Whilst many believe that concern over the environment is a 21st century development the FVRA has always looked to protect the environment in which we live, indeed it was formed in 1936 to stop industrial development in the valley.
In 2013 the FVRA took ownership of two ornamental planters on King's Parade and a contract was agreed with Ferring Nurseries to maintain them.
In 2015, we came up with the idea of planting of wild flowers, young trees and other plants on The Gallops to encourage wildlife like bees, other insects and a variety of birds. With agreement from our committee, the Adur & Worthing Council was approached and the result was a very colourful area of land with the most amazing array of wild flowers! Late autumn saw the planting of 30 young trees in another area of The Gallops.
During the spring of 2016, in association with The Woodlands Trust and the local council we were able to plant a wide variety of trees and another bedding for wild flowers. This was followed up with Adur & Worthing Council placing a few more benches on The Gallops for visitors to rest and enjoy the surrounding views. An oak tree was also planted to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the FVRA.
Over the summer and autumn more trees and bushes were planted alongside the placement of some new benches, each with a concreted area in front for visitors to enjoy the fine views around. To everyone's amazement orchids appeared in July/August time.
You can find further pictures in The Gallops gallery.
In liaison with Vale School, double yellow ‘no parking’ lines were painted on the corners of the top cross road junction close to the school.
Ongoing co-operation with the school and local authorities with the school run traffic flow, mindful of local residents' interests during the morning and early evening periods.
Offington Corner: 'Keep Clear' markings installed and re-painted.
The placement of 'Dismount/no cycling' signs on King's Parade.
Three disabled parking bays along King's Parade outside the Post Office, Tesco and Curtis & Son Estate Agents
A loading bay for HGVs on the A24 lay-by opposite Tesco for deliveries to the shops and businesses.
Upgrading of parking restrictions on both access roads at the foot of Vale Avenue.
Repainting of road markings along the A24.
New Puffin pedestrian crossing installed on Warren Road.
Warren Road crossing: high-mast signals and improved signage.
In December 2017 a new Outdoor Gym was officially opened. This was the direct result of a suggestion from Jeff Swann at the 2016 AGM. He worked with Maggie Winter, Chairman of Findon Valley Residents’ Association in liaison with the local council. Read The Argus for full details (Photo shows Dan Humphreys, right, and Diane Guest, third right, at the launch.).
2017 Christmas Tree Festival - The FVRA Craft Group was invited take part in the Annual Christmas Tree Festival, held in St. John the Baptist Church, Findon Village over the weekend 9-10 December 2017. Read more....
During the summer the (4th Findon Valley Dog Show) took place, this time supporting Paws Animal Sanctuary and Sussex Pet Rescue. £1,600 was shared between both charities and you can read more about this event at www.findonvalleydogshow.co.uk.
2017 started with some fantastic news. A total of £1,297.22 was raised from the sales of the 2017 Findon Valley calendar. The FVRA has had a long association with fundraising for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice going back almost 10 years.
In July 2016 the third annual Charity Fun Dog Show took place, organised again by Pat Eves, Geoff & Lynn Raynsford on behalf of the FVRA with help from their friends. £1,001 was raised for Paws Animal Sanctuary.
Following a request from a local resident in late 2015, Maggie Winter - Planning Officer - applied for funding for a new bus shelter on the east side of the A24 Findon Road opposite Downside Avenue. Approval was made during the spring of 2016 as the FVRA received a grant of £1,600 for the materials. The result was a wooden bus shelter built by the West Sussex County Council Community Solutions Team. This was officially opened on 7 July with the resident who suggested the bus shelter alongside the team who built it with representation from W. Sussex Council and the FVRA. See an article published by the Worthing Herald.
The year also saw the installation of a second bus shelter sited at the bottom of Central Avenue.
2016 started with a new monthly photo competition for local Findon Valley Residents. The twelve winners’ photos were used for a 2017 Findon Valley Calendar with Jacobs Steel Estate Agents sponsoring the production. All proceeds from the sales were donated to Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. A second competition was initiated by the FVRA during the summer to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM The Queen. It was a front garden design competition sponsored by Michael Jones Estate Agents. Local people had to register their interest to design their front garden ‘fit for The Queen’ with £100 Wyevale Garden Centre voucher and a bottle of Champagne for the runner-up.
During the summer of 2015 the second Charity Fun Dog Show was held on The Gallops.
In late 2015 a new community bench was placed on the north end of King's Parade for local people to use. The bench was crafted by the carpentry department of Camelia Botnar Foundation and funded by the FVRA subscriptions.
New community events took place during 2013/14 with the annual Quiz Night, an Antiques Valuation Afternoon, a Tea Dance Afternoon, a 'Variety Showstoppers' Show and the first Charity Fun Dog Show held on Bost Hill. All events were geared towards supporting local based charities.
The annual Christmas event is re-branded 'Spirit of Christmas' late night shopping and community event. Record breaking fundraising as 2012 saw an all-time high £2028 raised and this was beaten in 2013 with a staggering £2,516.26! Then in 2014 another record was set and £2,507.79 was achieved!! Alas this was our last Christmas event as we asked for volunteers to help in 2015. With no response by the end of April, at the time we’d have to apply to the Council to close King’s Parade, we decided that we could not continue with ‘Spirit of Christmas’.