End to Flood Insurance in Arundel? Are you ready?Meeting Date: Thursday, 12 December 2013
Location: Arundel Town Hall, Maltravers St
The Environment Agency has defined the flood risk for Arundel, but offers no cure. Nearly 500 properties in Arundel are defined as having a risk of a flood in the next 75 years. As insurers find this date, they will not quote. One Flood in 75 is the minimum risk that insurers of properties will accept.
What do we do? How can we change the situation?
Come to this important meeting on to address this issue. Look round an exhibition of what you can do to protect your house.
ARUNDEL FLOOD RISK COMMUNITY GROUP, c/o 1 PENDORLDS PLACE, ARUNDEL
Festive Tax Assist Advice
Clive Slater from Tax Assist would like to share some Festive news with the people of Arundel!
Answers to a few festive tax questions show that at this time of year even the taxman can ‘bringeth’ some goodwill!
• GIFTS TO STAFF
An employer can give employees a seasonal gift (turkey, a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates etc) and such gifts are deemed to be trivial and not taxable. Lavish gifts, however, may be taxable and common sense and judgement is required.
• CHRISTMAS PARTY
Employers can spend up to £150 (inc VAT) per head, per annum on staff events without being taxable so long as the event is open to all staff. Be careful, however, because if the spend is just £1 per head above £150 the whole amount is taxable.
• GIFTS TO CUSTOMERS
These are allowable so long as
• The total costs of the gifts to any one person per annum is less than £50
• There is a conspicuous advert for the business on the gift
• The gift is not food, alcohol, tobacco or exchangeable vouchers
Finally don’t forget the on line Tax Return deadline of 31 January 2014 for the tax year ending 5th April 2013.
Please note: Advice shared here is intended to inform rather than advise. Gifts and entertainment are complicated tax areas with many implications. No responsibility can be accepted for losses resulting from actions taken without TaxAssist’s prior written endorsement. However, please feel free to call us on 01903 373655 or 01243 913488
Spotlight on New Arundel Businesses
The culture of total beauty. Comprehensive selection of hairdressing, styling & skin treatments. Make up, wedding packages, manicures, tanning, facial waxing, threading, scalp treatments, help with hair loss and lots more. Individual consultations.
Fanny Adams Boutique - Arundel. Everyone Welcome. Beautiful new collection of clothes, handbags, jewellery and the lovely scarves! You may even wish to start your Christmas Shopping!
1 Castle Mews, Tarrant St, Arundel, Sussex BN18 9DG
St Mary’s Gate is re-opened with a new Landlady – Nevin Jinha, who is looking forward to meeting existing and new customers at St Mary’s Gate a beautiful traditional 16th Century building that has long been at the heart of the Arundel community. St Mary's Gate came into Nevin’s life and has allowed her to create a warm and welcoming environment for locals and visitors alike. Call in to see her soon.
Chatelaine has just moved to Crown Yard. They stock quality used and nearly new clothes – making the best Designer clothes affordable.
Stuart welcomes you to this cosy and colourful environment with home made cakes, award winning coffee, wide selection of teas, hot paninis and sandwiches made to order. Takeaway available. trained. More info...
Just opened in Old Printing Works, Tarrant Street, Lanes Counselling offers relationship counselling for couples and individuals. They also provide specialist counselling to assist with family discord, depression, stress, anxiety, abuse, bereavement, adolescent difficulties, etc. They are safe, confidential, non- judgemental, highly qualified and Relate trained.
Opening Special Offer: £20 for thirty minute assessment. Call for appointment
Contact details: CLICK HERE
Duchess of Norfolk celebrates completion of wetland project
Duchess of Norfolk unveiled a new viewing scope at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre
The Duchess of Norfolk unveiled a new wildlife viewing scope to mark the official opening of the Arun Riverlife project during an evening celebration at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre on Thursday 19 Sept. The new scope in the visitor gallery sits opposite the artificial kingfisher nesting bank created as part of the project.
Georgina Susan Fitzalan-Howard, Duchess of Norfolk said:
“The fact that this conservation work has taken place at WWT Arundel is wonderful. I would like to congratulate all those involved - from the planners, to the construction team and especially the generous donors.’’
The Duchess of Norfolk went onto joke how much she enjoyed the improved ‘’views of Arundel Castle from the wetlands’’ that were revealed when overgrown willow trees were cut back.
Kevin Peberdy, WWT Director of Centre Developments, Sir George Russell CBE, chair of the WWT Council of Trustees and WWT Arundel Centre Manager Dave Fairlamb also spoke during the evening of celebration and activities that showcased the project at WWT Arundel.
