either Barnham or Chichester station car parks for those without a car or to share lifts. For more information, please phone 01243 861097 or 553238 or visit www.bognordistrictramblers.co.uk
Bognor Regis Youth & Community Centre, Westloats Lane. Just for Men Wednesdays 1.30pm-4.00pm , Coffee and a chat More info: 01243 870406 NYETIMBER SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB. Meet at Pagham Village Hall on Monday evenings from 6.30 - 10.30pm, Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2 - 6pm. Come along and meet us or contact the Secretary Afke Booker on 01243 261350
ARUN DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB - Nyewood Lane, (next to Bognor Football Club) Winter and Summer Bowling in an air conditioned environment. We also have a thriving social club, with a well stocked bar and catering facilities. We also regularly hold special events. For more information : 01243 865091
BOGNOR REGIS BOWLS CLUB Founded in 1923. Situated in Waterloo Square. New members always welcome, whether established or new bowlers wishing to take part in this popular sport. Free coaching available on Tuesday mornings 10.am - 12noon, during the season. April to the end of September. For more information contact the Club Secretary on 01243 262659
PAGHAM BOWLS CLUB Would you like to learn to play bowls on our outdoor greens in Swansea Gardens? Join us on Saturday 12th May between 10.00am—12noon for an introduction to bowls morning. Then every Tuesday from the 15th May 10.00 until 11.30am we offer free bowls coaching by our qualified coach. Swansea Gardens are off Victoria Drive North, Bognor Regis. We look forward to welcoming you on 12th May and invite you to stay for a cup of tea afterwards
PAGHAM BADMINTON CLUB The club meets every Tuesday from 8.00pm - 10.30pm in the Pagham Village Hall. New Club Standard players would be welcomed fro this small but friendly club. Contact Stuart on 01243 828961 for further details
TONE ZONE RUNNERS We are a friendly running club based at the Arun Leisure Centre in Felpham. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm.Experienced runners are welcome to join at any time. Beginners can join in January, when we offer a course to get you started more information: www.tonezonerunners.org
BOGNOR LAWN TENNIS CLUB Whether you are a beginner or want to improve your game, our club offers some of the area’s finest tennis facilities:We have 5 hard courts, 2 of which are floodlit and we will give you a friendly welcome. Coaching also available for all levels. Please do call our membership secretary for a chat: Janine Ridley: 01243 849351 or email email@example.com 56
PAGHAM CHESTNUTS CLUB We are a club for over 55’s that meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at St Ninians Church Hall 2.00 - 4.00p.m. Minibus available if transport is needed
PAGHAM & DISTRICT RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION Coffee mornings , Pagham Village Hall 10am - 11.30am . 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. EVERYBODY WELCOME
THE PAGHAM UNITED REFORMED CHURCH A warm friendly welcome awaits you at Pagham United Reformed Church (formerly St.Ninian’s URC) Pagham Road, Pagham , every Sunday for worship at 10.45am.And after we enjoy tea and a chat - we look forward to seeing you there.
CONCORDE is a friendship club for the over 45's for Widowed, Divorced and Single People, who seek friendship to go out for meals, theatre trips, card evenings and much more. We also have a jazz club and an art group, come and join us. Meet for a chat every Tuesday at 8.00 pm at The Walnut Tree Public House, Runcton, Near Chichester. Tel: Eileen on 01243 575083.
GROVE HOUSE PATIENT GROUP Come to one of our occasional group meetings to hear how we fundraise for equipment, transport and health talks for the benefit of the patients of Grove House and Arthur Griffiths surgeries. A friendly group, we’re always looking for new volunteers and ideas, so, for more information, please call 01243 264094
FRIENDS OF WEST MEADS SURGERY - BEFRIENDERS GROUP A free Social Group for tea and a chat . We meet on the first Wednesday of every month 12.00 - 2.00pm at West Meads Surgery. All WMS Patients Welcome For anybody wanting company, carers, bereaved, lonely or just new to the area. Leading to Talks, Outings, Lunches, Activities.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB Come and join a friendly social evening club, held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday monthly at the Methodist Church Hall, Bognor Regis at 7pm.We have diverse speakers each evening and a very warm welcome awaits you. WILLOWHALE FARM RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION - including Allotments & Neighbouring Roads Coffee mornings at the Aldwick Parish Council Offices, 88 Pryors Lane. Every Friday between 10.00am & 12.00 noon. Except : 9th March, 6th April, 18th May, 8th June, 28th Sept, 5th Oct, 16th November. The last Willows of 2012 will be held on 14th December Come in for a coffee & a chat. Use the board games or just meet friends, new or old. There is no charge. And if you need help on a subject we will try to give you the contact details which may help. We can also help you write letters, cards and show you how to use a computer or a mobile phone. The WFRA is a not for profit voluntary association. Members of the National Organisation of Residents Associations. www.willowhaleresidents.co.uk - email : firstname.lastname@example.org - 01243 265046
PAGHAM ASSOCIATION FOR THE ELDERLY Serving Pagham and neighbouring areas. Coffee Mornings alternate Wednesdays 10-11.30, at St Ninians Church Hall. Next mornings are on the 7th & 21st March .50p entrance. Transport provided if needed. Also social events organised. Ring 01243 263772
WILLOWHALE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Pryors Lane Serving the Willowhale Community and the surrounding areas. We provide a variety of activities with emphasis on Health & Fitness, particularly Carpet bowls, Exercises, Bingo, Tai Chi, Pilates and Aerobics, where necessary all under the watchful eyes of qualified personnel. For more information please contact Tom Green (Secretary) 01243 265115.
