New Night Bus Service

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A new night bus service is being introduced from 4 December 2015, which will operate from Horsham via Southwater, Cowfold, Henfield and Patcham to Brighton on Fridays and Saturdays.  (It will also operate on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.)

Here is the timetable:

N8 timetable

More information is here.

Cowfold Post Office: Service Re-opening

Post Office logoTo restore its services in the village, Cowfold Post Office is being moved temporarily to the Weald Community Church, The Smithy, Bolney Road.

The branch is being run by the Postmaster from Alfold as a temporary outreach service.

The nearest alternative branches are at Partridge Green and Henfield.

The opening times are as follows:

Monday: closed

Tuesday: 14:00 to 16:30

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: 14:00 to 16:30

Friday: closed

Saturday: closed

The same range of services will be available, with the exception of DVLA.




Recycle your plastic pots, tubs and trays

As of Wednesday 1 April, your household pots, tubs and trays will be accepted in your regular household recycling collections across West Sussex. Items which can be accepted include:

  • Milk and drinks bottles;
  • Bathroom bottles;
  • Laundry/detergent bottles & tubs;
  • Yoghurt, cream & soup pots;
  • Ice cream & margarine tubs;
  • Cosmetic pots & tubs;
  • Food & ready meal trays;
  • Fruit & vegetable punnets; and
  • Plastic container lids (such as those used on coffee jars).

But there are still a few plastic items that can’t accepted; these include:

  • Plastic carrier bags & plastic film;
  • Expanded polystyrene;
  • Plant pots & seed trays;
  • Plastic toys; and
  • Plastic furniture.

Pots tubs and trays

Cowfold Gets New Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Outside Village Hall

Defibrillator sign 1 scaledPartridge Green Area Response Team (PART) has just installed a rather special Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) outside the Village Hall. This is great news for the village as it can be accessed by anyone in an emergency – at any time, day or night.

 So, in the event of a heart attack, you too can save a life using the PAD. The machines are so clever that they can sense what is required and you have voice guidance throughout so that you really can’t get it wrong!

 The PAD has a special heated security cabinet which protects the machine’s electronics and the locks open by entering a unique code given to you by the ambulance service when you call 999.

PART wishes to thank all of its supporters who help to make such projects possible.

Defibrillator close up scaled

A new local community website for Horsham

Streetlife, the local social network, has a simple aim: to help people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours.

The website provides a free and easy place to share local news, views, recommendations and resources, enabling people with busy routines or reduced mobility to keep in touch with their community.

Conversations started on Streetlife have helped unite lost pets with owners, expose doorstep scammers, save threatened public services and recall local history.  The site is also encouraging real-world friendships, with neighbours sharing gardening equipment, IT advice and dentist recommendations, organising craft groups, street parties and book clubs.

Streetlife has just launched across Horsham and everyone – residents, groups, local government representatives and businesses – is invited to share their knowledge, discuss the local issues they care about, and help build a stronger, better connected community.

Get involved!

  • Sign up at with your postcode and email address
  • You’ll automatically be linked to the people and conversations where you live
  • You can post messages, events, polls and pictures, and locals will be able to respond
  • You can customise your account so you control how often you receive local updates

Sign up and join the local conversation on



Message in a Bottle Scheme

Message in a bottle thumbnailCowfold is the latest local area to benefit from The Lions Message in a Bottle scheme and the Cowfold Social Committee were pleased to be able to donate to Henfield Lions Club who helped in setting up the scheme in Cowfold.

Information in the bottle provides the emergency services with vital lifesaving details. Bottles are free of charge and available from the doctors’ surgeries in Cowfold and Partridge Green.  Each bottle holds a standard form with personal and medical details and is kept in a common location – the fridge door.  Emergency services will know you are in the scheme by the sticker on the inside of the front door and on the outside of fridge door.

Confused about recycling?

wheelie bin with blue lidAt a recent Council Meeting, it was highlighted that many residents were still confused about what they should and should not place in their recycling bin. Placing incorrect items in the bin causes problems in the sorting and separation of waste at the County’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Ford and prevents correct items being recycled.

It is important that any items placed in the bin must  be:

  • CLEAN – free from food and drink leftovers
  • DRY – keep your recycling lid shut and
  • LOOSE – no plastic bags!

Click here to check what you can and cannot put in your recycling bin.

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Attention all dog owners!

Dog-foulingRecent surveys suggest that the dog population in the UK has risen to around nine million and they are now believed to be more popular than cats. It is also estimated that they produce in the region of 1,300 tons of excrement a day and dog fouling is a major ongoing problem for most communities, including Cowfold.

Although we have a particular issue in Cowfold caused by people who drive through the village and stop off to use the Playing Field as a comfort break area for their dogs, a minority of local dog owners are equally irresponsible and the Parish Council urges them to comply with the law and carry suitable bags and clean up after their dog(s) when walking them in public areas. The bags should be placed in one of the red dog waste bins around the village or taken home, double bagged and disposed of in your normal household waste bin.

Apart from the possibility of the owner facing a fixed on-the-spot penalty of up to £75 or prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000, more importantly, dog mess can spread some really nasty infections and diseases, including toxocaris which is highly infectious, particularly to children, and can result in permanent blindness in serious cases.