A very Happy New Year to all the Residents of the Westgate area.
Two events will be taking place at the beginning of January. The first is the meeting on the 3rd with Steven Shaw of WSCC Highways department and Miles Davy for the Chichester Road Space Audit (CRSA). This has been arranged through Louise Goldsmith who will be in the chair. Brian Cope, Brian Raincock, Julia Smith and Richard Brownfield will be attending for the WGRA. The subjects to be discussed arise from the questions which Louise Goldsmith was asked to address at the AGM before she had to cancel. These were printed in the last Bulletin, but mainly cover the inadequacy of the Developer’s plan for Westgate in the s106 agreement, the cycle path along Westgate and the impact of the CRSA. We will report on the outcome in the next Bulletin.
The second is a meeting of the Infrastructure Steering Group for Whitehouse Farm on the 11th. The Developers will still not be attending, but Steven Shaw wants to update the RAs and give us a chance to discuss any problems arising from the plans. This meeting will be talking about the plans for the northern access to the site, so does not really affect us, but John Davies and I will be going to make sure the Westgate view is expressed where relevant.
Carol Sing-a-long and Christmas Party
The Carols at St. Bartholomew’s on Wednesday 12 December were a great success with about 150 people of all ages attending, from Jean Ogilvie who has just had her 100th birthday telegram from the Queen to Georgina Letts aged 6 weeks. The church was warm and inviting and we were welcomed with a glass of mulled wine which had been prepared by the Westgate Beau-Belles who had done all the organising. A trio led by Steven Smith played beautifully to accompany the wine. The proceedings were led with confidence and humour by Nick Higham, a new resident in Mount Lane. The singing was loud and surprisingly tuneful with several excellent descants from a
scratch choir. Alan Thurlow once again played the organ for us. Following the carols, about 75 residents went over to the Crate and Apple for a Christmas dinner after which we were entertained by several younger residents on various instruments including keyboard, trumpet and saxophone. The future of St. Bartholomew’s is still a major concern for us and we shall be making representation to the Bishop whenever possible.
Don’t forget to have a look at our excellent website at www.westgatera.org.uk which has back copies of all our Bulletins and a wealth of information about Westgate including several articles on St. Bartholomew’s Church which you may find interesting.
Knitting and Social Group – Every Monday morning from 10am – 12 noon. Knitter or not, please come along and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at the Crate and Apple. Organiser: Sally Lowe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Bavardage au Pub” Last Monday in the month at the Crate and Apple at 6.30 pm. A relaxed hour or so speaking French. All levels welcome. Contact Jane Davies (email@example.com) 07792 708229. Next meeting in on Monday 28 January.