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  • 14 November 2019 3:00 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Christmas parking present for Lancing shoppers

    Shoppers in Lancing will receive an early Christmas present this festive season as Adur District Council waives charges at its car parks for all four Saturdays in December.

    The aim of the move, which was introduced after discussions with traders, is to encourage people to shop local in the run up to Christmas and boost footfall on some of the busiest shopping days of the year.

    Visitors will have an extra incentive to head to Lancing on December 21 when the Village Christmas Market will see dozens of traders set up in North Road for a family-friendly festive extravaganza.

    Councillor Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: “With the festive period on the way, it's important that we do what we can to encourage people to buy local and shop in their nearby high streets.

    “The idea of free parking has been championed by the Lancing Traders Association. While there will be a small financial outlay for the Council, I believe this early Christmas present will give people an incentive to see what the excellent independent shops in the village have to offer - and then come back time and time again in the future.

    Heidi Rush, of the Lancing Traders' Association, said: “I want to thank the Council for their generosity in waiving the car park fees on these extremely important shopping days and look forward to welcoming people into the village to support their local traders.”

    The free parking will be in place on December 7, 14, 21 and 28 at North Farm Road, Littlecroft and South Street car parks. 

    Demand is likely to be high for the third of those four dates as it coincides with the Lancing Village Christmas Market, run by the award-winning Adur Markets team in partnership with Lancing Parish Council.

    Dozens of local traders have already confirmed they will be at the event selling a range of local Sussex produce and homemade goods, which will take place from 9am and 1pm.

    Anyone who wishes to run a stall at the event can email markets@adur-worthing.gov.uk or call 07738 848 393.


  • 14 November 2019 2:48 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Countdown to Safe in Sussex’s Gingerbread House Fun – Get involved

    It’s only 11 weeks till Safe in Sussex’s 2nd Gingerbread House Decorating Competition for local businesses and groups. The event is held on the 12th December, (Gingerbread Day) each year (as long as it falls on a weekday!).

    Last year was a great success where local companies came together for team bonding and festive fun whilst increasing awareness and funds for the charity.

    'We are pleased to confirm the maker of the gingerbread house packs and the Judge of the competition will be Fay Millar, owner of Brighton Cakes. again and she said ”I am honoured to be chosen to supply the Gingerbread packs and judge this great competition again this year. I loved doing it last year and seeing how creative people can be”.

    AM Trophies, Worthing last year donated an amazing trophy for Safe in Sussex to give to the winners each year. The winner last year was Rayner IOL based in Worthing so they were the first name to go on the trophy. 

    All the gingerbread houses will be given to the women and children at the refuges for Christmas.

    If you want to put your name down to join in the festive fun this year, email debbie.west@safeinsussex.org.uk for more details. So far this year we have confirmed Raynor IOL, Inside Worthing, Nutley’s Kitchen Gardens, Janet Webb Consulting, Coop Field Place, The Focus Group, Expert Virtual Assistance, CommPoint and Nadarra Cosmetics.

     Safe in Sussex offers advice, support, refuge, awareness and education for women, children and young people across West Sussex.  The charity has confidential refuges and a community refuge in Littlehampton.

    The refuges are for women and children who flee domestic violence. The refuges are a place where women can feel safe and be given the vital support they need, both practical and emotional.  

     Here at Safe in Sussex we aim to increase the awareness and stop the cycle of domestic abuse in West Sussex.  

    We also have a Countrywide Outreach service for men and women, we facilitate support groups for women in the community and we provide healthy relationship education programmes for Primary and Secondary schools in West Sussex.  


  • 14 November 2019 2:42 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Highdown Gardens to temporarily close as work begins for new era

    World-famous Highdown Gardens are about to enter a new exciting era which will preserve their beauty for years to come —- but they have to be closed for improvement work soon.

    In order to deliver on a £1million project to protect the fragile plant collection and enhance the visitor experience the Gardens will be closed from December 21 and will reopen in late summer next year.

