Fiends of Centurion Way Halloween Event

This spooky story is now also covered by the Chichester Post.

A ghoulish group The Fiends of Centurion Way gathered on Saturday 27th Oct for a Halloween event to raise awareness of threats to the path.

Don’t be too scared they’re only The Fiends of Centurion Way

Carley Sitwell created some fantastic cakes, apparently made entirely out of real spiders.

Made from real spiders!
Made from real spiders!

We had some terrifying leaflets to hand out and an activity sheet too, but many people just ran away screaming before they could take one.

Later in the night we encountered the Ghost of the Headless Centurion who conjured up ancient sounds of his own dismemberment.

BBC Consider Pedestrian and Cycling alternatives to “Car-Based Living” for New Developments.

BBC News are running an interesting story about “Young couples trapped in car dependency“. The news report highlights issues with recent relaxation of planing requirements intended to stimulate the creation of new housing developments. Some residents of these developments are hit by a double whammy of  having few community amenities while also suffering from limited local transport infrastructure based exclusively around reliance on motor vehicles.Housing without pedestrian or cycling transport infrastructureThe Friends of Centurion Way are convinced that providing new links onto our path (that are both pedestrian and cycling friendly) will avoid reproducing similar issues in Chichester. Maintaining the existing route of the path will also be critical to achieving vital local connectivity.

On a somewhat lighter note is a story from the BBC world service.

It reports how people in the Bologna region of northern Italy, can get vouchers for free food, wine and beer by walking and cycling! They have a public transport system that actually rewards citizens for taking sustainable modes of transport. Ping Jiang  (a Friend of Centurion Way) believes a similar system would be highly desirable in Chichester.  Imagine, you could walk or cycle from Chichester to West Dean and simultaneously earn enough point for free Coffee and Cake at the local shop/café there by the time you arrive!

Many thanks to Philip Maber for collating these interesting news reports.

Centurion Way is now planned to go all the way to Cocking!

South Downs National Park Centurion Way Plan Invitation Header

Southdowns National Park have published an open invitation to come and view their Centurion Way Planning Drawings for the stretch from West Dean to the South Downs Way, Cocking.

24 October
3pm to 7pm
Cocking Village Hall, Bell Ln, Cocking, GU29 0HU

Read the full details of their invitation here
SDNPA Project Update Stakeholders Sept_2018

The Friends of Centurion Way are very supportive of these plans.
However we wish to remind people that it would be a great shame if the Southern end of the path was lost due to development threats while the Northern end is being extended.

We recommend anyone enthusiastic about Centurion Way visits this plans viewing event and if possible, discusses their concerns about the development threats that over shadow the future of our Chichester section of path.

Cracks and Bumps have been quickly repaired

Late  this summer Adam Bell reported issues with Centurion Way Path to our local authorities.

There was a long and reasonably wide crack along the centre of the path at it’s southern end. It was an especial nasty if cycling at night.

In virtually no time at all the local authorities repaired crack in the path and removed the bump from a large tree root as well.

Tree root bump close to railway footbridge has been removed
Tree root bump close to railway footbridge has been removed
Long crack in path filled with new tarmac strip
Long crack in path filled with new tarmac strip

The Friends of Centurion Way group are really impressed with how quickly these repairs were completed.

 

BBC Radio’s Clare Balding interviews Matt Masson on Centurion Way about his rehabilitation from injury

Clare Balding hears the uplifting story of how walking helped a young man recover from a brain injury. Click here for link to podcast.

Clare Balding interviews Matt Masson on Centurion Way
Clare Balding interviews Matt Masson on Centurion Way

At the age of 23, Matt Masson fell off a roof during a night out. He was in a coma for six weeks and, when he awoke, couldn’t walk, talk or sit-up. When his voice returned, so did a determination to return to his previously active life. Walking formed a central part of his rehab; his first goal was to walk just 300 metres but by 2014 Matt had walked the Amsterdam Marathon which took 9 hours and 37 minutes. In this edition of Ramblings, Matt and his mother, Anne, walk a stretch of the Centurion Way in Chichester and recall his many endeavours. The Centurion Way is a route between Chichester and West Dean which follows the line of part of the disused Chichester to Midhurst Railway. fell off a roof during a night out. He was in a coma for six weeks and, when he awoke, couldn’t walk, talk or sit-up. When his voice returned, so did a determination to return to his previously active life. Walking formed a central part of his rehab; his first goal was to walk just 300 metres but by 2014 Matt had walked the Amsterdam Marathon which took 9 hours and 37 minutes. In this edition of Ramblings, Matt and his mother, Anne, walk a stretch of the Centurion Way in Chichester and recall his many endeavours. The Centurion Way is a route between Chichester and West Dean which follows the line of part of the disused Chichester to Midhurst Railway.

