Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy Christmas everyone

Happy Christmas
thank you 
reading and commenting on my blog.

I'll be back in the New Year with news on the proposed extension  of the Beach Broadwalk to Shoreham Fort and Lancing.
Ta-ra for now.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A virtual tour of Shoreham RNLI Lifeboat Station.

     Hello and welcome to my blog. Sorry its been a while, but I'm up to my eyes in home improvements. In fact, as I write, Mr H, the handyman, is putting up a curtain rail and I'm gathering strength for another trip to the dump.
     Anyway,  enough of me, let's get back to the blog. You may recognise this one because it was first posted in 2011. However, it deserves a second airing as it fits nicely with the current series of virtual tours and, most importantly, this year is Shoreham RNLI lifeboat's 150th anniversary.
Keith Phelps gives a virtual tour of Shoreham RNLI Lifeboat Station

     Keith Phelps, Lifeboat Operations Manager, was remarkable because we did this on the spur of the moment. No script. No re-takes, just Keith giving a live commentary as we toured around before its official public opening.  
     Next week, I'm off to rural Devon for a residental tutored screenwriting course with Arvon. I've specialised in non-fiction for the last few years, so I'm very excited about returning to my roots in scriptwriting.
     Well, thanks for dropping by and next time, I'll tell you all about the course before moving onto the final virtual tour of another of Shoreham's landmarks.
     Take care and ta ra for now. 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Virtual tour of Brighton City Airport in Shoreham

 Hello and welcome to my blog. This week's virtual tour is of a much loved local landmark, Brighton City Airport, or Shoreham Airport as it’s known by us locals.
Brighton City Airport occupies 214 acres of land on the west side of the River Adur and is sandwiched between the A27 and A259. It is the second busiest licensed general aviation airport in the United Kingdom and was recently in the headlines following the tragic air accident at the RAFA Airshow on 22nd August 2015. It's owned by ADR Candelon Limited and as mentioned in a previous post, the airport’s airside activities are managed by Brighton City Airport Limited. For the last few years, the airport has operated at a profit and its main income streams include fuel and landing fees.
This summer, Paul Smith, Brighton City Airport Limited’s Ground Operations Manager and Senior Airport Fire Officer, took me on a tour for lifeon-shorehambeach. 

Paul Smith Ground Operations Manager and Senior Airport Fire Officer
“I began working at the airport in 2000 as a firefighter. Prior to and while working at the Aerodrome, I was a retained firefighter in the local authority fire service (1985-2010) and was the Station Manager at Henfield. Plus I’d been an Engineer and Mechanic for various companies.
 I’m one of those guys who gets into everything, so when I started at the airport I steadily got more and more involved. I became the Senior Airport Fire Officer (SAFO), and within a short time also the Ground Operations Manager. I now manage a team of 12 men and am one of the four responsible for managing the airport.
My main role is to make sure that the fuel, fire, aerodrome operation and operational area is Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), compliant and meets the required regulations. I have paperwork coming out of my ears, but I’m a procedure monster so I thrive on it. I work all over the airport but my desk is in the terminal building.
The Aerodrome is an old civil and military airport, so we’ve got a typical layout of three runways in a triangular format. It’s a tried and tested arrangement that means that pilots can fly into wind regardless of its direction. We operate a simple one-way system for the aircraft so the Controllers can make full use of the runways while planes queue up to take off. On peak days, we are very, very busy. In fact, for periods of the year, we are busier than lots of the larger regional airports. When it’s particularly lively, we’ll have two controllers and an assistant controller on duty in the VCR (visual control room).
We always have to ask permission to visit the control tower because we’ll get in their way if they’re fully occupied.

Martin, one of the air traffic controllers at Brighton City Airport
Everything you can see over Martin’s shoulder falls under the jurisdiction of the air traffic controllers.
Theirs is an intense job because they have to ensure that everything is safe so their eyes and ears are everywhere. The CAA regulate their hours, so after 2.5 hours they have to handover to another controller, take a break and chill out.
The CAA govern everything we do from how emergencies should be dealt with to the length of the grass, so we have a checklist on what has to be done in a given situation and for every occurrence. It’s all very regimented. Controllers go on annual training sessions for Routine Occurrences and Emergencies and the Unit Training Officer will regularly turn up unannounced, give them 10 seconds to read a scenario and observe how they respond.
When an emergency is declared, the controller will hit a big red button on his console and the alarms and bells will go off around the Aerodrome to alert the fire crew. The airport fire crew will call up, having responded to the alarms within 15-20 seconds, to find out what type of emergency it is. They will report to strategic locations pre designated as part of the emergency plan and be in the correct response position should anything happen. The large majority of their call outs are precautionary, it’s just an assurance for the Aerodrome users and the pilot.
When the fire crew are on a job there will be no or limited fire cover available to other aircraft. Under these circumstances, the controller will advise the pilots accordingly and they have to decide if they wish to divert to another airfield. The bigger aircraft cannot land without fire cover so they have no choice but to divert.
A variety of aircraft types operate in to and out of the Aerodrome and some of our resident aircraft are kept in the airport’s maintenance hanger.

