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West Sussex residents asked to take part in major health survey

News release

14 February 2024

West Sussex residents asked to take part in major health survey

West Sussex County Council is encouraging people to take part in an important survey about health and wellbeing in West Sussex.

The results of the survey, carried out in partnership with Qa Research, will help the county council plan services and take action to support the health and wellbeing of its residents.

A postal survey was sent out to a number of West Sussex residents at the end of January, asking questions about their lifestyle and health. The survey is now open to all West Sussex residents who can complete it online between 14 February until 8 March. The survey is voluntary and anonymous and should only take about 15 minutes to complete.

Everyone who completes the survey will be eligible to enter a free prize draw, with the chance to win one of three cash prizes (£750, £150 and £100).

Cllr Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Many things have changed following the Covid-19 pandemic, and we need up to date information to help plan services and take action to support the health and wellbeing of our residents in the future. We would urge everyone to go online and complete the survey if they have not already received a postal survey.”

For more information and to take the survey visit:

Your Health Matters – West Sussex Community Health and Wellbeing Survey 2024 | Your Voice West Sussex

West Sussex residents asked to take part in major health survey2024-02-18T16:20:02+00:00

Midhurst Community Hub seeks new listening volunteers

We’ve been asked by the Midhurst Community Hub to share the following information:

“IN TOUCH”   February 2023

The top issue discussed at the Midhurst Community Forums in May and November last year was loneliness and isolation. Connecting to people is one of the “Five Steps to Wellbeing” recommended by MIND as we all want to feel valued for who we are.

So (Keeping) “In Touch” is being set up as a telephone buddying service, whereby volunteer callers undertake to make 3 phone calls a week to people who would welcome a friendly chat.

We are now recruiting volunteer callers and would particularly welcome those in the rural parishes around Midhurst (e.g. Stedham, Rogate, Harting, Milland, Fernhurst )

There has to be some necessary admin around this to protect both the caller and the recipient of the call. So  volunteer callers are asked:

  • to complete this simple application form now
  • to sign a confidentiality form (to avoid gossiping)
  • to agree to being DBSd (safeguarding both caller and called)
  • to attend a briefing session (about Do’s and don’ts)
  • to committing to make 3 phone calls a week

We will then link volunteer callers to those wishing to hear a friendly voice each week. The calls can of course be made from home.

This is a lovely opportunity for those who may themselves not be able to get out much to make the calls ,and thereby to provide a valuable service to others. We hope to start “In Touch” calls in early April.

And thank you!

Mike Abbott, Secretary to Hub Trustees




In Touch Volunteer Caller Application Form – please fill out by visiting the link below:

Midhurst Community Hub In Touch Volunteers Leaflet






Telephone number:


Please tell us something about yourself and your interests in the box below so we can roughly match you to the person called.(Continue overleaf if needed).



Please return this form asap

by email: admin@midhurstcommunityhub.co.uk

by post: Midhurst Community Hub, St Ann’s Hall, St Anne’s Hill, Midhurst, GU29 9NN

Next step? We will then contact you – by phone!

Any questions? Phone Mike Abbott at the Hub on 01730-770403

Confidentiality: Your details will be stored on our database solely for this purpose. You can request their removal at any time in accordance with our Data protection (GDPR) policy.


Midhurst Community Hub In Touch Volunteers Leaflet

Midhurst Community Hub seeks new listening volunteers2024-02-12T16:18:09+00:00

Changes when you visit Midhurst Recycling Centre

From today, 12th February 2024 everyone will be required to book a slot in order to enter the Recycling Centre in Midhurst. This is a system currently used in other centres around West Sussex and from the this date will be rolled to all Centres in the County.

