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WORTHING (/ˈwɜːrðɪŋ/ ) is a large seaside town in England , with borough status in West Sussex . It is situated at the foot of the South Downs , 10 miles (16 km) west of Brighton , and 18 miles (29 km) east of the county town of Chichester . With an estimated population of 104,600 and an area of 12.5 square miles (32.37 km2) the borough is the second largest component of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation , which makes it part of the 15th most populous urban area in the United Kingdom .

The area around Worthing has been populated for at least 6,000 years and contains Britain's greatest concentration of Stone Age flint mines, which are some of the earliest mines in Europe. Lying within the borough, the Iron Age hill fort of Cissbury Ring is one of Britain's largest. Worthing means "(place of) Worth/Worō's people", from the Old English personal name Worth/Worō (the name means "valiant one, one who is noble"), and -ingas "people of" (reduced to -ing in the modern name).

For many centuries Worthing was a small mackerel fishing hamlet until in the late 18th century it developed into an elegant Georgian seaside resort and attracted the well-known and wealthy of the day. In the 19th and 20th centuries the area was one of Britain's chief market gardening centres.

Modern Worthing has a large service industry, particularly in financial services. It has three theatres and one of Britain's oldest cinemas Dome cinema . Writers Oscar Wilde and Harold Pinter lived and worked in the town.

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology * 2 History * 3 Governance

* 4 Geography

* 4.1 Marine environment * 4.2 Climate * 4.3 Districts

* 5 Demography * 6 Religion * 7 Education

* 8 Economy and regeneration

* 8.1 Regeneration

* 9 Transport * 10 Public services * 11 Voluntary and community groups

* 12 Heritage and culture

* 12.1 Arts * 12.2 Buildings and architecture * 12.3 Folklore * 12.4 Open spaces * 12.5 Annual events

* 13 Media * 14 Sport * 15 Notable people * 16 Twin towns

* 17 References

* 17.1 Notes * 17.2 Bibliography

* 18 External links

ETYMOLOGY

Worthing means "(place of) Worth/Weorð/Worō's people", from the Old English personal name _Worth_, _Weorð_ or _Worō_ (meaning "valiant one, one who is noble "), and _-ingas_ (meaning "people of", and reduced to -ing in the modern name). The name was first recorded as _Weoroingas_ in Old English; then as _Ordinges_ in the Domesday Book of 1086, _Wuroininege_ in 1183, _Wurdingg_ in 1218, _Wording_ or _Wurthing_ in 1240, _Worthinges_ in 1288 and _Wyrthyng_ in 1397. _Worthen_ was used as late as 1720. The modern name was first documented in 1297.

Another village with a similar name near Emmen in Drenthe in the Northeastern part of the Netherlands is Weerdinge .

Older local people sometimes claim that the name of Worthing is derived from a natural annual phenomenon. Seaweed beds off nearby Bognor Regis are ripped up by summer storms and prevailing Atlantic currents deposit it on the beach. A rich source of nitrates , it makes good fertiliser . The decaying weed was sought by farmers from the surrounding area. Thus the town would have become known as _Wort_ (weed) _-inge_ (people).

HISTORY

Main article: History of Worthing The backfilled remains of a flint mine shaft, one of about 270 mine shafts at Cissbury. From around 4000BC, the South Downs above Worthing was Britain's earliest and largest flint-mining area.

From around 4000BC, the South Downs above Worthing was Britain's earliest and largest flint-mining area., with four of the UK's 14 known flint mines lying within 7 miles (11 kilometres) of the centre of Worthing. An excavation at Little High Street dates the earliest remains from Worthing town centre to the Bronze Age . There is also an important Bronze Age hill fort on the western fringes of the modern borough at Highdown Hill .

During the Iron Age , one of Britain's largest hill forts was built at Cissbury Ring. The area was part of the civitas of the Regni during the Romano-British period. Several of the borough's roads date from this era and lie in a grid layout known as 'centuriation'. A Romano-British farmstead once stood in the centre of the town, at a site close to the town hall . In the 5th and 6th centuries, the area became part of the kingdom of Sussex . The place names of the area, including the name Worthing itself, date from this period. Photochrom print of South Street in the 1890s, showing the Old Town Hall

Worthing remained an agricultural and fishing hamlet for centuries until the arrival of wealthy visitors in the 1750s. Princess Amelia stayed in the town in 1798 and the fashionable and wealthy continued to stay in Worthing, which became a town in 1803. The town expanded and elegant developments such as Park Crescent and Liverpool Terrace were begun. The area was a stronghold of smugglers in the 19th century and was the site of rioting by the Skeleton Army in the 1880s.

Oscar Wilde holidayed in the town in 1893 and 1894, writing the _ Importance of Being Earnest _ during his second visit. The town was home to several literary figures in the 20th century, including Nobel prize -winner Harold Pinter . During the Second World War , Worthing was home to several allied military divisions in preparation for the D-Day landings.

Worthing became the world's 229th Transition Town in October 2009. Transition Town Worthing, the project exploring the town's transition to life after oil, was established by local residents as a way of planning the town's Energy Descent Action Plan.

