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FUNTINGTON PARISH – Annual Meeting 24 April 2019

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FUNTINGTON PARISH COUNCIL – NOTICE OF MEETING

Dear Councillors,

I hereby give you notice that The Annual Parish Meeting is to take place at 6.30 p.m. On Wednesday 24 April 2019 at The Funtington and District Village Hall, Southbrook Road, West Ashling.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING AGENDA

1. 6.30pm Welcome, Introduction, and apologies for absence

2. 6.40pm Minutes of last meeting and matters arising

3. 6.45pm Funtington Parish in the Past talk by Geoffrey Boyes

4. 7.15pm Good Neighbours update

5. 7.25pm Parish Council Working Group Reports for the year

6. 7.40pm Finish

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FUNTINGTON AND DISTRICT VILLAGE HALL – UPDATE

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Most of you must have noticed by now the brilliant fund raising thermometer on the east wall of the village hall; hopefully it’ll soon start rising up the red bit. The thermometer was designed by Pat our Treasurer and Nick Dunnett very kindly made it all happen.
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to our newest Village Hall trustee – Jo Webley – who has agreed to become our Bookings and our Buildings Manager. Jo lives in West Ashling and she will be responsible for the day to day management of the hall as well as taking and dealing with the bookings for the hall.
The Village Hall quiz night was great fun. Nigel Brown was a superb quiz master, there were some fantastic prizes in the raffle (thank you to all who donated a prize) and everyone had a really lovely evening with a huge amount of shared laughter. Claire Abbey organised the evening brilliantly – from the quiz questions to the fish and chip supper – and her hard work raised a staggering £610 to go towards the refurbishment fund for the hall.
A really special thank you goes to Geoffrey Boys who has donated £2,500 towards the refurbishment. Some of the money he raised at his amazing exhibition depicting the history of Funtington Parish, some was from a raffle and some of the money was a personal donation. Geoffrey’s exhibition is now on display in Emsworth museum. Geoffrey’s amazing donation will help to fund the kitchen refurbishment.
Applications are now in for some grant funding from the SDNP, the National Lottery and from a central government scheme. Looking around and applying for other sources of funding is ongoing.
It is hoped that some more fund raising events can be organised: if anyone would like to help please get in touch with Jane Mottershead or Claire Abbey.
The village hall AGM is on Friday 26th April at 7:00pm. Please go along to hear more about your village hall and all of its latest news.

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Fire at Westhampnett Recycling Centre – Update, Update

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As I'm sure you all know, a serious fire broke out inside the Transfer Station located at Westhampnett on Tuesday 2nd April. Although the fire was fully extinguished on Tuesday 9th April and the site handed back to Viridor, which operates the waste transfer station for West Sussex County Council, on 10th April a full inspection and investigation will now take place. This is essential before the site can be fully reopened to the public -  to ensure it is safe for both the site staff and members of the public, as well as ensuring compliance with all legislation and permits to allow the site to open.

 

Although the cause of the fire has not been identified, Viridor has said it suspects that a likely cause is lithium ion batteries. These batteries are the main cause of waste site fires and are commonly found in a variety of products, including mobile phones, toys, cameras, eCigarettes and laptop computers.

 

The site will be closed until Thursday 18th April but it will then only be accepting green waste until further notice.  All attempts will be made to offer further services as soon as safely possible.

 

Please see our website http://www.recycleforwestsussex.org/recycling-sites/ for further details, updates and the availability of other sites.

Funtington Parish in the Past

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The exhibition will be on display for four days over the Easter Weekend from Easter Saturday until Easter Tuesday which is St George’s Day. We have already had more than 100 visitors. Entrance is free. There is a “Boat” for donations to the Emsworth Museum. The exhibition will be returning to the parish of Funtington on April 24th and some exhibits will on display for the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday April 24th in Funtington and District Village Hall in West Ashling.

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Funtington Parish in the Past

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Emsworth Museum reopens this Saturday (April 6) after the winter break – with a focus on Funtington Parish and its bygone days. The exhibition in the David Rudkin Room illustrates the rich history of the parish with pictures, artefacts and stories. The exhibition was first displayed in the Funtington and District Village Hall in West Ashling in 2017. It is presented by Alec Peters and Geoffrey Boys who have been collecting for several years and many local residents have contributed their photographs. The exhibition will be open for three weekends with five days over the long Easter Weekend. Check the Emsworth Museum for the opening times.

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Downland Workshops

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Traditional timber framing, restoration, preservation and carpentry.

Our primary work is in the construction, restoration and preservation of timber framed buildings for home, commercial, office or agricultural use. This includes Oak Sussex Barns, granaries for home offices, domestic conversions, agricultural buildings, balconies, kitchen extensions and garages. We also offer consultancy services for your own build projects. We are also the leading contractors in Sussex for using Rotafix, a specialist approach used for structural repairs to timber and masonry.

Downland Workshops were honoured to have been part of a specialist team that built a woodman’s cottage in the heart of Sussex that featured in one of the most popular Grand Designs episodes. We work alongside architects, client and engineer to find economic and practical solutions. We live and work in in West Sussex and the surrounding counties.

Email downlandworkshops@gmail.com

Contact Numbers 07759553528

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Saddlers B&B

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Saddlers is a stunning boutique B&B set in Funtington, based in the South Downs and located 10 mins drive from Goodwood, Chichester and Bosham.

Relax and enjoy time in complete luxury and peace at the recently renovated boutique B&B. We offer 3 light and spacious double bedrooms all with en-suite facilities, varying in size from 1 deluxe double – king size bed (Goodwood), 1 large double – king size bed (Brooklands) to 1 Queen -– queen size bed (Le Mans). Each room is elegantly designed and fitted with crisp white Egyptian cotton linen, fluffy white towels, a flat-screen TV, kettle, tea/coffee facilities, welcome tray, fresh flowers, Saddlers homemade lavender bags, hairdryer, torch and digital radio. Temple Spa bathroom products in all bathrooms. High speed Free WIFI throughout the house and secure off street parking.

The ground floor Snug has a roaring log fire on chilly evenings with guest info, maps, TV/DVD, books, magazine with a tea/coffee station. Outside, the English country garden is filled with mature plants, roses and fruit trees where you can enjoy breakfast in the summer sunshine months. Great effort is made to provide guests with locally sourced produce.
This property is a delightful family home built in the 1890’s on the edge of the community. The main house was originally built by the village saddler, Mr Frederick Ewens who was a prominent figure within the community.
Funtington is situated at the foot of the South Downs, providing walking, horse riding, and mountain biking in the South Downs National Park. The shores of Bosham and Chichester harbour are only 3 miles away. Goodwood, is just 6 miles from Saddlers, and offers outstanding facilities; an international racecourse, two 18-hole golf courses and the airfield/motor circuit that hosts the annual Members Meeting, Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival.
Email bookings@saddlersbb.com

Contact Numbers 01243575029

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“LET’S DANCE” for the not-so-young

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There is a rare opportunity of a couple of available spaces next term at “Let’s Dance”, an exercise-through-dance class that runs on term-time Mondays, 2:30-3:30 pm at the Church Room, St Mary, Church Lane, Funtington, PO18 9LH. Next term starts on 29th April:
• friendly atmosphere
• warm-up (seated)
• exercises to promote good posture, balance, co-ordination and flexibility
• choreography – phrases and routines
• relaxation
Please email windmill.cottage@tiscali.co.uk or ring Kathryn on 01243 575273 for further information

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