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Arundel Castle Re-Opening April 1st 2017

Set high on a hill in West Sussex, this great Castle commands the landscape with magnificent views across the South Downs and the River Arun. Founded at the end of the 11th Century, it has been the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for nearly 1000 years.

In 2017 we will be open from Saturday 1 April to Sunday 29 October.

Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive plus -

Good Friday 14 April & Easter Monday, 17 April;

Early May Bank Holiday Monday 1 May;

Spring Bank Holiday Monday 29 May;

Monday 7 August;

Monday 14 August;

Monday 21 August;

Summer Bank Holiday Monday 28 August


Crawley & Horsham South Pony Club

The beautiful Arundel Park is one of the venues used by the Crawley & Horsham South Branch of the Pony Club for their weekly working rallies. This local branch, established in 1969,  is just one of about 350 making up the Pony Club.  They hold several of their own Pony Club Shows and Hunter Trials throughout the year. By joining the Pony Club you can become part of one of the biggest, friendliest "horsey families" in the UK.


Arundel Pianos Announcement – Opens 1.4.17

From 1st April – and that’s no joke!

We’re expanding and are delighted to announce the opening of a brand new store in the beautiful historic Town of Arundel, West Sussex


David Courtney, Owner of Pianoroom Portsmouth – “This is a wonderful opportunity to open a dedicated music store (for what I believe is the first time) in the beautiful and historic town of Arundel. The new store will allow me to present much larger ranges of Keyboard orientated instruments from Yamaha, Casio, Nord & Korg than we currently have space for at Pianoroom Portsmouth.

Arundel Pianos is currently being furnished and kitted out and will open on April 1st, 2017. As well as offering a fantastic selection of keyboards and digital pianos, we will also sell a selection of Printed Sheet Music, Ukuleles, General Accessories & Musical Giftware. As the Store moves forward, it will develop it’s product profile and also cater for the very active and musical community in and around the town. Richard and I look forward to meeting new and existing Pianoroom Portsmouth customers over the coming months.

Arundel makes for a perfect day out with a fabulous Castle, beautiful walks plus a eclectic selection of independent retail stores, antique emporiums, tea rooms and restaurants. For more information of what Arundel has to offer, please visit it’s no.1 destination web site, Visit Arundel

Finally, Pianoroom Portsmouth welcomes a fresh new team – Cleo, Connor & Joe – who will continue to offer a fabulous service and before and after sales advice. I will also pop up working occasional days at the store but will mostly be found in Arundel after April.

Thank you to all our Pianoroom Portsmouth customers , you’re business is greatly appreciated and you’ve made this exciting new chapter possible” sincerely, David

Arundel Pianos opening times

Monday – Saturday 11AM -5PM

Sunday – 11AM-4PM

contacts TBC … plus a brand new web site under construction courtesy of the mega talented James Burns



West Sussex author Patricia Feinberg Stoner will be showcasing her latest book, “At Home in the Pays d’Oc”, along with three other local writers, in Arundel on April 30th.
The launch will take place from 10am to 1 pm in the Jubilee Gallery at the Arundel Museum, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA.

Based in Rustington, Patricia is a former journalist, advertising copywriter and publicist. In 2003 Patricia and her husband became accidental expatriates in the south of France, and “At Home in the Pays d’Oc” recounts some of their more bizarre – and often hilarious – encounters there. Patricia’s first book, “Paw Prints in the Butter” is a collection of comic verses about cats, sold in aid of the animal rescue charity Wadars. Ingénue Magazine called it ‘Perfect as a gift for cat lovers, lovers of good verse and those who love to laugh.’
At Home in the Pays d'Oc will be available through book shops, including Arundel book shops as well as Amazon.

Also launching their books at the Museum will be:

Bognor Regis-based Rosemary Noble, is the author of “Ranter’s Wharf”, a family saga spanning three generations. It is set against the backdrop of Grimsby, a small coastal town trying to reinvent itself in in the era of the Napoleonic Wars, religious renewal and the increasing demand for voting reform.

Angela Petch, a retired further education tutor and translator, lives in Ferring for half the year – the other half she spends in Tuscany with her husband, who is half Italian. “Now and Then in Tuscany” is her second book set in Tuscany: it explores the story of a young boy’s journey with shepherds from his mountain village in the Apennines retraced a century later by his great-grandson.

Jane Weymouth, a retired Job Centre advisor now living in Yapton, is showcasing her debut novel, “Eliza Stone”. It is the story of a girl desperate to better herself. Born in a Suffolk village in the late Victorian era, Eliza has to go into service. When she gets a job at the magnificent De Vere Hall she’s thrilled, but she falls in love with Lord De Vere’s son, with the inevitable consequences. She is forced to leave in disgrace, cursing the house and family.

Campaign For An “In Town” Pharmacy In Arundel By Colin Stepney

"I am campaigning for an “In Town” Chemist/Pharmacy in Arundel which I believe a majority of residents have missed, along with all the visitors still looking and asking for one since Lloyds moved to it’s premises at Arundel Surgery. The aim is to achieve permission for a pharmacy in the Town, as well as, not instead of, the existing one at the Surgery. Unfortunately, I cannot do this alone and am therefore asking for your support, if, you feel as I do about this.

Researching, with the invaluable help of Nigel Peters, our West Sussex County Council Councillor, into how we might achieve this, I have discovered that every 3 years, since 2012, the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board, ( HWB ), is now responsible for publishing a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment ( PNA ). The PNA is a statement of needs for pharmaceutical service provision within the HWB area and so we have to persuade the HWB that an “In Town” Pharmacy is needed, then in turn, NHS England , via the local NHS Trust, has overall responsibility with regards to new pharmacy applications, so there is a way to go. The West Sussex PNA was first published in 2015. The next is due for publication in February 2018. This review is now underway and there is a survey up and running for patients to complete. on the following website address: This survey must be completed by Monday, March 27th Although the survey doesn’t address, or allow for comments on, not having a pharmacy in the Town – although you might be able to incorporate it into Q14 - can I urge you to complete it please as it does cover aspects of “convenience” and “satisfaction” on using your nearest pharmacy i.e. Lloyds at Arundel Surgery. Following this survey, there will also be a minimum 60 day consultation period which will include members of the public.

​I have just heard from the Public Health and Social Research Unit, County Hall, Chichester that this consultation period is due to commence in September/October. The actual dates will be announced later, and that will be the time for us all to set out our case and reasons for an “In Town” Pharmacy. Meanwhile, I would be grateful if you could bring all of this, including the survey, to the attention of anyone you know who uses our one and only pharmacy at the Surgery and who you think would be willing to help the campaign.. If anyone has any queries, I’ll do my best to answer them if emailed at : With Many Thanks For Your Time and…….. Hopefully Your Support, Colin Stepney"

Maltravers Street and Tarrant Street Table Beer by Arundel Brewery

The Arundel Brewery have just brought out two new pale ales – one is Maltravers Street Session IPA and the other is Tarrant Street Table Beer named after two of our lovely streets to be found in Arundel.

They can be purchased from their shop in the town at Unit 1, Quay House, River Road and you will also find it for sale in some local restaurants in Arundel.


Matthew Barnes-Smith sets out to walk 100 miles along the South Downs Way for Charity

Please join my Hike for Heroes, says walker Matthew When Matthew Barnes-Smith sets out to walk 100 miles along the South Downs Way, he hopes he won’t be alone. The 29-year-old planned the challenging two-day trek to raise money for the charity Bowel & Cancer Research in memory of a friend. Then he decided to extend an invitation to anyone else with an unsung hero in their lives to join him.
Matthew’s inspiration for Hiking for a Hero is Pamela Smith, his 82-year-old former neighbour in Arundel who died in February 2016. The pair struck up a close friendship in 2014 and she became Matthew’s confidante at a turning point in his life.

“She was a fantastic woman whose friendship had a profound effect on me,” said Matthew, a construction project manager who now lives in Codicote, Hitchin.

“She had infinite wisdom and incredible warmth. She was a woman of strength, integrity and empathy and anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her would understand how comfortable, warming and positive her company was.”
The idea for the hike came about because Pamela, knowing that her young neighbour liked to walk, would save press cuttings about local walks which Matthew might like.

