Coronavirus/Covid 19 Updates from Parish Council

POSTED: 8 January 2021

Newsletter issued 08 January 2021

1. COVID-19 UPDATE – National Lockdown 3 – The rules

2. Fittleworth Parish Council news

  • Parish’s Coronavirus Working Group
  • Limbourne Lane Development update
  • The Traffic Working Group Update
  • The Sports & Social Club
  • The Swan Closure – Virtual Public Meeting – Thursday 14th January – 7pm
  • Road Closures in the next 7 days
  • Next Parish Council meeting

3. Fittleworth Magazine

4. Fittleworth Stores update

5. Fittleworth Archives – The Swan

6. West Sussex County Council

  • Latest Coronavirus figures in West Sussex & Chichester Area covering Fittleworth
  • COVID-19 vaccination scam alert
  • West Sussex County Council : Met Office Level 3 Cold Weather Alert -severe cold weather/icy conditions between 0900 on Friday 08 January and 0900 on Monday 11 January

7. Chichester District Council

  • Update on Vaccine rollout
  • Business Grants


National Lockdown


For full details of what you can and cannot do, which businesses must close and those which can remain open, meeting others, travel, education, weddings, funerals, church services etc. we would strongly recommend that you read the Government guidance which can be found here: –

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live but please note that if you leave home without a “reasonable excuse” you can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid- February for all except future critical worker courses. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

The BBC will show curriculum-based programmes on TV from Monday.
They will include three hours of primary school programming every weekday on CBBC, and at least two hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two.

The primary programmes, which will be broadcast on CBBC from 09:00 every day, will include BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily as well as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and Operation Ouch.

BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, including adaptations of Shakespeare plays alongside science, history and factual titles.

Bitesize Daily primary and secondary will also air every day on the red button as well as episodes being available on demand on iPlayer.


Fittleworth Parish Council news

The Parish’s Coronavirus Working Group – continues to meet regularly virtually to keep the community safe during these difficult times and are in touch with the relevant bodies about rolling out the Coronavirus vaccine in the New Year.  We are making ourselves available for the ill, elderly and those who are  self-isolating to provide help, advice and reassurance as required.

Limbourne Lane Development – The planning application for 14 houses along the Fleet was approved by the SDNP in November and we are working with the SDNP, West Sussex, Chichester DC and developers to get the best possible result from this development for our village. Things we have done so far:

  • We have contacted and suggested a Housing Association who has experience of delivering housing in rural areas, to get in touch with the Developer
  • We have got agreement from the SDNP that we will be kept in the loop in terms of drainage and other issues as the development progresses – something they are not obliged to do and which we are pleased about, as this will give us the opportunity to influence things as they progress.
  • The Parish Council are looking to appoint a Drainage Consultant to look at drainage in the whole village so we consider the picture for the village as a whole.

The Traffic Working Group are meeting virtually once a month and are pleased to say we have been selected as a pilot village by the SDNP to look how we can adopt an innovative approach to traffic calming in the village.

The Sports & Social Club and the Parish Council have now found an architect who will help us come up with some suggestions to refurbish this site – so watch this space!

The Swan Inn – Public Meeting – We were very sad to hear the news about the Pub’s recent closure. We have already started to look at what we can do to ‘Save the Pub’ and will be having a virtual public meeting on THURSDAY 14th JANUARY at 7pm to talk about this. Please come and let us know your views and ideas. The meeting link will be posted on the home page of the website a few days prior to the meeting.

If there is anyone out there who would be interested in working with us on this please contact our clerk on or ring : 07411571500 .

Road Closures
Waltham Park Road, Coldwaltham- Road Closure
 7-11 January 2021
Daytime road closure for BT to install 3 new poles safely – closed from junction of London Road to junction of Tripp Hill with works taking place outside Coldwaltham Lodge.

Bury Hill, Bury – Road Closure
11 -19 January 2021 (Monday – Friday : 8:00 – 17:00)
Day time Road Closure for tree Ash Die Back felling and clearing work. Closed from the junction with The Street, Bury to junction with Whiteways Lodge Roundabout. Closure will not be in place a weekends.
Next Parish Council Meeting – Monday 18th January 2021 7pm via Microsoft Teams. Please contact the clerk by Monday 12 January if you have a topic you wish to be added to the Agenda.

The Parish Council continue to work hard, meeting virtually, for the benefit of the community and are pleased to say we have now been joined on the Parish Council by Sally Tanner

Stay Safe and follow the Government Guidance

Fittleworth Magazine

Fittleworth Stores

The introduction of the latest lockdown means more changes again at the Stores.  High infection rates mean that we have taken the decision to suspend volunteering for our over 60s  – so in turn we have had to reduce down our weekday opening hours again.

We have also reinstated our home delivery and click and collect services.

Revised Opening Hours
We do apologise for the frequent changes to our opening hours.  We realise it is frustrating that they are always changing and would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.  As we operate with only a small team of paid staff when we have to suspend volunteering it means we can’t stay open for as long.  With the majority of our volunteers over 60 it is simply not appropriate to have volunteers in the Stores at times of lockdown when infection rates are so high and with lockdowns being introduced and lifted on a number of occasions now over the past year it does mean our hours are always changing.

Our opening hours are currently as follows:
Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 2.30pm (Post Office closes at 2pm)
Saturday: 9am – 4pm (Post Office closes at 1pm)
Sunday: 9am – 12 pm (Post Office closed)

We do recommend checking the opening times from time to time either on our website ( or on our Facebook page as we do publicise any changes to the hours on these sites.

Home Delivery Services and Click and Collect
We have reintroduced our home delivery and click and collect services.  Do get in touch if you would like to use them.  Home delivery is available to those in the village and surrounding hamlets to those over 70, or to those who are self isolating or ill.  Click and collect is available to all.  Home deliveries and click and collect are available on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Orders can be placed via email to or by phone to 01798 865907.  Ideally orders should be placed the day before delivery or collection to allow us sufficient time to prepare them.

See our Product List at  In addition we also sell a range of cards and gifts  – please speak to one of us if you would like us to help you find a gift for someone.

Maximum numbers
We have reverted to a maximum of three customers in the shop, whether those customers are for the shop or café.  We have also reintroduced a single queue both outside the Stores and inside.  Please wait at the white sign inside the Stores and wait to be called forward to either the shop till or post office till.

Our café is of course closed given we are in lockdown again.  We have a few takeaway pastries and cakes available on the counter but are not offering prepared takeaway foods or takeaway coffees currently.  We have reviewed our operations at the Stores and to enable the staff team to work safely and with adequate social distancing we have taken the decision to suspend the majority of takeaway items for now.

Use us to support us!
We remain hugely grateful to all those who support us and would encourage everyone to continue to shop local and to shop with us – whether its in person or through home delivery or click and collect.  Having to close the café for so many months this past year does impact on our trading figures so keeping shop sales up is really important to ensure we continue to remain a strong and healthy business at the heart of our community.

Fittleworth Stores Management and Committee


Fittleworth Archives

West Sussex County Council

Latest coronavirus figures in West Sussex & Chichester District Area covering Fittleworth
(Based on Fittleworth Postcode)

Each Week the following data will be included in the newsletter to keep you informed of the current infection rates.

#KeepWestSussexSafe; remember hands, face, space.

West Sussex COVID-19 local summary – interactive version(external link)

West Sussex COVID-19 weekly update (PDF, 4.7MB)(external link)

COVID-19 vaccination scam alert
WSCC are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.

