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Love Seaford? Be part of something big...

The Shoal, Seaford's Community Bench, is an exciting sculptural seating attraction being installed in three stages, the first of which was unveiled on 1 May 2017 by the Lord Lieutenant and Mayor of Seaford amist a buzzing crowd of watchers who turned out to see this fabulous new addition to the beach. The second section, to be installed in October 2017, is now fully sponsored; applications are currently being processed for the third and final section to be installed in April 2018.

Located on Seaford's widest jetty at Splash Point, close to the beach huts and Seaford Head cliffs, the bench represents a remarkable stream meandering the length of the breakwater. The brainchild of Gabby Tofts, an inspirational gardener, and Christian Funnell, a renowned local sculptor, it is already drawing a lot of enthusiastic attention. Gabby and Christian were selected by the Seaford Community Partnership, working in conjunction with Seaford Town Council and East Sussex County Council, to bring this project to life. Examples of Christian’s work can also be seen in Seaford’s Peace Garden and at Birling Gap. He always endeavours to bring the visitor a sense of engagement with the unique qualities of a given place.

Through generous sponsorship, this stunning sculptural bench can be built to benefit the whole community, becoming a destination with breathtaking views of Seaford Head and Seaford Bay for all to sit a while and enjoy. The galvanised, marine-grade steel used for the sculpture is vandal proof and has a lifespan of 20 years.


Sponsorship Options

The following sponsorship options have been designed to give a wide choice to everyone who would like to be part of this amazing project. If you are giving a fish as a gift, a card is available to collect from the Tourist Information Centre, 37 Church Street.

Monumental Mackerel   

Swimming through the stream will be seven, Monumental Mackerel benches, each a unique design and shape, measuring 3.5 metres in length. They will face east and west alternatively to capture the views, and each one will have seven sponsors, representing the ultimate gift to the people of Seaford. Plaques will be affixed along the top of the Mackerel bench and can include a logo.

250 characters*, 6 lines     Sponsorship: £1,000    







Three sizes of individual fish, made from marine-grade stainless steel, will be set in hardwood slats, coming together in a flowing shoal swimming the length of the stream – a celebration of the life of Seaford’s community.







The Sprat                              

The Sprat can be engraved with your choice of name and makes an ideal gift.

20 characters*, 1 line     Sponsorship: £115    

The Sardine                             

A larger fishy plaque to celebrate special events (births, weddings, engagements, special birthdays, retirement) or to remember a loved one.

225x45mm (70 characters*, 3 lines)     Sponsorship: £195

The Herring                        

The largest of the plaques gives you freedom to express yourself. The Herring can again be used for any form of celebration or a memorial dedication. Or how about poetry? Share your favourite verse, inspiring visitors with your love of the sea, cliffs, Seaford and the Downs.

150 characters*, 5 lines     Sponsorship: £245

Love Fish Bunting  

For the romantic, the Love Fish are a fantastic engagement/wedding gift or just to say happy anniversary to the one you love. Pairs of brass and stainless steel fish will hang riveted together through a mesh barrier to form a bunting design. The fish are engraved with two names linked by a heart.

25 characters*     Sponsorship: £95


Font for engraving: Century Gothic, standard or italic for quotations

* To include spaces and punctuation.

If you would like to download an application form, visit the dedicated website or click here.

Alternatively contact: or telephone a member of the Facilities team on 01323 872975.









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