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Next Planning Meeting: 22nd August [Agenda]
Next Parish Council Meeting: 14th September

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Many thanks to all those who contributed to the hanging baskets fund after our recent appeal. I am pleased to report that the total raised so far has axceeded £700 and as a result we are in good financial shape for next years' flowers. I have included a recent picture above as they are looking at their best at the moment.

Last week-end replacement 'no cycling' notices were put on the posts of the re-surfaced footpath along the Adur. We also erected a new post at the Botolphs end to ensure that the message is clear to all. I hope they will last longer than the previous ones.

Latest News

22nd August:

The Minutes of the latest Planning Meeting held on 15th August are available here...

20th August:

A new Neighbourhood Watch report has been issued about recent local crimes and incidents.

18th August:

The Agenda for the next Planning Meeting on 22nd August is available here...

12th August:

Read about an upcoming change to the 106 bus service here...

9th August:

The abolition of the River Adur IDD has been confirmed. See what it means to you here...

6thAugust:

The Minutes of August's Parish Council meeting are available here...

3rd August:

West Sussex County Council have issued guidance on ditch clearing & flood groups here...

1st August:

18th April:

Read about the recent closure of Upper Beeding Post Office here...

9th March:

Information about the job of our Neighbourhood Wardens and how to contact them is here...

Changes have been announced regarding waste disposal services at the re-cycling centres which includes the one at Shoreham. We have included an update from West Sussex County Council on this site to help ensure all are aware of the changes.

Roger Potter, Chairman

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Bramber - A Snapshot

Bramber parish is a rural area in the lee of the South Downs, located inland from Shoreham-by-Sea and extending to some 1770 acres. Much of the land is actively farmed and ranges from flood plain to upland on to the South Downs. There is a natural boundary to the East in the river Adur which separates the village from Upper Beeding. The southern side is wholly rural and joins farms in the parish of Coombes, elsewhere the boundaries mingle with Steyning. Part of the parish falls within the newly created South Downs National Park. The Parish Council works closely with the Parishes of Upper Beeding and Steyning in matters of mutual interest.

There are four identifiable residential areas: Bramber village, which is a single linear street (originally a causeway) and still contains listed buildings; Maudlyn Park, largely a post-war housing development accommodating the majority of the parish's population and the two picturesque hamlets of Annington and Botolphs.

Historically the area has been populated for well over a 1000 years. It is recorded that the village developed along a trade route from Cornwall through to Kent and the Continent; had strong Saxon links and by 959 St Botolph's church had been built. Bramber castle and the church followed in 1073.

The villages contain buildings of considerable historical interest such as the Saxon church at Botolphs, Bramber Castle, which is cared for by English Heritage, St Nicholas Church, the oldest Norman Church in the county, and the 15th century former pilgrims rest at St Mary’s House. St. Mary's still attracts great interest and, through the efforts of the current owners and volunteers, the house and gardens have been restored to their former glory and numerous events are held throughout the year.

Whilst farming remains an important aspect of the local economy, there is also light industry in an industrial estate in Annington. There are no shops in the village but there is a pub (the Castle Hotel), the 38 bedroom Old Tollgate Hotel and Indian and Chinese restaurants. Tourism is still a major attraction to the area, which is criss-crossed by many footpaths and bridleways, including the Monarchs Way, the Downs Link and the South Downs Way.

Local interests are well catered for by a Parish Council and a social group called the Bramber Society which meets in the pub every month. It organises various activities which bring residents together - talks, village cleanups, celebrations, arranging floral decorations through the village and Christmas carols and decorations. The maintenance of the churchyard is supported by some 12 residents who are known as the Flying Buttresses. The village also has links with several specialised interest groups.

Schools, health services and local shops are provided from the neighbouring villages of Steyning and Upper Beeding.