GOVERNANCE

See also: Worthing local elections Built in 1933, Worthing Town Hall replaced the town's original Georgian town hall as the headquarters of Worthing Borough Council

Worthing was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1890, when the towns absorbed the neighbouring civil parish of Heene . Subsequent enlargements took place in 1902, 1929 and 1933 before being reincorporated as a borough in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 . Since its inception as a borough, the authority has granted freedom of the town to some 18 individuals.

The borough's coat of arms includes three silver mackerel, a Horn of Plenty overflowing with corn and fruit on a cloth of gold, and the figure of a woman, considered likely to be Hygieia , the ancient Greek goddess of health, holding a snake. The images represent the health given from the seas, the fullness and riches gained from the earth and the power of healing.

Worthing's motto is the Latin _Ex terra copiam e mari salutem_, which translates as 'From the land plenty and from the sea health'.

On March 31, 1930, Charles Bentinck Budd was elected to the Offington ward of the West Sussex County Council. Later that year, Budd, who lived at Greenville, Grove Road, was elected to the town council as the independent representative of Ham Ward in Broadwater.

At an election meeting on 16 October 1933, Budd revealed he was now a member of the British Union of Fascists (BUF). He was duly re-elected and the national press reported that Worthing was the first town in the country to elect a fascist councillor.

The borough is divided into 13 wards, with 11 returning three councillors and two returning two councillors to form a total council of 37 members. The borough is unparished.

Worthing remains part of the two-tier structure of local government, with some services being provided by West Sussex County Council . The town currently returns nine councillors to the county council from nine single member electoral divisions.

The town has two members of parliament (MPs): Tim Loughton (Conservative) for East Worthing and Shoreham , who was Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families; and Peter Bottomley (Conservative) for Worthing West . At the 2010 general election , both were safe Conservative seats and have been held by their incumbents since the seats' creation before the 1997 general election .

From 1945 to 1997 Worthing returned one MP. Since 1945 Worthing has always returned Conservative MPs. Until 1945 Worthing formed part of the Horsham and Worthing parliamentary constituency.

Worthing is included in the South East England constituency for elections to the European Parliament .

GEOGRAPHY

The summit of Cissbury Ring, the highest point in Worthing.

Worthing is situated on the West Sussex coast in South East England , 49 miles (79 km) south of London and 10 miles (16 km) west of Brighton and Hove . It forms part of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation along with neighbouring towns and villages in the county such as Littlehampton , Findon , Sompting , Lancing , Shoreham-by-Sea and Southwick . The area is the United Kingdom's twelfth largest conurbation, with a population of over 460,000.

The borough of Worthing is bordered by the West Sussex local authority districts of Arun in the north and west, and Adur in the east. The town is dominated by the Downs to the north: Cissbury Ring, a Site of Special Scientific Interest , rises to 184 metres (604 ft) in the north of the borough. A further high point is at West Hill (139m) north-west of High Salvington

Lying on the south coast of England, Worthing is situated on a mix of two beds of sedimentary rock. The large part of the town, including the town centre is built upon chalk (part of the Chalk Group ), with a bed of London clay found in a band heading west from Lancing through Broadwater and Durrington. There are no major rivers within the borough, however the culverted Teville Stream begins as a spring in what is now allotments in Tarring, runs along Tarring Road and Teville Road north of the town centre, passing to the east through Homefield Park and Davison High School before meeting the sea at Brooklands where the Broadwater Brook meets the sea. To the west and also in parts culverted, Ferring Rife rises in Durrington near Littlehampton Road, passing through Maybridge, then west of Ferring into the sea.

Being located in the South Coast Plain at the foot of the South Downs , some of the undeveloped land in the north of the borough is proposed to form part of the South Downs National Park . The west of the borough contains some ancient woodland at Titnore Wood . The development along the coastal strip is interrupted by strategic gaps at the borough boundaries in the east and west, each gap falling largely outside the borough boundaries. The southwest of the borough contains part of the Goring Gap, a protected area of fields and woodland between Goring and Ferring.

To the east of Worthing lies the Sompting Gap , a protected area that lies between Worthing and Sompting. This area was formerly an inlet of the sea and it is here that the Broadwater Brook (also known as Sompting Brook) flows into Brooklands Park and on into the sea. Some of the reedbeds in the Sompting Gap at Lower Cokeham have been designated a Site of Nature Conservation Importance . The borough of Worthing contains no nature reserves: the nearest is Widewater Lagoon in Lancing.

MARINE ENVIRONMENT

Main article: Maritime history of Worthing

Lying some three miles off the coast of Worthing, the _Worthing Lumps_ are a series of underwater chalk cliff faces, up to three metres high. The lumps, described as "one of the best chalk reefs in Europe" by the Marine Conservation Society , are home to rare fish such as blennies and the lesser spotted dogfish . The site has been declared a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) (a site of county importance) by West Sussex County Council.

