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February 9th, 2022

Councils call on communities to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Adur & Worthing Councils have earmarked nearly £50,000 to help the community and local groups celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style.

Her Majesty will be the first British monarch to reach this milestone, having acceded to the throne at the age of 25 on 6 February 1952, 70 years ago. To recognise the landmark, the Councils are planning a series of events across the region to run in tandem with those being held nationally.

Funding will come out of reserves with £20,000 from Adur District Council and £28,500 from Worthing Borough Council to pay for the community-based festivities that culminate in a four-day bank holiday from 2-5 June.

Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council's Executive Member for the Environment, said: “The Jubilee will provide many opportunities for communities, local groups and schools to come together and share bonds, which is particularly important after the difficulties we have all endured during the last two years of the pandemic.

“Events such as street parties will provide neighbours with the opportunity to both recognise and build new friendships.”

Cllr Nicky Waight, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, added: “We are very excited about the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and all the events that are planned around it.

“As well as bringing people together, the events will stimulate and support the visitor economy in both Adur and Worthing as we work in partnership with business groups, not to mention some of the projects based around green spaces that can enhance mental and physical wellbeing.”

The Councils’ planned events kick off on 11 March when civic heads from Adur and Worthing will plant an Old English Oak Tree to commemorate the event, with the likely sites being Beach House Park in Worthing and Buckingham Park in Shoreham.

As part of the Queen’s Green Canopy - a nationwide initiative to invite people, community groups and schools to plant trees and establish new woodland areas to enhance local biodiversity - new trees will be planted in Buckingham Park and Worthing’s Brooklands Park.

The Seafront Gallery, off Marine Parade in Worthing, is also set to commission a series of Platinum Jubilee-themed displays over the summer in the lead-up to The Queen’s official birthday on 2 June.

To honour Her Majesty’s birthday there are plans to host a dawn torch-lighting event at Highdown Gardens that could be linked to a lighting of the Beacon later.

There will also be a Jubilee concert and light show in Worthing’s Steyne Gardens with music from the past 70 years of The Queen’s reign on Friday 3 June, while the following day will be a second evening of film and music, including a Jubilee finale.

The final day of the celebrations, on Sunday 5 June, will feature The Big Lunch campaign, which aims to give communities the opportunity to come together to host street parties and celebrate. The Community Street Party application process is open until 15 April.

There are also celebratory events on Worthing promenade and at Adur Recreation Ground, as well as the Shoreham Vintage Fair. The Councils will hang Jubilee bunting and fly the Union flag during the celebrations.

For more information on how to get involved visit https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/queens-platinum-jubilee/.

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November 25th, 2021

POSTPONED: Worthing Christmas Market

NEW DATE: Saturday 11 December 2021

Worthing's annual Christmas Market has been postponed from this Saturday (27 November) until Saturday 11 December, from 12pm until 6pm.

James Bacharew, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Care for Veterans, said: "Sadly, we have had to postpone the Worthing Christmas Market from this Saturday (27 November) until Saturday 11 December. This is due to suspected cases of a non-Covid related winter bug at our facility. Although the Christmas Market is held outside, this is a precautionary measure as the safety of our resident veterans is our main priority.

"We really hope that anyone hoping to attend this weekend can come along and see us on 11 December. We apologise for any inconvenience to those who were planning to attend. In a difficult year, with so many cancellations, we really appreciate the ongoing support from our local community."

Rescheduled for Saturday 11 December, the Worthing Christmas Market will be outside the Care for Veterans' facility on Boundary Road, in Worthing's West End, from 12pm until 6pm. Over 25 independent traders will be selling gifts, decorations, festive treats, and real Christmas trees, along with Santa's grotto, mulled wine and beer, and many opportunities to win prizes in games, raffles and tombolas. There will be live entertainment throughout the afternoon.

All money raised will help towards the over £1.5 million needed each year for the charity to maintain its nursing and rehabilitation services for ex-Service personnel and their families.

Current residents in Care for Veterans' 60-bed facility are aged between 35 and 98 years old. The majority have Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) or a degenerative neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Parkinson's. As an independent provider, the charity can fill the gaps often found between healthcare and social services.

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November 22nd, 2021

Worthing unwraps a range of festive treats for Christmas

Visitors to Worthing can look forward to a range of festive treats this year, including a full Alpine dining experience...on the seafront, and a spectacular laser show to light up the December night sky.

The pop-up Alpine Lodge Bar & Kitchen, which is being constructed in Montague Place this week to open the first week of December and is a collaboration between several Worthing businesses, will serve up the tastes of the French and Austrian ski slopes.

And back by popular demand, BAFTA award-winning artist Seb Lee-Delisle will present his Laser Light City show in the week before Christmas. Last year’s dazzling outdoor event drew thousands of people from across the region to Worthing seafront.

The attractions are being delivered as part of the Christmas in Worthing campaign - a fun-filled calendar of festivities - which was officially launched on Friday when the Christmas tree lights in Montague Place and the twinkling decorations across the town were switched on.

Christmas in Worthing is the latest initiative from Time for Worthing - a collaboration between Worthing Borough Council, the Town Centre Initiative (TCI) and community organisations - with the aim of supporting the local economy and welcoming visitors to the town over the festive period.

In conjunction with the Christmas in Worthing campaign, TCI has launched the new Worthing Gift Card which recipients can use at over 60 participating shops, restaurants, cafes and leisure facilities and support local businesses in town. The popular toy soldier and Christmas tree trail will also be back this year, with prizes for collecting the names of all the large figurines.

In addition, Worthing Borough Council will be providing free parking for Christmas shoppers on Saturday 11th and Saturday 18th December at the Buckingham Road multi-storey car park.

Many of the popular Christmas attractions which were unable to take place last year due to the COVID pandemic are returning to the town. This includes the pop-up Worthing Ice Rink at Steyne Gardens and family panto Beauty and the Beast, which opens at the Pavilion Theatre at the end of this month.

And local residents and visitors can look forward to the annual winter pop-up shop at Colonnade House featuring free festive decoration-making workshops, as well as the East Beach Christmas market.
Sam Whittington, Chair of the Worthing TCI and Member of Time for Worthing, said, ’We’re thrilled to have so many local businesses on board for the Worthing Gift Card, which will make the perfect Christmas present. It’s a great way to showcase the wide range of retailers and services we have right here in Worthing and encourage people to shop local and support the high street.”
Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Leader of Worthing Borough Council said: “After a challenging time for many, we wanted to ensure the year ends with some festive cheer. We’re delighted to be partnering with local businesses and community organisations to deliver some amazing events and activities in the countdown to Christmas and welcome people into our town.”

Find out more about Christmas in Worthing, which will be promoted on posters and on social media, at the Time for Worthing website: https://timeforworthing.uk/whats-on/

PHOTO CREDIT: Jan Budgen

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November 16th, 2021

Annual Christmas Market returns to Worthing

Worthing's annual Christmas Market, held by Care for Veterans, will take place on Saturday 27 November, from 12pm until 6pm.

This year's event promises lots of festive fun with a Christmas market selling gifts, decorations, festive treats, and real Christmas trees, along with Santa's grotto, mulled wine and beer, and many opportunities to win prizes in games, raffles and tombolas.

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