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May 11, 2022

Latest updates on Coronavirus in West Sussex

West Sussex County Council provides regular updates on the latest Coronavirus figures and advice.  BBC News also provides a search facility which provides statistics by postcode.  You can also find out more about who is eligible for a Spring Booster.

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May 11, 2022

Sussex Wildlife Trust's 2022 survey

Could you spare a few minutes to take part in SWT's annual Wildlife and Countryside survey and share your views?  It is an important way of learning more about the wildlife issues that mean the most to the people of Sussex.  Every year, thousands of people respond to the survey. Last year, answers to one question showed that 97% of respondents were concerned about litter and plastic pollution. As a result, SWT's Wild Coast Sussex project is now taking direct action to remove plastic from our local seas. 
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​May 10, 2022

Long Furlong road works

The road will be closed at the southern (Patching) roundabout from 6-10 June, between 8pm and 6am.  Presumably access will be possible for residents.

May 1, 2022

Beware 'Distraction Burglars'

Sussex Police have issued a warning about people who pretend to be someone they are not - e.g. care agency, council or utility company in order to gain access to your home.  Or they might say it's an emergency and they need the phone, the loo or a glass of water.  One might distract you while another one steals things.  Always be extremely vigilant about unexpected callers - if you don't know them or you're not expecting anyone, don't let them in.

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April 26, 2022

Road works on the A27

The A27 will be closed Westbound between Clapham Interchange and Crossbush, 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday between 3 and 27 May.   Access to businesses and properties between Arundel Road and Poling Street will be possible along the Westbound carriageway;  access to those between Poling Street and Crossbush will be via the Eastbound carriageway, with a crossover point at Poling Street.

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April 25, 2022

Disease resistant Elms planted

An avenue of Elms and Limes was recently planted along the Monarch's Way at Wild Heart Hill (just by the Findon cricket ground).  The Elms have been bred to be resistant to Dutch Elm Disease, which virtually wiped out Elms in the UK; this is the first such planting in the country.  The trees are part of the Queen's 'Green Canopy' to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.

April 19, 2022

COVID closes The Junction

Please note that The Junction will be closed at lunchtimes until further notice, as Moose has tested positive for COVID.  However, with the help of volunteers the Saturday coffee mornings will still go ahead. Get well soon!

April 10, 2022

Lunch at The Junction

On a trial basis, The Junction is opening for light lunches 12-2 on weekdays.  Use it or lose it!

April 2, 2022

Donations for Ukraine

The Lamb Pub in Rustington is a local collection point. Things needed: warm hats & gloves, batteries, first aid items (plasters and bandages).

Also, Barnabas Fund is calling for donations of tinned food (that can be opened without a can opener), cup-a-soup packets and energy bars; blankets; good quality winter clothes, particularly coats. Please leave donations at the Rectory, School Hill, Findon.

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March 7, 2022

Meals on Wheels

Would you, or anyone you know, benefit from WSCC's Meals on Wheels service, delivered by 'apetito'?   The prices are very reasonable and the arrangements are completely flexible.

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March 5, 2022

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee and Playground Opening

Clapham Parish Council invite residents to join them in celebration of the Jubilee, and official opening of the Playground, on Saturday 4 June from 12 noon.  The event is free of charge - food will be provided, followed by entertainment and traditional games.

RSVP to the Clerk by 30 April


March 3, 2022

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

More than 800,000 people are fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. The Disasters Emergency Committee, working with 15 major aid charities, has set up a fund to provide them with food, water, shelter and medical assistance in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.   Public contributions will be doubled by the Government up to a total of £20m.

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February 25, 2021

Vacancy on Clapham Parish Council

Cllr Stuart Ray (the current Chairman) has resigned - his replacement is Tony Bird - so there are now two vacancies on the Council. As an election has not been requested, the vacancies will be filled by cooption.  If you want to know more about serving your community on the Parish Council, contact the Clerk.

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February 21, 2022

Flower Festival in Clapham Church

The Friends of C&P Churches are arranging a Flower Festival on 2nd and 3rd July.  Anyone can enter - different sizes of display are available.  For more details, or to book your space, email

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January 18, 2022


Archaeology Walk in Patching Woods

Following the great popularity of his walk in Clapham Woods last summer, archaeologist James Sainsbury has kindly agreed to lead a walk on 24th July.  We will start at Patching Church at 1.30, and walk through Patching Woods and the Arundel Park estate to the abandoned Medieval village at Barpham - about 4 miles in all.  There will be a small charge of £5 towards James' expenses.

If you're interested, please let Sally know - only a few places left!

January 11, 2022

Speed limits to be reduced on A24 near Findon

Work starts soon to reduce the 50mph speed limit to 40mph on stretches of the A24 Findon Road and Findon Bypass.  The aim is to improve road safety at the junctions and on the adjacent bends.

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December 20, 2021

Coppicing volunteers wanted for Clapham Woods

The SDNPA needs more members of the team working in Church Copse, which is an important habitat for hazel dormice, among others.  The group meets every Thursday until Spring 2022 - no experience needed!

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​December 15, 2021

Electric vehicle charging points

The West Sussex CC website has some useful information and also enables residents to register interest in having publicly accessible charging points at certain locations -it doesn't necessarily mean there will be one, but it fives WSCC's partner, ConnectedKerb, an idea of demand.

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December 2, 2021

Community Transport

Arun Community Transport and Community Transport Sussex are working in partnership to carry out a survey of transport needs in Arun and they have asked for the community’s support in identifying the gaps in current transport provision and the particular needs of our community.

Tthis is the link to the online survey if you would like to take part.

October 25, 2021

Clapham Parish Design Statement

The final document has now been submitted to SDNPA.  There will be a period of public consultation before it can be finally approved - hopefully early in 2022.

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20 June, 2021

Book to Recycle

The trial scheme in operation at the recycling sites at Bognor, Littlehampton, Shoreham and Worthing has now been expanded so that you can make up to 5 visits within a month.  Slots can be booked up to 14 days in advance (but must be before the day of your visit).

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Other local news


​May 4, 2021

Sussex kelp forests to be restored

Over 300 sq km of seabed off the Sussex coast have been protected from damage caused by trawling gear; a new byelaw was introduced in March,

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April 12, 2021

Beavers are back in the South Downs National Park

A pair of beavers have been released by the National Trust, and it's hoped that they will breed.  Their activities will help to create wildlife-rich wetlands.

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