News & Events 


‘Are you wondering just what is going on in Parliament at the moment? What is really going on with Brexit? Funding for Care? Local Transport? Cuts to local authorities and services?

The Horsham District Older Peoples Forum is pleased to announce that it will be hosting (courtesy of and supported by Horsham District Council) their highly popular, well attended and successful ‘MP Question Time’ event on the 16th November (the previous date of 2nd March 18 had to be rescheduled due to the snow). The Horsham District Older Peoples Forum originally started this event in 2016 with Jeremy Quin MP and as it proved to be so informative, candid, interesting and enjoyable it is being repeated again. 

The HDOPF ‘MP Question Time’ free to attend meeting gives older people aged 60+ living in the Horsham District or those that care for someone who is, or those that are involved with or care about the issues faced by older people,including local councillors the genuine opportunity of meeting a local MP, putting questions, raising issues and listening to the MP’s views. 'Getting it from the horse’s mouth' and 'face to face' rather than from the news. 

The event is free to attend and will be held 10.30am - 1pm on Friday 16th November 2018 at the Council Offices, ground floor, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham with Jeremy Quin, MP for Horsham. 10.15am for tea/coffee. 

The meeting is open to anyone aged 60+ living in the HDC area or who cares for someone who is as well as anyone who is involved with the challenges faced by older people in the Horsham District including local, district and county councillors. 


If you would like to attend, the Forum would just ask that you book your place (for catering and as space may have to be limited) via email to:  


If you have a question that you would like to ask Jeremy Quin MP, (even if you can’t attend the meeting), email that to the Forum well before the event please, so that a fair range of questions can be put plus, if research is needed, Mr Quin will have the answer on the day.’


Martin Bruton
07840 966124


Following the recent resignations of two Parish Councillors, the Parish Council voted to co-opt two new Members at their meeting on 25th June 2018. 

Harry Woodage and Anthony Burrell were co-opted as Parish Councillors for Shipley Parish and join the other 9 Members of the Council.

The new Chair of the Parish Council, Cllr Nicky Wiltshire, welcomed them both to the Parish Council. 



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



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).