  • The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
  • The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
  • At the moment we are not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

Met Office Level 3 Cold Weather Alert
There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions between 0900 on Friday 08 Jan and 0900 on Monday 11 Jan for the South East of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

Very cold and frosty nights, with areas of freezing fog developing, which may persist all day in places during the weekend. Becoming less cold into next week.

View the full warning at the Met Office Cold Weather Alert site.
Cold weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period please help make sure that they stay warm and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

  • Stay tuned in to weather forecasts
  • Check room temperatures and maintain it at 18C or warmer
  • Keep warm and active and if you have to go out dress warmly and wear non slip shoes.
  • If you are concerned about your own health or welfare or that of others please alert the emergency services.

For more information

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates @WSCCNews @WSCCResilience @wspublichealth

Chichester District Council

Update on the vaccine rollout
From Monday 4th January people began receiving the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine as the NHS rapidly expands COVID-19 vaccination programmes across the UK. More than a million people in the UK have already been vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and its roll out will continue at pace. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine can be stored at fridge temperatures, between two to eight degrees, making it easier to distribute to care homes and other locations across the UK.

The Pulborough Medical Group began vaccinations last week and a number of our residents have already received their first jab. The Arundel Surgery still await confirmation as to when and where patients registered with them will receive the vaccine – for the latest information we suggest you visit their website which can be found here: –

More details on the vaccination programme in Sussex can be found here: and we will continue to update you when we receive more information from our partners in the NHS. It’s important to remember that the NHS will contact you when you are due to access your vaccine, so please do not contact them beforehand.

The website also includes what to expect when you have your vaccination and a detailed list of FAQs, which can be found here: This page also provides contact details if people have a question or want to give feedback: Email:   Telephone: 01273 238 725.
As a council, we have put forward sites for the NHS to consider. These include buildings we own and also sites other partners have suggested. All of this information has been given to the NHS to decide which sites are suitable because they have to meet strict criteria. St Richard’s Hospital has been vaccinating people since Monday – we’ve heard that this is going very well – and we are aware that other sites are starting to come online across the district. The NHS will be providing us with an update this week and once we have this we will share it through all of our communication channels, including our coronavirus pages

Business grants
CDC currently have a range of business grants available for district businesses that were affected by the second national lockdown in November 2020 and the recent local tier restrictions. If you own a business, you can find out if you are eligible and apply for all of the currently available grants here:

CDC are also reminding businesses that we are still issuing our business recovery grants:

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP has also announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. Further funding is being made available for councils to support other businesses not eligible for the grants that might be affected by the restrictions. All updates will appear on the CDC website at where you can also apply for grants.

The Government has also announced that the furlough scheme has also been extended to April 2021 and the 100% Government backed loans have been extended until March 2021. You can find the announcement at

POSTED: 23 December 2020

Newsletter issued 23 December 2020


West Sussex to move to TIER 4 of local outbreak restrictions

People in West Sussex must stay at home and only travel for very limited reasons when tier 4 local outbreak restrictions come into force from Saturday, 26 December.

Household mixing will not be allowed, aside from support bubbles and two people meeting in public outdoor spaces.

Most areas across the South will be moving to TIER 4: STAY HOME from Saturday. The new rules will mean we MUST not leave or be outside of our home or garden, except where we have a ‘reasonable excuse.’

Tier 4: STAY AT HOME rules 

All non-essential shops and hospitality venues will close, apart from click and collect services and takeaway food and drink.

West Sussex has been moved into tier 4 along with other counties in the South East, due to a significant rise in infection rates across the region.

The latest figures show 184.8 per 100,000 people in West Sussex tested positive for COVID-19 in the seven days up to 17 December. Across the county, rates have almost doubled in the past week, with cases rising even faster than this in some areas.

Remember: Hands. Face. Space. And #KeepWestSussexSafe.

See the latest data on coronavirus cases in West Sussex here
Please remember that Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many, so it’s also really important to look after our mental wellbeing. If you or anyone you know needs support this year, the following links have some useful advice, guidance and tips:

NHS Every Mind Matters

Mind: Christmas and coronavirus


POSTED 29 November 2020

National, County, District & Community updates
Issue Date: 29 November 2020

New Local Restrictions from 2 December 2020- All Tiers/ Tier 2/ Christmas bubbles

2 Fittleworth Parish Council news

3 Fittleworth Stores update

4 West Sussex County Council – Latest Coronavirus figures in West Sussex


Local Restrictions Tiers

The Government has set out a three-tiered local restriction system that will be in place from 2 December. The levels are set as Medium, High and Very High. Our area will be in Tier 2 ‘High Alert’.

Fittleworth Parish will currently be in a Tier 2 area.

This means that from 2 December, new restrictions will apply in our area. You can find full details of these on the Government’s ‘local restriction tiers: what you need to know’ page(Opens in a new window).

All tiers

Across all tiers, everyone:

  • must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption
  • should follow the rules on meeting others safely
  • should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
  • should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling
  • must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances. These exemptions are detailed at the end of this guidance

Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits. Regular testing will be offered to up to 2 family members or friends per resident by Christmas, which – when combined with other infection-control measures such as PPE – will support indoor visits with physical contact. Detailed guidance will be published shortly.

In all tiers, the following businesses and venues can remain open:

  • essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales
  • certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds – subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier. Indoor group activities and classes should not take place at tier 3
  • personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons
  • public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls. They should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or most other social activities in tier 3
  • allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car parks
  • essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites
  • places of worship – communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier

Everyone who can work from home should do so. Where people cannot do so – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary

Tier 2: High alert

This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of  infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

In tier 2:

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
    • stop taking orders after 10pm
  • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances  that start before 10pm
  • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes  or stonesettings.
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family

The Government and the Devolved Administrations have agreed on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period. The Government’s  Christmas bubble guidance page(Opens in a new window) sets out what you can and cannot do in over the Christmas period in the UK.

Key points are as follows.

Between 23 and 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying
  • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.

Fittleworth Parish Council news

In addition to our website, this newsletter and the Parish Magazine, we shall now also be putting updates and items of interest on Nextdoor so we can reach as many people as possible to let them know what we are doing.

Stay Safe and follow the Government Guidance

Fittleworth Stores

Next week sees the national lockdown lifted and a move to a tier system.  As you would expect, this brings more changes to operations at the Stores.

Changes to Opening Hours
The lifting of lockdown means that we can welcome our volunteers back into their customer facing roles at the Stores.  We will be delighted to have the volunteers back – it doesn’t feel quite the same without them! As a result we can open for slightly longer, returning to the hours we were operating for before the current lockdown.

Our new opening hours will, from Wednesday 2 December, be as follows:
Mondays – Fridays: 8.30am – 4pm (Post Office closes at 3.30pm)
Saturdays: 9am – 4pm (Post Office closes at 1pm)
Sundays: 9am – 12pm (Post Office closed)

From Wednesday 2 December we are allowed to open our café again.  As we are in tier 2, no social mixing indoors is allowed.  This means that household/support bubbles can come and use our indoor café area but there cannot be meetings of friends and groups.  There is heating in the indoor marquee so we hope that you will come and enjoy some time out at our café over the winter.

Social mixing is permitted outdoors in tier 2, meaning that groups, families and friends are welcome to use the outdoor tables provided that the rule of 6 is observed (ie a maximum of 6 people may meet in a group together).

As well as our winter menu (which includes soup, jacket potatoes and a hot meal of the day – all good options if you are sitting outside!) we will also be running our Christmas specials menu during December.  The café will be offering mince pies, festive cakes and pastries and baked camembert with cranberry sauce and SODT ciabatta bread.

