Pevensey Villages Partnership sets out vision for the future
Over 50 key members of the local community attended the Pevensey Villages Partnership ‘Our Future – Made Together’ conference on 5 November to help shape the future of Pevensey Bay, Pevensey and Westham.
“The ‘Our Future – Made Together’ conference has been a great success. We’ve had some really thought provoking presenters and some excellent discussions with many innovative suggestions being brought to the table,” said Wealden District Councillor and event organiser Lin Clark. “2016 promises to be a huge year for the area – it marks 950 years since the Normans landed on our beaches and we’ve got some great ideas coming out from this event so watch this space!”
Wealden District Council Chairman Barby Dashwood-Morris introduced the event which included presentations from Jo Evans from Rotherfield St Martin, on working together to reduce isolation and loneliness in a rural community, Wealden Principal Policy Advisor officer Dr Jeremy Leach on behavioral change, Mina O’Brien of Ditzy Media on social media and Daniel Brookbank of Pevensey Senior Support Group on moving into the future together.
Pevensey Villages Partnership was founded in March 2014 from the Wealden District Council ‘Streets Ahead’ initiative to look at how the Council can help local communities to regenerate economic and social activity in their villages and towns. Pevensey Villages Partnership recently secured £10,000 of funding to help its regeneration plans from the Government’s Coastal Community Teams fund.
From left to right : Bob Peasgood (PVP) Mickey Reeson (Martello Beach Park/PVPCT) Lin Clark (PVP) Carolyn Little (PVP) Maurice Gilbert (Pevensey Parish Council Chair) Barby Dashwood Hall (Wealden District Council Chair) Helen Burton (PVPCT) Barbara Molog (PVP Chair) John Grout (PVP) Val Wilson (Bay Hotel/PVP) Glyn Morgan (Anglers Den/PVP)
Barby Dashwood Hall opened the proceedings by speaking about Wealden District Council’s Streets Ahead Project. Maurice Gilbert attended as Pevensey Parish Council Chairman. Both have taken a keen interest in PVP and the results the group have achieved over the last 18 months.
Jo Evans who founded and runs The Rotherfield St Martn Project talking to delegates about the way the Rotherfield project has grown from strength to strength.
Mina O’Brien of Ditzy Media spoke about the importance of social media for the community. Delegates enjoyed a quick and easy lesson on Facebook and Twitter.
Dr Jeremy Leach started his presentation, and
as always amused everyone, with his short quizzes,
and went on to impress delegates when giving an
insight into the how people’s behavior can be
changed with the use of very words.
Left : Lin Clark, founder of PVP and one of our
three Pevensey and Westham Ward District
Councillors. Right : Barbara Molog, Chairman of
Lin said “we are so very pleased with the day, which has been a great success. Thanks to Mickey Reeson and the Martello Beach Park, we had the ideal venue, and the buffet lunch, a real treat for the taste buds, was very impressive indeed ! We plan to use all the comments made by the delegates to help us move forward with our work to bring a better future for the villages.