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COLUMNIST: Adur Council chairman Mike Mendoza meets young entrepreneurs

This is a great opportunity for young people to form their own company.

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Adur Council chairman Mike Mendoza and Brighton and Hove mayor Denise Cobb with the winners of the best trade stand

THE weeks just fly and I cannot believe that it is February already.

I attended a wonderful event at Holmbush Shopping Centre, organised by Young Enterprise. When entering the shopping centre, we were greeted by a square of 20 stalls, all manned by young ‘entrepreneurs’ from local schools, selling their wares.

This is a great opportunity for young people to form their own company. The company is registered, all profits and losses are recorded and, if necessary, tax is paid and the profits paid out to the workers, or given to a charity.

The mayor of Brighton and Hove, who was dressed in her red robes and tricorn hat, joined me at the event. I was disappointed by the lack of Adur educational establishments represented and hope that next year there will be more of a representation from our district. I know in the past Shoreham Academy has taken part and has done extremely well.

I attended the launch of the Undercurrent Festival. Undercurrent is a small group of people who produce playful, interactive and cross art form work that fosters a sense of adventure. They are based in Shoreham and, in their words, make their work for inquisitive adults and mischievous children. The festival will run from April 11 to 13 and will be found all over the district, offering playful installations and interactive games for all age groups. Keep an eye on www.theundercurrent.co.uk for information.

My chosen charity for my year in office is Chestnut Tree House (CTH) children’s hospice. It is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and is in dire need of funds, having a massive monthly shortfall. One fundraising idea involves cafés and restaurants. They call it the Restaurant Challenge, where establishments add an optional £1 to a bill for one month, so both diners and the restaurant will be helping to raise these urgently-needed funds.

CTH will offer all the back-up you need with advertising on their website, posters, table cards explaining the scheme and a certificate to display at the end of the month showing how much your customers have donated.

I would love every restaurant and café to be part of this initiative for this much-needed facility in our county. I am delighted to mention here that Toast on the Coast, in East Street, Shoreham, has already taken on the challenge and urge you all to go there to support both the charity and this go-ahead business, plus have a jolly good meal.

If you are a restaurant or café and would like to be part of the campaign, please make contact with me directly so I can arrange for all the posters, cards, etc, to be delivered to you. Don’t forget you will be helping to make life a little bit easier and help to provide vital hospice care for life-limited children and young people in Sussex.

On a recent visit to Southlands Hospital, or what’s left of it, I discovered a book on sale in the café entitled Southlands, Workhouse and Hospital. The book is on sale with proceeds going to the League of Friends of Southlands Hospital.

First published in 1990 by the Rev John White, the book contains a comprehensive history of the hospital and workhouse, taken from written records and private memories of people involved with Southlands.

There are also a number of historic photographs, including nursing staff, the nurses choir, the workhouse (which has recently been developed into luxury apartments) and photos of the old boy’s home as well. This is a must for anyone with a bit of soft spot for the old place.

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