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Diary for July/Sept


Bat Walk  Friday 14th August


Newhaven Fort  Saturday 29th  August


 A visit to The Chatri Sunday 6th September


Monday 7th September (to be finally confirmed)  - Visit to Gravetye Manor


Coffee morning Tuesday 29th September 10-12 at 2 Norbury Drive

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The North Lancing Community Association website
The North Lancing Community Association was founded in October 2006 to "promote the village, to act as a forum for residents views and to work towards creating community spirit"  
Terrible news of fatalities and injuries at our local airshow this afternoon .... Our thoughts are with all those involved in any way ...... more
Our Annual Butterfly Walk was on Saturday 8th August under glorious blue skies and sunshine. 15 spotters set out along The Street, through McIntyre's Field, The Chalk Pit and to Lancing Clump. There were rewarded with 18 species including a very exiting Clouded Yellow. Species identified were Brimstone, Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Small Blue, Large White, Small White, Gatekeeper, Wall  Brown, Brown Argus, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Marbled White, Red Admiral, Dark Green Fritillary, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Small Copper
NLCA COFFEE MORNING COURTESY OF JOAN AND LEWIS WHITTAKER ON 21st MAY AND 18th June 2015. Lewis comments “The weather was wonderful, the coffee excellent, the few of us enjoyed it immensely. Attached are a couple of pics, we were out in the sun”  A big thanks to all those who have been hosting these events this year

Bus services through North Lancing The 7a bus is operating on a trial basis on Sundays and Public Holidays. Please try to use this service. The first bus into Lancing Village Centre leaves the Miller and Carter at 9.17am and is then 2 hourly until the last bus at 17.17pm. The first bus to Sompting, Sainsburys, Worthing Hospital and Worthing South Street leaves the Miller and Carter at 9.35am and is 2 hourly until 17.35pm. The last bus back to North Lancing leaves Worthing South Street at 16.42pm click here for a link to the timetable

As I write this missive I am still buzzing from our visit to the Sussex Prairie Gardens. We arrived in sunshine and were treated to a chat from one of the owners, Pauline, a real character. Informative and extremely amusing she was top notch. The gardens were interesting, beautiful, amazing, what more can I say. We all left full of happiness and good ideas for our own gardens.

 Coming up.

26th July. If you are interested in taking a picnic to Stammer Park please let June know. If you want to visit but want to be catered for there is a delightful Tea Shop in the village or the Restaurant in the big house.  If we have enough interest we can arrange a Mini Bus. If the Mini Bus is a `no go` we can take our own cars and/or car share. Please let us know. 

6th September. A visit to The Chatri. I am sure you will remember reading about this in the last newsletter. If you missed it, in short, The Chatri is a memorial to the Sikhs who fought for Britain during the 1st World War. It is a delightful place to visit and Picnic. We will not be providing transport, so if you are coming and can give a seat to someone please let us know. Likewise if you want to go and don’t have transport, again let us know.  

Mon 7 Sep (to be finally confirmed)  - Visit to Gravetye Manor - Expressions of Interest needed. Following the success of the Prairie Garden visit, we have the chance to visit another garden.  Gravetye Manor is a very different garden.  It played a very important part in the history of gardening, as it was the garden originally created by William Robinson who pioneered the flower garden style.  The Manor and gardens are now a very exclusive hotel and are privately owned, but we have a chance to visit the restored gardens with a guided tour by the Head Gardener.  This will be a more formal visit, but chances to visit such a famous garden like this are rare unless you are a guest at the hotel!  The cost will be £22.50 to include coffee / tea and biscuits on arrival in the Manor house, the guided tour and the minibus.  Please contact June 755522 to express an interest.

7th October.  Back by popular demand, your old favourite….The Antiques Afternoon.  Henry Nichols   will be back to entertain you and to value your own treasures. The usual afters of Tea/Coffee and cake will be served. More in the next newsletter. 

26th October. Our very own Horticulturist, Historian, and good All Rounder, Adrienne is going to talk to us about Lancing Ring. She is passionate about this area of Lancing and wants to share it with us. More details in the next newsletter. 

November. Date to be decided. June is poised to book a Mini Bus for a trip to London. A chance to do some Christmas shopping. When we know, you will know so watch this space.

Booking for an Event.  Help us please. If you have not booked for an event, which requires you to book in advance, please could you not turn up at the last minute? It makes life a tad difficult for us as organisers, especially with catering. Also, in future, if you book a Mini Bus trip we are going to have to ask you for money in advance. We work out the cost of these trips by the number of seats. If you book and then cancel we still have to pay for the full cost of the Mini Bus. This means we are out of pocket, or have to charge everyone else extra, which isn’t fair. So please help us by heeding the booking details which accompany each event. Thank you.

