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27-11-2021 at 10:12 PM

Beechwood Hall Christmas Fair tomorrow, and other Christmassy goings-on


1) Join us for the Beechwood Hall Christmas fair tomorrow 10am - 12 noon.

Local stall holders including handmade gifts, jewellery, candles and honey.

Teas and Coffees and a slice of cake. A chance to meet up, with the windows thrown open and plenty of ventilation. 


Also coming soon:

2) Hamsey Christmas Sleigh will be visiting our villages on Sunday 5th December, setting off at 4pm from Cooksbridge. Stops will include: Chatfield Close, Chandlers Mead, Malthouse Way, Offham Barns, Offham Church, Ivors Lane, Whitfeld Lane, Hamsey Lane, Beechwood Hall, Beechwood Lane, Highbridge Lane, East Chiltington Hollycroft, Bevernbridge, The Rainbow Inn. Father Christmas is looking forward to giving you all a wave!

3) Cooksbridge Trees of Light will soon be back opposite Cooksbridge Station, hopefully in time for Father Christmas's visit. Thanks a million to Howard Eaton, wonderful man! 

4) 11th December 3-5pm is Children of Hamsey Parish under 12's Christmas party. katehamseypc@gmail.com for details. 

11-10-2021 at 11:18 PM


16-07-2021 at 1:25 PM

Litter Pick this Sunday

Hamsey Parish Litter Pick – Sunday 18th July 2021

Dear fellow litter pickers, We hope you are all keeping well and are enjoying the summer! We are pleased to advise that the next Hamsey Parish Litter Pick will take place between 10.00 and 12.00 on Sunday 18th July, meeting at Beechwood Hall beforehand. We hope very much that you will be able to join us to carry out another much needed tidy-up of our beautiful parish.

In order to facilitate social distancing, we will be available at Beechwood Hall between 10.00 and 10.30 that morning to meet you to allocate litter picking sections / areas and to provide any additional equipment / sacks, etc that you may require. If you have already been issued with litter picking equipment, please do bring this with you.

All litter collected is to be left in the corner of Beechwood Hall car park (alongside the recycling bin) where it will be collected the next day (Monday 19th July) by our friends from LDC Waste & Recycling.

If you have any coronavirus symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has had symptoms, the advice is to follow government guidelines, stay at home and please don’t undertake any volunteering activity on this occasion.

We look forward very much to seeing you on Sunday 18th July!

Kind regards,  Robert Baughan and Cllr. Tamsyn d’Arienzo

12-07-2021 at 9:40 PM

Tomorrow: A Thanksgiving Service for Reverend Derek Bastide

12-07-2021 at 5:07 PM

Fish & Chip van at Cooksbridge Station this evening

The Village Chippy makes its debut appearance at Cooksbridge Railway Station carpark this evening, with plans to revisit every 2 weeks


17-06-2021 at 1:40 PM

Upcoming Improvement works at Cooksbridge Railway Station from this weekend

From Cooksbridge Station Partnership

This coming weekend plus Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week work will be going on at night (after the last train) at the station installing a hand rail to the slope of platform 1, a new up to the minute moving information board platforms 1 and 2 and a 2 tier cycle rack accessible from the station carpark.

Contractors have been asked to keep noise to a minimum.

08-05-2021 at 3:27 PM

Hall Manager Required

Hall Manager required
Hamsey Parish Council as Beechwood Hall sole trustee is recruiting a Hall Manager. This position will start for the reopening this May.
A highly organised, professional, friendly hall manager is required on a contract basis to manage booking enquiries via phone, email and HallMaster online booking system.
Duties will include organising the electronic hall diary, liaising with other contractors and helping to grow the business with support from the Beechwood Hall Working Group and the Sole Trustees. The Hall Manager will be responsible for overseeing health and safety at the hall and park whilst ensuring the best experience for our hirers.
The hall manager will work around 6 hours per week, including weekends. Some enquiries, hall viewings or call outs to the hall may come in unsociable hours.
Excellent organisation skills, good IT skills and flexibility are essential. Any social media, event planning and business development experience will be an advantage.
Salary is £250per month for 6 hrs per week (works out £19,500per annum pro rata).
Please send CV (2 pages max) and Covering letter (1 page max) to Tamsyn (Tamsynhamseypc@gmail.com) by 15th May. Interviews will be held from the W/C 17th May.
26-04-2021 at 10:38 PM

Re-management of Hamsey Churchyard

The PCC of St Peter Offham and Hamsey have approved plans to allow the churchyard at Hamsey to be managed such that the main areas grow freely during the summer months and walkways are cut and maintained for access. 

The area where there are cremation memorials and more recent graves will be lightly strimmed during the summer. 

Later in the year the whole churchyard will be strimmed with the removal and disposal of cuttings. 

This will keep the grassland nutrient poor and encourage diverse chalk flora and the insects that depend on them and improve the habitat for wildlife. 

If you would like further information, please contact the Parish Office: 01273 474356

26-04-2021 at 10:23 PM

Thank you Litter pickers

Dear fellow litter pickers,

Just a quick note to say thank you to all who participated in the Hamsey Parish litter pick on Sunday 25th April – it is really appreciated.

With a record number of participants from our community it is great that our parish has now had a long overdue ‘spring clean’ after so many months!

Between us all we covered all the parish and as a result filled a large number of sacks for collection by our friends from LDC Waste and Recycling.

We will be in touch with the arrangements for the next parish litter pick in due course.

In the meantime, we hope you all continue to stay safe and well! Kind regards,

Robert Baughan and Cllr. Tamsyn d’Arienzo

13-04-2021 at 6:20 PM

Hamsey Parish Litter Pick – Sunday 25th April 2021

Dear fellow litter pickers,


We hope you are all keeping well and have enjoyed a good Easter!


Further to our previous communication, we are writing to provide further information about the next Hamsey Parish Litter Pick to take place between 10.00 and 12.00 on Sunday 25th April, meeting at Beechwood Hall beforehand. Associated with Keep Britain Tidy’s “Great British Spring Clean 2021”, we hope very much that you will be able to join us to carry out this much needed “Spring Clean” of our beautiful parish.   


In order to facilitate social distancing, we will be available at Beechwood Hall between 10.00 and 10.30 that morning to meet you to allocate litter picking sections / areas and to provide any additional equipment / sacks, etc that you may require. If you have already been issued with litter picking equipment, please do bring this with you.


All litter collected is to be left in the corner of Beechwood Hall car park (alongside the recycling bin) where it will be collected the next day by our friends from LDC Waste & Recycling.


If you have any coronavirus symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has had symptoms, the advice is to follow government guidelines, stay at home and please don’t undertake any volunteering activity on this occasion.


We look forward very much to seeing you on Sunday 25th April!


Kind regards,


Robert Baughan and Cllr. Tamsyn d’Arienzo

09-04-2021 at 5:09 PM

HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh 1921 – 2021

The councillors and officers of Hamsey Parish Council are deeply saddened to hear of the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.
Due to COVID we will not display a paper book of condolences to be signed but you may send your message of condolence online using the form on the following link. https://www.royal.uk/condolence.  A selection of messages will be passed onto members of the Royal Family, and may be held in the Royal Archives for posterity.
Hamsey Parish Council 
09-04-2021 at 3:10 PM

Temporary Road Closures

1. Currently a full road closure is in place on the B2116 until 23rd April 

To undertake these works the B2116, Ditchling Road is closed at the junction with the A275 24 hours a day. There are temporary traffic lights in place on the A275.