    In that time a range of work, funded by the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will be undertaken including; building new greenhouses to help the propagation and preservation of extremely rare plants from around the world; build a brand new visitors’ centre, explore and digitise the archive of this fascinating landmark;  create new accessible walkways and a sensory garden. In addition the public toilet block is to be upgraded and will close in February next year to re-open in the summer.

    Worthing Borough Council’s Highdown Gardens project manager Gary Prescod said: "This is a really exciting time for Highdown Gardens. This project will help visitors experience these gardens in a new and exciting way, tell their wonderful story in a more compelling way and ensure the protection of the beautiful plants we have here.

    "However to get there we do need to work on the gardens for example demolish the old bungalow and build a new visitors’ centre, construct new accessible walkways and develop new elements to the garden. We hope people will bear with us as we bring this dream into reality."

    The HLF-funded dramatic transformation will preserve the vital work undertaken by Sir Frederick Stern and carried on for the last 50 years by owners Worthing Borough Council.

    The 8.5 acre gardens, internationally important because they are home to hundreds of rare plants and trees uniquely grown on chalk soil, are visited by tens of thousands of people every year.

    A plant heritage officer funded under the project is already at work cataloguing the hundreds of rare and exotic plants Sir Frederick bredand grew at Highdown including many from plant hunters he sponsored on trips around the world. Many of these have not been identified in recent times and could add to the Garden’s importance as a National Collection.

    Several of the rare plant specimens have been selected as valuable additions to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, West Sussex.

    Although the gardens will effectively have to be treated as a building site until the summer they will be open on two special days when access will be available through the lower garden. The dates will be Sunday February 2, 2020 for a snowdrops tour and Thursday March 19, 2020 for a spring bulb day.


  • 14 November 2019 1:59 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Greater Brighton wine industry bubbles with success

    Greater Brighton leaders have praised a family-run vineyard for leading the way in putting English sparkling wine on the global map and unbottling a multi-million pound industry.

    In less than 25 years Ridgeview’s stunning vineyard at the foot of picturesque South Downs has blossomed into one of the best in the world, with the cool climate and top class specialist facilities aiding the production of sparkling wines fit for the Queen.

    Global awards, international exports and an increase in production to more than a quarter of a million bottles have followed as English sparkling wine starts to replace champagne as the ‘go-to drink’ for celebrations.

    Greater Brighton representatives recently had a chance to see the fruits of the firm’s labour first hand and hear how the Ditchling-based operation has been at the heart of a revolution in the UK wine industry.

    The delegation heard how it has led to the development of a multi-million pound viticulture business within the City Region while supporting the ongoing growth of agriculture, hospitality and tourism.

    Councillor Daniel Humphreys, Chairman of Greater Brighton, said: “It was a pleasure to meet the team at Ridgeview, a fantastic family business which has been operating in the heart of the Greater Brighton region for 25 years.

    “They now not only export all over the world but have added to the diversity of our region creating a thriving wine business which contributes an enormous amount to the wider sustainability of the region.

    “It’s been a real privilege hearing how the team have done a fantastic job in raising the quality of UK wine to the point where they now have the champagne region on the run. It is a brilliant story about our sub region and how we are creating a resilient and diverse economy which provides a range of skilled jobs for residents in our communities.”

    Ridgeview was founded in 1995 by Mike and Chris Roberts who were keen to develop a vibrant sustainable business around their passion for wine.

    Since then, the vineyard has gone from strength to strength - winning the International Winemaker of the Year award and becoming the only English wine producer to be included in the prestigious Top 50 Vineyards in the world global list.

    Ridgeview wines are now proudly served at Buckingham Palace State Banquets and No. 10 Downing Street while produce is exported to nine countries, including the USA, China and Japan.

    The tour also gave Greater Brighton representatives the chance to see the firm’s new £1.8 winery which aims to double production to 500,000 bottles by 2023.

    Key to this investment is an underground cellar space, which will allow it to store more than a million bottles of wine and step up the production of products for national supermarkets

    The growth of Ridgeview and other vineyards in the City Region has meant the UK wine industry is developing at great pace.

