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Bosham School Association Update – May Fair date for you!


We’ve set a date for the Bosham Primary School May Fair – please put Sunday 21st May from 12.00 – 2.30pm at Bosham recreation ground in your diaries! We are looking forward to a sunny, fun-filled day, with two bouncy castles, alpacas, an exciting raffle with fabulous prizes, the ever-popular Pimms bar, a sizzlingly tasty BBQ, plants, Crafty Corner, the terrific tombola, a fire engine, police car, vintage cars, coconut shy and yummy, scrummy cakes. The children will also be working hard on their stalls, as well as entertaining us musically – come along to find out more on that! We are working on lots more ideas – it’s going to be a fantastic event!

Please do come along on the day and join in the fun, and you’ll also be helping us raise much needed funds for Bosham Primary School.  Over the last few years, we’ve been able to fund some amazing events and equipment that otherwise would not have been possible, including: free music lessons for all Year 4 children, books for the library, the Trim Trail playground equipment, subsidized school trips, stage lighting for the hall, and 15 x iPad minis.

We’ve also been fundraising for other good causes – on the last day of the winter term, we supported Save the Children with a Christmas jumper/hat/item day. We were able to donate £131 to this important charity and the children looked very festive in their jumpers, hats and antlers!

We are always extremely thankful for volunteers to help at our events or for any donations that we can use as raffle prizes. We’d also like to hear from anyone who would like to advertise in our May Fair programme, or who would like to have a stall on the day. Please contact Diana O’Brien or Gwen Bennett at or, or get in touch via the school office on 01243 572375 or

Search for Chichester burglary suspect

Sussex Police
Sussex Police are searching for a suspected burglar, seen climbing over the garden wall of a house in Chichester.
At about 6.15pm on Tuesday (21 March) a man was seen by a neighbour to be climbing over the garden wall of a house in South Bank, Chichester, from the canal towpath which links the A27 and Canal Wharf.
He is described as white, in his thirties, about 5’7″, slim, wearing dark clothing and a striped yellow and brown beanie hat.
It was later discovered that the house had been broken into and a quantity of jewellery had been stolen.
Anyone who knows who this man is or saw anything in that area early in the evening, is asked to email quoting serial 1225 of 21/03.

Bungalow burgled in Southbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a bungalow in Goodwood Court, Southbourne, near Emsworth, at 5.30pm on Tuesday (21 March).
Offenders entered the rear garden before forcing entry through a window and stealing a quantity of jewellery.
If you were in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious please let us know by calling 101 quoting serial 1128 of 21/03.

Arrest summary
Between the 22nd – 29th March more than 22 people were arrested from across the Chichester district. Offences included theft, assault Police, damage, dangerous driving, fail to stop for police and drink driving.

Crime summary

Chichester and surrounding area
Salthill Road, Chichester – Break to van where small window has been smashed. Offender has then opened larger window to gain entry. Nothing reported stolen. Occurred overnight into 22nd March. Ref 0607 of 22/03.

Ferndale Road, Chichester – Between 6.45pm – 7.30pm on 24th March, entry was gained to detached property through insecure conservatory door. Jewellery reported stolen from master bedroom. Ref 1315 of 24/03.

John Lewis, Portfield Way, Chichester – At 10.50pm, 24th March, a large window was smashed and entry gained with Apple electronics targeted. Ref 1548 of 24/03.

Newlands Lane, Chichester – Break to garage and theft of an old Irish Village pump. Occurred between 18th – 28th March. Ref 0576 of 28/03.

Winterfest 2017

winterfest paintballing boys

New life church in Emsworth hosted yet another successful youth camp on their complex. This time saw the return of Winterfest 2017, a 3-day festival seeing 150 plus youth across the weekend. Those attending got the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and build stronger fruitful friendships.


Winterfest saw the inclusion of team games on the Sunday afternoon in a series of competitive events, all specializing in different themes such as art activities, mind games and sporting events meaning there was something for everyone to excel in. All of this built solid relationships working and communicating well as a team, which was also expressed during times of serving together over the weekend. During a short victorious award ceremony, the team with the most points was revealed with them being crowned overall winners of Winterfest 2017, other prizes such as star girl and boy were also given out to celebrate individuals’ successes. This year saw the boys and girls take part in separate day trip activities, with the boys roughing it by going paintballing and the girls getting to experience ice skating, followed by swimming at Guildford Spectrum Centre. Fun was had by all who attended, “Winterfest 2017 really opened my eyes as to what God has planned for my life. It was an epic and I can’t wait for the next one” said Laura who took part in the festivities. With the fun fueled, energetic activities also comes the main reason Revive UK youth host these annual events and that is to empower the next generation through encountering and having a relationship with God. ‘Nudging’ them to all He has intended for them.