Further information, including diversion routes, can be found on our website:



2.U5013 Old Church Lane, Hamsey from its junction with the U5013 Ivor’s Lane for its entire length, a distance of 445 metres.

To allow BT Openreach to facilitate chamber works

Works anticipated to take place from 21st April 2021 to 23rd April 2021


An alternative diversion is not applicable. Advance warning signs will be placed on site advising of actual date of works.


3. U5012 Hamsey Lane, Cooksbridge from its junction with the A275 Cooksbridge Road, for a distance of 100 metres.

To allow South East Water to facilitate mains replacement works

Works anticipated to take place from 6 September 2021 to 1 October 2021

 Diversion via: A275 Cooksbridge Road – A275 The Street – C8 The Drove – U5012 Hamsey Lane and vice versa. 


Please note: An official public announcement will follow soon regarding today's news from Buckingham Palace. 

Hamsey Parish Council

25-02-2021 at 11:29 PM

Parish updates and thanks

  • A new Walking page has been added to our community website http://hamsey.net/walks/. Very many thanks to ex-Offham resident Sue Rowland for providing such brilliant maps and for spending her time last week editing them to make them computer friendly. There really was no escaping Hamsey Parish for Sue and Lynda.
  • As long standing Offham resident Kevin Froude will soon leave the parish we would like to say thank you to Kevin for all the great contributions he has made over the years, some examples being through Hamsey Parish Council, Beechwood Hall Trustees, Cooksbridge Station Partnership and Editor of Hamsey News which Kevin has also delivered for many years throughout Offham. We wish Kevin all the best.
  • A new volunteer is needed to take over from Kevin and deliver approximately 80 copies of The Hamsey News to the Offham area once per quarter. The area could be split between volunteers. If you can help with this, please do contact parish clerk Natalie via clerk@hamsey.net
  • Govia's latest Railway Accessibility information is attached.

All the best to you and yours,

Hamsey Parish Council 

16-02-2021 at 6:30 PM

Rail News


Door Opening System


The new door opening system on trains stopping at platform 1 (going towards Plumpton) is now working correctly. All doors in the first 8 cars will open for entry and exit at Cooksbridge.


Timetable announcement
As of the 22nd February 2021 Southern will be reducing the timetable and have a temporary revised schedule in place during quieter times. This is to include:
Eastbourne / Seaford to London Victoria/London Bridge via Lewes
  • The 06:36 Eastbourne and 06:50 Seaford departures will not run
  • The 17:32 London Bridge and 17:45 London Victoria departures will not run
  • Lewes to Newhaven Harbour shuttle services will be extended to Seaford to provide connections
Many changes to the timetable are being made so please check in advance on the Southern Rail website before you embark on any travel.


Many thanks go to Cooksbridge Station Partnership for the updates.




15-01-2021 at 7:33 PM

Cancellation of January 2021 Litter Pick

Dear fellow litter-pickers,


Happy New Year! We hope that you are all keeping safe and well.


This is just a quick message to update you with respect to the Hamsey parish litter pick that was planned for the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January 2021.


In accordance with the latest Keep Britain Tidy / government guidance, and taking into account the current health emergency and associated lockdown restrictions, regrettably it is no longer appropriate for us to proceed with the January litter pick as an event organised by Hamsey Parish Council.


Of course, should you choose to pick up litter on your daily exercise it will be really appreciated. If so, please ensure you do so safely and in line with the latest government guidance taking any rubbish collected home to be placed with your own for normal collection by LDC. If you require any additional equipment at any time please let us know and we’ll be very happy to help.


Until we can resume our normal parish litter picks we send our thanks to you all for your understanding and look forward to seeing you again soon. We will of course be back in touch with you all with a new date for the next organised Hamsey parish litter pick as soon as it is known.


Kind regards,


Robert and Tamsyn


Cllr. Tamsyn d’Arienzo and Robert Baughan

07-01-2021 at 4:12 PM

New 'Rail to Ramble Leaflet' from Cooksbridge Station Partnership

Cooksbridge Station Partnership have produced an excellent new Rail to Ramble leaflet.

Kevin Froude says, 'This is the culmination of lengthy development effort by the Cooksbridge Station Partnership and the SDNPA, funded by the Authority but with a £400 contribution from the Community Rail Network towards the costs. The spirit behind this is to encourage walkers to use the extended rail services at Cooksbridge to access the National Park. It should also increase use of parish footpaths. Though obviously ill-timed it should be fruitful when services and life returns to normality.'

Many thanks to Cooksbridge Station Partnership and all involved

11-12-2020 at 9:44 AM

Last day to ask for a local cycle route. Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan’ (LCWIP)

