CHURCH SERVICE: Sunday, at St Peter’s church, Offham, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall, 10.30am Family Communion followed by coffee/tea, cake/biscuits in the church hall. All are very welcome.
REMINDER: Saturday March 30 is the Annual Jumble Sale in the village hall Beechwood Lane, Cooksbridge at 2pm. More information from Anita Walker on 01273 472595.
MOTHER’S DAY: Mothering Sunday, March 31, at St Peter’s Church Offham, 10.30am. With distribution of flowers during the service conducted by the Reverend David Perks. All children will be very welcome.
YOGA AND PILATES: The Slow Yoga Class is on Tuesday mornings, 9.15am to 10.45am in St Peter’s Church Hall. For more details contact Amber Ward on 01273 891595 or 07795 170803. The Pilates Class is at 7.30pm on Tuesdays in term time.
TODDLER TUNES: The regular music an dance session, for those aged 5 years and under, meets every Thursday (including school holidays) at 10am in St Peter’s Church Hall. The 50-minute music sessions are followed by drinks, biscuits and lots of toys to play with. Contact Judith on 07889 281214 for more information or just drop in and enjoy the fun. Newcomers are always very welcome.
HAMSEY HARMONY: Is an informal, friendly, fun monthly acapella singing group to which anyone is welcome. They meet on Sundays in Offham Church Hall from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Cost £6. The next date is Sunday April 7. All welcome, no auditions or note-reading requirements. For further information, please contact Julie Nye on 07972 191932 or see www.julienye.org
BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE: Showcasing the working British Countryside. The NFU has transformed its website that champions food, farming and rural life to the wider public. countrysideonline.co.uk is a hub for 35,000 NFU Countryside member and the home of award-winning Back British Farming campaign. It has been completely redesigned to showcase the work of British farmers to a non-industry audience, from producing superb food to caring for animals and the environment. It will also help set the record straight when misconceptions appear in the public eye. This is a crucial time to unite the British public behind farming and growing. ‘The new website is a celebration of everything that is great about our beautiful countryside and the people who look after it.’
PARISH COUNCIL: East Chiltington Parish Council met on March 4. A resident said she had spoken to the conservation officer at Chichester DC about proposals for a wildlife corridor in Chichester. She had some information which she would pass on. She suggested a wildlife corridor to connect Warningore Wood and Chailey Common. She will get more details an pass on to ECPC. Also she told the PC that CPRE are launching a dark skies project, which involves looking at stars from a dark area accessible to all. Cllr Harrison, The chairman, followed up on the issue of the possibility of getting the SDNP boundary shifted (for East Chiltington and neighbouring parishes). However, she drew a bit of a blank regarding the review process that was mentioned in the meeting. The Glover Review, which was referred to, took place in 2018 and SDNP provided a response to this, but so far as she could see, it did not cover issues of the park boundary.
PLANNING MATTERS: Council noted and discussed the following applications. SDNP/19/00232/HOUS Material changes to the approved planning applications SDNP/18/03339/HOUS The Grange, Novington Lane. No objection. Council noted decisions by LDC and SDNP. SDNP/18/03339/HOUS The Grange, Novington Lane. Granted. SDNP/18/05602/HOUS 1 School Cottages, Chapel Lane. First floor side extension over existing single storey side extension and new porch to front elevation. Granted. LW/18/0815 and LW/18/0816 Little Clears, Novington Lane. First floor extension and alterations to provide additional bedroom and bathroom accommodation. Granted. Council noted that application LW/18/0999 at Yokehurst had arrived too late to be discussed at the meeting and any comments would be made under delegated powers.
OTHER MATTERS: A Parish Litter Pick took place on March 10. A date of July 6 was suggested for the Annual Village Event, which will be a joint event between ECPC an TECT. Council has been advised that the shelves in the phone/book box are deteriorating. New solid wood shelves are needed and council hoped someone in the parish might come forward to make the shelves. Cllr Tingle offered some pine planks. Bruce has offered to install the defibrillator at the Jolly Sportsman.
UPDATE: On the devolution of the Hollycroft Field. LDC will recommend that the Cabinet should agree devolution of the field to ECPC when they meet this month. In advance of this, LDC are moving things forward and are preparing a report on the title of the land, which they will send to ECPC. The Clerk has received an estimate of likely legal costs in the region of £800.
ITEMS TO NOTE: For future agenda. There are council elections in May. The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on May 13 to be followed by the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. Council wish to discuss any proposed developments on land owned by the Eton Estates at the next council meeting.
2019 PC MEETINGS: Monday May 13 (following the Parish Meeting); Monday July 8; Monday September 9; and Monday November 4. All to be held in the committee room, Plumpton Village Hall at 7.30pm.