Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Back to school and raring to go!

September always feels like the start of term even for those of us who left school some time ago!
There is a lot going on in the next couple of months – but after a lull in August that is so often the case – and it’s certainly the way I like it.
 
One great bit of news to start the Autumn was our successful bid to Government for grant funding towards our Gigabit project. We started on this a couple of years ago initially working with Worthing and Adur Councils looking to see how we could build superfast broadband in our accommodation and link up across the public sector. We then looked at the feasibility of expanding the project across the County and much work has been undertaken – including a bid to the Government for grant funding. We were one of six Councils to be successful and we now have to wait and see how much we have been allocated and then we can plan how ambitious we can be. A powerful fast internet connection between the public sector has many benefits particularly when serving our residents – but once established there may be possibilities for other businesses to connect in too.
 
Throughout the Summer we’ve been running our Campaign ‘The Beautiful Outdoors’ – promoting all the varied and different aspects of our beautiful county. And let’s be honest there is so much from coast to downs to High Weald – there is something for everyone; a real box of delights that is on offer to residents and visitors alike.
 
We asked people to submit their best and favourite photos of West Sussex in our latest Beautiful Outdoors Competition – and we have had a great response – so one of my tasks this week is picking the top shot. I am really looking forward to seeing the photos – but I know all the contributors will give me a hard task in choosing!
 
This summer I like so many have been enjoying our Beautiful Outdoors in the county, sampling some of the delights in West Sussex. I have visited lovely gardens. West Dean is always well worth a visit, spent time at the wonderful Pallant House Gallery. I took a vineyard tour where I learnt huge amounts about the making of sparkling wine that gives our French cousins a run for their money. Then we have outdoor concerts and theatres, parks and woodlands and so much more. I have lived here for many years and I’m still uncovering hidden jewels and gems. Whether it is Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring there is much to see, do and learn in West Sussex whether it is outdoors or indoors.
 
Next week our Taste Magazine will be out Celebrating its 10th year! It is a real bumper edition with some excellent articles on pickling, pies and local pubs.
In its 10 years Taste has built up a loyal following and won an prestigious award.
It is self-funding and promotes all the terrific food oh and drink grown, made or served here in West Sussex – I do hope you enjoy it.
 
This is just a flavour of what we have coming up, keep an eye on our Twitter account and in the local press for all the fantastic stuff that’s coming up. It might be the end of summer but it’s the start of a whole lot more!