CLIMATE

See also: Climate of the United Kingdom

Worthing has a temperate climate: its Köppen climate classification is _Cfb_. Its mean annual temperature of 10.6 °C is similar to that experienced along the Sussex coast, and slightly warmer than nearby areas such as the Sussex Weald. On most summer afternoons a sea breeze , sometimes known as _The Worthing Effect_ by the local watersports community, blows from the south-west, building throughout the morning and peaking generally mid to late afternoon.

DISTRICTS

The borough of Worthing comprises many smaller districts some of which share their names – although not necessarily boundaries – with local electoral wards :

* Broadwater * Durrington * Findon Valley * Goring * Heene * High Salvington * Offington * Salvington * (West) Tarring

DEMOGRAPHY

According to the Office for National Statistics , Worthing's population increased to an estimated 100,200 in 2008. Worthing is the most densely populated local authority area in East and West Sussex, with a population density in 2001 of 30.04 people per hectare. Worthing underwent dramatic population growth both in the early 19th century as the hamlet had newly become a town and again in the 1880s. The town experienced further growth in the 1930s, and again when new estates were built, using prisoner of war labour, to the west of the town from 1948. The main driver of population growth in Worthing during the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century has been in-migration into Worthing; in particular Worthing is the most popular destination for people moving from the nearby city of Brighton and Hove , with significant numbers also moving to the borough from London.

YEAR 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1939 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001

POPULATION 2,151 3,824 4,922 5,654 6,856 7,615 9,744 11,873 14,002 19,177 24,479 31,301 37,906 45,905 55,584 67,305 77,155 88,467 90,686 98,066 97,540

SOURCE: A Vision of Britain through Time

According to the UK Government 's 2001 census , Worthing is overwhelmingly populated by people of a white British ethnic background at 97.2% – significantly higher than the national average of 90.9%. Other ethnic groups in the district, in order of population size, are multiracial at 0.9%, Asian at 0.9% and black at 0.3% (the national averages are 1.3%, 4.6% and 2.1%, respectively). Worthing is the most ethnically diverse local authority area, (from a low overall base population) within the coastal districts of West Sussex (i.e. Chichester, Arun, Worthing and Adur) with a black and ethnic minority population equating to 4.6% of the total population.

Worthing has a younger population than the other three districts of coastal West Sussex, albeit older than the South East average. In 2006, 26.7% of the population were between 25 and 44 years old, which is a higher proportion compared to the other districts in the coastal West Sussex area. Over the last 20 years, Worthing has seen the sharpest decline in its population aged 65 years or more with its proportion of the total population falling by 8.1% (7,000 in real terms), at a time when this age group has actually grown across the South East region and elsewhere. In contrast there have been comparatively significant increases in older families (4.5%) and family makers (4.3%) within the borough. In 2010 the estimated median age of the population of Worthing was 42.8 years, 3.2 years older than the average for the UK of 39.6 years.

According to the 2001 United Kingdom Census , 97,568 people lived in the borough of Worthing. Of these, 72.14% identified themselves as Christian, 0.75% were Muslim, 0.34% were Buddhist , 0.26% were Jewish, 0.22% were Hindu , 0.11% were Sikh, 0.46% followed another religion, 16.99% claimed no religious affiliation and 8.73% did not state their religion. The proportion of Christians was slightly higher than the 71.74% in England as a whole; Buddhism and other religions were also practised more widely in Worthing than nationally. Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism had significantly fewer followers than average: in 2001, 3.1% of people in England were Muslim, 1.1% were Hindu, 0.7% were Sikh and 0.5% were Jewish. The proportion of people with no religious affiliation was much higher than the national figure of 14.59%.

RELIGION

St Paul\'s Church was Worthing's first Anglican church. The Church of St Andrew the Apostle (Church of England) St Andrew\'s is the parish church of West Tarring. The Masjid Assalam mosque serves the town's Sunni Muslim population. See also: List of places of worship in Worthing

The borough of Worthing has about 50 active Christian places of worship. There is also a mosque, which follows the Sunni tradition. There are also 16 former church buildings which are either disused or in secular use.

Worthing's first Anglican church, St Paul\'s , was built in 1812; previously, worshippers had to travel to the ancient parish church of Broadwater . John Rebecca 's classical-style building became structurally unsound and closed in 1995. The austere design was well regarded at first, but architectural writers have since criticised it. Its importance derives from its status as "the spiritual and social centre around which the town developed". Residential growth in the 19th century led to several other Anglican churches opening in the town centre: Christ Church was started in 1840 and survived a closure threat in 2006; Arthur Blomfield 's St Andrew\'s Church brought the controversial _" High Church "_ form of worship to the town in the 1880s—its " Worthing Madonna" icon was particularly notorious; and Holy Trinity church opened at the same time but with less dispute.

Other Anglican churches were built in the 20th century to serve new residential areas such as High Salvington and Maybridge; and the ancient villages which were absorbed into Worthing Borough between 1890 and 1929 each had their own church: Broadwater\'s had Saxon origins, St Mary\'s at Goring-by-Sea was Norman (although it was rebuilt in 1837), St Andrew\'s at West Tarring was 13th century, and St Botolph 's at Heene and St Symphorian\'s at Durrington were rebuilt from medieval ruins. All of the borough's churches are in the Rural Deanery of Worthing and the Diocese of Chichester .

