Hamsey parish council has a vacncy for a community minded resident to join the team. Meetings are held every two months at Beechwood Hall with some planning, finance or extra meetings on occasion.
If you find yourself saying 'why doesn't someone do something about...' then now is your chance to make sure things happen.
Join the parish council and speak up for your community.
Contact the clerk: email@example.com
The British Red Cross provides a wide range of services throughout Southern England.
In Sussex they can provide short-term loans of mobility aids to people in need, including wheelchairs, commodes, walking sticks and frames.
You can ether collect equipment or, in some cases, have it delivered for a small fee. They also stock new and reconditioned items for sale.
They offer support to people affected by crisis by providing transport for medical appointments and essential daily needs.(Please note, there is a cost for this service, based on mileage used).
The British Red Cross provide short-term practical and emotional support at home to help people regain their independence.
Throughout Kent and Sussex, youth befriending is a peer support programme that matches a young person in need of support with a trained befriender of about the same age.
General enquiries about the work of the British Red Cross should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
October 5th saw a busy day at Beechwood Hall with 94 Parish residents attending to get an update on the progress made by the steering group, to learn more about the neighbourhood planning process, to have their questions answered and give their input on the things they would like to see in the plan.
The hall looked great with a lot of interesting history and information about where we live.
A presentation from each of the theme leaders (summarised below) was given, followed by the opportunity to visit each stand where many questionnaires were completed and views given on core issues - such as where new housing should go and the preferred density of any building.
Saf Bruce-Quay and Kate McBrown got a great response from people being interviewed for their thoughts about the core values underpinning the plan: Health & Wellbeing, Sustainability & Environment.
The day was also supported by Susie Mullins and Tal Kleiman from Lewes DC and Faustina Bayo from Action In Rural Sussex. Thank you to all who attended and completed questionnaires - your input was greatly appreciated and gives us a great start in gathering evidence of what residents want for the future of our parish.
Housing and Accomodation -
Residents were invited to visit two tables with large maps of the parish and given the opportunity to indicate what they would prefer with the following results:
30 new dwellings 14 (38%)
50 new dwellings 19 (51%)
60 new dwellings 4 (11%)
30 dwellings per hectare 16 (42%)
40 dwellings per hectare 21 (55%)
50+ dwellings per hectare 1 (3%)
Housing types - affordable/market:
20/80 aff./market split 7 (20%)
40/60 aff./market split 15 (43%)
50/50 aff./market split 13 (37%)
The Lewes District Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) identified three sites for possible building. Residents views were: Wooded site off Beechwood Lane
Considered a poor site 19 Considered a good site 20
Open field between Beechwood Lane and Cooksbridge station
Considered a poor site 8 Considered a good site 34
Considered a poor site 20 Considered a good site 27
Other sites identified by residents:
Old Hamsey Brickworks
Land immediately North West of Cooksbridge
Lower Hamsey Lane
Field behind Chandlers Mead
End of Myrtle Cottage on the A275 in Cooksbridge
Social, Recreation & Sports -
Need for a footpath from the A275 to Beechwood Hall?
Agree-43(76%) Disagree-13 (23%)
Should Beechwood Hall be more available to parish residents?
Agree-35 (62%) Disagree-10 (18%)
Should additional use be made of the rural park?
Agree-46 (81%) Disagree 9 (16%)
The top 3 things residents stated that they would like to see are:
Tennis court 10
Skate park 8
Education- Helen Smith
All respondents agreed that the village school is an essential part of our community and all of those with school-age children sent them there.
Nine respondents felt the temporary classrooms should be replaced by permanent buildings, while one thought the quality of the experience mattered more than the building.
Three respondents wanted to see improved parking facilities.
With more building expected in the parish, there may be the need for a new and environmentally-friendly school, fit for education in the 21st century. All respondents favoured this, while three were keen that any relocation should be close to Beechwood Hall.
Two respondents wanted to see better facilities for indoor sports at the school and easier access to woods and the South Downs.
Travel - Ian Ginn
43 people filled in a questionnaire, of whom:
35 would use a cycle lane into Lewes
22 use the number 121 bus
15 wanted a bus service from Cooksbridge to Haywards Heath
8 wanted a bus service to Uckfield
40 would use a more frequent train service
Most popular destinations for more services are:
33 Haywards Heath
36 would walk as far as Lewes on a purpose-built walking/cycleway
Health and Well Being -
“What’s it like living in Hamsey parish? Residents say it’s time for a change”
81 residents took part in a detailed interview survey covering a wide variety of topics.
90% of residents say they go to Lewes using their own car for shopping, going to the doctors or posting a parcel.
A majority of residents know that we have to build a minimum of 30 new homes by 2030 and felt that the community should decide on these issues
What do you like most about living in your village?
The question was met with huge enthusiasm and our specially trained resident interviewers found themselves deep in glowing anecdotes and joy as people enthused about living here. “Everything” said one woman
LLOYDS BANK COMMUNITY FUND AWARD 2013
The MONDAY GROUP are local volunteers who keep the path around the parish clear, mend and replace broken stiles, gates and bridges.
The MONDAY GROUP is one of four nominees for the Lewes District Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award. Voting started on Monday 23rd September and will close on Friday 1st November 2013. Any member of the public, not just Lloyds Bank customers, are eligible to vote.
The two Community Groups that receive the most votes will be awarded £3000 each and the runners-up will get £300 each. Naturally we believe that the Monday Group is a very deserving cause and £3000 would keep us going for the best part of a year.
Would you please take time between now and 1st November to vote for the MONDAY GROUP in one of three ways (or indeed all three):
Visit a branch of Lloyds Bank in Cliffe Lewes, Hassocks or Seaford and ask for a voting token at the desk. Place the voting token carefully through the slot below the MONDAY GROUP profile in the perspex carousel. You can do this every time you pass the bank branch.
Vote on-line by using this link (put the cursor on the line below then press ctrl and left click your mouse)
Enter Monday Group in the search box and then click on vote.
Send a text message from your mobile ‘phone by dialling 61119 and keying the letters
VOTE LWHC (note the space). The system will only allow one vote from each telephone number so please encourage anyone with a mobile ‘phone to do the same.
Please collar all of your friends and acquaintances and insist that they make the effort to cast a vote for the Monday Group. If you use any of the social media such as Twitter or Facebook please pass the message on and ask the recipients to re-Tweet so that we get as many votes as possible – every vote will count as we have strong competition for the award. Here is an example Tweet:
Monday Group is up for a Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award. Vote for us text VOTE LWHC to 61119