I would like to introduce myself as the new Social Secretary for the Worthing Society. As a former Borough Councillor and Mayoress, I wanted to continue to promote Worthing’s rich heritage and social history, so that residents and visitors can continue to enjoy this legacy both now and in the future.
My aim is to highlight Worthing’s unique heritage through our popular group talks, guided walks plus informal visits to’ heritage buildings’ of interest. Hopefully this will ensure that residents are aware that new developments must be sympathetic to our heritage. A balanced way forward needs to be found at the planning stage to meet all needs.
The Society celebrated the success of the Worthing Heritage Festival by contributing two talks by the Chairman and Publicity Officer, David Clark entitled; “Worthing Buildings Lost and Saved’ and ‘Jane Austen: The Worthing Connection ‘held at Pizza Express, where the Austen family stayed in 1805. It appears Jane’s last book’ Sanditon’ may have been influenced by her stay in Worthing. A ‘Walk and Talk’ around the updated Blue Plaque Trail put together an idea of the popularity of Worthing’s Past with the background story of the many famous people either lived in or visited the town. We also visited the Lifeboat Memorial Garden at Splash Point which is a tribute to the bravery of Worthing’s early lifeboat crews.
All events were well attended and enjoyed.
Social Secretary Worthing Society
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