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  • 25 March 2019 4:14 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Worthing Homes are hiring!

    Youth/Community Workers

    Cook & Gardener

    Salary £9.93 per hour

    Do you want the chance to be part of an award winning project?

    Do you want the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of people in your community? 

    If the answer is Yes, come and join our team!

    We are seeking 2 team members to join our Award winning Community House.

    The Community House is a project based in East Worthing that runs a number of structured, timetabled activities as well as providing an informal drop in facility for the local community and general public. The house is jointly funded by Worthing Homes and the Big Lottery Fund and aims to support the needs of individuals within the local community.

    Kids Cookery – every Thursday 3-5.

    ·        Devising a menu mainly from the ingredients given to us by a local supermarket.

    ·        Helping people to prepare and cook for themselves and others.

    ·        Tidying up and encouraging other users to keep the Community House Tidy.

    Gardener - You must be available on Wednesdays during half terms and holidays

    • ·        Are you able to respond well to young people and teenagers?
    • ·        Are you flexible and caring with an outgoing personality?
    • ·        Do you have experience of working in a community setting?
    • ·        Can you help grow food to use in our various cookery projects?
    • ·        Friendly working atmosphere where no two days are the same.
    • ·        Can you devise a range of gardening activities that will engage our young people and adults?

    In return we offer:

    Paid holiday and comprehensive training and support

    Worthing Homes is committed to safeguarding the welfare of those accessing our services through the effective use of the DBS Disclosure and baring service. All sessional workers being considered for posts working with children or vulnerable adults in regulated activities must be DBS checked at Enhanced level, prior to commencing work.

    To apply, send your CV and covering letter to jobs@worthing-homes.org.uk

    We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We are an inclusive organisation and value each individual’s unique contribution, irrespective of race, ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or social background. 


  • 25 March 2019 4:10 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Major boost for Shoreham as landmark office block nearly complete

    The countdown is on to the opening of a new Adur District Council-funded office block which will generate a return to the local authority while bringing hundreds of jobs to the heart of Shoreham.

    In a pioneering move which will bring noticeable benefits to the local economy, the local authority is creating a new £9.5 million contemporary looking development on the former Civic Centre car park in Ham Road.

    It will then lease the four-storey building to growing communications company Focus Group, allowing it to relocate from its current base in Southwick.

    The development is the one of a number proposed for Shoreham town centre which will see hundreds of new homes, along with work space and improved riverside routes for pedestrians and cyclists created along the western harbour arm.

    With the bulk of the work on the new office block now complete, Council leaders joined representatives from Focus and the project team for a tour around the striking new building.

    Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said: “I am totally staggered at the quality of this new landmark building for Shoreham which has sprung up in just a matter of months.

    “Very soon the transformation of an ugly tarmac strip for council workers cars into a head office for a growing national company will be complete.

    “This is a prime example of how as a local authority we can use our assets for the greater good. The new building itself not only generates an income for the taxpayer but also creates jobs for local residents and generating business for local traders.

    “The project team involved in this construction have done an excellent job and I look forward to the work being completed in just a few weeks.”

    The development will bring back into use the car park site which has been largely vacant since the Civic Centre closed in 2013.

    Work started on site a year ago and since then teams have created a striking brick and bronze cladded building.

    Inside, the open plan office will have a contemporary feel, with top-of-the-range internet connections and a roof terrace just some of the perks for workers.

    The project, which has been supported by £1.8 million of funding from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and is being overseen by Willmott Dixon, will be complete by the end of April.

    Focus will then move into the office block by summer, investing a major six figure sum to transform the building into a thriving new headquarters.

    The move will ensure the retention of 250 jobs in the area while allowing it to continue to grow - with hopes of a further 150 to 200 posts created in the first 18 months of occupation.

    Ralph Gilbert, of Focus Group, said: “We are all really excited that after many months of waiting we are soon to move into our new home four weeks ahead of schedule.

    “We want to make this building one of the best offices in the region so that we can attract the best staff while showcasing some of the groundbreaking technology which we advocate and install for firms across the UK.”

    Russell Miller, Director of Delivery at Willmott Dixon commented: “This project has been a valuable investment for the local community, creating local jobs and regenerating a large part of the town centre. Together, we have made a positive impact on the local community, leaving behind a legacy that we call be proud of.”


