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  • 18 September 2017 10:42 AM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Get Active scheme can help you boost your health in body and mind 

    People are being urged to Get Active as part of a new programme aimed at encouraging and supporting the community improve their health in body and mind.

    Delivered by Adur & Worthing councils, the aim is to give people a taste of exercise with a series of friendly, accessible and cost-effective courses in a range of activities.

    Taking place over eight weeks, the programme is aimed at those who are not currently taking part in more than one hours worth of moderate intensity physical exercise a week.

    After building up the intensity over two months, the aim is for people to continue to keep active once the course finishes.

    More than 200 people have completed the courses in recent years.

    With figures showing that both Adur (27.8 per cent) and Worthing (25.1 per cent) have a higher level of obese adults than the national average (24.1 per cent), those behind the classes believe there’s never been a more important time for people to sign up for the classes. 

    Councillor Dave Simmons, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “No matter how young or old you are, regular physical activity helps you feel fit, relaxed, gives you more energy and helps protect you against a range of diseases. A small change in your weekly routine can make all the difference - and that’s where Get Active can help.”

    Councillor Val Turner, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Get Active has a real track record of helping people start off on the path to improving their health. With the classes being fun, accessible and cheap, there really is no excuse for people not to give this a try.”

    Funded by Public Health England, Get Active sees classes take place across Adur and Worthing. Numbers are restricted to small groups with everyone encouraged to go at their own pace, with the aim of gradually building up fitness

    Those people who want to sign up need to fill in an online form or call the wellbeing team.

    After setting goals and deciding on which course is right for them, participants are asked to pay a £10 deposit before their first session. If they attend at least six out of the eight weekly classes then this fee is refunded

    The courses, a new round of which are starting this month, include:

    ·  Moving on up course including exercise classes aimed at the over 50

    ·  Walking football

    ·  Couch to 5k

    ·  Three step gym course

    ·  Multi activity course

    ·  Zumba in the circuits 

  • 15 September 2017 11:43 AM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Radical town hall plan to demolish Worthing multi-storey could be key to unlocking major development

    A major eyesore earmarked for development for more than decade is set to be demolished as part of a pioneering plan from Worthing Borough Council.

    For more than ten years, the Teville Gate multi-storey car park and the surrounding area has been identified as a prime plot for new homes and commercial space.

    With demand for parking on the site decreasing and running costs increasing, the local authority will release the funds needed to kickstart the plan to demolish the 1960s multi-storey.

    Officials said the move had the added incentive of encouraging the freeholder Mosaic to consider demolishing the other buildings on the site and then submitting more formal redevelopment plans - meaning it was a “positive step forward” in creating a new gateway to Worthing.

    Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “For too many years, there has been false hope after false hope around this site.

    “To get to this stage has required some really detailed and delicate behind-the-scenes negotiations but I’m confident that it delivers a strong and very visible message that we are committed to regenerating the town.

    “I know I will not be the only one pleased to see the back of this eyesore car park. Once demolished I believe it will generate real momentum in bringing forward this complex but very important gateway scheme.”

    Agreement was reached on the move at a meeting of Adur & Worthing Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee last night (Tuesday September 12).

    Councillors heard that the current multi-storey car park has significant maintenance issues, requiring an investment of £2 million over the next four years to keep it fully open.

    With a section of the car park now closed due to a drop in demand, the 114 spaces still available are rarely filled.

    Last night councillors agreed to release £60,000 towards consultancy costs and erecting hoardings around the car park site, which links Worthing’s main railway station with the town centre.

    The £1.6 million demolition cost is set to be funded from the Local Growth Fund provided by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

    In order to ensure the long-term lease remains active and income is still generated for the council, a replacement 100-capacity surface car park will be built in its place.

    The small number of people with existing car parking season tickets for the site will be offered a refund for the time left or transfer their permit to High Street car park.

    Town hall officials confirmed last night that agreement had been reached with the freeholder Mosaic to push ahead with the demolition plan, with work potentially starting in the coming months.

    Councillors were also informed that a planning application by the owners of the site for a redevelopment of the area could be submitted by the end of the year. 

  • 14 September 2017 12:57 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

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  • 14 September 2017 12:47 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Celebrate the life and career of Sir Michael Parkinson at the Pavilion Theatre on 10 October 


    English broadcaster, journalist and author Sir Michael Parkinson will be making a special appearance at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre on Tuesday 10th October for an intimate evening in conversation with his son Mike, who will be celebrating the life and career of Parky, who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
     
    Showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, this new theatre show will provide a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at Sir Michael’s remarkable journey from humble upbringings in a Yorkshire mining town, to becoming one of the most familiar faces on television, whilst reliving the greatest events from a show that for many defined their Saturday night.
     
