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

     22 March 2001 : Volume 3  Issue 7

Local News
21 March 2001
Bittersweet growing out of the holes in the walls of Old Fort. A Common Lizard used to inhabit the cranny, but it has now been filled.Work has begun on repairing the flint wall of the Old Fort of Shoreham Beach (constructed c. 1857) by Dave Smith of Flintman of Lewes. The present contract will be for at last a further couple of weeks. The mortar is includes a "hydraulic lime from France" plus "Chichester grit". It is filling in the crumbling holes and reversing the trend of decay, although to make a good job, it would require more substantial building to the original functional flint and mortar design. It is the beginning of plans to renovate the site near the harbour entrance, but at the east end of Shoreham Beach and away from any normal route for tourists or anyone apart from sea anglers on the harbour pier. 
Old Fort (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)The lizards, well known to Shoreham children, have been displaced from their prime holes in the wall, and have skittered off to new  habitats.
Postscript:  these lizards have now been definitely identified as the Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis. Flintman on Flint (Link)
Lizard Photographs (Link to web page)

28 February 2001
Food & Mouth Disease Restrictions
The Food & Mouth Disease regulations have come into force to empower Local Authorities to close footpaths and rights of way. Notices have been put on in the Adur Valley, with good reason. The Police have made sure they are enforced and they have been complied with. 
MAFF Information Page
Public Rights of Way and Foot & Mouth Disease
WSCC Information
ESCC Information

National Floodline, Tel: 0845 988 1188
Weather Forecast

Please send any comments to: Andy Horton

Wildlife Reports

21 March 2001
Not exactly spring, but still a pleasant still day at 10° C and little sign of the mini-blizzard of yesterday. The water was still gushing from the downs and draining from the airport into the surrounding ditches, but there was no photographic sunlight, the crowds were still dark to the north above Mill Hill.
The evening ended with heavy rainfall.

20 March 2001
The first day of spring is greeted by a heavy flurry of sleet driven almost horizontally by a strong east wind. The sleet was heavy and continuous for the whole of daylight without remission, but it was still above freezing and in the town of Shoreham it all melted on contact with the ground. As I looked out of my window, the view of the downs was obscured by dreadful conditions. By mid-afternoon, the tops of cars were sprinkled with a layer of snow, so the downs were likely to covered. By late afternoon the snow began to settle in town but only for a short time before it turned to heavy slush, and as conditions eased for a brief interlude, I could see the downs were only lightly sprinkled with snow. By the evening rush hour and dusk it was more rain than sleet. The rain equivalent was at least 19 mm.
Vernal Equinox Link
BMLSS Tides Page 

18 March 2001
Crows are collecting twigs from Linden (Lime) trees for their nests in the Pines, and Magpies are building their nests in the gardens of Lancing. 

Lancing Nature & History - March Newsletter
(Link to the web site by Ray Hamblett)
National Floodline, Tel: 0845 988 1188

Adur World Oceans Day 2001
The second meeting to discuss arrangements for this Adur Festival event.
Please express any interest by 29 March 2001 to:
Andy Horton (British Marine Life Study Society)
Natalie Brahma-Pearl (Adur District Council)

Adur World Oceans Day 2000 web page


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    Words of the Week

    assart  | st |  n. obs. exc. Hist. LME. [AN, f. as next: cf. ESSART n.] Law. 1 A piece of land converted from forest to arable. LME.  2 The action of assarting. L16.

    assart  | st |  v.t. obs. exc. Hist. E16. [AN assarter, -ier, -ir, OFr. essarter f. med.L ex(s)artare, f. EX-1 + sart- pa. ppl stem of sar(r)ire to hoe, weed: cf. ESSART v.] Law. Make (forest land) arable by grubbing up trees and bushes.

    lynchet  | ln(t)t |  n. L17. [Prob. f. LINCH n.2] 1 An unploughed strip as a boundary between two fields. L17.  2 A slope or terrace along the face of a chalk down; spec. (Archaeol.) a cultivation terrace. L18.lynchetted, -eted a. (of land) cultivated by using terraces E20.