The first Roman Catholic church in Worthing opened in 1864; the centrally located St Mary of the Angels Church has since been joined by others at East Worthing, Goring-by-Sea and High Salvington. All are in Worthing Deanery in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton . Protestant Nonconformism has a long history in Worthing: the town's first place of worship was an Independent chapel. Methodists , Baptists , the United Reformed Church and Evangelical Christian groups each have several churches in the borough, and other denominations represented include Christadelphians , Christian Scientists , Jehovah\'s Witnesses , Mormons and Plymouth Brethren . The Salvation Army have been established for more than a century, but their arrival in Worthing prompted large-scale riots involving a group called the Skeleton Army . These continued intermittently for several years in the 1880s.

Worthing's Churches Together organisation , currently chaired by Nigel O'Dwyer, encourages ecumenical work and links between the town's churches. Church leaders meet regularly to pray for the town and to organise events together through _PrayerNet_. A townwide youth service, _CrossRoads_, brings together young people from all denominations. New Song Cafe performs a similar function for the town's church musicians. Other Christian organisations include Worthing Churches Homeless Projects and Street Pastors . In October 2009, a Mission Festival Weekend was held to celebrate the range of mission agencies based in Worthing; the centrepiece was a parade from Worthing Pier to St Paul's Church.

EDUCATION

See also: Schools in Worthing, West Sussex

Worthing has 22 primary schools, five secondary schools, one primary and secondary special school, two independent schools, one sixth form college and one college of higher and further education. Schools in the borough are provided by West Sussex County Council . Broadly speaking, the town has a system of First-Middle-High progression, and so the 22 primary schools are made up of a combination of first, middle and combined schools. In 2012, a consultation was underway to review whether to continue this policy or adopt a policy of transferring to secondary schools at the age of 11 as elsewhere in West Sussex. Our Lady of Sion School , an independent school, was the most successful secondary school in Worthing for GCSE results in 2012: 100% of pupils gained five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade. Durrington High School was the highest achieving state school with 58%, closely followed by Davison High School with 52%. Worthing High School and St Andrews School achieved 48% and the worst performing school was Chatsmore Catholic High School where only 43% of students achieved five or more A* to C grade results.

With two campuses in Worthing and another at nearby Shoreham Airport, Northbrook College has around 16,000 full-time and part-time students and is an affiliate college of Brighton University . Its West Durrington campus is referred to as University Centre Worthing and it provides Higher Education to around 1,000 students, most of whom study art and design. In 2012, Northbrook College announced plans to begin the second phase of a multimillion-pound redevelopment of its Broadwater campus. The town's sixth form college, Worthing College announced plans to move in 2013 to a new campus located at the Warren covering 8 hectares (20 acres) and the move took place at the beginning of the 2013–2014 academic year with the previous site being used for housing.

ECONOMY AND REGENERATION

LABOUR PROFILE

Total employee jobs 43,800

Full-time 28,000 63.9%

Part-time 15,800 36.1%

Manufacturing 3,300 7.5%

Construction 1,100 2.4%

Services 38,900 88.7%

Distribution, hotels & restaurants 9,600 22.0%

Transport & communications 1,400 3.3%

Finance, IT, other business activities 9,600 22.0%

Public admin, education "> MGM House in Heene is the headquarters of MGM Advantage.

Worthing's economy is dominated by the service industry, particularly financial services. Major employers include GlaxoSmithKline , HM Revenue "> , there were approximately 43,000 jobs in the borough.

Although Worthing was voted the most profitable town in Britain for three consecutive years at the end of the 1990s, the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2009 found that Worthing residents' mean pre-tax pay is only £452 per week, compared to £487 for West Sussex and £535 for South East England as a whole.

In 2008, Worthing was in the top 10 urban areas in England for jobs in each of three key sectors, thought to have a significant impact on economic performance: creative, high-tech industries and knowledge-intensive business services. The 2012 UK Town and City Index from Santander UK ranked Worthing as the second highest town or city in the UK for connectivity and ranked fifth in the UK overall out of 74 towns and cities.

REGENERATION

In June 2006, Worthing Borough Council agreed a masterplan for the town's regeneration, focused on improving the town centre and seafront. A new £150 million development is proposed for Teville Gate, between Worthing railway station and the A24 at the northern approach to the town centre. It is expected to include two residential towers, a multiplex cinema , hotel and conference and exhibition centre. The developers are expected to apply for planning permission in the summer of 2010. Redevelopment is planned for the Grafton Street car park area; and the town's major undercover shopping centre, the Guildbourne Centre, may be rebuilt entirely and extended to Union Place, covering the site of the town's former police station . Work planned for the seafront includes the installation of an artwork named _Suncloud_, gardens and public space. The former Eardley Hotel, overlooking Splash Point, is being demolished and rebuilt in a similar style as luxury flats. Swiss electronics firm LEMO are building a new headquarters in North Street; the building, nicknamed "The Peanut", is due to open in 2010. In early 2008, the town's further education college, Northbrook College , announced proposals to invest £70 million to consolidate its operations on to one campus in Broadwater. Worthing College , the town's sixth form college , has had plans approved for a £42 million redevelopment of its campus near Durrington railway station . In 2009, both schemes were threatened by delays in receiving money from the Learning and Skills Council .

