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Trustee Vacancies at CRRC

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CRRC is advertising for 3 or 4 new Trustee Voluntary roles to support the charity going forward. Advertisements have been placed on the following 3 websites yesterday evening (2nd Feb) and are open to all to apply.

If you are interested in applying you can apply via one of the above sites, or you can send a covering letter, explaining why you would be a suitable candidate, and your CV to

Closing date is 28th Feb 2017 and no submissions will be considered after this date.

Hope for Children’s work in Kenya to benefit from St. James’s Place Foundation grant


Hope for Children, an international charity is delighted to announce that is has been awarded a grant by St. James’s Place Foundation to help fund its work among disabled children in Kenya. The Foundation is the charitable arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group and the funds will enable mothers to improve the health, development and quality of life of their children through home-based therapy.

Hope for Children’s work helps those in Africa, Asia and the UK, including orphans and those living on the streets, by improving their access to education and healthcare, whilst empowering families to build a sustainable future for their children. By working closely with local organisations, Hope for Children empowers those communities to increase the ability to give their own children the childhood they deserve. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, last year it was able to transform the lives of over 37,000 children and their families.

The St. James’s Place Foundation aims to make a significant difference to the lives of children and young people. It gives grants to charities working for the direct benefit of economically disadvantaged or socially marginalised young people, the physically disabled, or those suffering from a mental condition or life-threatening or degenerative illness.

Peter Wild, representative of St. James’s Place Wealth Management commented “It is our pleasure to support and help Hope for Children obtain a grant of £12,000 from the St. James’s Place Foundation.  We are passionate about helping charities which support children with special needs. A key member of my team is a mum to a young person with special needs and having supported a local Chichester charity last year, PACSO, through the Foundation, I have seen with my own eyes the benefit to families that these charities make.”

Murielle Maupoint, Hope for Children’s Chief Executive added “We are so grateful to the St. James’s Place Foundation for making this grant available, which will have a sustainable impact on the lives of many disabled children in Kenya”




The St. James’s Place Foundation is the charitable arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group. We’ve been supporting those in need since 1992, making a positive and lasting difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to charities registered in the UK to assist them in the incredible work they do every day. So far we’ve raised and distributed over £54 million to thousands of charities in the UK and overseas.


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New training gardens needed in the local area! 

If you have a large garden and could benefit from economic and enthusiastic help, read on! Could you help to train new gardeners by sharing your experience and knowledge with people who want to change career and learn practical gardening skills?


National charity, the WFGA has keen men and women waiting for placements on its Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme (or WRAGS) in the Chichester area. WRAGS provides a unique opportunity for men and women to gain a basic practical experience in a suitable garden under the guidance of a head gardener and/or a knowledgeable owner.  Potential trainees can range from novices to those with or studying for Royal Horticultural Society qualifications, but all will bring skills from previous occupations, commitment to their training (which costs them £600) and above all a desire to learn.


Local gardens supporting trainees include Harbourside in Prinsted, Keynor House in Sidlesham and Runcton Manor south of Chichester but more are needed!  Placements are for a year and preferably for two days a week, but if two nearby gardens complement each other they may be able to partner together for one day per week each. A great range of gardens of varying sizes support WRAGS across the country, including private and public gardens, several gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme and locally we even have a castle! The garden owner pays the National Living Wage (or National Minimum Wage according to age) direct to the trainee as well as pro rata holiday pay.


The Scheme is administered by the WFGA through Regional Managers. Rebecca Lloyd is the Regional Manager for East and West Sussex and her role is to recruit potential WRAGS gardens and trainees and arrange placements.  Rebecca will visit gardens to review the range of practical gardening skills available as well as training capabilities, and if appropriate, put forward candidates for interview and monitor the trainee’s progress.


WRAGS is just one project offered by the UK charity, the WFGA (Charity No. 212527) which was established in 1899 and helped to set up the first Women’s Land Army in 1912.  WFGA members can also benefit from useful workshops and practical skills days, members’ gatherings in gorgeous gardens, funding for further training, discounts on gardening accessories and seeds, a recruitment network and informative newsletters.


For more information about WFGA membership and/or WRAGS see, call the WFGA on 01285 658 339 or email

Top Charity Fundraiser Takes to the Road

Rusty Taphouse

Cancer nurse, Rusty Taphouse from Highleigh near Chichester, has signed up for the tough challenge of cycling from London to Paris to raise awareness (and vital funds) for Myeloma UK.  Rusty, who is more used to power walking and running marathons, has raised in excess of £20,000 over ten years for various charities including Breast Cancer Care, St Wilfrids Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer.