    According to WineGB, the industry’s trade body, production of English wine trebled from 5.9 million bottles in 2017 to 15.6 million in 2018. 

    This popularity is creating new opportunities in employment. Currently 2,000 people are employed within the UK wine industry, with up to 30,000 new jobs created by 2040 if investment continues.

    Tamara Roberts, Ridgeview CEO, said: “We started 25 years ago when the industry didn’t exist and have been one of the pioneers alongside other producers to really put English sparkling wines on the global wine map

    “We are sustainable, we invest back into local businesses and have a great relationships with local restaurants, hotels and chefs as well as a tourism aspect with tastings, tours and outlet allowing customers to buy from us direct.

    “It was great to welcome the Greater Brighton delegation to our site and explain our ongoing ambition to increase the tourism side of things and exports while also opening up new markets domestically as our supply increases.”

    For more details visit www.ridgeview.co.uk.


  • 29 October 2019 1:18 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Local Manufactureres Focus on Making a Success of Marketing

    Manufacturing businesses in Sussex are on the road to marketing success following the latest event run by METALL, the forum for local manufacturing, engineering and technology companies.

    Industrial marketing specialists, Katie and Nik Webb, directors of Worthing-based agency Molokini Marketing, guided members through the common marketing challenges facing businesses in the sector, and how they can tackle them.

    “The marketing landscape has changed incredibly over the last 15 years, thanks to the proliferation of digital channels, so there has never been a more important time to focus on the return on investment that marketing brings,” said Katie Webb. “Those businesses that truly understand the motivation of their customers, who embed knowledge and passion throughout their workforce, use data to define the best channels and constantly review conversion rates, are the ones who will reap the rewards.”

    Nik Webb highlighted the importance of brand building. “Brand isn’t about a name and a logo; it’s about how businesses communicate their values and vision so that customers feel connected. This is the foundation that drives the marketing effort and creates the conditions for strategic growth.”

    Katie and Nik reiterated that during uncertain times, investing in your brand and marketing strategy becomes ever more important in order to stay ahead. They provided examples of best practice in the industry, inspiring attendees that even small changes that utilise the resources they already have, can make a big difference.

    Following the presentation there was a great deal of discussion in the room from business owners looking to maximise their marketing potential, whether through using an in-house team, a freelancer or agency.

    Tony Summers, Head of Manufacturing at MHA Carpenter Box, commented: “It was apparent from the level of audience participation that attendees had real passion for their business and a desire to communicate that effectively to potential customers, something that helps to underpin successful marketing.”

    METALL brings together Sussex coast and Gatwick Diamond manufacturing businesses to help them grow their businesses, network, share best practice, overcome challenges and take advantage of opportunities. It is supported by chartered accountants and tax advisors MHA Carpenter Box, law firm DMH Stallard, and Coast to Capital, the Local Enterprise Partnership.

  • 22 October 2019 11:03 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Shoreham Beachbox plans get the green light

    Internationally-renowned development company Boxpark has received planning permission to create a landmark seafront dining destination and community cafe on Shoreham Beach.

    The Brighton-based firm - who are behind acclaimed casual dining and retail developments in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley - received approval to create the Shoreham Beachbox ata meeting of Adur District Council’s Planning Committee last night (October 7, 2019).

    It will see a run-down toilet block transformed into a contemporary multi-purpose split level cafe-restaurant with a paved outdoor seating area and roof terrace with coastal and countryside views. 

    Public toilets will be retained and upgraded within the building while changing rooms, a centre for water sports and community space for up to 90 people will be made available to local groups.

    Speaking at the committee, developers said the coastal setting had inspired the design of the building with the intention of delivering the “best beachfront cafe-restaurant in the UK”.

    Councillor Brian Boggis, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “There is no doubt that Beach Green is a special place and, providing this new exciting venue is managed correctly, the Shoreham Beachbox can bring immense benefits to our area.

    “This is Boxpark’s first venture outside of London. Bringing a company with their worldwide reputation for creating exciting places for people to eat and drink is a real vote of confidence in Adur.

    “It shows that people want to invest in our communities to create more vibrant places for people to live, work and relax with their friends and family.”