Home delivery and click and collect
As restrictions are to be eased again we will be suspending our home delivery and click and collect services.  The last day these services will be operating in the current form is Tuesday 1 December.  However, if you are ill, self isolating or otherwise unable to get to us for good reason please do give us a call – and we will do our very best to get supplies to you.

As before, these services will be resumed in the event of any further national or local lockdowns.

General measures
We continue with our rigorous daily cleaning processes and social distancing measures to ensure that the Stores remains as safe a place as possible for you to shop and eat.  We appreciate that many remain understandably cautious about going out and about in current times.  Please do speak to us if you have any concerns.  We are always happy to help however we can to make sure that you feel safe in visiting us.

We really do value your support.  Please shop local this Christmas.  Remember that in doing just some of your Christmas shopping at the Stores you are helping to support not only your village shop but all the other local Sussex suppliers that we stock.

Fittleworth Stores Management and Committee


West Sussex County Council

Latest coronavirus figures in West Sussex

National restrictions continue to apply until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

#KeepWestSussexSafe; remember hands, face, space.

There are an increasing number of confirmed cases across the county, in line with national trends. There were 1,027 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Sussex in the seven days to 18 November 2020. Further details can be found in the regularly updated summaries below.

West Sussex COVID-19 local summary – interactive version(external link)

West Sussex COVID-19 weekly update (PDF, 4.7MB)(external link)


POSTED 20 November 2020

National, County, District & Community updates
Issue Date: Friday 20 November 2020

1 Fittleworth Playground closure
2 Fittleworth Parish Council news
3 Fittleworth Stores
4 News from the Churches
5 Fittleworth School
6 Chichester District Council
7 West Sussex County Council
8 Sussex Police

Fittleworth Playground closure

Unfortunately the Parish Council have received multiple reports of people not staying safe and observing social distancing and government guidelines within the playground throughout the day. Due to rising COVID-19 cases within the area we have been left with no alternative but to close the playground for the village’s safety.

This has not been an easy decision and is one that the Parish Council took with a heavy heart as we know how important it is to everyone. Fortunately within our village there are lots of other open areas which villagers and visitors have access to and we hope they will continue to use and enjoy these, observing the necessary government guidelines.

Please be assured we review the situation constantly and will re-open the playground as soon as we are able.


Fittleworth Parish Council news

Parish Council and Planning Committee meetings

Parish Council meetings are continuing remotely

December meetings

Planning Committee meeting: Thursday 26th November at 6pm
Parish Council meeting: Monday 14th December at 7pm

The agendas will be made available on the website 5 working days prior to the meeting. Click here to view.

Minutes for previous meetings are available by clicking here 

If you would like to submit a public question or would like to attend remotely please contact the clerk.


Limbourne Lane Development


As you may be aware the planning application for 14 homes was approved by the South Downs National Park on Thursday 12th November via a virtual meeting. A full recording of the webcast can be found on the Parish Council Website here, if anybody is interested in hearing how the decision was reached.

The Parish Council were disappointed that there was no condition around traffic calming as part of the approval, but this it because traffic measures come under the remit of West Sussex Council Highways, who were happy with what was being proposed.

The SDNP Planning Committee and drainage experts from Chichester District Council felt that the proposed condition around drainage was sufficient to address any concerns in this area. Residents of Limbourne Lane have commissioned a report by an Independent Drainage consultant, which the Parish Council have agreed to part fund. This has been forwarded to the SDNP, WSCC, CDC and the Developer and the Parish Council will work robustly with these bodies to make sure that issues highlighted in this report are taken into consideration, so that the best possible outcome can be achieved.

The SNDP Planning Committee were happy with the look and feel of the development which reflects the vernacular and uses some local stone and includes a passive house, sufficient parking and a footpath through to Limbourne Lane.

On the plus side this development includes 50% affordable housing for local residents and those with a local connection – 1x 1bed flat, 2 x 2bed flats and 2 x 3bed houses for social rent together with 2 x shared ownership houses. If anybody, or members of their family would like to be put forward/apply to live in these properties when they are built the Parish Council strongly urges you to make sure you are on the Chichester District Council waiting list, as priority will be given to those who live locally or who have a local connection.


Fittleworth Stores


The introduction of a new lockdown means more changes again at the Stores. We have new opening hours and have reinstated our home delivery and click and collect services.

Revised Opening Hours
As you will recall we shortened down our opening hours on the introduction of the new lockdown. We have found that although the Stores remains busy, it has been less hectic than the lockdown in the Spring with less demand for home delivery so we therefore have the capacity to open for slightly longer in the week. Our opening hours are currently as follows:
Monday-Friday: 9am-3pm (Post Office closes at 2.30pm)
Saturday: 9am-4pm (Post Office closes at 1pm)
Sunday: 9am-12 pm (Post Office closed)

We do recommend checking the opening times from time to time either on our website ( or on our Facebook page as we do publicise any changes to the hours on these sites.

We have also been able to extend the range of takeaway food we can offer. We have a small takeaway menu that includes filled rolls (the bacon and sausage bap is proving particularly popular at the moment!), jacket potatoes and pizza slices, along with our array of cakes and pastries from the counter. We have also reintroduced takeaway coffee and hot drinks.

Home Delivery Services and Click and Collect
We continue to operate these services. Do get in touch of you would like to use them. Home delivery is available to those in the village and surrounding hamlets to those over 70, or to those who are self isolating or ill. Click and collect is available to all. Home deliveries and click and collect are available six days a week, Monday to Saturday.

Orders can be placed via email to or by phone to 01798 865907.

See our Product List and Christmas Product List at  These Lists includes the vast majority of the items we sell, with the Christmas list giving details of all our tempting range of Christmas goodies.

We will continue to monitor restrictions and if the lockdown is lifted in early December will be extending our opening hours further and re-opening our café. Do continue to check our website and Facebook page for regular updates.

Red Card Gift Shop Range
We are delighted to have teamed up with the Red Card gift shop at Petworth and have a dedicated area at the rear of the Stores with gifts and Christmas cards and advent calendars from the Red Card shop. We have everything from games and puzzles to diaries and memo lists to soaps and scented candles. The Red Card gift items supplement our own gift selection of stunning local ceramics and our best selling range of local beauty products from Horsham based Bee Cosmetics.

Do shop local this Christmas and do some of your Christmas shopping with us. In doing so you not only support us as your village Stores but also all the other local Sussex producers that we stock. In these times it is more important than ever to support our local communities.

Fittleworth Stores Management and Committee


News from the Churches

While remaining Priest-in-Charge of Fittleworth and Stopham, David Crook will soon additionally become priest to the parishes of Tillington, Duncton and Upwaltham.

There will be Zoom services at 9.30am and 11am over the next two Sundays, 22 and 29 November, respectively the Feast of Christ the King and Advent Sunday. Regulars, please note that we are reverting to a passcode system. Zoom details are as follows:

Sunday 22 and 29 November
9.30am Praise services
Meeting ID: 867 0199 2615
Passcode: 299679

Sunday 22 and 29 November
11am Book of Common Prayer Matins services
Meeting ID: 833 4643 2742
Passcode: 436934

Please contact David if you would like to receive his weekly e-mail or if you need practical or prayer support. David is a trustee of a local charity which may be able to assist you or your family if illness (of any kind) is causing financial hardship. Please feel free to contact him for a strictly confidential conversation: or 01798 865473.