“It seemed like a fitting tribute,” he said. “Pam would probably be questioning my sanity – telling me I’m a nutter. But she’d also be proud.”
He sets off from Winchester on April 14, finishing in Eastbourne the next day. He has split his walk into eight sections and is using Facebook to invite others along.
“If anyone’s crazy enough to join me for all or part of the walk at my pace, or their own, that would be great. I want to raise money for unsung heroes – those people who wander in and out of our everyday lives, who mean a lot to us but whose story doesn’t always get told.”
Matthew is also raising money for the St Wilfred’s Hospice in Chichester where Pam was cared for in her final days.
Anyone who wants to join Matthew can follow him on Facebook or support him at
The Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research Deborah Gilbert thanked Matthew for his support. “Our mission is to fund research so that no one should die of bowel cancer in future and we cannot do that without the support of fantastic fundraisers like Matthew. We’re sure Pamela would have been proud.” 

Arundel Historic Tour Centre and Gift Shop


How can respect for the homes and lives of animals and respect for each other be connected in a way

Article written by Deborah Smith

The vision - that Arundel becomes the first proactively wildlife-aware and respectful home town and visitor destination in the country.  We could create a model for others to follow, but we would always have the leader’s advantage. This would be achieved by a simultaneous marketing campaign and a community development programme.

The three main, inextricable aspects would be:

  • Education and enlightenment - through signage, interpretation and special courses – using Apps and social media where appropriate as well as deeper learning experiences
  • Practical, tangible eco-changes by homes, businesses and public bodies-  to buildings, street planting, green and not so green spaces-  creating beautiful and useful corridors, stepping stones and refuges that enhance chances for wildlife to thrive.
  • Retailers, tourism -related, art and craft businesses finding ways to capitalise on this new focus and identity for Arundel.


Why Does this Programme Warrant Support?

It’s big and bold, and needs to be chunked up into manageable parts but:

  • The town is uniquely placed to achieve it. The surrounding countryside managed by the Norfolk estate is an exemplar of wildlife-friendlier farming, we have one of the finest “Manors” in the country and there is evidence from previous surveys that residents and visitors place a high value on the wildlife here.
  • Arundel is a top tourist destination and this idea has the potential to make it a pioneering, resilient, year-round eco-tourism destination and a beacon of hope, in the continuing absence of any fundamental changes to national environmental policies and laws, that urban and sub-urban areas really can be a wildlife haven of last resort.
  • There is wide consensus that Arundel retailers need a boost and the wildlife focus would bring a unifying sense of direction and focus to the town’s market positioning and sustainability, increasing the length of visits and therefore per-day spend as well as increasing markets for other types of local eco-oriented services and manufacturing/rural craft businesses.
  • As the town improves its capacity to protect and enhance wildlife in a cohesive way, we will learn how to measure the ensuing benefits to our ecosystems services, cultural heritage, personal development, aesthetic pleasure and mental health.  Arundel will be a model for others to follow.

Please communicate comments and suggestions especially from those individuals and businesses who can see the potential in this idea and who want to do more for wildlife in the green and brown spaces under their influence or control. 

I don’t want to sound too much like a populist but “this could be beautiful folks”.

Deborah Smith


The Arundel Community Orchard Group's 'The Sunset Wassail'

On Saturday 7 January 2017 a magical Sunset Wassail took place, hosted by The Arundel Community Orchard Group. The ancient custom – ‘waes hael’ meaning ‘good health’ from the Old Norse/Middle English, saw singing, dancing and the making of lots of noise to wake up the trees and to frighten away any evil spirits and ensure a fruitful crop. The trees then received a libation of cider and a Wassail chant.

All were invited to hang pieces of toast on the branches for the birds, who were deemed to represent the ‘good spirits’ of the trees. Mulled cider and apple juice was also available for the crowd to join in the saluting of the tree. All this was brilliantly led by the Sompting Village Morris group with free admission to all.

The Arundel Community Group is a support organisation for the Community Orchard, off Fitzalan Road, Arundel. During the year they hold an Apple Day and the Wassail as public events whilst organising educational activities for the local primary schools.

Joint Organiser Nell Paton said “It was great to see so many people gathered at sunset to take part in this ancient ceremony. Sompting Morris created a magical atmosphere and enough noise was made to wake up all thirty fruit trees in the Orchard. It was fun!”

Arundel Football Club welcomes new 1st Team Manager

Richard Towers has just taken on the role of Arundel Football Club 1st Team Manager. Richard and his wife Sharyn have also recently purchased the Waterside Café and are going to be very busy in 2017 with this new business as well as Richard’s involvement in the football Club. Their four sons all played for the Club and Richard and Sharyn are great friends of Bob, the Arundel Football Club Chairman and Kim his wife, from Belindas Tea Rooms in Tarrant Street. Richard has in previous years held the position of Manager at Arundel so it’s great that he has taken on the role once more. All at the Club wish him well.

Southern Rail announce further strike action

Southern Rail have announced today that further strikes will be taking place over the next six weeks. They are urging all travellers to expect a severely reduced and disrupted service on every day while this industrial action is in place. Services are expected to be particularly disrupted on the drivers’ strike dates with no services on most routes. There is also likely to be increased disruption over the Christmas and New Year period. Announced so far are:
  • Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 December (RMT conductors' strike)
  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December (ASLEF & RMT drivers' strike)
  • Friday 16 December (ASLEF & RMT drivers' strike)
  • Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 December (RMT conductors' strike)
  • Saturday 31 December to Monday 2 January (RMT conductors' strike)
  • Monday 9 to Saturday 14 January (ASLEF & RMT drivers' strike)
​For the latest information, visit the southern rail website:

Waterside Café new owners, Richard and Sharyn Towers

The Waterside Café have just got new owners !  Richard and Sharyn Towers.  Some of you may already know them from their other local business the Clymping Beach Cafe and Richard was Manager of the Arundel Football Club for several years where their four sons also played.   Richard and Sharyn are great friends of Bob, the Arundel Football  Club Chairman and Kim from Belindas Tea Rooms.

Their businesses are very much family run and with help from their marvellous staff and friends they are very much looking forward to getting the Waterside – a real Arundel icon - well established once more in the town. They are going to be getting very involved with Arundel and are looking forward to meeting everyone and making new friends in the town.
Do call in and see them soon – they will be delighted to meet you.

Green Wright Charlton Annis are moving to London Road

​The long established firm of Solicitors, Green Wright Chalton Annis are moving on 12th December from Tarrant Street to new offices at 1 London Road, Arundel. All their existing contact details as regards telephone numbers and even the postcode will remain unchanged. Situated in this lovely old building which has much character, there is parking available for clients on the premises and Green Wright Chalton Annis would be very glad to meet new and existing clients to show them their new offices.

Arundel By Candlelight in 'Where to go and what to do in December' by Holiday Lettings, Trip Advisor


Saturday 3 December

It’s difficult to imagine a more atmospheric spot to start December than Arundel. The picturesque castle and cathedral in this historic West Sussex town provide the perfect backdrop for its candlelit Christmas market. Cuddle a cup of hot mulled wine, revel in the scent of roasting chestnuts and celebrate all things festive. You’ll probably pick up a treat or two from the hand-picked stallholders, too.

Arundel Youth Club

Arundel Youth Club has finally settled a long-running dispute with its landlord (West Sussex County Council).
In 2014, the Council demanded a rent of £17,335 a year for the Youth Club’s continuing use of its premises (above Arundel Library). Now, after 2 ½ years of frustrating negotiations, the Council has finally agreed to accept £1,000 a year!
The Youth Club will “re-launch” early in the New Year, but – meantime – is seeking peop...le who would like to volunteer to assist the youth of Arundel by:

  • Becoming a Trustee
  • Joining the Youth Club Management Committee
  • Becoming a Youth Club Leader or Assistant Leader
  • Sparing some time to help with activities
  • Using their own professional skills to mount presentations, demonstrations, etc.

If you are interested, or want more details of what is involved, please contact:
Matt Williams (Chairman) on or


Traffic Advice for Arundel by Candlelight

Attendees are advised to plan ahead for their journeys to

Arundel by Candlelight on Saturday 3 December 2016 12:00 – 19:00

Arundel Town Council and the local community are working in conjunction with the Arundel by Candlelight committee to provide extensive free parking arrangements for this year’s magical Christmas event; inclusive of complimentary Park and Ride schemes, extended free car parks and repositioned taxis and bus stops.

FREE Parking in Mill Road Car Parks, BN18 9AA from 12:00-19:00FREE Parking in Arundel Lido Car Park, BN18 9GJ 12:00-19:00
FREE Park and Ride Scheme from WWT Arundel Wetlands Centre, BN18 9PB until 19:30
FREE Park and Ride Scheme from Whiteways Car Park, Bury Hill, BN18 9FD until 19:30Please see below for full travel details.

