Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Sussex Bubbly - Perfect!

Did you know that Sussex has a multi-award winning sparkling wine maker?

Situated only one-and-a-half miles north of Ditchling Beacon is the multi-award winning sparkling wine maker RidgeView Estate. Founded by Christine and Michael Roberts in 1994 after selling their successful IT business.

“Starting the new business meant going to college at Plumpton, the only course in England that studies viticulture and oenology, and getting a thorough grounding in how to grow vines and to make good wine,” explains Mike.

In 1994 the Estate planted 20,000 vines on 16 acres.  Nowadays the whole estate runs to 30 acres (12 hectares) and has partnership vineyards across the South East of England totalling 170 acres who work together with RidgeView to produce the finest quality fruit.

Read more in Sussex Life

Monday, 15 March 2010

Saving Hastings Pier

The battle continues to try and save Hastings pier, which has been closed since 2006, and is currently owned by Panamanian firm Ravenclaw Investments Ltd.  This off-shore company has refused to carry out the costly repair work needed to reopen the Victorian attraction.

The Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust believes it can make a successful go of things, but in order to attract funding and grants it needs the local authority to invoke a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) - effectively forcing Ravenclaw to sell up.

Ownership would then be immediately transferred to the trust.

The Hastings Observer recently quoted Councillor Richard Stevens as saying: "Our own marketing manager said the pier was 'one storm' away from collapse.

"Time is not on our side and we can't afford the luxury of delay."

Join the fight to save the pier.  Support the Trust.  Join the Facebook page.  Look after our Hastings heritage.