You can find out more here:

Recycling Centres – West Sussex County Council

The following points have been taken from the WSCC website:

Booking an appointment

  • Appointments are available at least 14 days in advance.
  • Same day appointments are available at all sites in the booking scheme.
  • There are a limited number of appointments per day, booked on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
  • Demand for appointments is likely to be high over certain periods so please cancel unrequired appointments to free up space for other visitors.
  • You need to provide the registration number of the vehicle you will be attending the centre in. If you are hiring a vehicle and this is unknown, you will be asked to show the hire paperwork at the centre.
  • You cannot change the registration number, so ensure this is entered correctly. If you need to change it, you will have to cancel and rebook the appointment.
  • You need to provide your email address so we can send you confirmation of your booking.
  • You need to have checked the vehicle restrictions at your chosen site.

What to do when you arrive

  • Please be patient if there is a queue.
  • Follow instructions from staff to ensure safe use of the centre.

Entry to the centre

You do not need to be at the centre at the exact start time of your appointment – you can arrive at any time within your allotted slot.

Appointments are 15 minutes long for Bognor Regis, Midhurst and Shoreham-By-Sea, or 30 minutes at all other centres. See your confirmation email for more information.

There may be circumstances where refusal of entry to a centre will occur. Staff will turn you away if you:

  • do not have a booking – staff check your vehicle registration number to verify that you have an appointment
  • do not have proof of address when you attend
  • are too early for your appointment – staff may ask you to re-join the queue or return at your appointment time
  • are late for your appointment
  • do not have confirmation of the booking reference number (for on-the-day bookings only), either displayed on a smartphone, a printed copy or, for appointments made by phone, written
  • are abusive, as antisocial behaviour is not tolerated.

Book an appointment(external link)

Changes when you visit Midhurst Recycling Centre2024-02-12T15:59:04+00:00

Book-a-Bus service expands..

Following the success of the “Book-a-Bus” service in rural areas around
Petworth and Chichester, the service has now expanded with the
introduction of the “96 Flex” zone serving those in the northwest area of
Chichester up to Midhurst.

“Book-a-Bus” is a demand-responsive transport system for those living or
working in the county’s rural areas with limited or no traditional bus
service. The “96 Flex” has no fixed timetable or route, instead operating
on the bookings it receives via the Ride Pingo app or via the call centre.
The ”’96 Flex’ Book-a-Bus” service travels around rural areas in north west Chichester
including Lavant, South Harting, West Marden, and Singleton.
Plans for further expansion to areas such as Westbourne, Stanstead Park,
West Ashling, Rogate, Nyewood, Little Torberry, Woodmancote, and
Forestside are expected later this spring.

“Book-a-Bus” is part of the West Sussex County Council’s Bus Service
Improvement Plan, funded by Central Government, that aims to make it
easier and more attractive for residents and visitors to travel by bus. To
celebrate the expansion, residents travelling via any of the “Book-a-Bus”
services can travel for free during the whole month of February.
Councillor Joy Dennis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said:
“I am proud to share that ‘Book-a-Bus’ has had over 2,000 passengers
carried since its launch. The flexibility this service provides helps keep our
residents in rural areas connected with their communities and provide
continued access to any essential and leisure services they may need.
“I encourage anyone who hasn’t done so yet to give it a try.
“Ensuring that we help our residents keep connected is at the heart of our
strategic priorities as a council, so continually improving our transport
network with better bus services is very important as it helps us maintain
a sustainable and prosperous economy for all those in West Sussex.”

Roads Minister Guy Opperman said: “Local people deserve a modern,
reliable, and affordable public transport system. I’m delighted to have
worked alongside the local council and Gillian Keegan MP to give West
Sussex over £19 million to boost its bus services.
“This is a fantastic result for passengers north west of Chichester and in
Midhurst, who will enjoy this extended on-demand bus service to get
around Petworth and Chichester more easily and with greater flexibility.”

Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer for Community Transport Sussex
(CTS), the company providing the service for the county council, said:
“We have seen how the local community values this flexible transport
service and are very excited to expand the service to more passengers.
“As a charity transport provider, we see first-hand how vital it is for those
in rural areas to keep connected with their communities.”

