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From: worthing eco-action (>)
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 08:42:22 +0000
Subject: Titnore stall and other news

3rd Christmas at Camp Titnore

DETERMINED eco-protesters in Worthing are facing up to the hardest challenge yet in their two and a half year occupation of threatened woodland. The freezing temperatures and stormy conditions mean life is currently no picnic for the hardy protesters camped out in Titnore Woods, West Durrington, in a last-ditch bid to try and stop a new housing estate and Tesco megastore from being built over green fields and ancient woodland. And grateful local supporters are organising a pre-Christmas stall in the town centre to bring festive cheer to the tree-house dwellers, who moved on to the site back in May 2006. They will be collecting provisions for the protesters under the title "A Hamper for a Camper" at Holder's Corner, Montague Street, Worthing, on Saturday December 20, from 11am.

Said Dave Phillips of Worthing eco-action, one of the groups opposed to the development: "This is now the third Christmas for Camp Titnore and it looks like being the toughest yet for them. We've had some mild winters recently, but this year is certainly not turning out that way. "When people are tucked away indoors with their Christmas goodies, they might want to spare a thought for the folk at the camp, who will be staying there throughout the festive period because they are so committed to what they are doing. "A lot of people we talk to simply can't believe the camp is still there after all this time - it really is a tribute to their dedication. This protest must go down as a major event in Worthing's history - there's never been anything like it - and yet it seems to be so easily forgotten in the rush of everyday life. "We think Christmas is a good moment for people who support what they are doing there, and who want the camp to carry on the fight, to show their appreciation in whatever way they can. They could also simply go down to the camp in person, of course."

More information on the campaign can be seen online at and

* An updated application for the 875-home estate is currently due for consideration by Worthing Borough Council planners and people still have time to make a comment, quoting the code WB/04/00040/OUT, to the planning department in Portland House, Richmond Road, Worthing.


Saturday December 20
Hamper for a Camper! Town centre stall to support Camp Titnore at Christmas. Bring tinned food and other provisions.
From 11am, Holders Corner, Montague Street, Worthing.

Sunday January 11
Concert for the Titnore Woods campaign at Clapham & Patching Village Hall, A280 Long Furlong, near Worthing. Performing live and acoustic will be Greg Harper, Cornflower Blue and Claire Booth. Entry £3 on the door. Bring your own refreshments. Proceeds raised will be used to pay a transport consultant's fees in connection with the campaign to save the Titnore area.

Thursday January 29
Talk and reading by former Newbury protester and Worthing resident Jim Hindle, author of 'Nine Miles; Two winters of Anti-Road Protest' about his experiences in the 1990s and the lessons for today. Plus Worthing Alliance announcements. Upstairs at The Rest, Bath Place, Worthing. 8pm.

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