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Hello there, I am Andy Brook, the webmaster here at northlancing.org. The website was set up in 2004 to promote Lancing and Sompting but like most things has developed into other areas! The focus is still on the local area but I also cover Sussex, UK and the whole wide world. Each day the site gets about 250 visits with 50% from outside the original target area. All links and items included here in good faith - if you feel that an item on the website infringes your copyright or you would like to have your say in reply to an item, please contact webmaster andy  and I will be pleased to amend/credit/correct accordingly. The views expressed within the website do not reflect the personal views of the webmaster and are published in the desire to generate reasoned debate, enlightenment and understanding.

I post this each Friday on my Facebook Page Here is the most recent

Glorious weather so let us celebrate that in our Friday Chill tonight ... Cold beer, chinking glasses with ice fruit and something else in and red wine at that perfect temperature to hand ... perhaps a refreshing cuppa ... You choose

1. DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince " Summertime " https://youtu.be/Kr0tTbTbmVA
2. Bill Withers " Lovely Day " https://youtu.be/sYi7uEvEEmk
3. Roy Harper " 12 Hours of Sunset " https://youtu.be/VZXPFkJX6xE
4. Pink Floyd " Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun " https://youtu.be/QMHWRQ7zLAw
5. Cream " Sunshine of Your Love " https://youtu.be/pwDo0JUeKqM
6. George Harrison " Here Comes The Sun " https://youtu.be/GwmVfewqu7I
7. Franz Schubert " Summer Scent " https://youtu.be/uZIX1Hs4u50

Bonus track .... Donovan " Sunshine Superman " https://youtu.be/baAZdqt-ZjA

Graham writes “The reason for contacting you is that I wonder if you may consider posting an appeal for me. I have written six books on local history and I am now researching my seventh. I've been gathering information on the business William Weller, once located at the site of Wheelwrights Lodge in West Street, Sompting. In fact, as you may know, HD Tribe occupy one of Weller's original buildings since buying the business back in 1989. Formed in 1900 and originally a wheelwright, which later became William Weller and Son when his son George joined the business, they later went on to build portable buildings, kennels, chicken runs, etc. They did odd jobbing, painting, carpentry, upholstery, in fact you name it, they probably did it. They even supplied timber, creosote, polish, locks, hinges, etc. As if all this wasn't enough, they also became funeral directors, which is why the business was sold to HD Tribe much later on when all other roles of the business stopped leaving just the funeral director side. I am very keen on hearing from anyone who may have used Weller's, or purchased something from them, such as a garden shed, which incidentally some still survive in situ today! I also wonder if any photographs may survive of their workshop and lovely flint built office. There was a fire on the site on 18th November 1987 where the workshop and garage was destroyed by fire and I wonder if anyone may have remembered this or taken any photographs  .... "  Kindest regards Graham Lelliott 3 Busticle Lane Sompting Lancing West Sussex BN15 0DH 07793 435428

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We can make peace with the wheelie bins. But what then? Pity the dustmen of Bath. This is no Chaucerian tale; instead, it turns out that the city whose very name derives from its ancient aspiration to cleanliness is particularly sensitive to rubbish. Today, the dustmen are caught in the middle of a battle between councillors determined to use wheelie bins and house-proud residents who consider the bins an eyesore more 

Next litter pick is on Lancing beach on Sunday 28th May

 Au revoir les enfants is an autobiographical 1987 film written, produced and directed by Louis Malle. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. During the winter of 1943-44, Julien Quentin, a student at a Carmelite boarding school in occupied France, is returning to school from vacation. He acts tough to the students at the school, but he is actually a pampered mother's boy who still wets his bed. Saddened to be returning to the tedium of boarding school, Julien's classes seem uneventful until Père Jean, the headmaster, introduces three new pupils. One of them, Jean Bonnet, is the same age as Julien. Like the other students, Julien at first despises Bonnet, a socially awkward boy with a talent for arithmetic and playing the piano. One night, Julien wakes up and discovers that Bonnet is wearing a kippah and is praying in Hebrew. After digging through his new friend's locker, Julien learns the truth. His new friend's name is not Bonnet, but Jean Kippelstein. Père Jean, a compassionate, sacrificing priest of the old school, had agreed to grant a secret asylum to hunted Jews. After a game of treasure hunt, however, Julien and Jean bond and a close friendship develops between them more

Downs Barn

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award,recognition as a gifted writer, and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. This sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the depths. Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially some problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was the book Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides. It also inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter more 

New Wholetime Community Firefighters welcomed with pride West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service officially welcomed 11 new wholetime firefighters yesterday (Thursday 11 May) at the successful completion of their intensive 14-week residential training course. The newly qualified community firefighters performed fire and rescue drills at a pass out ceremony attended by their family, friends and dignitaries, including the Chief Fire Officer and leading members of West Sussex County Council. Each recruit, who beat off competition from more than 700 applicants for their role, was presented with a certificate to mark the successful completion of their training course. There was also a special award for firefighter Ross Deck, who was presented with a silver axe for his outstanding performance throughout the course more

