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Potter's Museum Bramber
Local readers who qualify for a bus pass will recall childhood visits to Potter’s Museum when it still occupied the building in Bramber that housed it for a hundred years. Somewhat younger readers may have visited it in Arundel. The youngest will have had to travel to Cornwall to see it prior to closure a decade ago. Today’s Telegraph provides a convenient photo sequence to awaken the relevant memories.

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

Do androids dream of electric sheep?
The West Sussex County Times reports:

The majority of Horsham district councillors opposed the development of solar farms proposed for Steyning, Ashurst and Partridge Green by three separate applicants at the Development Control Committee meeting on Tuesday April 15.

Although the three applications had to be considered separately and based on their own merits, councillors and residents claimed that the solar energy generators, as a whole, would impact on the rural landscape and set a precedent for future applications if approved, despite all having no objections from the South Downs National Park Authority.

Philip Circus (Con, Chanctonbury) said that the council spends much of its time discussing the aesthetic impact developments have on the South Downs, but when it comes to renewable energy that debate seems to go ‘out of the window’.

“I think we’re spoiling the countryside for no good reason and we should not be swept up onto this bandwagon of renewable energy,” he said.

The Masterplan [update]

Stanmer Estate draft Master Plan

The Masterplan will be developed further once the consultation is completed; a report will then be presented to council committees in July 2014 asking for permission to submit a grant funding bid. If approved, a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund will be made in August 2014 to apply for funds to take the plans into the next level of detail. After a further eighteen months of development a final plan will be ready for a second stage bid in 2016 which if successful would allow the project to be delivered on the ground 2017-2019.

Much more, in a similar vein, here.

Call for volunteers

The Mayfield Horror
Considering how sparsely populated the Wineham/Twineham area is, the LAMBS team has done a remarkable job in their research and PR battle against the Mayfield Horror. But they have now reached their limit and need extra help:

We are holding an open meeting for anyone who is interested in assisting us with our fund raising and/or becoming more involved in LAMBS. We are very keen to meet anyone who can offer any specific expertise which could help in the campaign. The kind of skills we need include: fund raising, legal, planning, financial, administrative, printing/publication, etc. If you have no specific expertise in these areas, but have some spare time then please still come along – we also need people who are prepared to write letters, deliver leaflets and man stalls at local events. Please join us from 7:00pm on Monday, 28th April at The Royal Oak, Wineham. We would be grateful if you could let us know by email if you are coming to allow us to cater for numbers. If you are interested in helping us but are unable to attend the meeting please email us with your telephone number and we will get back to you as soon as possible —