This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and District,
West Sussex, England
10 October 2000 : Volume 2 Issue 36
the Friends of Shoreham Toll
Bridge meeting, West Sussex County Council pledged £100,000
towards an estimated cost of £500,000 to repair the bridge. As they
are the Highways agency, I do not see why they should not fork out the
whole cost of the repairs. It is certainly a more important highway for
cycles, pedestrians and horses than many of the lightly used roads, cul
de sacs etc.
on the Adur eForum please.
number 2 bus service from Shoreham to Brighton all around the houses is
planned to be cut at the weekend evenings. This service has been running
for as long as I can remember, over 40 years.
the Friends of Lancing Ring Coffee Morning see below (or
click on this text)
send any comments to: Andy
Wagtails are back in their normal winter
numbers, bathing in the steady rain.
post-equinoctial neap tides only vary between 4.0 metres and 1.9 metres
(springs can vary from 6.7 metres to zero above Chart
sunny day with the occasional brief shower, and the Clouded
Yellow Butterflies were still around.
I saw one on Shoreham beach and one at Lancing where I
first discovered one this year.
Egret was feeding in the cockle
lagoon (to the west of the bridge), part of Widewater
Lagoon. It was possibly feeding on 3-spined
Sticklebacks, dipping its head into the water several times a minute.
Shoals of these small fish can be seen from the small bridge. I had not
seen a Little Egret on the River Adur (estuary)
this year, but the young Bass
shoals were not as numerous as in the special year 1999. The first few
and Greenfinches returned to the fringes of Widewater Lagoon. Black-backed
Gulls began to roost on the Adur mudflats
and congregated on the tops of warehouses, with 50+ near the houseboats
with a solitary Heron
and a handful of Cormorants.
was caught amongst the small prawns and an adult Bullhead
under the groyne at mid-tide level on Kingston
Beach. At least one Shore
Crab was infected with the parasitic barnacle Sacculina
least 30 Crows
foraged on the shingle as the tide came in. A mixture of gulls, including
at least one mature Herring Gull
stood and foraged on the small portions of remaining sand.
Entry (from Adur Bulletin 43):
& 24 September 2000
light rain and low cloud on both days, in a moderate southerly breeze occasionally
gusting to near gale, I came so close (2 metres) to low flying female
Sparrowhawks whilst cycling, I thought
we going to collide, but this bird of prey's superior eyesight enabled
to soar quickly out of the way. The first near collision occurred on the
cycle path by Widewater
Lagoon (TQ 196040) and the second one just north of Shoreham railway
station (TQ 218053). The blunt dark-brown forehead of this bird was particularly
noticeable and it looks a much bigger bird close-up.
identity as a Sparrowhawk
was confirmed by other reports from Gordon Road (thanks to Paul from the
Post Office), near Shoreham Railway Station, and from Larkfield
Paddocks, a half-mile from Widewater.
The original report identified the bird as a Kestrel.
of Fungi of Britain & Europe
Michael Jordan (is available at Sussex Stationers
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gunwale | Ln()l
| n. Also gunnel, gunwhale. LME. [f. GUN n. + WALE n.1, having formerly
been used to support guns.] The upper edge of a ship's side; in large wooden
vessels, the uppermost planking covering the timber-heads.
M. RULE I held on to my
mask, sat on the gunwale and fell backwards into the sea. P. SCOTT She
has riddenlow, laden heavily to the gunwales. gunwale to, gunwale under
level with, below, the surface of the water.
| mrstk | a. L19. [f. Gk meris (also meros) part + -ISTIC.] Biol.
Of or relating to the presence or number of similar units, parts, or segments
making up a structure.meristically adv. L19.
| sletd | a. E18. [f. L ocellatus, f. OCELLUS: see -ATE2, -ED1.]
Zool. & Bot. 1 Marked with an ocellus or ocelli; having spots resembling
eyes. E18. 2 Forming an ocellus; (of a small round marking) surrounded
by a ring of a different colour. E19.
