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  • 11 September 2018 12:07 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Brooklands Lake revamp complete

    After ten months of work, the long awaited makeover of Worthing’s much-loved Brooklands Lake is almost complete.

    Worthing Borough Council commissioned Five Rivers to undertake a six-figure restoration of the landmark after locals became concerned about the build-up of silt in the eight-acre lake.

    With six Olympic swimming pools worth of material shifted and a range of new wildlife-friendly environments created, the area has been transformed into a vibrant place for flora and fauna.

    The centrepiece is a new 105-metre boardwalk which allows visitors to stroll along a reed-lined pathway and get closer to the vast array of wildlife already repopulating the lake.

    Council leaders praised the contractors behind the work - and also confirmed that a masterplan for the wider transformation of the park would be revealed in a matter of weeks.

    Councillor Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment said: “The transformation of Brooklands Lake has been astonishing - it’s been a really important piece of work that was highlighted and done in consultation with residents.

    “As a result of the investment, the water quality is much better, the habitat has been improved and we are really making Brooklands fighting fit for the future.

    “Now this is complete we appreciate that people now want us to push on with transforming the rest of the park. Rest assured we have been working hard behind the scenes on the masterplan and hope to be able to reveal our exciting plans in the next month or so.”

    Work began on the revamp in October when Five Rivers began draining the lake. Teams then used excavators to move more than 15,000 cubic metres of silt at the bottom to create new margins and an extra island to provide a habitat for birds and other wildlife.

    To avoid similar problems in future Five Rivers have narrowed the Teville stream in Valley Gardens to increase water flow which means future sediment is deposited in the wider area in front of the café.

    This ‘sediment trap’, along with the ramped access point from Western Road, will allow easy access when material needs to be removed from the bottom of the lake in future years.

    Already the quantity and variety of wildlife is on the rise - with cormorants, heron, egrets and swans all happily enjoying their new surroundings. A turtle has also been spotted on one of the islands.

    Five Rivers have spent the past couple of weeks finishing off the final sections of the project, which includes a boardwalk and duck house. While some planting and remedial works remain, the removal of the fencing in the coming days will mark the reopening of the lake to the general public.

    Ben Sharp, project manager for Five Rivers, said: “We’ve really enjoyed being able to work on restoring Brooklands lake.

    “It’s been a great project, even though much of it has seen us wading through mud during an extremely cold and wet winter. A particular highlight was finding a snapping turtle in the mud.

    “We're literally just finishing the last few metres of the boardwalk now which means that this weekend we'll be finished here and the council and residents will have the lake back.”


  • 31 August 2018 2:25 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Sussex passenger awareness campaign steps up ahead of nine-month Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

    Passengers travelling on the Brighton Main Line over the next nine months are being urged to check if their journey will be affected by a major programme of improvement works designed to reduce delays and provide better journeys for passengers between the south coast and the capital.

    A public awareness campaign has been launched by Network Rail, which will be carrying out the improvements, and train operator Govia Thameslink Railway (including Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express), to raise awareness of the dates when the line will be closed between Three Bridges and Brighton and between Three Bridges and Lewes.

    Starting Monday, 13 August ‘drop-by’ sessions will be held at 34 stations across East and West Sussex advising passengers about their journey options during the line closures. A digital awareness campaign featuring a familiar Brighton seagull will see information appearing in passengers’ social media newsfeeds, while a dedicated website – www.BrightonMainLine.co.uk – will enable passengers to find out how the closures affect their journeys.  Other traditional advertising methods are also being used to make sure that the widest possible audience is reached.

    From September this year through to May 2019, the railway will be closed for a total of 34 days to enable Network Rail engineers to carry out the first major overhaul of the southern end of the Brighton Main Line in more than thirty years. Most of these closures take place during weekends to minimise overall disruption to passengers, with the exception of an extended nine-day closure in February 2019, which includes the school half-term when passenger numbers are lower. This will enable engineers to complete the work without the need for significant further weekend closures and means passengers will benefit sooner from a more reliable railway.

