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Midhurst and Easebourne FC THE ROTHERFIELD

photos of ground
Club History

Following World War 2 the ground of Midhurst FC was taken to build new school premises, whilst Easebourne FC had lost several key officials and players during the war. The decision was therefore taken to amalgamate the two rival clubs as Midhurst & Easebourne United FC, and play at Easebourne Rotherfield ground...... Read More

Rex Lane Tuesday, February 27 2007

One of the clubs longest serving supporters committee members Rex Lane has sadly passed away.
All that knew him will know that Rex had not been well for a while now, but his passing is something that will sadden all people associated with Midhurst and Easebourne FC.
As a mark of respect the Midhurst players wore black armbands at the game against East Grinstead. There was also a minute's silence before the kick-off which was observed with the utmost respect by all at the Rotherfield, which was a fitting tribute to a devoted clubman.

Ted Dummer
Secretary - Treasurer
Ted has been at the club since 1946. He spent a very short time there as a player but has been involved behind the scenes ever since....... read more

Midhurst & Easebourne FC website - - Easebourne index - - Midhurst index

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Midhurst Parking charges
March 2007

Midhurst traders breathed a sigh of relief after a decision not to implement the threatened car parking charges in the town this year.
Councillors were told, by shopkeepers and other business owners, that at this moment over ten per cent of the retail premises in Midhurst were already empty. [There are approximately 114 shops in the town - Midhurst & Petworth Observer].
The threat of charges had been bitterly opposed in Midhurst, with warnings that these measures would 'kill off' many small retail businesses in the area.
One of the main reasons for not imposing the charges is that Sussex Police have announced that there will not be traffic warden cover for the town from the end of March. This would have caused chaos on the surrounding roads as people tried to avoid paying any new charges.
It was also observed that one of the major issues in empty retail premises was the high rents expected by property owners in this area, many prefering to leave their properties empty rather than accept lower rents.

...........this issue will almost certainly re-appear again in the future.

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Three teenagers killed in car smash
Thursday 11 Jan.2001. 8.45pm
A286 Easebourne, near Midhurst

Three young men were killed and another badly injured when a car left the road and hit a tree. The accident happened a few hundred yards north of Budgenor Lodge on the A286, Midhurst - Ferhurst road.
Those killed were Steven McGill, 18, of Taylor's Rise, Midhurst, Manh Hung La, 16, of Peter Weston Place, Chichester, and the driver 18-year-old Simon Ingham of Exton Road, Chichester. A fourth teenager James Smith, 18 was injured.

The following are reports from local newspapers issued after the incident.

The Argus Friday 12th Jan 2001
Death crash victims named
Police have named three teenage students who were killed when their car hit a tree.
The accident happened on the A286 at Easebourne, near Midhurst, last night when a red Vauxhall Nova came off the road. They all died instantly. The one survivor of the tragedy, an unnamed passenger, was taken to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester with a broken nose and bruising. The driver who died was 18-year-old Simon Ingham of Exton Road, Chichester. The two back seat passengers also killed were Steven McGill, 18, of Taylor's Rise, Midhurst, and Manh Hung La, 16, of Peter Weston Place, Chichester.
The accident happened at 8.45pm yesterday, 200 yards outside Easebourne village.
A man who saw the crash scene said "It was a real mess. I must have been about 30 seconds behind at the time and when I came over the brow of the hill saw that the car had hit a tree.
From the look of it they must have been travelling between 50mph and 60mph. It was ripped apart, crumpled at the foot of the tree. Two of the lads were still inside and one of them was lying at the edge of the bank a few feet away. The lad who was injured had blood all over his face, but he was walking around looking extremely shocked by the whole thing. He was eventually taken away by ambulance."
A police spokesman could not confirm reports that the driver only passed his test this week. He said "It is a tragedy that three young people have lost their lives in this way and there will be a detailed investigation."

Time to learn
published Saturday 13th Jan 2001.
Three teenagers have died in a terrible accident at Easebourne near Midhurst. A fourth youngster is recovering from his injuries.
The car, driven by an inexperienced motorist, spun out of control on a hill and crashed into a tree. An inquest will eventually decide on what caused this tragedy but driving conditions were good at the time with no rain or ice. It will add force to the arguments of those who say youngsters need a probationary period after learning to drive even after they have passed a test.
A disproportionate percentage of accidents occur when young drivers are involved. Any measures to reduce the shocking waste of lives, as in this case, must be seriously considered.