Don't worry if you don't know correct terminology or can't get to grips with the maps. Click on the link anyway and let ESCC know if you agree that our villages need cycleways and traffic free walking routes. LINK TO SURVEY> https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/.../consult.../intro/
Consultation will end later today for East Sussex County Council’s ‘Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan’ (LCWIP).
This hyperlink provides access to ESCC’s consultation documents and 12 question survey:
There are a lot of documents you can read through, but it is necessary only to read the LCWIP Draft  https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/.../East%20Sussex... and the Sustrans report is useful https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/.../Appendix%205B...
Both are pretty reader-friendly documents and interesting, but here are some excerpts in case you don't have time to pour over these before responding today.
For a peri-rural place, Hamsey Parish has been badly represented in this. The group has listened to feedback and inputs parish councillors have made so far together with Cycle Lewes. 
Map from the consultation is below. Some landmarks are in the wrong place by the look of it, and several routes have the incorrect labels, Offham is out and Cooksbridge not labelled, but we can get the gist.
Hamsey Parish Council (HPC) views, but you may have your own. 
L6 to The Downs would be good. Walkers and Cyclists already manage this route
L7- Offham Road. Whilst HPC would support this becoming cycle-friendly, cyclist still will need to spill out onto A275 with narrow bends so no room for a wide cycleway, speeding traffic, and unsafe for cycling on the road for much of the population (families, older, slower, less confident). We think it's better to cut through Landport and up through the Coach Road to Offfham, cutting out A275.
L8- Cooksbridge East Chiltington Ditchling route via Hamsey Lane. Interesting suggestion to take this route across the A275 to Chatfield Close (around boundary?) and across the Farm through the existing right of way tunnel beneath the railway.
L11- from Neville, could join Old Coach Road too
L12- Old Coach Road (Offham church, through woods to Landport and via the footbridge they propose to widen, to Pells). Support.
L13- If we ask for this to be amended, so no bridge from Old Malling Farm development with expensive bridge to Hamsey Church, we could push for more realistic and speedier solution of a path from Willeys Bridge Lewes, along the other side of the river to Hamsey. This could still connect to the proposed L8 to Ditchling. Willeys Bridge to Hamsey is an existing right of way, but poorly accessed in the winter due to mud.
L?- Malling – Southover improvements connect to Willeys bridge, which would be widened for shared use. This would link nicely to our improved river surfacing from Willeys Bridge to Hamsey.
Additional suggestion: Bevernbridge to Cooksbridge overland cycleway.
Propose circular route (apologies for rough map)
>Willeys Bridge along the river to Hamsey. (It should be noted that a raised embankment to sustain the existing right of way path would hold considerably less chance of serious injury to any users than a collision with a vehicle on A275).
> Meet Quiet Lanes enforced zone (20mph, walker/pedestrian priority?)
> Travel along Ivors Lane to turn left at The Drove towards Offham
> turn left to join L12 Old Coach Road and continue route through Landport, across proposed widened footbridge to meet Pells and Willeys Bridge.
or Option also to turn right at Hamsey to pick up end of proposed L13 route, Whitfeld> Hamsey Lane> joins proposed L8 route to East Chiltington, Ditchling.
Excerpts from the Consultation doc, plus proposed statements from HPC:
'Supporting economic recovery and growth in a sustainable way Most local journeys to work in East Sussex are at or below 5km. This enables cycling and walking for journeys of up to 2km to be an achievable option for all or part of journeys to and from work…. - key centres / business areas - localised trip attractors between 3 - 5km or less, making cycling and walking feasible.' Assumption is for the town but Offham, Hamsey and Coooksbridge also fall within 5km of the town centre.
We must strongly stress the villages’ need for safe access into its local town.
The river route seems to be a no-brainer, requiring no bridge or causeway, and being an existing public right of way.
'Reluctance to cycle on the road due to fear of conflict with vehicular traffic and lack of education and awareness to help combat this perception, especially in vulnerable groups'. I think we need to challenge this, as it is a real risk on A275 and even the lanes whilst 60mph speed limit, far more risk than any river route.
Above are just some ideas; feel free to cut and paste if it's helpful to you to respond today. Even if you have different ideas, please anyone who would like to see traffic free travel routes for now and for future generations, complete the survey. Make some noise for our villages so we don't miss out on funding for these projects- we don't want to miss this opportunity.
Don't worry if you don't know exact terminology or can't get to grips with the maps. Click on the link anyway and let ESCC know that our villages need cycleways. LINK TO SURVEY> https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/.../consult.../intro/
Very rough map attached to show what Hamsey Parish Council are suggesting
03-12-2020 at 10:49 AM

Hamsey Level Crossing closures: 7th, 8th December overnights. Weekend closure on 12th-early on 14th December, plus January

Please see the revised dates and times for the road closures of the C8 The Drove, Offham, Level crossing

 C8 The Drove, Offham, Level Crossing   
 Temporary Road Closure   For a distance of 10 metres either side of the level crossing, to include no pedestrian access.
 From 22:30 hours on 7 December 2020 to 05:30 hours on 8 December 2020From 22:30 hours on 8 December 2020 to 05:30 hours on 9 December 2020 From 23:00 hours on 12 December 2020 to 04:00 hours on 14 December 2020 From 01:25 hours on 16 January 2021 to 04:00 hours on 18 January 2021     
 To allow Network Rail to carry out civil engineering works.   

  Diversion via: - A275 The Street – A275 Cooksbridge Road – U5012 Hamsey Lane and vice versa. (please see map attached) Advance warning signs will be placed on site advising of actual date of works If you need to discuss this further please contact: Network Rail on 03457 11 41 41       https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanningandcommunitysafety/coronavirus/   Attachments area

08-11-2020 at 3:50 PM

Last day to complete Beechwood Hall and village Survey

Today is the final day for you and your household members to complete this survey on Beechwood Hall and other ideas for our villages.
Thanks for those who already completed the survey, and those who said they would like to volunteer. Trustees would particularly benefit from someone with finance ⚖ experience to step forward to help the Beechwood Hall committee with planning income and expenditure for 2021/22. All help is welcome in other aspects of running the hall and park, too.
Among other ideas included in the survey is the path to open up access to the rear of the field for people of all mobilities. The idea is that the country gravel path will continue from the existing path of the same material which currently links the verandah to the playground, then to continue around the outside of the field, inside the tree line at the back, and out along the perimeter. Benches and 🌳 trees can then be placed at resting spots along the way so visitors can enjoy the views and tranquillity from all angles. If you are in support of this path, please say so in the survey, as local support may help with grant funding. Whatever your views, we would love to hear from as many residents as possible.
If you could please complete the survey by this Monday, then we will have time to collate your responses and be guided by your views at the next Parish Council meeting. Many thanks!
29-10-2020 at 6:14 PM

Lewes Citizens Advice- Tips and contact details

Lewes District Citizens Advice




Citizens Advice tips on keeping energy bills down now the weather is turning and the heating bills are going to go up, particularly if you are not going back into the office before January


There’s lots you can do to keep bills down.


Firstly, see if you can get a better deal by changing your energy supplier. Compare prices and check their customer service record before switching. The Citizens Advice has a price comparison tool on our website, and star rating to assess the customer service records of the 40 biggest companies.


Also look at those everyday things that can help; switch off televisions and other devices overnight, do not leave them on standby; wash clothes on a lower temperature; and only boil the kettle with the water you need.


A way of cutting costs long term is to invest in good insulation - or ask your landlord to do so.


If your pay is close to the national minimum wage, the extra costs of working from home could be counted as a pay cut and bring you below the legal level. Talk to your manager, HR department, or your union rep.


Finally, your employer should pay for costs connected to your health and safety while working from home. Check the company Expenses Policy; you may be able to claim for other things e.g. suitable chair for computer work, printer ink or telephone line rental.



Citizens Advice Helplines

  • Adviceline call 03444 111 444.  Monday- Friday 9am to 5pm.
  • Email advice www.eastsussexcab.co.uk
  • Chat online to an advisor on our website citizensadvice.org.uk/contact-us.
  • Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133
  • Universal Credit Help to Claim line 0800 1448444.






21-10-2020 at 2:30 PM

3D Virtual Tour of Beechwood Hall now available online

We are pleased to present this great 3D virtual tour of Beechwood Hall & Rural Park, which will enable prospective hirers to view the hall from the comfort of their own homes.  https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=JxodL593d6j&help=1&tourcta=0 After a significant loss in revenue from the hall closure during March until September, we are grateful to Brian at iTours360 for providing this service at a very reduced rate so that we are able to start promoting the hall in the safest possible way. 
We cannot recommend iTours360 highly enough; they were professional, efficient and all-round brilliant. If you are looking for a way to show off your business, home (sellers), school or nursery online so people can view it interactively this is a great value way of doing so https://www.itours360.co.uk/ 
18-10-2020 at 8:53 AM

Beechwood Hall & Rural Park Survey

Dear Hamsey Parish Residents,
As Beechwood Hall And Rural Park is meant for the benefit of every resident, we would like to use this survey to take as much input as possible from you to make sure your village hall, park and community spaces are fulfilling their potential. We would be grateful if you can take some time to complete this survey. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete (depending on the length of your answers!).
As well as this convenient on-line survey, we will ensure a paper version is available in the next edition of the Hamsey News, which those not online/Facebook can complete and return to the mailbox at Beechwood Hall. Please only complete one survey!
Thank you so much for your time,
Hamsey Parish Council,
Sole Trustees of Beechwood Hall & Rural Park
30-09-2020 at 11:30 PM

Litter Pick and Safety Precautions at Beechwood Hall

The Hamsey Parish litter pick will take place this Sunday 4th October, albeit socially distanced and without meeting as a group. Individuals' risk assessments and equipment have been organised in advance and we are happy to report that no further volunteers are required on his occasion. Thank you to all the volunteers who continue to help care for our parish.

