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This is the first published Electronic Newspaper for 
Shoreham-by-Sea and District, West Sussex, England

  29 March 2000 : Volume 2  Issue 13

Local News

The WSCC contact for news of the Toll Bridge is David Marshall.
Ian Elliott (WSCC Councillor) has proposed starting a group called "Friends of the Toll Bridge".
The temporary fencing, although unsightly, obstructive (prevents cyclists from passing and only just wide enough for horses), has proved remarkably resistant to wind damage as the gales howl up the River Adur. 

Please send any comments to:
Andy Horton

    Wildlife Reports 

    29 March 2000
    A warm but damp March is ended by north-east winds, showers, and near freezing temperatures at night.

    March 2000
    Tamarisk on Lancing Green has been chopped down. I do not understand why. The old trees have been left on site. 

    27 March 2000
    Hundreds of Black-headed Gulls on the mudflats each side of the Toll Bridge, but there are no sign of the flocks of Lapwings on the airfield or the Adur.

    23 March 2000
    Upper Beeding Parish Councillors have complained that wildlife (wading birds) have been driven away by the draining of the Upper Beeding Brooks, to prevent flooding, by the Environmental Agency.

    March 2000
    Jays have visited Windlesham Gardens (a road) on several occasions during February and March. A Grey Heron visited a large pond in a large town garden just off the town centre, and Herring Gulls look like making a nest on the rooftops.                                                                 Report by Alan

    Issued by English Nature Press Office.

    Increasing protection for our wildlife gems.

    The second reading of the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill took place in
    the House of Commons on March 20th. English Nature welcomes the new bill and is particularly pleased with the proposed provisions for Sites of Special
    Scientific Interest (SSSIs) which will lead to their better protection and
    management. Amongst the proposed powers in the new bill is one to tackle the problem of third party damage to SSSIs. Owners and land managers of SSSIs around the country are often faced with the problem of third parties damaging the wildlife on their sites. Incidents include off-road motor cycling, arson,
    abandonment of vehicles and fly tipping. These new powers would mean that
    any third party found damaging any SSSI would be committing an offence under
    the law and liable to prosecution. Currently, English Nature has to apply
    for a Nature Conservation Order under Section 29 of the Wildlife &
    Countryside Act for the SSSI before action can be taken against third
    parties who damage SSSIs. Off-road motorcycling has damaged large areas of several SSSIs over recent months including two important heathlands - Broadmoor to Bagshot Woods and Heaths in east Berkshire and Kings and Bakers Woods and Heaths in Bedfordshire. Parts of these two sites which should be brimming with purple heather, woodlarks, nightjars, moths and reptiles have been reduced to a lunar landscape of bare earth and mud by continuous motorcycle scrambling.

    Notes for editors: 

    1.    Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are the best wildlife and
    geological sites in England, selected by English Nature and protected by law
    (currently the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981). SSSIs are geographically
    spread throughout the country, and cover about 7% of England (approx. 1
    million hectares). They are there to protect the most important and
    threatened parts of our natural heritage.
    2.    There are 4,081 SSSIs in England, which are owned and managed by
    32,772 people or organisations, the majority of whom English Nature works
    closely with to secure effective land management for wildlife. As some
    people have an interest in more than one site this means that the 4,081
    SSSIs have 25,237 different owners and occupiers. (Figures: December 1999).

    4.    For further information about English Nature, visit our website
    5.    Copies of the new Countryside and Rights of Way Bill can be accessed
    via the internet on

    For further information:

    *    English Nature's Press Office 01733 455190
    *    Out of office hours 07970 098005
    *    Fax: 01733 455188


    On Monday 20th March the Countryside Bill received its second reading in
    the House of Commons.

    Standing committees are made up of MPs with representation from each
    party proportional to party representation in the House of Commons.

