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  • 30 July 2014 11:36 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Reclaiming Childhood
    13 September until 24th January 2015
    In the Art Gallery at Worthing Museum
    Through portraits, sounds and stories, painter Claire Phillips gives a powerful insight into the lives of children who have had to sacrifice a portion of their life working in desperate conditions, for nothing in most cases.  Many of the children have been removed from their families by traffickers with undelivered promises of a better life and education.
    These are not the stories of children from the UK but those of children who are just a few out of 50 million in India who are losing their childhood to unjustifiable conditions.
    This exhibition presents some of their stories, their drawings and depicts their characters through the stunning portraits that Claire painted during, and after her work, with the children’s charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan, a charity dedicated to rescuing children from slavery.
    Claire’s aim is to ‘show the very nature of the child – playful, mischievous innocent and vulnerable ‘.
    ‘The children represented in these portraits are reclaiming their childhood from conditions that no adult should endure, let alone a child of 9 or 10 years old.  The gentle nature of the portraits is juxtaposed against the stories of their experience told from their own words and soundtracks from the journey to meet them.’ Claire Philips
    This striking and emotive exhibition will be challenging audiences in Worthing following its recent premier at the Oxo Gallery, London.

  • 30 July 2014 11:33 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Worthing remembers with pride the great sacrifice made
    by residents during the Great War of 1914 to 1918

    On Sunday 3rd August at 11am a special Drumhead Service will be held in front of the Town Hall, Chapel Road, to commemorate the 100 years since the commencement of hostilities in World War One (WW1)

    The Drumhead Service will be conducted by Revd David Farrant, Chaplin to the Worthing Combined Ex Service’s Association (CESA) and Revd Andrew Fadoju, Chaplin to the Mayor of Worthing.

    In attendance will be Worthing Mayor Vic Walker, Deputy Lieutenants for West Sussex, Worthing Councillors, Honorary Aldermen, Youth Councillors and Officers as well as the Police, Fire Service, Army, Sea and Air Cadets and the Worthing Combined Ex-Services Association Veterans and Standard Bearers.

    This Service will follow the format of the Solemn Commemoration on the Centenary of the Outbreak of the First World War to be held in Westminster Abbey on Monday 4th August.

    The public are requested to be there by 10.45am as it is anticipated that the Commemorative Service will be very popular.

    Complimentary refreshments will kindly be provided afterwards by The Worthing Tabernacle in Chapel Road.
    Major Tom Wye, Vice President of CESA, says: “It is so important that the terrible lessons learned during the carnage of the Great War are never forgotten. It is equally important that the tremendous sacrifice made by the residents of Worthing is properly commemorated. I look forward to seeing a really great turnout from our town and surrounding areas.“

    On the same day at 1pm the Worthing Mayor, Vic Walker, will unveil a stained glass window installed on Worthing Pier, commemorating Worthing’s war dead from the Great War . This window has been commissioned and sponsored by Paul Holden owner of the Worthing Journal.

    Students from Worthing Davison C of E High School for Girls have also created their own WW1 Project which will be displayed in the Worthing Town Hall foyer from Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August 2014.  This exhibition is open to the public, so please pop in and take a look at their artwork.

    All events are open to the public.

  • 30 July 2014 11:22 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    The Social Enterprise Fund 2014-15 has launched!

    The Social Enterprise Fund was established in 2011/12 as one of a number of initiatives to support the social enterprise sector in West Sussex and to promote social enterprise throughout the county. This year the SEF is offering two streams of grant funding as a means of investing in the social enterprise sector for the longer term. These are:

    Stream 1: Social Enterprise Early Stage Development Grant to support social enterprise at earlier stages of development.

    Deadline: 12th August 2014, 5pm

    Up to £50,000 is available to fund up to 10 organisations that want to undertake a piece of work to explore their idea for social enterprise. The maximum grant that may be awarded to an individual or organisation is £5,000. This grant scheme is to help individuals and organisations who have an idea for a social enterprise business and who wish to explore and investigate this further so as to be able to assess whether it is a viable business proposition. Any proposal must be a business idea linked to clear social objectives. We anticipate that the fund will support a wide range of proposals.

