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  • 02 October 2018 2:58 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Don’t leave it too late to plan for your old age!

    Old age comes to us all, so it’s far better to be prepared for it so that no unwelcome surprises arise after we reach retirement. This is why Sussex and Gatwick-based chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box and Worthing-based solicitors Bennett Griffin are joining the charity Guild Care in Worthing to hold an event to help you plan for later life.

    With planning comes the peace of mind knowing that you will be cared for in later life, that your finances are in order and that your estate will be distributed to your loved ones in the way that you would want.

    The Financial Planning for Later Life event will cover a wide range of topics from some of the legal issues surrounding Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney, as well as financial implications such as Inheritance Tax and funding for care fees.

    Speakers at the event will include Helen Tidball from Guild Care, who will introduce and provide some background to the charity, which runs three care homes and over 30 community services in Worthing. Tania Clapham, Partner at Bennett Griffin, will discuss Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney, while Karen Thomas, Associate at MHA Carpenter Box, will provide details on Inheritance Tax. Gill Lynes, Financial Planning Manager with MHA Carpenter Box Wealth Management, will then conclude with an overview of care fees planning, so there should be something for everyone!

    Attendees will have the opportunity to raise questions at the end of the event which will be held on Tuesday 16 October, between 6pm and 8pm at Guild Care, Methold House, North Street, Worthing.  For more information or to register for the event, please refer to:

  • 19 September 2018 4:54 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Draft Worthing Local Plan revealed

    Three key green spaces are proposed to be protected as a draft blueprint to guide the future development of Worthing has been revealed.

    Those behind the Worthing Local Plan have spent the past two years carrying out extensive studies into every parcel of land in the borough as they look to ensure the right mix of places for people to live, work and play in the future.

    Despite Government figures indicating Worthing needs 15,000 homes over the next 15 years to meet demand, the widespread search has shown there is only enough land to provide 4,000 by 2033.

    Even with this pressure, the Council has made an initial commitment to place protected status on three major green spaces on the edge of the borough boundary - Goring Gap (South), Chatsmore Farm (between the A259 and railway line at Goring) and Brooklands Park.

    Councillors are set to give their thoughts on the draft document this week with a public consultation on the document planned for the end of October.

    The 15-year Plan will eventually need the approval of a government inspector before being adopted.

    Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Every resident, worker and visitor to our town will know that, due to our position trapped between the Downs and the sea, land really is at a premium in our area so it is imperative that we make the most of our limited assets.

    “The draft Worthing Local Plan does this, focusing on providing much-needed housing while also seeking to protect some of our most valued open spaces and employment areas.

    “I look forward to hearing everyone’s contributions on this initial document in the coming weeks and working with residents, businesses and other stakeholders before we submit our final version to the Planning Inspector later next year.”

    Discussions around creating a new Local Plan for Worthing began more than two years ago.

    During that time the Government released revised housing need figures which state the borough needs to create 15,000 new properties in the next 15 years to meet demand.

    Even with the development of major brownfield sites such as Teville Gate, Union Place and Grafton Car Park coming forward, comprehensive evidence published to support the Council’s first draft has demonstrated there is only enough land in the borough to provide just over 4,000 dwellings.

    Among those other areas allocated for development include land off Upper Brighton Road (123 homes), land east of Fulbeck Avenue (50) and part of the Northbrook Caravan Club site (75).

    The 166-page document also indicates that there remain significant obstacles to developing other greenfield areas such as land east of Titnore Lane and land off Beeches Avenue.

    The document also includes detailed policies on a range of planning issues, such as affordable housing provision, heritage, design, retail and the economy. When adopted, these will be used when making decisions on future applications.

    The next stage is for councillors to give their thoughts to the proposal at Worthing’s Planning Committee tomorrow (Wednesday September 19) before it goes to the Joint Strategic Committee.

    Then, a six-week public consultation is planned when members of the public and other stakeholders can have their say on the proposal.

    Planners will take on board this feedback before creating a final version which will be subject to further consultation before then being presented to a Planning Inspector towards the end of next year.

    Once approved, the plan would be reviewed after five years in line with government recommendations.

  • 19 September 2018 11:58 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The most explosive 60’s show touring the UK comes to Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre for one night only
    The Sensational 60s Experience returns to Worthing on Saturday 20 October with a brand new production for 2018. Five legendary names take to the stage to deliver a night never to be forgotten; with the definite feel good factor, this is the must see 60’s show.

