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Supporters can make a date with campaign

THREATENED views of Pagham have been captured in a new calendar.

 

The 2018 publication has been compiled by PAGAM (Pagham and Aldwick Action Movement) to raise funds for its campaign against at least 1,000 homes in the area.

 

Keen photographer Jackie Ayling has seen her view of the field opposite her Church Lane home chosen to illustrate the days and weeks of March.

 

Jackie, 71, said: “I’m thrilled to bits my photo has been chosen. I never thought that would happen.

 

“I took the photograph last April when the field was being sown for wheat, rather than the usual sweetcorn.

 

“I feel very strongly about this field being built over. It is prime agricultural land and it should not be allowed to be built on.

 

“I love the land and I love nature. I watch the birds on that field and, regardless of what the developers say, there are plenty of them there.”

 

The species included lapwing, geese, redwing, swifts and swallows as well as bats, owls and foxes, she added.

 

The calendar went on sale for the first time at PAGAM’s stall at the recent Pagham on Parade after it was delivered the previous week.

 

PAGAM chairman Gill Homer said it had been well received.

 

The initial small print run had come close to selling out within days. Another 250 were set to be ordered.

 

“People have been buying them in threes and we are going to have some more printed.

 

“The strength of the village community is behind us on this. This is what we have noticed. It is just fantastic,” she said.

 

The youngest photographer whose work has been included in the calendar is 13-year-old Kesiah Ide, with a shot just south of Summer Lane.

 

Among the other contributors are Edwin Jones, of land west of Summer Lane, Tony Guest with a family of deer near Pagham Rife, Jim Weston and Shelley Rivers.

 

Copies of the calendar cost £6 each or three for £15.

 

It is on sale at Rose Green post office, Rose Green Arts and Crafts, West Meads post office, Tudor newsagents in Fish Lane, Craigweil News, at Coastguards Parade in Barrack Lane and Gill’s Flowers, at 86 Rose Green Road, Rose Green.

 

They can also be purchased by phone on 07462 175329.

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