    Stream 2: Social Enterprise Main Grant scheme for social enterprises at the point of delivery of new products or services.

    Deadline for Expression of Interest Form: 14th August 2014, 5pm

    Deadline for Full Bid Application Form: 18th November 2014, 5pm

    Up to £275,000 is available from the SEF for individuals or organisations to deliver new products or services as a social enterprise. The maximum grant that may be awarded to an individual or organisation is £25,000. Any proposal for funding must be a business idea, linked to clear social objectives working to achieve social impact when delivering services and products as a social enterprise.

    You can apply for either Stream 1 or Stream 2, not for both.
    Please ensure you read the guidelines and eligibility criteria before applying.

    Application forms, guidelines and other documents related to this grant fund are available to download here

  • 30 July 2014 11:11 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Following on from the Legacy Project launch event that some of you came too but some of you couldn't, I would like to let you all know about a big project currently under way called The Compound Project that is taking place in Worthing that needs your help!  Its a highly exciting project that when finished is going to have a huge benefit on the local community. 

    Some of you have expressed huge interest in this brilliant project .  Please take a look at this informative video which has been put together by the youths involved in the project -
    On Saturday 30th August between 12pm - 4pm the Compound Project have organised a clearance and picnic afternoon and you, your friends, family and colleagues are all invited and the more volunteers we have on the day the more then we are going to be able to get done! 
    We need people to arrive on site for 12pm where we are going to need help with various tasks including:
    •    Digging around the compound to make a nice flower bed and then potentially putting flowers in the bed if we have some by then
    •    Clearing the ramp of bramble and cutting the hedges back for easy access to the beach and for disabled visitors to get in
    •    Dismantling the beach hut
    •    Finding a suitable boat for potting flowers
    •    Breaking up concrete bunkers into smaller pieces so they can be moved (suitable tools for this needed)
    •    Cutting down some sheets of metal and an old railway carriage (angle grinder will be needed)
    •    Clearing a space to put decking

    Tools & resources we need help with:
    •    Garden tools such as spades/forks and anything else you think may be helpful for the above tasks
    •    Gardening gloves (If everyone could bring their own that would be helpful)
    •    Rubbish bags will be provided by Shirley the organiser
    •    Portaloo will be provided by Shirley the organiser
    •    Angle grinder or something similar to cut through the metal work
    •    Sledge hammer to break up the concrete
    •    A Skip to put all the rubbish in
    •    Anything else that you think may be useful on the day
    If you can help with anything on the Tool and Resource list please email me so I can keep track of who is bringing what and so I can make sure we do not double up on anything.  We need some strong volunteers to help break up the concrete and cut the metal down so if you know anyone please get them on board.
    We would like to get as much done from the list as possible but even if we can only tick a couple of things off we will be happy! Once we are done then we can all sit down and have a picnic together to celebrate our achievements for the afternoon! Water will be provided but everyone will need to bring their own picnic.
    This is a really exciting community project to get involved with so if you would like to get involved please email me with names of the people coming along and if you can bring any resources with you from the list. Don't worry if you can't as I'm sure between us all we can cover it.
    Once you have emailed me expressing your interest I will email you with directions and a map to the compound.
    If you have any questions please get in touch.
    Best Wishes 
    Sarah Maynard
    Events Manager
    +44 7927883966

  • 30 July 2014 11:10 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    New Enterprise Allowance Newsletter June 2014

    The latest New Enterprise Allowance Newsletter has been published. Including numbers update, a date for your diary followed by some good news stories.

    Between August 2011 and May 2014 we have recieved 4572 referals, 3321 of which have been accepted onto the scheme. 1671 Businesses are confirmed as started trading and 1066 are still trading over 6 months.

    NEA Mentoring Conference
    NEA Business Awards
    Good News Stories   
    Read More .....

