Town & Village

A Friend

‘n’ Need

WORTHING: A lady from East Worthing has had her garden transformed thanks to the work of a new team of Jubilee Community Church volunteers.

Jenny Lowe, pictured right, who relies on a wheelchair to get around, learned about the Friend ‘n’ Need at an event in November 2011. She told them she was no longer able to look after her garden and Jubilee Community Church Friend N Need project said they’d be happy to help.

Since then a volunteer from the group has visited regularly throughout the year to clear her garden and transform it into a restful area she can be proud of. Volunteer, Mark Clifford, cleared the garden, planted spring and summer bulbs, followed by further clearing and another round of spring bulbs. He visited fortnightly and then monthly during this period to help maintain the garden. For some of these tasks he was also joined by other Friend ‘n’ Need volunteers.

Friend ‘n’ Need started in 2008, but was relaunched in 2012 with the new name. It was started as a response to needs expressed by members of the Worthing community, particularly from older people and single mums. It exists to listen, befriend, support and encourage. It also offers practical help such as gardening, shopping, cleaning etc. if a person is unable to do it. Friend ‘n’ Need is currently made up of a team of 12 volunteers. Having relaunched in September 2012, they have so far helped five people with a variety of practical and emotional needs.



CRAWLEY FLORAL ARRANGEMENT GROUP welcomes visitors and new members to a floral demonstration on Thursday February 14.

Margaret Williams will be using fresh spring flowers to inspire designs - with the intriguing title “ I Wonder If”.

Venue : Crawley Horticultural Hall, Ifield Ave, West Green, Crawley. Doors open 7.30 pm.

Phone 01293 402905 for full info.



Shoreham by Sea: 4SIGHT will be holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday February 9. It is taking place at The Methodist Church Hall, Brunswick Road, Shoreham by Sea from 10am till 12 noon. There will be stalls selling bric-a-brac, books and handmade cards, a tombola,tea and coffee, and homemade cakes and bread.

4SIGHT Coffee Morning takes place twice a year at the Methodist Church in Shoreham.

Last year local volunteers raised over £530 for the charity, which helps to support blind and partially sighted people in the local community.

4SIGHT will also be holding a raffle on the day, and the winners will be announced at 11.45am.

4SIGHT Chief Executive, Martin Pearson said: “Our local services for people with sight loss rely on funds raised at events like this, and our volunteers do a tremendous job, both supporting people in our 4SIGHT Centre in Ham Road, and raising money for our services. We hope local people will come along and join us on Saturday morning”.

If you or anyone you know are able to help with providing items, or would like to volunteer at the Centre or at any of the events, contact the Shoreham 4SIGHT team on 01273 454343.



Worthing Seed Swap: Next Saturday, (9 Feb) “Transition Town Worthing” will team up with Oak Grove Community College in Worthing for a “Seed Swap” event.

Seed Swap events are held all over the country to demonstrate to the public how to be self sufficient and live sustainably. This might involve, for example growing your own food, saving seed or recycling. Visitors are invited to bring along their own spare seed and take part in seed swapping or they may simply just like to take some seed home with them in exchange for a small donation.The special theme for this, the fourth ‘Seed Swap Sow and Grow’ in Worthing is “Pollination”.

Hille Cook, who runs the “Cortis Avenue Garden Project” and also a member of Transition Town Worthing said “The disastrous decline in honeybees has made headlines and the good news at the event is how everyone can help pollinators.”

At this year’s Seed Swap, stalls will include tree planting, beekeeping, energy efficiency, creative recycling, and environmental art. On sale will be plants, potato and onions sets, as well as local preserves, pickles, jams and chutneys. There will also be activities to involve children which will include paper-pot making, seed sowing and story telling.

Kathryn Lwin, founder of the “Rivers of Flowers” movement will give a talk about how the under-used spaces of Worthing could be transformed by beautiful wildflowers and butterflies. Dr Steve Millam from Chichester College will be giving a talk about garden plants that can attract pollinating insects and Paul Eustice of Worthing Allotments Association will give a talk concerning the importance of saving seed.