    The smash-hit production stars Mike Pender, Chris Farlowe, Herman’s Hermits, The Swinging Blue Jeans, New Amen Corner and The Fourmost. Just some of the songs being performed in an evening of non-stop music includes Needles and Pins, Out Of Time, I’m Into Something Good, Hippy Hippy Shake, Bend Me Shape Me, A Little Loving plus many more, offering audiences the chance to step back in time into an era when pop music was at its very best.
    Mike Pender was the original voice of The Searchers, and is considered one of the greats to have come out of the Liverpool Beat Boom. His is the rich vocal talent so evident on so many of the hit recordings that have become 60's classics.
    There were many hit recordings that feature not only Mike's vocals, but also his equally distinctive 12-string 'jangly' guitar sound that became such a feature of The Searchers' recordings. With over 50 years of success in the business Mike is still touring worldwide performing The Searchers’ million selling hits such as Sugar and Spice, Sweets For My Sweet , Don’t Throw Your Love Away , When You Walk In The Room and of course Needles and Pins.
    Originally Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds started out in the late fifties. Chris later moved on to perform all over Europe and still does to this day. His hits include classics like Out Of Time, Handbags and Glad Rags (which was also released by Rod Stewart as a single) Mr Pitiful, All Or Nothing plus many more.
    Herman’s Hermits throughout the mid-60’s music scene proved to be a dominating force worldwide. From 1964 the band chalked up over 23 top 20 singles, 10 hit albums, and three major movies. Hermans Hermits as of to date have sold 75 million records worldwide. Their chart breaking hits include Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter, Silhouettes, There’s A Kind Of Hush, Henry V111, Something Is Happening and I’m Into Something Good.
    The Swinging Blue Jeans have a history that spans back to the 1960’s. Over the years their hit singles Hippy Hippy Shake, You’re No Good, Good Golly Miss Molly and Don’t Make Me Over have been the bedrock of the bands memorable live performances of the band.
    The New Amen Corner are one of the hardest working and most highly respected acts on the sixties circuit here in the UK and around Europe. With multiple British sixties tours under their belt the master-revivalists enjoy an unparalleled reputation that has grown through backing some of the biggest names from the sixties. New Amen Corner a force to be reckoned with on any stage throughout Europe keep their audiences entertained with classics such as If Paradise Is Half As Nice and Bend Me Shape Me.
    The Fourmost had their roots steeped in the eclectic 1960’s Mersey beat boom and were part of the Brian Epstein stable along with The Beatles, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and others. The band has evolved from enjoying 1960’s chart hits such as Hello Little Girl, A Little Loving, I’m In Love, Baby I Need Your Lovin and Girls Girls Girls.
    Tickets for The Sensational 60s Experience at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing are priced at £29 and are available from the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206 and online at

  • 17 September 2018 1:43 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Hospice patients experience ride of a lifetime on Harley Davidsons

    Patients at St Barnabas House hospice were treated to the ride of a lifetime on a Harley Davidson recently.

    Day Hospice and In-patient Unit patients were thrilled to be visited by bikers from the Hogsback Chapter Harley Davidson owners’ club.

    It was an adventurous morning as patients spent time admiring the motorcycles and posing for photos, while some went out for short rides if they felt well enough and were physically able to do so.

    It was the fifth time the bikers have ridden down from Guildford to visit the hospice, and they were given a warm welcome from patients, volunteers and staff.

    The visit was organised by the Day Hospice team at St Barnabas House who plan a wide range of events and activities for people visiting the hospice, enabling them to live their lives as fully as possible.

    Jools Morrison, Day Hospice Co-ordinator, said: “I’d like to say thank you once again to the Hogsback Chapter for a wonderful morning.

    “We really appreciate the time they give to our patients who had the opportunity to try something they may never have done before.

    “Many of our patients spend a lot of their time contending with treatment and their disease, so the experience offered a feeling of freedom and liberation.”

    Mark Humphreys, who attends the Day Hospice, said: “The experience was the best. This was my first time on both a motorbike and a Harley and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”

    Another patient, Daphne Snowden, described the bikes as “exquisite, diverse and a beautifully well-kept piece of machinery” and although she wasn’t able to go for a ride she said she would like to thank everyone involved for “so many happy memories”.

    Freddie Duncan said: “Thank you for a memorable day and giving fresh energy to an old rocker.”

    Paul Blanchard from Lancing added: “A great morning and good to see all the Harley Davidsons. A good ride on the pillion brought back memories of years ago. I’d like to thank all the members of the Hogsback Chapter for their time and effort to attend St Barnabas today.”

    To find out more about the Day Hospice and all the services provided by St Barnabas House, please visit:

  • 17 September 2018 11:07 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    MHA Manufacturing and Engineering Survey now open!

