Singleton and Charlton Parish Council - Playground Project

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council - Playground Project


August 2022

Hi Everyone

Attached is a document that gives all the details of the Singleton Playground Project. We are now fundraising for Phase 2 and would welcome your help. The link to our JustGiving page is:

Thank you.

Latest news and events from across the Chichester District - Initiatives Newsletter

Latest news and events from across the Chichester District- Initiatives Newsletter


August 2022

1 August 2022

Welcome to the August issue of initiatives+

These updates are issued every month with the latest news and events in our area, details of schemes and projects that will benefit our residents and businesses, as well as national and local coronavirus updates.

New financial support service

Later this year we will be launching a new Supporting You team in response to the cost of living challenges. It will be delivered by a dedicated team of customer focused advisors who will be able to extensively support people with a range of issues. Find out more at

Planning application notifications

You can sign up to receive email notifications of new planning applications near you at We also publish a list of new planning applications each week at

Safe and easy ways to pay

From 1 November, we will no longer be taking cheques. They take longer to process and can get lost in the mail, which can delay your service. This change also lessens the risk of fraud and will help keep council tax low. For safe and easy ways to pay, visit

Improvements to recycling trial

The way we collect textiles, small electricals and coffee pods as part of our recycling trial has changed. If you’re in the trial area and have items to recycle, please make sure you book a free collection. Find out more at

Summer activities at The Novium Museum

Our museum is running lots of events and activities to keep the family entertained this summer, from art workshops through to a geology day. All events are listed at:

It’s also worth visiting the range of exhibitions, including ‘The Art of Chichester’; ‘200 years of Chichester's Canal’; and ‘The Novium Museum at 10’:

Apply now for subsidised trees

People can now apply for subsidised trees to plant in the district! For a simple guide on how to apply and a range of frequently asked questions, visit

Safe Space Sussex app

This app is designed to help people if they feel unsafe outside of their home by directing them to safe spaces nearby. For more information, or to register your business as a Safe Space, visit

Funding to support Ukrainian refugees

We’re aware of the continued need to support those affected by the war in Ukraine, and so we will be passporting Government funding to Voluntary Action Arun Chichester and Sanctuary to strengthen the support offered to Ukrainian guests living in the district. Find out more at

Initiatives+ giveaway

Please encourage your friends and family to sign up to this newsletter to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes from Chichester Festival Theatre and the Weald & Downland Living Museum. Sign up at

Covid-19 boosters

People over 50 will be offered a Covid-19 booster and a flu jab this autumn. Work is underway in West Sussex to plan where and how people will be able to receive their booster. We’ll share this information from the NHS when we receive it. Find out more at

Masks in NHS settings and Covid-safe behaviours

NHS Sussex has reintroduced the requirement for face coverings in all of its clinical settings for staff, patients and visitors to help stop the spread of the virus. Find out more at

Covid-19 has not gone away but there are actions we can all take to help reduce the risk of catching and spreading the virus: get vaccinated; let fresh air in if meeting others indoors; practice good hygiene; and, wear a face covering.

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Chichester District Council - District Dispatch

District Dispatch


July 2022

District Dispatch

Now that the summer holidays have officially started, you may be looking for activities to keep your children or grandchildren entertained. Our Novium Museum is running a variety of events and activities, from summer art workshops through to a family geology day. All of the events available are listed The museum also has a number of fascinating exhibitions to visit this summer, including ‘The Art of Chichester: 60 Years of Creativity’; ‘200 years of Chichester’s Canal’; and ‘The Novium Museum at 10.’ Admission to the museum is free. For further ideas, it is worth visiting our events calendar which includes events from across the district. And don’t forget to refer to our ‘What’s On’ pages in our magazine ‘initiatives’, which has recently been delivered to all households.

