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Adur Valley News Bulletin

Link to the Shoreham-by-Sea HomepageAdur Torpedo

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

December  1999 : Volume 1  Issue 7
    News & Events

    13 December 1999
    A meeting at Adur Civic Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea,  was held to outline the idea of a Vegetated Shingle Nature Reserve on Shoreham Beach. The turnout was 56 interested people. The questionnaire returned a 78% census in favour of the concept. The public included many beach hut owners. 

    Childing Pink

    Neil Mitchell (WSCC), Steve Berry (English Nature), Steve Gilbert (RSPB), Jeremy Sergeant (Adur DC Leisure) were represented on the panel, chaired by Geoff Howitt (Adur DC, Chair, Labour, St. Mary's ward, Shoreham-by-Sea).
    Co-ordinator: Hayley Tuppenny  (send comments to this EMail).
    The photographic display by David Wood consisted of a large selection of shingle plants on Shoreham Beach. The bird pictures were by Stanley Allen. 

    Photograph:  Childing Pink (by Andy Horton)

    Now is the time to formulate opinions and representations, which I can pass on, or provide EMail addresses.

    Vegetated Shingle Nature Reserve Web Site
    Shoreham Beach (Shingle Plants)
    Nature Notes

    Wildlife Reports Skylark poetry book link - click on the image
    Flock of Seagulls
    29 November 1999
    An influx of a dozen immature Herring Gulls make their presence clear, by squawking etc. in Shoreham Town Centre. A couple of adults also accompanied the throng (what is the collective name for a throng of gulls?) Unlike the more prevalent Black-backed Gulls, which are not seen in the centre of town, Herring Gulls are bolder in the presence of humans, scavenging on edible rubbish. 
    Hundreds of Black-headed Gulls invaded Buckingham Park after a night of strong winds, gusting to gale-force. The grass was very damp and there would be plenty of worms. 
    Pied Wagtails, noticeable throughout the year also increase in numbers in the winter, through a migration from the north. They flit over the streets, often in pairs, their long tail wagging up and down giving them the local name of Dishwasher

    27 November 1999
    Storms batter the coast over the weekend.

    Waves batter the western outer pier at Shoreham Harbour

    Photograph by David Wood (Shoreham Beach),
    Click on the picture for a larger image.

    Birds (BMLSS)
    Nature Notes

    Wildlife On Two
    Fri, 17 Dec, BBC2, 13:10-13:40
    David Attenborough tells a tale of murder, incest, land-grabbing and
    seduction that is part of the everyday life of the Christmas card Robin.

    Bitesize Etc
    Fri, 17 Dec, BBC KNOWLEDGE, 18:30-19:00
    This edition looks at National Parks and the conflict between the right of
    the individual to recreation and the protection of the environment

    Poetry Extract


    Below the thunders of the upper deep;
    Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
    His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
    The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee

    (NB:  should it be abyssal?)

    Words of the Month

    leucine  | lusin |  n. Also (now rare) -in  | -n | . E19. [f. Gk leukos white + -INE5, -IN1.] Biochem. A hydrophobic amino acid, (CH3)2CHCH2CH(NH2)COOH, which occurs in proteins and is essential in the human diet; 2-amino-4-methylpentanoic acid.

    Same etymon as leukemia AH

    leucistic (no entry: this was the one I was looking for. ... the word could have been created by a medical Doctor?)
    A few years ago, a leucistic Redshank visited the Adur estuary.

    -istic  | stk |  suff. [Fr. -istique orig. f. L -isticus, Gk -istikos, f. -ikos -IC added to n. stems in -istes -IST.] Forming adjs. f. ns. in -IST or -ISM, as antagonistic, realistic, or occas. corresp. to vbs in -IZE in the absence of a n. in -IST, as characteristic

    albino  | albin |  n. & a. E18. [Sp. & Port., f. albo white + -ino (-INE1): orig. applied by the Portuguese to albinos among African Blacks.] A n. Pl. -os. 1 A human being having a congenital deficiency of pigmentation in the skin and hair, which are white, and the eyes, which are usu. pink. E18.  2 An abnormally white animal or plant. E19. B adj. Congenitally lacking in pigmentation; abnormally white. E19.albiness  | -bnes |  n. a female albino E19. albinism  | albnz()m |  n. the condition of being an albino M19. albinistic  | -bnstk |  a. = ALBINOTIC L19. albinoid  | albnd |  a. being or resembling an albino M20. albinoism n. = ALBINISM M19. albinotic  | -bntk |  a. pertaining to, affected with, albinism L19.

    Albion  | albn |  n. poet. & rhet. OE. [L f. Celt.; prob. cogn. w. L albus white (w. allus. to the white cliffs of Britain).] (Orig. the Gk and Roman name for) Britain.

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

    Historical Snippets

    1625 -28 Shoreham was an important port and shipbuilding centre. Ships were built in New Shoreham (near the current Norfolk Bridge). Nearby was the George Inn. 21 ships were built for Charles I. (At the start of the Civil War the English Navy had 82 vessels under sail).

    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.
    (The maritime forces were given the name Royal Navy by Charles II before his flight. He was restored to the Throne in 1660).

    Brief History of Shoreham-by-Sea

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