Please be rest assured that appropriate safety measures are in place at Beechwood Hall, which is classed as a COVID secure premises owing to steps taken by the management team. Safety control measures have been put in place to keep our village hall as safe as possible, whilst enabling it's use. 
For the forthcoming Wedding Open Day the following measures are in place:
  • Maximum capacity of 22 persons calculated to allow social distancing 
  • A one-way system 
  • Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance and exit points
  • Masks shall be requested to be worn unless by those exempt
  • The NHS Track and Trace QR Code is now live.
  • The visitors entering the hall shall all be socially distanced and limited to a small number at a time.
  • Extra cleaning shall be carried out throughout the day on all surfaces and touch points
  • Those waiting to enter the hall will be invited to view the grounds whilst adhering to social distance guidelines at all times
Warm regards,
Beechwood Hall Management Committee for
Hamsey Parish Council
26-09-2020 at 8:35 PM

Wedding Open Day at Beechwood Hall on Saturday 3rd October

For anyone thinking of planning (or re-planning!) a special event for 2020-2022. It will be great to see you at Beechwood Hall, Cooksbridge on Saturday 3rd October.
Please feel free to share with friends and family as we try to relaunch our community hall after many months closure.
Enjoy a glass of bubbles when you visit Beechwood Hall & Rural Park on Saturday 3rd October when we will be showcasing the venue with wedding experts Southern Events.
Take the opportunity to speak with hall trustees and event coordinators whilst children can explore the playground.
Whether you are planning an intimate wedding with your closest friends and family, or hoping for an all out celebration, Beechwood Hall has it all.
- Versatile for small and large weddings, 6 to 106 guests!
- Smaller weddings dine in the hall and larger weddings have the option to erect a marquee outside
-Wonderful playground for all ages of children to enjoy so the adults can relax
-Beautiful, tranquil grounds
-Hourly trains 7 days per week only a short walk away at Cooksbridge Railway station
- Local accommodation nearby
https://fb.me/e/4ADczOOrs Facebook Event link
For Facebook users, please see the new hall page https://www.facebook.com/Beechwood-Hall-Rural-Park-Venue-101338445051286/?notif_id=1601151360787893&notif_t=page_fan&ref=notif
07-09-2020 at 11:56 AM

Train Services from 7th September 2020

Train Services from 7th September 2020

GTR is introducing a revised timetable from Monday 7th September.

There are only two changes to current Cooksbridge services:

1. A weekday Down service at 07.53 has been added. This will be useful for students travelling to Lewes and beyond.

2. The 14.21 weekday Down service has been rescheduled to 14.23.

We have raised with GTR the continuing absence of the early morning weekday Up services at 06.06 and 06.22. The company has said that it will consider reintroducing these as part of the next timetable review in December.

Cooksbridge Station Partnership



04-09-2020 at 12:42 PM

Cooksbridge Station Platform Extension

Cooksbridge Station Partnership would like to inform the community that work has started at the station to install the Selective Door Opening System (SDOS). This will be followed by night testing which should be completed by mid September.

If the testing goes to plan (via their satellite) all trains soft ware will be updated allowing the new extended platform 1 to be brought into service. This is a completely new system from Network Rail which has had to be devised specially for Cooksbridge station. Platform 1 will require all 8 car train doors to open but platform 2 will only require the first 5 cars doors to open. The SDOS set up will still operate exactly in the same way even when 12 car trains are in service.

This will hopefully bring to an end the 8 car trains over hanging the road while stopped at the stations platform 1.

Cooksbridge Station Partnership.

03-09-2020 at 7:44 AM

Temporary Road Closure - C8 The Drove, Offham 16th-17th September

Subject: Subject: Temporary Road Closure - C8 The Drove, Offham

Good afternoon
Please be aware that the following works will be carried out:-  
Temporary road closure  
C8 The Drove, Offham
For a distance of 10 metres either side of the level crossing 
From 22:00 hours on the 15 Sept 2020 to 06:00 hours on the 16 Sept 2020
From 22:00 hours on the 16 Sept 2020 to 06:00 hours on the 17 Sept 2020
The works are anticipated to take two nights to complete  
To allow Network Rail to carry out civil engineering works  
Diversion via:-  
A275 The Street - A275 Cooksbridge Road - U5012 Hamsey Lane
In both directions  
Please find a map attached.  
If you need to discuss this further please contact:  
Network Rail
0330 857 3491
Kind regards  
East Sussex Highways Network Assurance Team  


