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‘Arundel Festival of the Arts’ Committee Charity Partner Announcement

During these unprecedented times, we are fortunate enough to have pro-active local community groups who are delivering outstanding work to look after the immediate needs of vulnerable people here in Arundel and the surrounding villages.
Since January, the newly formed Arundel Festival Committee, a group of like-minded volunteers - many of us Arundel residents - have been working together behind the scenes towards the common goal of promoting an inclusive and community-driven Festival experience. Collectively, they take enormous pride in being part of this caring, community- minded town which has been ready to support those in time of need. 
Whilst we continue to follow Government guidelines and proactively explore potential strategies and solutions to bring you an appropriate, feasible, scaled-down Festival; we are mindful that these are difficult and uncertain times for us all and our immediate priority is to assist the most vulnerable and those less fortunate than ourselves. 
The Festival Committee had already chosen its charity partner to benefit from this year’s festival; The Trussell Trust: Ending UK Hunger. 
“The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks and provides emergency food and support to people locked into poverty”
As you can imagine, due to recent isolation measures the food banks need our support now more than ever, and the Festival Committee are asking if you can assist in whatever way possible.
If you have a little to spare to help those less fortunate, please visit the TT website which gives up to date information on donating:

​For further information: Sharon Blaikie, Festival Committee Chair: or

Arundel Lido needs your help!

There is an urgent need to provide new changing huts and storage facilities at the Lido, ready for the start of the new swim season in May 2020.

Sadly, some very old huts had to be demolished.

We have already secured some funding, but still need to raise around £14,000 via a Crowdfunding Campaign within the local community to enable us to build the new facilities.

We have joined West Sussex Crowd, an online Crowdfunding service established by West Sussex County Council and operated by Spacehive.

With strong local backing for our project, the County Council will provide us with up to £5,000 towards the cost.

So, we need lots of funding pledges from our community to demonstrate a high level of support.

Our Crowdfunding Campaign will run through to 3rd January 2020.
Pledge State how much you would like to pledge (funds will not be collected unless the campaign is successful by 3rd January 2020)
Create a Login This is just a name, email address and a password you make up just for this campaign.
Decide how you would like to pledge GOCARDLESS DIRECT Debit or PayPal
Just pop in and see us at Arundel Lido Mon – Fri 9:15 – 4:45 or call 01903 884772 to arrange a convenient time. 
Thank You  

Love Arundel? Let's Talk


Because it is an amazing place to live and work, isn’t it?
But, things don’t stand still, and everyone around town has great ideas about how to make our town even better.
Which is what we would like to kick-start...
Who are we?
We are not politicians. We are not seeking profit. We are a group of residents who want to start a conversation, find our common ground and get things done together.
A shared vision
We want to talk about the magic that makes Arundel special and work out together how it might evolve.
  • How do we want Arundel to look and feel?
  • A better way to find out about everything that’s happening in town?
  • Parking can be an issue so how would we want it to change?
  • What would get us all into town more often?
What would you add to that list?
We want to hear from you, we really do. So, we’re holding a series of pow-wows in October. Please join in the conversation by coming along.
Just an hour or two of your time could help shape our town. Bring your family; bring your friends... let’s talk.
If we all combine our vision, our voices and our energy, we could achieve something incredible. We can start making things happen. Together.
Dates for All Residents:
2nd October, 7pm - Scout Hall, Green Lane Close, Arundel, BN18 9JA
9th October, 6pm - Football Club, Mill Road, Arundel, BN18 9PA
10th October, 6pm - Victoria Institute, Tarrant Street, Arundel, BN18 9DG

Other Dates:
for Young Adults:
5th October, 3pm - Scout Hall, Green Lane Close, Arundel, BN18 9JA
for Young Families:
10th October, 1.30pm - Arundel Church of England School, Jarvis Road, Arundel, BN18 9HT

25th October, 1.30pm - St Philip's Catholic Primary School, London Road, Arundel, BN18 9BA


Highways England A27 Public Consultation

Highways England have just announced that the new public consultation exercise about the A27 Arundel Bypass scheme will take place between Friday 30 August and Thursday 24 October.
From 30 August, the HE’s A27 Arundel Bypass website will contain key information about the route options (of which there are likely to be five), and it will include the brochure, the online consultation response form, and various background reports and supporting information.
People throughout the area (including Storrington) will also be able to find out where they can view the unstaffed exhibitions, as well as where they can find hard copies of the brochure and consultation response form. 
The first of the public consultation events – which will launch the whole exercise – will be held in the Cathedral Centre on London Road, Arundel on Friday 30 August between 5.30 pm and 8 pm. 

Nominations are now open for this year's Arundel Town Council Community Awards!

Nominations are now open for this year's Arundel Town Council Community Awards! See Arundel Town Council for more details.


Volunteers Required for Arundel Festival! Can you help?


If you would like to get involved with your local community festival and have a couple of hours or longer to spare between the 17th and 26th August then we would love to hear from you!

We have lots of roles available including stewarding, logistics, supporting performers, stage manager, sound engineer’s assistant, volunteer assistant, artist liaison - we are looking for YOU!

We are also looking for young people 16+ who would like to have FUN and increase their employability skills and meet new people while also supporting their community.

So if you are wondering what to do this summer and are up for a new challenge and one with loads of benefits, then GET Involved!!

We are holding a Volunteer Meetings at:
The Best in Show Room, The Swan Hotel, 27-29 High St, Arundel, BN18 9AG
on Thursday 18th July 2019 between 17.00 and 19.00

If you would like to attend or you would like to be sent further information then please email:
Festival Secretary:-
Show Director:-
Show Co-ordinator:-

Arundel Festival 2019

It's back!! Arundel Festival dates for 2019 are; 
16th - 26th August 2019

"Arundel Festival  is one of the largest volunteer-led, community based, multi-art festivals in the south."

Arundel Festival has a new website and has started launcing details about this year's festival. Get it in your diaries!! 


Walberton Place Care Home Enjoys Successful Open Day


Walberton Place Care Home was declared officially open by Chair of Walberton Parish Council, Suzanne Clark, who cut the ribbon at a special event on Thursday 25th April. The opening event was attended by Mayor of Arundel Lucy Ashworth and over sixty people, including local GPs and health care professionals, members of community groups, schools and other services in the area.
We are delighted that so many people have come to see our new care home” said Alykhan Kachra, Managing Director of Country Court Care, “We’ve been made to feel very welcome in Walberton, we look forward to continuing to build on our local relationships and making  Walberton Place a real asset for the village”.
The ribbon cutting event was followed by a public Open Day on Sunday 28th April. Over 100 people from the local area visited to take a tour of the home, meet the care team and sample mouthwatering menus.
The brand-new care home has been completely rebuilt on the site of a previous care facility. The residential and specialist dementia care home has 80 luxury en-suite bedrooms, with walk-in wet rooms. The interior décor in the beautifully furnished lounge and dining areas draws inspiration from the local area. The care home features its own ‘Honey Pot’ tearoom café, cinema room, ‘Elegance’ hairdressing salon, enclosed courtyard garden and ‘Horse & Jockey’ pub named in recognition of the local racecourse at Fontwell Park.
Walberton Place features a dedicated dementia friendly activities room with an interactive ‘OMi’ table. The interactive projection system features games, music and social activities to engage and motivate all generations. Residents will be able to enjoy a wide range of daily activities tailored to their individual needs and preferences from gardening and crafts to games and singing.
The Care Team will be led by Home Manager, Cheryl Rolt who brings many years of experience in the care sector. Together with her husband Peter, Cheryl recently relocated to West Sussex from Milton Keynes where she managed Country Court Care’s Lakeview Lodge Care Home. At Lakeview Lodge she led the team to achieve an overall ‘Good’ CQC rating with ‘outstanding’ for responsiveness.
We are delighted that so many people have come to visit our home this week” said Cheryl, adding “We have already started to build great relationships with various local groups, schools and churches; the new home will give us a fantastic venue to invite community groups to join our residents for events.”
Fine dining at Walberton Place will be led by experienced chef Sergio Terrasini, who brings a wealth of experience from Michelin star restaurants to the care industry. He and his team will be creating restaurant quality food for residents every day. The hospitality team will be on hand to deliver hotel level service for residents, serving refreshments and drinks throughout the day.
Customer Relations Manager, Peter Rolt said “Walberton Place has been designed with a 5 star hotel in mind, with a welcoming and homely, yet tasteful feel. It’s as glamorous as it is comfortable and our aim is for our home to become part of the local community. We are a proud and thrilled to represent Country Court Care in Walberton”.
The new care home has already bought over 30 new jobs to the village with more positions becoming available in the next twelve months. The Country Court Care Group operates 32 care homes which provide care for up to 1600 elderly people across the UK. In 2015 the company was awarded Health Investor Residential Care Provider of the Year and is in the ‘Top 20 Large Care Home Groups 2018’.
Walberton Place Care Home
Yapton Lane
BN18 0AS

Lovelong House officially opens its 14 Bed Private Rehab with a well-being centre and high dependenc

Offering 24-hour nursing care in a calm environment supported by a multidisciplinary team.

 ‘In a world with so many addictions, treatment options need to focus on treating the individual.  With an emphasis on the ongoing recovery journey and use of holistic treatments; I believe that providing the tools for self-care with an aftercare program, is a crucial ingredient to living a life free from addiction.’  Jenny Andrew, CEO Lovelong House.
Opening on the 7th February 2019, Lovelong house based in Littlehampton, West Sussex, is a brand new private Primary Detox and rehabilitation facility, for the treatment of people suffering from addiction.  Specialising in Bespoke recovery - with supported after care.  Focusing on the Medical- Physical -Emotional elements of recovery; Lovelong house offers a full itinerary based on a modern 12 Step approach. This includes a pick and mix of holistic treatments available in the well-being centre on site.
The multidisciplinary team at Lovelong house has a deep understanding and experience of the complexities often involved in recovery.  Some having long term recovery themselves; the need for nurture, care and compassion is very much at the heart of it.
As well as providing a medical program of recovery, life long after care is at the core of the process.  LoveLong House offers a 10-week family program to support loved ones affected, and a 24-hour Telephone Support Line for clients after discharge.
Founder Jenny Andrew, and her partner Gary Long who have a combined recovery time of 11 years from addiction, wanted to use their experience to help others. The need for an all-encompassing residential medical detox facility in the UK, spurred them on to make their vision a reality. 

A-Plan Insurance win a little electric car!

Fancy winning one of these fantastic little electric cars in time for Christmas? Pop in to the branch of A-Plan or call 01243 850880 to enter our free prize draw!"

1 Little London
W Sussex
PO19 1PH

Blastreat, Fitzalan Road, Arundel: Refused

A statement from AHA! (Affordable Housing In Arundel):

The AHA! campaign group which was formed to protect Arundel from inappropriate development is delighted to announce that Arun District Council have refused permission for developers to build a 14m high block of 46 luxury retirement flats on the edge of the Conservation Area in Arundel.

AHA!  wishes to thank Arundel Town Council which has worked  tirelessly to uphold the policies in Arundel’s Neighbourhood Plan. ATC seeks appropriate development on the site including the preservation of the old buildings and a mix of around 24 dwellings including some affordable provision.

Additionally, AHA! wishes to extend sincere thanks to all 2000 supports of the AHA! campaign group, of which over 230 wrote to Arun District Council to object to the misconceived development.

This is a great day for the voice of the people of Arundel but we must regrettably brace ourselves for the likelihood of a further modified application (or possibly an appeal) . To this end, the AHA! campaign group is committed to listening to the  residents and Town Council and helping the town to enforce its  Neighbourhood Plan.

Adrian Burrows (acting for AHA!)

A27 Fitzalan Arundel Bridge Works

Highways England will be carrying out work next month to replace failed bridge expansion joints to Fitzalan Bridge.

Work is due to start on Monday 10 December 2018 until Friday 21 December 2018 and will involve full overnight carriageway closures of the A27 between Ford and Causeway roundabouts.

Work will take place from 8pm to 6am, Monday to Fridays only and is weather dependant.