    palimpsest | palm(p)sest |  n., a., & v. Orig. in L & Gk forms  -sestus,  -seston. M17. [L palimpsestus f. Gk palimpsestos, -on, f. palin again + psestos pa. ppl formation on psen rub smooth.] A n.  1 Paper, parchment, etc., prepared for writing on and wiping out, like a slate. M17-E18. 2 A paper, parchment, etc., on which the original writing has been effaced to make way for other writing; a manuscript in which a later writing is written over an effaced earlier writing. E19. 3 A monumental brass slab turned and re-engraved on the reverse side. L19.
    2 G. ORWELL All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and re-inscribed exactly as often as was necessary.
     B adj. 1 Of a manuscript: having the original writing effaced and superseded by later writing. M19. 2 Of a monumental brass: turned and re-engraved on the reverse. M19. 3 Geol. Exhibiting features produced at two or more distinct periods; spec. in Petrogr., (of a rock) partially preserving the texture it had prior to metamorphism. E20.
     C v.t. Make into a palimpsest; write again on (paper, parchment, etc.) after effacing the original writing. E20.palimpsestic a. that is or that makes a palimpsest E18.

    slinky  | slki |  a. & n. E20. [f. prec. + -Y1, -Y6.] A adj. (Orig. esp. of a woman) gracefully or alluringly slender, sinuous in movement, lithe; (of a garment) close-fitting and flowing. Also, stealthy, furtive, dishonest. colloq. E20. 
    Glasgow Herald A slinky gown of flat crepe. A. TYLER Walking that slinky way he has.

    sinuous  | snjs |  a. L16. [Fr. sinueux or f. as SINUS: see -OUS.] 1 Characterized by many curves; undulating; curving. L16. b transf. Complex, intricate. M19. c fig. Not straight-forward or direct; dishonest, crooked. M19. 2 Supple, lithe, agile. L19.
    1 T. C. WOLFE A sinuous roadcurved up along the hillside. W. HENRY A sinuous, stomping line of growling, drink-crazed warriors. 2 ANNE STEVENSON She found Richard's slender sinuous body attractive.
    sinuously adv. M19. sinuousness n. L17

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  • Poem of the Week

    "Til sceal on ethle domes wyrcean."  An excellent man must (shall) gain
    honour in his homeland.  Or perhaps,  a man of use and purpose
    must bring about judgement in his native land.  He must go out
    into the world and put the authority (spiritual and secular) into force.

    My point is that the "til" man must bring about action,  he must
    perform something,  he must carry the expression of inward
    turmoil into transformative action.  In a sense,  by understanding
    the remedy (the "bot",  which is a term of great legal importance)
    of submission and restraint,  the "eorl" can then accomplish deeds
    with zeal.  I rely heavily on "grfremman" here:  to further,  advance,
    support,  bring about,  provide,  do.

    "Til bith se the his treowe gehealdeth..."
    He is a worthy man who rules by his trust (faith,  pledge,  etc.).

    Date:    Tue, 20 Mar 2001 15:06:04 -0500  ANSAX
    From:    Bruce Gilchrist <bgilch@PO-BOX.MCGILL.CA>

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  • Historical Snippets

    1651 Royal Escape

    After the Battle of Worcester (3 September), Charles II had to flee from the Cromwellian forces. He eventually made his way to Bramber were he had to cross the substantial bridge over the River Adur. The route to the coast then followed the present hill route from Truleigh Hill to Old Shoreham via Mill Hill. The story then says he ventured to Brighthelmstone (Brighton) where he met the skipper of the Surprise, Tattersall, in a pub called the George. The King and Tattersall and crew boarded the brig "Surprise" which departed from Shoreham (15 October) for Fécamp in France when the tide was right.
    Samuel Pepys became Secretary of the Admiralty.
    The Pepys diary said "they left when the tide was right".  I have not got the Tide Tables that far back to check the precise time. Shoreham harbour had a tendency to silt up, and it may not have been possible to leave on the neap tides. Still 3 days before the Full Moon would have been about halfway between neaps and springs and my estimated time he left would have been mid to late morning (needs proper checking though - under investigation). The main debate would seem to be exactly where the "Surprise" was moored up. 
    Astronomists will know that the tidal heights and range were much greater  in the 17th century, somewhere near their maximum. 

    Wednesday  15 October 1651,  3 days before the Full Moon. 
    Modern Gregorian Calendar.
    October  1651
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