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

     12 September  2000 : Volume 2  Issue 33

Local News
Photograph by Andy Horton and Bev Pook2/3 September 2000

at Shoreham Airport

Display Events included:

Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster Bombers
Tiger Moth Formations
Sopwith and Fokker Triplanes
Sea Harrier Jump Jet
Parachute Jumps
Wing Walkers  "Utterly Butterly"
Sea King Helicopters

The attendance for the two days was reported at 40,000, excluding the thousands who took advantage of free vantage spots and did not pay. Parking at Mill Hill, Cuckoo's Corner and virtually every town road around the airport was full. The traffic exceeded the surrounding road's capacity at the beginning and end and there was one motorcyclist fatality. Even parking spaces for bicycles, e.g. leaning against walls and hedges were almost full with piles of bicycles 6 deep near the Red Lion. The WSCC have still got the obstructive barriers over the Toll Bridge which are a thorough nuisance on normal days without 1500+ people an hour crossing the bridge. There were grumblings of discontent about this. 
The Tornado was extremely noisy.

Other News:
Tonnes of building debris has been dumped at Cuckoo's Corner car park. 

12 September 2000
Despite the Fuel Shortage/Crisis because of protests against fuel prices, the roads still seemed busy today, but this is not expected to last.
Bicycle usage increase was NOT noticed either. 

Please send any comments to: Andy Horton

  • Wildlife Reports
    12 September 2000
    A few female  Common Blue Butterflies were seen near Beeding Hill
    Common Blue Butterflies on chalk (link)
    Three or four species of  Dragonflies hawked/darted over the Downs. In order of frequency, they appear to be (subject to confirmation):
    Emperor Dragonfly (frequent 30+) Anax imperator
    Common Darter (75+)
    Unidentified, possibly two species. (frequent 12+)

    (One species was blue-grey  the other orange-brown)
    After harvest, the Skylarks forsook the arable fields for the scrub by the side of the road. 

    11 September 2000
    Humming Bird Hawk-Moth, Macroglossum stellatarum.
    The first one I have seen this year appeared here my garden in South Lancing, it hovered briefly on the flowers of Verbena bonariensis and Common Lavender. And the Great Tits have started to use the Hawthorn tree. Dozens of Garden Spiders, Areneus diadematus, are now decking the garden with large spun webs.
    More Information from the Garden

    Report by Ray Hamblett
    10 September 2000
    A really hot and humid couple of days up to 25 C, as hot as any day of the year brings the larger butterflies like the Clouded Yellow, Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell, Cabbage Whites, back on the wing. Scores of House Martins swooped over the Downs. The Lapwings returned, settling on the arable fields next to the river and north of the airport. 

    Mute Swan (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)7 September 2000
    Birds are on the move all over the Adur area, with a flock of about 50 Wheatears flying over the beach next to Widewater prior to their southerly migration. The lagoon was hosting 30 Mute Swans. Under the overcast sky the stiff breeze gave confirmation of the end of summer, and on the estuary the arrival of 60 Greater Black-blacked Gulls gave them mastery of the mud bank. At least 30 (counted) Crows congregated on the roof of a house in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham, and make a din. Flocks of over 100 Crows can be expected on the farming land north of Shoreham.

    4 September 2000
    Air Show
    Several thousand House Martins swooped to and fro over Shoreham Beach in an acrobatic prelude to their annual migration to warmer climes. By the following day they had all left. 

    WILDLIFE FEATURE                                                     by Ray Hamblett

    Rock Samphire, Crithmum maritimum

    Rock Samphire (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

    Rock Samphire contains a fragrant oil rich in eugenol and other aromatic substances which are widely used in modern perfumery and medicine. The plant also contains sulphates, iodine compounds, vitamins and pectin and the tender leaves and stem tops can be eaten pickled in vinegar. The iodine content makes the plant beneficial in cases of thyroxine insufficiency and thyroiditis. 
    Plant extracts are also reported to have digestive and purgative properties 
    Rock Samphire is found on the beach near Widewater

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    Words of the Week
    withy  \With"y\, n.; pl. {Withies}. [OE. withe, wipi, AS.  w[=i]?ig a willow, willow twig; akin to G. weide willow, OHG.   w[=i]da, Icel. v[=i]?ja, a withy, Sw. vide a willow twig,  Dan. vidie a willow, osier, Gr. ?, and probably to L. vitis a  vine, viere to plait, Russ. vite. [root]141. Cf. {Wine}, {Withe}.]
    1. (Bot.) The osier willow ({Salix viminalis}). See {Osier},   n.  (a) .
    2. A withe. See {Withe}, 1. 