    Take part in the MHA Manufacturing and Engineering Survey and have your voice heard

    The seventh annual MHA Manufacturing and Engineering Survey has just been launched by Worthing and Gatwick-based chartered accountants, tax and business advisers MHA Carpenter Box, together with sector colleagues from its national association MHA. The survey is supported by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Future of British Manufacturing and helps to compile a picture of the sector across England, Scotland and Wales, with a dedicated focus on South East businesses.

    The survey has grown a reputation as the go-to report for the SME sector and is used by the banks, lobbying organisations and even by the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group to gain an insight into the opportunities and challenges facing the sector now and what can be done to support it through what may be an uncertain few years ahead.

    The survey will focus on how businesses are operating and will look at a number of key areas including innovation, recruitment, exports, costs, funding, productivity, energy and sustainability. Once the results have been analysed, participants will receive the full report detailing the findings with case studies and commentary from industry experts.

    Ex-engineer Chris Coopey, head of Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology at both MHA Carpenter Box and MHA, commented:

    “Over the past six years this survey has gone from strength to strength. With Brexit only six months away, the data we collect this year should help to give us a clear indication of the real issues around Brexit for the sector, as well as the opportunities. Our job is to use the findings to do everything we can to help the sector grow in the face of what are very interesting and uncertain times”.

    Businesses interested in completing the survey before the closing date of 30 September 2018 and receiving a copy of the final report can find it at .

    If you have any queries about the survey, please contact the Manufacturing Sector Team at MHA Carpenter Box on 01903 234094.

  • 17 September 2018 10:51 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Date for deferred New Monks Farm meeting confirmed

    The date for a meeting to decide on a deferred planning application to build 600 new homes and an IKEA superstore at New Monks Farm has been announced.

    Adur District Council’s Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at the 500 seat capacity Sir Robert Woodard Academy sports hall in Lancing to decide on the application.

    The proposal from New Monks Farm Development, a subsidiary of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, also includes the provision of a new roundabout on the A27, a country park, land for a school and a community hub. It would also see the relocation and expansion of the Withy Patch Gypsy and Traveller site.

    The initial plans for New Monks Farm were submitted last summer.

    Councillors on the planning committee met in July to make a decision but decided to defer the proposal due to concerns over the appearance of the north elevation of the planned IKEA building and access to Coombes Road and Lancing College.

    The same meeting will also see councillors consider an application proposing 2,500m² of commercial space at Shoreham Airport.

    A spokesman for Adur District Council said: “We are fully aware of the public interest in this major application which is why we are continuing to use a location close to the site and as big a venue as possible for this decision to take place.

    “As a council we have a duty to planning applications in a certain time frame. The deferred time period has given the applicant time to address the two main concerns raised.

    “Given that the New Monks application and the airport application contain a shared transport and drainage strategy it makes sense to deal with both applications on the same evening.

    “It is up to the committee to listen to the information put forward from all sides and make a decision on both applications based on this evidence.”

    Papers regarding both applications will be made public a week before the meeting.

    Information on how people can speak at the meeting will be confirmed in the next few days.

  • 14 September 2018 10:35 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Greater Brighton leaders welcome 'unique opportunity' to transform key port town

    “A unique opportunity to create jobs and regenerate a whole town” - that’s the view of Greater Brighton leaders after meeting the people tasked with transforming Newhaven into a great place to live and work.

    Home to one of just 44 Enterprise Zones in England, the port town is undergoing a period of rapid change which will see thousands of jobs created and millions invested into the local economy.

    A year on from the Newhaven Enterprise Zone (NEZ) going live, Councillor Garry Wall, chairman of Greater Brighton, and Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, were given an update on the progress by its programme director Corinne Day.

    During a tour of the town, businesses and residents spoke about the impact of the investment so far, which has seen the creation of new business, jobs and workspaces.

    Cllr Wall, who is also Leader of Mid Sussex District Council, said: “My everlasting impression from my visit is that there's massive potential in Newhaven. This means there’s a considerable opportunity for businesses to invest in Newhaven; to get government agencies, such as Coast to Capital and Greater Brighton to help bring those investments forward; and for Newhaven to take its rightful place as a major contributor the regional economy.

    “Greater Brighton needs to continue to grow, it needs to look at where it can make those growth points and Newhaven is clearly one of them. The opportunity here is unique - one that will create jobs and regenerate a whole town. It’s therefore vital that we do what we can to get the development right for residents and businesses.”

    The NEZ was established as a three-way agreement between the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Lewes District Council and Government, with the support of Greater Brighton.