Jottings from the Hill - Froth and orchids – July 2015 from Adrienne Stevenson
Yellow and white froth, yellow spikes, purple flowers - this is an amazing time up on the Reserve.  Things seem to be changing almost from day to day.  Many of the summer flowers have started to appear and on a fine day, even in the early morning, the butterflies can be seen fluttering from plant to plant.  Each day brings different flowers and new sightings.  In several of the meadows, the predominant impression is that one of white and yellow flowery froth.  The bedstraws are in flower and clearly loving the conditions this year as they are doing particularly well.  Their sweet honey scent is carried subtly in the breeze as I walk around soaking up that early morning peace and tranquillity. Then in complete contrast the purple spikes of the Pyramid orchids can be seen peeping sturdily out from the grasses and, as the eyes get tuned in to finding them, it is evident that they too have enjoyed the growing conditions and are doing well.  Perhaps it was the wetter spring, or the warm early summer – whatever the reason, they are thriving this year and appearing in spots where they haven’t previously been seen.  What is exciting is that there is still more to come.  These have been the heralds of the summer flowers and more will follow.  Let me see … where are those harebells and eyebright, or the wild carrot … patience they will come  

Mystery Bird You will probably remember this photo from the May 2015 newsletter sent in by Geoff Walker  - 15 plus emailed to say that it is a Mistle Thrush … Thanks for that!

NLCA Coffee mornings These are now becoming a regular part of our social calendar. Two dates to put into your diary, Tuesday 28th July  10-12 at Southover, 18 Manor Road (courtesy of Rosemary and Ricky Hannam) and Tuesday 29th September 10-12 at 2 Norbury Drive (Courtesy of Maureen and Rob Ross). Big thanks to our previous coffee morning hosts, Pauline and Colin Burton and Joan and Lewis Whittaker.
2015 Bat Walk on Friday 14th August Unfortunately the weather was very poor on the evening of Friday 14th August - however 7 members did come along in rain to take part. No bats were spotted on this occasion

Newhaven Fort on Saturday 29th August. We will be travelling by train at 10.00am and will be back into Lancing at 16.43pm. The fort is about 1 mile from Newhaven town along the bank of the River Ouse, please bear this in mind if you are contemplating coming along; there is no bus service. Once there, there are numerous exhibitions as well as the fort to enjoy as well as a 10 acre site. A picnic would be an excellent idea (there is a café on site too). Rail cost is £6.15 per person based on groups of 4 and fort entrance is £6.50 (Senior £5.40). Please let Andy know by 10th August on 0787 5627153 (office hours please) or if you are wanting to come along; Andy will then request payments by 24th August. Veterans of the history walk will know that should we have a group that is not directly divisible by 4 to get the rail saving, the total cost will be divided up by all those travelling here is a link the Newhaven Fort website

A Visit to the Sussex Prairie Gardens from Adrianne Stevenson

What a way to start a Monday morning!  A civilised cup of coffee / tea and a slice of homemade cake (or in my case a delicious warm cheese scone!) in glorious surroundings.  The Sussex Prairie Gardens near Henfield are quite unlike most other gardens in that they are very informal and the tea room looks out over the whole garden.  The planting style is very natural with great swathes of plants and paths that wend their way through the plants and, as a bonus, it is flat with just the odd slight mound, but no inclines. 

Pauline, who created the garden with her Husband gave us a most interesting explanation of how it came about and how it is maintained.  It was particularly interesting to hear that they leave all the seed heads on the plants for the wildlife in the winter and then, on a dry and breezy day in February, they set fire to the plants to allow them to start their regrowth.  Now that is my kind of gardening … no back breaking cutting back!  The planting is very big and bold and colourful and clearly changes as the season goes on and the late summer flowers take over from the earlier flowers.  It is a haven for bees and butterflies too.  In fact, we were fascinated by a notice by an area which was penned off temporarily because the bees were “rather grumpy yesterday!” All through the garden there are seats galore so that you can admire the view and enjoy the peace or watch the wildlife by the ponds.

To add another interesting dimension to the garden there are numerous quirky sculptures and features hidden amongst the beds.  Many are for sale and who like me could resist a small reminder of my visit from the shop?  (Don’t tell David, though!)  All in all this was a perfect start to the week and a visit that I would highly recommend if you weren’t able to join us this time
Adrianne took the excellent photos below, just click on them to enlarge
Meet Stewart Metcalfe (PCSO) Police Community Support Officer for North Lancing “My main area of responsibility is the Manor ward in North Lancing where I aim to work with the community to address local issues, ensuring that Lancing remains a great place to live and work. From the shop keepers in the high street to the dog walkers on the Downs, I meet a wide spectrum of people within our community and it is great to hear everyone’s points of view” Stewart Metcalfe PCSO Manor Ward Lancing Adur NPT Lancing Police Station 107-111 North Road LANCING BN15 9BB Twitter @NorthLancingPol  Mobile 07920 723699 
NLCA committee 2014/2015 The following were voted in at our AGM on 21/11/14 - Jean Young (Treasurer), June White, Delia Parker (Secretary), Jennifer Marsh Carson Albury, Ricky Hannam, Janet Guest, Andy Brook (Chair)
If you wish to join the NLCA, please click on this link to read our constitution and check whether you live in our geographical area. Then having checked, if wish to join please do so via this link