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 Shipley Village Fete 

Come and Enjoy a Day Out with Friends and Family

Monday May 28—the Second May Bank Holiday of 2018

What better way to start Summer in Sussex than a traditional English fete and the idyllic village of Shipley will welcome visitors from all over the county and beyond – to theirs on the second May Bank Holiday - Monday 28th May. The village – one of the county’s gems, lies a few miles south of Horsham and will feature prominently in the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 for its literary, historic and musical history.

Please see press release here and poster here 


At the last meeting of the Parish Council, the Chairman (Jamie Coad) announced that he was stepping down from the Council. The acting Chairman thanked him for his service and commitment to the community. 

A formal notice has been received stating a by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if within 14 days (not counting a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, or a Bank Holiday) from the date below (ie by 6 June 2018) ten electors for the parish give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Proper Officer.The Proper Officer for the purpose of Electoral matters is The Returning Officer.

The Address of the Returning Officer is Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RL

If no such notice is given, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option and persons interested should notify the Clerk to the Parish Council. The Notice is attached 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.  



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).