Jul 11

Help us shape how we deliver adult social care

Local people are being asked to help shape how the County Council delivers adult social care in the future.

The council is considering a new approach where people, their families and carers can meet with council staff in local settings to discuss their social care needs. 

The council wants to:

• Talk to more people at an earlier stage and support them to stay as independent as possible
• Hold informal drop-in sessions in local communities, where people can talk to the county council about social care
• Help to connect people to services and activities in their local communities.

The proposals take account of what people have told the council about their experiences of using adult social care.

The new approach has been trialled in some areas of the county since January this year.

A survey is running until Friday 11 August for people to have their say: https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/legal-democratic-services/supporting-lives-connecting-people.

The survey asks for people’s views on the proposals and asks what would be important to them if the council took this approach.

Louise Goldsmith, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Adults, said: “We really hope to hear from as many people as possible who use our services, their families and carers, voluntary and community organisations, and all local people who have an interest in adult social care. We will then consider all the views before we decide on the way forward.”

A decision will be taken in the autumn by the Leader of the County Council about how adult social care will be delivered in the future.

Jul 10

Respond to the annual electoral canvass digitally and be in with a chance to win £50

Mid Sussex District Council is offering residents who respond to the annual electoral canvass by telephone, text message or online the chance to win one of three £50 Marks and Spencer vouchers.


Each year, everyone in the UK must confirm their electoral registration details are up-to-date by responding to the annual electoral canvass. Mid Sussex District Council will shortly be sending household enquiry forms to every household in the District and is encouraging local people to respond as soon as possible to avoid the need for any chase up correspondence.


The quickest and most convenient ways of responding to the annual electoral canvass are via telephone, text message or online. By using these digital channels, all information is processed instantly and effectively, there’s no chance of the form being lost in the post and it’s the most environmentally friendly way to respond. Contacting the Council in this way also provides taxpayers with huge savings when compared with the cost of posting back the form.


Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging everyone to respond to the canvass by using telephone, text message or the online form and those who do will be automatically entered into a free prize draw to win one of three £50 Marks and Spencer vouchers.


Tom Clark, Electoral Registration Officer for Mid Sussex said:


“We want to help the residents of Mid Sussex to have their say, maintain their credit rating and ensure they do not miss out on the opportunity to vote.


“By law, everybody must respond to the annual electoral canvass but how you respond is just as important. If you respond by telephone, text message or online then you’ll be helping to save taxpayers thousands of pounds. We want as many people as possible to contact us via these digital channels, so if you do, we’ll enter you into a free prize draw for the chance to win a £50 Marks and Spencer voucher.”


For more information about registering to vote or elections contact the Mid Sussex District Council Electoral Services team by emailing elections@midsussex.gov.uk or calling 01444 477003.

Jul 10

Newtimber Country and Vintage Fayre

Jul 07

Win with your best West Sussex-themed photo!

You could win some incredible prizes this summer by entering our fantastic photo competition.

Running from Saturday 29 July to Saturday 9 September, prizes include an award-winning meal at The Cat Inn near East Grinstead and Chichester Festival Theatre tickets for a trilogy of Alan Ayckbourn plays.

To enter, take a great photo of West Sussex using one of the following themes to inspire you:

– ‘New Experiences’  – Unique and exciting experiences to enjoy in West Sussex 

– ‘Back to Nature’ – Fun and affordable family outdoor activities to reconnect

– ‘Cultural Encounters’ – Cultural experiences throughout West Sussex

Then tag the Experience West Sussex account on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #MyWestSussex.

Or email your photo to campaign@westsussex.gov.uk

Lucky winners, who will be announced in September, will also have their photos framed and displayed in the main reception at County Hall, Chichester.

Jul 06

Inaugural match between Poynings Cricket Club and Poynings Village

Friday 14th July sees the inaugural match between Poynings Cricket Club and a team put together to represent Poynings Village. 


The T20 match starts at 6.00pm at The Field, Poynings  (opposite the entrance to Mill Lane) and will see locals including Cutress, Digby, Edmonds, Virgo, Lee and Kelly take on the finest the Cricket Club have to offer.


There will be a BBQ and a bar so bring the family and come and support your local heroes.

Jul 06

Fulking Book Sale

Our monthly Book Sale is on Sunday from 11.00 to 4.00 in the Chapel in Fulking.

All welcome.

If anyone has any books or bric-a-brac they would like to get rid of please let us know and we will arrange collection.

All will be sold at Fulking Fair.


Many thanks


Jul 03

Public consultation on Dog Control Orders


Mid Sussex District Council is running a six week public consultation from Monday 3 July 2017 to find out what local people think about dog control measures in Mid Sussex.


Mid Sussex has a number of Dog Control Orders in place to protect the local environment and deter irresponsible dog ownership. However, the current Orders expire later this year and Mid Sussex District Council will be replacing them with Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in October.


The Council is proposing a simple transfer of all existing powers under the Dog Control Orders over to the new PSPOs. The only proposed change is to extend the Maximum Number of Dogs (6) Order to all Council owned nature reserves, adjoining land and some of the larger recreation grounds.


“With the legal transfer of Dog Control Orders taking place in October, this is the perfect time to talk to us about dog control,” said Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Health and Community. “We’re keen to hear from everyone, so please use this consultation as an opportunity to let us know if you like the current arrangements or if there’s anything you would like to change.”


