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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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Sussex Cream Tea – Sunday 11 August

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If you’re at a loose end at around teatime next Sunday, 11 August, how about coming along to West Stoke Village Hall? We’re raising funds for the East Ashling Association to help improve amenities in the village and to organise local social events.

So, between 3:00 – 5:00 pm on Sunday we’ll be serving a traditional Cream Tea: a pot of tea, a home-baked scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam and a slice of one of the ten (yes, ten!) delicious cakes baked for the occasion – all for only 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. There will also be this season’s fresh local honey for sale at the bargain price of £3 a jar.

No reply needed, obviously, but if you would like to enjoy a teatime treat and to help raise funds for the village we’d love to see you there on Sunday.

Very best wishes

Mary and Bob Money, Orchard End, East Ashling, Chichester PO18 9AX
(t) (01243) 575620
(m) 07762 787839

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Bikes for Sale

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Man’s Claud Butler Legend, Alloy frame in Green. Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres. 21 gears, twist grip change. Panier frame and sprung saddle.
Ladies’ Claud Butler Legend. Alloy step through frame in silver. Infinity tyres. Sprung front forks and saddle. 21 Gears Shimano. Panier frame.
01243 576571

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Beauty & Sole Mobile Therapist

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Summer is well and truly underway and its the perfect time to take a moment for yourself!

Whether it’s a relaxing massage for tired muscles or a pedicure to prep for an upcoming holiday; Beauty & Sole can offer luxurious treatments in the comfort of your own home.

We can also cater for group bookings for those special events!

To Book:

Call: 07826 546959

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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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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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Funtington Flower Group was formed more than 35 years ago and meets alternate months throughout the year. Our next meeting will, as usual, be held in the Funtington and District Village Hall, Southbrook Road, West Ashling PO18 8DR.

The July meeting is going to be held on Tuesday 16th when Mr Williams will entertain us with details of “The Developing Garden at Cookscroft”. The sales table, second-hand paperbacks and raffle will also be available.

We love having visitors and new members at our meetings so come along and join us.

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On Friday 16 August at 19:30 ‘Separate Ways – a jazz swing cabaret – will be held in Funtington and District Village Hall. Tickets are £10:00 and there will also be a paying bar to make the evening perfect. For tickets you can either contact Jane Mottershead ( or leave a message on the Village Hall bookings page.

This is a really ‘one-off’ and a real scoop for the Village Hall, a pre-London preview of an amazing musical cabaret.

Please support this fund raising event and have some fun at the same time

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Axel stands required for 1 week

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Dear All,

I live in East Ashling and am needing to do some work on my classic car this week to prepare it for an MOT.
I would appreciate it if someone could lend me a pair/set of axel stands (plus a jack if available).
Please send me an email if you can help.
Thanks very much!
Stephen Doll

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