Car Parking
Free car parking will be available from 12:00-19:00 to allow attendees to enjoy the whole Arundel by Candlelight event. This includes 152 spaces in Arundel Lido car park, Queens Street, BN18 9GJ and many hundreds of spaces in Mill Road car park, BN18 9AA, with fully lit over-flow fields subject to weather conditions. Please follow the Arundel by Candlelight free parking signs.
There will be an additional 151 space car parking facility in the Southern Rail Car Park on Station Approach, Arundel, BN18 9PH (Saturday charges apply).
Free Park and Ride schemes will be running from both the WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, BN18 9PB and Whiteways car park, Bury Hill, Houghton, Arundel BN18 9FD until 19:30. Please follow the Arundel by Candlelight Park and Ride signs.
With limited on street parking it’s highly recommended that attendees make use of the above free schemes – difficulties in locating on street spaces only add to congestion build ups.
Please note: Following illegal and dangerous parking in the Arundel area during previous large scale events, hundreds of ‘No Waiting’ cones and signs will be positioned in areas to prevent illegal parking, inclusive of but not limited to London Road, Canada Road, Torton Hill Road and surrounding areas. These areas will also be patrolled regularly. Vehicles causing an obstruction on surrounding streets or parked on verges will be at risk of towing and penalty charge notices. Please do not endanger the lives of residents, yourselves and the wider community.

Limited coach parking will be available in Mill Road car park. Please contact the event organisers for further details.

Arundel town hosts cycle racks outside Arundel Museum on Mill Road and the Coop on The Causeway, along with five cycle hoops available for use outside Spencer Swaffer Antiques, Arundel Brewery Shop, the former Mill Road toilets, The White Hart and the Red Lion pub. Twenty four storage spaces are also available at the Southern Rail car park, five minutes’ walk from Arundel town centre.

Buses will be offering a diversion route into Arundel Town via Queens Street. The bus stop will be located at the entrance to Mill Road car park. Buses displaced from stops within the road closure areas will all relocate to Mill Road car park. Please contact the various bus operators for any further details.

Castle Cars taxis rank will be running from Mill Road adjacent to the Arundel Post Office throughout Arundel by Candlelight.

Southern rail runs regular services from major surrounding towns along with direct lines to London. For telephone enquiries and bookings phone Arundel Station Travel on 03451272920; National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit for information about times, routes, etc

Road closures during Arundel by Candlelight
On the day of the event the High Street and Tarrant Street will be closed to vehicles from 06:00 to 23:00 in order to make these streets a safer and more pleasant environment during peak time. This will also allow the facilitation of the live nativity procession, children’s lantern processions, Christmas stalls, choirs and street entertainment. Crown Yard car park will be closed for parking to host the vintage fairground. Cars parked illegally in these areas will be at risk of penalty charge notices and immediate towing.

Parking restrictions during Arundel by Candlelight
Two parking bays on the cobbled area of the High Street will have a parking suspension enforced on Friday 2 December 00:00 to 23:59 to allow for initial set up. Parking suspensions will then be issued on Saturday 3 December along Mill Road next to and opposite Arundel post office (to allow for the mobile taxis rank), along River Road adjacent to McColls and The Causeway/Queen Street (both to ensure a clear free-flow of traffic). Cars parked illegally in these areas will be at risk of penalty charge notices.

Many thanks to...
The Norfolk Estate, Arun District Council, West Sussex Highways, Arundel Lido, Arun Community Transport, A Plant, EMS, Castle Cars and Stagecoach for their help in producing these traffic schemes.
Arundel by Candlelight and local authorities will be doing all they can to alleviate congestion and keep the traffic flowing safely but they’d like to remind drivers that it will be busier than usual and to plan your journey. Do make use of the free parking schemes and please ensure, as you should all year round, to show due consideration to local residents when parking, as well as ensuring roads are left clear enough in case access is needed by emergency vehicles. Towing and penalty charge notices can be issued during this event.

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Schedule of events: For further information please contact


Martin Steels new look!

Martin Steels Ltd Optometrist and Contact Lens Practitioner located in Tarrant Street now have an updated look. 

The practice has gone from a traditional style to a very modern and up to date image. Alongside the new surroundings of the practice, they also have a new advanced eye scan and there is a fantastic collection of frames in store so why not pop into their premises and see the great range of styles for yourself.

Please make sure to check out their Facebook Page too – Martin Steels Ltd


Arden Guest House are ranked #1 for B&Bs in Arundel!

"We're thrilled to currently be ranked #1/21 Arundel B&B's on TripAdvisor, especially as we're part-way through a major renovation of the exterior of our property and not looking our prettiest at present! We look forward to unveiling the freshly renovated Arden House within the next few weeks, and in the meantime, please let everyone know that we remain open for business and continuing to provide a warm welcome to our guests." Lucie, Arden Guest House, 2016

Arden Guest House - Trip Advisor 

Arundel by Candlelight publishes schedule for December 3rd, 2016

Arundel by Candlelight Saturday 3rd December sponsored by

Since 2002 Arundel Chamber of Commerce has presented Arundel by Candlelight, an event which creates a special sort of magic throughout the town and delivers a perfect warm-up to the Christmas season. This year will be no exception, once again sponsored by Pegasus Properties; it will take place on Saturday 3rd December.
The Christmas market will showcase a wonderful range of hand-picked independent stall-holders, selling unique ranges of clothing, jewellery, seasonal gifts as well as a holly and mistletoe stall. The seasonal treats on offer include roast chestnuts, mulled wine and hog roasts....... this is in addition to Arundel’s amazing range of independent shops, art galleries, great restaurants, pubs and cafes. 
A procession led by 3 churches,  local choirs, and The Chichester Young Farmers with their animals will open the event at 12 noon and we welcome the community to join in. This will be followed at 12.15 by the Church led Carol service. As in previous years the entertainment is organised by the Creative Director Sharon Blaikie on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce  
This year sees the return of the much loved Lantern Procession lighting up the centre of Town. Lantern workshops for children will be from 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm in the Norfolk Arms Hotel and the Lantern Procession will take place at 4.30 pm with judging by the Mayor and the Town Crier.  A snow machine will add to the atmosphere.
The Christmas tree lighting ceremony with take place at 4.45 with the Rt Hon Nick Herbert CBE MP for Arundel & South Downs.
Father Christmas in his grotto will once again be at Arundel Museum in Mill Road from 12.30-7pm with children’s face painting. 
The Chichester Young Farmers Club will recreate a 'Live Nativity' scene with costumes and a parade through the town at 12 noon to their final static destination next to the Museum, raising money for their chosen charity.
Crown Yard will feature vintage Victorian fairground rides from Hortons Steam Fair, including a Big Wheel and helter-skelter.
Arundel Chamber of Commerce is once again extremely grateful for the support of their main sponsor, Pegasus Properties, and also Arundel Town Council for their support with this event.
“We do hope that you will make a date in your diary and join us on this fantastic day” Ian Fenwick, Chairman of Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on the day’s programme and timings please visit our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
More info/addresses for reference:


Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

On the 18th of October 2016, The Queen’s award for Voluntary Service was awarded to the Arundel Museum.

This prestigious award is made to volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to the development and propagation of a charity or organisation. It is the highest award presented to volunteers by the Queen and the equivalent of receiving an MBE.
After the citation read by John Godfrey, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, The Lord Lieutenant, Susan Pyper, presented the award to Pauline Carder, Chairman of the Trustees of Arundel Museum who accepted on behalf of all the volunteers who have contributed to the success and running of the Museum.
Amongst the dignitaries attending the event were Lilian Holdsworth Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Pat Arculus, Chairman of the WWCC, Stephen Haymes, Chairman of the Arun District Council, James Stewart, Mayor of Arundel and Jim Lynch, Chancellor of the Chichester University and many of the volunteers who have worked so hard to establish and run Arundel Museum.

Details for Arundel Museum

Changes at local recycling centres

West Sussex County Council has announced changes to the opening hours of its household waste recycling sites across the county. 

Our nearest centre, in Littlehampton, will now be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and there are new opening times:

  • 10am to 5pm from 1st October to 31st March (Winter)
  • 10am to 7pm from 1st April to 30th September (Summer)

There may also be charges for the disposal of certain types of refuse, including rubble, tyres, plasterboard, bathroom furniture and paving slabs.

For more information, click here.

(Arundel Community Netowork Bulletin, 4th October 2016)


Town Crier's Compeition sponsorship

A fourth Town Crier’s Competition is to be held on June 10th 2017.