  • 30 July 2014 10:57 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Worthing College Visial Arts Academy Sponsorship Opportunities

    Worthing College Visual Arts Academy is looking for sponsorship for an Artist Residency programme they are looking to launch in September 2014. They are looking for 10 x £150 sponsorship from individuals or companies who would like to support students develop their creative skills and experience through this exciting opportunity working with two local artists Barry Williamson & Sarah Sepe. For full details visit:

  • 30 July 2014 10:45 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    FREE Peer Mentoring Taster Session -
    Thursday 18th September

    Book your place now!!

    Following five successful groups of
    the Peer Mentoring Programme
    which supported over 50 local businesses owners we are ready to start GROUP SIX!!!! Don’t miss your chance to be part of this exciting and beneficial programme.

    The Mentoring groups will consist of 10-12 like-minded business people all keen to share their business expertise and willing to learn from and support each other. What will you gain? Thinking time to work on (rather than in) your business

    • The opportunity to explore projects in a confidential environment
    • A diverse pool of wisdom and expertise to draw on
    • A unique blend of challenge and support from your peers
    • Think tank for practical solutions to specific problems
    • Ideas for new products and services
    • Develop your management skills
    • Build relationships, trust and mutual  understanding

    See what previous attendees think about the workshops on our Peer Mentoring Video - Click here to view

    Please contact the Chamber office for more information or to secure a place! Email: or call the office on 01903 203484.

  • 29 July 2014 10:14 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    Simon Fanshawe gives a thumbs up to Worthing’s tourism industry!

    Writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe OBE, was the special guest at a celebration dinner held in Worthing on Sunday June 29.

    The event at the Ardington Hotel in Steyne Gardens marked the end of the two-year Seaconomics project to boost tourism in Worthing and Adur.

    Around 50 people, including Worthing’s new mayor Vic Walker, were entertained by a witty speech from Mr Fanshawe.

    Proceedings were led by James Appleton, Head of Planning, Regeneration and Wellbeing at Adur and Worthing councils.

    The evening united various local businesses who have taken part in the Seaconomics project.

    Training provided by Worthing-based Sussex Learning Solutions has helped local firms focus on the potential benefits from tourism.

    Firms ranging from guest houses and restaurants to shops and attractions have learnt how to make their mark and attract trade, whether through social media, websites, foreign language skills or visual merchandising.

    During the evening attendees were given certificates recognising their training and four businesses were awarded certificates of commendation. These were the Manor Guest House in Broadwater, Carrots Cafe in Shoreham, Coombes Farm at Lancing and The Men’s Gift Shop in Worthing.

    Simon Fanshawe said: Every town tells their own story. Worthing is the quiet elegant sister alongside its rowdy seaside neighbours of Brighton and Hove That's why both Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter went there to write. Sandwiched between the downs and the sea that calm enjoyment is now welcoming championship kite surfing and top-end development. It was a great pleasure to be invited to share the first green shoots of Worthing's tourism renaissance at the Seaconomics awards. "

    Janice Fraser, Adur & Worthing’s tourism development & marketing officer, adds: “It was lovely to be able to celebrate the success of the last two years with the businesses that have participated in the Seaconomics project.

    “Not only was the marvellous evening enjoyed by one and all, but we also went away with the knowledge that the scheme has really helped so many businesses in Worthing and Adur make the most of the substantial opportunities offered by the tourism trade.”

    The £350K Seaconomic investment into Worthing and Adur’s tourism industry has seen the installation of a fabulous new playground in Beach House Grounds, an Adur & Worthing Food and Drink Festival,  training and workshops to support 105 businesses, and promotion of sustainable tourism through walking and cycling. Further investment has been made in making it more attractive to visitors and driving up the number of click-throughs. An investment was also made in display equipment to showcase Adur and Worthing at national and international trade shows.

    The Seaconomics project started in 2011 and finishes in September 2014 and involve partners from Kent, Worthing, and Essex, Holland, Belgium and France.

  • 25 July 2014 12:44 PM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)
    Crowdfunding for cake

    We’re nearly there. We’re within touching distance of opening. The shop has been rewired, plumbed and soundproofed (yes, soundproofed – a condition of our planning consent). The kitchen is being constructed as we speak and equipment is arriving.