Maintenance hanger at Brighton City Airport.
My team of eight firefighters, two maintenance men and three security guards, come into their own in this hanger, the adjacent fire station and on the Aerodrome.
The firefighters’ primary role is to deal with the airport’s accidents and incidents and the three security guards with airside security, but we all pitch in to help with the maintenance. We re-line runways, make marker and information boards in our workshop, cut the 214 acres of grass, re-lay concrete, re-fuel aircraft and repair and replace the runway and taxiway lights. We scare off bird or wildlife that could endanger aircraft and collect the landing fees. Every job is covered by a procedure and everyone’s additional responsibilities are laid out, written down, signaturised and checked. We’re always busy but when the gong goes, it’s “Squadron scramble!” and the firefighters drop everything and sprint off to man the fire trucks. 

Pete and Darren from Brighton City Airport’s fire team
They have three minutes from the time they hear the alarm to get to the fire and start applying media, (water or foam). Two of them will go in the first truck and a third and (when available) a fourth, will proceed if needed. When they arrive, they take control of the incident because they are expert in dealing with aviation related accidents. When the local authority fire service turn up, they will either allow our firefighters to retain control or take over if it’s a serious fire. If it’s a small incident, we’ll remain in charge and deal with it fully as we are qualified aviation firefighters.
Without our fire service, the airport would not have an Aerodrome licence and without an Aerodrome licence, its future as a viable commercial airport would be in serious jeopardy.
 The airport fire service has two fire trucks and two Watches, Red and Blue. The trucks are much smaller than the standard fire engine you see on the streets and only carry equipment necessary to deal with a fire on a private jet, like a Cessna Citation. The fire trucks have specialist foam monitors on the front and can start producing media as soon as the engine starts. This means that the firefighters can apply water or foam the moment they get near the fire, even if they are travelling at 70 mph. Unless they are trying to save life, they can tackle the fire from inside the cab so they don’t have to put themselves at risk from heat, fire or fumes.
Some people think that Brighton City Airport fire service is part of West Sussex fire service. It’s not. Although our firefighters are either former RAF or part-time local authority firefighters and our training is similar, the airport fire service is owned and operated by Brighton City Airport Limited.  It complies with CAA procedures not that of the local authority. We do though obviously have a great working relationship with the local authority blue light services.
We have other vehicles to fulfil our remaining functions and one of these is the checker.

Brighton City Airport’s checker
We use the checker to monitor the airfield. The moment we set foot in it we fall under the authority of the air traffic controllers and have to tell them exactly where we want to go, what we want to do and why we’re doing it. We can only drive off when we have their permission. When we’re on the move, we have to do precisely what they tell us because it’s a busy place and aircraft always have priority.
No one is allowed airside without prior consent, so if someone is spotted wandering around, one of us will jump into the truck, bring them in, find out what they were doing, under whose authority, and ask other pertinent questions. Then they get a ticking off. We are in a position of authority but we always try to remain friendly but that’s a very difficult balance to strike at times. 
Birds are generally more of a problem than intruders because of the danger of bird strikes, so the checker is equipped with a state of the art bird scarer which we’ll use to deter them from getting too close to the runways.

 Runway 02
There is a Runway and Safety Area at the end of each of the three runways. It’s an over-run area that an aircraft can use to come to a stop and turn around if something goes wrong during the take-off or landing. The ground there needs to be quite firm so we’ll keep these areas clear, graded and stabilized.

Second World War gunnery dome
Our fire training ground is near the gunnery. There’s an old aircraft fuselage there and with my SAFO hat on, I’ll test our procedures by setting a small fire in it without warning and tell the guys that there’s been a plane crash. Exercises like this supplement their annual hot fire and breathing apparatus training at Southampton Airport and is great at keeping them and ATC on their toes.