    Mark Killick, Network Rail’s Chief Operating Officer for the South East route, said: “Passengers on the Brighton Main Line deserve a better, more reliable railway and our work over the next nine months will deliver that. We know that closing the railway to carry out improvement work has a big impact on passengers’ lives, which is why we’ve worked hard to plan the work in a way that minimises overall disruption as much as possible.

    “We’re working closely with Govia Thameslink Railway, Transport Focus and passenger groups to make sure the travelling public get the best possible service during our improvement programme. We'll be out and about at stations across Sussex in the weeks and months ahead to talk directly to passengers and make sure everyone knows how to plan ahead.” 

    Keith Jipps, Govia Thameslink Railway’s Infrastructure Director, said: “We want to minimise the disruption our customers will experience during the works so we’re informing passengers through our stations, trains, the media and social media to enable them to make the most informed decisions possible about their travel. Network Rail’s work is essential to give our passengers the reliable, punctual services that we all want on our route and my aim is make sure everyone benefits as quickly and painlessly as possible from that.” 

    About the Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

    Network Rail’s improvement work will focus on four Victorian-era tunnels – Balcombe, Clayton, Patcham and Haywards Heath – and the railway which runs through them. A major programme to stem leaks into the tunnels and provide reliable drainage away from the tracks will take place, while sections of the track, third rail power system and signalling will be replaced or upgraded. Elsewhere, track will be renewed, sets of points, which enable trains to switch between tracks, will be replaced and fencing will be improved to deter trespassers.

    The £67m investment is part of a £300m government-funded programme to boost infrastructure resilience and reliability on the busiest routes in the south east. It will reduce delays on the line by around 15% when complete, meaning better and more reliable journeys for passengers.


  • 31 August 2018 9:55 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Jumping Jazz, Fine Food and Exquisite Views: New Jazz Café season announced at Pavilion Café Bar
     
    Worthing Theatres have announced their latest autumn/winter Jazz Café season at the Pavilion Café Bar, where customers can enjoy a Wednesday evening in the company of highly acclaimed jazz artists, whilst enjoying a range of drinks, and a selection of food ready to order from the menu, all accompanied with exquisite views overlooking Worthing seafront.

    On 17 October the season opens with tenor saxophonist, Robert Fowler. A decade of international touring with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra honed Robert’s talent before he went on to work with many bands from the jazz scene including The Great British Jazz Band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Redtenbacher’s Funkestra and The BBC Big Band. He played on a session for Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry, for the album As Time Goes By which led to further touring and recording with Bryan, appearing on his albums Frantic, Avonmore, and the Jazz Age.
     
    American born alto saxophonist Allison Neale plays the Jazz Café on 7 November. As a strong advocate of the melodic West Coast style she has performed alongside leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall and Bud Shank and features in both the John Dankworth Generations Band, Back to Basie Orchestra and the Two of a Mind Project with multi reed man Chris Biscoe. She frequently tours the UK with her current Quartet.
     
    On 19 December the Café Bar welcomes guitarist Colin Oxley. Colin Studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1990. In the same year he was voted Best Soloist in the National Big Band Competition and has gone on to pursue a highly successful musical career. A long standing member of singer Stacey Kent’s group he now performs with many different groups including Andy Cleyndert’s Quartet, The Dave Newton Trio and BBC Big Band to name a few.
     
    Performing on 13 February is trombonist Winston Rollins. Starting as a member of the Doncaster Jazz Orchestra, upon moving to London Winston attended Trinity College of Music where he met liked minded musicians and formed the Winston Rollins Big Band. As well as performing in many West End musicals, Winston is the lead trombone player of the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, runs the Trinity College Big Band and is also the deputy musical director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
     
    On 27 March Scottish musician Jo Fooks will be performing tenor saxophone. In 1992 she won The Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year and Jo went on to study saxophone at the Guildhall School of music in London and Berklee School of music in Boston. After recording her debut album Here and Now!, the legendary British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton invited her to join his eight-piece band, with whom she toured and performed in some of the most well renowned theatres and venues in Britain.
     