    Covering eight sites and 79 hectares in the town, the NEZ acts as a catalyst to deliver new economic development opportunities. The aim is that within 25 years it will create 55,000 square metres of new commercial floor space for employment to sustain around 2,000 jobs.

    During the visit, the two council leaders saw progress on some of the £30 million that has already been invested in the area - with critical flood defences created, new business units built and key regeneration sites unlocked.

    The tour also took in the the site of a new £23 million port access road, which received £10 million of government funding last month. This will provide direct access to the East Quay area of Newhaven Port unlocking 80,000 square metres of business space, generating up to 1,500 jobs and taking HGV traffic away from unsuitable roads in the town.

    Another area visited was the town centre, which will be the focus of a £38 million mixed-use scheme to create hundreds of jobs in the construction, retail and hotel sectors, while generating an extra £100 million of inward investment into the local economy.

    Cllr Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “What we’ve seen is that the Newhaven Enterprise Zone isn't just the public sector working together; this is about the private sector coming in and working with us. By far the most amount of money coming into the town is coming from the private pocket.

    “We want to deliver 2,000 jobs but we also want to deliver improvements to people's lives. This will become a great income generator for the area and a great wealth generator for its local people."

    The Greater Brighton delegation also heard that a key part of Enterprise Zones is business rates discounts worth up to £275,000 over five years while pre-planning fees on employment led schemes are also waived.

    One of those taking advantage is ValetPRO, who provide vehicle cleaning products across Europe. The company relocated to Newhaven this year from Uckfield, doubling the size of its warehouse to 12,000 square metres.

    Milton Watts, ValetPRO’s operating manager, said: “The business rate relief was a significant reason for moving here as it allowed us to use that money to invest in other parts of the business, such as warehouse facilities.”

    Sara Williams, of local business The Patchwork Cat, which is a cafe and fabric shop, said: “Newhaven has got huge potential. I think by bringing new businesses to the town and people having faith in the town it will be back to where it was - a good thriving town.”

    Corinne Day, NEZ programme director, said: “It was great to welcome two board members from Greater Brighton to see the ongoing work in the Enterprise Zone.

    “We want to tidy this place up - not just beautify, but give it a real sense of place so when people come here they want to stay. We want Newhaven to be somewhere that’s known for what it's about.”

  • 14 September 2018 10:09 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Rough sleeping funding boost for Worthing Council

    Worthing Borough Council leaders have welcomed extra funding to support rough sleepers across our communities.

    The government yesterday pledged more than £340,000 to the council which will ensure it can continue offering vital support until the spring of 2020.

    As is the case with many places across the UK, rough sleeping in Worthing is on the rise. Council leaders said the cash boost would ensure it could continue to provide accessible alternatives to sleeping on the streets for those in need.

    Councillor Heather Mercer, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services, said: “We very much welcome this announcement from the government. It allows us to continue our work supporting those who find themselves on the streets and people at risk of rough sleeping to ensure they can access the right support at the right time.”

    Worthing was one of 84 council across the UK to benefit from funding which was announced by communities secretary James Brokenshire yesterday (September 5th, 2018).

    The £34 million pot covers the 2019/20 financial year and is aimed at areas which have the highest numbers of rough sleepers in the country.

    The funding comes on the back of £271,000 which was awarded to the Council in June for the current year.

    Money is being used to fund a dedicated rough sleeper coordinator as well as outreach workers to provide greater support to those in need, particularly in remote locations.

    Assessment beds for new rough sleepers and those discharged from hospital or mental health units will continue while two longer term temporary accommodation units have been established.

    A dedicated employment and skills coach has also been hired to support individuals into work.

    Other schemes will see the council work with voluntary and community sector organisations to run emergency night shelters in cold weather and offer support for those at risk of tenancies being ended.

    The schemes will be well used, as recent figures showed the number of rough sleepers in Worthing increased from 24 in 2016 to 35 in 2017.

    Cllr Mercer said: “There is no doubt that numbers of rough sleepers are on the rise in Worthing, as they are in other coastal towns across the UK. This is due to a ‘perfect storm’ of high rents, a limited supply of affordable housing and changes to the benefits system.

    “We have also changed the way in which we are getting this data with an approach based on evidence rather than headcounts meaning we can reach more people, particularly those in remote locations.

    “We remain committed to keep on working with our valued partners to do everything we can to support rough sleepers.”

  • 13 September 2018 3:43 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Work underway on Shoreham Memorial site

    Work to create a permanent memorial to those who died in the Shoreham Airshow Disaster has reached a significant milestone with work now underway on site.

    Adur District Council has commissioned local artists David Parfitt and Jane Fordham to create a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragic incident in August 2015.

