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

     4 February 2001 : Volume 3  Issue 2

    Local News
Ropetackle Development:  Community Group Consultation with SEEDA

This takes place on 20 February 2001 at the Adur Civic Centre.  If you are interested please let me know. There are places available under the auspices of the British Marine Life Study Society. If you want to attend, please ask me at the earliest possible opportunity as the number of representives are limited by space. 

King's HeadHELP !King's Head

Shoreham High Street in the 1930's looking west towards an area known as the Ropetackle that remains undeveloped  into the New Millennium. The pub called the King's Head closed in 1983 and was demolished about 7 years later.
There is an outdated file on the web page at:

Fly-Tipping and Rubbish
The Shoreham Herald featured fly-tipping and rubbish accumulating at the Surry Public Hard. Jim Partridge had suggested to me that there should be a public initiative on the problem of blocked Public Hards. I said I would support a scheme to maintain access to the useful Public Hards especially parking facilities at the Little High Street (Ropetackle) Hard. In this news bulletin we had already mentioned fly-tipping at Cuckoo's Corner and I received a reply from Adur Council saying that they has passed this information on to the Environmental agency, who were seen at the site. Rubbish has also been dumped on the Withy Patch. 

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    Wildlife Reports
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    1 August 2000
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    Designing for Cyclists (Web Site)  Camden Cycling Campaign

    This web page seems a sensibly thought out web page with all the comments I agree with as they apply to London and almost all of them as they apply to less densely populated areas as well.

    I only mention the small difference between London and small towns because I expect the easiest thing to do would be for all Local Authorities to accept the recommendations without thinking how there own situation varies from the cities and larger towns.


    "We are generally against the provision shared cycle and pedestrian paths which run alongside roads, as we argue that pedestrians lose pavement space and risk collisions with cyclists, which discourages walking. Council policy is to encourage walking & cycling, and discourage car use, hence we suggest that its motor vehicles which should be losing the road space."

    Eminently sensible, but this means the LAs will always take the easiest option and draw a white line on the road. 

    In some circumstances I can think of when the pedestrian traffic is much less than in London that a multi-user path is quite a feasible proposition to link up the existing paths so that cyclists can make journeys avoiding motor traffic altogether &/or by-passing arterial routes. Such a scenario may be unlikely in London (where every road without a hump is an arterial route). 

    The widths for multi-user paths would have to be greater, of course. 

    After discussion on the Urban Cyclist EForum, it appears that most cyclists have grave reservations about the Camden initiative. There seems to very few advantages to cycle lanes and it may be better if the concept is replaced altogether. 

    1 December 2000

    UK Environment and Planning  EFORUM PAGE

    British Naturalists' Association (link)

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    Words of the Week

    cresset | krest | n. LME. [OFr. cresset, craisset, f. craisse var. of graisse oil, GREASE n.: see -ET1.]Hist.
    A metal vessel, usu. mounted on a pole, for holding oil, coal, etc., to be burnt for light. fig.: SIR W. SCOTT The moonhung her dim dull cresset in the heavens. 
    Comb.: cresset-light a blazing cresset; the light of a cresset; a beacon-light. 

