This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
18 November 2001: Volume 3 Issue 37
Compulsory Purchase Planning Enquiry
Sea Defences at Widewater
Neate, Vice Chairman of the Friends Of Widewater reports that the Environment
Agency has gone back on it's agreement NOT to build the shingle
bank on the shoreline behind the Lagoon.
consequence of this appears to be that the water level in the Lagoon is
particularly low and the action may be a threat to the future of the Lagoon.
of the Lagoon have rallied to object to the action, the press and media
have been informed and MP Tim Laughton has agreed to arrange a public meeting.
have more news on this soon, meanwhile the Widewater
Web pages have
for notes from the Friends of Widewater Summer Newsletter where it shows
that the Agency appeared to understand the situation and agreed to make
Neate can be contacted by phone on 01903 754393
Downs National Park : Proposed Area
November 2001, the Countryside Agency
will be starting a public consultation on the designation of a National
Park for the South Downs. Detailed 1:25,000 scale maps will be available
27 November 2001,
for further information about the designation process visit the Countryside
Agency's website at
The Countryside Agency is
to hold a series of road shows to get feedback on the South Downs National
Park proposals. Provisional details are:
Tue 27th Nov, The Town Hall,
Eastbourne 12.30 - 19.30
Wed 28th Nov, The Ship Hotel,
North Street, Chichester 12.30 - 19.30
Fri 30th Nov, St Marys Hall,
Arundel 12.30 - 19.30
Sat 1st Dec, The Public Hall,
Rottingdean 11.30 - 15.30
Sat 8th Dec, Priory Park
Clubhouse, Bishops Waltham 11.30 - 15.30
Wed 12th Dec, The Village
Hall, Pulborough 15.00 - 20.00
Thurs 13th Dec, The Village
Centre, Hurstpierpoint 13.30 - 20.00
Sat 15th Dec, The Guildhall,
Winchester 11.30 - 15.30
Mon 17th Dec, Leconfield
Hall, Petworth 12.30 - 19.30
Fri 4th Jan, Lewes Town Hall
12.30 - 19.30
Mon 7th Jan, Brighton Town
Hall 12.30 - 19.30
Wed 9th Jan, Petersfield
Festival Hall 12.30 - 19.30
Fri 11th Jan, The Downs Leisure
Centre, Seaford 12.30 - 19.30
14th Jan, The Steyning Centre, Steyning 11.00 - 18.00
17th Jan, Worthing Town Hall 12.30 - 19.30
Sat 19th Jan, Hove Town Hall
11.30 - 15.30
Mon 21st Jan, Capron House,
Midhurst 12.30 - 19.30
Fri 25th Jan, The Memorial
Hall, Clanfield 12.30 - 19.30
Sat 26th Jan, Cosham Community
Centre 11.30 - 15.30
Mon 28th Jan, New Alresford
Community Centre 12.30 - 19.30
Wed 30th Jan, Selborne Village
Hall 12.30 - 19.30
2nd Feb, The Shoreham Centre 11.30 - 15.30
Wed 6th Feb, The War Memorial
Hall, Alfriston 11.00 - 18.00
Please consult the Countryside
Agency website http://www.countryside.gov.uk/proposednationalparks
for latest info
on the URL for the complete map
Local Urban Transport Plan (West Sussex)
A meeting was held about
this for local people, but I missed it.
The County Councillor chairing
the meeting was Clive Williams. Did anybody go who could provide a report
on the meeting?
Natalie Brahma-Pearl at Adur
DC has kindly found out from her colleagues and provided me with an address
to write to with any comments:
Mr. Mike Link
Head of Transport &
West Sussex County Council
Comments will be raised at
the Urban Transport Forum in March 2002.
West Sussex Highways
send any comments to: Andy Horton
is spotted up a Beech tree on Lancing
Ring near the Dewpond. This attractive bird can be found in country
gardens and occasionally in large town gardens in the Adur district, notably
St. Michael's vicarage in Southwick and at Shermanbury.
& Spotted Woodpeckers
seen and heard around Lancing
present on the western hillside. Long-tailed
Tits and a single Goldfinch
were seen on the south meadow. Skylarks
were spotted and heard particularly towards Steep Down and the Trig point.
