COLUMN: Sompting Parish Council chairman Barry Mear

I’M dedicating my first fortnightly column to forthcoming events in Sompting. The first is a civic service to commemorate the start of the First World War, to be held at St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Sompting, at 2pm on Saturday August 2, and all are welcome.

The next items come under the title of Pride of Sompting. The first is the best-kept garden in Sompting, which has taken the place of Sompting in Bloom. We invite residents to nominate to any special garden. We will then photograph the gardens put forward and present the winner with the Fred Burn’s Rose Bowl. There are also runner-up prizes.

The next event is the Doug Sherriff Shield, presented to an individual or group that has achieved something outstanding for Sompting within the last year. Again, we welcome your nominations for this category. Both presentations will be held at a special event in the Harriet Johnson Centre, Loose Lane, Sompting, along with a presentation for someone who has given a lifetime or long period of time to the wellbeing of Sompting and its residents. These events will all take place in October. Nominations to the Old School House, Harriet Johnson Centre, Loose Lane, Sompting, West Sussex, BN15OBG.

Last of all, I cannot let this opportunity go by without congratulating the children of Sompting Village Primary School for the outstanding display on the June 13 at the Sompting festival. The parents and the school should be very proud of their professionalism,

I know I felt extremely proud of every one of them, and many people were visibly moved by the children.

Well done to them and all the teaching staff.