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Worthing dog trainer wins national Agility Club award



A Worthing dog trainer has won a national award with her crossbreed Nessa.

Jenny Hastie from High Salvington competes at the Agility Club in the Large Grade 7 category and Nessa has been crowned Agility Dog of the Year, having won not only her league but the most points overall for 2019.

Jenny Hastie with Nessa, left, and one of her other dogs

Jenny Hastie with Nessa, left, and one of her other dogs

Nicola Ayres, points secretary, said: “The Agility Club leagues are a huge undertaking. Every year, thousands of points are added to the database, which all need checking, verifying and collating to give our winners.

“To be crowned the top handler and dog team in any of the leagues is an incredible achievement.

“Nessa has done incredibly well to be crowned the winner of Grade 7 large league with 1,353 points. Not only that but she has also been crowned Agility Dog of the Year, gaining more points than any other dog at any other height or grade.”

Jenny, who runs Jenpaws Agility Group in Cowfold, is thrilled to have won the prestigious award and has been invited to the awards ceremony in March.

Nessa in action

Nessa in action

The Agility Club is the oldest club in the world solely dedicated to the sport of dog agility and the leagues have been running for more than 30 years. Members win points from agility competitions during the year in seven grades, depending on the experience of the dog. For more information visit

Nessa in action

Nessa in action

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Cranleigh School takes home ski championship trophies



A Cranleigh ski team has become a force to be reckoned with on the school ski circuit following a large number of podium finishes in the championships.

Cranleigh School took home a haul of medals and trophies from the Independent Schools Ski Championships (ISSC), held in Les Deux Alpes ski resort in France.

Pupils competed in the giant slalom, slalom and team duel slalom events against 20 other schools.

This was the third time the school has competed at the event and the first time the teams gained podium finishes in all competitions.

Two individual gold medals were awarded to Ben Aldridge-Bate for the under-16 slalom and giant slalom.

Silver medals went to Louis Melesi for the under-21 giant slalom, Lottie Smith for the under-16 slalom and Rose Jovanovich for the under-16 giant slalom.

Rose also earned a bronze medal for the under-16 giant slalom and Lottie for the under-16 slalom.

The school’s parallel slalom team – Hugo North, Tash Chalkley, Ed Freear, Rose Jovanovich, Lottie Smith and Ben Aldridge-Bate – won the overall parallel slalom competition.

The overall senior team, senior boys giant slalom and senior boys slalom teams achieved runner-up status and the senior girls giant slalom and senior girls slalom teams came third in their events.

A spokesman said: “On the final day of the trip the blue ribbon event took place, the team dual slalom. Schools pick their best six skiers to race head to head in a knock-out competition.

“Cranleigh team was picked by the team captains, with a diversity of ages ranging ranging from Ed Freear from the Prep School to Hugo North in the Upper Sixth..

“They were faultless in their technique and never panicked when under pressure.

“As they progressed through the knockout phases their confidence grew and by the semi final they were looking hot favourites to win the title.

“Only the sixth form team from Whitgift looked anywhere near as quick, and as their best skier fell on the last leg of the semi final, it looked like Cranleigh was into the final against a very strong Albyn School team.

“The team pulled out an absolutely faultless performance and won by a comfortable margin in the final.”

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New petanque club launched for Arun district



A new petanque terrain has been built at Clymping Village Hall and the president of the Southern Counties Petanque Association will be officially opening it in the new year.

The game, also called boules, is played all year round, subject to weather conditions.

Petanque, also called boules, is a game for all. 'Picture Ian Hargreaves

Petanque, also called boules, is a game for all. ‘Picture Ian Hargreaves

Clymping Pétanque Club is a new club, registered with Pétanque England, and the aim is to attract players from across the Arun district.

The club will be having an open day on Saturday, January 4, starting with the officially opening at 10.15am.

Keith Wannell said: “This is probably the best game you’ve never heard of, so why not come along and give it a go. It’s fun, it’s competitive and it helps keep you fit.”

“The SCPA arrange many competitions and we hope to enter a team in one of their leagues next year. League teams consist of six players and league matches are some of the toughest games you will find.”

There are currently 159 clubs registered with Pétanque England, of which 20 are within the southern counties region, stretching from Worthing in the east to Bournemouth in the west.

The Clymping club plays on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 11.15am.

Keith added: “It doesn’t matter how fit you are, as this is a game for all. It can even be played by wheelchair users.

“Pétanque is a game for all ages, although we do ask that under-14s are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“You are welcome to come along for three sessions before being asked to join. Boules will be provided for you and we will happily show you how to play.”

Clymping Pétanque Club is based at Clymping Village Hall, in Crookthorn Lane, Clymping. There is a large car park, off the A259, near the junction of Church Lane and the Littlehampton to Bognor road.

The open day will include a melee of three games, starting at 10.30am. There will be two games in the morning, followed by complimentary tea and coffee, hot sausage rolls and mince pies at lunchtime, then the final game in the afternoon.

For further information, call 07989 179447, email or visit

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Tributes paid to Loxwood footballer with ‘cheeky smile’ after Brighton fight death



Tributes have been paid to a Loxwood footballer after a man died following a fight in Brighton early on Sunday (December 1).

Police said a 20-year-old from Crawley suffered serious head injuries after he and two other men were hit by a car in Marine Parade.

Tributes have been paid to Suel Delgado. Picture courtesy of Loxwood chairman Mark Lacey

Tributes have been paid to Suel Delgado. Picture courtesy of Loxwood chairman Mark Lacey

They have since launched a murder investigation.

Loxwood FC paid tribute to their midfielder Suel Delgado in Twitter.

In a statement this morning (December 3), the club said: “Hardest tweet we have ever had to do but very sadly we have lost a member of our Magpie family.

“Suel Delgado passed away yesterday.

“We will miss his cheeky smile, energy and jokes – such a lovely lad to have around the club.

“Thoughts are with all his family and friends RIP.”

Ismael Vasconcelos said on the club’s Twitter profile yesterday was one of his hardest days as Alfold FC reserve manager.

A tribute message added: “Saddened to learn that one of the ex reserve players from last year passed away yesterday at such a young age in such tragic circumstances.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace.”

Horsham FC said the ‘talented young player’ would be ‘sorely missed’.

A spokesman for the club added: “We would like to send our deepest condolences and sympathies to everyone at @loxwoodfc and the friends and family of Suel Delgado.”

In a statement, the Macron Store Southern Combination Football League (SCFL) said it was ‘deeply saddened’ to hear of the ‘tragic loss’ of Suel.

It added: “The @TheSCFL family would like to pass on their condolences and deepest sympathies to Suel’s family, friends and @loxwoodfc in this difficult time.”

Several other local teams took to Twitter to pay tribute to Suel.

Newhaven FC and Seaford Town FC said their thoughts were with the club and Suel’s family and friends.

Lancing FC offered its ‘deepest sympathies’ and Hassocks FC added: “We’d like to convey our condolences to Loxwood and the family.

“Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.”

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