In the longer term, the area around Worthing's museum, art gallery , library and town hall—collectively described as the "Worthing Cultural and Civic Hub"—is to be revamped to provide extra facilities and new housing. In 2009, Worthing Borough Council applied for a £5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to redevelop and enlarge the museum. A new £16 million municipal swimming pool, Splash Point Leisure Centre, has been designed by Stirling Prize -winning architects Wilkinson Eyre ; it was opened by Paralympian Ellie Simmonds in June 2013. It has been proposed that Montague Place is pedestrianised to improve the link between the town centre and the seafront.

Completed regeneration projects include the reopening of the Dome Cinema in 2007 after major investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund , and a £5.5 million mixed-use development on the site of a former hotel near Teville Gate.

TRANSPORT

Stagecoach in the South Downs operate most buses in Worthing. A Southern train arrives at Worthing railway station . Main article: Transport in Worthing

A turnpike was opened in 1803 to connect Worthing with London, and similar toll roads were built later in the 19th century to connect nearby villages. Stagecoach traffic grew rapidly until 1845, when the opening of a railway line from Brighton brought about an immediate decline. The former turnpike is now the A24 , a primary route which runs northwards to London via Horsham . Two east–west routes run through the borough: the A27 trunk road runs to Brighton , Chichester and Portsmouth , and the A259 follows a coastal route between Hampshire and Kent .

Most local and long-distance buses are operated by Stagecoach in the South Downs , a division of Stagecoach Group plc which has its origins in Southdown Motor Services —founded in 1915 with one route to Pulborough . Stagecoach in the South Downs operates several routes around the town and to Midhurst , Brighton and Portsmouth. The most frequent service, between Lancing and Durrington , was branded _PULSE_ in 2006. Worthing-based Compass Travel have routes to Angmering , Chichester, Henfield and Lancing; and other companies serve Horsham, Crawley , Brighton and intermediate destinations. National Express coaches run between London's Victoria Coach Station and Marine Parade.

The borough has five railway stations: East Worthing , Worthing , West Worthing , Durrington-on-Sea and Goring-by-Sea . All are on the West Coastway Line and are managed and operated by the Southern train operating company . Worthing opened on 24 November 1845 as a temporary terminus of the line from Brighton, which was extended to Chichester the following year and electrified in the 1930s. Regular services run to destinations such as London, Gatwick Airport , Brighton, Littlehampton and Portsmouth.

Shoreham Airport is about 5 miles (8 km) east of Worthing. The nearest international airport is London Gatwick , about 28 miles (45 km) to the northeast.

PUBLIC SERVICES

Main article: Public services in Worthing Centenary House is the headquarters of the West Downs division of Sussex Police .

Home Office policing in Worthing is provided by the Worthing district of the West Sussex division of Sussex Police . The district is divided into two neighbourhood policing teams—North and South—for operational purposes. The police station is in Chatsworth Road. The West Downs division's headquarters is at Centenary House in Durrington. Worthing's fire station has been in Broadwater since 1962. The borough had been in charge of fire protection since 1891, after several decades in which volunteers provided the service. A fire station was built on Worthing High Street in 1908; it was demolished after the move to Broadwater. The Worthing and Adur District Team, part of the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, employs 60 full-time and 18 retained firefighters .

Worthing Hospital is administered by the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust . The 500-bed facility on Lyndhurst Road was founded in 1881 as an 18-bed infirmary. It replaced older hospitals on Ann Street and Chapel Road. Other medical care facilities include two mental health units (Greenacres and Meadowfield Hospital) and a 38-bed private hospital in the Grade II-listed Goring Hall.

Gas was manufactured in Worthing for nearly 100 years until 1931, but Scotia Gas Networks now supply the town through their Southern Gas Networks division. Electricity generation took place locally between 1901 and 1961; EDF Energy now supply the town. Southern Water , who have been based in Durrington since 1989, have controlled Worthing's water supply, drainage and sewerage since 1974. The town's first waterworks was built in 1852. Drainage and sewage disposal was poorly developed in the 19th century, but a fatal typhoid outbreak in 1893 prompted investment in sewage works and better pipes.

VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY GROUPS

There are a number of voluntary and community groups active in the town ranging from small volunteer-led groups to large well established charities. There is a Council for Voluntary Service and a Volunteer Centre funded by the local authority to support voluntary action. In 2003-4 registered charities in Worthing indicated a combined income of £56 million in the submitted accounts to the Charity Commission. The Place Survey conducted in all local authority districts by central government in 2009 found that up to 24,000 people in Worthing described themselves as giving volunteer time in the community.

