WEST WITTERING                   Monday 17 September

Morning wildlife walk on Snowhill and Ellanore with David Hart of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.  Meet in beach car park PO20 8AJ, Map Ref: SZ778985 from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm

Dogs on leads welcome          Donation to the Trust appreciated                 01243 262833

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RSPB Events for SEPTEMBER 2018

BURPHAM                               Sunday 2 September

Morning walk on The Burgh with Carole Griffiths of the RSPB Chichester Local Group.  Meet by T Junction, Map Ref: TQ042096 at 9.30 am                                 01243 262833


CHICHESTER                            Thursday 27 September

Illustrated Talk by  Dominic Couzens on ‘Birding on my Local Patch’ to the RSPB Chichester Local Group at The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester at 7.30 pm.

Entrance members £2-50/visitors £5                        01243 262833                   

wheelchair access


DUNCTON                               Saturday 22 September         

Morning Bird Walk around Burton Mill Pond with Chris Vine of the RSPB Chichester Local Group.  Meet in mill car park, Map Ref: SU979181 at 10.00 am        01243 262833

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Land Settlement Association Bulletin 33

The LSA bulletin 33 is now available – Did you know there are only four names outstanding now – are you able to help fill in the gaps?

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Economic Development Strategy business survey 2018

Chichester District Council are currently carryout their Economic Development Stratergy Business Survey 2018.   Local businesses are critical to our communities. In order to help create the right conditions to enable businesses to thrive, Chichester District Council’s Economic Development team wants to know which issues are of most importance to you and what sort of support you would like to see from the District Council. The information gathered will be used to develop the new Economic Development Strategy for the Chichester District.

Every Chichester District business that completes our survey will be entered into a draw to win £50 for a charity of their choice that is based within Chichester District.

The closing date for responses is Sunday 26 August 2018.

for further information please see

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Your identity proves you really are you. Until it’s stolen.

Your identity is one of your most precious possessions. Apart from defining you as an individual, it also proves that you really are you.

As well as needing it for everyday tasks like buying online, banking and social networking, it is also essential for signing up for phone contracts, loans, mortgages and other finance… and without it, you can’t obtain driver’s licences, passports or other official documents.

When a criminal steals your identity, they can claim that they really are you too – and do all of these things in your name. They can also sell on your identity to other criminals, and even commit criminal acts in your name.

That’s why it’s vital to protect your identity against theft. Identity thieves most commonly work online, often taking advantage of the information you over-share on social media, or a weak email account password. However, they can also use printed documents that haven’t been shredded or securely filed.

To safeguard your identity, start by following GSO’s simple, expert Top Tips:

  • Never share account information with friends, family or other people.
  • Be careful about the information you share on social media, such as date of birth and family/pets’ names you also use in your passwords. Never post images of your passport, driver’s licence, NI number or other confidential items.
  • Never divulge private information data in response to an email, text, letter, phone call or web form unless you’re certain that the request is authentic. Call to check on the number you know to be correct.
  • Have up-to-date security software/apps running on your computer and mobile devices. Update software and apps when prompted.
  • Choose strong passwords and keep them safe. Don’t use one password for more than one account.
  • Take care when using public Wi-Fi hotspots: Your information may not be secure.
  • Always beware – of people looking over your shoulder when you’re entering private information on a computer, mobile device, or ATM.
  • Arrange for paperless bills and statements instead of printed ones.
  • File sensitive documents securely, and shred those you no longer need – preferably with a cross-cut shredder.
  • Get regular credit reports to check if anybody has taken out finance in your name.


For more information on protecting your identity – Please visit, and click on ‘Protecting Yourself’ and then select ‘Preventing Identity Theft’

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Level 3 heat warning issued to West Sussex residents

Highs of 31 degrees are expected this week, and lows of 16 overnight.

Residents in West Sussex are being advised to take precautions with heatwave conditions continuing this week, according to the Met Office.

A Heat Health Watch Level 3 has been issued for the South East from today (2 July) until tomorrow night, with highs of 31˚C during the day, and 16˚C expected overnight.

High temperatures are then expected to continue into the weekend.