Fittleworth Primary School

During these difficult times, Mrs Burnett, Headteacher at Fittleworth Primary School, has continued to ensure that all the covid safety measures are in place at Fittleworth Village School and she has followed all government advice and guidance to keep the school community safe. This includes keeping the children in class bubbles, one way systems around the school, staggered playtimes and drop offs, routinely hand washing, parents wearing masks on the playground and staff socially distance where possible. They have also reduced all visitors to essential adults only and all adults are required to wear masks on site should they visit. A full risk assessment can be found on the school website. Should there be a positive case reported Mrs Burnett works closely with Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Authority to ensure that all isolation procedures are followed correctly.



Chichester District Council

Business grants

Any business that has had to close between 5 November and 2 December, due to the current national restrictions, can apply for a local restriction grant. You can do this by visiting

The business support page also has lots of information which local businesses may find helpful.


Make you Change Count campaign

Chichester District Council is launching the ‘Make your Change Count’ campaign. The aim of this is to bring about a lasting change to the lives of rough sleepers in the district. The Council are working with homeless charities Four Streets, HEART and Stonepillow and encouraging people to donate to these charities so that they can support rough sleepers long-term, rather than giving money directly to people on the street. We know how generous the people of the district are, but by giving money directly, their kindness is actually helping to keep people on the street, preventing from people from accessing the long-term specialist support that they need. Find out more


Christmas campaign

We can all play our part in supporting our local businesses by shopping locally this Christmas. Chichester District Council has launched their Countdown to Christmas campaign with the Chichester Observer and Midhurst and Petworth Observer and partners to encourage everyone to support local. You can find more about this at  Many local businesses are continuing to offer deliveries, click and collect, takeaway, or online services – and we know that our High Streets are already gearing up to welcome you back. Free parking is offered every weekend at the Avenue de Chartres car park in Chichester during December and you can select two hours and get the third hour free when using the MiPermit app during December in the majority of the car parks across the district, when the current restrictions are due to be lifted.


West Sussex County Council

Latest coronavirus figures in West Sussex

The recorded number of West Sussex people testing positive for COVID-19 from 5-11 November was 976.

The seven-day incidence rate is the number of cases per 100,000 population and varies in the county. From 5 to 11 November, Worthing had the lowest rate at 71.4per 100,000 population, and Crawley the highest rate with 164.6 per 100,000 population. The overall West Sussex seven-day incidence rate over this period was 113.0 per 100,000 population. All districts in West Sussex have an incidence rate below that of England (255.5 per 100,000) and the South East (172 per 100,000). Of the people testing positive over the seven-day period, 53% were under 40 years. Young adults had the highest age-specific incidence rate, although rates are growing in older age groups. The overall 60+ years rate for West Sussex is 67.5 per 100,000, compared with 119.2 in the South East.

Take part in our Climate Conversation

Everyone in West Sussex is being invited to take part in a survey to find out how COVID-19 restrictions have affected their response to climate change. The West Sussex Climate Conversation looks at how our behaviour has changed during the pandemic and how this has affected our local environment. Information gathered will be used by the county council, as well as district and borough councils, to help support residents and businesses to continue with, or start more, positive actions. The survey is being led by Local Partnerships, a body set up to support councils in tackling challenges and to share their findings. You can take part here.


Reporting Potholes

West Sussex County Council have launched a new online form on their website for reporting potholes. They want to improve the experience of reporting a pothole and have developed an interactive map displaying all reported potholes, so that customers can identify if already reported and to subscribe and receive future updates should they wish to. As this form is a trial they are welcoming customer feedback as they wish to continually improve their offer to residents. Feedback can be provided by visiting their website and clicking on the page link provided.

A full list of the services that have been affected with the current restrictions is available by visiting

You can find more information about the Community Hub and request support online at or call 033 022 27980.

Sussex Police

by Neil Billingham, Police Support Offers for Arun and Chichester Neighbourhood Policing Team

Following a number of requests, I thought I would give everyone an update on methods of contact for Sussex Police. Modern policing revolves around the information that we receive from the public. Our patrol plans and activity are based around the calls we get, so if no one is telling us what is going on, we cannot target where we need to be. The best methods of contact are (although not an exhaustive list):

The incident has happened and/or the suspects are believed to have left the area: Report at using the on line forms or email our contact centre on giving as much information as possible about location, suspects, what happened etc.

The incident has happened, the suspect have left but may still be in the local area: Call 101.

The incident has only just happened, suspects are believed to be nearby or the incident is in progress with suspects at scene:
Get yourself safe and call 999.

If in doubt, call 999 and if necessary the call handler will advise the best contact method.

All calls (and emails) have a log created (number and Date) are graded from 1 to 4 at source.
Grade 4 being information that cannot be actioned or duplicate calls (e.g. further calls regarding an incident that we are already dealing with).
Grade 3 being an incident that can be dealt with in due course or “Slow Time” (e.g. neighbour disputes), and are the bulk of our work on NPT.
Grade 2 being an incident that has finished but needs attending as soon as possible (e.g. coming home and finding a break in has happened but no offenders at scene).
Grade 1 requiring an immediate response with lights and sirens (e.g. offenders still at scene on a burglary, the first call to a car crash etc.) This will be the Response and Specialist Teams.
One of my first Sergeants used to say “if it is not reported, it did not happen!!!” so please, please report, report, report!

Incidents of Note
Of most concern this month has been a rising number of suspected scam calls. The one reported related to confirming details but fortunately, no money or details were passed. Please be aware that legitimate callers will never ask for bank accounts or PIN numbers etc. If in any doubt, hang up immediately and contact Action Fraud and Sussex Police.

PCSO Activity over the next month.
I will be attending as many (virtual) Parish meetings over the next two months as possible. My main activity will be to target some foot patrol through the area to get to know the geography and to start to meet the locals! If you see me out and about. Please feel free to stop me and say hello!

Police Community Support Officer
Arun and Chichester Neighbourhood Policing Team | Chichester Police Station | Kingsham Road | Chichester | West Sussex  | PO19 8AD 

Posted 19 November 2020

Playground Closed

With the agreement of the staff and governors of the school and Fittleworth Parish Council, the playground on the Recreation Ground have been closed until further notice to help keep our children safe following the recent reporting of coronavirus cases  in the area.

Thank you for your understanding.


Posted 6 November 2020

Coronavirus update:

The latest Government position

From Thursday 5 November new national restrictions apply in England in order to try and control the spread of the coronavirus and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed.

The General restrictions are as follows

Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes

  • People must stay at home except for specific reasons such as going to work (if it cannot be done from home), childcare or education, exercise outdoors (you are allowed to make a short journey to do so), essential shopping, hospital, GP and other medical appointments, providing care for vulnerable people or for volunteering, and for visiting members of their support bubble
  • Clinically vulnerable people will be asked to be “especially careful” but people will not be asked to resume shielding
  • Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences will not be allowed. This includes holidays abroad and in the UK. It also means you cannot stay in a second home, if you own one. There are specific exceptions, for example if you need to stay away from home (including in a second home) for work purposes, but this means people cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons.

Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes

  • Meeting others indoors or in private gardens will not be allowed, but individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place
  • Children will still be able to move between homes if their parents are separated

Closing certain businesses and venues.

  • all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens.
  • Pubs, bars, restaurants will have to close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery, excluding takeaway of alcohol
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons

Places that will remain open (either totally or for specific reasons)

  • Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.
  • Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.
    Playgrounds can remain open.
  •  Places of worship will close, unless they are being used for funerals, to broadcast acts of worship, individual prayer, formal childcare, or essential services such as blood donation or food banks
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be able to take place except in exceptional circumstances, and funerals will be limited to a maximum of 30 people Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open
  • Schools, colleges and universities remain open.

