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Progress AWARD WINNING NEWSLETTER MAYOR’S MESSAGE At the start of my term of office I said 2012 would be a year of celebration – and that it was! I am sure that this year will be just as memorable. The success of the London Olympics was only possible because of the inspirational volunteers with a ‘can do’ attitude. It seems this quality is rooted in our community. I have been lucky enough to spend time with groups and clubs whose volunteers strive to make our Town a better place for all. I thank you for everything you do.

Winter 2012 Edition

It’s official, we’re bloomin’ marvellous

Autumn was full of many great Mayoral engagements, including special anniversaries of the Littlehampton Badminton & Squash Club, Littlehampton Bonfire Society and Arun Community Church. I officially unveiled the Wick War Memorial plaque and enjoyed many Christmas concerts. I would also like to thank the primary schoolchildren who took part in the Mayoral Christmassy Card Competition (see page 4). I look forward to 2013 and what is in store for Littlehampton. On behalf of my colleagues and the staff at the Town Council I would like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year. With warm wishes, Councillor Emma Neno Town Mayor ●

Gold In Bloom Award



‘The Stage by the Sea’ A winning design for a performance space – a ‘Stage by the Sea’ – in Banjo Road in the greensward of Littlehampton seafront has been selected. Bogle Flanagan Lawrence Silver (BFLS) was chosen to bring the project to life and the company has now submitted its planning application. It is hoped that the plans will be approved in time for the construction to be completed by the end of the Jubilee year on 6 June.

Members of the Littlehampton In Bloom with Town Mayor Cllr Emma Neno and ADC Officer Oliver Handson.

Months of hard work paid off for Littlehampton in Bloom Committee members when the Town was awarded Gold in the South & South East in Bloom Campaign. Speaking about the accolade, the Town’s in Bloom Committee Chairman, Margaret Boulton said: “Thank you to all the members of this special community of Littlehampton for their endless efforts in contributing to our success.” If you would like to volunteer some time to make a ‘blooming’ difference then please contact the Littlehampton in Bloom Committee via ●


An amazing year: 2012 reviewed in a picture special


Memorial in Wick: at the heart of our community

CENTRE PAGES: 2013 Events Calendar!



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Community Stall

Wick Remembers


A cold and crisp Autumn day provided the backdrop for the rededication and unveiling of the Wick World War I War Memorial Plaque.

the Community Stall at the Friday market in the High Street has been warmly welcomed by local charities and voluntary organisations, with over 30 taking advantage of the free pitch. Using it as a platform to raise their profile, collect donations and to engage with Littlehampton people, the idea was dreamed up by a partnership between Littlehampton Town Council and market operator, Southern Counties Markets.

Having been cared for by the Museum team, following its dramatic rescue from a Wick Hall cleaning cupboard in 2009, LTC were the driving force behind the project to conserve, restore and redisplay this special commemorative plaque, which now includes an addendum to hang alongside it, bearing the names of the nineteen brave men who were omitted from the original roll of honour. Unveiled by the Mayor, Cllr. Emma Neno at a ceremony that saw more than 100 people turning out to pay their respects, including relatives of fallen soldiers, LTC has pledged to continue to care for the Memorial, working with Wick Hall to ensure it’s safe preservation.

Cllr Alan Gammon, Chair of Littlehampton Town Council’s Community Resources Committee spoke to Progress saying: “An important occasion to mark a very special project, it seems right that the Wick Memorial, originally paid for and erected by the Wick Community, is returned to this most appropriate place of worship.” ●

Offered free of charge and complete with a gazebo loaned by the market operator, LTC manages the bookings. For more details call LTC on 01903 732063, or download the application form from

Chris Allen, Treasurer of the Edwin James Festival Choir, told Progress that he thought the stall was a “tremendous asset” to local charities and organisations. “We have had the stall on three occasions now and each time we have raised roughly £120.00. It also helps us to promote our concerts and events, and to recruit new members – we have had three people join the choir just from chatting to us on the stall,” said Chris. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for any local group and the market as a whole generates so much interest in the town.” ●


DESIGN CHOSEN FOR ‘The Stage by the Sea’ CONTINUED FROM COVER: The structure, which will include a covered area that can be used as a shelter from the elements when not in use as a stage, attracted over 24 expressions of interest from designers, who each considered the brief of a specially assembled Members Working Group, drawn from Littlehampton Town Council in partnership with Arun District Council. Short listed candidates were then invited to showcase their concepts, as well as a basic design that met a range of criteria and demonstrated a clear understanding of the site.

