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Bognor Regis Concert Band Sign up for Fete

The 40 (yes forty) strong Bognor Regis Concert Band are appearing at the Singleton Village Fete on Saturday 22 July this year. Watch this space for further announcements and click here for the fete page.

Submitted on 16th April 2006 by David Mather
62 Old Photos of mainly East Dean, Charlton & Singleton Discovered

Some old photos from the 1940's and 50's have been supplied by Janet Holt. They've been scanned and reproduced here. Please help if you can with any captions by emailing the information (identifying the number of the photo, of course!) and we'll get them tagged.

Submitted on 15th April 2006 by Janet Holt
Duck Race Photos Race onto the Website

Hot off the press hours after the event, David Mather has sent over pictures from this year's Good Friday Duck Race hosted by Singleton Cricket Club. A record crowd attended this year's event. Click here to see them. If you have any more you can send over to share, please let me have them by emailing them to JPEGs are preferable - the bigger and better the resolution, the better!

Submitted on 14th April 2006 by David Mather
Valley Diary Takes Over!

This website is now completely hosted over at its new home of The old host at singletonvillage is clear now and if you attempt to go there, you'll be redirected here automatically. If you have bookmarked a sub-page, however, you'll get an unavailable message when you try to visit. Please make sure you navigate to where you want to be again - from here - and set yourself a new bookmark. I think that I've taken care of all the hyperlinks but please feel free to hunt around and let me know if you find one I've missed. Anyone who has an existing singletonvillage, eastdeanonline, charltononline, singletononline or westdeanonline email address will be able to continue using it as you were before.

Submitted on 14th April 2006 by Tim Salmon
Old Clothes Wanted!

Mike & Denise are running the clothing stall at the Singleton Village Fete on 22nd July. Can you help? They need you to dig out any old stuff you have - particularly 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s stuff. Please give Mike a call on 811905 or Denise on 811634 if you can help. They can even collect if you like!

Submitted on 11th April 2006 by Denise Herniman

Charlton Football Club & Old Villagers Update

An old photo of the Charlton Football Team of 1926, the search for a Great Grandmother's maiden name, the Singleton Forum and finding the family links have all been added to the Old Villagers Page.

Submitted on 10th April 2006 by Jan Kellett
Want to travel?

Then Needs You! East Dean Fete happens on Saturday June 10th in the beautiful gardens of the Old Vicarage. Of course, we all expect it to be a glorious summer’s day under an English Heaven, but just in case it rains we could do with a bit more canvas cover. If you have got a gazebo or a marquee and would like to loan it to the fete please contact me, Tim Weeks, on 811992. Needless to say we will take good care of your property, and return it to you the same evening. Please Liason Traveler to read all about the fete.

Submitted on 10th April 2006 by Tim Weeks
Diane Heads Discussion Forums

A huge 'thank you' goes out to Diane Snow for not only keeping this website's Discussion Forums alive by constantly generating new and interesting topics and debate, but now an even bigger 'thank you' for agreeing to take over the Forums as Moderator. Please go and have a look at what's going on there and help her to keep it going.

Submitted on 6th April 2006 by Tim Salmon

Church News and Service Times

News from around the Churches has been published along with times of services here.

Submitted on 5th April 2006 by Richard Woods

The Valley Diary (printed publication)

The April Edition of The Valley Diary (printed edition) should now have been dropped onto the doormat of every home in the villages of the Lavant Valley. For those who don't get a copy delivered (or pay for one to be put in the post) you can access an online full colour copy of it by clicking here You'll also find back issues on this page for reference.

Submitted on 4th April 2006 by Tim Salmon

East Dean Church Fete

This has now been announced and will take place on Saturday 10th June at 2.30pm at The Old Vicarage, East Dean. Please put this date in your diaries and start to collect anything which might be useful for the stalls! It will be the only sunny Saturday of the summer and all your favourite
stalls and activities will be there! There will be detailed information here soon!