To finish the weekend on a high note, T-shirts were given out with the ‘Summer Camp 2017’ logo on to promote the next big youth camp on New Life’s agenda. Summer Camp is a 5-day festival held within the complex where the youth sleep in tents on the church fields and chill around the campfire, getting the full camping experience. This year the camp starts Wednesday 26th July to Monday 31st July. You can book your place on this event online and at reception (on one of two Sunday services, or Friday youth service) from April 2nd.


The youth is a strong element in the culture of New Life Church. A team of dedicated and hardworking youth leaders take time out to volunteer their help towards making these camps, and Friday youth events a success each time. They are passionate about raising up the youth, encouraging them to be leaders within their communities, using their areas of gifting to spread the good news. Revive UK youth meet every Friday (7pm-9pm) in the main complex during term time for both social and live music events. Find out more at


By Shannon Barker

Cat and Rabbit Rescue

Mazarin & Semla

Mazarin & Semla


This April, we would like to introduce out Pet of the Month as two special Easter Bunnies.  Mazarin and her sister Semla are a year old. They arrived here at the Centre in October 2016 after suffering from neglect and not being fed correctly.  When they arrived they were both very underweight and in poor condition. Since being here they have had lots of love and correct feeding by the staff they are looking much better and ready to find their forever home. At the moment due to the lack of handling we are a little scared and not sure of being picked up but will soon enjoy being handled. . If you think you can offer Mazarin and Semla the new home she so desperately deserves, please do not hesitate to contact us here at the Centre.



Holborow Lodge, Chalder Lane, Sidlesham, W. Sussex PO20 7RJ

Tel: 01243 641409  Reg. Charity no. 1010000



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PS: We have a Viewing Day Saturday 22th April 12-2pm. Viewing days are non-appointment days so people thinking of adopting a cat can pop along.  Otherwise we rehome 7 days a week by appointment only.

Bosham Chidham and District Horticultural Society

horticultural society

Our March meeting always feels like the first one of the Spring season and there were plenty of beautiful spring flowers in the competition.  It was great to see so many members at the meeting and it certainly gave me a chance to catch up with them, as I had missed our first meeting of 2017 in February.  I think there is always such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and if you have never been, why not come along to our April Meeting and see for yourself!

Stephanie welcomed the members to the meeting.  She reminded the members that Tuppeny Barn is holding a Family Spring Flower Show on 1st April 2017 at 2pm.  If this magazine gets delivered promptly to you then you have no excuse for not attending!   As well as the floral displays in the competitions, Chichester Community Wildlife Officer, Sarah Hughes (who came to Horti in February!) will be providing activities for children.   Of course no village event would be complete without tea and homemade refreshments,  tombola, raffle and cake stall!  Brian gave us his topical tips – when it is not too boggy sow your broad beans and plant out your shallots.  Lay your potatoes in trays ready for planting out in April – hope you have tidied up your strawberries and fed with blood fish and bone and pruned your raspberries!  A handy tip from Brian is to lay a plank on the vegetable bed where you are working to prevent the soil compacting!

Our speakers, Ian Milton and Mike Bushell of the Chichester Canal Trust, gave us a very informative talk with slides on the history of the Trust and the canal itself.   All the planning and engineering of the canal took so long that by the time it was completed it was hardly needed  as the railway had reached Portsmouth (now does that sound familiar!).  However on the bright side the canal today draws in more tourists than any other attraction in Chichester!   The trips sound like fun.

Dont forget that our Plant Sale is on the 13th May so when you are sorting out your plants in your garden, we would love if it if you could pot up any surplus to requirement and give them to the sale.

Our next Meeting is on the 13th April in the Village Hall at the usual time of 7 for 7.30 when Derrick Donnison-Morgan will be speaking to us about Madeira – Island of Flowers.   Look forward to seeing you then!


Rozie Bradley  Secretary.

John Fox’s Guide to Solving Cryptic Crosswords

A number of people have been kind enough to say that they enjoyed doing the cryptic crosswords that I produce for The Village Magazine. However many of them go on to say that they can usually only solve a few of the clues! So I thought it might help if I put down a few notes and suggestions that may help readers solve more (or even all!) of the clues. There are few things more satisfying (to me, at least!) than inserting the final word and seeing the grid complete.

The first thing that must be said is that staring at a clue for a long time wondering what it means is not often the most productive way of solving it. In fact I would recommend that when starting a crossword you should look at each clue for no more than 20 seconds, and if you have no inspiration you should go on to the next clue, and the next, and so on until you come to a clue which lights up that little lightbulb, and you are able to fill in the word. Then once you have a word (or two) filled in you can start to work around those and use crossing letters to help you. It’s surprising how the grid will start to fill if you have a B or P or Q from a crossing word!

