Look, I don't want to talk about it, you don't want to talk about it, but it's there all the same.
There's been no escaping it this week, has there? Like the rest of the country, we've been hit by a petrol shortage, after a BP press release was covered by the media, sparking panic buying. We've had queues at Holmbush, along the high street and at the Saltings roundabout when those petrol stations have had fuel.
It was particularly acute in Shoreham, because the A27 was closed eastbound all last weekend, as part of delayed work on the flyover. The westbound carriageway will be closed the weekend after next — so plan accordingly (if you've got fuel…).
However, it has made it clear how fragile our transport infrastructure is becoming. There are a couple of key chokepoints on our roads, which can gridlock great sections of town if things go even slightly wrong. It's an inevitable consequence of being on the sea, with a major river running through the town.
Even if you tried to avoid using your car, the buses ended up delayed or diverted because of the cars queueing for fuel. And we've just got rid of the cycle lanes that could have helped cyclists…
I've no idea what the answer is, but I do hope the council are thinking about it…
- If you're looking for fuel, the New Shoreham-by-Sea Group on Facebook has daily posts rounding up availability. And there's also a specialist group for finding fuel around Shoreham and Lancing.
Sealing the deal
The seal in the Adur has been delighting many of us over the last couple of years. Well, there's quite a story behind her. She was rescued in Belgium, and tagged at the time, so we know it's the same seal.
Researchers will be telling her story — and exploring what we've learn about seals in river ecosystems, at an event at Ropetackle in October:
- Sadly, a baby seal died after being found on the beach. It had fishing equipment in its stomach.
With the Labour conference underway just down the coast in Brighton, current Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer visited one of our major local employers…
And, in the interests of balance, here's the latest newsletter from our Conservative MP:
- The Herald covers the fight to save the poplar by the Duke of Wellington
- Shoreham Port has new posters designed by a 9 year old from Horsham.
- And a bait digger causes a fuss in Worthing.
The telescope put in by the boardwalk at the sea end of Ferry Road has been out of action for some weeks now, as you can see…
The council are aware, so fingers crossed for a repair…
Sneaking a peek
Shoreham Rugby Club have had a good couple of weeks. The under-16s managed a spectacular victory:
And then the seniors' 1st XV won against Barns Green RFC.
- Shoreham Rugby Club are launching a girls' section.
The Week Ahead
A round-up of events happening in Shoreham-by-Sea in the coming week.
- 7pm: Shoreham Wordfest launch event at the Sussex Yacht Club. Featuring writer Alexander McCall Smith
- 7pm: Green Hop Day!!! with “The Space Agency” at the Duke of Wellington
- 7.30pm: Sea Kelp talk from Sussex Underwater at the Church of the Good Shepherd. It's also going to be livestreamed on YouTube.
- 9.15am: Lambs Tales — stories for pre-schoolers at the Church of the Good Shepherd
- 7.30pm: ‘O Happy Living Things’ – Malcolm Guite at St Mary de Haura
- 8pm: DJs Ian & Rob plus Joe Cox present Funky Latin & Soulful House at the Duke of Wellington
- 8pm: The Wellington Wailers at The Ropetackle
- 9pm: Back to the 80s at the Crown & Anchor
- 10.30am: Ending the War on Nature (Wordfest virtual event — physical event sold out)
- 7pm: Hannah Marie singing at the Swiss Cottage
- 7pm: The Definitive Rat Pack at the Harbour Club
- 7.30pm: Richard Durrant: A Guitar Recital at the Church of the Good Shepherd
- 7.30pm: Blood and Gold – Mara Menzies at St Nicholas
- 8pm: Spiderz from Mars at the Duke of Wellington
- 8pm: South Coast Soul Revue Autumn Soul and Funk Party at The Ropetackle
- 10.30am: Family Story Telling with Mara Menzies at The Shoreham Centre
- 11am: Mike Hatchard's Jazz Breakfast at The Ropetackle
- 2pm: A Life In Crime – Elly Griffiths and William Shaw at The Shoreham Centre
- 3pm: Mel Hayes at The Bridge
- 4.30pm: Sally Bayley – Girl With Dove at The Shoreham Centre
- 5pm: Django Chutney at the Duke of Wellington
- 7.30pm: It’s A Conspiracy – Tom Cutler with David Bramwell at The Shoreham Centre
- 8pm: Brass Funkeys at The Ropetackle
- 10.15am: The Ramblers are running a circular walk, kicking off at 10.30am outside the Pond Road Community Centre
- 7.30pm: Shoreham Wordfest presents Bungalow Town – Dr Geoffrey Mead at The Ropetackle
- 8pm: Skool Quiz at the Duke of Wellington
- 10.30am: Age Is A Stage: drama workshop for over 50s at The Ropetackle
- 7.30pm: Ah Yes, I Remember It Well by Amaryllis Crooke at The Ropetackle
- 8.30pm: Crown & Anchor Quiz Night
- 9am to 12pm: Weekly Market at the Shoreham Centre
- 8pm: Shoreham Wordfest presents A Changed Britain In A Global World with Robin Lustig and Kelly Shephard
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