WEST MEADS COFFEE TIME Every Thursday 10.00am - 12pm .West Meads Community Hall. No charge, but a donation welcome for the Bognor Regis Hospital is welcome. All Welcome - Tea, Coffee & delicious homemade cakes
COFFEE POT MORNING Tuesdays 10-12pm at the Aldwick Parish Council Offices. Proceeds to St Wilfrid’s hospice.
THE WALBERTON VILLAGE COMPUTER CLUB Home computer users of all levels are very welcome at this friendly club. We meet in Walberton Village Hall on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 7.30pm to 10.pm - £1.00. The first meeting of each month is a presentation given by a member or visiting speaker. The second meeting starts with an informal chat, discussing any problems amongst the group. You are very welcome to bring along your computer if you are having a problem. Further information can be found on www.wvcc.org.uk
BOGNOR REGIS MILITARY MODELLING & WARGAMING SOCIETY - A friendly & informal club meeting every Monday at 7.30 - 22.30 (except Bank Holidays) at West Meads Community Hall, The Precinct. New members can visit 3 times, then there is a yearly membership fee of £2.50, a nightly sub of £2.00 if you attend. Bring a kit with you if you wish. Ages span from late teens to 80’s. On club nights refreshments are available. Also trips to model shows are organised to display our models. Nick Sandford - 07778 587734 - or email: email@example.com.
BOGNOR REGIS THEATRE CLUB Interested in visiting local theatres?(Southampton, Brighton, Guildford etc.), and club nights at Riverside Caravan Centre, Shripney Road, Bognor Regis, in the winter months. Contact Jean Garrard 01243 262654 ~ Betty Clark 01243 825362
WEST MEADS ARTS & CRAFTS GROUP - Meeting on Friday afternoons at 2pm.Every month except August. Everyone follows their own interest accompanied by chatter and laughter. A cup of tea, a cake and a raffle are provided all for £1 per session. A Sale of Work takes place during the year and 1/2 the proceeds are donated to a nominated charity. The other 1/2 to the Hall. Thank you for all your generous donations of wool and craft materials. These can be delivered to 2, Regents Way, West Meads. Or possibly collection can be arranged by telephoning 01243 842576.
