Herald Column: June 25

It’s official, I am having a haircut at last. I have boked in for 9am mega trim at 9am on July 4th, the minute the barber opens again, and it can’t come a moment too soon. Freshly shorn, if all goes according to plan, I will be restarting my monthly street surgeries at the Shoreham Farmer’s Market that morning, suitably socially distanced.

On July 2nd we were due to hold the 13th Adur and Worthing Eco Summit again hosted by Worthing college. Alas we have had to turn this into a virtual event with a number of presentations which will be available on You Tube from next Thursday. It is particularly important that despite the emergency measures taken to get us through the Coronavirus crisis we should not forget the ever-present threats of climate change and the need to do more and quicker to improve the environment.

If there is one positive to come out of the crisis it is the imperative to find new ways of working that are more environmentally and family friendly, and to base the rebuilding of our economy on green principles. I am heartened by the early signs from the Chancellor that he wants to support a recovery based on green principles.

I am therefore very pleased to be participating in the ‘Time is Now’ virtual green lobby of Parliament on June 30th so do get in touch if you would like to participate.

Thank you to all those who contributed to our toy and activity equipment appeal. We delivered 3 carloads of equipment to Home-Start last week including a wendy house, see-saw, 5 scooters and 10 brand new bean bags with particular thanks to the generosity of Sompting computer firm JSPC. A further 2 carloads of toys and sanitary products have also been delivered to Safe in Sussex.

There are 4 Coronavirus Community Champions this week, mostly in Lancing and mostly nominated by previous award winners. Lancing scout leader Shawn Oliver, aka Mole, has been regularly providing a huge amount of activities online to scouts unable to get together physically and helped considerably during lockdown. St James’ churchwarden Elizabeth Doran has been a pillar of the local community helping to coordinate volunteer efforts and keeping the congregation in touch. Fircroft News in lancing have been going out of their way to keep stocked and arrange daily deliveries to all their customers unable to get out, however small the order. And finally, Syed Ahmed of Shaan Restaurant of Tarring who has also been providing delicious curries for NHS staff at Worthing Hospital.

Well done to all of them.