Asked to develop their concepts, incorporating the views expressed in an initial stakeholder group which included Council Members and Officers, representatives from music and the arts and local businesses, the BFLS design will bring a versatile and unique landmark to the Town. Whether you want a shady spot in which to sit and enjoy an ice cream or somewhere to demonstrate your skills as a demon juggler, singer or dancer, Littlehampton’s latest new build promises to be a real showstopper. For more information about this project visit the LTC website: ●

Celebrating their sporting prowess, local people were honoured at the Littlehampton Sports Awards, which were handed out last Autumn by Carrie Reynolds, Community Development Manager for Inspire Leisure. Talking to Progress, Ms Reynolds said: “I was honoured to be asked to come as the guest speaker for the Littlehampton Sports Awards. I’m extremely lucky to have a job where I can affect people’s lives through sport and physical activity and doing it in my SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR home town makes me even more proud. The talent that exists within the WINNER: James Bellward town is bursting at the seams! Carrying the Paralympic torch was the most 1st COMMENDATION: Sophie Parnell special moment of my life and I was very happy to share my experience 2nd COMMENDATION: Ian Roberts with those who love sport in the town.” Nominations for the 2013 Sports Awards are invited in the Spring. See next issue of PROGRESS for more details. A NEW SPORT FOR A NEW YEAR?

If you fancy taking up a new sport in 2013 take a look at the Sports Database on the LTC website for inspiration. Including contact details for clubs in the area, you’ll find everything you need to help you take up a sport. And who knows, maybe you could bag a Sports Award next time around? SPORTS GRANTS FOR LOCAL SPORTSPEOPLE

In partnership with Littlehampton Sports Forum, the Town Council helps talented local sportspeople to achieve sporting excellence by awarding financial aid. Last year a total of £2,000 was shared between local sports people of all ages and across a broad spectrum of sports. Assisting those already at county level to develop their potential to progress further, grants are given for training and transport costs, competition fees and equipment. Applications are considered every Winter, so make sure you look out for announcements later this year. ●


Badminton Men’s Combi Team YOUTH SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR WINNERS: Arun YC Cadets Race



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Southfields The New Year is a great time to join a new club and at Southfields Jubilee Community Centre you’ll be spoilt for choice. Zumba, adult tap dancing classes, Weight Watchers meetings, short mat bowls, dog training, a meeting place for Littlehampton Blind Club and Littlehampton Children’s Centre, a growing youth session on Tuesdays, more sports and dance classes than you can shake a stick at and a host of other activities and clubs, Southfields really does have it all going on. Offering a vast and diverse range of activities and socials, and accommodating many local groups; the new centre quickly filled its time slots and proved absolutely that the resource was desperately needed by the community it serves – even local knitters are catered for! To find out what’s on at Southfields Jubilee Centre or book a room please visit ●


A Thriving Youth Services Project in the Town Asking about her work with Littlehampton’s young people, Progress catches up for a cuppa and a chat with Project 82 Manager Emma Biffi. YOU’RE LITTLEHAMPTON BORN AND BRED. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE? I started to volunteer for The Wire Project at 18. It was during my first play scheme, ‘LiveWires,’ that I really knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my working life. I was passionate about helping and working with young people, but I really wanted to make a difference in my local community and the area I grew up in. I had a good childhood and felt lucky that I had been given good opportunities by my parents. I felt that I should give something back to help young people living in the same place. This town can be very misunderstood at times, and so can its young people. I want to try and help as many young people growing up here as possible.

WHY ARE SCHEMES LIKE PROJECT 82 SO IMPORTANT? They change lives. When the young people were asked why Project 82 was so important to them their replies included things like “it keeps me off the streets,” “I have somewhere safe to socialise” and “it’s the only place where I feel respected and not pressurised into being something that I don’t want to be.” Project 82 seeks to promote young people’s personal and social development and enable them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities and society as a whole. The relationships of trust that build up between the young people and the youth workers here are a key way in which the most disadvantaged young people access services that can significantly improve their lives.

Emma’s Project

“is a Privilege”

Jubilee Centre. This session runs every Tuesday from 7pm-9pm and aims to work with young people aged 11-18. The drop in session has a laid back feel with something for everyone, including refreshments, music and games.

Project 82 (in Wick) information and opening times: telephone 01903 739250 or follow P82 on twitter @project_82


WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB? Youth work is very challenging but amazingly fulfilling. It is a privilege and a real responsibility to work with young people. I work with a diverse group of young people in a wide range of settings, doing a variety of activities, and addressing a broad range of issues on a weekly basis. Every day is so different and offers new challenges and excitement. I could not imagine wanting to do anything else. HOW ARE YOUTH SERVICES DEVELOPING IN LITTLEHAMPTON? Project 82 is building strong links with the Arun Community Church and The Keystone Centre in Wick. Project 82 and ACC have launched a club night session on Tuesdays at the new Jubilee Centre at Southfields. This is greatly needed as the Youth Wing based on site at TLA has now closed and it is important that there is Youth Work provision in all areas of Littlehampton. WHAT HAS PROJECT 82 BEEN UP TO? In this year’s Bonfire Night Procession Project 82 embraced a ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ theme. With the young people and staff dressed in yellow rain macs and carrying umbrellas, they sang and danced the night away. Despite the freezing cold and damp conditions spirits remained high and we were awarded first prize in the Youth Float category! ●

