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Bramber Parish Council

Saltings Loop Proposal

Our neighbour, Upper Beeding Parish Council, is applying for a grant to upgrade the footpaths shown on the map below.  However, one of the items needed is proof that they will then be used more if upgraded.  You can help by completing the survey at: https://bit.ly/SaltingsLoop

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Bramber Brooks

As many of you will know, a large proportion of the land at Bramber Brooks was recently put up for sale.  Horsham District Council  (HDC) agreed to buy the land in order to keep it as a community asset.  That purchase has just been completed (January 19th) and when we get more details of HDC's plans for the site we'll let you know.

We hope that a member of HDC will give a talk to parishioners at our Annual Meeting in May.

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: 20th March

Latest News

Date Added:

Details:

19th February:

There will be tree cutting on the Downs Link in February and March.  More details are here...

7th February:

The Minutes of the last Parish Council meeting can be read here...

7th February:

Details of the next Green Drinks event can be found here...

31st January:

There's early warning of closures of Castle Lane and The Street in March and April.  Details are here...

23rd January:

If you're waiting for the installation of the EV Charge Points in the car park there's an update here...

20th January:

Horsham District Council's Local Plan is now open for public comments.  Details are here...

21st December:

There are details here if you're thinking of becoming a County Councillor in 2025.

15th November:

The list of Neighbourhood Warden Drop-In Events for the next 6 months is here...

February's Picture of the Month

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Fulking Pump & Stream

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Got a topical local picture?

Email it to bramber.webmaster@gmail.com with your name and a picture title and it could be next month's Picture of the Month.

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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