Oving Community Garden – Saturday 3rd April

Saturday 3rd April. 9.00. Let’s start growing!

Important: We need to ensure that we are compliant with government guidelines so there may be some limits to what we can do at this time.
Lockdown is easing, so please come along and join us at the garden. We are going to start work on the growing beds, laying cardboard and moving topsoil.
Please collect and bring along cardboard. Cardboard is a great compostable medium that will suppress the weeds allowing us to place a growing bed right on top of the grass or weeds. The weeds underneath the cardboard will rot down and provide growing plants with nutrients.
There are plenty of jobs we need a hand with.
  • Growing beds need setting up.
  • 2 tons of topsoil to move and spread on the beds.
  • The hedge needs a weed and tidy.
  • The shed needs a base.
  • Compost bins need building.
  • The guttering needs finishing to collect rainwater.
We will discuss what we are going to plant and when!
Come and join in, everyone is welcome.
Oving Community Garden shelter

New Oving and District News delivered to the Parish, including Neighbourhood Plan Supplement

The Oving and District News for Spring 2021 has been delivered and includes the Neighbourhood Plan Supplement.

Both documents are now accessible via the links on the Oving and District News Page, here:

Update on closure of Oving Traffic Lights

Following the notice posted by Highways England in the Chichester Observer on 25/2/2021[I can’t find a link on their website, unfortunately], WSCC were approached and provided the following response:

“There are no plans for the works to start in the next couple of weeks. The plan is for the Shopwyke junction realignment to be done first to allow traffic to be diverted through the new spine roads and then follow straight after with the Oving junction works. However there is a another development site (Redrow Homes) on the other side of Shopwyke Road and they need road space to run a foul rise main up Shopwyke Road straight through the realigned junction. So it has been agreed that they will get road space first and then the Shopwyke junction will be undertaken and then the Oving junction works. At this point I would say that it is likely that the Oving Junction will not be able to be closed until the end of June at the earliest.

Therefore the Oving junction works are still some months away and Cala need to produce a comms plan in advance of starting. I have had confirmation from HE that the Traffic Order for the banned movements has been made. HE still need to get a S278 in place with Cala and a S4 Agreement with us for the Oving junction works.

With respect to the transition and safety concerns Cala have stated that they are working on some traffic management ideas and will communicate those shortly. They are hoping to utilise the website previously used to update everyone.”

The above is in relation to the original Order posted on 20/08/2020:


New Opportunity – Community Support Worker

Are you looking for a new challenge, with part-time hours in your local community? 
Are you a good communicator who likes helping people?
Are you a good organiser?  Then this could be the role for you!

Oving Parish Council is currently recruiting for a Community Support Worker to continue an established parish project.  The ideal candidate should be positive, compassionate, and caring, ideally with a background in health care, social care or teaching.  A knowledge of the benefit system and local authorities would be beneficial however the ability to reach out to people and gain their confidence is paramount.  You will be supporting adults with complex needs and running a monthly tea party at Oving Jubilee Hall (when COVID restrictions allow).

This role has previously been staffed by volunteers, however given the increasing challenges that we face in today’s environment, we would now like to employ someone to lead and extend the role.

The probation period for this role is three months with the intention of this becoming permanent for the right candidate.  You will work six hours a day, two days a week but may need to be flexible to meet demand.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  The successful candidate will require a DBS check.

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

Please contact the clerk to the Parish Council, Ruth Palmer (telephone 07770 742041) by email to   or by letter at 4 Church Way, Pagham, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 4QN.

For a PDF version of this ad, please click here:  Community Support Worker 13.2.21

Work has begun on the Oving Neighbourhood Plan

Did you know that work has begun on the new Oving Neighbourhood Plan?

To find out more about why this is important and what has happened so far, please visit the new sub-site for the Oving Neighbourhood Plan

To ensure that you’re kept up to date with important updates on the plan and other community matters, please sign up to the Oving Parish News Alerts – you can unsubscribe at any time.


Oving Jubilee Hall closed

Update from the Oving Jubilee Hall today:

As we are in Tier 4, sadly our lovely Hall has to close its doors again. So sorry to all our regulars who will have to wait, hopefully not too long, before we can open up and welcome you back. Let’s cross our fingers that we will also be welcoming the parties and weddings which are planned for the Spring, Summer and later in 2021.

A Message from Scarecrows – The Oving Hogmanay Hoot

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Oving Scarecrows

A Message from Scarecrows

Season’s greetings,

This year swept in like a hurricane, leaving us all breathless. We are all having to adapt and Oving Scarecrows is no exception. Disappointed at being unable to see you all in May, we’ve decided that we will try something different to bring our community together this year and so we bring you…. The Oving Hogmanay Hoot.

It’s been a tough old year but it has surprised us too by bringing some good things in its wake, not least the friendliness and neighbourly support on show, especially here in Oving which quickly rallied help for those who needed it. Come the 31st, we will inevitably be thinking about family and friends we have been unable to meet this year, but perhaps we can also look forward to the new year with some hope that the end is at least in sight.   We thought it would be lovely if we could all take ten minutes out on 31st to thank our community and to wish neighbours a happy new year. So, this is Our Plan.

As you know we are all about families and children so none of this midnight nonsense! At 6pm on 31st we hope as many of you as can, will step outside your doors, carrying a candle, or lamp, or torch, to celebrate our brilliant community and wish your neighbours a happy new year. We hope you will also raise your voices in a communal rendition of Auld Lang Syne, or if you happen to play an instrument then play it. I understand that the version in G major is a good one to aim for. Once the song is over, children (of all ages) may want to toot a horn or whistle, bang a drum or a pot, anything you like that will make a noise!  We will clearly be in Tier 4 by then so please, please keep a safe distance to protect everyone, and note that the “here’s a hand” verse, we hope for this New Year only, means jazz hands only. No touching please. For those that need them, the words are below.

It would be wonderful to see Oving lit up in such hope for the forthcoming year. So do please join us and spread the word amongst your friends and neighbours in the village so that everyone can join in the fun and we really do light up the village.

See you at 6pm on 31 st!

The Scarecrows Team


Verse 1

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?


For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For days of auld lang syne

Verse 2

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere
And gie’s a hand o’ thine
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught
For auld lang syne

Chorus – repeat twice

Santa’s visiting Oving!


Christmas is coming and Oving is very lucky to have a visit from Tangmere’s very important resident, Santa and his sleigh!

He’s been very busy touring Tangmere this week and has offered to make a special appearance around Oving tonight, Friday 11th December, starting at 5pm from the Oving Jubilee Hall.

It would be handy to have a couple of extra people to ensure everyone stays safe, so if you have a hi-viz jacket, an optional Santa hat, and can spare an hour or two please pop along to the hall by 5pm.
Fab photo kindly supplied by Emma Boddy – thanks so much Emma!

Oving Jubilee Hall AGM – 15th July 2020

Oving Jubilee Hall Management Committee are holding their AGM on Wednesday 15th July at 6:30 pm.  This will be held in the main hall to allow for social distancing.  Residents of Oving Parish are welcome to attend.