The decision to enter the challenge has not been taken lightly. 2017 marks 15 years since Rusty’s mum died from Myeloma.  The drugs and treatment options available now were not available then, and new advances in the treatment of Myeloma are being made all the time.

Myeloma is an increasingly common and complex cancer of the plasma cells. Plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and are responsible for protecting the body against infection. Myeloma damages the bones, depletes the immune system and causes kidney damage. Myeloma UK funds innovative research into the causes and treatments of Myeloma. For more information visit

“As a cancer nurse working at the Fernhurst Centre at St Richards Hospital, I see patients with this blood disease receiving drugs that can offer a better quality of life and much longer remission times than a few years ago.

I am aiming to raise over £1500 for Myeloma UK by sponsorship and by holding other events in the area between now and the start date in May.”

You can sponsor Rusty by visiting

Cat and Rabbit Rescue



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

Tel: 01243 641409  Reg. Charity no. 1010000



Good day from your favorite out and about reporter at the Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre Hulky Bear.
It’s that time of year romance is in the air and I am trying to decide just who I should send a Valentines card to, I spotted a few new arrivals to the Centre but I mustn’t upset or forget my other friends. Best to send a few cards to them all then I won’t be in trouble. The things I have to do to keep everyone happy.
Sad news one of my good friends Mercedes passed away a couple of weeks ago. She has been here many years sometimes in the barn relaxing or chilling in the grass. I will miss seeing her every day and will think of her often.
I know this feels a long time ago now I wanted to report to you a special investigation I have carried out that happened over the Christmas period. Just before the big day all the animals at the Centre received a surprise gift that hung  on each pen. These consisted of a beautifully handmade stocking  and inside were toys, treats and food. They appeared suddenly like Santa had made an early visit. You should have seen us all opening them the Guinea pigs were squeaking with delight, the rabbits happily munching special vegetables and us cats playing with new toys. Davitt who was then waiting to find a home completely trashed his pen chasing a silver ball around.   I had to find out where and who did all this for us. After some interviewing the staff I found out a young lady called Hollie had spent all of 2016 fund raising for the Centre and all of her spare time making the stockings for us. We are so grateful someone would do this so Thank You Hollie for making our Christmas the best ever.
We did get some extra special dinners over Christmas our local Tesco and Sainsbury’s donated lots of food and vegetables to the animals which was much appreciated so thank you to you and all our volunteers over the season. Our text ‘Fill a Bowl’ campaign made £279 to date looking forward to some treats from there. Thanks so much if you helped with this.
We had some good news our student vet nurse Sophie passed her latest exams. Congratulations Sophie.
Hope you have a good Valentines Day and see you all next month



If you are interested in adopting a cat, kitten, rabbit or guinea pig then please call us here at the centre on 01243 641409.

The Painting Pals

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Four ladies – before they joined forces – were individually enthusiastically discovering an earlier interest in art, leading to drawing ,painting exploring various mediums, galleries art groups and so on.  Each one passionate about colour – shapes – balance & symmetry and the amazing effects of light.

Above all perhaps the richness of our world with its many diverse expressions of life, beauty in a very simple structure, or finding a meanin g that was waiting to be discovered.

The four friends became a group the Painting Pals, the time had come to pool thoughts encourage each other, be honest about discussing work critically and of course to push boundaries and emerge from comfort zones!

After a few exhibitions we all sold work which was of course encouraging and, while we were enjoying ourselves, it was exciting that others thought we had something worthwhile.

In Meg who is at heart a watercolourist we have a patient and specific – when needed – painter, she enjoys detail and is particularly interested in buildings and structures, giving them a sense of purpose and belonging with the surroundings. Meg is attracted to mellow older buildings, but is quite capable of producing bright poster-like depictions of bustling town centres. However she has sprung surprises on us with intricate abstracts and is venturing into other mixed media possibilities. Meg has an enquiring mind and is a keen observer of the world around.

Mary is competant and creative with both watercolour or pastel, her paintings are full of warmth, her detail is thoughtful indeed a further look at her work will often find a small detail perhaps previously overlooked. Subject matter of interest is wide flowers and creatures plus landscapes and streams. A favourite with Mary also is creating cartoons  and her depiction of various types of person or situation is a result of quietly observing and distilling the essence! always with a sense of fun. She has written and illustrated a book for children for private distribution.