While on the subject of summer, we are encouraging you to look out for vulnerable friends and family during the hot weather. During the recent heat wave, our local health services saw a significant increase in older people who were very dehydrated and needed urgent kidney care. This is why it is really important to encourage family members to take steps to stay cool and drink plenty of water. For further advice, please

I’m also pleased to tell you that we have agreed to fund a new holistic service to help residents who are struggling with the cost of living. The new service will be delivered by a specialist team of trained advisors who will be able to extensively support people with a range of issues. The team will help people access support through the council, such as financial help to pay bills, help with housing, and health and wellbeing support. The service will also help people access help from partner organisations, such as Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice; Arun and Chichester Food Partnership; and, the Community Hub, for debt and energy advice, food support and employment. This service will be launched later this year. We know how difficult it is for people at the moment and so a top priority for us is to make sure that people can easily access the support that is available to them.

We are also busy working on our ‘Supporting You’ campaign, which will be launched in September, in partnership with the Observer Series. The campaign aims to highlight the range of support available from both the council and its partner organisations. We have already created a ‘Supporting You’ leaflet which you can find on our help with finances web page which I know many people have already found very useful. I would also encourage you to sign up for our initiatives+ email newsletter which highlights the latest news and updates and is issued monthly. We are also signposting people to the support that is available on our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Next Door and LinkedIn.

We are also more than aware of the continued support that is needed for those who have been affected by the war in Ukraine. Councillors agreed last week to passport government funding from the Homes for Ukraine scheme to Voluntary Action Arun Chichester and Sanctuary in Chichester, to strengthen the support offered to Ukrainian guests who are living in the district. This funding will enable these voluntary organisations to further develop their response to those living in the district who have been affected by the war in Ukraine. I know how welcoming and supportive our communities have been to Ukrainian guests and I would like to thank all of those who have played their part and gone above and beyond to help those who need support.

Have a wonderful summer.

Best Wishes

Cllr Eileen Lintill

Leader of Chichester District Council

West Sussex County Council - Update for July

West Sussex County Council - Update for July


July 2022

21 July 2022

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Mask wearing returns in local healthcare settings

wearing masks healthcarePeople are being asked to protect themselves and others by wearing a mask in Sussex healthcare settings to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

As cases increase across the country and in our communities, all NHS organisations in Sussex have agreed to reintroduce mask wearing for staff, patients and visitors. This applies to all clinical settings – including consulting rooms, hospital wards and outpatient departments.

Mask wearing returns in healthcare settings

Covid-19 booster vaccinations announced

Covid booster vaccineThe Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now published its final recommendations for this autumn’s programme for Covid-19 vaccination boosters.

Click on the link below to find out who will be eligible.

Work is now underway in West Sussex to plan where and how people will be able to receive their booster. We will share this information from the NHS with residents in the coming weeks.

Those who were previously eligible continue to remain so and are encouraged to come forward for their vaccinations.

Who is eligible for the autumn booster?

Detection dogs sniff out illegal haul

sniffer dogOver 5,000 illicit cigarettes were seized from four West Sussex shops with illegal disposable vapes also removed by officers from one of the stores.

In a planned operation our West Sussex Trading Standards team and HMRC Enforcement Officers were accompanied by three specialist tobacco detection dogs and their handler.

The cigarettes were all concealed in hidden parts of the four shops and had clearly been placed so they would not have been found without the specialist Cocker Spaniel detection dogs.

If you have information about the sale of illegal cigarettes or other illicit tobacco products in West Sussex report it directly to Trading Standards via

More details about the Operation

Mental health support this summer

woman in fieldWe hope the summer holidays will be a time to relax.

If anyone needs extra help, support is available and there are people you can talk to.

It’s a good time to check in with how you’re feeling as well as talk about our children’s wellbeing and mental health.

Find advice and support at Your Mind Matters on the link below.

Your Mind Matters

Loving homes needed for West Sussex children and young people

foster careNot all children and young people get the start in life they deserve.

Here in West Sussex we have 41 children and young people who we need to find a loving foster family.

Find out more about fostering

Beware before you bin that BBQ!

Has it bin long enough logoEach summer our fire and rescue service attends numerous bin fires where the cause is attributed to disposable barbecues being thrown away before they have fully cooled down.

The Has It Bin Long Enough? campaign has vital tips for ensuring barbecue safety.