Worthing has an Army Cadet Force unit affiliated to the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment PWRR(PWRR). It is based at the TA Centre, Little High Street, Worthing BN11 1DH. They parade Monday and Thursday nights. For more information click here Sussex Army Cadet Force

HERITAGE AND CULTURE

ARTS

In literature, Oscar Wilde wrote _The Importance of Being Earnest _ while staying in the town in the summer of 1894. Salvington in Worthing was the birthplace of philosopher and scholar John Selden in 1584. The poet Shelley owned several properties in the area including Castle Goring and Goring Park House, having inherited them from his grandfather who had them built in the 1750s. In the 1960s, playwright Harold Pinter lived wrote _ The Homecoming _ at his home in Ambrose Place. Other literary figures to have lived in the town include W.E. Henley , W.H. Hudson , Stephen Spender , Dorothy Richardson , Edward Knoblock , Beatrice Hastings , Maureen Duffy , Vivien Alcock , John Oxenham and his daughter Elsie J. Oxenham . Jane Austen 's unfinished final novel _ Sanditon _ is thought to have been significantly based on experiences from her stay in Worthing in 1805. Facing the seafront, the Dome Cinema first opened in 1911 and is one of the UK's oldest working cinemas.

The history of film in Worthing dates back to exhibitions on Worthing Pier in 1896, and two years later William Kennedy Dickson —inventor of the Kinetoscope , a pioneering motion picture device—visited the town to film daily life. In the early 20th century, several cinemas were established, although most were short-lived. Other former cinemas include the Rivoli (1924–1960), the 2,000-capacity Plaza (1933–1968) and the 1,600-capacity Odeon (1934–1986). The Kursaal was built in 1910 as a combined skating rink and theatre by Swiss impresario Carl Adolf Seebold . It was renamed the Dome in 1915 in response to anti-German sentiment during World War I . Seebold opened the 950-capacity Dome Cinema in place of the skating rink in 1922; it is still open, and is one of Britain's oldest operational cinemas. The Connaught Screen 2 cinema (formerly the Ritz, and before that Connaught Hall) was established in 1995.

Many films and television programmes have been filmed using Worthing as the backdrop including: Pinter 's _The Birthday Party _ (1968), directed by William Friedkin (best known for directing _The French Connection _ in 1971 and _The Exorcist _ in 1973), _Dance with a Stranger _ (1985) and _Wish You Were Here _ (1987).

Theatre has been performed in Worthing since 1796. Thomas Trotter, the early promoter and manager at the town's temporary venues, was asked to open a permanent theatre in 1807; his Theatre Royal opened on 7 July of that year and operated until 1855. The building survived until 1870. The 1,000-capacity New Theatre Royal in Bath Place, run by Carl Adolf Seebold for several years, lasted from 1897 until 1929. Several other venues have been used for theatrical productions, but as of 2016 Worthing has three council-owned theatres: the Art Deco Connaught Theatre (formerly called Picturdrome), the Baroque Pavilion Theatre and the Modernist , Grade II-listed Assembly Hall, which is mostly used for musical performances (including since 1950 an annual music festival). The Assembly Hall is home to the Worthing Symphony Orchestra and the Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra; it is also the venue for the Sussex International Piano Competition , a venue noted for its acoustics.

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery was built in 1908 as the town's museum and library. Alfred Cortis, the first mayor of Worthing, and the international philanthropist Andrew Carnegie funded the construction. West Sussex County Council built a new library in 1975 and the museum has had a chequered history ever since, fighting off closure in 2003 with the support of local residents.

In the visual arts, painter Copley Fielding lived at 5 Park Crescent in the mid-18th century. and more recently Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin created cult comic figure _ Tank Girl _ while at college in the town in the 1980s. The town has a famous work by sculptor Elisabeth Frink . Uniquely in England, Desert Quartet (1990), Frink's penultimate sculpture, was given Grade II* listing in 2007, less than 30 years from its creation. It may be seen on the building opposite Liverpool Gardens.

For three days in 1970 a field on the outskirts of Worthing was the site of the Phun City music festival, the UK's first large-scale free music festival.

Howarth of London , the UK's largest manufacturer of professional standard oboes are based in Worthing.

BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECTURE

See also: Listed buildings in Worthing Beach House was built by John Rebecca in the 1820s. Boat porches are found only in Worthing.

There are 213 listed buildings in the borough of Worthing. Three of these— Castle Goring , St Mary\'s Church at Broadwater and the Archbishop's Palace at West Tarring—are classified at Grade I, which is used for buildings "of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important". Worthing Pier , Park Crescent , Beach House and several churches are also listed.

Since 1896, when Warwick House was demolished, many historic buildings have been lost and others altered. The town's first and most distinguished theatre, the Theatre Royal, and the adjacent Omega Cottage (the home of the theatre's first manager) were lost in 1970 when the Guildbourne Centre was built; Warne's Hotel and the Royal Sea House burnt down; the early bath-houses which were vital to Worthing's success as a fashionable resort were all demolished in the 20th century; Broadwater's ancient rectory rotted away after it fell out of use in 1924; and several old streets in the town centre had all their buildings demolished for postwar redevelopment.