01-09-2020 at 3:30 PM

Buses Update

Please see below an update on the bus time table in our area from ESCC as of 30th August 2020.
There has been a considerable focus in the work between the County Council and bus operators on making appropriate provision to allow young people to return to school safely. A number of regular bus journeys will be available to school/college students only on a temporary basis. Extra school/college buses have also been added. Further details can be accessed through the above website link under the heading “Back to school bus service changes”. Other service users are asked try to avoid bus journeys used by school and college students, even when these journeys are open to everyone.
We previously advised that free travel bus passes for older persons and disabled persons were being accepted at all times for travel in East Sussex to assist holders to access food shopping and services. With bus services now increased, giving more journey opportunities, and a priority to get young people back to school, this additional concession will be withdrawn and, from 1 September, passes will again not be valid for free travel before 9.30am on Mondays to Fridays.
Additional information can be found here:
Compass Travel
31 – Normal service. Extra buses will run to both Warden Park School and Uckfield (for Uckfield College) for students only.
119 – The morning 0809 journey from Alfriston, and the afternoon 1537 journey from Seaford Head School, will be for students only. Normal service during the day.
120 – Normal Saturday afternoon timetable is in operation. Cuckmere Buses is now running its morning and afternoon service on Tuesdays and Thursdays plus its Saturday morning service (see Cuckmere Buses section).
121 – Increased timetable with an amended Monday to Friday service: The first journey from Newick changed to depart from Newick The Bull at 0722, then run via South Chailey and Barcombe, arriving Lewes Bus Station at 0802. Additional buses for students only: 0800 Newick The Bull to Chailey School; 1517 Chailey School to Newick. The 0806 from Lewes High Street to Chailey School, and the 1520 from Chailey School to Lewes, will both be for students only. Normal Saturday service restored, including Sheffield Park Gardens and Bluebell Railway.
122 – The Monday to Friday 0742 journey from Barcombe Cross will be provided by route 121 and will not serve Barcombe Mills. Otherwise a normal service is restored.
123 – Increased timetable with an amended Monday to Friday service. The 0655 from Saltdean and 0740 from Newhaven will be for students only. A new journey, available to all users, will depart from Newhaven Lower Place at 0718, arriving Lewes Bus Station 0748. The schooldays only departure at 1517 from Lewes bus station is withdrawn. A journey for students only will run from Priory School to Rodmell, Piddinghoe and Newhaven, along with an extra bus for students only to Kingston. No change to the timetable on Saturdays.
125 – Increased timetable similar to the normal provision, with the daytime service between Lewes and Eastbourne restored. The 0755 from Alfriston will be for students only and only run on King’s Academy schooldays. The 0800 school holidays only journey from Alfriston is withdrawn. The 1515 schooldays only journey from Lewes Bus Station is withdrawn. A journey for students only will run from King’s Academy to Alfriston at 1530.
126 – Normal service on Compass Travel journeys. See the Cuckmere Buses section for news of their route 126 journeys, and Compass Travel service 119 (above) for additional journeys between Alfriston and Seaford.
127 – Revised afternoon timetable after 1350, with departures from Lewes Bus Station at 1415 , 1450 (not to and from Malling), 1540, 1645, 1715, 1805 and 1840 (not to and from Malling). Normal service on Saturdays.
128/129 – On Mondays to Fridays, the 129 journey at 1502 from Lewes Bus Station is replaced by a 128 journey at 1430, running to Nevill only. Otherwise the normal Monday to Saturday service is restored.
143 – Normal service restored, apart from the 1405 journey from Hailsham will not serve Harrisons Lane and Springett Avenue in Ringmer, or Church Lane and Tesco in Lewes.
145 – Normal service restored.
166 – Normal service, except the 0811 from Haywards Heath Perrymount Road to Warden Park School will be for students only. An additional bus numbered 33, for students only, will run at 0749 from Wivelsfield Ote Hall Chapel to Warden Park School, returning from school at 1528. The 166 1535 departure from Warden Park School will be for students to Perrymount Road.
167 – Normal service restored, apart from the 0820 from Burgess Hill to Wivelsfield Primary School being for students only, along with the return journey at 1522 from school.
168 – Normal service restored.
228/229 – Normal service restored. The 0722 228 journey from Crowborough, including the Jarvis Brook loop, will have an additional bus for students only. In the afternoon the 1550 228 journey from Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School to Crowborough will also be for students only. An additional bus will start from Tunbridge Wells Royal Victoria Place at 1610, running to Crowborough and Jarvis Brook via Showfields.
231 – Normal service apart from the following: On the 0735 journey from Uckfield, only students will be allowed on the section of route between Heathfield High Street and Heathfield College. The 1515 journey from Heathfield College will be for students only as far as Heathfield fire station. Seaford & District’s 0730 journey from Hurst Green will be for students only until Heathfield College. Their 1435 journey from Uckfield will only be for students on the section of route between Heathfield High Street and Hurst Green.
261 – Normal service. Extra buses for students only will run as follows: 0750 Forest Row Brambletye to East Grinstead; 0806 East Grinstead to Uckfield; 1442 East Grinstead to Forest Row; 1550 Uckfield to Nutley.
Details are available on the Compass Travel website. www.compass-travel.co.uk
Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA)
131 – service suspended.
132 – normal service.
246/248/249 – normal service.
Brighton & Hove Buses
Routes 11X, N12 and N29 are not running on any days. Special timetables on other services in East Sussex as follows:
12/12A – Normal pre Covid-19 frequency of service with some minor changes.
12X – 20 minute frequency on Mondays to Saturdays.
13X – Special timetable. Saturday service withdrawn. On Sundays and public holidays only, until 27 September, buses depart from Brighton Station to Eastbourne at 0940 and every 30 minutes until 1740, plus journeys at 1810, 1840 and 1910 running as far as Newhaven. On Sundays and public holidays only, until 27 September, buses depart from Eastbourne Cornfield Road to Brighton at 1032 and every 30 minutes until 1802, plus earlier morning journeys from Newhaven at 0954, 1024 and 1054. From 4 October, on Sundays and public holidays only, buses depart from Brighton Station at 0910, 1240 and 1610, and from Eastbourne Cornfield Road at 1102, 1432 and 1802.
14/14A/14C – Revised timetable with three buses an hour between Peacehaven and Brighton, including one 14C journey per hour via County Hospital, and an hourly evening service. Five Journeys from Newhaven, before 0745 only. The journey departing 0712 from the Meridian Centre to Cardinal Newman School will be for students only. Late evening journey at 23:40 from Brighton Station returns to Newhaven A normal timetable operates on Sundays.
28/29- Increased timetable. Monday to Saturday daytime service between Brighton and Lewes town centre generally every 10 minutes, Lewes Church Lane every 15 minutes, Ringmer every 30 minutes, Uckfield every 30 minutes. Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells will be generally twice an hour at weekday peak times, and every hour off-peak and Saturdays. The following journeys on schooldays will be for students only: 0655 Uckfield to Tunbridge Wells (additional bus), 0750 Tunbridge Wells to Lewes, 0757 Lewes to Ringmer, 1532 Ringmer to Brighton, 1622 Tunbridge Wells to Uckfield. Sunday service generally twice an hour between Brighton and Uckfield, with one of these buses an hour serving Ringmer and the other bus an hour serving Isfield. Hourly service to/from Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells.
76A – Peacehaven-Longhill School bus will be for students only
79 – Running to a special timetable on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Departures from Brighton (Old Steine) at 0945, 1045, 1145, 1255, 1405, 1515, 1625, 1735. Departures from Ditchling Beacon Car Park at 1015, 1115, 1220, 1330, 1440, 1550, 1700, 1810.
92 – Service reinstated. The 0652 from Telscombe Cliffs Way to Seaford Head School will be for students only.
492 – This afternoon journey from Seahaven Academy to Paradise Park and Denton Corner will be for students only.
494 – This afternoon journey from Seahaven Academy to Peacehaven and Saltdean will be for students only.
To view the full timetables visit www.buses.co.uk
28-07-2020 at 6:39 AM

Bus Service

An update from the Public Transport Service. 

'Bus use remains extremely low, though it is anticipated there will be increasing public transport demand in the coming weeks as restrictions reduce and more people return to work. I can therefore provide you with the following update: 

Route 31 serving Uckfield, Maresfield, Newick, North Chailey, Scaynes Hill, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath and CuckfieldThis service is running to its normal school holidays hourly timetable. 

Route 121 serving Newick, North Chailey, South Chailey, Cooksbridge, Offham and LewesThe special timetable, providing a 2 hourly frequency, will remain in place for the time being due to the very low number of passengers. The service will be increased in September to cater for the needs of school and college pupils. 

Route 122 serving Barcombe, Cooksbridge, Offham and LewesFrom Monday 27 July this service will revert to its normal school holidays route and 2 hourly timetable, so serving Plumpton only on Saturdays. 

Route 166 serving Lewes, Offham, Plumpton, Wivelsfield Green, Princess Royal Hospital and Haywards HeathThis service will restart from Monday 27 July, running to its normal school holidays 2 hourly timetable. As a consequence route 122 will revert to not serving Plumpton on weekdays.    

Route 167/168 Village Rider service

The special timetables will continue in operation until further notice. Provision will be made for Wivelsfield School pupils returning in September. 

