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ASH FARM – Update

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“We want to engage, listen, research and we will react where possible and seek to avoid causing nuisance to local villagers”
We wanted to write and firstly thank everybody who attended the village meeting on Monday evening. We found it a useful meeting and a great opportunity to meet some of our neighbours.
We took away your list of points and we wanted to update you with some of our first actions following the meeting.
1. Traffic through the village
a. We will be putting within our contractor policy that we have imposed a 20mph speed limit through the village and ask that they make all their drivers aware of it.
b. Clearly labelling our machinery so you can identify our machinery so it can be identified if one has caused a problem.
c. We will speak to other local agricultural businesses that traffic through the village is causing a nuisance for residents.
2. Odour
a. We will pay for and conduct a new odour modelling survey for the site to establish if there are any ways, we can improve our odours. We will keep you updated on the progress.
3. Flies
a. Speaking to our local Environmental health to find out if the fly increase is just a Funtington issue or if overall the region has seen an increase in flies.
b. We would like to gather a sample of fly papers from those of you who have got an fly issue. We will then get the fly types identified and seek advice on action. If you could help by supplying us with used fly papers please could you get in touch with us.
A visit round our site was also requested which we would love to do so we are just arranging the details and we will send out the details as soon as they are finalised.

Our email address is ashoffice@affg.co.uk so please get in touch with any concerns.

Ash Farming LLP
Basil Baird (Fareham) LTD
Broadley Energy LTD

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FUNTINGTON AND DISTRICT VILLAGE HALL – Latest News

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Thank you to all who attended our recent pre-London run of ‘Separate Ways’ in the village hall on Friday 16th August. It was such a treat to see this show being performed, the music and direction were fabulous, and the performers were fantastic. We hope to hold many more similar fund rising events in the future.

After we had paid our professional performers, we were able to put just over £500 into the hall refurbishment fund, this was raised by a percentage of the takings, the bar profit and a couple of donations, so thank you to everyone who came along.

Please keep looking out for future village hall fund raising events, we advertise them on all Parish Notice Boards, in and around the Village Hall, on the Village Hall Website, on the Funtington Grapevine and we send out updates to the ‘Friends of Funtington and District Village Hall’, we also put adverts in the Parish Magazine and the Village Magazine when we can get them into print on time.

We have now applied for seven grants and we hope to hear soon if we have been lucky enough to be awarded funding from any of our applications. Anyone who has ever applied for grant funding will know what a nightmare it all is, the application forms take forever to complete and then once the application gets accepted you are then asked to supply more information and if you are successful on this level, you are then asked to supply even more information, the process takes many, many months, but we have successfully got onto the second/third level with quite a few of our applications….and so we just continue to keep fingers and toes crossed.

For future events, we are organising: Christmas Carols in the Horse and Groom PH, a fund raising dinner, a Christmas party/music event in the hall and then next summer we will be resurrecting the Village Duck Race.

Thank you for your continued support of our fund raising activities and if you would like to become a ‘Friend of the Village Hall’ and receive regular news updates, please contact me.

Jane Mottershead – Chair of the Village Hall Trustees, – ‘jbmottershead@aol.com’

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MEETING TO DISCUSS THE FUNTINGTON PIG FACTORY AND HOW IT AFFECTS THE COMMUNITY

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I have been asked to send out the following reminder about the meeting to be held tomorrow night at the Funtington and District Village Hall.

‘It is really important that people attend to hear about the activity which is dominating our village life, especially after the horrific reality of the accident on Friday night involving heavy farm traffic outside Saddler’s B&B in Funtington.’

I have also been asked to confirm that the meeting is to: DISCUSS THE FUNTINGTON PIG FACTORY AND HOW IT AFFECTS THE COMMUNITY

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PLEASE Keep Your Dogs Under Control

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We live at the back of Laxton Meadow, with a field that adjoins the public footpath next to the church.
We have 4 beautiful hens, Gladys, Violet, Winnie and Penny, who roam our field. Last week a black dog chased one of them and I spent over two hours trying to find her. Fortunately I found her before dusk, and despite a chunk of missing feathers she seems physically recovered.
PLEASE keep your dogs under control especially at the back of our field where there is NOT a public footpath. It is widely used by dog walkers, and next time poor Violet may not be so lucky……Jessie also met her end about 3 months ago to a similar incident.
Kim Phillips

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Cream Tea – Final Chance

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This Sunday, 25 August, is the very final opportunity to enjoy one of the well-known West Stoke Village Hall Cream Teas. It’s going to support the running costs of the Hall itself. So, between 3:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday take your final chance in 2019 for a Cream Tea: a pot of tea, a home-baked scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam and a slice of one of the delicious cakes home-baked for the occasion – all for a fiver. And, as you enjoy your tea in this lovely setting in the South Downs National Park, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that all profits will go to a worthy cause. Hope to see you there!

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FUNTINGTON FLOWER GROUP – September Meeting

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The September meeting of the Funtington Flower Group will be on Tuesday 17 September at 10.00 am in Funtington and District Village hall, Southbrook Road, West Ashling PO18 8DR. Mrs Gill Homer will give a demonstration entitled ‘Clever Containers’, The usual raffle, sales table and pre-loved paperback sales will be available to all.

As always, new members and guests are very welcome.

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VILLAGE HALL UPDATE – JULY 2019

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Planning permission has now been approved for the Village Hall alterations and extensions, which is very good news and more good news is that the Hall has, today, been awarded a grant of £5,000 from the Bernard Sunley Foundation.

So, together with other donations, there is now a total of £33,871.00p towards the refurbishment programme and the most recent monies have enabled the thermometer to be filled up a little bit more.

To date, grants have been applied for from: the SDNP; the Bernard Sunley Foundation (successful); the Big Lottery; the Coop; Tesco and a government funding scheme. In addition, application is about to made for grants from Chichester District Council and a share of some Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money from West Sussex County Council.

Offers of financial help have also been received from some local businesses.

There are lots of brilliant fund raising events being organised for the future, including the musical performance of ‘Separate Ways’, on 16 August (please contact Jane Mottershead if you would like tickets), so please continue to support us.

Jane and the Trustees are beginning to feel quite excited about the future improvements to our much loved village hall, as the proposed improvements become a huge step closer to becoming a reality.

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ROAD WORKS and ROAD CLOSURE

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WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION DOWNS ROAD, WEST STOKE

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Downs Road, West Stoke from junction with Stoke Road to junction with Woodend will be temporarily prohibited from 1/08/2019 09:30am until 1/08/2019 15:00pm. The restriction will be in place day-time only 09:30 – 15:00.

This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to carry out pothole repairs. Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times The alternative route for traffic will be signed via DownS Road, Common Road, B2178 Southbrook Road to Moutheys Lane, Stoke Road. This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105 Any queries about the works please contact Balfour Beatty on 01243 642105

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