Has It Bin Long Enough?

Changes to health and care in Sussex

health and care is changingThe way health and care works across Sussex is changing.

We have joined with partners across Sussex to form a new Integrated Care System, which launched this month.

While the county council retains its existing statutory responsibilities for social care and public health, the changes will strengthen our commitment to working closely across organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of people in our communities here in West Sussex.

Watch the YouTube animation.

Read more about the new system

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Singleton and Charlton Parish Council - Community Highways Scheme

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council - Community Highways Scheme


July 2022

Community Highways Scheme (CHS)

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council hav now agreed on a draft proposal to be submitted to WSCC. The next stage is that the document will be reviewed by WSCC highways engineers, the proposal will be scored against the CHS Assessment scorecard. At this stage this document contains the Parish Council's suggestions, based on feedback from the Village Forum and the Questionnaire circulated to all parishioners. A copy of the proposal is attached. The proposal contains the following sections:

1. Executive summary

2. Why Singleton and Charlton needs a Community Highways Scheme:
An outline of the history of road evolution within the parish and why this presents us with a unique problem.

3. The traffic calming virtuous circle:
A brief look at how the various elements of traffic calming link together to create a scheme in which each element enhances the effectiveness of the others.

4. Overview of locations within Singleton

5. What is a ‘Courtesy Crossing’?
There is no official definition, so we explore the extent to which courtesy is necessary at all crossings that don’t have traffic lights.

6. Removal of ‘fast road’ markings and signage:
If a road looks like a fast road, drivers will drive faster; replace the visual appearance of a fast road with that of a village street and they slow down. We look at how this principle can be put to good use within our parish.

7. 20mph speed limits:
Local government policy is now to encourage 20mph limits in residential streets; it certainly makes sense in ours. But we also explain why having 20mph between Cobblers Corner and the cricket pitch entrance would transform road safety along that stretch, while only adding around 3 seconds to journey time.

8. Town Lane:
As well as courtesy crossings at the museum entrance and the junction, we make our case for altering the shape of the junction and reducing the speed limit to 30mph.

9. Centurion Way / Cricket Pitch crossing:
Plans for a courtesy crossing slightly south of the entrance, to enhance safety for players/visitors at the cricket club, walkers and local residents.

10. The Bus Stop:
Carefully thought out plans to reconfigure the entire bus stop, with a courtesy crossing, to create safer access to the northbound side.

11. Cobblers Corner:
The Victorian heart of Singleton, we set out how making this look more like the junction it used to be and less like a bend, will calm the traffic heading north/south and east/west.

12. A286 Midhurst Road – Budd’s Hill:
We outline plans to slow traffic as it arrives from the north and provide a courtesy crossing for walkers and residents approaching the village centre from the north/west.

13. School parking:
Our plans to create parking spaces for parents to safely drop off and pick up directly outside the school, extend the layby and add a courtesy crossing for those arriving from the south side.

14. Charlton:
In line with local responses to the survey, the proposals are simple: reducing speed limits and village gateways.

Appendix 1. Community Traffic Survey:
A detailed summary of the results of the 2021 survey.

Appendix 2. Improvement Scheme Priority Assessment Scorecard:
The scorecard used by Highways and the Local Authority to assess the value for money of any proposed scheme; we believe that we should score highly.

Appendix 3. A brief History of the development of Singleton and its roads:
A more detailed explanation of our road history, based on information provided by local historian Richard Pailthorpe.

The proposal is a long read, but it brings together all the elements of a comprehensive scheme that we believe will calm the traffic through our villages and dramatically improve safety for non-motorists.

The Burning Girls by CJ Tudor - Sussex Martyr Productions

The Burning Girls by CJ Tudor - Sussex Martyr Productions


July 2022

Sussex Martyr Productions will be filming scenes for the above production in Singleton and Charlton during week commencing 22nd August 2022 for three days and will likely be returning for another two or three days between mid October and early December 2022. 

Please see attachments for information on filming and if you are interested in applying to become an extra in the filming or a marshall a form is attached. 

