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Shoreham-by-Sea and the Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England

 19 December 2002  :  Volume 4  Issue 14

Local News

Planning Meeting date  6 January 2003

5 December 2002
Shoreham Herald
Lancing Herald
East Street

Dear Editor,

Rashly in my letter two weeks ago, I suggested that I would draw up a plan for Ropetackle that would please everybody. Rash because I would go for something rather distinctive for the prominent site at the end of the High Street: and anything out of the ordinary is guaranteed to raise the ire of anybody who favours the safe and dreary.

I would go for a purpose built conference centre built as a circular tower set back from the road, 23 metres high, with reception, a university-style lecture theatre on the second floor, with committee rooms, offices, communications (radio station) and a restaurant with panoramic views on the top floor. 

It would be a high technology flagship regeneration project designed to bring businesses to the area, rather than housing for people who can only work outside of the area because of the lack of local job opportunities. 

Motorists would then pass by Shoreham High Street knowing what town they are in! I would like the useful structure to be the Listed Building of tomorrow. 

Yours faithfully,

Andy Horton. 

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Adur Valley Nature Notes  January to March 2002
Adur Valley Nature Notes  April - June 2002
Adur Valley Nature Notes  July - September 2002
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December 2002

The Consultation draft of the 5 Year Management Plan has been published and issued to the Friends of Lancing Ring Committee.
The plan begins with a description of the site. Its present status, Geology, History, Landscape, Habitats, Recreation and Public Access, Current Management, Interpretation and Information & Resources.
Lancing Nature Newsletter (December 2002)

16 December 2002
It was a eerily still and quiet on a misty Lancing Clump in the late afternoon, Ash and Beech had a wintery look festooned with glossy green Ivy, Hedera helix, and twining Old Man's Beard, Clematis vitalba, with the fungi disintegrating and being resorbed into the woodland soil beneath the leaf litter.
On the way out past the dewpond (TQ 181 065), a flash of yellow and green tail feathers caught my eye. As the large Jackdaw sized bird flew towards the pond I could make out its appearance as a Green Woodpecker. Two species of woodpecker, Green, Picus viridis, and  Spotted, Dendrocopus sp., are known on the clump but not frequently seen.
Three Long-tailed Tits are exploring the large eight metre high Hawthorn Tree at the bottom of my back garden, in south Lancing (TQ 186 044).

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14 December 2002
The first visit of a Pied Wagtail to my back garden, in south Lancing (TQ 186 044), to feed on the ground. This bird is common on the residential roads and green open spaces but rarely ventures into the relatively confined spaces of garden territory. It was a very damp and murky day but at 8° C it was a bit warmer than the last couple of near freezing days. 

At 1:30 pm a farmer and his dog flushed four Snipe from the rushes on the west bank of the stream that runs from the New Salts Farm Road railway bridge to the dog kennels (TQ 205 048). The birds headed north over the airport. This long beaked bird is now mainly a winter visitor only.

12 December 2002
A flick of the white, or grey, outer tail feathers as I think it was a Meadow Pipit that flew between the beach huts to the new rock groynes on the shingle beach at Lancing (TQ 204 042) adjacent to the east end of the flooded Widewater Lagoon. My identification was based mainly on the repeated call as it flew away. It could have been a Water Pipit? or a Rock Pipit?
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10 December 2002

Hedgehog (Photograph by Jan Hamblett)

Hedgehog in our South Lancing garden
(TQ 186 044)

Photograph by Jan Hamblett

In the near freezing (3° C) temperatures and with bitter chill breeze (Force 4, wind chill -1° C) from the north-east, a Hedgehog was still out and about and made a visit to the wildlife pond in our south Lancing garden. (TQ 186 044)

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6 December 2002
A black sea bird was resting on the sea off the beach adjacent to Widewater Lagoon. In the swell it was being carried into about 20 metres from the shingle beach on a high spring tide. It was almost certainly an injured Razorbill

2 December 2002
The Long tailed Tits, Aegithalos caudatus, have returned as winter visitors to my Shermanbury garden.

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30 November 2002
The albino/leucistic (white-winged) Magpie is seen again. This time I saw it very clearly in the small trees bordering the Adur estuary between the Norfolk Bridge and the houseboats (TQ 210 047), opposite (east side of) Adur Recreation Ground. 
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A Black Redstart is playing on the new syenite rock sea defences erected/deposited on the beach side of Widewater near the beach huts.
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26 November 2002
On the small area of exposed mudflats (TQ 2105 0530) just north of the Railway Viaduct spanning the Adur at Shoreham, about 250 Lapwing roosted with three more energetic Grey Plover probing the mud, as the light faded and the tide began to fall. 