Brighton City Airport terminal building
I work long hours but I absolutely love working at the airport. There are about 70 staff within our group of companies including FTA-Global, Brighton City Airport Limited and Apollo Aviation Maintenance and it’s like a little township. The place gets into your bones and people tend to stay on until they retire. Yes, the operators can fall out with each other and us, but we all love the aircraft and the environment in which we work. We feel very protective towards it so if anyone wants to change it, they’ll have to get through us first.”
     The tour took place before the 22nd August and I would like to dedicate this blog to Red Watch and all the staff at Brighton City Airport Limited. My thanks go to Paul Smith, in particular, for taking me on a fascinating tour and treating me to a cup of tea and a cake.
     Thanks for dropping by and in a fortnight’s time I’ll be back with a virtual tour of Shoreham’s RNLI Station.

Friday, 25 September 2015

A tour around Shoreham Dogs Trust

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today, I’m featuring our local Dogs Trust in Shoreham.  Dogs Trust, formerly the National Canine Defence League, was founded in 1891 and is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. It’s most commonly thought of as a rehoming organization but that’s just part of its remit. It also;
·      subsidises neutering campaigns in areas of the UK with the most acute stray dog problems,
·      established the Freedom Project which helps pet owners fleeing domestic violence by fostering their animals while they start a new life,
·      formed the Hope Project which gives preventative veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless people,
·      advises government on any matters concerning dog ownership,
·      assists overseas animal welfare charities by training their staff in best practice,
·      established a charity in Ireland that runs a rehoming centre in Dublin and 
·      gives thousands of classroom presentations every year and provides free teaching resources to all schools in the UK.
     Dogs Trust has 21 rehoming centres, one of which lies near the banks of the River Adur and this summer, Tracey Rae, the Centre Manager, took Tom and I on a behind the scenes tour for lifeon-shorehambeach.

Tracey Rae, Centre Manager.
       “I’ve always been interested in animal welfare and joined Dogs Trust over 20 years ago as a volunteer dog-walker. I got more and more involved, eventually becoming the Assistant Manager of the Salisbury branch before joining Shoreham as the new Manager. I’ve been here for over seven years and am responsible for all the operational aspects of the centre, 23 Dogs Trust staff and 50 volunteers.
       The site covers about 30 acres and comprises of a training block, 50 kennels, a reception area, an operating theatre and neutering suite, exercise areas, two cultivated fields, where the dogs run free, and about 26 acres where they walk around on leads. We hold a maximum of 65 dogs at a time ranging from new-borns to 21 years old.
       People hand in their dogs for lots of different reasons. They may have had a new baby, changed their job, moved house, become ill or the dog may have developed behavioural problems. We also get stray dogs from Wales and Ireland. Thankfully, we don’t get many cruelty cases but I’m always sad to see that there are so many unwanted dogs. However, it does have an upside as it’s lovely to know that if they are here, they are safe.
        Upon arrival, a dog is checked for fleas, wormed and given vaccinations, it also gets a health check and a bath. We’ll get some background history from the owners. If it’s a stray, our trainers will assess how it behaves and it will be kept in the quarantine block for seven days. During that time, it will be barrier nursed to make sure that it’s not carrying diseases that could be spread around the centre. After seven days, we’ll start to introduce it to the rest of the kennel population.
       If a dog is fit, healthy and able to cope with the stress of being in the public-eye, we will put it in the public kennels, otherwise it will be housed in the training block. There, it will be cared for by specialist staff and a designated canine cuddler who will sit with it to help it chill out. A behaviourist will slowly teach it to socialise and anyone wishing to adopt these dogs will be gradually introduced in a controlled manner.

Public kennels at Shoreham Dogs Trust
       All the dogs in these kennels have been assessed and are available for immediate rehoming. If someone expresses an interest in adopting one, we’ll request a vet reference, carry out a home visit and ask that they come to the centre several times.  All members of the prospective adoptive family must meet the dog and we’ll invite them to a pre-adoption talk by our behaviourist so that they know what to expect from a rescue dog when it gets home. Before a dog leaves us, it’s microchipped, gets a final health check and a bath.