Nadia with her strong chinese influence produces paintings  pleasing to the eye, they can be minimalistic or large flowing and loose – or very delicate.She has worked in  various mediums but favours watercolour. Nadia paints cats with a whimsical and sympathetic awarensss of their character and individuality, flowers and birds are also of particular interest from the homely sparrow to exotica. Nadia will happily try new  approaches and thinking without hesitation but she is a watercolourist at heart and at her best.

June is also at home with both acrylic and pastel after experimenting with other mediums such as watercolour and inks etc.She began to use acrylic paints as she wanted to use brighter contrasting depths in some of her work, her real interest is in nature with its moods and wonderful shades and hues,the effects of light on land and water. An awareness of fundamental shapes in the natural world is leading to exploring abstract interpretations.


The Painting Pals exhibition takes place at Oxmarket Centre of Arts between Tuesday 11th and Sunday 23rd April between 10am and 4:30pm.

Funtington Parish Council Newsletter

SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK – We were told last year that the SDNP Authority had determined that there should be no further residential development within the Parish. We were, therefore, very surprised to hear at the recent SDNPA Annual Planning workshop with parish councils that the Authority’s strategic housing policy is due to be amended and that provision will be made for limited residential development within the Parish. We cannot give you any details but we were assured that they would be released in February. We await with interest!


WHITEHOUSE FARM You will no doubt have seen that Chichester District Council recently granted planning permission for the first phase of the development amounting to 750 houses. They did however provide that the southern access to the site should be provided before the construction of the 251st rather than the 751st house as was originally proposed. Until the southern access is constructed the only access will be onto the B2178 just to the west of the Centurion Way bridge. It is reasonable to assume that a proportion of the traffic leaving the site, particularly during the construction period, will turn west onto the B2178 into Funtington Parish and that a significant part of that traffic will use Salt Hill Road to gain access to the A27 at Fishbourne. We are concerned about the volumes of traffic likely to use Salt Hill Road and also the speed of that traffic on what is currently a de-restricted road. The Parish Council raised this concern with WSCC last year following concerns expressed by Salt Hill Road residents and on 6th December the County Local Committee resolved that a request for a 40mph speed limit from the currently restricted B2178 to the 30mph restriction just north of the A27 bridge should go forward for consultation.


FLY TIPPING – A large quantity of asbestos waste was deposited in Marlpit Lane recently. Not only does that constitute a considerable health hazard, it is extremely expensive to dispose of safely. Anyone seeing persons fly tipping please make a note of vehicles involved and inform the Police or CDC without delay.


BOURNES COMMUNITY FORUM – We were informed at the meeting of the Forum on 24th November that the CDC parking charges will be revised in February 2017 and that in certain car parks in the City charging will be extended in the evening  to ensure that theatre goers are not subsidised by daytime parkers. We were also reminded that CDC is offering financial assistance to home owners and landlords to improve home heating and insulation.


GOOD NEIGHBOURS SUPPORT SERVICES – There is an attempt being made to set up a local group similar to those already operating in Hampshire. When we have further information we shall publish it. In the meantime the Parish Council does financially support Sammy Community Transport which performs an invaluable service in this area providing community transport.

Update on proposed drilling in Markwells Wood


The request for permission to drill for oil, using water acidisation, has been submitted by UKOG (UK oil & gas)  to the South Downs National Park,(SDNP), planning division. The proposal is due to be discussed in March or April, when a decision will be made as to whether to grant permission for further vertical and horizontal drilling, and the use of acidisation technology  to proceed at the Markwells Wood site.


Acidisation is not technically hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. However, it is a traditional technique that has been developed and extended in recent years so that it can be also be used to fracture rock to release oil, in a similar way to fracking. A dilute acid is released underground under pressure, where it dissolves the limestone. In the U.S.A. it is called an “acid frack”. It can include a number of controversial chemicals in the acid mixture. We believe that regulations have not kept up with these developments and that oil companies are turning to the technique, where they can, to avoid the opposition that fracking arouses.


There has been huge local opposition to these proposals, with over 2000 objections being lodged with the SDNP and we are heartened that Portsmouth Water and the Environmental Agency have lodged grave concern over the proposals because the proposed wells would pass through a chalk aquifer that supplies water to 250,000 people in  Portsmouth, and local villages and towns in East Hants and West Sussex. There is a concern that the clean water could be contaminated by the dirty acid water, used in the drilling process.


