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Home Manager thrown surprise party to mark 35 years in care

<p>Angie Douglass (pictured centre with flowers), manager of The Martlets care home in East Preston, celebrates with current and former colleagues.</p>

Angie Douglass (pictured centre with flowers), manager of The Martlets care home in East Preston, celebrates with current and former colleagues.

A care home manager from West Sussex was surprised by friends and colleagues when they decided to throw a special celebration to mark the 35th Anniversary of her starting a career in the care sector.

Angie Douglass turned up for work at The Martlets care home in East Preston where she found herself ‘guest of honour’ at an afternoon tea attended by local residents and staff.

Reflecting on the celebration and her last 35 years, Ms Douglass said: “I feel so privileged to have worked with so many amazing people over the years and supporting people to the best of my ability has definitely been my greatest achievement. I would like to thank everyone who has organised this wonderful surprise today”.

Added/Updated: Thursday, 4 April 2019 by The Martlets Care Home

DAG crowdfunding reached its target

We are delighted to announce that our Spacehive crowdfunding page has reached its target for the money towards equipment for a hoist assisted disabled toilet in the proposed refurbishment of the toilet block in the Village Hall car park. Further pledges can still be made up until 18 February.

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has made a pledge so far and helped to make this project possible.

For further information please visit the crowdfunding page at:

The next Group meeting will be held on Monday 25 February at 11am at the British Legion in Sea Road, East Preston. New faces welcome!

Enquiries to Richard Akhurst (Acting Chairman) on 01903 773676.

Added/Updated: Wednesday, 6 February 2019 by Jan Quick

David Quick (Disability Action Group of East Preston)

It is with great sadness that we wish to report that our Chairman, David Quick, passed away peacefully at home on 22 December. His funeral is to be held on Tuesday 22 January in the Muntham Chapel at Worthing Crematorium at 12 noon. Anyone who knew David and wishes to attend is welcome to do so.

The next meeting of the Disability Action Group will be held at the Royal British Legion on Monday 28 January at 11am. If you would like to join us or just find out what we are about, please come along – new faces welcome!

For any further information please contact Richard Akhurst on 01903 773676.

Added/Updated: Monday, 14 January 2019 by Jan Quick

Crowdfunding Page for Disability Action Group

The Disability Action Group of East Preston is well on its way to raising funds for new specialist equipment for people with disabilities to be installed in the Sea Road toilet block in the village hall car park, which is due for refurbishment.

The Group has been working closely with the Parish Council to make this project happen and have already raised over £5k through various fundraising events and donations. They are now looking to the community for support in raising a further £6k towards the cost.

If you can, please donate towards this worthwhile project. This will put East Preston on the map and allow those with disabilities to get out and about more and enjoy our lovely village.

You can find further information on the Disability Action Group’s Spacehive (Crowdfunding) Page. At this stage you will only pledge an amount of money, and only if the funding target is reached will the money you have pledged be drawn.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed so far.

Added/Updated: Wednesday, 3 October 2018 by David Quick

Disability Action Group Quiz Night

The Disability Action Group would like to thank everyone who supported their recent Quiz Night, which raised a further £275 towards equipment for a Hoist Assisted Toilet to be installed in the toilet block in the Village Hall car park, which is due for refurbishment.

A big ‘Thank You’ to The Football Club for hosting this event once again and for donating a bottle of wine for the raffle, and also to the Ristorante il Mare for donating a voucher towards a meal for the winning team. Our thanks also to Ferring Nurseries who donated a lovely hanging basket for the raffle, to Anne Toney who made a rich fruit cake, to June & Andy Phillips who donated a bottler of Champagne and to everyone else who donated prizes or helped on the night.

Added/Updated: Tuesday, 2 October 2018 by David Quick

EP Film Society donates £300 towards Community Project

On Monday 30th July 2018, the film ‘Finding your feet’ was shown in the village, with over 100 people in attendance.

During the intermission a cheque for £300.00 was presented to EP Parish Councillor Rick McElroy (Chairman of the Amenities Committee). The amount having been raised from that evening’s film proceeds. This money will go towards the refurbishment of the Council owned Sea Road public toilets which, once completed, will include disabled toilet facilities.

The film society is run by a small but committed group of volunteers (Freda, John, Carol, Terry, Catherine and Paul) with all films shows generously sponsored by East Preston Estate Agent, Cooper Adams.

The next film ‘Mamma Mia! Here we go again‘ will be on Friday the 28th September and tickets will be on sale beginning of August. Tickets on sale from Seaview Stores, Dizzy and Just Because – all in Sea Road, East Preston.