David Fairlamb, WWT Arundel Centre Manager said:
‘’This project at Arundel embodies what the WWT is all about – habitat restoration. It brings threatened wetland habits close to people, so you feel immersed in it, as if you are sitting on the islands with the wildfowl.’’
Kevin Peberdy, WWT Director of Centre Developments said:
“The project reconnects the wetland centre with the South Downs and with the River Arun. Interpretation describing the history of the River Arun has been installed in the visitor gallery, in which Arundel plays an integral part.’’
The Arun Riverlife project was generously supported by grants from Biffa Awards and the South Downs National Park Authority. Councillor Jeremy Leggett and Councillor Barry Lipscomb of South Downs National Park Authority attended the celebration for the Arun Riverlife Project. Other supporters who attended including Mrs. Marion Davis, Mrs. Hazel Trapnell, Mr. Nicholas Sherwin with Dame Sarah Asplin, Mr. Peter and Penelope Dawkins and Andrew Swaffield, Managing Director of Avios at IAG. Attendees had the opportunity to go pond dipping, try willow wand weaving and to spot water voles during a Wetlands Discovery Boat Safari. Canapés and a buffet of featuring locally sourced food and drinks were all part of the celebration. Wildlife guides engaged the evening’s visitors in the new Arun Riverlife Discovery Hide decorated with soft chairs, wildlife wallpaper and large glass windows to appeal to novice wildlife watchers.
The Arun Riverlife project restored the main lagoon in front of the visitor centre to a natural wetland in keeping with the River Arun floodplain and water meadows that once characterised the region. This major undertaking involved removing trees to open up views, improve flight-lines and reduce perching opportunities for predators. The lake was drained, hundreds of fish and eels were relocated, and tonnes of silt were excavated. A new water control structure was installed and the area was extensively landscaped and re-planted.
This work has created a rich mosaic of wetland habitats designed to increase biodiversity, including wet grassland, ditches, lagoons and a reedbed, along with an artificial kingfisher nesting bank.
This will enable more visitors to enjoy the spectacles of their local wetlands throughout the seasons – a chance to spot kingfishers, terns and even water voles in comfort while enjoying a coffee. Visitors will have close views of the more secluded habitats and their wildlife, and can learn wildlife observation and identification skills in the new Discovery Hide.
The Arun Riverlife project was generously supported by:
The Banister Charitable Trust
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Mr and Mrs L Ralph
Winifred Eleanor Rowden in memory of her son Michael John Rowden
South Downs National Park Authority
The Tanner Trust
The Montague Thompson Coon Charitable Trust
The Constance Travis Charitable Trust
The Vandervell Foundation
The Albert George and Nancy Caroline Youngman Trust managed by Equity Trustees
Arun Riverlife Project Timeline
Feb 2012: Large fish were removed from the lake.
June 2012: The large willow trees around the lake were cut back and more hedgerows were planted as habitat for dormice.
Oct 2012: WWT Arundel and the Environment Agency captured and moved over 200 eels from the lake in October 2012 in preparation to drain the lake.
March 2013: Earth movers began re-landscaping the lakebed after a very wet winter made draining the lake difficult, delaying the project slightly.
May 2013: The Arun Riverlife Discovery Hide constructed and decorated.
June 2013: Island areas planted with sections of reed and sedge and sown with Wetland Plants.
- The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations working globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people
- Founded in the UK in 1946 by the late Sir Peter Scott, today we complement wetland conservation work carried out worldwide with a network of nine UK visitor centres
- Wetland Centres are where people can have close encounters with awe-inspiring nature – wildlife clusters near water so there is always something to see at a Wetland Centre, every day of the year
- As well as hundreds of species of birds, you can also see other wetland creatures like otters, watervoles and dragonflies in their natural environment
- WWT wetland centres hold year-round events such as walks and talks, safaris and feeding sessions, photography and craft classes, children’s activities and a host of special guest speakers and
- All WWT centres have comfortable hides, easy pathways, fully stocked cafes and gift shops and Disabled and Mother& Baby facilities and lots of interactive ways to get close to wildlife
Pizza Making Parties in Arundel
Pizza Express are now able to offer Pizza Making Parties for all ages in their new party room. Personal party hosts, dough tossing, unique pizza making, party games and much more.
Visit our Event and Party Hire Page for contact details.
Good news for Arundel High Street
"Arundel Antiques Market has now expanded into the next door premises (where Peglers was). We are happy to welcome our old and new customers to this additional space dislaying a huge and varied range of antiques and collectibles.