    From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

    submitted by Ray Hamblett.

     decimate  | desmet |  v.t. L16. [L decimat- pa. ppl stem of decimare, f. decimus: see DECIMAL, -ATE3.] 1 Hist. Select by lot and execute one in every ten of, esp. as a punishment in the Roman legions. L16.  2 gen. Kill, destroy, or remove one in ten of; loosely destroy a large proportion of, cause heavy losses or fatalities in. M17.  3 Subject to a tithe or tax of one-tenth. M17-M19.
    2 R. LEHMANN All my parents' friends, all my friends' brothers were getting killed. Our circle was decimated. V. CRONIN Plague decimated Moscow in 1771.
     Loose usage prob. stems from a misunderstanding of sense 1 as 'execute nine out of ten of'.
    decimator, -er n.  (a)a person who exacts tithes; (b)a person who or thing which decimates a body of people, etc. L17.

    flummox  | flLmks |  v. colloq. Also -ux. M19. [Prob. dial., imit.] 1 v.t. Bewilder, confuse, confound, perplex, disconcert. M19.  2 v.i. Give in, give up, collapse. US. M19. 
    1 M. AMIS I sat flummoxed and muttering like a superannuated ghost. absol.: L. MACNEICE Voices that flummox and fool. 2 D. P. THOMPSON If he should flummox at such a chance, I know of a chapwho'll agree to take his place.

    depurate  | dpjret, depjret |  v.t. E17. [med.L depurat- pa. ppl stem of depurare, f. de- DE- 1 + purare purify, f. purus pure: see -ATE3.] Make free from impurities; subject to depuration. depurative a. & n. [med.L depurativus] (an agent) that purifies L17. depurator n. an agent or apparatus that purifies M19. depuratory a. = DEPURATIVE L17. 

    exuviae  | zjuvi, e- | M17. [L = clothing stripped off, skins of animals, spoils, f. exuere divest oneself of.] Cast skins, shells, or other shed outer parts of animals, whether recent or fossil; spec. (Zool.) sloughed skins; fig. remnants, remains. exuvial n. & a.  (a)n. in pl., spoils; (b)adj. pertaining to or of the nature of exuviae: M17. exuviate v.t. & i. shed (as) exuviae, moult M19. exuviation n. M19. 

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

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    Poem of the Week

    Only a man harrowing clods
     In a slow silent walk
    With an old horse that stumbles and nods
     Half asleep as they stalk.

    Only thin smoke without flame
     From the heaps of couch grass;
    Yet this will go onward the same
     Through Dynasties pass.

    Thomas Hardy (who failed to forsee the massive changes in agriculture during the 20th century).

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    2 August 2000
    The Adur Valley eForum covering all aspects of life in the Adur Valley commences. You can join by spending a few minutes on the following site, and then you can post messages on almost anything about life in Shoreham-by-sea and the Adur Valley, including, Lancing, Sompting, Southwick, Steyning and the smaller villages in the valley. 

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    Then you can go to the Adur Valley page and  register to join.

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  •  Historical Snippets

    Honeyman's Hole

    Just a few yards south of the A27 between the Withy Patch caravan park and
    the airport field is the  remnants  of a large pool of water which in 1591 was known as the Ryde. It formed on a tributary of the river Adur as the result of a wall that was built from the main road down to Old Salts Farm, effectively enclosing or 'inning' the marshes.
    Stories have been told of old stagecoaches disapearing into the hole with all passengers drowned. It's reputation led it to collect a number of names such as 'Bottomless pit' and 'Adam's Hole' 'Weald Ditch', 'Well Dyke' or 'Wall Dyke' are other names attributed to the hole.
    Sir William Goring was the man responsible for the wall in c 1543 which in 1555 was known as 'Whyttington's Damme', Goring then put in tenants for rents on the reclaimed land.

    On the current OS map TQ 198 058, it is called Honeymans Hole. Thomas Honiman is recorded living in Lancing in 1644, it is fair to assume he was in some way connected with the pool.

    The Withy Patch as it is now known, is a marshy area that once connected to
    the Ryde before the building of the wall mentioned above. There are several
    old willow trees in this area.
    It can be seen to rear of the DOT car park and behind the Gypsy settlement.

    The association of the willow with death must be very ancient, since Homer mentions the grove of Persephone at the entrance to the Underworld to which Circe directs Odysseus as consisting of poplars and willows. This cannot be idle: Homer, like God, does nothing in vain. The reason for this association is not the appearance of the willow tree -- after all, all sorts of trees and bushes are droopy -
    but because the willow is, as Homer says "olesikarpos", "a destroyer of its seed" -- an epithet which as Pliny explains in his Natural History refers to the willow's typical shedding of its fruit before the tree matures.

    The Homeric Greek word for willow, itea, was actually witea (the w here standing
    for digamma), which is cognate with English withy, and its fruit-destroying quality is reflected in the willow's association in English folk tradition with those whose lovers died before they could marry them, which gives a poignant irony to the Queen's
    description of Ophelia's death:

             There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
             That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream,
             There with fantastic garlands did she come ...

    Entry by Ray Hamblett

    Brief History of Lancing

    Brief History of Shoreham-by-Sea

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