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NLCA diary





Spring Walk to the Red Lion

Sat 21st March


NLCA coffee morning

10 a.m. to 12 noon:  Weds. 15th April at  The Corner House, 16 Manor Road


Quiz Night with Fish and Chips

Fri 24th April



Membership at the time of the AGM - before renewals began was 205

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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"  

Two tributes to Alex Martin who died on 20th January 2015

“For more years than I care to remember, Alex Martin was my dearest and closest friend. We met as fellow members of the Lancing Repertory Players and were cast in a lot of plays, often playing husband and wife. One very vivid memory I have is in the play Bedroom Farce. We spent a great deal of the play in bed on stage eating sardines on toast. Alex was a wonderful actor, at home in both drama and comedy. He had immaculate timing and never let the audience miss a laugh. He did not take to directing, only once taking on a production and probably goes down in rep history as the only director to sack his leading lady. He did not try again. However, as a musical director this was a different story. Singers knew he followed them and could feel confident that he would back them. When he gave up acting and playing it was a great loss to the Players and he was greatly missed by so many of his fans” Mary Macpherson

“We first met Mr Martin at a parent teacher evening when our son was in his class at North Lancing Primary School. It was obvious that he knew his pupils very well – both strengths and weaknesses! Alex Martin taught at the school for over 40 years and was very well respected. He produced many wonderful shows, much enjoyed by children, performers and parents. I later came to know Alex as a friend at The NLCA poetry group and appreciated for myself his enthusiasm, knowledge and gifted oratory” Elizabeth Charles

Spring is almost with us and it marks the beginning of lots of events in 2015 being organised for the members. Details are down the page. Like many NLCA members, I have been very saddened a the passing away of Alex Martin and thank Mary and Elizabeth for their eloquent tributes above. Looking forward to meeting up with lots of you at The Red Lion later this week 

Andy 0787 5627153 (office hours please) Web page at  

This page was updated on 21st March 2015

New for 2015 !! NLCA “Culture Evenings” Maureen Ross contacts to say “I have some ballet and opera DVDs and wondered if some members of the NLCA would like to spend an evening watching them with me? It would be on a Thursday evening (first date 19th March) when my husband goes out to practice with his band as he is not a fan. For details please call 01903 755009

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Hello again - we are gradually emerging from our winter hibernation and here are a few dates for your diary: Sat 21st March – why not celebrate the first day of Spring by joining us at The Red Lion for lunch?  Hopefully the weather will be suitably spring like and for those who want to walk, there will be the usual 2 choices.  The long walk via Coombes and the river will leave from the corner of The Street and Mill Road at 10.30am.  The shorter walk via Hoe Court will leave from there at 11.45am.  For those who don’t want to walk, but would still like to come, we aim to arrive at the Red Lion by about 12.30 for lunch.

 Fri 24th April – our Quiz Mistress Rita will be back in action in April and we are intending to put her to work with a fish and chip quiz evening.  We look forward to seeing all our regulars and hopefully some new members. If you haven’t tried one of our quizzes before do come along and have some fun; no one takes it too seriously. There are no formal teams and you don’t have to be a quiz genius to stand a chance of winning a round, as there is an element of chance in the game.  The cost of this event is £5.50 for the Quiz with supper and Tea/Coffee or £2.50 for just the Quiz and a cuppa.  Eyes down to start at 7.30pm.  Last date for booking is Wed 22nd April. To book, please put your name and choice of fish or sausage and chips on an envelope, put the money in and take it to  : June: Eldertree Cottage, Mill Road Adrienne: 21 The Street Liz: 15 Rossiter Road  Fircroft News

Expressions of interest needed:  A Midsummer Picnic - We are considering repeating a previously successful picnic at Stanmer Park sometime in midsummer.  You could either bring your own picnic, go to the tea shop for informal refreshments or, if you are feeling flushed, treat yourself to something smarter at Stanmer House.  It is a lovely spot and there are plenty of walks, also a museum and we could enquire whether the nursery would be open.  David would be happy to lead a little walk around the vicinity to see the eco-house etc.  We could look into hiring a minibus / small coach, or bus if numbers are sufficient and people would prefer not to drive.  (A good excuse to enjoy a glass of wine with your picnic!)  If you are interested please ring:  Adrienne – 753977, June – 755522, Liz – 752333.

May trip to Petworth and lunch at the pub in Tillington – June is planning an outing in May – final date to be arranged.  Please contact her on the number above if you would like to put your name down.