You can find the full guidance here

Furlough Scheme 

The furlough scheme under which the Government covered up to 80 per cent of employees’ wages announced on 5th November that the scheme has been extended until March 2021 and further financial support is being made available to the self-employed 

Protecting the vulnerable
As at midnight on Wednesday 4th November the Government changed the previously advertised advice relating to The Government’s shielding programme. The new guidelines state that anyone, or a member of their household, that received an NHS letter during the last lockdown are advised to shield during the current lockdown.

You can find out more details here


Fittleworth Parish Council

On behalf of the Community the Parish Council would like to thank the Village Shop and all their volunteers who have worked tirelessly to keep everything going during these difficult times and the part they have played in making sure the vulnerable members of the parish have everything they need.  Their plans to meet the challenges of the current lockdown have been swift and timely. Thank you!

The Parish Council would also like to thank The Swan for their hard work and effort in getting the pub open again over the summer for us all to enjoy,  for their efforts to support the more isolated in the community who rely on being able to pop in for a beer and a chat. Thank you!

Parish Council and Planning Committee Meetings to continue Remotely
November meetings

Planning Committee meeting – Thursday 12th November  at 6pm
Parish Council meeting –  Monday 16th November at 7pm

The agendas will be made available on the website 5 working days prior to the meeting. Click here to view.
Minutes for previous meetings are available by clicking here 

If you would like to submit a public question or would like to attend remotely please contact the clerk.

Limbourne Lane Development planning application update
The Parish Council has submitted further comments to recent changes made to the application. We have been advised by SDNPA that the application will be considered at a virtual meeting on 12th November. A member of the Parish Council Planning Committee will attend and represent and reiterate the concerns of the community.

If you would like to watch the live streaming of the SDNPA Planning meeting on 12th November  at 10am please click on the following link – webcasting portal

Fittleworth Playground
The Government are allowing playgrounds to remain open, however it has been pointed out that in recent weeks parents are not following the COVID rules in the Fittleworth playground. It is more important than ever that the rules below are followed to protect the community. Thank you for your co-operation.

The Playground COVID 19 rules are located on all entrances  to the playground


ADULTS – 3            CHILDREN – 5



News from the Churches

Remembrance Sunday in Fittleworth and Stopham

The second lockdown was announced after my villages’ magazine letter was published and plans have regrettably now changed.

As parish priest to the two villages of Fittleworth and Stopham, it is a with a very heavy heart that, in this exceptional year, I ask you not to gather at our war memorials on Sunday. There has been a lot of discussion about how we could do this, in the Fittleworth churchyard, in particular, but the health and safety risks are too great.

If lots of people gather, even if we try to strictly distance, there is a risk of transmitting COVID-19. However hard we try, at Fittleworth the integrity of the school- and college- bubbles to which our young people from the uniformed organisations belong would be compromised by gathering for an all-age event, with older people bearing the greatest risk of becoming ill.

Please be assured that the names of the fallen will be read at both war memorials from 10.50am on Sunday and The Last Post, Reveille and National Anthem will be heard and a two-minute silence will be kept.

Technology permitting, both commemorations will be streamed online, as follows:
Stopham Act of Remembrance
Sunday 8 November 2020 [Please join from 10.45am and mute your microphone]
Meeting ID: 844 3994 0222 Passcode: 433799

Fittleworth Act of Remembrance
Sunday 8 November 2020
Details of the platform being used are still being finalised – the link will made available on  as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you may wish to watch television coverage of the scaled-down national commemoration at the Cenotaph on Sunday morning.

During the lockdown period when we are permitted to take to the fresh air, you are, of course, most welcome to visit our war memorials and pay your respects, but please consider doing that at a time other than 11am on Remembrance Sunday or Armistice Day, next week.

‘We shall remember them’.

With thanks for your understanding,

Revd Dr David Crook
Priest-in-Charge, Benefice of Stopham and Fittleworth 01798 865473


Fittleworth Stores

The introduction of a new lockdown means more changes again at the Stores.  We have new opening hours and have reinstated our home delivery and click and collect services.

Revised Opening Hours
Due to the new lockdown we will again be operating without the majority of our volunteers in customer facing roles in the Stores.  We have therefore had to reduce our opening hours.  From Thursday 5 November our revised opening hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 2pm (Post Office closes at 1.30pm)
Saturday: 9am – 4pm (Post Office closes at 1pm)
Sunday: 9am – 12 pm (Post Office closed)

Home Delivery Services
Home delivery is available to those who are elderly, self-isolating or ill to those who live in Fittleworth or the surrounding hamlets of Bedham, Coates, Egdean, Little Bognor, Riverhill and Stopham or who are part of our Stores community.

  • To place an order call the Stores on 01798 865907 (between 8.30am and 2.30pm) or email
  • Deliveries are made Monday – Saturday between 2-3pm.  We will advise as to your delivery time at the time the order is placed. Substantial orders may need to be delivered the following day if we do not hold sufficient stock to despatch the order on the day it is received (for example we may need to order in fresh meat, vegetables, bread etc)
  • We can only deliver to the elderly, self-isolating or ill.  We do not have the capacity to deliver where it is a matter of convenience
  • Payment is taken over the phone by debit or credit card although we can take cash if this is the only option

Click and Collect
Click and collect is available to anyone who would like to place an order with us

  • Click and collect collection slots can be arranged for a convenient time at the time the order is placed.  Payment is taken over the phone prior to collection
  • It would help greatly if orders can be placed the day before the day on which they are to be collected.  Orders received before midday may possibly be available for collection that same afternoon if we have sufficient stock available and if we are able to prepare the order in time – this will be confirmed when we receive the order
  • Orders will be collected from our marquee
  • There are no restrictions on who can use click and collect – it is available to anyone who would like to use it

See our Product List at  This List includes the vast majority of the items we sell.  In addition we also stock Christmas cards and wrap and a vast array of Christmas food items and gifts.  Please speak to one of the team to talk you through the range.

We will continue to ensure that the Stores remains as safe a place as possible whilst you shop with us.  We have updated the layout of the Stores again to create a new space for customers queuing for the post office and to allow customers to browse our stock range more easily.

We continue to limit the number of customers allowed in the Stores at any one time.  Our new layout means that we are limited to three customers for the shop and two customers for the Post Office at any one time.  We are introducing separate queues for shop and post office for those waiting outside the Stores.

Cafes are not allowed to remain open during lockdown so our café is closed accordingly.  We will continue to provide some takeaway counter items (such as cakes, croissants and sausage rolls).

Food Angels
We continue to operate our Fittleworth Food Angels foodbank scheme which provides a helping hand to those struggling to provide for their families through the provision of free food boxes.  This scheme is funded by local donations and grant funding and is separate to other national foodbanks.   If you would benefit from receiving a food box please or would like to find our more about the scheme please contact

Pressure on foodbanks is great during the current times.  We also support the Trussell Trust Foodbank through our collection basket in the Stores.  Please do also consider donating food items to this Foodbank.

Fittleworth Stores Management and Committee

Fittleworth Stores
Winner of the “Village Store” category, Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020



It is with frustration and sadness that in line with the current Covid guidelines, The new Fittleworth Gallery will be closed for the lockdown period. We will be continuing to liaise with Artists and Mastercraftsman in order to reopen with a bang on the 2nd December. Exciting developments are in the offing. Please watch our website, for further developments nearer the time. I will be available on the phone, Instagram and Facebook for business related discussions and suggestions during this time. Wishing everybody a safe and productive Lockdown period, Warm regards, Robert


After a relatively busy September and October during which our Hall has been able to welcome back many socially distanced activities, including pilates, yoga and chair yoga, choir, table tennis, indoor bowls and even a socially distanced wedding reception, in line with national advice, the Hall is now partially closed again until at least December.  It will remain open for use by essential support groups (those groups exempted from closure under the current guidelines) and our Village School.

