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Bramber Parish Council

(Yet Another) Bramber Brooks Update

The latest news we have is that the Environment Agency have had more delays and are now not expecting to be on site until the end of July or beginning of August.  This is a 12 week job so will be very dependent upon a dry autumn to complete, with a critical aspect being seeding the new bunds (raised pathways) so that they don't get washed away in any winter floods.

A Councillor's Lament

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There once was a bollard in Bramber,

It was black not yellow or amber,

It got smashed by a bus,

Causing chaos and fuss,

And created a whole lot of anger!

Credits:-

Words by: ChatGPT (guided by Paul Richards)

Photos by: Dave Kitson & Mike Croker

Damage by: You know who you are!

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Next Parish Council Meeting: 17th July

Latest News

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11th

July:

The proposed roadworks in Castle Lane in July have been rescheduled yet again.  Full details are here...

10th

July:

The Agenda for the next Parish Council meeting can be read here and previous Minutes are here...

5th

July:

See the Neighbourhood Watch page for the latest Sussex Police Crime Updates.

17th

June:

West Sussex County Council have a Recycling Knowledge survey.  You can access it from here...

4th

June:

The annual summer grass cut on the Downs Link will be done in June and July.  More details are here...

16th

May:

The current regulations for installing solar panels on your house are explained simply here...

16th

May:

There's advance warning of the closure of Clays Hill in July and Maudlin Lane in August here...

26th March:

Horsham District Council want you to nominate your Community Heroes.  More details are here...

July's Picture of the Month

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Shoreham Railway Bridge

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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 an Indian restaurant.  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 the Parish Council and a social group called the Bramber Society.  It organises various activities which bring residents together - talks, village cleanups, celebrations, arranging floral decorations through the village and Christmas carols and decorations. 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.

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