New Youth Session NEW Club Night at Southfields

Looking ahead to another busy summer of events LTC is asking members of the community if they would like to get involved. Often asked at the eleventh hour by residents if they can contribute to events such as Armed Forces Day, this year LTC is throwing out an early invitation to sign up for anything that people feel they can be a part of. So, if you happen to have a military tank in your garage that would enhance our annual salute to a member of our Armed Forces, or perhaps you are talented musically and want to perform at the Town Show & Family Fun Day, do please get in touch with us via the email: ●

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A little later than planned (a couple of outstanding decisions, including the outcome of Arun District Council’s consultation on their Leisure Strategy, and the number of houses Littlehampton has been strategically allocated to deliver, held up publication) it is now ready to be viewed at The purpose of a Neighbourhood Plan is to undertake local planning policies that are based on what you, the community, have told the Town Council is needed and should reflect your opinions on local issues and leisure facilities. LTC extends sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed their comments to date and, having listened carefully, hopes to interpret these views accurately in the Plan. Only by understanding your views can LTC produce a policy document capable of making a real difference. Urging people to view the Plan and respond with any observations, the Plan then goes through several assessments that will ensure that all the policies outlined have been properly and thoroughly evidenced. Residents will be able to vote on the entire plan when it goes to public referendum the first week of July. Watch this space for more updates and for more information visit the website or call 01903 732063. ●

Meet Littlehampton Councillor Simon Weston. Simon is a Councillor for River Ward. He has four sons.

having grown up in the Middle East where there is little democracy I feel it our duty and responsibility to keep it alive at every level. Del and Rodney from Only Fools & Horses. any James Bond but if pushed has to be Casino Royale. The view from the Look & Sea – the river, the boats, the golf course and of course the sea – it’s simply one of the best views in the world. that I was born in Kuwait. keeping the Town’s leisure facilities in their current locations. My word is my Bond by Roger Moore. This was given to me by my youngest son for Father's Day. the Queen

New NHS Healthcare Plans

remember there are two sides to everything, so listen and respect even when you don't agree. ●



Residents in Littlehampton are set to benefit from real improvements in health services in the town as the NHS changes.

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Littlehampton Town Council and Arun District Council are working with the new NHS organisation, Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, to look at how health services and healthcare can be further developed in the town. Coastal West Sussex CCG will take over responsibility for planning and buying the majority of health services in Arun from the primary care trust in April 2013. The CCG is led by groups of experienced local GPs, clinicians and managers to ensure health services are meeting the needs of local people. Already there has been progress in Littlehampton. Earlier this year the town became a pioneer site for the introduction of a new and ground-breaking way of caring for people with complex health needs. Known as Proactive Care, it brings together health and social care professionals to form one integrated team, joining up care and support for individuals who need it most. The first team in Littlehampton, covering the east of the town, went live in October and the second team, which will cover the west of the town, is due to go live in January. Further developments are expected next year and we will continue to keep you updated via Progress. For more information on Coastal West Sussex CCG visit - ●

A drum roll if you please… Littlehampton Museum announces its 2013 Exhibitions and Events programme!

A Very Jolly Christmas (card)

Town Mayor, Councillor Emma Neno, had her work cut out when she made a decision to do something different with the Mayorʼs Christmas cards. A competition to design the festive card was held across three local schools and over 100 children aged between 4 and 11 put pencil to paper to come up with wonderful drawings. Originally only one card was to be chosen but in the end four designs were picked and here they are. ●

Offering something for all ages and all interests, and including its ever-popular fossil walks in the Easter holidays and adult art classes in the autumn, 2013 also brings a new twist to an old favourite: ‘Get Crafty – Kingdoms’ (in the Summer holidays). There will also be a special celebratory Summer display for the 150th anniversary of Littlehampton Railway Station, and also the second Littlehampton Open Art exhibition, this year with ‘Harvest’ as its theme. MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS OUT! Pick up the full programme from the museum or cut out the calendar inside this issue of Progress.

Pastels by Richard Marshall P.S. Hearne Gallery, Saturday 12th January to Friday 8th March A vibrant burst of colour to ring in the New Year! Rustington based artist Richard Marshall showcases his unique way with pastels, expressing form, colour and texture in his pieces. It’s all About Painting! Hearne Gallery. Saturday 16th March to Friday 10th May By Sally Williams, Emma Patrick, Christine Schaeken and Claire Philips. A group of four different artists with four different styles. Each of these women bring a different feel to their work, promising to deliver a unique and varied exhibition.