The last couple of months have highlighted how lucky we are, as a village, to have a big spacious airy Hall.  Throughout October there were no weekdays when the Hall was not in use, it was also fully booked on Monday-Thursday evenings. The trustees are very grateful to our regular hirers for their flexibility in enabling us to utilise the Hall for previous users of smaller rooms. With their support we have been able to accommodate meetings, including vital support groups, within the main hall and allow the additional time required for cleaning.

We will be keeping ourselves updated on current guidance and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as it is allowed.


Chichester District Council

Service status

Chichester District Council services are operating as usual, except for The Novium Museum, which will close on Thursday and reopen when the national restrictions have been lifted. Our leisure centres, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, will also be closed during the lockdown. An update on our services can be found at

The most vulnerable people in our district are being supported through West Sussex County Council’s Community Hub . We would encourage anyone who needs support to contact the Community Hub. The best way to do this is online but there is also a dedicated telephone helpline available for residents who need it: 033 022 27980. We are trying to keep the resources available through the hub for those who are most vulnerable, so if you do have support in place already, such as from family or friends, then please continue to use their support.

If you are living alone and feeling isolated, please also remember that our Chichester Wellbeing and Social Prescribing services are also available to help. They can be reached at or by calling 01243 521041.

Hardship fund
We have been administering a hardship fund to give £150 to people in receipt of Council Tax benefit to help towards their Council Tax bills. This can be increased as part of a discretionary scheme and we are also able to help with rent payments through our Discretionary Housing Payments scheme. We are also supporting local community groups who have seen an increase in demand through our grants process, which has been enhanced by £250k to help local voluntary groups. Details of all these schemes, which we hope will assist families who are experiencing financial pressures during this time, can be accessed through our website

Self-isolation payments
If you are on a low income and have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace since 28 September, you may be eligible for a self-isolation payment of £500. To help stop the spread of coronavirus, people across England are now required by law to self-isolate if they test positive for the virus, or if they are instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. The self-isolation support payments are there to help people on low incomes and to encourage people to self-isolate if instructed. We are processing applications and issuing these payments on behalf of the Government. To find out if you are eligible please see

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
You can find the latest advice here

Childcare and children’s activities
Parents will still be able to access some registered childcare and other childcare activities (including wraparound care) where reasonably necessary to enable parents to work, or for the purposes of respite care. Find further details here

Visiting relatives in care homes
You can find the guidance here

You can find the latest guidance here

Weekly local data
If you are interested in finding out the latest number of cases in the county, you can access it here

Winter edition of initiatives magazine

The winter edition of our residents’ magazine initiatives will be delivered to your door at the beginning of November. This was produced before the national lockdown was announced and so some of the campaigns we have highlighted within the magazine are now being adapted to reflect the current situation. One of these campaigns urges you to support local businesses. This is something we very much still want you to do – and so we hope to highlight which businesses are offering online shopping, deliveries and click and collect services over the coming weeks. Please keep an eye on this on our website and our social media channels for further details on this.

West Sussex County Council

Some changes have been made to services in light of the latest government announcement on COVID-19 restrictions.

  • All wedding and civil partnership ceremonies between 5 November and 2 December have been postponed. Registration offices will remain open, so notice appointments can continue for marriage and civil partnership appointments.
  • All death registration appointments will continue to be conducted by phone. Appointments can be booked as normal, but people are asked not to attend the Registration Office.
  • All birth registrations are still being done face to face, but customers will be seen strictly by appointment only, which can be booked online.
  • West Sussex Record Office will be closed from Thursday 5 November until further notice.

West Sussex Libraries
West Sussex libraries are currently closed for browsing and only open for returns and collections. Opening hours are subject to change and you can find the latest information about your local library on our website. Limited computer sessions are only available when pre-booked in advance.

You can continue to reserve items directly from the library catalogue free of charge, and you will be notified when items are ready for collection. Library staff are also offering a select and collect service, where our expert staff put together a selection for you to borrow. Simply complete our online form or phone your local library and staff will let you know when your items are ready for collection from the library entrance.

Household Waste Recycling Sites
These will remain open and operate to normal opening hours for the duration of the second lockdown.

Highways Maintenance
Just like in the first national lockdown, our Highways teams continue their maintenance work in keeping West Sussex roads safe, and with improvement projects continuing, too.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
This service will also continue to operate as usual during the new lockdown if residents need them.

The service is encouraging residents to keep a checklist of fire safety advice to stay safe at home or where businesses are open and reduce the risk of an emergency incident occurring. This can be found on the fire service COVID-19 web page.

The fire service is continuing to provide free Safe & Well Visits to people in their homes on a risk-based approach. There is also the option for a Safe & Well Visit via phone, Skype and by posting a useful resource document, instead of face-to-face. These can be arranged by calling 0345 8729 719 or emailing

A full list of the services that have been affected is available on our website by visiting

You can find more information about the Community Hub and request support online at or call 033 022 27980 to speak to someone.


Posted 16 October 2020

Update from the Parish Council

Following the recent developments in the UK in respect of the Covid Pandemic, the community Coronavirus Working Group has begun working together again to ensure the support network that was in place during the lockdown earlier this year is ready to be kick started if required and will be able to work smoothly and efficiently behind the scenes for the community.

If you are ill, elderly or self isolating, please remember that if you require help, advice or just some reassurance, please contact the Parish Council clerk or Fittleworth Stores and we will try to help.
Most Recent Coronavirus updates

The Government have introduced a three tier Alert system. Our area is currently – MEDIUM

See below to see what this means


Posted 24 September 2020


The new NHS COVID-19 app launches today. It allows you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, and check into venues by simply scanning a QR code.

We’re encouraging all residents to download the new app to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in West Sussex.

Some of our businesses, such as restaurants and pubs, will be legally required to display a QR code poster for you to scan. This means that if you visit the venue and later test positive for coronavirus, other app users who were there at the same time may be sent an alert, if necessary.

The app does this while protecting your anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is. Instead, your postcode district (the first part of your postcode) helps the app work out where the virus is spreading.

Without a vaccine or treatment, we all need to do everything we can to help stop the spread of coronavirus in our county. The new app is an important part of the government’s programme. By downloading and using the app, you’ll be helping to protect those around you – friends, family, colleagues and local communities.

More information about the app is available on the GOV.UK website. 

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced new guidelines to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. Please ensure you are following the rules – you can remind yourself of the very latest guidance online.

Finally, a reminder that our community hub service is still running for elderly and vulnerable residents who may need extra support during this difficult time. If you, or someone you know needs extra help please visit our community hub page.

Thank you for your continued support.


Posted 20 September 2020

NHS Test and Trace have issued the following message

To stop the spread of the virus remember Hands. Face. Space: wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when social distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from those not in your household.

There is now very high demand for coronavirus tests and it is vital we test people with symptoms to help stop the spread of the virus.

·         If you have coronavirus symptoms, you must get a test.

·         If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test.

·         We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.

A recent survey at testing sites found a quarter of people turning up did not have symptoms. If you don’t have coronavirus symptoms, and have not been advised to take a test by a doctor or a public health professional or by your local council, you should not be booking a test. Healthcare professionals will be checking those for symptoms at testing sites.

