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Monthly Film Screenings in the Village Hall

The Curzon Country Cinema will be starting a monthly film screening in the Village Hall in January 2019. Doors at 7:30pm and the shows usually end at around 9:50pm. All seats are £6.00 each.


The screen is approximately 20ft with stereo sound.

Should you require further information, please contact Barry Gilbert, either by email at  or by phone on 01737 216 183. Alternatively, visit the Curzon Country Cinema website at: (Cowfold will be added to the website later in the month.)

Completion of Cowfold Church Marks Restoration Project

Cowfold Village History Society (CVHS) held a celebration to mark the completion of the project to restore the fence in the Churchyard of St Peter’s Church, known as the “Church Marks”, on Saturday 13 October 2018.

The lovely weather enabled fifty people, including generous sponsors, CVHS members and members of St Peter’s congregation to enjoy refreshments (served by Mary Wilson) and witness Father Martin bless the magnificently restored fence, as well as the restored footpath lighting (enabled by the Co-op Community Development Fund).

The Church was also open for people to see the Godman Book, the Nelond brass and the “There but Not There” perspex figure sited at the front of the nave, which is representative of every name on local World War One war memorials around the country and donated by the Society from proceeds of the last Village History Day, held in 2014.

Today, church marks are exceptionally rare and the restoration was essential if this historical fence was to survive through the 21st century as a historical record for future generations.

The origin of the Church Marks fence dates back at least three hundred and thirty years, quite possibly longer, and is thought to be found in an old Sussex Saxon custom to mark the boundary of a churchyard with fencing by farms and houses in the parish. The first mention of such a fence in Cowfold is found in the Parish Register for 1682. This historical entry records each landholder, their property and the footage they were responsible for by maintaining one panel of oak fencing on which the name of the farm or house was deeply incised on the post.

The Society is most grateful to Barry Sowton for leading the Church Marks restoration project (with Sue Crofts’ valuable help) in such a short time span.

A local artist, Penny Hopkins, has painted a map of the fence to be displayed in the Church Lych Gate so that the posts can be located.

Improving Air Quality in Cowfold — Nick Herbert

In the House of Commons debate on improving air quality that took place on Thursday 28 June 2018, our local Member of Parliament, Nick Herbert, put forward a strong case for addressing the longstanding problems in Cowfold and Storrington.

The debate was televised and you can watch his speech online at:

The Parish Council is pleased that its efforts to highlight the issue have had a positive impact and hope that the increased awareness will now lead to the implementation of practical measures to improve air quality in the village.

Parent and Carer Online Safety Survey

The Community Safety & Wellbeing Team (CSWB) at West Sussex County Council is asking parents & carers within the County for their views and experiences in relation to keeping their children safe online by responding to an online survey.

The aim of the survey is to assist CSWB in identifying if any further resources may need to be developed, or to raise awareness of existing resources and how parents and carers can be better supported in this area.

The Team is hoping to:

  • establish what are the main concerns of parents and carers  when parenting in the digital age and what challenges they have faced
  • understand how confident parents and carers are when dealing with these issues and if they know where to go for help, advice & support
  • find out about the types of resources parents and carers utilise, are aware of and have available to them, as well as receive feedback on what resources parents and carers really value in helping them to better support their young people.

So, the Team is encouraging as many people as possible to take part. Respondents can click here to take part or use this link:

The survey will close on the 8th of July 2018.

For further information, please contact Francesca Blow, Lead for Safe Digital Life, Community Safety & Wellbeing Team.

Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan Update

What is a Neighbourhood Plan and why should we have one?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to inform where new homes, shops and offices could be built and when. The community is able to have their say on what new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right type of development for their community.

When will the plan be in place?

The whole process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan typically takes two years. The Plan is built upon feedback from the community to ensure that it reflects the views, as far as possible, of those affected by it. The Plan has to be in conformity with national planning guidance and the strategic policies of Horsham District Council. In due course, an Independent Examiner will examine the Plan to check it has fully met these requirements before recommending whether the Plan can proceed to Referendum.

Does this mean more development?

A new standard approach to calculating housing need has been proposed by Government. If implemented, this approach will set out housing requirements for Local Authorities and, in turn, those preparing Neighbourhood Plans. This could have implications for the number of houses that need to be planned for within the emerging Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan.

How does the Neighbourhood Plan make a difference?

We are currently in the process of trying to convert all the feedback received, as summarised in our Vision and Objectives. This will help to inform the policies of the Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan. Our policies cannot require external bodies, such as the County or District Councils, to carry out our aspirations for matters that fall under statutory operation (i.e. road calming). In such cases, we can include Aims in the Plan which set out the Parish Council’s support for local initiatives.

What happened after the Call for Sites?

The Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan Working Group published its Call for Sites in November 2017. We have been made aware of 11 sites which could accommodate development. We will now follow the agreed Site Appraisal Process to assess these. This will allow us to ascertain which sites are the most suitable to meet the defined need of the Parish. There will be a public exhibition of this information, detailing each one of the sites put forward by Landowners or their Agents. This will take place on Friday March 23 2018 in the Village Hall between 12:00 and 20:00 so as to, hopefully, give everyone the chance to come and see the information and give us their feedback.

Cowfold is a vibrant Community with a great sense of identity; it is very important that we do our utmost to protect this Community Spirit as we strive to meet the needs of the majority of residents within the framework of legislation.

Do come along at any time on Friday March 23 between Noon and 8pm and have your say.

St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk 2018

Go the extra mile for St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk

Proudly sponsored by Gatwick Airport, 2018 sees the return of our biggest fundraising event: The Midnight Walk! With brand new walking routes, it’s the ideal chance to make your steps count while raising funds for your local hospice.

Taking place on Saturday 9 June 2018, the walk starts and ends at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre; but we’ve created three brand new walking routes: seven, 13 or 20 miles through the streets of Horsham. We’ve also added extra toilet and energy stations and, once again, there’ll be the chance to light a candle to remember someone you love.

Wendy Buckingham, from Surrey has already signed up. Last year she took part for the first time with a team of 12 family and friends. Wendy said: “We walked in memory of my husband Ken who St Catherine’s cared for. The best part was the camaraderie and the volunteer marshals were amazing, they kept us going. There’s a fantastic atmosphere and the night feels really special. Walking together as a family and having my girls take part for their Daddy was amazing. We can’t wait to do it all again this year!”

Following the success of last years Midnight Walk, with nearly 1,000 people taking part, we are hoping that more of you will put on your walking shoes for a walk beneath the stars. Men, women and children over the age of 10 are all welcome to join us at this event!

This year, the hospice is hoping to raise £125,000 to help them provide care and support to local terminally ill people when it’s needed most. The money you raise will help people like Donald, who St Catherine’s Therapies Team arranged a walker for, so he could go into town and buy his wife a surprise bouquet of flowers.

It takes someone very special to do our Midnight Walk and help make it a night to remember! Our walk wouldn’t be the same without you and we really hope you’ll join us in June. Go on – be a hospice hero and make every mile matter!

Ready to join this inspiring night? Sign up online at: or call St Catherine’s Events Team on 01293 447355. Make sure you sign up by 20 April to receive a special early bird entry rate of £10. After 20 April, it’ll cost £15 to take part. All entry fees include a free T-shirt, finisher’s breakfast and medal.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re walking for the first time, a personal challenge or in memory of someone you love. It just matters that you walk.

Now’s the chance to make your steps count – will you take it?