Highways England say; 'Every effort will be made to ensure disruption to nearby residents is kept to a minimum, with the installation of noise barriers around the works area, and we will endeavour to carry out noisier works before 11pm. Traffic will be diverted south on the A29 at Fontwell. Follow the A29 to Shripney to join the A259 eastbound to Wick where you will join the A284 northbound to re-join the A27 at Crossbush Interchange. People travelling westbound, please follow the above diversion in reverse.'

If you have any questions about the upcoming works, you can phone: 01732 446800 or email:

Arundel By Candelight 2018

With its quintessentially fairy-tale castle overlooking a wealth of chocolate-box cottages and a dazzling array of independent shops, it is no surprise that Arundel by Candlelight is one of the most popular events in the annual calendar.  Representing the true spirit of Christmas, it showcases the best in community activity and shopping, bringing everyone together for a truly family affair.
Don’t forget to take part in our special Christmas Stocking Trail and the winning entrant receives £460 of shopping vouchers, eligible at participating Arundel retailers.  Simply go to the venues that are listed on our main leaflet and spot the picture clue in the venue.  Entry is free and can be handed in at Sparks Yard in Tarrant Street.  All entries must be received by 6pm on Sunday 9 December.  Don’t forget to fill in your contact details before you hand it in.
Friday 7 December 4-9pm
Children’s parade, carol service and tree lighting ceremony conducted by Her Grace, the Duchess Of Norfolk, shops and stalls
Saturday 8 December 12 noon – 9pm
Funfair, ice rink, shops and stalls and a live music programme through the day

Five-year-old girl two years into cancer treatment given 'holiday of a lifetime' by owner of Knights

Two years on from spending Christmas in hospital, five-year-old Daisy Wigginton has been chosen for the ‘holiday of a lifetime’ this Christmas with a trip to meet Santa Claus in Lapland. The competition, run by the Chichester construction company NJS Group Ltd, is owned by Nick Shopland who also owns the Knights Table in Arundel High Street. They will send Daisy and her family to Sweden for three nights to enjoy the northern lights, a ‘snowmobile adventure’, ‘husky experience’ and a private family meeting with the man himself, Father Christmas.

Read more at:

Therapy treatments new to The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel is excited to announce that it is now offering a range of Therapy treatments by Christina Lyne
Treatments include Aromatherapy Massage, Aromatherapy Facials, Indian Head Massage and Hot Stone Massage
The first treatment if HALF PRICE! Have 5 treatments and get the 6th free with their loyalty card.
To book please email
01243 586804  07971 974920

Arundel Museum Christmas Cards

Arundel Museum gift shop has some wonderful Christmas cards and gifts:
"Local photographer, Charlie Waring, has kindly given us these beautiful Arundel photos for the cards and some larger framed pictures.
We are open every day 10am-4pm
The cards are £1.50 each or 5 for £5.50"


The Poling Poppy Project

If you are passing Poling, the small village 2 miles to the east of Arundel and south of the A27.
Please come and see our installation to commemorate the end of the First World War and the Centenary of the RAF.
You will see thousands of crochet poppies, 4 shadow soldiers and a hand carved commemorative stone.
This installation will be remain in place throughout November.
If you wish to show your appreciation and leave a donation towards the Royal British Legion and the RAF Benevolent Fund, just follow the poppy path.



GWCA is recruiting in Arundel office

An exciting opportunity has become available to join Green Wright Chalton Annis Solicitors in Arundel as their receptionist; you will need to be a professional, hands on individual who likes working in a busy office. Duties include answering the phone, greeting clients and visitors, managing office supplies, file recording and management, supporting the secretaries and administration team.
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm with competitive salary, please apply with CV to Jon Rogers Green Wright Chalton Annis 1 London Road Arundel West Sussex BN18 9AZ

Norfolk Arms Hotel appoints Mark Monkton as GM with new restaurant opening

Mark Monkton has been appointed as the new General Manager of the Norfolk Arms Hotel, Arundel.
With 20 years’ experience in the hotel and restaurant industry, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge to the role having worked with Wildwood, Harris + Hoole, The Shoreline Hotel and most recently The Ship Inn, Itchenor.
In his new role, he will be responsible for the 37 bedrooms at the hotel, along with two function rooms, the Castle Restaurant and the recently launched Norfolk Tap, a craft beer bar and coffee shop.
On his appointment, Mark said: “It’s a great pleasure to be taking this role at such a historic and iconic establishment and I look forward to enhancing its great tradition.
“People in Arundel are very proud of the town and rightly so and I want the Norfolk Arms to epitomise that. I’ve lived in and around Arundel for many years so I know first-hand how people perceive the hotel and where we can improve. I’m looking forward to putting the Norfolk Arms back on the map in Arundel.”
Having started his working life in a pub, the majority of Mark’s career has been in hotels and restaurants with a strong food and beverage focus. Following the recent opening of the Norfolk Tap, serving the beers and ales from Arundel Brewery along with Teas and Coffees from Arundel-based Edgcumbes, Mark’s appointment also coincides with the relaunch of the Castle Restaurant situated within the hotel. A complete rebrand has taken place and new menu now available.
Mark added: “Obviously being a hotel, accommodation is a focus for us, but I want to bring a sense of community to the Norfolk Arms and that really needs to come in our food and beverage offering.
“We’ve recently opened the Norfolk Tap, which has been a great success so far and something we want to build on. We’ve not only drawn local residents back in, but attracted craft beer drinkers from further afield into Arundel. We now hope to relaunch the Castle Restaurant with similar effect.
“There’s many great restaurants in the town and therefore the competition is high, but we want to be competing with these and that starts with this rebrand.
“The Castle Restaurant will offer locally-sourced produce and will serve good, traditional English food that caters for the local people of Arundel. Our head chef, Ben Miller, has been working hard on the new menu which is far more extensive, and we’re sure it will be a hit with diners from both within the hotel and the local community.”

Information on Supporting Homeless Individiuals


Forever Hounds Trust: Big Hound Chill Out

Forever Hounds Trust, a charity that rescues and rehomes greyhounds, lurchers and other sighthounds in the UK, are appealing for members of the public to get involved in an annual fundraising event held over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The Big Hound Chill Out invites supporters to pick their favourite way to relax – be it a family BBQ, pamper evening or maybe something a bit more active like a walk with friends – then invite people along and ask for a donation in return.
Project Manager for Community Fundraising Development, Anna Claxton, says: ‘ We all know that a lot of greyhounds and lurchers like nothing more than a good chill out, snoozing on a sofa, or stretching out in their favourite comfy spot. Now anyone can help our dozing hounds by holding your own Chill Out event – fun and fundraising all rolled into one! However people choose to take part, every penny goes towards dogs in need in the UK and the beauty is that anyone can get involved!’

Can’t wait to get started? For more information, please email or call Anna on 07849 833 102. If you would like to find out how you can get involved in other ways as a volunteer for the charity, please also For more information, please contact Anna Claxton:


Spirit FM's Summer Sizzle Guide

Summer Sizzle Guide:
This Summer we are putting together a unique offering for all Restaurants, Cafes, Hotels, Pubs and Bars to enable them to benefit from Spirit FM’s local audience of 100,000+ listeners with an affordable and robust package to boost their business and drive bookings over the next 3 months.
We are launching in the first week of July (next week) and the package will run for 13 weeks through July, August and September.
What’s included?
  • A dedicated webpage, Summer Sizzle, on the Spirit FM Website where your business will have an image, 50 word description, link through to your website
  • Live on air presenter talk ups directing listeners to the webpage for ideas on where to eat, drink and stay etc.
  • A Facebook post at the beginning of each month (3 in total) inviting our 22,000+ fans to checkout our Summer Sizzle Guide.
Total Investment is just £299+vat all in, that’s just £23 per week!
Places are limited so please do get in touch today to find out more or secure your spot. Zoe Bryant 07913 470430 or

Click here to download more information


URGENT UPDATE ON THE "IN-TOWN PHARMACY" FOR ARUNDEL CAMPAIGN There is interest from an INDEPENDENT Pharmacist to open a Pharmacy in the town centre. Knowing that there will be quite a battle ahead for him to receive a licence/contract from the NHS to open in the town, to support his application, we URGENTLY need Letters Of Support from residents, explaining why they would like to see an "In-Town" Pharmacy. The Letters Of Support need to be in no later than : FRIDAY, JUNE 22nd . The letters can be dropped off at either : The Museum in Mill Road or The Cancer Research Shop in the High Street. Letters can also be emailed to : THIS MAY BE OUR ONLY CHANCE TO BRING A PHARMACY TO THE TOWN, SO PLEASE, PLEASE, SPARE A FEW MINUTES TO WRITE YOUR LETTER OF SUPPORT. PLEASE ACT NOW ! Thank You For Your Continued Support Colin Stepney & June Barker

There But Not There

Transparent silhouettes have taken their position in the pews of Arundel Cathedral and nearby St Nicholas Church to honour the fallen listed on their own local war memorials. 93 silhouettes have been placed in both landmark locations to depict the shadows of soldiers left absent in the wake of the war. The installations will be in place until Armistice Day for member of the public to visit.

Lord Henry Arundel commented: “I’m delighted by the installation of 93 silhouettes at Arundel. The ‘There But Not There’ campaign is a truly outstanding national venture, not only remembering the sacrifices of those who lived through war 100 years ago, but also channelling that into real help for veterans and others living today. Like so many other towns around the country, Arundel suffered greatly with the loss of its 93 fallen, and the Cathedral and St Nicholas Church are the perfect places for us to remember them.”

The Arundel Town Council recognises the significant loss of service personnel in our small town. We wanted to ensure that the 100 year commemoration of WW1 is highlighted in a powerful and informative manner. The ‘There but not there’ campaign delivers a stunning and poignant tribute to those who never returned to their loved ones here. The educational part of the campaign is essential, so that future generations do not forget the great sacrifice they made for this country and what an effect it had on villages. 93 silhouettes in a single place of worship is a haunting reminder of those lives that were so precious to our community.  Each one has a unique story to tell.Councillor Lucy Ashworth, Mayor of Arundel


Arundel Festival Fundraiser 2018


Tuk Tuk comes to town!

TUK TUK comes to town!  Just arrived in Arundel,  a fun and quirky tour around the historic town of Arundel with “Tukzi Tours” - A fully licensed private hire tour in a TUK TUK.
You can book your tour in the booking office located at the front of the Waterside Cafe, Mill Road Arundel.
Take a short tour ride taking in the views of the  historical town of Arundel, and the beautiful South Downs, passing the castle & cathedral, or even a tukzi/taxi ride to the local train station, or even save your legs and ride the Tuk Tuk, to the Black Rabbit, Swanbourne Lake & tea rooms
A great way to see the town.

Arundel Rotary running in the Brighton Marathon

Arundel Rotary has a Team in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 15th April. They are all very excited and one of their runners Penny will be interviewed on the day.
Huge thanks to those who have supported us so far.
 If you would like to support us and want to know more here is the link to our just giving page.  Read Arundel's story 

Arundel Town Meeting 2018

*Arundel Community Networking bulletin*
Arundel Town Meeting 2018

Arundel Town Council The Annual Town meeting hosted by Arundel Town Council will be held at the Town Hall on Thursday 26 April at 7.00pm.

This is an opportunity to meet the Mayor, Angela Standing and Town Councillors and hear a talk on The Role of A Councillor. There will also be a presentation on Fraud by a representative from Sussex Police, and a WW1 Commemoration.

An opportunity to ask questions will take place at the end of the meeting.

For any enquiries, call 01903 88 1567 or email the Deputy Town Clerk, Carolyn Baynes.