To “Book-a-Bus” or plan your journey, download the Ride Pingo app or
contact our call centre at 01243 858854. Anyone can use the service
anytime between 7.00am to 7.00pm, Monday through Saturday.
Passengers travelling in groups can request up to 5 seats per booking,
subject to availability.

For more information on the “Book-a-Bus” service, how and when to book
and the different locations it covers, visit:

Book-a-Bus service expands..2024-02-01T16:27:46+00:00

Dredging at South Pond

The following has been received from CDC, should you see works taking place at South Pond in the coming weeks…

Date of Release:  31 January 2024                                                                   Ref: 4323

Dredging to take place at Midhurst’s South Pond

Routine dredging will be taking place at South Pond in Midhurst in early February.

The work, carried out by Chichester District Council’s contractor will run from 5 to 9 February 2024. The work is carried out at regular intervals to remove sediment that is naturally washed down stream into the pond.

The work will help to prevent flooding and ensure the continued flow of water to the outlet.

This work is necessary in order to help prevent flooding, and the district council undertake it at this time of year to avoid the bird nesting season.

Parts of the pondside will be closed for the duration of the works to enable the council’s contractor to work safely.

Sediment will be dredged from a central channel through the pond and placed among the reed beds and on the bankside in the north-east corner.  This is normal practice and means the job can be completed with minimum disruption.

People with questions about the work are asked to email parks@chichester.gov.uk


For further information, please contact Clare Hawkin, Senior Communications Officer on 01243 534537 or by emailing chawkin@chichester.gov.uk


Dredging at South Pond2024-02-01T16:17:48+00:00

Brand new Defibrillator outside the Village Shop

We’re delighted to say that there is now another Defibrillator installed in the village, the 4th lifesaving piece of equipment that we have throughout our community.

This one was made possible by a generous donation from a resident and Parish Councillor, David Pack, in memory of his mother Elsie, who died last year aged 97 having lived in the village for 73 years.

St Mary’s Church and the Parish Council also contributed to the overall cost and Cowdray Estate generously donated the installation.

Brand new Defibrillator outside the Village Shop2024-01-25T18:19:01+00:00

Minor damage to the Loo means short closure

Update 24th Jan – the damage caused to the loo door is more significant that originally thought and due to ongoing windy weather forecast for Thursday and into Friday, we have taken the decision to keep both loos closed until Saturday 27th Jan. As well as scheduling the repair, we are also looking at how the doors can be strengthened. We apologise for any inconvenience.

During the very windy weather the Eco-loo has suffered some damage to the door. With the forecasted high winds again in the next 24/36 hours, and whilst the door is repaired, the loo will be closed. We expect things to be open again during Wednesday. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Minor damage to the Loo means short closure2024-01-24T17:51:31+00:00

New Year, New Challenge?

Are you looking for a new challenge for the New Year?

If you’ve lived in our Parish for more than 12 months, have a keen interest in what happens within our community, have some spare time and want to get involved, then we could be looking for you!

The Parish Council currently have 3 vacancies for volunteer Councillors. As a Council we are responsible for a number of things within the Parish, including the development and maintenance of Easebourne Park. We are consulted on all planning applications within the village and manage the Parish precept, collected as part of your Council Tax.

We meet as a full council every other month, with other Committees such as Finance and Planning meeting monthly. We are a diverse group of individuals who all care about what happens in the Parish and what we can do to enhance it. Rest assured, it’s not at all like a meeting on The Vicar of Dibley!

If you’re interested to learn more about what’s involved and how you could help, please get in touch with Emma, our Parish Clerk in the first instance. Contact details are on the Contact page on this website.

Contact Us

New Year, New Challenge?2024-01-10T17:13:29+00:00

Hollist Lane closure Friday 1st December

We have been advised that WSCC Highways have granted a license for the temporary closure of Hollist Lane, between Eastshaw Lane and Old Buddington Lane, on the 1st December for a period of 24 hours – in order for emergency carriageway repairs. No through traffic will be permitted during these works.


Hollist Lane closure Friday 1st December2023-11-30T19:36:08+00:00