25 November 2002
The Peregrine Falcon is perched half way up the Shoreham Harbour Power station chimney (TQ 246 048) late this afternoon. It seems to be permanently residing there, at least during the winter, although it may have been disturbed by recent repair work. It  has not been seen feeding near the harbour, although there is unconfirmed report of a falcon feeding on pigeons of the West Pier, Brighton, and another recent report of a Peregrine feeding on Southwick Hill.
A local resident said that a nest box had been installed on both the new and old (demolished) power station chimneys.

Report by Peter Talbot-Elsden

Latest Nature Notes and Index page 2002

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    Historical Snippets

    Cocket (a seal)1282  Custom duties were collected (cocketted), and evaded, at this time for duty to the King Edward I. The merchandise was sealed with the cocket of "de Sorham" (Cheal p.99-100). Duties were collected on wool and hides. The 14th century wool smugglers became known as "owlers". 

    Extract from Cheal's "Story of Shoreham":
    A reference to the office of Controller of Customs is found during the reign of Edward I. in connection with the export traffic of wool to Flanders. Prior to that period several instances are mentioned of the infliction of fines on those who shipped it from the port without licence. " During the discord," so runs the Assize Roll, referring to the war between Henry III. and his barons, William de Braose sent certain sacks of wool over sea and sold them to Flemings against the prohibition of the King. Also that Nicholas Dytton, his bailiff, "struck a bargain" with William de Chamond of Shoreham to send wool over the sea and to pay de Braose, his lord, a custom. De Chamond, failing to keep his part of the agreement, " inasmuch as he made no custom with do Braose for wool sent away," the baron put him into prison and kept him there until he paid him a fine of 10 marks. William de Braose was himself afterwards fined 20 marks for his share in this matter. In 1282 "Peter Jordan, of Lucca, and two others, men of Shoreham," were appointed to collect the new customs. The office included the custody of a " Cocket," with which the merchandise was sealed before it left the port. The matrix giving the obverse of this seal is now in the British Museum and was found with a lot of oddments in the Pyx Chamber, Westminster Abbey, on the 21st June, 1842. The legend running round the " Cocket " informs us that it is the seal of Edward I., King of England, and the words " de Sorham " at once identify it with our town. On a shield are the three lions of England, passant guardant. The reverse of the matrix is lost. forfeiture of all the wools, and the body and goods of William Chaunterell, nevertheless has pardoned him in consideration of his confession." Those who engaged in the export smuggling of wool became known as " owlers," because, like one who goes abroad o' nights, they usually carried prohibited goods to the seaside and shipped them off under cover of darkness. This traffic, which was extensively carried on for many centuries along the Sussex coast, came to an end during our last war with France. This " cocket, " which was used at Shoreham for the collection of the tax on wool and hides, should not be confounded with the Borough Seal. It is recorded in 1304 that Arnald de Ryver, a merchant of Bayonne, forged an imitation of the "cocket." It is apparent that this instrument was not always kept at Shoreham. After the execution of Sir John de Mowbray and the grant of his estates to Hugh le Despenser the younger, that baron, as lord of the town, influenced the King to transfer the " cocket " from Chichester, where it had been kept for some time, to Shoreham. Doubtless this was with an eye to the profits which the town and he himself would enjoy thereby, as the wool might be shipped only from the port where the " cocket " was kept. Thus in 1325, when Nicholas Tunstall was granted the office of Controller of Customs, it was directed that he was to receive in wages " as much as other controllers have had." At the same time William Vyvian and Germanus Hobelit were required to deliver to him the custody of "one part of the seal called `cocket' and other things pertaining to the office," which were in their custody. After the death of Edward II. and the execution of the Despensers the citizens of Chichester petitioned Edward restore the " cocket " to their city. Vyvian and Hobelit were thereupon ordered to carry it back and exercise there " what pertains to the collection of the customs until otherwise ordered." 