Angela Standing is Arundel’s Town Crier and is asking for your support again in sponsoring a Town Crier for the sum of £15-00. Any sponsor money will be collected next Feb/March

If you are interested in sponsoring a Town Crier please contact Angela on: - 01903 883225 or e-mail Thank you.


Arundel Festival wins Festival of the Year 2016 at The Sussex Life Awards


On October 6th, at the Sussex Life Awards ceremony held at the Brighton Metropole, the Arundel Festival won the Festival of the Year 2016 award. Five members of the committee were there to collect the Award on behalf of the many volunteers who put both time and effort into making the annual event such a success.
The Festival happens over 10 days throughout the town and is a community and arts festival providing activities and entertainment for all ages and tastes. This year there were 247 individual events covering art, theatre, street entertainment, children’s activities, live music, sport, food and wine. Thousands of people visit Arundel during this period giving the town’s economy a much needed boost. In addition, £12,000 was raised this year during the Festival for other charities such as Riding for the Disabled and Diabetes UK.
Next year will be the 40th Arundel Festival and, if the committee have anything to do with it, it will be the best yet.


Arundel Town Council Community Award 2016

The Town Council  very much appreciate the many volunteers and organisations that work tirelessly for the benefit of the residents of Arundel. In order to recognise this they wish to present a Community award for an individual or group based in Arundel which has made an outstanding positive contribution to the Town during the year.

Nominations are requested for the 2016 Arundel Community Award. Please submit your nomination to the Town Hall by Friday 28 October 2016 - stating why you think your nominee should be considered.

For more information contact the Town Hall on 01903 882954 or visit


Visit Arundel staff update

The Visit Arundel website would like all their clients to know that Alice, who has been working for the website for several years, has moved on to other ventures.  She has made an enormous contribution to both the website’s design and also to the success of Visit Arundel.  She will be greatly missed and Ash would like to thank her for all her hard work over the last few years. Eloise Sole is now taking over the website’s management/administration so if you need any help with adding events/special offers etc , please contact her -  As usual,  Barb can be reached on 07770 626342 and Ash 07900 984594


Arundel Museum Society Awarded Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Congratulations most certainly goes to the volunteers of Arundel Museum Society who have been awarded the QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE, the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. Winning groups are announced in the London Gazette on 2 June each year, the anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. 

The society received the news directly from the Cabinet Office who manage the award: 


“I am writing to inform you that Arundel Museum Society Volunteers were nominated for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2016. This award was created by The Queen in 2002 to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee, recognising excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE and I am delighted to inform you that your group has been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2016.

The award of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation. We hope that everyone feels immensely proud of the recognition that this Award represents.”

​- The Cabinet Office

An English Crystal with the logo insignia will be presented to the volunteer group by the Lord Lieutenant later in the summer.​

The Arundel Museum volunteers are one of only four groups in the county to receive the distinguished award. Other winning volunteer groups from West Sussex include the Community Minibus Association (West Sussex), Ferring Conservation Group and the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.

Well done to all! 


Spotlight on New Arundel Businesses 2016

Find below the new businesses who have decided to call Arundel their home this year, or have started to provide useful services to the town.
So far...

Iridos Graphic Design

We are a small, friendly, bunch of graphic designers, based in Sussex, who love to create for people that need to express what they have. Pulling together our collective experiences…

Malt House Cottage

Distance 0.25 miles miles
This beautiful cottage right in the centre of Arundel has 2 bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms, an open plan kitchen/living room and downstairs cloakroom. The master bedroom has a…

School Lane

Distance 0.6 miles
An Artist's house in central Arundel. Double bedroom with private bathroom. There is also a single bedroom to add to the rental for a family/friend group of three. Sunny, private…

Hayley's Nail Boutique

The only nail salon in Arundel. We offer a wide range of services – Manicures Acrylic Extensions UV hard gel extensions Nail Art Nail Repairs We only use OPI products…

Arundel Meetup Group

Arundel is such a great place to live but I noticed there are so many people living in the area who would like to meet more people and do more…

The Burger Shop Co

Recently opened, The Burger Shop Co. is Arundel's very first proper burger restaurant also serving beers, cocktails and shakes. We offer vegetarian and gluten free options. Note: we do not…

Flora & Nora

13 King Street

Distance 0.3 miles
The Garden room is large and spacious, with ensuite facilities situated at the end of the house. It has an additional comfy sofa bed as well as a large double…

Motte & Bailey

Welcome to the Motte & Bailey Cafe Motte & Bailey Cafe is a traditional cafe and tea room nestled in the heart of historic Arundel. We open at 9am from…

Your Next Move Fitness Training

Fitness Training with Your Next Move Emma & Martin have just moved to the lovely Arundel. As running specialists, we would like to help members complete their first 5k Park…

Angel Cottage

Enjoy modern comforts in a traditional style. Angel Cottage stands on the site that forms part of the General Abercrombie Pub lost to a fire some years ago. A very…

Etc Magazine

etc Magazine is a complimentary lifestyle magazine, which has four editions that cover Sussex and Hampshire. This monthly magazine is packed with great reads from celebrity interviews, the latest fashion…

The View

Distance 1.4 miles
Our happy home is a 10 minute walk into the historical quaint town of Arundel in West Sussex. We are conveniently situated between Portsmouth( 30 minute drive away) and Brighton(…

MIND Coastal West Sussex

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA We provide support and information Forget -Me-Not Arundel ​A group for people with mild cognitive impairment, memory loss or dementia, supporting them their carers, families and friends.…

Shrine Tattoo Studio

Providing professional, bespoke dermagraphic art within a private, peaceful space. Hand-drawn, custom designs are available or feel free to contact the studio to arrange a consultation to discuss your ideas…

Laundry Cottage

Distance 0.6 miles
Lovely Victorian holiday let cottage in Arundel with 2 reception rooms and galley kitchen, 2 double bedrooms and bathroom. The cottage has open fires to snuggle up in front of…

Sussex Film Office

Sussex Film Office is the one stop film shop in Sussex. We provide support for companies and individuals planning and undertaking location filming or photoshoots in the area. Our aim is…


Woods Travel Ltd Celebrate 45 Years of Business

Award-winning, family-run coach operator and travel agent teamed up with travel partners for an open day celebrating their 45th anniversary

Woods Travel Ltd has been serving the south with award-winning passenger transportation for 45 years. To mark the occasion, the company hosted a grand open day celebration at Arundel Castle Cricket Ground on Saturday May 14, 2016.

Over 400 past, present and potential customers attended the event for an opportunity learn more about the history of the family-run business and its current wide range of trips and holidays, as well having the option to experience one of their luxury coaches first-hand. Woods also had a shuttle service, by coach, running to and from Arundel town throughout the day.

The picturesque backdrop of Arundel Castle Cricket Ground made a wonderful setting for the Woods Travel 45 Year Exhibition Marquee, which showcased a range of photographs, articles and memorabilia going back to the business’ establishment in 1971. Display boards containing details of selected coach holidays, day trips, cruises and other travel agency products were perfect in wetting the travel appetite of the visitors.

The main hall was the venue for Woods’ travel partners to showcase their businesses and provide presentations to guests, as well as offering on-the-day bookings, with Warner Leisure Hotels, Saga Holidays, CroisiEurope, Wendy Wu and Fred Olsen to name a few.

Pinks Vintage Ice Cream were on hand to provide delicious ice creams to Woods guests and spectators of the 20/20 cricket match with George’s Regis Jazz Band offering an afternoon of melodic tunes and ‘Owls About Town’ surprising guests with the chance to get up close and personal with their beautiful parliament of owls. Roger Elsmere, Managing Director of Woods Travel Ltd said: ‘We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who made our 45 Year Open Day such a success! Our hard-working staff, for the immense amount of effort they put into the day, our amazing travel partners for providing exciting and informative presentations and the team at Arundel Castle Cricket ground for helping us create the perfect venue.
But most of all thank you to our wonderful, loyal customers, those who attended our event, and all those who have used our services over the years – it is because of them that our grand celebration was possible.’ Woods held a grand raffle on the day with a Woods holiday for two as 1st prize and many other fabulous prizes which were donated by their travel partners. The total raised on the day was £750.00 which will go to Woods nominated charity the RNLI.

  • Event started at 1000hrs with a 1700hrs finish
  • Guests were escorted to the event via coach from as far away as Horsham and Eastbourne
  • Guests had the opportunity to book holidays on the day

Sussex by Air also created this absolutely incredible video of the day:


Mayor Making in Arundel - Steeped in History

It was Mayor Making at Arundel Town Council on 12 May, and in time honoured tradition the “old" mayor, preceded by his Mace Bearer, led his fellow Councillors into the Holmes Chamber at the Town Hall.

