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January 2020 Newsletter

January 2020 Newsletter

We started the New Year with Dr Sarah Renfrey giving our January Coffee Morning a talk on the work of Littlehampton Community Fridge, whose ethos is reducing food waste as well as helping the less fortunate, indeed, it is open to anybody and everybody. Look them up and see what you can do for them (egg boxes are often needed) as well as what they may have for you.

ADC have their Design Guide (part of the Local Plan) out for comment. Do take a look through it, either at the one copy in the library or online at:
www.arun.gov.uk/supplementary-planning-documents-spds
It is quite a read but well worth the effort as it will (we hope) provide much ammunition for grounds for objections to poor planning applications’ design and siting. There are Response Forms available at the Council and we hope to have some at our February Coffee Morning, alternatively let us have your comments to present through our Society.
It is reported that fresh design drawings for the Town Regeneration of the town centre (which has now got the funding in place!) are soon to be published and our Society will get the opportunity to comment, as well as it going out for public consultation. We are told there will not be any “significant changes” allowed from the first designs, so we are seeking clarification as to what would be less than significant and therefore open to public influence. Keep an eye open for a real chance to have your say if only within their set limits.

On the subject of planning: could we put together, say, 3 or 4 people to share watching planning applications, attending relevant (not all) Councils’ meetings, asking questions or presenting written questions, and so forth, to help our Society keep informed of development around the town?

Our Society is wondering what should be our next major campaign. Ideas have been mentioned around: climate change, future development, increasing risk of floods, etc. Would you like to think about what objectives may be suitable for our Society’s attention and give us your suggestions.
Your Committee is always open to thoughts on fund raising, increasing membership and supporting other local voluntary groups in their projects. We would also wlecome your views on holding lunch time and/or evening meetings. Please come and talk to us.

Our nest Monthly Coffee Morning will be on Friday 7th February, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Littlehampton, when we will host Turning Tides, whose work on reducing homelessness in the town has just been featured in the Gazette. We hope you will join us for what promises to be an interesting talk, affecting the town’s future ambience, we believe. Our Events team are lining up more speakers on topics of local concern.

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December 2019 newsletter

First, apologies for the non appearance of a November newsletter; a seasonal bug took all your author’s energies for 2½ weeks, among other impediments too mundane to mention.

So, our November coffee morning had Paul Sanderson, the chaplain at The Littlehampton Academy, as our speaker. We learned much about how they are working to prepare pupils for their career and life choices, also how those pupils with difficult home lives or social disabilities are having help to face up to their problems. There are more opportunities to develop social awareness in today’s youngsters than you may think. Paul has proposed a return visit with a few students so that they can find out what we are all about. A few of our members are going to the Academy to see if there may be other ways in which we and they could work together.

December’s speaker had to postpone but, at short notice, Jackie Townsend, a newer member, stepped in with an informative talk, questions and answers, on her experience of living with osteoporosis. This developed into a general discussion of local health service provisions with many members contributing.

If anybody as suggestions for future speakers who might be of interest to us (and want no fee) please feel free to contact us.

We are looking for a new Honorary Secretary as our last one, Emma Tyler, has now got lots more paying professional work than will permit her time to continue assisting us. We thank Emma for getting us back onto the straight and narrow and in the meanwhile some of your Committee are being trained up on operating our website, with Sue Penn now ensconced as our Membership Secretary. We want our new website to become much more informative and user friendly. If you do know where a suitable Hon. Sec. may be hiding, or may become available, do let us know urgently.

Only at a very early stage, there is an idea to develop the strip of land on the east side of the river to the north of the road bridge, details of the concept are on: www.hamptonquay.uk which has details of an associated exhibition.

We have been approached by Sussex Community Rail Partnership enquiring if our Society would be interested in “adopting” Littlehampton Station waiting room area, i.e. smarten it up and make it more welcoming. A grant for materials is available and we would provide hands. Something for us to consider at a meeting perhaps?

Our next coffee morning will be on Friday 3d January, 10.30 am at St Mary’s Church Hall and our speaker will be Dr. Sarah Renfrey on the Littlehampton Community Fridge. No doubt we will be discussing plans for 2020 in our open forum.

Your Chairman and Committee would like to thank you for your continued support and to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Peaceable New Year.

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June Newsletter 2019

June 2019 Newsletter

Look & Sea cafe will be opening for the “season” around the third week of this month so do go

along sometime to welcome back our old gathering place. No news on the tower as yet.

You can also visit our stall for Civic Day on Saturday 22nd June in the High Street outside Sainsburys. If you have paid your subs collect your free copy of Link or pay them there. We will have lots of new information, the chance to do our own survey on the town’s future and we are to have several walks around the town (if only in leaflet form). The survey will also ask how popular having monthly evening/Saturday meetings

We are going to be asking our supporters their views on the proposal to change the name of this society to The Littlehampton Society, while maintaining all our pre sent affiliations. This is because so many of the public think the word Civic implies we are an arm of the District Council, which of course we are not.