GTR new Rail timetable from May CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL Campaign

From 20 May, entirely new timetables will be introduced at Great Northern, Thameslink, Southern & Gatwick Express.  This means that many passengers who use these services to get to work, school, or anywhere else may be affected as their usual journey time or pattern is likely to change.  It is part of the biggest train timetable change in decades and is necessary to help increase capacity and improve reliability on the busiest part of the UK rail network.  Check your new timetable at

Get involved - Arundel Neighbourhood Plan

(Arundel Community Networking Bulletin 30th March 2018)

The Arundel Neighbourhood Plan 2019 - Get Involved

Neighbourhood Plans play an important role in deciding whether planning applications should be approved or refused. They contribute to decision-making on issues like:
  • affordable housing and new building,
  • retaining shops, businesses and services,
  • conserving our heritage and
  • improving public transport.
The Arundel Neighbourhood Plan (2014) was one of the first in England, and is regularly consulted by our local planning authorities, including Arun District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority. But planning documents need to be refreshed every five years or so to remain relevant, and since Arundel's was adopted, some of the legal and planning framework has changed - so it's time for an update.


An Arundel Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee has been formed by Arundel Town Council to consult and update the 2014 Neighbourhood Plan. For it to be properly useful and relevant, it is important that local residents, businesses and organisations are involved in the process of updating the Neighbourhood Plan.

The Steering Committee will be forming 'task groups' and holding meetings during April, May & June to gauge residents' views on Housing, Business, Social Interaction, Environment and Transport, and how they will affect different parts of the town.

James Stewart, chair of the Committee says, "We are looking for residents of all ages, working or non-working, from all parts of the town to join a task group. We expect they will meet in convenient places in the town on three or four evenings over those three months."

If you would like to be part of a task group, you can contact the Steering Group via its website: or on Facebook, here. You can also read more about the updating process and download relevant documents, including a copy of the existing Plan.


Amberley Primary School rated Good by Ofsted

Wednesday, March 7, 18 
Amberley Primary School rated Good by Ofsted
After a full inspection in January 2018, Ofsted have rated Amberley C.E. Primary School good in all categories and have commented that “The School’s work to promote pupil’s personal development and welfare is outstanding”
Over the past few years, Head Teacher Mr Jon Gilbert, the staff and governors have worked hard to address the recommendations made after the previous Ofsted inspection and the inspector commented that “The executive Head Teacher’s calm and ambitious vision to do the best for all of the pupils, is fully supported by governors and staff” and that “Leaders’ work to improve the school is effective “and “They have ensured that teaching is of a high standard and pupils now achieve well”.
The quality of teaching, learning, assessment and outcomes for pupils have improved significantly and this coupled with Amberley being “a welcoming, warm and inclusive school where pupils are happy, safe and settled” and where “staff are proud to work at the school”, makes the school an ideal environment for primary education.
In September 2017 Amberley School converted to a primary school, accepting Year 6 pupils for the first time.  The school currently has a class dedicated to Year 6 pupils and the small class sizes enable the children to thrive; the school has high expectations for its first set of Key Stage 2 results. Leaders and governors have a very accurate understanding of pupils’ achievement and work effectively together to support the school’s ongoing improvement.
As a small rural school, Amberley Primary School is delighted to be an integral part of the community in one of West Sussex’s most beautiful villages. Staff and governors are determined to continue to build on the progress they have made over the past two years to make the school outstanding in all areas and to ensure that each and every child is given the opportunity for the very best start in life.
Head Teacher, Jon Gilbert said,
“I am delighted that the dedication and professionalism of the staff and governors and the children’s hard work has been recognised by Ofsted.  The school has made significant progress over the past two years and we will continue to strive to deliver the very best learning experiences and opportunities for the children in our care.”
To find out more, please visit the school website at


Spirit FM Win a Wedding with Weddings in West Sussex

Spirit FM and Weddings in West Sussex have teamed up to give away a wedding worth over £15,000!

Win your dream wedding at Cissbury Barns

Set high on the South Downs and completely shielded by woodland you will find the stunning Cissbury Barns. For over two hundred years they have been at the heart of our sheep farming in Sussex and they are now transformed into a unique and stylish wedding and events venue. The secluded setting is an important part of the charm of the Barns. Nestled behind beautiful mature trees the Barns are not visible until you are nearly at the top of the short but glorious drive through the Estate.

The wedding package includes;Wedding Venue, Catering, Decoration, Flowers, Car Hire, Wedding Bands, Suit Hire, Marquee, Photography, Photo Booth, Inflatable Hire, an Entertainer and more!

View the full prize pack here.

Entries open at 7:30am Tuesday 27th February!


OneArundel - February Newsletter

On Friday 9 Feb Highways England issued a Press Release giving updated details of a number of road schemes in the South East, and we were hoping that this would include a Ministerial decision about the route of the proposed Arundel Bypass. Unfortunately this was not so.

This is disappointing news and will not be well received by our many supporters. However, please be patient, as it simply indicates a delay rather than a negative decision.

Predictably, HE received far more responses to their public consultation exercise than they originally expected and, because of this, they are still reviewing the position. Indeed, we understand that HE may need to have further discussions with the DfT during the next few weeks before making any announcement, and that it may therefore still be a while before we can expect any announcement.

In fact, in view of the environmental problems involved, as well as the totally negative approach taken by the South Downs National Park Authority in its consultation response this is not an unexpected situation, so there is - at present - no need to relapse into “conspiracy theory” mode.

For the moment therefore OneArundel remains confident that our support of Route Option 5A has every chance of success, especially as it is so strongly supported by Arundel Town Council, Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council amongst many others.

In the meantime, for those who might like to rehearse the arguments for and against the various Route Options, you will find a link to our response to the HE consultation on the ”Home” page of the OneArundel website.

Finally, a belated Happy New Year to everyone.


Update on the Campaign for an "In-Town" Pharmacy in Arundel

Update On The Campaign For An "In-Town" Pharmacy In Arundel

"I attended the meeting of The Health and Wellbeing Board in Horsham on January 25th. The good news regarding the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is that following a final total of around seventy responses, Arundel is well and truly mentioned in the final version approved by the Board. However, the criteria the PNA Steering Group work to when it comes to travelling to a local pharmacy, as set out in a Department of Health document published 10 years ago, are as follows, and I quote from the Report : The PNA Steering Group Responses to Arundel Comments : The NHS findings were taken into consideration when defining a reasonable travel criteria of 20 minutes (travel time) and 6 miles ( travel distance ) by car or public transport for the PNA. Travel time and distance: The PNA identifies that the current pharmacy in Arundel meets this criteria as it is within a 15 minute drive time, 20 minute walking times and within 2 miles travel distance by car or public transport. Visitor and tourist numbers: Pharmaceutical services available in Arundel are for both visitors and residents alike and the same criteria apply. Choice : There is reasonable choice of pharmaceutical services in the Arun locality. Considering the 6 mile radius, there are numerous pharmacies in nearby towns such as Angmering and Littlehampton providing reasonable choice to Arundel residents. Quality of services : The scope of the PNA does not cover the quality of services provided. Any complaints in regards to quality of service provided will be passed on to NHS England, who are responsible for contractual arrangements. The criteria above results in the PNA conclusion that Arundel has sufficient cover. It is obvious that this goes against our Campaign aims. In our view, the specified travel times and distances are far too broad. The PNA however is restricted by these “one size for all” guidelines, which apply for every PNA that takes place in every county in the Country. Hence the Steering Group’s responses to Arundel residents’ comments. We have always believed that Arundel is a “Special Case” and there are many genuine reasons as to why an “In-Town” Pharmacy “, as well as the existing one, is needed and we believe, would work. The criteria may look reasonable to some on paper but as the 3000 plus who signed the Petition know, in reality they don’t work for Arundel. Our case has been well and truly demonstrated throughout the Campaign, thanks to all the wonderful support we have received from residents and visitors alike. By being included in the published PNA Report, we can but hope that a Pharmaceutical company will read it and pick up on Arundel’s need and perhaps think about it as a serious possibility. The Travel and Distance criteria do not prohibit any interested party from applying for a contract. In the end it is only they who can bring it about by making that business decision, providing of course the NHS then agree to give them a contract. Still many “ifs” and “buts”. We hope that we have succeeded in doing everything that could be done to make the case. There have been those along the way who have either opposed The Campaign or said an “In-Town” Pharmacy will never happen or get off the ground. They may yet be proved right, but It hasn’t deterred us. We will just have to wait and see but we do know that we have given it our very best shot. At the meeting I was also able to mention the recent introduction of charges by Lloyds Arundel for Home Delivery of Prescriptions.- £60 for a year or £35 for six months. Delivery charges are not something covered by the PNA. However, some of the Board Members expressed surprise over this and felt the Board should perhaps look into possible ways of helping people who can’t afford it or have difficulty arranging for someone to collect their prescriptions. We’ll see what happens.

Our Sincere Thanks go to all who gave us such wonderful support, we couldn’t have managed, and got this far, without you."

​Colin Stepney and June Barker

The section of the PNA relating to Arundel can be found at :
Towards the end you’ll find The Appendices : pages A47 – A52 refer to Arundel

Aldingbourne Trust February Fundraising


Arundel By Candlelight 2017 Survey

Arundel By Candlelight is a popular event in our calendar drawing many people to our town. The Arundel Chamber of Commerce and Arundel Town Council would like your feedback on the event and how you think it should develop in the coming years.


Arundel Town Council Community Award 2017 “Arundel celebrates its community spirit”

On Thursday, 7th December 2017, the Mayor of Arundel, Councillor Angela Standing, presented the third annual Arundel Community Award to Gill Hart for her work with the 1st Arundel (Earl of Arundel's Own) Scout Group.
In attendance at the evening award ceremony at Arundel Town Hall were nominees and invited guests representing various groups, charities and organisations working for the benefit of Arundel and the wider community.
The Mayor welcomed attendees to the event saying “that there are around 70 groups and organisations in Arundel ranging from the young with the Youth Club and Scouting Organisation to senior citizens with the Lavinian Club and this is an opportunity where we get to say thank you to all of Arundel’s unsung heroes.”
The Mayor presented the award to the winner 1st Arundel Scout Group Scout Leader Gill Hart and said “Gill has been giving her time to the scouting movement for over 30 years. Generations of Arundel residents have benefitted from her scouting skills, in helping young people reach their potential. With her endless enthusiasm, dedication, care, tireless support and fundraising she is the backbone of the Arundel Scout Group.”
The public is invited each year to nominate groups or individuals for the annual Arundel Town Council’s Community Award and the winner is chosen by the full Town Council. The full list of 2017 Arundel Community Award nominees was:
·       Geoff Allan for his work for both for Arundel Gardens Association and St Philip’s School.
·       The Arundel Festival 2017 Committee for their hard work bringing an amazing mix of entertainment to the town over the 10 days of the festival.
·       Mark Bullen for his work with the Arundel Cricket Club within the youth sections.
·       Gill Farquharson as editor of The Bell magazine and for her work on the Arundel Festival brochure.
·       Gill Hart (Winner) for over 30 year’s work with the 1st Arundel (Earl of Arundel’s Own) Scout Group.
·       Mark Lay who was posthumously nominated for his charity work raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and organising a ‘Paint the Town Green Day’ in Arundel.
·       Bob Tanner for his work with Arundel Gardens Association, schools and as Tree Warden for Arundel Town Council.
·       Marian Webb for her work for Arundel Museum and the Chamber of Commerce.
The Mayor thanked the Town Hall Staff and fellow councillors for their hard work, help and continuing support this year and ended the evening by saying “I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year.”

Forest School thrives at Amberley!

Where better for children to experience the benefits of Forest School activities than the wonderful grounds of Amberley Primary School, at the heart of the National Park and in the beautiful village of Amberley.  

The children at Amberley learn about the environment and explore a range of skills including lighting fires and whittling wood.  Outdoor learning is proven to be good for children’s mental and physical well-being.  The children learn how to collaborate and cooperate and work together as part of a team, they learn how to take risks in a safe environment, and they learn leadership skills and how work together to solve problems.