The Mayor is dressed in historic robes that were made in 1846 for the vist of Queen Victoria to Arundel that year: To enable the council to greet the Queen with the appropriate dignity it was decided that the 

Councillors should be "apparelled in suitable robes of office", the custom of wearing such robes having passed away over the years. The Town Clerk was therefore instructed to obtain patterns from the Councils of Portsmouth and Guildford, with the result that the shape and design of the latter was used. It was decided the the robes of the twelve councillors be “Black hemmed in silk velvet” and that worn by the Mayor to be “Scarlett trimmed with German Sable”.

Mayor, Councillor James Stewart

The Mayoral Chain, of 18 carat gold and enamel, is decorated with suns (Heraldic suns, suns in glory) and white roses. From a large red rose in the centre, surmounted by a white rose is the pendant badge, charged with the insignia of the Town: A swallow volant in "bend sinister”, sable, surrounded by clusters of oak leaves and acorns, a badge of the Earls of Arundel. At the back there is a quatrefoil, the arms of His Grace the Earl Marshall, Duke of Norfolk. Suns and white roses can also be found on the tombs of several of the Fitzalans. The chain was presented to the Town by Henry, Duke of Norfolk, Mayor in June 1897.

TheMace bearer, protecting the Mayor, carries a mace that is 2 feet 6 inches long in silver gilt. This is surmounted in a royal crown, with the armorial ensigns of the Stuart sovereigns on the cap. Inside the head is inscribed “J Lane, Mayor, 1732”.

This year Councillor James Stewart, is being both the old mayor and the new one, did not have to leave the Chamber to exchange robes as would be the case if someone else was talking over. So he was sworn in by the Town Clerk. Then the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Angela Standing, was sworn in. She too has been re-elected to the role by her fellow councillors. Angela Standing is also Arundel’s Town Crier.

Following the oaths, the Mayor thanked councillors for their support and they applauded both the new Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

The Council meeting then continued with a presentation of new initiatives by the Arundel Community partnership before Mayor, Councillor James Stewart stated that “I am looking forward to the new year with further development of the Town’s Vision, and more detailed Transport and Access Strategy and the new Youth Strategy.”

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  • Mayor, Councillor James Stewart,
  • Mayor, Councillor James Stewart with Deputy Mayor and Town Crier, Councillor Angela Standing
    Mace Bearer, Caspian Ashworth
  • The Full Council, with Town Clerk, Amanda Finnamore

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How House Prices Have Risen During the Queen's 90 years

Written by
Clive Janes of CRJ Lettings, Chichester

As the Queen celebrates her 90th Birthday in the most expensive residential home in the world (Buckingham Palace, which is worth over £1bn), I thought it might be interesting to see how property prices have changed since her birth on the 21st April 1926.

Back then the average price of a property in the U.K was just £619. Ninety years later the average property now costs £291,505, meaning you could have bought 471 homes for the same money in 1926! With a pint of milk costing 1.3p and a loaf of bread costing 1.8p when the Queen was born, times certainly have changed!

Just before World War II, property prices had increased just £40 to stand at an average of £659. It was seemingly after the Second World War when property prices really started to take off. The Queen’s first child, Prince Charles, coincided with the ‘baby-boomers’ generation, who have overseen this meteoric rise. When he was born in 1948 the average property cost £1,751, a figure which had risen to £2,006 by the time the Queen was coronated in 1953.

Three decades later, when Prince Charles married Diana in 1981, property prices had increased to £24,188 (up 1,280% since his birth).

Another decade on to the Queen’s ‘annus horribilis’ in 1992, with the breakdown of three of her childrens marriages and the fire at Windsor Castle (now re-built and worth around £200m) and prices had more than doubled to an average of £61,336.

Five years later, the year of Princess Diana’s death, and prices had risen a comparatively modest 24% to £76,103. This compares to a huge 69% rise in the next five years that took the average property price to £128,265 on the Queen’s golden jubilee year of 2002.

Fast-forward to today to complete the journey that has seen property prices increase 47,021% since the Queen’s birth and it is clear that property has far exceeded the gains of everything around it.

In fact, the U.K cost of living has increased by ‘only’ 5,413% in the same ninety year period, meaning that £619 cash in 1926 is equivalent to just £34,105 today. House prices have risen more than gold (20,425%) and shares (11,685%), whilst a pint of milk would cost £612.57 today had it increased at the same rate as property! A few weeks ago I declared that the average property in Chichester would be worth £1m by 2030, if the previous rate of property price increase were to persist. Taking this a step further, on Prince William’s 90th Birthday in 2072 the average property would be worth £11.3m whilst house prices will average £86m on Prince George’s 90th in 2103!

​Article reproduced with kind permission from Clive Janes, CRJ Lettings.
This article was also featured in the Chichester Observer's property section on 21st April 2016.
Clive Janes, CRJ Lettings.


Arundel Flower and Produce Show Calling for Volunteers

The very popular annual Arundel Flower and Produce Show has been held in the town for decades but this year’s event is now in serious jeopardy due to the sudden retirement of the Secretary/Chair of the organising Committee. We urgently need more help to organise this year’s event, without which it may have to be cancelled.

Please contact George Stedman at if you can help, even in a small way, to ensure the Show’s continuance.

Please share this article to get the word out. 


Interview with "Mrs Arundel"

Oh gosh! Visit Arundel's very own "Mrs Arundel", or as we know her, Auntie Barb, is in the March/April 2016 issue of Title Sussex Magazine.

Plus we spotted several other locals. Can you spot them? 

Read it online here:


Talking to Children at St Philip's School

​Lucy Horne, Headteacher of St. Philip’s Catholic Primary School, Arundel, is asking for Volunteers to come in and talk to a group of children about their job, their role in the community or any hobbies or interests that they have.

Children respond well to hearing about passions and interests first hand. Inspiration for those budding public figures, journalists, estate agents or artists are warmly welcomed. Lucy Horne, Headteacher

Prior experience of public speaking is not required, just enthusiasm.

Visit Arundel's "Auntie Barb" is delighted that she has already been chosen as one of the speakers and is really looking forward to it! 

Get in contact
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Cycle/Foot Path between Arundel and Train Station Opens

First mooted some 30 years ago, and included in the Community Plan published by Arundel Community Partnership Ltd in 2007, the path was finally opened for use on December 22nd 2015.

2 officers from WSCC appeared and took down the barriers, and then quickly left.

However a small party was waiting to use the path and was quickly followed by others. Photo is by Station Manager Jim Cumming. Whilst the path is now for use some signage at the station end still has to be installed.

The new path now provides a long awaited direct route for cyclists and pedestrians in to Arundel without having to cross the busy A27. 


Arundel Recognises Good Deeds 2015 Arundel Community Award

On Thursday 17 December, Arundel’s Mayor Councillor James Stewart presented the 2015 Arundel Community Award to Nell Paton for her work in the creation and management of the Arundel Community Orchard on Herringtons Field.In attendance at the award ceremony were the nominees and about one hundred invited guests, all of whom represented various groups, charities and organisations working for the benefit of Arundel and the wider Arun/West Sussex/South East community.

Mayor James Stewart said “Tonight is our chance to say thank you to the many unsung heroes of Arundel. We are lucky to live in such a great historic town on the edge of the Downs and we are doubly lucky in Arundel that there is so much for us to see, do and enjoy – most of this is organised by community groups, churches, the Chamber of Commerce or other volunteer organisations.”

2015 Mayor James Stewart presenting the Community Award to Nell Paton.
​Photo by Nigel Cull.


He continued “You just have to look at the directory of groups in the Bell Magazine or on – there are over 60 covering the Arts, pre-school & youngsters, social, sports and a wide range of special interest groups (inc Agenda 21, Allotments, Riding for the Disabled and St Nicholas Bellringers); not to mention the Rotary, Lions, Probus, Royal British Legion and many other charitable organisations. I would need to be here all night to list them all!”

Before presenting the Award, Mayor Stewart mentioned Arundel’s Town Crier, Angela Standing, who has served for the last ten years and who is also currently Arundel’s Deputy Mayor.

He said ”I don’t think it would be easy to quantify the positive effect she has had on the Town during her term: Organising the Town Criers Competition here twice and promoting the Town at other competitions she enters at other places; In 2014 she won the Town Criers competition in.

Wareham and was described as “Arundel’s loudest lady”, who else could part the crowd during Arundel by Candlelight to allow the live nativity to safely walk down the high street!”