If you have any coronavirus symptoms you must isolate immediately for 10 days (don’t wait for a test or a test result before doing so)

If you are identified as a contact of a positive case you must isolate for the full 14 days (even if for some reason you got a negative test during that period)

You should NOT get tested:

If you have returned from abroad or are about to travel, you are returning to the workplace, you have been in contact with a confirmed case or if another member of your household has symptoms. You may be advised to isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed case but you should only get a test if you have symptoms.

By following these simple rules, we can ensure people who need a test can get one.

When to get a test or not:

·         Only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested a doctor or a public health professional or by your local council. The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

·         Do not use this service to get a test in order to travel to another country. We do not provide certificates for travel purposes. You can pay for a private test.

·         If your employer, school, or travel company has asked for evidence of a negative coronavirus test result, we are unable to provide this service. You should only get tested if you have symptoms.

If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then they must get tested and the rest of your household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. Most people who are tested in person get their results the next day.

Guidance on self-isolation:

If you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus you should not get tested unless you have coronavirus symptoms. A negative test result does not change the period of time that you will be required to self-isolate.

If you have been abroad and are quarantining, you should not get tested unless you have coronavirus symptoms. A negative test result does not change the period of time that you will be required to quarantine.

·         Do not stockpile tests. If you develop symptoms in future you will be able to book a test. There is no need to order a test in case of future use.

·         If you have symptoms and need to book a test, you can do this online or by ringing 119. Do not call 111 which is an urgent care service and cannot help with tests.


Posted 10 July 2020

Chichester Wellbeing launch online Move it and Lose it workshops

Chichester District residents looking to lose weight, get fit, and lead a healthier lifestyle can join Chichester Wellbeing’s online Move it and Lose it workshops.

The workshops will re-start on Tuesday 28 July, led by a Registered Nutritional Therapist.  The workshops are designed to help people lose weight, get back on track and feel healthier. They also offer advice and information about eating a healthy diet that can be maintained for life.

In order to comply with the current Government social distancing guidelines, all workshops will be held online. During the course, clients will receive:

  • a Move it and Lose it handbook posted out to them;
  • a weekly newsletter with video presentation and a recipe for six weeks;
  • weekly phone support for 12 weeks; and,
  • one-to-one guidance throughout the course.

“We know that the coronavirus lockdown has had a big impact on people’s lifestyles, which in turn may have affected their weight, fitness levels, and general wellbeing,” says Councillor Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Culture at Chichester District Council. “Our Move it and Lose workshops focus on healthy eating, nutrition, exercise and education to help people lose weight and lead healthier lifestyles.


“We recently received some lovely feedback from a previous client who said that they found the course to be an excellent learning curve in how to respect and treat their body. They commented that their diet had become increasingly diverse during the course to include healthier foods which they not only enjoyed eating, but also made them feel better too.”

Residents can sign up or for more information about Move it and Lose it by contacting Chichester Wellbeing on 01243 521041 or emailing People can also find out more by following the Chichester Wellbeing Facebook page at:


Posted 9 July 2020

Household Waste Recycling Sites – update

The range of items accepted at Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) across West Sussex has been extended to include all waste streams, with minor exceptions, as laid out below:

  • Soil and hardcore will be accepted at all sites with the exception of Bognor, Midhurst and Westhampnett.
  • Plasterboard can be deposited at Billingshurst, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham and Worthing.
  • Asbestos can be taken to Burgess Hill, Crawley and Worthing

Trailers will permitted at Crawley, Billingshurst and Worthing, but only on weekday afternoons from 1pm – 6pm , due to the operational changes being made to sites in order for them to access safely. However, trailers will not be accepted at the other sites for the time being, nor can they enter these three sites at weekends or on weekday mornings.

Residents who wish to take a van, pickup truck or trailer must also display the appropriate free permit, further details of which can be found online.

You can find more information and the full statement on our website.

Don’t forget your ID…

Residents are required to show one of the forms of ID detailed below at the entrance, in order to use the site. Access to the sites will be denied if proof of residency is not shown, or you live outside of West Sussex, with turning areas provided for those who are not able to use the site.

  • Current driving licence (a photo card or paper licence will be accepted) – preferred option
  • Council Tax bill – from the current Council Tax financial year
  • Utility bill (gas, electric or water) – less than a year old
  • TV licence less than a year old
  • Letter from HMRC or the Home Office – less than a year old

Only original and printed paper copies are acceptable. Allowing the use of digital copies of documents was considered but it was felt that the potential issues, such as lack of internet connection, could result in traffic congestion.


The Parish Council are pleased to announce that the Playground, Youth Area and Outdoor Gym Equipment will be open from 4th  July. Please follow the COVID-19 RULES below. The Parish Council thank you for your co-operation in order to safeguard the health and well being of our community.









ADULTS – 3            CHILDREN – 5































DATED: 2 JULY 2020


Posted 19 June 2020

The Parish e-Newsletter for 19th June is now available; please go to mob. 07411 571500 and sign up with your e-address to receive your copy directly  (if you have already signed up and it’s not in your Inbox yet, please check your Spam). Now that information is arriving less frequently, the newsletter will appear less frequently.

To read it here, please open the link:-

This week it includes information about NHS Test and Trace Scam and motorbike nuisance update,  News too about  St Mary’s church, Fittleworth Archive, Fittleworth Flyers, CDC and WSCC –  and more.

Posted 5 June 2020

The Parish e-Newsletter for 5th June is now available; please go to mob. 07411 571500 and sign up with your e-address to receive your copy directly  (if you have already signed up and it’s not in your Inbox yet, please check your Spam). Now that information is arriving less frequently, the newsletter will appear less frequently.

To read it here, please open the link:-

Posted 29 May 2020

The Parish e-Newsletter for 29th May is now available; please go to mob. 07411 571500 and sign up with your e-address to receive your copy weekly (if you have already signed up and it’s not in your Inbox yet, please check your Spam).

This week it includes information about a meeting about  motorbike nuisance and an update about Covid-19. Also information about Food Angels from Fittleworth Stores who have now received their National Award. News too about  St Mary’s church, Fittleworth Archive, Fittleworth Flyers, CDC and WSCC – who give information of waste and recycling and there are the answers to last week’s Quiz and a new Wordsearch – and more.

Click to open:-

Posted 22 May 2020

The Parish e-Newsletter for 22nd May is now available; please go to mob. 07411 571500 and sign up with your e-address to receive your copy weekly (if you have already signed up and it’s not in your Inbox yet, please check your Spam).

This week it includes information about changes in the Parish Council, how you can help stop motorbike nuisance and an update about Covid-19. Also information from Fittleworth Stores, The Swan, St Mary’s, Chichester District Food Bank, Pulborough Medical group, Fittleworth Archive, CDC and WSCC, as well as some photos from Fittleworth school – and answers to last week’s Quiz and a new one!

Click to open:-

Posted 15 May 2020

The latest edition of the Newsletter is now available. Please contact with your e-address, to receive this and  future regular issues. There is updated news from the Parish Council, Fittleworth Stores,  St Mary’s Church, Fittleworth Archive, CDC and WSCC. – and more!

If you have signed up, but not received the 15th May edition, please check you ‘spam’.

Click to open:-

Posted 7 May 2020

Billingshurst Recycling Depot will be open from 11th May – for details click here

Posted 1 May 2020

The latest Fittleworth Newsletter is out; please contact with your e-address, to receive this and  future regular issues. There is updated news from the Parish Council, Fittleworth Stores,  Fittleworth School,  St Mary’s Church, The Swan, Fittleworth Archive, Fittleworth Flyers, CDC, WSCC – and more.