    The Council entered into preferred development agreement with Boxpark for the site in Beach Green in 2017 and a lease for the land was signed earlier this year.

    When complete, it is expected that about 25 jobs will be created while developers have made a commitment to use local contractors

    To accommodate deliveries, the existing bus stop will be extended while the location of a Council-owned surface car park close to the site alleviated parking concerns.

    Roger Wade, CEO and Founder of Boxpark, said: “Our intention from the start has always been to create the best seafront cafe-restaurant in the UK. With planning approval granted we have now taken a large step forward to achieving that ambition. We now commit to working with the community to make sure we deliver on our promise.

    “I’m confident that our plans will transform this site, turning a run-down block which is a hub for antisocial behaviour into a vibrant destination cafe-restaurant which will put Shoreham Beach on the map.”

    Councillor Carol Albury, Chairman of Adur District Council’s Planning Committee, said: “While we understand some of the concerns raised by local residents around this proposal, it was agreed the creation of this landmark building would deliver huge benefits while regenerating a dilapidated toilet which has seen better days.”

    Cllr Abury added that while the new building would bring something special to the area it was important that West Sussex County Council resurfaced the run-down shared pedestrian and cycle route to the south of the development.


  • 22 October 2019 10:58 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Frighteningly Fun Family Festivity At Brooklands Park Halloween

    As Halloween approaches, boys and ghouls are invited to a fun, free, family-friendly afternoon of activities at Brooklands Park designed to lift the spirits!

    Following a series of successful events this summer, Worthing Borough Council, working with Fox and Squirrel, invite local families to join them for a variety of Halloween themed entertainment on Sunday 27th October from 1pm until 4.30pm.

    There’s plenty for children of all ages to sink their fanged teeth into, including pumpkin carving, broom making, wand decorating, and cobweb weaving at the amphitheatre at Brooklands Park, the same location which held a series of summer holiday events.

    Worthing Borough Council have been working on the master plan for Brooklands Park with its partners to develop the open space into a new Adventure Park, emphasising learning about science and the natural environment through fun, play and exploration.

    Stopping in for a spell on the 27th will be the landscape architects working on the improvements.

    Providing a spooky serenade for the crowds will be a choir organised by Paul Ackerley of Creatives Across Sussex who has the ambition to start a community choir for future singing in the landscape at Brooklands.

    Cllr Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital & Environmental Services, said: “It’s been great to see people of all ages come together to share experiences at one of our unique outdoor spaces.

    “Hundreds of local people made the most of a varied, educational and free programme of events over the summer, and it’s fantastic to see we’re able to support a local community group to put on another offering in the autumn.

    “It’s important to us as a Council to promote projects like these, encouraging people to live healthier, happier lives which put our parks to good purpose.”

    Brooklands Park is a large 45-acre open space around an eight acre lake which has recently been restored by dredging, the building of a 105m boardwalk and the introduction of reed beds.

    Along with the free family summer activities not for profit organisation CYCALL have been running free adapted cycling sessions at Brooklands Park on Saturday afternoons. CYCALL's adapted cycles makes cycling accessible for disabled adults and children or anyone with a health issue. 

    Additionally on Friday evenings free coaching sessions and rides were led by fully qualified and insured British Cycling Coaches and Ride Leaders, using the cycle track at Brooklands amphitheatre.

    A major investment will be made over the next three years into the park, which will be home to a new cafe and lakeside picnicking area and improved walks and fitness trails. There will be areas for outdoor events and community activities, community gardens and an adventure play area. An indoor leisure activity centre in the south west corner of the park is also proposed, ensuring the park remains an attractive destination all year round.

  • 17 October 2019 12:22 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

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  • 16 October 2019 10:38 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Theatres whisks audiences away to the ball with Cinderella: The Pantomime
     
    Worthing Theatres and Paul Holman Associates have announced their fantastic annual family Pantomime Cinderella. Playing at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing from Friday 29th November 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020.
     