    The centrepiece will be 11 individually crafted arches, one for each of the victims, which will be positioned on the east bank of the River Adur near the iconic Shoreham Tollbridge.

    Ahead of installation taking place in the autumn, contractors began preparatory work this week meaning the memorial is beginning to take shape.

    Speaking on site about the work, David said: “We’ve reached a milestone moment with the memorial as the concrete base has been installed and a path created which will allow disabled access to the site.

    “The surface of the concrete will be mosaic and constructed using a combination of pale natural stones, which will be one of the things will be working on next.

    “We also hope to encourage the planting to naturally form around the site so it will nestle in nicely with its wider environment.”

    The concept of an installation on the banks of the river was chosen by the families of the victims, who have been critical to the design process as the scheme has developed.

    Jane and David have spent the past few weeks working with each of the victim’s families to ensure the design of each of the metal arches reflects the personality of their loved one.

    Jane said: “We've been doing a lot of the behind the scenes work. Although we are on site now and there are foundations down, what we've been doing most of recently is meeting with the families and being in contact with everybody to begin making the designs for each arch.

    “All the drawings are in now in process and we'll be sending them back to the families little by little. That will give us the information we need to build the profiles for the arches and then we can go into the production phase in the coming weeks.”

    Each arch will be about four-metres high and positioned close together on a concrete base to create a framed view onto the tranquil riverbank.

    A specially designed memorial bench is to be installed close by allowing people to sit and reflect.

    On the west side of the river a series of small points of light, again numbering eleven, will hang on reed-like structures swaying gently in the wind.

    Councillor Emma Evans, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Environment, said:

    “The Shoreham Airshow disaster had a profound effect not only on those families who lost loved ones but the wider community.

    “Jane and David have created a wonderful piece of outdoor art which will not only be a fitting tribute to the victims but accessible to all when they visit this beautiful environment.”

    The money for the sculptures was raised by officers of Adur District Council and included donations from the Council, Worthing Borough Council, West Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and local businesses.

  • 12 September 2018 2:17 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Good causes and community groups across Adur receive vital cash-boost

    A wide range of local projects have been awarded funds under Adur District Council’s Community Grants scheme, recognising the vital part played by voluntary, community and social enterprises in the life of the district.

    Over the past ten years, Adur Community Grants has given over £600,000 to around 200 groups, enabling them to try something new or continue a much-needed service locally.

    Following a decision made earlier this month, eight groups have received funding as part of the 2018/19 Grants budget. The funds will help to reach the most vulnerable and in need of support across Adur.

    Councillor David Simmons, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

    “Adur has a vibrant and diverse community and voluntary sector. Hundreds of charities and groups help our residents to prosper, thrive, and be healthy and happy. Many of these groups are running on no monetary income and are hugely dependent on the time and commitment of dedicated volunteers. Our Community Grants help to show just how much Adur Council values the sector, and we are proud to be supporting them in this way.”

    One of the projects to receive funding is the Grace Eyre Foundation. The Foundation has been awarded £2,500 to continue its work to reduce social isolation for those with learning disabilities in the local area. Lynn Stevens, the Foundation’s Fundraising Manager, said:

    “Grace Eyre’s vision is a society where people with learning disabilities are respected as equal citizens, are part of and contribute to their communities, and where people can fulfil their dreams and wishes. We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant to help kick-start new friendship group for people with learning disabilities in Adur, and we look forward to working closely with Sustainable Sussex.”

    Sustainable Sussex is another project to receive funding, which works with mixed needs groups on sustainable projects in Sompting and Worthing. It has been allocated £1,000 to help continue its work to provide meaningful real-work experience, education and employment to people who find access to the workplace difficult. Project Leader Keith Colin said:

    “The Adur Community Grant will help us to engage more people on our projects locally, as we move our office to Sompting Estate.  As a grass-roots project, small funding pots like Adur Community Grants are essential to our success as we grow.  We have limited resources but with support like this we are able to grow our projects, the people who make them happen, and our connections in the community.”

    The full list of those allocated funds is:

    The Angling Trust Sussex Marine Region – awarded £1,000

    International Neighbours – awarded £1,300

    The Grace Eyre Foundation – awarded £2,500

    Homestart Arun, Worthing and Adur – awarded £3,000

    4sight Vision Support – awarded £2,000

    The As You Are Centre – awarded £2,500

    Adur and Access Mobility – awarded £1,000

    Sustainable Sussex – awarded £1,000.

    The Adur Community Grants are now open again. If you are a local voluntary, community or social enterprise in the district and would like to find out more, please visit: 

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