WEA ADULT EDUCATION COURSE - BOGNOR REGIS To be held at The Regis School of Music, 46 Sudley Road. History of the Olympics. Tutor : Paul Legg. Saturday 10th March 2012. 10am -1pm £15.00 For more information contact Lyn Thomas tel: 01243 861362
WESTMEADS DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB We meet every Thursday afternoon 1.15pm - 5.00pm at West Meads Community Hall, to play Duplicate Bridge. We are a friendly group. Why not join us? you would be made most welcome. For more information please contact:-Mrs Ray Atwell 01243 544407
Bridge and Snooker – THE BOGNOR CLUB The Bognor Club at 2, Sudley Road offers comfortable and friendly bridge and snooker facilities. The Club holds duplicate Bridge sessions on Monday evenings, Tuesday afternoons and evenings, Thursday evenings, Friday afternoons and alternate Saturday evenings. Teams Bridge is played on Wednesday evenings and one Sunday a month. Sessions are for established players but classes are planned for 2012 .Courses will cost £2.50 per session and will run over 10 weeks. If you are interested in classes then please contact the Secretary, 01243 824447 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The atmosphere is very much one of a traditional ‘gentlemen’s club’ ( but, of course, ladies are welcome! ). Although there is an internal competition, the majority of play is social snooker. See our web site for details http://www.bridgewebs.com/thebognorclub/. Potential members should contact: Jasmine 07934 762020 / 01243 782703 Allan Luckin - email: email@example.com or 01903 714778
THE ARUN SOUNDS would like to hear from any local ladies who like to sing, to join them in this fabulous, fun activity. If you would like to know more please phone Madeleine on 01243 826448 for a chat
THE GHISLAINE ELTON OF PARIS FOUNDATION Following the wishes of my wife Ghislaine who had Parkinson’s and died on the 6 th September 2010 we are forming a Charity and Trust to support in various ways those who have been diagnosed with this disease in Bognor, Chichester and West Sussex. Those who may wish to receive assistance should telephone Rene Elton on 01243 830598 so we may get in touch with them in the near future. There will also be available within the charity an ancient but recently rediscovered therapy which has been very effective in halting many conditions which previously have not responded to any known medical treatments. Parkinson’s does respond well to this therapy and may in certain cases reverse the progress of the disease which is great news. We ask all those who have this condition, their friends and relatives to spread the good new about the charity and new treatment available. 58
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SAMARITANS are holding one hour Volunteering Information Events on Saturdays 3rd & 17th March at 10.30am If you have ever been through difficult times yourself and know what a difference it can make if someone really listens to what’s on your mind, then we would like to meet you. Call / text 07415 937081 for details THE BOGNOR REGIS DANCE ENSEMBLE is an associated group of the Society of International Dancing. The aim is to promote & increase local opportunities to learn & enjoy Folk Dancing. All new members, children or adults are warmly welcomed. No previous experience is needed. Held at the Willowhale Community Centre. For more information please phone 01243 265010or www.interfolk.co.uk.
BALANDIS-LILEY BALLET SCHOOL Ballet Classes for over 50. Principal - Sandra Lilley. Classes every Friday at North Mundham Village Hall at 10.30. Classical syllabus especially for this age group. Enquiries 01243 264832
THE BRITISH SUGARCRAFT GUILD - BOGNOR REGIS BRANCH A group formed in 1991 for anyone who is interested in cake decorating. Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be Thursday March 1st - Frances McNaughton demonstrating a “ Tiny Shoes” at the Community Centre, Chalcraft lane PO21 5TU Also a Children's Club “Cygnets” meets4 times a year on a Saturday am. Information : Mrs Ros Parker 01243 827027
ALDWICK QUILTERS Meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at 10am at the Pagham United Reformed Church (formerly St Ninian’s). Meetings can be sewing bees, learning new techniques of patchwork and quilting, demonstrations, workshops etc. Refreshments, raffle, library. Enquiries 01243 265960 S.A.T GROUP A social club for widowed or divorced men and women, aged 50 plus, living in the PO21 postcode area. If you would like to meet new people for social outings, meals etc, then come along to one of our meetings. They are on the first Saturday of every month. email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone : Marian:07926 169404 - Pat: 07801 102513 Ray 0788 192 3875
FELPHAM SINGLES Social night for over 45’s who are divorced, single or widowed. Club meets on the first Monday of every month and is fun, friendly and free! The George Inn, Felpham. Contact Anne : 01243 821530 email : email@example.com or visit : www.felphamsingles.yolasite.com
THE BOGNOR REGIS MUSIC CLUB - 2 Sudley Road. was formed in 1977 to promote the performance of vocal and instrumental chamber music for members and visitors. Recitals are held in Regency-style premises, boasting a minstrels' gallery. The concert room is on the first floor, approached by shallow stairs with handrails on either side. 10th March 2012 Chichester University Concert—Students of the Music Department present a programme of classical music. Arranged by Susan Legg. Entrance on the door £6 members £8 visitors, light refreshments included. 24th March Celebrity Concert given by Levon Chillingirian OBE (violin) well known soloist and founder of the Chillingirian String Quartet, and Michael Dussek (piano) professor of accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music. They will be playing works by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. Entry by ticket only, price £15 available from Chris Coote (below). Do come and try out the Club as we start the 2011 - 12 season, you can be assured of a warm welcome and high quality performances. Half price entrance for students (under 25), children free (under 12) . All concerts start at 7.30pm For more information contact : Chris Coote 01243 773276. Tangmere House, Tangmere, PO20 2HB. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. - www.BognorRegisMusic.org.uk.