Pale yellow bricks have been made locally since about 1780, and are commonly encountered as a building material. Flint is the other predominant structural material: its local abundance has ensured its frequent use. The combination of flint and red brick is characteristic of Worthing. In particular, walls built alongside streets or to mark out boundaries were almost always built of flint with brick dressings, especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Boat porches are a unique architectural feature of Worthing. These structures surround the entrance doors of some early 19th-century houses, and take the form of an stuccoed porch with an ogee -headed roof which resembles the bottom of a boat. Historians have speculated that the cottages, examples of which are in Albert Place, Warwick Place and elsewhere, may have been built by local fishermen who used their boats as a basis for the design.

FOLKLORE

The Midsummer Tree, an oak , stands near Broadwater Green and is said to be around 300 years old. Until the 19th century, it was believed that on Midsummer\'s Eve skeletons would rise from the tree and dance around it until dawn, when they would sink back into the ground. The legend was first recorded by folklorist Charlotte Latham in 1868. Since 2006, when the oak was saved from development, meetings have been held on Midsummers Eve there.

It was once believed that monsters known as knuckers lived in bottomless ponds called knuckerholes . There were several knuckerholes in Sussex, including one in Worthing by Ham Bridge (on the present Ham Road), close to East Worthing railway station and Teville Stream .

According to legend, a tunnel several miles long led from the now-demolished medieval Offington Hall to the Neolithic flint mines and Iron Age hill fort at Cissbury. It was said to be sealed, and there was treasure at the far end; the owner of the Hall "had offered half the money to anyone who would clear out the subterranean passage and several persons had begun digging, but all had been driven back by large snakes springing at them with open mouths and angry hisses".

OPEN SPACES

Lake at Brooklands Park Beach House Park

The town contains a considerable number of parks and gardens, many laid out in the Victorian and Edwardian eras .

* Beach House Green * Beach House Park – named after nearby Beach House, the park is home to one of the world's most well-known venues for the sport of bowls . The park is also home to a possibly unique memorial to homing pigeons that served in the Second World War . * Broadwater Green – Broadwater's 'village green'. * Brooklands Park * Denton Gardens – at the southern end of Denton Gardens is an 18-hole Crazy Golf course. * Field Place – tennis courts, lawn bowls, putting and conference facilities. Can be found north of Worthing Leisure Centre. * Goring Green * Highdown Gardens – a beautiful garden at the foot of the South Downs, deemed to be of national importance. * Homefield Park – formerly known as the 'People's Park' it was once home to Worthing F.C. * Liverpool Gardens – overlooking the graceful Georgian Liverpool Terrace, the gardens and terrace are named after Lord Liverpool . Overlooking the park from the east are four bronze heads known as _Desert Quartet_, sculpted by Dame Elisabeth Frink . * Marine Gardens * Palatine Park * Promenade Waterwise Garden * Steyne Gardens – which includes a sunken garden re-landscaped in 2007 with a fountain of the Ancient Greek sea god, Triton , by sculptor William Bloye . * Victoria Park – was donated by the Heene Estate to the poor of Worthing in commemoration of the death of Queen Victoria . (Taken from title deeds to property owned in St. Matthews Road.) The land was previously used for market gardening and once sported a paddling pool which was closed due to foot infections in the children. Victoria Park is very popular for club and casual footballers. * West Park – has a running track and basketball court and lies next to Worthing Leisure Centre.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Worthing Pier in the morning. Since 2008, the pier has been the venue of the Worthing Birdman competition, part of the International Birdman Series

WORTHING OPEN HOUSES is an annual festival of arts and crafts. The 2013 event is due to be the largest so far, with 50 venues and nearly 300 artists over three weekends in June and July.

In January, the ancient custom of wassailing takes place in Tarring to bless the apple trees. A flaming torchlit procession takes place down Tarring High Street culminating in hundreds of people gathering around an apple tree to shout, chant and sing to drive away evil spirits. The apple trees are toasted with wassail , apple cider and apple cake , followed by fireworks.

On May Day, a procession and dancing takes place in Worthing town centre, culminating in the crowning of the May Queen . Also in May, the Three Forts Marathon starts and finishes at the Norwich Union building on the outskirts of Worthing before taking in the ancient hill forts of Cissbury Ring, Devil\'s Dyke and Chanctonbury Ring over the rough and steep terrain of the South Downs.

The WORTHING FESTIVAL is held in the last two weeks each July with open-air concerts in the town centre and a fairground along the town's promenade.

Since 2008, Worthing has been the home to the INTERNATIONAL BIRDMAN competition; the 2013 event at Worthing Pier on the 10–11 August.

MEDIA

_ The offices of the Worthing Herald_ and _ Worthing Advertiser_ opened in 1991.

In the early 19th century, Worthing was served by newspapers with a wider geographical circulation, such as the _ Brighton Gazette_, _ Brighton Herald _, _ Sussex Daily News_, _ Sussex Weekly Advertiser_ and _West Sussex Gazette_. Weekly or monthly publications such as the _ Worthing Visitors' List and Advertising Sheet_ (notorious for its condemnation of people who had displeased its owner, Owen Breads), the _ Worthing Monthly Record but the town's first regular local newspaper was the _ Worthing Gazette_, introduced in 1883. It favoured the Conservative Party at first, and supported the Skeleton Army 's anti- Salvation Army riots later that decade.