Children in Year 5 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians this term in the classroom and were set the task of designing and making a shaduf – an Egyptian device used especially for irrigation in Egypt to raise water from the River Nile. The children used materials which they gathered from the woods including sticks and poles to create a frame which they tied together with string.  They then attached a bucket and worked out how to use the pole to lift the water out of the pond and swing it around before tipping it into an irrigation channel.
“We learnt that it wasn’t easy to get water from the Nile because you would have to build some sort of mechanism and then you would have to filter the water. We learnt that it took lots of people to get the water and that we had to work as part of a team,” said Jack, aged 9.
Forest School is an integral part of the curriculum at Amberley School. To find out more, please visit the school website at


Arundel By Candelight 2017 - Travel and Transport Info

Arundel By Candlelight 2017
Travel and Transport information

Attendees are advised to plan ahead for their journeys   to​ Arundel by Candlelight which this year is being held on Saturday 2 December 2017 from 12:00 – 19:00
Arundel Chamber of Commerce and the Arundel by Candlelight committee have again been working with the community and local businesses to provide suitable parking and travel arrangements for the year’s most magical Christmas event. This includes complimentary Park and Ride schemes, some FREE car parks as well as repositioned taxi and bus stops.

As usual we expect the event to be very popular and would encourage everyone to use public transport where possible, walk or share cars into town.
FREE Park and Ride Scheme from WWT Arundel Wetlands Centre, BN18 9PB
from 12:00 until 19:30
FREE parking in Mill Road Car Park, BN18 9AA from 12:00-19:00
FREE parking down Mill Road

Parking in Arundel Lido Car Park, BN18 9GJ FREE from 12noon
Please see below for full travel details.

Free Car Parking

FREE Park and Ride scheme will be running from the WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, BN18 9PB from Midday until 19:30. Please follow the Arundel by Candlelight Park and Ride signs
FREE PARKING in Mill Road Car Park and Mill Road, BN18 9AA (opposite the Castle) will be available from 12:00-19:00 to allow attendees to enjoy the whole Arundel by Candlelight event. Please follow the Arundel by Candlelight FREE Parking signs.

Other Parking (charges apply)
Parking in Arundel Lido car park, BN18 9GJ FREE from 12noon
Southern Rail Car Park on Station Approach, Arundel, BN18 9PH (Saturday charges apply)

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.
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 will have a temporary rank adjacent to the Post Office in Mill Road, and will be available to pick up and drop off throughout the event and the earlier road closures.
Please remember that taxis or other vehicles will be unable to pass through the road closures which commence at 5am on Saturday 2nd December to Midnight.

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 High Street and Tarrant Street will be closed to vehicles from 05:00 to 23:59 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, Christmas stalls, choirs and street entertainment allowing the event to be set up, run and taken down. 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
The parking bays on the cobbled area of the High Street will have a parking suspension enforced on Friday 1 December 09:00 to 23:59 to allow for initial set up. Parking suspensions will then be issued on Saturday 2 December along Mill Road next to and opposite Arundel post office (to allow for the mobile taxi rank), along River Road adjacent to McColls and The Causeway/Queen Street (both sides to ensure a clear free-flow of traffic). Cars parked illegally in these areas will be at risk of penalty charge notices and towing.

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.

For further information please contact or find us on Facebook by searching Arundel by Candlelight

Amberley Museum’s Autumn Historic Transport Gathering


Amberley Museum celebrated its 40th Autumn Historic Transport Gathering on Sunday 8th October,  with nearly 300 exhibitors showing vintage cars, commercial and public transport vehicles, stationary engines and motorcycles.  It was a hive of activity at the Museum, with over 700 visitors attending the event and enjoying the 36 acre site.  Visitors also explored the site on the Museum’s very own Historic bus and narrow gauge railway.

Many of the Museum’s craftspeople were displaying their crafts on the day including Arthur Haffenden the Besom Broom maker who has been at the Museum almost since it opened.  The Greenwood village featured the Bodger, Stonemason and wood crafts.  Glyn Jones was busy demonstrating the newly restored horizontal saw (which dates back to 1926) and the Wood Turners were displaying their skills, as were the two potters.

Brian Johnson the organiser has been running this event since the first one back in October 1978, and it has gone from strength to strength over the last 39 years.  In 2018 it will be the Museum’s 40th season, with the 40th anniversary of the Autumn Historic Transport Gathering taking place on Sunday 7th October 2018.  This will lead up to the Museums 40th Birthday in May 2019; the Museum officially opened for its first season in May 1979. 

Amberley Museum’s marketing officer, spoke to one of the Museums regular visitors and long standing members about this historic event.  He has visited the Museum over the 40 year’s, enjoying many events with his late wife.  He still enjoys coming to as many events as he can, and likes to take a walk along the Museum’s nature trail. 

Amberley Museum is a registered charity, relying heavily on the support of its strong team of volunteers, and returning annual members.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or a member, the Museum is holding a Members and Volunteers day on Sunday 29th October, as they close their 2017 season.  For this last day there will be a special offer of £7.00 entry for everyone. 

Amberley Museum is a remarkable heritage site in the Sussex South Downs, with 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibit buildings to visit, focusing on industrial and transport history. Take a ride on the narrow gauge railway and historic bus. Exhibits include the telecommunications hall, electricity hall, lime kilns, steam engines, working printshop and more.

The Museum is home to traditional craftspeople such as the Woodturners and Blacksmith, with a café, gift shop, nature trails and picnic areas. The Museum is accessibility friendly and dogs are welcome on site.  We have been awarded the Kennel Club ‘Best Dog Friendly Attraction Award’ for Days Out 2016.

The Museum hosted over 50 events in 2017 from children’s activity days to classic vehicle shows. They re-open 7th March until 28th October 2018. For more information on events or their education programme, please see their website for full details,


Amazing day at Arundel to Brighton Walk

Walking to raise money for Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, participants of all ages set off bright and early on Saturday September 16th to trek 35km across the Sussex countryside as part of the charity’s largest annual event; the A2B Walk.

The popular Walk, now in it’s 5th year, attracted corporate teams, family groups and individuals of all ages, setting off from Arundel Castle at 7.30am, after a moving and heart-warming speech from Elena Richmond, who shared her story of how the charity has helped her daughter India – who, three years on, has just started her first year at school, having run through the gates on the first day!

Deputy Lieutenant, Carole Hayward, spurred walkers on ahead of cutting the ribbon for the group of more than 60 walkers to start, and were joined by Chief Executive, Pilar Cloud, who completed the first 12km of the walk alongside all those taking part. 

The charity has gone through an exciting year of change, moving to a new home in Cuckfield to grow their services around their core service of conductive education, to include messy play sessions, weekly swimming sessions and music therapy sessions. Having expanded their resources within their new Children’s Centre, installing a new Sensory Room and Magic Carpet, the charity is now looking to fund a new Outreach Programme. The team are delighted with the amazing continued support of a loyal and growing community, and the wonderful efforts and generosity of all those who have supported the event, raising, at the time of this writing, an incredible £7952.16, with still more to come.

Marielle Birks, Community Fundraiser at the charity said, “There’s been an incredible show of support for the charity and our community has been fantastic, seeing us through changes, helping celebrate Dame Vera’s 100th year and now supporting our event and our work through the dedication and fundraising they’ve all worked so hard to achieve for the A2B. The generosity shown has been wonderful, it was a fantastic day and just loads of fun. Everyone has worked really hard and I would like to thank all involved for their support, including outdoor adventure company, Pied A Terre Adventures, everyone from the Rapid Relief Team, Dave Powell from LPG Photographic, our volunteers, Arundel Castle, Ashdown Phillips, PMW Communications, Vega Europe, Stay Safe Driving and every individual that took part and made the event such a wonderful success.  We could not have done it without them, and it is brilliant that we have been able to welcome back walkers from previous years, as well as welcoming new supporters. Finally, a huge thank you to our sponsors, Audi Five Oaks, for their continued support.”

If you would like to find out more about the charity’s events and and how you could get involved contact Marielle Birks on 01444 473274 or email:


OneArundel - October Newsletter I

Decision Time – Please Tell Highways England What You Think

After all the debates during the past 6 weeks, we now need to respond to the Highways England consultation exercise and tell them our individual views.

The purpose of this Newsletter is therefore to ask you, if you have not done so already, to ensure that you do not miss the opportunity to do so before 16 October.

There are a variety of ways in which you can respond to Highways England:

  • By completing the paper copy of the HE consultation questionnaire and submitting it by post.
  • By completing the online copy of the HE consultation questionnaire and submitting it electronically
  • By writing a letter to HE and posting it to: A27 Arundel Bypass, Highways England, Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LZ
  • By writing an e-mail message to HE and sending it to:

We are aware that many people may find the written and electronic copies of the consultation questionnaire difficult to fill-in, and therefore strongly recommend that, instead, you consider sending HE an e-mail message setting out your views. The important thing is not to be put off by any difficulties that you may encounter with the HE Form.

As far as the content of your response is concerned, there are two important questions to be answered. These are:

  • Does Arundel need a bypass?
  • Which of the three Highways England Options is the best?

You will recall that our views about the need for the Bypass were set out in August Newsletter IV. We reviewed Option 1 in September Newsletter I, and we reviewed Options 3 and 5A in September Newsletter II.

The net result of which is that we strongly support the Government’s proposal to build an off-line dual carriageway bypass on the A27 at Arundel, and that our preferred route – and the best for Arundel - is Option 5A which would take the bypass along the southern edge of the South Downs National Park north of the hamlet of Binsted.

So, bearing in mind the position that we have taken regarding the need for a bypass and the best route (Option 5A), we hope that all our many supporters in Arundel, and from further afield, will not miss this unique opportunity to tell Highways England just what they think. 

There is a temptation to produce a standard response for people to send to HE but, if this was done, even multiple responses would simply be treated as a single input and therefore diminish the strength of our collective views. 

Please therefore could each and every one of you produce your own individual response to Highways England, whilst perhaps making use of some of the reasons that we have set out in our earlier Newsletters. In the meantime, OneArundel will of course be submitting a corporate response on behalf of us all.

Finally, as we keep saying, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find an effective solution to the traffic congestion on the A27 at Arundel, and it should not be missed.


Exhibit by Photo Artist Tony Mills on display at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre

An exhibit of works by photo artist Tony Mills is on display in the visitor centre building of WWT Arundel Wetland Centre until Oct 31.

Works from three of Tony’s current project themes are on display on the gallery wall of the centre. In one series Tony uses pen & ink on giclée photographic prints to produce mixed media images to enhance the texture or abstract the original image. These latest works are presented here as either original works or open edition giclée prints or canvases.

Tony’s “Nature in action” series portrays movement and behaviour in natural subjects. “I use the extra dimension of Time in my 2D work to depict bird flight or action through photo montaging or using slow shutter speeds” says Tony.

The “Spotted” series represents the fleeting glimpses one sees animals in the wild. Nature in Action and Spotted prints are all giclée prints and either limited editions or open editions. All of the works on display are available for purchase.

Tony worked as a Research Scientist in Cambridge and used photography as a way to switch off from his work. He is now retired he focuses on his photography full-time.


Arundel Town Council Community Events

Arundel Town Council and Visit Arundel support many of the community events that are put on each year, including the Arundel Festival in August and Arundel by Candlelight in December.

There is something happening every month!

