Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the people of Worthing have unequivocally demonstrated that Worthing stands with Ukraine.
This post was updated on 12 July 2023. Reason for update: New figures show 119 Ukrainians are living in Worthing.
The Coat of Arms of Worthing Borough Council and the flag of Ukraine are public domain images.
The Worthing Journal is the campaigning community magazine for Sunny Worthing, and its April issue carries an in-depth look at how the people of Worthing have wholeheartedly responded by making their voices heard in support of Ukraine.
We learn from the Journal’s April issue that:
Cheswood Junior School in Chesswood Road displayed the Ukrainian flag on its front gate.
Prayers were led by The Rev George Butterworth and the Mayor of Worthing at the start of Worthing Borough Council’s annual budget meeting.
Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, said A dangerous man is president of Russia. Do not blame or hate ordinary Russians. Ukraine is not far away. This is more than “a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing”. The consequences can be far-reaching.
Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, said Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine as they heroically stand up against naked Russian Aggression and we stand with them.
Readers of The Worthing Journal have donated Ukrainian flags, which have been flown in Steyne Gardens and at the coastal office in Worthing. Another flag of the Ukrainian colours has been flown at the Ferring War Memorial.
On the 6th of March, a Stop the War demonstration in support of Ukraine took place in Montague Street, Worthing.
On 6th of March a Stop the War demonstration in support of Ukraine took place in Montague Street, Worthing.
The Worthing Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to the people of Ukraine in their concert programme, and the orchestra played A Prayer for Ukraine by Mykola Lysenko.
On the 22nd of 2022, Ukrainian pianist Dinara Klinton from Kharkiv, Ukraine, was the soloist with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra at the Assembly Hall, Worthing.
A Ukrainian drama Olga, screened at the Connaught Cinema on the 21st of March, with proceeds for aid to Ukraine going to the Red Cross.
On the 26th of March, Adur & Worthing raised the flag of Ukraine at Worthing Town Hall and at the Shoreham Centre to stand in solidarity with Ukraine.
Clearly, Worthing stands with Ukraine, and the editor of this website has published numerous posts relating to Ukraine and Ukrainians in Worthing and Adur.
In the free world we are lucky to be able to say, without fear, Worthing Stands with Ukraine.
The Worthing Journal links
At the end of March 2023, 119 Ukrainian refugees were living in Worthing
According to the SussexWorld website, Home Office data shows that at the end of March 2023, 119 Ukrainian refugees were living in Worthing. Additionally, this data from the same period tells us there were more than a dozen Afghan refugees settled in Worthing.
Source: Worthing takes in more than a dozen Afghan refugees. SussexWorld. 25 May 2023.
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