    To finish off the season in style Jazz vocalist Jacqui Hicks performs at the café bar on 24 April. Jacqui is an unparalleled exponent of the rare art of singing jazz ballads with poise elegance and beauty, as well as having a great feel for her beloved Soul and Funk. She was voted one of the top ten British vocalists in 1990 and in the same year released a solo vocal album featuring the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Jacqui has toured the world with Shakatak and had numerous TV appearances and sessions with Matt Bianco with whom she is featured on their last two albums.
     
    Tickets for Jazz Café at the Pavilion Café Bar are available to purchase by calling the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206 and online at worthingtheatres.co.uk.


  • 29 August 2018 12:00 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Facelift for Worthing’s Gospel Hall

    A much-loved historic building in the heart of Worthing has received a facelift thanks to Worthing Borough Council.

    The Gospel Hall has stood in Bedford Row for nearly 170 years and is a landmark building in one of the town’s oldest streets.

    But, with the privately-owned building standing derelict for more than a decade, the property’s appearance severely deteriorated with chipped and cracked masonry, graffiti and rubbish dumped in the forecourt.

    That was until the Council’s planning enforcement team stepped in and used various powers to encourage the owner to renovate the facade of the Victorian structure.

    It forms part of a major push by the Council - in conjunction with the Worthing Society - to spruce up the South Street conservation area and ensure the town’s historic buildings stand tall for years to come.

    Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “We take our role as guardians of the town’s heritage seriously which is why we are working with the Worthing Society to improve the whole of Bedford Row.

    “The Gospel Hall is very much at the heart of this historic street. While it has been empty for many years, it remains a much-loved building which residents and visitors appreciate greatly.

    “For that reason I want to praise the owner of the Gospel Hall for responding to our request. The transformation really is remarkable and it shows that by working together we can ensure our historic buildings remain preserved for future generations.”

    Bedford Row is the focus of a pilot regeneration scheme by the Council’s planning enforcement team.

    Built in the early 19th Century, it is one of three significant east-facing bow fronted terraces in the town centre alongside Montague Place and Liverpool Terrace.

    But, over the years, the condition of the properties has deteriorated with the exteriors not of the standard with what is expected of a conservation area.

    The Gospel Hall dating from 1850 is a prime example of this. Standing at the entrance to the row it is integral to the overall setting of this Grade II Listed Regency terrace.

    To encourage the owner to carry out remedial works to improve the building’s appearance, the Council’s planning enforcement team sent a series of notifications to the owner. A Section 215 order which asks freeholders to undertake the work or risk the council carrying it out for them then claiming back the costs was prepared for the building. However, before it was served, the owner took steps to begin the work.

    Within days scaffolding appeared, external facades were painted, doors replaced, and weeds and rubble were removed from the forecourt as the building was transformed back to its original grand state.

    With other property owners in the street also agreeing to carry out improvements, the terrace is beginning to improve.

    Combined with clean-up work led by the Worthing Society and Storm Ministries which cleaned up graffiti and weeds from the communal areas, the South Street Conservation Area is starting to sparkle again.

    Susan Belton, chairman of the Worthing Society, said: “We are delighted and encouraged that the owner of The Gospel Hall has begun the renovation of this historic Victorian building which contributes so positively to the character of the area.

    “We will also continue to work with the council and others on our campaign to upgrade other aspects of the South Street Conservation Area.”

    The work feeds into two of the five areas - Our Social Economies and Leadership of our Places - featured in Platforms for our Places, Adur & Worthing Councils’ direction of travel.


