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 longbench@aldingbourne.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.