Portsmouth city council has lodged an official objection, because of its concern over the risk to the clean water supplies and several local Parish councils have also objected.  Rowlands Castle and Stoughton PCCs have both given us financial help to enable us to commission an expert hydrogeologist to make a report on the local rocks, and the possible risks to them, if this drilling goes ahead.  This report will be done before the SDNP meets to make its decision.





  1. To protect our National Park against industrialisation


* Oil exploration and extraction conflicts with the core purposes of the South Downs National Park, which are:

* To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area.

* To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park by the public.

* If this application were granted, it could be the start of large-scale oil drilling across the National Park.


  1. To avoid risks to water supplies


  1. To maintain the beauty, peace and tranquillity of the area for residents and visitors


* Oil extraction would mean many more Heavy Goods Vehicles causing noise and vibration, clogging up our narrow country lanes and putting at risk the cyclists, walkers, motorists and horse riders who use the area for recreation.


* The drilling process would require a tall rig of about 37 metres in height that would operate 24 hours each day with a flare stack to burn off unwanted gas. This will be shielded which will reduce the visual impact.

So, visual impact, noise, air pollution and intrusive lighting would be the unwelcome consequences. Such a site would be clearly visible from vantage points on the South Downs.


  1. To conserve and protect wildlife


* Markwells Wood and the surrounding areas of woodland include designated Ancient Woodland.

* This is a rich ecosystem that contains several rare species, including barbastelle and Bechstein’s bats, which are amongst the UK’s rarest mammals.

* There are sixty four species of birds with some level of protection, including six on the RSPB endangered list.

* The immediate area also hosts three badger sets.

* These animals and birds would be disturbed by this industrial activity.


  1. UKOG has failed to consider alternative sites outside the National Park and has not shown how this development would be in the public interest. They have an obligation to do this as part of their planning application.


  1. Our commitment to a low carbon future


* The government has recently signed the Paris Agreement on climate change and yet we continue to extract and use fossil fuels in ever increasing quantities, thus contributing further to carbon emissions.

* If the government continues its plans to allow fracking and acidisation, then it will certainly be unable to meet its commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

* The refusal of this application would meet one of the National Park’s objectives, which is to adapt to and reduce the impacts of climate change.




If you would like to know more, go to Facebook and search “Markwells Wood Watch”


Objections should be made to:  The South Downs National Park Planning Department.

Application number: SDNP/16/04679/C



Helen Penfold, on behalf of Markwellswood Watch,

The local action group, opposed to the proposals, based at Forestside .

If you would like to become more actively involved with the group then please contact


Bosham WI News


The Bosham WI 2017 year got off to a cracking start, with a fascinating, amusing and revealing talk from Susan Howe.

It is impossible to “categorise” Susan’s experiences – they are numerous and varied! She spoke to us about her experiences as PA to John Betjeman and then her knowledge of “Siegfried Farnon” from the wonderful TV series All Creatures Great and Small, aka Donald Sinclair.


John Betjeman (hereafter called JB) was eccentric; shambolic; child-like; terrified of all forms of medical attention……….. and sounded wonderful – if you had the patience and humour to cope!

Her introduction to JB, complete with Archie and Jumbo under each arm (teddy bear and elephant respectively) entirely consisted of JB worrying that Archie was “under the weather; wouldn’t want to go out to dinner or the theatre that evening and what was he to do”? Susan responded in kind: surely there was time for Archie to have a lie down and rest and then maybe he would feel more able to cope with their evening engagement?

She worked from his house in Smithfield Market, coping with his eccentricities on a daily basis (he wrote poems on the back of cheque books and then couldn’t find them) and met his disparate group of friends, e.g. Barry Humphries (Dame Edna); Mary Wilson (wife of Harold and a poet) and an unfortunate vicar, who was locked in the bathroom whilst JB made his escape.

When Susan left, JB said “Gosh, we had fun. Just a shame that you couldn’t type”!!

Through her flatmate, she met Donald Sinclair, whom Siegfried Farnon was modelled on.  Played by Robert Hardy in the TV series, Robert admitted that Donald was possibly the only character he hadn’t be able to “quite get”. Because Audrey, Donald’s wife, wouldn’t let him watch All Creatures Great and Small (as she knew he would be furious) he never understood why their veterinary practice became so famous and people from far and wide came calling to Thirsk, where they lived.

