October 2018 Update
Drains Under Car Park
The drains underneath the Car Park have been renovated by Blockbusters in an attempt to avoid any further blockages and consequent problems for nearby householders. Let’s hope it has solved the problem for good.
Christmas Carols in the Car Park
The Salvation Army band will be conducting our popular Christmas Carols in the Car Park on Saturday 22nd December this year and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this busy time of the year. (Knocks spots off Strictly!)
Roger Potter - Chairman
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.
The latest Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Minutes have been uploaded.
The latest Neighbourhood Plan Newsletter is now available here...
News of scams, local crimes and incidents can be found on the Neighbourhood Watch page.
Parish Boundary (click for larger image)
The Neighbourhood Plan Vision Statement can be read here...
The Agenda for the next meeting of the Joint Parishes Youth Committee can be read here...
The Neighbourhood Plan Housing Needs Assessment is now available to be read here...
See the Current News page for details of the Christmas Fayre and Carol Concert.
Details of M23 junction closures for November & December can be found here...
The Minutes of the latest meeting of the Bramber Brooks Management Committee are here...
Notice of roadworks in the next fortnight throughout our area can be read here...
Next Parish Council Meeting: 28th November
Next Neighbourhood Plan Meeting: TBA
Next Planning Meeting: TBA
Street Map (click for larger image)
Details of the next meeting of the Chanctonbury County Local Committee can be read here...
The Minutes of the latest Parish Council meeting can be read here...
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