  • 28 August 2018 2:15 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week launch a new website and the programme for 2018

    The organisers of Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week (WMHAW) now in its 6th year are thrilled to announce that they have a new website going ‘live’ today.                                                                                                                                         

    It can be found at www.worthingmentalhealthweek.co.uk

    A crowdfunding campaign whereby gifts in kind were recognised by the Worthing County Local Committee who then generously awarded a grant to cover the cost of the website. It is the first grant in the Worthing area to be awarded under West Sussex County Council's new funding scheme.

    The website was designed by Worthing website creator Stacey Church from Lime Pixel https://limepixel.co.uk who has worked tirelessly in order to get the website up and running in time for the annual Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week which coincides with World Mental Health Day (10th Oct).

    for this year's Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week (8th - 13th October at Offington Park Methodist Church, South Farm Road by Broadwater Green) will be updated on the website, on Facebook and via #WMHAW on Twitter.

    The aim of the Week is to challenge the stigma around mental health and to provide good quality information in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

    Most of the events are free and are open to all. Local charities, organisations and groups will have displays in the 'Information Centre' and there will be a variety of workshops and talks designed to promote positive mental health throughout the week.

    The week will be launched on Monday 8th October at 10am by the Mayor of Worthing Cllr Paul Baker followed by the Mayor’s Chaplain lighting a Peace Candle with co-founder Bob Smytherman acting as Master of Ceremonies.

    The key note presentation this year will be by representatives of the local branch of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

    Organiser Carol Barber said she was "delighted that SSAFA had agreed to talk to WMHAW about the ways mental health impacted on those in the Armed Services, Veterans and their families."

    In the evening there will be a special Meeting of Worthing Rethink Mental Health Carers group run by Mark Hughes with a guest speaker from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

    Tuesday 9th will focus on keeping well in later life and include an open meeting of Dementia Friendly Worthing at 4pm.

    On Wednesday 10th October which is World Mental Health Day. The organisers have asked Grassroots (a local suicide prevention charity) to deliver their SafeTALK (suicide alertness) training.

    This will start at 10am and last for three and a half hours. This is the only event in the Week for which there is a small charge.

    This training event is subsidised courtesy of the grant from the County Council at just £35 per person and includes a ploughman’s lunch provided by Offington Church places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting Carol Barber.

    Thursday's and Friday's activities include ways of promoting self-care and emotional resilience, and also the opportunity to paint pebbles as part of Coastal West Sussex MIND's anti stigma campaign called 'West Sussex Rocks'.

    For more information https://www.coastalwestsussexmind.org/get-involved/anti-stigma-and-awareness-raising

    A film will be shown on the Thursday night.

    On the Friday evening the week will conclude with a free concert, with a retiring collection for Coastal West Sussex MIND.

    The concert is co-ordinated by Karen Simporis and compared by Guild Care Trustee Mr Percy Nowell


  • 28 August 2018 1:52 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Hundreds attend grand opening of new Worthing playground

    Youngsters were all smiles as the ribbon was cut on their brand new playground

    Worthing Borough Council has spent £90,000 on revamping a children's playground in West Park, Shaftesbury Avenue, Worthing.

    After hundreds of people had input on what the new playground would look like, contractors have been busy installing a mixture of swings, slides, and other fun-filled apparatus.

    The playground was officially opened on Friday (17 August 2018), as youngsters queued up eager to try out the new kit. The grand unveiling also included bunting, balloons and a face painter for the little ones.

    Councillor Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital and Environmental Services, cut the ribbon in front of an audience of over 200 people. He said:“This is the culmination of over a year’s hard work between the local residents, the friends of group, local members and the council. It’s great to see all of the children and families here today to support the opening – it shows how valued it is to the community.”

    The refurbishment has been made possible utilising Worthing Borough Council’s s106 developer contributions.

    It’s part of a widespread investment that the Council is making in its open spaces, with improvements made after a period of widespread consultation with local communities.