Friends of Centurion Way meet Richard Vobes AKA The Bald Explorer

Richard’s podcast/interview about Centurion Way is now available by following this link!!!

Richard Vobes is a film maker and amateur historian. He frequently makes short films and audio recordings that explore Britain’s great heritage, traditions and legends. He has a website https://baldexplorer.com/ where his videos and podcasts can be easily accessed.

On the 20th September 2018, he visited Chichester and interviewed some of the Friends of Centurion Way. Unfortunately it was raining and therefore filming was not practical . However Richard was still able to use his sound recording equipment, so watch out for a potential podcast appearing soon on the Bald Explorer website.

Richard Vobes AKA The Bald Explorer visiting Centurion Way
Richard Vobes AKA The Bald Explorer visiting Centurion Way (photo by Philip Maber)

Vélo South on 23rd September

Vélo South promises to be a huge local event with apparently 15,000 cyclists taking part.

Centurion Way is a wonderful route you can follow up to Lavant if you wish to watch the event but need to avoid issues with the event road closures on the day!

Vélo South cycalists

More details of the event can be found by following this link to the official event website.

The event is not without some local controversy as there is now a legal challenge being made to the road closure plans.

Chichester Observer Legal Challenge to Velo South event.

Legal challenge launched and protests planned against Velo South

It is not clear how the event will proceed if motor vehicles are simultaneously allowed to use the roads with the cyclists during the event. However Friends of centurion way hope that  both Vélo south cyclists and the local residents enjoy this unusual event.

On behalf of the Friends of Centurion Way,

Mark Record

Nocturnal Activity on Centurion Way

Philip Maber caught this interesting image at night on the 18th August. It shows  interesting nocturnal activities of some of the Friends of Centurion Way participating in a walk to find bats.

Friends of Centurion Way participating in bat walk
Friends of Centurion Way participating in bat walk

A young bat enthusiast Francesca can be seen on the right of the image holding a bat detector and third from the right is Peter Etheridge who did a fantastic job leading the walk.

The walk started from Bishop Luffa Close at dusk. Immediately as we moved onto Centurion way Francesca detected bats with her detector. We all looked up and two bats could be clearly seen flying just above our heads in a figure of eight pattern!

Although it was difficult to see bats once night had fallen, the bat detectors told us the bats were still actively flying around. Peter told us most of the bats we detected were probably the Common Pipistrelle apart from one bat we detected with a distinctly different call. Peter thought that could be an example of Daubenton’s bat. A type of bat likes to hunt for small insects that gather over water so was probably commuting between hunting areas.

Many thanks to Peter Etheridge for a great evening on Centurion Way.

On behalf of the Friends of Centurion Way,

Mark Record

 

Bat Watch, Walk & Talk

Discover these fantastic flying mammals on Centurion Way

Flying Bat

Join us for a very special talk with Bat expert Peter Etheridge to find out about the bats that live and thrive on Centurion Way. To include a short walk at dusk for bat spotting. Places on the event are limited so please contact us at friends@centurionway.org.uk to make sure it is not fully booked.August 18, 2018 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Mayor of Chichester Charity Bike Ride

‘Cycling Legends’ Justin Bulpett & Malcolm Meaby are making a charity bike ride to raise money for Stone Pillow which is charity for local homeless people. They will depart from John O’Groats Tuesday 21st August, arriving Chichester Friday 31th August.

‘Cycling Legends’ Justin Bulpett & Malcolm Meaby will depart from John O’Groats Tuesday 21st August, arriving Chichester Friday 31th August.
‘Cycling Legends’ Justin Bulpett & Malcolm Meaby
With the Mayor Martyn Bell

On Friday the 31st August they plan to complete a final stage ‘Gala’ Ride!

However this plan has changed slightly and the will now begin on Centurion Way where its bridge crosses Newland’s Lane. The ride will proceed down to the bottom of Centurion Way then along Westgate & West St to the Council House.. Previously the plan was to begin the ‘Gala Ride’ at west dean West Dean.

The ‘procession’ of riders would arrive at the Council House at approx. 2pm to be greeted by the Mayor & others, with a buffet lunch for all inside afterwards.

The Friends of Centurion Way firmly support their fund raising efforts in support of Stone Pillow and would particularly like to encourage participation in their final stage ‘Gala’ Ride as an opportunity to help draw attention to the importance of CW and the lack of a safe cycle route into the City Centre itself.

Please feel free to circulate their leaflet and to to sponsor Justin and Malcolm, visit
www.stonepillow.org.uk
or call the Oxmarket
Gallery on 01243 779103