    lance  | lns |  n. Also (earlier, now only in sense 5) launce. ME. [(O)Fr. f. L lancea, of alien (prob. Celt.) origin.] 1 a Hist. A spear with a long wooden shaft and an iron or steel head, held by a charging horseman. ME.  b A similar weapon used for spearing fish, harpooning whales, etc. E18. 2 a A mounted soldier armed with a lance; a lancer. LME. b Hist. A man-at-arms with his attendant archers, foot-soldiers, etc. E19. c = lance-corporal below. colloq. L19.  3 A branch of a tree, a shoot. LME-M17. 4 Med. A lancet. Now rare. L15. 5 More fully sand lance. = sand eel s.v. SAND n. E17. 6 A small thin case containing a firework. M17. 7 a A thin metal pipe through which oxygen etc. is passed in order to burn away metal, concrete, etc., using heat generated by burning the metal to be cut or the pipe itself. Also thermic lance. E20. b Metall. In full oxygen lance. A metal pipe through which oxygen may be injected into molten metal or directed on to its surface. M20. 8 A rigid tube at the end of a hose for pumping or spraying liquid. M20. 
    1 GIBBON The lance was thepeculiar weapon of the knight. fig.: F. H. BURNETT He liked the bigtrees, with the late afternoon sunlight striking golden lances through them. break a lance: see BREAK v. 2a FREELANCE. 
    Comb.: lance-bombardier the rank in the Royal Artillery corresponding to lance-corporal in the infantry; lance-corporal (a)Hist. an acting corporal receiving the pay of a private; (b)the lowest rank of non-commissioned army officer; lance-jack Mil. slang a lance-corporal, a lance-bombardier; lance-oval a. narrowly oval; lance-sergeant a corporal acting as a sergeant; lance-snake = FER-DE-LANCE; lancewood (the tough elastic wood of) any of various trees, esp. (a)Oxandra lanceolata (family Annonaceae) of the W. Indies; (b)Pseudopanax crassifolius (family Araliaceae) of New Zealand. 
    lanced a. having a lance; shaped like a lance: L18. 

    wassail  | wsel, ws()l, was()l |  n. & v. Now arch. or Hist. ME. [ON ves heill be in good health, corresp. to OE wes hal: see HALE a.] A n. 1 A salutation used when presenting a cup of wine to a guest, or a toast used to drink a person's health, a customary pledge in early English times (cf. drink hail s.v. DRINK v.). ME.  2 The liquor in which healths were drunk; esp. the spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve. ME.   3 A custom observed on Twelfth Night and New Year's Eve of drinking healths from the wassail-bowl. L16-M17. 4 A drinking-bout; riotous festivity, revelling. E17. 5 The custom of going from house to house at Christmas time singing carols or songs; a carol or song sung by wassailers. rare. E17. 
    Comb.: wassail-bowl, wassail-cup a large bowl or cup in which wassail was made and from which healths were drunk; the liquor contained in the bowl. 
     B v. 1 v.i. Make merry; sit carousing and drinking toasts. ME. 2 v.t. Drink to (fruit trees or cattle) in a custom intended to ensure vigorous growth. local. M17. 3 v.i. Go from house to house at Christmas time singing carols and songs. Chiefly as wassailing vbl n. M18.wassailer n. (a)a person who takes part in riotous festivities; a reveller; (b)a person who goes from house to house singing carols etc.: M17. 

    Excerpted from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
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  • Poem of the Week

    Then lift the can to bearded lip,
    And smite each sounding shield;
    Wassail !  to every dark-ribbed ship,
    To every battlefield !
                                            MotherwellBattle-Flag of Sigurd

    Wassaile the Trees, that they may beare
    You many a Plum, and many a Peare;
    For more or less fruits they will bring,
    As you doe give them Wassailing.
                         Herrick, Hesperides, Ceremonies for Christmas, iv.

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  • Historical Snippets

    Toponymy of Lancing
    Place names ending with 'ing' means 'the people of'. The first part may derive from Wlanc, meaning proud or 'imperious', of Hlanc, 'lank' or 'lean', [Mawer and Stenton]. It is also suggested that the word has been affected by the common word 'lance' in use well before 1290. 
    The reason for the variation is likely to be due to errors in transcriptions and each writers individual attempt to reproduce his version of the pronounciation of the word Lancing 

    Date   Spelling 
    1086  Lancinges

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    Brief History of Shoreham-by-Sea

  • Events

    Ropetackle Development:  Community Group Consultation with SEEDA

    This takes place on 20 February 2001 at the Adur Civic Centre.  If you are interested please let me know. There are places available under the auspices of the British Marine Life Study Society. If you want to attend, please ask me at the earliest possible opportunity as the number of representives are limited by space. 


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