  • 25 March 2019 4:04 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    5 Rings Growth Transition and Growth Plans

    2018 was a year of growth and transition for 5 Rings. Operationally the business saw the transfer of the MD role from founder Geoff Raynsford to Pete Raynsford. It implemented a new ‘hub and spoke’ infrastructure to allow it to deliver continued regional expansion and it saw excellent growth in turnover driven by a strong performance in both IT and Telecoms.

    Commenting on 2018 and plans for 2019 MD Pete Raynsford said:

    “We are at an exciting stage in our development. We saw Geoff step back to a more advisory role, the introduction of some great new technology and were able to report sales growth of 18% across the group.

    2019 may well pose some global economic challenges but our focus is firmly on well-established owner managed businesses and mid-sized businesses who tend to be resilient and extremely well managed.

    As such we are planning further growth and face the new year with a strong balance sheet and a willingness to invest. We are also considering bolt on acquisitions in the IT Services sector. “

    The group continues to support a selection of chosen charities which includes a major campaign to raise funds for ‘Care for Veterans’ entitled the ‘11 for 11’ campaign and Home Start Hertfordshire amongst others.

    More information on 5 Rings can be found at www.5ringsgroup.co.uk


  • 25 March 2019 3:14 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Sussex Year End Accountants celebrate first anniversary trading!

    Leon Ruward, Sussex Year End Accountants says "I am coming up fast to my first anniversary trading as Sussex Year End Accountants Limited.

    I know that one of my best decisions in the last year was joining Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce.

    In my previous position, I had attended various different networking and very quickly felt that they were a bit of a farce for me, so I was not sure if joining Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce would be for me.

    However, by fully committing to being a member I now belong not only to a network of great people for business purposes, but enjoy a social aspect with them as well.

    If you can think back to last summer when the sun was shining, I had a great day going round Shoreham harbour in a boat, what a great way to network.

    I would like to thank Tina, Tracie and Lauren for their hard work, as a newbie working on my own it has been much valued support and opportunity."

    For more information on Sussex Year End Accountants, please click here

  • 27 February 2019 10:18 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Plans for Teville Gate revealed - statement

    Leaders of Worthing Borough Council have today responded to the news that a full planning application to redevelop Teville Gate has been submitted.

    The proposal, which is known as Station Square, has been brought forward by Mosaique, the private owner of the brownfield site which borders the A24 and Teville Road.

    Cllr Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said: “The people of Worthing have been waiting a long time for firm plans to come forward for Teville Gate.

    “It is one of the town’s most prominent sites, which is why we want to see good-quality homes and jobs created there, in addition to ensuring that a much better link is provided between the town centre and the station.

    “The formal submission of these plans is another step towards the regeneration of this brownfield site and I look forward to looking at the plans in more detail.”

    Once the application is validated, a six week public consultation will take place ahead of the Council’s planning committee making a decision on the plans later this year.

    Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Given the prominent location and size of this redevelopment, interest in the plans for Station Square is set to be high across the town.

    “I urge residents and businesses to look at the plans and provide their comments so that the planning committee can take these into consideration when making a decision.”


  • 26 February 2019 3:57 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Worthing Homes are hiring!

    There are 2 vacancies available. 

    Please click here to view details about the Cook role

    Please click here to view details about the Gardener role

  • 26 February 2019 3:44 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Government funding boost for Greater Brighton’s pioneering projects

    Two Greater Brighton projects to improve public services while freeing up land for major regeneration schemes have received a government funding boost.

    The Greater Brighton One Public Estate programmehas been awarded a further £208,000 to help it work with partners and unlock multimillion pound projects on public land in Brighton and Burgess Hill.

    The aim is to use the money to bring forward these developments, creating scores of homes and improving public services while saving local taxpayers a large sum in running costs.

    Greater Brighton leaders welcomed the national investment as a big boost to the regional economy, adding it showed the partnership of councils, business and education providers was paying dividends across the City Region.

    Councillor Garry Wall, Chairman of Greater Brighton, said: “This is an excellent result and is yet another example of how by working together we can bring investment into our City Region.

    “Given the high level of competition from around the UK for this fund, it’s a real vote of confidence that we have received this funding. In total, we have now brought in close to £2 million of investment through these government schemes which shows we must be doing something right.

    “We must now put this money to good use to deliver on the jobs, homes and regeneration schemes that can help bring millions into our local economy while transforming our local communities and region as a whole.”

    The One Public Estate programme was launched in 2013 to make better use of public-sector sites, cutting running costs, freeing up space for new homes and jobs while improving services to residents. It is a joint initiative between the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Local Government Association

    It is designed to encourage the emergency services, local councils and government departments to work more closely together by sharing sites and creating public-sector ‘hubs’ - where services are delivered in one place.