Admiral Butterflies flew strongly on sunny
by Veronica Altringham
due north (boreal) wind brought a chill to the air. On the Kingston
beach the low spring is recorded at 0.7 metres but it receded almost
to Chart Datum. On the Sussex
coast, the mobile shore fauna almost completely disappears in after
the first spring tides in October with hardly a
straggler prawn or Shore
Crab left behind. Just the sessile residents, mussels
and winkles in superabundance, limpets
of all sizes to 60 mm in diameter and highly domed, cockles
were common but mostly hidden, with oysters and
frequent, an occasional dogwhelk, and it was
too cold to stay around to find any of two species of piddock
or two species of chiton which
are occasional finds on this sheltered
shore. The small chitons looking like a legless wood lice are best seen
in winter when the algal cover is exiguous, although small clumps of Irish
Moss could be seen in the shallow pools
and the Fucus draping down from the groynes and concrete slabs.
rocks there were some very small (to 12 mm) juvenile Rock
Gobies, and a couple of Netted Dogwhelk shells appearing unoccupied
but discovered to be occupied by tiny Common Hermit
Crabs. The small crustacean Athanas nitescens
was common (50+) under one small boulder, and there were undoubtedly more
populations. This tiny (6 mm) small shrimp-like animal can be recognised
by the pale stripe down its back. Its occurrence on the shore is sporadic,
turned into a typical soggy November day here
the garden the Starling
population seems to be increasing noticable since
weather took a chill. Their chit-chat whistles and calls from their
in the Hawthorn
trees are only drowned by the sound of somebody
paving bricks a few doors away !.
pair of Blackbirds
occasionally visit as does a Song Thrush
a welcome sight.
and Greenfinches now have to compete with the Starlings for a position
at the hanging feeders. A sprinkling of food on the bird table helps to
distract the Starlings.
spilt seed scattered on the ground beneath the feeders is collected by
most of the birds, the Robin
seems most content to take a meal from there.
are beginnings of quite a few green shoots appearing from germinated
which I will have to weed out.
'John Downie' Crab Apple tree from which the feeders are hanging
holding many of it's leaves but the fruit has long since fallen.
Nature & History - November 2001 Newsletter
Ring Photographic Gallery for October
along the Channel;
or beast or metal,
it is they care not.
when the War-god
them to battle;
they may die fighting
their faces foe-ward,
so gain Valhalla;
their one petition.
your blue eye shineth
with the Viking documentary series on BBC Television)
The general belief is the
name 'Saxon' comes from the knife called a
carried by the Saxons, i.e. they were the people of the Sax (or Seaxe or
one of 20 different variations). Ownership of one signifies
you were a free man.
The blade length varied from a couple of inches up to
18 inches, my own (for re-enactment
purposes I hasten to add) is 10 inches
Rapier to Sword
Archaeological Society EGroup
of the Week
| kapst()n | n. Also capstern & other vars. LME. [Prov.
cabestan (earlier cabestran), f. cabestre halter f. L capistrum, f. capere
seize.] 1 A revolving barrel on a vertical axis for winding cable etc.,
esp. on board ship: worked by persons walking round pushing bars fitting
into the barrel, or by electricity, steam, etc. LME. 2 A revolving
spindle on a tape recorder etc. M20.
capstan lathe: with a revolving tool-holder.
| wndls | n.1 & v. LME. [App. alt. of WINDAS.] A n. 1 = WINCH
n. 3. LME. 2 Any of various similar smaller contrivances, esp.
one used in discharging a crossbow or pistol. Cf. WINDAS 2. L15-E19.
Spanish windlass: see SPANISH a.
v.t. Hoist or haul (as) with a windlass. M19.
windlass Naut. a device for tightening a rope etc. using a stick as
| wn(t) | n. See also WINCE n.2 [Late OE wince f. Gmc base also of
WINK v.1] 1 A reel; a roller; a pulley. LOE. b spec. An angler's reel.
M17. c Naut. A small machine used for making ropes and spunyarn.
Also, a quantity of yarn so made. M17-E20. 2 A well-wheel. Also,
a well. ME-M17. 3 A hoisting or hauling apparatus consisting of a horizontal
drum or axle round which a rope, cable, or chain passes, turned by a crank
or motor. L16. b Hist. On the River Thames: a riverside winch used to haul
craft through difficult places; a toll levied for the use of this. E17.