National recognition for travel independence scheme An initiative helping young people with disabilities travel independently to school, college or training has won national recognition. The Learning Independence for Travel (LIFT) training programme was one of just seven schemes shortlisted for a ‘best service’ award at the GO Excellence in Public Service Awards 2017/18. The training programme has been developed by National Star College, an independent specialist college working with young people who have physical, sensory or learning disabilities. The programme has been commissioned by East Sussex County Council to help young people across the county become more independent. It also helps minimise the reliance on taxi services taking young people door to door. Louise Carter, assistant director for children’s services at the county council, said: “It’s great to see such a beneficial scheme getting the national recognition it deserves more 

Snow in Midsummer, theatre review: Journey to another world There’s no escaping the fact that this is an unfamiliar style of drama, one that can appear rather awkward, says Fiona Mountford, but there is much here to give cause for celebration. It’s exceedingly pleasant, not to mention oh-so-unusual, to have almost no knowledge or expectations of a piece of drama beforehand. In our information-saturated culture, ignorance is very rarely thought to be bliss. Yet I knew little about this contemporary adaptation of a classic Chinese drama and was rewarded with a beguiling and unexpected evening. If you’re feeling brave, know only that this isn’t what we usually see on an RSC stage (which is no bad thing at all), book a ticket — and stop reading this review now. Welcome back. Snow in Midsummer is Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s take on Guan Hanqing’s 13th-century The Injustice Done to Dou E, a leading example of Yuan dynasty drama. It’s also the first offering in the RSC’s promising-sounding Chinese Classics Translations Project. Despite the modern updating, powerful fable-like qualities of another, sterner age resonate. The hunt for truth and justice— not to mention long-lost children — will not be halted more 

Los Angeles Is All In for the 2024 Olympics There was the private under-the-stars dinner on the grounds of a Beverly Hills mansion, a game at Dodger Stadium and a tour of this region’s extensive network of stadiums, arenas, parks and playing fields. The object of all this attention was the International Olympic Committee, which sent a delegation here this past week for one last look before deciding where to hold the 2024 Summer Games. Most cities have shunned the Olympics as too expensive. Not Los Angeles. This city, which has enjoyed a decided economic upswing in recent years, has embraced the Games with an almost unambiguous courtship that concluded with a flourish Thursday evening. And with Paris and Los Angeles the last two cities standing, it clearly has a very good shot at landing the Games when the committee votes in September more 

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is the organisation responsible for promoting the purposes of the National Park and the interests of the people who live and work within it. There are 15 National Parks in the UK. Known as Britain’s Breathing Spaces, National Parks are areas of spectacular landscape that include mountains, meadows, moorlands, woods, coasts and wetlands. Mostly farmed landscapes supporting living, working communities, National Parks are areas of protected countryside that everyone can visit and enjoy more
Walking Football - Lancing Wanderers

Admissions by Henry Marsh – the bestselling neurosurgeon reveals more Death haunts the pages of Admissions: the author’s fear of his own, and those of his patients. The book opens with two paradoxical epigraphs: “We should always, as near as we can, be booted and spurred, and ready to go” (Montaigne), and “Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily” (La Rochefoucauld). Few of us prepare adequately for death, but Marsh quite literally has: he keeps a “suicide kit” at home of a few lethal drugs he has acquired over the years. His second neurosurgical memoir is transgressive, wry and confessional, sporadically joyful and occasionally doleful. It is in many ways a more revealing work than his bestseller Do No Harm, and the revelations it offers are a good deal more personal. Much will be familiar to admirers of that book – Marsh skilfully articulates the subtleties and frustrations of neurosurgery – but there is a deeper examination of death, and an angrier exposition of the shameful betrayal of the NHS by successive generations of politicians. The pleasure and the privileges Marsh used to enjoy in his work have evaporated, and he reflects on some of the reasons why. There is frank scrutiny of his “repressed and prudish” childhood, and an appraisal of what retirement might mean for a professional whose job has been his life. The book draws on more recent experiences than Do No Harm – in London, Texas, Ukraine, Nepal and with ambulance-chasing London lawyers (memorably described as “rooting in a great trough of insurance premiums”). When the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard met Marsh, and wrote about him for the New York Times, he was struck most by his openness and honesty. That honesty is abundantly apparent here – a quality as rare and commendable in elite surgeons as one suspects it is in memoirists more

23rd May 1968 De Gaulle: 'Back me or sack me' The President of France, Charles de Gaulle, has issued an ultimatum to striking students and workers who have brought the country to a standstill during three weeks of violent demonstrations. In a televised address to the nation, he demanded that the French people back his programme of reform - or accept his resignation. He said the choice would be made in a referendum later this year. In the speech, he said the nation was "on the brink of paralysis", and warned of civil war if the situation continued more

Andrew Tyler, who has died aged 70, was a writer on the weekly paper New Musical Express (NME) during the golden age of rock journalism in the 1970s, but later turned his attention to journalism on social issues – including the treatment of animals – and latterly became director of the animal rights group Animal Aid. He worked for the NME from 1973 until 1980, and became part of a highly regarded team that included Charles Shaar Murray and Nick Kent. During that period he interviewed rock and pop greats, including Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Stevie Wonder and Ray Davies. He also met Marianne Faithfull, who gave him a scoop – picked up on the front pages of the tabloids – in which she revealed that she had slept with three of the Rolling Stones. For a while Tyler embraced the rock’n’roll lifestyle, but by the mid-70s he was growing disillusioned with the drugs and narcissism, and so began to focus on more weighty social issues, notably what he called “the abuse of power by those who’ve got it, and the price paid by those at the bottom of the pile, who haven’t” more

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