Friday, 5 June 2015

Wildlife Festival - a community perspective

     Hello and welcome to my blog. The countdown to Wildlife has begun and it's all quite exciting. 
     A dull part of Shoreham Airport has been transformed into a massive colourful arena and the forecast is for sunny weather all weekend. Revellers have started to arrive, so welcome to you. If you don't know Shoreham, why not head into town for a bite to eat and drink? If fresh local fish takes your fancy, pop across our iconic Adur Ferry Bridge to visit the popular Into the Blue, or stay in town and enjoy relaxing views from the Bridge Inn's riverside terrace or embrace the aura of serenity around St Mary de Haura's Church in East Street. 
     For those not going to Wildlife, the Adur Festival reaches its half way point this weekend and one of the major highlights is the Military History Weekend at Shoreham Fort.
     If you are travelling over the weekend, the Sussex Police twitter account will have real time information on local road conditions.
      All those that need the Council's hotline number should have it by now so all that's left is to sit back and hope that a spirit of friendliness and tolerance spreads through the town and that Wildlife is a great success.  
     The time to review what went right and wrong on the day will be long after Wildlife has packed up and left town. Although this official debrief is not open to the public, views are being sought from local residents and businesses and should be given via our elected representatives and/or residents associations. Residents on Shoreham Beach, for instance, can give their views to Joss Loader, the Chair of Shoreham Beach Residents Association at and those in Lancing Manor to Bill Freeman at
     Some of our local organisations have also issued the following joint statement:
     "Working in partnership, resident groups from across Adur have confirmed that they hope the Festival passes off peacefully and successfully and brings the significant benefits to the area as predicted by SJM the event organiser. 
     The groups will work together to run a post-event study, in a bid to gauge the commercial benefits enjoyed by businesses in the district." 
Adur Groups
Shoreham Beach Residents' Association
West Beach Residents' Association
The Shoreham Society
Lancing Manor SE Residents' Network
Barfield Park Residents
So, if you have a retail business and would like to participate, watch out for more on my next blog. 
     Well, this is the last in the series of mini-blogs but, before I go, I want to put a shout out to Allstars, one of our local bands, which will be appearing at Wildlife. I hope they have a fabulous day and if you're around please go along and support them at their Stagewagon. 
     Thanks for dropping by and whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope you have a wonderful time.

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