BOGNOR REGIS CAMERA CLUB has been established since 1947 and brings together people with a common interest in photography. Our members, of broad age range and ability, work mainly digitally and would give help and guidance. They enjoy a varied and stimulating programme of guest speakers, internal and external competitions, practical and creative sessions and a valuable exchange of ideas. There is also a programme of Social events. If you like the idea of a friendly club with photography as its common interest or wish to join a club to progress your interest in photography then B.R.C.C. can certainly meet your needs. Visitors are always welcome. For details of our complete programme for the season ahead and all other information visit our website www.bognorregiscameraclub.org.uk or telephone Paul Day (secretary) 01243 866451 59
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Jumble Sale Hewarts Lane, Rose Green March 3rd 10 -12.30 Entrance 50p to include tea/coffee & biscuit In aid of benevolent Soldiers and Families
Easter Event North Mundham Village Hall Sunday 1st April 10am - 1pm Games, Competitions, Home Produce, Gifts And lot of fun......... Free Entry In aid of the Cat & Rabbit Rescue Centre
Mosse Hall, St Richards Way, Aldwick Saturday 3rd March 2012 10.00am until 12noon Stalls including : Books, Nearly New, Plants, Raffle, Jewellery, Easter Goods, Cakes, Jigsaws & Craft Entrance 50p (includes a cup of tea/coffee)
St Thomas á Becket Church Pagham
Spring Craft Fair Saturday 17th March 10am - 1pm At Pagham Village Hall, Pagham Road, Nyetimber Various Crafts & Refreshments Entry Free 60
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TABLE TOP SALE
March 10th 10 –12.30pm Church Hall Price per table is £7.50
If you would like to book a table or want further information please contact: Tony Poland : 07590 550964
What’s on in March Events in red are weekly, please check full club listings for more details
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Are you about to celebrate a special anniversary? An important birthday coming up? Organising a forthcoming social event? Why not let The Arun Sounds entertain your guests with its four-part harmony singing and make the occasion even more memorable. For information on availability and fees please contact: 01243 821426
www.thearunsounds.org The Arun Sounds is supporting The Sussex Snowdrop Trust.
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At this time of the year, damp, cold days can make people feel depressed and sad. But if you think your depression may be more than “winter blues”, then a long-established charity can help. Chichester Counselling Services offers affordable help to everyone over 18. Although as a charity they ask clients to contribute towards their costs, they never turn anyone away for financial reasons. The service is completely confidential and sessions are weekly, with appointments available in the daytime or evening. Taking time to talk to a counsellor can help you express your feelings to someone who is really listening. Then we can help you make your own positive changes to your life Counselling can help in many different life situations including:
Bereavement Divorce & relationship breakdown Job Loss Lack of confidence. Anxiety issues
Contact us now Ring: 01243 789200 email: email@example.com Website: www.ccs-counselling.com 32 Little London, Chichester, PO19 1PL 63
RECIPE – SPICED SWEET PARSNIP SOUP Low calorie, simple and very filling, this soup is so full of flavour that it’s bound to become a firm favourite. Perfect for enjoying as a starter or as a hot lunch. 500g sweet parsnips 1 onion 2 vegetable stock cubes 800ml water ½ teaspoon dried mixed herbs ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp nutmeg Salt and black pepper Crème fraîche (optional) Crusty bread Peel and roughly chop the parsnips and onion and place them in a large pan with the water, broken stock cubes, coriander, cumin, herbs and nutmeg. Add a pinch of salt and a good grinding of black pepper and bring to the boil. Give the mixture a good stir then turn the heat down a little, cover the pan and leave to simmer for around half an hour. With a soup whizzer (or if you don’t have one of those, a blender or food processer will do just fine) give the mixture a good spin until smooth, then return to the saucepan. Taste and add a little more salt and pepper if required. Finally, ladle the soup into bowls and add a decorative swirl with a spoon of crème fraîche. Serve with hot crusty bread.