1 ocellated turkey: see
Also ocellate a. M19.
| pl()ns | n. L16. [OFr., f. parler speak f. Proto-Romance f. L parabola
PARABLE n.: see -ANCE.] 1 Speaking, speech; esp. debate, parley. arch.
L16. 2 A particular way of speaking, esp. as regards vocabulary,
idiom, etc. Usu. w. specifying wd. L18.
2 D. CARNEGIE In the parlance
of newspaper men, I had a scoop. N. F. DIXON In Freudian parlance the company
man might be described as having a weak ego. academic parlance, common
parlance, legal parlance, vulgar parlance, etc.
| skeri | n.2 E17. [Orkney dial., f. ON sker (whence Gael. sgeir).
Cf. SCAR n.1] A reef or rocky island covered by the sea at high tide or
in stormy weather. Freq. in place-names.
skerry | skeri
| a. & n.3 L18. [Origin unkn.] A adj. Of the nature of shale;
shaly, slaty. L18. B n. Shaly earth or stone. M19.
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Yonder comes Miss Rosie,
how in the world do you know,
I can tell her by her apron
and the dress that she wore,
Umbrella on her shoulder,
a piece of paper in her hand,
I heard her tell the captain
turn loose my man.
the midnight special shine it's light me,
Oh, let the midnight special shine it's everlasting light on me.
When you get up in the morning
when that big bell rings,
You go marching to the table,
you see the same old thing,
Knife and fork are on the
table, ain't nothin in my pan,
And you say a word about
it you get in trouble with the man.
you ever go to Houston, boy, you'd better walk right,
you better not gamble, and you better not fight,
Benson Crocker will arrest you and Jimmy Boone will take you down,
you bet your bottom dollar that your Sugarland bound.
jumpin' little Judy, she was a mighty fine gal,
brought jumpin' to the whole round world,
she brought it in the morning just awhile before day,
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(British) Agriculture before the Romans
also Sussex Downs by Peter Brandon (which was not available when
these notes were written.)
notes were compiled on the hypothesis/premise that the arrival of the Celts
brought about the beginning of the large alterations in the landscape of
Sussex as they used the land for agriculture, and their iron tools and
increasing population actually moulded the landscape extensively before
the 20th century.
gives figures for woodland as a percentage of the total land area, 30%
at the end of Roman times, 15% by the Domesday Survey in 1086 and about
5% by 1895.)
Belgae (1 BC) introduced a heavy plough known as the "ard". It was
an iron plough that dug furrows rather than tilled the soil.
Lychetts: This term is used, especially in Brandon's book, about the characteristic
small fields, as a size of about an acre could be ploughed in one day,
and on slopes with the constant ploughing an embankment would build up
around the edges of each field.
Husbandry: Cattle = Celtic Shorthorn, Sheep = a species similar to
the Soay, Pigs = nearer to the Wild Boar, like a Philodendron (lover
not present today (Sussex): Sea Eagle, Raven, Wild Ox, Beaver, Wild
possible: Brown Bear, Wolf.
History of Shoreham-by-Sea
Morning hosted by the
Friends Of Lancing
will be held at the parish hall of The Holy Family Catholic Church in
Road, Lancing on 14th of October from 10 am to 12.00 noon.
event will feature bring and buy tables and a raffle. It is an
to talk to the friends about the care of our local wildlife
hope to be there with a display of Photographs taken at Lancing Ring over
on Netscape Composer, and other programs
any company or organisation wanting nationwide green publicity, there is
an opportunity to sponsor the journal "Glaucus"
of the British Marine
Life Study Society.
remains sponsorship opportunities on the BMLSS (England) web site and other
publications, including Torpedo.
is also available for the Adur Torpedo Electronic News Bulletin
and the Shoreham-by-Sea web pages (which preceded the Adur Resource Centre
web site), which would be more suitable for a local firm(s).
Site Design Services are available from Hulkesmouth Publishing
advertisement rules apply.
accepted by EMail only.
Torpedo was written, designed and distributed by Andy
to earlier issues (for subscribers who have downloaded the Bulletins only,
and web site visitors).