Older and disabled persons free travel bus passes are still being accepted at all times for travel in East Sussex. This special arrangement is expected to continue until the end of August 2020.

The latest information on these and other bus services is provided on our website pages. The situation is changing frequently so please check these pages regularly. Included on our website are important details about the regulation for bus passengers to use face coverings, unless they are exempted from doing so. www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/public/buses/bus-service-changes/'

14-07-2020 at 12:10 PM

Jamie's Farm- House Keeper Vacancy

21-06-2020 at 5:59 AM

Buses Update

Hamsey Parish Clerk Natalie Kinch has been doing a fantastic job of liaising with Compass and East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to push for a return of our local bus services. Increasingly over the past weeks we have heard from residents who have been left feeling stranded and forgotten without this essential link to friends and work. 
On Friday Natalie heard this positive news from the ESCC transport Department:
In terms of funding to support the re-start of bus services, the Department for Transport (DfT) has asked local authorities to submit costings by 19 June (Friday). They have done this but do not know when the DfT will announce their funding allocations, nor do they know how long the funding will be for. However, ESCC have been working with Compass Travel with the assumption that funding will be provided. They can therefore now say route 121 will re-start from Monday 29 June, running to timetable similar to the Saturday level of service. More details have just been made available on their website, which also includes important information on the use of face coverings by bus passengers. www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/public/buses/bus-service-changes/
Compass Travel will publish their full bus timetables applicable from 29 June on their website early next week.
13-05-2020 at 10:47 AM

Sunday train service restored at Cooksbridge after 55 years

Some great news from Cooksbridge Station Partnership!

This Sunday 17th May will see the restoration by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) of an hourly Sunday train service at Cooksbridge after an interval of 55 years. This will complete the restoration of a full 7 days per week train service at Cooksbridge which has long been an aspiration of our parish and a key objective of our Neighbourhood Plan. Sunday Up services will depart at 26 minutes past the hour and Down services will depart at 45 minutes past the hour. The timetable for Mondays to Saturdays is based on the new Saturday timetable, with Up services departing at 3 minutes past the hour and Down services departing at 21 minutes past the hour.

Trains will now be generally formed of eight cars and will be accommodated on the newly extended Up platform without blocking the A275 road and requiring the barriers to stay down. There will now be no attachment and detachment at Haywards Heath leading to some savings in journey time.

The introduction of this new train service at Cooksbridge is part of the phased introduction by GTR of the summer 2020 timetable due to the impacts of Covid-19. The rail industry is committed to providing a train service that supports key workers to be able to get to work.

The timetable is now available on the National Rail journey planner: https://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/service/planjourney/search

While the Government advice remains that anyone who can should continue to work entirely from home, there are people who will need to go to their place of work. The Government has published guidance for people who cannot work from home and must use public transport. This guidance can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer- travel-guidance-for-passengers

This is a temporary timetable designed to provide more space on board for key workers. As a result, and because of the impact of coronavirus, the rail industry will not introduce the full Summer timetable change on Sunday 17th May 2020 as originally planned, however it is the intention, that when it is the right time to introduce more train services, GTR will scale- up gradually into the full Summer 2020 timetable.

Cooksbridge Station Partnership robert.baughan@btinternet.com kfroude@btopenworld.com iginn@btinternet.com

12-05-2020 at 3:21 PM

May Meeting of Hamsey Parish Council

Following the introduction of The Coronavirus act 2020 under section 78,  Hamsey Parish Council will hold it's first virtual meeting on the 14th May 2020 at 6pm.

Members of the public may view the live stream of the meeting from 6pm on Thursday 14th May until the close of the meeting, by following this link: 


Users will be prompted to sign in to their gmail account. If the user does not hold their own Gmail account, they may sign in with the generic signin and password provided here:

Username: hamseyresident@gmail.com Password: Liveview1

The first 15 minutes of the meeting is set aside to answer questions from the public. Residents wishing to submit questions may email them to clerk@hamsey.net, no later than 6pm on Wednesday 13th May. 



01-05-2020 at 3:57 PM

New Councillor Vacancy, Beechwood Hall working group, Hamsey News

New Councillor Vacancy

Hamsey Parish Council has a vacancy for a new parish councillor. We would welcome applications from residents or business owners in all parts of Hamsey Parish, and particularly in Hamsey and Bevernbridge.

One of the strengths of Hamsey Parish Council is the harmonious working relationships we maintain, between councillors, parish clerk and our partners. Mutual respect for each other and for our business partners at LDC and ESCC pay dividends in what we manage to achieve. We hope to find someone to join the team who will add positively to this dynamic.

Time commitment may vary depending on designated role within the council, but councillors are expected to attend council meetings in the evening on or around 2nd Thursday, every 2 months. Between meetings councillors must be prepared to stay up to date with local and national changes which may affect our parish. They should be adept at communicating with relevant bodies and completing agreed actions. They must be able to communicate fairly and respectfully with people from all walks of life, some more reasonable than others.

Experience that may be of particular value at this time include:

  • Project Management
  • Fundraising/Grant Applications
  • Website Management
  • Finance
  • Charity sector, including work with food banks, dementia, disadvantaged groups, rural social care or another
  • Housing Trusts
  • Youth Work
  • Cycleways


This is not an exhaustive list; if you feel you have something you can contribute to the parish council, or if you would like to ask questions, please email clerk@hamsey.net or call Cllr.Tamsyn d'Arienzo on 07921 227623.


Beechwood Hall working group


If meetings are not your thing but you would like to be more involved in the community or the running of your village hall and park, perhaps consider that Beechwood Hall does need a working group. This will be a new group of volunteers who will help steer the upkeep and direction of activities and maintenance at Beechwood Hall. Ideas, gardening, handy person, tree care, sports leaders and events organisers are just some of the roles that could keep our village hall evolving to offer everyone the best experience. Please send your ideas, offers or expression of interest to clerk@hamsey.net


Hamsey News


Production of the Hamsey News Spring edition has been delayed but we hope to have a new edition on doorsteps in the early Summer. Until this time we will continue to share news as much as possible by Community Website updates. Please let all residents know that they can subscribe for email alerts by visiting http://hamsey.net/member-access/

01-05-2020 at 3:15 PM

Welcome Councillor Rachel Kelly

Introducing Councillor Rachel Kelly. From a Marketing and Partnerships background, Cllr. Kelly brings many useful skills and attributes to Hamsey Parish Council. 

News of Cllr. Kelly's co-election at the March 2020 Hamsey Parish Council meeting was rather lost in the unfolding of the coronavirus outbreak. Despite the recent challenges and changes to the way we work, Cllr. Kelly has made an excellent start on the council in her work liaising with residents and Highways to improve road safety outside Hamsey School and Chatfield Close. 




01-05-2020 at 3:03 PM

Network Rail improvement works at Cooksbridge – May 2020

Network Rail improvement works at Cooksbridge – May 2020


Herewith information on improvement works that Network Rail will be carrying out at Cooksbridge during May:


Platform Extension Works – 2nd May to 14th May 2020


Platform 1 at Cooksbridge station is being extended to accommodate 8 car trains which will become the norm from the introduction of the new summer GTR Southern timetable (when we will also see the return of our Sunday service after an absence of 36 years). The construction of this platform extension is great news for our community, allowing rail users to access the full length of most Up trains and also minimising the amount of time that the level crossing at Cooksbridge is closed and the resultant airborne pollution created by any idling road vehicles. 