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Karen Barratt & Martin Gibbard

Singleton Parish Council Meetings

There were 2 meetings on Wednesday 22nd March 2006 - Singleton Parish Council Meeting and the Annual Parish Meeting - you can see the minutes here

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Jenny Martin

Housing Allocations for Proposed Affordable Housing at The Leys

At the Annual Parish Meeting held on 22 March 2006, the Parish Council was asked if it would support applications from people wishing to live in one of the proposed new affordable homes at The Leys. It was agreed that this was a reasonable request, provided it was on the understanding that Chichester District Council's housing allocation process was strictly confidential and excluded the Parish Council entirely. Anyone wishing to submit a letter should write to Mrs. Jenny Martin, the Clerk to Singleton Parish Council, at 7 Boleyn Drive, Nyetimber Lane, Pagham, West Sussex PO21 3LG. All letters should be sealed and marked 'Confidential'. Each letter will be considered by the Parish Council in closed session, to ensure that privacy is maintained. It will then be sent to Chichester District Council's Housing Allocations Team, with a covering letter. This is not, of course, instead of joining the Chichester DC Housing List - applicants must ensure that they do this first.

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Jenny Martin

Singleton Fete

Announcing... the date for the 2006 Singleton fete. It will take place on Saturday 22nd July 2006 at at the village Cricket Field. Click here for more details, please make a diary note and watch this space for more news!

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by David Mather

Mountainboard Centre Re-Opens

Saturday the 18th March saw Haredown atb located just outside East Dean open its doors again for their seventh season. Mountainboarding is one of the youngest and fastest growing sports to hit the hills and mountains around the UK, and the slopes of the Lavant valley provide an ideal location.  The centre utilises the steep slopes of the South Downs and boasts what is widely regarded by those in the sport as the best 4-man boardercross track in the country with high sweeping berms, rollers and steep drops. There is also a freestyle area for performing tricks and stunts, scary woodland sections as well as gentle grass slopes for beginners. The runs are graded and colour coded according to their difficulty. The centre offers a great focus for young people in and around the valley and caters for young and old alike. For those who don’t feel so athletic there is a café, tractor rides and some great walks with tremendous views down the valley towards Charlton. There is also the chance to picnic or bbq in the beautiful surroundings of the downs. The centre offers great opportunities for children's parties or grown up fun. So get out there and enjoy the downs as they are right on our doorstep. For more information check out the website at

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Olly Room

Family Research

Andrew Greer is researching family history and is keen to trace anyone with knowledge of Alfred Marriott from 1939-40! Can you help? Click here for more details.

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Andrew Greer

Antiques Roadshow Coming Our Way

You can take your treasures to the BBC Antiques Roadshow experts at ARUNDEL CASTLE on Friday 5th May 2006 between 09.30hrs - 16.30hrs. Admission is free! If you have large or bulky antiques or furniture they may be able to help. You need to write to Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR before 25th April enclosing a photo or email them at

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Chris Kelly

Upcoming Events at the Museum

Activities and Easter celebrations for all the family throughout the holiday weekend of 14th - 17th April will be on at the Weald & Downland Museum. On Good Friday there will be traditional pastimes, storytelling and music, on Saturday a bustling Easter market on Sunday there’s a Feast Day and Monday’s a lively day of games and activities with younger visitors in mind, plus an Easter bonnet parade.
At Celebrate the Taste Food Fair on 30th April & 1st May there will be a wonderful choice of quality fare to sample and buy from the local producers of the south east, plus tastings, cookery classes, demonstrations and children’s activities. Make sure you make it a date, with both of these events. Click here to find out more about both of these events.

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Cathy Clark


Peter Marland

Loved by all who knew him. A short appraisal of the Author, Actor, broadcaster and traveller life by Ellen Marland appears on the Old Villagers Page.

Submitted on 15th March 2006 by Ellen Marland

Singleton School’s Scarecrows

Goodwood Estate asked local schools for help with their organic farming. They wanted to use traditional methods to keep birds away from their crops, so Singleton School children have made three scarecrows for them. You can read about how they tackled the task by clicking here.