With your help, we want to form sub committees starting with an Events sub committee to assist our Events Secretary who is ploughing a lone furrow. This will be only on an as and when basis, would not take up much of your time and you would be under no obligation to attend meetings and so forth. Please give this some thought. If you can give us an hour at any of our events it would be most appreciated, it might even be fun.

We are actively pursuing several possibilities that could lead to the establishment of a town hub somewhere in the town centre, to replace the much missed Tamarisk Centre, and the prospects are a little brighter then before. We now know another party has been granted a lease.

Our next coffee morning will be Friday 5th July when our speaker will be Adam Swain from WSCC on Waste Prevention and Household Recycling.

Remember it is your Society. Your comments, thoughts, ideas and helping hands are so vital.

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April Newsletter

April 2019 Newsletter

The Woodland Trust was our guest speaker on 5th April, rather timely in view of the current concern over climate change.  We were given a good overview of the Trust’s work to preserve, replant and aid new plantings of trees and woodlands. They are able to give saplings for group planting projects in certain circumstances.  Another organisation well worth supporting.

Latest on Look & Sea Centre: It is hoped to have the cafe/restaurant up and running under new business management in time for the summer season – a welcome return of a much loved meeting and eating place. The Tower is another matter! Any workable ideas please to Arun D. C. – they could do with some. We objected to The Nelson plans and they went back and redesigned the exterior, making it much more acceptable. Seasonal concessions on the seafront? Not popular with anyone by all accounts so do take any opportunity to register your disapproval. We continue to cast a constructive critical eye on all planning applications.

The year’s Link Magazine will be available in early May and looks to be well up to last year’s standard. Due to the increasing costs of postage we would like some help with circulating copies around our membership, just taking on a few roads would be much appreciated.

Two free talks put on by Littlehampton Heritage Group: if you missed Dr. Sue Berry’s excellent

one hour talk on the history of Littlehampton buildings in January she will be repeating it on Wednesday 26th June at 7.30 pm in the New Millennium Chamber at the Manor House. Before then, on Tuesday 11th June at 2.15 pm Michael Driver of the Construction History Society will give a talk on construction materials used in Littlehampton. Booking closes on Wednesday 29th May, applications to [email protected]  of phone 01903 732063.

Diary dates: Friday 11th May we have a stall at the market.

                      Saturday 15th June, stall at Wick Hall for Sussex Day

                      Saturday 22nd June is Civic Day, still at planning stage

                      Saturday 13th July stall at LOCA, Caffyns Field

                      Saturday 14th September stall at Town Show & Fun Day

We hope to use these events to recruit new supporters as well as promoting our Society.  If you are able to spare an hour or two to talk to people please let us know. We have a gazebo which needs transporting from and to an address in Wick for our events, if you have a car with roof rack or similar transport we would love to hear from you.

Coffee Morning on Friday May 3rd at St Marys Church hall from 10.30 to 12 will have as its speaker Mr Robert Vince of Stagecoach, rebooked after his January cancellation, so get your (polite) questions ready. News, raffle and open forum as usual will follow.

As always, it is your Society and the Committee welcomes input from yourselves; ideas for causes, actions, speakers, events, volunteers, etc.. Potential new supporters warmly welcomed.

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How to obtain our 2018 ‘Link’ Magazine

The latest ‘Link’ Magazine (great reviews!) is available for free from:

Littlehampton Museum, Desk
“Pier Road Coffee & Art”, Pier Road
“Felix Dancewear”, Beach Road
“Dinky Doo Diner”, Pier Road

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Library and Rain Gardens

A big thank-you to our volunteers who tidied the Library Garden and planted the daffodils that showed so well this spring. Also for help tidying the beds this summer, at both the Rain and Library Gardens.

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2017 Magazine: Free Download

A PDF of the 2017 Magazine may be downloaded for free here: Download Magazine Now

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2016 Magazine: Free Download

A PDF of the 2016 Magazine may be downloaded for free here: Download Magazine Now

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Winter Toilet Closures

The Norfolk Gardens Public and Disabled toilets were closed until Easter 2018.

The Society has written to Arun District Council to ask for information they may have received as to the public’s reaction to the closure.

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Littlehampton Leisure Centre & Pool

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New leisure centre opens to the public

The contractors will be working hard to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum but due to the nature of the work, it is inevitable that there will be some disturbance.

Arun’s website www.arun.gov.uk/newleisurecentre will be kept up to date with the latest news and developments as the project progresses and will maintain communication throughout.31st Mar 2018, 08:04