The Neighbourhood Planning meeting: the other week was well attended, which could have been down to the Parish Newsletter being delivered to all houses and businesses in the Parish over the weekend and it was front page news! As I have previously mentioned, a firm of consultants was to be appointed to take the Plan forward and this was confirmed at the meeting, they are Dowsett Mayhew and are a Brighton based firm of planning consultants who have a good reputation in the area of getting Neighbourhood Plans to completion. The Committee are now hopeful that if everything goes according to plan and the Parish are happy with their work and suggestions and following exhibitions in the summer months, it should be ready to be put to the vote late this year, if not early next year. Please do make sure you read anything that might land on your doormat relating to this as it is very important that we get this in place. The next meeting will be on Monday, 18 April 2016, at 7.30 pm.

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The Fun Day last year: raised nearly £2000 for local causes and planning is now starting for this year’s event which will be on Saturday, 2 July. If you are a member of a local community group, Handcross Association would like to hear from you if you would like a stall to raise funds or even just to announce to the village that you are up and running! If you would like more information about the day or would like to help out in any way, Neil Mitchell is the person to speak to; he can be contacted on 401059.

The Parish Council: will be meeting next Thursday, 31 March in the Pavilion from 7.30 pm. Agendas for this and the Planning meeting which follows will be posted on the Parish Notice Board outside the Spar Shop as well as the Boards around the parish. Both meetings are open to all and there is an opportunity to ask any questions or raise concerns relating to any item on either agenda during the course of the meetings.

Finally: I wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter.

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