But I am getting ahead of myself. Cryptic crossword clues conform to certain rules and patterns, and spotting the nature of the clue will give you the key to solving it. Unlike general knowledge crosswords, with a cryptic crossword it should be possible to definitely derive the solution from the clue, with no ambiguity. Most cryptic clues comprise two distinct parts, the DEFINITION and the CRYPTIC part (sometimes called the WORDPLAY). In the wordplay you will usually find an INDICATOR which will suggest to the solver what kind of clue it is. To make this clearer let’s look at some examples:



I usually look for the anagrams when I start to solve a crossword – they are comparatively easy to spot and you can be pretty sure you have got the right answer when you unscramble the letters. Take these clues from a recent crossword:

 Liveliness arising from stewed tripes (6). Look at the words in the clue: there is one word of 6 letters –  tripes – and this suggests that the solution could be an anagram of this word. The word stewed in this case is an indicator. There are many indicators for an anagram, all suggesting some kind of turmoil or change. Other examples might be abnormal, agitated, bizarre, change, defective, flawed, oddly, somehow – and in this case stewed. The definition in this clue is the word liveliness. So we are looking for a word which suggests or is a synonym of this word. Re-arrange the letters of tripes and you get esprit, which is the answer.

 Engineer maybe gets lots of memory! (9). In this case the word engineer is the anagram indicator and the wordplay is on the words maybe gets. Re-arranging these two words give you the definition: megabytes – lots of memory!



In this type of clue the solution is hidden within the wordplay. Once again there are many indicators such as comprising, concealed, embracing, incorporating, surrounding etc.

Stuttgart is another home for craftsman (7).  In this example the indicator is home and the solution – artisan – is hidden within “Stuttgart is another”. The definition therefore is ‘craftsman’

A variation on the hidden word is when the wordplay must be read backwards e.g:

‘Schedules in notes a Tory held back’.(5)  ‘Held’ suggests a hidden word, and ‘back’ suggests reversal of the words. The solution is ‘rotas’ – another word for schedules.

This is known as a reversal clue. Other indicator words might be ‘heading west’ in an across clue or travelling north’ in a down clue



Just as in the parlour game the solution in a charade clue is made up of two or more words: ”sung” and “lasses” make “sunglasses” and “carp” and “enter” make “carpenter” etc. So:

‘Flog ancient doorway’ (9): The definition is ‘doorway’ and the solution comprises synonyms for ‘Flog’ and ‘ancient’ – i.e. ‘thresh’ and ‘old’ – ‘threshold’

Or one of my favourites: ‘waves round cereal bowls’ ((10).  The solution is ‘brandishes’

You may have noticed that there is no indicator in this sort of clue

4          SOUND-ALIKE


In this type of clue the answer sounds like another word, which is indicated in the clue by a sound-alike indicator, such as ‘we hear’, ‘on the radio’, ‘reported’, ‘it’s said’ etc. So:

‘Agree to a perfume, reportedly’ (6).  In this clue the definition is ‘agree’ and the indicator is ‘reportedly’. The solution is ‘assent’ i.e agree.

‘Cold country, we hear’ (5). The answer, of course, is ‘chilly’.

Or: ‘Required to be worked like dough, say? (6)’. ­ You’re probably ahead of me by now: ‘needed’




In this sort of clue something has been taken away. The indicator word may suggest that the word has been shortened in length. Words such as ‘shortly’, ‘endless’ (suggesting that the last letter has gone), ‘empty’ (suggesting that the middle letters have gone leaving only the first and last), or the clue will say which bit to delete. So:

‘Cut vegetable, not level’ (4). This one is a bit tricky, as the word ‘cut’ is an indicator for deletion. However in this case the indicator is ‘not’ level. So it’s a vegetable with part of the name meaning ‘level’ deleted, and the definition is ‘cut’. The vegetable is ‘parsnip’, and deleting ‘par’ (i.e. level’) gives you the answer: ‘snip’.

Or: ‘Most ancient, most adventurous, losing head! (6)’. Here the indicator ‘losing head’ suggests that a word for ‘most adventurous’ needs to lost its first letter. So: Boldest’ losing ‘B’ becomes ‘oldest’ which is the solution.


These clues usually end with a question mark. They are the exception to the convention that there should be a definition and an indicator, and are a play on words. So:

‘Ace footballer getting married? (3,2,3,5)’ gives you: ‘man of the match’

Or: ‘A stiff examination (4,6)?’  is a ‘post mortem’


These are clues where a word or phrase read backwards reveals another word, e.g ‘dray’ and ‘yard’, ‘trap’ and ‘part’, ‘Tessa’ and ‘asset’. The indicator could be ‘going back’, ‘heading west’ or ‘turned over’ or, in a Down clue, ‘travelling north’ or ‘on the way up’. Sometimes the word will be hidden in a phrase read backwards, such as:

‘Find flavour, all in a vegetable served up’(7). The reversal indicator is ‘served up’ so reading this backwards starting with the ‘v’ of ‘vegetable’ we get the answer: ‘vanilla’,

Or: ‘Post a letter, having defamed? On the contrary’(7). This is a little more tricky, as the word to reverse is not ‘defamed’ but a word which means the same. The word is ‘reviled’ which reversed gives the solution: ‘deliver’.


