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Hamsey Community Website

for the parish of Offham, Hamsey and Cooksbridge



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(published by: Hamsey Parish Council)




Meet at Hamsey School in Cooksbridge at 09.30

Litter pick from 10.00 to 12.00

All equipment provided

Come and help keep your Parish clean and tidy

All welcome!

To volunteer:

Contact the Parish Clerk on 01273 890621 /


Just turn up on the day!

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What's on at the Chailey Childrens Centre

(published by: website administrator)


Pop In & Play (0-5s)

Chailey CC

(Term time only)

Tuesdays 10:00am- 11:30am

Grandparent’s Group

Chailey CC

(Weekly. Term time only) Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am

Child Health Clinic

Chailey CC

(1st Friday of every month)

10:00am – 11:30am

Just Play

Chailey CC

Fridays 9:30am - 11:30am

(Drop in. Term time only

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Threat to our bus services?

(published by: Hamsey Parish Council)


Nowhere to go" – Phoenix Businesses 83 businesses, dozens of workshops, 450 jobs

You may be aware that if the Santon/LDC plan is accepted, dozens of small businesses, workshops, social and youth enterprises will be homeless this winter when their workspace on the Phoenix Estate is bulldozed.

It is now apparent that the larger local businesses on North Street are also facing closure.

Among them, Compass Travel - which provides half a million rural bus trips per year from its Phoenix depot - the North Street Garage, Furniture Now, The Dance Academy and Back to the Grain have all spoken out saying they cannot afford the five-fold rent increases or exorbitant land prices at the ‘relocation’ site – the yet-to-be-built Malling Brooks Industrial Park, also owned by Santon.

Chris Chatfield of Compass Travel says: “Over the past two years, we have approached Santon and their agents to discuss this situation but they have not come back to us. If Malling Brooks is the only alternative available to us, we would be forced to close our East Sussex routes, with the potential loss of up to 35 jobs plus, of course, the huge impact the withdrawal of our services will have on rural communities."

Dave Ryan of North Street Garage says: "We have come to a complete full stop in our discussions with Santon. The space they are offering is much smaller, five times the price and has bad access. We simply can't afford to move there and the future of the garage is now seriously at risk."

It is quite clear that in addition to pursuing our alternative plans for the Phoenix to house many of the smaller businesses in the renovated Ironworks buildings and provide genuinely affordable homes, we must also fight for affordable premises for the larger Lewes businesses we are in imminent danger of losing.

Do you want to help? Then tell everyone what is happening and spread the word about Lewes Phoenix Rising.

Write to: the press:, your councillor: (insertname), the planning authority: South Downs National Park and your MP


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The Mobile Library service

(published by: Hamsey Parish Council)


The Mobile Library service will visit Little Mead in Cooksbridge between 10.35am and 11.05am on the following dates:

July 17th, August 7th and 28th, September 18th, October 9th and 30th, November 20th and December 11th 2015.


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(published by: Hamsey Parish Council)


This summer there have been some technical issues at Hamsey Level Crossing which have resulted on occasions in the lights flashing intermittently or the barriers remaining in the down position for a prolonged period of time. These incidents have been attended to by Network Rail, thoroughly investigated and rectified with no danger posed to road users obeying the warning lights and barriers.

However, during at least one of these incidents some frustrated motorists have lost patience and driven across, weaving around the barriers. This is illegal, irresponsible and totally unacceptable behaviour. Even if someone is acting as a "lookout" on the track, there is simply not enough time to cross safely. As well as risking their own life, such drivers are also putting at risk the safety of all the passengers on a train. If you encounter a problem at Hamsey Level Crossing, you should report it using the emergency telephone at the crossing and follow the instructions given. In no circumstances should you take risks with the safety of yourself and others.

The issue of misuse by road users at Hamsey Level Crossing has been escalated within Network Rail by the Parish Council and we are working with them to make a case for potential additional measures to reduce the risk arising from misuse. If anyone witnesses misuse of Hamsey Level Crossing, please provide full details to Parish Councillor Robert Baughan ( / 07725 957202) in order that they can be collated and passed on to the relevant rail authorities for action.


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