Computer Talk by Paul Price of Druid Services Ltd
Another Month It has been a really busy month here in the cave, in the last 2 weeks we have had 14 customers scammed by people who had a call from Microsoft, trying to tell them that their computers were infected. They certainly were after the call. Microsoft charge a lot of money to call you, if you have not booked a call then they are a scam, trying to steal both your money and your passwords. This year has also been a first. We repair a lot of computers each and every week. 99.99 times out of 100 when we take them back everything works just fine. In the last week we have taken back computers, installed them only to find that they have failed, it happened to me again this morning. Each time we have brought them back they have fired up first time. Today this failed. An hour later the poor we beastie woke up and worked fine. This the first time in over 32 years I have ever seen this happen. The cold stopping computers working. The reality of this is that mum will have to move out to the summer house while we keep the computers warm. I can hear the complaints now, but if she did her paper round every day without complaint then there would be no problem.!! It is interesting to see how computers can become an issue when they ask to be updated, need to restart, have weird and wonderful messages that flag up saying “I need to update”. To ignore these cries for help is a mistake. If you can remember that “your computer is your friend, I love my computer”, this will help. All your little box of technology wants to do is to help show you just what it is that you want to see. If you had a cat or dog you would feed it, walk it, give it some love. All your computer wants you to do is occasionally update, (windows, Java, QuickTime, and Adobe). It wants you to debug it, check for viruses and malware, do an error check on the hard drive and defrag it. It may come as a shock but all of this needs to be done each and every week. For your own sake, as in photos, music, emails and email addresses, you may well want to back these up each and every week, just in case your poor wee computer has a bit of a problem and decided to give up on life as we know it Computers have an average age of between 3 and 5 years, some last longer. External hard drives should be changed every couple of years. Always have important photos, emails, address books and documents backed up on at least 3 devices. Better to be safe than crying. Your computer is your friend, you love your computer. Say this to yourself often enough and all the care and love you spend on your poodle or cat will become second nature. It sits there day in and day out, come winter, frost, rain or shine. All it wants to do is take and show you what it is that you need and want to see. So take a deep breath, again “ My computer is my friend, I love my computer”. On the plus side it is impossible to swear while you are chanting!! 72
SMUGGLERS SUSSEX In the latter half of the eighteenth century half the tea drunk in London is believed to have been smuggled via the Sussex coast. At its peak in 1783, excise officers estimated tea weighing over a million pounds was illegally hauled ashore in Sussex. Although the tea came originally from India some had an “authentic” Sussex taste. For it was common for the tea leaves to be mixed with sheep’s dung and hedgerow clippings before being sent to London tea houses! Copper sulphate and other chemicals were also sometimes used to colour the tea green. Bizarrely, it was to avoid these poisonous dyes that black tea gradually became more popular than green. Tea was the smugglers favourite because it was light and easy to transport in oilskin bags. It was also highly profitable. A pound of smuggled tea cost three pence but could be sold in London for 25 pence. French brandy and Dutch gin were also smuggled, along with tobacco. With a four gallon tub of brandy costing £1 in France but selling for £4 in England, there were handsome profits to be made from the illegal trade. If your ancestors lived within 20 miles of the Sussex coast there is a good chance they were involved with smuggling. For it was big business involving whole communities who were often involved in bloody battles with armed excise men who patrolled the coast. The sails of windmills would be tilted and candles lit in windows as a signal to villagers that smuggled goods were to be brought ashore. Local farmers would provide horses with padded hooves for transporting the goods while some clergymen allowed empty graves to be used for hiding contraband. Churchyards in Tarring, Sompting and Steyning are all known to have been used in this way. Memories of these times live on. Even today if a person from the Arundel area sees someone has forgotten to close a door they are likely to ask: “Were you born in Yapton?”.This refers to the 18th century when householders left their doors open so that smugglers could hide their goods in the nearest house when being chased by excise men. It also showed they were willing to assist the smugglers who bought the contraband up the canal to the village. There are also many other signs of smuggling that still exist. In Chichester, close to the appropriately named Brandy Hole Lane there is the ‘smugglers stone’. This marks the spot where a notorious smuggler was buried after he was arrested for the murder of an excise man. Smuggling did not stop on the coast but involved most inland villages in Sussex on the route to London. The Black Horse Inn at Climping is where the goods were first taken ashore before being taken inland through Yapton. The Red Lion at Rake and the Sussex Pad at Lancing were also notorious haunts for smugglers. The Smugglers Roost pub in Rustington, on the road up from the beach, closed in 2004, and is now a Chinese restaurant. In the Queens Head at Barns Green you can see a large inglenook fireplace where the smugglers hid their contraband. The Spread Eagle at Midhurst has a secret passage from one of its rooms used by smugglers. Smugglers tunnels can also be seen in the cellars of the Dolphin Hotel at Littlehampton. When Selsey Bill was a remote outcrop of Sussex in the 1700s, the smuggling trade was rife and lucrative. It was rumoured the clergy claimed a tithe on all kegs the smugglers landed there, and many substantial fortunes were made. Regular runs across the channel to France were undertaken, and in a single trip 2,000lbs of tea were brought inland at nearby West Wittering. The smuggling of brandy, wine, tobacco and rum continued along the Sussex coast almost until the start of the 20th century. But the smuggling of tea came to an end almost overnight in 1784 when the tax was reduced from 119% to 12.5%.It led to tea becoming the nation’s favourite drink but also to darker homes. For instead of raising money from tea the government imposed a window tax. Today you can still see many older homes in the county where windows have been bricked up to escape the tax. 76
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