The majority of dog owners in Mid Sussex are responsible, pick up their dogs’ mess and keep them under proper control. However, there is a small minority who don’t and this can create problems. The Public Space Protection Orders enable fixed penalty notices to be issued by an authorised officer when they see an offence occur. These are set at £75 or £50 if paid within 10 days.


The proposed Public Space Protection Orders will cover:


•    Fouling of Land by Dogs

In order to reduce the amount of dog fouling in Mid Sussex, owners are required to clean up their dogs’ mess. This order is applied to any land which is open to the air and to which the public have access.

•    Dog Exclusion

To prevent people or the dogs themselves being injured as a result of sharing activity space, dogs should be excluded from all fenced children’s play areas and fenced recreational areas such as tennis courts, bowling greens and multi activity areas owned by Mid Sussex District Council.

•    Dogs on Lead by Direction

In order to stop a loose dog disrupting sporting or community events or disturbing local wildlife, dogs must be placed on a lead if requested to do so by an authorised officer. This order applies to Mid Sussex District Council owned land on which formal sports and community events regularly take place, and all designated nature reserves.

•    Dogs Specified Maximum Amount (6)

The number of dogs one person can take onto Council nature reserves or selected large parks should be restricted to six.


The consultation will be available to view at the Mid Sussex District Council Reception or on the Council’s website www.midsussex.gov.uk/dogcontrolconsultation for six weeks starting on Monday 3 July 2017.

Jun 30

Party Time!

For those who spotted the deliberate mistake, it is tomorrow, Saturday the 1st July.

It’s Paula Seager’s 50th (yes really!!!) and Jackie Crowther’s (much younger) birthday too – so what better excuse for Poynings locals to have a party?!

Open house in the Royal Oak marquee from 8pm with a live act and 80s music – we will be drinking and dancing – come along if you can!

Thanks, Paula

Jun 30

Church News July 2017

The Downland Benefice
Holy Trinity Poynings, St Andrew’s, Edburton
St John the Evangelist, Newtimber
The Transfiguration, Pyecombe

July 2017

There is a united Benefice service every Sunday morning at 10 am in one of our churches.
On most Sundays, this is a service of Holy Communion.
On the first Sunday of each month, it is an all age worship service, followed at 11.15 am by a short Communion service.

Location varies according to the pattern below:
First Sunday (2nd July) Poynings
Second Sunday (9th July) Newtimber
Third Sunday (16th July) Poynings
Fourth Sunday (23rd July) Pyecombe
Fifth Sunday (30th July) Newtimber
There is also a Benefice Evening Service at 6pm
every second Sunday (9th July) at Pyecombe.

In addition, at Edburton Church there is:
A service of Family Communion every first and third Sunday at 11 am. (2nd July and 16th July)

Morning and Evening Prayer each week
Mondays: Edburton at 6 pm Tuesdays: Newtimber at 5pm
Wednesdays: Poynings at 9 am; Pyecombe at 6 pm

Evergreens (for the over 60’s)
Monday, 3rd July, 3.30 – 5 pm at Rushfields Farm Shop
(Colin and Cathy Langridge)


Sunday 2nd July    Tilly Ware            Poynings

Sunday 16th July  Dora Worsley       Edburton

Saturday 22nd July Tristan Burton    Pyecombe



Saturday 29th July          Adam Keen and Amy Blackford


Other special events and dates this month

  • Pyecombe Village weekend and Flower Festival 1-2nd July Theme: New Beginnings. Songs of Praise service to round off the weekend – 6pm on 2nd July
  • Midsummer Concert and Strawberry Tea at Newtimber Church in the grounds of Newtimber Place: 1st July 2-30 pm
  • Benefice Council: 7.30pm, 3rd July The Rectory.
  • Confirmation service is on Thursday 20th July at 8pm at St Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill. Do come and support our 3 candidates.
  • Messy Church Friday 21st July Fulking Hall.
  • Sunday 23 July 10.30 – 4.30pm is Newtimber’s Country and Village Fayre; Church Lane, Newtimber. Activities and fun for all the family
  • On Sunday 23rd July, Pyecombe Church will be serving tea and cakes from 2.30-4.30pm.
  • Sunday 30th July is Fulking Fair – see boards.


For more information on all events, email : downlandbenefice@icloud.com


Clergy contact details:

Revd. Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456                   c.currer@btinternet.com

Revd Graham Jeffery (Edburton)       01273 494559

Jun 30

Poynings Parish Council Meeting




The next meeting of Poynings Parish Council is to be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at 7pm.


1) Apologies for absence
2) Minutes
3) Matters Arising
4) Expenditure for May and June
5) Planning applications
a) SDNP/17/01803/HOUS | Demolition of existing side and rear extensions. Replacement extensions to the side and rear elevation of the existing property. Replacement porch to front elevation. Allowance for internal alterations. | Wickham House Mill Lane Poynings BN45 7AE
b) SDNP/17/01947/TCA | Notification of intension to fell 1No Ash Tree | Dyke Farm House The Street Poynings Brighton West Sussex BN45 7AQ
6) 2016 – 2017 Accounts
7) Table tennis table
8) Winter Plan
9) Roundabout
10) Dates of Next Meetings


Clerk to the Council
Mr Colin Warburton

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