Rustington Parish Council hosted its Annual Civic Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 12 September 2021, at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church. Guests included Councillor Jim Brooks, Chairman of the Arun District Council, and a number of other Chairmen, Mayors and Councillors from Angmering, Bognor Regis, East Preston, Kingston, Littlehampton, Rustington, West Sussex County Council and the Arun District Council. The Service was conducted by Reverend Naison Hove.
Following the Service, the now well-established Community Awards’ Reception was held at The Woodlands Centre, where presentations were made to various members of the community, for outstanding floral displays in both private front gardens and business premises. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the Presentation of the Parishioners' Award which was awarded to Di Brown, in recognition of her dedication and outstanding public service to the community of Rustington for many years. Special thanks and appreciation were also conveyed to Ferring Nurseries, for the most outstanding service, expertise and dedication, they continue to provide for the Village.
In concluding the afternoon, the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Mrs Alison Cooper, said that she was overwhelmed by the continuing work and achievements of local groups, organisations and individuals for the benefit of the community, through what had been an extremely challenging time for everyone. She continued that she was particularly delighted that some of these efforts were being recognised by way of the awards presented, at this most enjoyable social event, that was well established in the Council's Calendar.