The Parish Council is the first tier of local government and represents the communities of Hurstpierpoint, Sayers Common, Goddards Green and the surrounding countryside. We have a population of nearly 7,000 who are fortunate to live in an area of great beauty, with the benefits of ready access to Brighton and the coast and the South Downs, and with the centre of London only a 50 minute train ride.
Hurstpierpoint is the largest village and is home to a very wide range of clubs, societies and sports activities. Significant local events such as the St Lawrence Fair in June each year, and the Hurstpierpoint arts festival in September, are extremely popular and draw many visitors into our community. The village enjoys an excellent range of quality shops in the High Street, as well as a cinema, theatre, tennis and bowls clubs, and many organisations for all ages.
The Parish Council office is next to the Library in Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint, and we are open to the public each weekday from 9.00am to 1.30pm. Alternatively you can call us on 01273 833264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We try to help on all matters of local interest, and if we cannot give the answer then we try to guide you to the right organisation.
Thank you for your interest in our community.
The Parish Council operates a grant aid system providing small sums (up to £500) to local non-profit groups that meet the needs of the Parish's residents. Grant applications are considered at the Community Affairs Committee meetings of the Council, 6 times per year.
The next Community Affairs Committee meeting will be on 21 July 2016; however the deadline for us to receive your application form has now passed. Therefore the next deadline for receiving your application form is Monday 5 September 2016, where all applications received will go to the Community Affairs Committee meeting on 15 September 2016.
Please contact the Parish Council office, or look on the website under the Parish Council tab, for more information.
The Parish Council is currently running a project to replace public seating around the Parish. We are looking for willing donators to help pay the cost; the average cost of a bench is about £700 but any donation above £250 would be very welcome. The seat can be memorial, which would include a bronze memorial plaque. Two seats will be replaced shortly, both at South Avenue Recreation Ground. Please contact Charlotte at the Parish Council office for more information.
Work has begun on the new and extended play area in South Avenue Recreation Ground. The play area will be closed so that the new facilities will be ready by the end of July.
The Albourne Village Show is a traditional Summer Fete held this year on Albourne Green between 12.00 and 16.30 on Saturday 10th September with free local parking. The heart of the Show is the Flower, Produce and Craft show and visit www.albournevillageshow.co.uk for information on categories and entry details. It has grown to be a family event for all ages which was enjoyed by nearly 1000 people last year.
This year we will have three bands including Patcham Silver Band; a Fun Dog Show you can enter on the day; Steam Engines, vintage vehicles and a Barrel Organ; Birds of Prey; as well as a Magician, children's' entertainment, games and many Craft stalls. There's plenty to eat and drink with a Bedlam Beer tent and Clive Miller Barbecue, tea and cakes and Apple Pressing. If you can't come, you can still buy tickets for the "Best of Albourne" Raffle which has a £100 first prize sponsored by Ernest Doe. The show is generously supported by local businesses and last year raised nearly £1,000 which is used in the Community. Please come and enjoy a day out and if you want to run a stall contact Mick Gratton on 01273 833978.
Hurst Festival will be held from 17 September until 1 October 2016. The Festival extends over a fortnight, bringing together the amazing local talent within our village and leading international performers who have a connection with Hurstpierpoint.
For more information, go to their website on www.hurstfestival.org.