News & Events 



It's been quite wonderful and heart-warming to see that so many Shipley residents want to volunteer their time and services to help out the vulnerable at this time of great uncertainty.

Many of you have contacted the parish council to ask how to volunteer. Horsham District Council has now stepped up and redeployed staff to man a central service to manage requests to volunteer. The link below advises how to register. It also has a facility to register those people who might be vulnerable and need help.

I understand that Horsham will also coordinate with local organisations and plan to set up distributed 'hubs' throughout the District. This, of course, is in addition to the many local volunteers who have just got on with it and are helping our residents.

So......good news as many residents have asked to volunteer their assistance to those most in need and we now have a concerted, joined-up approach to allow that to happen quickly.


COVID-19 - All parish council face-to-face meetings are CANCELLED until further notice.

Following HM Government advice, Shipley Parish Council will cancel all face-to-face meetings with immediate effect and until further notice. This includes the parish annual meeting scheduled for 2nd April and all future Council sub-committee and full council meetings. Please check our website for further updates. 

We will review how our responsibilities for openness and transparency can operate under the existing conditions and will publish updates as necessary. 


The Shipley Neighbourhood Plan has reached the final consultation stage (Regulation 16) before external examination followed by a community referendum. Details can be found at the link below.The consultation closes on 20th April 2020.

 The documents are listed below and copies can be accessed by the link above.


  • Submission version of the plan
  • Consultation statement
  • Basic conditions statement
  • Design Statement appendix
  • Comment form



 An application has been made to register land known as Rascals Wood as a town or village green. The notice is attached here.


A couple of dates at Shipley school for parish diary:

Friday 1st May - VE Day Celebration Street party - 3.05pm - 4.30pm
All parishioners welcome
Sunday 12th July - Wild West Funday - 12-2pm - Everyone Welcome. Open to the general public.


Shipley Parish Council has joined Nuthurst and West Grinstead Parish Council in objecting to the proposed Wealdcross Development. Our response is listed here.


For the latest walks, please see the Sports and Recreation pages.


 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).



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. 



As part of our ongoing commitment to promote a safe environment for road users and pedestrians within the area, in January 2017 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


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).