The enabling works which commenced on 14th April are now complete in readiness for the main construction works for the platform extension to be undertaken this coming weekend, with the remaining works programmed as follows: 


  • Saturday 2nd May – Monday 4th May: Construction of the platform extension. This work will be carried out during a full possession of the line between 00.01 hours on Saturday 2nd May and 04.00 hours on Monday 4th May and will involve some heavy plant and machinery for piling and construction works.  


  • Monday 4th May – Thursday 14th May: Fitting of platform furniture. This work will be carried out from 00.00 hours to 04.00 hours each night during this period and should not necessitate the use of any heavy plant and machinery. It is also anticipated that this phase of the works may be completed earlier than scheduled depending on the rate of progress each night.


Re-Railing and Level Crossing Re-Surfacing – 9th May to 11th May 2020


During a full closure of Cooksbridge level crossing, Network Rail will be carrying out some necessary re-railing works and also completing the resurfacing of the north side of the level crossing (deferred from 18th/19th January), thereby making it safer and quieter for neighbouring residents with passing traffic creating less noise in future.   


The planned works will take place between 01.00 hours on Saturday 9th May and 04.00 hours on Monday 11th May and will involve a full closure of Cooksbridge level crossing throughout this period with associated road traffic diversions put in place. 


Given the significant impact of the late provision of road diversion signage during the previous level crossing closure of 18th/19th January, we have received assurances from Network Rail that appropriate contingency measures will be in place to prevent a recurrence. Furthermore, the special measures agreed before the previous level crossing closure on 18th /19th January, with advisory signs stating “not suitable for diversion” on the entrances to Wickham Lane and The Drove, and “not suitable for HGV’s” on the entrance to Beechwood Lane, will be implemented again on this occasion to minimise the use of our local lanes as unofficial diversions.


As usual, Hamsey Parish Council will be working closely with Network Rail to ensure that they minimise the environmental impact of these works in particular keeping noise to a minimum and avoiding litter, ground contamination, damage to verges, etc. 


Of course, during the current Covid-19 health emergency there is the possibility that these works may be postponed by Network Rail if necessary.


29-04-2020 at 1:01 PM

Bank Holiday Bin Collections

Please see below a link to a notice of the planned bank holiday waste collections.


Please note: If bins have not been collected on the scheduled day, we are advised to return them to our kerbsides for collection the following day. 




Best wishes,


Hamsey Parish Council

25-04-2020 at 5:04 PM

Rev. Derek Bastide

Sadly our much loved Reverend Derek Bastide passed away last Sunday after some years illness. Wife Judith tells us via Reverend Anne Dunlop that Derek passed peacefully in his nursing home and Judith was able to read Derek's prayer book with him.
Derek was a big part of our communities; church, school, villages, university. He was party to many of our most precious milestones, including weddings, baptisms and funerals, as well as countless other now traditional events including harvest festival and Hamsey Carols. Derek served for many years on the board of governors at Hamsey School and as a trustee to Beechwood Hall.
He was a gentle soul who will be lovingly remembered as a friend to many.  Below is a message from Judith Bastide.
'Enormous thanks from Dan, Helen and me to all of you who have so thoughtfully sent us assurance of your prayers and sympathy after Derek’s death last Sunday morning.  We have taken great comfort in this typically wonderful support from the parish and the memories of Derek you have shared.  We will be replying to everyone in due course.
Derek’s funeral service and burial will be in Hamsey churchyard next week to be followed by a Memorial Service  in Offham Church in late Summer/early Autumn when restrictions allow.'
09-04-2020 at 6:29 PM

Network Rail Improvement Works in Cooksbridge during April and May


Good Evening,


On behalf of Hamsey Parish Council, herewith some advanced info on improvement works that Network Rail will be carrying out at Cooksbridge in April and May………


Platform Extension Works – 13th April to 14th May 2020


Platform 1 at Cooksbridge station will be extended to accommodate 8 car trains which will become the norm from the introduction of the new GTR Southern timetable on Sunday 17th May (when we will also see the return of our Sunday service after an absence of 36 years). The construction of this platform extension is great news for our community, allowing rail users to access the full length of most Up trains and also minimising the amount of time that the level crossing at Cooksbridge is closed and the resultant airborne pollution created by any idling road vehicles.


The proposed works are split into three phases – establishing the site compound and enabling works, construction of the platform extension and fitting of platform furniture, with only the construction phase requiring a weekend possession of the line to complete.


  • Monday 13th April - Friday 24th April: Establish the site compound and enabling works. A compound will be established in the field adjacent to the platform extension works with access from Beechwood Lane. Works during this period will be during normal daytime working hours and should not involve noisy plant and machinery.


  • Saturday 2nd May – Monday 4th May: Construction of the platform extension. This work will be carried out during a full possession of the line between 00.01 hours on Saturday 2nd May and 04.00 hours on Monday 4th May and will involve some heavy plant and machinery for piling and construction works.  


  • Monday 4th May – Thursday 14th May: Fitting of platform furniture. This work will be carried out from 00.00 hours to 04.00 hours each night during this period and should not necessitate the use of any heavy plant and machinery. It is also anticipated that this phase of the works may be completed earlier than scheduled depending on the rate of progress each night.


Although Network Rail will do all they can to minimise the impact of these works, the piling and construction works to be undertaken during the weekend of Saturday 2nd May to Monday 4th May will involve the use of some noisy plant and machinery. Accordingly we have asked for a detailed breakdown of the specific times when these noisy activities are to be undertaken together with details of any mitigation measures that will be implemented. We have also requested clarification from Network Rail with respect to themeasures that will be put in place to control the safe access and egress of construction traffic to the site compound from Beechwood Lane.  


As usual, Hamsey Parish Council will be working closely with Network Rail to ensure that they minimise the environmental impact of these works in particular keeping noise to a minimum and avoiding litter, ground contamination, damage to verges, etc.


Also, Network Rail will be carrying out other improvement works during the weekend of 9th May to 11th May which will necessitate the closure of Cooksbridge level crossing – full details of these works will be published nearer the time.


I hope that this information is helpful and I will of course post any more details as soon as they are received.


Kind regards,


Cllr. Robert Baughan

06-04-2020 at 8:39 PM

The Drove will be closed for repairs on Thursday 9th April

06-04-2020 at 7:54 AM

Bins to be collected a day early

Don't forget to check the bank holiday waste collection schedule, with changes effective today


03-04-2020 at 3:10 PM

Lewes District Council Briefing 3. Notes from Cllr Linnington

LDC Briefing 3

Staff working in the office are social distancing. Many are working from home and these are making the calls to vulnerable council tenants to have a chat and check if need anything.

There has been a big increase in claims for housing benefit. Also a big increase in incoming phone calls - 1963 direct calls received last week of which 75% were answered within 60 seconds.