New Beginnings Community Gallery. Wednesday 9th January to Friday 8th March An eclectic exhibition displaying the work of adult education students based in West Sussex and based on the theme ‘New Beginnings’. Flowers That Dance Community Gallery. Wednesday 13th March to Friday 10th May A fresh and modern selection of springtime flowers created by artist Lucienne Sharpe. ●

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We’ve got a plan…

2012: A Year in Pictures


Ferry Launch


Pancake Olympics


Collective Spirit, Cultural Olympiad Boat


Diamond Jubilee Beacon Lighting


Easter Out & About


Armed Forces Day


Get Crafty!


Wick Week (Zumbatonic!)


Southfields Jubilee Centre Opening


Garden Competition Winners


Sandcastle Competition




Diamond Jubilee Concert


Diamond Jubilee Celebrations


Awards Winners


Town Show & Family Fun Day


Project 82 win Best Youth Float in the Bonfire Celebrations


Carnival Association’s Christmas Fun Day




Christmas Lights Switch On

Events &ExhibitionsGuide 2013 Littlehampton Town Council cannot be held liable for changes or cancellations made to the programme of events and exhaibitions.

B =booking essential M =museum event E =museum exhibition




Pastels by Richard Marshall E Saturday 12th January to Friday 8th March

Schools’ Art E Annual Exhibition by local schoolchildren. Saturday 18th May to Friday 5th July

Sandcastle Competition Thursday 15th

New Beginnings E Art Exhibition by the Aspire Community Learning Group. Wednesday 9th January to Friday 8th March


Charity Pancake Olympics Saturday 9th All At Sea M B Learn about the mysteries of the deep during half-term! Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st.


It’s All About Painting! E Exhibition by Sally Williams, Emma Patrick, Christine Schaeken & Claire Philips. Saturday 16th March to Friday 10th May

Flowers that Dance E Canvas paintings by Lucienne Sharpe. Wednesday 13th March to Friday 10th May Easter Craft M Drop in seasonal craft session. Saturday 30th


River Ferry reopens for the Season Times and prices at

Allotment & Gardens Competition Launch

Fossil Hunters M B Free annual Museum fossil beach hunts. Tuesday 2nd, Thursday 4th, Wednesday 10th, Friday 12th Easter Out & About Mewsbrook Park: Wednesday 3rd Brookfield Park: Wednesday 10th

That’s Life E Life Drawing Display by Richard Lee. Wednesday 15th May to Friday 5th July

All Aboard M B Make your own mini trains at these fun half-term workshops! Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th


Stage by the Sea Launch Boat Jumble Sunday 16th Armed Forces Day Celebrations Saturday 29th


Snapshots of Summer E Holiday snaps of Littlehampton, past and present. Wednesday 10th July to Friday 6th September

Littlehampton 150 E Celebrating 150 years of Littlehampton Railway Station. Saturday 13th July to Friday 6th September

Littlehampton Carnival Saturday 13th Wick Week Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August Get Crafty! 1 Kings & Queens M B A right royal treasure hunt at Mewsbrook Park. Wednesday 31st

All Events are Free!

Get Crafty! 2 Raising the Colours M B Children’s workshop creating their own Royal colours. Wednesday 14th SPACE Monday 19th to Friday 23rd

Get Crafty! 3 Battle Royale M B Learn about the art of ancient warfare at Southfields Jubilee Centre. Wednesday 28th


I Love Littlehampton Music & Arts Festival throughout September Littlehampton Railway Station 150 Anniversary Celebrations Sunday 1st

Town Show & Family Fun Day Saturday 14th

Harvest E 2nd Littlehampton Museum OPEN Art Exhibition. Saturday 14th September to Friday 1st November Family History: Ask the Experts M Drop in to ask the experts about your ancestors. Saturday 21st

Art Classes M B Art classes especially for adults at the Museum. Saturday 28th


Art Classes M B Art classes especially for adults at the Museum. Saturday 12th Littlehampton Bonfire Society Celebrations Saturday 26th

Pumpkin Carving M B Free spooky workshop for families during half-term. Tuesday 29th & Thursday 31st

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The Joys of Nature E Watercolour paintings by Greta Marriott Wednesday 6th November to Monday 23rd December

Mission: Anything’s Possible E Littlehampton & District Camera Club Display. Saturday 9th November to Monday 23rd December Christmas Lights Switch On & Late Night Shopping Friday 29th


Christmas Capers M The annual drop-in session to enjoy making festive craft. Saturday 7th

Carnival Association Christmas Fun Day Saturday 14th Wickmas Saturday 14th

Throughout the Year

Friday Market (in precinct) every Friday 9am to 4pm (3pm Winter)

Progress Winter 2012  

Littlehampton Town Council's Award Winning Newsletter. Winter 2012 Edition with Year in Pictures Special and a 2013 Calendar of Events