The upper floor of the Old market will now become a "Militaria" Market with managed cabinets from £100 per month.
Spotlight on new Arundel Businesses
Recently refurbished and now taking bookings for weddings, parties, conferences, events etc.
For info: Click here
Groves Sculpture, the home for unique and beautifully crafted chainsaw sculptures. Based in a studio buried in the stunning scenery of the South Downs, Simon Groves draws his inspiration from the surrounding environment. His exquisite chainsaw carvings are fashioned from single pieces of sustainably sourced wood, and can be designed to fit any specifications.
More info: Click here
Very warm and friendly specialist dealers of reclaimed furniture, antiques and interiors. French, mid century, modern and industrial. Their beautiful converted brewery can be found behind Co-op.
More info: Click here
A totally independant record store catering for those who still love the shiny black stuff. Their stock consists of most music tastes with records starting at just £1.00 each. They also stock a large quantity of cds for all tastes from classical to punk. Collectors records Vinyl & CD’s bought & sold.
More info: Click here
Arundel Festival 2013 a Success
This fabulous local Charity & Volunteer run multi-arts festival, one of the largest in the South, filled Arundel with colour & fun between 17th - 26th of August 2013.
Click HERE to visit the Arundel Festival Website
Spotlight on new Arundel Businesses
Based in Arundel, Sussex, with 15 years experience within the marquee and event sector, Tents N Events provide marquees and tents for all occasions, varying from small tents and pagodas for drinks parties and BBQ’s, through to large marquees suitable for weddings, celebrations, birthdays and other events. They can also provide many additionals that your event may need, including but not limited to: lighting, sound, music (live bands, DJs) flooring, power, furniture, decorations, posh WC, activities etc.
They look forward to hearing from you!
More info: Click here
Berties of Arundel is the new meeting place in Arundel offering a friendly atmosphere to enjoy tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches, panninis and much more.
The owners say "Drop by for a cuppa soon. xx"
More info: Click here.
Arundel is very lucky to have nabbed two excellent stylists from Chichester. They've opened their friendly chic hairdressers "Guilded Pleasure" down Tarrent Street and not only that but there's a special offer on for all new customers.
"A comfortable home from home environment where our award winning stylists offer helpful and honest consultations in our stunning and relaxing salon."
More info: Click here.
Arundel Voted One of Best Towns To Live In
The Times - 20th March 2013
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Neighbourhood Plan 2012
What's it about?
A government grant of £20k will allow the people of Arundel to shape the future of the town In order for the Neighbourhood Plan to be an effective tool there must be extensive engagement on a wide range of matters. It will allow you to identify which areas you want to protect and enhance as well as those areas where there may be potential for future housing development and commercial expansion
Thank you to those residents who completed the Arundel Neighbourhood Development Plan (ANDP) community survey and the Housing needs survey. It was an opportunity for you to say what's important to you, what you like and don't like about living in Arundel and how you would like to see our community develop in the future.
This report summarises the evidence base and the context within which the Arundel NDP will be prepared. It pulls together the key issues in the parish including;
- the evidence base of the Core Strategy/Local Plan and other relevant, local development Plan documents, e.g. SHLAA and Green Infrastructure Plan
- current significant Planning proposals at pre-Planning and application stages;
- the community survey report, Community Plan and other community consultation activities
- the Housing Needs Survey Report
There will be further public consultations from February to April 2013, then the final Arundel Neighbourhood Development Plan will be produced in May/June 2013. James Stewart, Chairman of the ANDP Committee and the Town Council encourage all residents to take part in this important on going process to determine what we should see to preserve and improve in Arundel.
Arundel Community Orchard
What a great opportunity! Arun District Council has funding through the Arun Wellbeing to establish the community orchard in Arundel to encourage availability and appreciation of local food, provide a focus for community involvement, education and celebration and secure the future of rare Sussex apple varieties. Herrington’s Fields in Fitzalan Road has been identified as the perfect site. Think this is a great idea? – let us know.
The trees suggested are apple and plums – do you think this is a good choice? The trees will be provided by the Brighton permaculture group who will also be running the planting event which will be in February.
ADC will still be responsible for the upkeep of the site. However they want to bring together a group of around 20 volunteers to look after the trees e.g. planting, pruning, picking the apples. (Details to be confirmed). They are also looking for a volunteer coordinator, who will work with the volunteers and ADC. Does anyone want to be a volunteer or volunteer coordinator?
Let us know what you think. Either in this blog or firstname.lastname@example.org or at one of the drop-in events on the 29th Dec or 5th Jan at the Baptist Church Hall. More news on this nearer the time.