Hot food made from local ingredients will be available between 1-3pm, whilst a Cafe will be serving delicious home-baked cakes and hot drinks for visitors throughout the event which will run from 1pm until 5pm at Oak Grove College, The Boulevard, Worthing. Entrance is free for children and there is a £3 suggested donation for adults.



STEYNING: Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts Society have an illustrated lecture on Monday 11th February by Charles Hajdamach entitled “The Studio Glass Revolution 1960 to Now”, preceded by the AGM, at 10.30am . Venue: The Steyning Centre by Fletchers Croft Car Park opposite St Andrews Church, Church Street, Steyning. Coffee: From 10am. Visitors are welcome (donation £5). Contact: Penny Hill on 01903 814390.



BARTHOLOMEW BARN: The Countryside Alliance and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute teamed up once again and put on a delicious locally sourced Farmhouse Breakfast at Bartholomew barn on Tuesday 29th January 2013.

This event held as part of Farmhouse Breakfast Week which is an annual campaign that emphasises the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. It is a celebration of the great British breakfast and to encourage everyone to wake up to breakfast as part of a healthy balanced diet and active lifestyle. Nutritionists agree that a healthy breakfast is essential for starting the day.

Countryside Alliance Regional Director Michelle Nudds commented: “Not only is breakfast important to the nation’s physical health, it is important to the countryside’s economic and social health too. The farmers and producers who bring their produce from field to fork contribute their hard work and top quality food and drink to the nation’s breakfast tables. By supporting this initiative the 98 people who enjoyed a delicious breakfast were supporting a chain of rural enterprises”.

Thanks to the local & regional producers who supported this event:

Bacon – Petworth Butchers

Eggs – Hallgate Farm, Petworth

Black Pudding – Petworth Butchers

Milk – Splash Farm

Sausages – Petworth Butchers & Quintessential Meats

Bread – Slindon Bakery & Imbhams Farm Granary

Marmalade – The Blue Tin Farm Shop

Breakfast Cereals – Imbhams Farm Granary.



Billingshurst: Coolham Village Hall invites you to an exciting Race Night on Saturday February 9 to raise funds for roof repairs. Adults £8, Children £5 to include Fish and Chip supper (bring your own drinks). Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Contact David on 01403 741269 for tickets.

Children’s Society: Pam Simms thanks Billingshurst Children’s Society box holders whose collections have totaled £2418.72 towards the tremendous work the society does for children in all kinds of distress. A Charity Lunch held at St Mary’s Room on Friday February 1 raised a further £84.



CHICHESTER: The NSPCC is hosting a special fundraising dinner on 8 February, complete with musical entertainment and special guest speaker Phil Packer at Crouchers Hotel, Birdham Road, Chichester.

A supporter of the NSPCC since 2009, Phil Packer is founder of BRIT (British Inspiration Trust), and a patron of Team GO, the NSPCC’s running team which takes part in anything from 5k runs to marathon and triathlons.

A former army major, he was injured while on operational duty in Iraq in 2008 and since then has embarked on a number of fundraising efforts, including completing the London Marathon in 2009, despite being paralysed.

Russell Squire, NSPCC community fundraising manager explained: “Funds raised through this event will enable us to continue offering help to vulnerable children and young people and offer them the support they need to turn their lives around and will help us to provide services such as ChildLine.”

Phil Packer said: “Whilst people see the physical challenges as achievements and think all is well, there is an emotional journey hidden from view. In 2012 I walked 2,012 miles throughout every county of Great Britain and Northern Ireland meeting young people. I now realise that the emotional journey is as tough, demanding and exhausting as the physical. Young people shared their experiences, fears and feelings with me. Of the many lessons I have learnt, I understood that the domestic violence from my childhood has never been addressed and is as raw now as it was then. I wish I’d known about ChildLine.

“My purpose now is to support young people who cannot see a way out, to rebuild their self-belief and in the process find their way through the dark times. I founded the British Inspiration Trust and continue to support the NSPCC to help and support young people facing their darkest times.”

Tickets for the charity dinner cost £60 each and can be obtained by sending a cheque made payable to NSPCC registered charity to Angela Boyce, 24 The Avenue, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 5PU. Doors open at 7pm, for a 7.30pm start.