    One of the youngsters who rushed to try new equipment was Isla Wilson. She said:“The zip wire is my favourite – I like how fast it goes! It’s a lot better than what was here before. There’s lots more things to go on instead of just the swings. We come here a lot of times after school and I'm looking forward to coming back!"

    Abby Barras, a parent who attended the opening, explained what the new playground means to her: “We live locally and we’ve been living here about nine years, so we’ve been coming to this park for a long time. It’s lovely to see some regeneration and the community coming back together. A big thank you to everyone who’s been involved in putting it together.”

    Andy Edwards, Head of Environmental Services at Adur & Worthing Councils, explained:“These improvements are part of a rolling programme demonstrating our commitment to investing in play equipment for the future. Next we will be holding a public consultation on the installation of fitness equipment at West Park, and we look forward to hearing local residents’ ideas and suggestions.”

    Anyone interested in contributing to the public consultation on fitness equipment can email parksandforeshore@adur-worthing.gov.uk.


  • 23 August 2018 4:23 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Award winning Avantguard Security Officers

    Avantguard are delighted and extremely proud to announce that our security officers Dave McFarlane and Kevin Hyde have been presented with a special awars from our client, OneFamily based in Brighton. 

    The values award scheme was set up by our client in September 2017 and aims to recognise the commitment and effort of their employees. The awards are based on recommendations from the staff and management at One Family, who can nominate their colleagues if they feel that they have really gone above and beyond to represent the teamwork and values of OneFamily.

    It is particularly special that our own team members were nominated, being contractors to OneFamily. But regularly working on the reception of the office in Brighton has made them part of the team, so much so that they are on first name terms with almost all of the 500 staff who work in the building. 

    Overall there were 152 nominations and this was shortlisted to 32 people by a panel of judges. Dave and Kevin were presented with their award at a special ceremony at Hotel Du Vin in Brighton. They are incredibly honoured to have receievd this award and we are immensely proud of their achievement and to have them as part of the Avantguard  team.

  • 21 August 2018 2:45 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Worthing Theatres, staging the future; key improvements start at the Pavilion Theatre

    The first steps towards the grand vision for the Pavilion Theatre’s redevelopment began this month; Worthing Theatres cemented their commitment to ongoing building improvements across all of the venues, starting work on the Pavilion Theatre toilets refurbishment.

    The plans for redevelopment of the toilets, first announced earlier this year, will be the most comprehensive in the theatre’s recent history and will enlarge and modernise the facilities to create additional family spaces for baby changing and increased capacity to reduce wait time for patrons.

    This will involve utilising sections of the basement of the building's previously wasted storage space; re-purposing the space below the theatre’s auditorium. The newly refurbished toilets will be at the heart of the building and will vastly improve queues, allowing guests to enjoy more time at the bar and to find their seats for one of many performances at the Pavilion Theatre throughout the year, including the much loved family Pantomime. With an additional five cubicles within the ladies restrooms and all fixtures and fittings to be completely replaced, this will completely transform the space. 

    Simon Gray, General Manager for Operations comments “The modern design will really add something new and much needed to the redevelopment of the venue. I’m really pleased with these developments, and I am sure the public will be too.” 

    Refurbishments are already underway and the toilets are due to reopen in late autumn. For all performances during the refurbishment, patrons will have access to the the Pavilion Cafe Bar toilet facilities as well as the promenade public toilets, adjacent to the venue. 

    Amanda O’Reilly, Head of Culture stated “We always try to ensure we review our customer feedback and this has always been an important improvement on our list, we look forward to hearing what people think of the new facilities. Our vision for the Pavilion is to have a building that will thrive for years to come and this is an exciting small step towards that.”

  • 21 August 2018 2:36 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Shoreham Port Finance Executive vacancy 

    Main duties, tasks and responsibilities:

    A varied role including the processing of sales invoices for all of the Port’s revenue streams such as commercial shipping, tenants and the leisure sector. Responsible for Credit Control. Processing supplier invoices covering a vast range of expenditure streams such as haulage, maintenance, utilities and agency ship costs.