Teenagers killed in crash 48 hours after driver passes test
By Jason Bennetto
Published 13 January 2001
Death crash driver had just passed test
A teenager who died along with two college friends when he crashed his grandfather's car had only passed his driving test 48 hours earlier.
Simon Ingham, 18, was killed when the red Vauxhall Nova careered into a tree. The crash on the A286 at Easebourne, near Midhurst, also claimed the life of his best friend Sam Hung La, 16, whose parents run a Chinese takeaway in Chichester city centre. Also killed instantly was another back seat passenger, Steven McGill, 18, of Taylor's Rise, Midhurst, a fellow student at Chichester College of Arts Science and Technology.
An 18-year-old front-seat passenger escaped the wreckage with a broken nose and bruising. His name has not been released. The youngster will be questioned as part of an intensive investigation into the cause of the accident, which happened at 8.30pm on Thursday.
Simon's mother Ruth Ingham, 37, said "Simon and Sam were such close friends and they will probably be buried side by side." Mrs Ingham, of Exton Road, Chichester, told how Simon had passed his driving test on Tuesday at his first attempt. She said "We were all thrilled to bits for him and he was so pleased."
On Wednesday Simon, who was training to become an electrician, and Sam went to Brighton in the red Nova to look at music equipment. Simon had borrowed his grandfather Tom Ingham's car again on Thursday evening. He and his friends were on their way back to Chichester after visiting friends in Fernhurst when the car left the road and smashed into a tree. Mrs Ingham, who has another son, Patrick, 14, said "I don't think I have come to terms with it yet. We are all devastated but I have got a large family and they have all rallied round."
Yesterday cards sent to Simon for his 18th birthday on December 28 were still on display in the family home. Tom Ingham, 76, said: "He was probably a better driver than I am. He was very careful and competent."
Simon and Sam met as pupils at St Philip Howard High School at Barnham and became firm friends. Last night a member of staff at the Jasmine House takeaway in The Hornet at Chichester, which is run by Sam's parents Ngoc and Kitty La, said they were too upset to talk about the tragedy. The couple live in nearby Peter Weston Place and Sam is believed to have been taking a computer course at the college. A sign outside said the takeaway would be closed until further notice. A woman who was inside the building said: "They are in a deep state of shock."

Crash tragedy of newly-qualified driver
published Wednesday 25 Apr 2001.
A teenage driver crashed two days after passing his test, killing himself and two friends, an inquest heard today. Simon Ingham, 18, was driving his friends around Midhurst in his grandfather's Vauxhall Nova on January 11 when he lost control and smashed into a tree. The crash killed Simon, of Exton Road, Chichester; Steven McGill, 18, of Taylors Rise, Midhurst; and 16-year-old computer student Manh Hung La, also known as Sam, of Fishbourne Road, Chichester.
Chichester Coroner's Court heard that the impact was so great it ripped the offside doors off the Vauxhall Nova.
The three young men, all students at Chichester College, died instantly in the accident on the A286 north of Easebourne. A fourth, James Smith, 18, escaped with a broken nose and cuts and bruises. He remembers nothing of the crash and is still receiving counselling, the court heard.
West Sussex assistant deputy coroner Martin Milward heard that Simon had started to increase his speed after a TVR car had passed him on the A286 just before Easebourne. The teenager then braked too late for a corner and hit the tree.
Mr Smith, the front seat passenger, said in a statement: "Simon's driving was smooth and confident. We didn't have any plans where we were going on that night, we just chatted about the car and Simon seemed really happy. "That was the last thing I remember as the next morning I woke up in hospital."
The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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Earthquakes in West Sussex 1833

On the 18th September 1833 an earthquake hit West Sussex causing a rock fall in Cocking Chalk Pit killing William Marshall who was working there. Chimneys and roof-tiles fell in Chichester and towns to the north.
This was one of a number of earthquakes in the area over a 2 year period which resulted in a Victorian periodical stating that Sussex was the most earthquake prone county in the UK.

18 September 1833 to 27 August 1834 Chichester
Sources: Neilson et al [1984b].

'The author once saw an item in a Victorian publication which stated that the most earthquake prone county in the UK is Sussex, a statement which reads strangely to the modern reader.' The justification at that time was probably the series of small but high-intensity events that took place in the Chichester region between 1833 and 1835, the largest four of which are included here.

The 18 September 1833 event threw down chimneys in Chichester and caused a fall in a chalk pit at Cocking, killing a man who was working there.
The 13 November 1833 event was similar in felt area, caused a large clock in Chichester to strike, and was said to have been stronger to the north.
On 23 January 1834 came the best-documented event of the sequence. At least one stack of chimneys in Chichester fell [a MS account states that bricks and tiles fell in every direction, but most accounts mention little or no damage].
The 27 August earthquake was rather more damaging. Many chimneys and "innumerable" chimney pots fell down; many windows were broken and alarm was extreme. This shock was felt as far away as Southampton.

The epicentres of these events was close to Chichester, probably to the west.