July’s re-homing figures
We aim to rehome 30-40 dogs a month but the reality is probably nearer 25. Unfortunately, about 10% of the dogs get returned, again for lots of different reasons, sometimes it could be a problem with a cat, a relationship could have broken down or the owner has fallen ill.
Although introducing dogs to prospective adopters is important, it’s only one of our duties. We work 365 days a year and start at 8.00am each day. The first thing we do is check on all the dogs to make sure that there have been no problems overnight. Any will be reported to our full-time vet nurse. We’ll have a de-brief on what needs to be done that day and afterwards we’ll let the dogs out for a toilet, clean them and start their feeds. At 8.30 we’ll start cleaning the kennels and each dog will be given fresh bedding. Throughout the day, the dogs will be exercised and some will be mixed up with other dogs to see how they get along.

Laundry Room 
       The public have donated enough bedding for us to give each dog a fresh duvet, blanket or towel each day and the dirty bedding is washed and dried by volunteers. In the afternoon, the kennels will be tidied again, fresh water provided and at night the dogs will be bedded down.
       During the day, a local vet will undertake any dental treatment or minor operations in our operating theatre. It will be prepared by one of our volunteers who also cleans it afterwards and sits with the dog as it comes round in the recovery kennels.

Operating Theatre and neutering suite

Consultation room

If a new dog arrives during the day, it'll go through the normal procedure so it’ll be de-flead, wormed, given a health check and a bath in our grooming room.
Grooming room. 
       The bathing areas are at various levels to take account of the different size of dogs. Using just one level would be back breaking for our staff.  
       Recently, we bought the lovely land adjacent to the Dogs Trust. This has made a huge difference to the dogs as they can now take a different walk every day and see and smell new things. I think that every moment outside the kennel is precious, so even if we are just walking a dog from one block to another, we try to give it a little bit extra by hanging things from trees and bushes in bird feeders like feathers, sheep’s wool and even wallaby poo. The dogs loved the wallaby poo.

Tracey with Buttons, one of their rehomed dogs.  

       I love my job, but easily the most satisfying part is watching the dogs go to their new homes. Just to see their tails wagging as they cross the car park, thinking they are going on another walk, when instead, it’s the start of their new life and they’re never going to see the kennel again."
       I hope that you have enjoyed this virtual tour and many thanks to Tracey and the Dogs Trust staff for making Tom and I feel so welcome.
       Thanks for dropping by. I'll be back in a fortnight and look forward to seeing you then.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Council to review noise levels at Wildlife Festival.

Hello and welcome to my blog. While I'm waiting to hear from Shoreham Dogs Trust, I thought I'd post on Shoreham Society's application for a review of the Wildlife Festival Licence.

Review of the Premises Licence at:Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport - Wildlife Festival

An application for a 'Review' of the premises licence at Shoreham (Brighton City) Airport that authorises the provision of licensable activity at the 'Wildlife Music Festival'. The temporary music venue is situated within the airport grounds at Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5FF. The current licence authorises the sale of alcohol, late night refreshment and provision of regulated entertainment at a two day annual festival.
The premises licence contains a number of conditions relating to the noise of entertainment including:
  • The Premises Licence Holder shall set the day time maximum level of noise to 75dB(A) 15 minutes LAeq.
The application is seeking:
  • A reduction of the maximum noise level permitted by the licence suggesting 65db (A) as more appropriate.
The grounds for review being the Shoreham Society's contention that the licence holder is undermining the following licensing objective:
  • Prevention of Public Nuisance.
The Shoreham Society contend that the licence holder has failed to promote the licensing objective and has produced its own survey of members and local residents to support it's argument.
Licence holder and applicant: SJM Ltd./Shoreham Society
Consultation closes: Friday 2 October 2015
Committee Hearing: To be announced
(courtesy of Adur and Worthing Councils)
     The Licensing Committee will review the Licence at a public hearing but in the meantime, residents can write in with their views on whether or not the current noise levels create a public nuisance. In view of recent events, June seems an age away, so just to re-cap, this is what some people thought of Wildlife at the time.

     The closing date for comments is 2nd October 2015 and emails and letters should be sent to:-


post:      Licensing Unit, 
              Environmental Health, 
              Adur and Worthing Councils, 
              9 Commerce Way, 
              Lancing Business Park, 
              West Sussex.
              BN15 8TA

     Please note that this is not a re-run of last January's licensing application. It is simply to decide if the noise limits set by the Council has created a public nuisance and if so, whether the lower limit should be substituted for the higher.
     Thanks for dropping by and I'll see you in a fortnight.
     Ta-ra for now.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

"A jet's just crashed onto the A27" - a personal reflection on the Shoreham Airshow tragedy

Tom and I were in Brighton when tragedy struck at Shoreham Airshow. 