    For a full list of duties, please visit the Port’s website and download the job description for the role.

    www.shoreham-port.co.uk/jobs.  

    Key Skills:

    • ·         Attention to detail – to ensure efficiency and accuracy of work
    • ·         Proficient in the use of Microsoft packages
    • ·         Meeting deadlines on a timely basis
    • ·         Dealing with and resolving problems
    • ·         Decision making
    • ·         Communication on all levels

    Desirable but not essential:

    • ·         Knowledge of accounting principles, e.g. part or fully qualified in AAT
    • ·         Proficient in the use of Access Dimensions

    Working pattern

    0800 – 1700 with a one hour lunch break, Monday to Friday. 

    Closing Date:

    The closing date is 31st August 2018.

    Application Method:

    Please download an application form from the jobs page of our website www.shoreham-port.co.uk/jobs and submit your application to: recruitment@shoreham-port.co.uk.  CV’s without an application form will not be accepted.

    Further Information:

    To find out more about us please visit our website – www.shoreham-port.co.uk.

    Please Note: Port staff are subject to random drug and alcohol testing and all successful candidates will be expected to comply with the Port’s policy.


  • 21 August 2018 11:57 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)


    Adur & Worthing Careers Fair – 27th September 2018

    Preparations are under way for the forthcoming Adur & Worthing Careers Fair – an exciting collaboration between business, local authority and education establishments across the area, inspiring people of all ages on their career journey.

    Taking place on Thursday 27th September at the Assembly Hall, the fair will be open exclusively to secondary schools between 10am to 2.30pm. However from 3pm – 6pm it will be open to everyone – parents, college students and the general public either looking for work or for a career change. Advice and support will be available to everyone during this time, including help with CV writing and finding a job as well as guidance for those looking to change career.

    Beki Tonks, Senior Enterprise Coordinator at Coast to Capital said “Schools across the area have signed up to take advantage of this free, interactive event & are encouraging parents to come along after 3pm with their children to find out more about career opportunities.”

    Kevin Jenkins, Executive member for Regeneration said “with over 35 exhibitors confirmed, across all sectors, it provides a great opportunity for people of all ages to find out about our local employment economy and what jobs are available to explore“.

    The event is a partnership between Coast to Capital, Adur & Worthing Council, Adur & Worthing Business Partnership, West Sussex County Council, the Careers and Enterprise Company, JSPC Computers and the National Careers Service.  In addition, the National Collaborative Outreach Project is assisting with project management and targeted school engagement.  Working together, this project has provided funding and support to help schools release students, especially where barriers would not have allowed. 

    Traditionally, transport has been a barrier, however this year, schools have received a boost from The Adur & Worthing Business Partnership, who have funded all transport costs for the schools in Adur & Worthing, helping reduce the financial burden they face.

    Andrew Swayne Chair of the Partnership says "this is a very practical way to show support but one which makes a massive difference between attendance and non-attendance from local schools. With support from other sponsors, every school should be able to attend. The Adur & Worthing Business Partnership are thrilled to be sponsoring the transport.  With many of the local schools scheduled to attend, our funds are already showing a return on investment.”

    Providing sponsorship for the venue is local, multi – award winning company, JSPC Computers.  James Stoner, Managing Director said “The Adur and Worthing Careers Fair is a great opportunity for people of all ages to explore a range of career options from multinational global brands to specialist companies. As a supplier of IT solutions to schools and businesses in the region, we know there are a lot of businesses looking for new talent and lots of bright minds keen to get their first step on the ladder. The Careers Fair gives everyone a chance to broaden their horizons and perhaps find new ideas for how to develop their career.  JSPC are very proud to support the event”.

    If you are a local employer and wish to have a stand or have a general enquiry, please contact Beki Tonks on rebecca.tonks@coast2capital.org.uk 



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