Cash boost for wacky birdman contest

PLANS to improve next year’s Bognor Birdman Festival have been given a boost with a £2,500 donation.

The money has been given in the form of a grant from the West Sussex County Local Committee.

The grant, made available by councillors from the Joint Western Arun area, will go towards hiring new audio equipment and large television screens.

The international event - being held in August 2013 - encourages people to fly off the town’s pier in homemade, human-powered machines to raise money for charity.

The committee also decided on the latest Community Initiative Funding, which offers grants to help projects being planned by local organisations.

It included £2,000 to The Big Love Association, a family support charity, as well as £1,500 for new toilets in Pagham Village Hall.

Councillors also agreed to give £1,000 to the Sussex Cricket Board for a new sport project as well as Bognor Regis community group, Jeneses, to hold an arts exhibition.

Brain-injury charity Headway West Sussex also received £1,000 to help with publicity while organisers of the county’s Youth Music Awards were given £400 towards prizes.

George Blampied, chairman of the county councillors on the committee, said: “The Bognor Birdman Festival is a hugely popular event and one of the highlights in the town’s calendar which we are pleased to support.

“We still have money available for the Community Initiative Fund and anyone with a worthwhile project who wants support should consider applying for a grant.”

The next Joint Western Arun Area Committee meeting is taking place on Wednesday 6 March, 2013.


Birdman contestant Wendy Morris of the 1st Bersted Scouts,

pictured in the 2011 competition