    In a career spanning several decades, Sir Michael Parkinson was responsible for interviewing over 2000 of the most important figures of our time, including Nelson Mandela, Marlon Brando and Mohammed Ali, to name but a few of the plethora of individuals who have shaped our cultural landscape.
     
    Universally known for his inimitable demeanour, Sir Michael Parkinson’s gift for drawing insightful and often revelatory information from his subjects became addictive viewing, his conversations consistently reflecting the true personalities of all those with whom he came face to face with.
     
    From those famously awkward situations to poignant and emotional unveilings, Sir Michael’s theatre tour will see him both recount and breathe new life into these critical junctures, as well as turning the spotlight on to the man himself, highlighting his relationships with friends, family and colleagues along the way, An Evening With Sir Michael Parkinson will be a night of reflective and celebratory entertainment, which will undoubtedly bring audiences the very best of a man who has shaped the perception of showbusiness, popular culture and recent history for years to
    come.
     
    Tickets for An Evening With Sir Michael Parkinson start from £23.50 and are available from the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206 and online at worthingtheatres.co.uk.

  • 07 September 2017 4:02 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    A27 OFFICIAL RESPONSE SET TO TELL HIGHWAYS ENGLAND: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD.

    The Government is set to be sent the clearest message yet that its proposals for the upgrade of the A27 at Worthing and Lancing are inadequate.

    It is proposed that Highways England be told its plan does not provide any significant improvement to congestion, journey times nor air pollution levels.

    An official report to be discussed by leaders of both Adur and Worthing Councils, which could form the authorities’ submission to the consultation on the road scheme proposed by Highways England, does not pull its punches.

    It points out that the proposal, for upgrades at six junctions, does not even meet the scope of the government’s original plan for the entire A27 in West Sussex which called for an option of full dualling of the road through Worthing. No such option was proposed when Highways England unveiled its plans last month.

    Since that time the leader of Worthing Borough Council, Cllr Dan Humphreys, and his counterpart at Adur District Council, Cllr Neil Parkin have led the fight against the proposals.

    Both have called the consultation a “sham” and urged it to be halted to allow more options to be included rather than just one “take or leave” it £69m plan.

    Now the report, written for consideration at the Joint Strategic Committee(JSC) of Adur & Worthing Councils next Tuesday seeks to officially frame that response also pointing out that the proposal will not help the A27 cope with the government’s target for house building in the sub-region. Nor, says the report, will it support economic growth in the area.

    It also insists Highways England needs to look at the A27 across West Sussex as one project rather than a series of consultations.

    And it points out the one option presented to Adur and Worthing is in “stark contrast” to the multiple options at far higher cost handed to both Chichester and Arundel.

    The proposal for Adur and Worthing, says the report, may make a one per cent improvement in travel times during peak rush hour but this would be offset by the exact same increase in travel time off peak caused by an increase in traffic lights.

    Under the one proposal currently on the table modest improvements to six junctions between Durrington Hill and the Lancing Manor roundabout are proposed which would cut up to three minutes from journey times and, according to Highways England’s own scoring system would deliver “no significant benefit.”

    The JSC will decide on whether to endorse the report on Tuesday night.

    · Leader of Worthing Borough Council, Cllr Dan Humphreys told a packed joint meeting of the  Findon Valley and High Salvington Resident Associations on Tuesday night that Highways England plans for the A27 were simply not good enough. He repeated his claim that the consultation was a sham and called for more options to be put on the table.

  • 07 September 2017 4:00 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

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  • 07 September 2017 10:13 AM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Highest ever number of new Trainees recruited at ‘Platinum’ Accountancy Firm 

    Worthing and Gatwick-based chartered accountants, MHA Carpenter Box, have appointed their highest ever number of new trainees. 12 new trainees have recently been recruited, nine of whom have joined the firm’s Platinum Accredited programme on the road to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification. Two will be studying for the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA) qualification and one for a tax qualification with the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT).

    Alexander Cracknell joined from the University of Glasgow, Angelika Niedzwiedzka from Bank University in Poznan, Poland, Alexander Kent from Canterbury Christ Church University, with Lukas Kourtis, Meghan Osbourne and Natasha Whitehead joining from the University of Chichester. Jessica Jackman, Natalie Smith, Samantha Veness and Will Uwins joined following graduation from Worthing College, Isabella Roozbehan from Chichester College and Huw John from Mill Hill County High School.

    Angelika, Lukas and Alexander Kent will work from MHA Carpenter Box’s Gatwick office, while the remainder will be based at the firm’s HQ in Worthing.