    There has been blood, sweat and tears (a lot of sweat when putting five coats of paint on the ceiling during a heatwave). There have been ups and downs, highs and lows and copious amounts of coffee, cake and visits to Nigel’s.


    But we need your help to get us across the final hurdle, to help fill the final gap in our financial puzzle.

    We’re now crowdfunding for cake.

    New to crowdfunding? You’re not alone. The idea is young but it is simple – it literally means sourcing funds from the crowd.

    Often called ‘democratic finance’ it is a way of bypassing traditional financial institutions (which let’s face it, aren’t lending that freely) but importantly to Baked, it is also about building and benefitting the community. Individuals pledge money because they believe in the cause and in return, are rewarded in some way (in our case, with tea and cake).

    So we’re looking for your help. We’re calling on our local community and drawing on our strong network of support to help us do things differently in Worthing. To create real positive social change and fulfil our social mission of creating a community hub in Worthing. And the rewards are pretty good.

    Click here and be part of the journey.

  • 25 July 2014 10:54 AM | Tracie Davey (Administrator)

    The A27 – time for action!

    The inaugural meeting of the A27 Action Group took place on 26th June at Worthing College. The aim of campaign is to persuade government that there is a compelling case for selecting the A27 for dualling across West Sussex.

    Chaired by Ricardo's Managing Director Martin Fausset, the meeting saw broad support from both local West Sussex and Westminster based politicians, as well as the business community, many of whom were represented individually as well as by Worthing and Adur Chamber’s CEO Tina Tilley.

    The aim of the Action Group is to put together an evidence based case to persuade government that this section of road should be selected for funding ahead of a number of similar schemes across the country.  Timelines are short, with just 16 weeks before the deadline. Although there has already been an element of pre-selection in terms of the schemes vying for funding, feedback from businesses affected by the frequent delays and unpredictability of the route will be key to persuading government that the A27 should be top of the funding pile. Sadly the reality is that East West communications across the South of England are appalling with a patchwork of roads that are not fit for purpose, stifle business growth and efficiency and have an effect right across the South Downs where A27 rat running has become a regional sport (ask anyone in Storrington). 

    At the meeting a number of opinions were voiced. Of particular interest was that of Chris Spratt, Chairman of the Worthing Town Centre Initiative but more particularly in this respect as a chartered surveyor and estate agent with experience of the previous schemes to bypass Worthing with a dual carriageway. Having been involved with the buying and selling of properties on behalf of the Government in relation to two previous schemes Chris’ advice to those running the Action Group is simple. In relation to the section of dual carriageway which is needed to deal with the Worthing’s horrendous traffic problem speak with one voice and decide upon a preferred route.

    The reality is that no scheme will please everyone. Whether a new dual carriageway infringes on the South Downs National Park or is more central or indeed is in a tunnel, inevitably there will be opposition. Essentially though, this is a decision that impacts on the economic competitiveness of the whole of the south coast and is therefore an infrastructure decision ultimately to be made in Westminster (or should be) albeit with local consultation.


    The report of the meeting would not be complete without reference to a lone but very loud voice opposing any action in the name of the planet. Argument and counter argument was put with relation to whether more pollution occurs from stop start traffic along the length of the Chichester Arundel and Worthing sections but perhaps the most interesting comment came from the Chairman who confirmed that his company, Ricardo, had already developed a zero emission engine. 

    Have your say!

    As a business or resident, whatever your view is about the A27 it's important that you make it known. Take a look at the
    A27 Action Group's website and join the debate. It's indisputable that millions of business pounds are wasted every year because of the delays on what is the main east to west coastal link in the south of England. Worthing, Arundel and Chichester suffer some of the worst delays and the resultant negative economic effects.

    The A27AG needs hard evidence of the costs to business so do let them know how your business is affected by commenting through their website.

    The government are looking at a number of schemes up and down the country and will make a decision by the end of the year as to which scheme will be favoured with funding. Let’s make sure it’s the A27.

    Chris Coopey

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