Sources: Neilson et al [1984b].
Information on these events and other dates can be found at:
Cocking chalk quarry
Cocking homepage
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Youngster leads campaign for broadband
13.March 2003
A 14-year-old boy is leading a campaign to bring broadband to Midhurst.
Chris Peka, who lives at Easebourne, wants BT to install broadband which speeds electronic communication at the Midhurst exchange. But he has discovered that 300 people have to register their interest before the company will act.
His frustration is shared by Peter Byerley of Petworth, who works from home. His request for broadband at the Petworth exchange met with a similar response numbers count. Chris launched his campaign originally in the Christmas holidays, setting up a website and, with the help of friends, delivering 400 leaflets he had printed around Midhurst.
Original story - Midhurst and Petworth Observer
more on Chris Peka
Easebourne index
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NHS 'set for £1.8bn underspend'
22 November 2007
The NHS will underspend by a record £1.8 billion in 2007/08, it has been claimed.
That figure is more than triple the £510 million surplus in 2006/07 and comes after a deficit of £547 million in 2005/06.

It is partly made up of money "top-sliced" by Strategic Health Authorities [SHAs] from the budgets of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), according to the Health Service Journal [HSJ]. Some experts predicted it could prove an embarrassment for the Department of Health, amid accusations it is presiding over a "boom and bust" health economy. King's Fund chief economist John Appleby told the HSJ: "An underspend by that amount will be seen as just as bad as an overspend. Parliament does not approve of large NHS underspends as it commits those resources for health spending, not to just sit there."
However, others argue that a surplus provides an important "cushion" for future financial and service planning.
In August, the Government released figures forecasting a £983 million surplus at the end of 2007/08. The Department of Health said it would be retained by the NHS and spent on further improving services and patient care.
The HSJ figure comes as Hospital Doctor magazine reported that millions of pounds have been cut from NHS training budgets in the last two years. It said SHAs took almost £360 million from last year's training budgets, more than double the amount the year before.
The HSJ also reported that NHS trusts earned £98 million from car parking charges in 2005/06. The figures, presented as evidence to the Commons Health Select Committee for its annual investigation into health spending, was a 26% rise on the previous year.
source - AOL News

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Cowdray Yellow
Cowdray Park Estate owns property all over the Midhurst area. These buildings are all easily recognised by their bright yellow paintwork. It is a common practice, on properties owned by large estates, to paint all the outer woodwork the same colour.
The Second Viscount Cowdray, Weetman Harold Miller Pearson, inherited Cowdray in 1927. He gave instructions that all the woodwork of his estate cottages be painted a bright yellow. This may seem a unusual choice but as he sat as a Liberal [1] Member of Parliament for Eye in Suffolk, it was a political statement, that has not since changed.
[1] Yellow is the chosen colour of the Liberal Party.
Midhurst homepage

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09 05 2008 - - Archived
County Local Committee [CLC] meeting
The next County Local Committee [CLC] meeting will be on Tuesday 20th May at 7pm in the Leconfield Hall in Petworth.
This will not be on one specific issue but is to include a new programme to assist rural shops which is being introduced at the meeting. Further information, including the criteria for awarding funding, can be found on pages 13-18 of the Agenda.
Although the meeting is in Petworth, the area covered by this CLC includes Midhurst and adjoining areas.
click here for details of the meeting

click here for details of CLC Village Shops Programme
Other items for discussion include how the County Council will be dealing with your waste in the future, local highways matters and the Community Initiative Funding scheme, as well as any other issues of local concern.
- - Archived article

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West Lavington church to close
09 August 2007
Diocesan authorities have decided that the village church in West Lavington, near Midhurst, dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, should close.
This will mean that the parish of St Mary's will be split and added to neighbouring parishes.
This will not affect the civil parish, with its parish council.
Canon Colin Bradley, priest in charge of West Lavington, Bepton and Cocking, stated in February 2007 that although the church was facing falling congregation numbers a minimum of £80,000 needed to be spent on its upkeep.
The situation is that the church will become redundant at some time in the near future. Issues to be further decided are, the future of the building itself and which areas of West Lavington go into which neighbouring parish .
As a Grade II listed Victorian building primarily for its interior St Mary's cannot be demolished, but finding a use for such a building may prove difficult.
The Victorian Society and English Heritage are to be consulted about its conservation.
A further blow came to the village in January 2008 with announcement of its school closure - click
see photos St. Marys 1906 - 1920 - Vintage trail

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ROC posts
The Royal Observer Corps [ROC] was first introduced in 1925 to help to identify incoming enemy aircraft; in the 1950's the threat of nuclear attack from Soviet Russia rapidly increased with the escalation of the Cold War which necessitated the monitoring of a nuclear burst and the subsequent fall-out - the responsibility fell to the ROC and 1,563 underground monitoring posts were constructed around the British Isles........As of 1992 all of the remaining ROC posts were decommissioned and returned to the public sector, many being bought up by telephone companies due to their elevated positions
Petworth - closed 1968
Rogate - closed 1968
Fernhurst - closed 1991
List of Sussex ROC posts
Midhurst ROC post
Location: SU86571962. opened 1960 - closed 1968 - demolished with no trace.
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