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Update on "The Campaign For An "In-Town" Chemist/Pharmacy In Arundel"

Here is the latest update on "The Campaign For An "In-Town" Chemist/Pharmacy In Arundel" Over 3,000 people sign the Arundel Town Chemist/Pharmacy Petition! Well we did it! Our last appearance at the Arundel Farmers Market last Saturday, took us over our 3,000 target. Infact the final number was 3174. So a VERY BIG THANK YOU to everyone who signed. Our presence at the Farmers Market each month has given us a fantastic platform from which to tell people about what we are trying to achieve and our campaign would not have been as successful without the tremendous support we have received from so many businesses in the town. No matter who you talk to everyone says the same – Local residents feel completely embarrassed when stopped by a visitor to the town who needs a chemist. Virtually impossible to explain that it’s … ‘over the other side of the A27, then up this road and down that road and then turn left’. Neither is it really walkable from the town. So many visitors come by train or coach, so have no way of getting to the Pharmacy at the Doctors surgery. For those locals who do not live on the ‘other side of the A27’, then it usually means getting in the car and driving there. But for elderly people who either no longer drive or have mobility issues, they are completely reliant on neighbours or friends to help them. And whilst we live in a computer and internet age, many elderly people are not familiar with I.T. and so wouldn’t even contemplate ordering their prescriptions ‘on line’. We have one final request of our supporters! The Consultation Survey, which is short, on the Draft Report of The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is now available on line to complete. Please go to: https:/ That provides an opportunity for everyone to give their views at any of the open-ended questions. The survey finishes on November 5th. This is the LAST opportunity for us to make our case. We hope that everyone who has supported our campaign will also take part in this Survey, and explain in their own words the need, and the reasons for, an ‘In Town’ Pharmacy/Chemist for Arundel. We have a huge battle ahead, but we are determined to make our voice heard! We’re not just a town of 3,400 odd residents. From Easter to October our numbers swell enormously, and its vitally important that Arundel as a major tourist destination provides all the necessary facilities that visitors should be able to expect. At our request, we have recently been invited by the West Sussex Health And Wellbeing Board to make a five minute presentation on our concerns, followed by ten minutes for questions and discussions, at their next meeting on November 6th. We continue to stress that our aim is NOT to replace the existing pharmacy but to have a second situated in the Town itself. For further information please contact Colin Stepney

OneArundel - September News III

This is a short but important Newsletter to remind you all where OneArundel stands as far as the Bypass Options are concerned, and to urge all those of our supporters who live in Arundel to do your best to attend the meeting in St Nicholas Church on Monday 25 September.

The two important questions to be answered are:

   - ​Does Arundel need a bypass?
   - Which of the three Options is the best?

The Three Options set out in the Highways England Consultation Document are:

Option 1 – through the town via the Ford Road roundabout

Option 3 – The 1993 pink/blue route through Tortington Common

Option 5A – Along the southern edge of the SDNP north of Binsted 

Having addressed the question of whether or not Arundel needs a Bypass (in August Newsletter IV), which it surely does, and having reviewed and dismissed Option 1 (in September Newsletter I), we reviewed Options 3 and 5A (in September Newsletter II) and, as you know, we believe that Option 5A is best for Arundel.

Whilst we are sure where we stand on this important issue, Arundel Town Council has yet to decide its view and, in order to help it do so, it has arranged the Parish Meeting in St Nicholas Church on Monday 25 September at 7.00 pm for Arundel residents to have their say and to ask questions about the bypass proposals.

It is however clear that the noisy minority of anti-bypass campaigners may seek to dominate the meeting.

So, bearing in mind the position that we have taken regarding the need for a bypass and the best Option (5A), we believe that it is essential that as many as possible of those of us who live in Arundel do your very best to attend the meeting and say your piece, thereby ensuring that the Town Council is well aware of the majority view in support of the bypass and which route should be chosen.

Finally, as we have said before, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find an effective solution to the traffic congestion on the A27 at Arundel, and it would be a shame to miss it. 
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OneArundel - September News II

Having addressed the question of whether or not Arundel needs a Bypass (in August Newsletter IV), which it surely does, and reviewed Option 1 (in September Newsletter I), we have assessed which of Options 3 or 5A is best for Arundel.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both Options, but having previously been a strong supporter of the Government’s original pink/blue ‘preferred route’, OneArundel has changed its view.

We are now convinced that if an A27 Bypass is to be provided at Arundel, then Option 5A is the best of the three routes that have been put forward by Highways England in the Consultation Document and the associated supporting documents.

The purpose of this Newsletter is therefore to set out the reasons why we have come to this conclusion, highlighting the pros and cons of Options 3 and 5A. So, what are the facts?

  • Option 3 (the old pink/blue route) would be a new offline dual carriageway linking Crossbush junction with the existing A27 very close to Havenwood Park to the west of Arundel. It would go through the South Downs National Park and about 24 hectares of Ancient Woodland at Tortington Common.
  • Option 5A would be a new offline dual carriageway linking Crossbush junction with the existing A27 in the vicinity of the Yapton Lane junction to the west of Arundel. It would go through the South Downs National Park and farmland, as well as about 6 hectares of Ancient Woodland to the north of Binsted village.
  • Neither Option 3 nor Option 5A would involve the demolition of any dwellings
  • Option 5A is slightly longer than Option 3
  • Option 3 would cost £260m, whilst Option 5A would be slightly cheaper and cost £250m
  • Option 3 has a Benefit to Cost Ratio (BCR) of 2.0, whilst Option 5A has a better BCR of 2.6
  • In terms of value for money, Option 5A is better than Option 3
  • Option 3 would divert 23% of the traffic currently rat-running through the SDNP on the A29 and the A284 (a total of minus 3,300 vpd). However Option 5A would divert 36% of this traffic (a total of minus 4,300 vpd)
  • The modelling results demonstrate that, in terms of overall network summary statistics and from a traffic perspective, Option 5A is the best performing network for Arundel. It is better than either Option1 or Option 3
  • Both Option 3 and Option 5A impact adversely on the South Downs National Park, as well as the local Ancient Woodland. Both have significant though similar environmental constraints, and both need to be given special consideration under national planning policy
  • Option 3 is expected to compromise the ecological integrity of the Binsted Wood Local Wildlife Site (LWS)

OneArundel’s original opinion before the public consultation paperwork was published on 22 August by Highways England was that Option 3 (pink/blue) was the most attractive of the Options, but we now need to consider five significant changes which have occurred since 1993 when the pink/blue route was designated as the Government’s “Preferred Route. These changes are:

  • The designation of the South Downs National Park which includes Tortington Common to the south of the current A27
  • The redefinition of Ancient Woodland, which now includes the re-planted Tortington Common, as well as Binsted Wood
  • The designation of Binsted Wood, Tortington Common and Stewards Copse (close to Arundel) as the Binsted Wood Area of Special Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) – which is also called a Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
  • The publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which gives emphasis to the protection of National Parks and Ancient Woodland
  • The publication of the National Networks National Policy Statement (NNNPS) which governs nationally significant road and rail infrastructure projects, as is the case with this A27 Arundel Bypass proposal

Of these, the most important change is the designation of the SDNP and the need for Highways England to respect the SDNP and its special qualities in its decision making. The SDNP is a nationally designated landscape, and HE has a statutory duty to have regard to the purposes of the National Park. The SDNPA is therefore a key consultee with regard to the Arundel Bypass proposal. This means that the views and recommendations of the SDNPA cannot be put aside lightly by those who have to take the final decision concerning the route of the Bypass.

Thus a recent statement by the Director of Countryside Policy and Management at the SDNPA is very relevant, viz:

“All public bodies, including Highways England, must have regard to the purposes of National Parks as they go about their work. National planning guidance states that ‘major development’ (which would include building or widening trunk roads) in a National Park is unacceptable unless there is an overriding national interest and no alternatives are possible. All the routes proposed would go through parts of the National Park and we will be assessing their relative impacts upon it. The SDNPA has a clear position statement on the approach it will adopt to all proposals for upgrading sections of the A27 and this has guided all our work on this issue”.

The local Ancient Woodland, which now includes Tortington Common as well as Binsted Wood and Stewards Copse, and which is located within the SDNP, is protected by national planning policy and, as such, any destruction can be expected to be resisted by Defra, Natural England, and especially by the SDNPA. It is therefore likely that the strongest arguments against the proposed Arundel Bypass will be deployed in respect of Option 3, with its take of 26 ha of Ancient Woodland, as opposed to Option 5A with its take of just 6 ha.

So, whether we like it or not, the opinions and recommendations of the SDNPA are very important, and these are likely to be reinforced by the draft Policies in the emerging SDNP Local Plan (September 2017), viz:

  • Strategic Policy SD42: Development proposals for new infrastructure will only be permitted where it represents the least environmentally harmful option reasonably available 
  • Strategic Policy SD9.2.c: Development proposals that will result in any adverse effect on the integrity of any Local Site which cannot be either avoided or adequately mitigated will be refused, unless exceptional circumstances outweighing the adverse effects are clearly demonstrated
  • Strategic Policy SD9.2.d:  Development proposals which result in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats, including ancient woodland, will be refused unless the need for, and benefits of, the development in that location clearly outweigh the loss

Additionally, the SDNPA has published an A27 Position Statement which governs the Authority’s approach to proposals for widening or building new roads through the National Park, the presumption being that any proposal must be in the national interest and must minimise the adverse impact on the SDNP.

As far as the NNNPS is concerned, there are two policies which impact directly on HE’s A27 Arundel Bypass proposals:

  • Para 5.32 requires the Secretary of State to not grant consent for any development that would result in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats including ancient woodland
  • Paras 5.150-5.152 say that the Secretary of State should refuse development consent in National Parks except in exceptional circumstances and where it can be demonstrated that it is in the public interest

In conclusion, and on the basis that the need for a bypass at Arundel is essential in the national interest, we have assessed which of Options 3 or 5A is most likely to receive the least opposition, especially from the SDNPA.

Having previously been a strong supporter of the Government’s original pink/blue ‘preferred route’, OneArundel is now convinced that if an A27 Bypass is to be provided at Arundel, then Option 5A is the least worst, and therefore the best of the three routes that have been put forward by Highways England. 

OneArundel therefore commends Option 5A for your strong support.

Finally, for all those who live in Arundel, please don’t forget that on Monday 25 September at 7.00pm Arundel Town Council is organising a Parish Meeting in St Nicholas Church for residents to have their say and ask questions about the bypass proposals.

It is clear even now that the noisy minority of anti-bypass campaigners will seek to dominate the meeting. So please do what you can to keep that date free and attend the meeting, thereby ensuring that the Town Council is well aware of the majority view in support of the bypass. 

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OneArundel - September News I

The prime purpose of this Newsletter is to start to address to question of which route Option for the Arundel Bypass out of Nos. 1, 3 and 5A seems to be the best. It will therefore concentrate of the pros and cons of Option 1 – which we think is the worst of the three, and which should be rejected. 

This Option which, according to Highways England was suggested by West Sussex County Council, will involve the building of a new dual-carriageway road from Crossbush to the bridge by the Ford Roundabout, a new single-carriageway bridge over the river alongside the existing bridge, and the conversion of the single-carriageway Hospital Hill into a new dual-carriageway road until it meets the existing dual-carriageway just to the west of The Swan Hotel.

There are a number of facts which suggest at first sight that Option 1 should be given serious consideration. They are:

  • It is the cheapest Option - £135m
  • It is the shortest route 
  • It gives the best value for money (Benefit to Cost Ratio) – 3.6
  • It has the least adverse impact on the South Downs National Park 
  • It would result of the loss of the least amount of Ancient Woodland – 5 hectares

On the other hand there are a number of disadvantages, these include:

  • This Option would continue to divide the town at the Ford Road Roundabout. Indeed it does not meet the specific and important scheme objective of reducing the community severance caused by the A27 through Arundel 
  • The Ford Road Roundabout would be controlled by traffic lights, so ensuring stop-start traffic The volume of traffic using the Ford Roundabout would increase by 62% (from 28,600 to 46,200 vpd) 
  • Noise levels and pollution in the vicinity of the Ford Road Roundabout would increase 
  • From the traffic point of view this is the worst performing of the three Options 
  • This Option diverts the least amount of traffic from rat-running in the SDNP (only 19%)
  • This Option fails to take account of the physical limitations of Hospital Hill, with its poor alignment and visibility and steep gradients - as highlighted in the 1993 Preferred Route Statement 
  • This Option does not take into account the projected increase in traffic on Ford Road as a result of ADC’s proposal for major housing development at Ford 
  • This Option would have a major detrimental impact on those living close to the Ford Road Roundabout and Hospital Hill, especially in Fitzalan Road, Wheelwrights Close, the west end of Maltravers Street, Surrey Street, lower Torton Hill, Canada Road and Jarvis Road. It would also impact badly on the Riding Stables in Park Place, which might be forced to close
  • This Option would exacerbate the flood risk to properties in the vicinity of the Ford Road Roundabout. This is already the area at greatest surface water flood risk in Arundel, and the new bridge and its connection to the roundabout would need to be built directly over the course of Spring Ditch, which is one of the most important flood-related watercourses in the vicinity of the town 
  • This Option fails to acknowledge the poor state of the existing A27 bridge over the River Arun, which itself may need major renovation or replacement, or the fact that the sheet steel piling (SSP) on the river wall under the west side of the bridge is already in a poor state (EA Grade 4) and will need to be replaced within 10 to 20 years 
  • With this Option, there are likely to be major problems on the Hospital Hill section of the dual carriageway for vehicles and pedestrians wishing to access and exit Jarvis Road, Park Farm, Arundel Cricket Club, The Swan Hotel and, especially, Arundel Hospital. Walking to and from the Hospital may well become a matter of life and death.This brings the prospect of additional accidents as well as reduced road safety 
  • The proposed aerial footbridge over the Ford Road Roundabout would be hideously intrusive and impact very badly on the visual entrance into and the historic setting of Arundel. Also, because of the extended spiral access at each end it is unlikely to be heavily used and will therefore not achieve its aim. 
  • It seems that the well used bridge underpass may be closed.
  • During the necessarily expended construction period there would be a lengthy and large increase in traffic disruption, which would bring its own additional noise and air pollution
  • In the event of this new road being blocked by either an accident or the need for maintenance, there would be no practical local diversion available other than through the narrow town centre 

In summary, although Option 1 may be the cheapest option and have some superficially attractive advantages, in practice it is likely to the very worst option, especially as it would involve more than 46,000 vpd using the Ford Road Roundabout compared with only some 28,000 vpd now (which is quite bad enough). Also, it is the worst option for alleviating the traffic which rat-runs north through the SDNP to avoid Arundel’s congestion.