West Sussex County Council - Summer Special

West Sussex County Council - Summer Special


July 2022

14 July 2022

Summer in west sussex

Welcome to our Summer Special eNewsletter! We've got plenty of inspiration to help you make the most of these long light summer days and nights here in West Sussex.

You'll also find helpful information about how to stay safe and well in a heatwave.

Wishing you a summer that's as fun-packed or relaxing as you want it to be!

Delights on your doorstep

foodie trailFrom fine dining to vegan feasts, afternoon tea in a castle to brewing your own beer, Michelin Star dining in a 16th century setting to award-winning fishermen serving shellfish on the beach. These are just some examples of the diverse food scene right here in West Sussex.

Experience West Sussex has created a Foodie Trail so you can plan where to go to give your tastebuds a treat.

Have your fill on the Foodie Trail

There's a whole host of fabulous gardens in West Sussex bursting with life waiting to delight your senses this summer.

Experience West Sussex has showcased some of our most spectacular and diverse gardens for you to visit, along with suggestions for where you can enjoy a refreshing tipple or sample some locally-produced food.

woolbeding gardens

Join the Gourmet Gardens Trail

History is a hot topic this summer

Cowdray ruinsHome to some of Britain’s best-known castles, stately homes and gardens, history runs deep in the veins of West Sussex.

Experience West Sussex has made a video where you can learn about local history - and choose which fascinating part of our past you want to explore further.

Meet the West Sussex Historians

'What shall we do today?'

summer familyNeed to keep the kids or grandkids entertained over the long school summer holidays?

Here's some ways to ensure they stay entertained and you stay calm!

And relax...

woman on beach with earbudsReading or listening to audio books is a great way to relax – especially if you find a spot outside.

Check out your local library for a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, large print and audio books.

Downloading the West Sussex Libraries app makes browsing and reserving even simpler.

If you prefer to read using your phone or tablet, try Libby. This gives you a wide range of eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines, all available free of charge. Newspapers are also available free via Press Reader.

If you need reading inspiration, have a look at our Library Service's Love Reading pages or join them on Facebook where you’ll find a Virtual Reading Group.

It’s free to join the Library either online or in person.

Stay safe this summer

stay safe sandClick the button below for information and tips on staying safe this summer.

This includes information about how to stay well during a heatwave.

You'll also find information on protecting your health, the dangers of wildfires, and how to stay safe on the beach and around water.

Each summer our fire and rescue service attends numerous bin fires where the cause is attributed to disposable barbecues being thrown away before they have fully cooled down. The Has it Bin Long Enough? campaign has vital tips for ensuring barbecue safety.

Have a safe summer

Summer travel tips

Stay connected

If you need to get in touch with us about any of services we provide for you – we are here for you 24/7.

did you know

On average we all use a staggering 140 litres of water every day.

And, with more extreme weather predicted, our water supply is becoming unpredictable with West Sussex already classed as seriously water 'stressed'.

Click here to find lots of top tips on being water-wise in the warm weather.

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Your Town and Parish Council News July 2022

Your Town and Parish Council News July 2022


July 2022

July 2022

West sussex county council

Town and parish news - working together on behalf of our communities

Issue 42 | July 2022

Please share the information in this eNewsletter widely within your communities.

elderly woman with bookBook loving volunteers needed

Please help us find volunteers for our Home Library Direct service which delivers books and other items to people who are unable to go to their local library.

Currently, we particularly need volunteers in the Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Crawley and Worthing areas.

This is a hugely rewarding role that is greatly appreciated by customers, many of whom find the service a lifeline.

Library volunteers needed

Has it bin long enough logoHelp us share our BBQ safety message

Our West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service have launched a new campaign, in partnership with West Sussex Recycles, to encourage people to follow these three steps when putting their disposable barbecues in the bin:

  • Sizzle: Don’t underestimate the heat of the barbecue as temperatures soar when cooking
  • Sit: Leave the barbecue to cool down for several hours
  • Soak: Cover the barbecue with plenty of water and remember: if it sizzles - it’s still too hot to be binned.