4 The crank of a wheel, shaft, axle, etc. M17. 5 Dyeing. = WINCE n.2 2.
winchman (a)a person who operates a winch; (b)a person lowered by a winch
from a helicopter, esp. to rescue people from shipwrecks etc.
| wn(t) | v.1 obs. exc. dial. ME. [f. AN var. of OFr. guenchier turn
aside, avoid, f. Gmc: see WINK v.1 Cf. WINCE v.1] 1 v.i. = WINCE v.1 2.
ME. 2 v.i. = WINCE v.1 1. L15.
| wn(t) | v.2t. E16. [f. WINCH n.] 1 Hoist or haul (as) with a winch;
lift up thus. E16. 2 Dyeing. = WINCE v.2 M19.
Sunday Express Ten crewmenwere winched to safety by helicopter.
| mlnspLk | n. Also -line-. Orig. (now rare) marling- | ml-
| . E17. [App. f. marling pres. pple of MARL v.2 + SPIKE n.2, the 1st elem.
being later interpreted as prec. Cf. MARLIN n.2] Naut. A pointed iron tool
used to lift the strands of rope in splicing, as a lever in marling, etc.
| mln | n. LME. [Du. marlijn (f. marren to bind + lijn LINE n.1)
& marling (f. marlen frequent. of MDu. marren + -ing -ING1).] Naut.
Light rope of two strands.
| perrn | a. & n. LME. [(O)Fr. peregrin f. L peregrinus foreign,
travelling, f. pereger that is abroad or on a journey, peregre (adv.) abroad,
f. as PER-1 + ager field: see -INE1. Cf. PILGRIM.] A adj. 1 peregrine falcon,
falcon peregrine [tr. med.L falco peregrinus pilgrim falcon, so called
because the bird was caught full-grown as a passage-hawk, not taken from
the nest], a falcon, Falco peregrinus, of cosmopolitan distribution
and much valued for hawking on account of its fast and accurate flying.
LME. 2 Foreign; outlandish, strange; imported from abroad. Formerly
also, extraneous to the matter in hand. E16. 3 Astrol. Of a planet: situated
in a part of the zodiac where it has none of its essential dignities. L16.
4 Travelling; wandering. Formerly also, on a pilgrimage. M17.
G. M. BROWN A single stroke took him on the forehead; and, a peregrine
spirit, he shook this world from him.
collocations: peregrine falcon: see sense 1 above. peregrine praetor Rom.
Hist. a second praetor appointed at Rome to administer justice between
Roman and non-Roman citizens and between non-Roman citizens themselves.
peregrine tone one of the tones used in plainsong, in which the reciting
note changes halfway through.
n. 1 A peregrine falcon. L15. 2 A person who lives or travels in a foreign
land; an immigrant; a pilgrim. Long rare. L16. b Rom. Hist. A resident
in ancient Rome who was not a Roman citizen. L19.peregrinity n. (a)the
condition of being a foreigner or alien; (b)foreignness, strangeness:
from The Oxford Interactive Encyclopedia
by The Learning Company, Inc. Copyright (c) 1997 TLC Properties Inc.
main photograph by Andy Horton is of the Adur
Levels (Flood Plain) looking north-west from Mill
Hill. The Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
was found settled on a Fleawort at
the edge of the green fields in the photograph, and this butterfly lays
its eggs on nettles in the rougher places.
photograph was superimposed on the original photograph using the Adobe
Photoshop 4 program. The text was typed in using the same program.
is a the most popular professional photo-manipulation program.
first it is far from user-friendly (partially intuitive if you know both
about photography and computing), but because it is so good it is worth
persevering and for a photographer this facility to manipulate prints makes
it worthwhile reason to get a computer on its own.
a with new file name > Erase (select brush size) and draw around
image you want to transfer > Erase (or fill) to remove the rest of the
background. (You may have to draw lines or make minor adjustments when
removing the unwanted background.)
Wand > Select > Inverse > Copy > Paste onto new file > Layer > Free Transform
(adjust size & rotate) > Save as *.psd > Layer > Flatten Image > Save
the older computers, only the early versions of Photoshop will work, I
use Photoshop 4 on my Pentium II computer. The latest version is Photoshop
The Adur Wildlife Gallery
web pages were constructed using the Express Thumbnail Gallery program
which is shareware and can be discovered on the following web page:
The default files created
have the suffix *.html so anybody using the program has to be a little
bit cautious about overwriting existing files.
Saturday every month.
on Netscape Composer 4.6