OneArundel therefore recommends that Option 1 should be rejected as unsuitable, and that your completed Questionnaires should say this very strongly. It is a very bad idea, and we do not want the A27 to continue to run through the town. 

The next edition of this Newsletter will address the question of which of Option 3 and Option 5A is best for Arundel, so you might like to consider delaying the submission of your completed Questionnaire to Highways England until you have read it. This is especially because, at first sight, the changes that have occurred since Option 3 (pink/blue) was adopted as the Preferred Route by the Government in 1993 seem to suggest that it it is unlikely to be the best. However, if anyone has any queries, then please do not hesitate to let us know – we will try our very best to answer them as soon as possible.

For those of you who live in Arundel, herewith a date for your diary. On Monday 25 September at 7.00pm Arundel Town Council has organised a Parish Meeting  in St Nicholas Church for residents to have their say and ask questions about the bypass proposals. It is clear even now that the noisy minority of anti-bypass campaigners will seek to dominate the meeting. So please do what you can to keep that date free and attend the meeting, thereby ensuring that the Town Council is well aware of the majority view in support of the bypass. 

Finally, many thanks for the very generous donations that we have received, however a few more would be very welcome in order to cover the costs that we have already incurred as well as the campaign activities planned between now and mid-October. You will note that all the website’s pages now have a facility for you to do this either via PayPal or directly to our Post Office bank account. A donation of any size would be very much appreciated.

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Affordable Housing in Arundel

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Arundel Town Celebrates Five Finalists In the Sussex Life Awards 2017!!!

With the excitement building ahead of this year’s Sussex Life Awards, Arundel Town is celebrating the nomination of a tremendous five finalists! These include The Jailhouse for Entertainment Venue of the Year, The Loft at Sparks Yard for Best Family Dining, Arundel Festival for Festival of the Year and both WWT Arundel Wetland Centre and Arundel Castle for Visitor Attraction of the Year.

Arundel Mayor Cllr Angela Standing says “to have five nominations from Arundel is a fantastic achievement, I wish all the entrants the very best of luck for success on the night of the award ceremony.”

With the much loved Arundel Festival winning Festival of the Year 2016 and The Loft at Sparks Yard winning Best Family Dining 2016, the anticipation is building for this year’s results to be announced at the glittering ceremony on 28 September. 


Arundel Town Council’s Sunday Fun Day - “A Fun Day Was Had by All!”

​On Sunday 13 August Arundel Town Council hosted the annual Sunday Fun Day in conjunction with the local community; a family event at Jubilee Gardens adjacent to the river Arun.

The weather was perfect and many people turned out to hear music from the hugely popular Renegade Dogs, Trevor Wyatt of the Nineveh House Players and solo singer Marvin Ford!

Arundel Mayor and Town Crier, Cllr Angela Standing, started the day off with her fantastic ‘cry’ to welcome everyone to the event, with many children following in her footsteps later on in the day by presenting their own ‘cries’ during the Have A Go Youth Town Crier sessions. 

The day was made special by the addition of 1st Arundel (Earl of Arundel’s own) Scout Group who hosted free games and workshops; Arundel Museum who provided “What’s in the bag?” game and a brilliant photo opportunity board where people could put their heads through to become "Marcus and Millie Mullet” and Arundel Lido who did free face painting for children throughout the day.

Arundel Mayor Angela Standing said “it was lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves on such a sunny afternoon.”


OneArundel - August News II

​This is to confirm that the Highways England public consultation on its proposals for the Arundel Bypass project will begin on Tuesday 22 August and last until 16 October. Although we won’t know details of the route Options until the 22nd, it seems that there will be between 3 and 5 choices. 

However, what we do know is that, in line with the Government’s 2015 Road Investment Strategy, Highways England has committed to replacing the existing single carriageway road with a dual carriageway bypass, linking together the two existing dual carriageway sections. The options to be presented will aim to improve traffic flow, journey times, safety and accessibility, boost local economic growth and minimise the impact on the environment. 

This is an excellent starting point, and we hope this information will be useful to you when considering how to counter the views of the anti-road, anti-car, anti-bypass campaigners.

Highways England will be holding a series of public consultation events between August and October, with the first one taking place in Arundel Town Hall on the afternoon on 22 August.

In addition, Highways England is proposing to write to some 67,000 local householders giving details of the consultation process.  Unfortunately, we do not yet know details of the process for informing either the business community or the population of Storrington – details to follow. 

As far as paperwork is concerned, there will be a Consultation Brochure and a “Have Your Say” Questionnaire, and these will be available as paper copies at various locations, as well as on-line.

See the Highways England A27 Consultation letter sent to all Arundel Households - click here.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find an effective solution to the traffic congestion on the A 27 at Arundel, and we are determined not to miss it. 

Finally, it would be very helpful if as many people as possible would please consider writing a letter to the local newspapers explaining why you support the Arundel Bypass project, and why the views of those who oppose it are misplaced.

Once again, may we please ask you to forward this Newsletter to any other supporters who you may know, encouraging them to sign-up to OneArundel. Also, any supportive comments which you would like to include on our Facebook page would be very welcome.

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The Summer Exhibition OPENS - Arundel Museum

Arundel Museum was delighted to welcome Lord Arundel to open the 2017 Summer Exhibition on Sunday evening. In front of a large audience of Student Artists, very proud families and teachers, Lord Arundel congratulated the students on their inspirational artworks and then cut the ribbon  inviting the visitors into the Jubilee Gallery to view this outstanding exhibition.

Lord Arundel chatted to almost every student asking them to describe their artworks in detail enquiring whether they were pieces for their GCSEs or A levels.  Many of the students are going on to study Fine Art or Design or Graphics at University.

Summer Exhibition 2017  artworks are created by students aged 15 -18 years all of whom who attend local secondary schools.

The participating schools are: Bishop Luffa CE School, Chichester High School, Christ’s Hospital, Felpham Community College, Lancing College, The  Littlehampton Academy, The Regis Academy, Slindon College, St. Philip Howard Catholic High School

The pressure of end of year examinations and external moderation has not deterred the teachers from promoting their students’ work and all were keen to be part of this unique show.   The individually chosen 80 GCSE and A level examination pieces that form the exhibition  have been selected from more than 500 artworks. 

The exhibition in the Jubilee Gallery at the Museum runs from 7th – 28th August will also be part of Arundel Festival and Arundel Art Trail which takes place during the exhibition period and is open every day from 10 – 4pm

Malcolm Farquharson, Museum Trustee,,  said ‘This is our third Summer Exhibition, and we are delighted to showcase the  outstanding work of  young talented artists from our area.  It was a pleasure to meet some of the students and chat to their proud parents’.

A registered charity the independent Arundel Museum recently won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and it is fast gaining a great reputation for its diverse programme of exhibitions, talks, community projects and events. The Museum is situated opposite the Arundel Castle entrance. 

The Museum is situated opposite the Arundel Castle entrance.  Learn more or telephone 01903 885866


Fontwell Park Racecourse are look for a temporary member of staff

Fontwell Park Racing are looking for a temporary member of staff for about 4 – 6 weeks. They’ll mainly be supporting  the social media/digital marketing side of things.  However, there will be other requirements such as some ops and some general office admin support.

The job is standard office hours and will pay £10 per hour. They are looking for someone to start asap so if you’re interested, please contact –

Max Roberts
Head of Marketing (Windsor & Fontwell Park)
Telephone: 01753 498400
Fax: 01753 830156


Arundel Mayor's Sunday - Post Event Press Release

Arundel Mayor’s Sunday
On Sunday 2nd July 2017 the Mayor of Arundel, Councillor Angela Standing, hosted the much-loved annual Mayor’s Sunday civic service.
The afternoon began with the procession of The Mayor, Town Clerk and Councillors, led by the Arundel and Littlehampton District Scout Band, from Arundel Town Hall to Arundel Cathedral.  Here the councillors were met on arrival by the local Scout and Guiding groups who formed a guard of honour at the entrance.  Local schools formed a joint choir for the occasion, singing to the awaiting congregation as the service began at 2pm.

The service was led by The Rt. Rev. Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, with the Readings by Arundel Mayor Councillor Angela Standing and her brother Iain Stewart, prayers read by Revd David Twinley and Pastor Steve Lomas and homily by Canon Tim Madeley, Dean of Arundel Cathedral. The unique joint children’s choir from the combination of both Arundel Church of England School and St Philips Catholic School sang their songs beautifully to the congregation. The combined Arundel Cathedral and St. Nicholas’ choirs also sang incredibly well. The service was enjoyed by a full church including His Grace the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk, High Sheriff of West Sussex, Lady Emma Barnard, local civic dignitaries, residents and family and friends of young people taking part.

Following the service the Arundel Mayor, Councillors and congregation processed back to the Town Hall to receive a March Past and salute from the Scouting and Guiding movements. It was a lovely sight to see; the youth of Arundel looking so smart and happy.

The afternoon concluded with a reception at The Town Hall where a buffet was consumed in the grand Atherley Chamber showcasing its many portraits of former mayors and stunning attributes to Arundel. The beautiful day also enabled the attendees to take advantage of the large terrace overlooking the stunning views of the town, river Arun and surrounding area. Mayor Angela Standing gave a heartfelt speech to all who gathered in which she said that she felt "honoured to be Mayor of the beautiful and historic town of Arundel" [full text available on request].

Councillor Angela Standing, Mayor of Arundel, says:
“I am looking forward to meeting many of Arundel’s groups that do such a wonderful job in our town. Also to see Arundel become A Dementia Friendly town, as it is an illness that can strike at any age and anyone."

Photography courtesy of Nigel Cull.

Arundel Community Network: Campervans, changes to parking and a new pedestrian crossing?

Arundel Town Council has identified six transport and access schemes that it would like to submit to West Sussex County Council for consideration. In order for any application to be made, the Town Council needs to establish whether these schemes have community support.

An online survey has been launched seeking your feedback and opinions on whether you think any or all of the schemes should go ahead. There are questions about:

  • Campervan parking on Mill Road and London Road
  • Changes to on-street parking restrictions on Causeway and Tarrant Street
  • Parking issues on Fitzalan Road
  • The possibilty of a new footpath from Swanbourne Lake to the Black Rabbit along Mill Road
  • A potential pedestrian crossing at Queen Street near the Co-op

The Council intends to pursue these changes through a mixture of Traffic Regulation Orders and Community Highways Scheme applications. You can read more about TROs here and the CHS here.