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    moiety  | mti |  n. LME. [OFr. moite, (also mod.) moitie f. L medietas, -tat-, f. medius MID a.: see -ITY. Cf. MEDIETY.] 1 A half, either of two equal parts. LME.  2 Either of two (occas. more) parts (not necessarily equal) into which something is or can be divided. Also (now only w. qualifying adj.), a small part, a lesser share of something. L16.  3 One's wife or (less usu.) husband. joc. M18-E19. 4 Anthropol. Either of two primary social divisions of a tribe (esp. of Australian Aborigines). L19. 5 Chem. A group of atoms forming part of a molecule. M20.

    cocket  | kkt |  n. ME. [Perh. f. L quo quietus est by which he is quit, the last wds of the custom-house officer's receipt. Cf. AN cokete, AL coketa, -tum.] 1 Hist. A seal of the King's Custom-House. ME. 2 Customs duty. arch. ME. 3 Hist. A sealed document certifying the payment of duty. LME. 

    Excerpted from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
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    The term refers to a financial penalty imposed by judicial authorities on guilty parties (both parties guilty of a crime of which accused, or guilty of making a charge found by the court to be groundless). It means to be "subject to the mercy of" a judgemental power, although "mercy" itself derives from a Latin term used for a punitive compensation; a party found guilty of anything was said to be "in mercy" -- that is, subjectible to a penalty to be judged by the court. Amercement was the common punishment for most crimes of lesser gravity, since there was no extensive prison system in the Middle Ages. Today we would use the term "fine", but in medieval England this had a slightly different application, being a sum of money paid voluntarily (although still with a compensatory connotation, and usually after some kind of formal legal or quasi-legal proceeding) to some other individual -- often the king -- in return for the grant of some right (e.g. freeman's status), benefit, or property. 

    Excerpted from the ORB Encyclopedia

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    Second Saturday every month. 
    ** December 2002:  (date to be confirmed)
    Farmer's Market

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    Adur World Oceans Day 2003


    Shoreham and the River Adur's seafaring traditions stretch back for over a millenium. In the days of sailing ships the public hards each side of the Coronation Green were important for loading and unloading cargo and Shoreham has a history of seafaring and fishing that stretches back centuries to the beginning of written records and before. 

    The Adur Festival celebrates this tradition and the local connection with the sea with the opening procession from St. Mary de Haura church down East Street (known as Oriental Street in the 18th century) down to River Adur to Coronation Green (Legal Quay in medieval times) in the centre of Shoreham-by-Sea.

    31 May 2003
    Coronation Green,  Shoreham-by-Sea
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Admission:  Free

    Photograph by Ray Hamblett

    Open air celebration of the wildlife of the oceans with exhibitions of live marine creatures, marine aquaria, nets and fishing gear, colouring competitions and other interactive activities for children, whales and dolphins exhibits, films and video shows, sea food tasting, all designed for a family day out. Allow at least one hour, preferably more, to wander around the marquees, with experts on hand to answer questions about life in the sea and on the seashore. 
    Organised by the Adur World Oceans Day group

    3 June 2003 - 7 June 2003
    10 June 1993 - 14 June 2003
    Adur Civic Centre Foyer
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Admission:  Free

    In June 1992, over 150 Heads of States signed the Convention on Biological Diversity at Rio de Janeiro. They did so to express a shared belief that action must be taken to halt the worldwide loss of animal and plant species and genetic resources. 

    Shaggy Pholiota (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

    Shaggy Pholiota, Pholiota squarrosa.

    The Adur Exhibition will celebrate the varied wildlife of the lower Adur valley including the whole of the Adur District. It will contain photographs and information from local wildlife groups. 
    Organised by Adur Valley Biodiversity Network


    Date to be decided
    Indoor venue to be decided
    Evening session
    Admission:  Free

    Diogenes pugilator (Photograph by Andy Horton)

    A series of short illustrated talks and documentary video films about the undersea world around the British Isles: a unique opportunity to see the fascinating marine wildlife both above and below the waves with original presentations. This educational series is designed for the older age group, over 11 years old, and should appeal to both the novice and the experienced naturalist and marine biologist. 
    Organised by the Adur World Oceans Day group

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