New software is being tested for the business grants applications. All eligible businesses have been identified and will be contacted with information on how to apply through the portal. Although this is taking some time to set up, the actual application process will be very simple and automated with the grants being transferred to bank accounts very quickly, within a few hours. Although LDC has advertised 17 April as being the start date, the portal should be ready next week. If businesses need urgent help in the meantime then contact Peter Sharp (peter.sharp@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk or phone 01273 085044).

3780 applications are being processed for council tax relief.  All debt collection activities have been stopped.

All waste collection services are still running well, apart from bulky waste. Protection of the crews is important. Grounds maintenance staff have now been trained to help with waste collection, if needed.

No reported increase in fly tipping since tips have been closed.

Only essential housing repairs are being carried out and work on empty properties.

The 7 rough sleepers are all in accommodation but 2 more now in Seaford. One has been accommodated but one is refusing temporary accommodation so is being helped by the outreach workers. The East Sussex Homeless Operations Group, which includes other local authorities, the police and the Ministry of Justice, is helping.  

Emergency food boxes for 1, 2 or 4 people have been prepared and some delivered to foodbanks in Newhaven and Lewes.

LDC is supporting the local voluntary sector and calling partners to understand any issues arising. It is important that those receiving the NHS letter (the shielded group) register with the phone number or website in the letter so they get support direct from government. Those who are self-isolating should try, where possible, to get supplies from friends and families. This leaves volunteers to focus on the most vulnerable and those without help networks.

If anyone is alone there is a dedicated COVID helpline (01273 099956, 8.30am to 5pm), with 10 staff manning it, which can link the person to volunteer groups. The numbers needing support could increase to large numbers so we need to save the local voluntary sector, as much as possible, to be able to deal with these.

A letter will be going to every house so people needing help will know who to contact. This will enable LDC to build up a list of those who are vulnerable and funnel support through the community groups working in each area.

Taxi firms could be used for deliveries. LDC has stopped all new applications for taxi drivers to protect the existing trade. Communications are through the main taxi firms but letters will be sent to individual drivers, if needed.

25-03-2020 at 6:11 PM

121, 122 Bus Service suspended

25-03-2020 at 12:47 AM

Important updates

Beechwood Hall and playground are closed until further notice. This includes adult exercise equipment. 

LDC household caste collections are expected to continue as scheduled. LDC asks that we please be patient and flexible in case of delays. 

The Rainbow Inn have closed their doors but The Blacksmiths Arms continue to offer excellent takeaway options. Leaflet below.



Springles Farms  are now working on a plan to supply organic eggs in bigger volumes so one person can collect & supply for their neighbours friends & family in our community.

Please go on springlesfarm.co.uk and email us so they can continue to support our local community and vice versa.



You should now have received a leaflet through your door with the contact number to call should you need some support in coming weeks.



We have many volunteers happy to help so please don't hesitate to call for practical help, supplies or to chat. We have volunteers in the same boat who have time to talk right now and many people will be able to call you back at no cost.


Another practised listener is our new parish priest, the very popular Rev. Anne Dunlop. 

Reverend Anne Dunlop
Priest in Charge Parish of Hamsey
Parish office: 01273 474356
Online Communication: 
Several WhatApp users have connected in groups across our parish on their mobile telephones. 
Offham, Hamsey, Cooksbridge Central, Chatfield Close, Chandlers Mead and Old Cooksbridge all have groups so they can stay in touch. If you are not part of a WhatsApp group but would like to be added, please text your name and street name to 07921 227623. 
Facebook members can stay in contact on the Hamsey Community group and also Hamsey Covid-19 Responders page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/255002588847712/

Martin and Sally of Bevernbridge Residents Association are kindly keeping us connected with the north of  our parish.
There are undoubtedly difficult times ahead but many residents are taking heart at the way that our community is pulling together in a way that it hasn't done in many years. There is a real sense of resilience from all generations.  
We must thank our local NHS staff and key workers who are working tirelessly behind the scenes, often at great cost to their own wellbeing and the comfort of their families for the safety of ours.
Wishing you and your loved ones wellness  fortitude in the times ahead. 
Hamsey Parish Council 
18-03-2020 at 1:42 PM

Community support leaflet attached

Leaflets are due to arrive tomorrow for delivery to every household in our parish. In an effort to combat hardship or complete isolation during the coming weeks, volunteers from all corners of the parish will be working together to check in on neighbours. Anyone in need of support can call the hall booking number  07513115194 and a local, trusted resident will be dispatched to assist. In line with government guidance, physical contact will be avoided and items (except for dogs!) will be placed on doorsteps.

Best wishes,

Hamsey Parish Council


18-03-2020 at 1:07 PM

Beechwood Hall working from home alternative for residents

Whilst classes are cancelled during the Covid-19 outbreak, trustees are making Beechwood Hall in Cooksbridge available to a small number of residents from our parish who would otherwise struggle to work from home.

Young children or space can add pressure when we are forced to work from home in these unprecedented times, so 6 desks will be placed at least 2m apart in our village hall to help relieve workers pressures at home.

Beechwood Hall has WiFi, bike railings, a car park, beautiful outside grounds and a modern kitchen for preparing hot drinks. Desks will be set up ready.

Beechwood Hall is undergoing deep cleaning and regular sanitising. We will require hall users to undertake certain precautions, including regular handwashing, bringing own mugs and utensils (for drinks only, no food prep at this time) and cleaning down of own workstation before leaving. Follow the latest government advice https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-res…

Bookings are subject to resident status and will be charged at a nominal rate of £1 per hour per desk. Bookings should be made in advance. Flexible hours are available- day and evening to work around home life.

Availability and bookings should be made by calling or texting:07513 115194

13-03-2020 at 11:47 PM

COVID-19 Coronavirus Notice

Dear Residents,

In these uncertain times we would like to reach out and assure you about the measures being taken at Beechwood Hall by sharing with you the steps Beechwood Hall Trustees are taking to help minimise the spread of COVID-19.

We are continuing to follow and monitor official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England carefully. It is of vital importance for us to be in a position to ensure that any and all procedures are in place to support the health and well-being of our community.

To help combat the spread of COVID-19, we have been putting precautionary safety measures in place, including:
  • Undertaking additional deep cleaning of high contact points including handles, doors,  sinks and work surfaces early every morning. 
  • Supply of anti-bacterial cleaning products for use by hall hirers and volunteers at regular intervals.
  • Providing antibacterial wipes by doorways 
  • Displaying posters reminding people to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly 
  • Working with local health authorities including those advising village halls.
In line with government guidance, Beechwood Hall is continuing to operate as usual. We will continue to keep in touch with you and follow official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England carefully. 


At the time of publishing this notice there are no confirmed cases of COVID- 19 in East Sussex. 

For the latest government guidance and figures, visit:



For health advice, visit:



Please make contact with older and more vulnerable neighbours to check on their well being. If you have any concerns about the welfare of another person, or if you are yourself feeling isolated or in need of support, please reach out to the relevant support services or contact tamsynhamseypc@gmail.com 07921 227623.


On behalf of

Hamsey Parish Council

23-03-2020 at 2:08 PM

Council vacancy




09-04-2020 at 5:54 PM

Lewes District Council Latest information