Added/Updated: Friday, 3 August 2018 by Paul Amoo

9th EP Questions of Sport event sponsored by One Stop Stores

<p>Paul (Quiz Master), Danny (Oddballs founder) and the winning Oddballs team</p>

Paul (Quiz Master), Danny (Oddballs founder) and the winning Oddballs team

The 9th EP Questions of Sport quiz featured five local sporting clubs (Stoolball, Feathers Badminton, Oddballs (Golf), Cricket and Bowls) as well a ‘table football’ team made up of teenagers who play on the newly installed concrete outdoor table football situated on the Village Green.

This event, sponsored by One Stop Store, took place on Friday 1st June at EP Bowls Club, Sea Road and was hosted by Oddballs with the quiz master being Paul Amoo.

Winners this year and thus keeping for another year the ‘One Stop Store EP Questions of Sport Trophy’ were Oddballs.

A raffle was conducted and the £110 raised will be used to fund a community project.

The annual Questions of Sport event has been won five times by Oddballs and once by Open Dinghy, Tennis, Untouchables (Football) and Stoolball. Hosting venues have included EP Football Club, Tennis Club, Cricket Club, Bowls Club and the Conservative Hall.

The format which is loosely based on the BBC TV Questions of Sport Programme, has team made up of three participants either answering questions as a group or directed just to a single team member. The host for the 2019 event will be Oddballs.

Added/Updated: Sunday, 3 June 2018 by Paul Amoo

Inaugural East Preston weekly walk

<p>The inaugural group of walkers gathered for the off</p>

The inaugural group of walkers gathered for the off

On Thursday 12th April, 63 took part in the inaugural East Preston weekly walk. The route chosen started at the Village Hall, Sea Road comprising of a figure of eight which incorporated the Angmering On Sea and Willowhayne Estates ending at the Clockhouse Bar and Deli, Sea Road for well earned refreshments of tea/coffee and biscuits.

East Preston walks which are kindly supported by Cooper Adams Estate Agent will from now on take place every Thursday starting from the Village Hall at 10.30am and ending at the Clockhouse Bar and Deli where a heavily discounted cup of tea/coffee and biscuits will be on sale. All walks which are free of charge will be approximately three miles long and last for no longer that 90 minutes.

These walks which are run by Freedom Leisure and take place weekly across Arun (Ferring, Hotham Park – Bognor, Angmering Park, Aldwick,Littlehampton, Arundel, Rustington and now East Preston), are promoted as healthy walks and all abilities are encouraged to participate.

The East Preston walk leaders are Alison and Paul and further information about any of the walks can be obtained from Charlotte Simpson on 01903 725451 or charlotte.simpson@freedom-leisure.co.uk.

Added/Updated: Monday, 30 April 2018 by East Preston Walks

A memorial plaque to Peter Field

Last Thursday 12th April, the unveiling of a memorial plaque to Peter Field took place on the Village Green.

The unveiling was done by his widow Lynn, his son Colin and daughter-in-law Dawn.

Those in attendance included all Hedgers’ regular paper boys (Noah, Billy, Alfie, Jacob and Flynn).

The plaque is affixed to the newly installed concrete outdoor table football, which has been donated for village use by the East Preston Film Society.

Added/Updated: Monday, 16 April 2018 by East Preston Film Society

Outdoor Concrete Table Football comes to Village Green

A free to use and enjoy Outdoor Concrete Table Football has been installed on the North East Corner of the Village Green.

Money used to purchase and install it was raised via proceeds of monthly film shows held in the Conservative Hall, Sea Road organised by The East Preston Film Society.

The footballs that it uses can be purchased for keeps from Seaview Stores, Sea Road (approx 2 mins away). The money raised from this sale (£1.50 each) will be used to support other community projects.

The Film Society would like to thank the Parish Council for giving its permission for the table to be sited on the Village Green and to East Preston Estate Agents Cooper Adams who since 2012 have generously sponsored the Film Society.

Added/Updated: Thursday, 5 April 2018 by East Preston Film Society

Pete Field

<p>Pete Field</p>

Pete Field

Tributes have been paid to a paper boy who became one of East Preston’s most familiar faces.

Peter Field worked at Hedgers Newsagents in Sea Road, East Preston, since he was 12, working his way up the ranks to eventually own the business after the previous owner Tom Chamberlain retired.

He ran it for over two decades, becoming what his daughter-in-law Dawn Fletcher-Field described as ‘East Preston’s paper boy for 60 years’ before passing away from an eight-week battle with acute myeloid leukaemia on March 10 aged 72.

Peter’s funeral, which will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at 12pm at St Mary’s Church in Vicarage Lane, East Preston.

The East Preston Film Society will dedicate its new outdoor concrete football table that is being installed next week to Peter in recognition of his contribution to the community. The memorial plaque will be unveiled on April 12 at 12.30pm.