    The announcement by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government confirmed the following Greater Brighton projects were successful:

    • Burgess Hill Station Quarter - £90,000
    • Moulsecoomb Neighbourhood Hub - £83,000

    The programme also won a grant of £35,000 to support the programme management.

    Councillor Daniel Yates, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said: "The One Public Estate programme is a great example of how we are working with partners across the region to make the best use of public property and land for the benefit of all our residents, providing housing, jobs and better public services.

    “We’ll use the funding to progress the Moulsecoomb Neighbourhood Hub project which is improving and bringing a range of public services together, as well as using redundant land to provide new low-cost housing. We are growing the scope of this project to provide more than 300 affordable homes and enable closer joint working between health and social care services.”

     

    Cllr Wall, who is also Leader of Mid Sussex District Council, said: “The Burgess Hill strategic growth programme is the most ambitious programme of change anywhere in the sub-region.

     

    “There will be significant development and investment in the area in the near future so the funding award for the Burgess Hill station quarter is vital for our community.

     

    “This project offers a unique opportunity to maximise the delivery of new housing and commercial floorspace and facilitate the redevelopment of the station itself.”

     

    It brings the total amount brought into the region through the Greater Brighton One Public Estate programme to £1,042,500. A further £819,000 has been received in Land Release Fund capital fundingto three projects in Brighton & Hove.

    Among the projects to benefit from funding is a proposal to create a new health hub for Worthing’s Civic Centre (£90,000 funding in November 2016). Others include the Hove Station Quarter (£70,000) and the North Street Quarter (NSQ) Health Hub in Lewes (£150,000) which both received funding in January 2018.

    The Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, said: “Getting the best use out of publicly-owned land can help to regenerate our towns and cities and give people improved access to the services they need.

    “This programme shows that when government works smarter, with public authorities coming together, taxpayers get better value for money, new jobs are created and space is freed-up for vitally needed new homes.”


  • 26 February 2019 3:29 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Brighton Main Line Improvement Project | Update

    Bus Hub at Three Bridges
    The bus hub has been operating successfully since Saturday with only minor teething problems. Whilst we know that these may have caused passengers some inconvenience, we are glad to say that they did not impact departure times or bus arrivals. Passengers were welcomed off the train at Three Bridges, with teams directing them to the correct bus departure gate, so they could catch their onward connection. Staff assisted passengers with luggage and those with accessibility issues via an alternative route. The undercover walkway and waiting area in the hub helped us keep everyone dry.

    Bus Operation
    The bus operation largely worked well with positive feedback from passengers around the short wait times, frequency of buses, comfort on board the buses and treats being handed out at stations by our brand ambassadors. 

    While some confusion was caused around the existence of the fast bus from Brighton to Three Bridges, this was clarified over the weekend and on Monday.  Given the size of the operation, it was not possible to run this route for the first weekend (due to final testing) and during the weekdays. However, please be assured that the fast bus service will run again this weekend similarly to other weekends.

    Engineering Achievements
    The blockade has been an opportunity for us to conduct an unprecedented amount of essential work in this area and will help us improve reliability on this part of the network. From 01.00 on Saturday, 16 February, the teams arrived on site to mobilise the first 8 engineering trains and get work underway working against a strict milestone plan. There were five main work sites broken down by geographical location which further comprise 27 individual sites of work.

    Since Saturday, the Balcombe Tunnel Junction was removed, excavated and the new track laid. Drainage works took place at Balcombe Tunnel, Copyhold Junction and at Haywards Heath. The teams have been busy cleaning out old drainage and laying new. This will remove the risk of flooding, make the track more reliable and journeys safer and quicker.

    Signalling upgrades have taken place at Haywards Heath and Preston Park as well as from Hassocks to Patcham. At Preston Park, rails were renewed, signals upgraded and track circuits were converted. Cabling in Clayton Tunnel took place and brick work repairs continue throughout the week. Conductor Rail renewal took place at Burgess Hill and the cables have now been reconnected.

    From Keymer to Lewes, track works and general maintenance have taken place. From Cooksbridge to Lewes, signal upgrades including conversion to LED lighting has taken place. 

    The programme of work is on schedule and the teams continue their work each day to ensure the service on the Brighton Main Line can commence early on Monday morning.