Start the survey by clicking here.
The closing date is 22nd July.


Arundel Mayor's Sunday, 2nd July 2017

Crowds set to line the streets for Mayor’s Sunday celebrations!

On Sunday 2nd July Arundel will once again host its much-loved annual Mayor’s Sunday civic service.Hosted by the Mayor of Arundel, Cllr Angela Standing, the service will begin with the procession of The Mayor, Town Clerk and Councillors led by the Arundel and Littlehampton District Scout Band from Arundel Town Hall to Arundel Cathedral.  Here the councillors will be 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 Rt. Rev. Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. Arundel Cathedral 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.
“Be sure to come down and join in this long-cherished and extremely popular Arundel tradition, celebrating the community of all generations”


Electric Youth and the Boston Showband in concert at Arundel Castle Cricket Grounds

Saturday 1st July 2017
Workshops and Master Classes: Jubilee Gardens 11.30am & 12.30pm
Electric Youth Showcase and Boston Showband: Arundel Castle Cricket Club 4pm - 5.30pm

Electric Youth and the Boston Showband in concert at Arundel Castle Cricket Grounds
Performing Arts workshops offered at Arundel's Jubilee Gardens
On Saturday 1st July Arundel will be offering organisations, children and the wider community the chance to take part in a unique opportunity to collaborate with one of America’s top Electric Youth groups for the finale of their European tour. 

The 14 member ensemble, aged 15-17, are selected by audition for their superior musicianship, stage presence and their accomplishment in voice, dance and acting. The Electric Youth members serve as mentors and peer leaders and are dedicated to representing the best of America’s youth at home and abroad.
Supporting both MacMillan Cancer Support and Home Start charities, hosted by Sharon Blaikie of the ‘Music For All’ project, supported by Arundel Town Council and accompanied by the world class Boston Show Band, Electric Youth are offering an exclusive one day event in the Arundel’s Jubilee Gardens for children, teens and adults to experience inspirational 60 minutes Performing Arts Workshops and Instrumental Masterclasses. The sessions will develop musical theatre technique and strengthen performance skills. Participants will also learn a Broadway style number with the opportunity to perform in their American pop and jazz live showcase on the same day at the stunning Arundel Castle Cricket Club from 4pm-5.30pm – with an extensive repertoire, hear the best from The Beatles, Michael Buble, Chicago, Queen, The Who, Frank Sinatra, Jason Mraz, Adele, Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and more.

The content includes great arrangements, impressive musicianship and exciting choreography.

With this A-list Boston Show Band having performed with many music legends including Aretha Franklin, BB King, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Dizzy Gillespie and Van Morrison, the young people and adults will have the chance to work alongside and learn from some of the finest musicians, professional directors and choreographers of this generation!

Jubilee Gardens will be running until 6pm with performances from Steel pan Jim, The Rock Choir, Acoustic Acts, Magical Dave and Happy Headz face painting as well as stalls from Macmillan Cancer Support and Homestart charities and much more.

For those unable to make the Arundel events, please come along to the Showroom Chichester university on Tuesday 4th July 5pm-6.15pm musical theatre and instrumental workshops 6.30pm preview talk 7.15pm - 9.30pm In addition to a stunning showcase from Electric youth, the Boston Showband and workshop participants, the evening will also feature the Arundel and Camelsdale school choirs, Sussex West County Guide Choir and the Rock Choir which will be made up from across the five choirs in West Sussex. 

“Their experience, professionalism and talent belies their years. Their work with master teachers enables them to present a show of the highest calibre” - The Franklin School of Performing Arts

“A breath-taking and outstanding show!” – Scott Polderman, Office de Tourisme, Barfleur, France

Tickets for the Electric Youth showcase and workshops may be purchased online at, or For more information, contact Sharon Blaikie at To learn more about Electric Youth, visit for urgent enquiries 01903 745777


Celebrating 'Sussex Day' in style - Post-event press release

Celebrating ‘Sussex Day’ in Style
Saturday 17th June 9am – 1pm, Arundel Town

On Saturday 17 June 2017 Arundel Town celebrated Sussex Day in style from three of the most beautiful locations within Arundel Town!
Beginning at 9am, families had the chance to get competitive with a free Sussex Around Town quiz starting at Arundel Museum, with Sussex flags for all those competing! Visitors to the town also had the chance to sample Arundel Farmer’s Market’s award winning Sussex produce whilst enjoying the stunning river side views, original ancient Blackfriars monument ruins on Jubilee Gardens and historic cobbled town square. With all produce sourced from within the Sussex area, a wonderful variety of seasonal free-range meat, game, fish, freshly baked breads, award winning cheeses, sweet treats, plants and shrubs were on sale in one of the South of England’s most beautiful towns.
At midday and set against the distinctive medieval castle backdrop, Arundel’s Town Crier Angela Standing took to the town centre to read out the official Sussex Charter, drawing huge crowds!
The Sussex Day Farmer’s Market was based at three locations within Arundel; Jubilee Gardens amongst the ancient Blackfriars ruins, the river quay and Arundel town square and will be returning every third Saturday of the month.


2017 Gallery Trail Cover, Arundel Brewery Competition & Large Sculpture Installation

2017 Gallery Trail
Cover revealed,
Arundel Brewery Beer Can Competition,
& Large Sculpture Installations
The 2017 Gallery Trail poster image and brochure cover has been drawn from painting called “Time of Yellow” (oil on canvas 120 x160cm) by Matt Bodimeade.
The painting shows the downs near South Stoke, just outside Arundel at late Summer. Matt Bodimeade will be exhibiting at the Project Gallery, High Street, Arundel during the Gallery Trail.
The 2017 Arundel Gallery Trail, the 29th since 1988, is looks like being another vintage year.
As in most years there are more than 60 venues and over 100 local, national and international artists exhibiting a wide range of innovative, unique and creative work.
The wonderful difference each year is the artists themselves and the unique, imaginative and amazingly creativity they bring. These include established and emerging painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellers, furniture makers, textile artists, illustrators, 3D creators, weavers and many more.
Now firmly regarded as one of the main elements of the annual Arundel Festival, The Gallery Trail venues, most within the historic old town centre, provide visitors the chance to see some beautiful houses and gardens, not normally open to the public.
There is something for the serious art collector as well as those just looking for something to “match the sofa”.  It is also a great opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their work in the houses, gardens, shops and galleries of Arundel.

Arundel Brewery Beer Can Competition
For the last three years we have collaborated with Arundel Brewery in asking Gallery Trail artists to provide artwork that could be used for beermats. The responses have been consistently good and so this year Arundel Brewery have gone a step further and asked for designs for a beer can!
The limited edition beer will be a 3.5% ABV Pale Ale that will be for sale from late July until the end of the Festival in August “while stocks last!”
In addition Arundel Brewery will donate 10p from the sale of every can to be split between the Gallery Trail and Arundel Festival.

Arundel Brewery and the judge (James Stewart of Zimmer Stewart Gallery) were looking for something that suggests Arundel and/or the Festival in a young, trendy or edgy way.

The winning entry is by Oliver Hawkins, one of the Gallery Trail founders and regular exhibitors.
Samantha Walker, director of Arundel Brewery said "We are delighted to once again to support the wonderful Arundel Festival & Gallery Trail.  After several years running a Beer “Mat” competition, we decided to change it up a little & run a Beer "Can" competition!  We wanted to show that Arundel is not only about wonderful history & tradition, but also about being contemporary, modern design & an independent shopping experience."
James Stewart, from Zimmer Stewart Gallery said “The winning artwork certainly fits the brief: It is very contemporary and features rows of brightly coloured circles, each with different letters or symbols. These can be read in many ways but I think it represents the many different elements of Arundel Festival that make up the whole event.”

Other 2017 News
Two Circles Design, a partnership of Mark and Rebecca Ford creating sculptures from found and grown natural materials from the South Downs, will produce three sculptural installations for the Gallery Trail: A large “Pod” will be placed on the East roundabout by the station; “Microbial World” will be on the West roundabout by Ford Road, this piece was created for Romsey Abbey, working with local school children to “highlight the microbial world around us and our very existence depends on it”, the third piece will be “Sky Seeds” and will be placed high up on the wall of Arundel Priory at the top of the High Street.
In addition sculptor Birgit Ramacher will install “Illustriuous Poultry” adjacent to Swanbourne Lake Lodge. The installation consists of 10 ducks, a stork (in oak) and four eggs (in marble and oak). The birds will be slightly larger than lifesize and the eggs much bigger.
Finally, we are pleased to announce that wood engraver, David Peduzzi, based in Slindon and regular exhibitor on the Arundel Gallery Trail has again had a piece selected for this years Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (his work was also accepted in 2015). The selected work is a wood engraving in an edition called “Island Puffer” showing an old steam boat at sea.
This year the organisers are Mark and Rebecca Ford, supported by Oliver Hawkins, Bill Philip, Andy Waite, Fanny Peppercorn and James Stewart.

Celebrating ‘Sussex Day’ in Style

Saturday 17th June 9am – 1pm, Arundel Town

On Saturday 17 June 2017 Arundel Town will be celebrating Sussex Day in style from three of the most beautiful locations within Arundel Town!
Beginning at 9am, families will have the chance to get competitive with a free Sussex Around Town quiz available from Arundel Museum, giving out Sussex Day prizes to all those completed! Visitors to the town will also have the chance to sample Arundel Farmer’s Market’s award winning Sussex produce whilst enjoying the stunning river side views, original ancient Blackfriars monument ruins on Jubilee Gardens and historic cobbled town square. With all produce sourced from within the Sussex area, a wonderful variety of seasonal free-range meat, game, fish, freshly baked breads, award winning cheeses, sweet treats, plants and shrubs will be on sale in one of the South of England’s most beautiful towns.

At midday and set against the distinctive medieval castle backdrop, Arundel’s Town Crier Angela Standing will take to the town centre to read out the official Sussex Charter. Live music will also entertain shoppers as they get the chance to see that Arundel offers an unusual mix of quality shops, designer boutiques and galleries all within easy, safe walking distance to each other.

The free Sussex All Around Town Quiz will be available to collect throughout the day from Arundel Museum with a Sussex prize for every completed one returned! The Sussex Day Farmer’s Market will be based at three locations within Arundel; Jubilee Gardens amongst the ancient Blackfriars ruins, the river quay and Arundel town square.


OneArundel June Newsletter

We are pleased to say that we already have over 180 signed-up supporters, and that the number is rising every day.
The latest information is available on the News page of our website, and it is particularly good that a number of local businesses are supportive.
We have also just added a Frequently Asked Questions page to the website, please have a look and Contact Us if you have any suggestions for this.

At present we are unsure as to the possible date for Highways England’s projected public consultation exercise in the summer, but we all need to be ready to respond as soon as the various Options are published for comment.
In the meantime, anything that each of you can to to spread the word, and especially to encourage friends, neighbours and colleagues to sign-up, really would be very much appreciated.
In particular, we are keen to bring our campaign to the notice of those who live in Houghton, Amberley and Storrington, all of whom are adversely affected by the rat running that occurs as drivers seek to avoid the congestion on the A27 at Arundel.
Please see what you can do to help. As Kitchener said: “We need You”.

Please share with other supporters who you may know, encouraging them to sign-up to OneArundel.