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Marion Barker, Headteacher

itting the Slopes

"Have you ever been skiing? I didn’t start until the age of 25 when I met my husband who went skiing with a group of friends. It’s a surprisingly easy skill to learn with the right tuition, and there is nothing more exhilarating than traversing down a steep run or just cruising along the gentler runs enjoying the scenery of an unfamiliar country in its winter environment." Read more of this interesting article by clicking here.

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Catherine & Paul Saunders

Another Busy Term Comes to a Close at West Dean Primary

Readathon Challenge, swimming certificates, Road Safety, Travelwise, singing, dancing, rehearsing and making props for the end of term production of Joseph and his Multicoloured Coat, vegetable and flower growing, there's been loads going on at the school over the last term. Click here to read more about it.

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Liz Cook, Headteacher

Two Thousand Pink Ladies

Race for Life is being organised for 16th July 2006. This is a fundraising event to raise money for financing the treatment of cancer in various ways. On the 16 July there will be a female only 5KM race (running or walking) held at the Weald & Downland Museum, the Arboretum and West Dean College. The people organising it are hoping for a 2000 strong turnout. If there are any ladies who would like to participate and are worried about running/walking alone then they can join Shirin’s running group. Shirin has a six week training programme starting in May for beginners. Anyone interested in joining should telephone Shirin ASAP as places are limited. Her mobile is 07766 491891 and home is 811634. For more information on what’s behind this event visit

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Shirin Motemavelian

Remembrance Lily

Remember a loved one by donating £3 for a Lily in West Dean church at Easter. Please contact Mr Rice for more details on 01243 535246

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Mr Rice

Out and About on Levin Down in the Cold Wind

At last we have found a little sign that Spring is somewhere about - one brave little dog violet. This was on March 19th. Usually by now there are masses of them. Still, hopefully by the time this comes out the weather will have warmed up and perhaps the old saying ‘March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’ will be right this year. Click here to read Rosemary's article and to follow links to all her other submissions. This is the new home for Rosemary's index of articles. Please adjust your bookmarks if you have any for this page.

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Rosemary Staples

East Dean Football Club Raffle

We have issued raffle tickets to all players and officials for the 2006 grand draw on Friday 12th May 2006, as we are trying to raise money for new goals as our goals are not up to the current FA standards. We will be putting some tickets behind the bar at the Selsey Arms and Tim Calloway will have more at East Dean Service Station. Tickets are 50p each and First Prize is £100. Second Prize is a Television and Third Prize £25. And there are some other prizes. If anyone would like to buy tickets to help the cause, please pop in and do so! Thanks.

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Peter Kearvell, Manager

Works by West Dean Weavers go on show in West Sussex

For the month of April at Petworth House contemporary tapestries depicting images as varied as a New York skyline, Korean mudflats and a homage to Egon Schiele will be on display at Petworth House in West Sussex. The tapestries are the work of 14 artists, all past and present students, tutors and professional weavers from West Dean College, who come from countries around the world including the USA, Chile, Brazil, England, Scotland, Sweden and Korea. Exhibition Opening Times are 11am - 5pm, Sat - Wed (closed Thurs & Fri, but open Good Friday). Admission Prices are £3 for an adult and £1.50 for each child. There’s a licensed restaurant and gift shop.

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Tim Salmon

100 Club Winners

1st... Mr B Barc
2nd... Mr B Stewart
3rd... Mrs Vandersteen

Submitted on 1st April 2006 by Lesley Calloway


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West Dean Gardens
Sat.13th & Sun.14th May
Whether it be basil with tomato, sage with pork, lavender to scent your linen, peppermint for your tea or arnica for bruises, Wholly Herbs celebrates the not-so-humble herbs in all their diversity. Click here for all the details.

