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Bramber Parish Council

May's Picture of the Month

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Steyning Vintage Revival by Dee

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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.

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: 22nd May

(Annual Parish Meeting & Annual Council Meeting)

Latest News

Date Added:

Details:

17th

May:

The Agendas for the Annual Parish and Council Meetings are here and the latest minutes 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...

16th

May:

There's advance warning of the closure of The Street in June and Castle Lane in July here...

26th March:

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

26th March:

West Sussex County Council have a nature and wildlife survey.  You can access it from here...

18th March:

WSCC Highways Department explain here why their response times have significantly increased recently.

10th

March:

West Sussex County Council have issued guidance for local residents to combat flooding.

8th

March:

The Bramber Society are appealing for donations to fund this summer's hanging baskets.  Details here...

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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