    Members of the Countryside Bill Committee, announced yesterday, are:

    CANDY ATHERTON, Falmouth and Cambourne, Labour
    DAVID BORROW, South Ribble, Labour
    HELEN BRINTON, Peterborough, Labour
    GEOFFREY CLIFTON-BROWN, Cotswold, Conservative
    HUW EDWARDS, Monmouth, Labour
    JAMES GRAY, Wiltshire N, Conservative
    DAMIAN GREEN, Ashford, Conservative
    DAVID HEATH, Somerset and Frome, Liberal Democrat
    KEVIN HUGHES, Doncaster, Labour (Government Whip)
    DAVID KIDNEY, Stafford, Labour
    DAVID LEPPER, Brighton Pavillion, Labour
    ELFYN LLWYD, Meirionnydd, Plaid Cymru
    CHRIS MCCAFFERTY, Calder Valley, Labour
    ANNE MCINTOSH, York, Labour
    MICHAEL MEACHER, Oldham West and Royton, Labour
    CHRIS MULLIN, Sunderland South, Labour
    DENIS MURPHY, Wansbeck, Labour
    JAMES PAICE, Cambs SE, Conservative
    GORDON PRENTICE, Pendle, Labour
    TERRY ROONEY, Bradford, Labour
    NICHOLAS SOAMES, Sussex Mid, Conservative
    GARETH THOMAS, Clwyd West, Labour
    MARK TODD, Derbyshire S, Labour

    Friends of the Earth report (edited)

    Find the Sites of Special Scientific Interest using this link:
    Friends of the Earth SSSI Navigator

    Words of the Week

    convocation  | knvke()n |  n. LME. [L convocatio(n-), f. as prec.: see -ATION.] 1 The action of calling together or assembling by summons; the state or fact of being called together. LME.  2 gen. An assembly of people called together or summoned. LME.  3 A provincial assembly of the clergy. Now spec. a synod of the Anglican clergy of the province of Canterbury or York. LME.  4 A legislative or deliberative assembly of certain universities. E16.  5 The parliament of tinners in Cornwall. Cf. STANNATOR. Only in 18.convocational a. M17.

    Excerpted from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
    Developed by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.

    Computer Tips

    The May 2000  issue of Computer Shopper is worth £2.99 for the Cover Disc (CD-ROM) programs containing Greenstreet Draw 3 which I have found the best of the budget drawing packages for scale monochrome plans. It is still not ideal though. There is also a program called Webcompiler for making a web site into an executable program, which may prove useful to me (I have not tried it yet). The disc contains Internet Explorer 5, Acrobat Reader 4, and other utilities. The program called Membership Tracker is a limited edition and does not look worth loading on to my hard disc.
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  • Sussex Web Sites

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       Click on the Tiger Moth for Bev Pook's excellent web site.

  • Events

  • 11 April 2000
  • Adur Quality of Life Forum
  • Lancing Parish Hall
  • 7.00 - 9.00 pm

  • Contact:
    Natalie Brahma-Pearl 
    Tel:   01273  263347
  • Adur District Council
  • Adur Quality of Life Forum
  • Speakers:
  • Phil Sivell  "Climate Change Impact on the Sussex Coast"
  • Debbie Jones   "Safer Routes to Schools"
  • The speakers are followed by a Question & Answer Forum with environmental experts on hand to answer questions.

  • Please send in any details of local events.

    Historical Snippets

    Brighton & Hove has applied for City status because the Councillors think that their towns (Hove has always been more of an adjunct to Brighton) are important places, and together with other applicants like Wolverhampton and Swindon, want their status upgraded in the footsteps of Sunderland that was made a city recently. 

    This is not a particularly new idea. In the 13th century, the important towns wanted to be made into Boroughs so they could collect taxes and be represented by two Members of Parliament. 

    In 1295 Shoreham was made a Borough.

    Borough Seal of New Shoreham

    In 1295:  Richard de Beauchamp and Thomas Pontoyse are the first Members of Parliament  (until 1885) for New Schoreham.
    In 1296, 90 taxpayers resided in the Shoreham.

    1703 A great storm shattered the town of Shoreham. This major storm of 26 November caused destruction on the English Channel coast of England killing over 8000 people.

    1724 In just over 100 years the longshore drift had deflected the harbour entrance 3 miles to the east of New Shoreham.

    1787 (George, the Prince Regent commissioned the Pavilion in the village of Brighthelmstone, thus assuring the emergence of nearby Brighton as a premier tourist resort. He was crowned as King George IV in 1820 and visited Brighton until 1827. From 1796 to 1815 England was at war with Napoleon and troops were stationed at Brighton. Sea bathing became important for Brighton as a tourist resort from about 1736.  1754, Richard Russell, the author of a treatise on the health benefits of seawater, settled in Brighton to put his theories into practice, initiating the vogue of sea bathing. In 1783, George, the Prince Regent first visited Brighton.)

    1885  By the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885, Shoreham ceased to be represented by Members of Parliament, after 590 years, since 1295.

  • Brief History of Shoreham-by-Sea
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