    Following the incredible success of last year’s production, Aladdin, which was nominated for Pantomime of the Year at the prestigious Great British Pantomime Awards this year’s offering promises to be more spectacular than ever before! With an all-star cast, laugh-out-loud comedy capers and all the well-loved traditions of pantomime Cinderella promises to be Worthing’s most spectacular Christmas production yet!
     
    Poor downtrodden Cinderella lives a life of misery, bullied and bossed around by her divaliscious step-sisters. But with her best friend Buttons by her side and the magical help of her Fairy Godmother, will Cinderella make it to the ball and back again before midnight?
     
    Find out if the glass slipper fits and if Cinderella can find her happy ever after with the handsome Prince Charming in this classic tale filled with lots of laughter and plenty of traditional pantomime audience participation combined with stunning special effects, sparkling costumes and scenery and a sensational star cast.
     
    This year’s incredible all-star cast features Strictly Come Dancing’s Ian Waite, making his pantomime debut, as Dandini, the Prince’s cheeky but charming aide-de-campe. Ian will star alongside children’s TV presenter and CBBC favourite Naomi Wilkinson, in the title role as Cinderella, with Boyband A1’s Mark Read returning to Worthing, this time, as Prince Charming. Nicole Faraday, best known for her iconic portrayal as the glamorous murderess Snowball Merriman in ITV’s smash-hit series Bad Girls, stars as the Wicked Stepmother. While comedian Mark Jones, returns by popular demand to play Buttons after his scene-stealing spot as Wishee Washee in last year’s Aladdin.
     
    Cinderella promises to be Worthing’s most enchanting pantomime yet with good old-fashioned family fun and plenty of audience interaction plus sensational special effects, breathtaking costumes and scenery and an exciting line-up of stars ready to whisk audiences off to the ball!
     
    Cinderella: The Pantomime runs at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing from Friday 29th November 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020.  Tickets for this family favourite pantomime are on sale now via www.worthingtheatres.co.uk or at the Box Office on 01903 206 206.
     
    Golden Week runs from Saturday 30th November to Friday 6th December with all tickets priced between £12 to £18. All evening performances during Golden Week will be followed by a cast meet and greet with photo opportunities plus a free programme for all ticket holders

  • 15 October 2019 12:43 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Countdown to Safe in Sussex’s Gingerbread House Fun – Get involved

    It’s only 11 weeks till Safe in Sussex’s 2nd Gingerbread House Decorating Competition for local businesses and groups. The event is held on the 12th December, (Gingerbread Day) each year (as long as it falls on a weekday!).

    Last year was a great success where local companies came together for team bonding and festive fun whilst increasing awareness and funds for the charity.

    'We are pleased to confirm the maker of the gingerbread house packs and the Judge of the competition will be Fay Millar, owner of Brighton Cakes. again and she said ”I am honoured to be chosen to supply the Gingerbread packs and judge this great competition again this year. I loved doing it last year and seeing how creative people can be”.

    AM Trophies, Worthing last year donated an amazing trophy for Safe in Sussex to give to the winners each year. The winner last year was Rayner IOL based in Worthing so they were the first name to go on the trophy. 

    All the gingerbread houses will be given to the women and children at the refuges for Christmas.

    If you want to put your name down to join in the festive fun this year, email debbie.west@safeinsussex.org.uk for more details. So far this year we have confirmed Raynor IOL, Inside Worthing, Nutley’s Kitchen Gardens, Janet Webb Consulting, Coop Field Place, The Focus Group, Expert Virtual Assistance, CommPoint and Nadarra Cosmetics.

     Safe in Sussex offers advice, support, refuge, awareness and education for women, children and young people across West Sussex.  The charity has confidential refuges and a community refuge in Littlehampton.

    The refuges are for women and children who flee domestic violence. The refuges are a place where women can feel safe and be given the vital support they need, both practical and emotional.  

     Here at Safe in Sussex we aim to increase the awareness and stop the cycle of domestic abuse in West Sussex.  

    We also have a Countrywide Outreach service for men and women, we facilitate support groups for women in the community and we provide healthy relationship education programmes for Primary and Secondary schools in West Sussex.  


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