Rustington Parish Council hosted its Annual Civic Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 23 October 2022, at St Peter and St Paul Parish Church. Guests included James Whitmore, High Sheriff of West Sussex, Councillor Samanth-Jayne Staniforth, Chairman of the Arun District Council, and a number of other Chairmen, Mayors and Councillors from Angmering, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Rustington, West Sussex County Council and the Arun District Council.
The Service was conducted by The Reverend Natalie Loveless with the assistance of The Reverend Laura Darrall.
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 Annet Ziraba, in recognition of her outstanding caring commitment and dedication to helping to ensure social inclusion for many members of the community of Rustington. (See Photograph).
Special thanks and appreciation were also conveyed to Ferring Nurseries, for the continued outstanding service and dedication they provided for the Village.
In concluding the afternoon, the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Mrs Alison Cooper, said that she was, as always, extremely impressed by the continuing hard work and impressive achievements of the local groups, organisations and individuals for the benefit of the community. 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 is fully established in the Council's Calendar.
She also thanked everyone for attending and helping to make the Event such a success.