Click to open:-

Fittleworth Newsletter 1.5.2020

Posted 24 April 2020

The latest Fittleworth Newsletter is out; Please contact with your e-address, to receive this and  future regular issues. There is updated news from the Parish Council, Fittleworth Stores,  St Mary’s Church, The Swan, Fittleworth Archive, CDC and WSCC. – and more.

Click to open:-

Posted 17 April 2020

Please contact with your e-address, to receive this and  future regular issues. There is updated news from the Parish Council, Fittleworth Stores,  St Mary’s Church, The Fittleworth and Stopham Village Magazine, Fittleworth Archive, CDC and WSCC. – and more.

Click to open:

Newsletter 17 April 2020 

Posted 6 April 2020

Council warns against bonfires during coronavirus outbreak
People are being urged not to light bonfires in the Chichester District in order to protect the health of others during the coronavirus crisis. Since the beginning of the outbreak, Chichester District Council has seen an increase in reports of residents burning garden and general waste at their properties.
Smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems, which people with virus symptoms may be experiencing. Please do not burn your garden waste, or any other waste, and be mindful of your neighbours and local community who may be spending time in their gardens during the lockdown.

Residents who are affected by smoke from bonfires should report this to the council’s Environmental Protection team and provide as much information as possible, such as an address; the time of the bonfire; an indication of the items being burnt; and the duration and frequency of the bonfire. People can report bonfires on the council’s website at:
The council has various enforcement options for dealing with bonfires, including fixed penalty notices of £100 and nuisance abatement notices.

Green/ Red and Black bin collections
CDC are prioritising domestic waste (black bins) and recycling (burgundy bins), but are currently running a full green waste service as well.
There may be occasions when CDC cannot reach everyone. If they miss your bin, please keep hold of your waste and place your bin out on your next fortnightly collection day. If you have any excess waste as a result of a missed collection, you can put this in a bag and place it next to your bin.
CDC will be doing our best to keep our Garden Recycling service going. However, CDC must treat domestic waste and recycling as the priority so it is possible that there may be disruption to Gardening Recycling rounds. If CDC are unable to collect your bin, please keep hold of it and present it on your next normal collection day.

Posted 28 March 2020

Chichester District Council update – 27/3/20

Missed bin collections, Supporting the Vulnerable, rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness
Waste and Recycling – Missed collections this week

All household waste (black bins) was collected this week, but a small number of recycling rounds were missed. We hope to catch up on any missed rounds over the next week. Staff from other council teams have been brought into assist the council’s depot with waste and recycling collections. Extra social distancing measures have also been put in place to protect our crews.

Supporting the vulnerable
The volunteer hub, which is being managed by West Sussex County Council, is now up and running. This will co-ordinate support for vulnerable people without any support networks and those wanting to volunteer. West Sussex County Council has created an electronic form on their website…/su…/community-hub-covid-19/…
or people can call 033022 27980.
Only those that need support should register. Those who have support networks in place – such as friends, family and neighbours should continue using the support they have. This means that we can focus our efforts on those most in need.

Supporting rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness
We want to assure you that we are also doing everything we can to help rough sleepers during the current crisis. We are especially conscious that rough sleepers face particular health risks and so we have offered all known rough sleepers accommodation. The majority have taken up the council’s offer and will have moved into accommodation by the end of this week. However, there are a small number of long term rough sleepers who continue to refuse all help. In these cases we provide advice and guidance around the need for self-isolation and signpost to the support that is available. We will continue to support rough sleepers once they are in accommodation by ensuring that they have a phone, food supplies and are in regular contact with a key worker. Support will also be available through Stonepillow day centres in Chichester and Bognor, which are providing food and access to other services. It is worth noting that in order to meet social distancing guidance, the centres are limited to a certain number of people at any one time. We are supporting this work by providing staff to assist Stonepillow at the Chichester Hub.

Please remember that our teams are also here to support residents if they are at risk of being made homeless, or they are unable to pay their rent.

Posted 24 March 2020 8.37am


Posted 23 March 2020

Message from WSCC

Closure of Household Waste Recycling Sites
All Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex are now closed until further notice due to the current Covid-19 situation.
This is to reinforce the need for social distancing, protecting staff and highway safety.
With high numbers of visits, the risks of spread are greater and we cannot encourage this risk or guarantee visitor or staff safety at the HWRSs. We will be looking at measures that can be taken to enable us to re-open the sites safely, but for the time being we have no choice but to close them entirely. We will issue guidance on disposal of excess waste, with the focus on vulnerable and elderly residents in the first instance. Thank you for your patience and understanding and please check the West Sussex Recycles website for updates and further information.

Household Collections
At the present time, household recycling and waste collections continue as normal across West Sussex, and we will be supporting our colleagues at the district and borough councils to enable these to continue, but would ask residents to be sensible about their waste production.
You can also find information about recycling and waste reduction on our website;


Covid-19 Update – Disposal of rubbish in households with suspected cases of Covid-19
The Government has issued advice about disposing of rubbish should you have a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in your household. Used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be put into a rubbish bag. The bag should then be put into a second bag and tied securely. You should then wait 72 hours before putting it in your outside bin. You are able to dispose of other household waste as normal.

Please continue to check for details of any impact to County Council services. We would also advise you to check any information or updates given by your local district and borough council, as they operate your waste and recycling collections and will be able to advise of any disruption or changes.



Posted 17 March 2020

Coronavirus/Covid 19 Message from the Parish Council 

The Fittleworth Parish Council would like to reassure residents that they are in direct contact with both the Chichester District Council  and West Sussex County Council and other bodies to make sure that we are able to keep the residents of our Parish as safe as possible.

If anyone has any concerns about how they or a neighbour or relative is going to be able cope with the restrictions to our day to day lives that the Government may ask us to make, whether this is financially, or practically with things like food deliveries or practical help, please can they either email us on:  or in an emergency phone us on: 07411571500 and we shall either provide immediate practical help or put you in touch with an agency you can assist.

Also please be aware that we have been advised that there fraudsters operating in our area who pretend to help with shopping but then end up stealing people’s money and credit cards so please make sure you only take help from someone you know and trust. Any worries, please contact us.

Here are some useful links that are being updated regularly

Chichester District Council Advice and guidance
A new page has been created on their website with links to key Public Health England and Government advice. Government advice is constantly being updated and so CDC advise you to keep referring to these sources. the CDC website will update residents and businesses on any disruption to our services and signpost people to key information and advice.

West Sussex County Council Advice and guidance
A new page has been created on their website

Government Advice useful sources of information.

We are thinking of you all at this difficult time and are here to support our parishioners wherever we can.

Fittleworth Parish Council

Last updated 17/3/20

Playground Closure

Playground Closed

With the agreement of the staff and governors of the school and Fittleworth Parish Council, the playground on the Recreation Ground have been closed until further notice to help keep our children safe following the recent reporting of coronavirus cases  in the area.

Thank you for your understanding.

Limbourne Lane Development – Parish Council Holding Objection

Please click below to view the Parish Council Comments submitted to the SDNPA on 12 October 2020 relating to the Limbourne Lane Development SDNP/20/03676/FUL together with a report commissioned by the Parish Council which formed part of the comments submitted.

2020 10 Limbourne Lane Application SDNP_20_03676_FUL Fittleworth Parish Council Holding Objection 201009

2020 10 Limbourne Lane Application Highway Report GDB-5512-TN.1