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Welcome to the website of Shipley Parish Council.

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 Council strives to ensure that its priorities and work reflect the wishes of residents. The Clerk or Councillors may be contacted if you have ideas, concerns or any issues that we may be able to help with.

Shipley church is open to visitors every day of the year during daylight hours and is situated within the Shipley Conservation Area.  From the church there leads a network of footpaths and bridleways, all of which are well used and have many points of historical interest along their ways.  Some are old drove roads linking pasturelands and farms on the South Downs with the market towns inland such as Horsham.  The writer, historian and poet Hilaire Belloc lived at Kingsland in the centre of Shipley village and also owned the windmill alongside it, which was affectionately known as “Mrs Shipley” – you might recognise it as the smock mill was used in the TV series Jonathan Creek.

There are ample refreshments available in Shipley Parish – three excellent public houses open every day: The Countryman Inn in the hamlet of Whitehall, to the south of the village centre, The George and Dragon in Dragons Green, to the north and The Selsey Arms along the A272 at Coolham.  So after your long walk around the footpaths and woodlands you don’t have to go far to quench that thirst!