West Sussex County Council is reminding us to take extra care, as heat can have a severe impact on health, and during hot spells vulnerable groups, such as the very young, older people, and those with underlying medical conditions, can feel the effects of the heat more.

Hot weather can also make heart and breathing problems worse.

West Sussex Cabinet Member for Adults and Health Amanda Jupp said: “While many of us enjoy the heat at this time of year, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for older people, young children, those with serious illnesses, and others who may be particularly vulnerable.

“During this period, please make sure you keep well hydrated with plenty of cool drinks, keep safe in the sun, use sun cream, wear a hat and look for shade if you feel you need to cool down.

“I would also encourage you to look out for anyone who may need help maintaining their health and wellbeing, or anyone struggling to cope with the heat.”

Some tips on how to cope in the hot weather are:
• avoid getting too hot in the first place – keep windows closed if it is cooler inside, close curtains or blinds. Open windows again when it starts to get cooler outside and temperatures drop but be mindful of security
• check your home’s thermostat or thermometer to see how hot your home is getting
• have plenty of cold drinks and avoid alcohol
• have regular cool baths and showers
• avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day (11am to 3pm), stay in the shade and avoid strenuous activity
• wear appropriate cool, light clothing and a hat
• when going outside, make sure you and your family use sun cream at all times to protect your skin

For more advice, you can visit our Safer Seasons page.

Anyone worried about their health during hot weather or a heatwave, especially if taking medication, feeling unwell or having any unusual symptoms such as weakness, feeling faint, headache, muscle cramps, feeling sick, heavy sweating and intense thirst, should contact their doctor, speak to a pharmacist, call NHS 111, or visit the website. Alternatively get a neighbour or friend to help you get help.


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 PAGHAM                                 Wednesday 15 August

Evening Bird Walk along Pagham Harbour North Wall with Kerry Jackson of the RSPB Chichester Local Group.

Meet at end of Church Lane, Pagham PO21 4NU,  Map Ref: SZ880976

AT 5.00 pm                          01243 262833

CHURCH NORTON                  Tuesday 21 August

Morning Bird Walk around Church Norton and The Severals with Graham Whitehead of the RSPB Chichester Local Group.

Meet in car park by church PO20 9TD, Map Ref: SZ872956

at 10.00 am 01243 262833



GRAFFHAM                             Tuesday 7 August

Morning walk on Graffham Common with Michael Blencowe of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.  Meet in National Trust car park, Lavington Common, Map Ref: SU949187 from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. 

Donations to the Trust appreciated                             07827 830891

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EBERNOE                                Sunday 5 August

Conservation – Bracken control on Ebernoe Common with Richard Wilson of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers. 

Meet in church car park at 10.00 am                               01243 528056


AMBERLEY                              Sunday 12 August

Conservation – Wetlands Management with Scott Robertson of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers on Amberley Wildbrooks from 10.00 am           

01243 552113/07815 021331


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The Dementia Framework West Sussex, was launched back in 2014.  West Sussex County Council are now keen to hear from you about the progress that has been made.  They also want to know what more needs to be done to ensure people affected by dementia in West Sussex can live well.

If you would like to give the,m your views, please do so using our on-line surveys.  The surveys will run from the 21st May to the 30th June (deadline now extended to 22nd July).  To access the surveys, please visit West Sussex County Council’s ‘Have Your Say’ portal.

There are two surveys; one designed for all West Sussex residents including people living with dementia and their family and friend carers.  This survey can be accessed by following this link:


The other survey is for all those organisations and groups providing care and support.  This survey can be accessed by following this link:


Please feel free to complete the surveys that are relevant to you.

If you would like to take part but are unable to get on-line, please contact us using the details below to find out alternative ways of letting us have your views.

Thank you!

Irene Loft, Senior Commissioning Officer, West Sussex County Council
tel: 033 022 23793 or mobile: 0776 425 3569

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Watch out for fake text messages about your EE Bill

Fake text messages purport to be from EE and claim that you haven’t paid a bill. The link in the message leads to a phishing website designed to steal your EE account login details, as well as personal & financial information.

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link or attachment in an unexpected email or text.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit

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