News & Events 

Neighbourhood Plan Update - November 2017

Following the recent Community Survey, the Shipley Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are hosting two local community events. All parishioners are invited to come along.

  • Thursday 23rd November 2017 – Coolham Village Hall from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Saturday 25th November 2017 – the Andrew Hall, Shipley from 10:30am to 12:30pm

The results from the Survey will be available for you to review and comment on. The draft Visions and Objectives for our Plan will also be explained. This is a chance to see the progress made so far and review what we need to do next for our Neighbourhood Plan. It would be great to see you at either (or both!!) events.

Refreshments will be available and there will be children’s activities.



St Catherine's Hospice is heating up Crawley town centre with a brand new Firewalk! Now, the local hospice is calling on brave soles to come forward and face the flames to raise funds for local terminally ill people and their family and friends.

Poster here and details here 



Please see the notice here from the Horsham District Dementia Alliance.


Shipley Parish Council has just been advised of a third defibrillator that has been installed in the Parish.

The new defibrillator is at William Penn School, Coolham. Ibstock Building Products have donated this to the school in order to further support the local community. This unit is available to the public during school hours only.

The other defibrillators are located outside Coolham Village Hall and at the Shipley Community Project (Shipley Football Club, Dragons End, RH13 8GD).



A reminder to please complete your Community Survey - they're due back on 11th July 2017. Most of the Community Surveys have now been distributed but it is available to download from our website here  or please call the Parish Clerk on 07481 803124 who will send you a copy.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group would also like to recruit new members to join and help us  to shape the future of this historic and rural Parish. Please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.

 Many thanks 



The Parish Council is delighted to report that the new play equipment at Coolham playing field has now been installed and is ready for use. The new equipment includes a basketball court, climbing frame, a basket swing and two swings.  



It is a statutory responsibility of the Parish Council to make arrangements for the exercise of public rights by publishing a Notice of Public Rights & Publication of Unaudited Annual Return.The Inspection period will last for a least 30 days from 5th June 2017 to 14th July 2017. A copy of the Notice is here. A copy of the internal audit report is here

Sections 1 and 2 of the unaudited accounts are here 

I declare that the status of the statement of accounts is unaudited

 Paul Richards, Clerk, 5th June 2017 



Shipley Parish Council’s primary objective is to work in the interest of the residents of the parish and protect the identity and character of the parish for the enjoyment of parishioners, visitors and future generations. The Council is made up of a team of eleven committed volunteers who work in partnership with local organisations and County and District Councils to preserve the essence of the area. The Parish comprises of the villages of Shipley and Coolham and the hamlets of Brooks Green and Dragons Green.

• Could you contribute your business or personal skills and expertise?

• Do you want to represent the views of local people?

• If you would like to make a difference and help shape the future of Shipley Parish, then why not consider joining the Council?

If you would like to apply for the vacancy, please email the Parish Clerk at for an application form and eligibility criteria.


As part of our ongoing commitment to promote a safe environment for road users and pedestrians within the area, in January of this year Shipley Parish Council commissioned a traffic survey adjacent to the Coolham crossroads. Enlisting the services of a specialist company, results were obtained using traffic monitoring devices placed across the road. These were all within the 30 mph zone. The data provided detailed reports of traffic flow, direction of travel, speed of travel and class of vehicle on an hourly basis over a 7 day period.

There is a comprehensive set of data but the analysis shows a worrying high level of excess vehicle speed. The survey took place well inside the 30 mile per hour (mph) speed limit and one vehicle was recorded to be at a speed between 71 mph and 101 mph adjacent to the school during school hours. A summary of the data is listed here.

The Parish Council have written to Sussex Police and West Sussex County Council to ensure suitable enforcement of the speed limit is put in place



The latest police campaign to get more people to report crime, suspicious and anti-social behaviour is listed here. 

Police and Crime Commissioner -  click HERE  for Sussex PCC article on elder exploitation

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 Link to the Sussex PCC is


Coolham Pavilion Restoration - Completed

Jamie Coad, Parish Council Chairman, Darren Rolfe WSCC and a team of 6 WSCC volunteers have completed the rebuilding and restoration of Coolham Pavilion.  The work took over 900 hours in voluntary man power and was finished on 1st July.  Well done to the team who have worked so hard for the Parish.  You can view the project in photos here (this is a 15MB pdf so may take a while to open).