Celebrate Sussex Wildlife on June 16 at Arundel Wetland Centre

While we celebrate our county’s rich heritage and culture on Sussex Day on June 16, Arundel Wetland Centre invites you to discover the wildlife of Sussex with a day full of special walks and activities with guides from our WWT Grounds and Learning Teams. On Sussex Wildlife Day all activities are included with your paid admission to wetland reserve and visitor centre. Sign up for the walks on the day and just drop into the pond dipping, story time and craft activities. Visitors can take a wildflower walk with wetland herbalist Sheila Stenning at 10am and meet wetland wildfowl from around the world on a Living Collection Tour with our friendly WWT guide Roger Broad at 11am. The Hide and Seek Tour of wildlife hides starts at 1 pm with the Wetland Habitat Walk beginning at 2 pm. A Water Vole Wander at 3.15pm takes you to water vole hot spots on the reserve to learn to look for feeding piles and latrines. There is an afternoon craft session for adults and pond dipping for all. Pre-schoolers will love the Nature Storytime Session in the play area in the morning. All visitors are invited to post their favourite wildlife memories of Sussex on a special ‘bunting board’ in the visitors centre throughout the day. A whole new world of award-winning discovery awaits you at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre. You can get close to amazing wildlife, take exciting boat safaris through water meadows and reeds, hand feed exotic birds and see some of the world’s most dramatic and rare birds all in one place. Added to this are exhilarating playgrounds, a waterside café serving delicious homemade food and a shop with unique gifts. WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is fully accessible with buggy and wheelchair friendly pathways, comfortable hides and disabled and parent & baby facilities. Your admission price supports wildlife conservation in Sussex and around the world. The wetland centre is located at Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB and is open from 9.30-5.30pm seven days a week. 


Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra opened the Arundel Museum Gallery on the 30th May 2017.

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra opened the Arundel Museum Gallery on the 30th May 2017.

Children from Arundel Church of England School and St. Philips Primary School presented her with Chocolates and flowers.


FlightNetwork have now included Arundel as being one of the UK’s Most Charming Towns

FlightNetwork have now included Arundel as being one of the UK’s Most Charming Towns.  Read their Blog here


Arundel Community Network: A round-up of views on Arundel A27 development

We're all going to be asked our views on development of the A27 through and around Arundel by the end of the summer.

Highways England has announced that it will consult publicly on its A27 Arundel Bypass project this summer. It says:

"The Arundel section of the A27 lacks road and junction capacity. As a result it suffers from congestion, particularly junctions at Crossbush, The Causeway and Ford Road. Planned growth along the wider A27 corridor is likely to worsen the problem and at present there’s no proposal for public transport provision that would have a positive impact on traffic levels. This scheme aims to reduce congestion through Arundel by means of a new dual carriageway bypass. The bypass would link together the two existing dual carriageway sections of the A27 either side of Arundel. We are also assessing alternative options including online junction improvements. These proposals are subject to consultation with the National Parks Authority, Local Government and the public."

Arundel Town Council has long been in favour of bypass development, specifically the 'pink-blue' route. In a statement on its website from March 2017 it says: 

"The last time this Council voted on the A27 Bypass was over 15 years ago, this new council’s position is that a bypass is needed for Arundel to eliminate severance, reduce pollution and allow traffic to move passed the town freely. The current preferred route is the pink/blue route and we await options to be published later this year and the ensuing consultation at which time a new position may be reached by Arundel Town Council.”

But not all local residents agree. Below is a round-up of five of the most active groups debating the issue. 

ABNC - Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee


Strapline: Improve Sussex Transport AND Protect the Rural Environment


"What West Sussex needs from the A27 is not the great increase in induced traffic that comes with the expressway standard approach. We just need the pinch points that cause unacceptable queuing to be resolved with a very short new bypass that does the minimum damage to the countryside."

Arundel A27 Forum


Strapline: A network seeking long term solutions to A27 and other transport issues at Arundel


"The Arundel A27 Forum is a network of organisations and individuals aiming to protect Arundel’s countryside and neighbouring villages, homes and businesses, whilst improving transport and access. The Forum’s preferred A27 route option is a short bypass on the new Single Purple route, rather than further offline dual carriageway options being considered by Highways England (HE)."

Arundel SCATE


Strapline: Better Roads, Not Bigger


"A group of residents and businesses looking for more advanced and less destructive transport choices for the area. We oppose plans for an A27 dual carriageway, but aim for better value, improved access through a mix of measures including road improvements, walking and cycling infrastructure and public transport investment."

One Arundel


Strapline: Campaign for an offline A27 Arundel Bypass


"We are a group of like-minded individuals who support the essential and long-overdue proposal for the building of an off-line, dual carriageway A27 Arundel Bypass, and we welcome the Government’s commitment to its early provision."

Tortington Local Community


Strapline: A rural Sussex parish responds to encroaching roads, pollution and the destruction of the English countryside




Please note: Views expressed above are those of the groups credited, with text taken from their public-facing websites, and do not affect the impartiality of Arundel Community Partnership. All groups have consented to inclusion, with the exception of Arundel A27 Forum, who had not responded to our request at the time of publication.

OneArundel Bypass Support Group Launch

​OneArundel, a group formed by local residents to promote the long awaited A27 Arundel Bypass, has today announced the formal launch of their website -
The A27 is already one of the most unreliable all-purpose trunk roads in England, and at Arundel the bottleneck causes congestion, delays, a high accident rate, air pollution, diversions onto unsuitable routes and it cuts the town into two. The delivery of an effective solution in the shape of the preferred pink/blue route will benefit local businesses and residents, as well as serving national and countywide interests.
The OneArundel group’s aim is to raise awareness of and support for an offline dual-carriageway bypass on the pink/blue route which will take traffic away from the town, thus  alleviating the problems which have plagued Arundel for many years. 
David Cooper, Chairman of the group,  explained that:
“It is very important that the pro-bypass views of the majority of the residents of Arundel and the surrounding areas are heard loud and clear. We have waited for over 30 years for a bypass so it’s essential that we do not miss out. There have been several false starts over the years, but with everyone’s support we can make sure that the real solution to Arundel’s traffic problems can at last be realised.
We will work together with interested individuals, businesses and organisations to support the work of Highways England, with the aim of being fully ready to participate in the public consultation exercise later this summer.
The reason the OneArundel name has been chosen is to recognise that the building of this road would enable the town to reunite.”
Vice Chairman Derek Waller added:
“There are many compelling reasons why the offline bypass should finally be built. Apart from the major issue of traffic flow, - and remember the A27 is the key East-West national trunk road through the region  - it is hugely important for the economic growth of the local area.
We therefore welcome the Government’s commitment to the early provision of an off-line, dual carriageway A27 Bypass and we welcome active support for our ‘OneArundel Project.”
The MP for Arundel and South Downs, Nick Herbert, said:
“I welcome the launch of OneArundel to make the case for the much-needed bypass. Congestion in Arundel doesn’t just affect the town - it drives traffic up through the South Downs and the National Park, badly  affecting many villages in my constituency. That’s why I believe there’s wide support for the bypass across West Sussex.
This long-awaited improvement will reduce congestion, encourage local investment and be good for the local environment. I fought hard to have the bypass included in the Government's roads programme, and work is due to start in three years time. Such a major investment would be a tremendous boon for our area, and we must not lose it.”
Paul Dendle, District Councillor for Arundel & Walberton commented:
“Many thousands of cars use the A27 through Arundel. We need a bypass to cut air pollution, as well as to improve our economy and the general quality of life. This is why I support a bypass using the pink blue/route. I might add this was the route supported by all of Arundel and formally adopted by the Department of Transport nearly 25 years ago as the preferred route”.

Macmillan Cancer Support certainly PAINTED THE TOWN GREEN

Macmillan Cancer Support certainly PAINTED THE TOWN GREEN when their recent campaign in Arundel resulted in a total raised after expenditure of £ 7,255.15.  Ian Lay who organized this event said “It is a great result. The awareness raised has I’m sure been significant, and you can’t put a monetary figure on that, it’s priceless! Thank you to all the members and business community that really embraced the whole concept and made it such a successful day”.


​Arundel Paints The Town Green for Macmillan Cancer Support

On May 6th 2017 the community of Arundel will be coming together to raise money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support by ‘Painting the Town Green’.
The event has been organised by cancer patient Mark Lay, who has recently moved to Arundel with his wife Tricia Lay and has organised this day to raise money for a charity that is close to their hearts.
Mark, 44 has put on events on behalf of Macmillan and local hospices raising thousands of pounds which has supported hundreds of people across Sussex.
Speaking about the event he says “Macmillan is a charity which is close to us for many different reasons, being diagnosed with cancer is an extremely tough experience and having the support network around me has been a massive help but not all people have that network and that’s why we as a family come together and raise money for a brilliant charity that aims to be there for people affected by cancer”. A survey of over 2,000 people with cancer, conducted by YouGov, Macmillan has found that well over half (61%) of people who had surgery had been to at least one of these appointments alone.
The event is taking place from 12noon until 6pm in Arundel, Jubilee Gardens, with live music, face painting, stalls and much more happening throughout the day. There will also be collections happening throughout the town. Local shops, pubs and businesses have all taken part by putting up bunting, balloons, having collection tins out and have window shop fronts green to show their support. The Cathedral has also given permission to turn the lighting green on the evening of the 6th to show their support.
It will come to an end at St Nicholas Church, Arundel with a concert celebrating the very best of local talent, presented by Nicholas Owen and has already sold out.
Tom Lay, fundraising manager for Macmillan in the South East says: “Macmillan are extremely lucky to have supporters such as Mark, and I must say I’m an extremely proud son to have someone to dedicated to raise money for a charity that means so much to us as a family. Team Lay and friends have raised amazing amounts of money for Macmillan, last year Josephine Lay ran 100k for us, and raised a staggering £12,000 with support from our Dad, Mark. Every day in Sussex alone 28 people are diagnosed with cancer, and we aim to be there for those people from the offset, supporters like Mark raise the funds that keep us doing just that. We are so grateful for his support and Team Lay and are very much looking to the day, so please come down and support them in their fundraising effort.”
If you’d be interested in sponsoring the event, holding your own event or fundraising for Macmillan please contact If you’ve been affected by cancer, or know someone who needs support visit or call 0808 808 0000.

Owners of iconic Arundel shop celebrate 10 years success in face of High Street threats

Owners of iconic Arundel shop celebrate 10 years success in face of High Street threats

Diversification, supporting Sussex producers and putting quality first have all helped the owners, Mark Robinson and Jonathan Brantigan, of independent specialist food shop Pallant of Arundel, keep their business thriving over 10 years of pressure thats seen Arundel town centre change dramatically.

Since we came to Arundel weve seen a lot of shops disappear, such as the green-grocers and chemists, and also the loss of our two High Street banks, but we are happy to say that our business is still going strong in spite of pressures on local businessessaid co-owner Jonathan Brantigan.

The recent 12% rise in Business Rates will make it even tougher but we are determined to keep making this work. I believe small, independent businesses like us are the custodians of the British High Street and we take that role very seriously

Mr Brantigan and business partner Mark Robinson swopped their London careers to take over Pallant of Arundel 10 years ago. Mr Robinson worked as a wine specialist with top department stores Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges, and has enjoyed taking his expertise direct to customers.

So many people come in and say what a lovely shopand that means a lot. We probably have too many lines but we taste them all and love being able to offer so much choice to our customerssaid Mr Robinson.

Since taking on this business we have expanded our range of quality produce to include the best of Sussex and beyond. We have strong relationships with local producers and pride ourselves on passing on their passion to our customers.

Theres been a grocers shop here on Arundel town square for over 100 years and many of the current staff have been with Pallant for over a decade, amassing huge knowledge about their products and what customers want.

Pallant of Arundel is launching a 10th anniversary video about their story in business on May 1st - the day they took on the delicatessen and they will also be offering customers 10% off on all sales of Sussex sparkling wines throughout May.

It is a time to look back as well as forward and I hope this video helps people to understand and celebrate our 10 years along with us. We also hope to see as many customers as possible to celebrate the anniversary with us.” 


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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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...

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…

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…

13 King Street

Distance 0.3 miles
The Garden Room is large and spacious with ensuite facilities. It has an additional pull out sofa bed ideal for children as well as a large comfy double bed and…

The Burger Shop Co

Early in 2015, Father and son, Ian & Oliver decided to team up to share their passions – burgers, craft beers and cocktails. We wanted to use only the best…

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.…

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…

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…

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…


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.”

Images show:

  • 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


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
  Details for St Philips - Catholic School

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: 

Details for Arundel Community Bus
Details for The Arundel Cars Service


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.

Details for Arundel Chamber of Commerce


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
Details for Arundel Castle

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.