In 1921 its scope was extended to include Littlehampton, and it was renamed accordingly. The _ Worthing Herald_ was founded in 1920; it acquired the _Gazette_ in 1963, but continued to publish the newspapers separately until 1981. Since then, a single newspaper has been published weekly under the _Herald_ name, but it is officially known as the _ Worthing Herald incorporating the Worthing Gazette_. It is now owned by Johnston Press , and has been based at Cannon House in Chatsworth Road since 1991. The Brighton-based daily _The Argus _, owned by Newsquest , also serves Worthing. An anarchic local newsletter called _The Porkbolter_, focusing on environmental issues, has been published monthly since 1997.

Worthing is served by the BBC South television studios based in Southampton, BBC South East from Tunbridge Wells, and by the ITV franchise Meridian Broadcasting , also with studios in Southampton. Television signals come from the Rowridge or Whitehawk Hill transmitters .

Splash FM is Worthing's local commercial radio station. Launched in 2003 by local residents Roy Stannard and David Cunningham and now owned by Media Sound Holdings Ltd, it broadcasts from the Guildbourne Centre on 107.7FM . Heart Sussex , a Global Radio -owned commercial station, also covers Worthing. BBC Local Radio coverage is provided by BBC Sussex .

SPORT

Main article: Sport in Worthing

Worthing's location between the sea and the downs makes the area a popular location for outdoor recreation. Its wide open water and five miles of coastline provides for many types of watersport, especially catamaran racing, windsurfing and kitesurfing and the town has held a regatta for rowing since at least 1859.

The South Downs is popular for hiking and mountain-biking , with around 22 trail-heads within the borough. Two of Worthing's three golf clubs, including Worthing Golf Club are also located on the Downs, which is also the location for the Three Forts Marathon , a 27-mile ultramarathon from Broadwater to the three Iron Age hill forts of Cissbury Ring, Chanctonbury Ring and Devil\'s Dyke .

Worthing F.C. , nicknamed _"The Rebels"_, is the town's main football club which formed in 1886. They play in the Isthmian League Division One South . Worthing United F.C. who are nicknamed 'the _"Mavericks"_ play in the Division One of the Sussex County League .

Worthing Hockey Club was formed in 1896 and has a number of teams. The home pitches are at Manor Sports Ground.

Home to Bowls England , Worthing is, with Johannesburg , one of only two locations in the world to have hosted the men's World Bowls Championships twice. The events were held in 1972 and 1992, both at Beach House Park , which is sometimes known as the spiritual home of bowls, and is also the venue for the annual National Championships each August.

Denton Gardens is home to an 18 Hole Mini Golf Course which is due to host the British Masters Mini Golf Championships in April 2012.

CLUB NICKNAME SPORT LEAGUE VENUE ESTABLISHED

Worthing Cricket Club

Cricket Sussex Premier League Manor Sports Ground 1855

Worthing Football Club The Rebels Football Isthmian League Division One South Woodside Road 1886

Worthing Rugby Football Club Raiders Rugby union National League 1 Roundstone Lane, Angmering 1920

Worthing United Football Club The Mavericks Football Southern Combination Football League Robert Albon Memorial Ground 1988

Worthing Thunder Thunder Basketball English Basketball League Worthing Leisure Centre 1999

NOTABLE PEOPLE

Main article: List of Worthing inhabitants

Notable inhabitants include:

* Jane Austen , the author, lived at Stanford Cottage, Worthing, during the autumn of 1805. * Mary Shelley , author of _ Frankenstein _, inherited Castle Goring in 1845. * Oscar Wilde , author, wrote _The Importance of Being Earnest _ while staying in Worthing during the summer of 1894 and even named its protagonist, Jack Worthing, in its honour. * Liz Smith , actress, ' The Vicar of Dibley ', ' The Royle Family '. * Henty brothers , Australian pioneer farmers including Edward Henty , born in West Tarring in 1810 * James Bateman , horticulturalist * Thomas Shaw Brandreth , mathematician and inventor * Copley Fielding , artist * Octav Botnar , founder of Datsun UK, ran his automobile import business from the town * Nicollette Sheridan , actress, _ Desperate Housewives _, birthplace * DJ Fresh , musician, birthplace * Billy Idol , musician * Mike Kerr , singer and bassist of popular British rock duo Royal Blood, grew up in the town. * Keith Emerson , musician, lived and attended school in the town * Peter Bonetti , England goalkeeper * Byron Dafoe , National Hockey League goaltender * Benjamin Bonetti , Self Help Author, Hypnotherapist * Rocky Sharpe , founder and lead singer of Rocky Sharpe and the Replays, at the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home.

In the 20th century, these writers have chosen to live in the town:

* Beatrice Hastings , poet * Harold Pinter * Simon Messingham , science fiction writer

TWIN TOWNS

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NEAREST SETTLEMENTS

Clapham Patching Buncton Steyning /stɛnɪŋ/

Littlehampton

Shoreham by Sea

WORTHING

Normandy Normandy Picardy

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