A warm welcome to Trewan, Fiona and Emily – the new team at the Swan, Fittleworth!

We welcome Trewan, his fiancee Emily and Trewan’s mother Fiona, as the new team at the Swan. They are a family with local connections and already interesting new menus are much in evidence: well worth a visit!

We wish them all the best in their new venture.

More information about them all, will be in the June Village magazine.

Good to hear the guest chef night with Fraser went well!


Thank you everyone who supported, helped or organised the beautiful Garden Trail and interesting (updates on the shop and Neighbourhood Plan) news at the Annual Parish Meeting

The Garden Trail had beautiful weather and gardens to match! Please visit the latest ‘Gallery’ to see some of our Fittleworth gardens.

Lots of feedback too from all the work this year carried out by our Parish Councillors and local residents on the Neighbourhood Plan and Community Shop working parties – and other local issues.


Annual Parish Meeting – Tuesday 8th May 2018

All who live in Fittleworth are invited to take part in the


To be held in the Village Hall on

Tuesday 8th May 2018

at 7.30 pm

The meeting will start with reports from the chairman and clerk – on the activities of the Parish Council over the past year, and its financial status – followed by presentations on two major areas of activity:

– Neighbourhood Development Plan

– Progress with the Community Shop and Café

There will then be an opportunity for you to raise whatever issues you wish, either in the forum of the meeting, or in individual discussions afterwards.

Click here for the full agenda 

Light refreshments will be available.

Chris Welfare, Chair

2018 National Rural Crime Survey

Sussex Police and the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner are inviting residents to complete the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey.

It has been three years since the first National Rural Crime Survey asked the public for their views on matters relating to rural crime.

This year’s survey went live on April 17, and those who live, work or visit rural communities in the county are being encouraged to respond and have their voice heard.

In late 2017, the force appointed Superintendent Emma Brice and Sergeant Tom Carter as dedicated leads for rural crime, to address the vulnerabilities and crime types which are specific to rural areas.

Supt Emma Brice said: “A large proportion of Sussex residents live, work in or visit rural areas regularly and we really want to hear your views on issues related to rural policing and crime.

“We know that there are certain types of crime and areas of vulnerability which impact rural communities and businesses differently from those in urban areas.

“Alongside other measures, the responses to this survey will contribute towards ensuring we are meeting the needs of our rural communities.’

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “One of the focuses of this year’s survey is whether rural crime continues to be underreported. Three years ago, one in four people who responded to the survey nationally said they didn’t report the last crime they’d been a victim of because they didn’t see the point.

“This is uncomfortable thing to hear, and for all those involved in protecting rural areas, so it’s important we ask these questions again and find out whether people are more willing to report crime and if they feel safer.

“It’s vital that the voice of rural communities is heard by those who can make a difference – from the Police to Government. I urge residents to take part in the survey and help us build a clear picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural Sussex and to understand the impact it has where you live or work.”

The survey is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June. Have your say here: http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/research/internal/2018survey/

Weekly events! Click to see

Weekly events (This is a general rule! Please check dates of activities, particularly  during school holidays. Most contact numbers are in the Community – Clubs and Societies pages of this website)

Every Monday in the Village Hall, Ladies’ Pilates Fitness, 6.15-7.15 p.m. followed by Men only Pilates Fitness 7.30-8.30 p.m.

Every Monday and Thursday in the Village Hall car park, Mobile Post Office operates from 8.30 to 10.30 a.m.

Every Tuesday, Short mat bowls in Village Hall, 6.45 p.m. (there is an outdoor bowls club during the Summer)

Every Tuesday, Fittleworth Football Club training, 6.45-ish.

Every Tuesday, Nomads Fish and Chips outside Village Hall, 5.00-7.30 p.m.

Bedham Lane Road Closure (between Upper Street and Wakestone Lane) from 30 April for 4 weeks


NOTICE is hereby given that not less than seven days from the date of this notice, West Sussex County Council intend to make an Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding at any time along the length of Bedham Lane between Upper Street and Wakestone Lane.

The Order is necessary to protect public safety whilst cabling works are undertaken.

The Order will come into operation on 30 April 2018 and will continue for 18 months, or until the proposed works are completed, whichever is earlier. It anticipated that the works will commence on or after 30 April 2018 and will take 4 weeks to complete.

Any queries about the works taking place should be directed to Hire-a-lite telephone number 0844 332 9009. Any queries about the effect of the Order on traffic using the highway should be directed to West Sussex Council Contact Centre, telephone number (01243) 642105.

Dated this 12th day of April 2018

Director of Law & Assurance
County Hall

It’s all in a good cause! The shop build and other work near the shop site …

Thank you to everyone who has suffered in silence when they have come across mud, noise, or difficulty walking, parking or driving near the site of the new shop – or perhaps the old playground apparatus is being missed! The shop ‘footprint’ is emerging and nearby drains in School Lane are being repaired.

Thank you all, including the school and volunteers – it will be worth it!