Monday, 28 September 2015

Out and about in the Beautiful Outdoors

The weather over the last few days has been glorious with lovely blue skies and sunshine, just the sort of weather to showcase the beautiful scenery behind our West Sussex Beautiful Outdoors campaign.

I was delighted to see so many people out and about when I visited Stan’s Bike Shack at Partridge Green yesterday.

This has become a favourite stopping off place for bikers who are either travelling along the Downs Link, or coming down from Surrey into West Sussex to drop-in for some refreshments and to catch up with other cyclists. 

There was a particular buzz at a special event held yesterday, with many cyclists turning out to enjoy the sunshine. Stan’s Bike Shack has really grown in popularity since opening and earlier in the year he was awarded a ‘Be the Business’ grant to help expand and develop the business. Looking at the many people milling around yesterday, Stan’s Bike Shack is providing a welcome stop for bikers to enjoy and appreciate our wonderful countryside.

The Beautiful Outdoors Campaign has appealed to so many people and although the campaign is now coming to an end we are continuing to support our rural economy and outdoors through our autumn Taste Magazine. We will soon be seeking your suggestions for the best Pub log fires – so keep an eye out for our forthcoming Taste Magazine in November.

Our West Sussex Record Office is another little WSCC treasure. A truly fascinating place filled with so many historical records about the county. The interest in finding out more about our family history has meant the Record Office has become more popular over the years and if you haven’t been there I would highly recommend a visit.

Last week it took an extremely important delivery of all the written tributes that were left with the flowers on the Shoreham Tollbridge following the tragic air crash in August.

The amazing team of volunteers who so lovingly looked after the floral tributes over the last few weeks have carefully retrieved all the written tributes and these have now been handed over to the Record Office. This means our specially trained staff at the Record Office are now able to preserve and record these tributes to ensure they are saved on behalf of the families and as part of the future history of the county. 

The awful air crash was a very significant event in West Sussex so preserving and recording all the information and detail in our Record Office is incredibly important as it will provide a historical record not only now but in the years to come.

Best wishes,

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