After a tentative start owing to Covid numbers rising in the autumn, we started the “in person” talks again at the Shoreham Centre:
- November – Launch of consultation for Old Shoreham and Kingston Buci
- December – Special network Shoreham event – Marylin Stafford
- January – Laura Brook on conservation and planning (Sussex Wildlife Trust)
- Tom Willis – CEO of Shoreham Port
- Kim Matthews – Oyster fishing in Shoreham
- April – Meet the Mannings
- May – our AGM
- June – National Park’s possible plans for cement works
- July – Rampion 2
- September – Heritage open days
A year of consolidation/rolling with the changes:
- We continued to use Zoom until we could meet in person
- We launched our new website at last year’s AGM
- We helped ACT (Adur Communities together) to get off the ground. We chaired the ACT meeting in Oct 2021 and facilitated the live streaming.
- We support the independent traders in Shoreham by temporarily looking after their finances until they become a formal registered body
- We work closely with Transition Town, AREA and Wordfest
- We helped to prevent IKEA in Lancing
- We are following up on key action points from our 2020 Survey
- Our newish committee members have contributed hugely to the Shoreham Society (e.g. the new website)
- We encourage cross-party collaboration on major issues
- Sadly, we lost a major member of our committee: Adrian Towler – involved in events/all printed materials and publicity/the journal/the rail subway/friends of Shoreham Station. He and Jenny were our “power couple” – heirs to Tony and Bronwen Vinicombe.
- We mourned the loss of Mary Tilling this summer. Mary was kind and generous and always willing to help out on the Shoreham Society committee. She was one of the longest serving members of the Society and our committee. Mary will be sorely missed by all of us.
I will be stepping down as Chair in 2023 but will remain on the committee. I am very proud of our initiatives over the last 10 years!
Gerard Rosenberg, 20 May 2022