Long Bench Slat Engraving Scheme to be relaunched
Due to popular demand, the Long Bench slat engraving scheme on
Littlehampton seafront is set to be relaunched on 14 August.
The scheme was originally launched to allow people to commemorate a loved
one or to record a special message, such as a marriage proposal, which was
then inscribed into a slat on the bench.
The scheme closed around five years ago but is now being revived due to
interest from the local community and visitors to the area keen to see the
scheme back up and running again.
Its popularity led to a review of the scheme to look at the most cost-effective
approach for managing and maintaining the Long Bench to ensure it will
continue to look its best for the future.
The Council will be working in partnership with Aldingbourne Trust which will
now take on the management of the scheme.
Phil Graham, Economic Regeneration Officer at Arun District Council, said: “It is
fantastic that the Long Bench slat engraving scheme is being relaunched and
we are looking forward to reading all of the new messages.
“We are really pleased to be working with such a valued partner as the
Aldingbourne Trust to see the scheme develop and help to promote everything
Littlehampton seafront has to offer.”
The scheme will be managed through the wood department at the Aldingbourne
Country Centre and people with learning disabilities, who are supported by the
Trust, will be actively involved in fitting the slats and maintaining the bench.
Peter Stanley, General Manager of the Trust, said: “We are very excited to be
involved in this project – we look forward to working with the local community
and visitors to Littlehampton.”
The website www.longbench.org will provide further information including a price list and how to order a slat. Both larger and smaller sized slats will be available. Email enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
The council is aware that since the original scheme was launched some existing slat holder details may have changed. If you have not received a letter from the council explaining the arrangements for the new scheme, please register your details with the Aldingbourne Trust.