In a time honoured Arundel tradition, Mayor Stewart then gave the Town Crier port and stilton, for her service during the year as Town Crier.

The Arundel Community Award is presented to the winner each year chosen from publicly nominated groups or individuals by the Town Council.

The nine 2015 Arundel Community Award nominees were:

  • Andrew Simpson: Head of Arundel Church of England School
  • Arundel Festival Committee: Committee Members
  • Arundel Gardens Association: Arundel Gardens Association Members • Cherry Dibley: Works in library plus helps voluntarily in the community
  • Gill Farquarson: Producing 'The Bell'
  • Martin Alderton: Historic Walking Tours
  • Nell Paton: Arundel Community Orchard
  • Sue Taylor: Volunteer who runs two singing groups
  • Volunteers of Arundel Museum: Museum Volunteers

Nell Paton is the volunteer co-ordinator for the Arundel Community Orchard Group established in 2012. The group is supported by Arun District Council and Arun Wellbeing and has further support from the Brighton Permaculture Trust, which carefully sourced the variety of trees and masterminded the planting day in February 2013. Arundel’s primary school has been involved from the start, and since opening there have been several orchard “Open Days”: The most recent one was “Apple Day” in October 2015 when visitors were invited to help press newly picked apples, see stands from the Slindon National Trust, Arundel Museum, forest crafts and wildlife amongst many others.

Nell Paton is also a member of Arundel Agenda 21 and MAVES (Mid-Arun Valley Environmental Survey).

Details for Arundel Town Council

Arundel Community Bus & Arundel Cars Service - Local Services

Two very useful services within Arundel that some people may not be aware of are the Arundel Community Bus supplied by the West Sussex County Council and the Arundel Cars Service, supported by Arundel League of Friends, both operated by Arun Co-ordinated Community Transport.

"there are many residents who are unaware of the service" said Tim, who along with Chris, is one of the drivers of the community bus.

The Arundel Community Bus offers a service, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings ferrying individuals who need some help to make their own way from their houses to the town and back. It's a hail and ride service along a pre-booked route and accepts cash or bus passes at a rate of 80p for an Adult Single ticket and 45p for Children and Concessions. The Bus timetable is available to download of the Arun Co-ordinated Community Transport website. 

Additionally the bus is also available for hire outside of the service hours.

The Arundel Cars Service, is a door-to-door service manned by local Arundel volunteers for Arundel Locals who struggle to get to dentist, doctor and hospitals for appointments or visits due to disability or frailty. 

Chris from ACCT explained that "We will help people from their door, in to the car, see them to the appointment or department and wait for an hour and a half. It's a real flexible service if for example, you can’t afford taxis or public transport, plus it's more comfortable."

Providing you live in or around the surrounding area of Arundel and are registered with a doctor in Arundel you will be entitled to the subsidised fares scheme. The service is still available at it's regular cost if not but it is advised to check with ACCT if unsure. 

The best way to book or get in contact is to call ACCT directly on 01903 723584 or via email on

​Arun Co-ordinated Community Transport also offers a wide range of transport solutions including: minibuses, wheelchair accessible vehicles, (Dial-a-rides) and volunteer car schemes.

To find out more: 

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Details for The Arundel Cars Service

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Arundel Fruit & Veg Stall Announced

The Arundel Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that a Fruit and Veg man will be ‘stalling out’ on Tarrant Square from next Thursday 12th November and weekly thereafter from approximately 8 a.m. to 2.30-3 p.m.

The Arundel Fruit & Veg man is one Mr Lionel Orwin and his daughter Tracy Carpenter who will be selling locally produced Sussex produce. They will also be supplying fruit all year round and Staplehurst Apple Juice.

​Should it prove a success , then they will extend these dates to possibly include Saturdays,----- as demand requires.

The Chamber hopes that the town will support this trial and make it a viable and beneficial proposition for the town and local community.

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Recruitment Business Opens in Arundel

Arundel has a new recruitment business in town.

Masson Appointments owned by Tessa Masson has opened in the High Street. Her offices are in the Old Bank House opposite the Town Quay.

If you are looking for employment or needing staff go and see Tessa. Her 18 years of experience within therecruitment businesses ensures Tessa helps to create perfect professional matches.​


Arundel Town Council Community Award

Do you know an individual or group based in Arundel who have made a positive contribution to the Town in the last year? 

The Town Council very much appreciate the many volunteers and organisations that work tirelessly for the benefit of the residents of Arundel. In order to recognise this they wish to present a Community award for an individual or group based in Arundel which has made an outstanding positive contribution to the Town during the year.

Nominations are requested for the 2015 Arundel Community Award. Please submit your nomination to the Town Hall by Friday 16 October 2015 - stating why you think your nominee should be considered.

A private reception will be held on the evening of Thursday 17 December at the Town Hall to announce and celebrate the winner(s).

For more information contact the Town Hall on 01903 882954 or visit


Sussex Life Awards - Congratulations!

Several local businesses who feature on Visit Arundel have just won Sussex Life awards. The team at Visit Arundel are very pleased for them and would like to wish them all our congratulations. 

Sussex Life Hospitality Hero
Sussex Visitor Attraction of the Year
Best Community Pub
Best Family Dining See more information, all the award winners and commendations on the Sussex Award website


Focus on Arundel - Fine Magazine Vol IV 2015

Arundel has been featured by Fine Magazine in their 2015 Volume IV.

The article starts with a nice description of our lovely town and a highlight on the Arundel Festival. Following the introduction are sections covering, What to Do, Where to Stay, Where to Eat, and in depth glipses at The Swan and The Bay Tree. There's also a nice mention for Visit Arundel on p51! Thank you Fine Magazine! 

Copies of Fine Magazine are free to pick up in Antiquities on Tarrant Street, and several other shops around the town. 

Click image to read the article online: 


"Released approximately every two months in print and digital formats, Fine Magazine is distributed across West Sussex and the Surrey Hills to exclusive, carefully chosen venues, the likes of which include five star hotels, jewellers, golf and country clubs, health spas and prestigious businesses that offer chauffeur driven car or chartered jet services.

The publication is created for readers with a high net worth or significant disposable income. They enjoy spending their time and money on luxury goods, services and properties not only here in Sussex and Surrey but in London, around the UK and beyond. As a result, the businesses that advertise with us are of the very highest caliber and looking to promote the finer things in life."



Arundel Cycle Route

Message received from Arundel Historic Tours:

I am pleased to inform you that as part of our continuing efforts to improve the highways, work is due to commence soon at The Causeway (A27), between Arundel Railway Station and The Causeway roundabout (A27).

For this project we will be;

Widening and construction of a shared-use pedestrian and cycle path....

Some work is weather dependant. We will keep you updated with any delays & changes via the advanced warning signs. If you have special needs or requirements please get in touch or speak to our staff on site.

In order to protect our workforce and the public, temporary traffic signals and a footway closure will be in operation.

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation from 7th September to 11th September during off-peak periods only (09:30 to 15:30hrs).

The eastbound bus stop (serving bus services towards Littlehampton) will be temporarily relocated. This will be relocated towards Arundel town centre, to The Causeway, on its approach to the A27 roundabout.


NatWest Bank Mobile Service Coming to Arundel

According to NatWest representatives who recently attended the Arundel Chamber meeting:

​Following the announcement of the closure of the Nat West Branch (closing on the 17th of November 2015) in the High Street, the Bank will now be providing community banking facilities to Arundel via a mobile branch which will call in and park in the town, on a regular basis.

They are currently looking at calling into Arundel on Monday mornings for 1 ½ hours but if this facility is well supported by customers, it will stay in town for longer. Nat West are currently arranging a space where this mobile branch will be parked but exactly where this will be has to yet be confirmed.

The mobile branch can also come to Arundel when there are events being held in the town which would provide local businesses with banking facilities during busy periods such as during the Arundel Festival.

ADDITIONALLY: The bank says it has made an agreement with the Post Office in Arundel so NatWest customers will still be able to check their balance, pay in cheques, deposit and withdraw funds, while business customers can get coinage. Details for NatWest Bank


Please be advised that West Sussex County Council has received 3 requests for Temporary Traffic Regulation as follows:

Road Name: A284 Lyminster Road
Village / Town / Parish: Littlehampton
Specific Location: Lyminster Level Crossing

Type of TTR: Temporary Road Closures
Reason for TTR: Works to railway installations
Access arrangements: Emergency vehicles only
Diversion route: A259 Worthing Road, Rustington By-Pass, New Road & Roundstone Bypass, A280 Angmering By-Pass & Water Lane and the A27 Trunk Road

Applicant name: Network Rail
Applicant contact tel numbers: 07801 840614 / 07801 840490

Proposed Dates
  Proposed Start Date   Proposed Duration  
  9th September 2015   1 night  
  7th November 2015   2300 Saturday - 0400 Monday  
  12 November 2015   1 night  

The application is currently being processed and you will be advised further when details are confirmed.