    Station Improvements
    The blockade also gave us the opportunity to conduct some much needed work at the stations affected.  As well as this being a good time to do this work with the stations being empty, it is also a gesture of thanks from us to passengers for bearing with us during the closure. At Haywards Heath station, the timber supports on both island platforms have been replaced and we have repaired, upgraded and deep-cleaned the station. The Plumpton station footbridge was stripped and primed and station timbers and platforms have been repaired. The top coats of paint will be completed during the three follow-up weekends.  At Cooksbridge, the old bridge was looking tired and in need of refurbishment.  We have replaced the stair treads on the footbridge and given the station a deep clean. Preparation for the level crossing works in March have also taken place.

    At Wivelsfield, work on the platform is progressing. The team has renewed platform copers and started the planned programme of strengthening platform support work on Platforms 1 & 2.  The remaining works to Platform 2 will be completed as planned during the three follow up weekend. In addition, there has been substantial general maintenance repairs to the station and stairways including deep cleaning and repainting.

    We hope that once passengers return to their stations on Monday and throughout next week they will be please to see the improvements that we’ve made.
     
    At Balcombe station, the old footbridge is being removed today with installation of the new footbridge on Thursday.  While clearing vegetation at the Brighton end of platform two at Balcombe station, our engineers discovered a carving engraved in stone. The hand-hewn carving commemorates a strike by the drivers and firemen of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway which occurred on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 March, 1867. The dispute was over pay and working conditions and was resolved by the Wednesday of the same week

  • 22 February 2019 9:25 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Experience the fun of circus with a free performance on the Worthing Pavilion Theatre Promenade
     
    Dip is new trampoline and live music show specifically created and devised to be performed in public spaces and outdoor programming. With a cast of three performers including Max Calaf as a lead artist and the support of existing collaborators they will be performing a free show on Sunday 14 April, 11.00am and 2.00pm on the Worthing Pavilion Theatre Promenade. Max Calaf has previously performed in Worthing's Summer of Circus festival with indoor trampoline show Anyday.
     
    The show revolves around ‘the found’; how we find each other, objects we find daily and how we can make creative and fun use of waste, as well as interrogating relationships in a society of overconsumption. The framework explores sound, musicality, physicality and narrative possibilities, using a trampoline with a platform as a centre stage.The company aims to make an all-ages show for families to enjoy somethingimaginative and quirky that is a highly visual and sonic experience. It offers a light hearted show with the artistic vision of a contemporary circus practice.
     
    The combination of three performers and the diversity of their skills, ranging from acrobatics, free running, music, dance, juggling and comedy are brought together in an exciting and unique piece. Technical elements include: Acro-balance on a trampoline, trampoline technique, ‘platform’ work, acro-dance, free running and tricking. They create the show with the lively atmosphere and the possibilities of the outdoor setting in mind.
     
    Dip will bring something unique to the British circus and outdoors arts scene. The project is a platform for UK based trampolinists, offering working opportunities nationally and internationally.
     
    The project has a circus nature, however the language used in the work of the company is very close to the language of dance, dance theatre and physical theatre. All Max Calaf Sevé collaborators and artists have some contact with the dance world, have been a dance practitioner themselves and are interested in blurring the boundaries of circus/dance/performance/theatre/visual art.
               
    Please note that this is a free event, but Worthing Theatres recommend booking a ticket so we can keep you up to date if anything changes about the show -ie weather, time change etc. You can book tickets for Dip from the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206 and online at worthingtheatres.co.uk.

  • 22 February 2019 9:15 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Food For Thought | Murder? You Be The Judge and Jury
    March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    £19.75 

    John Eddleston is famed for being one of the great authorities on crime, murderers and execution having studied and written numerous books on the subject of real-life unsolved murders, killers and villains.  

    We are delighted to welcome back John, aka MR M!!, at your request, for another true-to-life murder mystery talk. A real case from the last century. This time you will be shown all the evidence, hear all the witnesses and get all the facts and you can decide whether the accused is guilty or innocent before John reveals his expert theory.

     This interactive talk will begin at 12 noon followed by lunch at 1:00pm

    The Menu

    Beef Bourguignon

    Creamed potato & green beans

    Grilled fillet of Skate

    Caper and lemon butter

    New potatoes

    Pea and mint risotto

    Cherry tomato and spring onion salad (vegan)

    ….

    Sticky toffee pudding and custard 

    Bananas tossed in dark rum

    Booji Chocolate and  vanilla ice cream ( vegan)

    A selection of cheese, biscuits and pickle

    Freshly ground coffee, tea infusions and mints

     £19:75 Per Person



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