The aim is to reduce the number of disposable barbecue-related bin fires this summer.

As ambassadors for your local communities, please help us share the message using the campaign toolkit on the link below.

Toolkit with campaign resources

older woman on laptopDigital healthcare grants

The NHS Sussex Digital First Digital Skills Inclusion project works alongside voluntary and community organisations to support patients to use digital healthcare tools.

Grants are available between £5,000 and £20,000 and organisations can work in partnership with others but the limit of the funding is £20,000 per project.

To apply please email to request an application form. Please be mindful that the focus of the project needs to be digital healthcare tools (NHS App, Online Consultation, NHS 111 Online) although it is understood that basic digital skills may need to be promoted and supported too.

Closing date is 5pm on Wednesday 20 July.

fingerpostPublic rights of way – what landowners and land managers need to know

A reminder that landowners and land managers are responsible for maintaining public rights of way that cross their land, making sure that the paths are clear, accessible and don’t pose a risk to footpath users.

The Countryside Code outlines the rights and responsibilities of landowners and managers with regard to Public Rights of Way that cross their land.

Please share this information with your community.

Find more info about the Countryside Code

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Eroica Cycling Event to be held at Goodwood Race Course on 6th & 7th August 2022 - Cancelled

Eroica Cycling Event to be held at Goodwood Race Course on 6th & 7th August 2022 - Cancelled


June 2022

This event is cancelled.

See Attached Document for detailed information.

Local Plan Review Newsletter

Local Plan Review Newsletter


June 2022

Your Local Plan update

Welcome to our new look email newsletter

These regular updates aim to keep you updated on all of the work we are doing around the Local Plan Review. If you know someone that might be interested in receiving these updates, please direct them to our sign up link at the bottom of this newsletter.

We’re working hard to progress the Local Plan

We’re busy pulling together the Chichester Local Plan – and we are working hard to find solutions to the various issues we face.

As you know, this has been one of the most challenging pieces of work we have ever embarked on, mainly due to issues we have faced with the roads, wastewater and water neutrality.

Before any council submits their Local Plan to the Planning Inspector, they must show that they have tried and tested every possible way to reach the housing numbers set by Government. No stone can be left unturned. This means that the work that we have carried out to date is vital in demonstrating the complex situation we are in.

Due to the significant road improvements required and the fact that insufficient funding is available to deliver this, we have explained that the plan is unlikely to meet the full housing targets set by Government. Instead, we are working closely with National Highways and West Sussex County Council to establish a revised Development Strategy based on improvements that can be delivered to the A27 during the plan period.

We have also held discussions with Southern Water, which is responsible for wastewater, and the Environment Agency, which is responsible for enforcing the discharges into the harbour from premises that require permits, such as wastewater treatment plants. We have worked with both organisations to agree a position through a Statement of Common Ground.

Natural England’s requirement that development within the northern part of our plan area must be ‘water neutral’ is a very recent, complex issue that will take time to resolve. In partnership with a number of other councils across the county and the South Downs National Park Authority, we have commissioned a water neutrality study which covers the northern part of our plan area. This study is crucial to the plan to enable us to complete the Habitat Regulations Assessment and provide us with solutions in relation to water consumption to allow new homes to be built.

Effective and ongoing engagement and cooperation with these external agencies is vital. Based on the evidence we are presenting we need our partner agencies to agree what levels of development are deliverable within the infrastructure and funding constraints that we face. As we’ve said before, these are all issues that are unfortunately outside of our control.

A Planning Inspector has previously explained to us that before concluding that our housing needs cannot be met by the Local Plan, we need to determine what level of housing could be achieved based on deliverable improvements to the A27; whether our full housing needs could be met another way, which would include looking back at other parts of the local plan area; and investigate if neighbouring authorities can help meet need our housing needs. We have followed the advice given to us and are reviewing our housing numbers to show what we believe is achievable with the existing challenges we face.

Once we have the final pieces of evidence that we need, we will be ready to consult with you and submit the plan for independent examination. The feedback you provide us will be packaged alongside the plan and submitted to the Inspector. The Planning Inspector will then review the plan as part of the examination process. As soon as we are ready to do this, we will let you know. In the meantime, we will continue to update you on our progress.

