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Adur Valley News Bulletin

Sweet Chestnut trees in the centre of the Buckingham Park photograph  Adur Torpedo

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

December 1999 : Volume 1  Issue 8
Christmas and the Dawn of the New Millennium Issue




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    Merry Christmas

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    Wildlife Reports 

    22 December 1999
    Winter Solstice
    The last Full Moon of the 20th century is much brighter than normal and can be seen clearly before dusk, in the brief interludes where the gaps in the clouds revealed it. 
    NASA News Item

    18 December 1999
    A thin layer of snow fell on Mill Hill and the downs above Shoreham. This event is unusual before Christmas, occurring about once a decade. Freezing temperatures throughout the following day. The snow quickly cleared to be replaced by a morning layer of frost on 20 December 1999. A night temperature of  minus 5° C was forecasted on the coast at Shoreham-by-Sea.

    16 December 1999
    Lapwings were scattered all over Shoreham Airfield, hundreds of them evenly spaced, each occupying an area of slightly less than a tennis court. There were slightly more than usual and it was low tide in the river where small waders have arrived in hundreds from colder climates. Redshanks with their bright red legs (no juveniles with yellow legs were noted) were the most noticeable with their sentinel alarms calls, but there were lots of much smaller birds, most of them were Ringed Plover.

    The resident Ringed Plover seem to occupy the shingle, where amongst the scorched appearance remnants of the Dock and pebbles they are confident of their camouflage and perched on a shingle outcrop and even on the seaweed littered strandline, they can be just about be discerned. The finches seem to be absent from the bushes around Widewater, which was unusual. This is the time that these attractive bird appreciate the nut baskets in the nearby gardens. 

    An arrow formation of 24 Cormorants heading north over the Toll Bridge in the late afternoon, was immediately followed by another formation of at least 50 Cormorants, and there was a continual procession of stragglers. It is probably not unusual, but it was the first times I had seen a formation in excess of 23 birds on the Adur.
    Fish-eating Birds (more)

    Poetry Extract

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And never brought to mind?
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And Auld Lang Syne?

    Chorus.- For auld lang syne, my dear,
    For auld lang syne,
    We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne.

    And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
    And surely I'll be mine!
    And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne
            For auld, etc.

    We twa hae run about the braes,
    And pou'd the gowans fine;
    But we've wander'd mony a weary fitt,
    Sin' auld lang syne.
            For auld, etc.,

    We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
    Frae morning sun till dine;
    But seas between us braid hae roar'd
    Sin' auld lang syne.
            For auld, etc.

    And theres a hand my trusty fiere!
    And gies a hand o' thine!
    And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught,
    For auld lang syne.
            For auld, etc.

  • Words of the Month

    syne  | sLn |  adv. Sc. & north. ME. [Contr. of SITHEN. Cf. SEN prep., conj., & adv.] 1 Immediately afterwards; then. Cf. SINCE adv. 1. ME.  2 At a later time, subsequently. Esp. in soon or syne, sooner or later. LME. 3 = SINCE adv. 2. LME. 4 = SINCE adv. 3. L16.

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    Historical Snippets

    c. 680
    In the 680s St. Wilfrid, (exiled Bishop of York) expelled from Northumbria, spent several years converting the South Saxons (Sussex) to Christianity. At that time their King was Aethelwalh (from Encyclopaedia Britannica). 
    A Saxon Saint called Cuthman visited the Adur Valley spreading the word of Christianity (Cheal: History of Shoreham). Churches were built about this time, or two or three centuries later (see St. Nicolas Church).
    (Until the conversion to Christianity of Ethelbert of Kent by St Augustine (597) the Anglo-Saxons had been pagan.)

    Brief History of Shoreham-by-Sea

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