Neighbourhood Plan Result
As a result of the recent referendum, Bramber's Neighbourhood Plan has been overwhelmingly accepted by the residents.
Full details of the voting are on the West Sussex County Council website.
Bramber's Flower Baskets
Thank you everyone who generously contributed last year towards the cost of the Bramber Flower Baskets. Both the Summer and Winter displays have been magnificent over the last 12 months and the show of colour was needed this year more than most. Thank you to all who helped organise this and to those who continued watering the Winter flowers.
You won't be at all surprised to hear that we have to call on your generous natures again to help towards the cost of this year's flowers. They make such a difference to the look of our street.
We estimate that the total costs of flowers and watering this year will be in the order of £2,800. We hope the Parish Council will agree to its usual generous contribution of £600 leaving the remainder to be found from residents.
Please send contributions to:-
Ron Balaam, The Bramber Society, The Old Cottage, The Street, Bramber, BN44 3WE.
Cheques payable to The Bramber Society please or directly to bank account 40-43-48, 81276557.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Roger Potter - On behalf of The Bramber Society
September's Picture of the Month
Butterfly on a wall, Steyning Rifle Range
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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 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.