Trip to Recycling plant at Ford – following the talk on recycling at the January meeting, we have had a couple of requests to organise a minibus trip to the Recycling plant mentioned.  If we have enough people interested we will look into arranging a visit.  If you are interested, please contact Adrienne

Walk to the Chattri – have you heard of the Chattri?  It is a memorial to the Hindu and Sikh soldiers who died fighting for Britain in the First World War and is situated in a very peaceful spot in the Downs on the outskirts of Brighton.  We are thinking of arranging a walk there (possibly in May) and, if we have enough people, we could organise a minibus to get there from one of the car parks.  Please contact Adrienne for more details if you are interested. More to follow, including Antiques on 7 Oct, but this should keep us going for a while! 


New for 2015!! NLCA coffee mornings Pauline Burton has come up with this excellent idea and is offering her home at The Corner House, 16 Manor Road as the venue for a trial period of three months. Pauline says “I would like to see this event kept as simple as possible to encourage others.  I will be serving coffee or tea with biscuits only.  The intention is for people to either pop in for 10 minutes or stay the whole two hours, to chat and socialise, whatever their preferences. I am happy to host the first three on the following dates from 10 a.m. to 12 noon: Wednesday 18 February, Wednesday 18 March and Wednesday 15 April”. Please do your best to support Pauline’s excellent initiative and, if the trial goes well, why not offer your home for a coffee morning too? 

RIP David Ryall (1935 -2014) It was a germ of an idea which set about the chain of events … we needed an idea for a summer entertainment for the Association.   One of our members, Mary, had an old friend who was an actor and who might be persuaded to come and talk to us … and that was how we first met David Ryall, who came along on that hot summer afternoon and held us all in thrall with his songs, stories, anecdotes and impersonations.  Who could have believed that an afternoon could have passed so quickly and we would have had such a good time?   But more than this, a bond was formed between our NLCA and David, who became a special friend and always seemed to take an interest in what we were doing.  As plans got under way for the following Christmas, David indicated that he would be delighted to come along and play a part in the evening’s entertainment and we were treated in particular to his readings from two of Dickens’ great Christmas stories.  He made what might be regarded by some as turgid text come to life in a way that could be appreciated and enjoyed by all. Although he came to our Antiques Afternoon with Penny, his wife, the last event that he fully participated in was our Summer Pimms afternoon.  He was not too well, but that didn’t detract from his performances and he was as spell binding as ever. But now we have to say a sad goodbye to our Friend.  He passed away on Christmas Day.   We will remember him fondly as a real gentleman with prodigious talent and a great sense of fun but who was also genuine, modest and unassuming.  He was so enthusiastic and encouraging to us and was never demeaning or patronising about our amateur attempts to provide entertainment for our members, despite the fact that he had worked with so many of the “greats” of film, television and theatre and we must have appeared small fry by comparison.  He gave us his time freely and with apparent pleasure and we will always be very grateful to him for sharing part of his life with us.  We will miss him.  Our thoughts go to Penny, his wife, and his family. PS David always said that he would have liked to have directed an NLCA version of Chekov’s Three Sisters – sadly time ran out on that, but what an experience it would have been!! Adrienne Stevenson

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 Book Reading Group Pam Brown contacts to say “We are doing well but would welcome another member or two. Recent reads have included Catcher in the Rye (JD Salinger), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), Trick of the Dark (V  McDermid), Silas Marner (George Elliot), On Green Dolphin Street (S Faulks) The Cold Moon (J Deaver), The Cuckoo’s Calling (R Galbraith) and we are currently reading Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. More details from Pam on 01903 753498

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 

Proposed Autumn Holiday 2015 To try to make up for those who were disappointed that we could not get the numbers for the Spring Trip to France, Andy is proposing a long weekend break at Lakeside a Warner Leisure Hotel on Hayling Island. Leaving by coach on the morning of Friday 2nd October and returning early afternoon on Monday 5th October the cost is £255.00 per person. The holiday is half board en-suite accommodation with a full English breakfast and a choice of evening meal. We would have use of the coach on the Saturday and Sunday to enjoy day trips (suggestions welcomed) but we would have to pay any entrance fees ourselves. Single rooms are limited. Interested? Please let Andy know by 1st April 2015. We need 30 travellers for the break to go ahead

New neighbours? Why not introduce the NLCA to them? From time to time people move in and out of our area, it is always sad to see people "move on" but when people move in we have an opportunity to help them "feel at home". The NLCA has a welcome pack for new members of our local community, it includes a greeting card, the latest newsletter and a note from inviting them to join the NLCA . So if you have new neighbours please let Andy know