Yours faithfully

Rob Torrance
Traffic Engineer

Traffic Engineering Team, Engineering Solutions, Service Operations, West Sussex County Council
Tel: 01243 642105 | E-mail:

Arundel Festival 2015 Events Announced

This week the new committee of the Arundel Festival announced the line-up of events for 2015. To spread the word, this year's brochure was dropped through many local doors and the full online version was made available online (via an online book you can flick through or plain text on their events page) for those further afield. In addition to the brochure, fliers have been delivered across the South to spread the word far and wide that the Arundel Festival is ready for another great year. 

Arundel, with its independent shops, river and Downland setting, is a wonderful town to visit at any time, but during the Arundel Festival residents, their friends, family and visitors alike can see us at our best. So I welcome you to Arundel for this Festival, hope you enjoy the experience and return again at other times of the year.

James Stewart
Mayor of Arundel

The Arundel Festival is a registered charity, is entirerly volunteer lead by members of the community and runs over 10 days every year. The festival has been running since 1977 and is known for encouraging local creativity by lighting a spark throughout the town and visitors alike, filling it's houses, businesses and streets with the Arts, entertainment and many other great community initiatives, including but not limited to: The Gallery Trail, the Words & Music Trail, theatre & comedy (Drip Action's Theatre Trail, The Arundel Player's, Arundel Jailhouse and Shakespeare in the Castle Grounds), celebrity talks, live music, street entertainment from the pubs and local businesses, burlesque, fetes, markets, competitions, sporting activities, and children's events. 

"I would like to extend my thanks to the new Arundel Festival Committee and each of its hardworking volunteers for their commitment and tireless endeavours to deliver such an inspiring programme. Arundel’s residents know first-hand how outstanding and unique our town is; we look forward to welcoming you to share our enjoyment of what is set to be an exceptional week this August."

Edward Norfolk
The Duke of Norfolk

In addition to the regular favourites, some of the new events this year that particularly caught the eye of the staff at Visit Arundel are the celebrity talk, Meet the Fogle's (tickets are available from The Book Ferret, adults £10 and children £5), the Big Arundel Dance Flashmob (sign-up via Brighton Dance Flash Mobs' facebook group, Arundel Festival Flash Mob), the Arundel Brewery pop-up restaurant at the Edible Sandwich on the Town Quay cheffed by top London chef Michael Notman-Watt, The Wine Trail at The Yard at Sparks Yard, sponsored by Sussex Wine Academy (tickets from Arundel Brewery Shop), and LOCA's Virgin Art Gallery on the Gallery Trail for all new exhibitors at the Victoria Institute.  We're also very happy to see the return of live music with French Café Music at the delighfully hidden gem, the Old Brewery Antiques Warehouses and their new event, Arundel's Huge Charity Tombola in aid of The Chestnut Tree Hospice

The Arundel Fesitval 2015 dates
21st - 31st August. 

More information:

Find places to stay, eat, business contact information and other things to do in Arundel throughout the year: 

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The Learning Tree, Arundel's only Pre-School rehoused - Littlehampton Gazette 18.06.15

On the 15th of June the Littlehampton Gazette reported the great news that Arundel's pre-school, The Learning Tree, had been saved from closing. 

This was great news; previously housed in the Arundel Youth Club, there had been fears around town and quite a kerfuffle in local online groups at the prospect of loosing our only nursery. To the relief of all family's and future families of young children, The Learning Tree is now happily located in St Philip's School. 

Contact details for The Learning Tree

Read the Littlehampton Gazette article


National Town Crier's Competition Results

This past Saturday 14th June 2015, Arundel Castle welcomed town criers from across England for the National Town Criers Competition and parade.

In the morning, the criers in their colourful costumes delighted the town with a parade up Tarrant Street before heading in to the Arundel Castle Gardens for the competition. The Arundel Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and Beavers joined in carrying signs displaying where each crier came from. 21 crier’s from all over the country were in attendence, with the farthest travelling all the way from Bridlington, Yorkshire. One of the crier's who didn't have to travel very far to take part was Arundel's own town crier and recently reelected Deputy Mayor, Angela Standing.​​

Once through the Castle gates and all settled on the Lower Lawns, the competition began. The voices of the criers boomed through the grounds as each voice was assessed for sustained volume, clarity, diction and inflection. Then to add a fun twist to the day, many of the crier’s walked round Arundel during the lunch break thanking the businesses that had sponsored them.

Arundel's Town Crier, Angela Standing and Town Mayor, James Stewart

The winning crier’s were
  • 1st Place - Ken Knowles from Lichfield
  • 2nd Place - Stuart Cumming from Chard
  • 3rd Place - Christian Ashdown from Haslemere
  • Best Dressed Crier - Phil Seddon from Warminster
  • Best Dressed Escort - Marilyn from Lichfield
  • Best Dressed Couple - Tony & Jenny Evans from Nailsworth
  • Best Crier in Sussex - Peter White from Seaford. 

The competition had a new cup this year, which was particularly moving for many locals, as it was named in honour of Arundel's much loved resident Bill Breere who sadly passed away recently. Bill was a 'Mullet' (as those who are born in Arundel are nicknamed), and during his long lifetime in the town held multiple impressive roles at various times, including Arundel's Town Crier for 18 years, Arundel's Mayor and the Chairman of the Royal British Legion to name just a few of many. The Bill Beere Memorial Sussex Cup, for Best Crier in Sussex and was won by Peter White from Seaford.

​Photo Credits - Clare Gilmour
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Arundel Welcomes New Mayor on Mayor's Sunday

On Sunday 12th July Arundel will once again host its much-loved annual Mayor’s Sunday civic service.

Hosted by the Mayor of Arundel, Cllr James Stewart, the service begins with the procession of The Mayor, Town Clerk and Councillors led by a local band from Arundel Town Hall to St Nicholas Church. Here the councillors are met on arrival by the local Scout and Guiding groups who’ll form a guard of honour at the entrance. Local schools will form a joint choir for the occasion, singing to the awaiting congregation as the service begins at 2pm.

This years’ service will be led by The Rt. Rev. David Farrer. St Nicholas Church choir will sing at the service enjoyed by a full church of invited local civic dignitaries, residents and family and friends of young people taking part. Following the service the Councillors and visiting dignitaries will process back to the Town Hall to receive a March Past and salute from the Scouting and Guiding movement before a reception to conclude the event at The Town Hall.

Councillor James Stewart, Mayor of Arundel, says:
“The Mayor’s Sunday civic service is a long-cherished and extremely popular Arundel tradition, which offers a chance to celebrate our community of all generations. We are very proud to be hosting the event and are extremely grateful to our volunteers who make it possible for this wonderful town and it’s traditions to live on.”

Come and celebrate the community and its volunteers!

Read more about Arundel's New Mayor.
Details for Arundel Town Council

Local Popular Chef Returns with New Flavours for Arundel

Alan Maynard has built up quite a quality gastronomic resume in his lifetime. Previous notable restaurants he's been involved in are the Michelin starred, La Trompette in West London, and Aquila, in Arundel. 

Fortunately for all the appreciative locals, when Alan returned from his travels a few years ago, he again made his home in Arundel and instantly created the successful tapas restaurant, Boca Nuevo, with his previous business partner, Laura Sylvester. After a several years, they decided to close Boca Nuevo to split their pathways in new exciting directions. Laura set up the quality, Boca Loca, a catering service serving fresh and delicious food at outdoor events, and after some time exploring his culinary skills outside of Arundel, Alan has now decided to return to Arundel with a new exciting restaurant.

Much to the joy of locals and visitor alike, Alan is now back and together with business partner, Rachel Abraham, Alan has created the instantly popular, Mama Al’s Smokehouse & Grill. Based in the cosy traditional pub, the White Hart on Queen's street, you can be served either at table, in the pub or outside in the pub garden. Offering a range of American grill recipes, (think delicious griddled meat & fish platters, handmade chargrilled burgers, fresh local vegetables, and on Sunday, one of the best roasts in town), once again, Alan's food is impressive for its quality, taste, colour and prices. Mama Al's Smokehouse & Grill brings a welcome new set of flavours to Arundel, where you can already find a good offering of Italian, Indian, Chinese, a host of quality simple, refined or experimental English fare, great pub food and only a few chains. 