We really appreciate your patience with this piece of work. Our priority is to do everything we possibly can to get the very best outcome for our district.

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South Downs News - July 2022

South Downs News - July 2022


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Over £400k raised to help nature

More than £400,000 has been raised so far to help find new spaces for nature in the National Park.

Exactly one year on from the launch of the ReNature campaign and the fundraising tally continues to rise for the inspiring initiative, which is looking to create an extra 13,000 hectares of habitat where plants and animals can thrive.

Meanwhile, this month an exciting ReNature festival will take place from 16 to 24 July with the aim of encouraging people to do simple things to help nature thrive, such as picking up litter, creating a wild space in your garden or helping to survey wildlife. Activities will include a microvolunteering beach clean at Seven Sisters, a heathland discovery day and bookable guided walks, as well as a range of inspiring online videos.

Read the full story hereabout what's been happening and find out how to win a free family day-out at a wildlife venue in the National Park!

See the programme for ReNature Festival

As part of the festival, a selection of community groups, including those serving young people and those who may never have accessed the National Park, are being sent ReNature packs, crammed with nature-based goodies and activities. A limited number of packs are available for newsletter subscribers and can be applied for on a first-come, first-served basis by visiting this webpage.

New visitor facilities are unveiled

Brand-new visitor facilities that tell the fascinating story of landscape, nature and people have been unveiled at Seven Sisters Country Park.

Following investment of around £2m from the South Downs National Park Authority, the fully-refurbished visitor centre at the world-famous site is now open and delighting visitors.

Find out more and plan your visit.

The South Downs Way is 50!

It’s one of Britain’s most iconic walks, taking in awe-inspiring views of coast and countryside.

Now, to celebrate the South Downs Way’s 50th birthdayon 15 July, a special commemorative plaque is being produced for the 66 parishes along the 100-mile route.

And a celebratory beer is being crafted by the Long Man Brewery, which takes its name from the famous “Long Man of Wilmington”. Learn more.

New Chair elected to lead National Park

Vanessa Rowlands has been elected as the new Chair of the National Park Authority.

Find out about Vanessa's goals and priorities here.

New lease of life at railway station

Why not leave the car at home this summer and enjoy a train ride into the heart of the National Park?

Amberley Station is the perfect stepping stone into the South Downs, located right next to the South Downs Way and some glorious riverside walks. The station has recently undergone a refurbishment. Learn more.

Take part in chalk stream challenge

Sophie Evingar is an events officer for the Watercress and Winterbournes project, which is being led by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. She invites people to take part in a new challenge that celebrates our amazing crystal-clear chalk streams.

Have your say on transport plan

People are being invited to have their say on a new long-term transport strategy for the South East.

Transport for the South East (TfSE) has launched a 12-week public consultation.

Find out more and take part.

Inspiring project helps mental wellbeing

Amazing pieces of artwork and craftsmanship will go on display next month at Petersfield Museum.

The artistic creations have been created by people who took part in Timescape – an inspiring initiative aimed at exploring art through history. Find out more.

Join us for a summer celebration next month

The South Downs Centre will be throwing open its doors for a summer celebration next month.

The free open day in Midhurst takes place from midday to 3pm on Saturday, 6 August and will include a range of fun activities and entertainment. Find out more.

Take the Lead to help heaths

This summer the Heathlands Reunited team are popping up to promote responsible dog ownership and encouraging dog owners to Take the Lead.

Find out more about how to help the rare wildlife on heathlands.

Enjoy new joyous exhibition

From barn owls and brown hares, to harvest mice and hairstreak butterflies, a new exhibition takes you on a journey of discovery to meet iconic farmland species in the South Downs.

The exhibition is showing at Gilbert White’s House Museum until 14 August. Find out more.

Ten tickets to give away for downland day-out!

Nestled in the beautiful landscape of the South Downs National Park, the Weald & Downland Living Museum offers families an enjoyable and captivating day out in the great outdoors.