Our thanks to the Littlehampton Gazette for some of this article and the photo.
You can read more on their website.

Added/Updated: Wednesday, 28 March 2018 by East Preston Village Website

Alabama Rot and Lyme Disease

Please note CRGV or ‘Alabama Rot’ has again been reported in areas of Sussex at the start of 2018 – Dogs can die within three days of renal failure and other complications if action is not taken quickly enough. Lyme disease is also on the rise and has almost doubled in cases.

For more information follow these two links – Chichester Observer and Vetsure.

Added/Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2018 by Deborah Wood

Hazel Tester

It is with great sadness we announce the death of the East Preston Parish Council’s Vice-Chairman, Hazel Tester. Personally, we’ve probably known her for more than 12 years – Liz via the WI, and Graham via Cancer Buddies Network and a website I created. We introduced her to CBN, after the death of her second husband, Derek. We’ve continued to know her via the WI and the East Preston Business Community meetings. And, of course, everywhere else that she got involved in the village activities over the years.

<p>Hazel Tester</p>

Hazel Tester

Our thanks to Simon at the EP Parish Council for the following information …

Hazel joined the council in March 2012 and has worked tirelessly for the village ever since. Hazel was immensely proud to have played a major part in reintroducing a Christmas event to the village and also for having led the team which organised the first two East Preston Food & Drink Festivals.

As well as being Vice-Chairman since 2015, Hazel had been Chairman of the council’s Community Engagement and Personnel committees, the latter in particular presenting Hazel with some unexpected challenges.

As a member of the Planning & Licensing committee, Hazel became a strong champion for the retention of chimneys on the village’s more traditional properties.

Hazel was an enthusiastic supporter of the East Preston Business Community, regularly attending its monthly Business Breakfast meetings to represent the council. Following the resignation of Cllr Duijf from the chairmanship of the council, Hazel had readily stepped up to cover the chairmanship until a new Chairman was appointed.

Away from the council, Hazel was well-known within the WI across the county and beyond, volunteered at St Barnabas House and created the East Preston Friends of St Barnabas, was an enthusiastic beader and beading teacher, loved and collected giraffes, but above all that, a much-loved mother and grandmother.

Added/Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2018 by Graham and Liz Street

Closure of Hedgers Newsagents

Due to the sad news of the closure of Hedgers Newsagents, the Box Offices for Festival Events will now be … Seaview Stores and Just Because (formally Treats and Treasures). Both are in Sea Road.

Added/Updated: Saturday, 24 February 2018 by East Preston Festival Committee

East Preston wins Festival of the Year

East Preston Festival won the ‘Festival of the Year’ award in the Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2017 on Thursday 28th September. Visit the FESTIVAL page for more information.

Added/Updated: Wednesday, 4 October 2017 by East Preston Festival Committee

Filming in East Preston for Sussex Life Awards

As you may know, East Preston Festival is one of 3 finalists shortlisted for the Festival of the Year, at the Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2017.

The Festival is competing against competition from Arundel Festival and Glyndebourne’s Love Supreme Festival – two huge events.

Earlier this week, Kerry (Festival Chairman) was interviewed by the ‘Festival of the Year’ Judge Alison Ferns from BBC Radio Sussex. A very positive comment came back that it was going to be a difficult job to choose a winner this year!!! As long as it us, we don’t mind how difficult it is!!

<p>Which ‘take’ is the best?</p>

Which ‘take’ is the best?

Today there was a mock up Festival scene being filmed by the Village Green, ready for the backdrop at the Awards Ceremony in Brighton in September.

Several ‘takes’ later (its tricky cramming everything into just 30 seconds, even at Kerry’s talking speed), the filming was complete.

On September 28th several committee members are attending the Awards Ceremony at the Brighton Metropole, when the winning festival will be announced.

Thank you all, for your continued support whilst your East Preston Festival is firmly on the map!! Some more photos here …

Kerry Frost

Added/Updated: Wednesday, 16 August 2017 by Graham

Roundstone Crossing Priorities

It seems that one of the biggest frustrations following the recent improvements at the Roundstone Crossing is that some people either don’t understand the traffic priorities in that area or that they choose to ignore them. Many people are concerned that there will be a major accident here one day.

In late 2009, the Council published in its Autumn 2009 Newsletter a diagram explaining the priorities at the crossing. This diagram has been published a further two times on the council’s website and is currently available from both schools and the East Preston Library. Clearly, local residents find it valuable as we have been told that some people keep copies in their car that they can hand out.

Here is the whole article again – Roundstone_priorities_article.pdf

Added/Updated: Thursday, 25 October 2012 by Simon Cross

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