This reporter went for a meal at Mama Al's just the other day and cannot quite describe exactly how delicious the fresh crevette's were or how generous the portion. She will most definitely be returning soon. 

And why name the restaurant the quirky (yet appropriately American sounding) Mama Al's? It's quite an endearing story: Mama Al is a nickname Alan was given from one of his staff and it just stuck.

Contact details can be found below. See their Facebook for opening times as they are subject to change. Booking recommended especially at weekends.

  Details for Mama Al’s Smokehouse & Grill

Arundel school’s pride over its impressive inspection - Littlehampton Gazette 23.04.15

Littlehampton Gazette's article, "Arundel School's pride over its Impressive Inspection," from Thursday 23rd April.
All about local school, Arundel C of E's impressive OFFSTED results. 

  Details for ACE - Arundel Church of England School

New Bakers in Arundel - 13 Dozen Bakery

A new bakery in the town has recently opened in the High Street. 13 Dozen Bakery is offering fresh local bread, sandwiches, light snacks, hot and cold drinks. All to take away. Details for 13 Dozen Bakery

New Barbers in Arundel

A new barbers, The Perfect Gentleman owned by Rebecca Smith has recently moved into the premises at 8 High Street. Rebecca is able to offer traditional and modern hairstyling for gentlemen.

​Tel 01903 882767 or call in and see Rebecca
  Details for The Perfect Gentleman

New Arundel Mayor

On the evening of the 26th March, local resident and co-owner of Tarrant Street's Zimmer Stewart Gallery, James Stewart, was voted in by Arundel's town councillors to be the new mayor from May 2015. Our Town Crier, Angela Standing, was also voted in for a second time to be his deputy. James's will take on the role in May. 

“It will be a great privilege to represent Arundel as Mayor. I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders, groups and individuals in preserving what’s best about the town and building on the great work of the mayors who have gone before. The next few years will be pivotal for us with the forthcoming A27 consultation, implementation of elements of the Neighbourhood Plan and Arun Culture and Leisure Strategy as well as further developments at the Victoria Institute and Arundel Lido…….quite a full agenda!"​

More about Arundel's future mayor: 

James Stewart & dog PabloJames Stewart has a long and appreciated history in the town, having been involved in many community endevours since moving here in 2000. In 2002 he applied his 20 years of accountancy experience to helping the lido with their accounts when the trust was first established to rebuild the pool. Then in 2003 he decided to invest himself personally in to the town when he opened the Zimmer Stewart Gallery on Arundel's busy and creative unofficial second high street, Tarrant Street. He also took on various roles in the Chamber of Commerce after becaming a member in 2003.

Having enjoyed his involvement in the town thus far, with his wide knowledge of art, it seemed only natural for him to become organiser of the highly respected annual Arundel Gallery Trail between 2004-2006, and then to follow that up with four years on the Arundel Festival Committee between 2006-10.

In 2007 James became a town councillor, was co-opted in 2014 and continues currently in that position. Last but not least, in 2011-2014, James became Chairman of the Arundel Neighbourhood Plan Committee 2011. 

Read more about Arundel's New Major in The Bell Magazine Online, summer edition 2015
  Details for Arundel Town Council

The Arundel Treasure Hunt 2015 is Now Open

Arundel is very lucky to have it's own Treasure Hunt which is updated with new fresh clues annually by local company Tents N Events. If you're visiting Arundel or live locally, it's a fun, challenging adventure and original activity which gets you exploring town whilst trying to find the answers to clues over 1-2 hours. 

What's more if you manage to get all the corrrect answers and submit them back to the Arundel Treasure Hunt organiser by the end of October, you are entered in to their Annual Prize draw. The winner of the draw is informed in time for Christmas and gets a free Gold Plus Family Ticket to explore Arundel Castle and Gardens. No insubstantial prize! 

The Arundel Treasure Hunt 2015 is now open and can be purchased online. Visit the Arundel Treasure Hunt webpage to purchase.

Arundel Festival 2015 Takes New Direction

The Arundel Festival, one of Arundel's most creative, fun and community based times of year (every August) has announced a "New Direction" and this year's dates for the Arundel Festival, are 22nd - 23rd of August 2015. 

Those people who would like to organise/stage their own event in town must submit their details to the Arundel Festival Committee by the 9th of March to be sure of support in the form of entry in to the Festival's Brochure, Website, Social Media, Press and any advice and guidance required. 

The last few years of the festival was run by local business man, Ash Kent, from Tents N Events (and our very own Visit Arundel!), with his team of great volunteers and other helpers. After doing such a sterling job (well done Ash!) and managing to bring the Festival to the attention of much of the South Coast and London, he and his core team have understandably stepped down to concentrate on their own businesses and allow other Arundel locals the chance to get involved. 

The good news is that indeed, some very generous volunteers from the community have stepped up to form the new Festival Committee (see photo: left to right Sue White, Kelly Mikulla, Bill Brennan, Graham Lane, Gil Farquharson, Linda Clark, James Peters and Michael Tu) and are "eager to continue the tradition of celebrating the Town and its artistic diversity" and "recognise that local participation is key to the Festival’s success." No doubt with this in mind,they have said that the focus will now be more on the Arundel community and the new Committee won't be arranging the events anymore, instead will "leave the actual organisation of each event or entertainment to the people who’ll be running them" so they can instead focus on promoting, supporting and helping those event organisors. 

Many of the Arundel Festival regular events, including the Arundel Gallery Trail, Drip Action Theatre Trail, Arundel Players, Jailhouse, the Words and Music program, and Shakespeare in Arundel Castle have all confirmed their return and "it is hoped other Festival favourites like the Duck Race, the Arundel Scouts 10K run and the King’s Arms Abba on the Hill soon to follow suit." 

It appears that with this new Committee comes a fresh start and a new Festival seed to be planted and grown over the next few years. This is exciting news for anyone in town who wants to help, get involved or create their own events. 

The Committee is encouraging anyone who "wants to stage an event, organise street entertainment, produce children’s events or just get involved" to start planning now as the deadline for event submission is the 9th of March 2015 if event submitters would like to be included in the Festival's Brochure, Website, Social Media and Press. We at Visit Arundel would like to wish the new Committee and Arundel a wonderful Festival year!

Spotlight on New Arundel Businesses 2015

These are all the new businesses who decided to call Arundel their home in 2015. 

13 Dozen Bakery

13 Dozen Bakery. Selling fresh local bread, sandwiches, light snacks, hot and cold drinks. All to take away.

Sussex Film Office

Sussex Film Office is the one stop film shop in Sussex. We provide support for companies and individuals planning and undertaking location filming or photoshoots in the area. Our aim is…

Crossbush Farm

Distance 2.6 miles

The River Arun Ferry

Daily cruises on the River Arun from the centre of the town. Enjoy a cruise with us today!  Check the A-board displayed daily on the Town Quay or their facebook…

All Round Arundel

Based just outside Arundel in Warningcamp, We offer regular or Ad-hoc Domestic & Commercial Cleaning Services including builders’ cleans, Dog Walking & Petcare, Babysitting & Child Care, Ironing, House Sitting,…

The Tea and Biscuit Club

The Tea and Biscuit Club is an exciting and successful fine tea boutique shop. Today, with a unique and ever present passion for creativity and love for tea, we offer…

The Perfect Gentleman

Traditional and modern gentlemen’s hairstyling  Opening Times Monday - Closed Tuesday - 9am-5pm Wednesday - 9am-6pm Thursday - 9am-6pm Friday - 9am-8pm late night opening Saturday - 9am-4pm Sunday -…

The Mellor Practice

The Mellor Practice, a family business established in 1984, is based just outside Arundel. We offer face to face, unhurried independent financial advice, and offer an initial meeting at our…

Riverside House

On the banks of the River Arun with possibly one of the finest views of both the Castle and the Cathedral. A magnificent family home with a glorious private garden…


Off Licence and Specialist Shop selling luxury wines, spirits, beers and ciders. Opening House: Sun-Weds, 12 midday - 8pm Thurs-Sat, 11am - 10pm

The Parsons Table

The Parsons Table showcases locally sourced, seasonal food, classic cooking, and incredible flavours. The ambience is relaxed and informal with a modern European feel. The Parsons Table has a small…

Sarah-Louise Textiles and Craft Shop

Textiles and Craft shop – Fabric, Ribbons, Wools, Yarns, Local Crafts, Haberdashery, Dress Making, Alterations and Fabric Design Service. Shop Online for all your Haberdashery, Textiles and Local Crafts