On Saturday 3rd March the Portslade community came together at Portslade Town Hall to showcase some of the great initiatives available in the area.
The Portslade Community Forum (PCF) along with a number of voluntary groups, business and charities came to show off what they had on offer to local residents.
Portslade Bowls Club and Mile Oak Football Club explained the activities they run, in a drive for new members, whilst the local Country Dancing group encouraged residents to get involved and attend one of the local barn dances. Fresh Start, based at Easthill Park, launched their Portslade History trail, with the Brighton and Hove Heritage Group adding further historical flavour. Local churches were represented and the White Watch service from Hove Community Fire Station brought one of their fire engines along, and urged people to take up their Home Fire Safety Visits and have smoke alarms fitted. Other organisations were welcome guests and included
- Volunteering Matters, who are offering activities to people aged 50+ in Portslade
- Brighton Soup and
- BHESCo, who help residents improve their energy savings and efficiency
Local businesses like the Mile Oak branch of the Co-op were in attendance too as well as the local foodbank, The Purple People Kitchen, who provided drinks and a free buffet.
Mark Drayton, our Community Development Worker for the area, supported PCF in organising the event and was there to represent TDC on the day. He said “I’m here today promoting the Neighbourhood Plan for Portslade which will gives local residents a say in the aspirations for their community going forward to 2020”.