Here is some information on local services and organisations which may be of interest:
Defibrillators in the Village
Two Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) have been installed by the Partridge Green Area Response Team (PART) in the village – one on the outside of the Village Hall and another on the outside of the Allmond Centre.
So, in the event of a heart attack, you too can save a life using the PAD. The machine is so clever that it 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 that protects the machine’s electronics and the locks open by entering a unique code given to you by the ambulance service when you dial 999.
If your group would like instructions on how to use the equipment, PART offers a free session for six or more members.
In addition, an iPAD SP1 Fully Automatic Defibrillator (AED) is mounted inside the Co-op for the use of anyone in a medical emergency during opening hours. No training is required as the unit gives full verbal instructions – just open the door and remove the unit
Bus and coach services
Cowfold is on the No 17 bus route between Horsham and Brighton. The service is provided by the Stagecoach UK Bus Company and the timetable is on its website www.stagecoachbus.com. (Currently, it operates at half hourly intervals.)
Compass Travel provides free bus services on behalf of Tesco. The 922 route operates between Small Dole, Henfield, Cowfold, Horsham and Tesco Broadbridge Heath on Thursdays only (excluding public holidays). The timetable is available at www.compass-travel.co.uk.
The times of coaches to Brighton and Hove Albion football games arranged by the North West Seagulls Supporters Club can be found on the www.northwestsussexseagulls.co.uk website.
Many houses in Cowfold rely on heating oil; by using an oil club you can reduce your costs. The nearest one to Cowfold is based in Nuthurst. Please contact Derek Bradnum by phone on 01403 891181 or by email at email@example.com
The syndicate’s website is: www.oilbuyingsyndicate.co.uk.
County and District Council links
Contact West Sussex County Council to report a problem with roads and footways.
Your local Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers work for the complete Horsham District, including Cowfold.
Stay in touch with your district Prevention Team!
How to receive information:
Sign up to “In the know – Surrey and Sussex” at www.intheknow.community and select the messages that you want to receive for the area around your postcode.
Your Horsham Prevention Team send out a weekly bulletin to keep you up to date; this includes: Sussex Police, Country Watch and Neighbourhood Watch.
Follow @Horsham_police on Twitter for up-to-date information about their work, as they go about their duties.
Follow Horsham Police on Facebook.
Search on the Sussex Police website www.sussex.police.uk for news, useful information and advice.
How to contact Sussex Police:
All of the following methods reach a trained call taker with the systems and skills to assess your report and ensure that you receive the appropriate response from Sussex Police.
For an emergency: always call 999.
For non-urgent matters: report online through the Sussex Police website www.sussex.police.uk when you don’t need to talk but want to report something.
Or call 101 when you need to talk to someone but don’t require an urgent response.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech impaired, you can use TypeTalk on 18000 or send a text to 65999.
Please note that due to the nature of SMS texts, your message may not be received immediately.
How to hear what is going on in Horsham District:
Look at, or follow, the Prevention Teams’ Twitter accounts – posts from the teams as they go about their work, each tweet ends with the ‘collar number’! If you don’t have a Twitter account then just search online – you can still see the tweets: @horsham_police. Another is Sgt Tom Carter, Rural Lead for Sussex Police: @SgtTomCarter
Sign up to “In the know” to receive messages and alerts by email.
This shared messaging system is used by several agencies and organisations, including Countrywatch, Neighbourhood Watch, Horsham Police – among many others! You choose what you want to receive, and it is free of charge! https://www.intheknow.community/
Look at, or follow, the Prevention Teams’ Facebook accounts – find Horsham Police and Sussex Police.
For general advice and reporting:
“Sussex Police”: website – use the online forms for your non-urgent reports of crime or incident.
The site is full of useful information and guidance, and has news pages too. https://www.sussex.police.uk/
“Crimestoppers”: for anonymous reporting 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org
Suspicious Activity is always of interest to Sussex Police; details of people, vehicles or activities that you find to be suspicious can lead the teams toward solving a crime either now or later, which helps to keep your community safe. Please do report it because if you think it’s suspicious then it probably is!
“Ask the Police”: information and advice
“Action Fraud”: for reporting fraud and finding information including current alerts https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
“Little Book of Big Scams”: there is a pdf version of this very helpful book on the Sussex Police website. Put “Scams” into the search field on the Sussex Police website – it is near the top of the list.
Useful for Rural areas:
“Take The Lead”: helpful information about responsible dog ownership; videos and other info are on the South Downs National Park website; search “South Downs National Park Take The Lead” online.
“What3words”: app for the phone, a mapping system ideal for pinpointing a specific location in rural areas, e.g. if you find stolen property abandoned or there is an accident. https://what3words.com/
“Viewranger”: downloadable maps and various other features:
Walking in Sussex
In these peculiar times when people are walking more than usual, many are interested in finding new local walks.
John Harris’ website, “Walking in Sussex” (www.walkinginsussex.co.uk), has hundreds of walks available for free download and printing. It also includes a list of books of walks and contact details for all of the walking groups in the county.
With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.
The website is one of a suite of websites (www.walkinginengland.co.uk), one for each county in England so, home or away, you should be able to find a suitable walk!
There are a number of local charities that are carrying out fantastic work for our community. If you are interested in making a donation, please follow the links below.
Please let us know if there are other worthy organisations that should be added to the list.
St Catherine’s Hospice
St Catherine’s is your local hospice with a big ambition: to help everyone face death informed, supported and pain-free. Providing expert hospice care, St Catherine’s is there for people in Sussex and Surety when life comes full circle.
Its skilled teams are on hand to support people living with terminal illness in their homes, at its Day Hospice and on its wards.
St Catherine’s cares for around 80% of patients in the comfort of their own homes, where they can be close to people, memories and things most important to them. In 2018, the community team made over 8,500 visits to people’s homes.
As well as assisting patients with symptom control, medication, caring for wounds and advising on skincare, the community team will support the whole family by offering reassurance, advice and respite from the physical and emotional demands upon them.
The community team ensures the individual needs and wishes of people are met, ensuring they spend their final days as pain free, dignified and comfortable as possible.
Although the Hospice cared for around 1,200 people at the end of their life in 2018, it could help three times this number each year if it had sufficient funds. So, please consider making a donation today!
More information can be found on its website:
Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance
Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance
Home Start Crawley Horsham and Mid-Sussex
Archive of Previously Published Articles
Walking with the bus from Lower Beeding April 2015
Interview with Bill Lucas March 2015
Walking in and around Cowfold December 2014
Interview with Bob Farren August 2014
If you have any information which you think would be of general interest, please contact the Parish Clerk.