These clues are another exception to the Definition and Indicator, and they simply have two definitions, both suggesting the same thing. These clues tend to be short, e.g

‘Bribe stopper’ (4). The answer is ‘bung’ which is a word for both.

Or: ‘Criticises kitchen implements’ (4). The answer, of course is ‘pans’


This list of clue types is not exhaustive; you will find clues which are hybrids of two types of clue and some which defy classification. In all types of clue abbreviations are used often, e.g. B for black, C for cold, E for drug (ecstasy) or east, H  for hospital, L for left or lake, M for motorway, P for parking or page, R for river, T for time, W for west  etc.

The compiler will often try to throw you off the scent (after all, that’s his job in a cryptic crossword) so you may see a word such as number, which may mean 1, 2, 3 etc but may mean more numb, or anaesthetic (because they make you numb!). Or flower which may mean a buttercup, perhaps, or it may mean a river (because rivers flow).

If you are a beginner at cryptic crosswords I hope these notes will help you to solve clues. I hope they don’t put you off altogether! You will get more proficient at solving cryptic crosswords the more you attempt them. You will also hopefully be able to look back on a clue from the answer published subsequently and see why the clue led to that answer.


Happy Clueing!

John Fox

Enjoy Mothering Sunday At the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Mothering Sunday is a great time to visit the Weald & Downland Living Museum, at Singleton near Chichester. All mums enter for free on this special day, where visitors can enjoy an activity-packed alternative to traditional celebrations.

Throughout the day visitors can watch and take part in a range of activities including:


  • See the new spring lambs and meet our new heavy horses
  • Hear music from King Henry’s Duo and our roving Tudor musician
  • Try on some of our historic clothing for a photo
  • Collect a free daffodil posy for mothers and grandmothers
  • Treat the family to a wagon ride (£2 adults and £1 children)
  • Win tea for two! Throw a welly the furthest in our welly-wanging competition

Family activities

Family activities include: plant a seed, colour a Tudor lady paper doll, make a badge for someone special, play traditional games, dress as a Victorian child and play on the farmyard play mat (for the youngest visitors).

Free 10-minute taster talks

Visitors can enjoy free 10-minute taster talks on: colour and natural dyes, Tudor shopping, willow basketry, traditional carpentry, heavy horses, brewing and wood carving.


All activities and talks are subject to change.


The Museum is home to a fascinating collection of over 50 rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful 40-acre site within the South Downs National Park, where visitors can discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them from Anglo-Saxon to Edwardian times. There is a lot to see including: homes and historic gardens, farm animals and farming heritage, crafts and trade workshops, beautiful woodland, pasture and wildflower meadows.


The Museum’s café kiosk will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. Visitors with disabilities are advised to contact the Museum in advance of their visit to discuss the easiest way to access the site. The Museum’s new visitor centre and café complex are nearing completion and will open later in the spring.

Support in a Power Cut

Sussex Police

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24 hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.

More information can be found online at www.ukpowernetworks/priority and it’s quick to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends, particularly those who are not online and who meet the criteria, you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However,  a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the on-line registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Service Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible, to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. The link is below. We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.

Fashion Show Funds Care for Disabled Veterans


The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), on Boundary Road, Worthing, is organising a fabulous fashion show in April, to raise vital funds for their care and rehabilitation of disabled veterans.

The fashion show, on the evening of Thursday 6 April, will feature a range of fashions for all occasions and will start with fabulously glamorous evening and special occasion wear, courtesy of local dress boutique, Velvet Birdcage.  There will also be outfits for work, leisure and day wear, including new, as-new, designer and vintage clothing, much of which has been kindly donated by QAHH supporters and will be for sale on the night, immediately after the Fashion Show, at sale prices.

Students from Davison High School will be modelling the clothes on the catwalk, along with some staff members from QAHH.  The models’ hair will be styled by Richard John hair and beauty salon. At the event, there will also be stalls selling a range of accessories, jewellery and make-up.

Event organiser, Helen Bennett, explains: “Thanks to all who have made this event possible, enabling us to raise much needed funds for our residents. The money raised by the fashion show will fund the 24-hour nursing, rehabilitation, respite and end of life care we provide. It will be a really fun evening, so if you fancy being ‘en vogue’, come and join us!’

Tickets for the fashion show cost between £5 and £10 and include a drink and goody bag.

For more information, or to buy tickets, please contact Helen in the QAHH Fundraising Team on 01903 218444 or email

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