He was wiry, energetic and eccentric, a huge animal lover, particularly horses, but allowed no misbehaviour from animals – crows and moles were given harsh treatment. Also extremely tactile and, whilst no inappropriate behaviour took place, he was fond of young ladies sitting on his knee!

We could have gone on listening to Susan for a long time, but tea and cake called! We shall have to have her back to hear more of her life another time.

Our next meeting is on 1 February, when Madeleine Salvetti is going to talk to us about Mistresses and their Influence in History.

If you are interested in giving our WI a try do please come along to a meeting and meet us.

Men’s Shed Look Back… and Forward to 2017

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The ‘Travellers Joy’ pub’ at Southbourne was the venue for the first Southbourne Men’s Shed Christmas Luncheon, in December, where 20 of our ‘Shedders’ enjoyed excellent food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Meeting well before the lunch was served, the guys had an opportunity to do what they enjoy most; chatting and socialising over a drink, although the drinks were more varied than the coffees they usually enjoy together. It was the final meeting of the year for several ‘Shedders’ and a chance to reflect on some of the activities enjoyed in the previous twelve months.

We have seen many new members who have joined the regulars in activities as diverse as visiting places of interest and contributing to village events and mending garden furniture as well as building Story Chairs and Mud Kitchens for local schools.  Two Shedders even took a trip to Loch Ness to collect a small model railway layout, which was later displayed at our Open Day/Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Southbourne Men’s Shed is a meeting place for men who have ceased full time work and wish to socialise with like-minded men ‘in the same boat’, a place where men can sit and chat without obligation or commitment and work on small projects if they wish to do so.

We are now planning for 2017 and, as usual, the guys have put forward suggestions for activities and days out, so we hope to include visits to several places of interest within 50 miles of Southbourne and get more involved with local activities. We will be donating the use of our ‘ Horse Race Game’ to Age Concern, Southbourne for their regular evening of fun on 3rd February at ACS, New Road, to raise some much needed funds for this worthwhile group who have been so generous in providing our meeting rooms and supporting the more senior members of our community. Our set of Wooden Games have been loaned to local groups to entertain and amuse children of all ages and are available for events like weddings where they are great ‘ice breakers’ for guests on ‘both sides’ and for village and church fetes.

Still busy with building bird and bat boxes for the Southbourne Green Ring conservation areas we are also using wood generously donated from Stansted sawmill to build other small items including bird tables and from the thicker pieces, producing items on our wood turning lathes. Three ‘Shedders’ who have not used lathes before have been taught the pleasure of woodturning and now use the lathes regularly. As with all our equipment the shedders are permitted to freely use and borrow and will be trained in the use of hand or power tools they are not familiar with.

The shed is open on weekday mornings, except Wednesday, from 9.30 and there are plans to stay open after lunchtime for those who want to work on their own hobbies or personal projects or to just sit and relax with a cuppa and maybe play cards, complete a jigsaw puzzle or work at the computer. As there is no pressure or expectation, the shedders are free to do as little or as much as they wish.

The ‘OO’ model railway has progressed and will be further developed this year by our railway group. New members to the Railway Group and our new Photography Group are most welcome.

We have been very fortunate this year as kind people have donated a variety of tools and useful equipment to the Shed for the use of our team. We have been able to equip our two workshops with both woodwork and metalwork tools enabling our Shedders to complete several projects. We are always grateful for any donations of tools, equipment and materials and as we now have two refurbished trailers we are able to collect locally. If you would like to make a donation of anything you no longer need but consider may be useful for the shed or a community project, please get in touch.

With over 40 members Southbourne Men’s Shed is now established and can offer ‘Somewhere to go and something to do’ to all men in the district who find themselves wanting some male company after ceasing full time work or are maybe suffering the loneliness of bereavement. It is for men who want somewhere to meet and make new friends where they can work on their own on a small project in the company of others or join in a group project. It is also for those who just need a ‘bolthole’ to escape from the house for a few minutes or hours in the week to read their newspaper or magazine in peace. It is open to ALL men in the area who are able to get there.

If you would like to check us out and see what you can get up to at Southbourne Men’s Shed then call in for a brochure on any Tuesday or Thursday morning and enjoy a ‘FREE CUPPA AND COOKIES’ at The Old School. New Road, Southbourne, PO10 8JX, where you will get a warm welcome.

You can find us on the web at  or call/text 07539 103015 for more details.

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