Shoreham Airshow 2015

     Richard, my husband, was there and rang me 16 minutes after the impact.
"A jet's just crashed onto the A27. Flying has been suspended but we've been told to stay put." 
    He eventually returned home at 7.00pm but was too drained to cross the threshold.
"It was horrendous," was all he could manage so I cuddled him and bought him inside.
      Next day, we went to mass, then self-conscientiously bought some flowers to put near the crash site. Richard wanted to go alone, so we waited in the rain as he walked across the Tollbridge to the police line beyond Ricardo's. The Samaritans were there, but he took solace from seeing the area treated with such care and dignity. It gave him some peace. Not healing, just peace, and an aching sadness.
     They are right to say that this disaster has affected the whole community. Shoreham Airshow is one of the town's most popular events and thousands of residents loyally turn up year after year. Even the airport staff love it. That's why, on 22nd August, both eastbound lanes of the A27 were jammed by 9.30am and hundreds of Shorehamites excitedly marched along the roads with picnic chairs slung over their shoulders and cameras bouncing on their chests. It was these people who witnessed the Hawker Hunter THUD! THUD! into the A27, heard car fuel tanks explode and the pitiful wail of sirens.
     Hours later, Tom and I witnessed the impact on them as we wove through Shoreham's gridlocked streets. They were unmistakable. Grim faced and solemn, they clutched plastic "Shoreham Airshow" carriers or dragged tired and tearful children behind them.
     We have all been affected by the Airshow disaster in differing ways and varying degrees. It's not just because we too could have been on the A27 at 1.20pm, it's because something that we hold dear has brought horror and grief and most of us know someone who was directly involved in the rescue effort.  I know that they would have done all that was humanly possible to save those they could and it's to them that this blog is dedicated.
     Finally, my heartfelt condolences go to the families of Matthew Grimstone, Jacob Schilt, Matt Jones, Maurice Abrahams, Mark Reeves, Tony Brightwell, Mark Trussler, Daniele Polito, Dylan Archer, Richard Smith and James " Graham" Mallison. May they rest in peace.
     Thanks for reading and I'll be back in a short while with a post on Shoreham Dogs Trust.
  Ta-ra for now.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

So how was Wildlife 15 for you?

     Hello and welcome to my blog. If I were a betting man, I'd have put money on Wildlife 15 creating traffic chaos and a spike in the crime statistics. Luckily I'm not, because I'd have lost a fortune.  The roads were clear and the peaceful revellers created a joyful vibe in the town.
     So how was Wildlife for you?

Inspector Allan Lowe, Adur and Worthing Neighbourhood Policing Team
"There were few significant problems and many opportunities for positive interactions between the police and local community. There was very little anti-social behaviour around the event and not many issues inside. All the feedback we have had seems to have been pretty positive."

