Working to improve the local community


Welcome to the Cowfold Parish Council website.

This provides information on the Council and links to related documents, as well as a summary of local facilities and village activities.

If you want to contact the Council, please call the Parish Clerk, Jan Wright, on 01403 864806 or send her an email at

Please help us save an important part of Cowfold’s history

The village of Cowfold has had ‘Pannells’ – wooden fencing encompassing the churchyard – for more than 300 years, and, possibly, much longer. The origins of such fences are in the Sussex Saxon tradition of enclosing churchyards.

The Cowfold fence was detailed in the 1735-1801 Parish Record Book as “A Particular of ye Church Pannells of Cowfold according to ye present owners being extracted out of ye old books October 9 1682.“

 This fence is thought to be unique in Sussex and, therefore, of significant historical importance. Unfortunately, it is in a very poor state of repair and needs restoring immediately, otherwise its future is at serious risk.

We are a voluntary group committed to bringing this important part of our local heritage back to life. Historically, the local community and other interested groups have supported renovations of the ‘Pannells’. We are asking you to do the same now, to secure this legacy for future generations.

Please donate whatever you can to help fund this vital project.

This can be done quickly and easily by bank transfer to the following account:

Account Name: Cowfold Village History Society
Bank: Lloyds
Sort code: 30-94-41
Account Number: 00269601
Reference: “Church Marks”

For more information, please contact Barry Sowton on 864704.

Horsham Artists Open Studios (HAOS) Contemporary Art Fair

The HAOS Contemporary Art Fair (including work by the Horsham Embroiderers Guild) will be held on 20th and 21st October at Parkside (County Hall North), Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL (free parking).

The fair provides an opportunity to see art that is original, all locally produced by hand and specialist tools with skill and care. The artists include painters, print makers, sculptors, ceramicists, jewellers, glass & textile artists, to name but a few. All work is well displayed, in pleasant surroundings with refreshments on sale. This makes an ideal visit out, and provides an opportunity to buy original presents, with prices to suit all pockets. The cost of entry to the fair is £2.

Local artists Carole Skinner-Rupniak from Cowfold and Grahame Morgan-Watson from Partridge Green will be taking part.

Carole will be exhibiting her new series ‘Aqua Marine Dreams’ – a collection of atmospheric contemporary fine art impressions based on water, caves and light. Often remarked upon for drawing the eye, these atmospheric paintings create a reaction of “the more you look, the more you see”. Carole will also be displaying some of her stunning local landscapes in oils, inspired by her love of the Sussex woodland countryside.

Grahame, who is also an accomplished jazz musician, is inspired by his studies of the Sacred Sciences. He often paints while listening to jazz, applying ryhthm to build an audial-visual representation of cultural and spiritual creativity. From music to canvas, Grahame will be exhibiting his latest collection of eye-catching, charismatic collection.

Further information about the art fair and Embroiderers Guild can be found at