The Valley Diary

Wed.19th School starts: Singleton School, West Dean School
Thu.20th Singleton & East Dean WI: A Vet’s Life: Mark Elliot: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm
Thu.20th Deadline for contributions to May’s Edition of The Valley Diary: 12noon
Sun.23rd St Georges Day Lunch: 12.30pm: Tickets £15: Call 811673 - in aid of Singleton Village Hall Funds
Sun.30th - Mon 1st (May) Food Fair:
Weald & Downland Museum

Fri.5th Antiques Roadshow: Arundel Castle
Fri.12th EDFC Grand Draw
Sat.13th Bayleaf Tudor Supper:
Weald & Downland Museum
Sat.13th Singleton & East Dean Horticultural Society: Spring Visit to Levin Down - Meet at The Fox Goes Free at Charlton at 10am
Sat.13th - Sun.14th Wholly Herbs: West Dean Gardens
Singleton & East Dean WI: Resolutions & Fun Quiz: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm
Sat.20th Singleton & East Dean WI Garden Sale: afternoon
Sun.21st Sustainability Event:
Weald & Downland Museum
Mon.29th - Fri.2nd (June) Half Term: Singleton School, West Dean School
Mon.29th - Fri.2nd (June) Half Term Countryside Adventures:
Weald & Downland Museum

Sun.4th Heavy Horse Spectacular:
Weald & Downland Museum
Sat.10th East Dean Fete: 2.30pm
Thu.15th Singleton & East Dean WI: Behind the Scenes at Chichester Festival Theatre: Lucy Brett: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm
Sat.17th Bayleaf Tudor Supper:
Weald & Downland Museum
Sat.17th West Dean School Summer Fete (TBC)
Sat.17th Singleton & East Dean Horticultural Society: Garden Visit at Longmeadow, East Dean from 3.30pm
Sun.18th Father’s Day:
Weald & Downland Museum
Sun.25th Singleton Open Gardens: 10am-5pm: Scarecrow Comp. - in aid of Singleton Village Hall Funds
Sat.24th - Sun 25th Garden & Art Event: West Dean Gardens

Sun.2nd Early Music Afternoon:
Weald & Downland Museum
Bayleaf Tudor Supper:
Weald & Downland Museum
Sat.15th Tug of War & Hog Roast: East Dean: 6pm
Race For Life: Singleton & West Dean
Thu.20th Singleton & East Dean WI: Members Meeting
Fri.21st Last day of school: Singleton School, West Dean School
Sat.22nd Singleton Village Fete
Sun.23rd Rare Breeds Show:
Weald & Downland Museum
Mon.24th - Tue.25th INSET days at West Dean School
Wed.26th Wednesday Workouts:
Weald & Downland Museum

Wed.2nd Wednesday Workouts:
Weald & Downland Museum<
Sat.5th - Sun.6th Chilli Fiesta: West Dean Gardens
South Downs Harness Club: Open Show:
Weald & Downland Museum
Wednesday Workouts:
Weald & Downland Museum
Sat.12th Bayleaf Tudor Supper:
Weald & Downland Museum
Sat.12th Singleton & East Dean Horticultural Society: Annual Show
Wed.16th Wednesday Workouts:
Weald & Downland Museum
Wed.16th St Roche Service:
Weald & Downland Museum
Wed.23rd Wednesday Workouts:
Weald & Downland Museum
Wed.30th Wednesday Workouts:
Weald & Downland Museum

Sat.9th - Sun.10th
Totally Tomato Show: West Dean Gardens
Thu.21st Singleton & East Dean WI: Food Allergies: Carol Grainger: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm

Sat.7th - Sun.8th Autumn Countryside Celebration:
Weald & Downland Museum
Sat.14th - Sun.15th Apple Affair: West Dean Gardens
Singleton & East Dean WI: A Beekeepers Life: Mervyn Evan-Jones: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm
Fri.20th October Harvest Supper - in aid of Singleton Village Hall Funds
Mon.23rd - Fri.27th Half Term Seasonal Autumn Activities:
Weald & Downland Museum
Sun.29th Fire Event:
Weald & Downland Museum

Thu.16 Singleton & East Dean WI: Annual Meeting: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm
Sat.18th - Sun.19th Pig to Pork:
Weald & Downland Museum

Sun.3rd Tree Dressing:
Weald & Downland Museum
Thu.14th Singleton & East Dean WI: Christmas Party: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm
Tue.26th - Mon.1st (Jan) A Sussex Christmas:
Weald & Downland Museum

Make it a date!
And don’t forget to let us know about any events for the coming months that you’ve organised or know about and isn’t in the list...




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