"One of the reasons that planning took so long, was to ensure that the airport could operate as normal during the setup and dismantling of the Wildlife event. On Monday morning, there was a slight delay, which meant the airport opened about 30 minutes later than planned. It's safe to say that airside operations were not restricted and there's been no real damage reported. The feedback so far has been excellent. The reception to the festival has been overwhelming really, with lots of positive press and social media sentiment." 
Vida Hatchard (right), local resident
"I had a great time.  
     There was a great range of music to suit many tastes. It was full of friendly and smiling people - even the staff - and there were people there of all ages. 
     I thought Wildlife was well organised. The only small problems for me were the bars, the toilet queues and the amount of rubbish everywhere, but we all put it there! After having such a fantastic time on Saturday, on Sunday morning, I decided that I would try and get a ticket for day two and I wasn't disappointed. I will be getting a ticket for the next one without a doubt." 
     Councillor Emma Evans commented, 
     "As the new Chair of Adur District Council Licensing Committee, I was looking at the Wildlife weekend with a great deal of trepidation. Stories of traffic chaos for miles around, rapes, murders, people drowning in the river etc, led to many sleepless nights. However, after the event, I can honestly say that I have never been so proud of my town and my community. 
     Of course there have been issues, mainly surrounding the shuttle bus system, but by Sunday evening this too ran to plan. I waved off the last one leaving the site at 1am on Monday morning. 
     There was an all agency debrief a few weeks ago and lessons will be learned. 
     Special mention should be made of our environmental health officers who visited every single person concerned with noise levels, and to our clean-up crews who, by 9am on Sunday and Monday mornings, had our town looking spick and span once more."
     Mark Milling, Bursar at Lancing College, one of the closest buildings to the site, said,
     "We feel that the festival went as well as we could have hoped for. There were no problems with traffic or trespassers, although we did have to spend several thousands of pounds on extra security which prevented any problems.
     Regarding noise, we were lucky with the wind direction which meant that all was quiet on Saturday. On Sunday, we were subjected to quite a bit of "duff-duff" bass but it wasn't too bad. We understand that those on West Beach were not so fortunate. 
      Also, we would have liked the organisers to have picked up litter around Coombes Lane, where people came to catch cabs. The organisers need to put cabs ranks to the south of the A27 next year to prevent pedestrians crossing this extremely dangerous road. 
     So, overall a great success but we have serious reservations about a doubling in size to 70,000 guests which is proposed for next year."
      Joss Loader is Chair of Shoreham Beach Residents' Association and her own son and daughter went to the festival. She said,
     "Lots of people were concerned prior to the festival but in the event it passed off very much more peacefully on the Beach than we'd dared hope. We put out feedback forms to properties west of Ferry Road as we were very keen to know what people felt and the majority reported there were few problems.
     We do know that noise was an issue for some, particularly those at West Beach and in the town, and there is an argument for reducing the decibel level as some people found it very difficult to cope with, particularly those with young children trying to sleep. But generally most Beach residents were pretty relieved."
      Councillor Geoff Patmore (Widewater Ward and West Beach Residents' Association said, 
     "Never again. The persistent bass beats on Saturday and Sunday were all invasive. They shook houses, and residents, including children, could not sleep until the early hours of the morning. 
     Some residents described the noise as like living next door to neighbours who were having a rave until the early hours of the morning. Others felt absolutely powerless and very angry that they should be relentlessly forced to listen to a cacophany of screams, shouts and base beats for two consecutive days, especially on the Sunday before a working day. The helpline to complain about the volume was clogged up with lost property calls, so many residents gave up."     
     A resident of St Nicholas Ward said,
     "I would like to ask that when the Council reviews the Wildlife Festival, it takes into account the views of people such as myself who had a dreadful experience of it. I know lots of people enjoyed the festival and it is apparently good for the town financially. However, I and many others found the weekend intolerable... and I don't normally have a problem with noise ... Sunday, to be fair, was not a level of noise which I would want, but it was just about tolerable. I was absolutely staggered, however, at the volume on Saturday... during the day it was impossible to sit in the garden and have a normal conversation. What was especially disturbing though, was the evening and night time volume and there was nowhere in my house I could get away from the noise... It was impossible to get to sleep even with all the windows closed.
     I know the volume levels were all within limits...but the limits are clearly vastly wrong if that level of intrusion into a person's house is deemed acceptable."
     This is only a sample of opinions on the festival, but all residents are being asked for their views at a questions and answers debrief on Wildlife on...

Wednesday 1st July 2015
Shoreham Academy 
Kingston Lane
BN43 6YT

See you there.     
     Well, Tom's summer holidays are just around the corner, so I'm going to have a short break before returning in late August with features on Shoreham Airport and the Dogs Trust
     Thanks for dropping by and see you on the beach. 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Feedback on Adur Festival please

Hello and welcome to my blog. Before I post on reactions to Wildlife, the team behind Food of Love would like to hear what you thought of this year's Adur Festival.  

Festival debrief at Ropetackle

Adur Festival will be holding a post-festival de-brief and feedback event at Ropetackle on Tuesday 16th June 6-7.30pm. Local residents and businesses are encouraged to come along and share their experiences of the festival this year. We want to know what went down a treat, what you would like to see on the menu again and what maybe wasn’t to your taste.
     To secure the future of the festival and help it to grow and develop, we want to know the impact the festival has on our local communities; businesses, artists, volunteers, visitors, residents and festival goers  – your feedback is key to helping us secure future funding.
     We hope to see you on the 16th June.
     For interviews and more information, please contact Mella on 01903 741469 and

See Gull flies onto Coronation Green to join Shoreham's street party.

Rude Mechanicals at Ropetackle 

     I only managed to get to Shoreham's Street party and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the way that entertainers suddenly appeared from nowhere and mingled with the crowds. Much nicer than just performing on stage and disappearing. More of that please. 
     I'll be back soon with comments on the inaugural Wildlife Festival.
Thanks for dropping by.