With a jam-packed programme of summer celebrations including a fantastic line-up of outdoor theatre featuring family favourites, music and comedy, there is something to entertain audiences of all ages. Running from 26 July to 31 August, you can bring a picnic and enjoy shows such as David Walliams’ Awful Auntie, The Wind in the Willows, Peter Rabbit, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and music from Lou Fowkes.

The Museum’s popular Wonderful Weeks also return for the summer holidays, offering family fun and activities throughout August.

The theme this year is traditional games and pastimes, with a programme of activities, crafts and demonstrations that change weekly. Take part in nature trails, orienteering, singing, puzzles and traditional games from the past. Families can also enjoy walking through the beautiful grounds, discovering the many historic buildings, traditional farm animals and agricultural activities. With so much taking place, one visit is never enough. So why not take advantage of a new monthly membership plan with payments starting from as little as £8 per month for a family.

To find out more or book tickets please visit


We’ve teamed up with the Weald & Downland Living Museum to give away 10 family tickets to the Museum. The ticket includes two adults and two children.

People signing up to the newsletter during July will be automatically entered into the draw.

Those who are already signed up can email “Poplar Cottage” to before midnight on 31 July.

Sign up to the newsletter here and see competition T&Cs here. PLEASE NOTE the winning tickets can only be used on weekdays.

Take advantage of this summer's Rambler Bus!

Are you interested in exploring Hampshire’s beautiful downland villages and countryside this summer?

The South Downs Rambler Bus runs between Winchester and Petersfield railway stations on Sundays from 10 July to 11 September (plus August Bank Holiday).

Plan your journey with this timetable.

Sisters complete epic journey

Charlie Hellewell and her sister Miranda Bassett recently completed a long-held ambition of walking the South Downs Way. Here Charlie gives her accountof a sisterly adventure she’ll never forget.

Things to do in July

Find other events and activities across the National Park and submit your own. Please remember booking may be necessary and do check full details with the venue.

  • Head to Petersfield Eco-Fair on 17 July between 10am and 4pm. The free event at Petersfield Heath will be celebrating “earth-friendly” living and will include information on saving energy in your home, upcycling clothes and growing a wilder garden.
  • A joyous day of free live music, street performance, circus acts and hands-on activities takes place in the Pleasure Gardens of Petworth House for the Summer Weekend Out on 16 July.
  • Beach Life – the ultimate celebration of extreme sports, outdoor life, and fun by the sea – comes to Eastbourne this month. The free event, mainly at Princes Park, takes place on 16 and 17 July and promises to showcase local music, street food delights and seafront sports.
  • The 205th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death will be marked with an acclaimed theatrical production at Petersfield Museum on 18 July.
  • Amberley Museum will be holding its Railway Gala Weekend on 23 and 24 July with the return of its famous steam locomotive “Peter”.
  • Eastbourne welcomes the brand new E-Festival from 29 to 31 July, with headliners Toploader returning to their hometown.This family friendly, hybrid eco festival combines live music, a street food village and tips on living an environmentally friendly lifestyle across three sites at the Western Lawns, Wish Tower Slopes and Princes Park.

Festvial of Speed - Air & Firework Display

Festvial of Speed - Air & Firework Display


May 2022

Good morning, I hope you are all well.. We now have the confirmation of air display timings for the Festival of Speed….

Thurs Red Arrows 1230L

Fri Red Arrows 1615L

Sat Blades 1240L

Sun Red Arrows 1240L

The times above are the start time for each display. The airspace around Goodwood will be closed to all other air traffic for 15 minutes

prior to the display start time, and for 20 minutes from the display start time to allow the display to complete and the aircraft involved

to depart from our airspace.

Firework start times below…..

Wednesday 22nd 2230

Thursday 23rd 1320 and 2230

Friday 24th 1215

Saturday 25th 1205 and 2230-2300

Sunday 26th 1210

And re the FOS air display notification I sent out on Saturday, please note that the Red Arrows displays will be a ‘full’ display, so 30 minutes in length.

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