    MHA Carpenter Box Practice Director, Chris Coopey, welcomed the trainees on board, commenting: “Our task is to train the next generation of business advisers focussing their ability to use their accountancy, tax and audit skills to help our clients prosper.

    “We have always aimed to give our students the best possible start to their careers which has been underlined by our accreditation as a Platinum employer, ACCA’s highest global standard of excellence.”

    The new trainees will undertake a comprehensive in-house training programme working in the Business Services, Tax Services and Assurance and Advisory Groups at MHA Carpenter Box, as well as benefitting from knowledge sharing across MHA, the firm’s national association and Baker Tilly International, its global network. 

  • 04 September 2017 11:36 AM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    What's Coming Up at Colonade House - September

    David Rees DaviesFOUR PAINTERS: 29 August - 10 September

    Open Tuesdays - Sundays 10 - 5

    Don't miss the opportunity to spend some time delighting in the exuberant skills of four painters who are linked by friendship, but very varied in style. They are exhibiting their work in both galleries for the first two weeks of September. 

    David Rees Davies :  exhibiting little celebrations of life and nature at humble notebook scale - a new departure in his work

    Walter Wall : creating stunning drama by transforming basic ingredients into visual exhilaration

    David Hayward : exploring margins in landscapes through an abstract process of layering, erosion and excavation in paint and encaustic

    Ian Cairnie : celebrating the appearance, texture and colour of ordinary things through painterly realism

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    Welcome to Paradise

    15 - 23 September 

    Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5

    Painting, collage, prints and more from local artists Ellie Bond and Anna’s Drawing Room. If you haven't been on a tropical holiday lately, come to Colonnade House and bask in the rich colours, vibrant bird life and lush vegetation  - you'll be inspired to take some home.

    You are welcome to attend the Private View - 6pm Thursday 14th September

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    Jac Lancaster Fairbairn / Josephine Jones

    12 - 16 September and 19 - 23 September

    Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5

    Two painters follow one after the other in our Studio Gallery. Jac's exhibition 'Secret Gardens' focuses on nature and well-being - with some secret elements hidden within her paintings.  In the second week local artist Josephine Jones will be showing new work on the theme 'Coastline' - view her work here

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    Crafts Council

    Craft Fairs Explained: Trade, retail, art and design fairs: How do I grow my creative business?

    Tuesday 12th September 1.30 - 5

    There is still time to book for this Crafts Council Talent event which will be of interest to anyone building their craft business. 

    Don't forget to use the discount code CHW17 to get the lower price of £25 instead of £40.               

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    Funding Surgery

    18 September 12.30- 4.00

    Another opportunity for a FREE half hour session to help you to find funding for projects or business development, whatever stage you are at.

    Follow the link to book your place with Andy Willems from Adur & Worthing Councils.

    BOOK HERE


  • 04 September 2017 11:30 AM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Welcome to the summer Rustington Chamber newsletter! 

    In this issue: 

    • The Chamber invests in a reinstated bus route for Rustington
    • Rustington in Bloom Barn Dance - 23rd September 
    • Dementia Friends Awareness - 12th September 
    • September Breakfast Club - 5th September: 

    If there is anything you would like to add to the next issue, including offers for members, please do let us know by emailing us here
     

    The Chamber invests in new bus route for Rustington

    In case you haven't seen our Facebook post, Rustington Chamber of Commerce is proud to be financially supporting the re-introduction of a valuable bus route to our community along with Rustington Parish Council and Store Property Investments Ltd. It's back on a trial by popular demand, but its future will depend on how well it is used, so please spread the word! 
    More information is in the Press Release below: 


     

    A fun way to support Rustington in Bloom 


     

    Dementia Friends Awareness

    Rustington Chamber of Trade and Commerce's Monthly Business Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 7.30am - 9.00am at Cafe Oasis, 10 Churchill Court, Rustington

    If you live or work in Rustington, we'd love you to come to our breakfast club! The meetings are very informal and we mostly chat to one another over breakfast, with a 30 second hello from those who want to tell everyone what they do. We finish by 9am.

    It's really helpful to know how many to cater for, so please either click on the red box below or email us. Chamber members pay £6, while non members pay £7.50 (this price includes a continental breakfast, tea and coffee). 


    As this newsletter is going out slightly earlier than normal, the speaker for our first breakfast meeting of the new school year is yet to be confirmed. Please remember that everyone has 30 seconds to introduce their business before this ten minute talk. We do hope you can join us! 


  • 04 September 2017 11:12 AM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Investment Solutions September Newsletter 

    This month we take a look at:

    • Inheritance Tax
    • The Government’s proposals re dividend income & pension contributions
    • Financial complications re divorce
    • Childcare benefits
    Click the image below to download the full newsletter


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